Saturday, October 31, 2015

Kelley Blue Book VW diesel salvation San Francisco herbs, vegetables, spices, fruits, nuts,..

You will live much longer in San Francisco and have more fun.
Excellent air quality - no smog - and good water.  
Lots of friendly liberals so you don't need worry about crime or own a gun.
Liberals like VW as environmentally friendly, so VW all over the bay area.
Get a good deal on stinking, noisy, polluting VW TDI diesels - Golf, Jetta, Passat,… Station Wagon
Convert back seat into bed, insulate, fan, solar, black sheepskins etc.  
Live in your car and save $5000 per month rent!
Hike all over town and learn a lot in the colleges, libraries, meetings, seminars, discussions.

Sleep in front of Starbucks, use their free wi-fi.
Get up in the morning and have espresso coffee.
Starbucks buys most of the Vietnam robusta coffee crop that is cheaper and less polluted than other coffees and has less acid.
Stronger more bitter powerful taste is masked by all the sugar they dump into their specialty drinks.

After coffee work out, shower, and go to class.
Learn Chinese medicine, cooking, acupuncture, exercises of all kinds.
A lot of Chinese food is junk - too much white rice, MSG, pork, and other stuff that you do not need.
Much has been converted to junk to satisfy tourists and spoiled brat kids.
Go to true original vegetarian restaurants and learn the healthy foods.
Look for lots of elderly immigrants who insist on traditional foods.
Most Americans die 20 years too soon from vegetable deficiency.
American grocery stores are a joke with only a few vegetables, fruits, spices, herbs, etc. 
You cannot thrive or even survive on it very long.
San Francisco is the best location to prevent SHTF and to survive the coming plague.
You may even get rich off finding the cure or ways to prevent the plague.

Resale values on Volkswagen AG's diesel cars in the U.S. have taken a tough hit in the weeks since auto maker's emissions scandal emerged, falling an average of 13%, or about $1,700 per vehicle since mid-September as car dealers stay away from the tainted vehicles, according used-car pricing guide Kelley Blue Book.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Survive SHTF in San Francisco

I believe all humans need 100s of vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts, fruits every week to prevent diseases and to stay healthy.  
The Chinese have been cooking the longest and have much of this figured out although they do not often do what they think is right.
Besides being very healthy it is very tasty — Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow you may die.
It takes some learning but you can get some real benefits and can feel it.
There are vegetable stands all over town and Chinese supermarkets.
I almost never went into any standard supermarkets - just buy real vegetables at the vegetable stands.
Lots of classes, and you got to talk to a lot of old timers and experts to figure this stuff out.  
Further there are Chinese pharmacies and a lot of that stuff works - you need contacts and training.
There are great medical biological chemistry colleges and people who study both western and eastern medicine and everything else.
UCSF is one of the top medical schools in the world. 
They will probably discover the cure for the coming plague so if you live in San Francisco you may be saved, get vaccinated first.
Especially if you work in the industry - it is easy to get training in San Francisco Bay area - they always need good people.
Probably the best place in the world to live if you care about SHTF and very good if you don't care about SHTF.
At least you can have a lot of fun and get healthy and maybe wealthy - many jobs pay ridiculously high salaries if you can get the job. 

live in Ford Explorer San Francisco? Texas? Florida Disney World? Beach?

Lothar,

You read my mind.  Winter is coming.  It was cold today, suddenly.  I prefer warm in the winter.  I know California, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego,....  I would have no trouble living in my car.  I have parked all over those towns, on the street, no parking tickets, walked all over town and beaches, rarely seen a cop or crook.  I never tried living in car but most of my life I am gone often 7AM after 5AM workout and then gone all day, get home 9PM or later.  Eat mostly in restaurants.  Shower at gym.  Sleep in offices, libraries, during boring meetings and classes.  I may as well "live" in car since all I do there is just sleeping, maybe read iPad, paper, drink coffee.  Less toxins in a car, easier to control the small amount of air.   Why pay rent to get bitten by bedbugs, cockroaches, cancer toxic carpets, molds,...?

 I like the Daimler Benz Smart Car ForTwo but It is probably a little too small (although small helps hide from crooks and cops).    I would probably just use my too big Ford Explorer and air bed that I already have.  Buy lots of Organic Black Sheepskins for insulation, noise control, blackening street lights….   Probably don't need hammock or tent or balloon.  

My problem is I suddenly get an idea to start a business so it is hard to go anywhere or think about anything else.  I need lots of smart computer people to ask questions and maybe join forces.  After I write patent.  Maybe I can do that in Berkeley, or Texas Florida beach(warm) or Illinois(cold).  Have condo for sale.  When it goes I go.  Not sure where yet.  Springfield has underground caves (old mines, cheese factories)  that I can rent space in for storage of records.   Computer security means take private data off the computer and put it on paper in secure storage protected by armed guards, not hackable electronics toys.  

San Francisco AEA meetings this winter! Get rich and healthy! Good hotel prices.

A great place to be safe, warm, and prepare for SHTF pandemics and learn how to prevent diseases. Great vegetarian Chinese restaurants from experts with 5000 years experience using herbs, spices, vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc. 1.4 billion Chinese!

You can also occasionally learn some economics from 20,000 economists from around the world (once every 7 years). 3 day meetings. Great hotel rates downtown. Very cost effective way to attend many many lectures although a lot of education is needed to get the most out of those lectures and communicate properly with big-shots.

