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Monday, June 24, 2019

Situational Awareness Tips: Increase Your Personal Safety


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Personal Situational Awareness for Self Protection
 

   Too often we witness people, addicted & distracted by cell phones who are oblivious to dangers around them...


Knowing how to defend yourself is important not only in a survival situation but in your daily life s well. There are plenty of threats and dangers around you every day. I tell my students that it's silly to only be a prepper in the purely End Of The World As We Know It sense. Essentially, a prepper is prepared for anything: bad weather, natural disaster, blackout, stock market collapse, EMP, the end of the world and any basic personal threat like attack or home invasion.

It is important to know how to defend yourself and you may be surprised to find that basic self-defense has little to do with hitting the right pressure points... 

Here are several basic self-defense tips that an instructor will tell you in a self-defense class.

1.     Always be aware of your surroundings when you are out on foot. The best way to defend yourself against a threat is to avoid it altogether. Don't walk around or go for a run with your headphones on. You want to hear what is going on around you. If you have long hair, pull it back before going out so that nothing blocks your peripheral vision.

2.     Always survey your destination prior to walking to it. If you are approaching a gas station, a store, an ATM, a restaurant or any other establishment (especially after dark), survey it prior to walking there. If anyone looks suspicious, go the other way.

3.     Only walk or run on streets that are lit. I can't count how many situations could have been avoided if people didn't walk on dark streets.

4.     If you are parking in a parking garage, park as close to the exit as you can, away from the elevator. 

5.     If running is an option - run. I can't tell my students enough: self-defense is not about fighting people; it's about putting a stop to an attack and escaping. If something feels wrong - run. If someone starts following you at a distance - run. If you are attacked and manage to temporarily disable your attacker - run. If you are attacked with an intention of being robbed, then throw your belongings away from yourself and run. Essentially, whenever an option to run exists - run.

6.     If you are in close proximity and have to fight back then fight back as hard as you possibly can, hitting the most vulnerable spots: eyes, nose, face, neck, knee or groin. 

7.     Use your feet. Chances are, your shoes are harder than your fists so if you are grabbed, stomp on your attackers feet as hard as you can.

8.     Use your elbow. Your elbow is the strongest point on your body. So hit, jam, and jab with it as hard as you can.

9.     Never go anywhere with your attacker. Let them have whatever you have but don't leave with them. If someone broke into your car and wants you to drive somewhere (even at gun point), floor the gas pedal and ram your car into a wall or something (avoiding pedestrians of course) to attract attention and cause others to run over to check on you.

10.   Don't let strangers into your house, and don't leave the door open to get a family member either. It's way too easy for an attacker to kill you if once they breach your doorway. So don't be naive, be cautious. 

Of course, it's always best to learn real CIA-style tactics to disarm and combat an attacker if they come after you or your family. This way you'll be prepared for any style of attack, even if they're much bigger and stronger than you.
 
 

 

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Have you ever thought about what you will do if the SHTF and friends and/or family start knocking at your door, asking for help? During a local, temporary disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane, it would make sense to help them. I know I would.

 
But what if it's a long-term disaster that shows no signs of abating? What if you only have enough food to last your family a few months? If you start letting in friends and relatives, then next thing you know, your food will be gone in a week. Then the people you helped will be right back where they started, only they'll have dragged you down with them.

 
That's why a lot of preppers keep their stockpile a secret, as well they should. However, if you have a chatty friend or family member who spills the beans about your preparedness plans, then a lot of people might end up finding out anyway. If that happens, then you could end up in a situation where you have to turn people away--people you care about...


 
Bruce, the “Poor Man”




 Also Noted…

On prepaid phones:  When you get to the cashier and it's time to pay they ask you your name and address.

Last time I got a burner phone I made up a name, do you agree with that? If forced to give a name should I just simply make one up the way I have in the past?

- Jay G

Answer: First, I would simply decline to give the cashier your name. Tell them you don't like to give out personal information. I have done this myself and I know other customers who have done the same thing.

