Keep Our Service Free-Donate

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Twisted Media: Controlling & Subverting our Nation


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

 


Twisted Media: Controlling & Subverting our Nation


Why do you believe what you believe?  Some people have a really solid answer to that question, but much of the population never thinks much about deeper questions such as this.  In fact, for most Americans it is simply easier to let others do their thinking for them.  [Reminds me of the military service and what we called ‘Lifers’ – applied to some were happy to be told each day what they were to wear, what eat, what they’d do, etc.-No thinking needed!].

When I attended college, on the GI Bill, I started off as a Cultural Anthropology major with a minor in Political Science eventually switching my major to Mass Communications.  At the time there were more than 250 major media corporations.  Today there are just six and the top of the heap is Disney which now owns most of Fox Broadcasting [our favorite news source as you might surmise].

We’ve been concerned that Left-leaning Disney would corrupt Fox News. To some viewers, it has.

In television, the vast majority of broadcast and basic cable networks, over a hundred in all, are controlled by six corporations: Fox CorporationThe Walt Disney Company (which includes the ABC, ESPN, FX and Disney brands), National Amusements (which includes CBS Corporation and Viacom), Comcast (which owns NBCUniversal), AT&T (which owns WarnerMedia), Discovery, Inc.E. W. Scripps CompanyCablevision (now known as Altice USA), or some combination thereof.*

Today, many people spend multiple hours each day absorbing information through a screen, and most of the content that is fed to us through our televisions, phones, tablets and computers is controlled and filtered by the elite, pushing what they consider a Politically Correct agenda including the normalization of Gay life, hatred for Trump, and other divisive platforms.

According to numbers that were released earlier this year, the average American spends more than three hours watching television and more than three hours on mobile devices every single day…

It’s official: This year marks the first time that Americans will spend more time staring down at their phones and tablets than they will watching television.

When you have an almost totally monopoly on news, information and entertainment, it is not too difficult to manipulate a society.  At this point, most of the population is made up of extremely pliable “NPCs” that are more than happy to go along with whatever “societal norms” are set by the elite.  The term “sheeple” has been used to describe those that allow the elite to do their thinking for them, and we need to do what we can to help those individuals wake up and to get them to start thinking for themselves.

Let me give you an example of the immense power of the media.  One recent survey found that those that watch Fox News tend to think that the U.S. economy is in great shape, while those that watch MSNBC tend to be quite pessimistic about the economy…
 
 

American voters face the same set of economic facts, from low unemployment to the risks from a trade war, but the survey’s index of overall sentiment – at 108 just above the 100 line that separates positive from negative impressions of the economic outlook – masked the huge divide between those who approve of Trump, whose views measured a far rosier 136, and those who disapprove of the president, with a reading of 88.

The results, weighted by factors like age, race and sex, to be nationally representative, were similarly skewed based on media consumption. Viewers of conservative-leaning Fox News registered 139 for current sentiment about the economy; viewers of MSNBC, an outlet often critical of Trump, registered 89. Readers of the New York Times sat in the middle at 107, near those who get their news from Facebook (110) and Twitter (112).

The hate pot is constantly being stirred by the mainstream media and many of our national leaders.  And as both sides go at it like cats and dogs, irreparable damage is being done to our political system.  At this point, we are not too far away from a point where this country will not be governable.

Ignorance is the reason history repeats itself, hence, why progressives have dumbed down an entire generation.  Dumb people are easier to control.  Politicians and media know this and take full advantage.

In this day and age, it is absolutely imperative that we all learn to think for ourselves.  Because if you don’t actively take control, the elite will be more than happy to do your thinking for you.


Contributors: Michael Snyder, Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

*The precise data quoted here is from Wickileaks and is a bit dated.

 

Other Bits n Pieces

 


Do You Want a Bigger Nanny State; to Give Up More Freedom?

