by Jason Hanson
On Aug 14, 2018
This week’s batch of must-read article touches on the unseen dangers lurking in your local swimming holes, how to become a master lock pick in minutes, what a record-breaking fire tornado looks like and more.
by Jason Hanson
On Aug 10, 2018
With more and more people carrying concealed these days, I want to share with you some pros and cons of carrying a firearm off your body — but still within range so you can hopefully use it if needed.
by Jason Hanson
On Jun 30, 2018
This “best of” edition of the Weekly Drop is dedicated to spy gadgets — voice recorders, hidden cameras, covert self-defense tools and more.
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by Cade Courtley
On Jun 15, 2018
Now, you probably aren’t roaming the streets of Iraq or visiting villages in Afghanistan (I hope). But here are some techniques you can apply if you are walking or driving the streets of your city and think you have a tail.
On Jun 13, 2018
In Part II, you’ll discover 10 ways to protect your home from an unruly mob… nine ways to ensure your children or grandchildren stay safe even if you get separated… and one of the most underrated preps you can do right now that will make your life a whole helluva lot easier in an emergency.
by Jason Hanson
On Jun 7, 2018
If you are in the car traveling, you still want to be able to quickly access your gun in case you need it. If you have to leave it in the car, you should absolutely make sure it’s secured and out of sight. Read on for specific recommendations on concealed carry in your vehicle.
by Jason Hanson
On Jun 1, 2018
Before you embark on a road trip this summer, there are a few aspects of car safety you should take into account. In today’s “best of” edition of the Weekly Drop, you’ll discover several ways to stay safe on America’s roadways.
by Owen Sullivan
On Apr 25, 2018
These days, identity theft is so easy to pull off that just about any thug can get in the game. And the drug gangs are taking full advantage of that. Use these strategies to keep criminal hands off your identity.
An article in Security
by Owen Sullivan
On Apr 24, 2018
When Paul retired from the police force, he thought his days of hunting criminals were over. But just two years later, the 67-year-old was being personally targeted by an identity thief… and it made his life a living hell.
An article in Security
The year is 2055…
Mutant fish-pigs have taken over the planet and hoarded the world’s food supply.
Entire cities have been taken over.
Lady Liberty has been replaced by an even bigger effigy…
It’s an unspeakably ridiculous downfall of humanity.
And we have one company to thank. Take a wild guess.
Yep. You got it.
Like most man-made disasters, good intentions and a heavy helping of stupidity were at the genesis.
The goal, you see, was to create a “super fish-pig.”
(It sounds dumb even saying it.)
In 2033, you see, Monsanto publicly merged with the United States government. Now, with billions of dollars at their disposal, the experiments got real weird.
Though GMOs were completely out of favor by this time (but eaten because that’s all that was left), Monsanto kept on its relentless path. It kept trying to show the world how innovative GMOs were.
Maybe it was guilt. Maybe it was a need to be loved.
But Monsanto should’ve known that it was time to throw in the towel. The Great Food Crisis was still fresh in everyone’s minds.
No one would dare publicly support them. Aside from the crooks and cronies within the government, of course.
Oh, you haven’t heard of the Great Food Crisis?
Well, here’s how it played out.
First, all the bees died. And then all the small farmers were sued or forced out of existence. Yep. All of them.
Then, the superbugs started to get out of control. These little steely-eyed bastards could handle all the pesticides we threw at them. They’d adapted beyond anything Monsanto even thought possible.
In only a few years, the superbugs ravaged through 75% of the United States’ crops before the National Guard could contain them.
Meanwhile, while we devoted all our resources to killing the bugs, the super weeds gained traction.
And just like that… food was scarce. And the rationing began.
But Monsanto was determined…
To make up for their errors. To set things right. To prove they were onto something.
In a last gasp for vindication, it decided to create one animal with all the right attributes: The ability to get huge and fat, swim like a fish, and walk and run on land.
And then, they announced, they would give a male and female fish-pig to every man, woman, and child in America.
It was a fish-pig severance package.
The Fish-Pig Project became a hot debate amongst a niche of the scientific community, namely those coddled in the rangy tentacles of Monsanto.
Outside of Monsanto’s walls, though, scientists were shaking their heads in disbelief. And the vast majority of not only the U.S. — but the world’s citizens too — thought it was the stupidest thing they’d ever heard, not even worth debate…
“No way will they spend tax money on this ridiculous idea!” they screamed. “How could they! After all they’ve done!”
But despite the world’s distaste for fish-pigs, Monsanto made the executive decision to go through with the plan.
If it worked, they reasoned, these fish-pigs could feed the entire world. The food crisis would end in a fortnight… and they would all be heroes.
“And then everyone will, finally, embrace the GMO!” Monsanto screamed into the night.
