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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

America: A Republic if You Can Keep It!

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America: A Republic if You Can Keep It!

The very foundation of America’s constitutional system of government is under attack.

United States Attorney General William Barr gave a stunning speech at the University of Notre Dame in October, a speech that should move people to take note of the seriousness of the times. He warned that the Judeo-Christian moral foundation that America was founded upon is under attack by academics, activists, actors, educators, journalists, media moguls, politicians and secularists of all stripes.

This attack threatens the very foundation of America’s constitutional system of government.

Mr. Barr loves the U.S. Constitution and understands this noble document as few men do. My father, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry, has stated that God surely had a hand in Mr. Barr’s appointment as attorney general. He was attorney general under President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s, and it is remarkable that he decided to take the job again. He seemed to come out of nowhere, and the timing of his nomination, hearings and confirmation is significant.

The attorney general’s speech is a message that God wants America to hear. In His mercy, God is exposing the corruption in American politics and giving people one last chance to repent before the nation plunges into a time of unparalleled calamity.

No Freedom Without Law

The attorney general began his speech by describing mankind’s capacity for self-government. He said that no society can endure that does not restrain individual greed and selfishness. But who is ultimately responsible for ensuring that people do not oppress their neighbors?

“By and large, the founding generation’s view of human nature was drawn from the classical Christian tradition,” Mr. Barr said. “These practical statesmen understood that individuals, while having the potential for great good, also had the capacity for great evil. Men are subject to powerful passions and appetites, and, if unrestrained, are capable of ruthlessly riding roughshod over their neighbors and the community at large. No society can exist without some means of restraining individual rapacity. But if you rely on the coercive power of the government to impose those restraints, the framers believed, this would inevitably lead to a government that is too controlling, and you will end up with no liberty, just tyranny” (ibid).

America’s founders faced the same dilemma that all civilizations face: How do you restrain selfish, lawless people without turning to an authoritarian government—which will inevitably be ruled by selfish, lawless people? The conclusion that George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison came to was that the individuals had to learn to restrain their own selfish and lawless human nature. This obviously required religion and morality.

“[T]he founders decided to take a gamble, and they called it a great experiment,” Mr. Barr continued. “They would leave the people broad liberty. They would limit the coercive power of the government and they would place their trust in the self-discipline and virtue of the American people. In the words of Madison, ‘We have staked our future on the ability of each of us to govern ourselves.’”

When the founders spoke about “self-government,” Mr. Barr said, they were not primarily referring to governmental structures that put power in the hands of the majority. They were referring to each individual’s capacity to restrain his own human nature and govern himself. They were referring to moral character, which is especially important in a free republic, where restraints are not enforced by “philosopher kings.”

This is why an American constitutional republic is only suitable and sustainable for a moral people.

As John Adams explained it, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

As long as most Americans voluntarily submit to God’s Ten Commandments, the U.S Constitution is a relatively effective governing framework that prevents tyrants from rising to power and guarantees a large amount of liberty to the people. But if people refuse to submit to the law of God, the same form of government will yield anarchy, until an authoritarian leader rises up to restore order.

“As far as human government goes, the United States started about as right as any government man has ever produced,” my father writes in Character in Crisis. “Critics today can say what they will about why it started right. But the Founding Fathers all seemed to be in perfect agreement on the issue. The country began in fertile ground because it was founded upon religion and morality.”

In the summer of 1787, Elizabeth Powel approached Benjamin Franklin as he exited the Constitutional Convention. The account goes that she asked, “Well, doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin’s reply: “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” Like America’s other founders, Franklin knew that if we fail to establish and maintain the rule of law, our republic is doomed!

Character in Crisis

Over the past century, society has abandoned even basic tenets of biblical morality. “[M]odern secularists dismissed this idea of morality as sort of otherworldly superstition imposed by a killjoy clergy,” Mr. Barr continued. “But in fact, Judeo-Christian moral standards are the ultimate utilitarian rules for human conduct. They reflect the rules that are best for man, not in the by and by, but in the here and now. They are like God’s instruction manual for the best running of man and the best operation of human society, and by the same token, violations of these moral laws have bad, real-world consequences for man and for society. We may not pay the price immediately, but over time, the harm is real.”

