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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Your skills can earn you cash, Basics of Survival

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Your skills can earn quick cash

2.      The basics of survival

3.      Use FixYa for tech problems

4.      Battery-free, gravity lamps

5.      The Unconstitutional state of America

"The government is good at one knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, 'See, if it weren't for the government you wouldn't be able to walk'." -- Harry Browne

Use Your Skills to Make Quick Cash

Here are a few ideas you can try:

1.      Even adults can earn some quick money by delivering newspapers. It's not glamorous, but there are almost always routes available near your home. Early morning routes may not be convenient, but they will not interfere with your regular job.

2.      If you have the skills, you can often find temporary work, such as painting, carpentry, or even keyboarding. Contact an agency that handles temporary jobs in your area.

3.      Other skills that can help you find part-time work quickly include writing, childcare, and retail sales. Especially before the holidays, stores are always looking for temporary, part-time workers. I've also worked at a college bookstore at the beginning of a semester, when they need extra help.

4.      It doesn't require much money to start a dog-walking business. You can print up cards or just post notices in local stores, especially groomers and veterinary clinics. Ask permission first.

Donate Plasma for Quick Cash

You did not say how much cash or how soon you need it, but this may work for you. You can donate Plasma, not blood, on a weekly basis. They pay you something like $25 or more on the spot, each time you donate, so you can see how this would add up. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour each time. They extract your blood, remove the plasma, and then put the blood back in. I knew many people who did this back in college for easy spending money. Call your local hospital for information on where the nearest blood bank is located.

Quick Cash Idea: Be a Ref!

If you know anything about a sport, look into becoming an official. I officiate basketball and earned an extra $3000 in two months last year. This was all from doing grade school and middle school games. In my area, you earn $15 to $30 a game for these levels of play up to $55 a game for HS Varsity. A game usually lasts about an hour and there are games every night of the week and all day long on weekends. Many times, you get paid in cash the same day.

My suggestions would be to look into basketball or soccer first. They are played year-round and start young with boys and girls. After that, I would suggest volleyball since it is also played year-round, but it is mainly still only a girl's sport in many areas. Baseball is the most expensive to do with the initial costs of the protective equipment.


According to a Rasmussen Poll 82% of Americans say we’ve lost the war on drugs and most support the legalization of marijuana.


PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

The Basics of Survival

When people die in the wilderness it is rarely from starvation. In fact, finding food is not your top priority nor even the second in importance. Long before a lack of food would have killed them, people are dead from not being able to maintain their proper body temperature or from dehydration. Accidents and injuries cause more deaths than starvation as well.
With that in mind, here is the general ranking of survival priorities. Of course every situation is unique, so think carefully about what is most important in your particular circumstances.

1. Address Immediate Threats

This means the obvious. You need to stop bleeding, escape that killer moose or bear, and get out of a raging river before you drown. The latter reminds us of the often-repeated rule: You can live three minutes without oxygen, three days without water, and three weeks (possibly three months) without food.

2. Find Shelter

Making or finding shelter is almost always more important than finding food or even water. That's because... (Continued in Chapter 10 of A Survival Guide for Interesting Times, one of the books in The Secrets Package.)

Learn more here:


Welcome to FixYa, where you can meet up with other consumers and experts to troubleshoot and fix your technical problems with gadgets, electronics, and appliances.

There are two easy ways to get started. You can either ask a question in the What’s Your Problem Field and click the Ask button, or you can type in a keyword or product name into the Search for Anything field and click the magnifying glass. 

Another way you can browse is to check out the listings under Popular Categories or Popular Brands to see if the equipment, gadget, or appliance you want to troubleshoot is listed. You can also check out the categories that are scrolling by to see if what you want is covered there.

This is a great community of experts and consumers who are working together to solve tech problems with appliances, electronics, and gadgets. Check it out today, and save yourself a headache when you’re trying to fix your favorite appliance.


