We Already Have a Universal Basic Income

By: Laurence M. Vance, lewrockwell.com

Harvard dropout and Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg recently gave the commencement address at Harvard. In his speech he proposed a “universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”

But Zuckerberg is not alone.

First it was Milton Friedman, then it was Charles Murray, and then it was Matt Zwolinski. Now it is Michael Tanner and Jesse Walker. Why are some libertarians even talking about a universal basic income or a guaranteed minimum income? Why are some libertarians trying to be efficiency experts for the welfare state?

We already have a universal basic income. It is called welfare.

There are in the United States about eighty means-tested welfare programs. These are programs that limit benefits or payments based on the beneficiary’s income and/or assets. There are also welfare programs that most Americans have never heard of. And there are other welfare programs that most Americans don’t consider to be welfare programs.

Welfare is welfare, no matter what it is called and no matter what people think about.

The elderly have Social Security and Medicare.

The elderly poor also have access to the Elderly Nutrition Program and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

The disabled have Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and are also eligible for Social Security and Medicare.

The poor have Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP [formerly known as food stamps]), section 8 housing vouchers, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), subsidized phone service, community health centers, public housing, and family planning programs.

Hungry children have school breakfast and lunch programs.

Low-income taxpayers have refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), and the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC).

The unemployed have free federal job training programs.

Those who get laid off from their jobs have unemployment compensation.

Low-income pregnant women and new mothers have Healthy Start and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Low-income students have Pell Grants and all students have access to federal student loans.

Farmers have farm subsidies.

Refugees have assistance programs.

Homeowners have low-cost federal flood insurance.

All parents can send their children to public schools at no cost.

Let’s take a closer look at just one of the above welfare programs: the EITC.

Unlike regular tax credits, refundable tax credits are a form of welfare. A regular tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the amount of income tax owed. Tax credits may reduce the tax owed to zero, but if there is no taxable income to begin with, then no credit can be taken. A refundable tax credit is treated as a payment from the taxpayer like federal income tax withheld or estimated tax payments. If the tax credit “payment” is more than the tax owed after the regular tax credits are applied, then the “taxpayer” receives a refund of the money he never actually paid in. The money is simply taken from real taxpayers and transferred to him.

According to the IRS:

The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund.

For the tax year 2016, the maximum EITC amounts are:

$6,269 with three or more qualifying children

$5,572 with two qualifying children

$3,373 with one qualifying child

$506 with no qualifying children

To qualify for the EITC, if one is single, earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than $14,880 (no children), $39,296 (1 child), $44,648 (2 children), or $47,955 (3 or more children). For married taxpayers, the amounts are $20,430 (no children), $44,846 (1 child), $50,198 (2 children), $53,505 (3 or more children).

If one has three children, the sweet spot to receive the maximum EITC is achieved when one has income of at least $13,900 but less than $18,200 (single) or $23,750 (married). And don’t think that people receiving the EITC don’t have some idea of this.

Americans who receive the EITC get another added benefit as well. According to page 58 of the IRS’s 1040 instructions for 2016:

Any refund you receive as a result of taking the EIC can’t be counted as income when determining if you or anyone else is eligible for benefits or assistance, or how much you or anyone else can receive, under any  federal  program or under any state or local program  financed in whole or in part with federal funds. These programs include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income  (SSI), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). In addition, when determining eligibility, the refund can’t be counted as a resource for at least 12 months after you receive it. Check with your local benefit coordinator to find out if your refund will affect your benefits.

The problem with a guaranteed minimum income, like the problem with welfare in general, is that it is the government that is the guarantor. But before the government can give, it must first take from productive members of society. This is what makes all welfare immoral.

Libertarians who talk in any way about a universal basic income should make the immorality of welfare the central theme, not an afterthought.

Welfare doesn’t need to be reformed, improved, changed, replaced, fixed, saved, revamped, simplified, trimmed, or made more effective or efficient. It doesn’t need to have more stringent enrollment requirements, it doesn’t need drug testing for recipients, it doesn’t need stronger work requirements, and it doesn’t need time limits. It needs to be completely eliminated in its entirety, and all the government bureaucrats that administer welfare programs be laid off, not reassigned. The welfare state doesn’t need libertarian efficiency experts. It needs to be destroyed root and branch.


Laurence M. Vance [send him mail] writes from central Florida. He is the author of The War on Drugs Is a War on Freedom; War, Christianity, and the State: Essays on the Follies of Christian Militarism; War, Empire, and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy; King James, His Bible, and Its Translators, and many other books. His newest book is Gun Control and the Second Amendment. Visit his website.

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War With Russia? The Russians Announce Any U.S. Warplanes Flying Over Syria Will Be Treated As ‘Targets’

War With Russia? The Russians Announce Any U.S. Warplanes Flying Over Syria Will Be Treated As ‘Targets’ | F-18-from-the-Dryden-Flight-Research-Center-Edwards-California-Public-Domain | Military Special Interests US News War Propaganda

Is the escalating conflict in Syria setting the stage for World War III with Russia? On Sunday, a U.S. Navy F-18 shot down a Syrian Army SU-22 near Raqqa. This represents a major escalation by U.S. forces, because this is the very first time that the U.S. military has shot down a Syrian warplane since the civil war began back in 2011. Needless to say, the Russians were not pleased by this at all. In fact, according to the Independent the Russians have just announced that all U.S. warplanes flying over Syria will now be treated as “targets” by the Russian military…

Russia has said it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are also present as “targets” amid a diplomatic row caused by the downing of a Syrian jet.

The country’s defence ministry said it would track US-led coalition aircraft with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.

A hotline set up between Russia and the US to prevent mid-air collisions will also be suspended.

The Russians have some of the very best anti-aircraft systems on the entire planet, and they would be more than capable of shooting down our jets.

So let us hope that the Russians don’t cross that line, because the anti-Russian hysteria in Washington would go to an entirely new level if footage of U.S. jets being blown out of the sky started running 24 hours a day on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.

