Boutwell Auditorium last week housed about 300 homeless people a night last week.
Yeah, old Crazy Barney is a really compassionate leftist moron, is he not? Throw ’em out, I gotta have the space to spout my BS about socialist ‘compassion’ and ‘care for the poor’.
If we expect to save America as we know it, it’s time to get off your backside and do something about it. Get involved. Become a sentinel. Take America back.
THIS is the kind of thing that preppers are all about. The crazy rains, tornadoes, snow and ice coming down for the past week or so, this proves again we should all be more prepared for unexpected events. In my own area, over flood stage creeks, rivers and lakes have caused havoc with closed or washed out roads to neighborhoods or individual homes. So, if your driveway or road to your house was washed out, how long would you last before you had to get across for more food or other supplies?
The FBI has launched an investigation after 150 prepaid mobile phones were bought from local Walmarts in Missouri. This comes after the theft of dozens of propane tanks in the area.
Keep alert people, the muzlims are seriously up to nasty business in Missouri….lots of propane tanks stolen, mass prepaid cellphone purchases by ‘middle eastern types’ …..and:
Explosives found on a jeep trail…seems the courier either dropped that load in the wrong spot, or the hunter found them before they could be picked up.
Despite the obvious connection that explosives, cellphones and propane tanks have in terrorist usage, the FBI has downplayed the idea….maybe these muzlims are just planning to have a huge bar-be-que pork feast on a large number of gas grills, right?
Always stay on alert stage 2 everywhere you go, and carry concealed if you have the license and skills to be effective. Should you see some muzlim type lugging a propane tank around or with a heavy (or any kind for that matter) backpack going into a school, shopping mall, sport event, etc. watch them closely. If they set that down somewhere and hurriedly walk away, sound the alert NOW AND LOUDLY to get that place evacuated FAST!
This is a report generated by “Silas Longshot” author of SURVIVING URBAN CRISIS for personal use and general knowledge of useful information during a ‘crisis situation’ when doctors and typical medical supplies may be limited or nonexistent. or if one desires to just be ‘off grid’ and self reliant.. In no way do I pretend to be any kind of medical ‘expert’. This report is for general purpose knowledge and as been compiled from common sources of information available from the internet. Quotes or sources are hyper-linked and are highlighted and underlined.
Today’s discussion will cover the mineral supplement “SELENIUM” .
Selenium is a trace element that is naturally present in many foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Selenium, which is nutritionally essential for humans, is a constituent of more than two dozen selenoproteins that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-HealthProfessional/
Selenium is available in multivitamin/multimineral supplements and as a stand-alone supplement, often in the forms of selenomethionine or of selenium-enriched yeast (grown in a high-selenium medium) or as sodium selenite or sodium selenate [2,5,6]. The human body absorbs more than 90% of selenomethionine but only about 50% of selenium from selenite [6
Groups at Risk of Selenium Inadequacy
Selenium deficiency is very rare in the United States and Canada, and selenium deficiency in isolation rarely causes overt illness . The following groups are among those most likely to have inadequate intakes of selenium.
People living in selenium-deficient regions
Selenium intakes in North America, even in low-selenium regions, are well above the RDA
People undergoing kidney dialysis
Selenium levels are significantly lower in patients undergoing long-term hemodialysis than in healthy individuals. Hemodialysis removes some selenium from the blood .
People living with HIV
Selenium levels are often low in people living with HIV, possibly because of inadequate intakes (especially in developing countries), excessive losses due to diarrhea, and malabsorption [2,24]. Observational studies have found an association between lower selenium concentrations in people with HIV and an increased risk of cardiomyopathy, death, and, in pregnant women, HIV transmission to offspring and early death of offspring [25-29].
Selenium and Health
Because of its effects on DNA repair, apoptosis, and the endocrine and immune systems as well as other mechanisms, including its antioxidant properties, selenium might play a role in the prevention of cancer [2,9,34,35].
Arthritis sufferers have a similar problem. Most arthritis patients have low levels of Selenium, resulting in a weaker immune system which can trigger arthritic symptoms.
Selenoproteins help prevent the oxidative modification of lipids, reducing inflammation and preventing platelets from aggregating . For these reasons, experts have suggested that selenium supplements could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease or deaths associated with cardiovascular disease.
Getting off our couches and DOING SOMETHING will also help a lot towards cardio health. Put down the remote and walk around the block, if nothing else.
