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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Top Tips for Surviving Martial Law, Financial Disasters & Becoming More Self Sufficient


 

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Top Tips for Surviving Martial Law, Financial Disasters & Becoming More Self Sufficient

Frustrated by the decline of freedom in your country? Sick of seeing your hard earned dollars fund more wars, more spying, more regulation, and other things that make you less free?  Read this guest article by Frank Bates…

In a situation where the government invokes martial law, the availability of food is one way Big Brother can control the people… or force them to submit.

 

Surviving Martial Law


By Frank Bates




Our Founding Fathers did everything in their power to make sure the United States government they were forming would stay small.

They had suffered from taxation without representation and many other injustices from the English government that continued to try to control them. So they were especially sensitive to make sure nothing like that ever happened in America.

But as we know, today our government just keeps getting larger and larger.

The last guy who lived in the White House for eight years dreamed of a government that would control everything… from what food we grow and eat to how we raise our children to what we can and cannot say both publicly and privately and much more.

It’s for Your Own Good… Yeah, Right!

One of the ways that big, oppressive governments control their populations is by occasionally establishing and enforcing martial law. It’s a great way to take away freedoms from people while justifying the action by saying it’s for everyone’s benefit.

In reality, it’s a legal way to set up a dictatorship.

Some people call conservatives paranoid when we talk about the possibility that our government will establish martial law in the future. But they completely ignore the signs pointing in that direction.

They look the other way when the Department of Homeland Security buys up billions of rounds of ammunition.

They don’t think twice about the government providing local police forces with thousands of armored fighting vehicles designed for the most extreme circumstances.

They don’t notice that the government sets up one program after another to spy on everything American citizens say and do, even in the “privacy” of their own homes.

And they certainly have no problem with the government singling out conservative organizations for harassment.

Patriots and Martial Law Don’t Mix

We have every right to fear and get angry about what is happening here. If you are a freedom-loving patriot, the last thing you want is the government invoking martial law.

We may be powerless to stop it from happening, but we should be prepared for it and determine in advance how we’re going to handle it.

So let’s take a look at what martial law is and what our options are once it is established.

Martial law involves the military taking over governmental functions with an aim at restoring stability.

If people are rioting in the streets, a very brief period of martial law doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. But if it is established before those types of circumstances exist, it’s all about taking away liberties so citizens can be more easily controlled.

There is a very obvious military presence in the streets once martial law is declared. With soldiers walking up and down the streets and tanks parked on corners, behavior will be closely monitored. Also, curfews will be strictly enforced, civil liberties will be revoked and you can bet they will come after your guns.



Martial Law Equals Police State

Basically, it will be a police state. And if they don’t like you or the fact that you disagree with martial law being established, there’s a chance you could be rounded up and placed in one of the 800-plus camps run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

What else do we have to look forward to if martial law is declared in the U.S.? Plenty.

The government could grab control of all media outlets, making sure they only publish and broadcast news it wants disseminated. They could seize control of all public highways and seaports to control who goes where and when.

They could take control of all power production, determining who gets electricity and who doesn’t during which hours of the day. And they could do the same for food production and distribution.

So what should we do if martial law is enacted? There are some options, and while none of them is good, one or two are better than the others.

  • Be one of the herd. In this scenario, you just act as much like everybody else as possible so that you don’t stand out. Don’t express any negative opinions of the government or about what is going on. Just deal with everything you have to deal with like everybody else is doing and hope the situation doesn’t last too long. This is far from desirable, but at least you probably won’t be singled out for even worse treatment

  • Bug out to a secret location. If you are prepared, this could very well be your best bet. It would mean you’d be away from all the carnage in a comfortable place that you have established, and you’d have all the necessities including food and water because you thought ahead and prepared for this very day

  • Fight against the authorities. Unless you have your own army, this is probably your worst choice. You may believe you are justified in doing this because the government is behaving in an unconstitutional fashion, but there’ s a very good chance you will end up seriously injured or dead if you go this route

  • Find a way to hide. This may be nearly as bad as the previous option. You might be able to hide for a little while, but unless you’ve fully prepared for this situation with stockpiles of food and water, you’re going to have to come out in the open to find those things and then you’ll get caught.

One thing is certain, and that is the importance of preparing ahead of time.

And in a crisis, your No. 1 need is food.

