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Friday, July 3, 2015

Freedom, Self Reliance & Action-The Alpha Strategy for Keeping Your Freedom Alive

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"Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty." — John Basil Barnhill (often incorrectly attributed to Thomas Jefferson)



How Politics are Manipulated to Dupe the Masses


Many of us are becoming Ashamed to be an American-What many of us are thinking about this 4th of July


My annual “State of Freedom” message…


Those who have studied history, should perhaps not find it surprising that the political outrage that is felt so keenly by people on all sides of the political “spectrum” should be controlled by spinning them off into partisan politics.

“Nor should they be surprised to see how effective this technique is.

“After all, the strategy of keeping people pitted against each other instead of against their oppressors is one of the oldest political stratagems known to human civilization.”

The strategy is simple: “Divide and conquer.”

Wikipedia’s two cents:

Elements of this technique involve:

  • creating or encouraging divisions among the subjects to prevent alliances that could challenge the sovereign

  • aiding and promoting those who are willing to cooperate with the sovereign

  • fostering distrust and enmity between local rulers [or groups]

  • encouraging meaningless expenditures that reduce the capability for political [organization or opposition]...

Keep in mind the lies Mrs. Clinton has gotten away with regarding her home server & emails or her role in Benghazi or their foundation slush fund…


   Since 2005 we’ve lost 40% of our purchasing power and since 2009, we’ve lost 8-10% of our middle class.  Few jobs pay a living wage any longer and many, many Americans can barely afford their rent payments [now in excess of 45% of income in the United States].


Corporate America and Washington has broken the social contract which used to exist…college graduates can’t find decent jobs to pay down the excessive tuition loan payments they have and families are finding it tough to feed their families – even with food stamps at an all time high.


Just what the hell went wrong with this country?


Some of you know I’ve spent a lot of times [more than six months total] in the hospital during the past couple of years and my conversations with nursing and other professional medical staff tells me that even these folks are having a hard time making ends meet and hospitals too are paying less or cutting benefits.


It used to be corporations paid for health care and pensions and more…no longer.  Firms like Walmart expect taxpayers to support employees with food stamps and Medicaid – all at taxpayer expense.


Congress critters and their employees face no problems as they get gold plated benefits and automatic annual pay raises while living a lavish lifestyle paid for by special interests who are busy buying selling politicians at the state and federal level…insider trading among many members of Congress allowed many to amass huge wealth while you and would be arrested if we did the same.


Congress is busy gutting the Bill of Rights, our treasury, our privacy and more all the while enriching their campaign donors while ignoring how inflation is killing the middle class’ purchasing power.


“The mere fact that all the items that the average person buys increase in price every month is of no interest to economists. They rely instead on government statistics.”


We now live in a nation where ‘freedom’ is becoming just a memory as bureaucrats and politicians at every level create so many ‘laws’ that no one can keep up…creating an atmosphere where everyone is a lawbreaker.


We have too much government and especially too many unelected pinheads who create red tape out of thin air without benefit of public input or proper legislation.  This is not how our forefathers envisioned our lives to be.


Their goal was to keep government off our back and out of our lives…today EVERY damned thing we do is looked at by Big Brother who sticks its nose into all elements of life.


Us ‘old timers’ have also noted the lack of tolerance in America too…


No longer is anyone permitted to speak their mind freely.  We live in a land where intolerance in the name of tolerance is the new norm…otherwise, the media is quick to condemn!

In America, we have to tiptoe around on ever thinner eggshells” and “the forces of ‘tolerance’ are intolerant of anything less than full-blown celebratory approval.”


Beloved children's book author Judy Blume warned recently that the left's unyielding effort to create a world where no one is ever offended by anything is a threat to literature…


In such a climate of intolerance, there can be no freedom speech, expression or thought.


How much freedom do you still have?


·         don’t expect privacy in public,

·         don’t let your kids walk to the playground alone,

·         don’t engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass,

·         don’t try to grow vegetables in your front yard,

·        don’t play music for tips in a metro station

·       don’t expect to do anything on your own property without permission from an unelected bureau-twit

·       don’t expect to feed the poor without permission

·       don’t expect to govern your financial affairs, enroll in school, receive medical care, etc. without government monitoring [aka: social security numbers]

·       don’t expect to travel the roads, trains or airports without government inspections [after all, it is for your safety]


Far from being a shining example of democracy at work, America has become a lesson for the world in how quickly freedom turns to tyranny.


Sadly, most young Americans don’t seem to have a clue what freedom is or how it was achieved or how it is being lost in this nation.


