Saturday, January 19, 2013

"Partnership Disabled" I Just Got Banned From Google Adsense! Now "WTF"

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      I Just Got Banned From Google Adsense! Now What?

      I got a really depressing email last week that my Google Adsense account has been shut down!
      I received the same message for all of my business accounts as well; I no longer have any access to Google Adsense.  The news fell on me like a ton of bricks, and I’m still a bit dazed and trying to climb out of of the rubble.  To say the least, it hurts…bad!  However, since I have always tried to be as open as possible here on my blog, I felt like I needed to share the news with you.


      I Just Got Banned From Google Adsense! Now What?

      I Just Got Banned From Google Adsense!  Now What? I got a really depressing email last week that my Google Adsense account has been shut down!
      I received the same message for all of my business accounts as well; I no longer have any access to Google Adsense.  The news fell on me like a ton of bricks, and I’m still a bit dazed and trying to climb out of of the rubble.  To say the least, it hurts…bad!  However, since I have always tried to be as open as possible here on my blog, I felt like I needed to share the news with you.
      Update 7/30/2012: After forming a new LLC, I was able to get another Google Adsense Account.  Read about it here: Welcome Back to Google Adsense!
      For those of you unaware,  I have been consistently averaging over $10k a month for the past year or so.  The last REAL income report where I showed my full Google Adsense income was in August 2011, where I had earnings of $13,099.49.  Since that time I have only been sharing partial results about a group of 20 sites I built or my authority site.  Overall though, my income from Google Adsense has continued to be in the six figure annual range, that is until last week.  My income from Google Adsense is now $0.  In fact, the money I earned last month will NOT be sent to me.  Google is “kind” enough to return that to the advertisers.
      So, what happened to my sites and where do I go from here?

      What Happened?

      I got the standard message from Google, which you can read here, but says: “we’ve determined that your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity”.  These are the only details given, no specifics.  Here is the email I received:
      This message was sent from a notification-only email address that does not accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message. --------------------------------------------------------------- Hello, After reviewing our records, we've determined that your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due to invalid activity, we've found it necessary to disable your AdSense account. Your outstanding balance and Google's share of the revenue will both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers. Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the effectiveness of Google's advertising system, particularly the advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we've taken, how you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find more information by visiting Sincerely, The Google AdSense Team
      I have of course submitted a reconsideration request, but from what I’ve heard I don’t have high expectations.
      My sites receive nearly 100% of their traffic from search engines and I NEVER click on my own ads or ask others to do so.  I’ve been using Google Adsense since 2005 and have never had issues in the past.  So, all I can say is that Google has obviously changed something on their end.  They are getting much more aggressive in closing accounts.  In fact, you have probably heard of lots of other reports of people getting the Google Adsense accounts closed as well.
      Here are just a few others that have also recently had their Adsense accounts shut down:
      Zac Johnson
      Ghauer Chaudhry
      Eric @
      Mark Peeters
      and many others.  In fact I have received a few other private emails from people in the past couple of weeks that had their Adsense accounts shut down.
      So, it appears I am not alone.  So, this isn’t something I did, but I believe Google is getting MUCH more aggressive about shutting accounts down.  I would suspect that accounts with a high number of domains are at higher risk.  That is the only thing that I can figure; lots of domains probably raises a red flag.

      Now What?

      Well, it could have been worse.  Even though my primary monetization source is gone, the source of my traffic is not.  All of my sites still rank exactly where they were before in Google.  So, with some experimentation I hope to find some other contextual advertising networks that get me close to where I was with Google Adsense.  It won’t be easy, and to be honest I would be very surprised if my sites earn what they were earning with Google Adsense with any other network.  However, hopefully I’m wrong.
      I already have approved accounts (and have for a couple of years) to the following networks:
      eBay Partner Network
      Amazon Associates Program
      I was also recently set up on Vibrant Media.  I also just applied to the advertising program.  In addition, I am approved to a ton of other affiliate networks.
      So, there are plenty of options (and MANY more besides what I have listed), but the problem is that most of these don’t pay as well as Google Adsense.  Google just has such a large pool of advertisers when compared to these other networks; therefore, there is more advertising dollars being spent on Google as these companies compete for placement on your site.
      So, I fully expect to get back some of the income, but its going to take some time.  After all, I have over 200 sites and it won’t be an easy task finding the best advertising fit for each site.  Some will do okay with Amazon, but most won’t.  Infolinks and Kontera are a quicker and easier general in-content ad solution for information sites – so I may rely heavily on these to start.  However, I have a lot of testing to do in the coming months…not fun.

      Will I Ever Use Google Adsense Again?

      I can personally never have an Adsense account under my name according to Google. Technically, I could form a new legal entity and open a new business account and make sure there is no linking information to any of my banned Adsense Accounts, and the new business entity can re-apply to Google Adsense.  However, I’m not sure I want to go down that road.  The wound is too fresh right now, so I need to take some time to think about it.  Even if I somehow got a new adsense account, I would always be in fear of the same thing happening again.  There is definitely going to be a shift in my business.
      You see, I have specialized in more informational types of sites that are best monetized with Google Adsense.  Because they have such a broad advertising network, I could (and I have) build sites on Worm Farms, Buffalo Nickels, or Oil Change Coupons, and made good money.  However, those keywords could NEVER be monetized well with Amazon Associates or many other networks.
      So, while I was using Google Adsense I could really use my skill of finding low competition keywords – because there were SO MANY to choose from.  If I don’t use Adsense, my pool of keyword choices is going to limited greatly.  At least that’s how I see it now.  Who knows though, maybe some of these other ad networks will surprise me.

      Should I Still Build Micro Niche Sites?

      I don’t know.  Its too early to say where I am going to take my business.  If any of these other ad networks are anywhere close to what Google Adsense was able to pay out, then I will likely still dabble in building small niche sites. I’m not saying I’m giving up on niche sites by any stretch of the imagination.  I’m just saying that I’m considering all options; including building larger sites, building lots of small affiliate sites, or other strategies.
      However, as I wrote about a few months ago; I’ve always known that a better strategy is to build a larger site that you are in love with and provide unique tools or other value to the end user.
      So going forward, I am going to be considering additional ideas on large niche sites (1 or 2 maybe) that I can just keep and build for years to come.  I already have one site that is only a few months old that I think has a lot of potential.  Its only getting 150 uniques or so a day, but I think it has potential for 100 times that easy and maybe more.
      I don’t know if I have the personality to do that honestly, but this is probably the best strategy for many of you out there. So, I will most likely continue to build small niche sites and grow the winners into something bigger.  I just might have to find other niches and other means of monetizing.

      Doesn’t This Change Everything?

      Yes and No.  As mentioned, as I try different revenue models, I may find something that works nearly as well as Google Adsense.  However, the skill that I have been able to master is keyword research, and that has always been the core of this business.  There is no reason why I can use this same skill of keyword research and simply apply it to either a larger site strategy or use different ad/affiliate networks.
      I wrote about the risks of building niche sites about 9 months ago. (Getting your Adsense account banned was #3).  So, I have always been VERY aware of all the risks involved, but I stuck it out because I know ALL businesses have risks.
      Luckily, for the most part, the things I have taught on this site remain unchanged.  The keyword research tactics I teach are still valid as is nearly everything else on the Niche Websites Hub.  The difference is that instead of using Google Adsense, I’ll need to find something else.  However the basic process of: finding a good niche keyword, building a site, and ranking that site remains unchanged.
      Of course, this also just makes me think longer term about the viability of micro niche sites (without Google Adsense) and the types of sites I should build in the future.  This will be an ongoing consideration.  Perhaps you should look twice at your own business as well.
      Overall, I really like the attitude that Eric Gati had when his Adsense Account was disabled recently.  He feels like he will be able to look back on the experience as one of the best things that could happen to his online business.  Perhaps I will feel same in the future.
      UPDATE: I just posted a part II of sorts to this post that covers a few more details – The Importance of Diversifying Your Online Income

      Your Thoughts

      I want to hear what you have to say.  I know that some of you look to me for guidance when it comes to Google Adsense and Niche sites; so that’s why I wanted to share this latest information.  However, I now look to you for any monetization strategies or other tactics that you have found outside of Google Adsense that have worked well for you!  What do you think, should I build small sites with affiliate products, cpa offers, or something else?  Or should I move beyond small sites and move onto something that could become a long term success?
      I also expect that many of you have other questions regarding my ban from Google Adsense that I haven’t covered.  So, feel free to ask away.
      I look forward to reading and responding to all of your comments!

West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S.

A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”
The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.”
The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”
The West Point center typically focuses reports on al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists attempting to gain power in Asia, the Middle East and Africa through violence.
But its latest study turns inward and paints a broad brush of people it considers “far right.”
It says anti-federalists “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.”
The report also draws a link between the mainstream conservative movement and the violent “far right,” and describes liberals as “future oriented” and conservatives as living in the past.
“While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive -oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo.” the report says. “The far right represents a more extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community.”
The report adds: “While far-right groups’ ideology is designed to exclude minorities and foreigners, the liberal-democratic system is designed to emphasize civil rights, minority rights and the balance of power.”
The report says there were 350 “attacks initiated by far-right groups/individuals” in 2011.
Details about what makes an attack a “far right” action are not clear in the report, which was written by Arie Perliger, who directs the center’s terrorism studies and teaches social sciences at West Point.
A Republican congressional staffer who served in the military told The Washington Times: “If [the Defense Department] is looking for places to cut spending, this junk study is ground zero.
“Shouldn’t the Combating Terrorism Center be combating radical Islam around the globe instead of perpetuating the left’s myth that right-wingers are terrorists?” the staffer said. “The $64,000 dollar question is when will the Combating Terrorism Center publish their study on real left-wing terrorists like the Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and the Weather Underground?”

