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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Why you should stockpile food

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Why you should stockpile food-another reminder

In the early 1980s, doctors and medical researchers around the world were confounded by the growing number of young, otherwise healthy patients who were dying of rare infections that typically only occurred in people with very weak immune systems.
The situation was so alarming that the CDC in the United States set up a special task force in 1982 to study the condition and stop its spread.
By 1983 the medical community had found the answer: they discovered a terrifying new retrovirus that utterly and permanently vanquished the human immune system.
This retrovirus eventually became known as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus-- HIV. And nearly four decades later, while there has been substantial progress in treatment and prevention, there is still no vaccine.
Then there’s shingles-- an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus-- which is brutally painful for older adults.
GlaxoSmithKline produces a vaccine for this virus called Shingrix that took them more than 10 years to develop and test. And the company has stated repeatedly that they are overwhelmed with demand: hundreds of millions of people want the vaccine.
A few months ago, Glaxo announced that they already reached maximum production capacity of the vaccine, and they’ll have to build a new bioreactor facility just to increase production to ~20 million units per year.
That new facility won’t be online until 2024.
Obviously the novel Coronavirus is different. Its biology is different, the circumstances are different.
But there does seem to be a prevailing attitude worldwide that there will be a vaccine ‘within 12-18 months.’
We can certainly hope so. Fingers crossed.
But this “12-18 month” estimate has been repeated so many times by politicians, reporters, etc. that the public now views it as a foregone conclusion.
And there seems to be zero consideration given to the possibility that, maybe just maybe, vaccine development could take a lot longer.
Or perhaps, even if a vaccine is rapidly developed, that it would take at least five years to produce, transport, and administer BILLIONS of vaccines.
Think about it-- Glaxo will spend the next four years building a new facility just to be able to produce 10-20 million annual units of its Shingles vaccine.
How many biotech facilities worldwide will be needed to produce billions of coronavirus vaccines?
And even if existing production centers are able to quickly switch from producing other drugs and start producing coronavirus vaccines-- what will be the opportunity cost?
If the world manages to be able to produce billions of vaccines, who will be left to produce cancer drugs? Or antibiotics? Or the countless other life-saving drugs that people depend on?
I’m not writing all of this to be negative. Far from it. And it’s important to remember that absolutely every scenario is on the table right now, including positive and favorable ones.
But there are clearly a number of reasons why this pandemic could last much longer than most people probably think. So it’s prudent to be physically, mentally, and financially prepared for that reality.
If this virus has taught us anything, it’s that tomorrow can be radically different than today.
This goes against some of our most basic human tendencies, what psychologists call ‘cognitive bias’.
The bottom line is that our brains cling to the idea that tomorrow is going to be just like today. And we have a very difficult time accepting rapid change.
And even when radical changes do take place and we eventually become accustomed to our new realities, we still cling to the belief that things can’t get any worse.
They can. Again, anything is possible now. All scenarios are on the table. So it would be dangerous to assume that it can’t get any worse, or that the pandemic won’t drag on for a longer period of time.
Back in early February before the virus became a global concern, I suggested that you stock up on food and masks before it all hit the fan.
I want to suggest the same thing again today-- at least the food part.
It is entirely possible that we could see supply chain disruptions. It’s not a certainty—nothing is certain right now. But there are pretty obvious risks.
Chances are high that whatever you ate for breakfast this morning probably originated in some far off place.
The food on your plate can easily travel hundreds if not thousands of miles before it arrives to your table, starting off in a farmer’s field, to an inspection center, and then to the port where it is shipped/trucked/railed/flown to a regional distribution center and ultimately to your grocery store.
The global food supply chain is incredibly complex and not especially resilient; I’ve seen this firsthand over the past few years from running a large agriculture business.
I don’t think it’s likely that the global supply chain would shut down completely. But there’s definitely a risk for hiccups, i.e. slowdowns that cause delays and sporadic shortages.
This kind of scarcity could create some high stress situations in the grocery store; just take a look at Black Friday videos on YouTube to get a sense of what I’m talking about.
It’s best to avoid that kind of environment altogether. So I’d definitely encourage you to stock up on food, and remain stocked up.
This isn’t about being paranoid. We can hope for the best, but still acknowledge this pandemic could last a lot longer, and understand that the supply chain wasn’t designed to function under such stress.
Nothing is certain. But stocking up on food is a simple precaution to offset some obvious risks… which is the cornerstone of any good Plan B.
To your freedom,


Simon Black,

Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


Millions of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck (roughly a staggering 74%), and most just had their primary income source knocked out in a matter of DAYS…
That means millions of Americans with time on their hands and skill sets not being set to work.



