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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Doublespeak, GroupThink, PC Run Amok

Poor Man Survival

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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources



Doublespeak, GroupThink, PC Run Amok

The ideal of political authority is to create a public mind that is a mirror image of the pretense of government. This is a perfect crime against human liberty.

The first cause of government is, and can only be, suppression of our human nature and loss of our identity as human beings and individuals. Hence, government authority and propaganda seek to fade the individual into group consciousness. Altruistic philosophy and self-denial is the government propaganda used in this process. Governments must destroy the identity of the individual and subvert him to the mass conscience and control by the state.

 Carefully chosen words by the establishment are the basis of mass mind control leading to acceptance of force. Until the people accept collectivism under some pretext, they are not docileand completely subdued. Words are created and repeated, which expands the collective psyche to accept and repeat some more. People who freely use those terms are not in control of their own thinking process. Totalitarian regimes are successful when they have created a system of conventional wisdom in which their subjects acquire and remain in a state of confusion. This confusion is achieved when individuality is completely surrendered to the collective and reality is distorted by propaganda that creates two opposing thoughts which the masses accept as fact.

George Orwell called this doublethink. Orwell described it in 1984 this way: To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself—that was the ultimate subtlety: Consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word—doublethink—involved the use of doublethink.

The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies—all this is indispensably necessary consciousness, the easier to develop the psyche of self-sacrifice to the state. Self-sacrifice means a willingness to surrender your rights for some fictional notion of “safety,” die in foreign wars or a willingness to transfer your labor and wealth to the government under the fiction of income tax, Social Security tax, or inheritance tax.

All governments use this psychological phenomenon to their advantage. This phenomenon is on display when people across the country march and protest against “guns” and for “school safety.” No doubt every tyrant in history gives a rousing “Huzza!” and all the Founding Fathers weep at the demonstration of hive mind collectivism on display.

It is rare in American history when so many clamor so loudly to have their rights stripped from them outright.


Following are some examples of doublethink that are common today:

 • Anyone under 21 is mentally and emotionally incapable of purchasing or owning a weapon.

 • High school students should direct our policies on gun control.

• President Donald Trump is a dictator and a tyrant.

• Trump and Congress need to buck the NRA and take away our guns.

 • Police are over-militarized and violent and are disproportionally targeting minorities.

• Only police should have guns.

• “Children” should stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26.

 • Pre-teen and teenaged children are capable of choosing their own “gender” and deciding to have an abortion without parental consent.

 • Russia is our enemy.

 • Russia is backing the NRA and wants more Americans to be armed.

Yours for a Socialist-Free America!

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

It's time to stop this CIA-run criminal coup against America

The CIA is running a criminal coup against America, and the "whistleblower" we all heard about last week is nothing but another CIA spy embedded in the bureaucracy.

All those who are colluding with this fabricated impeachment push need to be arrested, indicted and prosecuted for treason. They are going all-out now, promising to impeach Trump before Thanksgiving. They may very well succeed, too.

At some point, Trump will call upon the American people to assist in the location and arrest of all the high-level traitors who got caught trying to carry out this illegal coup. When that day comes, you need to be ready.


Trump has upset the apple cart of the power elite in DC; one reason why they attack him non-stop. Voters elected him because of this, not because he’s a career politician who edits every word they utter in order to be politically correct. That’s why he’ll win 2020.




Unethical socialist-democrats are involved in hostile takeover of our nation. They’re a grave threat to democracy and erosion of trust in our government. They promote hostility, divisiveness and victimhood using whatever dirty tricks they can to unseat Trump and the rule of law.


I don't know about you, but to me, it seems like America is more divided than ever. At least more divided than I've ever seen in my lifetime. And with next year's presidential election, this is likely to get even worse. Is it possible there could be a second Civil War in the United States?

