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How to Live Off the Grid: A Guide for Dreamers


Do you spend your days at your 9 to 5, dreaming about moving to a beautiful, remote location and building the perfect off-grid homestead?


Do you wonder what it would be like to leave the hustle and bustle of city life and be free from bumper-to-bumper traffic and escalating utility bills? Off-the-grid living is hard work, but it’s certainly possible. And for many who choose to leave the daily grind and opt for off the grid living, it more than pays off in the end.

We put together a survival guide for off-the-grid daydreamers. The tips below will help you get started planning to go off grid.

Learn to Save Energy

Going off-grid in the truest sense of the phrase means to live autonomous – living without municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas and electricity. Going without public utilities means you’ll have to generate on-site electrical power through renewable energy sources, such as solar power.

The video below gives an in-depth guide on how to install solar panels on your off-grid homestead.

Other sources of renewable energy include wind turbines, which convert the wind’s kinetic energy into electrical energy.

When you’re preparing to go off the municipal electrical grid and source your own power supply, it’s a good idea to start drastically cutting back on your own energy usage. Reducing your carbon foot print and embracing a minimalist lifestyle will help you prepare for off-grid living.

In addition to electricity, you’ll also need a reliable water source. To do this, you’ll need to drill a well on your property. Be sure to stay a minimum of 50 feet away from any septic tanks and field lines.

You may also want to look into installing a greywater system, which treats water that’s been used in sinks, showers and baths and allows it to be used again, pro-longing the life of your well. To dispose of sewage, you can install a septic tank. However, many off-gridders opt to use dry toilets and composting toilets.

Curb Your Spending

After a lifetime of having everything at our fingertips, giving up modern conveniences is not without its challenges. But cutting out unnecessary purchases and services will help you save for homestead necessities and prepare you for a minimalist lifestyle. While going off grid will save tons of money in the long run, making the switch can be costly. Start working towards eliminating credit card debt and any other outstanding debts. Consider signing up for financial savings tools such as LearnVestor Mint or setting up a savings account just for your off-grid plans.

Attend a Workshop

Many towns host community workshops that aim to teach folks necessary survival skills for off-grid living.

Consider Living Small

tiny house

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of having a sprawling off-grid compound. But in the interest of minimalist living, many off-gridders think small. In many ways, the tiny house movement goes hand in hand with living off grid. Tiny homes make for smaller utility bills and easier upkeep. Companies such as Colorado’s Tumbleweed Houses help you design the tiny home of your dreams.

Do Some Traveling

No matter how much planning you do, you can’t build a livable off-grid homestead without finding land that works for your wants and needs. Hit the road to scope out some of the best places to live off the grid. North Carolina, Maine, Florida and California offer some of the best land to live off the grid in the United States.

Do a ‘Trial Run’

Flickr/Eoin McNamee

Consider renting a cabin in the woods for a week or even a month to test out off-grid living before taking the leap. Companies such as FreeHouse offer off-the-grid remote and rugged cabin rentals. You can also search for off-grid options on Airbnb.

Learn How to Supply Your Own Food

Living off the grid means supplying your own food. Research what grows best in the area you’re planning to move and start planning a sustainable garden. If possible, plant a garden in your current yard to practice growing sustainable food.

Consider taking a hunter education and safety course through your local parks department or Wildlife Conservation department.

Find a Community

Going off the grid doesn’t mean you have to do everything on your own. Finding a community of like-minded off-gridders can be an invaluable source in your quest to unplug from modern society.

Fake News Investigations beings used to Attack Alternative Media


Alex Ansary goes into the attack on the independent media in the wake of the senate hearings on social media influence.

Alex Ansary covers day 2 of a farce of a investigation when in reality – the tech giants, senators, president, and both Russia/US intelligence sit on the SAME side of the table. Audio will improve in future recordings. Thank you for your understanding.

