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Monday, June 17, 2019

The Internet Security Model is Broken


 

Poor Man Survival

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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 


The Internet Security Model is Broken-Protecting Your Information

This morning, I used Firefox Monitor.

It’s a tool anyone can (and should) use to see if their email address is associated with any data breaches.

Turns out, mine has.

Not just one… FOUR.

These four websites had data breaches and my information was involved:

1] Ticketfly.com
2] Bitcoin Talk
3] LinkedIn
4] Adobe

[Want to see if your data’s been hacked? Enter your email address at this website.]

This is Unsustainable.

The Internet’s security model is broken.

Every week we hear of a new data breach from some large corporation, spreading sensitive information all over the web.

The problem is systemic.

The current centralized architecture requires the Internet to be vulnerable to massive attacks.

All we can do is wait for a breach, then plug up the hole.

(I’ll show you the best way to protect your private info. in a moment.)

“Cryptocosm” – coming

With our digital lives continuing to creep, bit by bit, into our physical existences…

It’s more important than ever to understand how to keep yourself safe.

Rule #1: Don’t Panic

If your data has been breached, yes, you should change your password.

But just because your password’s been breached…

Doesn’t mean YOUR password is spread eagle out on the Internet.

Confused? I’ll explain.

Let’s talk about how your data is currently stored…

Currently, when you register an account on any site, you must create a username and a password.

When you create a password, fortunately, it isn’t stored as raw data in the company’s database.

Rather, the password is run through a process called “hashing.”

In short, hashing takes raw data through an algorithm, which then spits out gibberish.

So, for example, this password: WitchD0ct0rB0neZ262293

Might look something like this: Se3C25BvmEIF6SqOzQ4Ud20DX

These random numbers and letters couldn’t possibly be traced back to the original password without knowing the algorithm… which is how your password stays safe.

When you go to log in, the algorithm creates the hash (random bits) and compares it to what it has stored in its database.

Therefore, your password is never stored.

Hackers only see the hash.

This acts as an extra layer of protection… (but it in no way means you should use the same password for all your websites.)


Yes, they can crack your password with this hash.

But the longer your password is, the harder it will be to crack.

If your password is, say, 100 characters, it’ll take them decades to crack it with current average data speeds.

TRY THIS:

There’s nothing groundbreaking about this suggestion, but if you’re not already doing it… it’s time.

Use a Password Manager like LastPass.

All Password Managers have a random password generator that’ll allow you to create secure passwords.

Make them as long as possible. (You won’t have to remember them.)

All you’ll have to remember is your LastPass password.

And here’s the trick:

Pick something long and something you’ll remember.

1] Think of a quote you love from a (relatively obscure) favorite book. Use the whole sentence, but replace every “O” with an “@” and every “i” with a “1” (Or some variation of that.)

EXAMPLE:

"In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars."
—Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

PASSWORD:

1n@urV1llageF@lksSayG@dCrumblesUpThe@ldM@@n1nt@Stars

2] Use an affirmation. Since, you’re going to be typing in your password often, reiterate your ideal. Say you’re starting to take the gym seriously.

EXAMPLE:

Every day in every way I am getting stronger.

EveryD@y1nEveryW@y1@mGettingStronger

Stupid. Cumbersome. And Dead.

Keeping your information secure is cumbersome.

But it’s worth it.

And with this method, you’ll only have to remember a sentence.

Fortunately, we just have to ride it out until the new paradigm comes to life…

Target had a much publicized system outage on Saturday at its brick-and-mortar stores, leading to long lines at cash registers. Adding to its woes, Target was unable to process card payments at some of its stores on Sunday, attributed to its third-party payments processor. Some customers actually had to pay cash for their purchases (gasp!)


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Yours for smarter living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 

USEFUL RESOURCE

 

I decided awhile back that to preserve the most important how-tos that I may need to reference, I will create double-sided tutorials, print a few of each and laminate them. I keep each set in binders – one in each car, one in my bug-out bag, one in the safe and one in my outdoor cache. I recommend you do the same. I’ve already referenced a couple of them.

First Aid and CPR How-To


You already know how to perform CPR and offer fist aid in an emergency, but even the best of us can get confused in a stressful situation or even be susceptible to a shock so do everyone a favor and carry a short visual tutorial with you with key information highlighted.

Fire Starting How-To


There are so many ways to start a fire with different things you may have on hand! As different circumstances and environmental conditions present themselves, you will need to reference different methods. You may not be the only one to need that tutorial – think about your family members. What if you are not around? Will they know to use steel wool? Star fire with ice? You get the picture.

