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Sunday, March 29, 2015

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"A republic is not an easy form of government to live under,
and when the responsibility of citizenship is evaded,
democracy decays and authoritarianism takes over."

-- Earl Warren
(1891-1974) Chief Justice, U. S. Supreme Court




Since the depths of the last recession, the price of ground beef in the United States has doubled


There is so much government interference in our lives today that our country is being run into the ground and no one expects their children to live a better life.


 Has your paycheck doubled since then?  Even though the Federal Reserve insists that we are in a “low inflation” environment, the government’s own numbers show that the price of ground beef has been on an unprecedented run over the past six years.  In early 2009, the average price of a pound of ground beef was hovering near 2 dollars.  In February, it hit a brand new all-time record high of $4.238 per pound.  Even just 12 months ago, the price of ground beef was sitting at $3.555 per pound.  So we are talking about a huge increase.  And this hits American families where they really live.  Each year, the average American consumes approximately 270 pounds of meat.  The only nation in the world that eats more meat than we do is Luxembourg


If the paychecks of American workers were going up fast enough to deal with this increase, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.  But of course that is not happening.  In an article just last week, I showed that real median household income is a couple thousand dollars lower now than it was during the depths of the last recession.  The middle class is being squeezed, and we are rapidly getting to the point where burgers are going to be considered a “luxury” item.


Did you know that about one-fourth of the entire global prison population is in the United States?  Did you know that Apple has more money than the U.S. Treasury?  Did you know that if you have no debt and also have 10 dollars in your wallet that you are wealthier than 25 percent of all Americans?  Did you know that by the time an American child reaches the age of 18, that child will have seen approximately 40,000 murders on television?  There are some things that are great about the United States, and there are definitely some things that are not so great.  Once upon a time we were the most loved and most respected nation on the entire planet, but those days are long gone…



48 percent of all Americans do not have any emergency supplies in their homes whatsoever.



Adjusting to Sudden
Economic Changes

After surviving a catastrophic accident, and watching friends and family members go through divorces, layoffs and major illnesses, I have concluded that the one thing we all do that destroys our finances is failing to immediately accept the new normal of our lives. Quickly adjusting to sudden economic changes is important to your monetary well-being. Read more.



How to Be Charitable on a Budget
I count myself among those frugal types who are that way, in part, so that they may give to others. Frugal people are some of the most generous people I know and usually give without fanfare and are very creative in doing so. Here are ten ways to be generous to those less fortunate without breaking the bank.


House bill aims to repeal the Patriot Act »
A House bill that would fundamentally disassemble the Patriot Act has begun its course through the House, thanks to a bipartisan duo calling for an end to "dragnet surveillance" in the United States. 
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·         Did you know that for $1,000-$5,000 you could have a nice, small home that would outlast most conventional wood-framed houses, and be quieter, non-toxic and more comfortable? Here's one way to do it:


Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (AICCCA).

 Their agencies have recently started helping people who are wondering what to do with their student loans. It's an important question, because you probably only get one chance to get it right. So you don't want to get advice from someone who can only offer you one solution. You want to talk to someone who has a full range of options available for you. A good place to start is with Student Loan Counselors, who can put you in touch with a non-profit counselor. Visit their site. It's no cost to you and could put you on a quicker path to repaying student loans.


Make a budget in 3 minutes
April is Financial Literacy Month! Are you making the most of your money? Use the free budgeting tool on EconomicCheckUp® to quickly see where your money goes, how you can spend smarter, and how to best live within your means.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Honey, Can you hear me now? NSA-Yes, We Can


Poor Man Survival

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"A little lie is like a little pregnancy:
it doesn't take long before everyone knows."
-- C. S. Lewis


As the patriot-hero Edward Snowden’s massive leak has shown is that the United Stasi of America is doing what we have long warned people against: collecting every email, text message, phone call, Internet visit, credit card purchase, Facebook post, cell phone location and so much more along with organizing these into dossiers which are permanently databased, archived and searchable forever.

Governments and corporations gather, store, and analyze the tremendous amount of data we chuff out as we move through our digitized lives. Often this is without our knowledge, and typically without our consent. Based on this data, they draw conclusions about us that we might disagree with or object to, and that can impact our lives in profound ways. We may not like to admit it, but we are under mass surveillance.


First, be aware you are being spied on and cognizant of some ways you leak personal information on the Internet and how to clean it up.

Second, you should already be using a VPN and Bitcoin so employ these principles and tactics to shift purchasing power to merchants that accept Bitcoin. Do not let firms like Stratfor compromise your personal information and render you increasingly vulnerable to identity theft.

Third, opt-out of unsolicited credit card offers. Get off their databases and away from these tracking devices. The borrower is servant to the lender, you are chained and naked with loan privacy disclosures, so avoid debt like you would avoid the plague.