https://www.aeaweb.org

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> ASSA HOUSING INFORMATION
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> Rates do not include local and state taxes currently 16.75% per room per night. Taxes are subject to change without notice. To be eligible for these rates you must register for the meetings and make your hotel reservation through Experient, our official housing company. The $50 premium for the headquarters hotel includes a $40 rebate to ASSA to help cover the cost of the meetings. Internet cost are subject to change.
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> Clift Hotel
> 495 Geary Street, 94102
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> $115 2 Beds- $135
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> $115 2 Beds- $135
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> $135 2 Beds- $155
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> $155 2 Beds- $175
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> (1) Bedroom—$229
> (1) Bedroom Deluxe—$259
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> 3 PM
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> $14.95
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> 2
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> Fairmont San Francisco 950 Mason Street, 94108
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> $115
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> $135
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> $165
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> $195
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> (1) Bedroom Main Bldg—$299 (1) Bedroom Tower Bldg—$439
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> 12 PM
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> $13.95
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> 3
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> Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco 757 Market Street, 94103
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> (1) Bedroom Executive—$495
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> Grand Hyatt San Francisco 345 Stockton Street, 94108
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> $115
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> $135
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> $155
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> $175
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> (1) Bedroom Executive—$403
> (1) Bedroom VIP—$503
> (1) Bedroom Hospitality—$618-$638
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> 12 PM
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> COMP WIFI
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> 5
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> Hilton San Francisco Union Square—Headquarters Hotel 333 O'Farrell Street, 94102
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> $165 Tower $211
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> $185 Tower $241
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> $205 Tower $261
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> $225 Tower $281
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> Junior—$322-$500 (one room) (1) Bedroom—$500
> (2) Bedroom—$700
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $12.95
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> 6
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> Hotel Abri
> 127 Ellis Street, 94102
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> $115
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> $115
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> $135
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> $155
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> Urban Suite-King bed—$175 Oasis Corner-King bed—-$195
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> COMP WIFI
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> 7
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> Hotel Nikko San Francisco 222 Mason Street, 94102
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> $115
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> $135
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> $165
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> $195
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> Junior Suite—$259 (one room) (1) Bedroom Executive—$309 (1) Bedroom Japanese—$509
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> 3 PM
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> 11 AM
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> COMP WIFI
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> 8
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> Hotel Zelos
> 12 Fourth Street, 94103
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> $115
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> $135
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> $160
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> $185
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> (1) Bedroom Deluxe—$300
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $12.95
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> 9
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> Hyatt Regency San Francisco 5 Embarcadero Center, 94111
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> $115
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> $135
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> $160
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> $185
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> 10
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> InterContinental Mark Hopkins 999 California Street, 94108
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> $115
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> $115
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> $145
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> $175
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> King Executive—$209 (one room) (1) Bedroom Junior—$229
> (1) Bedroom—$559
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $14.95
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> 11
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> InterContinental San Francisco 888 Howard Street, 94103
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> $115
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> $115
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> $145
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> $175
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> (1) Bedroom—$359
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $14.95
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> 12
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> JW Marriott Union Square 515 Mason Street, 94102
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> $115
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> $125
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> $145
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> $165
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> Junior Suite—$299 (one room) (1) Bedroom Pacific—$499
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> 4 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $9.95
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> 13
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> Marker—San Francisco 501 Geary Street, 94102
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> $115 1 Bed
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> $135 2 Beds
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> (1) Bedroom Monte Carlo—$249 (1) Bedroom Mediterranean—$269
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> 12 PM
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> $12.95
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> Marriott Marquis San Francisco—
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> Co-headquarters Hotel
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> 780 Misson Street, 94103
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> $115 $125 $145 $165
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> Please note that the Marriott Marquis does not have in-house room service.
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> Executive King—$350 (no door) Junior—$462 (no door)
> (1) Bedroom—$776-$934
> (2) Bedroom—$909-$1029
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> 4 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $14.95
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> 15
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> Marriott San Francisco Union Square 480 Sutter Street, 94108
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> $115
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> $125
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> $145
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> $165
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> Junior Suite—$259 (one room) (1) Bedroom—$449
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> 12 PM
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> $12.95
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> Parc 55 San Francisco - Hilton Hotel 55 Cyril Magnin Street, 94102
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> $115
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> $115
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> $145
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> $175
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> Junior Suite—$185 (one room) (1) Bedroom Sunset—$315
> (1) Bedroom Apt.—$415
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $11.95
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> 17
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> Park Central Hotel
> 50 Third Street, 94103
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> $115
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> $115
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> $140
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> $165
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> (1) Bedroom Executive—$249
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $14.95
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> 18
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> Ritz-Carlton San Francisco 600 Stockton Street, 94108
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> Junior Suite—$429 (one room) (1) Bedroom—$469
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> 4 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $14.95
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> Scarlet Huntington
> 1075 California Street, 94108
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> Suites Only
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> Junior—$399 (one room) (1) Bedroom—$569
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $14.95
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> 20
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> Sir Francis Drake Hotel 450 Powell Street, 94102
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> $115
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> $135
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> $160
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> $185
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> Sir Francis Drake—$300 Starlight Suite—$600 Presidential—$700
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> 12 PM
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> St. Regis San Francisco 125 3rd Street, 94103
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> Suites Only
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> (1) Bedroom Astor—$600
> (1) Bedroom Metropolitan—$750
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> 22
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> Stanford Court Hotel
> 905 California Street, 94108
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> $115
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> $125
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> $145
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> $165
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> Studio Suites—$219 (one room) Parlor Suite—$559
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> Westin St. Francis Union Square 335 Powell Street, 94102
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> $115
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> $145
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> $175
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> (1) Bedroom Classic—$615
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> 3 PM
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> 12 PM
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> $14.95
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> **Internet access is complimentary for guess if they sign up for the Kimpton Karma Rewards. It is free to join.
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> https://www.aeaweb.org/Annual_Meeting/pdfs/2016_Housing.pdf

computer struggles, lost emails. You pay to be tracked and hacked easily. Get offliine.

I Spent 24 hours to upgrade to Apple El Capitan annual update OSX.
I then wrote a very nice email.
Then outbound email failed, message disappeared. 
Apple could not find its own SMTP server!  Amazing!
Many other people had the same problem.
Found a fix by googling online.  
Fix seems to work.
What a joke.
Constant updates are needed to fix security holes.  
But each fix introduces new bugs and security holes.  

Amazing after decades major vendors can't get something simple like email to work.
They are too busy trying to track you and sell your information without paying you.
You have to pay them extra to track you and enable crime.

On a positive note, you can get free entertainment from youtube.

But can't do work or anything important without taking huge risks.

I am working hard to get rid of all services and contracts that involve computer logins, payments, etc.  Not easy nowadays.  

Get rid of Apple, Microsoft.  
Go to Linux on old hardware, but that involves work to set up
Maybe brand new google Chromebook $150 at best buy which is pre-set up Linux.



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SHTF 100,000,000 dead Americans. More will die without study UCSF, Medicine, San Francisco Smart Car parking

98% of Native Americans were killed off by European Diseases soon after the first arrivals circa 1500.  It took over 400 years for the population to recover, with most of that growth being immigrants and slaves.   Europeans arrived over 100s of years to a mostly deserted continent.   Europeans deliberately tried to infect the few natives Americans were left, and destroy their food supplies.  

33% of Europeans were killed off in the plague.  Many other pandemics.  Nowadays the humans are weaker than before and technology is becoming less able to contain the disease.  Mercola had an article yesterday.

Guns, locks, or other toys cannot stop disease, nor can you run away from it.  100% chance you will die from disease, nearly, unless you shoot yourself first.  You have to move to a big city to solve diseases.  Good health is needed irregardless of SHTF.   First step:  Everybody should study more health and anybody can do it - easier to get training to find some role in health care than engineering or research mathematics, for example.   Learn more by picking a reasonably good university.    San Francisco Bay area has a wealth of educational opportunities and great places to live in a Smart Car.  I have walked the areas for decades and know the best spots to park, and where the classes are.  Mild weather.  Great air and water quality.  Work your way through college by giving massages to Facebook employees, cook, style hair, pedicure, manicure, …  Help the rich 1% and they will help you.  The key is the location - easy to go to a good class and to park free.  


The impending superbug crisis has a four-prong solution:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

bicycle recommendation: Beach cruiser $111

Most people need more walking and less machines that reduce physical work.
If SHTF you may need to travel 2000 miles over clogged highways without fossil fuels, electricity, etc.

For most people I recommend the basic one speed cruiser.
Very tough and reliable, heavy steel, last for decades.
They are used in factories, farms, etc.
Must be solid and reliable.

Pay extra for more ruggedness, features and frilly nonsense if you want. 

Big fat tires that you can jump up on curbs.
I avoid getting into busy streets, get on the sidewalks.
Add a front brake and a trunk with some canvas bags.  
You can actually haul a lot if you want.  
I get solid inner tubes no-mor-flats.

Another option if you need speed is a single speed racing bike with skinny tires.  
Matches my style fairly well if I have a good place to use it.  
I have done a lot of biking, often very dangerous biking.  

For real fanatic get a single speed fixed wheel, very trendy for the past decade or two.  