Russian man claims he was born on Mars before being reborn on Earth


A man who was able to speak within months of being born and who could read and write by the age of two claims he is a Martian who was re-born on Earth.


Boriska Kipriyanovich, 21, claims he lived on Mars in a previous life until there was a war, wiping out all life on the planet in the distant past. His parents claim that he has spoken about alien civilisations since he was a young boy despite them never teaching him about the matter. He claimed that he had visited Earth while working as a pilot on Mars and that they had close connections to ancient Egyptians. In fact he has made a prediction that life on Earth is going to change significantly when the Great Sphinx of Giza is ‘unlocked’ using a mechanism behind its ear.

He now lives in Volgograd, Russia, after being ‘re-born’ on Earth, and first made his unfounded and unproven claims several years ago. However he has continued to mystify people and caused great curiosity among conspiracy theorists and UFO hunters. Giving an insight into Martian life he said that people from Mars stop ageing at the age of 35 and are immortal.

Speaking about the great Martian nuclear war he said: ‘No, I have no fear of death, for we live eternally. There was a catastrophe on Mars where I lived. ‘People like us still live there. There was a nuclear war between them. Everything burnt down. Only some of them survived. They built shelters and created new weapons.’ He added that they grow to about 7ft tall, can breathe carbon dioxide and still live on Mars but are now underground.


It is also reported that he said Martians so technologically advanced that they could carry out interstellar travel. His mother believes she knew he was special from the age of just a couple of weeks when he was able to hold his own head up unassisted. She also said that he was able to read newspaper headlines by the age of one, could draw at two, and by two-and-a-half he could paint. His mother said: ‘No one has ever taught him. Sometimes he would sit in a lotus position and start telling us detailed facts about Mars, planetary systems and other civilisations, which really puzzled it.’



Stephen Hawking Warns Humanity of Impending Alien Invasion (news)


Does humanity have a unseen predator waiting in the wings before making itself known to the world or is project bluebeam (false flag alien invasion) the agenda?


Dr. Douglas Vakoch, the president of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence), an organization that has been sending radio signals into deep space in the hope that they will get a response, says that he believes we will make contact with aliens within the next 10 to 20 years. There are many critics out there, Stephen Hawking being one of them, that claim that making contact with powerful, intelligent extraterrestrials may be a dangerous idea that could end all of mankind. Dr. Vakoch says we will soon find intelligent life elsewhere in the cosmos due to the better technology that is available to experts now, but should we initiate the conversation?

Douglas Vakoch, Ph.D., is President of METI, a nonprofit research and educational organizationdedicated to transmitting intentional signals to nearby stars, as well as fostering sustainability of human civilization on multigenerational timescales, which is a prerequisite for a project that could take centuries or millennia to succeed. He is an elected member of the International Institute for Space Law, and he serves as chair of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Study Group on Active SETI: Scientific, Technical, Societal, and Legal Dimensions. Prior to founding METI, for sixteen years Dr. Vakoch worked at the SETI Institute, where he was Director of Interstellar Message Composition.

In an interview with Futurism, Douglas Vakoch mentioned that when Frank Drake did his first search in 1960 for extraterrestrials, he did it with only one frequency. Scientist Frank Drake monitored asteroids and sent signals into space in an attempt to make contact with other-worldly beings. In contrast, now we can use billions of different frequencies in effort to start communications. Vakoch explains.

“My hunch is that in the next decade or two, we will detect extra-terrestrials if they are out there and trying to make contact.”

METI and Vakoch are sending these signals out into space, in spite of warnings from people like Stephen Hawking, who have advised against making contact with beings which could be potentially much more intelligent and powerful than the human race. Hawkins claims that METI might not know what they’re up against. Hawkins said, “If (we connect with the aliens), they will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria.” Which Hawkins says could start the end of mankind. Stephen Hawkins added, “As I grow older I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone.”

In a recent interview with Futurism, Douglas Vakoch said that he does not take Stephen Hawking’s warnings lightly while also going on to support why he thinks that Hawking’s ideas might be wrong. Vakoch had this to say.