If they require that you give them a name, I would give them a false name to protect yourself. Some of my customers use these phones because they have stalkers, and if your life is in danger, the last thing you want to do is give the cashier your name in case someone is trying to track you.

Can you give some recommendations on choosing parachute cord?

- John G

Answer: When it comes to paracord, the key is to make sure you buy paracord 550 that is made in the United States. A lot of places sell paracord 550 that is made in China and the quality isn’t the same. 

I’ve tested so many types of paracord and unless it’s made in the USA it doesn’t hold up, so stay away from the cheap Chinese stuff.
 

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A better economy does not make a smarter consumer. As Americans' finances recovered from the Great Recession – spurred by the longest bull market, 50-year unemployment lows and an almost record-breaking expansion – they got dumber about money matters.


Speaking at Fortune’s Brainstorm Finance conference in Montauk on Thursday, Hugh Frater, CEO of Fannie Mae, and Anand Cavale, head of consumer lending at SoFi, said one of the biggest money challenges among millennials is a lack of critical knowledge when it comes to things like home buying and paying off student debt. Homeownership is up, and millennials are fueling that growth, Frater said, but they often come into the process with little knowledge on how exactly it works.

 


Unless you are driving a Ferrari, a car is not an investment. A car is basically a huge waste of money. Where else can you take $40,000 and set it on fire in seven years? And pay a bunch of interest to the bank in the process?
   

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Skeptical of Libra, the New Facebook Digital Currency


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I'm Skeptical of Libra, the New Facebook Digital Currency

The value of currency is its wide acceptance, and the same is true of virtual currency.  This helps explain why so many prominent technology and financial services firms are joining together to launch a new global crypto currency called Libra, including Facebook, PayPal and eBay.

An independent, non-for-profit entity called the Libra Association will govern the new network and currency, which is built on blockchain technology. Other cofounding members include Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, and Coinbase; platforms BookingHoldings, Farfetch, Lyft, Spotify, and Uber; and telecom firm Vodafone Group.

Notably absent: Amazon.

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said it is very early days for Libra, “but we hope to enable developers and businesses to build inclusive and affordable financial service products for people across the economic spectrum.”

It’s an ambitious project and also difficult to explain. Schulman said, “This ecosystem will be enhanced by the Libra Blockchain, a new blockchain that is being built from the ground up to prioritize scalability, security, and reliability, as well as the flexibility required to evolve over time. The Libra Reserve, a reserve of real assets that will back the Libra currency, providing enhanced stability, low inflation, wide global acceptance, and fungibility.”

PayPal already acts as a digital wallet, so adding support for Libra may not be overly difficult once it becomes available. Facebook, on the other hand, is working to build a digital wallet for Libra that would work on its apps.

In its announcement, Facebook focused on how Libra could help the unbanked including those in developing countries and migrants remitting funds to their homeland. But it’s hard to believe philanthropy is its overriding motivation. As the Washington Post wrote in a pre-announcement analysis, “While Facebook barely makes any money from its payments business today – with payments and other fees accounting for less than 2% of last year’s $55.8 billion of revenue – some analysts reckon Libra could change things. Barclays is reportedly predicting $19 billion in additional revenue by 2021 if the tokens gain traction.”

Facebook said its Calibra wallet would become available in its apps (Messenger, WhatsApp and a standalone app) when it launches in 2020.

Up until this point, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have a reputation for their potential for aiding criminals due to their anonymity and the difficulty of tracking who buys and sells them.

In its announcement, Facebook wrote, “We’re still early in the process of developing Calibra. Along the way we’ll be consulting with a wide range of experts to make sure we can deliver a product that is safe, private and easy to use for everyone.”