Friday, January 18, 2013

Government Scientist Gets Fired for Telling the Truth

Something’s amiss at the Department of Interior. Eight government scientists were recently fired or reassigned after voicing concerns to their superiors about faulty environmental science used for policy decisions. Which begs the question, “Are some government agencies manipulating science to advance political agendas?”
Fictional book authors operate in a convenient world, unconstrained by facts and experiences of the real world. The antithesis of works of fiction are scientific findings solely based on provable facts and experience. For agenda-driven environmental science, facts can sometime prove inconvenient. It’s far easier to advance an agenda with agreeable science, even if that means creating science fiction or fictional science. Fictional science thus becomes the pseudo-reality of environmentalist’s absolutism and any science that disagrees with their predetermined conclusions of man-made harm to the environment is ignored or distorted. Now we learn that in some government agencies, scientists who question the veracity and validity of scientific evidence used to formulate environmental regulations and policies are shunned, kept quiet, and purged.
The purpose of fictional environmental science is to sway public opinion through what amounts to propaganda. Intransigent purveyors of “green” propaganda know their greatest enemy is truth. One of the most famous propaganda experts was Germany’s Joseph Goebbels, who taught that if a lie is repeated often enough it will eventually be accepted as truth. Goebbels also knew that truth has to be suppressed if it contradicts the objectives of the propaganda. Goebbels wrote, “It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Over the past three decades, government has unleashed an unprecedented wave of environmental rules and regulations that affect nearly every aspect of American life, and for the most part the public has tolerated it. Public embrace of environmental propaganda and fear mongering about the apocalyptic consequences of mankind’s abuse of the planet have elevated environmentalism to a status above national security. The public is now more likely to give up rights and freedoms for the cause of saving the planet than for security reasons.
Rural America has long been a target of environmentalists. Government agencies such as the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the DOI (Department of Interior) have been hijacked by extreme elements of environmentalism and rural America is feeling the heat. When environmental protocol is pitted against the welfare of a rural community, these agencies almost exclusively side with the environmental cause, and adverse consequences to the human element are considered last, if at all.
The Department of Interior refers to itself as the nation's landlord. It controls almost 30% of the nation's 2.27 billion acres of land and its natural resources, and as a regulatory agency, it creates policies to govern how public land and these resources are used. Under the leadership of Secretary Ken Salazar the agency has engaged in an aggressive crusade to obstruct and undermine the use of natural resources, restrict human access to public lands, and increase its influence over private property. Decisions made by the agency are presumed to be based on sound scientific analysis, but often times policy is driving the science, rather than science driving environmental policy. This has led to harmful decisions and a violation of the public trust.
A case in point is the story of DOI science adviser and scientific integrity officer, Dr. Paul Houser, who found out that by simply doing his job can be hazardous to one’s career. Dr. Houser is an expert in hydrology who was hired by DOI’s Bureau of Reclamation to evaluate scientific data used in the department’s decision making process. He was assigned several Western State projects including a scheme to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Northern California—the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. When a summary of science posted on the web to support DOI’s claim for removal of the dams omitted several crucial factors from expert panel reports, Dr. Houser brought his concerns to his superiors. He was repeatedly told to refrain from sharing his concerns through electronic communication, which could be subject to Freedom of Information Act discovery.
Dr. Houser learned firsthand that policy was driving the science, rather than the other way around, when he was told by his superiors at DOI, “Secretary Salazar wants to remove those dams. So your actions here aren’t helpful.”
According to the DOI the premise for Klamath River dams removal is to restore Coho salmon spawning habitat above the dams. However, official DOI documents reveal scientific concerns that dam removal may, in fact, result in species decline based on millions of tons of toxic sediment build up behind the dams that will make its way to the ocean. Water temperature increases without the dams could also negatively impact the salmon. These studies were ignored. Concerns about the human toll and impact to local Klamath Basin communities were also brushed aside. Those most interested in the well-being of the environment they live and work in, were given a backseat to special interests thousands of miles away.
The Klamath hydroelectric dams provide clean inexpensive energy to thousands of local residents who will be forced to pay much higher premiums if the dams are removed because California has strict new laws for use of renewable energy. The town of Happy Camp sits on the banks of the Klamath River and could be wiped out with seasonal flooding without the dams. Once Coho salmon are introduced into the upper Klamath, farmers and ranchers will be faced with water use restrictions and invasive government regulation of private land. The economic impact will be devastating, property values will depreciate and the agriculture community, often operating on slim profit margins, will be subjected to the fate of the once vibrant logging industry which fell victim to the spotted owl crusades.
Last year, Dr. Houser raised these concerns and was subsequently fired by the DOI. “I put my concerns forward and immediately thereafter I was pushed out of the organization,” he stated. The agency sent a clear message to the rest of their employees and scientists - Salazar’s dam busting agenda cannot be subject to any internal scientific scrutiny. Goebbels would be proud. Truth must be repressed when it contradicts the objective.
Dr. Houser did the right thing. He did his job. His integrity as a scientist was more important than a paycheck. But he remains concerned about his colleagues in DOI, “There are a lot of good scientists that work for the government but they are scared, they are scared that what happened to me might happen to them. This is an issue (about) the honesty and transparency of government and an issue for other scientists in government who want to speak out.” A few weeks ago Dr. Houser settled a wrongful discharge case with the DOI. Terms of his settlement are not public.
Now, seven more DOI scientists working on the Klamath Project have filed a complaint with PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) claiming they have been reassigned or terminated for disagreement with the integrity of the science used to support dam removal. They have charged DOI’s Bureau of Reclamation’s management with “coercive manipulation, sublimating science to political priorities, censorship, and scientific misconduct.”
The government’s use of fictional science in the Klamath dam removal project should concern every American. Our public servants at DOI are brazenly advancing their own agendas at the expense of the truth and regardless of adverse impacts on the environment, humans, and on rural communities. Environment and human interests are not incompatible. We have to find solutions that work to the benefit of both. That requires agendas be put aside and allow complete science to determine policy.
DOI Secretary Ken Salazar is stepping down in March. His replacement needs to be someone who can be trusted to end the culture of fictional science as a means to advance environmental agendas.



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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- The bloody three-day hostage standoff at a Sahara natural gas plant took a dramatic turn Friday as Algeria's state news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by Islamic militants had been freed.

That number of hostages at the remote desert facility was significantly higher than any previous report, and still meant that the fate of over 30 foreign energy workers was unclear. Yet it could indicate a potential breakthrough in the confrontation that began when the militants seized the plant early Wednesday.

The militants, meanwhile, offered to trade two captive American workers for two terror figures jailed in the United States, according to a statement received by a Mauritanian news site that often reports news from North African extremists.

The Friday report from the government news agency APS, citing a security official, did not mention any casualties in the battles between Algerian forces and the militants. But earlier it had said that 18 militants had been killed, along with six hostages.

It was not clear whether the remaining foreigners were still captive or had died during the Algerian military offensive to free them that began Thursday.

The desert siege erupted Wednesday when the militants attempted to hijack two buses at the plant, were repulsed, and then seized the sprawling refinery.

Since then, Algeria's government has kept a tight grip on information. It wasn't clear how the government arrived at the latest tally of hostages, which was far higher than the 41 foreigners the militants had claimed as hostages.

The militants had seized hundreds of workers from 10 nations at Algeria's remote Ain Amenas natural gas plant. The overwhelming majority were Algerian and were freed almost immediately.

Algerian forces retaliated Thursday by storming the plant in an attempted rescue operation that left leaders around the world expressing strong concerns about the hostages' safety.

Militants claimed 35 hostages died on Thursday when Algerian military helicopters opened fire as the Islamists transported the hostages around the gas plant.

On Friday, trapped in the main refinery area, the militants offered to trade two American hostages for two prominent terror figures jailed in the United States. Those the militants sought included Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh who was convicted of plotting to blow up New York City landmarks and considered the spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist convicted of shooting at two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

But U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said there would be "no place to hide" for anyone who looks to attack the United States.

"Terrorists should be on notice that they will find no sanctuary, no refuge, not in Algeria, not in North Africa, not anywhere," Panetta said Friday.

Workers kidnapped by the militants came from around the world - Americans, Britons, French, Norwegians, Romanians, Malaysians, Japanese, Algerians.

World leaders have expressed strong concerns in the past few days about how Algeria was handing the situation and its apparent reluctance to communicate.

Terrorized hostages from Ireland and Norway trickled out of the Ain Amenas plant, 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) south of Algiers, the capital. BP, which jointly operates the plant, said it had begun to evacuate employees from Algeria.

"This is a large and complex site and they are still pursuing terrorists and possibly some of the hostages," British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday in London.

He told British lawmakers the situation remained fluid and dangerous, saying "part of the threat has been eliminated in one part of the site, a threat still remains in another part."


Schemm reported from Rabat, Morocco. Associated Press writers Lolita Baldor in Washington, Lori Hinnant in Paris, and Cassandra Vinograd in London contributed to this report.


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Obama Jobs Council hits 1 year without official meeting

By JOSH GERSTEIN | 1/18/13 12:11 AM EST
President Barack Obama's Jobs Council hit a notable milestone on Thursday: one year without an official meeting. The 26-member panel is also set to expire at the end of the month, unless Obama extends its tenure.

The group, formally known as the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, last convened on Jan. 17, 2012 for a White House session where it presented formal recommendations to Obama. It was the panel's fourth official meeting since it was created in early 2011.

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A spokesman for Jobs Council chairman Jeffrey Immelt, who's the CEO of General Electric, referred questions about the panel's future to the White House.

A White House spokeswoman had no comment Thursday.

POLITICO caused a stir last July by reporting that the panel had not convened officially for six months. The story noted some simmering tension between the slew of business executives on the board and a pair of labor leaders who are also members of the group. The report also said that some CEOs were reluctant to appear with Obama at the height of the presidential campaign and that Obama's public attacks on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for outsourcing complicated the idea of an election-season sit-down between the president and the business leaders.