 

Noted:


Jackson is the 42-year-old chief executive officer of Wise Co., a leading brand in survival foods, that is, Mylar pouches of freeze-dried meals such as Savory Stroganoff and Loaded Baked Potato Casserole designed to remain edible on shelves for a quarter century. Over the past several years, the prepper phenomenon—people geared for imminent disaster—has come out of the backwoods via shows like the National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Prepper and media reports of the very rich and very worried buying and fortifying luxury bunkers. Jackson’s been positioning Wise to feed the trend. During the call, he felt a rush of conflicting emotions—not so much from the prospect of getting a fat government contract while legions of people suffer, but because the windfall could derail his business strategy. A 2-million-serving order will increase his sales for 2017 about 15 percent but stretch his supply more than he’s comfortable with; his answer to Lee was not an easy yes.

 


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

What’s Really Behind the So-Called “War on Drugs?” Profits and Control.


 

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What’s Really Behind the So-Called “War on Drugs?”

There is perhaps no issue that misleads, confuses and bedevils concerned citizens of all political stripes than the so-called "War on Drugs." The Republi-crat government oligarchy is well aware of this fact, and so it uses a trumped-up, false war on drugs to deceive the masses, to deceive and to wear out taxpayers, to paramilitarize and enlarge law enforcement and government, and to promote the two-party/left-right/conservative-liberal false paradigm.

The war on drugs is not a war by public officials against criminals at all, but a war for drugs. It is the way public officials profit from criminality, expand their kingdoms and overrule the rule of law and the Constitution. In my unending research into this conspiracy, I have learned that this kind of tyrannical control is possible only by mass deception. It is a total control over governmental and political processes to the detriment of the people in every category of the nation's and local interests. It is raw power exercised by today's single-party-dressed-as-two.

False, universal religion is the chief means of this mass deception, followed by the protection of particular elements to induce confusion, including drugs and the "war on drugs," a controlled mass media to spread government propaganda, and politics-as-usual non-solutions.

Government strategy is to invade our privacy and freedom under the pretext of protecting us from terrorism, drug traffickers and all kinds of booger bears. Politicians-as-usual all protect and enlarge the government's drug trade while pretending to do precisely the opposite. Such "opposite behavior" is the proof of a conspiracy against Americans.

Republican politicians, for example, profess pro-Christian, anti-big government ideals but join the Democrats in faith-destroying, socialist legislation to expand the welfare state. The "war on drugs" helps justify it. Democrats, for example, claim to protect the working man while joining Republicans and multinational mega-corporations to pass "free trade" legislation, thus destroying the middle class, farming families and the American industrial and agricultural sectors.



The war on drugs is used as justification for the passage of a host of liberty-stealing laws. A few among the many are these:

  • The federal government removed from circulation all bills above $100 and is moving stealthily toward eliminating cash altogether. In truth, this is not about fighting drug trafficking, but is about driving Americans into an economy in which all financial transactions are electronic transactions for tracking and taxing purposes.
  • Banks are required by law to file Suspicious Activity Reports on customers who engage in any "suspicious transaction relevant to a possible violation of law or regulation." What does this mean? The law compels banks to report any transactions that have no "apparent lawful purpose or are not the sort in which the particular customer would normally be expected to engage." This, of course, is an entirely subjective judgment, and banks are apt to err on the side of caution (which means that they can be expected to report anything and everything that seems the slightest bit out of the ordinary).
  • Banks are required by law to provide the federal government with "Currency Transaction Report" (CTR) forms on customers who engage in transactions involving $10,000 or more. And those suspect individuals who have several such reports filed on them may be audited by the IRS or investigated for dealing drugs.
  • Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would put a ban on adding hidden compartments to vehicles in order to secure private property like guns, money or other valuables. And the law would empower LEOs to seize any vehicle so outfitted. The law also includes a two-year mandatory prison sentence and five years for subsequent offenses.
  • In Oklahoma it is against the law to fortify a home "for the purpose of preventing or delaying entry or access by a law enforcement officer." According to the statute, it is illegal to "construct, install, position, use or hold any material or device designed ... to strengthen, defend, restrict or obstruct any door, window, or other opening into a dwelling, structure, building or other place to any extent beyond the security provided by a commercial alarm system, lock or deadbolt, or a combination of alarm, lock, or deadbolt."

The war on drugs has resulted in a rising militancy and militarized gestapo-like mindset among LEOs (legally entitled to oppress) from the local, small town street cop to the FBI to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Attorney General Jeff Session is a big fan of asset forfeiture, the process by which LEOs confiscate people's money and property for their own personal use. Innocent civilians whose only crime is having in their possession more money that the LEOs think is warranted at the time, lose their cash, their cars and even their houses without ever being convicted — or even charged — with a crime; all under the auspices of the war on drugs.

