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Seven tips for survival learned from the Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is one of the most popular post-apocalyptic shows ever seen on television, and while the gripping story focuses on the characters and their travels through the ruined world, there are some lessons to be learned by us along the way.

Sure, not everything the characters do is spot-on correct for survival, and honestly much of what they do is the opposite of what you should do in a survival situation, but even bad actions can be learned from, just never repeated. We've rounded up seven lessons to be learned for survival from watching the Walking Dead and listed them below. The show does a great job at showing us what average people will do in an EOTWAWKI situation, and thanks to their many mistakes, we can learn and be better.

1. Beware of Other Survivors, No Matter How Nice They Seem

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If there's one thing this show has taught us, it's that you need to be just as scared of your fellow survivors as you are the enemy. While someone might seem nice, they could easily be playing you for a chump so they can steal your supplies or just so they can do you harm.

The Governor seemed like a really nice guy and we saw how that turned out. The same goes for countless others in the show that lead people on just to take advantage of them later. Don't even get us started on the "people" at Terminus. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

2. A Secure Location is Great, But Never Perfect
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This is best shown with the example of the jail in seasons 3 and 4, but can be applied to just about any refuge taken in the show. It doesn't matter how secure you think your location is, something can always happen to make you have to bug out.

Keep your eyes open and no matter how safe you feel, always have a plan to get out quickly and to meet up after you bug out. As we saw in season 4 when the survivors were pushed from the prison, not having a plan to meet up after an emergency can leave your fellow survivors scattered to the wind and in constant danger.

Comment: Unfortunately, most people won't be prepared for what's coming. Dmitry Orlov has written extensively on economic collapse and how people come to terms with it. Listen to the SOTT editor's interview with Dmitry below.

SOTT Talk Radio #66 - Lessons from collapse of USSR for USA: Interview with Dmitry Orlov

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Americans are turning away from religion in record numbers

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With fire-breathing religion figuring anew in global conflicts, and political discussions at home often dominated by the nuttery of the Christian right, you might get the sense that somebody's god is ready to mug you around every street corner. But if you're the type who doesn't like to hang your hat on organized religion, here's a bit of good news: in America, your numbers are growing.

There are more religiously unaffiliated people in the U.S. today than ever before. Starting in the 1980s, a variety of polls using different methodologies have come to the same conclusion: people who do not identify with religious labels are on the rise, perhaps even doubling in that time frame.

Some call them "nones": agnostics, atheists, deists, secular humanists, general humanists, and people who just don't care to identify with any religious group. It's not exactly correct to call them nonbelievers, because some still have faith and spirituality in some sense or another. A 2012 Pew study noted that 30 percent of these people believe in "God or universal spirit" and around 20 percent even pray every day. But according to the latest research, Americans checking the "none of the above" box will make up an increasingly important force in the country. Other groups, like born-again evangelicals, have grown more percentage-wise, but the nones have them beat in absolute numbers.

The nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute has documented this sea change in its American Values Atlas, which it released last Wednesday. The fascinating study provides demographic, religious and political data based on surveys conducted throughout 2014. According to PRRI director of research Dan Cox, "The U.S. religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is fundamentally reshaping American politics and culture."

Last year, for the very first time, Protestants lost their majority status in the Institute's annual report, making up only 47 percent of those surveyed. The religiously unaffiliated, who come in at 22 percent, boast numbers on par with major religious groups like American Catholics. All told, the unaffiliated is the second-largest group in the country. It was also the most common group chosen by residents in 13 states, with the largest share (a third or more) in Washington, Oregon and New Hampshire. In Ohio and Virginia, this group was tied for first place. The unaffiliated don't find too many like-minded folks down in Mississippi, however, where they make up only 10 percent of the population.
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Netanyahu speech protest: Is public opinion regarding Israel changing?

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Outside, in the streets surrounding the U.S. Congress, a strong, spirited crowd of demonstrators denounced Benjamin Netanyahu for committing war crimes against the Palestinian people and for attempting to whip up a war fever against Iran. We were met by police lines and cops who grabbed and shoved people as they attempted to exercise their Constitutional right to protest at Congress.

Inside, from within the hallowed halls, Netanyahu was given a boisterous two-minute-long standing ovation by the millionaire politicians in Congress.

The irony of what happened today speaks volumes about the nature of democracy in this country.