“Well, when Stephen Hawking, a brilliant cosmologist, has said, ‘whatever you do, don’t transmit, we don’t want the aliens to come to Earth,’ You’ve got to take it seriously.”

But Vakoch claims that there’s one key point that Hawking really doesn’t seem to take into consideration in this assessment. Vakoch argues that we have been transmitting unknowingly to aliens for decades. Dr. Vakoch continues.

“It’s the fact that every civilization that does have the ability to travel to Earth could already pick up I Love Lucy. So we have been sending our existence into space with radio signals for 78 years. Even before that, two and a half billion years, we have been telling the Universe that there is life on here because of the oxygen in our atmosphere. So if there’s any alien out there paranoid about competition, it could have already come and wipe us out. If they’re on their way, it’s a lot better strategy to say we’re interested in being conversational partners. Let’s strike up a new conversation.”

So, we may have the technology to communicate with aliens in the very near future, but should we start a conversation? Stephen Hawking’s warns that it could be the end of humanity while other scientists claim that it can be a huge step forward. While we wait, check out Douglas Vakoch’s interview stating his case via Futurism.

Off Grid Tribalism 101



A lot of things have changed within society and the off grid movement has very much been affected by the larger tribalism program.

To some its natural to divide into groups based on race but I suspect that is only physical programming (not based in spirit) and some physical programmings are meant to be overcome by powerful spirits.

Its part of breaking free from the matrix. The tribalism I am seeing now is startling and difficult to even speak of but im breaking silence now because its healing to share something traumatic.

Much of this will be used in a future book about my life and thoughts. Expressing the pain of living in a very tribal county in Colorado is needed but also important to leave it out of the youtube videos in some cases.

Discussing tribalism has isolated me from…tribalists. Yeah you see once you actually talk about tribalists from outside their tribe, thats it, your never hanging with that tribe again.

Seriously.. I mean SERIOUSLY. Why did it take me THIS long to see how sociopathic some people are?

The isolation from other humans or a tribe of my own has lead to particular mental stresses that arguably has gotten in the way of applying full energy to my other discussions. Ultimately I am here to help people in some way not just inform or entertain so I am using the current experiences to make me much stronger.

The main chunk of tribalism that I have complained of and felt is a sense that my ethnicity is widely distrusted in this particular geographic part of America and neighborhood but it also mirrors global events. That troubles me. Have we seen the worse of it?

Another in the private forum noticed the hatred seemed to lighten up UNTIL another “terror attack.” How convenient as MSM connects social media and online videos with IS recruitment. So not only is there trouble for those of us in the independent media trying to earn a living producing our own content and running our own websites, there is trouble it seems for anyone labeled a threat by nature.

Many white nationalists have chosen to run with narratives demonizing immigrants of various kinds (esp middle eastern) as serial rapists…some make allegations of immigrants raping women TO DEATH in Sweden. I will tell you, when you are born into the body of a human targeted like this with such hatred, it wakes you up and i am awake. I am awake that I woke up in the incarnation of Nazi Germany and I bear the mark, the DNA, the name, even the content and ideas marked for TERMINATION by the archons of this world. And if the devil of this world takes me out, so be it. If im such a threat to the DEVIL, and they failed to trick ME into self destruction, their hit squad taking me out of this reality will only signify the power of my energy words, deeds and actions (mostly through online video and perhaps in unknown other ways around me). I would take it a compliment and face the bullet without fear of what may come next.

Normal people in normal society dont deal with such thoughts but that is the hand I was dealt. I understand at a deeper level that my independence comes with a price, that includes independent thoughts and ideas and the sharing of such. It doesn’t lead to those lost in the illusions of separation (race, ideas, other) to be drawn to me butrather to be repealed. Its something i have to accept as I have also prayed that evil in human form will be repealed from coming near me in anyway.