Militant secularists no longer have a “live and let live” attitude toward biblical moral codes, he said. They are no longer content to live a lawless lifestyle and leave others to practice their faith. In fact, he said, many government officials in the Obama administration seemed to “take delight” in compelling people to violate both the moral codes of the Bible and their conscience by forcing religious employers to fund contraceptive and abortifacient coverage in their health plans. Secularists in many state governments take the same delight in forcing Christian bakers to cater homosexual weddings.

Progressive activists think they are moral and upright, and that circumstances in America are improving as they go about destroying religion, morality and the institution of family. But this view is deranged. Just look at the social wreckage that family breakdown has caused. As Mr. Barr pointed out, we see record levels of depression and mental illness. We are witnessing soaring suicide rates and a deadly drug epidemic that is killing more than 70,000 people a year. We see swelling numbers of angry and alienated young males rioting in the cities and committing mass shootings.

Where is the progress? Look around and you see immense suffering, wreckage and misery!

“This is not decay, this is organized destruction,” Mr. Barr warned. “Secularists and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication—popular culture, the entertainment industry and academia—in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”

Americans are not keeping their republic. It is in grave danger of descending into anarchy and war. And the reason is that people abandoned “God’s instruction manual” and indulged their own selfish, lawless human nature.

America Under Attack

Attorney General Barr is describing America under attack. He does not discuss Satan the devil, nor does he grasp the depth of Satan’s role in this attack. But the Bible reveals that Satan is “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). It also prophesied that Satan would be cast to Earth in the end time (Revelation 12:9). The devil is full of wrath (verse 12), and he has gotten control of society, particularly the radical left.

Abraham Lincoln once stated, “All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. … If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.”

America’s Disappearing Will

The big reason these powers are rising today traces back to the power vacuum created by America’s weakness—and the disappearance of America’s will.

Gentiles have contempt for the weak.

In recent decades, America has demonstrated its lack of will to decisively use its power in several international arenas. Right now there is a temporary resurgence taking place under President Donald Trump, but it is not enough to reverse this trend—certainly not in the long term.

Recognizing this weakness, China has been asserting its power in the South China Sea and tightening its control over the people of Hong Kong and Xinjiang. Russia is claiming more and more power over former Soviet nations, including Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus. It is also pushing its weight around in the Middle East. Iran is also becoming more belligerent. America’s broken will is a big part of what is motivating these actions.

Throughout history, China has often taken on an expansionist policy to conquer, destroy, subdue and enslave people. In recent years, the United States has acted like China has changed, but that same policy is materializing again, stronger than ever.

Russia and China are also defying the U.S. by supporting North Korea, upgrading Kim Jong-un’s ability to attack South Korea, Japan and even the U.S. with nuclear weapons! If China and Russia were concerned about the general welfare of mankind, would they do that? If they still respected the United States, would they act so brazenly against American interests?

Russia’s and China’s actions prove that Gentiles are rising to power before our eyes! And these are just two of many Gentile nations growing more aggressive on the world scene.

U.S. weakness is putting its allies on dangerous ground. Many nations are realizing they cannot trust America for protection anymore. They have to make peace with China, Russia and these other nations if they are to survive in the new global order that is taking shape.

Again, under the Trump administration, America is showing more spine to the world’s aggressors than previous recent administrations. But Bible prophecy shows that this is only a temporary resurgence in America’s foreign policy. It will not last longer than one more U.S. presidential election!

Is that an urgent crisis??

While many will rejoice at the United States’ demise, this trend is building to catastrophe like never before seen! As the U.S. falls in power, it will be replaced by leaders who act like wild, raging beasts!


A Final Note…


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Monday, January 27, 2020

Only 41 Percent of Americans Have $1000 To Cover An Emergency

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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


"It's no secret that lack of financial education and knowledge can contribute to people's financial problems. But does it actually cost people money? The National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) conducted a survey asking American adults to estimate how much money they had lost during the year due to lack of financial knowledge. The single-question survey asked U.S. residents across the country, "During the past year (2019), about how much money do you think you lost because you lacked knowledge about personal finances?"

