Remember Lady Liberty and Lady Justice?

Are the ideals of Lady Liberty and Lady Justice things of the past? I certainly hope not. Lady Liberty has a broken chain at her feet, to remind us the chains of the elite: kings, queens and nobles are broken. Lady Justice has often been seen wearing a blindfold. This blindfold represents objectivity. Meaning justice should be given objectively, without fear or favor no matter of identity, money, power, weakness. We should have justice blind and impartial never taking into account sex, religion, color when rendering a decision.

Many years ago, our forefathers came over from mainly Europe to settle in this great land. Why? So they could have freedom, liberty, and pursue happiness; and to find equal protection under the law.

In their former countries, the elite had all the power. All people were not equal…the elite…the kings, queens, nobles ruled with an iron hand. These elitists were above the law, owned all the land, and ran all the businesses. The citizens were chattel. They lived at the pleasure of the owners, only allowed to do what this small elite few allowed.

So regular people left everything they had to start over in this new country. They fought and died pursing the dream of private ownership of land and business. They wanted the ability to succeed or fail by their own merits. They wanted the freedom to worship as they chose…to believe in God without government intrusion. They didn’t want separation of church and state, they simply did not want the state to tell them what they had to believe. Most were Christians…though that fact is routinely left out of history books today.

Everyone worked and worked hard once they got here. If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat. Everyone had the opportunity to make a go of it. Some were successful, others were not. But everyone gave it their all.  When it came to the poor, sick and elderly, churches or neighbors took care of them. People helped people knowing someday they might need someone to help them. There were no free government handouts, but everyone was taken care of. Very few slipped through the cracks. No one was entitled to anything.

Today, many people seem to have forgotten why our forefathers came to this great country. Why they fought so hard to hold and maintain their freedom.

In recent years, our politicians no longer hold dear our freedom. They have sold us into slavery through bigger government and high debt. What was meant to be a part-time job running our country, they have turned into a full-time profession. They have created an entire class of citizens who expect government to provide for their every need…at the expense of those of us who work. In addition, these same politicians have made themselves into an elite group who believe they are above the rest of us. They, who are charged with following our directions and work on our behalf, seem to think they know best and do whatever they want. Many go into government work simply to enrich themselves. They now desire to be served than to serve the people who have elected them.

Years ago at the beginning of our nation Jefferson said, when the people learn they can elect people who will give them stuff, our nation is over. Unfortunately, we are on the brink of that cliff now. The question is: will people wake up in time to save our great nation? Or have we allowed our freedoms to be so limited and or stolen it can’t be saved? Only God knows. But if we want to save our country or slow the damage…we better elect people who support the ideals of small government, individual freedom and self-determination voting out those who do not.

Author Bio:
Believing in Jesus is the foundation of my life. My husband Bob, children and grandchildren are my encouragement and the force behind my desire to prepare for the future. Bob and I are long haul truck drivers. I write Christian fiction and articles of preparation and encouragement in my off time.  http://fleetothemountains.com/

 

Feed the Beef!

For the first several millennium, cattle lived off grass or whatever forage was around.  Cattle were leaner and typically had a lower weight than they do now.  Then some time after 1875, farmers started to wonder why pork was preferred over beef.  As it turned out, pork had more fat.  Fat was a valuable resource.  It was used for everything from making soap to preserving and cooking foods.  Besides all that, fat in foods gives it a silky feel and makes things taste yummy.

Cattle farmers decided they needed to see what they could do to increase fat content in beef.  With trial and error, farmers discovered feeding cattle a diet of strictly corn for the better part of the year yields a fatter, heavier, and tastier beef.  This spurred farmers to grow corn to meet the demand, and eventually cattle farms were relocated to regions where corn is produced to save on transportation costs of the grain.

Corn is a high energy food, if fed to any animal weight gain is going to happen.  Eventually farmers realized they could reduce the amount of corn fed to the animals if they confined them smaller lots.  This revelation reduced the time on expensive corn from eight or nine months to three months.  Finally, some farmers rationalize that by further restricting the amount of movement, beef would be more tender on just thirty days on corn feed.

Of course, restricting movement, keeping animals in extreme close quarters, and little or no variety of feed, leads to less healthy animals.  Those cattle require all sorts of veterinarian services from antibiotics to treatments for flies and other maladies.  Some farmers also give their beef cattle steroids to produce more beef.  Every pound of beef is money.  Then cattle are taken to butcher or market, depending on the cattle producer’s choices.  The cattle on the right are awaiting auction.  However, the small pen is about the size of many enclosures prior to market or slaughter.  Feedlot cattle stand around in muck twenty-four hours a day.

Many of you are aware of these facts.  Some people think it’s just how business is done and it isn’t any big deal.  Other people think conditions need to be changed for greater health of the animal to provide a healthier protein for humans.