I have put out various mantras or affirmations with regards to remaining safe from the demonically possessed and thus in a county with many troubled by the racial tribalism, its lead to a lonely experience.

One things for sure, you cant help off gridders stand up for their property rights if they don’t believe in human rights for others.

Response to this blog at my forum:

“Tribalism is insane. I don’t understand why people represent and stand for there culture. Culture is a man made belief system. And there country is a piece of dirt. And there race is just a combination of genetics. Very narrow minded. I hav seen people literally eat walk talk act think live just like there culture told them to. You see Indians at Indian restaurants Chinese at Chinese restaurants like they are under some kind of spell. How can one culture be better than another culture when every single culture is a man made belief system. Why can’t all cultures share there talents and knowledge with other cultures. Instead they turn it into tribalism and competition. I believe low self esteem is a part of tribalism mind set. Look at me Ima part of something. All of us are on the same page. Or maybe they are afraid to be outside of the box again that seems to be a product of low self esteem. Is it really a crime that your way of viewing things is not influence by any filter such as culture religion or societies expectation? It really has got to a point where any form of diversity outside of the box thinking is mental illness. Apparently thinking for yourself means you are Neo from the matrix.”

Creating Alternative (Independent) Media while Living Off the Grid


I am about to go into my 2nd winter here at this particular off grid location in Colorado.

Despite losing the online job in August (that I had for 2.5 years) I am confident that I will be alright financially but barely.

YouTube revenue has fallen dramatically since April of this year to at levels just under 200 dollars per month in estimated revenue.

With a few additional periodic donations from supporters, and a few dozen ON DEMAND subscribers, I’m confident that I can survive another winter. I also have most of the basic items that I need including more candles and battery powered lights. My basic studio setup using OSB software is better that the way I was producing and uploading videos last winter so I have learned some things about making some production progress. Right now it seems I have all the tools I need as well as space to do a great deal of things. The rest lies in personal discipline to overcome other distractions and personal difficulties including emotional issues from unresolved past issues. This is where writing is coming in to help mediate some of those prolonged inner struggles with pain.

Sometimes the car works and sometimes its breaks down. Ultimately I am very fortunate to have a ride to town from a friend for supplies and I get to enjoy the occasional break from my land. These are moments that I look forward to and despite the less than positive vibes that I feel from elements of this county’s community, I hope to find a place in town – a coffee shop or restaurant where I feel comfortable relaxing and conversation with my friend and sometimes she brings one of her children. We are just friends and its been therapeutic to feel that someone local cares about my life. The tribalism however, has depressed me and I will discuss it on my other thread in greater detail.

I choose to let my chosen isolation (because it was my goal to go off the grid) be a greater catalyst for honing my communication abilities and message. I aim to not feel like a victim of the tribalism or a sense of being a outsider. It is true I have been a outsider in many circumstances throughout my life and so thus, this is nothing new.

I seek to remind myself of that when I feel down when I am in situations in which I feel stuck without anyone around or seemingly willing to help me. If there is 1 lesson to take from the recent car situation, it is this: Sometimes no one will come to rescue you when you need to rescue yourself. Or said another way, find another way or friend to help fix the problem. In the case of the car, a proper jump from that same female friend got the car going, however the battery is dead again but I do not think problem is serious and that power, battery issue might be easily fixed.

The point is, I have overcome certain challenges and have been able to remain on my land without a need to get to town for long periods and on a limited income all the while not being on welfare and all my income deriving from the content that I create here online.

In that sense I dont feel like a victim but someone living a very special life if that I choose to create for myself. There are many examples of how I am living in very specific times or rather living a very unique and special REALITY – creating media while off grid. The topics however are just as important as others may be off grid with focuses on other things outside of current affairs or controversial topics. For myself, this life achievement of being able to be free enough to create my own media while remaining full time is a special thing and something that is still being explored and expressed.

