Here’s What We Know About the Twelve Jurors Selected for Trump’s “Hush Money” Trial

DCNF(DCNF)—All twelve jurors have been selected for former President Donald Trump’s trial relating to Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s allegations he falsified business records to hide a payment to pornstar Stormy Daniels.

The jurors include an investment banker, a security engineer with three children, a retired man from Lebanon who enjoys fly fishing, a speech therapist, a worker at an eyewear company, a woman from California who works in product development and a physical therapist, according to Politico. The panel is comprised of seven men and five women, according to NBC News.

The seven jurors sworn in Thursday join five who were selected on Tuesday, completing the panel that will weigh Bragg’s 34 count indictment against the former president. Six additional jurors are needed to serve as alternates, and Judge Juan Merchan said he is “hopeful” that selection will finish tomorrow, according to NBC News.

One alternate has already been selected, according to multiple reports. The alternate is a female asset manager who “likes to run, hang out with her friends and eat,” according to NBC News.

The five jurors on the panel who were chosen Tuesday include a corporate lawyer, an education professional, a software engineer and a civil litigation lawyer, according to Politico.

The jury’s foreperson, also chosen Tuesday, works in sales and is originally from Ireland. He’s married, likes “anything outdoorsy,” lives in West Harlem and reads The New York Times, Fox News and MSNBC, according to NBC News.

Seven jurors were initially selected on Tuesday, though two were released earlier Thursday, according to reports. One said she did not believe she could be impartial after friends and colleagues asked her if she was a juror. Another was dismissed after prosecutors questioned the truthfulness of his answer on the jury selection questions.

Merchan directed the media Thursday not to report physical details about jurors or information about their employers.

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Small Business Owners Are Fleeing Commiefornia in Droves to Escape the Insane Crime and Taxes

(The Epoch Times)—For the past 10 years, Armitage Winery has been producing and selling fine wines directly from its Heart of the Mountain Vineyard, perched 1,500 feet above Monterey Bay in Scotts Valley, California. The family-owned business has taken pride in operating its vineyard, tasting room, and wine club from this exclusive location in the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains.

But every year, the escalating costs of taxes, insurance, and labor, coupled with what many are calling the government’s “anti-business” attitude, are forcing numerous business to consider moving out of state or at least planning to move.

Armitage Winery is just one of 67 percent of California businesses surveyed that report they are unhappy doing business in the Golden State. Of that 67 percent, 30 percent indicate that are currently considering a move, 27 percent say they want to move but can’t afford it, and 10 percent are actively planning a move.

The recent survey, conducted by PublicSquare and RedBalloon, included 80,000 small-business owners nationwide. Overall, the survey found that a mere 13 percent of small-business owners in California are actually happy with their location—nearly 40 percent lower than the national average.

High taxes were listed as the number-one reason why California businesses want to relocate, with 86.4 percent responding that taxes are just cutting too much into their profits. Almost 85 percent named anti-business government policies as another major reason to leave. On the national level, that compares to 64.5 percent of employers listing high taxes and 59.4 percent, anti-business government as their biggest complaints.

Kelly Bradford, vice president of sales for Armitage Winery, told The Epoch Times they’re considering a move to Oregon, where land, taxes, and labor will be less expensive. “We love it here, but we just can’t afford it,” she admitted. “We don’t own the property, and it’s become harder and harder to meet the costs of growing grapes, farming, and producing wine. Taxes and insurance are higher, and so is the cost of labor and contractors.”

Set on the estate where renowned director Afred Hitchcock once owned a summer estate, the Armitage Winery opened up to the public just eight months ago, to help with revenue streams. Previously, it had produced its line of pinot noirs and chardonnays for wine club customers only. “However, we had started to see more abandoned online shopping carts due to the added high cost of taxes and fees,” Ms. Bradford said.