Serum selenium concentrations decline with age. Marginal or deficient selenium concentrations might be associated with age-related declines in brain function, possibly due to decreases in selenium’s antioxidant activity [52,53].
Selenium concentration is higher in the thyroid gland than in any other organ in the body, and, like iodine, selenium has important functions in thyroid hormone synthesis and metabolism.
Health Risks from Excessive Selenium
Chronically high intakes of the organic and inorganic forms of selenium have similar effects . Early indicators of excess intake are a garlic odor in the breath and a metallic taste in the mouth. The most common clinical signs of chronically high selenium intakes, or selenosis, are hair and nail loss or brittleness. Other symptoms include lesions of the skin and nervous system, nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, mottled teeth, fatigue, irritability, and nervous system abnormalities.
The following section covering interactions is from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1003-SELENIUM.aspx?activeIngredientId=1003&activeIngredientName=SELENIUM
Be cautious with this combination – moderate interaction:
- Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with SELENIUM
Selenium might slow blood clotting. Taking selenium along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, ticlopidine (Ticlid), warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
- Medications used for lowering cholesterol (Statins) interacts with SELENIUM
Taking selenium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E together might decrease the effectiveness of some medications used for lowering cholesterol. It is not known if selenium alone decreases the effectiveness of some medications used for lowering cholesterol.
Some medications used for lowering cholesterol include atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), and pravastatin (Pravachol).
- Niacin interacts with SELENIUM
Taking selenium along with vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene might decrease some of the beneficial effects of niacin. Niacin can increase the good cholesterol. Taking selenium along with these other vitamins might decrease the how well niacin works for increasing good cholesterol.
- Sedative medications (Barbiturates) interacts with SELENIUM
The body breaks down medications to get rid f them. Selenium might slow how fast the body breaks down sedative medications (Barbiturates). Taking selenium with these medications might increase the effects and side effects of these medications.
- Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with SELENIUM
Selenium might thin the blood. Selenium might also increase the effects of warfarin in the body. Taking selenium along with warfarin might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Be watchful with this combination – minor interaction:
- Birth control pills (Contraceptive drugs) interacts with SELENIUM
Some research shows that women who take birth control pills might have increased blood levels of selenium. But other research shows no change in selenium levels in women who take birth control pills. There isn’t enough information to know if there is an important interaction between birth control pills and selenium.
Some birth control pills include ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (Triphasil), ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Ortho-Novum 1/35, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7), and others.
- Gold salts interacts with SELENIUM
Gold salts bind to selenium and decrease selenium in parts of the body. This might decrease the normal activity of selenium, possibly resulting in symptoms of selenium deficiency.
Gold salts include aurothioglucose (Solganal), gold sodium thiomalate (Aurolate), and auranofin (Ridaura).
Table 1: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Selenium 
|Birth to 6 months||15 mcg*||15 mcg*|
|7–12 months||20 mcg*||20 mcg*|
|1–3 years||20 mcg||20 mcg|
|4–8 years||30 mcg||30 mcg|
|9–13 years||40 mcg||40 mcg|
|14–18 years||55 mcg||55 mcg||60 mcg||70 mcg|
|19–50 years||55 mcg||55 mcg||60 mcg||70 mcg|
|51+ years||55 mcg||55 mcg|
*Adequate Intake (AI)
|Brazil nuts, 1 ounce (6–8 nuts)||544||777|
|Tuna, yellowfin, cooked, dry heat, 3 ounces||92||131|
|Halibut, cooked, dry heat, 3 ounces||47||67|
|Sardines, canned in oil, drained solids with bone, 3 ounces||45||64|
|Ham, roasted, 3 ounces||42||60|
|Shrimp, canned, 3 ounces||40||57|
|Macaroni, enriched, cooked, 1 cup||37||53|
|Beef steak, bottom round, roasted, 3 ounces||33||47|
|Turkey, boneless, roasted, 3 ounces||31||44|
|Beef liver, pan fried, 3 ounces||28||40|
|Chicken, light meat, roasted, 3 ounces||22||31|
|Cottage cheese, 1% milkfat, 1 cup||20||29|
|Rice, brown, long-grain, cooked, 1 cup||19||27|
|Beef, ground, 25% fat, broiled, 3 ounces||18||26|
|Egg, hard-boiled, 1 large||15||21|
|Puffed wheat ready-to-eat cereal, fortified, 1 cup||15||21|
|Bread, whole-wheat, 1 slice||13||19|
|Baked beans, canned, plain or vegetarian, 1 cup||13||19|
|Oatmeal, regular and quick, unenriched, cooked with water, 1 cup||13||19|
|Spinach, frozen, boiled, 1 cup||11||16|
|Milk, 1% fat, 1 cup||8||11|
|Yogurt, plain, low fat, 1 cup||8||11|
|Lentils, boiled, 1 cup||6||9|
|Bread, white, 1 slice||6||9|
|Spaghetti sauce, marinara, 1 cup||4||6|
|Cashew nuts, dry roasted, 1 ounce||3||4|
|Corn flakes, 1 cup||2||3|
|Green peas, frozen, boiled, 1 cup||2||3|
|Bananas, sliced, 1 cup||2||3|
|Potato, baked, flesh and skin, 1 potato||1||1|
|Peaches, canned in water, solids and liquids, 1 cup||1||1|
|Carrots, raw, 1 cup||0||0|
|Lettuce, iceberg, raw, 1 cup||0||0|
*DV = Daily Value. DVs were developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help consumers compare the nutrient contents of products within the context of a total diet. The DV for selenium is 70 mcg for adults and children aged 4 and older. Foods providing 20% or more of the DV are considered to be high sources of a nutrient. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Nutrient Database Web site  lists the nutrient content of many foods and provides a comprehensive list of foods containing selenium arranged by nutrient content and by food name.