Battery-free lamp for developing nations is powered by gravity

In areas with poor access to electricity, many people rely on dangerous kerosene lamps once night falls. The Nokero solar-powered light is one solution that is aiming to deal with the problem, and now’s GravityLight joins it in providing cheap, safe and environmentally-friendly light for developing nations.

While solar panels can be expensive and rely on sunlight and batteries to work, the GravityLight requires neither. The device is connected to a bag that can be filled with sand – or other weight – and is able to convert the energy when the weight is lifted. For example, raising the weight for three seconds provides enough energy for 30 minutes of light. Due to the lack of batteries, there are no costs after the initial investment, and there are zero waste products and no deteriorating parts


Your entire reality is scripted. Mayan calendar, Sandy Hook, war is peace and much more. It's the ultimate truth about how we are all being insidiously manipulated:



Bleach is excellent for sterilizing surfaces, which can keep your food safe to eat. But more than that, you can use bleach to make water safe to drink. Add 1/8 of a teaspoon of chlorine bleach to a gallon of clear water (1/4 teaspoon if the water is cloudy), and allow it to stand for at least 30 minutes. Then it will be safe to drink, cook with, or clean with. Like vinegar, it's cheap and easy to store. It could also be a great barter item in a crisis, provided you put away extra.


The Nanny State Updates…


Most Canadians don’t want civil liberties taken away to combat terrorism: poll

Unlike many Americans who gladly sacrifice liberty and freedom for ‘security’…

In a poll that otherwise showed a stark generational divide, younger and older Canadians can agree on one thing when it comes to terrorism: that the majority are not ready to give up their civil liberties in order to curb it.

Sixty per cent of Canadians disagree with the statement “in order to curb terrorism in this country, I am ready to give up some civil liberties,” according to a new poll of 2,200 Canadians commissioned by the Association for Canadian Studies, and it was the only result that was relatively consistent across all ages of people surveyed.

“Canadians are very protective of their rights. They value their rights to a considerable extent and are reluctant to make compromises,” said Jack Jedwab, the executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies.


Anti-Citizen laws starting with the Patriot Act, TSA pat downs, no-knock warrants, illegal spying on US citizens by the NSA, etc. are a slap in the face to all US war veterans who fought for our freedoms only to see politicians, many of whom never served a day in the military, curtail them.

--RF David, WWII and Korean War veteran.


Jurors Can Judge the Law - Judges, lawyers and others in the justice system tell jurors they may only judge the facts in the case, and not let their opinion of the law, their conscience, or the motives of the defendant affect their decision. This lie is told because authorities don't want to lose control of the process of "justice" to mere citizens. "Jury nullification of law," as it is sometimes called, has been a recognized right since... Part of The Secrets Package. Why not go get it today?


Baking soda works well as an antacid. In the event you have an upset stomach, stir ½ teaspoon of baking soda into a half a cup of water and drink it. Repeat every two hours as necessary, but don't take more than seven glasses in the course of a day. Limit your doses to three if you're over sixty.


The Parting Thought-


We’ve gone from power to the people to a government of power OVER the people.

The Unconstitutional
State of America
By Bob Bauman,


Despotic rulers that oppress and cause the suffering of peoples have populated the world since the beginning of human history.

That’s one of the main reasons the United States was founded – so that there would be a land where people were free, governed by the rule of law, not by the whims of men. It’s why this country used to be called the “land of the free.”

But over the years Americans slowly have been stripped of what we thought to be unalienable rights – the very freedoms that made the United States the greatest nation on Earth.

Yet, every year the U.S. State Department has the audacity to issue a report describing what it sees as the oppressive policies of other countries, the lack of due process in Russia and Iran, or the countless human rights violations in North Korea and China. Of course the report fails to mention the actions by our own government and its officials that violate individual human rights.


The terrorist attacks of 9/11, 2001 have been used as a twisted justification by the U.S. Congress and by two presidents to enact unconstitutional laws that sacrifice the very principles they claim to be defending, all in the name of an elusive national security.