With a price range of $39–75 per bottle, the winery caters to middle and upper middle-class consumers. “Some people have told us our price point is too low, but we really want to keep it where it is,” explained Ms. Bradford. “We’ve already had a lot of drop-offs from our wine club members, and most of them have cited financial reasons why they can’t continue to purchase.”

The high cost of doing business, escalating living and costs the local political climate, are forcing the family to give some serious thought to relocating. In addition to Oregon, they’re also looking into options in Idaho and Arizona.

Andrew Crapuchettes, RedBalloon CEO, is a former San Francisco Bay area resident who now calls Idaho home. He told The Epoch Times that California’s government is just not paying attention to small business. “I think what you’re seeing there is an early indicator of what’s going to happen to the economy in general,” he explained. “If there’s a groundswell and businesses start leaving California en masse, it would be devastating to the whole state.”

RedBalloon, self-described as “America’s #1 woke-free job board and talent connector,” provides job posting and recruiting services across the United States and Canada. Mr. Crapuchettes describes the current situation in California like the Eagles band’s famous hit single, “Hotel California.” “Nearly a third of small businesses in California feel like they’re stuck, where they can check out anytime they like, but they can never leave,” he quoted a passage from the song.

Nationwide, nearly half of all small-business owners (47.7 percent) reported they are happy with their current location and have no plans to move. In Florida, 75 percent surveyed indicated they are very happy in the Sunshine State.

Mr. Crapuchettes contends local public schools also play a huge role in where business owners plan to locate. “In Florida, business owners seem to be super happy, but in California, more than 75 percent of owners named ‘woke public schools’ as another reason for wanting to leave,” he said. “People don’t realize the impact schools have on local businesses. This is their future workforce.”

Close to 60 percent of California business owners also responded that crime has increased significantly over the past 12 months. Comparing red and blue states, the survey indicated 76 percent of those doing business in red states are content, while just a little more than 25 percent of business owners in blue states reported they were happy. “The stark contrasts leave little doubt where small businesses thrive,” added Mr. Crapuchettes.

Cherie Falwell and her husband Curtis have been operating their business, Bulletproof Pet Products, from their Brentwood, California, location for the past 10 years. The business sells safe chew toys for dogs to over 250 stores in the United States, as well as directly to consumers online.

After growing up and living in the area for her entire life, Ms. Falwell is considering moving their home and business to Nevada, where there is currently no state tax. “Everything is so expensive here, and the taxes are very hard for a small business to handle,” she told The Epoch Times. “By the time we pay our bills, employees, and taxes, there’s just not that much money left over.”

The couple also worries about the decline in the quality of life over the years. “Brentwood has always been considered a nice area, but now people are being robbed at gunpoint on the streets, there’s constant shoplifting in local stores, and the homeless have overrun the city,” she said. “The only thing nice about living here now is the weather. I thought I’d never want to leave California, but I just don’t feel safe here anymore.”

Since they can run the business from anywhere, Ms. Falwell said the only thing they’ll need is an area with a good internet connection and a local post office. “It’s really hard watching a place change so much,” she added.

Scott Fuller, owner of, is yet another example of a California business owner who left for greener pastures. Mr. Fuller and his family moved to Gilbert, Arizona, several years ago, and his consulting firm helps other San Francisco Bay area residents to find more affordable housing and a better quality of life in other states.

In addition to California’s high cost of doing business and housing, Mr. Fuller noted that quality of life issues like crime and homelessness are continuing to coax people to relocate. “California is one of the leaders in being a sanctuary state for illegal immigration, and people are now factoring in their tax increases that will be needed to pay for all of the extra social services,” he told The Epoch Times in an earlier interview.

This Is the Uniparty “Reveal”: Speaker Johnson to Pass $95.3 Billion Foreign Aid Package Using Democrats

(ZeroHedge)—House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is scrambling – both to keep his job, and to pass several bills to devote billions in US taxpayer funds to foreign entanglements that Johnson’s conservative base has little-to-no appetite for. The bills would provide around $60.8 billion for Ukraine, $26.4 billion for Israel, and $8.1 billion for Ukraine. Meanwhile, following Republican outcry – Johnson included a fifth bill which would revive the Secure Border Act – so US border security is essentially an afterthought.