Romney leapt on the story by accusing Obama of neglecting the panel and the broader issue of job creation. The White House's initial response to the report also fanned the flames when Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama was too busy to meet the panel, a remark the Obama aide later clarified by saying the president was "extremely appreciative" of the group's work.

Immelt's spokesman, Gary Sheffer, said Thursday that the council has not been idle in the past year—despite the lack of a public meeting or a full group meeting with Obama. The GE spokesman pointed to a series of "listening and action" events across the country where members of the council—usually one or two of them—talked about the panel's work and solicited ideas from the public.

"The Council was focused in 2012 on implementing the recommendations made in its three reports. Of the 60 recommendations for executive action, significant progress has been made on 54. Also Congress passed legislation on six recommendations made by the Council," Sheffer said in an email. Council recommendations led to administration initiatives to fast-track infrastructure projects, accelerate the processing of business and tourist visas, and a program to "look back" through existing regulations for those that are outdated and burdensome, Sheffer added. He also pointed to a series of public-private initiatives council members launched to jump start job creation.

It seems unlikely the panel will meet before Jan. 31. Its meetings are required to be announced in the Federal Register at least 15 days in advance and no future meeting has been noticed, though the notices for none of the four official sessions actually made it into the official docket 15 days ahead of time.

Despite the lack of public council meetings in the past year, council members have convened a series of private conference calls where they heard reports from and interacted with senior Obama Administration officials like National Economic Council chair Gene Sperling and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Though those calls were not open to the public, the public recently got some insight into what those discussions may have been like when Jobs Council member Robert Wolf scored a half-hour-long interview with Sperling earlier this month for Wolf's Reuters TV show, "Impact Players."

Wolf, former chairman of the American divison of Swiss bank UBS, launched the show in September. The Reuters website describes Wolf as "one of President Obama’s major fundraisers and outside advisers on economic issues."

The Jobs Council is the successor to another outside panel Obama used during his first two years in office, the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, headed by former Federal Reserve chief Paul Volcker.

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Education Grant Benefits and Opportunities "FREE COLLAGE"

Guys Get in there an work the system get to collage for free!!!!!

How to Find the Right Sources

Few college-bound students have the financial resources to pay for their post-secondary education entirely out of pocket. Even students with substantial college savings plans typically find that they are left with sizable amounts of unmet need. The average total cost of attending a public four-year college is more than $20,000 per academic year. Students planning to attend a private college or university can expect to spend more than $30,000 per academic year. A college education is a costly proposition, and all indications are that those costs are only going to increase.
With the cost of a college education continuing to rise, most students will need to consider various types of financial assistance. It is not unusual for a student’s college fund to be comprised of some combination of personal savings, family contributions, scholarships, grants and student loans.
When preparing a college fund, no financial resource should be ignored. Education grants are one of the most popular, and most valuable, sources of financial assistance for college students. With the right grants, students can make their dreams of a higher education a reality.

Grants—Different from Scholarships and Student Loans

College grants are primarily awards of free money, that do not require any repayment on the part of the recipient. Unlike scholarships, which are typically awarded on the basis of academic achievement or athletic, artistic or extracurricular performance, grants are awarded according to financial need. This is not to say that academic merit will not be considered, only that financial need is given greater weight in the final decision making process.
As students begin to investigate possible grants for college, they will likely find a variety of award-for-service grants. These types of grants are typically allied to a distinct course of study, and are applied to students with definite career goals. Typically they address critical shortages in certain professional fields including healthcare, legal aid, teaching and social work. A grant-for-service requires recipients to agree to a predetermined term of service, working within their chosen field, at a critical need facility or in an under-served community. If the student fails to meet their obligations, the grant will revert to a standard student loan, and the student will be expected to repay all monies received plus interest.
Grants for college-bound students are supported by a variety of different sources, including:
  • Federal and State Governments
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Public and Private Organizations
  • Professional Associations
Regardless of the source of the grants, the purpose remains the same : to make a college education more accessible to all students by supplying the necessary supplemental funds to help them meet their total college costs.

Federal Grants

Federal grant programs for college-bound students form the bedrock of all financial aid in the United States. These programs should be the first stop for all students looking for financial assistance to help them pay for college. Federal education grants are funded by the government, and administered through the U. S. Department of Education. Federal education grants help thousands of students pay for college every year. Without these grants, many students would not be able to realize their higher educational goals.
The following Federal grant programs are currently being offered to U.S. Students.
  • The Federal Pell Grant – Since 1972 the Federal Pell Grant has been helping students in the United States fund their college educations. More students rely on Pell grants for financial assistance than any other grant program in America.
  • The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant – The FSEOG is designed to give financial aid to undergraduate students with extreme financial need. The FSEOG program is funded by the Federal government, and administered through the financial aid offices of participating colleges and universities. Students must apply through their college of choice, and grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
  • The Federal TEACH Grant – The TEACH Grant is an example of an award-for-service program. The grant provides Federal funding to students who agree to take up a teaching position in a high need field, or critical shortage facility, following graduation. Recipients must sign a contract agreeing to a predetermined time of service. Students who fail to fulfill their teaching obligations will have their grant revert to a student loan, and will be responsible for the full repayment, plus interest, of that loan.

State Grants

Every state in the union has a Department of Higher Education that monitors, and regulates, the colleges and universities within that state. Most states offer their resident students some degree of college financial aid, either through their Department of Higher Education or through a dedicated Student Assistance Commission. Scholarship and grant programs are common at the state level, and are typically supported by state and local taxes, and/or state lottery funds.
State-funded college grants typically address financial needs of low-income students, as well as encouraging and supporting women and minority students in their college careers. States also often offer career-specific grants-for-service to those students pursuing degrees and careers in high demand fields such as teaching and nursing.
Grant programs will vary widely from state to state, and students are encouraged to refer to our section on State Supported Grants and Scholarships for more information on state-funded financial aid programs, and for links to information on financial aid programs specific to their state.

Non-Government Grants

Once students have exhausted the available Federal and state supported grants, they may wish to look to other sources for financial assistance. Many grants for college-bound students can be found in the private sector. Corporations and professional associations often offer grants for deserving students who are pursuing degrees in fields closely allied to that business or organization. College grants can also be found through religious organizations, as well as clubs and associations dedicated to community service. These grant programs may have very specific eligibility requirements, but they do offer substantial financial assistance to those students who meet the necessary criteria.
Colleges and universities can also be prime sources for grants. Often, colleges will be given private endowments from individuals and businesses for the purpose of providing financial aid to deserving students. Again, privately endowed grants and scholarships tend to have highly specific eligibility requirements, and may target certain portions of the population such as women or minorities. They may also be dedicated to students pursuing degrees in specific fields or disciplines.
Students searching for non-government funded college grants should begin by combining their status as a student (undergraduate or graduate), their field of interest and their personal background (minority status, gender, etc). Many grant programs can be found with a focused search of the internet, or through the financial aid offices of colleges and universities. This can be time consuming, but the rewards can be grants

Grant Categories

Some college grant programs are open to all students regardless of background or field of study. These are considered General Grants, and typically are decided according to financial need and academic performance. A great number of college grants, however, are designed to target specific portions of the population or students pursuing particular degrees or career paths. These can be broken down into the following categories.
As with all college grants, funding may be provided by a variety of sources, including state governments, professional associations, corporations, colleges and universities.

Popular Student-Specific Grants

The width and breadth of the student population in the United States continues to grow and change as more and more students head to college to improve their education and professional opportunities. The American collegiate population is made up of a diverse array of students of all types and backgrounds. Grants for college-bound students are often designed to benefit specific types of students, and to address their particular financial needs. The most common student-specific grant programs fall into the following categories.
  • Non-traditional
  • Low-income and culturally disadvantaged
  • Military and their dependents
Women and minorities make up a large section of the national student body, and there are a large number of grant programs that target both groups. We will discuss grants dedicated to their needs in a later section.

Non-traditional Students

The traditional model of a college-bound student is beginning to change. While the majority of college students are still newly minted high school graduates, more and more adult learners are headed to colleges and universities across the country. Some may be returning to school to finish degrees that were interrupted by work and family commitments, while others may be attending college for the first time for training courses to help them achieve greater success in the national workforce. Non-traditional students include single parents, displaced workers, returning military veterans and adults seeking new career opportunities.
Grants for non-traditional students are sponsored by variety of different sources, including state and local governments, corporations, advocacy groups and professional associations. These programs provide vital financial assistance to those non-traditional students who are looking to improve their lives, and the lives of their families, through higher education.

Low Income and Disadvantaged Students

Most college grants are designed to address the needs of students who are facing a financial shortfall in their college funding. That being said, a wide range of grant programs are dedicated to providing financial aid to students in more extreme circumstances. Grants for low-income students are specifically designed to address the financial needs of students from economic or socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Typically, these programs will be sponsored by state and Federal governments, advocacy groups and charitable foundations.
In addition to grants dedicated to the economically disadvantaged, there are a wide range of grant programs designed to target the needs of students with both physical and mental disabilities. Grants for students with disabilities help to increase college accessibility to students facing a wide range of personal challenges, including blindness, hearing impairment, autism, and decreased mobility due to physical impairment. Disabled students looking for grants to help them pay for college should begin their search by focusing on advocacy groups and charitable foundations dedicated to the needs of people with their particular disability.