Hypocrites Run our Country


"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

The general attitude of the U.S. government towards the financial conduct of Americans…certain operative assumptions that are now in use from top-ranking officials, right down through the millions of tedious bureaucratic paper shufflers. Here are just a few:

1) You are guilty until you prove your innocence; the attitude of the Internal Revenue Service, and almost every other regulatory agency;

2) You have no right to personal or financial privacy; the government has the right to know everything about you thanks to the 2001 PATRIOT Act;

3) Any attempt to save on taxes is viewed as tax evasion, not legal tax avoidance;

4) You have no right to offshore financial or banking privacy; thanks to FATCA - Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act;

5) You may have a right to expatriation in theory, but the exit tax will confiscate much of what you own if you leave, just as the Jews who escaped from Nazi Germany.

And here are some of the current illegal and unconstitutional actions of our government:

1)      Detention: National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allows indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charges.

2) Warrantless searches: the president can order warrantless surveillance, force companies and organizations to turn over information on citizens’ finances, communications and associations; the FBI uses “national security letters” signed by an FBI agent not by a judge.

3) Secrecy: the government uses secret legal arguments to support secret court proceedings using secret evidence.

4) U.S. military now acts as domestic police; militarization of local police SWAT teams. Aerial police spy drones are now in routine use with 30,000 authorized by Congress by 2020.

5) War crimes: federal courts are denied the power to investigate or prosecute crimes under Nuremberg principles of international law.

6) Continual monitoring: President Obama claims he can use GPS devices to monitor every move of targeted citizens without securing a court order or review.

1)      As in the days after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, in the future when the U.S. economy collapses, a panicked U.S. Congress may go along with even more radical plans, just as the PATRIOT Act became law and was signed by President George W. Bush – and President Obama, as the list above shows, has gone much further than Bush in destroying our liberties.

It was Rahm Emanuel, at the time president-elect Obama’s appointed Chief of Staff, on November 21, 2008, who told the Wall Street Journal: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Interestingly, Emanuel’s words came only weeks after German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned in a Der Spiegel magazine interview that the 2008 global financial crisis would have political repercussions, noting that Adolf Hitler rose to power following the 1929 Wall Street crash.

"We learned from the worldwide economic crisis of the 1920s and 1930s that an economic crisis can result in an incredible threat for all of society. The consequence of that depression was Adolf Hitler and, indirectly, World War II and Auschwitz."

Have we learned nothing at all from history?



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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Truth: Gun Control Stats, Unarmed People Killed by Police



Number of Innocent Killed by Law Enforcement Annually, Solutions to School Shootings


The Real Facts About Gun-Related Crimes


Each year there are scores of deaths and injuries due to vehicle accidents.  Do we hold the auto accountable or the driver? Our society blames the driver so why do we blame the gun instead of the shooter?

*Dan Gross, head of the Brady Campaign used the number of daily gun murders as proof that "gun violence rates are not" going down. But the rate of gun murder is at its lowest point since at least 1981: 3.6 per 100,000 people in 2010. The high point was 7 in 1993. However, non-fatal gun injuries from assaults increased last year for the third straight year, and that rate is the highest since 2008.

*Federal data also show violent crimes committed with guns -- including murders, aggravated assaults and robberies -- have declined for three straight years.

Funny how armored cars ALWAYS and banks OFTEN have a non-public/police armed guard to protect fiat currencies...but schools NEVER have a private armed guard to protect something much more important to people (their own kids).

*Rep. Donna Edwards said that "since Columbine, there have been 181 of these school shootings." That's an inflated figure. She used a list of "major school shootings" supplied by the Brady Campaign that included incidents that were neither shootings nor at schools. By our count, the list shows 130 school shootings since Columbine that resulted in at least one student or school official being killed -- still unacceptably high, but a quarter fewer than claimed.

Here are some other facts. The United States has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world -- by far. And it has the highest rate of homicides among advanced countries. And yet, gun crime has been declining in the U.S. Firearm murders are down, as is overall gun violence -- even as gun ownership increases.


