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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

China’s plan to run the world-topple America


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China’s plan to run the world-Topple America

China has made no secret of its “One Belt, One Road,” plan to make the 21st Century into the Chinese Century.  Its staggeringly massive development projects spanning dozens of countries include highways, rail systems and more. Its maritime naval resources now dwarf America and Great Britain.  Its projected trade for these ventures will exceed $2.5 trillion per year and will dominate the world – which is their goal.

Already 68 governments and international organizations are working with them to create “an ideological alternative” to the United States, the West, and liberalism. They wish to restore themselves to their former imperial glory as the center of the world – at our expense!

American consumers are spoiled by cheap goods usually made of inferior ingredients [think Walmart].  Wall Street traders are traditionally short term thinkers, rarely in it for the long haul despite telling investors the opposite.

Do you remember pet foods imported from China which nearly killed your dog?

Do you remember wall board imported from China used to rebuild homes in FL after hurricanes which showed black mold a few years later and had to be torn down at great expense?

Do you remember toys with lead made in China sold to American children?

Do you remember toothpaste with toxic chemicals sold to US consumers made in China?

Do you recall Chinese [government] hackers who stole US secrets from Boeing or who stole more than 500,000 names of government employees from federal databases [including those with Top Secret Security Clearances] during the Obama years?

Might you remember all of the high tech information former President Clinton literally gave to the Chinese during his years in office?

I could easily continue with the offenses of the Chinese directed at USA by China but it would require a book, yet…

MOST Americans continue to have their head buried in the sand when it comes to how China plans to conquer America. Their long-term goal is to replace the United States as top dog.   All citizens do is whine about how tariffs are jacking up prices at Walmart on their cheap toys.  Never mind how Apple continues to underwrite $20 a day pay scales for labor in China for its $1,000 I-Phones which Americans slobber over as if they were the Holy Grail of electronics.

One jerk on Twitter thought he was insulting me by telling my economics were a thing of the past, that I am an outdated student of the 1950s and that Globalists are the future – guess what my friend.  That trend is what is killing American jobs and making America less self-sufficient.

Do you remember when our own US Army purchased a million berets from China?  There was a sufficient uproar to demand the return of that purchase order and have them Made in America!  The same uproar ensued when our US Olympic Team initially placed an order for their team uniforms at a Chinese manufacturing concern…most Americans were outraged and they finally backed down and a placed new order with an American manufacturer for the clothing.

The United States, once known as “The Arsenal of Democracy” supplied the world with its industrial might.  Yes, we might need to pay higher prices for goods made in this country but that would mean we would employ MORE people here AND abroad due to raw materials we might need to import and…yes, more trained labor would have to be brought in! [Seems both political parties agree America needs more industrial type training vs. over-priced college degrees as I’ve written about in the past].

If that is considered backward thinking, I will stand by it.  Pres. Trump has made a significant effort at bringing jobs back to America and it shows among the auto industry workers [the unions will still likely support Democrats].  I know first-hand in our part of MI there are “Help Wanted” signs everywhere and the economy is buzzing.

Can we do better?  Of course, there is always room for improvement AND beating China is big ingredient to that solution.

Our intelligence community knows China is our biggest threat and the CIA makes the following required reading [I guarantee everyday citizens will never lift a finger to read this however]:

 Unrestricted Warfare” the Chinese strategy to counter U.S. power- (translated by CIA ) lists Financial Warfare against the United States without firing a shot…

SIDEBAR:

Why it is ESSENTIAL the US BECOME SELF SUFFICIENT

A group of commodities we seldom think about — but are critical to modern life, and to U.S. military prowess.

“Rare earth elements,” they’re called. The name is a bit misleading, because these elements exist in relative abundance. There are 17 of these REEs, with funky names like dysprosium, neodymium and ytterbium.

These elements are essential for everything from your mobile phone... to TV screens... to wind turbines... to hybrid car batteries... to guided missile systems.

