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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Anatomy of a Breakdown


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The Anatomy of a Breakdown

If we can all agree on one thing, it’s that the government and disaster organizations alike grossly underestimate how dependent the majority of the population is on them during and after a disastrous event takes place. We need not look any further than the last major disasters that have occurred to find our answers: the Haitian earthquake that occurred in 2010, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2011 super tornado of Joplin, MO, and even as recently as Hurricane Sandy.

As preppers are well aware, when the needs of the population cannot be met in an allotted time frame, a phenomena occurs and the mindset shifts in people. They begin to act without thinking and respond to changes in their environment in an emotionally-based manner, thus leading to chaos, instability and a breakdown in our social paradigm.

When you take the time to understand how a breakdown behaves and how it progresses, only then can you truly prepare for it .

This glimpse into a systemic breakdown is based on an isolated, limited disaster or event where emergency responders have been deployed. I must emphasize that all bets are off if the event is wide spread, affecting multiple tens of millions of people simultaneously.

Phase 1: The Warning

Although disasters such as earthquakes and tornadoes can come on so quickly that timely warnings are not always given, for the most part, governments typically provide adequate time to get a population ready in advance. Local governments even go as far as to err on the side of caution and sternly warn the citizens to evacuate.

For one reason or another, there will be a select group that stays behind. Some of these citizens are prepared and ready for what may come and may feel the need to stay to defend what is rightfully theirs but the majority of the population will not be ready for what they are about to endure. Those that are in this unprepared majority who choose to ride out the disaster do so because they are either unaware of how to fully prepare for disasters, have become complacent or numb to the heeds of warning from the local government and news media, or are overly confident.

This is the point in this cycle where herds of people go to the grocery stores frantically grabbing supplies. Most grocery stores will not be able to meet the demand of the people’s need for supplies, and many could go home empty handed.

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However, it should be noted that there is an alternate view on what most people will do if society collapses. For historians who study disasters and social collapse, there is hope that people won’t automatically turn into savages if the grid goes down. A writer for Slate recently interviewed several experts on this topic, and here’s what they had to say:

Can this ray of sunshine be trusted? I’d love to believe it can be. I asked Scott Knowles, a historian of disaster, what historians and sociologists who study collapses and disasters have to say. His answer: It depends. “We help, and also we don’t,” Knowles said in an email to me.

Over the years, academic researchers have gone back and forth on the question. “This whole area of work really got going in the Cold War when defense planners wanted to model post-[nuclear] attack scenarios,” Knowles wrote. The Disaster Research Center at Ohio State University (which has since moved to the University of Delaware) “did the work over years to model community response, and they pushed back strongly on the idea of social collapse—they found instead too much of the opposite—people converge on a disaster scene!”

And there are countless examples of people being altruistic and coming together during disasters…


Today we are witnessing a breakdown in civility in many areas of life: at public gatherings,  on our roads, in our schools, at our parks and elsewhere.  But where I see it at its worst is in the halls of Congress.  Politics has never been a game for the meek [even becoming so contentious as to fuel duels in the early days of our nation]… Our nation is the most divided that it has been in my entire lifetime, and it isn’t going to take too much to push America into a state of full-blown civil unrest.

U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is a gifted public speaker. If he chose to use that gift for good, he could make a tremendous difference in this country. But instead, he is using his gift to encourage people to hate President Trump. During a recent appearance at Chicago’s Lincoln United Methodist Church on Saturday, Gutierrez actually referred to Trump as a “criminal” multiple times

“The major criminal that exists in the United States of America is called Donald Trump [and] he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Av at the White House,” Gutierrez stormed.

“Someone who takes health care away from 33 million people is a criminal,” he said.

But of course he didn’t stop there.

Gutierrez went on to tell the congregation that Trump must be “eliminated” as soon as possible…

He invited the congregation to “take action” and take back the Congress so that Trump could be put before the Senate in impeachment proceedings.

Gutierrez said Trump must be “eliminated… as the president of the United States of America.”

You can watch Gutierrez making these comments on video right here. Hopefully Gutierrez did not intend to incite his followers to violence with his remarks, but they are definitely rather chilling, especially considering what else we have learned lately.