In order to appease said base, Johnson – who faces a growing threat of removal by House conservatives – has added a US border security measure to the package, which he told lawmakers the House would vote on Saturday night. The $95.3 billion package includes three aid bills to send funds to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, after claiming that the situation in Ukraine was at a tipping point, and the “axis of evil” of Russia, China and Iran are coordinating to help Russia to push further into Europe, like Hitler.


“To put it bluntly, I would rather send bullets to Ukraine than American boys,” said Johnson, the Washington Times reports.

The Ukraine aid would be provided as a loan, but with provisions allowing for the loan to be canceled.

A fourth bill would allow the use of seized Russian assets for aid, and sanctions for Russia, China and Iran. It also includes the language of a House-passed bill requiring TikTok to divest from China, a proposal that stalled in the Senate.

A fifth, separate bill includes core components of the House GOP’s Secure the Border Act. -Washington Times.

Far-right conservatives in the House balked at the new plan, calling the border language “watered down” and demanding it to be attached to Ukraine aid.

Conservatives slam

Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) called it a “joke,” arguing that Johnson is more worried about Ukraine than the US-Mexico border – which the speaker had previously promised to pair together.

“He certainly doesn’t want to try to use border security because I guess he’s afraid it might mess up Ukraine,” Good added.

Rep. Thomas Massie said on X that Johnson “plans to pass the rule for the $100 billion foreign aid package using Democrats on the Rules Committee,” adding “This is the Uniparty “reveal.””

The Secure Border Act – passed by the House but shut down in the Democrat-led, open-border Senate, would restart the construction of Donald Trump’s southern border wall, and would include other measures to stem the flow of migrants.

Momentum Builds for Ouster

According to The Hill, momentum is “growing quickly” to oust (‘vacate’) Johnson if he moves to alter the ‘motion to vacate’ rule as part of the above package. The move would raise the threshold for forcing a vote on a motion to vacate – which can currently be called by a single lawmaker. This would reverse an agreement struck between former GOP Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA) and conservatives in January of last year as a condition of their support for his leadership.

Johnson denied that he’s considering such a modification, however he told CNN on Wednesday that the ouster mechanism “has been abused in recent times,” adding that “maybe, at some point, we change that.”

The denial has done little to mollify the conservatives, who huddled with Johnson for a long and tense discussion on the chamber floor Thursday — a meeting that featured plenty of yelling. Afterward, some of the conservatives said they’re ready to support a motion to vacate if Johnson endorses the rule change making it harder to launch that very process.

It’s a red line for me, for sure,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) told reporters after the gathering broke up.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who led the effort to oust McCarthy from the Speakership in October, would not commit to supporting Johnson’s removal over the rule change but suggested that it could be the last straw for him.

I think a motion to vacate is something that could put the conference in peril, and Ms. Boebert and I were working to avoid that,” Gaetz said. “Our goal is to avoid a motion to vacate. But we are not going to surrender that accountability tool, particularly in a time when we are seeing America’s interests subjugated to foreign interests abroad.” –

The controversy comes as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has repeatedly threatened to drop a motion to vacate on Johnson over his willingness to negotiate deals with Democrats on key issues such as federal spending, government surveillance, and most recently – Ukraine aid.

“He’s serving Ukraine first and America last, and that would be the worst thing to do,” said Greene. “I can’t think of a worse betrayal ever to happen in United States history. And here’s what’s really ironic: the constitutional attorney, Mike Johnson, is literally betraying the American people in order to keep his grip of power on the Speakership.”