|Table 3: Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs) for Selenium *|
|Birth to 6 months*||45 mcg||45 mcg|
|7–12 months||60 mcg||60 mcg|
|1–3 years||90 mcg||90 mcg|
|4–8 years||150 mcg||150 mcg|
|9–13 years||280 mcg||280 mcg|
|14–18 years||400 mcg||400 mcg||400 mcg||400 mcg|
|19+ years||400 mcg||400 mcg||400 mcg||400 mcg|
*Breast milk, formula, and food should be the only sources of selenium for infants.
Personal note added: One should estimate selenium intake from above food chart information for an ‘average intake’ PLUS THE SUPPLEMENTS consumed!! In other words, the ‘average American diet’ may be close (for some people / conditions) to being adequate (per this government sponsored data) for ‘recommended daily intake’. Doing this may help prevent selenium ‘overdosing’.
NOTE: Any ‘study’ done by any government agency should be suspect until researched all the way back to point of origin for probable association with pharmaceutical companies having influence on the data, biased against natural substances which can’t be patented for profit.
Well, it’s been a heck of a few days lately, ain’t it?
Yet another mass shooting at your liberal Utopian idea, a totally gun free zone of yet another college campus, and as usual before the blood is even dry on the floors, the left is calling for more gun control as they stand knee deep in bodies that show how well that works. A quote from the past goes something like ‘insanity is doing the same failed thing over and over, while expecting different results.’ Then the media comes out with pictures of the SURVIVORS being searched and patted down as they try to get away from the scene of carnage! You people with common sense out there….you need to have this BS removed from your state colleges as soon as possible, overthrowing this stupidity that endangers YOUR KIDS. If you want your kids to be safe while in college, check out this info: Guns on Campus’ Laws for Public Colleges and Universities
In case you want to verify the validity of concealed carry on campus vs on site massacres, do a little research and see if any campus in those ‘red states’ has had a mass shooting, I suspect there are none.
Then we get to the weather. Another doosy of that pesky global warming thing, we have a hurricane in one corner and a very high pressure cell in the other…..and the entire east coast USA in the middle. Flash floods, storm surge tides and nasty weather for days on end as these two babies hyper accelerate bad weather between them. Are you ready for a couple weeks without power, not only from this storm system, but the winter that’s supposed to be worse than the last few with blizzards and snowfall? A source to get you ready, with customer feedback on every item: Surviving Urban Crisis supply store
The ‘economists’ have finally updated the REAL numbers of unemployed Americans….well over 94,000,000 US citizens are more or less permanently unemployed, more that 37% of the population. http://www.rt.com/business/us-unemployment-economy-crisis-assistance-006/
Prepping is for all kinds of disasters, weather not the only thing, becoming unemployed is also a disaster on a personal level. If you have months of food and supplies, you may be able to scrape by, still making your house payment or rent by working however you can, if you have your expenses to a minimum already. Don’t be up to your eyeballs in credit card debt, car notes, furniture store credit on top of your mortgage. Pay cash for whatever you can, or at least be able to double down on payments you do have. Keep that car you bought for at least ten years, and save the money you would have spent on car note payments. Refer to ‘Consumer Reports’ magazine online to do research on dependable, long term transportation. They tell it like it is! I’ve been driving Toyota’s for decades and my current pickup since ’07 with only scheduled maintenance as the expense. If you want to cut transportation expense even further, get your Consumer Reports data in hand and shop the used vehicle sites. Find a ‘bargain’ and correlate it with your reliance data, check out the mileage and condition of your candidate and jump on a deal, and drive that one for 10 years!