Fight now against Socialism…


 

I learned during my service days & contract work there is no political affiliation on your dog tags…unlike Hillary & CIA partisans, I signed agreements to essentially keep my political views to myself and to keep my mouth shut.  I served the President, not a political party.


71% of Americans aged 17 to 34 who are INELIGIBLE for military service due to obesity, lack of a high school diploma or criminal record.  Source: Pentagon

 
Do You Like Paying 7 Times More For The Same Stuff?
This short guide contains 39+ proven strategies to obtain anything you want for pennies!
 
 

Poll: Majority of Americans Want First Amendment Rewritten – [Young & dumb socialists]


 

The economy is getting sicker,” economist Peter Schiff said on a recent podcast episode of “Off the Chain.” “And that’s what the central banks are doing when they cut rates and they print money — they’re actually making the underlying economy sicker, even though it doesn’t look sicker because they’re just measuring the spending that goes on and they’re ignoring the debt that’s behind it.”

The debt has to be paid at some point, though, we usually pay it by issuing new debt. According to Schiff, there will come a judgment day, a time when the U.S. can no longer just issue new debt with IOUs. So in turn the Fed will print more money, resulting in runaway inflation, which will crash the U.S. dollar.

How to Hide On the Internet


It’s become apparent that anyone – hackers or the government – could be spying on your web activities....Click Here to Read More

 

Think Free Is Free? Think Again
Nothing is really free. Just because you don’t have to pay for it doesn’t mean that someone somewhere didn’t have to pay for it—maybe even you, because the cost is baked into the price somewhere else.

 


 


Nearly all of the witnesses in the House impeachment inquiry have testified behind closed doors, drawing attention—including objections—to the...Read More

 

Trump stands in the way of a complete socialist takeover of the United States – this is why they are so relentless in their attempts at unseating Trump…I find too many, especially those under age 30, are guzzling gallons of what I call ‘Communist Kool-Aid.’

Overwhelming Numbers of the over 50 crowd DO NOT SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT


 

Freedom Self-Reliance Action


 

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.


Brewing Beer: The Basics

Bottle your own beer by using four ingredients and following just four steps.

Read more...


 


 

 
Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays & free reports that I provide annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.  You can make a donation at top of this page via PayPal.

 

Find survival related books and items here!

Support our efforts by shopping my storefront…


 

 

 

A Smoking Frog Feature, Shallow Planet Production

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Human history, in one chart


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

Human history, in one chart


Almost all the gains in human well-being in history happened since the Industrial Revolution.

Luke Muehlhauser is a researcher who studies risks to human civilization. Last year, he embarked on an amateur macrohistory project: collecting all the data we have available for six different metrics of human well-being, and graphing those metrics to get a picture of how the world has changed over time.

The six metrics he charted were life expectancy; GDP per capita; the percentage of the population living in extreme poverty; “war-making capacity,” a measure of technological advancement for which we have the most historical data; “energy capture,” which reflects access to food, livestock, firewood, and, in the modern day, electricity; and the percentage of people living in a democracy. Obviously, we don’t have a precise measure of many of these things for most of history — but we have enough to get a strong sense of some trends.

He plotted those measures across the entire sweep of human history. The resulting graph is startling:

The graph starts in 1000 BC and goes to the present day. It’s flat for most of human history. The Industrial Revolution is generally agreed to have begun in the late 1700s or first half of the 1800s, and that’s also when most of these markers of human well-being started to change.

Economic historian Joel Mokyr has called the 19th and 20th centuries “the most transformative centuries in all of human history.” From this chart, it’s easy to see why. Over almost all of human history, each of these metrics of well-being was completely flat. The same share of people lived in a democratic society — approximately none. Life expectancy at birth is believed by historians to have hovered in the range of 25 to 30 years (though this is mostly due to child deaths, not deaths in early adulthood). Almost the entire world lived in extreme poverty.

The most significant events of history had — when we zoom out and take a look at the big picture — only a small impact on overall well-being. The Black Death killed 10 percent of everyone alive and still barely moved these numbers. The fall of the Roman Empire did affect some measures of well-being, but on a scale that is barely visible on this graph.