How mRNA Covid “Vaccines” Are Actually Destroying People’s Immune Systems

(Natural News)—Now that a few years have passed since the first mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were administered, their effects on the immune system are becoming painfully obvious – and some medical experts are concerned about the potential impact on human health.

mRNA, or messenger RNA, vaccines are a relatively new player in the vaccine field. Their goal is to invade the body’s cells and teach them how they can generate a protein that will spur an immune response to produce antibodies that can prevent infection should an actual virus enter the body.

They are different from traditional vaccines in the sense that they do not use a weakened or live virus in order to cause the desired immune response. Instead, they used genetic material, or mRNA, to provide the instructions for producing the target viral protein. The mRNA is packaged inside a protective lipid nanoparticle that will help the genetic material make its way into the cells. There, it will produce the viral protein so the immune system can recognize it and create antibodies that will neutralize it. This is why many people are likening them to gene therapy injections.

While this may sound like an effective approach in theory, there are actually many shortcomings to the process. However, of greater concern to many people are the potential side effects, many of which are unknown because the technology is so new and there have been no long-term studies on the effects of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

We do know, however, that mRNA vaccines can cause a person’s immune system to become overstimulated, which is why so many people are experiencing inflammation and autoimmune reactions to the jabs. And while authorities claimed that the mRNA in these vaccines breaks down quickly and is eliminated by the body when they were pushing the jabs on the masses, this has turned out not to be the case at all.

In fact, these vaccines were given emergency use authorization when clinical trials with them were only in phase 3 and real-world data was already showing a higher mortality rate among vaccinated individuals compared to those who were not vaccinated. They were also showing a higher risk of getting infected with the virus. This and other evidence pointed to COVID-19 vaccines destroying people’s natural immune responses.

Activating latent viruses

Another big risk of the jabs was severely underplayed by authorities: the activation of latent viruses. Many scientists were immediately concerned that these jabs could activate dormant viruses such as HIV and herpes and pushed for further research to be conducted into these risks before rolling out the shots.

Latent viruses can sit in the body in a dormant state for extended periods of time without causing any obvious symptoms. However, when the immune system is activated by mRNA jabs and produces chemokines and cytokines that signal molecules to recruit immune cells to the infection site, the cells may recognize and target latent viruses, activating and replicating them.

In addition, we now know that mRNA from these vaccines does not degrade quickly and is not eliminated by the body rapidly. Instead, it multiplies millions of times and can make its way across the blood-brain barrier. This is why these vaccines are perfectly capable of activating latent viruses.

Another big problem with these vaccines is their potential to alter the ability of a person’s immune system to recognize and respond to other pathogens. This could compromise the immune system’s effectiveness when it comes to fighting off all types of infections and raise a person’s risk of disease. This may also help explain why there is a much higher mortality rate among the vaccinated compared to the unvaccinated.

Virologist warns of hospital collapse

While mRNA vaccines are still the subject of ongoing research, early data shows that the benefits of these jabs do not come close to outweighing the potential risks, particularly when you consider their inability to prevent the transmission of the virus from person to person.

Esteemed Belgian virologist Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche has warned that a huge wave of illnesses and deaths among the highly vaccinated population with their compromised immune systems is just around the corner, causing the collapse of the hospital system and social, financial and economic chaos.

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DHS Records Show That the Illegal Alien Who Killed Laken Riley Was Also Paroled Illegally

(The Epoch Times)—Jose Antonio Ibarra was illegally out on parole when he allegedly killed Georgia student Laken Riley, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) records.

The records were obtained by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who in disclosing them at a Judiciary Committee hearing on April 16 slammed DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for telling the Judiciary Committee the day before that he didn’t know why Mr. Ibarra had been paroled from the federally run immigration detention center in El Paso, Texas.

“It’s in your own file!” exclaimed Mr. Graham, a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. “How can you testify before the country you didn’t know how the guy got into the country, when literally at the same moment I’m giving you a document he was admitted into the country for lack of capacity at El Paso?”

