Daniel Webster on Executive Power

From The Mouths of Old Men – Series I, Vol. One

Quote from a speech by Daniel Webster
“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of power; but they cannot justify it, even if we were sure that they existed. It is hardly too strong to say, that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intention, real or pretended.

When bad intentions are boldly avowed, the people will promptly take care of themselves. On the other hand, they will always be asked why they should resist or question that exercise of power which is so fair in its object, so plausible and patriotic in appearance, and which has the public good alone confessedly in view? Human beings, we may be assured, will generally exercise power when they can get it; and they will exercise it most undoubtedly, in popular governments, under pretences of public safety or high public interest. It may be very possible that good intentions do really sometimes exist when constitutional restraints are disregarded.

There are men, in all ages, who mean to exercise power usefully; but who mean to exercise it. They mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters. They think there need be but little restraint upon themselves.”

Daniel Webster, New York, March 15, 1837 – Excerpt from a speech delivered at Niblo’s Saloon

Water on Mars! (but don’t pack a bag just yet)

Mars Rover depicted on the surface of Mars

For those who feel earth has nothing left to discover or nowhere to run from tyranny, Mars may have just become a beacon of hope. According to a series of new papers published in the journal Science, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has found what is a surprisingly high quantity of water in Martian topsoil. “We now know there should be abundant, easily accessible water on Mars,” according to Laurie Leshin, dean of science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and […] Read more »

Good Trade Items for SHTF

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Are you adding trading items to your preps? It is a good idea to consider what items you have cheap or easy access to now that you could store just for trading later on. Of course, no matter the survival situation, the usual vices will probably have their expected values, but society can’t live on vices alone. Here’s a few ideas for good items to have on hand for trading just in case we ever see SHTF. See more videos […] Read more »

9 Improvised Cooking Techniques For Survival Situations

campfire cooking improvised kitchen

In case you find yourself on the move without a vehicle or pack animals to carry heavy cooking vessels like cast iron skillets and dutch ovens (or in case you get separated from your well stocked rucksack), here are some of the many other ways of cooking food using natural materials, as described in “The Green Beret Gourmet”: Clay Ovens: Construct an arched structure of green sticks (similar in shape to a beehive) Insert a thick stick vertically through the top to form a […] Read more »

Emergency officials urge residents to prepare for 9.0 earthquake in Oregon

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The Mail Tribune of Medford, OR is reporting that emergency officials are in southern Oregon this week attempting to persuade residents to prepare for a “magnitude 9.0 earthquake that could seriously disrupt food, water, transportation and other vital services,” reports the Mail Tribune. “People need to have an emergency plan for their families,” said Kim Lippert, spokesman for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Officials are saying that Oregon is due for a 9.0 magnitude earthquake at any time. See […] Read more »

Three Ways to Stock Up on Homegrown Food Without Electricity

A basket full of freshly harvested home grown carrots

When I started out homesteading seven years ago, I figured canning, drying, freezing, or otherwise preserving the summer harvest was the best (and only) way to stay away from grocery store produce during the cold months. Boy was I wrong! Winter greenery It doesn’t take a greenhouse to provide fresh, leafy greens year-round in most parts of the United States. Eliot Coleman is generally credited with inventing the quick hoop (row cover fabric stretched over PVC hoops, shown above) to […] Read more »

Emergency Survival: Hunting and Gathering vs. Store Bought Preparedness

fishing emergency survival

Given the fact that I hunt & fish for recreation, a friend asked me recently whether I could rely on the hunter-gatherer approach for emergency survival. This got me to thinking. Sometimes knowing what you don’t know is just as important for emergency survival, as what you do know. For example, bagging an elk is one thing – but when it comes to preparing the meat and storing it for the long term, especially without the aid of an electric […] Read more »

New App Paints Target on Homes of Suspected Gun Owners

bad reviews for app that puts gun owners in danger

Updated July 16th, 2013 Just when you thought the debate over gun ownership couldn’t get any more ridiculous, here comes a major leap by one side toward the deadly, and it’s not the side you might think. A new app for Android phones is asking users to share the location of anyone they suspect as owning a gun, then labels these locations and their residents as “dangerous” and encourages users to keep away. The app seems, also to be calling […] Read more »

Become a “Knothead”: Knot Tying as a Survival Skill

The "Ashley Book of Knots". Originally published in 1944, it contains thousands of knot-tying illustrations.

Knot tying is a very interesting skill that can come in handy in many different ways – including as a survival skill. There are a variety of knot-tying categories: rope knots, boating knots, fishing knots, etc. Each has specific types of knots, and tying them correctly could be the difference between safety and injury. But rope can be as dangerous as it is helpful. Having even a basic knowledge rope and knot safety is extremely important and could prevent injury. […] Read more »

Product Review: Humless PowerCrystal Emergency Cell Charger

This slim, portable backup battery from cell phones has the potential to be a real lifesaver during power outages & travel emergencies.

We recently tested the Humless USB Rechargeable Battery, aka the “PowerCrystal” – a slim, portable backup battery for cell phones and other electronic devices. Our rating: ? ? ? ? Quick take: Affordable, slim, lightweight Having backup power for cell phones & other electric devices is one of my top prepping concerns. During the Northeast Blackout of 2003, I went without power for 2 days while living in Manhattan, where I was attending college. With no backup battery for my […] Read more »

Does this scare you? Secret provision in gang of 8 bill DOUBLES unemployed Americans

Marco Rubio trying to duck away from filmmaker

As of last Friday, July 5th, 2013, there were 11.8 million U.S. citizens who cannot find a job. (source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) That number does not include people who have stayed or come here illegally looking for work, since they are in hiding and not likely to participate in a government survey. So how does unemployment have anything to do with the monstrous emigration bill being pushed by the so-called gang of eight? There are about 12 million […] Read more »