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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

U.S. financial freedom is dropping — where can you find safety?

 

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U.S. financial freedom is dropping — where can you find safety?

Economic freedom in the United States has dropped again, to 7th in the world.

It was 2nd in 1990, and still 3rd in 2001.

[According to Sound Money Index Wyoming and S Dakota are the most sound money states while Vermont, Maine and NJ are the worst.]  https://www.soundmoneydefense.org/about-us

The Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan research organization based in Canada, "measures the degree to which the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of economic freedom. The cornerstones of economic freedom are a personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to enter markets and compete, and security of the person and privately owned property."

The Institute measures such things as the size of government, government ownership of assets, tax rates, freedom of the legal system and property rights and protections, police reliability, inflation, soundness of money, banking freedom, credit markets, labor and business regulation, controls of the movement of capital and people, licensing and costs of compliance.

Americans much are less free to engage in economic activity with regard to any and all of these than they were just 20 years ago. The American Institute for Economic Research reports: "Although all countries in the report were negatively affected in terms of economic freedom by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns ... The U.S. decline is considerable and indicative of pressing problems that will continue to erode our liberty and prosperity if left unresolved."

Do we think they will be resolved with the apparent direction of our government? Or do we think America will become even less free in the next 20 years? Unfortunately, it seems less freedom is in store for us (of course, by a thousand small cuts known as 'gradualism') and therefore, we must always prepare and be ready, financially speaking.

Safeguarding personal wealth



We all want to invest and have those investments rise in value. But as Jeff Thomas writes in International Man, there is another type of investment we must cultivate for protection. As Gareth Spring rightly points out in his On Target newsletter, "They may well increase in value over time — but their principal purpose is not profit, but to assure that if other investments fail, the investor will still have a portion of his wealth to fall back on."

Your personal wealth is certainly threatened should you hold assets in any number of countries, but it is also obviously starting to become threatened in the U.S. as well. Greater taxation, devaluation of the dollar, downturns in markets, or even confiscation of bank accounts, retirement accounts and gold holdings... all are on the table in the U.S.

You must now realize this, and determine the safest havens for your wealth and act to make use of them.

  • Precious metals and real estate are usually the safest investments, along with other hard assets.
  • They are still only safe outside of the least free countries.

The freedom ranking by the Fraser Institute is:

RANK/ COUNTRY/ SCORE (out of 10)

1/ Hong Kong/ 8.59

2/ Singapore/ 8.48

3/ Switzerland/ 8.37

4/ New Zealand/ 8.27

5/ Denmark/ 8.09

6/ Australia/ 8.04

7/ United States/ 7.97

8/ Estonia/ 7.95

9/ Mauritius/ 7.88

10/ Ireland/ 7.86

11/ Armenia/ 7.84

12/ Japan/ 7.82

12/ Lithuania/ 7.82

14/ Canada/ 7.81

15/ Georgia/ 7.78

16/ Latvia/ 7.77

17/ Czech Republic/ 7.75

17/ Netherlands/ 7.75

19/ Romania/ 7.74

20/ Iceland/ 7.73

We don't know which, if any country, will decline or collapse in the future (aside from Hong Kong; its days of being a "special administrative region" of China seem numbered), but, as Spring also points out, "It would be hard for your government to force the repatriation of your precious metals and downright impossible for it to demand that your overseas real estate be transferred to your home country."

If possible, you want to find someplace that doesn't tax real estate. Also, countries that already tax "wealth," income and so forth may also confiscate your precious metals. Countries that as of now have no income tax include the Bahamas, Bahrein, Bermuda, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Sixteen nations that we know of have no property tax — Bahrein, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Israel, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turks & Caicos and the UAR.

These do not coincide with the most free economic countries on the list because our criteria are different with regard to wealth protection versus wealth generation.

As we have seen in the United States with ginned-up hatred for billionaires, socialist calls for "wealth taxes" and taxing the rich into oblivion, it doesn't matter whether or not a country has heretofore had a traditional respect for personal property or has promoted economic freedom... psychopaths in government always resort to hijacking their citizens' wealth.

