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Publicity photo from National Geographic Channel's "Doomsday Preppers."

“Preppers” – as in “preparing for an apocalypse” – are an eerily steady part of the clientele at M&G;, a military supply surplus store on Granby Street.

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You might be surprised to know that one of the most influential patriots of the American Revolution was once referred to as “a corrupt and unprincipled rascal” by U.S. President James Monroe. Monroe was speaking of James Swan, a name that is virtually unknown today, but one that should be in the panoply of founding fathers for the simple reason that he paid off the extensive American financial debt to France singlehandedly.

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