The failure of the two-party system is merely a symptom of a larger disease…

“In a society where a government is weak, decentralized, and unable to enact the more radical wishes of any majority group,” Ryan McMaken writes on, “a losing side is less likely to regard the winning side as a genuine threat to one’s daily life.

There’s  precious little difference, in the big scheme of things, between the political parties. Anyone who’s paying attention can see that party elites get along fine while most of the rancor can be found among the naive rank and file.

“There’s a reason for this.

“Regardless of who wins, virtually nothing will be contemplated that might lead to meaningful reductions in regulation, taxation, or the punitive excesses of the criminal justice system. The larger trend in the growth of the state overwhelms any tiny adjustments that D.C. is willing to make in the present political climate.”

Reminds me of NAFTA and one of the reasons I no longer trust politicians…

“In 1992 Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans, and it would reduce illegal immigration.

That worked well, didn’t it.  Just like our current set of –un-Patriot Act laws…more hogwash that mainstream Americans have swallowed hook, line and sinker.


Is it any wonder why we’re witnessing an America where freedom is shrinking?


I feel life in America has become an episode of the Twilight Zone where the ever-increasing story has become 1984!


It’s why my motto is:


We don’t need another election, We need another revolution!  It’s why since 1999 I’ve been preaching…

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This Independence Day, let us reclaim the power of our Declaration of Independence

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P.S.  Consider what the late John Pugsley thoughts were on a prosperous strategy for living:
Pugsley was one of the pioneers of the 1970s “hard money” movement, publishing a newsletter that urged readers to buy gold as soon as gold once again became legal for Americans to own in 1974.  Here’s his Alpha Strategy in a nutshell.

The Alpha Strategy entailed three levels…

  1. Invest in production. If it’s something you need to make a living -- education, a skill set, tools -- this takes priority over anything else.
  2. Save consumables. This is the stuff you use on a day-to-day basis -- razor blades, pasta, tires -- if you use it up and it has a decent shelf life, it falls under Level 2.
  3. Save real money. If after Level 2 you still have savings left, then you can put them into precious metals and other tangible assets.

The best part about the Alpha Strategy is you can start with any amount of capital. “If you have only $100, you can protect it completely against inflation and all investment risks by simply buying things now that you know you will have to buy next week, next month, or next year. If you have $1,000 or $10,000, the same thing holds true.”

Better yet, all your “gains” are tax-free.


“The greater the investment you make in education [real world education, not college] and tools,” Pugsley wrote in The Alpha Strategy, “the more you will produce and the higher your income and standard of living will be.


Still have some cash left after building up your stash? “You are ready to explore the third level of the strategy: the accumulation of real goods that you can eventually sell or exchange.”  Things I’ve addressed for nearly 10 years in this newsletter.


Pugsley refined his guidance in a pathbreaking book called The Alpha Strategy: The Ultimate Plan of Financial Self-Defense. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and Pugsley defined the Alpha Strategy as “the first plan for any individual to protect his wealth.”


I found copies of his book on eBay & a few copies were still available at the time of this essay.  Plus, here is a similar tome which I wrote along with several bonus ebooks – it is yours free but a donation would be appreciated.


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Budget Stretchers: Free Rent, Vacations, Anti-Virus & More

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

"The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience.
With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death."

-- Voltaire



   Yes, You Can Live Rent-Free


Instead of forking over a big slice of your paycheck to housing costs, consider exchanging your services for a place to stay.

Alex Beecroft didn't pay

a cent in rent for nearly a year. No, he wasn't couch surfing or mooching off of friends. The Michigan native traveled the country, helping organic farmers plant crops and tend to greenhouses in exchange for warm meals and warm beds. It was all thanks to World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms in the United States (WWOOF-USA), a network that connects more than 2,000 organic farmers in the U.S. with people willing to work in return for a lesson about agriculture, a free place to sleep and three meals a day. Along his journey, the 23-year-old Beecroft worked in the Appalachians, splashed in the Atlantic Ocean and hiked mountains in Montana. "This experience has been a gift, and I've learned a lot," he says. "Every farm housed and fed me beautifully."

Beecroft was fortunate to be able to pursue a passion without busting the bank on housing costs. Rental prices are high across the country: According to, the median monthly rent for the largest 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S. is $1,314, with prices ranging from $865 in Youngstown, Ohio, to $3,236 in San Jose, Calif. Paying such a high price can be particularly painful when it's a large chunk of your paltry entry-level paycheck…

If farming isn't your thing, there are other programs that enable you to live rent-free for months or even years at a time. We've identified six ways you can skip paying full rent. Note that many of these living arrangements require the kindness of strangers to some extent. Vet your possible hosts via e-mail and phone. Also search for critical background info via Google and, as well as the Department of Justice's National Sex Offender Public Web site.