Deer Skinning How-To


Depending on where you live and what options you have, deer may become a major food source for you. If you don’t hunt, but plan on it, you better have deer hunting tips laminated, too.

Canning How-To


If the end of the world as we know it happens in our lifetimes, preserving food from our gardens will become a survival necessity. While I am fairly confident in my canning skills, I know that getting a big head kills people, so I prefer to have a guide on hand, detailing the proportions, processing times and other important stuff.

Natural Remedies How-To


Medical care may not be at your disposal in a survival situation, so I recommend printing off an instructional that shows how to remedy various ailments at home (or in the field). There are lots of natural medicines for dental issues, skin conditions, cold and flu, etc.

Recognizing Edible Plants


Hopefully you have a garden and have food stored up – it is a much more efficient option than gathering food, but just in case, it is a good idea to research what edible plants are native to your area and learn to recognize them. I urge you to print this how-to in full color (this one will take more than one sheet of paper, too). In any case, keep in mind that eating wild plants and especially mushrooms is a dangerous undertaking, so you better be 100% sure that you know what you are doing.

Water Filtration and Purification Methods


Suppose you run out of water purification tablets. What filtration and purification options do you have? I’m sure you know to boil your water, but what if you don’t have a suitable dish for boiling? There are actually a few techniques that you can employ. Creating a how-to will help you remember the details.

I’m sure that you will find other how-to topics as you continue to grow as a prepper. At this point, I urge you to buy a laminator.

 



Additional FREE Resources


Living Frugally In Suburbia
You live differently than your neighbors.

 

14 Frugal Food-Rescuing Tips from Grandma
These depression-era frugal tips still work today!

 

8 Simple Ways to Put More Money in Your Pocket
Have more money without working harder!

 

Knowing When and How to Stockpile Groceries
Stocking up could save your grocery budget!

 

Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
Affordable ways to prepare for an emergency.

Trusts 101: Why Have a Trust? Trusts aren't just for very wealthy or complicated estates. They could be helpful for many "average" folks, too. Here are the basics of trusts: what they do, and how they can be used

 

 

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Communists in Congress Subverting our Laws: How they got there


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

 

Communists in Congress Subverting our Laws: How they got there

 
   Ocasio-Cortez is famous for being the youngest freshman representative in Congress who a year or so ago was waiting tables in New York.  She makes headlines for often ridiculous claims such as the world will end in 12 years if her Green Deal isn’t adopted or by labeling bad mouthing Border Patrol or the need for border security.

How did Congress and America suddenly find so many socialists in office?  A decade ago anyone espousing such ideas would have been laughed out of town, let alone manage to be elected…when I speak to citizens in their late 50s or older, they shake their head in disgust and wonder aloud as to why they fought in wars to defend our nation against such bull crap.

How did she and other socialists manage to get into office?

In 2016, a political action committee called the Justice Democrats held auditions for candidates willing to endorse their far-left platform.  It received 10,000 nominations.  Cortez’s brother submitted her name while she was working as a bartender at Flats Fix, a New York tavern.  This group selected her and 76 other candidates to run against moderate Democratic incumbents.

Of these ‘candidates,’ seven won seats in the House of Representatives including Ilhan Omar for MN and Rashida Tlaib for MI {if I read correctly, no one ran against her in that district virtually assuring her victory…she remains, at least where I live in MI, a reviled politician for her anti-POTUS outbursts and pro-Palestinian activism], Raul Gromalva for AZ [Dems have been slowly but surely turning that conservative state into another CA clone] and others.

ORGANIZED OPPOSITION

It’s not unusual for PACs to audition candidates.  What makes the Justice Democrats unusual is that it has partnered with Our Revolution, the largest Marxist front group in America.  Claiming to have 100,000 members they act as a front for the three most influential Marxist groups in America, the Democratic Socialists of America, the Communist Party USA, and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.  All of which seek to undermine our nation and its way of life.

Most of the leadership of Our Revolution comes from the Democratic Socialists of America.  Some are members of the Freedom Road group or Communist Party USA.  Communist Party USA leader John Bachtell explained their strategy via an online webinar in May of 2018 when he told an audience of activists they must actively campaign for openly socialist candidates to challenge Trump.

Combined, these three groups have only about 67,000 members.  Most them are comprised of people who could never be elected.  But by using groups like Justice Democrats they are able to recruit more charismatic, electable personalities to espouse their ideals.  Due to their efforts, the Congressional Progressive Caucus grew from 78 to 96 members.  That means the radical left controls 22% of the House of Representatives; 41% of the entire Democratic Caucus!