But if U.S. forces keep striking the Syrian military, at some point the Russians are not going to hold back any longer. According to the Washington Post, Sunday’s incident was “the fourth time within a month that the U.S. military has attacked pro-Syrian government forces”…

The Pentagon said the downing of the aircraft came hours after Syrian loyalist forces attacked U.S.-backed fighters, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the village of Ja’Din, southwest of Raqqa. The rare attack was the first time a U.S. jet has shot down a manned hostile aircraft in more than a decade, and it signaled the United States’ sharply intensifying role in Syria’s war.

The incident is the fourth time within a month that the U.S. military has attacked pro-Syrian government forces.

Most Americans have absolutely no idea how close to war we are in Syria. One wrong move and we could easily find ourselves in another war in the Middle East which would be far more serious than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever were.

That is because we probably wouldn’t just be fighting the Syrian government. We would also likely be fighting both Russia and Iran.

On Sunday, Iran escalated the conflict themselves by firing a number of missiles into eastern Syria

Iran’s military said Sunday that it has launched several missiles into eastern Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for the twin attacks that rocked Tehran on June 7.

The strikes are the first time Iran has fired missiles at another country in three decades and represent a major escalation of Iran’s role in the war in Syria.

For the United States, there is nothing to be gained by getting involved in the civil war in Syria. President Assad is definitely a bad guy, but so are the radical jihadist groups that are trying to overthrow him.

We say that we are conducting operations in Syria in order to fight ISIS, but ISIS forces in Syria are on their last legs at this point. If we allowed the Russians and the Iranians to focus on finishing off ISIS in Syria, that would free up U.S. resources to focus on ISIS strongholds in Iraq and elsewhere.

And once ISIS is completely vanquished, what will our policy in Syria be? Will we be dragged into a conflict that the Trump administration has always said that it wanted to avoid? The following comes from CNN

And yet now, as the Trump administration enters its sixth month, the US is being drawn into the very conflict its inaction had been intended to avoid. And as forces the US supports face danger from forces supporting the Syrian regime, the questions will get louder: What is US policy in Syria? And will the fight against ISIS lead the US into a war against Assad?

I will try to explain why things have gotten so complicated in the region.

In 2011, the “Arab Spring” was raging all over the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their Sunni allies in the region wanted to use that “opportunity” to overthrow President Assad in Syria, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her team decided that would be a wonderful idea. So massive protests against the Syrian government were organized, and money and arms were funneled to anti-Assad groups.

Pretty soon a horrible civil war broke out, and it has now raged on for six long years. The Syrian refugee crisis that we are dealing with today is the direct result of this civil war that Hillary Clinton had a hand in starting.

And everything was going according to plan at first. The radical jihadist groups that Saudi Arabia and Turkey were backing were winning, and it looked like Assad was going to lose.

But then Russia, Iran and Hezbollah intervened, and that totally turned the tide of the war.

Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their allies are still absolutely determined to find a way to win the war in Syria, and they see the U.S. as the key. They would love to get the U.S. into the war, but so far the U.S. has been hesitant to get fully involved in another quagmire in the Middle East.

But the Trump administration is unlikely to completely stop operations in Syria either, because Trump very much wants to have a positive relationship with the Saudis.

As ISIS continues to lose more territory, U.S. forces will increasingly find themselves operating in very close proximity to Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces.

We have already had four incidents of conflict between the two sides within the last month, and if we are not very careful we could end up in a major regional war in the Middle East.

So let us hope that cooler heads prevail, because we definitely don’t need another pointless war on our hands.


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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Alex Jones “Condolences” to Sandy Hook Parents (VIDEO)

Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Alex Jones "Condolences" to Sandy Hook Parents (VIDEO) | alex-jones | False Flags Multimedia Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News

There’s a funny thing about Truth, it needs to only be brought to light and then it penetrates your conscience and ultimately speaks for itself. We humans often operate with a sense of ownership of information which we quietly convince ourselves is the objective truth. We all like to think that we are right or that we know something that someone else doesn’t. This is a natural instinct in humanity that is part of who we are. This sense of ownership of Truth can lead to distortions about what makes something true or not because the sense of “ownership” is tied to affection and emotion. Think of someone enjoying a favorite music, food or color. The rules that should apply for getting at the truth are then distorted, ignored or forgotten thus disrupting the very path to truth we were supposed to be on. Yes, there are actual rules for getting at the truth! More on this later. This brings us to the recent Alex Jones “condolences” speech to the Sandy Hook “parents” (yes you read this right!). Let’s analyze the speech and see if we can make sense of it.

As many alternative media followers know by now Jones put out a strange short “Fathers Day” statement actually offering condolences to the Sandy Hook parents and essentially implying that accepting the Sandy Hook fakery and lies being told by everyone involved in the Sandy Hook fakery is the way to “peace in our country”! Yes, peace through lies! Easily verified lies given that there isn’t one shred of reality to the Sandy Hook botched psyop staged event of December 14, 2012. But instead of repeating the many well known pieces that don’t fit, instead of challenging the audience to see for themselves that fund-raising web pages were prepared for the “victims” BEFORE December 14, 2012 and instead of pointing to the towering lack of evidence surrounding Sandy Hook hoax Jones doubled down Jones in his statement saying:

“Parents should never have to bury their own children. And that’s why on Fathers Day I want to reach out to the parents of the slain children at the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut and give you my sincere condolences. I’d also like to reach out to any of the parents who lost a child in Newtown, to invite them to contact me to open a dialog because I think it’s really essential we do that instead of letting the MSM misrepresent things and really try to drive this nation apart. Right now is the time for unity and peace in our country I think now more than ever “

First, I want to be clear. This is not intended as a piece to bash Jones who I mostly agree with and appreciate what he does. And before we go bashing Jones or conversely making excuses for him let’s break this all down to pieces and see what we come up with.