Therefore, let this serve as a warning if you have not already become alarmed: The time to look into where the best place might be to protect your personal wealth is always now, before the State grabs it.

Yours for the truth,

Bob Livingston
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter®

 

 

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The Best CB Radios For Preppers*

In case of a natural disaster or other major event where the power grid goes down, CB radios are a great way for preppers to stay in touch with friends and loved ones who live in the same area.

CB radios are used in a variety of industries and services to enable short-distance communication. In a pinch, they can be used to get information out to the general community or to keep in contact with your family. Nowadays, you’ll often find CB radios being used in the backcountry for hunting or camping expeditions. 

CB Radio stands for Citizens Band Radio and is used for high-quality short-distance communication. It is commonly used for localized communication for truckers, survivalists, emergency services, and hobbyists who enjoy collecting them. They use an 11-meter band that goes between 26.965 MHz and 27.405 MHz. Generally, they have 40 channels and that’s it...

The Best CB Radios for Preppers


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*In addition to CB Radios, we also own several two-way radios w/ a 30-mile radius!

 

 

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Natural disasters don't wait for a convenient time

And you shouldn't wait to prepare either. In some cases there is little to no warning.

Prepare now to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies

 

Remember:  You can’t buy life insurance after you’re dead!

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  • 72-hour 4Patriot emergency food pack [25 year shelf life
  • 4Patriot Greens sample pack [Power supplement]
  • 3 Luna Nutrition bars [assorted]+Sunmaid raisin pouch
  • Cleaning Wipe Pack
  • Steel River Emergency Tent
  • Mini  First Aid kit
  • TRS 5N1 EDC folding tool
  • 3-package meal sampler
  • Paracord bracelet w/ compass
  • Reusable Face Mask
  • Personal Water Filter Straw
  • 11-Piece Emergency Survival Kit 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

For a 'clean' New Year, evict these household toxins

 

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

www.poormansurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 


For a 'clean' New Year, evict these household toxins

Because we're being bombarded by toxins so regularly, it's no coincidence that there is a nationwide increase in immune system disorders, neurological problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, allergies, obesity and hormonal disturbances.

Though the EPA screens most products for at least some toxins, the many loopholes in the system allow some less-than-safe products on the market. Sadly, most people don't monitor for hazardous material content as closely as they should. After all, most of us are just too busy to research every single thing we buy on Consumer Reports.

But it's very important that you take precautions today. Effects from exposure to toxins are difficult to identify and it can take years before problems from exposure manifest themselves as disease or chronic ailment. Here are a few of the best ways you can reduce your exposure to toxins in and around the home.

Only use natural cleaning products. Most stores have these available, or you can make your own cleaning products using safe ingredients. Baking soda, Borax, soap powder, vinegar, lemon and hot water work just as well as harsh chemicals but without coating your home in toxins.

Establish a "no-shoes" policy in your house. This reduces the number of pesticides and other chemicals that you pick up outside from getting in your home. Residuals of toxic chemicals can last for years in rugs and carpets.

Buy fresh, organic produce. Organic farmers are prohibited from using toxic synthetic herbicides. For the freshest organic vegetables, grow your own produce or choose foods that are known to have lower pesticide-residue levels. For cleaning, sprinkle baking soda on a clean sponge, wipe down fruits and vegetables, and rinse thoroughly. Baking soda has mild (and safe) disinfectant qualities.

Get rid of air fresheners. Anything you breathe in eventually ends up in your bloodstream. Plug-in scents or synthetically scented candles may contain toxins linked to reproductive problems. As an alternative, choose candles made with essential oils or fresh flowers to scent your home. Baking soda and white vinegar works great as an odor absorber.

Ventilate. Modern homes and businesses are created to be leakproof, which we want, but unfortunately, it also means that toxins are sealed in and fresh air is sealed out. To ventilate indoor air in winter, open doors and windows on opposing sides of the room to facilitate air flow for five to 10 minutes.