 "A total of 2,506 people responded to the survey between December 31st 2019 and January 3rd 2020. Six different age groups across the U.S. were represented among those surveyed. Among this diverse group of respondents, the estimated average amount of money that lacking knowledge about personal finances cost people was $1,279 in 2019."

We better hope that the U.S. economy holds together in 2020, because if there is any sort of major economic crisis much of the country is going to be broke almost immediately.  Today, close to half of all Americans are living on the edge financially.  For many, it is out of necessity, but for others it is a conscious choice.  Way too many people out there see no need to build up a substantial financial cushion because they have a tremendous amount of faith in the system. 

They don’t think that things will ever get too bad in this country, and so there is no urgency to put funds away for a rainy day.  But even if authorities could somehow prevent an economic downturn from ever happening again, individual emergencies are taking place all around us on a constant basis.  Cars break down, people get sick, and accidents happen.  Unfortunately, most Americans are completely unprepared for some sort of an emergency to strike.  In fact, a brand new survey has discovered that just 41%  of Americans could cover a $1,000 emergency expense using their current savings…

Bankrate’s January Financial Security Index survey reveals that just four in 10 U.S. adults (41 percent) would cover the cost of a $1,000 car repair or emergency room visit using savings. The findings echo what previous Bankrate studies and others — including the Federal Reserve and the Pew Charitable Trusts — have found about Americans Lack a Rainy Day fund.

So where would everyone else get the money for an emergency?

Well, most of them would either borrow the money or get it from a relative.

And usually an emergency costs a lot more than $1,000.  Here is more the Bankrate Survey …

Emergencies often aren’t cheap. Among survey respondents who said they or their family members dealt with an unexpected expense in the past 12 months, the median amount of the largest expense was $1,750.

Three in 10 adults (29 percent) said they or their family members spent at least $5,000 in the past year to cover an unanticipated cost.

The bottom line is that most of the country is living paycheck to paycheck, and most Americans are just one small step away from financial disaster.

Back in 2008, millions of Americans suddenly lost their jobs, and because so many of them were living on the edge financially a lot of them suddenly couldn’t pay their mortgages.

You would think that we would have learned something from that very painful experience, but we didn’t.

So we better hope that the U.S. economy remains relatively stable, because a serious downturn would be very ugly.

Unfortunately, an increasing number of experts are warning that our luck is about to run out.  In fact, the head of the IMF recently warned that we could potentially be facing another Great Depression…

The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that the global economy risks a return of the Great Depression, driven by inequality and financial sector instability.

Speaking at the Peterson Institute of International Economics in Washington, Kristalina Georgieva said new IMF research, which compares the current economy to the “roaring 1920s” that culminated in the great market crash of 1929, revealed that a similar trend was already under way.

That certainly doesn’t sound good at all.

Here in the United States, most people have been choosing to ignore all the signs that the economy is slowing down.

But as stores and businesses continue to close down all over the nation, it is going to become very difficult to ignore all of the empty buildings.

For example, Macy’s just announced that they will be closing nearly 30 stores

Macy’s is closing roughly more than two dozen stores as troubles mount for the storied retailer.

The company confirmed to CNN Business that it’s shuttering 28 Macy’s locations and one Bloomingdale’s location in the coming months. Closures affect locations in several states, including Florida, California and Georgia, according to lists compiled from various media reports.

And one of the most prominent mall retailers in the entire country has just announced that they will be closing 91 stores…

Fashion retailer Express plans to close 91 stores as part of a “fleet rationalization” after a sales slump during the holidays.

The move comes amid a rash of store closures following the holiday shopping season.

Of course I could go on and on all day.  Here are just a couple more examples of major retailers that are closing down stores

Bed Bath & Beyond is closing 60 locations, with the list being revealed Tuesday. And Schurman Retail Group plans to close its Papyrus and American Greetings stores, totaling about 254 locations, within the next four to six weeks.

