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>Why Won’t The Government Tell Us the Truth?

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From: Damian Cambell
Date: Thursday, 4/14/2011
Dear Fellow Patriot,
My name is Damian Cambell… and I’ve got some disturbing news for you.
To warn you it’s got me so angry I can’t see straight…

Our government is blowing the horn about the rest of the world, but turning
a blind eye to the problems on our own soil!
Really, I’m sorry for the crap going on in the rest of the world too, but our
highest priority has got to be America. After all, we live in the middle of
dangerous times…
Just look around the world:
  • Al Qaeda is coming out of the woodwork in Yemen…
  • All out civil war is tearing Libya apart (how do you think the 
  • civilians are doing)…
  • The nuclear reactor that exploded in Japan is having a 
  • MAJOR negative impact (notice how the press has 
  • been trying to keep it quiet?)…
  • And our government is so far in debt it almost shutdown!
Obviously things are going very wrong – And if you think
we’re going to be left out…
I hope you’re right.
But maybe you’re not facing the facts…
The cold-hard truth is we’re going to feel more than just
skyrocketing oil prices…

Bloodthirsty Riots, Nuclear 

Fumes, or Jihadist
Insurgents Could Strike Your 

Family At Any
Time! (Even On US Soil)

It sounds dramatic, but our lives, freedom and families aren’t
safe anymore.
Think about it. What are you going to do if:
  • Hyperinflation causes mass rioting (look at our economy, l
  • ook at where it’s going and look at what’s happened in places 
  • like Brazil or Japan when their economy crashed)?
  • A pissed off mob tries to break into your house when just 
  • your wife and kids are home (you really want to be sure 
  • they’re safe when you’re not around)…
  • A nuclear power plant in the US blows sky high forcing your 
  • family to live off just the food in your fridge (Japan’s safety regs 
  • were just as strict, if not more so, than ours) …
I’ll tell you what you’ll do if, God forbid, anything like that happens…
Guys like you and me aren’t just going to sit on the sidelines and let
our family live unprotected. We’re going to stand-up and fight.
But, the sad part is, most people are completely oblivious…
Sounds crazy doesn’t it? With all the crap obviously happening in
the world people are still pretending like “change” will fix everything…
Time for a reality check.
Every American watches the news and sees all the “terrible things
going on in the rest of the world.”We think, “oh it’s not gonna
happen to me.”
My question is: are you going to bet your life on it?
And more importantly, are you going to bet your family’s life 
on it?
The massacres, fanatical insurgents and starving rioters are
happening right now, and with the direction our government is
going – it’s not “if it hits the US”… it’s “when it hits the US.”
So the question is…

Do You Want To Learn 

The Raw Survival
Techniques To 

Protect Your Family
Special Ops Style?

While the world is going to hell around us, our strength of character,
willpower and determination willbe tested.
Some of us will band together to protect our friends and family –
no matter what the cost (I think you’re with me here)…
But dying a hero won’t help your family, neighbors or country.
Think about that for a second – Are you serious about protecting
your family in any situation?
You’ve probably heard the old saying “if you fail to plan, you
plan to fail.”
That’s never truer than when you’ve got complete chaos around
you. A lot of you probably know that firsthand from time on the
battlefield, or have close family that has.
Everything goes back to your training.
That’s why you need to train on:
  • This Fail-safe way to protect your wife and kids 
  • even if you’re at work when a disaster hits. T
  • his 5 minute tip was worth its weight in gold!
  • How to use a classified Special Forces method to
  •  force your body to respond in a split-second with 
  • lightning-fast speed and accuracy while the rest of 
  • your family is paralyzed by fear!
  • Life-saving secrets the military uses in the middle of the 
  • battlefield that are proven to save soldiers’ lives. (When 
  • I think of my kids hurt, this is my only encouraging thought).
Now, if you’re one of those brawlers or someone who likes to
“show-off” your survival and preparedness skills these
techniques aren’t for you.
These methods are only to protect yourself or your family
if we’re hit by an Armageddon style disaster – not make
yourself look cool.
After all, real men don’t have to walk around acting macho –
they know that whatever happens, they can handle it.
Do you want to be sure you can handle any disaster?
Please do not procrastinate! Without this knowledge you
and your family are wide open to serious danger that 
you absolutely must prepare for.
Sincerely,

Damian Cambell

P.S. You and I both know things are going to get worse
before they get better. If you’re not prepared you might as
well give up now – because when some disaster hits
it’ll be too late.
Click here if you’re serious about protecting your family.