In short, for most of history, all human events — the rise and fall of empires, the spread of plagues, the spread and schisms of religions, the invention of wheels and aqueducts and the printing press — barely affected the typical person’s life span, political freedom, economic productivity, or wealth.

And then, with the Industrial Revolution, all those things changed at once. Within 200 years, the human experience looked very different.

What made the Industrial Revolution different?


The Industrial Revolution refers to the transition, beginning in Britain and spreading around the world in the 19th century, to new — often factory-based — manufacturing processes. This transition affected almost every industry, from textiles and ironworking to transportation and agriculture. People were profoundly affected as well.

“Until about 1800,” Mokyr told the Washington Post, “the vast bulk of people on this planet were poor. And when I say poor, I mean they were on the brink of physical starvation for most of their lives. Life expectancy in 1750 was around 38 at most, and much lower in some places. The notion that today we would live for 80 years, and spend much of those in leisure, is totally unexpected. The lower middle class in Western and Asian industrialized societies today has a higher living standard than the pope and the emperors of a few centuries back, in every dimension.”

That sudden, drastic rise in standards of living is what the chart reflects.

Historians disagree on many details of this story — for example, on when the Industrial Revolution can be said to have begun, and on when it started producing real gains in standards of living for the average person. But historians broadly agree that extraordinary gains were associated with the Industrial Revolution.
 
 

The most striking lessons from this chart


I reached out to Muehlhauser to ask him about the biggest takeaways from this chart and from this view of human progress.

He emphasized how many metrics are missing from this picture, because we don’t have good data on them going back for centuries. He also emphasized that on its own, a chart doesn’t demonstrate causation — we’d need to look at the timing of industrialization by region, and the timing of changes in well-being, to draw any conclusions there.

Nonetheless, there are things we can learn just from this. We often think about history as a gradual arc of progress, with setbacks such as wars and famines and gains such as new ideas and technologies. Muehlhauser’s chart suggests a remarkable lack of correlation between those forms of progress and gains in human well-being.

While there was absolutely important technological and political progress occurring over centuries — new forms of government, new forms of warfare, new understandings of the world — global average well-being barely budged. The fluctuations associated with nearly all historical events are dwarfed by the changes associated with just one event: the Industrial Revolution.

One of the most striking things about the chart is how little most historical events affected it. The 1918 flu epidemic killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million people. It shows up on the chart, but as a brief blip in a general upward trajectory. World War II surpassed that death toll, killing more than 60 million people; it’s not even visible on the graph. Even though our capacity to slaughter each other has been growing — and the 20th century was rife with such atrocities — the overall trajectory has been that things keep getting better.

If you took a look at these numbers in 1800, you might have concluded that it’s impossible to really change anything about the human experience. Every change up to that point had not affected life span, not really affected political freedom, and not affected wealth or personal capacity to affect the world. It’d be easy to just conclude that the human condition was immutable.

That would have been a mistake, though. In ways that were hard to predict, things were about to change.

 
Yours in Freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 


PARTING THOUGHT

There are few coincidences in national politics so when establishment propagandists from "both sides" of the political spectrum agree on something then you can expect that something nefarious is afoot.

It happened in November when Republican establishment Neocon writer Jonah Goldberg wrote a piece calling for an end to political primaries. This was followed with the December edition of The Atlantic publishing a column advocating for the same.

Their condescending arguments were mirrors of each other: The political primary system has become too unpredictable to continue because giving the people a choice means we end up with candidates who are aren't our approved people.

They don't want to go back to having candidates chosen in smoke-filled rooms, they say. But on the other hand, they do.

Not everything in politics has to be democratic, Goldberg writes. Never mind that America is not a democracy.

 

 
More Free Resources:

.

The Supplies You Need To Stockpile For TEOTWAWKI


 There are a lot of things you could stash away but what are the items that will be most in demand in a TEOTWAWKI situation? The answer to that is pretty obvious in some ways but there are definitely some … Continued

 
 

 Recent Observations...