But despite evidence to the contrary, the irrational optimists would still have us believe that America has entered a new era of tremendous economic prosperity.

I actually wish that was true.

Sadly, decades of exceedingly bad decisions are catching up with us in a major way, and instead of changing course we continue to steamroll to the end.

Right now I am going to share with you the number one piece of advice that I give to everyone who asks about preparing for the great storm that is ahead.

Build up a financial cushion.

When things get bad, you are going to need money.

I know that sounds exceedingly simple, but obviously most of the country is choosing not to do this.

Instead, most of the country is surviving from month to month with barely any money in their bank accounts, and so when disaster strikes they are going to be looking for someone else to rescue them.

We have had more than a decade since the crisis of 2008 to prepare for the next one, but most people are acting as if the next one will never arrive.

Unfortunately, the truth is that the next crisis has already started, and businesses all over the nation are going bankrupt.

But most Americans won’t realize what is happening until things really start getting out of hand, and by then it will be far too late to make any sort of preparations.

About the Author: I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep. My name is Michael Snyder and I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I have written four books that are available on including The Beginning Of The EndGet Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters

 NOTE:  As demonstrated during the government shutdown last year, even two-income government workers who make darn good money, seemed challenged after 2-4 weeks without a paycheck apparently not saving any least that's what lamestream media focused on.

Yours for a Socialist-Free America!

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’



Old ammo cans are incredibly useful if you’re a prepper. They’re designed to be sturdy, stackable, waterproof, and easy to transport (with handles on the top and the front). That’s why militaries have been using them for decades.

There are several sizes and shapes, but they all have the same basic design which hasn’t been modified since the 1950s. If you’re a prepper, you should consider acquiring some ammo cans as they have many uses in addition to storing ammo.

In this video, Sensible Prepper comes up with 25 uses for ammo cans. Here’s his list... 

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Pandemic Awareness: Creating a Reasonable Plan Without Outright Panic

 There is a lot in the news about the outbreak in China and the increasing number of cases of the Wahun virus that are being seen in the United States. While there is reason to be concerned and take some … Continued


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Water-How to get it during an emergency PLUS more survival skills

Poor Man Survival

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ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


Water-How to get it during an emergency PLUS more survival skills

On this site, we have a lot of articles about skills. Basic skills, rare skills, survival skills, bushcraft skills, first aid skills, street fighting get the idea. But since most of you live in cities and will probably be in one during the next major disaster, the type of skills you might want to focus on is urban survival skills.

 I could have included dozens of skills in this list, but I narrowed it down to 11. Keep in mind that this list is by no means comprehensive, and they aren't listed in any particular order. Now on to the list.

 1. Water Collection and Purification - Of course, the ability to collect and purify water is an invaluable wilderness survival skill. But finding and purifying water in the city comes with a completely different set of challenges...


How do I get the water out of the hot water heater when water becomes scarce?

- Jon C

Answer: Water heaters can be a great source of water during an emergency. The first thing you would want to do is turn off power to the heater.

Typically, water heaters are either electric or gas, but either way, you want to make sure they are turned off. There should be a switch to turn off the power or you can turn off the circuit breaker.

Next, if you are worried about a tainted water supply, you want to turn off the valve that lets new water into the tank. This valve should be at the top of the tank near the pipe that brings in new water.

Finally, at the bottom of the tank you should see a drain and valve. Some of these drains have garden hose connections so you can hook a hose up and drain the water into another container.

Even though water from a water heater should be safe to drink, I would still recommend using a water filter such as the SurvFilter to filter the water before drinking.


Every drop of water you’ve ever drunk, swam in, bathed in, or watered your plants with was once a drop of rain falling from a cloud. Of course, those drops of water were probably purified at your local water treatment plant.

 But what if the treatment plant shuts down due to a major disaster? Is it safe to harvest rainwater and drink it? The answer is yes, but you have to do it right.

 Instead of placing a thousand cups out in a rainstorm, you should build your very own rainwater harvesting system. This system collects rain and stores it safely for you to drink at your convenience. For sustainability and economic purposes, harvesting rainwater is an ability any long-term prepper should have...