It also tried to allay fears users might have about security and privacy:

“We’ll also take steps to protect your privacy. Aside from limited cases, Calibra will not share account information or financial data with Facebook or any third party without customer consent. This means Calibra customers’ account information and financial data will not be used to improve ad targeting on the Facebook family of products. The limited cases where this data may be shared reflect our need to keep people safe, comply with the law and provide basic functionality to the people who use Calibra. Calibra will use Facebook data to comply with the law, secure customers’ accounts, mitigate risk and prevent criminal activity. You can read more about our commitments to privacy and consumer protection here.”

Governments have already imposed regulations on online payment processors for anti-laundering and anti-tax evasion purposes, but at this early stage, Libra partners were all about generating excitement rather than dwelling on details about solutions to deal with potential problems.

Bitcoin has avid fans who embrace the privacy the existing crypto currency affords them. They jumped on a Twitter thread started by David Marcus, who is overseeing the project for Facebook (and former president of PayPal), to make known their disdain for a “closed blockchain.”

eBay weighed in today, with Vice President of Global Payment, Billing and Risk Alyssa Cutright providing the following statement, “eBay is committed to supporting emerging technologies that have the potential to expand global ecommerce and make it more affordable for people across the world. In these pioneering days of cryptocurrency and blockchain, we are excited to be at the forefront of development, testing, and learning in our role as a Founding Member of the Libra Association.”

My personal feeling is that Facebook can’t be trusted with personal information, why would I trust them with a digital currency?  My guess is this is another attempt at building a part of the New World Order with social media giants leading the charge.

What do you think?  Of course, many feel the USA monetary system is on shaky ground due to its fiat nature and control by bankers/FED…read the next posts for additional insights.
 

 

A hallmark of economic catastrophe for a country is the collapse in the value of its currency, otherwise known as ‘hyperinflation’. Cases of hyperinflation abound throughout history, with two of the most famous happening in Weimar Germany in the 1920s and, more recently, Venezuela after the oil price collapse in 2016.

Typically, inflation rates occur in conjunction with economic growth rates. As the economy grows, it becomes slightly more costly to buy goods and services, leading to a gradual decrease in the value of the currency.


Occasionally, governments that are deeply in debt with no way to raise their income levels start printing money in order to pay off the number value of their debt. Owe $20 billion in Bolivars worth of debt to a creditor? Just print out $20 billion Bolivars and pay them back, easy peasy...


 


The amount of corn produced in the United States this year is going to be way below expectations.  The Department of Agriculture just slashed its harvest estimates quite dramatically in its June report, but some farmers in the Midwest believe that those reduced projections are still way too optimistic. 

 Much of the corn that has actually been planted is coming up very slowly due to the exceedingly poor conditions, and corn farmers all over the Midwest are reporting that their plants look absolutely terrible.  If we get picture perfect weather between now and harvest time, this will simply be a terrible year.  But if severe heat and/or an early frost hits the Midwest, this could very easily be the worst year that we have ever seen for corn farmers in the United States.

With that in mind, keep these tips and resources handy:

When it comes to stockpiling food and survival supplies, there can be too much of a good thing. For example, you could buy so much perishable food that you won't be able to eat it all before it expires, even if you try. Or you could stockpile enough guns and ammo for a small army, but if it's just you and your family, what's the point?

However, there are certain survival supplies that you really can't overdo. No matter how many of them you buy, you could probably stand to get a few more (unless you literally run out of space). These are things that have either an endless shelf life, a multitude of uses, or strong barter value. Some of them, like duct tape or garbage bags, have all three of those traits.

 Here is our list of survival items you can never have enough of...


If you're new to prepping and on a tight budget, you should take a look at this list. The survival items listed here aren't just inexpensive, they could be very useful in a disaster scenario.

 

Tarps, for instance, have at least 25 survival uses such as building shelter, patching leaks, collecting rainwater, and so forth. Duct tape has even more uses. You can use it to fix worn out shoes, patch a leak in your tent, make a butterfly bandage, and more.

 

By stockpiling multipurpose items, you won't have to spend as much money on things that only have one function. This will save you some cash and make you more prepared...