I often refer to this time space reality that I am in as a provider of information while living remote as a age in between ages. The age previous to this did not have this technology and our ancestors had to work much harder to share a idea or document something. Perhaps with that came greater thought and quality to the message shared. The age I am in now is the first time messages of various forms – audio – video – other – are being transported around the world.
There is the light and dark expression of the transfer of ideas immediately though technology.

The age in which we are going has much uncertainty as a whole and for those sharing independent ideas.

Despite the conspiracies discussed, I never lost myself to a fallacy of a conspiracy that ‘the man’ or google was holding me down. Its true they are throwing the independent content creator under the bus because thats what corporate giants do. But its business, not personal. Having the hindsight to see the larger picture, I don’t feel totally like a victim with youtube and google because at least I generate SOME income and lately the shortfall has been made up through public support.

So this is a big moment for me to step into shoes where I can be a online voice of reason in the wilderness. To be able to do so required so many microcosmic forces to be in motion – from getting the land – to maintaining a online job 2.5 years just long enough to get to where I am now with affordable internet and keeping my bills under 400 a month…and now making up the youtube shortfall.

It seems there is potential for much growth on my own platform granted i put in the work necessary. On that note, this is really about my soul expressing itself and all that that entails. To do so I must find the strength to use this particular forum to start hashing out and processing certain personal stories and ideas that Im not necessarily putting on youtube. In processing that content in a healthy manner and making certain ideas available immediately for a select audience.

Im trying to see things as they are at this time and how to best maximize my growth and share the ideas that need to be shared. Obviously writing is a medium that I haven’t used enough in recent years but ill be bringing some balance to that over the course of this winter.

The Effect of Artificial Magnetic Field Energy on the Spirit in these High Tech Dark Ages


Alex Ansary discusses the effect of living in dense population centers of today’s high tech day and age and the potential consequences to general health.

China Furious after Bank Sanctioned by United States

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping chat as they walk along the front patio of the Mar-a-Lago estate after a bilateral meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 7, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria


The US Treasury department has severed a small Chinese bank’s ties with the US financial system over its alleged support for North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.

The measures against Bank of Dandong come days before Donald Trump’s first official visit to China and indicate that questions over China’s relationship with North Korea will continue to dog the relationship between the US president and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Donald Trump Deleted from Twitter


It appears TRUE that Trump’s twitter page has been deleted. Is this being done to further a false narrative that the establishment hates Trump? Seems likely as social media is about to be used to edit out alternative media content.


Last night, a rogue Twitter employee celebrated their last day with the company by deactivating President Donald Trump’s account. In response, Twitter said it has “implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again.” But the company declined to offer any explanation for how it would restrict access to tools that have been accessible to a range of Twitter employees, including contractors. Former employees say the company has known about the risks of rogue employees for years — and that Trump’s 11-minute deactivation isn’t the first time an employee targeted an account on their way out of the company.

In the wake of Trump’s account deactivation shortly before 10PM ET on Thursday, former employees gathered in an internal Slack that they use to discuss the company’s travails. The rogue employee, who has not been identified, was an immediate source of fascination. “We’re now referring to this individual as ‘the legend,’” one former employee told The Verge. At the same time, the former employee was not surprised by the incident. “People have ‘dropped the mic’ in the past and deleted accounts, verified users, and otherwise abused their power on the last day,” the employee said. In each case, the employee said, the abuse was caught quickly and did not become public.

These “mic drops” were possible because of the broad availability of customer support tools inside Twitter. The company won’t say how many people have access to the tools necessary to deactivate an account like Trump’s — and after today, the number is likely much lower. But up until now, as many as hundreds of people have had access to the tools, which let employees see a broad range of information about the account. The access does not allow employees to send tweets from other users’ accounts, or to read a user’s direct messages.

Still, the lack of protections around accounts for so-called Very Important Tweeters was a known issue inside the company, former employees said. Of particular concern is that many of the customer support staff with high-level privileges are third-party contractors located in the Philippines and Singapore. The New York Times reported on Friday that the person responsible for deactivating Twitter’s account was a third-party contractor.