Using guerilla political tactics much like Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun non-profit, Everytown for Gun Safety, they train and fund people, often women, to run for local office.  Once elected at city and state levels, they act as saboteurs against the Second Amendment through voting and the spread of propaganda.

Bloomberg has even provided professional PR services to many groups to assist them in spreading their brand of anti-gun spin and to craft local political speeches.

Ironically, these methods have long been used by covert Russian intelligence teams [GDR] to spread mis-information and fake news in order to create discord along with paid ‘trainees’ who are educated to fit in locally who will act as cells to sew discord or even participate in demonstrations of areas which Russians plan to re-acquire.  Some have said the same concept was used here during the 2016 election while terrorist groups like Antifa create local violent demonstrations as a means of protest.

COMMUNIST INFILTRATION

In many ways, the Russian Collusion theory held onto by Democrats in their non-stop attempts at dumping their arch foe, Trump, is crazy…Congress is already infiltrated by Communists and socialists including its star, Bernie Sanders [he even honeymooned in Moscow]…yet no one is doing anything to rid our nation of the traitors operating in DC!

This transformation began decades ago. Even during the Great Depression, membership ranks in the Communist Party and various socialist groups grew inside the United States.  The far Left movement began creeping forward on college campuses in the 1960s and Marxist books are a big seller on campus.

The Communist movement sought to change the cultural superstructure of modern society by implementing a broad range of reforms on issues including gender roles and drug legalization, abortion, homosexual/transgender rights, etc.  They started with college level students and now target high schoolers…if they can corrupt and win over tomorrow’s students, they will get control just like Mao did in China.  Despots always start with the young, using schools to indoctrinate them at an early age and given the sorry state of many public education systems and their all-too-often socialist teachers and professors, it is easy to see how the United States is being ruined.

Keep in mind the Communist sympathizer, Saul Alinsky who wrote the training manual for disruption, Rules for Radicals, was a mentor for Hillary Clinton and former President [and ‘community organizer’ Obama!
 
 

SIDEBAR

 Online censorship is getting worse by the week. It’s becoming ridiculous. The latest comes in the form of YouTube’s updated rules regarding “harmful content,” announced in an official blog post on June 5. One of the most concerning changes involves their approach to “hate speech.” “Today,” the company writes, “we're taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion.” Why am I taking issue with this? Stick with me.
If you click to the page outlining YouTube’s policy on hate speech, you’ll learn that anything deemed hate speech will be removed from the platform because “hate speech is not allowed on YouTube.” What, exactly, is hate speech? Great question! According to YouTube, it’s anything “promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on any of the following attributes” — and they then list 13 bullet points. That list includes such things as: age, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, race, immigration status, religion, sex/ gender and sexual orientation. Can you see how, given the culture today, this effectively grants YouTube a blank check to silence and deplatform anyone who offers a point of view that runs counter to the prevailing progressives [reshaping culture] movement.

For instance, suppose you make a video voicing your concern about illegal immigration. Well, according to YouTube’s policies, that video can be taken down. After all, you’re targeting a group of people and being hostile toward them simply because of their immigration status. As you now know, that’s a protected class of people on YouTube — and you’re not allowed to say “hateful” things about them. And what could be more hateful, really, than arguing that immigration laws should be upheld? It’s by definition discriminatory. Not only that, but it’s an explicit call for these people to be segregated and excluded. Now suppose you include in your video some statistics about where these people are coming from.

 Well, by singling out their nationality, that’s another violation. What about if you point out their ethnicity? Again, another violation. Suppose you say some disparaging remarks about their religion. You’ve done it again. That’s one more violation.

Given that YouTube is the second most visited website on the internet, this is the modern-day equivalent of a giant book burning.

Obviously, Google is another socialist [as is Facebook] oriented business which supports the far Left while censoring everyone else whose opinions might run counter to the far Left.

 

Freedom Self-Reliance Action


 

Yours for smarter living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 

USEFUL RESOURCE

 
In the NSA’s own words, using the following four services results in a “near-total loss/lack of insight to target communications, presence.” 
  • Tor – a web browser that encrypts your web traffic 
  • VPN – an encryption service that makes it hard to figure out who’s connecting to the internet and from where 
  • CSpace – an anonymous chat service that encrypts files sent over its network
  • ZRTP – an encryption service for voice calls and text 

 

Additional FREE Resources

 

Living Frugally In Suburbia
You live differently than your neighbors.