Huffy Bicycle Company Men's Cruiser Good Vibrations 

Price: $111 & FREE Shipping. 

• Classic cruiser frame
• Coaster brakes
• Embroidered seat
• 26" x 2.125" Whitewall tires
• 38mm steel rims

SHTF preparations Santa Monica California

Move to the beach to prepare for the coming plague.  You need training in medicine and all the fundamental sciences, especially biochemistry and microbiology.  Numerous good colleges all around.  Learn massage the superstars.  They will give you the vaccines you need to survive if you cannot invent them yourself.  Poor people in the remote, rural areas are being weakened by electronics and junk foods in preparation for the final extermination that will save only important people in the big cities.   Build up your health by daily suntanning on the beach and California fruits, nuts, vegetables.  

I used to see Arnold on the Santa Monica beach circa 1968-1969.  He did a double take on me even though I was not very big back then.  I should have followed him into the movie business but I was very fixated on basic financial math and computing devices even way back then.  I was once mistaken for Steve McQueen while sitting in my green ford with orange surfboard.  I did not realize until age 50 that I can easily grow huge muscles by eating beef.  Interesting that Arnold moved to Lake Superior, the largest fresh body of water, near Green Bay Cheese heads, and he also took accounting and computer classes.  By 1970 I was quite a computer whiz.  

Arnold Schwarzenegger: The "Terminator"  – bodybuilder, movie star and governor of California – attended Santa Monica College in California, starting out with a course that would now be known as English as a second language.   "I had so much fun in that class, and we had so much help from that teacher, that I was so inspired," the former governor recalled during a commencement speech at Santa Monica College in 2005.  That inspiration led him to enroll in a regular English class, and then business, accounting and computer classes, he said. Schwarzenegger eventually transferred to the University of Wisconsin—Superior, and earned a bachelor's in business administration in 1979.

Debt Bubble. Smart Car. Ivy League MBA Wall Street if you want to be a banker.

Bank failures, bubbles, and most economic news are not relevant unless you are borrowing or lending too much.  Convert all physical wealth to Sacagawea dollar coins and bury them in the desert - genuine legal tender if you need them in the future and no bankrupt bank can seize them.    If you want to be a Banker you need an Ivy League MBA or similar ("human capital" wealth, not physical capital).  Move to New York City and live in your leased Benz Smart Car while getting an MBA in Finance from NYU which is downtown Wall Street headquarters of American Finance Association.  Professor Altman teaches there and has a new working paper on what he thinks is a Credit Bubble


are we in the midst of an inflating credit bubble and, if so, when is it likely that the bubble will burst?  Bubble theories and concerns are becoming quite common these days for several asset classes, prompting discussions and warnings, including those from regulators



Monday, October 26, 2015

Ivy League MD suicided for herbs, spices, vegetables to fight cancer, dementia, and other degenerative diseases

This is an excellent interview,  free download this week. 
He got suicided probably by the medical industrial complex 2 weeks ago in a remote forest.
If people ate better, particularly more vegetables, herbs, and spices they would not get so many diseases.

He is an oncologist MD Ivy League born in West Texas 99 miles SE of where I was born.  
He has books on Amazon.com and websites.  

I am fairly strong and healthy I think because I eat so many fruits and vegetables.  
I can tell when I eat better I get stronger and healthier.  
Also getting enough sleep helps - that is hard for me.   
I am slowly adding the items discussed in this interview.


http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2015/10/22/show-990-diet-and-lifestyle-as-gene-therapy/

The field of epigenetics has been developing rapidly over the past few decades, and we now have a much better understanding of how exercise, diet and other lifestyle factors influence gene expression. And our genes are not the only ones that matter: billions of bacteria that live in and on us have genes, the microbiome, that are profoundly affected by what we eat and what we do.

While this research is new and very specific, the guidelines for nutritional epigenetics would be familiar to our grandmothers and great-grandmothers: nourish our gut bacteria with vegetables and fruit, avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners, practice meditation and get plenty of exercise. 

How do these actions affect our risk of cancer?

This Week's Guest:

Mitchell L. Gaynor, MD, was the founder and president of Gaynor Wellness. 

Dr. Gaynor was clinical assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. 

His book is The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle. 

His websites are GaynorWellness.com and GeneChanger.com

SHTF sleep on roof of Benz Smart Car in San Francisco or Los Angeles

The SHTF that can blow up any minute and has already arrived is disease, pandemics.
You are already sick, filled with toxic chemicals.
Many are much worse and spreading diseases of all sorts in their weakened states.
Obamacare has already targeted you with deflated food - big sacks of flour and sugar for a dollar or two.
Around here people are obese, sickly, deranged, media addicts suffering from all sorts of ailments.

Get educated quickly.  
Move to San Francisco and study medicine.  
Park near the emergency room at UCSF, one of the best medical schools in the country in case you get a stroke or heart attack.
Fantastic medical research library. No smog.  Cool year round.  
UCLA is warmer and a little smoggier but still quite acceptable.  

I noticed that people in San Francisco and Los Angeles are healthier due to diet and exercise.
Much bigger and better farmers markets and vegetable stands.
They will also be first in line for vaccines when the pandemic arrives in full force.
Make yourself valuable.  
Earn survival in the coming plague.
Learn pedicure and help beautify Katy Perry and other superstars.
She will protect her staff.  
Figure out a cure or vaccine for the plague and become a billionaire yourself. 

Sleep on roof of smart car.  
Design 2 aluminum horseshoe tent poles that bolt to the 4 wheels and cross in the middle.  
Design cot / hammock for top the Smart Car.
Drape dome of knitted organic wool tent over the bed/vehicle.
Camouflage so nobody knows you are there.

Smart said its Tridion safety cell "works like the roll-cage in a race car."   
"Made largely of high-strength steel, the rigid tridion safety cell is designed to distribute impact energy over the entire width of the car body," \

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Scion IQ. sleep on college campus. SHTF preparations.

There are many small cars such as the Scion IQ although I like the Benz Smart Car.
Smaller is better so you can focus on essentials.  
The goal is to get rid of everything so you are mostly off the grid.  
But can use the grid if it is available - In particular Universities and Medical centers and grocery stores.
99% of the time there is no SHTF so you need a good education as to how to contribute to society such as teach politicians how to prevent SHTF.  
1% of the time SHTF and 99% of those SHTF scenarios will put you in the hospital.
So you need a good hospital / medical school nearby.  
Practice sleeping near the emergency room.
You might be surprised how easy that is even in very crowded cities such as San Francisco, Berkeley, UCLA, Boston, etc.

For the .01% where SHTF and you are functioning out of the hospital you will need your education in engineering, biology, medicine, etc.
Never read the internet for SHTF preparations, survivalists, doomsday preppers, etc.  
Those keywords have been bought by predators selling sheeple worthless products and trying to stir up hysteria about reserve currencies, dollar collapse, inflation, riots, that are totally unrealistic.  
Also avoid TV programs doomsday preppers which are a joke designed to fleece the sheeple.  

Take real classes taught by experts in highly ranked colleges listed in the US News that you can buy at Walmart.
A small car will help you get close to campus and avoid bedbugs, noise, and diseases from getting too close.
Get a parking sticker and sleep on campus.