Fourth, sign-up for the free How To Vanish email list and get the Free Privacy Guide. It has some extremely helpful and free tips for you to follow. Plus, you will get more tips on a regular basis.

Remember, spying costs money. Sure, they can print money out of thin air but eventually that privilege will come to an end. And with Bitcoin around that is likely to be sooner than before. Remember, using USD, EUR, Bitcoin, etc. is a political choice so opt for political privacy.

But even more than costing money it costs human resources to make any sense out of all the data. And the more human resources you can tie up following worthless and ineffectual trails the better. The more people who do this the higher the cost of spying exponentially rises while the return on investment, actionable or useful intelligence, gets lower and lower.

But why stop with you taking control of your privacy?

Fifth, understand the force multiplier effect of encryption and share this post with your friends. Spark a discussion and show each other privacy protecting techniques. Plus, it is fun introducing James Bond techniques into your life. Delude yourself and pretend that you actually matter enough to someone else to be spied on.


As Mr. Snowden’s efforts have shown; the State is working to obliterate your privacy. They want you naked in a petri dish. You must pro-actively work to protect your privacy. You must actually do something.


  1. Eight Privacy Tips To Prevent Identity Theft
  2. 10 Privacy Tips For Protecting Your Identity And Avoiding Identity Theft
  3. 7 Effective Privacy Techniques For Reducing Risk Of Identity Theft
  4. 3 Simple Internet Privacy Tips (And 1 Super Secret Ninja Move)


The Justice Department has taken a first step toward allowing judges to grant warrants for remote searches of computers located outside their district, or when the location is unknown. On Monday, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules approved an amendment to Rule 41 by an 11-1 vote. The existing provision allows judges to approve search warrants only for material within the geographic bounds of their judicial district, but the FBI has said it needs the rule updated to address the increasingly complex digital realities of modern day.  Read more

Patriot Act-The most anti-freedom set of laws ever created in America
Privacy concerns potentially an obstacle to 1 June Patriot Act reauthorization

With the USA Patriot Act set to expire on 1 June, lawmakers are debating whether the bill, which allows the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect bulk metadata of U.S. phone records, should be extended. The act was last renewed in 2011, before former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed details of the U.S. intelligence agency's surveillance activities. The debate around the reauthorization of the Patriot Act focuses on Section 215 of the law, used by the NSA to mass collect phone records in an effort to locate terrorists who might be calling supporters in the United States.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Learn anything online including easy homemade hootch

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Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state.
They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone."

-- Frederic Bastiat


Easy, Economical, Ecological Distillation…practical knowledge for the Retro Guy

Homemade hootch, a tradition which predates governments and something every retro guy should know…

Amateur chemistry can be educational, fun and rewarding; however, it can be intimidating to begin, especially with the cost of professional laboratory equipment. Fortunately, this is amateur chemistry, and we can use amateur equipment, a process which not only saves you money but also helps you to understand what's going on! In this Instructable I'll demonstrate how I built a distillation apparatus for only a few dollars.

This device is useful for a wide range of hobbyists and makers - in addition to amateur chemists, their users include brewers, survivalists, herbalists, and more. Also, I typically make a point of using new material or retail-supplied material as little as possible and have a strong tendency to blur the line between thriftiness and cheapness. Though it can be difficult at times, this also helps me build independence from prefabricated materials and is an avenue through which I can exercise creativity in problem-solving.


You probably already know why you want to build a distillation apparatus. If not, I can certainly give you a few:

  • The application common to all my fellow hobbyists and DIYers is purifying water, since we all use water numerous times daily. If you need to purify water and remove contaminants from it, you could do so by distillation. This might be done for drinking or use in a humidifier.
  • Most hobbyists who construct devices for distillation, however, are doing so with alcohol in mind. I don't see any reason why the apparatus I built wouldn't work for that purpose, but I didn't build it with that in mind. If you do want to distill alcohol, check whether or not it's legal where you are and be sure it won't cause your distillation tube to degrade - many companies post free solvent/plastic compatibility charts like this one online.
  • But why do I want to build a distillation apparatus? Amateur chemists often find commercial suppliers for reagents in everything from garden to automotive supply stores, and sometimes these finds require concentration, purification, or separation. In my case, I've been interested for a while in polymers and I'd love to make my own - I know of plastics made from borax and glue, milk (its protein casein), corn starch, agar, and gelatin Ethylene glycol is readily available as antifreeze, but other chemicals are added - I want to isolate ethylene glycol because of its dual hydroxyl groups, which I'm hoping will be useful in polymerization.
  • I mentioned before that herbalists might use distillation because essential oils can be distilled to concentrate them. As with brewing, I'm not involved with any of the details of essential oils, so it's your responsibility to double-check safety and legality here.