Justice Department Not So Good with Stats on Deaths Caused by Law Enforcement


Statistics are difficult to come by even though the Justice Department is supposed to keep track.  The average seems to be 300-400 annually and about 2000 in the past ten years.


Despite widespread public interest and a provision in the 1994 Crime Control Act requiring the Attorney General to collect the data and publish an annual report on them, statistics on police shootings and use of nondeadly force continue to be piecemeal products of spotty collection, and are dependent on the cooperation of local police departments. No comprehensive accounting for all of the nation's 17,000 police department exists.


The International Chiefs of Police, a police organization, tried in the 1980's to collect such information, but "the figures were very embarrassing to a lot of police departments," said James Fyfe, a professor of criminal justice at Temple University who is a former New York City police lieutenant.


Estimated unwarranted deaths by law enforcement are 1-2% each year through guns, car chases, wrongful home entry, etc. Under the Police Accountability Act provisions of the 1994 Crime Control Act, the Justice Department is required to compile and publish regularly detailed national data on police use of force. Such data is not, however, available in any satisfactory form. That private organizations have undertaken to begin such a compilation is highly commendable.

The most revealing fact in the gun-control controversy is that among all of the criminologists who have ever changed their opinion on gun control, EVERY LAST ONE has moved from a position supporting gun control to the side skeptical of gun control and not the other way around... NOT EVEN ONE! Think about the significance of that one simple fact.

Don't think that just because the police are trained in the use of firearms that they are less likely to kill an innocent person. A University of Chicago Study revealed that in 1993 approximately 700,000 police killed 330 innocent individuals, while approximately 250,000,000 private citizens only killed 30 innocent people.

That still sounds high. So let's look at it in a different light. According to a study by Newsweek magazine, only 2% of civilian shootings involve an innocent person being shot (not killed). The error rate for police is 11%. What this means is that you are more than 5 times more likely to be accidentally shot by a policeman than by an armed citizen. But, when you consider that citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as do police every year, it means that, per capita, you are more than 11 times more likely to be accidentally shot by a policeman than by an armed citizen.

The Kleck study shows that police shoot and kill around 600 criminals each year. Yet the University of Chicago study shows that police killed 330 innocent individuals in 1993. That means that for every two criminals killed by police, one innocent citizen is killed by police.

Criminologists are the experts who study crime, criminals and their motivation. Their entire career centers around the collection and analysis of statistics surrounding crime and the tools of crime. These are the people who make it their business to know and understand how, when, where, why and by whom guns (or any weapon, for that matter) are used. And, like anyone in any job, they learn more as they grow in the job. So, if the evidence were there to support gun control, wouldn't you expect that at least a few Criminologists would have switched from opposing gun control to supporting it?

We have armed Air Marshals secretly flying on our planes, why not a similar program for schools? The DHS has plenty of cash to pay for it.

Guns are used for self-defense between 2.1 Million and 2.5 Million times every year. The following facts from the Kleck/Gertz study, relate directly to this fact.

  • In the vast majority of those self-defense cases, the citizen will only brandish the gun or fire a warning shot.
  • In less than 8% of those self-defense cases will the citizen will even wound his attacker.
  • Over 1.9 million of those self-defense cases involve handguns.
  • As many as 500,000 of those self-defense cases occur away from home.
  • Almost 10% of those self-defense cases are women defending themselves against sexual assault or abuse.
  • This means that guns are used 60 times more often to protect the lives of law-abiding citizens than to take a life.
  • At an estimated 263 million US population, in 1995, when the study was released, it also means that an average of 1 out of every 105 to 125 people that you know will use a gun for self-defense every year.

Dr. Kleck also wrote in his book titled "Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America (Social Institutions and Social Change)" that burglars are more than three and a half times more likely to enter an occupied home in a gun control country than in the USA. Compare the 45% average rate of Great Britain, Canada and Netherlands with the 12.7% of the USA.

"In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the "collective" right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of "the people" to keep and bear arms. If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the eighteenth century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis."
-- Steven P. Halbrook
Attorney, author

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Recalling what America used to be like, Free skills library

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       How much more government can taxpayers afford?