1. Farm Livin'

For $40 a year, you can search WWOOF's database of farms based on how long you want to stay, from a few days to several months; the type of farm, from a ranch to a vineyard; or kind of lodging, from a spare bedroom to a teepee.

More at:


The dream of owning a home is fading away for many families who can't afford either a down payment or a mortgage. But there are better options out there, and believe it or not, it is very possible to build a home without borrowing money, particularly if you are hunting for one that's off-grid and away from it all. Read more here.


Do You Have Land to Share? is a free site that connects landowners with gardeners or farmers – you provide the free land and growers share some of their produce.


The Secret To Long-Term Safe Storage Of Milk And Eggs

Whether you are blessed with an overabundance of food or you are someone who wants to be prepared in a survival situation, you may have wondered if you can safely store your fresh milk and eggs on a long-term basis.

The answer is yes and the process, as you might suspect, involves freezing and/or canning.

First let’s look at how to store milk long-term


More Useful Resources You Can Share


How Stretching a Small Income Paid Off Big





15 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make at Home

If you are tired of paying high prices for commercial cleaning products, why not make them yourself. Here are recipes for glass cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, furniture polish, and more. Just don't expect all of them to do a superior job.



PC Magazine says you don't have to buy antivirus software because their Editor's Choice in this year's round of tests is on par with the paid programs. Topping the list is Panda Free Antivirus 2015 (download it here) and be sure to uncheck boxes making Yahoo your default.



Healing foods? Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Food as medicine is a concept that goes back much further than modern medicine!

Foods as Medicine Found at Your Local Farm Market


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Monday, June 29, 2015

How's the Economy Really Doing? What's the Biggest Threat?

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius



   The Stock Market has Never Made Sense to Me


   Several times in my life I have been burned by the stock market, losing tens of thousands of dollars.  Seems every time a speculator sneezes, the market goes haywire, it seldom runs along the lines of what really goes on in the financial markets [often due to government manipulation] and therefore, the little guy often comes out on the short end of the stick as it did during the 2009-2009 crash.  Washington never bailed out main street and Wall Street bigwigs went mainly unpunished.


I warned many of my business associates back then to liquidate inventory, build cash reserves and start buying land, silver and long term commodities including food stocks.  Now I admit, I lived in an area of Arizona dominated by Mormons and their influence encouraged me to stockpile food and other items.

It is apparent that ever since former President Clinton eliminated certain regulatory laws which had prevented Wall Street from becoming a casino, the little guy in America has become a major loser economically. 


“One of the biggest threats that we face in the U.S. is an economic collapse,” former CIA Officer Jason Hanson writes in his latest Survival Letter.

“You and I both know that government spending is obscenely out of control and we’re in debt up to our ears. The only reason we haven’t had an economic collapse yet is because the dollar is the world’s reserve currency. This means the U.S. government gets to turn on the printing presses and create dollars out of thin air.

Now, even the smart money is beginning to pull their money out of stocks while they still can and stories have emerged about the exit plans the wealthy have been making to stockpile assets and bug-out property outside of the United States.  According to USA Today, mutual fund investors have pulled more money out of stocks than they have put into stocks for 16 weeks in a row

In a sign of stock market nervousness on Main Street, mutual fund investors have yanked more money out of U.S. stock funds than they put in for 16 straight weeks.

The last time domestic stock funds had positive net cash inflows was in the week ending Feb. 25, according to data from the Investment Company Institute, a mutual fund trade group.

In the week ended June 17, the most recent data available, mutual funds that invest in U.S. stocks suffered net outflows of $3.45 billion, according to the ICI.

Since late February, U.S. stock funds have suffered estimated outflows of nearly $55 billion. Those net withdrawals come despite the fact the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 hit a fresh record high of 2130.82 on May 21 and the Dow Jones industrial average notched a fresh record on May 19.

But it isn’t just stocks that are going to crash during the next financial crisis.  Bonds are going to crash as wellothers too have been sounding the warning bell:

Ron Paul has just released a new video in which he warned all of us to “prepare for a bear market in bonds“.

Max Keiser recently told Alex Jones that a great financial collapse is coming.

Martin Armstrong says that his Economic Confidence Model predicts that the “Big Bang” is coming in “2015.75“.

