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Dear Editor,

I am planning to store canned foods in a trash bag in a trash can with wheels. I’m looking for a way to make it stink like garbage when someone takes off the lid. Any suggestions?
Stinky in Maryland

Dear Stinky,
Please don’t. The consensus of my team was that anything that would make it stink like garbage would a) attract animals and pests that you don’t want and b) contain bacteria that could be harmful. Also, if things are that desperate, would a “garbage” smell even be a deterrent? People who root around in dumpsters obviously prove that if people need something badly enough they don’t mind digging through the trash.
The Editor

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Dear Editor,

I greatly respect everything you write about and totally see what is coming and am doing what I can (with a non-believer husband) to build stocks and sprouting supplies, etc. I wondered what your thoughts are on the Mayan calendar and survival activities linked to that. I would be interested to hear your thoughts.
Counting Down to 2012

Dear Counting,
It doesn’t matter whether you attempt to predict the end of the world in a Christian context or in another religious context … the thing is we are not God. We cannot know the times or the dates of the end of the world. In the Christian worldview we are told that “no man knows the day or the hour.”

But were the Mayans really predicting the end of the world? Quoting from one source, “Based on their calculations of a five thousand year cycle they predicted that one event calendar was ending on December 21, 2012 and another one beginning on December 22, 2012. In other words, they were simply predicting the end of the five thousand year solar or planetary calendar. Although their scientists and astronomers did look for and anticipated natural disasters, they did not view them as world ending events. Modern day research suggests that the December 21, 2012 date is related to a not-so-well known phenomenon called the precession of the Equinoxes -or- a five thousand year planetary cycle.”
Simply put, their calendar ended in one planetary cycle, and began in the next. This system ended with the fall of the Mayan civilization. I would say prepare based on the events you see happening around you, not on a calendar system that has been largely sensationalized and blown out of proportion, and that no longer exists.
The Editor

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