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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Are We on the Verge of Another Financial Crisis? We have too much stuff, More


Poor Man Survival

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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


"Politics doesn't work. Look at the parts of America where government has had
the most power, where government has spent the most money. Look at the housing
projects we've got the poor people in."

-- P. J. O'Rourke


Civil War, Anarchy, Breakdown of Society?


We are on the verge of a great financial crisis which will cause economic conditions in our cities to deteriorate rapidly…civil strife is likely and the White House has preparations in place across the nation’s police departments to deal with it via martial law.  Why do you think so many local police agencies have been armed by the Feds to the point where they more closely resemble paramilitary groups?

Bill O’Reilly suggests there are a lot of people out there that actually want to turn [Ferguson, MO} this into a full-blown war.  Some want a race war, some want a “war on cops”, and others just seem to want a general excuse for crime, looting and mayhem.

So many of our elected officials and bureaucrats seem so far out-of-touch with the anger and frustration the average person feels about the coerciveness, incompetence, the high cost and lack of good will toward the people they supposedly serve.

I subscribe to John Whitehead’s newsletter and I think he summarizes it well in one of his recent commentaries

For those of us who have managed to survive 2014 with our lives intact and our freedoms hanging by a thread, it has been a year of crackdowns, clampdowns, shutdowns, showdowns, shootdowns, standdowns, knockdowns, putdowns, breakdowns, lockdowns, takedowns, slowdowns, meltdowns, and never-ending letdowns.

We’ve been held up, stripped down, faked out, photographed, frisked, fracked, hacked, tracked, cracked, intercepted, accessed, spied on, zapped, mapped, searched, shot at, tasered, tortured, tackled, trussed up, tricked, lied to, labeled, libeled, leered at, shoved aside, saddled with debt not of our own making, sold a bill of goods about national security, tuned out by those representing us, tossed aside, and taken to the cleaners.

As I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, we’ve had our freedoms turned inside out, our democratic structure flipped upside down, and our house of cards left in a shambles.

We’ve had our children burned by flashbang grenades, our dogs shot, and our old folks hospitalized after “accidental” encounters with marauding SWAT teams. We’ve been told that as citizens we have no rights within 100 miles of our own border, now considered “Constitution-free zones.” We’ve had our faces filed in government databases, our biometrics crosschecked against criminal databanks, and our consumerist tendencies catalogued for future marketing overtures.

In the grand scheme of things, most people are not paying attention.  In most regards I feel I am surrounded by the mundane, the trivial, the trite, the bland, and the superficial when it comes to television, government and an ill-informed citizenry who have their collective noses buried into a cell phone, oblivious to the world around them.


If you are among the thinking, what are your thoughts?



We Have Too Much Stuff!

My husband and I decided that the best way to get rid of the cost and inconvenience of storage, as well as things we had "stuffed" into our small house, was to consign our items to auction. The auction house sent a team of people to pack up and move the items from the house as well as the storage. For a fair percentage of the total sale, everything was done for us. Individual items often don't sell at expected prices at auction, but others can be very exciting. I had an old brass planter that I bought for $40 at an auction only three years before our move. It sold at auction for $350. In all, we avoided the hassles of a garage sale, got rid of a storage fee, made space in the house, and made a fine profit. I have one caution. Most auction dealers will offer to purchase your goods outright. My experience is that the price they quote will be quite a bit lower than what you could make by consigning. It was worth the risk

NOTE: When cousins of mine from Germany and Poland spent time visiting me in the US they often commented on how much stuff Americans have to the point where we are often unable to use our garage to house our vehicles because they’re already over flowing with STUFF!



Resources you can use and share…


Cheap Composting
Composting is definitely not a case of garbage in, garbage out. Your garbage going in will magically cheapest way to fertilize a garden is to make your own organic compound by composting. Even if your property only has shrubbery and not a garden, homemade compost has many benefits.


Reduce your water bill, and your impact on the environment with these water-saving tips.
A passive solar oven system is a handy tool to have in your preparedness kit. When it's sunny out, you can use your passive solar oven for fuel-free cooking. You can even use it to boil and purify water... it really does get that hot!

Repurposing items for your garden and outdoor living space
read more here







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[or, is the future useless]?

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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1 comment:

DAR said...

I believe we are on the verge, I actually thought it might take place in 2014. Either way, I don't trust the feds.