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Monday, April 23, 2018

Choosing a Knife-Which One is Best for Survival


 

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Choosing a Knife-Which One is Best for Survival

Recently I ran a piece on evaluating the best steel when choosing a knife for home use or other purposes…this is a continuation of sorts.  Choosing a knife.

The fact is a quality survival knife can come in handy for a ton of different tasks. But there are all kinds of knives out there, from pocketknives to machetes...

Which ones should you buy? How should you care for them? Is it legal to carry them around?

Every state and many cities have different laws regarding what kind of knives are legal to carry…Of course, New York and CA are the most restrictive [as I have previously reported, they are the most anti-freedom states in the union].

The fact is New York City has some of the strictest knife laws in the country. Now, I'm not a lawyer, but one thing I can tell you is that it's illegal to possess a knife with a blade longer than four inches.

Also, many of NYC’s knife laws don't address a specific type of knife but simply make it illegal to expose a knife in public. For example, it would be illegal to carry any kind of knife clipped to your pants pocket because it would be in open view.

What’s the best way to sharpen and care for my survival knives at home? Is there a sharpener you recommend?

If you own expensive knives, I recommend doing an internet search for local knife-makers. They’re all over the U.S. and will be able to take care of your knives the way they should be treated. (Do not go to some large retail store to have your knives sharpened.)

I also recommend checking out the Lansky brand of knife sharpeners. These are inexpensive sharpeners that are great to throw in your bug-out bag for sharpening on the go. Personally, I use a bit of oil and a sharpening stone as I was taught in the Boy Scouts.

Are you folks still championing the Guardian?

The fact is a machete is a great survival tool. It can be used to clear brush and chop wood as well as for self-defense. One of the top reasons a machete is an effective self-defense weapon is that you can defend yourself without getting close to your attacker.

In other words, if you had to use a knife, you would obviously have to be right up in your attacker’s face, but a machete lets you keep some distance. Plus, unlike a firearm, a machete won’t run out of bullets.

I recommend looking at the SEAL Saber XL. This kukri-style, full-tang knife is made of military-grade 3Cr13 stainless steel that won’t corrode or tarnish. Plus, the black oxide 751 coating prevents light from reflecting off the blade for added stealth.

You recommend always carrying a quality pocketknife. My question is... which brand/model/manufacturer do you recommend?


I am a knife junkie and I own a lot of knives. In my experience, both Benchmade and Spyderco make top-quality knives. You can’t go wrong with products from either company. I personally like ones which feature assisted opening and partially serrated blades.

I don't recommend carrying throwing knives for two main reasons:

  1. Depending on where you live, it may be illegal to conceal or even carry throwing knives.
  2. Unless you've spent years mastering this skill, throwing knives can be very difficult to use. They’re not something I recommend for someone who is new to knives.

That being said, I do think everyone should carry some sort of knife on them for close-quarters defense and survival purposes. A knife in the hand is a lot deadlier than trying to throw one for 99.9% of people.

I am a former DOD contractor, search-and-rescue member, prepper and survivalist living in remote Alaska. I believe in a knife that will not break, crack or shatter… Do you have any recommendations?

It’s difficult to find a quality knife on the retail market. I suggest finding a custom knife-maker and telling them exactly what you want. (Just know that a custom knife is not cheap.)

The fact is I spent years looking for a knife that would meet my survival needs. In the end, I paid a custom knife-maker to produce a knife to my exact specifications. I call it the NOC Knife — and I have personally tested it under a variety of extreme circumstances.

The NOC Knife has no ring guard, which IMO makes it less effective than the Emerson Gentleman Jim. [You can find these on eBay]

The Emerson Gentleman Jim is a quality folding knife — I’ll agree with you there, Nils — but, frankly, the NOC Knife [custom-made-$500 range] is a better survival and self-defense knife because it has a fixed blade.

I always carry a folding knife clipped to my pants pocket that I use to open the mail and all of the boxes I get from eBay. But other than these purposes, I wouldn’t want to put my life in the hands of a folding knife.

A “folder” is not built for prying or for intense force, and it will snap off at the pivot point under significant pressure. A fixed-blade knife is much stronger and more reliable.  Here’s an example of a reasonably priced fixed-blade knife:

Talon Fixed Blade Tactical Knife With Bonus Belt Holder Sheaths



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How to Sharpen a Knife: Beginners Tutorial


 

 

A parting note:

Benjamin Franklin said "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

 

What readers I have left know I have fought long against the un-Patriot Act even to the point of trying to get a petition initiated via the White House to drop this most insidious set of horrid laws.

 

I think many civil libertarians and conservatives would argue that the government should never have been given the powers vested in the Patriot Act, because giving such power invites corruption and abuse. It was hard to argue against the point then and it's even more difficult to argue against it right now.