Had 3 customers in my office this afternoon; A retiree, a teacher & a UAW worker-all of them said they’d never vote Democrat again; they’re destroying our country w/ their socialist-communist crap.

Do folks feel that skin color denotes the qualifications of that person? Most have now realized that the progressive’s push for identity politics is driving people apart & creating division.

Today I find progressive have created promoted cultural insanity which has been done to alienate people.


I did note an observation Trump made in New Orleans…if he had been opposed to the building a border wall, Dems would have been all over him w/ demands that a wall be built.

When I was teaching college courses in marketing/economics, there were few conservatives in the faculty; roughly 60% of the sociology professors were socialists and viewed conservatives as deviants despite the majority of folks in this nation are conservative.

Our nation’s two biggest threats are Communist China and our own internal Communists [aka: the socialist-democratic party & their co-conspirators in the media, universities, Hollywood, etc.].



 Imagine a scenario where cash has become worthless. It could be hyperinflation, where it takes a wheelbarrow of cash to buy a loaf of bread. Or it could a devastating act of terrorism such as a bioweapon or an EMP that sets the country back 100 years. Whatever the cause, there could come a day when our money becomes useless.

 And it won't necessarily be a nationwide disaster that causes this to happen. In a local disaster such as a powerful hurricane or earthquake, the power will be out which means the banks will be closed. And if they don't reopen, there won't be enough cash to go around.

In any of the above scenarios, people will be forced to barter with one another until power is restored or a suitable currency emerges. In case that ever happens, it's a good idea to have a wide assortment of barter items. That way if someone has something you need, you're more likely to already have something they need...


Poll: Majority expect Trump to win in 2020

 

 

The president’s reelection prospects appear to be a motivating factor for potential voter turnout.


 

A Final Note…

Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.

 


You Can’t Buy Life Insurance After You’re Dead-Prepare NOW for Emergencies. Resources-Hydration Pack Backpack 900D with 2L Leak-Proof Water Bladder

*Available at our storefront – PLUS grab one of our popular emergency solar/wind-up/battery back-up power plants…

 

PLUS: We continually add new how-to books such as: The Ultimate SH*T Hits the Fan Survival Guide, SEAL Survival Guide, Sheep No More, and others!

 

Find self reliance goods at:

 

Support our efforts by shopping my storefront…


 

 

 

A Smoking Frog Feature, Shallow Planet Production

 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Signs of Tribalism in America


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 


Are Excessive Body Piercings & Tattoos Signs of Tribalism?

   This past Friday’s segment of Ancient Aliens [I’m a fan] featured a short history of body art among various nations and tribes ranging from elongated skulls and necks to highly stylized body art and piercings dating back to prehistory.

Where I grew up excessive tattoos were associated with circus performers, gangs and prison inmates.  Tattoos are excessively used among Hispanic gang members, Russian mobsters and the Japanese underworld.  Of course, excessive body art has gone mainstream even among women who went from dainty, unobtrusive tattoos to full sleeve markings.

My deadbeat brother-in-law [who has never worked in his adult life] is an example. His body is covered in piercings, tattoos and body jewelry.  At a Thanksgiving dinner one year my son, who was eight at the time, whispered into my ear “Dad, what’s wrong with B___?”  I wasn’t sure how to respond.

Another show I enjoy [except for the overuse of the word ‘awesome,’] is American Pickers.  One of the people featured in each episode is the office manager, Danielle.  I used to find her somewhat attractive but over the years she’s added so much body art, even to her knuckles, and her chest area has been glossed over with some kind of yellowness that she appears to have jaundice.  I find it repulsive and often wonder why people need to go overboard to the point of distraction.
 
Danielle

With my background in cultural anthropology I’ve long associated excessive tattooing with tribalism and now think today’s generation is doing the same.

