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Monday, June 25, 2018

Fail-Proof Your SHTF Plans

Poor Man Survival
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   Fail-Proof Your SHTF Plans...

They say that practice makes perfect. We may never become perfect when it comes to prepping, but we can get pretty darn close by practicing.
So what types of things should you practice? There are plenty — including the following:
· Practice bugging out. See how quickly you can do what you have to do to get out of the house, including turning off the water and lights, grabbing your bug-out bag and getting into your car. The more people in your family or party, the more challenging this will be, but practice will help you lessen your go time
· Practice hiking. Hikes are not only good for you physically, but will also help you learn much about your environment. Not to mention that the more you do it, the more physically fit you’ll become, which will help when you have to do it for real
· Practice building a fire. Like everything else, the more you practice it, the better you will become at doing it quickly. This task can become a lifesaver
· Practice building a shelter. This can be a challenge, but by doing it repeatedly, you’ll get the hang of it. Increasing your speed is important because the weather could be nasty when you have to build a shelter to survive. Try it using a tarp, poncho, parachute or whatever you have handy
· Practice purifying water. Learning how to purify water the old-fashioned way (boiling, etc.) is fine, but having a portable water filter in your bug-out bag and using it with water from creeks, streams, lakes, etc., will save a considerable amount of time. It’s not difficult to do, but practice it anyway
· Practice camping out. Even if it’s just in your backyard the first few times, you’ll learn about sleeping outdoors and will discover which items you should have included in your bug-out bag. Try to improve your time for setting up a tent each time you do it
· Practice your archery. Whether you use a bow and arrow, spear or slingshot, you’ll want to become adept at taking down a small animal if you have to for food. Set up a target and practice, practice, practice. Keep safety top of mind, especially if children are involved in this activity
· Practice outdoor cooking. Even if you’re an accomplished cook in the kitchen, you may have to practice cooking in the great outdoors. It’s a whole new ballgame when you don’t have as many materials at your disposal and when wind, rain or snow could become a factor
· Practice identifying plants and bugs in the wild. Knowing which plants and bugs are edible and which are poisonous could save your life when you’re forced to eat only what nature can provide.
Everyone knows how important it is to stockpile food, water and other necessities for an emergency. There is much less awareness of the need to have stockpiles of these items in at least two different locations, preferably three.
Preppers who have gathered large amounts of bottled water, canned food, toiletries and a host of can openers, flashlights, batteries, radios, blankets, clothing, first-aid kits and weapons are putting all their eggs in one basket if they keep everything in the same place.
A home is a great place to stockpile food, water and other essentials. That’s where I keep my largest supplies because that’s where my family and I are most likely to be when the stuff hits the fan. Even if I’m not home at that exact moment, I will probably be in a position to return there shortly.
If that’s the only place where I have my emergency goods stockpiled — and either I can’t get to them or they’ve been destroyed by whatever disaster — I will have wasted a huge amount of time and money preparing for the exact scenario in which I find myself.
It is absolutely essential that you keep supplies in multiple locations. If you have a year’s supply of goods at home, keep six months’ worth in at least one other place. If you have six months’ worth of goods at home, store at least three months’ worth at a secondary location.
Now, where should these second and third locations be? There are several important factors to consider. For one, these other locations need to be close enough to get to, yet far enough away that they’re unlikely to be affected by the same disaster that just did a number on your home.
Just as important, these locations have to offer the same features that your home does — a cool, dry place where food and water won’t be negatively affected by sunlight, moisture and extreme temperatures.
Among the possibilities for a second and possibly third location are a storage unit you can rent, a root cellar or storage bunker on your property but away from your house, inside a separate building that you own in town, within a building that a trusted friend owns or buried in a remote area where only you would think to look.
In addition to your own supplies, there are other items you should stock even if you don’t think you’ll need them. Why? Because you’ll be able to use them for bartering.
There are plenty of people who will not be nearly as prepared as you are following a disaster. If you have certain items and they don’t, they’ll probably be willing to trade.
One of the reasons some people don’t bother thinking about or preparing for a disaster is because they believe they have enough money to get through it, no matter how bad it becomes. They’re used to drawing on their wealth to take care of problems, so they assume that their finances will come to the rescue.
But if we ever experience a total financial collapse, no amount of money in the world will help. And any number of events could thrust us into that horrific situation.
In a post-collapse society, it’s entirely possible that the only things of value will be the goods you have stockpiled and the skills you possess, both of which you can use for bartering.
There are a countless number of items you could hoard for bartering, although you’ll never be able to stockpile everything. The key is choosing items that will give you the biggest return on your investment.
In other words, the items for which there is the largest difference between what they cost you now and what they will bring in trade later. Another important consideration is shelf life.
Food and water will probably be the two most sought-after items in a post-collapse society, but trading your “extra” vital sustenance could be a little risky, as you probably won’t know how long it will be before things return to normal.
For your bartering supply, you may be better off choosing items that many others don’t think to stockpile — but which will be in high demand — including alcohol, cigarettes, coffee and candy. Other items (in no particular order) include:
· Water filters and water purification tablets
· Fire-starting devices
· Flashlights
· Batteries
· Paracord
· Non-GMO seeds
· Gasoline and oil
· Precious metals
· Clothing
· Medicines
· Bug repellent
· Soap
· Candles
· Toilet paper and other paper products
· Tools, nails, screws, work gloves, etc.
· Manual can opener
· Reading glasses
· Baby products
· Hygiene products.
Of course, the first thing you need to do to give your preparations a jump-start is to get a survival food kit. Because you don’t want to rely on the government to feed you in a crisis.
Thanks to Frank Bates, one of our frequent contributors and suppliers of our Food4Patriots!