Just recently, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne revealed that a prominent member of Congress told him that “there is a plot on Capitol Hill to take the president out”, and that this plot would result in Trump being “removed suddenly from office”…

Members of Trump’s own party are stabbing him in the back. Many establishment Republicans hate Trump as much as the Democrats do, and they would not shed a tear if Trump was somehow removed from power.  They are helping to undermine and destroy this nation.

We are at a critical moment in our history. For decades, the elite have had a hammerlock on our political system, and that is why nothing has ever seemed to change very much no matter which party was in power.

When Donald Trump came along, the American people realized that they finally had a chance to fight back against the establishment. And so even though he made mistakes, tens of millions of Americans stuck with Trump because he tapped into that fundamental hunger for liberty and freedom that we all have deep inside of us.

It literally was a miracle that Trump was able to overcome relentless attacks by the mainstream media and the political machines of both major political parties to become the president of the United States. But now the elite figure that if they can just figure out a way to get rid of him that things can go back to “normal”.

We cannot allow that to happen. This is our best shot at taking our government back, and so we need to do whatever we can to support Trump, and we also need to do whatever we can to get him a lot more friends in Congress in 2018.

As I wrote at the beginning of Trump’s presidency [based on predictions from my contacts who are former insiders in the intelligence community], the hatred of Trump, an outsider who usurping the power of DC insiders is so strong they are banding together to do anything to get rid of him.  That means sabotaging his family, planting false stories, continual investigations, etc. Distract and disgust and as a former MI6 associate of mine told me, they might even go so far as to “take him out’ before his third year in office” which is how shallow and callous these DC rats are.

The Democrats have only offered the nation a false narrative, one that cheated Blacks and others out of their civil rights rather than promoted them [despite the false bill of goods they promised…you could almost mistake them for real human beings] and seem intent on turning America into a ‘socialist paradise.

Finally, here’s an example of an elected official who truly belongs in prison and has been under FBI investigation for fraud several times [indeed, her entire family has been investigated and she doesn’t even live in the city that she was elected to represent]…

Maxine Waters​ Calls Tucker Racist For Asking How She Got $4.3M Home On A Lawmaker’s Salary

According to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Tucker Carlson is a racist because he questioned how she was able to live in a $4.3 million home with just a lawmaker's salary.


   NOTE:  Today more people have access to cell phones than working toilets, and the average person checks their phone 110 times a day – and nearly every 6 seconds in the evening!  This perpetual interaction is a detriment to our productivity and personal safety and is actually hurting our intelligence.  A study at King’s College at London University found that when distracted, workers suffered a 10 to 15 point IQ loss – a greater dumbing down than experienced when smoking marijuana.  A fifteen-point deficiency is significant, as it brings an adult down to the same IQ level as an eight-year-old child.

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Yours for freedom,


Bruce, the Poor Man!


Additional Resources


The Poor Man’s Essential Survival Package

The Doctors Protocol: Secrets of Survival

--How to Survive the Coming Economic Collapse

--Guide to Self Reliant Living

--Becoming Self Sufficient for Six Months

--How I Found Freedom in an Un-free World

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

DIY Defense Against Home Intruders

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 DIY Defense Against Intruders & Booby Traps For The Home

It’s 2 AM, and you’re lying asleep in bed. Your wife is snuggled next to you, and your young children are slumbering soundly in their respective bedrooms.

The sound of the creaking back door awakens you. You weren’t expecting any late-night visitors.

It could be an intruder . . . or not. Maybe you forgot to shut the back door all the way and lock it, and the wind’s blown it open. (Sheepdog Rule #24: Always check to see if the doors are locked before you retire for the night.)

How do you investigate this possible home intrusion quickly and safely? How do you navigate through your house in a way that maximizes your safety when there could be a possible attacker on the prowl?

 In the tactical world, “clearing a building” simply means investigating the premises for a suspected intruder. A building is “cleared” if you confirm the suspect isn’t there or you neutralize the threat.

To get the inside scoop on how execute this tactical skill, here are pointers from Mike Seeklander from the American Warrior Society and Shooting Performance.

First Rule of Clearing a House: Only Clear Your House By Yourself as a Last Resort

In law enforcement and the military, clearing a building is done in teams of two or more because it’s safer and more effective. That extra set of eyes allows you to have a 360-degree view.

If you’re clearing your home, it’s probably just you. Because you don’t have eyes in the back of your head, your field of vision is limited, leaving you vulnerable to attacks in your blind spots.

With that in mind, Mike recommends that you only clear your own house by yourself as a very last resort.