The first thing I want to point out is, when was the last time Jones did a one minute rant? Jones usually rants for long and has a lot to say about topics. In fact this statement is handled in a very un-Jones-like manner. The speech is not only very short and concise but it seems very prepared. That’s strange in and of itself but let’s take a look at some of the more serious issues surrounding this bizarre speech reaching out to the Sandy Hook criminals and then we’ll explore to see if there is anything good that may come out of this or if it’s all bad.

The Megyn Kelly agenda

This speech appears to have been coordinated with the Megyn Kelly interview drama where Kelly specifically brings up Sandy Hook. I didn’t watch the full NBC interview but based on the trailer that NBC was pushing I believe the primary purpose of the Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones was to reiterate and reinforce the most important psyop event of the Obama years and that is the Sandy Hook fake shooting of December 14, 2012. Let’s put it this way, the Sandy Hook hoax is to the Obama administration what 9/11 was to the Bush administration. Both events are being protected to the bitter end by the deep state as they are the 2 most important events of the past 16 years in my opinion.

So with this primary agenda of reinforcing Sandy Hook, Kelly used her platform to raise other issues so as to not make it too obvious. At the core of the agenda however, I believe was this perfectly timed “Fathers Day” emotional message attempting to get everyone to “connect” emotionally with the fake Sandy Hook parents. To convince yourself of this ask yourself if Kelly and Jones spoke for so long why was the “Sandy Hook” portion of the conversation the main attraction in the previews? And why is Sandy Hook seemingly the primary topic that Jones is coming back to in this “Fathers Day speech”? Let’s explore additional arguments.

Why Sandy Hook in the first place?

Everyone should be asking themselves, given what we know about the degree of fakery surrounding Sandy Hook, the towering lack of transparency, the vile, arrogant and persecutory nature of the anonymous attorneys and bullies working behind the scenes to intimidate, smear and falsely accuse anyone who questions the lack of evidence in the Sandy Hook story, why are they continuing to protect this event? And the answer is because this event is very special in that it involves children who are currently being potentially abused because their identities (and perhaps their self identities) have been obfuscated from the general public. The Sandy Hook children are thus essentially missing children, several of which were last seen at the 2013 Super Bowl half time show but have not been seen ever since. The ruling elite thus know that the potential punishment that will descend on the conspirators involved in this event is unfathomable. All of this amounts to an operation to stay out of jail. This is important to the Sandy Hook conspirators given the climate we are in now where all of their crimes are being exposed to the general public especially the pedophilia and human trafficking crimes they are involved in. The fact of the matter is that there is no greater in-your-face human trafficking story than the Sandy Hook story. The ruling elite know this and thus are committed to protecting Sandy Hook forever so that it never migrates to the Justice Department.

What’s really behind the Jones 2017 cycle of apologies and condolences?

As many of you know this is the second time in the past few months that Alex Jones has issued an unprecedented statement protecting a suspected deep state entity (or entitites) involved with children. Back on March 28, 2017 we spoke about the mysterious Alex Jones “apology” to suspected criminal and pedophile James Alefantis owner of Comet Ping Pong pizzeria. A place where video recordings of music bands playing have been put out where the band member is joking quite creepily about pedophilia and the audience laughs along! And the same Alefantis who posted strange pedophilia suggestive photos of little children tied up on his Instagram page. Yes, THAT Alefantis!

Despite the connections to pedophilia suggested in the John Podesta emails revealed by Wikileaks Jones, after seemingly being threatened by Alefantis issued a strange public apology to Alefantis who I’m sure was more than proud to lavish in his fictitious and engineered innocence even if only for a day.

Given that Jones is as much aware of the fakery behind Sandy Hook as anyone else we have to wonder what this is really all about and where this is potentially headed. We should all be wondering whether this is an example of Jones compromising the truth for one reason or another, or is this part of a deeper game being played out by Jones against the Sandy Hook conspirators themselves? I do wonder whether this could be the reason Jones is challenging the Sandy Hook criminals to reach out to him. Is this a bait being put out by Jones? Or is this a nefarious operation against truth itself? Has Jones been threatened again? It’s possible that Jones’ “neutral” position on Sandy Hook could to be part of a deeper strategy to lure the Liberal Left into considering his message and not turning him off. (think “Art of the Deal”).

Naturally, many are wondering why would Jones would cut a deal with the deep state which ensures massive loss of loyal followers? Or has Jones calculated that he can keep the majority of his base and spread his message even farther? While all of this is a very optimistic view of the situation there is no proof that this is the explanation and we can only speculate about this.

Conversely, consider that this is the same Jones who wants to also see America become great again and has been fighting for truth for many years. And what we also need to be asking is, are we to think that the road to a great America or even more importantly the road to truth and justice is improved by accepting the Sandy Hook lies? Are we to believe that the best road to “unity and peace” in our country, as Jones puts it, is by way of simply accepting lies like the Sandy Hook story? Are there no better paths to unity and peace??

My initial reaction is that this approach is inconsistent with Natural Law and has many moral and ethical conflicts built into it and thus it is difficult for me to agree with this path. This of course would leave us with some troubling questions surrounding this Jones “condolences” speech.

Know what you believe in … and why

The most important message in this article today is that we must all remember that the primary issue here is the pursuit of truth. As I mentioned at the very beginning, truth stands on its own and the grand fallacy hidden in all of this craziness is the illusion that repetition and rhetoric somehow makes something MORE true than it was before. Wrong! The only thing that makes something true is its state, nature and degree of self evidence. All of this Sandy Hook nonsense is attempting to challenge these fundamental principles of Natural Law as well as the principles of morality, reason and logic. And the Sandy Hook story fails again because tangible and clearly observable and objective evidence is the only thing that will ever make the Sandy Hook illusion real to a mentally healthy, astute, aware and discerning human being. This is not an opinion but a fact of life. That doesn’t mean we can’t all “emotionally” agree to believe someone blindly as the Sandy Hook official story believers are choosing to do when they believe and sympathize with the “parents”. When one chooses this path of blindly believing the words coming out of someone’s mouth above physical and tangible evidence the only thing required to keep you on that path of blind belief is enough negative reinforcement to prevent you from thinking otherwise. That my friends is probably the primary purpose and agenda for this entire June 2017 Sandy Hook topic revival.