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Learn anything. Online learning used to be a novelty. Then it started becoming mainstream and comprehensive. Today, it is exploding beyond belief. Here is a site that offers 100 other sites that teach just about anything you could ever want to know. And the crazy-great Khan Academy isn’t even listed. It boggles the mind to consider that there was a time when government imagined that it could control what we learn.


Remit money cheaper. Banks and wiring companies are charging too much money for people to send money home — mainly to poor countries. But remittances are about to get a lot cheaper. Companies like TransferWise, Moni Technologies, and WorldRemit are competing, paradoxically, to keep more money in the hands of people in the developing world.


Partake in the Creative Commons. Not every government imposition on market institutions allows for a way out. But in the case of copyright — a regulatory intervention that has become a major source of mischief in the digital age — Creative Commons is the answer that freedom-lovers can embrace. FEE founder Leonard Read pioneered this approach in the late 1940s, long before people even questioned copyright. FEE in 2014 has gone all the way by putting all its content in the commons with no restrictions. Goodbye censors.


etGems. Instant messaging is still the thing, but what if it lived on a distributed network with no central control that also allowed instant currency exchanges at near-zero cost? That’s what going on at GetGems. It’s some pretty edgy stuff, but remember: these are the early days of such innovations. No one can prevent us from talking to each other -- or exchanging with each other -- in whatever way we choose. (See also other forms of crypto-texting.)


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[or - is the future useless]?

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Everyone is a Criminal

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One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.
- Unknown




The Goal: Turn everyone into a criminal…


If you laid all our our laws end to end, there would be no end…no other nation in history has created as many laws as the USA.  Nor has any other nation accumulated so much debt in such a short time span.


I’ve written about this many times over the past decade.  Our government is out of control and no one seems willing or able to reign it in.  When I was born we were a solvent nation and government pretty much minded its own business.  Now, our leaders have bankrupted the national treasury and interfere with every damned nook and cranny of our lives…it is despicable.


Justice William Douglas once lamented “The Constitution is not neutral.  It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people!”


Despite efforts of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison who wanted to keep government severely limited and leave folks blessedly alone for ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ we are no directed by Washington on every element of living.  Only special interests, willing to pay the piper its price, seem to hold any sway while the will of the people is damned.


The enumeration of powers granted to the government gives them the authority to run the government, NOT our personal lives.


It’s apparent to many that we are no longer a free society. We now have taxes on everything but, like the quality of our leadership, our infrastructure is crumbling.


In 1970 we had 100 million laws on the books.  Today, no one knows or can keep track of the amount of laws that are in place at all levels of government.  Most of us know we already have too much government interference in our lives and its cost to citizens is beyond vile.  Instead of laws issued by legislators, we’re now run by unelected federal agencies and bureaucrats who seem bent on destroying our nation.


The more people who are unwittingly trapped by our all-encompassing, all choking legal system become just another revenue source for the system and more fodder for the growth of more regulations from UNELECTED bureaucrats who have little oversight by legislators.


The shocking growth of entangling laws and regulation is tripping up honest Americans. Several thousand federal criminal statues exist nowadays. For historical comparison, back in 1790 only six existed: treason, counterfeiting, piracy, murder, maiming and robbery in federal jurisdictions.

Today scholars from universities, to the Justice Department, to the American Bar Association don't even know how many laws exist! It's believed to be far greater than 4,500. It's too numerous to count and these statutes are peppered throughout 27,000 pages of the federal code.


Adding to this problem, many new federal laws have lower standards for conviction than in the past: Prosecutors do not always need to show criminal intent (mens rea.) And, federal regulations (also numbering in the thousands) often carry the force of federal criminal law as penalty.


Most people believe that knowing their rights and respecting the rights of others is pretty much good enough to stay clear of legal trouble. The problem today is the growing number of federal criminal laws and regulations. They ensnare many law-abiding citizens who have no criminal intent, yet threaten them with arrest, prosecution, and prison time.

Retired race-car champion Bobby Unser told a congressional hearing how he got lost in a blizzard on his snowmobile and got a $75 fine, plus a criminal record! The crime? He drove onto protected federal land, an automatic violation of the Wilderness Act. An honest mistake that left him with a misdemeanor conviction.

"There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime," said retired Louisiana State University law professor John Baker in a Wall Street Journal report. "That is not an exaggeration."

"Most people think criminal law is for bad people," says Timothy Lynch of the Cato Institute. "They're one misstep away from the nightmare of a federal indictment."

Many pundits, like the Blaze's Buck Sexton, feel this gives federal agencies too much power. To justify their budgets, they need something to show, which encourages abuse... hammers in search of nails.