Grants for Military Students and Families

One of the most significant sources of grants for college is the United State’s Armed Forces. Education grants from the military help enlisted service-members, their spouses and their dependent children, find the resources they need to pay for college. Each branch of the military, including the army, navy, air force and marines, provides financial aid programs to benefit their service-members. Military sponsored grants are also offered to the children and spouses of service-members who have been killed, or disabled, in the line of duty.
While military sponsored grant programs offer valuable financial assistance, it should be noted that they are only available to enlisted members of the armed services. Serving one’s country in a military capacity is a noble and honorable choice, but it should not be made lightly. Students considering military sponsored financial aid for college should be certain that they fully understand their obligations as enlisted personnel in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Subject-Specific Grants

Many grant programs are dedicated to the needs of students pursuing specific degrees, and with specific career goals. Typically, these programs are designed to encourage and support those students who are pursuing professional careers in high need fields such as science, mathematics, healthcare, and education. These subject specific grants are sponsored by a variety of sources, including Federal and state governments, corporations and professional associations.

The STEM Subjects

There is currently a national push to encourage students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The United States is currently falling behind in the number of students graduating with professional degrees in the STEM fields. Consequently, grants have become more abundant for students pursuing studies in these fields. These grant programs are typically sponsored by Federal agencies, state governments and professional associations.


Many regions of the country are currently experiencing critical shortages in licensed healthcare personnel. Nurses, nurse practitioners, and primary care physicians are all in great demand across the country. Grant programs, supported by both public and private sources, have been put into place to encourage students to pursue careers in the healthcare industry. Many of these grants are award-for-service programs, and recipients will be required to serve a predetermined time of service in a high need medical facility, or under-served urban or rural community.
healthcare grants


The American school system, like the healthcare system, is also experiencing a critical shortage of qualified professionals. Teachers are in great demand, particularly in historically under-served communities. Grants for educators are available from a variety of sources, including professional teaching associations, private endowments, and state governments. Many of these programs, particularly those supported by state governments, are award-for-service programs. Recipients will be required to sign a contract agreeing to a term of service teaching at a high need school, or in an under-served community.

A Note on Grant-For-Service Programs

Many grants dedicated to specific career paths are, in fact, award-for-service programs. These programs perform two functions; they give much needed financial aid to talented students pursuing careers in high need fields, and they help to secure and retain talented professionals in communities that are experiencing critical manpower shortages. Students entering into a grant-for-service program should understand that they are agreeing to a binding contract, and will be obligated to fulfill all the of the particulars of that contract. Students who fail to meet their award-for-service obligations will find that their grants will revert to standard student loans, and they will be expected to repay all monies received plus interest.

Degree Level Specific Grants

Undergraduate Grants

Grants for undergraduate students are a large part of the financial aid landscape. These programs may provide general grant funding for students pursuing any number of degrees, or they may be specific to undergraduates enrolled in science, mathematics or engineering courses. Grants for undergraduate students are available from Federal and state governments, colleges and universities, corporations and professional associations.

Graduate and Doctoral Students

Grants for doctoral candidates and graduate students are highly competitive, and focus on the financial needs of students engaged in research to complete their high level degrees. These grants are often referred to as fellowships, and are typically sponsored by colleges and universities as a way of bringing the best and brightest graduate students to their campuses. Unlike the more traditional undergraduate grants, these programs place a great amount of weight on academic achievement. Financial need is a secondary consideration. Grants for graduate and doctoral students are typically high dollar awards, and will include funds for research related travel and stipends for living expenses.

Minority Specific Grants

Many grant programs exist to serve the needs of minority groups who have a history of being under-represented in the American higher education system. While great strides have been made over the last few decades, more work needs to be done to expand and diversify the American collegiate student body. Grants for minorities, and for women, are sponsored by a variety of sources, including state and Federal governments, professional associations, corporations, colleges, universities, charitable foundations and advocacy groups.

Grants for African American Students

African-American students will find a wide range of grants designed to help them pursue their dreams of a college education. For too long African-Americans were under-represented in the halls of academia. But with the help of publicly and privately funded grant programs, they are beginning to take their rightful place on college campuses across the country. Over the last decade, the number of African-Americans graduating with a four-year degree has risen sharply, and dedicated grant programs for African-American students are helping more and more students of color pursue their dreams of a higher education.

Hispanic Students

Hispanics are now the fastest growing minority population in the United States. Unfortunately, the rise in population numbers is not yet adequately reflected in the number of college-bound Hispanic students. This is beginning to change, however, and the availability of dedicated college grants for Hispanic students is on the rise. Grants for Hispanic students are supported by charitable foundations and advocacy groups, as well as by corporations and professional associations dedicated to diversifying the American workforce. Hispanic students will find a large number of grants designed to encourage them to pursue specific career paths, with an emphasis on science, mathematics and technology.

Native American Students

Grants for Native American students may be less prevalent than those for other minorities, but they are beginning to become more plentiful. State governments, advocacy groups and private endowments support a growing number of grants dedicated to helping Native-Americans pursue a college education. Many of these programs target members of specific Native-American tribes, and students will be required to present documentary evidence of their American Indian heritage. A large number of grants for Native-American students are career-specific, with an emphasis on healthcare, education, science and technology.

Asian American Students

Asian-Americans are one of the fastest growing ethnic populations in the United States. While Asian immigrants have been part of the American workforce for more than a hundred years, they have been historically under-represented in mainstream colleges and universities. That is beginning to change, and more Asian-American students are headed to college than ever before. For many, they may be the first in their family to pursue a college education. Grants for Asian-American students are supported by a variety of charitable foundations, corporations and private endowments. Like many grants dedicated to the financial needs of minority students, many grants for Asian-Americans place a particular emphasis on specific career paths, including science, technology, education and journalism.

Grants for Women

Women make up 51% of the population of the United States, yet are still considered a minority. While the numbers may prove that women are a majority of the American populace, they unfortunately remain under-represented on most mainstream college campuses across the country. Private women’s colleges have a long history of providing solid educations with an emphasis on career self-sufficiency. But the need for greater diversity at mainstream colleges and universities still remains, as does the need to diversify the American workforce.
Many organizations, professional associations and advocacy groups have developed a wide range of grants designed to help women take their rightful place in America’s halls of higher education. Grant programs for women are designed to encourage female students to pursue degrees, and careers, in a wide range of fields in which they have been historically under-represented. Education grants for women typically focus on disciplines in need of greater diversity, such as science, mathematics, technology and business.
Grants provide much needed financial support for students of all types, and from a variety of diverse backgrounds. For many students, education grants mean the difference between achieving their college dreams and having those dreams deferred. Students should make the search for college grants a priority when preparing for college. Before considering any high cost college loans, students should investigate the many and varied grant opportunities that may be available to them.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fast And Furious Scandal: Man Claims To Have Shot U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

A Mexican national claims to be the man who shot and killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose death is tied to the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal.
Gustavo Cruz-Lozano, who says he killed Terry, turned himself in on Wednesday on charges related to a separate incident: threatening to kill Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff Lupe Treviño.
But before he surrendered himself, Cruz-Lozano said in an exclusive interview with Univision News' daily news magazine show "Primer Impacto" that he murdered Terry during a firefight on Dec. 14, 2010, while the agent was on patrol near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona. Two AK-47 rifles found at the scene were linked to the botched Operation Fast and Furious, in which the U.S. government sought to track firearms sales to violent drug cartels. But it remains unclear whether those weapons were used to kill Terry.
Cruz-Lozano, 41, was not one of the several suspects arrested in the aftermath of Terry's slaying. But in an interview with Univision News, he insisted he is the one who pulled the trigger on Terry.
"We had a drug shipment and when they took us by surprise, people started surrounding them, and that's when we ambushed them," he told "Primer Impacto" correspondent Natalia Cruz. "When they started surrounding them and they had no time to react, I was the one, I was the one that killed him."
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Until now, the identity of the trigger man in Terry's murder has been unknown. The Federal Bureau of Investigation requested to see Cruz-Lozano's interview with Univision News. Cruz-Lozano agreed to the interview, which aired on Thursday, on the condition that his face be covered.
One man has already pleaded guilty for participating in Terry's murder: Mexican national Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, the Associated Press reported in October 2012. Osorio-Arellanes faces life in prison.
When Univision News contacted the Terry family's attorney, Lincoln Combs, for a reaction to Cruz-Lozano's claims, he expressed skepticism about the possibility that Cruz-Lozano was involved in the killing since his name had not been part of the investigation thus far.
The attorney said that the alleged perpetrators of Terry's death had been previously identified by the authorities. Out of the five drug cartel members involved in the killing, two are being held in the United States (the Osorio brothers), one is in custody in Mexico (Jesus Leonel Sanchez Meza) and and two others, identified as Jesus Favela Astorga and Ivan Rosario Soto Barraza, are missing. The U.S. government has offered $25,000 for information that would lead to their capture.
Another man who purchased the two rifles found at the scene of Terry's death, Jaime Avila, Jr., was sentenced last month to nearly five years in federal prison.
The "Fast and Furious" scandal sent political shockwaves through the Obama administration. Critics called the operation irresponsible for allowing guns to enter into the hands of cartel members. Around 1,400 of the 2,000 guns purchased as part of the operation were lost and nearly 100 were used in crimes in Mexico, according to a Univision News investigation.
Dozens of Republican lawmakers called on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign, alleging that he should be held accountable for the operation, which was run out of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Ultimately, the Department of Justice's inspector general issued a report that cleared Holder and placed blame on other ATF and DOJ officials.
Cruz-Lozano told Univision News that he was going to reveal his identity to FBI officials because he is tired of being a fugitive and that he hopes that by turning himself in, he could receive life in prison instead of the death penalty. He also claimed that he threatened Sheriff Treviño because he was investigating drug traffickers in the area.
"If it were in front of this man, not only would say that I am sorry but that I am willing to pay for all the crimes I committed," said Cruz-Lozano.

Al Shabaab tweets photos of slain French soldier

We are trying to liberate these country's, and why are they doing things like this to us?  Its maybe because of all the stupid decisions that our great country has made this is getting out of hand.  Bet you will not here this on main stream media.