As a teenager I took out the back seat of my big old green Ford sedan and thought about trying to sleep in that huge space like for my frequent trips into the mountains.
I never figured out what to do with all that space, and never slept in it.
I did not realize that for College I could have easily lived in that vehicle in warm San Diego.
Probably better than my apartments with all the noise and bad influences.  
Nowadays you need even less space because so much information can be found on a phone or laptop.

Insulation is not hard and not needed if you follow the good weather thru the year.
Get a dark green small car that you can park in parks and forest inconspicuously.  
Tint the windows dark.  
For sleeping cut black foam insulation to cover all the windows exactly.
Small car will not attract attention from cops or others who might suspect some hippie living in there.
Test by taking naps in broad daylight to make sure windows are sealed and it is dark enough.

car sleep engineering

I will quit drinking coffee so as not to clutter my Smart Car home.

Get back to basics.

This lady shows how she built her little home.

If she can do it I can do it.  


SHTF strategy disease Harvard U 0 tax New Hampshire

Sell everything, bury dollar coins in some god forsaken desert hell-hole where they will not rust and nobody there to be digging for them.
99% of the time you will get some disease or accident and will need a good hospital Medical School such as Harvard most of which are along the East Coast.
To determine SHTF types and probabilities you will need an education.
The best SHTF locations are also the best College locations.  

Go to Walmart and buy US news college rankings on real paper
Buy a Benz Smart Car, hammock, hydrogen balloon.
Move to New Hampshire near Harvard, MIT, Boston with 0 income tax 0 sales tax!
In winter drive to Delaware beach near other excellent hospitals or further south.  
When no SHTF study in the best college to become expert in engineering, medicine, business, investments or any field where you have talent.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/research-rankings

Best Medical Schools

#1
Harvard University 
Boston, MA

$54,200 (full-time)  726 


#2
Stanford University 
Stanford, CA

$50,715 (full-time)  473 


#3
Tie
Johns Hopkins University 
Baltimore, MD

$47,250 (full-time)  461 

#3
Tie
University of California—​San Francisco 
San Francisco, CA

$32,106 (in-state, full-time); $44,351 (out-of-state, full-time)  664 

#5
University of Pennsylvania (Perelman) 
Philadelphia, PA

$50,444 (full-time)  655 

#6
Washington University in St. Louis 
St. Louis, MO

$56,212 (full-time)  474 


#7
Yale University 
New Haven, CT

$53,540 (full-time)  415 


#8
Tie
Columbia University 
New York, NY

$53,544 (full-time)  648 


#8
Tie
Duke University 
Durham, NC

$51,888 (full-time)  430 


#10
Tie
University of Chicago (Pritzker) 
Chicago, IL

$47,673 (full-time)  356 

#10
Tie
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor 
Ann Arbor, MI

$31,154 (in-state, full-time); $48,862 (out-of-state, full-time)  727 

#10
Tie
University of Washington 
Seattle, WA

$31,992 (in-state, full-time); $60,978 (out-of-state, full-time)  938 

#13
University of California—​Los Angeles (Geffen) 
Los Angeles, CA

$31,134 (in-state, full-time); $43,379 (out-of-state, full-time)  749 

#14
Tie
New York University 
New York, NY

$47,650 (full-time)  650 

#14
Tie
Vanderbilt University 
Nashville, TN

$45,350 (full-time)  429 

#16
University of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, PA

$48,792 (in-state, full-time); $50,014 (out-of-state, full-time)  601 

#17
University of California—​San Diego 
La Jolla, CA

$31,134 (in-state, full-time); $43,379 (out-of-state, full-time)  502 

#18
Cornell University (Weill) 
New York, NY

$49,500 (full-time)  406 

#19
Northwestern University (Feinberg) 
Chicago, IL

$51,882 (full-time)  687 

#20
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
New York, NY

$44,604 (full-time)  556 

#21
Baylor College of Medicine 
Houston, TX

$19,650 (full-time)  738 

#22
University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill 
Chapel Hill, NC

$18,887 (in-state, full-time); $45,766 (out-of-state, full-time)  827 

#23
Emory University 
Atlanta, GA

$49,500 (full-time)  560 

#24
Case Western Reserve University 
Cleveland, OH

$55,370 (full-time)  864 

#25
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 
Dallas, TX

$17,163 (in-state, full-time); $30,263 (out-of-state, full-time)  953 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Protect your Banking. Off the grid. zero inbox. Paper science articles and real people Re: CIA director’s personal email account ‘breached by teen’

My strategy is to use cash as much possible and get rid of most credit cards (I have already gotten rid of all debit cards).
Get down to a few banks and logon to each bank's website every day, not relying on email alerts.
https websites are safer than email anyway, automatically encrypted.
I have to logon on to far too many bank and credit card sites every few days.
It becomes like I am working for the banks for no pay!

I have my Citibank alerts set for $1 and I pay all credit cards immediately if the charge is ok, not waiting until the monthly bill.
But will cancel my Citibank credit card today or tomorrow.
Citibank took a lot of my advice.
I spent an hour online with an executive 2 years ago on how to improve their website.
But it is still not very good.
Most bank sites are not very good and most computers are insecure but what is the alternative?

Email serves little purpose today.
Social media is better for contacting people.
Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Amazon reviews, etc.
You can upload huge images to large groups without choking the system, huge numbers of links, forwards, retweets, etc.
Easier to contact strangers and know better who you are talking to, and on the right topics.
Emails from Nigeria, China asking for money should not happen.

Bank websites are better for banking.

Blogs are better for blogging.

Paper newspapers are better for news.

Paper Magazines are better for color photos.

Paper Books are better for reading.

Paper Scientific Journals are better for research.

Real people are better for lectures, discussions, classes.

There is a movement "zero inbox" to get rid of all emails.
Part of the strategy to get off the grid and quit getting robbed of time and money that ultimately threaten your existence.
They can't shoot, rob, defraud you if they cannot find you.
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/ultimate-way-inbox-zero.html

I can get rid of most banking emails, and most online vendors and their emails.
My ebay account expires in 31 days for non-use. Great. I never used it.

My problem is thousands of downloads and mostly "free" services subscribed to over decades using 100 email addresses.
Mostly math stat software tools and utility programs.
Hard to disentangle and reclaim my freedom and time.
Really got bad about 13 years ago.

>
> I saw that several days ago. Anybody's email or website is vulnerable to hackers. Nothing important should be sent on email. Bank/credit card sites are slightly better but hackable.
> I bank and pay bills through several banks. I have had one charge on a credit card placed fraudulently. I get a text message and an email for any type of transaction for ten bucks or greater. It was for about $100. I immediately called Chase and reported it. They reimbursed me and investigated.
> Life is full of risks. Muggers, rapists, drunk/distracted/stupid drivers, fire, explosions, accidents of all kinds. Food poisoning, heart attacks, strokes, etc. Bad dogs, snakebites, lightening, and many more. You could be seriously injured or dead in a few minutes.
> It is futile to worry about email hackers, just follow acceptable methods of avoidance and use email.
>
> John

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fast Location Top Universities, $17,000 home

Danville, Illinois is the cheapest place to live in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Close to numerous universities that have #1 departments or at least top 10 in numerous fields.  Freeways are flat and fast, not many big cities to get to the below.