“People pressed to say, there needs to be some kind of escalation flow, or prioritization flow,” one former employee said. “Someone in Singapore can’t be the person to make a 3-second decision on whether to suspend a verified account. I don’t know where that exists today. My hope is that those flows exist. If not, that’s pretty scary.”

Indeed, while many former employees tweeted their amusement at the incident, others were concerned. “You want to believe that Twitter has gone above and beyond to build tooling and redundancies that prevent any human error around this account given how consequential one tweet could be,” another ex-employee told me of the @realdonaldtrump account. “This mistake is incredibly concerning.”

Multiple former employees defended the need for customer service tools enabling quick account suspensions. If a hacker obtained access to the president’s account, for example, a customer service employee at Twitter would be able to quickly disable it. Similar tools exist at the other big tech companies, from Facebook to Uber. “This type of thing is possible at lots of tech companies — even if they build internal security,” said one former Twitter employee who now works at another large social network. “Ultimately, the best you can do is lock down access to as few people as possible and make the repercussions really harsh.”

But others worried that the incident revealed weaknesses in Twitter security that could be exploited by bad actors, including state-sponsored hackers. “It gets really chilling when you think about, what if a state is able to recruit somebody as an asset internally, and then go in and shut down accounts at a really key time?” one former employee said. “Or is able to obtain some sort of information about that account? There’s lots of really bad, bad versions of this that could play out.”

Twitter declined to comment beyond a handful of tweets from its TwitterGov account. “We won’t be able to share all details about our internal investigation or updates to our security measures, but we take this seriously and our teams are on it,” the account said. An open question is whether the former employee who took down Trump’s account could be subject to criminal charges. A person familiar with the situation said Twitter had not yet been contacted law enforcement.

Trump Admits to Putin Meeting during Asia Trip



President Trump says he might meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his 12-day Asia trip this month.

Asked by Fox News host Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” whether he will speak with Putin on the trip, Trump said, “We may have a meeting with Putin. And, again — Putin is very important because they can help us with North Korea.”

Trump leaves Friday to travel to China, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines and South Korea as part of the 12-day trip.

The White House has not announced any plans for Trump to meet with Putin, and Russia is not on the list of countries he will be visiting. Trump is expected to attend multiple economic gatherings and international summits during his visit and the White House announced in October that Trump will meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Trump and Duterte’s sit-down will be one of the most-watched events of his 12-day trip to Asia, his first visit to the region as president.
He will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during trips to their respective countries.
The meetings will likely focus on Trump’s efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear program. His decision to scrap a Pacific Rim trade deal negotiated by the Obama administration will also be a major topic.
Trump and Putin met in July during the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The bilateral meeting reportedly lasted for more than two hours, rather than the 30 minutes it had been scheduled for.

The meeting was strictly limited in its participants, with only Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and two interpreters allowed in the room.

The bilateral meeting — the first between the two leaders — was closely watched in the U.S. Trump is facing numerous investigations back in Washington into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, as well as possible coordination between his campaign and Russia.

Russia makes Upgrades to Strategic Bombers



Russia’s upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bombers will remain unrivaled in terms of technology for the next 40 years, says Russian Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, who commanded the country’s air force until recently.

Speaking to Russia’s TASS news agency on Wednesday, Bondarev, who chairs the Federation Council Defense and Security Committee, said even the first generation of the Soviet-era aircraft could still hold its ground against similar Western designs.

“For example, the strategic Tu-160 missile carrier is still unrivaled in the world and so many technologies will be incorporated in it when its production is resumed that it will remain a super-new plane for another 40 years,” said the Aerospace Force ex-commander, who led the force for two years before resigning in September.

It was reported in 2015 that Russia had made a decision to resume the production of Tu-160 bomber— codenamed Blackjack by NATO— in their upgraded Tu-160M2 modification and reschedule the development of the new-generation bomber PAK DA (Perspective Airborne Complex of Long-Range Aviation) for a later term.