>Latest News From Japan

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Water cannons, choppers to douse spent fuel rods at 

Fukushima plant

Water cannon trucks were moved into position Thursday morning
in an attempt to cool a spent fuel rod pool in…

Foreign Ministry steps up efforts to release quake 

info in English

The Foreign Ministry has stepped up efforts to disseminate information
related to last Friday’s powerful earthquake to other countries, amid…

HULT International Business School

Police warn of bogus e-mails, phone calls seeking 

earthquake donations

Police and the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan said
Thursday that bogus e-mails and telephone calls from groups claiming t
o be collecting donations for…

U.S., Britain issue new alerts for nationals in areas 

north of Tokyo

The U.S. Embassy in Japan has asked American citizens living
within an 80-kilometer radius of the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1
nuclear plant in Japan to…

All gone

All gone

A woman walks past debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture,
on Wednesday.

Bahrain locks down kingdom as uprising surges

Soldiers and riot police in Bahrain overran a protesters’ camp,
imposed a 12-hour curfew and choked off movement nationwide
Wednesday. Witnesses described helicopters firing on…

116 nations, regions offer help to quake-hit Japan

A total of 116 countries and regions, and 28 international organizations
had offered assistance to Japan by Wednesday evening to deal
with the aftermath of…

Volunteers translate quake manual into 31 languages 

for non-Japanese

An emergency online earthquake manual has been translated into 31 l
anguages as of Wednesday afternoon by Japanese volunteers to
support non-Japanese living in Japan in…

Japanese, foreign firms pledge donations to people 

afflicted by quake

A growing number of Japanese and foreign companies offered
donations Wednesday to help people afflicted by last Friday’s
earthquake and tsunami that ravaged a wide…

Seibu Lions say foreign players can’t leave Japan

Some of the Seibu Lions’ foreign players are asking for temporary
leave from Japan amid concern about the safety of nuclear power plants in the…

Quake devastates companies’ supply routes

The disaster in Japan has exposed a problem with how multinational
companies do business: The system they use to keep supplies
rolling in is lean…

Apple postpones launch of iPad 2 in Japan

Apple Inc. said Tuesday it has decided to postpone its planned
 launch in Japan of a new version of its popular iPad tablet computer in…

Oil is very important to the existence of our country. Without oil and gas we
could not drive our cars, heat our homes, and have the many synthetic plastic
products that are derivatives of oil. Viva la Oil! But that doesn’t mean we
shouldn’t develop what a famous scientist a hundred years ago hit on – Tesla.
He was working on cord-less electricity that could light and heat our homes.
If America were smart, it would put a chunk of taxpayer money down on such a project.

>Breaking News From Japan: Fire Erupts From Reactor

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News Alert: Fire Erupts at Troubled Reactor; Helicopters May Be Used for Blazes
From:
NYTimes.com News Alert 

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Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Tue, March 15, 2011 — 6:37 PM ET
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Fire Erupts at Troubled Reactor; Helicopters May Be Used for Blazes

The Japanese government reported early Wednesday that a fire
was burning at the No. 4 reactor of the troubled Fukushima
Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan.

It was not immediately clear what the cause was. There was a
fire at the plant on Tuesday, but the government said that
had been doused.

The announcement came just hours after officials with the
Tokyo Electric Power Company said that they would consider
using helicopters in an attempt to put cold water into a
boiling rooftop storage pool for spent uranium fuel rods. The
rods are still radioactive and potentially as hot and
dangerous as the fuel rods inside the reactors if not kept
submerged in water.

Read More:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16nuclear.html?emc=na

Oil is very important to the existence of our country. Without oil and gas we could not drive our cars, heat our homes, and have the many synthetic plastic products that are derivatives of oil. Viva la Oil! But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t develop what a famous scientist a hundred years ago hit on – Tesla. He was working on cord-less electricity that could light and heat our homes. If America were smart, it would put a chunk of taxpayer money down on such a project.