Miles to:

32 University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
56 Purdue University
86 Indiana University
132 University of Chicago #1 Econ Nobel and Finance and Monetary Economic
151 Northwestern University
189 Notre Dame #4 Accounting
222 Washington University Saint Louis #1 college and medical school by test scores
265 Ohio State University
282 University of Wisconsin
321 University of Missouri
335 University of Michigan
314 Michigan State University
451 Carnegie Mellon University  
450 University of Pittsburgh
451 University of Kansas  Invented the first web browser and still the best browser Lynx
541 University of Minnesota  #3 in Nobel Prizes in Economics
587 Penn State University
728 Cornell
762 Princeton University


VERY LARGE HOME WITH 1 CAR GARAGE, 2 FULL BATHS, NEW FURNACE, PLUMBING, INSULATION AND SOME REPLACEMENT WINDOWS.
• Beds 3
• House Size 3,000 Sq Ft
• Price $17,500
• Lot Size 0.33 Acres
• Year Built 1908 
• Style Victorian
• Garage1 car garage
• Inclusions: Refrigerator, Stove-Gas
• Utilities present: Water: City, City Sewer
• Energy Info: Water Heater: Gas
• Gravel Driveway
• Basement: Cellar
• Crawl


Hydrogen Benz Smart Car Home Balloon, support Hammock without trees

Make an X with 2 poles (collapsible as in modern tents).
Park your Benz Smart Car onto the X so that all 4 wheels rest on the X.
Tie your balloon to the X with 4 ropes.
Hang your Hammock on those 4 ropes above the roof of your smart car.
Bears cannot climb the ropes.
The balloon will protect the smart car from hail.
Tie a tarp over the hammock and smart car for total privacy and weather protection.
Convert passenger seat into an office with laptop computer, paper, pencil, and other sitting jobs.
Read in Hammock with smart phone or watch movies with wi-fi.  
Convert smart car to burn hydrogen gas so fuel tank can power the vehicle as well as lift you off the ground.

If SHTF cut loose and take to the air.  Leave the smart car or buy a bigger balloon that can take the smart car with you.

State Parks around here have a 2 week limit.   A rolling stone gathers no moss.  


Gas ballooning has been popular in Europe, most notably in Germany, using hydrogen as a lifting gas. Several gas balloon clubs exist throughout the country with well organized launch sites and well defined infrastructure making flights relatively easy to do. Rough estimates show 150 active gas pilots in Europe. 

In stark contrast, gas ballooning in the USA might have at most 30 active pilots who typically fly only once a year at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October. This is primarily due to the prohibitively high cost of helium, the lifting gas that most American pilots must use because of the design of their balloons. This is starting to change with the introduction of hydrogen as a lifting gas, but there are still only a handful of hydrogen-rated balloons in the country. The German gas community has been a valuable resource in helping the US pilots gain skills in flying gas balloons and working with hydrogen as a lifting gas. Many US gas pilots have been and are currently participating in training flights in Germany.

A gas balloon can also be tethered. Aerophile is the world's largest lighter-than-air carrier, flying 300,000 passengers every year through its eight operations in Walt Disney World, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Smoky Mountains & Irvine in the USA and Paris, Disneyland Paris and Parc du Petit Prince in France.   The company has sold more than 60 balloons in 30 countries.  An Aerophile ballon holds the record for carrying 30 passengers in a gas balloon.  The company currently runs six Aero30NG : Paris Balloon, one at Disneyland Paris, one in Walt Disney World Resort, one in Orange County Great Park, one in Wonderworks Pigeon Forge and the last one in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and one Aerobar, the latest creation, at Futuroscope.
Tethered balloon in Disneyland Paris




disconnect me. Fun, survival Islands, land everywhere in USA

I installed Disconnect ME until I can ramp up stronger security.

I walk by the island below daily.  Nobody ever on that island, except a few days each summer.  Row inflatable raft over there and stay there 6 months free.  Eat fish.  Hundreds of such islands near here.  Unclaimed land all over USA.  You can buy cheap.  Counties can't even auction it off.  Nobody wants land.  In my county you can buy lots over the counter at county tax collector office.  Thousands for sale, nobody wants.  Perfectly legal to sleep on your own land unless bad CC&R's.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hammock University

She reads her ipad with free university wi-fi.  Soon attracts 3 males who talk to her for an hour or more.  She sits up and hangs her feet off the edge to talk.  Must be legal as this is the most heavily trafficked square on campus between the Administration Center and Student Center and she is often out there.   I could find a quieter place than this girl who appears to be into hammocks more for the social aspect that the practical aspects.

Quite a few places in USA I could use a hammock.  Easy to carry in a light backpack.  Electronics are getting smaller.  I don't need a heavy briefcase full of books and papers.  Can eat in restaurants, shower at the gym, live in a Smart Car, sleep comfortably when and where I want.  

Never get too far from a top university hospital, especially if you are over 50.  Heart / circulatory disease is the leading cause of death - the first symptom is often sudden death.   Minutes matter.  Must get to the hospital in time.  

I highly recommend taking all the pre-medical classes.   Human Anatomy and Physiology are quite interesting, fun, and useful.   There is a huge difference in quality of universities and hospitals.  In the lower quality ones you learn a lot less and have a much higher rate of death.  


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

live in a hammock university Campground smart Car Daimler Benz

In San Francisco I can sleep in dozens of places in nice areas all over town with nobody knowing.  
Other parts of the country are easier - use your judgement to find the good ones.
Cold weather? Use a "sock" pictured below.  
Rain?  Use a tent.
Avoid animals by getting high enough off the ground.
Campgrounds all over USA with facilities.
Missouri State Campgrounds are $11 per night off-peak including free wi-fi, showers, laundry,..
Private campgrounds $15 per night including full hookups in scenic areas along Hwy 65.
Or you can pay up for better locations.

Join a national health club for weight lifting and showers.
Take 1 unit class at universities for access to libraries, computers, gymnasiums, showers, etc.
Go to seminars, lectures, classes,…
Lots of restaurants and coffee shops to feed the 30,000 students and 10,000 professors and workers.

Follow the weather.
New Hampshire is zero income tax, zero sales tax, and gorgeous May-October.
MIT Harvard dozens of colleges 30 miles away, or a little more.
For winter go thru Yale, NYC, Philly, Baltimore, DC, Virginia, both Carolinas, finally Florida.
Lots of scenic stops and campgrounds.

Smart Car is enough.  For SHTF you must learn to travel light, maybe carry everything.
A SUV would be luxury maybe worth spending more for.  Or a pickup, camper, station wagon,…

Houses collapse in earthquakes, become projectiles in tornadoes, catch fire, rot, mold, contain vast amounts of toxins.
Learn to enjoy the great outdoors and to stay healthy even if no SHTF.  

Re: Antibiotic-resistant pathogens are now airborne, thanks to CAFO factory farms

Good article but the problem is worse than it says.
CAFO dumps enormous toxins into the environment.
The animals are fed GMO which is more toxins into the environment.
Workers are illegals who slice animals to bits and pieces.
They may slice you to get your wallet - never carry cash to help them.
Never eat meat - don't contribute $ to the industry.
Teach illegals to eat their vegetables.
Mexicans are the most obese in the world.  
My native American ancestors lived well for 20,000 years before this mess arrived!

John wrote:

http://m.naturalnews.com/news/051620_antibiotic_resistance_airborne_superbugs_CAFO_factory_farms.html

Hold your nose around confined animals in feed lots. Bad stuff can be inhaled!