Jeff Berwick of the Dollar Vigilante says that “we’re getting very, very close to the next crisis collapse” and he has specifically pointed to the month of September.

Manufacturing sentiment is down, factory out -

put has declined, exports have fallen, housing

starts have shrunk and retail sales have weakened.

That’s not only in the US but in China too!

[Regardless of current economics, I feel the balance of the 21st Century will be the Asian Century].

How’s the economy really doing? Look at Americans’ income (Market Watch): "Lots of the economic numbers we report each week are divorced from the reality of everyday Americans. Can you feel the difference when gross domestic product decelerates? Is your sleep troubled if durable-goods orders fall more than expected? Do you get giddy when housing starts surge?  But there’s one economic data point that hits everyone right in the pocketbook: income.“

Your Secrets are Safe – Share Wisely!


Did you know the international software

security group Kaspersky recently uncovered

malware that it claims was developed and used

by the NSA to infect computers at a very basic

level that cannot be detected by most anti-virus


The mysterious module, identified by the

cryptic name “nls_933w.dll”, reprograms or

reflashes a computer hard drive’s firmware

with malicious code. It operates below the level

of most encryption and virus detection schemes,

so those defenses would not protect data.


Researchers Xeno

Kovah and Corey Kallenberg have found that

NSA is not alone in its ability to hack your

computer’s BIOS, the system that boots your

computer up and loads your software. At a

conference in Vancouver this spring, they

demonstrated how easy it is to infect the BIOS

of multiple systems remotely by exploiting a host

of vulnerabilities that took them just hours to

uncover. They could even undermine the security

of specialized operating systems like Tails, which

is popular with journalists and activists for stealth

communications and sensitive data, according to a

report by Kim Zetter on


Note:  Seems every government agency including local police, the FBI and even the CIA is spying on citizens with the so-called...

StingRay surveillance device manufactured by

Harris Corporation, a secretive multibillion-dollar

defense contractor and a maker of the technology.

The device, also sometimes called KingFish or by

the generic name “cell site simulator,” is small

enough to fit in a suitcase and intercepts a cell

phone signal by acting like a cellphone tower. It

can capture calls, texts, emails and other data

transmitted by a cell phone.

The cops are also adding other digital tools like

video cameras, license plate readers, surveillance

drones, gunshot detection sensors and software

programs that scan millions of phone records.


All of this is becoming what I have termed the Sovietization of Amerika…a term I coined when I had a Top Secret Security clearance while serving in a communications branch of our USN.  Even then most of us began to realize the real goal in America was for the government to control every aspect of our lives…hence, the war on using cash and your privacy.

You can take steps of your own to shield your communications with others

from prying eyes. There’s a whole array of devices

and software applications that offer protection

of your digital interface in different ways—Black -

phone, RedPhone, Pidgin, Open Whisper, Text -

Secure, ChatSecure, Silent Circle, SpiderOak and

many more. These shields guard against many

levels of intrusion.



Financial Watchdogs Under Attack Again by Special Interests

It’s budget time – yet another occasion for Wall Street lobbyists and their friends on Capitol Hill to go after the agency conceived by Senator Elizabeth Warren to bring fairness and transparency to the banking and lending markets. Once again, the special interests have made a special target of Washington’s only financial regulator with a mandate to put the interests of consumers first – an agency that over the past 4 years has delivered $5.5 billion in refunds and restitution to consumers cheated in one way or another by financial companies big and small.

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a funding bill that contains multiple attacks on the Consumer Bureau. This legislation, which next heads to the House floor for a vote, would take away the CFPB’s independent funding, subjecting it to the annual appropriations process and intensified pressure from the worst elements of Wall Street as well as payday and other high-cost lenders—companies that have never before faced the prospect of serious rules or enforcement from Washington, and really don’t like it.

The bill would tie the CFPB up in endless new reporting requirements, in a transparent effort to drain resources away from its real work. On top of everything else, House appropriators are trying to stop the agency from restricting the use of forced arbitration clauses, which keep consumers from banding together over a pattern of illegal behavior and make them accept the judgment of a private, secretive tribunal chosen by the company they’re complaining against. One more thing about this legislation: it would underfund the Securities and Exchange Commission, weakening its oversight capacity and potentially exposing investors and taxpayers to significant losses.



Everywhere I look, I see CLUELESS people…


Don’t you love it – the need to look over your shoulder to protect yourself from the prying eyes of your own government?  Stalin would be proud of the traitors ruining our freedom today!


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