 

We must understand that this is one issue related to a bigger problem: The character and worldview of those representing the administration in power.

 

Your Constitutional Rights have never been at more risk than they are right now. Your right to privacy have been tossed into the garbage.

 

This Coming week my wife and I will be seeing President Trump when he visits Michigan…perhaps we can steal a minute and bring this important point of liberty to his attention.  Wish me luck.

 

 

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

 

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You set your own schedule but you must have your own vehicle and pass a background check. You can get started right here.

Take up any of these side gigs and use the extra money you make to fortify your finances.

Handy

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Freedom and Income Taxation - Polar Opposites


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Freedom and Income Taxation Are Opposites


By Jacob G. Hornberger


Editors Note:  Most Americans today don’t realize that our Supreme Court ruled against the notion of an income tax in the late 1890s – twice.  It required ramming an amendment down our collective throats and even then, the tax affected virtually no one and could be filed on a post card.  Withholding of money from your paycheck didn’t begin until WWII as a temporary war measure…when the war ended the powers in DC decided they liked all that money rolling in – it gave them a lot of money to blow so they kept that temporary measure and made it a permanent one!

As the April 17 deadline for filing income tax returns and paying federal income taxes approaches, it is important that we all remind ourselves of an important point: Income taxation and the Internal Revenue Service are irreconcilable with the principles of a free society.

Another way to put it is this: If you’re living in a society in which the government wields the power to seize the fruits of your earnings, you are not living in a free society, no matter how convinced you are.

Americans lived without income taxation for more than a century. They also lived in a society in which there was no welfare state and no warfare state. No Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies, welfare, food stamps, public housing, drug laws, immigration controls, public schooling, Pentagon, military-industrial complex, CIA, NSA, FBI, EPA, DEA, SEC, Homeland Security, ICE, or most of the other myriad agencies of the welfare-warfare state.

It was that way of life that defined an American. That’s what Americans defined as freedom. That’s what made the United States the most unusual society in history (notwithstanding the horrible exception of slavery).



Succeeding generations of Americans give it all up in favor of socialism, interventionism, and imperialism.

They embraced and adopted the variation of socialism known as the welfare state.

They embraced and adopted the totalitarian structure known as a national-security state.

They embraced and adopted drug laws, which are the hallmark of tyrannical regimes.

They embraced and adopted the regulated, controlled, and managed economy.

They embraced foreign wars, foreign interventionism, partnerships with dictators, coups, assassinations, torture, and other practices long employed by dictatorial regimes.

And of course they embraced and adopted the means by which all of this statism is funded — income taxation and, also, to large extent, the Federal Reserve System, which fraudulently taxes people’s income and wealth through inflation.

Today, many Americans are coming to the realization of what has happened to our country with respect to foreign wars, empire, and foreign interventions. They’re growing sick and tired of perpetual war.

They’re starting to figure out that empire, interventionism, and militarism were no part of the founding principles of our nation. They are seeing what empire and foreign interventionism are doing to our rights, freedoms, and economic well-being here at home.

They are beginning to think. They are beginning to question.

The same holds true on the drug war. More and more Americans are “waking up” and seeing the horrible destructiveness and immorality of this government program.

Unfortunately, however, all too many Americans have not yet come to the same realization with respect to the welfare state, the managed economy, the Federal Reserve, and, of course, the income tax and the IRS.

The fact is: You have the natural, God-given right to keep everything you earn. You also have the natural, God-given right to decide what to do with your own money.

Your money belongs to you, not the government.

To achieve a genuinely free society, the income tax needs to be cast into the dustbin of history, along with the immoral and destructive welfare-warfare state apparatuses that it funds.

This article was originally published at The Future of Freedom Foundation.

 

 
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ending the Epidemic of Homeless Veterans


 

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Ending the Epidemic of Homeless Veterans

 

   The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] estimates that nearly 40,000 American veterans are homeless on any given night.

 

America’s homeless veterans are predominantly male; the majority are over the age of 40, single and affected by some form of mental illness or disorder, including substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

While the US Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] does provide services and programs to aid its homeless veteran population, homelessness remains a huge population affecting thousands across our nation.  It is an unfortunate twist that is some cities, notably in so-called sanctuary cities, more resources are provided to illegal aliens than to our citizens.

 

There are many factors which contribute to this problem including:

 

·         A shortage of affordable housing in major cities, especially in CA, NYC, Portland, etc.

·         Job loss

·         Lack of access to health care [Now improving under the Trump Administration]

·         Lack of post-service social support networks or lasting effects of combat-related health issues such as traumatic brain injury, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts and physical disabilities.

