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Monday, February 28, 2022

Food in the basement is better than money in the bank


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


   For those who read my e-book How to Survive the War on the Middle Class, you may recall a segment where I stated stocking up on food is like having money in the bank…we’ve seen inflation erode our purchasing power and I’m happy I took my own advice.  This plan has saved us an average 25 cents on the dollar.

An economic earthquake is sending destructive waves through our entire economy...

"Food in the basement is better than money in the bank."

There are many reasons for stockpiling a one-year supply of food. The value of food commodities generally increases at the same rate as inflation. Money in the bank doesn't do that. Investing in 500 cans of tuna fish in your basement or dehydrated food that will last five to 10 years is a better bet than putting $350 in the bank.

The most important reason to store food is that it comes in very handy in many situations. Whether it be a large emergency such as an earthquake, flood, volcano eruption, war, strike or economic crash, or something as personal as being laid off work, moving or helping other family members that are down and out or when cash is short, it is comforting to know that you can use your home grocery store to help buffer lean money times.

Supplies – Everything hard to get today will become even harder to get tomorrow. Russia’s actions alone could stress an already stressed supply chain. If China attacks Taiwan, I expect severe disruptions.


  • Food – It’s storm season: winter and war all rolled into one. Make sure you stock up today on can goods, dry beans, pasta, etc. Any food you like that would last if the power or banking systems go down. (Might as well get that toilet paper too.)
  • Water – In most homes, water is delivered via electricity. If this Russia and potential China thing goes bad, power outages are a near certainty. Water and sewerage will be a problem. Those who live in the southeast, and are old enough to remember old school hurricane preps, know that as a storm approaches you fill water bottles, gallon jugs and bathtubs. We are doing that in our home today.
  • Prepare your grill – Hurricane veterans also know this rule. If your electric and/or gas systems go down, make a plan to cook your refrigerated and frozen food within a day or two on your grill. Freezers will keep things iced for up to 48 hours, maybe a little longer. But at some point, you will need to cook that food. If things go really south – like EMP south – get the food cooked sooner than later. Since most families only have a few days’ worth of food on hand, you don’t want the glorious smell of a grilling steak wafting over a town of hungry people.
  • Medicine – Like everything else, if supply chains are hit, electricity is down, and banks closed, obtaining your medicine will become difficult at best. (Also, many meds are made in China.) Stock up if you can. Beg your doctor to give you an extra supply of meds or be prepared to pay cash as your insurance company likely won’t cover extras. (Hurricane Katrina survivors like me know how important this is. When the pharmacies close, there isn’t much you can do.)
  • Self-Defense – Desperate people will do their worst with the best intentions. The survival of their own families will allow them to do unsavory things with a clear conscious. Chris is talking to his neighbors about home invasions. This is a legitimate concern. In desperate situations, hungry people will look for targets of opportunity. Don’t let your home be one of those. Keep your doors and windows locked. Pre-set some defensive measures around the house (by this I mean, make sure that if you are surprised by an attacker breaking down your door, you have “help” within reach).
  • Fuel – Fill up your gas tanks. Buy an extra 5-gallon gas can or two. At the very least, you can hedge against rising fuel costs.
  • Cash – Don’t expect ATMs and electronic cash registers to work everywhere. Keep extra cash on hand, along with gold and silver if possible.



If you ask any supermarket chain manager to tell you how long it would take to empty the shelves in any store in the event of a crisis, the answer would be approximately three days. They just don't keep that much in their warehouses (that's the "supply chain" — orders are only made as needed). And if there were a trucking problem... say, a blockade at the border between the U.S. and Canada? — it would be even fewer days.

Here are some immediate considerations I think are important for your long-term survival.

Food and Water – Ideally, you want to be in a position to grow your own food, can it for storage, and access fresh water from a well or spring. Easier said than done for most people. If you’re not living on land with room for a garden or your own water source, storage may be your only option. Long-term food and water storage are items to consider, as well as a good water filter in case treated water isn’t available. 


By taking these baby steps, you will reduce your stress levels. And, if you act today, you will beat the panic shoppers. It’s a win-win. It’s time to get serious about becoming self reliant!