The condemnation came one day before the Senate kicked off the anticipated impeachment trial of Mr. Mayorkas on allegations that he is not ensuring the upholding of immigration laws including the longstanding Immigration and Nationality Act, which sets detention mandates for inadmissible aliens in the United States.

According to Mr. Graham, one of those violations was the paroling of Mr. Ibarra.

The DHS records that he obtained state that Mr. Ibarra was granted “parole due to detention capacity.”

“The law is clear. You cannot parole someone because you don’t have space,” Mr. Graham said. He included as part of his testimony a blowup of the excerpt from DHS records citing lack of space as the reason for Mr. Ibarra’s parole.

By law, Mr. Graham pointed out, immigration parole is to be granted only at the discretion of the DHS Secretary on a case-by-case basis, in instances of “urgent humanitarian reason or significant public benefit.”

“If this is not Exhibit A of a broken immigration system, what would be?” he asked.

DHS did not respond to inquiries from The Epoch Times about the case.

Mr. Graham’s testimony along with other documents show that after Mr. Ibarra was paroled in 2022, he was subsequently arrested and released at least three separate times for various crimes before allegedly killing Ms. Riley.

The first time was in September 2023 by police in New York on allegations of endangering a minor under the age of 17 and committing a motor vehicle violation.

He was arrested again in October 2023 on shoplifting and other theft charges by police in Athens, Georgia.

In December 2023, he was arrested on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court on the previous charges.

It would be less than two months later, in what would be his fourth arrest, that the Venezuelan native would be arrested for the murder of Ms. Riley. The body of the 22-year-old Augusta University student, a known avid runner who reportedly always made the Dean’s List, was found on Feb. 23 on a wooded trail located in an area on campus that was just a mile from where Mr. Ibarra was staying.

According to police affidavits, she was so badly beaten that her skull was disfigured. In the affidavits, Mr. Ibarra is accused of kidnapping Ms. Riley, dragging her into the woods, and then bludgeoning her to death.

The 26-year-old Mr. Ibarra, who has required a translator in court proceedings, recently requested a jury trial in the case through his court-appointed attorneys.

His older brother, who is currently being detained at an immigration facility on various crimes including running a fake green card scam, has been linked by federal prosecutors to the notorious and violent Tren de Aragua gang.

Mr. Graham is not the first congressional leader to inquire about the questionable immigration standards followed in Jose Ibarra’s case.

In a Feb. 27 joint letter to Mr. Mayorkas, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) asked for all DHS documents relating to Mr. Ibarra, including documentation of any U.S. aid that he was receiving and processing records by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials including the status of any detainer request made by border agents.

The two Republicans also recently spearheaded a congressional investigation into an alleged gag order instituted by the Department of Justice against immigration judges that forbids them from speaking with Congress and the news media about what they called “the Biden Administration’s unprecedented immigration crisis.”

“The reported gag order on immigration judges appears to violate federal law that guarantees the right of all federal employees to speak freely with Congress without interference from their employer,” the lawmakers wrote in an inquiry on the subject to Executive Office for Immigration Review Director David Neal. “It is striking that the Biden Administration seeks to stifle the free speech of immigration judges at a time when the House of Representatives is conducting robust oversight of the border crisis and how the nation’s immigration courts are being used to carry out President Biden’s open-borders policies.”

In his inquest into Mr. Ibarra’s illegal parole, Mr. Graham feverishly denounced Democrats for balking at reform efforts of Biden’s border policies.

“We’re going to have an impeachment trial on Mayorkas, in theory, but not in practice,” he said. “We’re not going to get any of this information because … you don’t want to have a discussion as to whether or not he has broken his duty to protect America … but the issue is not going to go away.

“We’re going to tell the American people until we run out of breath that the system in place is broken.”

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the date of the Senate hearing. It was held on April 17. The Epoch Times regrets the error.

Electric Vehicle Maker Launches Another Round of Layoffs as Demand Slows

DCNF(DCNF)—Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Rivian announced its second round of layoffs just this year on Wednesday as consumer demand for EVs stalls.