Monday, October 19, 2015

Fun vs Doomsday prepare. Re: live in a tent vs RV. Smart car good mileage without diesel stink, noise, smoke

Geographic flexibility is useful for recreational and professional needs as well as disaster preparedness.   Practice makes perfect.  Hit the road.  Sell everything, buy Sacagawea dollars and bury them in the desert.  Learn to improvise.  Reduce physical profile to a minimum.  You can sleep in a hammock in a university, park, or deep in the forest.    Spend most of your time in university getting an education or working in a profession.  Sleep in the trees on or near campus.  Weekends and holidays gather mushrooms in the forest.    Especially study medicine, exercise, and nutrition because you will need that if  SHTF or no SHTF

This is a very popular book, possibly because it serves marketing or political needs of the rich 1%.   The author is a historian, not an engineer but he did get a phd from a top engineering university.   May not be too unrealistic. There are many possible scenarios for a such a catastrophe, and lesser catastrophes.  


 5,164 customer reviews
One Second After 
Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011

WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN has a Ph.D. from Purdue University with specializations in Military History and the History of Technology. He is a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College. He is the author of over forty books, including the New York Times bestselling series Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor (coauthored with Newt Gingrich), as well as the award-winning young adult novel We Look Like Men of War. He has also authored numerous short stories and articles about military history and military technology. His interests include archaeological research on sites in Mongolia, and as a pilot he owns and flies an original World War II "recon bird." Dr. Forstchen resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his teenage daughter Meghan and their small pack of golden retreivers and yellow labs.

In this entertaining apocalyptic thriller from Forstchen (We Look Like Men of War), a high-altitude nuclear bomb of uncertain origin explodes, unleashing a deadly electromagnetic pulse that instantly disables almost every electrical device in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Airplanes, most cars, cellphones, refrigerators—all are fried as the country plunges into literal and metaphoric darkness. History professor John Matherson, who lives with his two daughters in a small North Carolina town, soon figures out what has happened. Aided by local officials, Matherson begins to deal with such long-term effects of the disaster as starvation, disease and roving gangs of barbarians. While the material sometimes threatens to veer into jingoism, and heartstrings are tugged a little too vigorously, fans of such classics as Alas, Babylon and On the Beachwill have a good time as Forstchen tackles the obvious and some not-so-obvious questions the apocalypse tends to raise. Newt Gingrich provides a foreword. 

In a Norman Rockwell town in North Carolina, where residents rarely lock homes, retired army colonel John Matherson teaches college, raises two daughters, and grieves the loss of his wife to cancer. When phones die and cars inexplicably stall, Grandma's pre-computerized Edsel takes readers to a stunning scene on the car-littered interstate, on which 500 stranded strangers, some with guns, awaken John's New Jersey street-smart instincts to get the family home and load the shotgun. Next morning, some townspeople realize that an electromagnetic pulse weapon has destroyed America's power grid, and they proceed to set survival priorities. John's list includes insulin for his type-one diabetic 12-year-old, candy bars, and sacks of ice. Deaths start with heart attacks and eventually escalate alarmingly. Food becomes scarce, and societal breakdown proceeds with inevitable violence; towns burn, and ex-servicemen recall "Korea in '51" as military action by unlikely people becomes the norm in Forstchen's sad, riveting cautionary tale, the premise of which Newt Gingrich's foreword says is completely possible. 

Forstchen examines the effect of an attack on the U.S.A. using an EMP (or rather three EMPs). The electro magnetic pulse ruins most electrical gadgets; computers and anything controlled by them, data storage, modern vehicles and planes, electricity generators,water supply, medical equipment, phones and radios.

The small town in which the story is set reverts to a barter economy and its shops soon run out of food and medicines. Local law enforcement has to cope with increasingly desperate local citizens,stranded motorists, and refugees from the big cities hoping to find food and shelter.

Forstchen examines the big issues mainly by looking at the impact on one family. This approach works well, and the reader is drawn in, wondering "what would I do in that situation?"
The reason I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 may sound trivial. Every single "could have, should have, would have, might have" in the book is written as "could of, should of" etc.After reading several dozen of these I almost ended up shouting at the book. I guess I'm getting old.

I have read serial killer books, grisly murder books, but this was hands down the scariest book I have ever read. A book that caused me to lose sleep and kept me thinking long after I was finished reading.

The book follows what happens to an American community after and EMP attack is visited on our country. EMP occurs when a nuclear bomb is detonated above the atmosphere, causing every single thing in it's range containing anything electronic to fail. 

Cars, planes, pacemakers, electricity, you name it, it's gone forever. 

The country is immediately plunged into the dark ages, the population far too large to be supported by 18th century technology. 

Different parts of the country fare better or worse depending on their locations to urban areas. 

Gangs roam the land, bringing death and destruction to any remaining survivors.

What is frightening about this book is the fact that it is a very real possibility. 

The government is currently studying EMP attacks, as it is probably a more real threat than the thermonuclear attack we have always been raised to fear. 

If you ever had a thought of having your home prepared for a disaster, you will be propelled into action after reading the horrors entailed here for anyone who does not.

The day after reading I could not help but realize how fully dependent we are on electronics and technology.

 I found myself cataloging each thing I did during the day. 

How long can you last with the food in your pantry and maybe a week's worth of water before it becomes contaminated and cholera, dysentery, and thyphoid break out?

You may not have ever imagined America as a third-world country. This book will force you to.

By the way, if you have a project due or deadline, finish it before you pick this book up. 

It sucks you right in and you are compelled to finish it instead of doing anything else. I really came to love and care about the characters. It was hard to "watch" as the worst befell them.


I live in Black Mountain, NC, and am a personal friend of Dr. Forstchen, so I read this latest book of his with considerable interest. I would highly recommend it.

The EMP event he describes might presently be improbable, but is certainly possible. Nicholas Taleb would undoubtedly recognize it as a "Black Swan" event: something that lies outside the range of normal experience, but that has a catastrophic impact. Taleb pointed out that humans have a tendency to excessively discount and underestimate Black Swans, so I would encourage readers to be careful not to dismiss Forstchen's book just because the scenario he paints is improbable. Furthermore, an EMP attack is hardly the only thing that might result in the substantial or total collapse of the economy and civilization; there are a range of possible scenarios, and the practical effect of living through them and their aftermath might not differ all that much from what Forstchen describes.

Some might be tempted to feel depressed after reading "One Second After", or to consider Forstchen's outlook to be excessively pessimistic. On the contrary, I consider his to actually be a rather optimistic view. Importantly, his story line assumes that the townspeople DO come together and cooperate with each other; the town government does hold together, and the town leaders do lead. The town does not devolve into "every person for themselves" anarchy, as so many other post-apocalyptic visions presume. It is also optimistic in that the townspeople do actually win in a horrific battle against a nightmarish roving gang. It is optimistic in that the protagonist and the other characters do succeed in the struggle to maintain their humanity and deepest held values.

So, read the book. But then what? Don't just set it down and forget about it. If it doesn't spur you to action, then you've wasted your time. The fact of the matter is, there ARE things that each of us could and should be doing in all of our communities right now to prepare ourselves and our communities from a whole range of vulnerabilities.