Al Shabaab tweets photos of slain French soldier

Al Shabaab tweets photos of slain French soldier

In a propaganda coup for al Shabaab and an embarrassment for France, the Somali militant group released photos Monday of what appeared to be a dead French soldier captured during Saturday’s failed French military raid in Somalia.

By Leela JACINTO (text)
Months after al Shabaab was routed from the key Somali port city of Kismayu, the al Qaeda-linked militant group scored a gruesome propaganda coup on Monday with the publication of photos of what appeared to be a dead French soldier captured during Saturday’s failed French raid.
The photos, posted on the group’s Twitter account, showed a white man in a blood-soaked shirt lying on an orange tarp on a bed of dry leaves. A close-up shot revealed a silver cross pendant around the victim’s neck sticking out of his shirt collar in what appeared to be a carefully arranged image.
The accompanying captions were characteristically taunting: “A return of the crusades, but the cross could not save him from the sword,” said the text accompanying the close-up shot. Another photo, which showed the victim with guns, ammunition clips and a helmet placed between his legs, bore the caption: “François Hollande, was it worth it?”
Al Shabaab’s verbal stab at the French president came two days after a military raid to rescue a French intelligence officer held captive since July 2009 ended in disaster.
According to French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, two French commandos were killed in a heavy firefight and the hostage, Denis Allex, is believed to have been killed.
Al Shabaab however maintained the French intelligence agent was alive and that a “verdict” on his fate had been reached. It has not as yet revealed details of the “verdict”.
Responding to the Twitter postings on Monday, France denounced the “odious” display of photographs of the dead soldier.
But since the news of Saturday’s botched raid in the southern Somali village of Bula Mareer broke, there was little doubt the Somalia-based militant group would exploit the incident for its jihadist propaganda purposes.
“This is a propaganda bonanza for al Shabaab. It feeds into the traditional narrative that anyone who comes to Somalia will be defeated,” said Abdullahi Halakhe, Horn of Africa analyst at the International Crisis Group. “There are reports of serious fire between al Shabaab militants and French elite commandos during the raid, which lasted under an hour. So it tells you that al Shabaab are still there, they’re still a presence.”
According to the French daily Le Monde, French military believed the militants were only equipped with light arms such as kalashnikovs, but they were actually equipped with heavy weapons.
Optimism in Mogadishu, Shabaab in the countryside
Barely four months ago, al Shabaab lost their last major stronghold of Kismayu to Kenyan troops under an African Union mission, losing a key source of revenue.
The fall of Kismayu came a year after the group was forced out of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, sparking hopes that Somalia - a long-time topper of the world’s failed states list – was entering a new era.
In September 2012, Somalia elected a new president just a month after a historic parliamentary swearing-in – the first on Somali soil in over two decades.
As members of the far-flung Somali diaspora returned home to invest in their war-shattered homeland, correspondents filed optimistic reports of the Mogadishu property boom in a reinvigorated economy.
But even as Mogadishu bustled with optimism, international analysts and ordinary Somalis were keenly aware that al Shabaab was down, but not out.
“They were never militarily defeated. They just folded and left the cities,” said Halakhe, for the rural areas in the southern Lower Shabelle region, where French commandos encountered the group.
Questions of intelligence and US support
If Saturday’s botched raid was a victory for al Shabaab, on the other side, it’s a defeat not just for the French, but for the African and international community as well.
“It calls to question what kind of human intelligence the French had,” said Halakhe. “Somalia is not an easy place. The French know this. I’m not sure of the level of intelligence shared with the US, which has better intelligence on Somalia.”
US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that US forces provided limited technical support for the operation, but said they had played no role in the fighting.
In a phone interview with FRANCE 24, Vince Canistraro, former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center, said the intelligence sharing between France and the US over the Saturday raid was “not significant”.
According to Canistraro, the US intelligence community has a low level of involvement in Somalia. “The US has been involved in a few drone attacks against al Shabaab, but it’s not an active area of involvement. If we had prisoners or hostages on the ground, it would be different,” he said.
Canistraro also added that as an ally of France, the US would not criticise the French botched operation.
‘Damned if they know, damned if they don’t know’

If the US has refrained from criticising France over the raid, that has not been the case with the Somali government’s response.
At a press conference in Mogadishu on Sunday, Somali Foreign Minister Fosia Yusuf Haji Aden condemned the military operation. “We regret this military operation and we condemn the unilateral action taken without the [Somali] government 's knowledge,” said Aden. “The Somali Federal Government sends condolences to the dead victims, including Somali victims and French soldiers.”
French officials say 17 militants were killed, while witnesses said eight civilians were killed in the Bula Mareer raid.
Analysts say France’s failure to inform the host government of an upcoming raid for security reasons is perfectly understandable, pointing to Washington’s decision to keep the Pakistani government in the dark about the May 2011 Osama bin Laden raid.
But Halakhe notes that the failed mission to free Allex puts the Somali government in a tough spot.
“If the Somali government says they didn’t know, it makes them appear weak. If they did know, they appear to be Western collaborators. They’re damned if they know and damned if they don’t know,” explained Halakhe.
For the African Union (AU) - which has a peacekeeping alliance of East African militaries in Somalia (AMISOM) – the fallout of the failed raid is especially serious.
“Al Shabaab is very good at media operations to be honest. I’m sure they will milk this in their master narrative,” said Halakhe. “They will say, look we have the upper hand, we’ll do the same with the Kenyans, the Ugandans and the Burundians,” said Halakhe, referring to the East African militaries involved in AMISOM. “In the next few days it will be interesting to hear what AU officials will have to say. It’s not going to look good for AU-France relations.”

Christie: NRA Ad on Obama Daughters ‘Reprehensible’

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is labeling “reprehensible” the National Rifle Association ad that brought President Barack Obama’s daughters into the gun-control debate.
The NRA ad accused the president of being a hypocrite for allowing his daughters to be protected by armed Secret Service agents but not embracing armed guards for schools.
The Republican governor and father of four said at a briefing Thursday in Trenton that the children of public figures should be off-limits to political attacks.
Christie again refused to take a position on Obama’s call for a federal assault weapons ban. The governor says he has no influence over what Congress and the president decide.
Christie has said he supports New Jersey’s current gun laws. They include an assault weapons ban in place for 21 years.
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In a Crisis, This Item Soars
500% in Value... And Can Be More
Important Than Gold And Silver!

