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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Being Thankful Even During Times of Strife

Poor Man Survival

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ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


Being Thankful Even During Times of Strife

   In the midst of the Civil War, Pres. Lincoln set aside “ a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father.”  We’ve been celebrating Thanksgiving ever since in order to reflect on his solemn expression of faith and gratitude [during a time of great civil strife].

I am thankful to be here and healthy [especially after several heart operations]. I am thankful I have a loving family and a great ‘retirement projects. I mean, I get to talk with survivalists, preppers, and self-reliant folk from all over our great country.

People, like yourself, are what make all of this worth it. It brings me so much peace of mind to know that I am helping folks become more self-reliant and secure.

The impeachment hearings drag the American people through levels of political hysteria not previously thought possible…perhaps we should impeach everyone!

What if the unthinkable happens? What if Trump loses, and a Democrat [socialist] takes over the office of the President of the United States?

Well, things are going to be much, much worse.

Some democratic presidential hopefuls have plans to tax every financial transaction (including those in your retirement accounts), or worse yet, arbitrarily decide to “tax the wealthy”, which if they include the value of your retirement savings you could inadvertently deemed wealthy enough to tax.

And guess where are those dollars would go? Straight into their pockets and socialist agendas. Things like free healthcare or free college for all Americans!

The anti-capitalist crowd [socialists]never seem to want for their next iPhone, Starbucks latte, flatscreen TV, $75 manicure, etc. [WEIRDS=Western Educated Idle Rich Democrats]. 

Our nation has been despoiled by unsustainable levels of government growth at all levels costing taxpayers an arm and a leg.

The Socialist-Democrats & their media so-conspirators, represent a national danger. Many of us fought against Socialists & Communists & now find we must destroy it in our own country.

When men are in chains, they are aware of their slavery. But few understand the superior power of deception. Most people can be persuaded to do almost anything to their own detriment.

Free born citizens turned into slaves of the Nanny State [giving up their rights, money independence for a little freedom].  No thank you!

All of us should be thankful for the freedom that remains and be willing to do whatever it takes to secure it against an onslaught of socialism!

Finally, most of my friends and customers seem to share in common a thought for this season-it sure seems retailers push Christmas sales earlier each year.  In some cases we saw thrift stores putting out Christmas merchandise prior to Halloween!  That, my friends, is disgusting.

In any event, try to avoid the over commercialization of life and share the meaning of the holidays with all of those you love.


Yours for a Socialist-Free America!

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’



Overspending, however, is too easy. In fact, about 48 million Americans are still paying off credit card debt from last holiday season, according to a NerdWallet survey conducted by The Harris Poll.

In a society where transactions are driven by credit cards and the occasional use of cash, barter seems like a quaint recollection of the past. But in many economies around the world, barter is still a very active method of commerce and trade.

 Many of these cultures are rural, somewhat primitive and, in some cases, plagued by civil war or economic collapse. It’s easy to think, “It can’t happen here," but it could. 

 Barter is a transaction defined by the exchange of goods or services in trade. It’s referred to in Latin as “Qui Pro Quo” or “This for That.” When two parties agree that the exchange is fair and of relatively equal value, the transaction is complete. But there are variables that come into play depending on the need that one party has for a certain item or service, or its rarity...

Rabbit Hunting-Useful Skill for Survival

As you wade through the thickets and brambles that dot the landscape before you, as if from the very ground beneath your feet, a cottontail rabbit emerges, sprinting toward the next available source of cover.

In a flash, you shoulder your shotgun, swing to the target, and capitalize on the opportunity at hand.

With yet another fine specimen to add to your bag limit, you find yourself ever closer to the wonderful meal that awaits should the day’s hunt find much success.


How to start a neighborhood barter club


Soap making is not as hard as you think. Although it might sound complicated, it’s a skill our ancestors took for granted. The pioneers and trailblazers of the west knew the value of cleanliness, and the value of knowing how to make their own soap.

 Soap destroys germs, prevents bacteria from thriving, and contributes to our overall health. It is also something that every family needs, and it's surprisingly straight forward to make.

 Soap making is a skill. Once you learn a skill you will always have it. You can make soap instead of buying it and give it as a gift, use it for barter, or use it for yourself. Once you know the basic method and recipe for crafting soap, you can vary it, adapt it, and turn out your own fun soapy creations...