For a host of reasons we won’t get into today, China controls 90% or more of global rare earth production

Result: “Our military is 100% reliant on China for critical technology metals, alloys, magnets, garnets and other post-oxide rare earth materials…

Washington’s supply of “smart bombs” is nearly used up — thanks to the Obama administration’s relentless bombing campaigns in Syria. By the early days of the Trump administration in 2017, the Pentagon was drawing on its supplies stockpiled elsewhere around the world to keep up the pace.

Once these weapons are used up they can only be replaced if China decides to sells us these critical materials.

A U.S. war with Iran now will turn China’s already powerful rare earth trade-weapon into a terminal nuclear strike.

Withholding these materials would not just neuter our military during a conflict, it would shut down every automobile and aircraft manufacturer in the U.S. The shutdowns would extend to what remains of our electronics and green technology industries. It would be pink slips from coast to coast. China would fill the global demand gap.

Last Monday evening released a new list of about $300 billion in Chinese goods that President Trump has said he’s contemplating hitting with tariffs as high as 25%.  And, last week, the Trump raised tariffs to 25% from 10% on over $200 billion worth of Chinese products. China then retaliated on Monday by raising tariffs on about $60 billion of U.S. goods.

This means that prices will be going up on affected products that include many of the top sellers on sites like Amazon.

These will partially include:

·         Clothing & accessories (jewelry)

·         shoes (including sneakers)

·         Sporting Goods

·         electronics

·         Meat

·         Fish & seafood

·         Electronic accessories (Cellphone Cases, earbuds, Bluetooth).

·         Some chemicals

·         Bicycle helmets

·         and more

Retail analysts expect that brick and mortar stores will be the hardest hit with online shopping affected minimally –although they will be affected also –just to a somewhat lesser extent.  The reason is that online sellers have much lower overhead than traditional stores and can adjust prices more easily.

The tariff hikes will impact thousands of items, including consumer goods like furniture, luggage, seafood and handbags. Businesses will pay more for chemicals, telecom equipment, and plastics.

 American businesses and consumers were paying $3 billion a month in higher import taxes by the end of last year, according to a study in March by economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Columbia University, and Princeton University.
"Tariffs are taxes, paid for by Americans consumers and businesses, not by China," said David French, vice president of government relations at the National Retail Federation.

So What Will I Pay More For?
Look for higher costs for school backpacks when back-to-school shopping begins.  [Hint: Use last years backpack or shop at a thrift store or use a hand-me-down to save money] If you're planning to remodel your home, higher tariffs on granite, marble, steel, lumber and other building materials will make that more expensive. The National Association of Home Builders estimates the duties will cost developers $2.5 billion a year.