Remember that the entire Sandy Hook illusion of lies, as are all government sponsored lies and deceit all rely on the tactic called the repetition principle. The repetition principle is based on a theory that if you hear something enough times eventually you’ll believe it. Understanding the repetition principle goes hand-in-hand with understanding how the brain responds to repeated stimulus and that includes voice and word stimulus as well as visual, chemical and physical stimulus. Mind control techniques, hypnosis even advertising and sales relies on this principle of repetition and certainly political propaganda thrives on this principle. For this reason it is very important to know what you believe and more importantly why you believe what you believe. This simple message is the solution to the Sandy Hook illusion as I illustrate below.

Solutions

So today I ask everyone including everyone in the media, every layperson, every average Joe and Jane out there. Not only what do YOU believe happened at Sandy Hook but more importantly please tell me WHY do you believe what you believe. And to that let me respond by telling you what I believe and why I believe what I believe.

I believe that every segment of the Sandy Hook story was faked because I’ve looked hard for years and can’t find one shred of evidence (video, audio, images, official emergency medical documents etc) that legitimizes the event. And the physical evidence that is available all disproves the “official story” narrative repeated by the mainstream media and of course the alleged parents of the supposed slain children. Thus I can only utter from my mouth what I observe not what I want to believe or what someone else is trying to bully me into believing and I objectively declare that looking at the available evidence I don’t see an operating school packed with children, I don’t see any videos of a gunman pulling up in a car and that looks like Adam Lanza assassinating 28 people. At the scene we didn’t see any blood, any ambulances or emergency workers saving precious lives as they normally would. As a former medical professional I’m aware that the scene at Sandy Hook violated every principle of medical ethics and emergency medical protocol. At the scene I didn’t see police and fire fighters getting cars out of the way and clearing a path for the emergency workers. I didn’t see any heroes or children brought back to life. I didn’t see any rescue helicopters flying in and out of the school. I didn’t hear of additional hospitals and rescue teams coordinating with the Newtown medical emergency teams to get the children to a hospital ASAP to either save or potentially revive them. Nothing at all. If we could pretend for a moment that the Sandy Hook massacre actually happened the way Megyn Kelly, the mainstream media and the Sandy Hook psyop parents say it did then on the day of the Sandy Hook massacre we witnessed the most outrageous display of human negligence and carelessness ever in the history of humankind. But I digress.

There were no angry parents crying for their children to be next on those rescue helicopters. There were no rescue workers with oxygen tanks, bloody gloves or anything. Frankly there was NO medical reality or any organic reality to the event that we expect to see. I wish it ended there. As demonized researcher Wolfgang Halbig clearly demonstrates in his book ‘Nobody Died At Sandy Hook’ there is no proof that the school was operable from a proper safety and maintenance perspective which is just as impossible as the missing medical reality and there is no tangible evidence that the school was full of children that day or at any point before that day dating back to 2008 since there was no internet service at the school since then. The deplorable maintenance condition of the school, like the missing medical reality alone throws a dark cloud of suspicion on the event. Add to that, all the actors caught on film rehearsing lines and people like crisis actor parent David Wheeler himself caught red-handed playing 2 distinct roles at the event including the role of a fake FBI agent.

And so for these and many other reasons I believe what I believe regarding Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook is a simple man’s conspiracy. You read, you watch the evidence and you simply call it as you see it and shut off the rhetoric and repetitious attacks. Right now there are millions of people around the world who would love to join Jones and support these fake parents if someone could provide that evidence that closes the deal. The evidence I (we) thirst for which is the essential ingredient for establishing truth would end all of this Sandy Hook circus. This is why I believe what I believe and this approach is the solution to Sandy Hook if you try it for yourself.

As the years go by, exposing Sandy Hook as a fake event is becoming easier and easier because the available evidence is so strong. The intriguing post-Sandy Hook persecution of truth however is much more fascinating to watch as the deep state protecting Sandy Hook explores new ways to silence, intimidate and censor Sandy Hook realists who are willing to speak the truth about what they observe. And that leads us to the final point. The entire reason for the Sandy Hook circus is to DETACH from the individual that which he/she SEES and objectively OBSERVES from that which he/she SPEAKS. The method by which this “detachment” is being implemented is by conditioning, using the tactic of intimidation and fear. In this tactic what one “speaks” regarding ones personal objective observation about that event is being translated from the harmless objective and sincere act of “true to thyself” to the act of “violence and harassment” against the families of the actors who are playing the role of parents. This false accusation and thus the potential consequences triggered by the accusation itself together form the bases of the intimidation and fear being generated by the behind-the-scenes Sandy Hook bullies.

Finally, this brand new sophisticated method for censoring truth, as I have been writing about for years, is the model for truth censorship for the future new world order. And THIS is potentially the number one reason that they executed the Sandy Hook event in the first place. If you understand this message please share with others.

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Former CIA Spy Who Carried out a False Flag Attack Talks about False Flag Terrorism (VIDEO)

 Former CIA Spy Who Carried out a False Flag Attack Talks about False Flag Terrorism (VIDEO) | steele | CIA False Flags Government Corruption Multimedia Propaganda Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News War Propaganda Whistle Blowers World News

“Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI. In fact, we now have citizens taking out restraining orders against FBI informants that are trying to incite terrorism. We’ve become a lunatic asylum.”

– David Steele, the second-highest ranking civilian in the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence and a former CIA clandestine services officer (source)

It’s a term we hear so often these days, ‘false flag terrorism.’ What is it?