The layoffs at Rivian will affect around 1% of the company’s staff as they continue to look for ways to cut costs to bolster struggling profits due to less-than-expected EV sales, the company confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Rivian announced in February that it was laying off 10% of its workforce after it released its 2024 production forecast, which was well below analyst expectations, according to Reuters.

“We continue to work to right-size the business and ensure alignment to our priorities,” Rivian told the DCNF. “As a follow-up to some of the changes we made to teams in February, today we shared some additional changes to groups supporting the business. Around 1% of our workforce was affected by this change. This was a difficult decision, but a necessary one to support our goal to be gross margin positive by the end of the year.”

Rivian previously cut around 6% of its staff in 2023 and another 6% in July 2022, according to Business Insider. The EV maker employed nearly 17,000 people in both North America and Europe at the end of 2023.

The world’s top EV maker, Tesla, also announced layoffs this week, cutting 10% of its global workforce, which was around 140,473 employees by the end of December. Stellantis announced in March that it would soon lay off 400 employees in engineering, technology and software roles related to EVs.

Both Tesla and Rivian’s production deliveries failed to meet estimates from analysts in the first quarter. Bentley, GM, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Honda have all backed off of previous EV goals in the past year due to sluggish market demand and prohibitive costs.

The growth in sales of EVs slowed in the first quarter as demand continued to limp, increasing just 2.7% compared to the sale of all new vehicles at 5%, leading to a decline in EV market share from 7.6% to 7.1%. EV sales grew around 47% in the whole of 2023.

The Biden administration has sought to bolster EV companies and consumer adoption, doling out a $7,500 tax credit per EV, contingent on what parts of the vehicle were produced where.

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Five Things New “Preppers” Forget When Getting Ready for Bad Times Ahead

The preparedness community is growing faster than it has in decades. Even during peak times such as Y2K, the economic downturn of 2008, and Covid, the vast majority of Americans made sure they had plenty of toilet paper but didn’t really stockpile anything else.

Things have changed. There’s a growing anxiety in this presidential election year that has prompted more Americans to get prepared for crazy events in the future. Some of it is being driven by fearmongers, but there are valid concerns with the economy, food supply, pharmaceuticals, the energy grid, and mass rioting that have pushed average Americans into “prepper” mode.

There are degrees of preparedness. One does not have to be a full-blown “doomsday prepper” living off-grid in a secure Montana bunker in order to be ahead of the curve. In many ways, preparedness isn’t about being able to perfectly handle every conceivable situation. It’s about being less dependent on government for as long as possible. Those who have proper “preps” will not be waiting for FEMA to distribute emergency supplies to the desperate masses.

Below are five things people new to preparedness (and sometimes even those with experience) often forget as they get ready. All five are common sense notions that do not rely on doomsday in order to be useful. It may be nice to own a tank during the apocalypse but there’s not much you can do with it until things get really crazy. The recommendations below can have places in the lives of average Americans whether doomsday comes or not.

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Secured Wealth

Whether in the bank or held in a retirement account, most Americans feel that their life’s savings is relatively secure. At least they did until the last couple of years when de-banking, geopolitical turmoil, and the threat of Central Bank Digital Currencies reared their ugly heads.

It behooves Americans to diversify their holdings. If there’s a triggering event or series of events that cripple the financial systems or devalue the U.S. Dollar, wealth can evaporate quickly. To hedge against potential turmoil, many Americans are looking in two directions: Crypto and physical precious metals.

There are huge advantages to cryptocurrencies, but there are also inherent risks because “virtual” money can become challenging to spend. Add in the push by central banks and governments to regulate or even replace cryptocurrencies with their own versions they control and the risks amplify. There’s nothing wrong with cryptocurrencies today but things can change rapidly.