 

Having spent many years training my students to survive unexpected events, I have learned that preppers usually fit in different camps based on what they fear most. These fears drive their preparation efforts and define their prepping style. If you are new, you may be wondering what other preppers are afraid of and what they are training for. Here are the top concerns.

Natural Disasters


Yes, you've probably guessed that much. For some of our countrymen, natural disasters are a seasonal concern. Tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, mudslides and snowstorms can feel like the end of the world in and of themselves. Let's remember Katrina, Sandy, Haiti and the tsunami in Japan. People are still picking up the pieces... But what concerns some of our prepper friends are disasters that can happen on a larger scale and cause so much devastation that a large percentage of Earth's population will be lost.

It is not easy to prepare for a massive disaster that mother nature may have in store. How do you stay safe when you don't know which areas will be affected and on what scale? I'll leave that up to you to decide...

Financial Collapse


While many Americans fear financial trouble is on the horizon, most think that our government will use some new clever tactic to restore the delicate balance an make things right again. Most are completely blind to the reality. American debt is growing exponentially; industry is “dying out” with may manufacturing facilities moving overseas; people are living beyond their means and so is our country. Preppers predict that sooner or later this is going to catch up with us. A national financial crisis is coming and with all of the financial troubles around the world, a global crisis is not far behind.

Social Unrest


While social unrest usually follows most large scale disasters, many preppers fear that it may happen without a particular triggering event. Rather, it will be a result of a natural evolution of social issues and differences. They fear that the gap between political, religious and personal differences will only grow wider and eventually all it will take will be an eloquent leader to cause an uprising that could lead to no less than an outright civil war over a group of issues.

EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse)


This is something that certain preppers are specifically worried about. EMP is a surge of electromagnetic energy that can destroy electronic equipment. It can be caused by bombs and by solar storms. While we can’t see or feel EMP, its consequences can be devastating leaving us defenseless, in the dark and uninformed. What’s more, EMP will completely mess up logistics, which means that store deliveries will be stopped and we will be without food for awhile. What really worries preppers is that a large scale EMP will be so destructive, it may take years to recover.

So, what do you do to be truly prepared? How do you know you are not missing anything? What if new threats appear? Join the United Surivalists Association. As a member, you can take a deep breath and quit worrying whether you are doing enough. We will keep you up to date so you can not only be aware of the new threats, but also determine how to best use your resources to get ready.

It may have been awhile since you inventoried your survival supplies. With multiple priorities on the prepping front and with a day-to-day life to live, thinking about advanced supplies or not-so-common supplies may not be at the forefront of our minds. But it makes sense, especially if you can get a good deal on something. To get the ball rolling, I’ll share with you a few supply ideas you may not have thought about yet.

Essential Oils


Needless to say, having an array of home remedies on hand is pretty important to any survivalist, especially in the long run. If you are not familiar with essential oils, check out The Essential Guide to Oils: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being (Essential Guides Series). You can use oils to treat skin conditions, dental issues, stress and anxiety and more. Basically, start thinking beyond band-aids and peroxide when you stock your medical bag.

Construction Tools


I once heard from someone very smart that if you have basic construction skills and a good set of construction hand tools, you can always survive. I realized that survival is much more than shelter but everybody needs shelter. With skills and good tools, you can not only build one for your family, you can offer your services to other survivors. Essentially, it gives you a solid, old fashioned trade.

Winterizing Equipment


While this doesn’t affect every single one of you, those of you who live in 4-season climates know that cold can kill you easily as any other threat or at the very least make you uncomfortable. You need to winterize your home, especially since you may not be able to use conventional heating methods. I recommend stocking clear removable window caulk that you can peel off in the summer, plastic window insulation kits and draft catchers for the doors. Also, while you can, request an energy audit from an electric company or from a builder. They will be able to tell you whether you have any areas with poor insulation or roof issues so you can make repairs.