And lastly, for today’s chat, there’s the colossal failure, yet again, of the idiot we have in the white house, weak and condescending to the muzlims and enemies of the USA. Russia, having NO fear of the USA with 0bama in charge, has been giving the universal single digit salute to us as a nation for months now, and has just started bombing the anti-Assad rebels that WE should have been helping far more than we did (if at all), since 0bama started destabilizing the middle east with his stupid policies. There’s no need to compare this idiot to other presidents, as the fool time and again shows his unique ideas are utter calamities. As the world careens towards yet another world war, worldwide economic collapse and other little things like that, I seriously advise you to get your stuff together and get ready for some rocky roads, folks.
More useful information on wild ‘pickin’s’ for wilderness or any other type survival situation. You could be walking by enough food to keep you alive for another week, and never know it.
In the field of interesting battle hardware, the uber-fancy and hyper-expensive hardware the various military branches here and abroad have are pretty cool. So, I’ll briefly touch on a couple ideas they’ve had over the past 70 years or so.
Talking urban warfare, pretty much the standard fare for much of the world today. How to get the bad guys, not get killed if you can help it, and to achieve both goals most effectively. The YouTube channels are full of vids on the middle east and how they ‘do war’. You’ll see ’em all the time sticking their AK around a corner or over a berm of dirt, and dump a magazine of ammo blindly yonder ways. The bad guys could be down the road a block or so and only get hit by pure bad luck from that blind spray and pray technique.
See, the bad thing about trying to shoot around a corner is that you generally have to stick your head around it, put it out there so you can see what’s going on, spot the enemy and all that if you actually want to kill the other guys. You can get around that problem with a mirror on a stick, or a pocket sized periscope helps pick them out while minimizing getting your brains scattered down the block, should a good shot from that-a-way tags you before you pull your head back. So, you spot them with the mirror….but now you STILL have to stick your head and weapon around that corner and try and make a fast shot…which will be likely to miss because it is a fast shot, thrown up there a popped as fast as you can possibly do it. Now, if you could look around the corner and shoot at the same time….now you’re getting somewhere.
The Germans, back in WW2, came up with some wacky cutting edge ideas, now and then. Some lead to the rocket programs that eventually landed Americans on the moon. Others were just about laughable…unless you thought about it, like this idea, the Krummlauf barrel rifle….to shoot around corners.
It appears to be a removable attachment idea to bolt onto the end of their service weapon. Unfortunately, it has no way to be aimed around that corner, so it’s only a slight improvement in safety over just blindly sticking their rifle around the corner and spraying rounds down the street. No doubt those that were issued to troops rapidly were ‘lost’ in combat as useless extra weight.
So, now we time warp to this century, and we DO have weapons that will shoot around corners with some degree of accuracy and minimizes the risk to the operator. Want one? Well, save your pennies, one of these babies will set you back about $5,000US.
Gotta love it, right? Glock pistol based, with Aimpoint style sight for fast straight shooting and camera system to peer around the corner and plug the bad guys. Works looking left or right, of course. Being pistol caliber based, it’s for close in work, urban stuff like hostage situations, inside building clearing, that kind of thing.
Now, I came up with a primitive, home built idea for ‘around the corner shooting’ and put it in my book SURVIVING URBAN CRISIS
which I’ll show again here. This works best with Aimpoint style sights, because you don’t have to worry about eye relief or parallax and so forth.
See, you just get a small piece of plastic mirror and glue it to the inside of a typical scope cover cap, the picture showing the idea. You cut the plastic mirror to a diameter that is smaller than the eyepiece lens tube of your scope or sight, so that the cover cap will still close. You’ll have to gimmick up a way to keep the cap at 45° to the line of sight with your rifle sight for it to work. I’ve tried it out, of course, and it’s a workable idea, but like anything using a skill, you’ll have to practice with it. Get the type caps that can rotate, so you can use it from the other side as well.
