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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Prepping Tradecraft: The Art of the Trade

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Prepping Tradecraft: The Art of the Trade

Negotiating with goods is a serious prep skill.

As your list of prepping goods to attain continues to grow, negotiating is something you can begin to practice now. For many preppers, budgets are limited and acquiring even the most basic sets of supplies and equipment can be daunting, especially for families.

One way to overcome tight economic conditions is to learn the tradecraft of swapping or bartering. This can mean exchanging hard goods for hard goods or soft supplies in any mix that willing participants are agreeable to swapping. Vital skills can also be traded as well.

First you need to conduct an inventory of everything you can live without. At the same time, start jotting down critical items that you need. You may have seemingly innocuous stuff like several extra clay flower pots to get rid of, a couple redundant tool sets, a third chainsaw, or a couple unused bicycles in the garage

Things that sell or trade well are baby clothes (in fact anything baby), so if you are done having children, it may be time to get rid of the baby stuff. Check every closet in the house, the attic, basement, and the garage. You may be amazed at just how much stuff you will find that you can do without.

Many preppers are highly skilled and have a huge range of talents to share. These may be mechanical as in automotive engine or auto care in general, or even small engine repair from lawn mowers, snow blowers, chainsaws, or anything that runs on gasoline. Maybe you are a bang-up carpenter who can remodel homes, build storage sheds, or add on another room. Could be you can even design and build a bugout cabin in the wilds. Be honest about what you can do.

You may have tech skills with the knowledge to repair or set up computers or systems at businesses or for private individual uses. Perhaps you are a nurse or medical practitioner and particularly under SHTF conditions you may be able to trade services for items or supplies you need.

Finally, what do you need? A gas powered generator? Maybe you need an ammunition reloading setup. This list can be endless, but the best bet is to aim for major big-ticket items rather than everyday supplies. Hardware and gear may be hard to come by later.

Learn to practice tradecraft. It is a vital skill when times get tough.

Dr. John Woods

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The problem is that U.S. utilities are outdated and are behind the times when it comes to security.

Between private hacking groups like Xenotime and nation’s like Iran and North Korea…

It’s amazing our grid it still up. (I can tell you that intelligence operations have foiled several attacks.)

But, there is no doubt in my mind that the time will come when the power grid gets too overwhelmed from all of the attacks.

And unfortunately, there will be a day of reckoning and it will go down.

So, how do I prepare for this?


As far as power, I’ve got a propane generator.

You can store propane indefinitely in all sorts of temperatures.

I’ve got propane stoves for cooking.

I’ve got a fire pit in my backyard that’s also for cooking.

I’ve got a ton of flashlights and batteries. (Including large car batteries that I can power items by using an inverter.)

I have solar lights.

And, most importantly, I have a year’s supply of food and a month’s supply of water.

Plus, I have the SurvFilter to filter water when my supply runs out.

Just imagine that 10 seconds after you read this, the power goes out for 30 days?

Would you make it?

If not, get moving and at a minimum, be prepared to survive on your own for 30 days without needing assistance from anyone… especially the gov’t…or a foreign enemy mounts an attack:

In the event that Iran does pull off a successful cyber-attack on our grid, make sure you’re prepared to go without power for a short period of time.


Have you ever been caught in an extended power outage? If you have, you know that it’s not only an inconvenient experience, but a costly one as well (especially if you have a bunch of food in the freezer). Hopefully, you've followed my advice and got yourself a backup generator. If you don't have one, you'll probably pull hair trying to figure out how to cook all of that food you stored.
On an even more serious note, what if your gas and electricity were cut off for awhile due to a major disaster? How would you make a hot meal? I have a few basic survival cooking methods to share with you.

1. Grill (my favorite). To me, everything tastes better on a grill anyway, so get your food in order of its "perishability", wrap it up in tin foil and grill it to perfection. I use the grill for everything from eggs, to soup, to tea. By the way, if you haven't tried tea or coffee cooked on a grill or open fire, you are missing out - the smoky flavor is great. You'll likely be out of coals pretty quickly, so be sure to conduct regular stick gathering expeditions if you don't have firewood on hand.
The grill is also great for boiling water if your water supply has been compromised during the crisis. Hopefully you know this, but just in case... Don't bring your grill in the house! Not only is it a fire hazard, it is a toxicity hazard, since it releases smoke and toxins into the air.

2. Open fire. If you don't have a grill, make a small fire and cook over the open fire or over the hot coals. You can use the open fire to make just about everything you can make on a grill.  Make sure you don't build the fire close to the exterior walls of your house, near brush or near your car.