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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Safeguarding Your Personal Data

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Safeguarding Your Personal Data

You probably remember that in October 2016, hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber.

To make matters worse, the massive breach was concealed by the company for more than a year.

However, the ride-sharing company ousted their chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps.

The compromised data from the cyber attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world.

In addition, the personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers.

The way the cyber-attack worked was, two attackers accessed a private GitHub coding site used by Uber software engineers and then used login credentials they obtained to access data stored on an Amazon Web Services account.

From there, the hackers discovered an archive of rider and driver information. Later, they emailed Uber asking for money.

At the time of the incident, Uber was negotiating with U.S. regulators investigating separate claims of privacy violations.

The problem is, after the cyber-attack, the company paid the hackers to delete the data and keep the breach quiet.

In fact, the company paid the hackers $100,000 and had them sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep the hack under wraps.

According to current Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”

The fact is, Uber was hacked by cyber criminals and the company turned around and paid the criminals to stay quiet and delete the stolen records.

To make that clear, Uber leadership thought they could trust two criminals who hacked into the company.

Now, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the same criminals who hacked into the Uber database probably didn’t really delete the records, but used a secure way to back up the data.

My point is, if these hackers are smart enough to hack Uber, they are smart enough to keep the records secure.

Now hopefully, you’re not a hacker and you don’t need to backup anything illegal.

But, you and I still need to protect ourselves by backing up our data in case hackers try to hold it hostage via something like Ransomware.

With that being said, here are the best ways to back up your data since this is something you should be doing on a regular basis. (Monthly at least, but more often, hopefully.)


USB stick. Using a USB drive is going to be your cheapest and most convenient option. USB sticks are everywhere, and their portability means that they’re easy to store and take wherever you need to use them.

The only drawback is that they are easily lost and they are limited on the about of data they can store. If you do use a USB drive, make sure that it is encrypted.

External hard drive. External hard drives are portable, easy to use, and can provide a large amount of storage.

In other words, most external hard drives provide a larger amount of storage compared to USB drives.

Another advantage of using an external drive is that you can move them from computer to computer, making them great for sharing large files.

Because of their large storage capacities, external hard drives are often used to store backed up files.

With that being said, external hard drives can fail, so if using them for a back up you may want to save critical documents on two different external hard drives.

I would check out the My Passport hard drive.

Network Attached Storage. These days, most businesses tend to backup their files to network attached storage, but with more and more homes having multiple computers, this trend is growing for homeowners.

Basically, anyone using the same internet network can access the attached network storage to back up their files.

The best part is it can be set up to automatically back up, so you don’t risk losing information if you forget to back up the system.

The network attached storage is going to be the most expensive option. I would look into storage devices made by Asustor, which start around $350.

Cloud storage. While network attached storage is essentially your own Cloud Server, there are plenty of third-party cloud storage options around. Many are free, paid, or free with paid extras.

When it comes to cloud storage iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive are big names, but others are available.

The best part of cloud storage is that you can access your data anywhere as long as you have internet access.

In addition, you can usually pay for as little or as much storage as you need, since pricing is usually tiered.

The only drawback to cloud storage is that you are trusting a third-party to keep your information secure.

The reality is, it makes sense to back up your data in case your laptop is stolen or your hard drive fails...

But, it also means that you have more options for recovery should your computer become infected with a virus or hijacked by cyber criminals.
The world’s economy has stalled due to the global pandemic and the government putting everyone on lockdown.

History proves that when that happens, criminal masterminds will invent new ways to profit off of a disaster, harming the very people that need help the most.

That’s why you need to hear about this brand new cybersecurity threat.





DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe

 Hand sanitizer is just 60-70% ethanol with moisturizers — so it’s not hard to make your own.

Ingredients Ethanol: The ethanol you want to use is 95% non-denatured ethanol (this has toxic additives to prevent drinking and will have a health hazard logo on the container). or Isopropanol: You can substitute 99-100% isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) for ethanol as it is just as effective as a disinfectant — it simply takes longer to evaporate. plus Aloe vera gel: This is an ideal moisturizer and many home recipes suggest it (but it can be hard to find). or Glycerol: This also works as a moisturizer and is a common ingredient in makeup.

Lin Lab Recipe -Mix two parts 95% non-denatured ethanol or 99-100% isopropanol with 1 part 90-100% glycerol or Aloe vera gel.

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