And like most of my ideas, somebody always beats me to the market and makes millions off ‘my idea’. So, enters the market, ‘poor mans’ around the corner aiming device, for a reasonable amount of money, does what my idea does, only better. Again. :-p
It’s superior to my mirror in the cap idea in all kinds of ways, but my excuse was working with what’s ‘at hand’ to solve a problem. If this gadget peaks your interest, you can get an ANGLE SIGHT HERE. Click the blue text link. It uses a pivoting prism that you can see through for straight on shooting, but is reflective from the side for those around the corner shots. The unit pivots, allowing you to shoot from any angle the side of the cube is visible, which means dang near everywhere but from underneath the weapon. About 180° of usability. However, as I pointed out in my book, there’s a caution about using these around the corner devices. Look at this guy, below, using a short barrel AR ‘pistol’ with one of these angle sights mounted to it, as he’s looking around a corner on his left side. Now, guess what happens when he pulls the trigger.
Think about it…..where’s that brass casing gonna go? You have to get up close to use this device, and from holding like that, he’s gonna get a chunk of brass right in the teeth or in an eye (he’s also not wearing his field expedient eye protection). Since this .223 case will typically fly 10 or 15 feet when ejected, that might leave a mark, for sure in an eyeball. So, the thing to do is rotate the weapon handles away from you so that the ejector port is facing downwards so that spent case might hit your chest rig instead of your teeth. The sight works the same no matter the position you’re viewing it, just rotate it to where it’s needed. Same problem with any other semi-auto weapon used with these gadgets, so they must be positioned similarly. I suspect the $5000, camera equipped job will do exactly the same thing, a spent case right in the teeth going around a left side corner, if you were a left handed shooter. But he’s also demonstrating the proper amount of weapon to hang out around that corner, just about only the barrel and your knuckles as you hold the weapon, making it hard to be seen by the bad guys and harder to hit because of such a small target. But don’t hang around there for any length of time, most rifle rounds will knock off a chunk of wall pretty easily, so fire and move elsewhere, or just observe if that’s your objective.
So there you have it, fellow urban cowboys, an affordable gadget that will put you up there (closer, anyway) with that fancy Israeli corner camera gun for seriously nasty situations, shooting around corners, over walls, through holes in a wall….lots of places you wouldn’t want to hang your head out for.
Be safe, be aware, be prepared.
OK, over the years, I’ve had conversations with an occasional liberal, anti-2nd amendment type person, face to face and online more often. Being civil, polite and listening to ‘their side’ of the gun rights anti-argument, I gently let the air out of their balloon every time. And particularly often with the following document I wrote up way back in the Bill Clinton era when he and Janet Reno were routinely killing masses of people the government didn’t agree with like in Waco or Ruby Ridge.
It goes as follows:
A bit of dictionary work does wonders for enlightenment.
The second amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state , the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Definitions of the above key words are from the typical American standard dictionary, for the anti-rights liberal elite who prefer to twist things to their own ends:
Regulated: To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
Militia: An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.
A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency. The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service. : a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers
Necessary: Absolutely essential; Needed to achieve a certain result or effect; Required by obligation, compulsion, or convention; Something indispensable.
Security: Something that gives or assures safety, as a group or department of private guards. Measures adopted, as by a business or homeowner, to prevent a crime such as burglary or assault: Freedom from risk or danger; safety.
Free: Not imprisoned or enslaved; being at liberty; Not controlled by obligation or the will of another; Not subject to arbitrary interference by a government.
State: A specific mode of government; A body politic, especially one constituting a nation.
Right: Fitting, proper, or appropriate; Most favorable, desirable, or convenient; Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality; A just or legal claim or title; According to law, morality, or justice.
People: A body of persons living in the same country under one national government; a nationality; The mass of ordinary persons; the populace; The citizens of a political unit, such as a nation or state; the electorate; A body of persons living in the same country under one national government; a nationality.
Keep: To retain possession of: To have as a supply; To maintain for use or service; To manage, tend, or have charge of.
Bear: To carry from one place to another; transport; To be accountable for; assume; To have a tolerance for.
Arms: A weapon, especially a firearm; To equip with weapons; To provide with something that strengthens or protects.
Shall: Used before a verb in the infinitive to show something, such as an order, promise, requirement, or obligation.
Not: In no way; to no degree. Used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition.
Now, my liberal friend, what part of this statement do you not understand? Pretty profound use of language from them old dead white guys that wrote this up, no?
Not commonly thought of as ‘food’ (especially by most urban folks) raccoon has been a wild game staple since the American Indians introduced the settlers to the dish. Just use the same common sense processes you would for deer, elk, fish, whatever else you can trap, shoot or catch. Good article for the subject.