2.      CA wages to government workers-astronomical

3.      TSA – the fascist arm of government in action

4.      Recalling what America used to be

5.      Free online skills library for preppers



"There are severe limits to the good that the government can do for the economy, but there are almost no limits to the harm it can do." -- Milton Friedman



Recalling What Used to be America

To our forefathers, living the American Dream meant living as free men and women, but today it means living under deep socialist tyranny where the government takes care of us from the cradle to the grave and uses an increasingly oppressive Big Brother police state control system to guarantee our safety.

 If you were Rip Van Winkle and fell asleep in 1972 and awoke in 2012, imagine the shock you'd feel!

There is reason to fear.

I believe many of those who voted for Obama underestimated the seriousness of the threats our country faces, especially in terms of lost freedoms.  It sure seems very few give a damn.

All of our DNA will soon be in a database. Barack Obama has been pushing a plan to create a national database that will store the DNA of all individuals who have been arrested, even if they end up not being convicted of a crime.

>You should consider nothing you do on the Internet to be private. It is being reported that the Obama administration is now demanding access to all Internet records of all Americans without court review.

> Just about anything can be used against you in court these days. In one of the very first military commissions held under the Obama administration, a U.S. military judge ruled that confessions obtained by threatening the subject with rape are admissible in court.

> But it is not just Islamic terrorists that are going to get this kind of treatment. According to FBI Director Robert Mueller, “homegrown terrorists” represent just as much of a threat to American national security as al-Qaeda does in 2010.

> Be very, very careful about what you post on the Internet from now on. One software company is actually developing software which will be able to identify people from photographs posted on the Internet.

> The frightening thing is that the Internet may actually be literally inside the heads of many Americans soon. Intel has stated that it wants microchips inside the heads of their customers by the year 2020.

>As technology develops, it is inevitable that the government will want to utilize it to track us and to control us. A startup company developing “chipless RFID ink” has already tested its product on cattle and laboratory rats. How soon before it starts getting used on humans?

>“Pre-crime” is not just for science fiction movies any longer. The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that it will begin using analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents and will place “potential offenders” in specific prevention and education programs.

> Are you ready to start carrying a national ID card? This year U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (one of the most left wing Senators) and Lindsey Graham have been promoting legislation that would institute a biometric national identification card for all Americans.

> These days anyone can be labeled a “terrorist” and denied even the most basic of rights. New legislation being pushed by U.S. Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman earlier this year would allow the U.S. military to round up large numbers of Americans and detain them indefinitely without a trial if they are believed to ”pose a threat” or if they have “potential intelligence value” or for any other reason that the President of the United States “considers appropriate”.

The relationship between the police and the public has fundamentally changed. Once upon a time the police were there to protect and serve. But in 2010 police all too often abuse their positions. Just recently, a 32 year old man was beaten black and blue by two Denver Police officers for no apparent reason at all.

> We are now so tightly regulated that we can’t even honor good police officers any longer. Memorial crosses erected along Utah public roads to honor fallen state highway troopers have been found unconstitutional by a federal appeals court and must be removed.

>In 2010, it seems like the government wants to investigate just about everyone and everything. For example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently called for opponents of the proposed Ground Zero mosque to be investigated in order to establish who is funding their activities.

> The truth is that it is very dangerous to exercise your free speech in America in 2010. For example, Christians are being arrested in various areas across the United States for quietly passing out Christian literature on public sidewalks.

>The U.S. government has become so paranoid that now even milk is viewed as a major threat. Organic milk is now considered such a national crisis that the FDA has been conducting military style raids on Amish farmers in the state of Pennsylvania.

> We can’t even get on an airplane now without first allowing gawking security officials to get a good look at our naked bodies. The new full body security scanners going into airports all across the United States can actually see through clothing and produce very clear and very detailed images of the exposed bodies of everyone who walks through them.