3. Pit cooking. A method used by various tribes all over the world, pit cooking is an easy way to make delicious hot meals without the hassle of "babysitting" them. Make a fire and burn wood until you have a bunch of nice hot coals. While the fire is burning, wrap food in tinfoil or place in a Dutch oven. Dig a hole in the dirt, place the coals on the bottom and place the food on the coals. Wait almost as long as you would wait or an oven to cook the meal and check it. Use the food thermometer when in doubt. One of my absolute favorite pit cooked meals is steak and baked potatoes. By the way, you don't even have to wrap the potatoes; just keep the skins on and bury them.

4. Solar cooking. This method uses the sunlight to cook your meal. You can buy a solar oven or make one yourself (a topic for another e-mail) by using a box, some sticks and tinfoil. In takes awhile, but in the absence of other tools, it is a foolproof and smoke-free way to cook.

Whatever you're cooking, don't forget to follow basic food safety and fire safety guidelines.

Bruce, the “Poor Man”

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Situational Awareness Tips: Increase Your Personal Safety

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ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


Personal Situational Awareness for Self Protection

   Too often we witness people, addicted & distracted by cell phones who are oblivious to dangers around them...

Knowing how to defend yourself is important not only in a survival situation but in your daily life s well. There are plenty of threats and dangers around you every day. I tell my students that it's silly to only be a prepper in the purely End Of The World As We Know It sense. Essentially, a prepper is prepared for anything: bad weather, natural disaster, blackout, stock market collapse, EMP, the end of the world and any basic personal threat like attack or home invasion.

It is important to know how to defend yourself and you may be surprised to find that basic self-defense has little to do with hitting the right pressure points... 

Here are several basic self-defense tips that an instructor will tell you in a self-defense class.

1.     Always be aware of your surroundings when you are out on foot. The best way to defend yourself against a threat is to avoid it altogether. Don't walk around or go for a run with your headphones on. You want to hear what is going on around you. If you have long hair, pull it back before going out so that nothing blocks your peripheral vision.

2.     Always survey your destination prior to walking to it. If you are approaching a gas station, a store, an ATM, a restaurant or any other establishment (especially after dark), survey it prior to walking there. If anyone looks suspicious, go the other way.

3.     Only walk or run on streets that are lit. I can't count how many situations could have been avoided if people didn't walk on dark streets.

4.     If you are parking in a parking garage, park as close to the exit as you can, away from the elevator. 

5.     If running is an option - run. I can't tell my students enough: self-defense is not about fighting people; it's about putting a stop to an attack and escaping. If something feels wrong - run. If someone starts following you at a distance - run. If you are attacked and manage to temporarily disable your attacker - run. If you are attacked with an intention of being robbed, then throw your belongings away from yourself and run. Essentially, whenever an option to run exists - run.

6.     If you are in close proximity and have to fight back then fight back as hard as you possibly can, hitting the most vulnerable spots: eyes, nose, face, neck, knee or groin. 

7.     Use your feet. Chances are, your shoes are harder than your fists so if you are grabbed, stomp on your attackers feet as hard as you can.

8.     Use your elbow. Your elbow is the strongest point on your body. So hit, jam, and jab with it as hard as you can.

9.     Never go anywhere with your attacker. Let them have whatever you have but don't leave with them. If someone broke into your car and wants you to drive somewhere (even at gun point), floor the gas pedal and ram your car into a wall or something (avoiding pedestrians of course) to attract attention and cause others to run over to check on you.

10.   Don't let strangers into your house, and don't leave the door open to get a family member either. It's way too easy for an attacker to kill you if once they breach your doorway. So don't be naive, be cautious. 

Of course, it's always best to learn real CIA-style tactics to disarm and combat an attacker if they come after you or your family. This way you'll be prepared for any style of attack, even if they're much bigger and stronger than you.



Have you ever thought about what you will do if the SHTF and friends and/or family start knocking at your door, asking for help? During a local, temporary disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane, it would make sense to help them. I know I would.

But what if it's a long-term disaster that shows no signs of abating? What if you only have enough food to last your family a few months? If you start letting in friends and relatives, then next thing you know, your food will be gone in a week. Then the people you helped will be right back where they started, only they'll have dragged you down with them.

That's why a lot of preppers keep their stockpile a secret, as well they should. However, if you have a chatty friend or family member who spills the beans about your preparedness plans, then a lot of people might end up finding out anyway. If that happens, then you could end up in a situation where you have to turn people away--people you care about...