 

American spends billions on defense but pales in comparison on the resources it should be spending to secure housing and jobs, basic health care services, and especially, mental health counseling and transition assistance for readjusting to civilian life and reentering the workforce.

 

The VA may not be able to cover every service veterans need but there are several non-profit groups offering varying kinds of assistance.  For instance, Rev. Fowler and his group have recently introduced a program which provides small homes to veterans and others [a tough task in bureaucratic ridden Michigan] which is earning high marks.

 
Reverend Faith Fowler 

Executive Director

Cass Community Social Services 

11745 Rosa Parks Blvd.

Detroit, MI  48206

(313) 883-2277, ext.201

Website: https://www.casscommunity.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CassDetroit/

Cass Community Publishing House: https://www.ccpublishinghouse.org

 

Texas-based nonprofit organization ‘Venture to the Brave’ calls themselves ‘hero helper,’ offering services to homeless veterans including assistance with resume writing, helping veterans acquire skills to improve their employability, and aiding them in finding affordable housing without years-long waiting periods.

 

The national non-profit group Building Homes for Heroes prides itself on supporting veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan by building homes and giving them mortgage-free to veterans and their families.

 

Massachusetts-based nonprofit Homes for our Troops holds a similar mission, building and donating specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured veterans to assist them in rebuilding their lives.

 

Veterans Community Project, an organization created by fellow veterans who aim to help homeless vets attain housing and other services, recently created a community of thirteen tiny houses for homeless veterans in Kansas City, MO…the small homes built close to each other provide a ‘barracks’ mentality so they support each other.  This is similar to the Cass Community project mentioned above.

 

Grassroots Action Team was created to advocate for our veterans and military. We will fight on behalf of those who have so valiantly served our country to ensure they receive adequate funding in the battlefield and at home, help provide mental aid support, and amplify the voices of those that are too busy fighting for our freedoms to fight for themselves. 


 


VFW Offers a Wide Range of Services

In the wake of the access crisis that rocked the VA health care system in 2014, we've spent countless hours testifying before Congress on veterans health care benefits and working to assist veterans affected by delays in accessing VA care. All we've ever asked of VA is they provide timely, easily accessible and high quality care for veterans. In effort to continue holding VA and America's legislators accountable, we've compiled a series of reports evaluating the state of VA health care and the implementation of important reforms created by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act.  

The VFW continues to offer direct intervention on behalf of veterans who are experiencing problems accessing care. To report problems or concerns regarding VA health care or benefits, contact us by email or call 1-800-VFW-1899 (1-800-839-1899).


 

Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD spent several weeks at the start of year traveling to a number of cities on a national tour to discuss transitional housing and homelessness for America’s veterans.  He explained that Trump’s new HUD budget will be able to provide veterans with the service they need, emphasizing support for programs that encourage self-sufficiency over government dependence.

 

The Poor Man’s Father’s Day Survival Package fund raiser will begin soon on eBay and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the VFW to help with their efforts…Stay tuned for details and a link.  This package will include a huge variety of ‘Prepper” goods including survival radio, first aid kits, fishing kits and so on.

 

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

 

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More Retirees Want a Side Gig. Here's How to Get One: Whether by choice of necessity, nearly three out of four Americans plan to work beyond traditional retirement age - at least on a part-time basis. CNBC.

Amazon Flex

Amazon is a titan of e-commerce and logistics. But they’re growing so fast that they can’t keep up with all the deliveries (608 million a day). Which is why they started Amazon Flex.

Amazon Flex enrolls the help of regular folks to deliver their extra packages. Depending on the state, this side gig pays $18–25 an hour.

You set your own schedule but you must have your own vehicle and pass a background check. You can get started right here.

Take up any of these side gigs and use the extra money you make to fortify your finances.

Handy

The online service Handy is a great way to earn some extra cash doing handyman work or cleaning. Depending on the task, you can earn anywhere up to $45 an hour.

You’ll determine your own availability and work schedule. And payment will be directly deposited into your account after each job. If that sounds up your alley, you can sign up right here.

·         Special Offer for our Readers
 

 72-hour Emergency Meal kit that's being offered contains 16 total servings of such delicious meals as Blue Ribbon Creamy Chicken Rice, the always-loved Granny's Homestyle Potato Soup and the stick-to-your-ribs breakfast favorite Maple Grove Oatmeal.

This kit normally sells for $27, plus shipping and handling and is rated 4½ out of five stars by customers.

While supplies last, these kits are available for only $21.95 and that includes Priority Shipping [we were forced to increase prices due to another round of USPS price hikes]. Go here for this deal:


 

Additional Related Resources:

Preparedness







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