As for physical precious metals, many Americans pay cash to keep plenty on hand in their safe. Rolling over or transferring retirement accounts into self-directed IRAs is also a popular option, but there are caveats. It can often take weeks or even months to get the gold and silver shipped if the owner chooses to close their account. This is why Genesis Gold Group stands out. Their relationship with the depositories allows for rapid closure and shipping, often in less than 10 days from the time the account holder makes their move. This can come in handy if things appear to be heading south.

Lots of Potable Water

One of the biggest shocks that hit new preppers is understanding how much potable water they need in order to survive. Experts claim one gallon of water per person per day is necessary. Even the most conservative estimates put it at over half-a-gallon. That means that for a family of four, they’ll need around 120 gallons of water to survive for a month if the taps turn off and the stores empty out.

Being near a fresh water source, whether it’s a river, lake, or well, is a best practice among experienced preppers. It’s necessary to have a water filter as well, even if the taps are still working. Many refuse to drink tap water even when there is no emergency. Berkey was our previous favorite but they’re under attack from regulators so the Alexapure systems are solid replacements.

For those in the city or away from fresh water sources, storage is the best option. This can be challenging because proper water storage containers take up a lot of room and are difficult to move if the need arises. For “bug in” situations, having a larger container that stores hundreds or even thousands of gallons is better than stacking 1-5 gallon containers. Unfortunately, they won’t be easily transportable and they can cost a lot to install.

Water is critical. If chaos erupts and water infrastructure is compromised, having a large backup supply can be lifesaving.

Pharmaceuticals and Medical Supplies

There are multiple threats specific to the medical supply chain. With Chinese and Indian imports accounting for over 90% of pharmaceutical ingredients in the United States, deteriorating relations could make it impossible to get the medicines and antibiotics many of us need.

Stocking up many prescription medications can be hard. Doctors generally do not like to prescribe large batches of drugs even if they are shelf-stable for extended periods of time. It is a best practice to ask your doctor if they can prescribe a larger amount. Today, some are sympathetic to concerns about pharmacies running out or becoming inaccessible. Tell them your concerns. It’s worth a shot. The worst they can do is say no.

If your doctor is unwilling to help you stock up on medicines, then the Wellness Company is a good alternative. Through telehealth, they can prescribe daily meds or antibiotics that are shipped to your door. As proponents of medical freedom, they empathize with those who want to have enough medical supplies on hand in case things go wrong.

Energy Sources

The vast majority of Americans are locked into the grid. This has proven to be a massive liability when the grid goes down. Unfortunately, there are no inexpensive remedies.

Those living off-grid had to either spend a lot of money or effort (or both) to get their alternative energy sources like solar set up. For those who do not want to go so far, it’s still a best practice to have backup power sources. Diesel generators and portable solar panels are the two most popular, and while they’re not inexpensive they are not out of reach of most Americans who are concerned about being without power for extended periods of time.

Natural gas is another necessity for many, but that’s far more challenging to replace. Having alternatives for heating and cooking that can be powered if gas and electric grids go down is important. Have a backup for items that require power such as manual can openers. If you’re stuck eating canned foods for a while and all you have is an electric opener, you’ll have problems.

Don’t Forget the Protein

When most think about “prepping,” they think about their food supply. More Americans are turning to gardening and homesteading as ways to produce their own food. Others are working with local farmers and ranchers to purchase directly from the sources. This is a good idea whether doomsday comes or not, but it’s particularly important if the food supply chain is broken.

Most grocery stores have about one to two weeks worth of food, as do most American households. Grocers rely heavily on truckers to receive their ongoing shipments. In a crisis, the current process can fail. It behooves Americans for multiple reasons to localize their food purchases as much as possible.

Long-term storage is another popular option. Canned foods, MREs, and freeze dried meals are selling out quickly even as prices rise. But one component that is conspicuously absent in shelf-stable food is high-quality protein. Most survival food companies offer low quality “protein buckets” or cans of meat, but they are often barely edible.