Some people are going to be tempted to rush out and stock up on non-perishable foodstuffs. Fine, but remember that those will eventually run out. What you and your community really need is to build up your local food production capacity; that is where you will find true food security. Plant fruit trees, and transform your yard into a vegetable garden. If you rent and don't have garden space, then participate in a community garden; if there is none in your community, then start one. Patronize local farmers through local farmer's markets and CSAs. Learn to can and dehydrate food, store what you grow and eat what you store -- think in terms of a whole system, operated on a long-term basis. Consider how you are going to cook food when the electricity and natural gas and propane and coleman fuel all run out; there are alternatives, including wood stoves and solar ovens.

Consider your water supply, and have a backup. Bottles of water are fine for a couple of months, but nobody can store enough water to last a lifetime. Consider having some sort of filtration system in case one must rely on surface water, and some sort of cart and barrels to haul it.

Consider how you are going to keep warm in the wintertime. Now is the time to weatherstrip and insulate. Consider getting a woodstove and laying up a few cords of wood - and having the axes, saws, and carts to cut down and haul more wood when your supply runs out. Consider installing some solar space heating panels if you have a good southern exposure.

Consider how you are going to keep well and healthy. In Forstchen's novel, many people die of disease and what are presently treatable medical conditions. Get yourself a good first aid book, maybe take some Red Cross first aid classes, and set yourself with a good set of first aid supplies. While some herbal remedy claims must be taken with a grain of salt, there are some that do work; learn the difference, and be prepared to grow or gather whatever is useful for health and healing.

Maintaining communications can be useful. In Forstchen's novel, all electronics are fried, and the town is left with no working communications. I do wish that Forstchen had mentioned that it is possible to protect sensitive electronic devices with a Faraday Cage. Put a portable radio in a cardboard box, put that inside a bigger box, wrap the package completely with aluminum foil (every square inch, no exceptions), attach a ground wire (secure metal-to-metal contact), and attach the ground wire to a ground (a cold water pipe is not ideal, but will do). He mentioned one person in a distant town having a working shortwave receiver; if several of the townspeople in his novel had the forsight to store portable radios with shortwave bands (along with some way to recharge the batteries, either by crank power or solar panel), they would have been able to get important outside news much sooner. Even more importantly, if several people had hidden away a few pairs of FRS/GMRS 2-way radios in faraday cages, then the town government, police, and militia would have had valuable 2-way communications. Do yourself and your community a favor and consider doing this; after an EMP attack is too late.

This is not a complete list; Amazon.com has a number of books with more extensive recommendations for disaster preparedness. Take this opportunity to take advantage of the time you have before something unexpected, but maybe inevitable, happens.

I purchased this book because I have been flogging the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack scenario to friends and relatives since early 2008, when it became apparent to me that the U.S. had lost the will to halt nuclear proliferation among terror-sponsoring states. I reasoned that a stateless actor or an apocalyptic regime might calculate that an EMP attack would actually create more casualties and more economic damage than a direct strike on any one city. An EMP attack also has the advantage of being the equivalent of hitting the broad side of a barn. Just get the nuke up a couple hundred klicks and go "boom," rather than trust your missile's guidance to hit an urban center from offshore or (alternatively) risk detection of a smuggled warhead. Lastly, the straightforward atomic bomb designs a nascent nuclear state is likely to deploy don't make as big a crater as a sophisticated "hydrogen" (fusion) bomb does, but they're already very effective at creating EMP.

Given the above, one would imagine I'd be among the vanguard in extolling this novel. For reasons great and small though, I was ultimately disappointed. In my opinion the story's biggest flaw is its implicit assumption that EMP would render irrevocably inoperable any integrated-circuit based device -- i.e., anything more advanced than wires, coils, and vacuum tubes -- and by extension anything that depended upon such devices (your modern automobile, for example). My readings so far of the findings of the ongoing EMP Commission (in particular April 2008, see empcommission.org) suggest that this is a gross exaggeration.

 True, while the near-certain collapse of the electrical grid would immediately harm the transportation infrastructure (imagine no subways, no commuter rail, no street or traffic lights), the vast majority of automobiles would still be mobile. 

Similarly, while the cellular phone and land-line telephone systems will be severely crippled (at onset) or entirely nonfunctional (after 72 hours) due to their ultimate dependence on the electrical grid and sophisticated switching technologies, there is little reason to believe that battery-operated two-way radios and (especially) simple AM and shortwave receivers would be harmed at all. 

The author's belief that only antique autos would run and only tube radios will turn on following EMP is key to creating the conditions of immobilization and isolation on which the rest of his story arc depends. 

And when I couldn't buy into the author's core assumptions, the plot lost much of its punch.

From that point onward, the book's other shortcomings became more grating. Some old-school editing, say from my bespectacled junior-year English teacher, would have helped a great deal. Mrs. K would certainly have caught the "horde" used mistakenly instead of "hoard", the "striped" for stripped, the "breech" which was supposed to be a breach and the "than" / "that" typos which mangle a sentence. Adverbs in dialogue were recycled to the point of distraction. There's only so many times a character can respond "sharply" to another in a single conversation before the reader wants to attack the book with a sharply instrument.

It would be a terrible shame if this book's vision convinced readers that an actual EMP attack would be unavoidably catastrophic, and survivable only by a select few who empty their bank accounts and utterly abandon their former lifestyles in preparation. I sincerely believe that this is not the case, and that the most-likely EMP attack scenarios can be survived by nearly everyone who can plan for three months without the grocery store, ATM, and utility services. Yes it takes some forethought and a little planning, but think of it as a life insurance policy for your entire family that actually pays off when you wind up living instead of the other way around.

I would've loved an EMP disaster novel to be a smash hit that would later become the movie that would galvanize an irresistible push for robust missile defense and an uncompromising policy of nonproliferation. 

I desperately want a concerted government program to harden the protections on high-value electrical infrastructure and build increased EMP resistance into our evolving telecommunications system. 

Maybe these things will still happen, but I don't see this book being the trigger for them.


 Ron wrote:

Joe,

      Am currently reading "One Second After"( William Forstchen; 2009). Probably the best prepper book I have ever read if one does not mind a modern day journey into "Dante's Inferno."

Ron

 joe  wrote:


Cancer is becoming a leading cause of death, overtaking heart disease.  Lions and wolves are exceedingly rare.  Criminals are also rare if you avoid Ferguson and other ghettos.    Almost all RVs, autos, and houses cause cancer - chemicals, plywood, fossil fuels, etc.   An organic tent will not cause cancer, collapse in earthquake, trap you indoors in a fire, etc.  Much safer than a house or RV.  

My ancestors lived 90,000 years in Northern Scandinavia, Asia, and America in tents.  They could deal with the lions and wolves with bow and arrow and fire.  I have a 357 magnum that would be easier, at least for me.  I have never heard of any lion or bear attacks in the campgrounds around here.  Once somebody spotted a bobcat.  There would not be such a deer infestation if there were large carnivores about.  

I would probably sleep in the back of the Ford Explorer and use the tent when I am awake for computer, math, writing, reading the paper, etc.  I still exercise many hours per day.

I notice that  South Dakota Wyoming zero income tax states are highly rated as a business location as well as a retirement residence and the lowest population density.  

You can get South Dakota residency by sleeping there 1 night per year.  Has been a popular home for billionaires and banks for decades, especially credit card operations.  

Become a homeless, stateless person with freedom to travel to where you need to go.  