In contrast, until recently, most countries in Central and South America were grass fed.  They were pastured until they were wanted for slaughter.  People accustomed to corn fed beef usually find grass fed beef less appealing in texture and flavor.  For this reason, farmers in many countries have switched to corn feeding so they could enter into the global beef market.

What is interesting is the lack of discussion about cattle feed prior to 1875.  This is where it gets interesting.  Since cattle were mostly domesticated in Europe, those methods were brought along with the cattle as people migrated to the Americas.

beetsFarmers grew crops not only for their own consumption and sale, but also to feed their cattle, pigs and chickens.  Beets, cabbages and carrots are all perfect for cattle, just to start.  Cattle will eat just about any fruit or vegetable except nightshade products like potatoes and peppers.

Considering that these crops can be grown in large scale on just a few acres, it is obvious that people have it within their power to raise their own beef cattle as well as feed a dairy cow or a gestating cow.  Enough food can be grown for an entire year’s supply of cattle feed for the price of seeds.  You can produce more beets and carrots per acre than corn by weight.

If you feed garden produce to your dairy cow, remember what a dairy cow eats effects the flavor of the milk.  Cabbage is good food for bovine, but not so good for the flavor of milk. That is only Cabbagesimportant if you are consuming the milk yourself and it is not “homogenized” by a dairy company.

This is how it was done for centuries upon centuries.  People more often than not raised their own beef using their own produce.  This is proof that it isn’t too expensive to raise your own cattle.  People have bought into the lie about the difficulties of cattle production.  So much so that over time, almost 150 years, most people don’t know it can be done any other way.  For most people, the skyrocketing price of beef means they purchase less beef.  With this information, a little bit of land almost everyone can afford beef.  Those who don’t have enough land to raise beef can partner with others by producing vegetables in exchange for a quarter or side of beef.

 

 

Horse of a Different Color

Horse meat finds its way into the food supply.Some prepared families keep a horse and burrow for work after the fuel supply dries up either temporarily or permanently.  The reality is that animals breed, that is if you have both male and female varieties on the farm.  These animals can be used for barter in a multitude of ways.

You can trade a day’s labor of horse and rider for supplies or services.  Selling or trading the animals for other items and services is a good option too.  Since they are expensive to feed and need space to live, trading them might be a blessing.

But, what if you can’t sell, trade or otherwise make them earn their keep?  You end up with too many of them and they are consuming your resources faster than you can get them.  They have to be maintained, shod, vet care, grain, and more.  Your preps only planned for a certain number of animals at a time.

In many countries around the world, they eat horses.  Yes, they do.  For some reason people in western Europe and North America find it distasteful at best and inhumane at worst.  But is it really?  These beautiful beasts have been dinner fare for centuries in countries around the world.  It has only been in recent history that horses have been elevated to pet status because of the relationship some owners formed with their horses for work and pleasure riding.

In parts of Europe, Asia, and South America horse meat is still served on a regular basis.  In Japan it is called Basashi.  Wild horse meat is leaner than beef, but also tougher.  Domesticated horse meat is lean, tender and sweet.

Regardless, in the United States, the government banned the slaughter of horses by refusing to inspect the meat.  No meat can be sold in the U. S. without being inspected by the USDA.  Under the Obama administration, the ban on inspections was lifted in 2011.  Horses may legally be slaughtered and served as food in the U.S.

People who don’t think eating horse is right usually also won’t eat cat, dog, rat, and monkey.  All of these animals are eaten in other countries on a routine basis.  But we eat cows, pigs, elk, deer and lamb.  What makes one animal suitable for food and not another?  Cultural habits and taboos mostly.

As prepared people, we need to be prepared to change our cultural taboos on meat consumption without worry of what others will think about our eating habits.  There might come a day when they will gladly trade services for a bite of horse steak or jerky.

Space Weather – Update

Having read the NOAA space weather reports for a while, one thing never changes.  They are SO boring!  For the most part, they boildown to “everything is OK”.  Then once in a while it says something like aircraft in certain regions will experience high levels of radiation.   Most people know commercial aircraft doesn’t fly in those regions very much.

Flight Map

Nothing illustrates that more than a map of global flight paths like this one found on Crude Oil Peak. The people most at risk are astronauts because they are more likely to be exposed and are outside the protection of the earth’s atmosphere.  We just never think about those things, even though we learned them in school, or should have.

But what is most important about the space weather forecasts is that while even in its experimental stages, it works.  The reports cover three to seven day outlooks based on what is observed on the solar disk.  As the technology improves it might become as important as the weather forecasts.  People might even know in advance when to turn off their electronic devices.  It’s going to be interesting to watch this technology develop into something we can use as easily as we use the nightly weather report.

References:

“Flight Disruptions in Europe a Foretaste for Period of Oil Decline.” Weblog post. Crude Oil Peak RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

“NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center.” NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.