Building And Handyman Supplies


I can’t say that those are critical to your survival, but if you’ve met your basic needs, it’s time to think about building supplies. There are so many reasons to have them on hand! You may need to repair a cabinet, fix your pluming or build an addition to your home. You never know what need may arise around the house and you can’t exactly call a handyman to address it while your world is either collapsing or struggling to recover and find the new normal. When I figured out how lost I would be without building supplies, I sort of went on a shopping spree. I purchased different kinds of nails, screws and bolts, wall hooks, fasteners, putty, caulk, chimney cleaning equipment, extra electrical wire and electrical tools, 2x4 boards and a ton of other small stuff. I get into these supplies now, too and it saves me a trip to the store.

Extra Glass


This may sound silly, but glass can be used in several survival applications and it’s nice to have a few pieces on hand to replace broken windows and build a greenhouse.

Your homework for this week is to review your inventory and make a list of tools and building supplies that you need to purchase.

 


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Yours for smarter living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 
 

Additional FREE Resources

 

Living Frugally In Suburbia
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14 Frugal Food-Rescuing Tips from Grandma
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8 Simple Ways to Put More Money in Your Pocket
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Knowing When and How to Stockpile Groceries
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Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Leftist Gods and Globalization


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The Leftist Gods and Globalization

There is a common misconception among newer activists in the liberty movement that the idea of the "false left/right paradigm" means that there is no political spectrum; that the entire notion of left vs right is a fabrication. This is not exactly the case. When we talk about false paradigms in regard to politics (or geopolitics), what we are actually referring to is the elitist class, otherwise known as globalists, and the fact that they have no left or right political orientation. They do not care about Democrats or Republicans; they have no loyalty to either party. Their loyalty is to their own agenda, and they will exploit both sides to get what they want whenever possible.

Beyond the globalists, average people do indeed fall on a political spectrum that could be broken down and simplified to a couple basic ideals or ideologies. On the left side of the spectrum we find the collectivists and socialists, who believe that society (the group) is vastly more important than the individual and that the actions of individuals must be strictly monitored and governed to prevent negative effects on the group.

The core argument of the leftists is: "We are all a part of society and must act in harmony with society so that the system continues to function. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few..."

On the right side of the spectrum we find the individualists, sovereignty activists and true conservatives. People who, in varying degrees, believe that society should be restricted from dictating the life of the individual and that group participation should be voluntary. Where leftists seek to centralize, people on the right seek to decentralize.

The argument of the conservative is: "Without the individual the group does not exist. The group is an abstraction created in the mind. When groups do form, they should only exist to serve and protect the inherent rights of individuals, not be used as a mechanism of control by weak people who are afraid to function on their own..."

This separation of philosophies is simple and easy to follow. Where things start to become confused and convoluted, however, is when political "gatekeepers" or globalist-controlled pundits and media outlets get involved and muddy the waters. For example, there are some egregious misinterpretation of conservative principles in the mainstream, especially in places like Europe where the word "conservative" is considered dirty and is barely spoken.  Gatekeepers who have no loyalties to actual conservative values have attempted to soil the image of conservatives as a whole by misleading them down the wrong path or acting as false representatives.

Inevitably, these pied pipers try to lure conservatives to support leftist ideologies, like big government interference in people's lives, or in the politics of other nations, or even in free markets. In other words, they want to sabotage real conservatives by making them look like hypocrites. But, the ideals of conservativism and centralization are mutually exclusive — if a conservative supports big government controls, they are no longer a conservative. Period.

It is certainly the case that similar gatekeepers on the left side of the spectrum are misleading leftists to destructive ends, but not in the same way that they try to mislead conservatives. While globalists will attempt to trick conservatives to act more like socialists, they do not try to trick leftists into acting more like conservatives. Rather, they trick leftists into becoming even more extreme in their collectivist tendencies.

The end goal of the globalist cabal is to eventually reach a point where everyone in the world is a supporter of totalitarian centralization — a world where everyone is a leftist, whether they realize it or not.