Prepper All-Naturals offers premium cuts of steak that have been cooked sous vide and freeze dried to give them a 25-year shelf life. They offer Ribeye, NY Strip, and Tenderloin among others. (Currently the beef is on sale for a limited time – save 25% with promo code “veteran25”)

Having buckets of beans and rice is a good start, but keeping a solid supply of high-quality protein isn’t just healthier. It can help a family maintain normalcy through crises.

Prepare Without Fear

With all the challenges we face as Americans today, it can be emotionally draining. Citizens are scared and there’s nothing irrational about their concerns. Being prepared and making lifestyle changes to secure necessities can go a long way toward overcoming the fears that plague us. We should hope and pray for the best but prepare for the worst. And if the worst does come, then knowing we did what we could to be ready for it will help us face those challenges with confidence.

Bank of America Is an Active Enemy Combatant Targeting Conservatives

(Natural News)—Legislators in Republican-led states want to know why Bank of America continues to de-bank Christians and conservative groups.

In a letter led by Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach, the dozen some-odd “red” states asked the financial institution to release all documents related to its account cancellation policies. The letter also petitions Bank of America to update its terms of service to prohibit discrimination against clients based on their political or religious affiliation.

The issue came to a head after it was revealed that Bank of America sent the FBI and the U.S. Treasury private consumer financial data to help the two federal agencies investigate crimes related to the January 6 “insurrection” at the United States Capitol.

“Unfortunately, Bank of America appears to be conditioning access to its services on customers having the bank’s preferred religious or political views,” Kobach’s letter, addressed to Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, reads.

“Your discriminatory behavior is a serious threat to free speech and religious freedom, is potentially illegal, and is causing political and regulatory backlash.”

Kobach’s letter is co-signed by officials from the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

Financial discrimination

In a statement to the Daily Mail Online (United Kingdom), Bank of America claimed that “religious beliefs are not a factor in any account-closing decision.”

“We are proud to provide banking services to non-profit organizations affiliated with diverse faith communities throughout the United States,” the bank further added.

The letter’s signatories disagree with this claim, stating that Bank of America de-banked two Christian ministry groups, Timothy Two Project International and Indigenous Advance, as well as the Memphis, Tenn.-based church Servants of Christ.

According to Kobach, Timothy Two Project International had its account canceled by Bank of America for “operating a business type we have chosen not to service.” A similar thing happened to Indigenous Advance, which had its account canceled because the group’s operation “no longer aligns with the bank’s risk tolerance.”

According to Bank of America, the reason for Indigenous Advance’s cancellation is that it operates a business in Uganda, and the bank does not “serve small businesses operating outside the United States.”

As for Servants of Christ, its Bank of America account was cancelled because it was deemed to be “the wrong ‘business type,'” according to Kobach.

“Bank of America is exposing itself to numerous legal risks by engaging in de-banking,” Kobach’s letter continues. “It is opening itself up to potential legal liability under consumer protection and antidiscrimination laws, and creating substantial regulatory and political risk from states that are already taking action to stop debanking.”

“Financial institutions set the stage for politicized de-banking by adopting vague and subjective ‘reputational risk’ policies and prohibitions on ‘hate’ that are susceptible to abuse.”

The letter comes as the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government continues to probe numerous institutions that have a relationship with federal officials.

A U.S. Treasury memo that circulated to banks around the time of the January 6 “insurrection” also pegged Bass Pro Shops and Dick’s Sporting Goods as engaging in transactions that possibly showed signs of “extremism,” the suggestion being that they, too, needed to be canceled.

House investigations are also ongoing into the crowdfunding sites GoFundMe and Eventbrite, both of which were pegged as having possible involvement in “extremism.”

“You appear to be using this power to punish conservative and religious customers by handing their data over to federal law enforcement and even cancelling their accounts,” Kobach further said to Bank of America.

“This not only undermines free speech and religious freedom, but also is potentially illegal and could lead to investigations, litigation, regulation, and political backlash.”

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