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Thursday, May 25, 2017

How You Can Thank a Veteran this Memorial Weekend


 

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How You Can Thank a Veteran this Memorial Weekend

   Memorial Day is meant for honoring our soldiers and military personnel from all of the wars and conflicts that we’ve been involved with… a task I’ve always upheld and one that I’ve frequently highlighted this month by the many charities I feature now and throughout the year.

I’ve been honored in the past for these efforts by the Ohio Veterans Administration, the USO and others for these efforts and today I’m adding several more to that list in hopes that you’ll support them too.  [I still recall the insults that I and my fellow service members endured while in uniform during visits home on leave throughout the Viet Nam conflict. One of my best friends still suffers bouts of depression from his experiences in the Marines –Force Recon/1967].

If you’re planning a Memorial Weekend celebration, think about asking your guests to bring along care packages which can be sent to those currently serving.  You can find lists of goods and how to donate at: OperationGratitude.com and SupportOurTroops.org

You can send cards and mail and thank-you notes to active duty personnel via SoldiersAngels.org

One branch I sometimes over look is our Coast Guard and should you have any gift cards in any amount for national coffee chains such as Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks or Tim Hortons, consider sending them to the USCG who often work long hours and perform a lot of miracles rescuing folks at sea and protecting our coastal areas from drug runners.

Mail the cards to the Coast Guard Foundation, 394 Taugwonk Rd., Stonington, CT 06378-learn more at: CoastGuardFoundation.org

   You might want to remember our soldiers and sailors on Memorial Day at 3pm on the 29th – that’s the National Moment of Remembrance…take one minute to honor the members of the armed forces!

Finally, for years I provided low cost seminars [at area colleges] to returning veterans who wanted to start their own business and you can get a copy of the many materials we used in these programs on a CD-ROM for only $5 ppd.  Typically, I donate 50% of the profits to such charities as Wounded Warriors and the USO.  This year I plan to begin giving money to the OathKeepers organization!  See below to order your copy.

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--How to Survive the Coming Economic Collapse

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cutting Debt While Prepping


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Comment ça marche? Or Why Things Might Not Work Much Longer: How You Can Cut Debt While Prepping

It's a French phrase meaning "How does that work?"

Well, it doesn't really… especially when we're talking about politics or economics. The whole world is a mess... and you know it.

José Ortega y Gasset was from the old school in Europe. Think white suits and fedora hats. Maybe a glass of wine and some fine conversation among the ruins.

In his 1929 work The Revolt of the Masses, Ortega "traces the genesis of the ‘mass-man’ and analyzes his constitution en route to describing the rise to power and action of the masses in society" [from Wikipedia... I'm cheating a little here, but it's still good information for you].

Again from Wiki: “Ortega is throughout quite critical of both the masses and the mass-men of which they are made up, contrasting ‘noble life and common life’ and excoriating the barbarism and primitivism he sees in the mass-man.”

“The Fascist and Syndicalist species,” wrote Ortega, “were characterized by the first appearance of a type of man who 'did not care to give reasons or even to be right, but who was simply resolved to impose his opinions. That was the novelty: the right not to be right, not to be reasonable: ‘the reason of unreason.’"

Or as I see it among Democrats it has become the season of unreason...

Until you win the lottery, here are some items I recommend saving up to purchase [you’ll have to read a bit further]. One day, they just might save you. After all, our nation, our world may be headed for calamity and most either refuse to see it or refuse to prepare for it.  Consider the following:

Regular retailers, who have to staff each store can't possibly compete with Amazon. And the retail industry in America is falling off a cliff…

Credit Suisse says it's possible more than 8,600 brick-and-mortar stores will close their doors in 2017. That’s four times as many as closed last year, and would far surpass the former peak of 6,163 store closings in 2008.

Does this sound normal to you?

Does this sound good for the economy or America?

And here’s the critical question…

What happens when investors realize Amazon isn't ever going to make any real money? What happens when borrowing gets more difficult (and more expensive)?

What will happen when investors realize that Amazon's core competitive advantage is that it will never make a profit?

Of course, Amazon isn't the only company dramatically expanding their business with funny money…

I could show you dozens of companies whose entire business models are predicated on virtually free access to unlimited capital…

  • Revenues at Netflix have soared from $4 billion to nearly $9 billion in three years. Cash flows, however, have gone from a positive number to NEGATIVE $1.5 BILLION. And they’ve borrowed $3 billion to finance this growth… so they’re deep in debt and losing millions per year.

This is what happens when a country’s money has been destroyed, and borrowing unlimited amounts is basically free.

  • Deere &Co. (the farm equipment maker to the world) has seen its share price quadruple since the last financial crisis. But here’s the problem: Deere has taken the central banks' free money and loaned it to customers.

The company now holds $38 billion in loans and leases. Does it sound like a good idea to you that management is betting the company (founded in 1837) on the ability of farmers to repay $38 billion in tractor loans?

Keep in mind, the entire company is only worth $35 billion in the stock market. Does that sound “normal” to you?