Does it mean events didn’t actually happen? Does it mean no one died during the event? Was it a drill? Was a patsy involved? Did the government/FBI/CIA know about it? These are the big questions that create confusion amongst people when it comes to false flag terrorism.

When the recent Manchester and London attacks took place our first thought was ‘OK, this happened, but what really happened?’ Why has this become an early first thought for many? Because the evidence for false flag terror, and the sheer amount of times it has happened, has become grand in recent years.

How often do we step aside and question what we’re actually hearing the mainstream media put out? How often do we examine events for ourselves and use our own critical thinking skills instead of blindly believing what we’re told on mainstream media news outlets?

We must remember the CIA’s “Operation Mockingbird” was designed decades ago to infiltrate media and sway public opinion, and it still continues to this day.

So we decided to jump on the phone with Robert David Steele, an ex CIA Spy who has carried out a false flag attack himself. We caught up with him to ask him his thoughts and opinions about false flag terror and how to recognize false flag events.

This interview was also the focus of our latest episode in our CE docu-series below. You can watch the full Robert David Steele interview below as well.


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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Reveals Next Level of Biometrics at Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Reveals Next Level of Biometrics at Airport | us-border-and-customs-protection | Science & Technology Sleuth Journal Special Interests Surveillance TSA US News

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By: NICHOLAS WEST, Activist Post | 

Over the last month, some very stark writing has appeared on the wall regarding the advancement of mandatory biometric IDs being imposed for U.S. air travelers.

On May 19th I reported on a new program initiated by Delta Airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to have automated baggage kiosks for “priority customers” that will first scan a traveler’s passport, then their face in order to match identity to checked luggage. It was promoted as a “pilot program” that Delta launched to seek customer feedback in the hope that it could be rolled out more widely in the future.

This announcement was followed by JetBlue who stated they will “test facial- and fingerprint-recognition technology at two U.S. airports to replace boarding passes, building on industry efforts to increase security and ease passage through airports.”

These announcements in and of themselves are enough to heighten concern about additional data collection and databasing that any form of biometric ID entails, but the JetBlue announcement contained an ominous new level of integration between public and private entities:

JetBlue is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and SITA, an information-technology provider for airlines.

“This is the first integration of biometric authorization by the CBP with an airline and may prove to be a solution that will be quick and easy to roll out across U.S. airports,” Jim Peters, SITA’s chief technology officer, said in the statement. (emphasis added)

An article published just days ago by FedScoop further confirms what the independent media has been warning for years – namely, that enhanced security measures which many believed would be used only against specific groups of supposedly scary people is set to trickle down to any and all of the traveling public. Even the title of the FedScoop article is a vindication of those “conspiracy theorists” who had the temerity to suggest a much wider plan for an incremental rollout when these measures first were hinted at.

In the article “CBP will implement long-mandated biometric exit at airports, official says” we discover the length of the plan, the hurdles that needed to be overcome and why we most likely are witnessing intensified media coverage at this moment:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is finally addressing the 15-year-old-plus legislative mandate to check the identity of departing foreign visitors using biometrics, CBP Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner said Thursday.

Wagner said the goal would be accomplished by making use of existing data collection, the latest facial recognition technology and cloud computing. He acknowledged there would be privacy issues – particularly because the facial recognition technology would capture images of U.S. citizens as part of the overall process.

“We’re out of time, we’re out of excuses,” Wagner said.

The “overall process” it turns out must be sweeping in nature due to the sluggish nature of retrieving and cross-referencing the already hundreds of millions of fingerprints and photos. Even though that process would take only 2 minutes for each traveler, when multiplied by the number of travelers it would create even worse headaches during the boarding process.

The a-ha moment, he said came with the thought, “What about leveraging existing processes, existing data we’re already collecting?”

“What if we could use that [biographical data] to pull the photos of the departing passengers on that flight into a segmented cloud” and then check the faces of those boarding the plane, one-to-many, against that dataset, which he said would take only a few seconds because of its small size and the efficiency of the latest matching algorithms.

It’s “easy for travelers, not as imposing as us taking fingerprints,” he said and the infrastructure was “A camera on a pole.”

Moreover, he added, the same process could be used “any place you have to show your ID [in the airport] … the TSA checkpoint, the duty free store, the [executive] lounge.” Instead of showing an ID, a passenger’s identity and flight could be confirmed using facial recognition, checked against the picture in the CBP segmented cloud.

Apparently, in the name of efficiency, (perceived) security and government mandate, the acknowledged privacy concerns are slated for eventual dismissal.

Nonetheless, Wagner said, CBP were determined to push ahead. “We’re gonna build that cloud space,” he said.

This should be viewed as the next stage of incrementalism where all becomes revealed as self-evident that this is not about the control of any one group, but is designed for all. People are now openly being transformed into digital organisms made easier for scanning and processing. The political will is there, the databases exist, and the technology is clearly being rolled out across every meaningful area of human activity.


Nicholas West writes for ActivistPost.com. He also writes for Counter Markets agorist newsletter.


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Surprise, Goyim, Surprise: Analysts Now Expect American Soldiers To Spend Generations In Afghanistan

Surprise, Goyim, Surprise: Analysts Now Expect American Soldiers To Spend Generations In Afghanistan | AP-Photo-of-Afghan-Suicide-Bombing | Government Corruption Military Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News War Propaganda

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Didn’t Donald Trump promise us a total withdrawal of American military forces from foolish bases around the globe- or at least a large reduction in the number of soldiers wasting time and resources on a daily basis?

Like, I even recall him briefly mentioning a departure from South Korea, Japan, and the possibility of granting Germany back their sovereignty – he alluded to seventy years of occupation as being long enough.

As for Afghanistan, it should be plainly evident that the only contributions Americans have given the area involve horrid corruption within the puppet regimes, a massive increase in opium production (the Taliban actually stopped the drug trade on many levels), and easy tickets to the United States for hordes of barbarian Moslem “refugees.”

