Can’t say that I am an expert on bags, but this had good reviews so I took a chance with it. The Mil-Tec Molle 36L Backpack is a solid bag, well constructed. Plenty of molle attachment points as well as a good amount of pockets. Comes in quite a few colors too.

It’s not the biggest bag I own, nor the smallest. At 36L, it makes for a good Car Bag, GOOD, BOB or 72 Hour Bag. I’ve used it on 2-day hikes in the Rockies during summer and it held up well. Had two of them for about 2 years now, no complaints. So far, they’re a good value.

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Cheers and watch your six.
-Southern Watchman

REASONThe United Kingdom has been on a nanny-state bender lately. Already this year, British authorities have cracked down on Nazi dog videos, pocket knives, and sectarian songs. And now the current Conservative government has announced plans to ban plastic straws and stirrers.

“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May in a statement released today. May vowed a national plan of action to rid the country of “avoidable plastic waste” by the year 2042, promising that Environment Minister Michael Gove would develop a plan this year to ban straws.

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INTERNATIONAL LIBERTY – After the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, I explained that the gun-control policies being pushed by left-leaning students such as David Hogg would be utterly ineffective at deterring evil people.

But give the kid credit. He’s fully exploiting his 15 minutes of fame (in a way that makes Sandra Fluke look like an amateur).

His latest idea is to somehow boycott financial firms that do business with gun manufacturers.

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Southern Watchman says:

We started a revolution over 3% tax on tea. Now we complacently sit while our own government takes 30% to 40% of our paycheck.

This is unacceptable. We the People won’t tolerate this forever.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Cheers and watch your six,
– Southern Watchman

 

REASONYesterday was “Tax Day.” It was April 17 this year because April 15 fell on Sunday and Monday was Emancipation Day. But by calling April 17 “Tax Day,” the media miss the big picture. As John Stossel observes, income taxes make up less than half the tax most of us pay.

We also must pay payroll tax, corporate tax, gift tax, gambling tax, federal unemployment tax, gas tax, cable and telecom taxes, plane ticket tax, FCC subscriber line charges, car documentation fees, liquor and cigarette taxes, etc. Voters don’t often notice all these sneaky taxes.

View the full article here: https://reason.com/blog/2018/04/18/when-it-comes-to-taxes-government-always

Libertarian Basics: Pro-Choice

Posted: 23rd April 2018 by SouthernWatchman in Freedoms, LibertyLinkMedia, SouthernWatch

Basically, get Government out of as much of your life as absolutely possible so you can be as free as possible. Why would anyone be against that?

Check out the latest great video from Liberty Link Media:

 

 

Anyone else feel like this is happening around us every day? Being told what is “hate speech” and “hate think”?

Southern Watchman says:

Sessions needs to step down. Or be thrown out. Either way, he’s more of a threat to liberty than the local pot head is.

Cheers and watch your six,
– Southern Watchman

 

REASONJeff Sessions proposes D.E.A. control country’s supply of legal opioids. Once again misdiagnosing the problem entirely, Attorney General Sessions on Tuesday proposed to combat America’s opioid-addiction issues by exerting extreme control over the inventories of legal painkiller manufacturers. Under Sessions’ proposal, the federal government would force pharmaceutical companies to account for and justify all pills sold to medical providers.

“If D.E.A. believes that a company’s opioids are being diverted for misuse, then they will reduce the amount of opioids that company can make,” said Sessions.

Sigh. For all the well-deserved attention to opioid-related harm and deaths in this country, few manage to avoid mystifying the crisis or making it into a more complicated issue than it is. Surely it’s true that some people are abusing heroin to fill existential voids brought on by economic hardships, just as some people got hooked on prescription opioids due to careless prescribing by pharma-bought doctors—though far fewer of the latter than many people suppose. But what makes “the opioid epidemic” so particularly dramatic and deadly at this current moment is more pharmacological than psychological. The market is flooded with fentanyl (or similarly strong synthetic opioids), and nobody outside a lab knows how to dose it right.