Bruce, the “Poor Man”

 Also Noted…

On prepaid phones:  When you get to the cashier and it's time to pay they ask you your name and address.

Last time I got a burner phone I made up a name, do you agree with that? If forced to give a name should I just simply make one up the way I have in the past?

- Jay G

Answer: First, I would simply decline to give the cashier your name. Tell them you don't like to give out personal information. I have done this myself and I know other customers who have done the same thing.

If they require that you give them a name, I would give them a false name to protect yourself. Some of my customers use these phones because they have stalkers, and if your life is in danger, the last thing you want to do is give the cashier your name in case someone is trying to track you.

Can you give some recommendations on choosing parachute cord?

- John G

Answer: When it comes to paracord, the key is to make sure you buy paracord 550 that is made in the United States. A lot of places sell paracord 550 that is made in China and the quality isn’t the same. 

I’ve tested so many types of paracord and unless it’s made in the USA it doesn’t hold up, so stay away from the cheap Chinese stuff.


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With rewards websites like MyPoints, people are learning a quick way to make a few extra bucks with little effort at all. What is MyPoints, how does it work, and bottom line, does it really work at all? Let’s find out.

A better economy does not make a smarter consumer. As Americans' finances recovered from the Great Recession – spurred by the longest bull market, 50-year unemployment lows and an almost record-breaking expansion – they got dumber about money matters.

Speaking at Fortune’s Brainstorm Finance conference in Montauk on Thursday, Hugh Frater, CEO of Fannie Mae, and Anand Cavale, head of consumer lending at SoFi, said one of the biggest money challenges among millennials is a lack of critical knowledge when it comes to things like home buying and paying off student debt. Homeownership is up, and millennials are fueling that growth, Frater said, but they often come into the process with little knowledge on how exactly it works.


Unless you are driving a Ferrari, a car is not an investment. A car is basically a huge waste of money. Where else can you take $40,000 and set it on fire in seven years? And pay a bunch of interest to the bank in the process?

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Skeptical of Libra, the New Facebook Digital Currency

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I'm Skeptical of Libra, the New Facebook Digital Currency

The value of currency is its wide acceptance, and the same is true of virtual currency.  This helps explain why so many prominent technology and financial services firms are joining together to launch a new global crypto currency called Libra, including Facebook, PayPal and eBay.

An independent, non-for-profit entity called the Libra Association will govern the new network and currency, which is built on blockchain technology. Other cofounding members include Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, and Coinbase; platforms BookingHoldings, Farfetch, Lyft, Spotify, and Uber; and telecom firm Vodafone Group.

Notably absent: Amazon.

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said it is very early days for Libra, “but we hope to enable developers and businesses to build inclusive and affordable financial service products for people across the economic spectrum.”

It’s an ambitious project and also difficult to explain. Schulman said, “This ecosystem will be enhanced by the Libra Blockchain, a new blockchain that is being built from the ground up to prioritize scalability, security, and reliability, as well as the flexibility required to evolve over time. The Libra Reserve, a reserve of real assets that will back the Libra currency, providing enhanced stability, low inflation, wide global acceptance, and fungibility.”

PayPal already acts as a digital wallet, so adding support for Libra may not be overly difficult once it becomes available. Facebook, on the other hand, is working to build a digital wallet for Libra that would work on its apps.

In its announcement, Facebook focused on how Libra could help the unbanked including those in developing countries and migrants remitting funds to their homeland. But it’s hard to believe philanthropy is its overriding motivation. As the Washington Post wrote in a pre-announcement analysis, “While Facebook barely makes any money from its payments business today – with payments and other fees accounting for less than 2% of last year’s $55.8 billion of revenue – some analysts reckon Libra could change things. Barclays is reportedly predicting $19 billion in additional revenue by 2021 if the tokens gain traction.”

Facebook said its Calibra wallet would become available in its apps (Messenger, WhatsApp and a standalone app) when it launches in 2020.

Up until this point, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have a reputation for their potential for aiding criminals due to their anonymity and the difficulty of tracking who buys and sells them.

In its announcement, Facebook wrote, “We’re still early in the process of developing Calibra. Along the way we’ll be consulting with a wide range of experts to make sure we can deliver a product that is safe, private and easy to use for everyone.”