But perhaps if we fight for another thirty years or so, we’ll at last obtain victory – just keep hoping and keep dying, White Man.

From RT:

Americans may stay on Afghan soil for a “long-haul” mission that could evolve into several decades of “generational struggle,” General David Petraeus, ex-commander of US troops in Afghanistan, admitted.

The current war in Afghanistan is unlikely to end in the foreseeable future, David Petraeus, who led the US military campaign there back in the 2000s, told PBS News Hour. 

Though the retired General argued that “we went there for a reason and we stayed for a reason,” to defeat Al-Qaeda following the 9/11 attacks, he hinted that “a generational struggle” may unfold in the war-ravaged country.

“This is not something that is going to be won in a few years. We’re not going to take a hill, plant a flag, go home to a victory parade,” he said. “And we need to be there for the long haul, but in a way, that is, again, sustainable,” he added.

To back his remarkable statement, he cited other examples of US deployments in other parts of the world that have lasted decades.

“We have been in Korea for 65-plus years because there is an important national interest for that,” Petraeus said.

However, Petraeus “doesn’t think the US involvement will last that long” in Afghanistan.

The general argued “I think we should not approach this as a year-on-year mission,” noting that this kind of tentativeness gives Afghan leaders “the jitters.”

Embrace the feelings of primitive goat herders, Goyim.

Embrace their worries and their sorrows the come from the thought that White Americans will no longer stay in their country to have their legs blown off and their intestines strewn all over the ground.

The interview was released as media reports have emerged indicating that the Trump administration is preparing to deploy an additional 4,000 troops in Afghanistan to train the nation’s army and battle the resurging Taliban. The figure, though sizeable, nonetheless pales compared to the previous number of troops stationed in Afghanistan, which reached 100,000 at peak times.

Petraeus, who commanded the US troops and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from 2010 to 2011, insisted “it did actually turn back the Taliban.”

However, he then took a more measured tone, saying, “as I said, we are not going to permanently win this.”

Wait, what?

If there is no conceivable chance to win the war (and the Taliban is in fact stronger than ever before thanks to American involvement), why would a nation wish to keep troops fighting into the middle of the century?

One of the great unanswered questions of our time, that’s for sure.


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America Is On The Verge Of Widespread Chaos And Civil Unrest

America Is On The Verge Of Widespread Chaos And Civil Unrest | city-skyscrapers-clock-time-stopwatch-seconds-war | Politics Sleuth Journal Society Special Interests US News

Things will never be the same in America from this moment forward. When 66-year-old James Hodgkinson attempted to gun down as many Republican members of Congress as possible at a baseball field in Virginia, he permanently shattered the notion that we could go back to the way that things used to be in this country. At one time, Republicans and Democrats may have strongly disagreed with one another over the issues, but there was always a certain code of civility that everyone understood and respected. But now that is long gone, and if our politicians and the big media outlets continue to fuel the rising hatred in this country, it won’t be too long before we are dealing with widespread chaos and civil unrest from coast to coast.

Most of the anger and frustration that we are currently witnessing is being fueled by the left. On his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh accused the left of openly promoting violence

“I have been worried for quite a while about the cumulative effect or impact of this constant anti-Trump hysteria everywhere in mainstream media: New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC,” Limbaugh told listeners.

“It’s hysteria. It’s lies. It’s things that are completely manufactured about Trump personally, about Trump and Russia, about climate change, about any number of things.

“I have been very concerned about what all of this is doing to the average, base Democrat voter. I have sensed them getting more and more fringe and imbalanced, and the evidence for it is everywhere in the things that they tweet. They openly promote violence, and advocate some of the most despicable things happening to their political enemies.”

Someone like James Hodgkinson is not produced in a vacuum. There has been a steady pattern of threats and violence against Republicans since the election, and all that Hodgkinson did was take things to the next level. Breitbart has put out an article entitled “15 Times Celebrities Envisioned Violence Against Trump and the GOP”, and WND published an even longer list entitled “20 times violence threatened, used, in wake of Dems’ political collapse”. When celebrities, politicians and media personalities constantly use language that is seething with hatred, it shouldn’t surprise us when their followers engage in violent acts.

I have warned many times in the past about the civil unrest that is coming, and now many of my fellow conservative commentators are sounding the alarm as well. For example, in the aftermath of the attack in Virginia radio host Michael Savage made the following chilling statement to his audience: “We are at a boiling point. There’s going to be a civil war.”

No American should ever want to see such a thing happen, but the left just keeps getting more and more radical. And even Hillary Clinton recently stated that she has joined “the Resistance”. The following comes from Ann Coulter

Recently, Hillary announced her steadfast opposition to the winning candidate using a military term, saying she’d joined the “Resistance.”

Imagine if Trump lost and then announced that he’d joined the “RESISTANCE.” He’d be accused of trying to activate right-wing militias. Every dyspeptic glance at an immigrant would be reported as fascistic violence.

But the media seem blithely unaware that the anti-Trump “Resistance” has been accompanied by nonstop militaristic violence from liberals.

In recent weeks, I have heard from so many people all over the nation that are extremely excited about the possibility of me running for Congress. But anyone that is considering running for public office these days has to consider the fact that they will become potential targets for violence. For example, just recently one very sick individual actually threatened to hang Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz…

“I feel very safe and secure at the Capitol,” Chaffetz said Wednesday. “We work in a fortress with literally thousands of people to protect us, but once we leave the Capitol, it’s a whole different equation.”

Chaffetz wants U.S. marshals to be charged with assessing threats against members of Congress and securing them in more high-profile and widely attended events.

Chaffetz was the focus of a March death threat in which a Florida man vowed in a voicemail to “hunt your a– down, wrap a rope around your neck and hang you from a lamppost,” according to court records.

Could you imagine if your wife found that voicemail before you did?