Furniture, including bedroom and office furniture, will get hit, as well as refrigerators and freezers, air conditioners, handbags, baseball gloves, bicycles, and luggage. [Hint: Again, buy used at a thrift store]. Shrimp, tuna, fish sticks and many other types of sea food will also cost more.
About 80 percent of all luggage sold in the United States is from China, according to the U.S. Travel Goods Association. Most luggage and backpacks already face 17.6 percent duties and the extra tariffs will increase that to 42.6 percent, the trade group says.
Tiffany Williams, who owns The Luggage Shop in Lubbock, Texas, says most of the U.S. importers that she buys from quickly raised their prices 10 percent after the Trump administration first imposed 10 percent tariffs in late September. One vendor told her that they would raise their prices 25 percent immediately after Trump tweeted on Sunday his threat to lift tariffs to that level.
Williams has had to raise her prices as well, which has lowered sales, particularly for higher-priced brands such as Tumi and Briggs and Riley. Overall sales fell 8 percent during the winter holidays, she said, and she decided against hiring any seasonal employees, as she has in previous years.
"This has been a challenging time for our business," Williams said. Some vendors absorbed the 10 percent tariff hike and didn't pass on the cost, she said, but "I don't think anybody can eat an extra 15 percent."  Of course, how often do most of us buy luggage?
Also, your next new car may cost more. The duties have been imposed on $9.2 billion of auto part imports, according to the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Kristin Dziczek, a vice president at the Center for Automotive Research, calculates that the tariffs will raise the cost of U.S.-made cars by $190, most of which will likely be passed on to the consumer.
A study by the Trade Partnership , a consulting firm that works with the NRF, found that the duties will cost the average family of four $767 if they remain in place for at least a year.
When Will Prices Rise?
It could take a few weeks.
The tariffs are being applied to products that are shipped from China on Friday, but not before. It takes about three weeks for a large container ship to reach the United States from China, so the first goods to pay the tariff won't arrive until then.
That might even allow U.S. and Chinese negotiators to reach a last-minute deal that could allow the U.S. to rescind the tariffs before they really take effect.
Still, some companies will use the tariff announcement to start billing retailers right away, French said. Some of those costs could then be passed quickly to consumers.
Either way, prices across the huge $20 trillion U.S. economy won't move that much. A report by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in February said that Chinese tariffs imposed last year — 25 percent on $50 billion of imports, and the 10 percent on $200 billion — had lifted consumer prices by just 0.1 percentage point.



BUY AMERICAN RESOURCES



*For example:  We no longer support Levis which are now made in Mexico & is now anti-gun to the point where its CEO pays its workers to support anti-gun movements on company time!

The tariffs hit as the US and China are engaging in continued trade talks, and negotiations taking place in both the US and China.  Most Americans seem painfully unaware of how China is and has been screwing America for decades; only concerned with their ability to buy cheap goods and nont concerned whatsoever about our nation's ability to stand strong.
If this nation stands strong again and begins producing the majority of its goods, it will produce even more jobs!

>>>One should be prepared to buy alternative or Made in America products!




Here are my ideas for new bill [s] to improve government

 

>Since term limits never seems to gain any traction perhaps we should entertain the idea of zero pay for elected officials after their third term in office…give them their office, expenses, health insurance while in office and a living allowance only=much like our Founding Fathers and see how many decide to remain in office.

 

>Perhaps we need to resurrect a new version of ‘war’ bonds, perhaps calling them “government bailout bonds” to help pay off our national debt and/or to help pay for our massive deficits and proposed new spending projects since fewer foreign nations are buying our debt!

>An idea I've suggested before:  Eliminate ALL city/state & Federal taxes on the 1st $25K of income for all people. 41% of citizens pay no Federal tax, many city/state taxes are killers for many. Tax laws that encourage more US manufacturing/jobs & elimination of red tape would help too.

 
Yours for a more secure future,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man!’

 

Free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom!

 

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Disasters Rise as Insurance Companies Scales Back Coverage


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Disasters Rise as Insurance Companies Scales Back Coverage

   Since the early 2000s our nation has experienced a rise in disasters, both man-made [fires] and natural which have been costly in terms of lives and destruction…hurricanes, tornados, and flooding.  Every region is vulnerable to some kind of disaster [our own home recently experienced basement flooding].

Your homeowners policy [remarkably, many people go without homeowners insurance, life insurance, auto insurance, etc….their idea of insurance is to set up a “gofundme” page] can help you recover your losses provided you have the right kind of riders and policies in place.

With increasing claims insurance costs and premiums are rising and many types of coverage are becoming more difficult to obtain [including coverage for EMP-related damage].

Floods are the number one natural disaster in America.  Most home owners policies leave you vulnerable to many threats including wind, hail and flooding unless you pay for special riders often for instance through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program [ask your broker about this].

You should ask your agent about complete rebuild coverage in the event of a natural disaster as often in the case of a total loss, a policy based on the fair value of your home may not cover the cost of a total rebuild.  Regardless of insurable losses, you should be able to write off excess losses off on your taxable income but this too isn’t always straightforward and a professional CPA should be consulted and of course, good records should be kept.

