Friday Five for February 22, 2013

February 22, 2013

Friday Five

Friday Five for February 22, 2013

In this week’s Friday Five from PreppingToSurvive: a prepping site choke full of information and links, economic woes still plague Greece, new study finds “toxic” gene in GMOs, China implicated in international computer hacking network, and 7 tips for planning for hard times.

The More You Know…

knowledge weighs nothingIf you are a fan of the works of Cody Lundin, you’ve probably heard him say “Knowledge is power. It’s lightweight. It lasts a long time. It doesn’t rust.” All of that is true. But scouring the web looking for good reliable sources of information about prepping and survival can be time consuming. There are a number of sites that we turn to as good sources of information. Knowledge Weighs Nothing is our latest find. It’s a compilation of links to other sites. From Knowledge Weighs Nothing.

Greece’s Economic Woes Continue; Man Trampled Getting Food

riot policeCatering to the appetites of it’s viewers, the American mainstream media tends to zero in on a story and then move on to the next one when interest wanes. Such is the case with the Greek financial crisis. But despite it’s absence in the news, the story is still unfolding. Recently, as farmers were distributing free food to protest high production costs, a man was trampled in the crowd while trying to secure food for his family. From RT.

Potentially “Toxic” Gene found in GMOs

danger in gmosWhile the US FDA assures consumers that Genetically Modified Organisms GMOs are safe for consumption, the rest of the world is doing it’s own, independent research into the matter. Recently, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Europe’s official food watch dog agency, found that 54 of the 86 GM plants approved for consumption contain a gene that could produce toxins that are dangerous to people. Critics of GMOs point to a fatal flaw in the 20-year old testing process. From Mail Online.

China implicated in Computer Hacking Scheme

computer hackingMandiant, a leading information security firm based in Virginia, released a study that points a finger at a covert Chinese military unit known as Unit 61398 as a primary source of computer hacking since 2006. Over the past 6 years, the group has purportedly hacked into 141 companies in 20 different industries, including industries that China has announced are strategic emerging markets for the country. China has denied the claims. From The Economist.

Tips for Preparing for Hard Times

hard timesMany people now look at the U.S. economy and wonder about it’s sustainability. Can any country continue to live and spend beyond it’s means indefinitely? The U.S. owes almost $17 trillion and is routinely spending more than it takes in. Our natural intuition tells us “no, this cannot go on forever.” So, many people are preparing for hard times in the near future. Here are 7 tips on how you can begin preparing. From Activist Post.

5 Comments on “Friday Five for February 22, 2013”

  1. GoneWithTheWind Says:

    The European aversion to GMO is simply one of two things: 1)Those who oppose everything from fishing to cutting trees. 2)Those who oppose anything from the U.S.

    Those who found themselves in category 1 recently convinced the government of Zimbabwe to refuse GMO corn from the U.S. for their starving population. The same GMO corn we have been eating for 20 years or so. They were actually willing to let people die rather then allow them to eat GMO food.

    It is no suprise that someone found something wrong with GMO. And if this proves to be a fraud someone else will find something wrong with GMO. And if that doesn’t succeed they will find something else. Surely the rampant fraud we are seeing in the AGW community illustrates that scientists can be bought and bought cheaply.


    • Steve S Says:

      I think your perception/perspective is a bit, well, American, GoneWithThe Wind.

      I’ll assume you do know what GMO is, and don’t have a concern that the genetic mixing of pesticide, herbicide, or non-like animal/plant genetic material is nothing to be concerned about.

      While the Europeans do very often get things wrong, but their aversion to GMO food is not one of those things.

      Unfortunately for those of us in the USA, most people trust the FDA and the huge agri-businesses that are in bed with them. Why anyone would even think that eating pesticide laced food might not have some detrimental effects is beyond reason.



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