Growing greens indoors is quickly becoming one of the best ways for consumers to keep fresh produce on hand, so new solutions like the 'aspara' smart indoor garden are being developed with this in mind. The hydroponic garden system works with seed kits that can be quickly set up in the unit before being supported by specialized LEDs and an automatic watering system. Advanced sensors within the unit also work to keep track of the nutrients in the water, while also ensuring they are getting the right amount of light required for optimal growth.

The 'aspara' smart indoor garden also works with an accompanying smartphone app to capture pertinent data from the machine for you to look over as well as making it easier to access supplies, when required.

The 'Planty Cube' is a smart vertical farming solution that has been developed by the South Korea-based agriculture and IoT startup n.thing as a potential solution for cities to help them grow produce in small spaces. Shown off at CES 2020, the vertical farming solution keeps the functionality of a 40-foot smart farm concealed in a shipping container-like enclosure. The interior has shelves and rows filled with capsules called Pickcells that can be used for growing high-quality vegetation in an automated hydroponic manner thanks to a computer-operated system.

The 'Planty Cube' won an Innovation Award at CES 2020 and is capable of being remotely controlled to further enhance the hands-off functionality of the farming system.


These days, 53% of people buy ammo online and this is a good option if you are looking for inexpensive bulk ammo.

One of the places I’ve purchased ammo at decent prices is Cheaper Than Dirt and also the website Bulk Ammo.

No matter where you buy your ammo, I would stay away from the cheap brands such as Wolf or TulAmmo.


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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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Living in an RV, Make Extra Money, Free Stuff

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


I Live in an RV Year-Round-What It’s Really Like
You don’t have to wait until you retire to “live the dream.”  This 20-something couple is already doing it…
My husband Wes and our two dogs have spent several years living in an RV—calling a 24-foot Winnebago home and driving it all around the United States. More recently, we transitioned to an even smaller van-type RV (the 38-foot Allegro Bus, shown above), where we plan to live during much of the hurricane season, then spend the rest of the time living on a sailboat.


Strategic Relocation

Would you be better off in a different house, community, city or state?

One of the most frequent questions we get from people working to become more resilient is: Is there a better place I should move to?

Answering this question isn’t simple.

First you need to to determine what selection criteria are important to your decision-making and prioritize them according to your specific personal requirements and goals. Then you need a region-by-region evaluation that enables you to identify potential “good fit” options.

This process can be overwhelming for most folks starting from scratch. Which is why turning to a time-tested guide to this process can be a tremendously valuable resource.

There aren’t that many out there. The best one we know of that’s still in print is Strategic Relocation by Joel Skousen.

This 350-page encyclopedic work specifies the key metrics to focus on in the relocation process and evaluates and scores the major regions of North America on each.


What can you do if your SS# has been stolen? I just found out mine was.

- Don H

Answer: This is becoming an epidemic since social security numbers can be used to commit so many different types of crimes. It’s also a huge mess to get this cleaned up and will take some effort on your part.

You will want to go to your local police and file a police report. You want to report the theft of your SS# to the Federal Trade Commission. You want to make sure you put a credit freeze on your credit report with all three credit agencies.

You want to monitor your credit report every month to make sure there are no fraudulent charges. You should also contact the Social Security Administration about getting a new SS#.


Yours for a Socialist-Free America!

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’



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Growing up as a kid, MrConsumer always knew that linens went on sale in January during white sales, and that August was the best time to buy summer clearance clothes at Boston's famed Filene's Basement. With sales now running 365 days a year, good deals can pop up anytime, but this calendar of bargains by the month may help help focus your search.

Where to Find Free Stuff

Who doesn't like something for nothing? This story suggests websites where companies as well as your neighbors have stuff to give away free. These sites tend to be updated daily.


70% of Americans Say our Economic System Favor the Rich
Seven in 10 Americans say the U.S. economic system unfairly favors powerful interests. Most also say that politicians, corporations, and wealthy people have too much power and influence in today’s economy.

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