How they plan to achieve this goal is rather indirect but potentially very effective. By pushing one side (the political left) to extremes, they hope to drive the other side (conservatives) to respond with extreme measures to defend themselves that they would otherwise consider contrary to their principles. To avoid this outcome, conservatives must understand the root motivations and contradictions of what has become the leftist cult. To avoid falling into madness, we must examine the behaviors of the insane.

It is hard to say exactly where the left began to migrate away from more centrist politics and go full bore communist. Some would say it started when the Frankfurt School of academics transplanted to the U.S. during and after WWII, bringing with them the ideology of cultural Marxism. Some might argue that they have been this way since the 1960s and 1970s during the rise of the anti-war movement and second wave feminism. But if leftists were raging socialists back then, for decades after that chaotic generation there was at least some self-discipline among them in terms of revealing their true intentions outright.

I would place their transformation, or violent mutation, closer to 20 years ago as college campuses shifted completely away from a focus on practical skill sets and STEM fields over to hackneyed social sciences. This was the moment that the conspiracy to completely radicalize the left was truly implemented.

Colleges became centers of worship, but of a new religion called "social justice."  This religion relies on rehashing and reigniting old social conflicts as if they had never been discussed and embraced before. They act as if America had never come to terms with slavery, racism, women's rights, sexual orientation, etc., as if all of these problems were boiling in the background waiting for the social justice warriors to finally grace us with their presence and solve them. The reality is that while there will always be some conflict related to these issues, there is no need for the existence of "social justice" today. They are rebels without a legitimate cause, and so they create causes out of thin air.

Many pundits on the political left are careful not to publicly associate with SJWs, and attempt to portray Democrats and progressives as somehow separate. And for some of these people this might be true. But social justice mantras and disinformation have absolutely permeated Democrat language and discussions. Gatekeeping media outlets like The New York Times, Vox, and The Atlantic have seen to this, as they flood Democrat-oriented web spaces with article after article written like editorials but presented as if they are factual journalism rather than opinion.
 
 

Every new article starts with paragraphs written in descriptive prose by leftist authors chasing delusional dreams of becoming the next Steinbeck. Or they launch into contrived and flowery anecdotal accounts of their personal experiences which have very little to do with the subject matter and lack any relation to investigative fact-based writing. True journalism is now dead — hot garbage factories like The New York Times and Vox killed it and replaced it with a Roman bathhouse of narcissism and iniquity.

The job of these outlets is to continue fueling leftist faith. The colleges made them zealots; insane devotees of the cult. The media keeps them on the path and ensures they do not stray. But what beliefs define this religion beyond vague notions of "social justice."  Let's examine a few...

Burn it all down?

While the Molotov cocktail was actually invented (or at least popularized) by the Finnish during the Winter War to help stop a massive communist invasion from the Soviet Union, it has now become a kind of symbol of communist rebellion in the West today. The Frankfurt School and Marxism in general teach that existing systems are not changed diplomatically but demolished violently through the exploitation of social conflicts. In traditional Marxism the idea was to use economic class conflict and to rally the lower classes to overthrow the upper classes. Cultural Marxism relies not just on economic disparities but also social tensions to bring down a civilization.

After the dust settles the socialists/communists introduce their own "Utopian" system and take control as the nation lays weak and helpless in the midst of complete breakdown.

When the existing system works in their favor and feeds their sense of public influence, leftists sing its praises. When it stops working in their favor, they seek to tear it apart and remake it. These are the people you cannot play chess or checkers with — when they start to lose, they cry foul and dash the board to the ground in a rage.

Everyone is born the same

This notion is biologically absurd, but it is gaining momentum in leftists movements. Essentially collectivists believe that all human being are born as blank slates and that their entire personality is a product of their environment. While psychologists, anthropologists and scientists from across the spectrum from Carl Jung to Joseph Campbell to Stephen Pinker have all shown extensive evidence of inborn psychological traits and inherent constructs within the human psyche, this evidence is utterly ignored by leftists as it runs counter to most of their fundamental assumptions.