But this is what the left is becoming. Because they don’t have any sort of a positive message to offer, they have to resort to threats, intimidation and violence. I have been writing about this quite a bit lately, and it turns out that Rush Limbaugh very much feels the same way…

They don’t have an agenda that’s optimistic and upbeat that they can run on, and they don’t dare be honest about their real agenda. So all they can do is to continue to do what they’ve been doing, and it’s not healthy, it’s not uplifting, it’s not inspiring. It isn’t representative or reflective of any of the traditional American values that for so long have united us. A sense of optimism, a sense of can-do, a sense of unity, a sense of nationhood. All of these things are under assault.

If the left continues to go down this path, the anger and the frustration are going to continue to grow, and eventually cities all over America are going to burn. This is the kind of a scenario that I laid out in The Beginning Of The End, and now it is actually starting to play out right in front of us.

Today, this nation is more divided than it has ever been in my entire lifetime, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. In fact, I expect even more anger and even more hatred as the divisions deepen.

Without each passing year, the left moves even farther to the left. It has gotten to the point where many on the far left actually refer to Hillary Clinton as a “moderate”, which is funny because at one time she was a cutting edge liberal.

On the right, there is an emerging movement to return to the values and the principles that this country was founded upon. So if the left doesn’t like current Republican leadership, then they really aren’t going to like the hardcore constitutional conservatives that are going to start replacing them.

We are in a battle for the soul of our nation, and the future of America is literally at stake.

It is a battle that we cannot afford to lose, because if the left wins there literally will be no viable future for our country at all.


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Buy Your Food from the CIA: Amazon Buys Whole Foods

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The Whole Foods Market in Midtown New York is seen on June 16, 2017. Amazon is once again shaking up the retail sector, with the announcement Friday it will acquire upscale US grocer Whole Foods Market, known for its pricey organic options, in a deal that underscores the online giant’s growing influence in the economy. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Amazon Bu ORIG FILE ID: AFP_PM23B

By: Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News

When Amazon boss and billionaire Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post in 2013, he also had an ongoing $600 million contract to provide cloud computing services to the CIA. That meant the Washington Post, which already had a long history of cooperation with the CIA, renewed their wedding vows with the Agency and doubled down on the alliance.

By any reasonable standard of journalism, the Post should preface every article about the CIA, or article sourced from the CIA, with a conflict of interest admission: TAKE THIS PIECE WITH A FEW GIANT GRAINS OF SALT, BECAUSE OUR NEWSPAPER IS OWNED BY A MAN WHO HAS A HUGE CONTRACT TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE CIA.

Now Bezos and his company, Amazon, have bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Whole Foods is the premier retailer of “natural” foods in America.

The degree of profiling of Whole Foods customers will increase by a major factor. Amazon/CIA will be able to deploy far more sophisticated algorithms in that regard.

It’s no secret that many Whole Foods customers show disdain for government policies on agribusiness, health, medicine, and the environment. Well, that demographic is of great interest to the Deep State, for obvious reasons. And the Deep State will now be able to analyze these customers in finer detail.

At the same time, the Amazon retail powerhouse will exercise considerable control over the food supply, since it will be selling huge numbers of food products to the public. Amazon will have new relationships with all the farmers Whole Foods has been using as suppliers.

Perhaps this disclaimer posted on every Whole Foods item is now in order: KEEP IN MIND THE FACT THAT THE OWNER OF WHOLE FOODS, AMAZON, HAS A VERY TIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CIA. USE YOUR IMAGINATION.

Then there is this. The CIA has its own private company, called In-Q-Tel, which was founded in 1999 to pour investment money into tech outfits that could develop new ways to facilitate “data collection,” and service other CIA needs. In-Q-Tel, Jeff Bezos, and Amazon are connected. For example, here is a 2012 article from technologyreview.com:

“Inside a blocky building in a Vancouver suburb, across the street from a dowdy McDonald’s, is a place chilled colder than anywhere in the known universe. Inside that is a computer processor that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and the CIA’s investment arm, In-Q-Tel, believe can tap the quirks of quantum mechanics to unleash more computing power than any conventional computer chip. Bezos and In-Q-Tel are in a group of investors who are betting $30 million on this prospect…”

Nextgov.com described the deal this way: “Canadian company D-Wave Systems raised $30 million to develop quantum computing systems. Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment company of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and CIA venture capital arm In-Q-Tel participated in the latest funding round, the firm announced. The company’s quantum computing technology seeks to speed up data-crunching. If successful, the technology could aid automated intelligence gathering and analysis.”

Yes, automated intelligence gathering and analysis are exactly what outfits like Amazon and the CIA need for profiling the public. Other companies who have purchased products from D-Wave Systems? Goldman Sachs and Lockheed Martin. Let’s see: Amazon, CIA, Goldman, Lockheed—a formidable collection of Deep State players.

“Buy your food from the purest natural retailer in the world, the CIA. Oops, I mean Amazon. Oops, I mean Whole Foods.”

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)


Jon Rappoport is the author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.


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Left-wing Extremism, not Second Amendment, behind Virginia Shooting

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Alexandria shooter James T Hodgkinson (Photo: Facebook)

(The Real Agenda News) Left-wing media propaganda is one the likely triggers for shooter’s hatred towards president Trump.

James T. Hodgkinson, a left-wing nutcase was a retired entrepreneur and obsessed with Donald Trump in social networks.

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old, apparently retired businessman, fired a flurry of gunfire at about twenty Republican lawmakers on a baseball field outside Washington.

After an exchange of bullets with the security forces, Hodgkinson was injured and died.

The man, who ran a home inspection company in Belleville, Illinois, until 2016, moved to the Washington area two months ago, his wife told ABC.

He lived until today in Alexandria, a town adjacent to the capital located 20 minutes from downtown, where he attacked Republican congressmen and senators.

Hodgkinson had a history of arrests for not having proper licenses for his company, causing damage to private property, driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic absences.

For a while, his company worked as a contractor for local authorities. His permit to operate as a housing inspector expired in 2016 and Hodgkinson did not renew it.