Wilderness Survival Skills: A Guide To Identifying Poisonous Plants

We all like to keep a few plants around the house to help “brighten things up” We try to make our insides look a bit more like the outside in an effort to make our humble abode seem more cheerful and fresh inside.


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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Always Wise to have a Plan ‘B’

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


Always Wise to have a Plan ‘B’

Nearly exactly one year ago, the US federal government opened Fiscal Year 2019 with a total debt level of $21.6 trillion:


Specifically, the US federal debt on October 1st last year was $21,606,948,183,180.23


This October is the start of the government’s 2020 Fiscal Year.


And the total debt is now $22,622,684,674,364.43


That means they accumulated more than $1 TRILLION in new debt over the course of the 2019 Fiscal Year.


Think about that for a moment:


FY2019 was, literally, the BEST year EVER measured by short-term US financial performance. The stock market reached an all-time high. Real estate prices reached an all-time high.


Corporate profits are at record highs. Personal income is at a record high. Unemployment is hovering near an all-time low.


And all of these factors drove US government tax revenue to an all-time high; Uncle Sam has never had more income in its entire history.


Plus, there were no major foreign wars or natural disasters. No banking crises or economic panics. No massive bailouts.


And if you recall, the US government was shut down for most of the month of January due to a budget conflict, so federal spending was at a minimum for a good chunk of the year.


Yet despite this bonanza of good news, the national debt STILL increased by more than a trillion dollars!




Here’s an even more startling way of looking at it:


In Fiscal Year 2012, the government spent $359 billion paying interest on its debt. In Fiscal Year 2015 they spent $402 billion.


In FY2017, $458 billion.


In the Fiscal Year 2019 that just closed yesterday, they spent more than $540 billion just paying INTEREST on the debt.


Do you see the pattern?


This problem becomes substantially worse every year. And FY2019 was a GOOD year!


What’s going to happen when the economic sun isn’t shining so brightly?


It would be foolish to expect every year to look like Fiscal Year 2019. Honestly, the combination of so much good news and so little bad news in FY19 was pretty rare.


There absolutely WILL be problems in the future. Recessions, panics, downturns, bear markets, natural disasters, trade wars, military conflicts, debt crises, pension crises, etc.


Many of these risks are already on the horizon.


Then you have to think about how quickly the Bolsheviks are storming to power.


These people want to dump trillions of dollars on the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, Universal Basic Income, free university education, and pretty much everything else that Karl Marx wrote about in the Communist Manifesto.


How much additional debt are they going to pile up in the process?


The US government’s mountain of debt already exceeds 100% of GDP, and that number gets worse each year.


How much longer will everyone keep pretending that the world’s biggest debtor is simultaneously the world’s biggest superpower?


How much longer will financial markets and foreign governments continue loaning money to the US government at trivial interest rates?


5 years? 10 years? 13 months until the next election?


No one knows for sure. But you don’t need a PhD in economics to realize that this might not have a happy ending… or that you might want to think about a Plan B.


Always Safe, Always Prepared,

Frank Mitchell

P.S. It's time you knew the truth about the sheer magnitude of trouble our country is in and how you can avoid getting crushed when our creditors start calling in our tab. No American deserves to be swallowed for the mistakes of our government. 




You’ve clearly got to be careful with your money and keep it out of the reach of ANY government.

But how?

Well, here’s my plan that I mentioned to you last week.

Whatever you choose to do, just remember, it’s not only the US Government that can be a pain-in-the butt.

You’ve got to beware of the Russians, Chinese and everyone else out there too.



Postscript & Other Relevant Posts


 U.S. consumers are doing right now.  According to CBS News, a major new study that was just released found that 70 percent of all Americans are struggling financially…

Many Americans remain in precarious financial shape even as the economy continues to grow, with 7 of 10 saying they struggling with at least one aspect of financial stability, such as paying bills or saving money.

The findings come from a survey of more than 5,400 Americans from the Financial Health Network, a nonprofit financial services consultancy. The project, which started a year ago, is aimed at assessing people’s financial health by asking about debt, savings, bills and wages, among other issues,

NOTE:  As we’ve pointed out many times over the years, the average citizen does not budget well and seems unable to manage their finances…buying on impulse, taking expensive vacations, $1,000 I-Phones, tattoos & expensive nail salon work, etc.  As more Americans become less self reliant [thanks in large part to schools & the nanny state programs pushed by progressives] the more hand-to-mouth their existence.