However, the upgrade program was sped up in January this year, after Putin ordered Tupolev to resume producing Blackjacks.

Bondarev said in June that the first Tu-160M2 was expected to take off in 2018. The serial production would begin around 2023, he noted. The Russian Aerospace Force intends to purchase no less than 50 of the aircraft.

According to latest official data, Russia currently operates 16 Tu-160 aircraft, about half of which already modernized over the past years.

The Tu-160 is considered the world’s largest and heaviest combat aircraft, the fastest bomber currently in use, and the largest and heaviest variable-sweep wing airplane to have ever flown.

It was reported in late August that the Russian military had finished modernizing a Tupolev Tu-160 long-range bomber along with two modernized turboprop-powered Tu-95MS (Bear) bombers as well as a supersonic Tu-22M.

The soviet-era long-range bombers are designed to carry nuclear warheads. They are also armed with nuclear-capable cruise missiles.

Russian military experts claim that the Tu-160M2 is “leagues ahead of all other strategic bombers in the world” and “outperforms” its stealth American counterparts B-2 Spirit and the B-1B Lancer in terms of speed, range, flight altitude and operational payload.

China Targets Guam in Wargame Exercise #ww3



China has practiced bombing runs targeting the U.S. territory of Guam, one of a host of activities making U.S. forces here consider Beijing the most worrisome potential threat in the Pacific, even as North Korea pursues a nuclear warhead.

Beyond the well-publicized military build up on man-made islands in the South China Sea, China has built up its fleet of fighters to the extent that it operates a daily, aggressive campaign to contest airspace over the East China Sea, South China Sea and beyond, U.S. military officials in the region said. China has also taken several other non-military steps that are viewed as attempts to make it much more difficult for the U.S. to operate there and defend allies in the future.

The officials described the escalatory behaviors by China in a briefing they provided to reporters traveling with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.

The officials said despite increased threats by North Korea as it pursues its nuclear weapons program, a conflict with North Korea is still viewed as “a fight we can win,” they said. With China, they said they “worry about the way things are going.”

China “is very much the long-term challenge in the region,” said Dunford, who was not part of the briefing. “When we look at the capabilities China is developing, we’ve got to make sure we maintain the ability to meet our alliance commitments in the Pacific.”

Over the last year Japan has scrambled 900 sorties to intercept Chinese fighters challenging Japan’s air defense identification zone, or ADIZ. In 2013 China announced borders for its own ADIZ, borders which overlapped Japan’s zone and included the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Since then, increased interactions between Japanese and Chinese aircraft ultimately resulted in Japan relocating two fighter squadrons to Naha Air Base on Okinawa to more easily meet the incursions, the officials said.

“We now have, on a daily basis, armed Chinese Flankers and Japanese aircraft” coming in close proximity of each other, the officials said, adding that intercepts between the U.S. and China are also increasing.

Facebook: Over 146M have seen Russian Propaganda


In my opinion, the US government would have to have already known this was going on because they already had their fingerprints inside of facebook.


Content linked to Russia may have reached as many as 146 million people on Facebook and Instagram before the 2016 presidential election, Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch testified Wednesday.

The figure is an increase of 20 million over the company’s previous estimate.

The new number reflects the approximately 20 million people who may have seen Russia-linked content on Instagram, Stretch said. The company’s data on Instagram posts “is not as complete” as its analysis of Facebook posts, he added.

Facebook previously said that as many as 126 million people may have seen content posted by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency.

Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012.

Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter appeared Wednesday morning before members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify on Russian interference in the 2016 election. They will appear before the House Intelligence Committee later in the day.

Will there be a Mass Exodus of Americans from US Cities?


There may come a time when people in large numbers flee the largest US cities.

A Digital Voice in the Online Wilderness


Using the technology while we can as a digital voice of reason in the brave new world’s online wilderness.