The main impediments to claiming deductions are $100 rule and the 10% rule.

The IRS explains it:

“For property held by you for your personal use, you must subtract $100 from each casualty or theft even that occurred during the year after you have subtracted any salvage valueand any insurance or other reimbursement.

Then add up all those amounts and subtract 10% of your adjusted gross income from that total…”

The figure you end up with is the amount of your allowable write-off!

There is one loophole…if you live in a federally declared disaster zone area.  Then you can deduct your losses in the tax year they occurred, like ordinary casualty deductions.

It is always best to consult with a good tax person to take full advantage of your deductions and as always-consult with your insurance person BEFORE a disaster strikes!

>98% of US Counties Are Affected by Flooding

>$43,000-The average flood claim payout from the National Flood Insurance Program

Why Do I Need Flood Insurance?

Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past doesn't mean you won't in the future. And it's not just rainfall. Storms, hurricanes, melting snow and severe coastal weather are all causes of flooding.

Am I At Risk for a Flood?

Flood risk is not only based on history but on several factors including tidal surge data, topography and flood control measures. Flood hazard maps have been created to show the degrees of risk for your community, and help to determine the cost of flood insurance.

 

 

Here are my ideas for new bill [s] to improve government

 



>Since term limits never seems to gain any traction perhaps we should entertain the idea of zero pay for elected officials after their third term in office…give them their office, expenses, health insurance while in office and a living allowance only=much like our Founding Fathers and see how many decide to remain in office.


>Perhaps we need to resurrect a new version of ‘war’ bonds, perhaps calling them “government bailout bonds” to help pay off our national debt and/or to help pay for our massive deficits and proposed new spending projects since fewer foreign nations are buying our debt!

>An idea I've suggested before:  Eliminate ALL city/state & Federal taxes on the 1st $25K of income for all people. 41% of citizens pay no Federal tax, however, many city/state taxes are killers for many. Tax laws that encourage more US manufacturing/jobs & elimination of red tape would help too. We'd like to see the USA regain its role as the manufacturing center of the world again AND not held hostage to China or any other nation. [It is amazes me how many citizens and politicians are SHORT TERM thinkers compared to the master planners of China. 

 


“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” — Professor Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show Business

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.


Yours for a more secure future,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man!’

 

Free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom!

 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

11 Surprising Uses for Everyday Items


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11 Surprising Uses for Everyday Items


 

These are similar to hints from Heloise, but without the famed household guru. Got a stuck zipper? Use a crayon on both sides to unstick it. Want to make candles burn longer? Freeze them the night before, and add some salt into the pool of melted parafin after lighting. Here are nine more novel uses of common products

A few years ago, the New York Times published an article about how a third of people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, not even when they're out in public. It’s pretty gross thinking about some stranger's germ-coated hands touching the same chairs, doorknobs, and banisters that you touch, but it's okay since we live in a relatively clean society.

 

A few extra germs won’t kill you. And besides, there is plenty of soap and running water available, and nowadays there are anti-bacterial gel dispensers everywhere.

 

However, after a natural disaster or an economic collapse, the level of hygiene in first world nations is going to plunge dramatically for three reasons: no tap water, no sewage treatment plants, and no garbage collection...

 


History is rife with examples of government action ostensibly to "help the people" resulting in privation, destruction, death and turmoil. Anyone who has truly studied the history of governments around the world has seen that the elected class — with very few exceptions — is populated by a psychopathic mix of destroyers and seekers of wealth and power. They pay little mind to the consequences of their actions. What is relevant to them is their glorification, gratification and security at the seat of power.

Chicago police run a vehicle impound racket

Imagine dropping your car off at the local mechanic because you need to get your engine tuned up.

A few days later you come back to pick up your car, only to find out that it has been impounded by the police.

That’s what happened to one couple in Chicago.