>Hiroshima 64 Years Later – Detroit Today – Both Caused by socialist Ideas

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Fwd: Fw: Hiroshima 1945 Food for thought!
From:
Paul Christensen 

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To: Don and Carolyn White ; Brett Christensen ; Marcee Shoaff; Rakel Gardner ; Tara Bulow ; Mack Christensen … more

This is a real good one.  Is it Democrats (or socialists) against the free enterprise system?  Obama are you watching.  If you are a Democrat and you say you are not a socialist–good for you but you had better look at what your party has become. 

 

Subject: FW: Hiroshima 1945

What happened to the radiation that’s
supposed to last thousands of years??

     HIROSHIMA  1945
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We all know that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after explosion of atomic bombs.
However, we know little about the progress made by the people 
of that land during the past 64 years. 
               HIROSHIMA – 64 YEARS LATER 

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All those lights, still must be radioactive, or perhaps they are using nuclear power???
  

 
            DETROIT – 64 YEARS AFTER HIROSHIMA….. 
 
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             What has caused more long term destruction ….

        the A-bomb or U. S. politics?


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>Getting Japan Right

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Hokkaido professors receive cash, gift certificates from PhD recipients

When you read the following story think of the fellow students who were hurt or discriminated against because they played the learning game straight. I guess in Sapporo, Japan it was easier for the rich kids to get their PhDs than the poor ones because there were cash “kickbacks” indicating somebody did someone a favor and was paid for it. Japan is not the only country where professorial favors are shown to certain students and not to the student body at large. I’m speaking about the athletes who oftentimes get passing grades when had they not been on the “team” they would have failed. It happens, folks. All in the name of school spirit, but you won’t see the school publicist or the Associated Press writing about it.

SAPPORO —Nine professors and associate professors at Hokkaido University received cash and gift certificates from seven people who acquired doctorate degrees after their theses were examined by them between fiscal 2007 and 2008, the university said Wednesday.

According to the state-run university’s internal survey, the nine who received the gifts belong to the graduate schools of agriculture, engineering and science and one of them received up to 150,000 yen in cash from two PhD recipients.

Masaaki Hemmi, vice president of the university, said, ‘‘We are ashamed that incidents degrading the dignity of academic dissertations have happened. We will work on measures to prevent recurrence,’’ claiming it will prohibit faculty from receiving gifts and other benefits from people applying for academic degrees. Read more at Japan.com.

>Write Your Next Novel About a Mechanical Spider

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Spider REUTERS/Issei Kato
A giant mechanical spider operated by members of French company La Machine walks along the waterfront in Yokohama on Friday night. The 37-ton spider, which stands 12 meters tall, is in Yokohama as part of the events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Yokohama.
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Latest 15 of 18 Total Comments Show All

  • jonnyboy at 10:43 AM JST – 18th April
    how can i get one?
  • flammenwerfer at 11:48 AM JST – 18th April
    dejavu – Wild Wild West.
  • Jigg88 at 12:02 PM JST – 18th April
    so then where is the giant enemy crab to combat this thing? if you know what I mean… 🙂
  • Weasel at 12:28 PM JST – 18th April
    Must have found it in from the movie set of Wild Wild West.
  • techall at 01:17 PM JST – 18th April
    Well, la machine has loosed le spider in le port huh.
  • bobcatfish at 02:07 PM JST – 18th April
    I wonder if it will try to mate with the one at roppongi hills?
  • wanderlust at 02:09 PM JST – 18th April
    Yokohama 150 year celebration. Giant mechanical spider. What’s the connection?
  • TokyoGas at 02:23 PM JST – 18th April
    I want to ride it!
  • rogerbentham at 02:53 PM JST – 18th April
    it would have been neat if it could support it’s own weight and even move around, but i doubt it judging by the hydraulic mounts in the back.
  • Totillytarian at 03:29 PM JST – 18th April
    I saw this spider in Liverpool!
  • Badge213 at 03:54 PM JST – 18th April
    War of the Worlds! Terminator! This is crazy. Good reason to stop in Yokohama if it’s still there.
  • jonnyboy at 04:11 PM JST – 18th April
    is it going to fight ultraman?
  • sf2k at 05:56 PM JST – 18th April
    yes what an excellent symbolic way to remind Japanese that they opened their borders.. “We should mark the anniversary with a giant monster” Check.
  • sf2k at 05:57 PM JST – 18th April
    now if they had opened the port 150 years ago with giant mechanical spiders, THAT would be awesome
  • onewrldoneppl at 06:49 PM JST – 18th April
    giant robots?! i love japan. and france … a little bit.