For example, if you arrive home and notice that a window is smashed or a door is open, and you suspect an intruder is still inside, don’t go in and clear your home alone. Stay outside at a safe distance and call the police to report a possible ongoing breaking and entering. Let the professionals take care of it.

If you live by yourself and an intruder breaches your place while you’re at home asleep, stay in your room, lock the door, call 911, and ready your weapon. Stay in there until law enforcement officers arrive. Once they do, make sure whatever weapon you’re using is holstered or put away, so they don’t mistake you for the bad guy.

The only situation in which you’d want to clear a home by yourself is if you have loved ones in another part of the house, and you’re worried about their safety. Even then, you must proceed with extreme caution.

Bottom line: clearing your home by yourself is a dangerous task. Only do it if you absolutely must!

Set Up Your Home for Successful Clearing

Clearing a building is dangerous because you can’t see through doors and walls or around corners. Consequently, several tactics must be used to allow you to navigate a house while reducing (but not eliminating) your chances of being blindsided by an attack. We’ll discuss those here in a bit.

To further reduce the risks of clearing your home, Mike recommends using technology and smart interior design to increase your field of vision without putting yourself in harm’s way.

First, install security cameras throughout your home. This will allow you to see where the possible threat is without having to expose yourself physically. Nest Cam and Ring make affordable wireless cameras that connect to your smartphone.

After you’ve installed these cameras, think about how you can decorate your home so that your ability to see around corners is enhanced. Place mirrors and reflective framed pictures in strategic locations so that you can see into a hallway or another room from a distant and concealed location. Motion activated lights are also an excellent addition to place the advantage in your court.

Preparing Your Firearm

Even though the rifle is a generally superior weapon, Mike recommends that most individuals use a pistol for clearing a house as it’s easier to maneuver with than a rifle or shotgun. With that said, if all you have is a rifle or a shotgun, use it. A firearm puts some much-needed distance between you and the possible threat.

Whichever type of firearm you go with, Mike strongly recommends having a light/laser sight mounted on it like a Streamlight TLR-2 with grip activation switch. This makes illuminating and aiming in low-light situations much easier.

Home Clearing Tactics

Choose Your Pace: Slow or Hasty

When you’re searching a building, there are two paces you can take: hasty or slow. Which speed you use depends on the situation.

If your loved ones aren’t in immediate danger, take things slow. It’s safer for you and allows you to be more deliberate when searching your home for intruders.

If you believe your loved ones are in immediate danger, do a hasty search. Even as you speed up the pace, however, you still want to practice good clearing tactics to keep yourself safe.

How to Hold Your Pistol When Clearing Your Home


If you’re clearing your house with a pistol, hold your firearm in a high ready position. This position allows you to maneuver throughout your home quickly and with a reduced profile while simultaneously staying ready to fire when needed.

Constantly Check Your Six

As you’re clearing your home, it can be easy to get “target lock.” You become so focused on clearing a corner or a doorway that you become unaware of what’s going on behind or to the side of you. As you clear different obstacles in your home, keep your head on a swivel. Don’t become so focused on one area that you become blind to everything else.

The Master Tactic of Clearing Your Home: Slicing the Pie

When you’re clearing a building, you have two contradictory goals: 1) find and eliminate the threat, and 2) keep yourself concealed from the threat. If you go bulldozing towards an intruder, you leave yourself open to attack. If you completely conceal yourself from your potential attacker, however, it becomes hard for you to spot and possibly neutralize him because doors, corners, and objects are in your way.

To navigate between this strategic Scylla and Charybdis, we’re going to use a building-clearing tactic called “slicing the pie.” Slicing the pie is also known as “threshold evaluation” or “angled clearing.”

Slicing the pie allows us to slowly increase our field of vision around corners, through doorways, and up and down stairs, all while keeping a reduced profile. When you slice the pie, you use an angle to keep yourself concealed and slowly step away from the apex of that angle to gradually reveal a new “slice” of the room. When a new slice of the room is revealed, quickly scan it from top to bottom for your threat or evidence of your threat. Once you’ve noted that it’s clear, reveal another small slice of the room and scan again.

While the general concept of slicing the pie applies to corners, doorways, and stairways alike, the details of how to approach each area differ slightly, as we’ll cover below.