Comment: Bibi the Clown in Congress: Iran = most terrible, horrible, no good thing ever, in the universe

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NSA headquarters damaged by multiple gunshots

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National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Multiple gunshots reportedly struck a National Security Agency office building in Fort Meade, Maryland, where the department's headquarters are located, according to local law enforcement officials.

No injuries have been reported at the scene, though the NSA told NBC Washington that one of its buildings was damaged by "what appear to be" several gunshots. Law enforcement officials are investigating the situation, but US Park Police say they don't know who may have fired the shots.

According to the Washington Post, US Park Police spokesperson Alicia Woods said the NSA "found evidence of multiple shots hitting a wall of a building."
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Child Protective Services children found in human trafficking sex trade

Child Protective Services agencies are intended to take care of children with nowhere else to go, but corruption has infiltrated the government custodial system - putting kids at great risk.

National Safe Child founder Tammi Stefano takes a look at the problem and reveals cases of CPS children who ended up working in the growing human sex trafficking trade in this short clip from the full length Buzzsaw interview with Sean Stone.


Comment: There are millions of children all over the world suffering at the hands of these pedophiles. The legal system will not help them. Most countries legal systems are corrupted and controlled by these scumbags. They have their own global 'network' where pedophiles are protected by other powerful pedophiles. See:

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Just how Islamic is 'Islamic State'?

ISIS and Qu'ran
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Islamic State and the Qu'ran - mission or excuse?
IS not only misreads texts, most clerics say, it also ignores Quranic verses requiring mercy, preservation of life and protection of innocents.
Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded.
They are among tens of thousands of Muslims eager to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group (Daesh). An estimated 20,000 have streamed into the territory in Iraq and Syria where the group has proclaimed what it calls a "caliphate" ruled by its often brutal version of Islamic law.

But how rooted in Islam is the ideology embraced by this group that has inspired so many to fight and die?

President Barack Obama has insisted the militants behind a brutal campaign of beheadings, kidnappings and enslavement are "not Islamic" and only use a veneer of Islam for their own ends. Obama's critics argue the extremists are intrinsically linked to Islam. Others insist their ideology has little connection to religion.

Comment: Is religion an excuse or validation for violence? If so, Islam is not unique. Almost all religions have been utilized to fulfill horrendous acts against fellow humans, as a crutch for wannabe ideologies, a cover for genocide and the perpetration of atrocities for societal or political gain. All over the world, whether it is Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, etc., there are groups of people, in the name of religion and by "documented permission," killing, maiming, torturing the "others."

Read here for an overview of the pathological intricacies present in religion:
Monotheistic religions - Playground for psychopaths

"As per the PewResearch Religion & Public Life Project, the world's two largest faiths, Christianity and Islam, make up almost half of the world's population and were the most widely targeted in 2012, facing official and social hostility in 110 and 109 countries respectively. Jews were targeted in 71 countries. Over a six-year period: Christians - 151 countries, Muslims - 135 countries, Jews - 95 countries. (Does this tell us something about the ongoing grand distraction of mankind and its unwavering subservience to irrational religious ideals? ...)"

"...when a religion that allows radical interpretation is given undue credence, psychopaths and authoritarian followers, who would not otherwise have a political or social context to behave badly, are conveniently and subversively provided one."

Is Islamic State one thing or another? Does it matter?

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Budding female psychopath? Teen charged in encouraging suicide of friend before using his name for fundraiser

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Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy.
Authorities have accused a Plainville teenager of coldly urging a friend to kill himself last summer, claiming she helped him research how to die from carbon monoxide poisoning and told him to "get back in" his truck when he had second thoughts.

Prosecutors have charged Michelle Carter, 18, with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Conrad Roy III, an 18-year-old from Mattapoisett who committed suicide in a parking lot in July. Carter's lawyer denies the accusation.

Police, who searched Carter and Roy's phones in the investigation, say she was in close contact with Roy in the days and hours before his death, even as she texted friends to say he was missing and that she was worried for his safety.

After writing one friend to say, "I'm losing all hope that he's even alive," Carter texted Roy, "Let me know when you're gonna do it," according to a police report.

Carter, now a senior at King Philip High School, had a "full understanding" of the suicide plan, and in the days leading up to Roy's death "not only encouraged Conrad to take his own life, she questioned him repeatedly as to when and why he hadn't done it yet," the report said.

Police said she likely spoke on the phone with Roy until he died, yet she continued to text a friend "as if nothing happened."