It also tried to allay fears users might have about security and privacy:

“We’ll also take steps to protect your privacy. Aside from limited cases, Calibra will not share account information or financial data with Facebook or any third party without customer consent. This means Calibra customers’ account information and financial data will not be used to improve ad targeting on the Facebook family of products. The limited cases where this data may be shared reflect our need to keep people safe, comply with the law and provide basic functionality to the people who use Calibra. Calibra will use Facebook data to comply with the law, secure customers’ accounts, mitigate risk and prevent criminal activity. You can read more about our commitments to privacy and consumer protection here.”

Governments have already imposed regulations on online payment processors for anti-laundering and anti-tax evasion purposes, but at this early stage, Libra partners were all about generating excitement rather than dwelling on details about solutions to deal with potential problems.

Bitcoin has avid fans who embrace the privacy the existing crypto currency affords them. They jumped on a Twitter thread started by David Marcus, who is overseeing the project for Facebook (and former president of PayPal), to make known their disdain for a “closed blockchain.”

eBay weighed in today, with Vice President of Global Payment, Billing and Risk Alyssa Cutright providing the following statement, “eBay is committed to supporting emerging technologies that have the potential to expand global ecommerce and make it more affordable for people across the world. In these pioneering days of cryptocurrency and blockchain, we are excited to be at the forefront of development, testing, and learning in our role as a Founding Member of the Libra Association.”

My personal feeling is that Facebook can’t be trusted with personal information, why would I trust them with a digital currency?  My guess is this is another attempt at building a part of the New World Order with social media giants leading the charge.

What do you think?  Of course, many feel the USA monetary system is on shaky ground due to its fiat nature and control by bankers/FED…read the next posts for additional insights.


A hallmark of economic catastrophe for a country is the collapse in the value of its currency, otherwise known as ‘hyperinflation’. Cases of hyperinflation abound throughout history, with two of the most famous happening in Weimar Germany in the 1920s and, more recently, Venezuela after the oil price collapse in 2016.

Typically, inflation rates occur in conjunction with economic growth rates. As the economy grows, it becomes slightly more costly to buy goods and services, leading to a gradual decrease in the value of the currency.

Occasionally, governments that are deeply in debt with no way to raise their income levels start printing money in order to pay off the number value of their debt. Owe $20 billion in Bolivars worth of debt to a creditor? Just print out $20 billion Bolivars and pay them back, easy peasy...


The amount of corn produced in the United States this year is going to be way below expectations.  The Department of Agriculture just slashed its harvest estimates quite dramatically in its June report, but some farmers in the Midwest believe that those reduced projections are still way too optimistic. 

 Much of the corn that has actually been planted is coming up very slowly due to the exceedingly poor conditions, and corn farmers all over the Midwest are reporting that their plants look absolutely terrible.  If we get picture perfect weather between now and harvest time, this will simply be a terrible year.  But if severe heat and/or an early frost hits the Midwest, this could very easily be the worst year that we have ever seen for corn farmers in the United States.

With that in mind, keep these tips and resources handy:

When it comes to stockpiling food and survival supplies, there can be too much of a good thing. For example, you could buy so much perishable food that you won't be able to eat it all before it expires, even if you try. Or you could stockpile enough guns and ammo for a small army, but if it's just you and your family, what's the point?

However, there are certain survival supplies that you really can't overdo. No matter how many of them you buy, you could probably stand to get a few more (unless you literally run out of space). These are things that have either an endless shelf life, a multitude of uses, or strong barter value. Some of them, like duct tape or garbage bags, have all three of those traits.

 Here is our list of survival items you can never have enough of...

If you're new to prepping and on a tight budget, you should take a look at this list. The survival items listed here aren't just inexpensive, they could be very useful in a disaster scenario.


Tarps, for instance, have at least 25 survival uses such as building shelter, patching leaks, collecting rainwater, and so forth. Duct tape has even more uses. You can use it to fix worn out shoes, patch a leak in your tent, make a butterfly bandage, and more.


By stockpiling multipurpose items, you won't have to spend as much money on things that only have one function. This will save you some cash and make you more prepared...


Having spent many years training my students to survive unexpected events, I have learned that preppers usually fit in different camps based on what they fear most. These fears drive their preparation efforts and define their prepping style. If you are new, you may be wondering what other preppers are afraid of and what they are training for. Here are the top concerns.

Natural Disasters

Yes, you've probably guessed that much. For some of our countrymen, natural disasters are a seasonal concern. Tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, mudslides and snowstorms can feel like the end of the world in and of themselves. Let's remember Katrina, Sandy, Haiti and the tsunami in Japan. People are still picking up the pieces... But what concerns some of our prepper friends are disasters that can happen on a larger scale and cause so much devastation that a large percentage of Earth's population will be lost.