Corners are the most common objects in your house, and you don’t want to barge right around them because you might run right into your armed intruder. To traverse a corner safely, we’re going to slowly increase our field of vision around it while minimizing our profile by slicing the pie.

Start off by getting as close to the wall as you can without scraping up against it (you don’t want to make a lot of noise and give your position away).

Slowly approach the corner and stop about 3 or 4 feet away from it. Your pivot point will be the apex of the corner. Begin slicing the pie by taking one sidestep away from the wall. Make sure you’re in that high ready position. You don’t want your pistol or elbows poking out. Scan up and down the slice of the room revealed to you. Once you’ve cleared that slice, take another sidestep away from the wall. You should be making a semi-circle around your pivot point, until you’re parallel with the corner.

Continue slicing the pie around the corner until you’ve seen and cleared the entire room on the other side of the corner.

How to Clear Doors


Doors and doorways provide some unique challenges when clearing a home.

First, you have to open the door in a way that reduces your exposure to possible gunfire. Second, the doorway itself acts as a choke point, making you an easy target for a would-be attacker if you were to just run right through it. It’s for this reason that doorways are known as “fatal funnels” in the tactical world.

But with a bit of stratagem and some good old pie slicing, you can navigate through a doorway safely and securely.

First, you want to stay out of the fatal funnel even if the door is closed. Last time I checked, bullets can go through wooden doors. Stand to the side against the walls.

Check to see if the door opens in or out. You don’t want to waste time trying to push the door open when it actually pulls out. You can tell if a door opens in or out by checking the hinges. If you can see the hinge, the door is going to open towards you.

When you approach a closed door, do so from the side the handle is on. Keeping your pistol in the high ready position, put your non-dominant hand on the doorknob, turn it quickly, and swing open the door. Make sure you keep the muzzle slightly high, so you don’t point it at your hand while grabbing the knob. If you have to push the door in, make sure you push hard enough to open the door all the way, but not so hard that it hits the wall and bounces back towards you.


While you open the door, simultaneously step back. This provides some distance so you can safely slice the pie, and is called “ghosting a door” because from the perspective of the intruder, it looks like a ghost opened it.


Now we’re going to slice the pie. This time your pivot point will be right dab in the middle of the doorway. Sidestep in a semicircular path around the pivot point until you get to the other side of the doorframe. When you cross the fatal funnel during your pie slicing, pick up the pace. You want to spend as little time there as possible.


Once you’ve seen as much of you can into the room by slicing the pie, it’s time to enter. Even if you’ve cleared the room while pie slicing, you want to spend as little time in the fatal funnel as possible when you go through the doorway. With your pistol in the high ready position, enter the doorway from the side at an angle. Keep moving into the room at the same angle to get through the threshold as quickly as possible.

Another way to quickly get through a doorway is to buttonhook around the doorframe that you’re closest to.

Navigating Hallways

As you navigate hallways, keep in mind that they’re just giant fatal funnels. To that end, never walk down the middle of a hallway. Stay close to one wall or the other.

How to Clear T-Shaped Hallways

T-shaped hallways are two hallways that intersect perpendicular to each other. They put you at a tactical disadvantage because you have two corners to clear and to clear one of them means you’ll have your back to the other.

We’re going to clear the left corner first, so we’ll need to be on the right side of the hallway. Get as close as you can to the right wall of the hallway and slowly approach the right corner. Stop about 2 to 3 feet in front of the corner. Slowly clear the left corner as much as you can without having your body enter the intersecting hallway.

Once you’ve cleared as much as you can, step back and move over to the left side of the hallway so you can clear the right corner. Clear the right corner the same way you did the left corner.

If you can’t get enough of a view using this technique, Mike says you could “quick peek” the hallway by quickly moving your head in and out of the intersecting hallway. Even if the intruder had a gun, his reaction time isn’t fast enough to pull the trigger while your head is poking in and out.

After clearing as much as you can, enter the intersecting hallway the same way you’d enter a door. As you’re going one direction, make sure to look over your shoulder to ensure the hall behind you is clear.

You may need to ascend a flight of stairs to completely clear your home. Going up stairs puts you at a tactical disadvantage, but with some more pie slicing, it can be done in a way that reduces your exposure.

Your approach towards steps should be similar to a hallway or corner. Slowly slice the pie up the stairwell before you enter it. In this case, the apex of your pie is the top of the stairs. As you walk up the stairs, keep your back close to the wall. Take slow steps up the staircase. As you go up a step, slowly slice the pie in the area above you. Only proceed up the next step once you’ve cleared that slice.