Dear patriot,
Forget gold and silver.
In the coming crisis, they're going to be worth nothing... compared to this item.
It's something you can use to make powerful allies.
You can exchange it for just about anything you need - from fuel to antibiotics.
And it's probably the single most important factor in keeping your family alive.
That item is food.
When your neighbors are forced to beg, borrow or steal... having enough food can mean the difference between desperation and total peace of mind.
It's the only "real" currency that can buy your survival - in a world where iPhones and big screen TVs suddenly mean nothing.
So pay close attention to this urgent video. It's something more important than any phone call, tweet or Facebook message. And for reasons that you'll soon understand... it's not going to stay up for long.
Hi, my name is Alec Deacon, and in this urgent video I'm going to expose how a devastating "once in 60 years" event... along with banks and our government... are setting the stage for a social and economic "time bomb" that will detonate right in the middle of the US...
... I'll reveal why the US food supply system is on the edge of a cliff... and how its impending collapse will steal the food from your kids' tables... leaving them hungry and helpless...
... and I'll explain what you need to do in the next 10 days - to ensure that you and your family not only survive... but actually rise to the top of a fallen society... when chaos rules and communities need a leader.
But that's not all. If you stick until the end of this very short letter...I'll give you a somewhat weird... but insanely effective way to build a 5 year... 10 year... even 20 year stockpile of super-nutritious food... that costs you up to 20 times LESS than you'd have to pay on "survival food".
That's literally a few cents per meal...
yet very few people know about this still secret method.
Like I said - my name is Alec Deacon. I run one of the fastest growing patriot sites - People read my articles, because I've made it my mission to expose the core facts about the coming collapse, without any of the media BS.
I'm what you would call "a freedom-loving patriot". Liberals might say I'm "bitterly clinging to my guns and religion". But that's alright. I try not to judge, but I do try to help. And America needs all the help it can get!
You see... you don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize something:
That the US economy is dying a slow and painful death.
Until recently, I used to believe the same. But I was only half right.
It IS going to be painful.
But definitely not slow.
Because my latest research uncovered four impending events that will bring down the US economy and its people.
Not 5 or 10 years from now, like everyone thought.
But in the next 16 months or less.
It's because of four separate events that are coming our way. They are
"The Four Horsemen of the Coming Food Apocalypse".
There is nothing you can do to stop them. But in this video, I'm going to show you not only what you can do to protect your family against them... but also how to thrive and prosper after they lay waste to the entire nation.
The first of the four horsemen has already struck.
His name is Hunger.
You've witnessed it, or heard about it in the news: it was the searing heat of 2012 - that created so much devastation, that it reminded farmers of the epic 1934 Dust Bowl.
Their water-sensitive wheat crops were hammered... soy crops tanked... corn was scorched off the face of the earth.
All, with devastating effects.
We grow more corn than China grows wheat and rice combined. That corn goes into everything - from the beef in your hamburgers, to the corn syrup in your Coke. And a big chunk of what we produce goes to export... and feeds other countries. Now, because there's no corn to export, those countries are bracing for major food shortages.
But unlike the Dust Bowl of the 30's, this isn't some local crisis. Now, all world granaries were hit at the same time. On the other side of the globe, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan have all seen their crops destroyed by the hellish heat.
Couple that with a 15% drop in the Indian monsoon... a historical drought in Australia... and massive crop destruction in Mexico... you may just ask yourself
"is anyone STILL growing food on this planet?"
In the US, the severe drought is speeding up the already critical depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer - the largest source of fresh water on the northern American continent. That's the #1 source of irrigation water in the country... and it's dying fast. Which means that even if 2013 gets more rain... crops can still dry up.
And when experts look at the appalling rain levels from autumn... and at the unusually warm winter at the end of 2012... they agree that 2013 could be worse!
Drought means more than having no corn. Left without fodder, the farmers started to mass slaughter their livestock. And even though thousands of tones of cheap meat are hitting the markets as we speak... driving prices down... people are blissfully unaware that there's
Nothing left to slaughter for NEXT year!
But that's only the tip of the iceberg. Because there's an even more critical threat... and it's coming from our government.
This second horseman is GREED.
And it's doing even more damage than the first one.
You see... the vicious effects of the 2012 global drought go way beyond rising prices of corn or meat.
Sure, having less corn, soy or rice makes all these commodities more expensive. According to the World Bank, global food prices rose 10% in the month of July alone!
But this hike in prices came at the worst possible time in recent history - Just as the Fed is dumping trillions of dollars into the broken US economy, through quantitative easing.
Now... in case you didn't know... quantitative easing is just a fancy name for money printing.
The Fed gives banks all this money, hoping that they will put it back into the economy... to help people like you and I, and to encourage small businesses.
Yet bankers never do that. So instead of turning into loans, and helping the people who need it the most... most of this money created from thin air is used to speculate on already sky-high commodity prices.
The result is a nothing short of mass genocide
... and it would make Hitler and Stalin envious:
It wasn't enough that the prices for staple cereals like wheat, corn and rice were sky high because of the drought. The criminal speculation in the commodities market is causing prices to shoot up even higher... generating tremendous food inflation for entire nations, and causing millions to starve.
You've probably already noticed food inflation in the US... for foods like apples, steak or peanut butter.
But most of the time, you don't even see it.
Have you noticed how sometimes prices don't budge... but packages get smaller and smaller?
For instance, 24 slices of Kraft American cheese turned into a 22 slice package.
You now buy 2.6 oz of "Chicken of the Sea" salmon instead of 3 oz.
16.3 Oz of Skippy peanut butter instead of the regular 18.
14 oz of Lay's chips instead of 16.
And I could go on and on about this.
Meanwhile, the Fed and the Government are both
Lying through their teeth that there's no food inflation!
But it's real... and it's so dangerous...
that Mexico's former president Felipe Calderon came inches away from practically begging the financial institutions to stop speculating in foods.
Here's what he said to CNBC in 2012: "Four years ago, more than 90 percent of the purchases of grains and food came from companies related to production or distribution of grains. Today, less than 60 percent are coming from those enterprises. More than 40 percent are operations related to financial institutions."
The irresponsible banks are making everyone's food more expensive - adding millions of Americans to the soup lines.
And that's when the real nightmare starts to unfold. That's when the 3rd horseman starts galloping towards the US... and his name is "Chaos".
You see, president Calderon has a good reason to panic. He knows that food prices are an almost perfect predictor of something no president wants in his country:
Mass social unrest!
And he's afraid that the "tortilla riots" of 2007 will be back.
That's when more than 75,000 of the poorest Mexicans took to the streets, after the price of corn for tortillas went from 8 pesos to 10 pesos per kilo. Now that the drought is far worse than anything Mexico's seen in the last 50 years, mass riots seem certain.
But it's not just Mexico that rebelled against high food prices.
Take a look at this chart.
That's the global food price index... along with some of the most violent food riots in the last decade. Notice anything?
In 2008, as the food price index was 200, there were bread riots in 61 different countries from Haiti to Bangladesh.
In 2010, when a massive drought in Russia forced the country to halt wheat exports... millions of Arabs rebelled and created what we now know as "the Arab Spring".
And the bottom line is, whenever you have high food prices, you have mass social unrest, and people are overthrowing governments.
So what's this got to do with the US, and with YOU?
Because lately, not just traditionally "poor" countries are rioting. More "civilized" places have been the theatre of massive public violence. Countries like Greece, the birthplace of democracy.
Or like Spain, where people are starting to raid supermarkets to get the food they need to survive.
And now it's coming here.
That's the forth horseman of the food apocalypse.
His name is "Destruction"
- and he's hitting right in the heart of America.
This is where the sewage really hits the fan. Because for the first time in almost a century, America is on the edge of a full blown social and economic collapse. One that will make the Great Depression look like a day at the beach.
Consider this: People no longer see the food lines, but they're there.
Right now, over 46 million Americans are living on food stamps. That's more than 15% of the population, living in new-found poverty. 20 million of them are children. What do you think Americans will do, when they won't have enough food to put on their kids tables?
It's going to be ugly. You've seen how unions killed the Twinkie.
That should be a reminder of how fragile businesses really are. Because when it hits the fan... all it takes is a few lockdowns of key sectors and the entire US food supply system will freeze.
And that is what you should be afraid of. The US doesn't have to be a warzone, for you to be unable to feed your family. Imagine that trucks can't haul food across America. Or imagine that a panicked mob just looted all superstores in your area. Whatever happens... your family is left at the mercy of an incompetent government.
And FEMA won't be able to help you
... because they can't even help themselves!
Without food, there's very little hope. You have to beg those who have it to share some with you. Or if you're really desperate... you'll have to just take it from them.
When you have no food, your options are drastically limited.
During the Great Depression, many children were forced to work in "labor farms"... and sometimes had to resort to prostitution just for a hot meal. Wives abandoned their husbands, hoping that it will be better on their own. Thousands of families fell apart... because they lost all hope of surviving together.
Yet when food is not a problem... everything falls into place.
Because there's almost nothing that food can't pay for, in a crisis situation. Car broke down and you need a new battery? Food can get you a brand new one from a desperate family.
Need someone to chop wood? In a depression there will be plenty of people willing to work for food.
When the unthinkable happens... roles in society are going to reverse. Being able to read fancy spreadsheets might be useful today... but in a crashing society, it will put you at the bottom of the food chain. Adaptability, strength, and the ability to feed yourself and others - this is what will get you to the top.
The bottom line is... if you want your family to survive...
You need your own food reserve. And you need it fast.
But where to start? Hunting and foraging might sound like a good idea. But people forget that thousands of others have made the exact same plan... and that game went almost extinct during the Great Depression.
One good way to prepare is to get freeze-dried survival food. I recommend my students to have at least a 3 month supply of food in their stockpile. For a family of 4, that would cost you around $1900.
3 months is a good start, but it will mean nothing in a long term crisis. By now you've hopefully realized that you need something that will last you years... or more.
So then what's the solution? Retail survival food isn't an option... unless you're rich.
Because a 5-year food supply will cost you as much as a brand new Mercedes.
If you have the money, that's awesome. But if you don't... there is still a way to get as much food as you need... without making any compromises. In fact, what I'm about to show you will give you food that's far healthier and more nutritious than any retail freeze-dried "survival food"... at only a fraction of its cost.
Here's what it's all about:
I discovered a very smart way to have enough food to last your family decades. And that, while paying around 20 times LESS than you'd have to shell out on a conventional survival stockpile.
This method I'm about to show you was recently featured in a CNN report. It was discovered that people in Gaza are using it in an arid warzone. Among falling missiles and mortars, those people are using this method to feed their families... even if they have no water, no money, no fertile soils, no space to grow food.
It's as disaster-proof as you could ever hope for.
So how did I find out about it?
It was almost by accident three years ago... while on a trip to Australia.
I was at the end of a short holiday, and ready to go back to the USA. The weather was hot... I was soaking wet... and to top it all, I missed my flight and was forced to spend the night in Sydney.
I didn't feel like going to a hotel... so this was the perfect opportunity to visit John, an old friend who lived nearby. .
It wasn't my first time at John's place. Just a few years before, I remember hearing him complain about the water restrictions, and how he couldn't do any gardening whatsoever.
Well this time, he was no longer bitching and moaning. And when over dinner John served some delicious fish with a nice stack of home grown vegetables... I couldn't help but think of the heat and the water restrictions.
So I asked him... "John, how many laws are we breaking by eating this?"
"Well... none, really" he said. "I'm hardly using any water... yet I've never had tastier vegetables. And you know what?
The fish you're eating... it comes from my backyard too!
"You're kidding me right?" I said. "There's hardly enough space in your backyard to have barbecue, let alone to grow fish. And come to think of it... how the heck do you "grow" fish in a backyard? John, you're not making fun of me are you?"
"Trust me, I'm not", John replied." And if you want to know my secret... I'm doing "Aquaponics", and you wouldn't believe just how amazing it is"
I wanted to know more, and John was happy to explain.
You see, the constant droughts in Australia are forcing people to be more "survival oriented" that most Americans.. even though many of them don't realize it. And it turns out, aquaponics is one of the best ways (if not THE best way) to have fresh food year-round, without depending on weather, soil, or even water (you'll understand why in a moment)
Aquaponics is a very clever way of combining two already-potent food sources into one:
The science of soil-less gardening, called "hydroponics"... with the ancient practice of fish farming.
This happy "marriage" gives you the best of both worlds... while keeping the drawbacks (and work) down to a minimum.
You see, hydroponics can provide a lot of food, without needing any soil whatsoever. It requires little space, and you can grow food throughout the year. That's why NASA is using it to provide food for long duration missions in space. Yet hydroponics can be complicated to set-up... requires a lot of water... and the nitrate-rich plant food can be very expensive.
Meanwhile, fish farming provides the protein that gardening can only hope for. Think about it: In the middle of a crisis, you can't expect to survive just on tomatoes and broccoli.
Having fresh fish on the table could give you that edge you need to stay alive.
The problem is, fish farming is impractical and expensive to do on a small scale. Not to mention, it's dirty. It creates tones of ammonia-rich sewage... that's toxic to animals, and can be a real "eco-bomb" when dumped into rivers. Filtering the water, and constantly having to replace it with fresh water can be very costly.
But that's exactly where the magic of Aquaponics happens: plants LOVE the nitrate you can get from ammonia. With enough nitrate, they grow faster and healthier... while in turn, purifying the water for the fish.