The drug war corrupts the justice system. In 2013, workers at the Massachusetts crime lab were caught conspiring with prosecutors in that state by tampering with samples and intentionally forging signatures. As many as 40,000 cases may have had their evidence tainted. Chemist Annie Dookhan pleaded guilty to all 27 counts of altering drug evidence and obstructing justice that prosecutors had filed against her, was a crime lab chemist for nine years. Her tampered evidence has put thousands of innocent people behind bars, and thousands more have had their sentences lengthened based on her fake "evidence."

Following Dookhan's guilty plea, a second Massachusetts crime lab "chemist" was been fired after investigators determined she had fabricated her educational credentials. Kate Corbett worked alongside Dookhan and testified as a "chemistry expert" in dozens of court cases that led to convictions — even though her degree is in sociology. Defense attorneys argue that as many 180,000 Massachusetts drug cases may be tainted by the two women's actions.

The federal government has been known to pick winners and losers in the Mexico's drug war by allowing some cartels free reign to commit murder within the United States and transport multi-ton quantities of drugs across the U.S. border with impunity. These revelations come from emails hacked from the security firm Stratfor and released by WikiLeaks and from Federal court filings.

In the emails, a Mexican diplomat dubbed MX1 wrote that both Mexican and American authorities have been negotiating deals with the larger cartels, tolerating their cross-border trafficking and encouraging them to take out the smaller cartels in the belief that fewer cartels would be able to negotiate their differences peaceably. "They want the CARTELS to negotiate with EACH Other. The idea is that if they can do this, violence will drop and the governments will allow controlled drug trades," the email stated.

Another leaked email from a federal law enforcement supervisor stated: "Regarding ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] screwing up informants: They [ICE] were handling big hit men from Juarez and letting them kill in the U.S."

In Federal court filings, Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla (said to be the "logistics coordinator" for Sinaloa, a major Mexican cartel) claimed the U.S. government had offered his organization virtual immunity to import tons of drugs across the border. He also claimed that in exchange for information on rival cartels, the Sinaloa cartel was armed by federal agents and aided in avoiding Mexican authorities.

The "Fast and Furious" gun running scandal under President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder also armed drug cartels, and those weapons have been used in numerous crimes including the murder of American border agents and the robbery and murder of American citizens in the U.S.

The U.S. military, since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, has stood watch over Afghani poppy fields and turned a blind eye — when it wasn't directly facilitating them — to the operations of Afghan drug traffickers. Afghanistan provides 90 percent of the world's supply of opium poppy, making the U.S. government a co-conspirator in the rising U.S. opium epidemic along with the prescribing physicians and the legal U.S. drug cartel known as Big Pharma.



The CIA has a long history of trafficking in drugs to fund its operations.

The result of the war on drugs is that the U.S. has six to 12 times as many incarcerated people per capita as does Australia, Canada, France Germany, Japan or the United Kingdom. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world's population, 25 percent of its incarcerated people and half of the world's academically qualified lawyers. Those lawyers consume about 10 percent of America's gross domestic product.

There are about 2.3 million people populating America's 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 942 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,283 local jails and 79 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers and prisons in the U.S. territories. In the U.S., people go to jail about 11 million times each year. Another 7 million are on parole or probation.

There is no question that America is a prison nation, and the overwhelming majority of people in prisons are there for non-violent crimes — about 20 percent of them for drug crimes. One in three Americans will be arrested by the age of 23.

The faux war on drugs has ensnared millions of Americans for the non-crime of possessing parts of a plant.

The war on drugs is sham and a scam and federal agents, federal agencies are corrupted by it, as are states and municipalities and their LEOs. Meanwhile, U.S. prisons and cemeteries are overflowing with the victims.

The constant success of government criminality in this regard is so staggering that one can only conclude that the DOJ and its controllers in Congress and the White House are satanic. The United States of the Constitution is dead; "Long live the United States!," cry the deceived masses and their rulers.

Dropping all pretense, the truth is that the government is at war with you. The criminal element is the excuse. Besides, the government and the criminal element are one. Otherwise, why would they protect criminals?