>Finland Need One of These Spiders To Traverse The North Pole

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Spider REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Latest 15 of 18 Total Comments Show All

  • jonnyboy at 10:43 AM JST – 18th April
    how can i get one?
  • flammenwerfer at 11:48 AM JST – 18th April
    dejavu – Wild Wild West.
  • Jigg88 at 12:02 PM JST – 18th April
    so then where is the giant enemy crab to combat this thing? if you know what I mean… 🙂
  • Weasel at 12:28 PM JST – 18th April
    Must have found it in from the movie set of Wild Wild West.
  • techall at 01:17 PM JST – 18th April
    Well, la machine has loosed le spider in le port huh.
  • bobcatfish at 02:07 PM JST – 18th April
    I wonder if it will try to mate with the one at roppongi hills?
  • wanderlust at 02:09 PM JST – 18th April
    Yokohama 150 year celebration. Giant mechanical spider. What’s the connection?
  • TokyoGas at 02:23 PM JST – 18th April
    I want to ride it!
  • rogerbentham at 02:53 PM JST – 18th April
    it would have been neat if it could support it’s own weight and even move around, but i doubt it judging by the hydraulic mounts in the back.
  • Totillytarian at 03:29 PM JST – 18th April
    I saw this spider in Liverpool!
  • Badge213 at 03:54 PM JST – 18th April
    War of the Worlds! Terminator! This is crazy. Good reason to stop in Yokohama if it’s still there.
  • jonnyboy at 04:11 PM JST – 18th April
    is it going to fight ultraman?
  • sf2k at 05:56 PM JST – 18th April
    yes what an excellent symbolic way to remind Japanese that they opened their borders.. “We should mark the anniversary with a giant monster” Check.
  • sf2k at 05:57 PM JST – 18th April
    now if they had opened the port 150 years ago with giant mechanical spiders, THAT would be awesome
  • onewrldoneppl at 06:49 PM JST – 18th April
    giant robots?! i love japan. and france … a little bit.
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>The Only True Fix For Capitalism

>How we got into this financial mess is a relevant question

The question of the hour is what can we learn from our experience so that when our economic system — remember, I didn’t say government — works itself out of whatever we’re in we will never want to go there again.

But unless we quickly diognose the problem, we are doomed to repeat our past failures.

It was Albert Einstein who said We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

So away with all of the living — and dead — economists. There are no smart economists and never have been. If you want a debate, just get two economists together. No two economists agree on anything.

America was a creditor nation until 1988 under Ronald Reagan. It wasn’t necessarily his fault. We just stopped making things that other countries bought. In other words, countries like China started producing all our furniture because their labor rates were lower than ours. That was the beginning of the job drain from America — when our own wages got to be too expensive relative to Mexico and other developing nations. Unions helped propel wages upward in America. In that way, yes, you could say unions participated in our demise as a creditor nation. True capitalism requires that a nation be a creditor nation, not a debtor like America.

Capitalism requires cash, but we squandered ours. The American credit-card system of spending is not only a trap to our people, our politicians don’t know how to tighten their belts, either. America’s spending mentality has taken a real tailspin lately, and we’re left to debate how to get out of this funk. If the definition of a capitalistic nation is one that has the cash to lend to others, then China, Japan and Saudi Arabia are the world’s finest examples of capitalism. Forget the Chinese repression; forget the Saudi’s terrorist activities. They’re capitalists, we’re merely beggars at the door.

And now, due to Obama-mania and all his spending, there is word in the credit markets that the U.S. is soon going to find it’s credit rating reduced to that of Great Britain and Kenja, Africa — barely acceptable to do business with.