[Cue thunderbolt and maniacal laughter.]
One presumably dark and stormy night, Monsanto’s brightest scientists huddled together in an undisclosed lab and started gently swapping catfish and pig genes.
The genes fit like locks and keys. Months went by and everything seemed to be running smoothly.
All the fish-pigs they created were healthy, vital and tasty. To everyone involved, the experiment was a resounding success.
One-by-one, they opened up fish-pig factories. And started doling out baby fish-pigs for breeding.
And many people were actually taking to the meat. Having not had meat for decades, it was a welcome taste. It looked like Monsanto would finally get the approval it so desperately yearned for.
That is, until the first fish-pig broke free. And then set free other fish pigs… which set free more fish-pigs…
It wasn’t long until all fish pigs were freed (and by then, there were tens of thousands).
After that, everything happened so fast… they were so organized… so militant…
Kneel down to your new king
And to think…
It all started 60 years ago… when someone wanted to make a better bottle of canola oil.
Attack of the Killer Fish Pigs! is a cautionary tale…
And there are two reasons LFT is flexing its Sci-Fi writing (ahem)… “skills”…
One, Brad Lemley is going to fill us in on true dangers of the GMO today.
(Also, Brad offers up five actionable solutions to help keep you and your family safe from the still-questionable GMO experiment (and yes, eventually, the fish-pig).)
Second reason? Well, we have another announcement:
The self-described “accidental Amish Sci-Fi writer” (and uber-successful self-publisher) I mentioned in our digital pages last week has agreed to an interview.
He’s the one, you might recall, that made $5,000 in one day from his first book on Amazon.
I’ll be asking him — from start to finish — how he wrote, marketed, and sold his first book.
He’s also just a really interesting guy…
Should be fun. Stay tuned for that.
First things first…
Let’s welcome Brad back to the stage…
“In 1995,” Brad begins, “American agriculture underwent a profound, dangerous change.
“In that year, Monsanto and other companies pushed through approval for a handful of genetically modified (GM) organisms. These included canola oil tweaked to improve its flavor, potatoes modified to resist pesticide dousing, and tomatoes gene-spliced to delay ripening.
“This deal, struck between crony capitalists and their congressional toadies in Washington, marked the beginning of a disturbing trend.
“Today, the U.S. leads the world in the production of GM food crops.
“About half of all the crops planted on American farmland are genetically modified. This includes about 85% of the corn and 91% of the soybeans.
“This would all be fine,” Brad goes on, “if the claims made about GM crops were true.”
“For example, that they are no different from traditional hybrids, that they make our food safer by lowering pesticide use, and that no one has ever documented harm to living beings or the environment from GM foods.”
Even more absurd, genetic modification is being hailed as an age-old tactic, when it’s anything but.
“Genetic modification,” Brad explains, “is profoundly different from older methods of boosting crop size, yield, or other genetic traits.
“Rather than patiently coaxing a natural, advantageous gene exchange between two plants within a species, genetic engineers use bizarre tools to force such transfers across species barriers.
“Big Food creates these “transgenic” foods for a variety of reasons. Nearly all of them benefit agribusiness rather than, say, you.”
Extended shelf life is one of the biggest reasons agribusiness tinkers with our food…
Take, for example, the soon to come Arctic apple — an apple engineered so it doesn’t brown.
That way, you can have no clue how old your apple is before you eat it.
“Another major driver,” Brad writes, “is increased pest resistance. Many GM crops can create proteins that are toxic to pests, reducing the need to spray on expensive pesticides.
“Again, fabulous for agribiz, but… the poison is now part of the plant’s tissue and can’t be washed off.”
So with two decades of GMO experimentation on our belts, here’s the big question, according to Brad: “has anyone documented harm from the massive proliferation of GM crops?
“Ask the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which calls itself “the world’s largest general scientific society,” and you’ll get a resounding ‘No!’
“The group says, ‘The science is quite clear: Crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe.’”
But, we ask… are they really looking?
“Consider,” Brad points out, “the warning sounded by Dr. Thierry Vrain. Once a vocal pro-GMO research scientist for Agriculture Canada, he has since changed his position and is now vocally opposed to this growing threat.
In Dr. Thierry Vrain’s words:
“The Bt corn and soya plants that are now everywhere in our environment are registered as insecticides. But are these insecticidal plants regulated, and have their proteins been tested for safety? Not by the federal departments in charge of food safety, not in Canada, and not in the U.S.
“There are no long-term feeding studies performed in these countries,” Dr. Vrain says, “to demonstrate the claims that engineered corn and soya are safe.”
“A further abomination of GM foods,” Brad says, his voice now booming, “is environmental devastation wrought by ramped-up spewing of agrichemicals.