 

 

14 Frugal Food-Rescuing Tips from Grandma
These depression-era frugal tips still work today!

 

8 Simple Ways to Put More Money in Your Pocket
Have more money without working harder!

 

 

Knowing When and How to Stockpile Groceries
Stocking up could save your grocery budget!

 

 

Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
Affordable ways to prepare for an emergency.

 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wise ideas and Resources for Self Sufficiency


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

Wise ideas and Resources for Self Sufficiency

 


A guy decides he’s going on a big hike up the mountains…

In the middle of his hike, he gets bit by a deadly snake.

A woman approaches him and sees something’s wrong.

She tells him she’s a nurse and can help him.

He says, “No, no, I’m a religious man. God is going to take care of this. Leave me alone.

So, the woman leaves and continues along her hike.

Another person comes by a few minutes later and can tell the guy has been bitten by a snake.

This person tells the guy he’s a scientist who deals with snakes and can help him.

The man who’s been bitten says, “No, no, I’m a religious man. God is going to take care of this. Leave me alone.”

And so, the scientist leaves.

Next, a medical doctor walks up.

He can tell the guy is in bad shape and isn’t going to make it.

The doctor tells him that he can help and save his life.

But, the man who’s been bitten says, “No, no, I’m a religious man. God is going to take care of this. Leave me alone.”

Shortly after, the man dies from the snake bite.

When he gets to heaven he says…

“God, why’d you let me die? I had faith you were going to heal me.”

God says to him…

“I sent you a nurse, a snake expert and a doctor, since you didn’t bring a snake bite kit. What else did you want me to do?”

The moral of the story?

God wants people to take care of themselves and be self-reliant.

And, the more self-reliant you are, the more you’re able to help others.

You can help others by sharing the resources we post…

 


Vaseline (the most popular brand name for petroleum jelly) is surprisingly useful when it comes to disaster preparedness and survival. As Sensible Prepper demonstrates in this video, there's at least a dozen survival uses for Vaseline.

Here's his list:

 

1.     Moisturize dry, chapped, and sunburned skin.

2.     Protect small wounds, scrapes, and cuts.

3.     Lubricate metal parts on tools and gear...

 
12 Survival Uses for Vaseline

 

Disclaimer: If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, you should take them as directed. What we're talking about here is a situation where antibiotics aren't available. In that case, you can try these alternatives, but even then there is no guarantee they will work.

Oftentimes, the world’s best medications are not the ones developed in labs, but rather the ones made by Mother Nature. For thousands of years, mankind has relied on various herbs to treat a wide range of conditions.

 While the advent of antibiotics drastically reduced the popularity of these herbal alternatives, they still remain effective to this day and are starting to enjoy more popularity as many diseases have grown resistant to antibiotics...


 


For many people, stocking up on food is a huge part of their family’s preparedness plan--as it should be! While this may seem as simple as buying a little extra food each time you go to the store, it’s actually a bit more complicated.

 You can't just stick your food in the pantry and forget about it until a disaster strikes. If you do, then when the time comes to eat it, you may find that most of it has gone bad or become infested. If you want your food to last for years, you need to repackage it before storing it.

 
While there are some foods that store just fine in the original package (for example, canned goods), most foods need to be repackaged. Below is a list of such foods. It mostly includes foods that come in thin plastic, paper, or cardboard packages...


 

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Yours for smarter living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 

USEFUL RESOURCE

 

 If You're Considering a Genetic Testing Service...


With all the advertisements for at home DNA testing kits from Ancestry and 23andMe, you may be tempted to learn about your heritage and more importantly, key health findings that a simple mouth swab can reveal. Consumers Checkbook says not so fast because some of the tests are not accurate, you might get a false sense of security, and you won't get the same privacy protections you're entitled to in a medical setting.  [We’ve warned everyone about this & cautioned folks to avoid using these services as even law enforcement will bully their way into your ‘safe’ file].

 


 

 

 
Living Frugally In Suburbia
You live differently than your neighbors.

 

 

14 Frugal Food-Rescuing Tips from Grandma
These depression-era frugal tips still work today!

 

8 Simple Ways to Put More Money in Your Pocket
Have more money without working harder!

 

 

Knowing When and How to Stockpile Groceries
Stocking up could save your grocery budget!

 

 

Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
Affordable ways to prepare for an emergency.

 

Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays & free reports that I provide 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.  You can make a donation at top of this page via PayPal.

Portable Emergency Patriot Power Cell-Solar Charger-NEW


Charge two devices at once – Back in stock [They sell out fast]!

 


Find survival related books and items here!

Support our efforts by shopping my storefront…


 

 

 


 

A Smoking Frog Feature, Shallow Planet Production