I have an unconfirmed, un-scientific theory that as a rule, the more excessive the tattoos a person has, the more likely they identify with being a progressive/socialist.  The more conservative or religious one is, the less likely you are to find a lot of body art.  Of course, life is like the English language in that there is an exception to every rule…I have some ex-military friends who sport large amounts of tattoos…however, when I served, our CO warned us NOT to get them.  As he put it, “what’s the first thing every cop asks for when compiling a file on a suspect or fugitive-Any known identifying body marks?”

Finally, one of our single friends who uses online dating sites has remarked how he automatically deletes any candidate with obvious, excessive tats or piercings…

For an interesting article exploring this further:


Yours in Freedom,

Bruce ‘the PoorMan’

 


PARTING THOUGHT

Conservative victories

This past week, millions of voters went to the polls to vote on state and local races and a slew of ballot measures. There were some important conservative victories worth noting.

→ Colorado taxpayers rejoice: Liberal big spenders pushed a measure that would have allowed the state government to keep excess tax funds it collected – in violation of the state’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Thankfully, voters 
rejected it and told the government to send the money back where it belongs – with taxpayers.

→ Common sense on immigration: A resounding majority of Tucson voters – 71% of them – 
rejected a measure that would make Tucson a sanctuary city. In blue New Jersey, Sussex County residents voted to support federal immigration officials in the state.

→ No taxes in Texas: Texans 
supported a constitutional amendment this week to make it even more difficult for lawmakers to impose a statewide income tax in the future.

 

Secret Scores: See the Data They Have On You


Does your past online behavior make you a candidate for automatic discounts and better customer service? Or, are you charged more and put at the end of queue when calling customer service? Those decisions are made by some companies based on data that has been amassed about you as a customer. Now you can see the data that some of them have captured about you. For examples of lower prices/better service for "special" people, check out this report.

 


Make sure you to thank a veteran today [& every day] for their service to keep our freedom alive…and pray we continue to keep our nation free from Socialism!

More Free Resources:

.

What factors to look for when considering relocating?

Likely a symptom of growing social unease, we're seeing a surge in interest amongst our readership in relocation. Many are folks living in urban and suburban areas worried that local resources and/or rule of law will not hold up well during a serious economic crisis, civil disorder or natural disaster. Others have watched Peak Prosperity readers successfully transition to more resilient destinations or even build their own self-sufficient homesteads. Specifically, we're seeing a hunger for guidance on the key factors to assess when asking:

  • How resilient is my current location?
  • Should I relocate?
  • If so, where to? And what criteria should I prioritize in making my decision?


 


Savings rate jumps to 6-month high.

 

Hunting is not all about the taking of game but it is certainly the main goal of most hunters.

Nothing really beats having a great hunt and then being able to enjoy it in the months after the hunt when you sit down to a great meal.

However, not all hunters are successful.


 

 

Many of us dream of earning a bigger paycheck to have what we believe might be a better life. But, have you considered how much better life could be if you committed to spending less of what you earn right now?

A basic personal finance question everyone should ask themselves is "Do I need to make more, or simply spend less.” We can give you an answer and also help you decide if you'd rather be rich or wealthy.

 

Poll: Majority expect Trump to win in 2020

The president’s reelection prospects appear to be a motivating factor for potential voter turnout.
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/06/donald-trump-2020-election-poll-066158

 

A Final Note…

Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.

 

 

You Can’t Buy Life Insurance After You’re Dead-Prepare NOW for Emergencies. Resources-Hydration Pack Backpack 900D with 2L Leak-Proof Water Bladder

*Available at our storefront – PLUS grab one of our popular emergency solar/wind-up/battery back-up power plants…

 
PLUS: We continually add new how-to books such as: The Ultimate SH*T Hits the Fan Survival Guide, SEAL Survival Guide, Sheep No More, and others!

 

Find self reliance goods at:

 

Support our efforts by shopping my storefront…


 

 

 

A Smoking Frog Feature, Shallow Planet Production