If everyone is born different, then fairness in society becomes subjective and inapplicable. If people's characters are not necessarily ruled by their environment, then this means there is no need for a social Utopia to micro-manage every aspect of our lives to "keep us safe."  If psychopaths are not made but born, then the question of inherent evil becomes a possibility, and according to leftists there is no such thing as evil people, only evil systems that make good people evil. If gender is inborn and the vast majority of people fall on one side or the other psychologically, not just biologically, then leftists can no longer claim that gender is a social construct that must be dismantled.

The blank slate, or Tabula Rasa, is a key factor in the leftist religion that must be defended at all costs. Otherwise, half their ideology falls apart.

Everything can and should be fair?

Anyone who has actually lived in the world for a while on their own knows full well that life is not fair. Some people are born with advantages while others are born with handicaps. Some advantages and disadvantages have to do with family and wealth, while others are simply genetic. What leftists don't seem to grasp is that perceived disadvantage is not always a bad thing.

People who struggle and overcome life's obstacles tend to be much wiser and more skilled than people who never had to put in the effort. Leftists want to take away all adversity, not in the name of equal opportunity, but in the name of equal outcome. In the process, they make all of society weaker, wimpier, less innovative and less productive. In a leftist world, humanity would have to create artificial "adversity camps" just to retain its survival instincts.  But then, of course, those camps would have to be siphoned through the fairness filter as well...

Intellect is more important than experience?

Leftists worship intellect as a divine power. So much so that the notion of real-world experience rarely crosses their minds as important in making decisions or forming opinions. When social justice warriors talk of thing like "racism," most of them have never and probably will never experience or witness legitimate racism. They read about it in books and hear about it in lectures but have no personal relationship to it.  They believe it is rampant everywhere; around every corner and under every bed because they must. Their reality depends on blind faith that this is true.

The idea of social inequality between men and women also relies on blind faith in misrepresented statistics and fraudulent accounts of crimes never committed.  To this day these people still argue that the "gender wage gap" is a real thing despite the fact that it has been debunked endlessly. This behavior requires a cult-like devotion to fantasy.  It is not normal or logical, it is extreme mental illness. If these people were to go into the working world and study real business models and talk to man and women who are not members of their own echo chamber, they would see through experience that their assumptions are wrong, but when intellectual notions outweigh experience or observation there is no hope of this..

Conservatives are evil incarnate?

Part of the reason I started writing this essay was because I've noticed a steady stream of articles in mainstream media outlets posing as studies of "conservative extremists."  In reading some of these pieces I find that leftists have created their own language completely separate from the rest of the world and reality. That which they interpret as "racism," or "misogyny," or "fascism" does not fit the textbook definition of said labels. They have developed their own bewildering vocabulary filled with made-up words and illogical concepts to describe the world in a way that fits their desires and supports their accusations.

Conservatives don't live in this world and frankly, we don't ever want to. We are heretics, or barbarians. In their eyes we are the dirty untouchables, the "deplorables."  We cannot be saved and should be destroyed. Zealots always seek to treat ideological outsiders as mortal enemies even when those individuals have done nothing to them. The fact is, most modern political crimes and genocides have been enacted in the name of socialist ideals; in the name of concepts the left holds dear. We continue to suffer under these ideals in the name of globalism.

How many people have suffered in the name of decentralization and individual rights?  How many people have been exterminated in the name of the non-aggression principle?  Conservatives are certainly not evil, or extreme. But in the twilight zone of leftist thought, we are now the monsters.

The leftist gods

The social justice embrace of Atheism seems to have left them unfulfilled, as their explanations of existence do not satisfy the innate human relationship to the metaphysical. The leftist cult is always seeking out gods these days, with all-encompassing government filling in as a proxy for now. The next deity of the left is clearly nature, or "mother earth," and this god satisfies their need for a vengeful and omnipotent force.