“Some GM plants are jiggered to resist damage even when they are essentially immersed in herbicides. In the short term, this makes harvesting easier, as there are no weeds in the way.
“But the USDA has warned that drenching fields runs the risk of creating “weed resistance” — superweeds that would crowd out food crops and be almost impossible to eradicate.
Bottom line? “GMO foods,” Brad concludes, “have no place in the environment or your diet.”
That being said, Brad will show you four ways to protect yourself and your family.
That being said, here are four ways you can protect yourself and your family…
ONE: “Buy organic foods or grow your own. USDA and other organic-certification organizations will not approve products with GMO ingredients. In your own garden, use only certified organic and/or heirloom-variety seeds.
“The more people refuse to eat toxic Frankenfoods, the more likely this genetic perversion of the food supply will end.”
TWO: “Don’t buy corn, soy, canola, or cottonseed or the oils and other products derived from them, as these are the foods most likely to be GM. The only possible exception is corn on the cob from a farmer’s market or your own garden. Be aware that deep-fried foods offer a double-whammy to your health — highly oxidized seed oil from the fryer is a cardiovascular risk on its own; the fact that the oil is almost certainly from GM soy just compounds the risk.”
THREE: “Avoid fast food, and low-end restaurants in general. Make eating out a treat reserved for special occasions, and gravitate toward quality establishments that take ingredient quality seriously.”
FOUR: “Steer clear of packaged and processed foods. By one estimate, GM ingredients are in about 80% of packaged foods in the U.S. and Canada.”
“We’ve only recently started down this road,” Brad says, “and it’s still not too late to turn back. There are certainly good reasons to be mistrustful of government regulation.
“But the European Union has had strict GM labeling laws since 1997 and, though they’re not perfect, by all reports, they keep the EU food supply far cleaner than ours. We need similar legislation ASAP.
“Until then, it’s vital that state-level GM labeling laws get traction. Vermont is leading the way. In May, it enacted the nation’s first GM labeling law, slated to take effect July 1, 2016.
“In the meantime, nothing speaks louder to Big Food than market forces. The more people refuse to eat toxic Frankenfoods, the fewer profits will flow to Monsanto and its ilk and the more likely this genetic perversion of the food supply will end.”
For help to steer clear, here’s a list of companies on our “Do Not Buy” list (courtesy of covvha.net)…
The following companies are best to avoid because their products may contain GMO ingredients…
“If you want a clean, sustainable, and health-promoting food system,” Brad concludes, “remember that every forkful you eat is a vote for or against that future.”
OK. Let’s open up the mailbag.
“Chris,” Eric R. writes. “I generally agree with your statements; however, goats should be shot on sight.
“Goats are responsible for more deforestation and desertification than any other domesticated animal. Very very bad actors.
“Middle Eastern goat herds are one huge source of that region’s problems. The animals peel the bark off saplings and thereby kill forests. Goats will cut the grass so low to the ground that it dies. Cows use their tongues to pull grass and so can not clip it too closely.
“Sheep can cut grass too low if allowed to over-graze a field but at least do not swallow everything they can find in the manner of goats.”
LFT: Thanks for writing in, Eric. Though I don’t remember having a specific opinion on goats… it’s good to know.
“I enjoyed your raw milk tale of rampant smuggling in the dark of night,” Marc S. writes.
“It reminded me of my own experience bypassing some stupid laws in search of harmless recreation.
“It’s a shocking tale of decadence and avarice, but I don’t regret it.
“Growing up, I developed a serious addiction to Science Fiction, (it runs in the family.)
“In those days, (the 1960’s) some of the best Sci-Fi of the day was only being published in England, and there was a stupid law that said the only books that could be sold in the United States, had to be published in the U.S.
“And since the market for Sci-Fi books was pretty small, (just a few perverts,) U.S. publishers weren’t picking them up.
“Having little else to do, (the Haight-Ashbury scene in San Francisco was just beginning to blossom), a small group of us hooked up with others across the country, and soon, for a price, illicit English Sci-Fi books finally became available.
“It seems with your raw milk tale, things haven’t changed much.
“I remain your loyal and entertained reader, (going back to “Whiskey and Gunpowder).”
LFT: Thanks for writing in, fellow smuggler.
Interesting story. I had no idea about the publishing laws.
As mentioned earlier, our interview with the “accidental Amish Sci-Fi writer” is coming. Should be a good one if you’re a fan. Stay tuned.
That’s all we have for you today.
Before we head out, though, quick update: I’m still in NYC.
Last night, I sat in on an exclusive meeting about one explosive future tech. And today, I have a meeting about self-publishing, among other things. I’ll be writing all about these “secret” meetings next week.
And this week, we’ll continue busting health myths with Brad Lemley.
Tomorrow’s is a doozy.
Study hard. This will be on the test.