A few nights ago, I heard that Finland was deporting 30,000 immigrants, shipping them off to North Africa. Then on another station I learned that Sweden is getting rid of as many as 60,000 of the 80,000 that swarmed into their country. I guess the Swedish Prime Minister has changed her mind since her "come here and enjoy our warm love" speech last April. Germany is about to start shipping them out in military cargo planes. So I got on the net, and started checking the European papers.
People always send me emails saying "linkage" when I quote any numbers, so here's the link but it's easy enough to find stories on the net. The numbers may vary but the intent is obvious. The trouble is, you can't do yourself any good by locking the gate after the horse is out of the barn. Just as we can never get rid of the millions of illegal aliens we have here, they won't be able to either.
A good shortwave receiver can keep you up to speed on events better than any other way I know. You have to verify what you hear through other sources, because some of the programs are broadcast from people's barns and the broadcasters can be a little odd, but all you need is the "tip." Then you can find more facts yourself.
You can get a C. Crane catalog for free from their website. They have every kind of radio you could imagine, as well as every type of antenna.
Although you can buy shortwave receivers for ten dollars (Bell makes a lot of them) a really good set for listening can be had for just about $100.00. There are people that know a lot more about radio than I do, like Dr. Jim and Kathy's husband. But even with my technical attention deficit disorder I can rig an antenna, or just use the whip, and get programs from all over.
It's a good investment in this day and age. When everything else is gone, satellite tv and the internet and whatever, over the air radio will still be going as long as anyone has a backup generator or solar power to transmit.
Satellite radio is good. It can work off batteries or ac power, or even a converter you plug into your vehicle. It can give you access to all the major news sources all over the world and it's crystal clear, doesn't depend on knowing frequency propagation, You don't have to twirl the dials searching for a news program and it's always on the air. But it's dependent on the satellites, which is not a good thing.
Well, the weather is still good though it's overcast and supposed to rain tonight. I better get on outside and do what I can before it starts getting colder again.