 Nearly a third of Americans think so. Many polls have showed that a third of the country expects another Civil War within the next five years. Hopefully, that will never happen, but I think it would be wise to prepare for the possibility and watch for signs that it's about to happen.

 In this video, City Prepping identifies 7 signs that a new Civil War is about to happen soon. Here's what he came up with...


How many Americans will it require to secure our freedoms?

I confess that I don’t know the precise number. But I suspect it isn’t as many as you might think.

Throughout American history, the ability to change the course of our nation hasn’t required a “majority” of the population.

Our founding fathers knew that the cause of liberty did not require a majority of the people to prevail.

Instead, the founders believed that the key to advancing liberty in America was a dedicated minority that worked tirelessly to educate their fellow citizens.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How to Value Coins and Coin Metals and Useful Resources

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


How to Value Coins and Coin Metals

When talking about gold, what the heck is a karat anyway?

This can be quite confusing, since we talk about carats with diamonds as well — and those carats refer to weight.

Gold karats (spelled “carats” outside the U.S.) don’t refer to weight.

Indeed, for arcane reasons we don’t need to worry about, gold karats refer to the ratio of gold to other metals in an object.

Specifically, what fraction out of 24 is gold.

So a piece of metal that’s 9k (nine karats) is 9/24 gold and 15/24 is other metals (often copper).

That’s equivalent to 37.5% gold (nine divided by 24).

Incidentally, a 9-karat hunk of metal isn’t considered gold, by U.S. standards. Ten karats (10/24) is the minimum ratio to be considered gold (and that’s still less than half gold).

The purest gold you can get is 24 karat — because it’s 24/24 gold. In practical terms, you can only claim that 24-karat gold is 99.9% pure (often noted as 0.999 on gold bars, using a slightly different measuring system).

That’s why the seemingly random number, 24-karat gold, is the... ahem… gold standard.

Now that we’ve got that piece of trivia out of the way, the important thing to note for coins is you only want coins that are a minimum of 22k.

Many collectors and investors will only grab the purest 24k gold coins. But — with gold being a very soft, malleable metal — 24k coins are very easy to scuff or damage

Which is why some collectors prefer 22k coins. They are 91.7% gold, which is high enough gold content to matter. But they have just enough hardier metal in them to make them sturdier coins, much harder to damage.

Whether you want 22k or 24k coins is more a matter of choice — both are fine as collectibles and investments.

Silver, of course, has an entirely different grading system.

There are a number of grades on the spectrum, but the most important ones to remember are:

  • Fine silver — 99.9% silver, the equivalent of 24-karat gold
  • Sterling silver — 92.5% silver, with the rest of the composition made up of other metals, usually copper
  • Coin silver — 90% silver, the most common ratio used in coins.

In the U.S. silver coins have usually had to contain at least 90% silver. Foreign coins sometimes contain as little as 75% silver.

All things being equal, you want to focus on coins with higher silver content.

However, with numismatics — the practice of collecting coins — things usually are not equal.

For instance, nickels produced between 1942 and 1945 are often called “silver nickels,” because nickel was an important metal for the war effort, so these nickels are actually 35% silver.

While that’s not a high silver content, the unusual circumstances surrounding these coins — when nickel was temporarily more valuable than silver — make them highly desirable and collectable.

Likewise, the Kennedy silver half dollars minted between 1965 and 1970 are very sought after, even though they are only 40% silver.

n other words, knowing the precious metal percentages is important — especially in bullion coins — but it’s not the only thing.

When it comes to numismatic coins — those mostly of interest to collectors and investors — other factors will often override metal percentages.

There are other minutiae involving precious metal weights and values — like troy ounces (which are 31.1 grams, instead of the 28.3 grams of the regular ounce).

That’s important only because some less scrupulous dealers sometimes try to overvalue their goods by listing them in regular ounces instead of troy ounces, to overstate their weight.

Watch out for that.

Otherwise, most of the peculiarities of weight and other measurements make for interesting trivia but won’t greatly affect the value of your coins.