Check your cosmetics. Opt for cosmetics with mineral-based pigments and natural oils. Choose soaps and shampoos free of synthetic fragrances and chemicals. Pay close attention to your deodorant/ anti-antiperspirant: many antiperspirants use aluminum-based compounds and other chemicals, which are absorbed through the sweat glands. You can buy aluminum-free antiperspirants, and there are many chemical-free brands of natural deodorant sticks and sprays that don't contain dangerous parabens.

Ditch the mothballs. Since moths chew holes through clothing and other textiles, people pack away these stinky repellents to kill them. But studies on one active ingredient in some repellents causes cancer in animals. Cedar chips and satchels of lavender keep moths at bay naturally.

Pass on the "stain-resistant" and "non-stick" stuff. Anything that uses the words Scotchgard, Gore-Tex, Stainmaster or Teflon contain PFCs. PFSc are used to make your pots and pans nonstick and your clothes, upholstery fabric, carpets, backpacks and coats water and stain repellent. They have been linked to hypothyroidism and infertility.

Yours for the truth,

Bob Livingston
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter

 

 

 

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18 Best Foods for Your Doomsday Bunker

Every year, the world seems to get a little crazier and a little more dangerous. Maybe that's why rich people are buying doomsday bunkers and stocking them with survival food.

If you have a doomsday bunker of your own, it’s important to stock it with foods that are not only nutritious and tasty, but also long-lasting and easy to store. In addition, they need to be foods that can be eaten right out of the package or at least require minimal preparation.

With all that in mind, what are the best foods for your doomsday bunker? Read on to find out...

18 Best Foods for Your Doomsday Bunker


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Be Ready For The Unexpected-Emergency Supplies Available

Natural & Man-Made Disasters happen frequently-Is your family prepared for the unexpected?

·        Emergency solar/hand cranked radios; First Aid supplies, Emergency kits, 72-Hour Food Kits, Bug-Out Backpacks

·         Open M-F 9:30-5 @ Stor-Your-Stuff 151 N Blacks Corners Rd Imlay City 48444 [near 4th St] *While supplies last-limited quantities.

 

Natural disasters don't wait for a convenient time

And you shouldn't wait to prepare either. In some cases there is little to no warning.

Prepare now to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies

 

Remember:  You can’t buy life insurance after you’re dead!

.

Super Emergency Survival Kit

  •  Solar phone charger
  • 72-hour 4Patriot emergency food pack [25 year shelf life
  • 4Patriot Greens sample pack [Power supplement]
  • 3 Luna Nutrition bars [assorted]+Sunmaid raisin pouch
  • Cleaning Wipe Pack
  • Steel River Emergency Tent
  • Mini  First Aid kit
  • TRS 5N1 EDC folding tool
  • 3-package meal sampler
  • Paracord bracelet w/ compass
  • Reusable Face Mask
  • Personal Water Filter Straw
  • 11-Piece Emergency Survival Kit 

And more…

https://www.bonanza.com/listings/Better-Safe-Than-Sorry-Super-Emergency-Survival-Kit/1143536466

 

 


 

Useful Resources from our storefront-See new items!

You Can’t Buy Life Insurance After You’re Dead-Prepare NOW for Emergencies…

A portion of our proceeds is donated to charitable Veterans groups such as Wounded Warriors & the VFW!

 

Support our efforts by shopping my storefront…

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Monday, January 23, 2023

University life more resembles education in China

 

 

Poor Man Survival 

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

www.poormansurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 


Contemporary university life in the United States resembles education under a one-party regime like in China or the Soviet Union…

 A Nov. 30, 2022, survey published by The College Fix found zero Republican professors in 33 departments across seven universities, including more than half of all departments surveyed at the University of Alaska–Anchorage, Cornell University, the University of Georgia, the University of Nebraska–Omaha, the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Ohio State University, and the University of Oklahoma.