Many leftists desperately desire a kind of apocalypse, but an apocalypse on their terms. The globalists are giving them one, or at least a farcical version of one called "climate change," in which mankind angers nature with his production and progress, but is smote down with catastrophe while the devout leftists watch on in their purity saying "We tried to warn you, but you would not repent..." This is of course science fiction, not fact, based on junk science funded by organizations with agendas to manipulate the masses.

The solution to this apocalypse, coincidentally, always ends up being more government, more control over human trade and progress, population reduction, and perhaps even global governance of every aspect of life. Otherwise, we might incur the wrath of the great leftist war god of destruction — carbon fed global warming. In the minds of leftists, that will be the moment when we all understand that they were the sane ones, that their cult was right all along, and we will come to them willingly, prostrating ourselves before their mighty intellectual superiority.

It is this type of thinking that makes the left an easily exploited tool for the powers that be. It is the source of calamity through the ages.


Brandon Smith

Bruce, the “Poor Man”

Additional News of Note…


“The industry is little bit softer and more promotional than we’ve ever seen,” At Home’s Chief Executive Officer Lewis Bird said on Thursday’s earnings call. Signet’s CEO Gina Drosos called it a “very competitive U.S. retail landscape with soft traffic trends.”

 


“A lot of people are working side hustles because even though the economy is strong, wages are stagnant,” Amanda Dixon, an analyst at Bankrate, told MarketWatch. “For a lot of Americans, expenses are rising [especially cost of local/state government], but there are no raises at work.”

 


Having resources is only one component: consumption is the other half of the picture. Having 4 million barrels a day of oil (MBPD) is nice if you’re only using 3 MBPD, but if you’re consuming 8 MBPD, you still need to import 4 MBPD.

 


Consumers, devoid of real income growth, maintained their living standards by going deeper into debt. This process was aided, for example, by stretching out car payments from three years to six and seven years, with the result that loan balances exceed the value of the vehicles. Many households live on credit cards by paying the minimum amount, with the result that their indebtedness grows by the month. The Federal Reserve’s low interest rates are not reciprocated by the high credit card interest rate on outstanding balances.

 
As fewer people prepare for cash emergencies or fail to purchase adequate insurance [GoFundMe is popular tool to replace funeral insurance costs]


While larger sites such as GoFundMe have become popular for raising funds for large expenses such as medical bills, there is no one-stop platform to crowdfund just a few dollars. In the past, some have resorted to begging, or asking friends and family to help cover costs. But now thousands of people are turning to Facebook groups to plead for the help they need, from people who are essentially strangers online.

 


Instead of allowing developing countries the opportunity to grow diverse, self-sufficient economies, in the hallowed name of “free trade,” they were force-fed loans that required them to spend on mega-projects, cash crops, mines, dams, low-wage manufacturing plants—all built by multinationals that destroy the economic independence of the countries they enter.


A Final Note…

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In the coming months, the power grid will be pushed to extremes and can force homes off the grid if temperatures reach maximums. Or, in some cases, the electrical companies must turn the power off during extreme weather events like wildfires or rolling blackouts. Whatever the case may be, this creates an issue for those who have health issues, want to protect their perishable food supply, and avoid the frenzy at the stores for those scrambling to get supplies. 

In the event of a grid failure, would you be prepared?


Preparing does not have to be costly or difficult. In most cases, all you need to concentrate on is maintaining your basic needs. In fact, there are many ways of living out a short-term disaster with minimal inconvenience. However, as the article we are sharing will show, there are some situations and supplies that need to be accounted for that requires some resourcefulness.

In preparation for extreme weather events, rolling blackouts, power outages, and wildfire prevention, these basic strategies and considerations can help make you more resilient to the effects of power outages over the coming months. 

READ MORE: These Off-Grid Summer Strategies Could Save Your Food Supply and Keep You Safe


 


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