That’s what happens to nations whose president keeps saying this is a much worse problem than I thought. If Obama is so smart, why is he advertising through his loquous mouth that America can’t get back on top again, or that we don’t know when this monstrous problem will be defeated? Or hurry up and throw some money around or we’re all doomed?

Obama should be saying things like Roosevelt said during World War II: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” That the eternal optimist Ronald Reagan said in the 1980s about the Iron Curtain and the wall separating East and West Germany: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall.”

Leaders find ways to be positive, even in the midst of calamity. So far Obama has not found out how to lead positively. He’s still in the campaign mode and until he changes gears, he will be a failed president and will take America down with him.

He should be whistling positive vibes, not spewing all the negativity that other nations hear and upon which they make decesions not to lend to that nation because they may be done as a nation.

A poor credit rating means we soon will be paying some of the highest interest rates in the world and when Obama spends another $800 trillion you can count on something like $800 trillion in interest payments — if, indeed, China, Japan, and several middle eastern nations will continue to loan us money because now they are angry at us for pulling them down with us.

Our entire productivity and economy has been based on spending more than we take in. Government teaches it to our kids by example every time Congress passes a bill. They have to go to China or Saudi Arabia for the money to pay for their excesses. If they won’t lend to us, the Treasury will resort to printing money, an act that will severly deflate the dollar.

How about this? From now on we run our businesses on a cash basis. We no longer use banks. Put all the banks out of business and see what we would have. This may take a while, because businesses don’t have operating funds. Part of Obama’s bailout should be to give each American some money. Let businesses borrow from private individuals and circumvent the banks. We would experience a period of stagnant growth for once. The growth of a nation depends on its ability to borrow funds for growth. If we deprived ourselves of that luxury for a while until we got back on our feet, we could solve this riddle. But be prepared to carve out some exceptions.
This is where this kind of solution gets real dicy and political.

What I just suggested won’t work in housing. The entire housing industry is based on the credit-worthiness of home buyers — solid, bill paying people with credibility and the ability to pay back over 20 or 30 years the borrowing they engage in.

We pride ourselves for being the epitome of capitalism. Well, if not us, who is? It’s the nations to whom we look for loans when we run out of money. Like I said, China, Japan and the Saudis. It’s a nation with a cumulative balance of payment surplus. A creditor nation has positive net investment after recording all of the financial transactions completed between it and the rest of the world. Oh, if we were only that . . .

Investopedia Says

Investopedia explains Creditor Nation
Creditor nations have invested more resources in other countries than the rest of the world has invested in them. To determine if a country is a creditor nation, one must account for the the nation’s overall debt balance when calculating the balance of payments.

Creditor nations can sometimes lose their status and become debtor nations. This happened to the United States in 1988 when its balance of payments turned negative.

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The biggest rave today is functionality and good, rockin’ looks. Casio’s New Tough Movement Uses LEDs To Auto-Correct The Hand Positions.

The following is by Andrew Liszewski of OhGizmo.com

There are a handful of watches that combine a digital LED display with an analog watch face which makes it easier for those of us who suck at telling time the ‘old-fashioned’ way, but this new Tough Movement system from Casio actually relies on an LED ‘under-the-hood’ to keep the positions of the analog hands accurate. The watch receives time calibration signals from six different bases located around the world, and at the 55 minute mark of every hour if the time indicated by the watch doesn’t match up with the time from the signals, the position of the hands is automatically corrected. The gears for the second, minute and hour hands are actually sandwiched between an LED and a phototransistor which also allows the watch to detect the positions of all three gears at once by shining a light through a series of holes that are just 300 mum in diameter.

The new Tough Movement also incorporates metal and plastic parts in order to reduce the weight and size of the watch while increasing rigidity and shock-resistance. As a result the thickness of a 3-hand analog model is reduced by 2.26mm to 4.11mm, while the more complex chronograph model is reduced by 0.55mm to 4.9mm. The new Tough Movement system will apparently be incorporated into Casio’s Oceanus and G-Shock series watches, and the first model to feature it (the GS-1200) will be available at the end of September in Japan for about $388.