The fish feed the plants... the plants clean the water for the fish... everyone's happy
My friend John sure was happy!
From a small 300 sq ft backyard, every single month John was getting around 80 lbs of juicy tomatoes...
15 lbs of bell peppers...
60 lbs of delicious zucchini...
...not to mention onions, beets, radishes, spinach, and even some carrots.
On top of that, he was getting about
700 lbs of fish every single year!
John was very excited about being able to brag to his neighbors about his lovely organic tomatoes... but all I could think of was that this was the ultimate survival food source.
Finally, I had found a way to be "food independent" even through a disaster - when water and time are scarce, and when you want to channel your focus on more important things (like protecting your family).
I was intrigued by this whole aquaponics thing... and from the moment I got back to the US, the thought of making my own system wouldn't let go of me.
There had to be a catch.
Aquaponics seemed too good to be true.
So what was it?
As I soon discovered... there WAS a catch, indeed. And that was the
Initial investment you needed to get started!
If you want to buy a retail aquaponics system, it will set you back $6,000 or more. Even my friend John had spent over $4,000.00 on his first aquaponics system. It felt too expensive. Not that it wasn't worth it... I mean, having control over your food, and getting fresh vegetables AND fish 365 days a year... regardless of weather or economic conditions... was a good proposition.
But I kept thinking that there's got to be a better way to do your own aquaponics, without spending that much.
From what I could tell, there was no reason why aquaponics should be that expensive. Somewhere, somehow, there had to be someone who built one for a lot less.
So put my research on overdrive.
I started reading book after book... after book.
I talked to aquaponics enthusiasts from all over the world - from Australia, to the USA, or even Eastern Europe.
And I spent so much time online, reading the latest research... that my wife started thinking I had gone mad.
But I found it.
The Holy Grail of Aquaponics:
A simple system that costs under $250 to set-up
Imagine - $250 for a system... and then maybe another $100 or so in yearly costs... for a lifetime of healthy, disaster-proof food... how cool is that?
But I didn't stop there. In the process, I also developed one of the simplest, easiest A to Z blueprints there is, so that ANYONE can make their own food with aquaponics...
... no matter if you have no money to spend on building a "survival stockpile"...
... no matter if you don't have the time or patience to learn a fun, exciting new survival skill
... no matter if you've never built anything before (or if you've never done any gardening in your entire life)
I called it "Backyard Liberty - The Smart, Easy Way to Food Independence"... and for a limited time, I decided to release it to the public.
Look: when I got started with Aquaponics, I knew that I had found a gold mine. The benefits are nothing short of amazing... and that's why most people who get started with Aquaponics never look back.
You hardly need any water.
In a survival scenario, this is crucial. Should something happen to the public water supply system... you'll want to use your water to keep your family alive, not to water the plants. Aquaponics needs less than 10% of the water used in conventional gardening. That's because the water is recycled from the fish tank, into the growing beds, and back... so you never lose water to soil absorption... only through evaporation.
So if drought is preventing everyone else from growing their food... you'll never suffer from that. Even if it rains once every 3 months, it's still enough to have plenty of fish and vegetables on your plate.
There's another thing you can notice almost instantly: you no longer have to pay for the water you use in gardening. That's especially helpful if you live in a dry area. It makes your investment even more valuable - as it starts paying for itself from day one.
It's probably the only way to grow food in colder areas like New England... in the middle of winter. That means that, unlike regular gardening, you'll still have plenty of food in January or February!
Aquaponics requires about half the space you need for gardening. Combine it with a way to grow your vegetables vertically, and it takes even less space! Palestinians are actually doing aquaponics on rooftops... so you don't even need a backyard! Less space means that it's easier to protect from looters... and also easier to keep it a secret from a nosy neighbor!
And there's more.
Aquaponics doesn't require any fertilization either. The fish do that for you. Your job is to feed the fish... but you never have to feed the plants. You'll learn to appreciate this in a crisis. It's not about working the "4 hour workweek". But when all you do is feed the fish for 5 minutes a day, and harvest your vegetables another 5 minutes a day... this leaves you with a lot of time for more important things.
This means, while others will be busy hunting or foraging for food... your "portable food factory" takes care of itself. You'll have more time to protect your family... to learn a valuable skill you can barter with... or to be a leader in your community.
Plus: there's no bending required. You grow your vegetables in raised beds... so if you suffer from a bad back, you don't have to worry about straining it at the worst of times.
And now, you too can join in on the miracle that is Aquaponics.
If you don't feel like spending tens of thousands of dollars on a long-term food stockpile...
... if you like the idea of being "food independent"... and to put healthy, highly-nutritious food on your table even in a crisis...
... and if you've ever wanted a fun, simple way to build a virtually unlimited long-term stockpile... almost on auto-pilot... with only 15 minutes a day of easy "maintenance"...
... then this is it:
A disaster-proof, recession-proof, drought-proof year round "pocket garden"... that will give you all the high protein, vitamin-rich food you and your family will need in the coming food apocalypse.
It's a step by step, newbie friendly program that will take you by the hand... and put fresh food on your table in as little as 4 weeks.
During an economic collapse, this can give you the peace of mind you need to survive and thrive. But you don't have to wait for a disaster to happen: this will help you slash your grocery bill by more than $100 or more every week... so you can save money right from the first crop!
But most of all, the feeling that you're "food independent"... and that when disaster strikes, you won't be at the mercy of others.
The "Backyard Liberty" program is jam-packed with all the knowledge you need to have super-success with aquaponics - not in years of trial & error, but in as little as a month!
In the program, I'm going to show you where to source a $150 replacement for a $4,000 fish tank! Many aquaponics enthusiasts know this "as good as retail" replacement... but if you're not careful, it can sabotage your entire operation.
It took me 3 years to refine this system. Sweat and literally tears to see it finally work. But in the program, I'm giving you my fool-proof shortcut so you don't have to make the same rookie mistakes all over again. Fact is, aquaponics can be super-easy... and almost "hands-free"... but only when you have the whole recipe, and not just bits and pieces.
I'll show you how to grow the largest tomatoes in your neighborhood. And wait until they see your carrots, broccoli, or even potatoes! Lots of folks saying that you can't grow carrots and potatoes with aquaponics, but I'll show you a simple technique that lets you grow almost everything you want!
But the really good part is, you don't have to wait for the "end of the world" to enjoy your food. Ever since I took up aquaponics,
I slashed my grocery bill by more than $180 a week!
Some people don't pay a dime on groceries anymore! That's thousands of dollars in yearly savings that you can enjoy starting with your first crop!
I'll show you how to grow big, juicy tomatoes that would make your neighbors envious. You don't even need a backyard... because I'll show you how to grow on a rooftop, in a garage, or even in a basement!
You'll discover what the fastest growing fish are - and how to pick the species that would be the best fit for your climate. Some breeds are not only tasty... but also super-sturdy... so they live long without getting sick, and you won't need to babysit them.
I'll give you my fool-proof shortcuts for people who've never built anything in their entire lives. It will feel like assembling a chair from IKEA... only more fun! Your kids are going to love it. Building your system is almost as easy as having your own aquarium. But you'll love the look on their faces when they catch their first fish!
"Backyard Liberty" is THE solution, if you want to be self sufficient with aquaponics. It's an A to Z, step by step, "take you by the hand" recipe for getting healthy fish and fresh vegetables in just 15 minutes a day.
But even though I tried to make the program as complete as possible... I know that there will always be more questions. That's why with the program, you also get 12 months of unlimited email access - where you get to ask me and my team of experts just about everything related to aquaponics.
Oh, and there's more.
If you order the "Backyard Liberty" program today, you'll also get a few exclusive bonuses that will later be off the table if you put this off:
The first bonus could be more valuable than the whole package. Because while food is critical in any post-collapse scenarios... there's one thing that's even more important. And that's water. You can only last for 3 days without water... so how do you store for the long term?
This has always been a serious problem. Water takes space. In a disaster, the average person needs around half a gallon per day to stay in good health. If you've got a family of four, you'll have to store 45 gallons just for 3 months. Should something really bad happen to the water supply, you're going to need a lot more.
Water isn't hard to find if you're living in the countryside. But if you're in the suburbs, you'll have to compete with thousands of other thirsty, desperate people for whatever water you can find. Those who do some gardening will have to see their crops wither, so their kids don't die of thirst.
But what if you could use your aquaponics system as a back-up water source in case of emergency?
Some preparedness experts are already using their systems... in a combination with...
... A natural "super filter" that
costs you NOTHING to install !
The water that you get is purer than in many commercial systems. But it doesn't cost you a dime... and you have hundreds of gallons at your disposal.
And with the information inside this special report, you can learn how to purify hundreds of gallons more!
Just imagine how it would feel to know your family has all their water needs taken care of.
Your bio-filter lets you purify hundreds of gallons of rain or pond water... and you no longer have to pay hundreds of bucks on a commercial filter.
Because you're getting the "How to build a water bio filter" special report for free - even though I was planning on charging $47 for it!
But if you move fast, and order the "Backyard Liberty" program today, you'll also get another special report... that will show you how to survive a long term economic collapse.
This is important: One of my best friends survived through one of the largest economic crashes in history:
The 1999 to 2002 economic
collapse of Argentina.
My buddy doesn't like publicity, but he was kind enough to let me interview him about his experience throughout the several years of crisis.
He knew, for instance, that antibiotics would be scarce or super-expensive after a collapse. So he stocked as many as he could. But there were things he never imagined would happen - like the almost overnight rise in kidnappings.
During the interview, he had answers to critical questions like...
... how to barter with desperate people...
or... what are the best guns in a long term crisis (sniper rifles are NOT among them).
Or how to stay healthy when most hospitals are closed. What kind of practical self defense you should know, if you're over 50.
And a lot more.
My friend could easily turn this into a book, and I'm sure it would be a bestseller. The information in the "Surviving an Economic Collapse" special report is invaluable...
especially when you consider that most "survival guides" are pure junk that have more place in a "James Bond" movie instead of the real world. I'm sure he could sell it for $27 or more if he wanted to. But for a short while, you can read it for free - just for giving "Backyard Liberty" a try.
And there's one more bonus I'd like you to have - so that you and your family are more prepared, no matter what catastrophic event happens.
It's a special report on the
"27 items you need to hoard"
before a crisis.
You already know the obvious ones: food, water, prescription drugs. This is the stuff you should already have around the house.
But there are other things you'd never imagine you'll lack in a crisis. Until you realize you don't have them. And the survival of your family depends on getting them before anyone else. Because in the immediate days after disaster strikes... you don't want to be outside your home, fighting over leftovers with a desperate (and probably armed) mob.
These 27 items named inside will probably save your life one day... or at least make it a lot easier, should the worst happen. It would retail for at least $27... but today you can get it for free, when you invest in the "Backyard Liberty" program.
By now you're probably wondering how much will all this cost.
That was a hard question to answer to. I mean what's the value of seeing your kids or grandkids healthy and happy... and
What's the price of real food freedom?
So instead, let's look at more practical numbers. If you're looking to buy a "beginners" aquaponics system from a retailer, you're going to have to fork out anywhere between $2k and $6k. Sometimes more.
The "Backyard Liberty" program will show you how to get your own system for under $250... one that can put fresh food on your table in as little as 4 weeks. But the savings don't stop here: you can stop throwing your money on expensive, and sometimes unhealthy groceries. With "Backyard Liberty" you will cut your weekly grocery bill by anything between $50 to $150... or more, if you want to build a bigger system.
That's thousands of dollars saved every year - money that you can use for something more useful. Buy more ammo so you're family is safe. Invest in some protection systems. Or just enjoy life the way you want to.
So it can imagine that coming up with a price wasn't easy. I routinely charge people $400 for a day of consulting, to help them set-up their systems. So for a while, I actually thought of charging the same amount for "Backyard Liberty" - because it's just as useful, and you can refer to it whenever you need it... not just when I'm there with you.
At $400, you'd still recoup your investment in just a few short months. But I figured, $400 would put it out of most people's range. And that's the last thing I wanted to do. I want to help as many people as possible to become "food independent" with Aquaponics. And I want YOU to be prepared, without spending a fortune on "survival food".
So you're not going to pay $400 for this, nor $197 like other experts charge on their Aquaponics courses.
In fact, I decided to make this so affordable, that money wouldn't be a problem for anybody.
So if you order today through the link below this video... you'll get the entire Backyard Aquaponics program for just $37... and not a dime more.
I figured this should make it easy for everyone to get onboard... and leave out the excuse of "I can't afford it".
You're getting a lifetime of survival food, and a fun new way to grow your own vegetables and fish... for the price of one good night out with your spouse, at your favorite restaurant. My 3 years of hard research, of painful trial and error, of countless hours spent talking to experts and tinkering with my aquaponics. In a word... you're getting THE shortcut.
And remember - you're getting unlimited email access to me for 12 months. This can be very time consuming for me, and very valuable to you... so I'm considering whether I should start charging people for it, or just remove it entirely for future clients. But if you order today, you'll have me on your team for 12 full months. That's something you won't find anywhere else, not at this price.
And really... the price doesn't even matter.
Because you're covered by my double, "better than risk free" guarantee!
I believe so much in the power of "Backyard Liberty"... that I'm doing something you'll see no one else do.
It's simple. First, you have...
...My standard "no questions asked"
guarantee for a full 60 days!