Now that you’ve got the metal basics down, it’s time to dive into one of the more important aspects of coins.

The grading system.

Here we’ll address the U.S. grading system — the most exact and widely used. Especially when dealing with “modern” coins (meaning those produced circa 1800 or later).

Before we even begin, you have to know that numismatic coins are separated into three categories:

  • Mint or uncirculated (MS) coins. These are coins that never went out into the world. As a general rule, uncirculated coins will almost always be in great shape

  • About Uncirculated (AU) coins. These are coins that did go into circulation or were otherwise handled in some way. They often show signs of wear. However, the wear is so miniscule that these coins are in near-mint condition

  • Circulated coins. These are the most common types of coins — those which served their original purpose out in the world. The conditions of circulated coins obviously can vary wildly. And their values can vary wildly as well.

As an investor, you will generally want to focus on MS and AU coins. There are some circulated coins that are worth owning as well, but consider them on a case-by-case basis.

Investment-grade, numismatic coins are graded on a scale from 1–70.

As a general rule, you should only be interested in mint, or uncirculated, coins, graded MS-65 and up and exceptional AU coins.

An MS-70 is a perfect coin. There are no nicks, no blemishes, the luster is ideal, it has a sharp strike (which means the coin is minted perfectly, with no problems in the imprinted illustrations). This coin looks like it just came out of the mint.

An MS-65 coin — as low as you want to go for mint coins — will have excellent (but not perfect) luster. It can have a few small scattered contact marks or two larger contact marks (but not both). It can have one or two patches of hairlines — only visible under magnification. And the high points of the design can have some minor scuffs.

AU — About Uncirculated — can go no higher than a 58 grade. But a 58 grade is exceptional — it means the coin will have nearly full luster, which is extremely rare in a coin that’s been in circulation. It will have no large contact marks and only the barest signs of wear at the highest points of the design.

An AU-58 will often look better than coins graded above it. The only reason it isn’t graded higher is that it has been handled in some fashion… though it has almost never been in full-fledged circulation.

Finally, regular circulated coins make up the majority of coins out there. And — with few exceptions — you should ignore them as investments.

The exceptions are important. Ancient coins — by which we mean coins aged in millennia — are often only available as circulated. And the finest examples can fetch high prices, even if they’re fairly far down on the grade scale.

Coins that have unusual stories attached to them can also have a lot of value even if they’re in less-than-ideal shape — like coins rescued from famous shipwrecks.

But you shouldn’t spend a lot of time thinking about them. Instead — unless there is a particular coin you want to add to your portfolio — focus on coins in mint and AU conditions. There are fewer paths to mistakes or trouble that way.  

Unconventionally yours,
Ryan Cole
Editor-in-chief, Unconventional Wealth
NOTE:  Decades ago I got a divorce & she got all the "prizes" from our marriage.  I left with only my computer and clothes...the one thing that saved my bacon was having a stash of gold and silver coins.  Selling them allowed me some breathing space as my business had been sold that year and the buyer never paid me [I lost about $500K that year]...


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 But what if you live up north and it's so cold outside that opening the door for a few seconds sends a terrible chill through the house? After Hurricane Sandy, I got this message:

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As you can see America is much more lopsided on National Security Needs than the “Fake News,” media reports.

It’s because they want 100% of the control & power over us.

Control our government.
Control our guns.
Control our views.
Control our finances.

…and then the power is all theirs.

-The Capital Hill Team


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Originally, this was a list of 50 survival items, but since then, I've gotten all sorts of comments and messages from people telling me about other things preppers often forget. Once I had 50 more, I added them to the list. Now there's a total of 100.

 To be clear, this isn't meant to be a comprehensive list of every survival item you'll need. It's just a list of the ones that are often overlooked. Hopefully, it will help you fill in any gaps in your survival plan. For everything on this list that you already have, give yourself a pat on the back...

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