The only competitive advantage these companies have is a central bank that's lost its mind, by printing money and manipulating interest rates to artificially low levels for more than 90 straight months…

 


Easy money policies have created an overcapacity in everything from new cars to TV shows… student loans and college degrees… consumer debt and corporate debt… and more.

The real world can only consume so much oil and watch so many TV shows. Consumers can only take on so much debt.

And now… it’s all beginning to fall apart. Capital One, a company that lends billions via credit cards and sub-prime (risky) auto loans, just reported that a critical threshold has been breached… more than 5% of borrowers are not paying back their loans.

The destruction of our money is primarily what’s caused stocks in the U.S. to soar more than 250% since the last crisis.

When savings pays no interest, it turns us all into speculators, chasing returns in the stock market.

All of this low-cost money borrowed from tomorrow simply bids up the price of so many existing assets today. It produces no new “learning” or value (which is what sound money should facilitate) and it leaves us with no way to pay back these debts.

This is why U.S. commercial real estate is up more than 100% since the last crisis. It’s why the average price of a house in San Francisco is now more than 50% higher than it was during peak years of the real estate bubble!

It gets worse: U.S. companies have borrowed more money than at any time in history. According to Moody’s, an all-time record $2 trillion worth of corporate bonds are coming due in the next five years.

Does this sound like things are back to “normal” to you?

Free and easy money has made every spending decision easy for politicians too.

This is why Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs are bankrupting our nation… and are completely unsustainable.

As Barron’s concluded earlier this month: “Those who depend on the current system of elder-care entitlements face a potentially hellish future.”

 

U.S. household debt reached $12.7 trillion in the first quarter of 2017, topping the pre-recession level in 2008.

Let’s offer a few cautionary notes when comparing the debt totals. A few important things have happened since we hit the previous record level in 2008:

  • The population has risen.
  • The economy has expanded.
  • The number of households in the U.S. has increased.

The numbers aren’t adjusted for inflation. Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst, says it’s not an even comparison. “On an apples-to-apples basis, household debt has not exceeded the pre-recession high,” he says.  [However, wages in most industries still haven’t kept pace and prices for health care and tuition, for instance, have continued to rise].

The report notes that 11 percent of student loans haven’t had a payment in three months or more. That understates the real problem. The actual number could be twice as high because the loans are covered by grace periods, or deferments, allowing repayment at a later date.

Student debt is a major concern


At more than $1.3 trillion, student loan debt concerns me the most. The burden is rising as state governments provide less funding to their colleges and universities. Students and their families are paying the difference, often taking on thousands of dollars in debt. Many graduates carrying that debt are delaying other purchases, like homes.

This seems unsustainable, for the nation and for future students. The new figures indicate that student loan debt is rising at an annual rate of $83 billion. When it comes to funding education, the government is letting us down.

If you’re saddled with student loan debt, check out these tips for paying it off .




Now…Things you should be doing to prepare [you’ve been preparing all along, right?]

1) Food Storage: You’re probably thinking, I can build up food storage. That's not expensive. But I'm talking about building an entire year’s worth of food storage, which can be expensive, so I recommend building it up slowly.

Food storage is critical because not only will it save you in a survival situation, but it can also be a relief in times of financial crisis — like a job loss, medical emergency or other unforeseen circumstances that tighten your purse strings.

By accumulating an entire year’s worth of food, you can be confident in your ability to feed your family. Just remember to be mindful of expiration dates and rotate your food storage regularly so it doesn’t spoil.

2) Generator: When it comes to generators, there are a range of different options. For thousands of dollars, you can install a huge generator that will power your entire home. Another (cheaper) option is to buy a portable generator to power just the necessities.

Both choices have their advantages. A generator attached to your home, for example, has more juice to power more items. However, a portable generator can be taken with you in an emergency.

Either way, it’s worth spending the money to buy a quality generator in the event you are without power for an extended time. Personally, I prefer a portable propane generator, but that’s only one alternative. Do some research and find the option that best meets the needs of you and your family.

3) Guns & Ammo: Since I'm a big gun guy, I have more than a few guns in my home that I can use to protect my family. And since you never know how long a crisis situation will last, I have also stockpiled plenty of ammo — I strongly encourage you to do the same.

I recommend having at least 1,000 rounds for each caliber of firearm you own. If you own several guns of the same caliber — 9 mm, for example — you may want to increase your supply to 2,000 rounds. Remember, you may need to use your firearms to hunt as well as defend your family, and a gun without ammo is useless.

The Bottom Line

Of course, the items mentioned above can be purchased on a budget. But the more money you spend on stocking up, the bigger the benefit in the long term.

And while you’re at it, think like Randy Wagner and look for ways you can reduce damage to your home from natural disasters. For example, if you live in a hurricane-prone area, keep sheets of plywood on hand to cover your windows, and make sure your roof is in good shape. Or if you live in an area where earthquakes occur, look for ways to reinforce the structural integrity of your home.

I have always suggested stocking up on silver [more than gold] in the form of “junk” or circulated U.S. silver coins in various denominations along with items that you can use for barter including alcohol, extra ammo, food, medicines, tools, fuel, etc.