It is not easy to prepare for a massive disaster that mother nature may have in store. How do you stay safe when you don't know which areas will be affected and on what scale? I'll leave that up to you to decide...

Financial Collapse

While many Americans fear financial trouble is on the horizon, most think that our government will use some new clever tactic to restore the delicate balance an make things right again. Most are completely blind to the reality. American debt is growing exponentially; industry is “dying out” with may manufacturing facilities moving overseas; people are living beyond their means and so is our country. Preppers predict that sooner or later this is going to catch up with us. A national financial crisis is coming and with all of the financial troubles around the world, a global crisis is not far behind.

Social Unrest

While social unrest usually follows most large scale disasters, many preppers fear that it may happen without a particular triggering event. Rather, it will be a result of a natural evolution of social issues and differences. They fear that the gap between political, religious and personal differences will only grow wider and eventually all it will take will be an eloquent leader to cause an uprising that could lead to no less than an outright civil war over a group of issues.

EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse)

This is something that certain preppers are specifically worried about. EMP is a surge of electromagnetic energy that can destroy electronic equipment. It can be caused by bombs and by solar storms. While we can’t see or feel EMP, its consequences can be devastating leaving us defenseless, in the dark and uninformed. What’s more, EMP will completely mess up logistics, which means that store deliveries will be stopped and we will be without food for awhile. What really worries preppers is that a large scale EMP will be so destructive, it may take years to recover.

So, what do you do to be truly prepared? How do you know you are not missing anything? What if new threats appear? Join the United Surivalists Association. As a member, you can take a deep breath and quit worrying whether you are doing enough. We will keep you up to date so you can not only be aware of the new threats, but also determine how to best use your resources to get ready.

It may have been awhile since you inventoried your survival supplies. With multiple priorities on the prepping front and with a day-to-day life to live, thinking about advanced supplies or not-so-common supplies may not be at the forefront of our minds. But it makes sense, especially if you can get a good deal on something. To get the ball rolling, I’ll share with you a few supply ideas you may not have thought about yet.

Essential Oils

Needless to say, having an array of home remedies on hand is pretty important to any survivalist, especially in the long run. If you are not familiar with essential oils, check out The Essential Guide to Oils: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being (Essential Guides Series). You can use oils to treat skin conditions, dental issues, stress and anxiety and more. Basically, start thinking beyond band-aids and peroxide when you stock your medical bag.

Construction Tools

I once heard from someone very smart that if you have basic construction skills and a good set of construction hand tools, you can always survive. I realized that survival is much more than shelter but everybody needs shelter. With skills and good tools, you can not only build one for your family, you can offer your services to other survivors. Essentially, it gives you a solid, old fashioned trade.

Winterizing Equipment

While this doesn’t affect every single one of you, those of you who live in 4-season climates know that cold can kill you easily as any other threat or at the very least make you uncomfortable. You need to winterize your home, especially since you may not be able to use conventional heating methods. I recommend stocking clear removable window caulk that you can peel off in the summer, plastic window insulation kits and draft catchers for the doors. Also, while you can, request an energy audit from an electric company or from a builder. They will be able to tell you whether you have any areas with poor insulation or roof issues so you can make repairs.

Building And Handyman Supplies

I can’t say that those are critical to your survival, but if you’ve met your basic needs, it’s time to think about building supplies. There are so many reasons to have them on hand! You may need to repair a cabinet, fix your pluming or build an addition to your home. You never know what need may arise around the house and you can’t exactly call a handyman to address it while your world is either collapsing or struggling to recover and find the new normal. When I figured out how lost I would be without building supplies, I sort of went on a shopping spree. I purchased different kinds of nails, screws and bolts, wall hooks, fasteners, putty, caulk, chimney cleaning equipment, extra electrical wire and electrical tools, 2x4 boards and a ton of other small stuff. I get into these supplies now, too and it saves me a trip to the store.

Extra Glass

This may sound silly, but glass can be used in several survival applications and it’s nice to have a few pieces on hand to replace broken windows and build a greenhouse.

Your homework for this week is to review your inventory and make a list of tools and building supplies that you need to purchase.


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Yours for smarter living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


Additional FREE Resources


Living Frugally In Suburbia
You live differently than your neighbors.


14 Frugal Food-Rescuing Tips from Grandma
These depression-era frugal tips still work today!


8 Simple Ways to Put More Money in Your Pocket
Have more money without working harder!


Knowing When and How to Stockpile Groceries
Stocking up could save your grocery budget!


Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
Affordable ways to prepare for an emergency.

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