30 of the Most Rapidly Disappearing Occupations

If you're in the market for a career, you might want to avoid these jobs, which are rapidly in decline for reasons both obvious and unexpected.
Weve all seen the headlines: the middle class in the United States (and much of Europe for that matter) has been in decline for years.
CNN May 18, 2018: Almost half of US families cant afford basics like rent and food
Marketwatch June 2, 2018: 50 million American households cant even afford basic living expenses
Wall Street Journal February 13, 2018 : US households shoulder record $13.15 trillion debt
Every two years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics updates its data to predict job growth in specific occupations. While everyone is, of course, dying to know which occupations will provide the best career prospects in the coming years, the government also shines a light on the dying breeds.
Confidence game

The building economic and financial crisis is based on the illusions that computer numbers in a bank account and debt represent real wealth. People with big mortgages actually believe that they own their homes. Well, even the people that have their homes paid off still don't own them. Try not paying your property taxes and see what happens.
It is always prudent to stockpile physical gold and silver as well.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Lies Lame Stream Press Continue to Tell-Clinton Sold Pardons, Not Trump

Poor Man Survival
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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

The Lies Lame Stream Press Continue to Tell-Clinton Sold Pardons, Not Trump
   This week I read an outrageous piece of nonsense in the left-wing magazine The Week [the periodical regularly slants its pieces against the Trump White House whenever possible, including this weeks N. Korea trip which it painted in very dubious terms] which featured several ill-informed so-called journalists who blasted Trump for his recent pardons which included former Sheriff Joe Arpaio which Slate writers Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph called a racist and and anti-immigrant.  
Allow me to say, I worked with the man as a volunteer Deputy and despite his conviction, this description is completely unfounded.  He was setup by the local Hispanic groups who want illegals let into the country without having to go through the normal immigration process, the left-wing newspaper New Times Weekly [a free college rag] and the Obama Justice Department.  The vast majority of the Anglo community were very happy with the job Arpaio had done in cleaning up the increased crime so many illegals and the coyoteshad brought to the Valley including the murder of store clerks and Phoenix policemen.
The Phoenix Valley has become increasingly left-wing after hoards of Californians moved there over the years to escape the suffocating cost of living and regulatory nature of life under near despotic rule of Democratic leadershipmuch to the consternation of its traditional self sufficient leave-me-alonewestern Americans which Arizona had become known for.  [These miscreants also brought CA-style vegetation which has increased the average humidity of the valley by over 15% and eroded the desert-style landscape traditional to the area].
These same writers also railroaded writer  [conservative voice] Dinesh DSouza who was imprisoned for making a loan to a friend who used the cash to make a campaign contribution which exceeded federal limitsmost people were given a slap on the wrist for this but because Dinesh was a vocal anti-Obama, he got the book thrown at him.
Andrew McCarthy of the National Review also blasted Trump for this pardon as dis Jonathan Bernstein of [no surprise there] or from David Graham of the The Atlantic who sarcastically tells us Under Trump, the pardon has been transformed from a rare instrument of mercy into a reward the administration will use for family and friends.”  A real crock of crap ESPECIALLY WHENY COMPARED TO
President Bill Clinton who sold pardons to Mrs. Rich to get her fugitive husband, Marc Rich pardoned [nearly $750,000] or to get his brother-in-law off the hook on cocaine chargesClinton spent has last day in office selling pardons like ice cream on a 100 degree afternoon in the Arizona desert!
Also in that same issue Clinton sings the praises of women who have become vocal about the MeToomovement while excusing himself about his affair with the young intern Monica Lewisky saying it is all behind him and he paid his price [he lost his law license but not his presidency and of course, the press forgave his as they seem to all Democrats and their sins] for lying under oath and to the American peopleof course, since serving as governor and while President he had affairs with 11 women while Hillary maintained the hush money slush fund and through the weeks of Hillarys being crowned as DNC favorite to run for President, Slick Willie was having an affair with a married woman!
These poor excuses for journalists need to sharpen their research skills or stop writing this fake news!
Bruce the Poor Man & Contrarian'

 POST SCRIPT:  Illegals & Their Children

None of this would have been necessary if the parents hadn't dragged their kids into journeys which are as fraught with peril. The "concentration camp" rhetoric ignores the fact that the Jews didn't deliver their children to Auschwitz. Moreover, faked and/or incorrectly cited pictures notwithstanding, the facilities to which illegal aliens' children are sent are hardly the animal control-style kennels the pro-amnesty forces would have you believe.

Parents who deliberately put their children in harm's way are bad parents. If they wish to escape their current circumstances, the United States graciously offers a program under which people have regularly dived into our melting pot for a long time. It's worth noting that the so-called "family separations" about which the open borders crowd don't happen to immigrants who follow established, legal, procedures and present themselves to U.S. authorities, rather than dash through the desert in the dark...When I was a volunteer deputy in AZ we sought out lost illegals too in the border areas despite the fact most were rarely happy to see us.
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