Once you get to the top, you’ll likely encounter a corner or a t-shaped hallway. Slice the pie and keep moving on.

Clearing Obstacles in a Room

Once you enter a room, make sure to clear places like the areas behind couches and drapes. Your apex on the couch would be the corner of the couch. Do not leave that room until you’ve cleared behind all the objects. As you leave a room, be sure to slice the pie on the way out through the doorway. The potential intruder might have moved there.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Clearing your home isn’t a skill you can just read about and expect to know how to do when you need to use it. You’ve got to practice it. Regularly. And it’s not difficult. As you walk through your house and approach corners and doors, practice slicing the pie. You don’t have to set aside special time for this. Just do it whenever you’re getting up to get a drink of water.

Besides these “greasing the groove” types of exercises, you should set aside time to practice clearing your home with a firearm. You need to get comfortable maneuvering while holding a pistol. Practice proper safety skills and make sure your gun is unloaded before you do. Practice ghosting a door with a firearm, slicing the pie in the high ready position, and clearing t-shaped hallways. Include this in your regular firearms training.

To reiterate, clearing your home is a dangerous activity; doubly so if you’re doing it alone. You should try to avoid it at all costs, but in the event you have to do it, you now have some basic knowledge to give yourself a fighting chance.


As a last resort…consider booby traps, and security measures such as alarms, reinforcing your windows, owning dogs, etc.

Lately it’s seemed that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Policemen are being shot, terrorist attacks are happening right and left, and the people of our once great nation are turning against each other right and left. And it doesn’t seem like things are going to get better anytime soon.

In the midst of all this mayhem, it’s important to know how to protect your home from intruders. After all, it won’t be long until attackers are not only coming after our nation as a whole, but are coming after our homes and after our families as well.

You can protect yourself, your family and your possessions by building some DIY booby traps. I’ve got some cool information and videos about which ones to build so you know exactly what you need to get started.

Now keep in mind I’ve included several types of booby traps in this article. Some are to give the guy/gal a warning, and others are meant to do serious physical harm. You can pick and choose which ones are right for you and your situation.

Note: Most if not all of these traps are illegal, so user discretion is advised! These are mere examples of what you might have to do if SHTF.

Regardless, in times of crises, it’s up to YOU to do what you can to protect yourself. So keep reading and you’ll discover how you can one-up attackers both at your home and at your bug out shelter with the help of these…

10 DIY Booby Traps For The Home

Now before you start learning about booby traps, there’s something you need to do first – and that’s have a foolproof method of proving the attacker actually trespassed on your property and/or tried to hurt you.

All of these booby trap ideas will be worthless if you can’t prove the attackers were on your property to start with. The perpetrator can easily lie and say they didn’t do it (or that it was someone else), and in a court of law your word will mean nothing without evidence.

To prevent this all from happening and to make sure your attacker is persecuted to the fullest extent possible, you’ll need our BRAND NEW Aura Plus Digital Vision Monocular to help you.

This survival tool is truly incredible. Because it uses high-quality, high-tech digital night vision, this monocular allows you to see clearly and crisply in the dead of night using a top-notch black and white LCD display. Unlike traditional night vision monoculars, this one uses the latest technology – which means there’s no blurry green screens and no annoying intensifier tubes.

The other amazing thing about this Aura Plus Monocular is that you can take pictures AND video with it, whether you’re in daylight or pitch black darkness. So if an intruder comes sneaking around your property, it won’t just be your word against him, but also pictures and a video showing footage of the entire crime.

The Trip Wire Alarm

This is a great, affordable booby trap that is easy to set up and easy to execute. Simply place these trip wires around the perimeter of your bug out shelter/house to alert you of an attacker.

The Shotgun Show

Here’s a trip wiring system that packs a bit more punch than the one in #1. Check out the video to see this awesome booby trap.

The Automatic Assault

Now keep in mind the video below merely portrays a (mostly) harmless prank – however, you can use your imagination on how to tweak this for a real attack. P.S: If you’re not planning on using this method, it’s still funny to watch!

Warning: video contains adult language.


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·         Emergency Preparedness on a Budget
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·         Is there an ultimate rifle setup for survival self-defense? (Video) »
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Yours for better living,

Bruce, the Poor Man



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