Bob Livingston

NOTE:  Our current AG, Jeff Sessions seems to be attempting to turn the clock back on drug laws and he endorses laws which allow governments at all levels to seize private property [so-called asset-seizure 'laws'] without due process...something that would make our Founders puke. CO drug laws seem to be working and are generating a windfall of cash for its government without any appreciable uptick in crime while enhancing the number of jobs in that state.  In my opinion, it is a good way to fight the Mexican drug cartels...In the past 30 years state governments, taking a cue from Native American tribes, have legalized gambling and have dramatically increased tobacco taxes...all the while frittering away those tax revenues.

What about you? Got anything interesting to share?


Bruce, the Poor Man, free thinker, social critic & cynic

 

 

A Final Note…


Market analyst Lynette Zang predicts in the next market meltdown, “real estate, stocks, and bonds will all crash.” When asked when this will happen, Zang says, “Enjoy your Christmas,” but in 2018, all bets are off.

 

 

BONUS MATERIALS

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Additional Resources

4 Ways to Cash a Check without a Bank Account
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How to Waste Sudden Wealth
Don't let 'found' money slip through your fingers.

 

Be Radical, Get Rich
Want to know how to get rich? Stop being average!

 

Blemished Banking History? Try Second-Chance Checking Account
Don't let past mistakes prevent you from opening a checking account.


The Easy Budget
This trick makes budgeting so easy anyone can do it!

 

How to Survive the War on the Middle Class

14 of the best reports I’ve assembled on protecting your freedom-Download link.


 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Preventing Holiday Overspending & Crippling Debt


 

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

 


Preventing Holiday Overspending & Crippling Debt

 

When it comes to financial preparedness, I recommend investing in gold and silver coins, as they may be the only things of value after a collapse. Next, I would establish an emergency fund with enough cash to cover six months' worth of living expenses. Even if the dollar loses value in the aftermath of an economic crisis, you still may be able to use cash to buy necessities — at least in the short term.

Of course, this is another reason I recommend building up six months' to a year's worth of food storage and emergency supplies. This will allow you to ride out almost any disaster. I also recommend owning a few acres of tillable land outside of any major city where you can grow your own food, drill a well and own some livestock to improve your self sufficiency.  [This, at least in our case, is a never-ending task since we do everything on a cash basis and local rules and regs make compliance a challenge in our rural area…but they sure like their tax dollars!]
Gold and silver coins also make for a wise and prudent gift for the holiday!

Holidays Present Spending Challenges-Keys to More Saving, Less Spending

Fun and Creative Ideas for Saving Money as a Family (U.S. News): "Whether you're setting a New Year's resolution, saving up for a vacation or simply trying to cut back on spending overall, these tips can help the whole family save money and have fun while they're doing it."

 
25 ways to save $250 a month that everyone is messing up (Mashable): "When it comes to saving money, not every way is the right way. A lot of it depends on your lifestyle and the goals that you’ve established. At the same time, there are plenty of mistakes we typically make when it comes to saving like the 25 ways listed below."

How to get out of the overspending trap (CNN Money): "Many Americans have an overspending problem. Credit card debt can be a heavy burden -- and a tough one to get rid of.  Here's what financial experts recommended to help get out of the revolving door of overspending."

Fun and Creative Ideas for Saving Money as a Family (U.S. News): "Whether you're setting a New Year's resolution, saving up for a vacation or simply trying to cut back on spending overall, these tips can help the whole family save money and have fun while they're doing it."
 
 

Something for the fun of it…

A History of Elves

 




 

I Wanna Hooker for Christmas


 

 

What about you? Got anything interesting to share?


Bruce, the Poor Man, free thinker, social critic & cynic

 

 

A Final Note…

License to Kill That Debt


 

Having student loan debt is stressful enough. Knowing the government could pull your driver’s license if you can’t pay it off? Way worse. And it’s real: These 20 states can revoke your licenses if you default on student loans.

 

 

BONUS MATERIALS

600 Free University Courses


Some 200 universities just launched 600 online courses free. Here is the full list by subject matter.

 

Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.

 

Additional Resources

4 Ways to Cash a Check without a Bank Account
No bank account? No problem. You can still cash that check.

 

How to Waste Sudden Wealth
Don't let 'found' money slip through your fingers.

 

Be Radical, Get Rich
Want to know how to get rich? Stop being average!

 

Blemished Banking History? Try Second-Chance Checking Account
Don't let past mistakes prevent you from opening a checking account.


The Easy Budget
This trick makes budgeting so easy anyone can do it!

 

How to Survive the War on the Middle Class

14 of the best reports I’ve assembled on protecting your freedom-Download link.


 

Support our efforts by shopping my storefront…


 

 

 

A Smoking Frog Feature, Shallow Planet Production