Perhaps they should think about government work-Oh wait, even two-income government workers can’t manage money [the primary problem] & were eating ‘spaghettios out of a can’ within 3 weeks of the federal government shutdown!

The findings come from a survey of more than 5,400 Americans from the Financial Health Network, a nonprofit financial services consultancy. The project, which started a year ago, is aimed at assessing people’s financial health by asking about debt, savings, bills and wages, among other issues.


The Fair Workweek laws are designed to solve this problem. “They enforce fair scheduling practices to ensure workers have ample notice (typically two weeks) of their schedules and paid accurately and on time for their work,” Hardwick says. “As the name suggests, Fair Workweek laws aim to make unpredictable scheduling practices tenfold more fair — and predictable — so that workers can manage their lives outside of shiftwork more easily.”


The Federal Reserve is now directly monetizing US federal debt. Sure, it's not admitting to this. And it's using several technical jinks and jives to offer a pretense that things are otherwise. But it’s not terribly difficult to predict what's going to happen next: the Federal Reserve will drop the secrecy and start buying US debt openly.

Socialists promote victimhood which can only be solved through spending your money and enlarging the Nanny State.  They discourage self reliance or people who think for themselves.

There are few people left who remember when gold and silver were money.

Prior to the 1930s, banks were required to exchange your cash for gold and vice versa. Dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollar coins were made of silver. Dollars were backed by silver and gold.

That is when money was real.

Unfortunately, the gold standard effectively ended in the 1930s. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt claimed to fear that gold imposed a straitjacket on the banking system and credit creation. And if Americans hoarded gold, the economic crisis might deepen.

On March 6, 1933, two days after his inauguration, Roosevelt barred banks from paying gold to depositors.

On April 5, he outlawed "hoarding" — Americans had to redeem all gold coins above $100. "They [the people] came with little bags, briefcases, paper bundles, boxes or bulging pockets," reported one newspaper.

Roosevelt also devalued the dollar in terms of gold. For years, it had been $20.67 an ounce; the government would buy or sell gold at that price. On Jan. 30, 1934, he set a price at $35 an ounce for foreigners. In practice, the nearly 70 percent devaluation meant that the gold backing for the paper currency was so ample that money and credit could expand without encountering legal restrictions.

Many people know about FDR's Executive Order 6102, which confiscated gold from the people and criminalized the possession of monetary gold by "any individual, partnership, association or corporation." But not as many people know about FDR's Executive Order 6814, signed on August 9, 1934, that "required all persons to deliver [their silver] to the U.S. government."

In exchange for the silver, people received a payment of $1.29 per ounce in the form of "standard silver dollars, silver certificates or any other currency of the United States." But government placed a "fee" (read tax) of 61.32 percent taken out of the $1.29 per ounce for "seigniorage, brassage, coinage, and other mint charges" that reduced the payment to about 50 cents per ounce.

The order required that all silver situated in the U.S. with a fineness of 80 percent or more; and silver held in quantities over 500 troy ounces by any one person, be turned in to government…The lesson: stock up on silver and gold.

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5 Apps to Help Block Robocalls

We all are totally frustrated by getting multiple robocalls a day both at home and on our cellphones. Here are five apps to help flag, divert, or block those pesky calls. Nomorobo also works with some landlines and is free for that.


Soros Group Eclipses $70 Million Spent on Lobbying Since Trump Took Office


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People need to become more self-reliant, not more dependent on government.

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If you're reading this, you probably already know the basics: water, food storage, first aid, etc. But even hardcore survivalists can overlook things. In this post, I'm going to list 100 survival items you might have forgotten to buy.

 Originally, this was a list of 50 survival items, but since then, I've gotten all sorts of comments and messages from people telling me about other things preppers often forget. Once I had 50 more, I added them to the list. Now there's a total of 100.

 To be clear, this isn't meant to be a comprehensive list of every survival item you'll need. It's just a list of the ones that are often overlooked. Hopefully, it will help you fill in any gaps in your survival plan. For everything on this list that you already have, give yourself a pat on the back...


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7 Websites for Selling Your Clutter - Safely

These websites will pay you for your unwanted items — no meet-up necessary.
Plus: Don't Toss These 7 Household Items - Sell Them and 8 Surprising Household Items You Can Sell for Fast Cash


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