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RON PAUL INSTITUTEundefinedWe are now being told (and I assure you I am not making this up) that if the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons doesn’t find evidence that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack in Douma last week, it’s because Russia hid the evidence.“It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site,” reports US Ambassador Kenneth Ward. “It is our concern that they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to conduct an effective investigation.”I guess the idea is that this international top-level investigative team on which tremendous credibility has been placed by the western world can be thwarted by Russians showing up with a Hoover and spraying some Febreze in the air like a teenage stoner when mom comes home? I’m not sure, but given the immense dearth of evidence we’ve been seeing in support of the establishment Douma narrative and the mounting pile of evidence contradicting it, it sure does sound fishy.Now that the jihadist-occupied suburb of Douma has been retaken by the Syrian government, western journalists have been allowed in to poke around and start asking questions, and so far it isn’t looking great for the propaganda machine.The Independent‘s Robert Fisk has published a report which affirms the story so many westerners have been dismissing as Kremlin propaganda for days now after interviewing a doctor from the hospital of the area where the Douma attack was supposed to have occurred. Dr Assim Rahaibani told Fisk that what was in actuality an outbreak of respiratory distress among occupants of a dusty oxygen-deprived tunnel was made to look like the aftereffects of a chemical weapons attack when a member of the White Helmets started shouting about a gas attack in front of a bunch of video cameras. Everyone panicked and started hosing themselves down, but in the video, according to Rahaibani, “what you see are people suffering from hypoxia — not gas poisoning.”This report was independently backed up by a reporter from One America News Network named Pearson Sharp, who gave a detailed account of his interviews with officials, doctors, as well as many civilians on the street Sharp says he deliberately selected at random in order to avoid accusations of bias. Many people hadn’t even heard that a chemical weapons attack had taken place, and the ones who had said it was staged by Jaysh al-Islam. The staff at the hospital, including a medic-in-training who was an eyewitness to the incident, gave the same story as the account in Fisk’s report.The increasing confidence with which these unapproved narratives are being voiced and the increasing discomfort being exhibited by empire loyalists like Ambassador Ward indicate a weakening narrative in the greater propaganda campaign against the Assad government and its allies, but don’t hold your breath for the part where Fox News and the BBC turn around and start asking critical questions of the governments that they are meant to be holding to account.The journalists who have been advancing the establishment narrative on Syria aren’t about to start reporting that they’ve gotten the entire Syria story assballs backward and have been promoting a version of events manufactured for the benefit of CIA-MI6-Mossad agendas. You’re not about to see CNN, who last year staged a fake scripted interview with a seven year-old Syrian girl to manufacture support for escalations against Assad, suddenly turn around and start asking if we’re being told the full story about what’s happening Syria.Watch them closely. Watch how they steadfastly ignore the growing mountain of evidence and keep promoting the Syrian regime change agenda that the western empire has been working toward for decades. Watch them dismiss all evidence they can’t ignore as Kremlin propaganda and shift the narrative whenever things start to look bad for them. Those riding the crest of the wave of establishment media are too far gone into the blob to ever admit error and change. The least among us aren’t about to stop constructing a public reality tunnel which depicts them as heroes of truth, tear it all down, and start advancing a narrative which makes them look like fools at best and villains at worst. It will not happen.Luckily for us, it doesn’t need to. Internet censorship is still far from closing the door on our ability to network and share information, and we’ve been very effective at sowing skepticism among the masses. The war propagandists are not nearly as good at their jobs as they want to believe, and we can beat them.They work so hard to manufacture support for war because they require that consent. If the oligarchs try to launch a war against a disobedient nation amidst very clear opposition from the public, they will shatter the illusion of freedom and democracy that their entire empire is built upon, and then they’re exposed. Corporatist oligarchy has succeeded in weaving its web of dominance because its oppression has thus far remained hidden and its depravity disguised as humanitarianism. They cannot expose themselves by transgressing a loud NO from the public or else the masses will realize that everything they used to believe about their country, their government and their world is a lie.They won’t risk that. We can force them into retreating from open war by circulating facts and information and keeping a healthy level of skepticism circulating among the public. Watch them squirm, move goalposts and shift narratives, and point and yell about it whenever it happens. We can win the media war against the propagandists. We have truth on our side.Reprinted with author’s permission from Medium.com.Support Johnstone’s work on Patreon or PaypalView the full article here: http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/april/17/us-russia-hacked-the-evidence-of-chemical-attack-in-syria/

RON PAUL INSTITUTE – Retired United States Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W. Bush administration, explains in a new interview the reason he believes the US president “can do anything he pleases with regard to the armed forces of the United States anytime he pleases.” That reason, says Wilkerson in a The Real News Interview with host Sharmini Peries, “is because the American people are apathetic” and “their representatives in the Congress are … cowards” who, but for “few exceptions like [Sen.] Mike Lee [(R-UT)] and [Sen.] Bernie Sanders [(I-VT)] and some of the others,” will not do anything to restrain such exercise of presidential power.

Commercial interests related to oil and gas, further argues Wilkerson, who is a professor at the College of William & Mary, are “at the bottom of” why the US would intervene various places overseas including in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Presenting other reasons for the US intervention, says Wilkerson, “is just lying to the American people.” But, he continues, the US has a long history of lying to justify intervention, giving the examples of the Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars.

“All that is nonsense,” exclaims Wilkerson, in regard to reasons such as “this is for freedom, this is for democracy, this is to stop the use of chemical weapons” that a president may offer to justify military interventions. Instead, Wilkerson concludes that Smedley Butler had it right in explaining the purpose is advancing commercial interests. And looking to the missiles launched into Syria a few days ago and the ongoing US-backed war against Yemen, Wilkerson identifies benefit flowing to Raytheon that makes weapons including missiles, as well as other weapons manufacturers. Summing up this situation, Wilkerson declares, “You could say we are killing people in the world for Raytheon and DOD [(the Department of Defense)].”

Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview here:

Wilkerson is a member of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Academic Board.View the full article here: http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/april/17/lawrence-wilkerson-cowardly-congress-apathetic-americans-allow-us-military-intervention/

DOOM AND BLOOMAppendicitis Off The Grid

Blocked appendix

After a disaster or at a remote homestead, the medic may not have ready access to modern medical technology. As such, many conditions that are commonly identified with ultrasounds or CAT scans may be more challenging to diagnose. One of these challenges is abdominal pain. There are various medical issues that cause it, with the classic example of an abdominal emergency being appendicitis. Over 300,000 Americans have their appendix removed every year.

The Appendix

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DOOM AND BLOOMSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #386

MUDSLIDES

MUDSLIDES

Spring has sprung, and snowmelt plus heavy rains may increase the risk of mudslides, aka debris flows, in many areas. Find out more about this dangerous natural phenomenom which is akin to a river of wet concrete, plus some early warning signs that you property is at risk. Joe and Amy, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, also discuss a new E. Coli outbreak that is hitting several states across the country but is still mysterious in its origin, plus their recommendations for water disinfection and how it compares to official EPA directives.

bacterial outbreak in 7 states

bacterial outbreak in 7 states

Also, some examples as to when the medic has to make tough decisions in survival settings, like giving medicines to someone who is really sick but claims to have an allergy to the only drug or natural option you’ve got in your medical supplies.

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