On Oct 17, 2015, at 9:04 PM, John  wrote:

Bears rip into tent and attack you, same with mountain lions, cougars and wolves. Bears are in lots of areas including yours. Thugs and theives cut into your tent while you sleep and kill you for your smart car. You need hard sided enclosure for protection. RVs solve most problems. Lock up your stuff while out hiking, etc.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Re: live in a tent vs RV. Smart car good mileage without diesel stink, noise, smoke

Cancer is becoming a leading cause of death, overtaking heart disease.  Lions and wolves are exceedingly rare.  Criminals are also rare if you avoid Ferguson and other ghettos.    Almost all RVs, autos, and houses cause cancer - chemicals, plywood, fossil fuels, etc.   An organic tent will not cause cancer, collapse in earthquake, trap you indoors in a fire, etc.  Much safer than a house or RV.  

My ancestors lived 90,000 years in Northern Scandinavia, Asia, and America in tents.  They could deal with the lions and wolves with bow and arrow and fire.  I have a 357 magnum that would be easier, at least for me.  I have never heard of any lion or bear attacks in the campgrounds around here.  Once somebody spotted a bobcat.  There would not be such a deer infestation if there were large carnivores about.  

I would probably sleep in the back of the Ford Explorer and use the tent when I am awake for computer, math, writing, reading the paper, etc.  I still exercise many hours per day.

I notice that  South Dakota Wyoming zero income tax states are highly rated as a business location as well as a retirement residence and the lowest population density.  

You can get South Dakota residency by sleeping there 1 night per year.  Has been a popular home for billionaires and banks for decades, especially credit card operations.  

Become a homeless, stateless person with freedom to travel to where you need to go.  


On Oct 17, 2015, at 9:04 PM, John  wrote:

Bears rip into tent and attack you, same with mountain lions, cougars and wolves. Bears are in lots of areas including yours. Thugs and theives cut into your tent while you sleep and kill you for your smart car. You need hard sided enclosure for protection. RVs solve most problems. Lock up your stuff while out hiking, etc.





secure email via Switzerland

I searched in vain for 10 years to find a good email system. I guess such does not exist unless you pay a lot. Hilary Clinton's system was probably not secure. I don't have details. Should not have been permitted. Auditors should have caught that violation.

I think the USA federal government should give everybody a free secure email box. Cost would be miniscule.

My new system will be secure but you have to pay for it - about a penny per page.

Of the free systems this Swiss system seems to the best:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ProtonMail

ProtonMail is a free and open source web-based encrypted email service founded in 2013 at the CERN research facility by Jason Stockman, Andy Yen, and Wei Sun.[4][5] ProtonMail is designed as a zero knowledge system, using client-side encryption to protect emails and user data before they are sent to ProtonMail servers, in contrast to other common webmail services such as Gmail and Hotmail. ProtonMail is run by the company Proton Technologies, based in the Canton of Geneva, and its servers are located at two locations in Switzerland, outside of US and EU jurisdiction.[6] The service received initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign, and will be sustained long-term by multi-tiered pricing, although the default account setup is free.

ProtonMail has approximately 500,000 users as of October, 2015.

Features

ProtonMail accounts use two user passwords. The first of these—the Login Password [7]—authenticates the user into the ProtonMail system. The second—the Mailbox Password [7]—is used to decrypt the user's electronic mailbox. This decryption takes place client-side in a web browser. The second password is known only to the user; as ProtonMail's servers hold the user's data in encrypted form, password recovery is not possible nor can ProtonMail decrypt user messages under a court order.[8]

Similar to Snapchat, ProtonMail also includes a message expiration feature: messages can optionally self-destruct from the ProtonMail system after a period of time.

Design

Distribution of ProtonMail servers in Switzerland.

Security

ProtonMail uses a combination of public-key cryptography and symmetric encryption protocols to offer end-to-end encryption. When a user creates a ProtonMail account, their browser generates a pair of public and private RSA keys. The public key is used to encrypt the user's emails and other user data. The private key, which is capable of decrypting the user's data, is symmetrically encrypted with the user's mailbox password in the user's web browser using AES-256. The public key and the encrypted private key are then both stored on ProtonMail servers. Thus, ProtonMail stores decryption keys only in their encrypted form, so ProtonMail developers are unable to retrieve user messages.

Messages sent from one ProtonMail account to another ProtonMail account are encrypted with the public mailbox key of the recipient. When the recipient logs in, their Mailbox Password decrypts their private key, revealing their Inbox. Messages sent from ProtonMail to non-ProtonMail email addresses may be sent with or without encryption, depending on the sender's choice. Without encryption, the emails will be sent in clear text. With encryption, the message is encrypted with AES under a shared password, distributed in advance between the two parties. The non-ProtonMail recipient receives a link which takes them to the ProtonMail website. Once the pre-shared password is supplied, the email is decrypted in the web browser.[9] Emails from a non-ProtonMail address to ProtonMail are sent in clear text unless PGP is used.

PGP Support

In September 2015, ProtonMail added native support to their web interface and mobile app for Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).[10][11][12] This allows a user to export their ProtonMail PGP-encoded public key to others outside of ProtonMail, such as Facebook[13]or GPG users, enabling them to use the key for email encryption. The ProtonMail team plans to support PGP encryption from ProtonMail to outside users.[12]

Attacks

A video demonstrating a cross-site scripting attack was shown in July 2014.[14] The ProtonMail developers reviewed the video and confirmed that the issue affected only an early development version of ProtonMail that was released in May 2014, and the attack did not affect the current version.[15]

Server architecture

Architecture of a ProtonMail datacenter.

ProtonMail administrators maintain and own their own server hardware and network to avoid trusting a third party. In response to overwhelmed servers, in mid-2014 ProtonMail founders began expanding server architecture.[16] The service is currently powered by two redundant datacenters in central and western Switzerland. Each datacenter uses load balancing across web, mail, and SQL servers, redundant power supply, hard drives with full disk encryption, and exclusive use of Linux and other open-source software.[17] ProtonMail also joined the RIPE NCC in an effort to have more direct control over the surrounding Internet infrastructure.[18]

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is used to secure and encrypt all Internet traffic between users and ProtonMail servers. A whitepaper and source-code are coming soon, according to the developers.[9][19] Protonmail.ch holds an "A" rating from Qualys SSL Labs.[20]

Interface

ProtonMail uses a web-based interface, similar to Gmail's. Users also have the ability to set expiration dates for emails and encryption passwords for outgoing emails to non-ProtonMail users.[8]

History

ProtonMail was created in response to the 2013 disclosure of global surveillance and interception of email by the NSA, and is inspired by Gmail, Lavabit, and Snapchat.

Funding

On June 17, 2014, ProtonMail started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with the goal of raising $100,000 USD. On June 30, 2014, the PayPal account of ProtonMail was frozen, preventing the withdrawal of $251,721 worth of donations in the account. A representative of PayPal stated that the company froze the account over the doubts of the legality of the encryption, statements that were unfounded.[21][22] The restrictions were lifted the following day.[23] The campaign ended on July 31, 2014 with a total of $550,377 raised from 10,576 donors.[24]

On March 18, 2015, ProtonMail received $2 million USD from Charles River Ventures and the Fondation Genevoise pour l'Innovation Technologique. The ProtonMail developers plan on using the funding to expand their infrastructure, grow their team, and open new offices.