 Six of the seven states have majority Republican voters, yet these universities show a Democrat ideological monopoly. The study found that Democrat professors outnumber Republicans 11 to 1.

This indoctrination profoundly affects society, for example in the media. To take one example, on December 31, Dr. Anthony Fauci steps down as chief medical adviser to Joe Biden. Yet White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre used Fauci’s last press briefing to cover up COVID-19’s true origin. When the Daily Caller’s Diana Glebova tried to ask Dr. Fauci a question about whether it was appropriate for him to fund EcoHealth Alliance, which used its money for gain-of-function research in China, Jean-Pierre shut down the question.

Today News Africa correspondent Simon Ateba defended Glebova’s inquiry, but Jean-Pierre accused him of being disrespectful and moved on to questions from more regime-friendly journalists.

 Former EcoHealth Alliance vice president Andrew Huff has published a book titled The Truth About Wuhan: How I Uncovered the Biggest Lie in History. It admits that EcoHealth Alliance worked with the U.S. government to give Chinese scientists the bioweapons technology they used to create COVID-19. Yet neither Dr. Fauci nor the White House will answer questions about it. Such journalism is as unwelcome at the White House as a Republican in a sociology department.

Democrats rushed to pass additional gun restrictions before the 118th Congress convened in January. On November 24, Joe Biden called for “stricter gun laws” after mass shootings in Colorado and Virginia.

 He called on Congress to ban semiautomatic weapons with high-capacity magazines, similar to the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban. This ban expired and was not renewed because it had no significant effect on firearm homicides and because it violated the U.S. Constitution provision that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

 

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Cheap and Effective Uses for Baking Soda

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6 Ways To Make Coffee Without Electricity

Coffee can be the one staple that adds a sense of normalcy in hard times. You might even be one of those diehard coffee lovers who ritualize their coffee brewing. But what happens when the electricity goes out? There will come a time when the shit hits the fan and you find yourself facing the apocalypse without any power source.

Or maybe you just forgot to pay the electric bill. In any case, you’ll need a way to feed your caffeine addiction without having to eat coffee grounds.

Here are six ways to make a delicious cup of coffee when the power is out...

6 Ways To Make Coffee Without Electricity

 


New postal rates went into effect on Sunday - and don't forget the surcharges for non-standard packages.

The never-ending rate hike cycle…Postage prices are rising — again — as inflation woes hit the UPS budget.  Here's how much you’ll be gouged

Postage Rates Just Went Up

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Operation Sandman now activated as Saudis ditch the petrodollar

As we have consistently warned for more than a year, Operation Sandman has now been activated, with Saudi Minister of Finance, Mohammed Al-Jadaan, telling Bloomberg TV (during a WEF Davos interview) that the Saudis will gladly accept all currencies for settling oil transactions.

The foundational pillar of US global currency dominance and its ability to export inflation to the world is based on the so-called Petrodollar status, in which the US agreed to protect the Saudi kingdom in exchange for the Saudis demanding US dollars for all oil transaction settlements.

This arrangement is now coming to an end. Very few people have any real idea about what happens next.

But it won't be pretty for the dollar or anyone left holding dollars.

Get full details in today's feature article and podcast here.

 

Learn How To Develop a Frugal Attitude

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8 Unexpected Ways to Communicate in a Crisis

In a crisis, events change quickly and the only way to keep you and your loved ones alive is to communicate.

 

That way, no one is left behind...

 

And you’ll stay one step ahead of events.

 

Even when conventional methods (like cell networks, radios, or landlines) fail.

 

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Why do you need an emergency radio?

 

·         . Just 60 seconds of hand cranking provides more than 45 minutes of radio

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USE THIS solar gadget to survive an emergency! 

In 2022 alone there have been over 70 attacks on the power grid with reports of six in Florida, five in Oregon and Washington.

And according to national security experts, this trend is only going to continue.

As America's power grid comes under increasing attack and/or disruption…

THIS is your lifeline in a crisis.

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·         Signal for help from first responders

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You Can’t Buy Life Insurance After You’re Dead

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