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Friday, May 24, 2019

Thankful for our Military and My Own Training


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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

 


Thankful for our Military and My Own Training

   Although it has been decades since I was in the military, I still practice many of the skills and concepts that I was taught, even somewhat inconsequential things such as using either Dial or Zest bar soap as it doesn’t leave a film in your shower.  Since I served in the Navy I was also taught how to take a short shower to save water.

I was taught the essentials of firefighting and first aid and over the years have taken refresher courses in first aid and CPR and have maintained several kits to accommodate current trends.  I know this doesn’t extend too many veterans but our CO demanded [for several specific reasons I won’t cover here] but we warned off on getting tattoos [because of the unit I was in and I sure am glad that I never got any] in those days, our hair was always kept too short, military standards.  I find I use a lot less shampoo and it is easier to maintain as a result [better to have short hair in a fighting/altercation situation]…

The concept of situational awareness was drilled into us and I still practice that  and have instilled that into my wife as well-a useful skill more people should learn…sure beats having your nose glued to cell phone 24/7 and walking into traffic!

Over the past two decades America has participated in too many wars and too many servicemen and women have suffered the consequences of these wars…some of which we have featured in this blog along with dozens of examples of helpful charities.  We routinely donate to several veteran related charities and you’ll find a related message directing you to additional charitable outlets at the bottom of this post.

Enjoy this Memorial Weekend but keep in mind why and who think of when you flip that burger or toss that beer!

Meanwhile, you’ll find some new resources here to take advantage of for your Prepping efforts!
 
 
 

Man-Made Barriers vs. Natural Barrier Fencing

There are many barriers and fences to choose from for defense and establishing property boundaries. Keeping in livestock is another goal for many in the prepping community. This post is going to cover a variety of barriers, fences, and fortifications for your property.

 
 




 





Keep Your Power Going with a Grid-Tie Inverter


My greatest challenge for power-out backup electricity has been how to keep the side-by-side refrigerator-freezer in my kitchen going after the grid goes out. The issue is how to produce 6.5 Amps of 120VAC for the appliance on a 24/7 basis.

I’ve looked at a number of possible solutions and each has an associated cost-benefit. Solar works only when the sun is shining. Deep cycle batteries require ventilation and monitoring for safety – which means vacation trips would be short or someone staying in my home to monitor battery condition. Backup generators require fuel to operate. And I don’t have sufficient wind or hydro resources in this area to produce enough electricity for the application.


One of the biggest complaints among new preppers is the cost of getting started. Building a bug out bag, acquiring emergency supplies, and stocking up on survival food can be very expensive. Most people can only do a little bit at a time.


If you're in that situation, you might feel stuck, like there's nothing you can do until you have more disposable income. This isn't true at all. There are lots of things you can do to prepare. For example, you can learn and practice survival skills.

 
In this video, City Prepping talks about eight skills you can learn right now without spending much money at all...



 








Prepping can be expensive if you're buying huge boxes of freeze-dried food and the latest survival gadgets. But if you buy a few small items every week for several years, eventually you'll have everything you need to survive a disaster (short of something apocalyptic like a nuclear war).

 

In this article, I'm going to prove my point by listing 50 items for less than $5 each. Many of these aren't normally thought of as "preparedness items," but nonetheless they are things you'll want to have during a long-term disaster, so even if you already have some of them, it can't hurt to have extra.

 

The new year has just begun, so here's what I suggest if you're a brand new prepper. Every week, buy one of these items along with a day's worth of food for your family...

 


 

Send toiletries to troops

If you can spare travel-sized hand lotion, cotton swabs, deodorant…send them to Cape Cod Cares for the Troops.com, a non-profit that will include them in care packages to deployed troops.  Mail to POB 1444, Harwich, MA 02645

 
CharityNavigator.org can direct you to more than 80 reputable groups geared to military organizations.  Click ‘Hot Topics,’ then Military and Veterans Organizations to select from non-profits like Wounded Warriors Family Support to help troops and their families.

 

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!

 

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.

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

Finally, grab an emergency power cell or solar/battery radio weather radio!

Having the Patriot Power Cell on-hand for emergencies keeps your essential electronics up and running in case you need to call for help. 

“The Cell is a workhorse of power — it’ll charge your phone soup to nuts 3 to 8 times… I think of the Patriot Power Cell as “everyday prepared.” Awesome for travel or avoiding inconveniences while saving your bacon in an outage. It’s a MUST HAVE for your survival lineup."

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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!

 

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.

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

Finally, grab an emergency power cell or solar/battery radio weather radio!

Having the Patriot Power Cell on-hand for emergencies keeps your essential electronics up and running in case you need to call for help. 

“The Cell is a workhorse of power — it’ll charge your phone soup to nuts 3 to 8 times… I think of the Patriot Power Cell as “everyday prepared.” Awesome for travel or avoiding inconveniences while saving your bacon in an outage. It’s a MUST HAVE for your survival lineup."

10,000 mAh Battery/Water Resistant/2 LED Flashlight/1.5 Watt Solar Panel/6-Hour Charge Time

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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!

 

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.



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

Finally, grab an emergency power cell or solar/battery radio weather radio!

Having the Patriot Power Cell on-hand for emergencies keeps your essential electronics up and running in case you need to call for help. 

“The Cell is a workhorse of power — it’ll charge your phone soup to nuts 3 to 8 times… I think of the Patriot Power Cell as “everyday prepared.” Awesome for travel or avoiding inconveniences while saving your bacon in an outage. It’s a MUST HAVE for your survival lineup."

10,000 mAh Battery/Water Resistant/2 LED Flashlight/1.5 Watt Solar Panel/6-Hour Charge Time
Just in…a buyer from PA: “My niece was on a church Mission in Africa.  She got bit by poisonous Viper and thankfully she had just charged her phone with the 4Patriots Power Cell and she was able to call for an air rescue to an emergency facility which saved her life!”

In stock again!

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