For years he was an advocate for progressive politics and often sent letters to the editor of the local newspaper, Belleville News-Democrat, calling for tax increases, marijuana legalization, wage inequality, and other measures.

He also criticized conservatism and belonged to several anti-conservative groups, including one called “Ending the Republican Party,” according to the newspaper.

Critic of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Hodgkinson’s social networks portray a man frustrated by the politics as usual and obsessed with Senator Bernie Sanders, who was a candidate for the presidency by the Democratic Party.

In a Facebook post on March 22, Hodgkinson wrote,

Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump and company.

During the election campaign, Hodgkinson volunteered for Sanders’ candidacy. Presidential candidate campaigns in the United States often have hundreds of volunteers, and their affiliation with the candidate or his advisers is anecdotal.

The online profile of the attacker is filled with photos of the senator from Vermont and messages in favor of “democratic socialism.”

Mr. Sanders, a more progressive candidate than Clinton, had for months dreamed up a more liberal project than the Democratic establishment and captured the attention of many young people and part of the working class.

“He was a quiet, quiet man,” Charles Orear, who worked with Hodgkinson in Iowa as part of the Sanders campaign, told The Washington Post.

He stated that Hodgkinson never showed signs of violence or evil towards others and that he was simply a quiet type and passionate progressive. “We talked for hours about politics,” he said about their coexistence as volunteers.

After these details were known, Sanders issued a statement repudiating any act of violence. Without mentioning Hodgkinson, the Democratic senator wrote: “This despicable action makes me sick.”

“Real change can only happen without violence,” he added. Previously, Sanders had already condemned the attack on a tweet and expressed his condolences with Republican Steve Scalise, wounded in the incident who until now remains in critical condition.

Hodgkinson’s reaction to Trump’s policies are undoubtedly a result of mainstream media propaganda. Most Establishment outlets have painted Trump as a traitor.

Many TV personalities have made fun of him and even called for his assassination. The Virginia resident was just another victim of media brainwashing which prompted him to use violence as a way to make a point against the Trump administration.


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The 12 Best Summer Vacation Activities for Preppers

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It’s summer time! School is out, you may have time off work, the days are longer, and everything just feels a bit more relaxed without the usual hustle and bustle. Now is the time to really give your kids something to write about in the inevitable “What I Did Last Summer” essay when school starts back up.

Bonus! It’s also the perfect time of year to brush up on some of your skills with prepper summer vacation activities. Not only is it a fun way to pass the time, most of these activities are frugal too.

Here’s a list of the best prepper summer vacation activities.

  1. Go camping. This time of year, you won’t have to worry about getting too cold at night. Put down your devices and go stay somewhere wild and wonderful to camp with your family. Be sure to practice all of the necessary safety precautions at your destination. (If you’re new to camping, this book will tell you all the basics you need to know, and this book is a guide to freebie places to camp all across the country.)
  2. Cook outdoors. Go beyond the barbecue and try a sun oven or cooking over an open campfire.
  3. Go hiking. Take the family out for an all-day adventure. This is a great time to put on your bug out bags and test them. Are they too heavy? Do you have everything you need in them?
  4. Take a class.  There are lots of weekend classes in the summer. Get certified in First Aid or Wilderness Survival. Learn a bushcraft skill or a homesteading skill. The sky is the limit.
  5. Grow your own food. Even if you live in the city, you can use a teeny patio or balcony to grow at least some of your own food. This is a skill that could serve you very well one day.
  6. Pick survival-themed beach books. Even if you’re headed to the beach, you don’t have to leave prepping completely behind. Pick up an awesome piece of prepper fiction to enjoy while you’re lying by the water. (I am a huge fan of this series for grown-ups and here’s a list of some of my daughters’ favorite self-reliance themed books through their childhoods.)
  7. Send the kids to a summer camp. But not just any summer camp! Pick one in which they’ll be spending lots of time doing outdoor activities, many of which are the precursor to serious survival skills. Some programs to look for are archery, marksmanship, hiking, fishing, outdoor skills, swimming, and cooking.
  8. Go fishing. Hang up your shingle and head out. Fishing is a great skill for preppers. Not only is it incredibly relaxing, you are learning two very valuable skills: acquiring food and cleaning the fish. Bonus points if you cook your catch over an open fire.
  9. Learn to preserve food. If you don’t yet know how to can or dehydrate food, summer is the perfect time to learn, when produce is abundant. My book, The Prepper’s Canning Guide, tells you everything you need to know to get started. Hit the farmer’s market and grab a bushel of something delicious. Then go home and put it up to enjoy throughout the winter. (Here are some tips for water bath canning, pressure canning, and dehydrating.) My kids were always very proud to serve jam that they had made and preserved themselves to guests, and they also loved giving homemade jam as holiday presents.
  10. Go shooting.  If your family enjoys firearms, summer is a great time to brush up on your skills. You can go to a range, or to a place with simulations so that you can really up your personal defense game. Even paintball can be a fun way to improve your skills.
  11. Hit some secondhand sales. One of our very favorite activities is getting up on a weekend morning and heading out with a thermos of coffee in hand. (This is the only way my daughter will voluntarily get up early on a Saturday.) We go to yard sales, estate sales, flea markets, and thrift stores and come home loaded with treasures for only a few dollars. The stuff you find will often be of very high quality for a fraction of the price of newer, lesser quality goods. As well, if you purchase from an estate sale, you can often find extremely useful things like tools and kitchen devices.
  12. Go foraging. This is a great way to teach kids about edible plants. Grab a good local guidebook with high-quality pictures and head out to the woods with a basket. Then, come home and prepare your finds together in a delicious foraged feast.

One of the most important things is to put down the devices, get away from the screens, and go outside. Spend some time in nature and some time away from your normal responsibilities. Really connect with one another and take a break from the demands of our normal lives.

What will YOU do on summer vacation?

What are some other good, family-friendly activities that build skills while being fun? What are your summer plans?


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