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Participate in The ideas of liberty have always needed an action plan, something besides begging the people in power to recognize human rights and liberties. Now there is a global liberty community that provides discussions, libraries, friendship, and turnkey publishing, effectively crowdsourcing the building of liberty. It’s a community for doers, not just dreamers, and it’s made possible entirely through digital media.


Learning basic sewing skills can save you money
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French intensive container gardening is so easy she does it from her wheelchair!
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Read or publish an eBook. Time was when only the rich could afford home libraries. They were treasures, more valuable than houses and the land they sat on. It was only in the 20th century that home libraries became common. In the 21st century, anyone with a cheap e-reader can download hundreds of thousands of books at no cost. It’s a breathtaking development, and yet how many of us take all this knowledge for granted? Every dystopian novel features a world of censorship. That world is impossible today.

Skip the student loans. A key problem with government loans is that they are not creative. Students rack up debt and find their careers hobbled for years. What if there were a different way?  Lumni suggests this: they will pay for your education and, in return, you give a percentage of your income back after you get your paying job. It’s not a loan; it’s an investment — or a form of seed funding. It’s flexible, and the company benefits from your later performance.

Yours for a life fulfilled

[or - is the future useless]?

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Why so many in government need their noses punched


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"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."
-- Dr. Seuss


Why So Many in Government Need their Noses Punched


   There are so many examples of complete and utter stupidity in government at all levels, it makes me want to take a chain saw to their benefits packages…


Arnold Abbott, now 91, and pastors Dwayne Black and Mark Sims face up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500 after being arrested for trying to feed the homeless in violation of a stupid Ft. Lauderdale, FL law that aims to control outdoor food distribution…a local judge ordered the city to enter mediation.  I would enter them into an asylum!


Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18, were hoping to make some extra cash by shoveling snow in Bound Brook, NJ, but police stopped them for soliciting without a license.  The cops need to be forced to shovel the snow for the entire neighborhood and PAY the teens!


You never own your property in Communist AmerikaEileen Battisti of PA had her home sold out without her knowledge over a $6.30 fee.  After paying her property tax a day late she incurred a late fee but what the bill didn’t show is that she also owed the county $234.72, as a result of interest and other charges which were added to the late fee!


After a long court battle an appeals court overturned the sale of her home but the case is being appealed to the PA Supreme Court…Battisti has already spent more than $30,000 in legal fees.


Government flunkies are flatworms, not to be trusted [watch any cop show and they lie all the time to everyone to get their way and it is legal]… The IRS sometimes has their agents pose as clergymen to deceive church parishioners in attempts to gain information from them surreptitiously.


Now you might understand why my motto is:  We don’t need another election, We need another revolution.


There is so much government crap we could fill the state of New Jersey and my friends, it is time citizens stormed the damned Bastille!


Other news…


   A recent survey among 1,820 adults by American Express found that the number of people hoarding cash outside financial institutions has grown over the past five years.  With banks paying next to nothing in interest, there’s little incentive to use a savings account. 


The Gestapo..oh, I mean the TSA will require enhanced ID beginning next year stemming from the bull crap Read ID Act [the real let’s control the sheep act] or a passport next year to board a plan..I have neither a passport or an enhanced ID nor do I plan on getting one. This, despite the fact they’ve caught a single terrorist!  Instead…


I’ll look into flight sharing [just like ride sharing].  The peer-to-peer economy is growing…from pet sitting to vacation home rentals.  All of these represent a refreshing lack of crushing government regulation which increases COSTS on everything. 

The FAA is trying to ban flight sharing, even though it has been around for decades.  If you want to try it, call Private Fly at: 866-726-1222 or see their website at:


Government websites are dangerous to your privacy…despite Do Not Track features, the Obamacare site collects data and according to CNNMoney and EPIC. The government is selling your private data to DoubleClick, Google, Twitter, and other third parties…I hope we can get a class action lawsuit against such government scams.  No one violates your privacy quite like the government which maintains an average of 40 files on every citizen and routinely shares ALL your information with several agencies – all in violation of the Privacy Act of 1974 which it rendered mute by another set of anti-citizen laws – the mis-named Patriot Act!


American Millennials that have a four year college degree are essentially on the same intellectual level as young adults in Japan, Finland and the Netherlands that only have a high school degree

Americans born after 1980 are lagging their peers in countries ranging from Australia to Estonia, according to a new report from researchers at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The study looked at scores for literacy and numeracy from a test called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, which tested the abilities of people in 22 countries.

The results are sobering, with dire implications for America. It hints that students may be falling behind not only in their early educational years but at the college level. Even though more Americans between the ages of 20 to 34 are achieving higher levels of education, they’re still falling behind their cohorts in other countries. In Japan, Finland and the Netherlands, young adults with only a high school degree scored on par with American Millennials holding four-year college degrees, the report said.



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