It turned out that one of the mechanics took their car out for a joy ride. He was driving too fast, was pulled over, and arrested for driving without a license.

The police then impounded the vehicle, even though it wasn’t his.

The couple went down to the police station to get their vehicle back, but the police insisted that they pay thousands of dollars, even though they did nothing wrong.

Meanwhile, the police are charging them storage fees to keep the vehicle in the impound parking lot.

The couple managed to scrap together the money to have their vehicle released… only to find out that the police had already sold it at an auction!

This wasn’t an isolated incident either. The City of Chicago does this countless times per year, for offenses as minor as littering and playing loud music.

(Chicago brings in about $28 million per year impounding cars and running up storage fees.)

Now the Institute for Justice is helping the couple lead a class action lawsuit challenging this Civil Asset Forfeiture racket.

They argue the scheme violates due process, by forcing innocent vehicle owners to account for crimes drivers committed. Plus, holding the vehicles ransom until fines are paid is an unconstitutional seizure.


 
Warren Buffett had some choice words for America’s worst corporation

We’re not the only ones who have noticed just how horrible large banks can be.

Warren Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger usually take some time at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting to offer their advice to large companies.

They said the reason Wells Fargo has faced so many scandals over the past few years is because they hire leadership from Wall Street instead of community bankers.

For years the bank provided incentives that rewarded employees for recommending investments likely to lose value, sticking customers with unnecessary products and accounts that charge unnecessary fees.

Employees even opened accounts and transferred customers’ money into them without telling the customers, all to get bonuses.

Most likely, they said, the big banks will maintain the status quo… because the short-term financial incentives of bank executives are completely misaligned with those of the customers and long-term interests of shareholders.


 


For those who don't know, an emergency ration bar is a food designed to keep you alive during some sort of survival scenario where food is hard to come by. Emergency ration bars have a very long shelf-life, but most importantly, they are calorically dense. Typically, one bar has several hundred calories, making them ideal for bug out bags or survival caches.

 

There are a couple of downsides to ration bars, though. They usually don't taste very good, and they're not very nutritious. In fact, you could say they are downright unhealthy since the ingredients are mostly flour, sugar, and shortening. Yes, they will keep you alive, but you probably won't feel well.

 

That's why I recommend making your own emergency ration bars at home. Yes, you can buy them on Amazon, but if you make them yourself, you can control the ingredients and ensure you're getting everything your body needs to stay healthy. Plus, you'll save some money...

 


Is Rural Life the Only Way to Avoid Civil Unrest



Final thoughts

Capitalism believes in the “equality of opportunity” — where EVERYBODY has the chance to become whatever they want to be…

The fundamental difference between the two comes down to changing one little word for another. Where capitalism believes in the “equality of opportunity” — where EVERYBODY has the chance to become whatever they want to be…

Socialism pushes “equality of outcome” where everybody has the RIGHT to be whatever they want to be.

Regardless of merit…

Regardless of skill…

Freedom Self-Reliance Action


 

Parting thought…

I’ve always wondered why it is CA will stop us at the border of AZ and search us for fruits and vegetables, not allowing us to bring any into the state but love to allow illegals to enter without any kind of health screening or criminal background checks?  CA is an anti-freedom, restrictive state which virtually ignores your right to bear arms and now one cannot even sell pocket knives to CA residents [a warning notice now appears on many mail order catalogs that knife sales are prohibited to Californians]!


Yours for smarter living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 

Additional FREE Resources

 

Living Frugally In Suburbia
You live differently than your neighbors.

 

 

14 Frugal Food-Rescuing Tips from Grandma
These depression-era frugal tips still work today!

 

8 Simple Ways to Put More Money in Your Pocket
Have more money without working harder!

 

 

Knowing When and How to Stockpile Groceries
Stocking up could save your grocery budget!

 

 

Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
Affordable ways to prepare for an emergency.

 

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