> But the government would never save any of those naked images, would they? Well, the U.S. Marshals Service confessed recently that it had indeed saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of one Florida courthouse.

>Things have gotten so bad that we can’t even sing the national anthem during a visit to a national monument any longer. A group of high school students made national headlines recently when they revealed that they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

More insights at:



PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources


Free Skills Library for Preppers. It's more of an "aftermath" library since it's made up of several thousand books from the 1800s through early 1900s. They're all public domain books or expired copyrights which are freely available however they're scattered across history libraries and other sources all over the world and can be time consuming to track down.

They detail skills and knowledge that has been lost in the last few generations but are the skills people would need to survive, rebuild and prosper in the aftermath of an EMP event, natural or manmade.

There are a few places that sell them collected on CDs but that's a barrier to some people and we felt they should be freely available to everyone. We're trying to spread the word about the library and we've set up information so any other websites who care to can also post the links directly to the books without having to actually host all of them (40gb-50gb).

The library isn't complete yet but it's growing rapidly and we expect it to continue growing. The number of books that are suitable for inclusion is huge and I've barely scratched the surface.


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Confessions of a dumpster diver…Christmas waste is most interesting. You not only find presents, but also you find tons of food and even more cookies and sweets, given by loving relatives. If you don't feel like eating them, why not bring them to work or freeze them. Someone spend a lot of money, time and love to make them! The same goes for chocolate Easter bunnies. The chocolate can be used for something else (cookies, cakes, etc.) or just give it to a kid/mother that you know.

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The Nanny State Updates…


California government wage insanity: Cop earns $484,000; psychiatrist earns $822,000
(NaturalNews) As California continues to drown in red ink, it's worth noting how the state got into such fiscal dire straits in the first place, as a lesson about how not to run a government. In a move that smacked of blatant political favoritism...


Can We Roll Back Big Government?

The Poor Man has stated for years we have TOO MUCH government burden for America…

Before we can truly bring an end to unsustainable federal deficits and debt, we must first have a very frank national discussion about what government does.  How much more can we afford?


Neither the growth nor the shrinkage of government is inevitable. Those who insist that progress consists of an ever-larger and more active government never specify at what point that process should stop. Those who argue for a minimal government are grappling with the general trend toward continuity of institutions in a mostly successful society. Despite the growth of government over the past century, over many years, polls indicate that most Americans have favored a smaller government that does less over a larger government that does more…



The Parting Thought-


Welcome to NAZI Amerika – Why we need another revolution!


The application was tucked away on page 71431 of Volume 77, Number 231 of the Federal Register (November 30). It was surrounded by soporific references to forwarding “the new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).”

The application for funding from the TSA constitutes a preliminary step toward systematically expanding TSA's authority from airports to highways and almost every other means of public travel. The expansion would erase one of the last remaining differences between the US and a total police state; namely, the ability to travel internally without being under police surveillance

TSA wants to solidify and spread the fledgling and erratic presence it already has.

The official request reads, “TSA's Highway BASE program [Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement] seeks to establish the current state of security gaps and implemented countermeasures throughout the highway mode of transportation by posing questions to major transportation asset owners and operators.” An example would be an owner and the employees of a long-haul truck company. The application continues, “Data and results collected through the Highway BASE program will inform TSA's policy and program initiatives and allow TSA to provide focused resources and tools to enhance the overall security posture within the surface transportation community.”

Meanwhile, the Government Security News Service provides additional details on TSA's plans. TSA wants funding to conduct “security-related assessments” on about 750 “transportation assets” including “140 public transportation agencies.” An example would be bus depots or train stations.

Security Magazine (May 30th) offered a sense of how sweeping the definition of “assets” might be, including “trucking, school bus, and motor coach industries, privately-owned highway assets that may include bridges and tunnels, and other related systems and assets owned and operated by state departments of education and transportation.”