If you’re carrying debt, follow these tips to pay it off once and for all. If you have a balance on your credit cards, consider a balance transfer card to consolidate all of your credit debt onto one low-rate card. Consider joining Money Masters, a Facebook group, for personalized advice from Bankrate experts.

For those of you who have the luxury of time, but not the luxury of money to store up emergency food, consider making your own MRE's.

Read
Cari's article here on how she makes her own homemade MRE's .

An important postscript:  Always keep in mind that all socialism involves slavery…

 

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Yours for better living,

Bruce, the Poor Man

 

 

A Final Note…

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.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Clever Survival Hacks Anyone Can Use: Hot Wire a Car, Catch a Fish, Create a Strong Cell Signal, More


 

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 Survival Hacks Anyone Can Use-Hot Wiring a Car, Catch a Fish, Etc.

 
 



Catching fish in a survival situation is not as easy as you might think it is — even if you regularly fish for pleasure.

This piece from True Prepper runs down 13 technique to try. As this article points out, different methods will be more effective depending on the region and the type of fish you’re hunting. But keep in mind that a few of these options are not legal in certain places.

The article above also features a video showing you how to make a fish trap out of a very common household item. Check it out.


Obviously, I am not advocating criminal activity. But in a survival situation, there’s no telling what skills may come in handy. And one of those skills just might be how to hot-wire a car for a quick getaway.

Take a look at the post above from our friends over at Ask a Prepper. You’ll learn how to hot-wire a car in four steps, the types of vehicles on which this technique will work, the four tools you’ll need to do it and why it’s important to practice this skill before you need to use it in a survival situation.

The best part about this tutorial? It includes pictures with each step, so you can confidently master this skill in no time.




Create a Strong Cell Signal with this Unusual Hack

While doing the latest of online stunts – the bottle flipping challenge – Jordan Random happened across a useful phone hack. Many of history’s great inventions happened by unplanned chance, such as Velcro, X-rays, and the microwave. Jordan’s is right up there.

He poses the question: have you ever been stuck with 3G and without the 4G LTE icon? Why yes, I have. No one deserves to have choppy service considering the rates for some of these plans, yet sometimes we just accept it. But 3G, you are killing us softly with your unreliability. Delayed texts, dropped calls, broken up voices, and no internet is not what we want.

In this clip, Jordan shows us how to rig up one possible solution. An ordinary bottle of water became a cell phone signal booster by doing absolutely nothing but standing still.


 

The 5 Best Ways To Get Well Water Without Electricity

Water is the key to survival. At least 60 percent of the adult human body is made of water, and we can live no more than three days without it.

Since most modern water pumps use electricity to obtain well water, you may wonder how you would access well water in the event of a long-term power outage on the homestead. Here are five methods:

1. Manual pump – With a hand-operated pump, you can obtain five to 15 gallons of water per minute, depending on the make and model of the pump.

Manual pumps, which can be used with or without electivity, require quite a bit of effort, but they are an economical and easy way to get water during a blackout.  The story continues here:

 


You’ll Want to Keep this Emergency Can Opening Tip


 

Everyone should have a few survival skills up their sleeve just in case emergency strikes, even if it’s something you think you’ll never need. Weather disasters, wilderness mishaps, and sharknados can hit when you least expect, and you could be stuck without essentials.

With this in mind, should you ever find yourself without a can opener but with plenty of canned rations, the hack below could be useful. You might not even be in a survival scenario. You might have a broken opener, you could be visiting someone’s house who lacks this basic tool, or you just hate can openers (wink-wink lefties). Whatever the case, if you’re confident, have a little upper body strength, and a good dose of common sense, this should work fine.

http://tiphero.com/can-opening-hack/?ref=wn


 


How To Use Vicks VapoRub in 11 Unique Ways

A classic, Vicks VapoRub has been around for over a century and is a staple in many households. What began as a home remedy to combat colds, flu, and other common ails shot into popularity during the early 20th century. Bought by Proctor & Gamble in the ‘80s, the use of Vicks spread globally.

Made with a combination of menthol, camphor, and other ingredients such as oils of thyme, eucalyptus, and nutmeg, the salve cools and soothes at the same time. Individually, these items have specific uses including pain relief, itch reduction, anti-fungal, increasing circulation, and acne fighting.


 

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The Doctors Protocol: Secrets of Survival

--How to Survive the Coming Economic Collapse

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--Becoming Self Sufficient for Six Months

--How I Found Freedom in an Un-free World

 

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Yours for a productive 2017,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 

P.S.  As always, I urge my friends and readers to stock up on food, items for barter and silver.  Personally, I never fully trust our economic picture or North Korea [they too have EMP capabilities while working on their nuclear program… so stock up on batteries as they are not affected by an EMP blast…neither are two-way radios.  Your cell phone on the other hand will be kaput.

Additional Resources


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.

 

 


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Tactics For Self Defense II (Tactical Edged Weapons I / Tactical Pistol II

Defensive Tactics Techniques Volume 2 Personal Protection Instruction DVD NEW


 

Defensive Tactics Principles Volume 1 Personal Protection Instruction DVD NEW


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