Carter's lawyer, Joe Cataldo, said the charges were a massive overreach, and that Carter was shocked by the accusation.

"It was his voluntary decision to end his life," he said. "His death was not caused by Michelle Carter."

Cataldo said prosecutors were misusing the state's manslaughter law to punish her for "not preventing a voluntary decision," and predicted Carter would be cleared of the charges.

Conrad Roy, Roy's grandfather, said Friday that he strongly believes Carter was responsible for his son's death.

Comment: It's possible there is more to this story, but this young lady bears all the hallmarks of a psychopath. Protect yourself and your children by learning more about how pathological people operate and manipulate. See:

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House in Parliament? Activists want Westminster for social housing

Houses of Parliament - Prestigious riverfront offices
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Houses of Parliament … 'Prestigious riverfront apartments and offices'.
Britain's Houses of Parliament should be converted into affordable flats to save taxpayer money and provide much needed accommodation, claims social housing campaign group Generation Rent.

With a prime Central London location, historic architecture and stunning river views, a flat in the Palace of Westminster could cost a fortune.

However, if Generation Rent succeed in their ambitious plan, a one bedroom apartment would be available for just £258 per week.

In a bid to save taxpayers' money and boost the economy of the north of England, Parliament would be relocated to Hull, where rent is the cheapest in the country.

Architect Jay Morton has drawn up detailed plans of how the iconic building could be converted into desirable riverside flats.

Arguably, the highlight of her plan is the conversion of the grade I listed main debating chamber into a swimming pool and library.
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John Oliver: America's crumbling infrastructure, the movie

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America's crumbling infrastructure: It's not a sexy problem, but it is a scary one.


Comment: That it takes a British comedian using Hollywood motifs to communicate how bad things are in the US, and to explain to Americans the basic functions of state, speaks VOLUMES about why there has not been - and can be no - infrastructural (re)development in the US: the country has been taken over by psychopaths and other character-disturbed imbeciles who are literally running it into the ground... and one consequence of this is that people get stupider and stupider, thus their ability to understand anything shrinks.

As an aside, the White House spokesman's suggestion - towards the end of this video - that corporate loopholes be closed to prevent profits being sent abroad (where they are used to capture and plunder the resources of other countries), thus retaining them within the US so that they can be invested in US projects, is dead on the mark... but it'll be a cold day in hell before any US president can rein in Wall Street. Successive administrations for 40 years have known that this was the only and obvious solution... but in that time they've also known that presidents can be shot dead in broad daylight for less.

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Soul smashing cruelty! 1st grader forced to eat lunch behind divider for being one minute late

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A six-year-old boy who attends Lincoln Elementary in Redwood, Oregon has been publicly humiliated by school officials on multiple occasions because he showed up a few minutes late to school. 1st grader Hunter Hoover has been made to sit by himself during lunch, behind a cardboard divider for something that was totally out of his control.

On one recent morning when his mother's car had trouble starting, Hunter arrived to school exactly one minute late and was reprimanded by administrators. Someone from Hunter's family stuck around, and were absolutely horrified by how he was isolated at lunch.

Hours later, Laura Hoover, the boy's grandmother, made a post to facebook showing a picture of her gandson's punishment. Her post said:
This is my grandson, Hunter. He's a little first grader. His momma's car sometimes doesn't like to start right up. Sometimes he's a couple minutes late to school. Yesterday, he was 1 minute late and this is what his momma discovered they do to punish him! They have done this to him 6 times for something that is out of this baby's control! They make a mockery of him in front of the other students! The principal is responsible for this. His mom found him there, crying, and took him home for the day. Anyone want to help me flood this lady principal with calls telling her how inappropriate this is?
The post sparked national outrage and eventually the school was forced to respond and change their policy. The school then issued the following notice:
For the past twenty-four hours, there has been considerable general and social media attention regarding the Lincoln Elementary School Attendance/Tardy Catch-up Protocol. This afternoon, Principal Fitzsimmons was able to meet with both parents to discuss their concerns. We are pleased to report the meeting was productive. The parents' concerns were politely discussed and, ultimately, the issues were resolved to the satisfaction of both the parents and the school. All parties involved believe that an appropriate resolution has been reached and are anxious to move forward with their normal daily routines.
This is just another example of why state-run schools and government do not always know what is best for our children. Do you truly believe this school had Hunter's best interest in mind when they secluded him because his mother dropped him off one minute late?
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