Shoes, wallets, liquids, creams, medical devices – some airports have different procedures for hassling passengers than others. ID checks and personal questions from TSA agents – the agency deliberately targets people at random to try to catch them off guard. Even frequent fliers who are enrolled in TSA's PreCheck trusted-traveler program never know when they'll be singled out and ushered through standard or enhanced screening procedures.

The fact that the agency lamented the lack of a “single database” on public transportation is not reassuring. (Federal Register, Vol.77, No.104, pg. 31867, May 30.) The entire push seems aimed at not merely expanding but also centralizing information, efforts and authority, with BASE itself being a consolidation of several other TSA programs.

The TSA finds $400,000 every year in loose change left behind by travelers.  It goes into their piggybank!

The case of Amtrak is instructive.

On March 3rd, 2011, Trains: The Magazine of Railroading ran the headline: “TRAINS Exclusive: Amtrak police chief bars Transportation Security Administration from some security operations.” The article went on to describe how TSA personnel “took over” an Amtrak station on their own authority and “thoroughly searched every person who entered.” When Amtrak Police Chief John O’Connor found out, he was reportedly “livid” and insisted on restricting the TSA's authority before he would consider “allowing them back on Amtrak property.”

On October 9th, 2012, Homeland Security Today – the official magazine of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – announced that DHS had forged a partnership Amtrak by which “over 8,000 frontline transportation employees and Amtrak Police Department officers” will be trained.

How did Amtrak go from threatening to evict the TSA (an agency within DHS) to joining enthusiastically in the harassment of passengers? What happened in a year-and-a-half?

Money happened. In 2011, Amtrak received $1.5 billion in federal funds and broke records with 30 million passengers; it still lost money. Amtrak's losses were so huge and persistent that one of Mitt Romney’s campaign promises was to privatize the behemoth. By partnering with national security in October, however, Amtrak guaranteed both funding and survival no matter who won the election.

Airport-style control of travel within America is coming. Some would argue it has been here for decades in the form of speed limits. But what's coming is different in kind. The unmarked police cars hiding in bushes are after your money; the uniformed TSA agents and their “partners” want your freedom, your obedience.


The Constitution will not protect the right to travel. Although many legal scholars consider it to be a Constitutional right akin to freedom of association, the word “travel” or its equivalent does not appear in the document except to guarantee the right of Congress members to travel back and forth from 'work'. The Supreme Court case Sáenz v. Roe (1999) rejected the Constitutional basis of free travel and rooted it instead within judicial precedent. These are weak roots and shallow soil.

Those who fret over their continued ability to travel abroad should glance over their shoulders to glimpse what is happening to travel within America. The two are politically connected, intimately so. Many of the same methods that now restrict foreign travel will be used within America because the same agency will handle both: the TSA in its many manifestations. They might be called BASE agents or VIPRs (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response), like the ones who partnered with law enforcement in 2011 in Tennessee to conduct random “terrorist” checkpoints on highways. They may be the specially trained clerks who sell you a ticket . But TSA agents in whatever guise are coming to the highway, bus stop and train station you frequent.

Editors Note:

Our government is Anti-liberty...anti-freedom...anti-individual...anti, in a word, You!  Maybe those who wish to secede from the union are right!


TSA Delays wheel chair bound pre-teen

A Texas mom was dumbfounded and angry when her preteen, wheelchair-bound daughter was left sobbing at the security gate at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport when reps from the Transportation Security Administration detected traces of explosive on her hand.

Shelbi Walser, 12, has brittle bone disease, and was flying to Tampa, Fla., to receive treatment on Sunday when she was randomly selected for an explosives screening on her way through security. Tammy Daniels, Walser's mother, said that her daughter tested positive for explosives when a screener swabbed Walser's palms and fingers.

Separating a 12 year old child from her parents for an hour, while they question her is ILLEGAL in every state! You are NOT allowed to question a minor without a guardian present…

Wendy McElroy is a renowned individualist anarchist and individualist feminist. She was a co-founder along with Carl Watner and George H. Smith of The Voluntaryist in 1982, and is the author/editor of twelve books, the latest of which is "The Art of Being Free". Follow her work at


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