Here's how it works:

Get the "Backyard Liberty" program today by clicking the yellow button below. You have 60 days to go through the materials, and to ask me any questions you may have. See how easy it is to make your own aquaponics system. Taste your first vegetables. Get a glimpse of real "food independence". And then decide.
You've got my guarantee that this is so amazing, you'll never EVER bother again with expensive "survival food" or with back-breaking gardening. You're getting a drought proof, disaster-proof way food source that runs almost on auto-pilot.
And you've got a full 60 days to decide whether you love this not. I want you to be thrilled about it - or I will send you your investment back, down to the last penny. Just send me an email at the address you'll find in the secret members' area... and I'll send you your money back, even if it's the 24th hour of the 60th day.
That's just the beginning. I'd feel really bad if you didn't give Backyard Liberty a try. And I know that even with a 60 day guarantee, some people might still be a little skeptical.
It makes sense. What if I stop answering your emails after 2 months? What if it takes you 6 weeks just to decide whether to get started with Aquaponics or not?
So I'm giving you a second guarantee...
... one that should wipe out any other doubts you might have.
It goes like this:
I know that Aquaponics not only works - but is probably the smartest way to get year-round fresh food, and shelter your family from a long term disaster. And I know for a fact that it will work for YOU. So if for some reason you're not completely thrilled with how much food you're getting... or if you think 15 minutes of work per day is too much... or if you just decide Aquaponics is not for you...
... just send me a photo with your aquaponics system, to show me that you've at least tried to build it. Not only will I refund you your investment... on top of this I'll also pay you double your money, out of my own pocket. It's a triple "get your money back" guarantee. And you've got a full year to make up your mind.
In the 6 months that I've been selling the program, two people collected their "better than money back guarantee". One had just built his system, but was forced to move to Alaska and was strapped for cash. The other one said he didn't like my teaching style. I thanked them both for their business, and wrote a check to their names.
So you really got nothing to lose when you get the "Backyard Liberty" program today. You can click the orange "add to cart" button below... and be assured that I'm taking all the risk.
So there you have it:
In this presentation, you've seen how the scorching drought of 2012 killed food production in most "granaries of the world" - including Russia, China, Australia, Ukraine, India and especially the USA. And how food prices are taking a double whammy - when greedy investment banks are dumping trillions of dollars into already-expensive commodities.
I showed you how - like clockwork - every time the global food price index hits the magic number, mass riots happen all over the world. And how, for the first time in centuries, the global "perfect storm" is making a mass-scale US crisis not only possible... but also very likely.
You've seen that MREs and most "survival foods" are outrageously expensive, and unless you're rich, it's unlikely you'll ever build a 10 year stockpile just with them.
And I've shown you why Aquaponics is THE best way to prepare - and how you can have fresh, organic food 365 days a year... without fertilizers, without hard work, and almost without any water.
Now, the ball is in your court.
And the way I see it...
...three paths lie ahead of you:
The first thing is to do like most people: take no action, do nothing. And hope that nothing bad will happen.
I would lie if I didn't tell you that I wish you were right. If I'm nothing but a tin foil hat "chicken little"... if it suddenly starts raining all over the world... if banks start caring for the hungry nations... if the FED stops printing money like a madman... I would be happy to have been wrong.
But deep down, you know that that's not going to happen. The 16 trillion dollar debt, the 46 million food-stamp receivers, the aging population, the depletion of all our natural resources. All signs are pointing at something big happening in 2013. When Sandy hit New York, many were unprepared... even though there were plenty of warning signs. Their families were forced to suffer in the dark, with no food, no water, while FEMA was closed down "because of weather conditions". Don't be one of those guys!
Of course, there's a second path - and that is, to do it all yourself.
That's what I did years ago, when I started seeing the first signs. Would I do it again? Well... consider this: I spent thousands of dollars on "survival food", when I could have spent it on something else. I tried countless ways to make my own food, only to fail miserably. And even after I found Aquaponics... I made so many stupid mistakes when I got started, that I was almost thinking of giving up.
Now ask yourself: what's the point of reinventing the wheel, when you don't have to? All the thousands of dollars you'd waste on useless long-term stockpiles... or on water filters... why not use it for something more important? Who knows, there might be more important things than hoarding a metric ton of wheat. Like buying more ammo. Or investing in a back-up power source. Or maybe you just need more money NOW, in an economy that's not doing too well.
Aquaponics lets you do this. Not only you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get up and running... but you don't have to wait for a disaster to get "dividends" from your investment.
And if you really want to be self sufficient... and not at the mercy of FEMA or post-crisis bullies... then you should seriously consider path #3:
It's the only sustainable "shortcut" I know to complete food independence.
And it's the best food source you could hope for, to last you through a decade-long depression.
It doesn't need a lot of water, it doesn't require work, and it doesn't require tie.
What it does need, is an open mind. Try the program now... see how fun it is to build your survival stockpile with aquaponics. Experience the thrill of catching your first fish with your kids or grandkids. And know that if the worst does happen... you no longer have to worry about putting food on the table.
Remember, you're getting all my hard-learned lessons in a "beginner-friendly" package... along with unlimited access to me via email, for 12 months.
You're getting my special report on "How To Make a Water Bio Filter", that will show you how to turn your aquaponics set-up into an organic water filter to purify hundreds of gallons of water.
You also get a special report on "Surviving an economic collapse", based on real events from Argentina's financial meltdown of 1999.
And you get my special report titled "27 Items to Hoard Before a Crisis"... that will show you what items you should ALWAYS have in your home... before the panicked unprepared ransack the stores.
All this, without risking a dime. In fact, I'll pay you out of my own pocket just for giving my program a fair try.
Years from now, you're going to look back and congratulate yourself on making a good decision. Just imagine: when there's chaos on the streets, and people's children are crying because they haven't eaten in days... you're feasting on fresh fish, with a side of tomatoes, broccoli, carrots or whatever your heart desires. That's more than just survival - and your family deserves it.
So go ahead - click the yellow "buy now" button below. I'll be waiting for you with a special message in the "members area"... and another bonus that's too hot to mention here.