As World War 3 Escalates, Get Ready For A Terrifying Breakdown Of Our Food And Energy Systems

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Wary of Being Left in the Dark, Americans Produce Their Own Power
As the American electric grid becomes less dependable, a growing number of businesses and homeowners are buying their own power systems to protect themselves from being left in the dark.

3 Simple Homemade Solar Projects for Your Homestead

The sun is an amazing source of energy, and it is entirely renewable and FREE.

Unfortunately, most people think of solar energy as costly and complicated...

But it's not!

You don’t need to "break" the bank and spend a "fortune" on fancy, on-grid solar panels to harness the power of the sun!

>>> Today's article will outline 3 simple DIY solar projects as well as videos you can follow along with...


Make that tank of gas last longer. We went to two experts to find the best ways to do that: A Mechanic Explains How to Get Better Gas Mileage and Simple Ways to Save on Gas: Tips from an Oil Executive.

The next step is to keep your car in good running order. That means doing necessary routine maintenance (and not getting ripped off having it done). Many simple jobs can be done yourself. DIY Auto Maintenance for the Frugal Car Owner will show you the way.

Some repairs require a trained expert. But even then you can get Auto Repairs and Maintenance for Less.


Going Beyond Cheap Recipes to Reduce Grocery Bills

Cheap recipes aren’t the only way to reduce a grocery bill. While cheaper recipes can help keep costs in check, we explore other money-saving options that could possibly save you more.

Create a Dream Garden on $100 Per Year

Do you imagine the beautiful flower garden or sustainable food garden you’d have if only you had the money to create one? Well, you can create your dream garden on $100 a year with these 15 tips.

All fiat currencies lost purchasing power in 2021


Although the dollar was technically up about 7% against a basket of currencies, in reality, our currency lost more purchasing power than in any year since 1982 with inflation hovering at about 7%...


High inflation will last through all of the coming year as far as I can tell.  The longer bumbling Biden erodes our energy independence, the worse it will get.



7 Top Foods for Your Survival Stockpile

Which foods are the best to store?

If they’re too costly you won’t be able to store enough. And a bad nutritional balance?

That could see you starve.

All while disaster could be around the bend…

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Natural disasters don't wait for a convenient time

And you shouldn't wait to prepare either. In some cases there is little to no warning.

Prepare now to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies


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·        3 Luna Nutrition bars [assorted]]

·        Cleaning Wipe Pack+Personal Hygiene kit

·        Emergency Rescue Blanket

·        2-Pack Hand Warmers

·        Steel River Emergency Tent

·        Emergency Poncho

·        Deck of Playing Cards

·        Mini [42 piece] First Aid kit

·         American Natural Superfood sample


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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

How to counter 'wrongthink' and become a 'dangerous beast'



Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


How to counter 'wrongthink' and become a 'dangerous beast'

Propaganda is not something that you can take or leave. Constant bombardment of word patterns penetrates the consciousness, rearranging neuron structure. It is an electro-chemical reaction that dehumanizes the human ego. The result is that man no longer thinks for himself. He thinks the thoughts disseminated to the group. Even though he may not be totally transformed, group thoughts and group dynamics dominate.

This is the esoteric system of American psychiatry. In modern America, if one has an ego, he has a disease that requires treatment. If he questions the mainstream, he is sick, he is "anti-social" and accused of wrongthink. He's a "right-wing fanatic."

Folks, we have reached the totalitarian regime foreshadowed in George Orwell's 1984, where all that we do is watched and where even our thoughts have become crimes. We are guilty of wrongthink should we wonder, imagine, question, probe, research, disbelieve, or think in any contrarian manner.

Matt Taibbi points out on his website:

"…being antiwar or supportive of free speech or even just sort of generally chill and forgiving — all part of the liberal's basic toolkit, once — can inspire accusations of rightist treachery.

"This is a tactic by a political mainstream so desperate to control what people say and think that it refuses to concede there's even a word for legitimate disagreement with its dictates. As stupid as mainstream press people are in general, this specific stratagem is clever. First, it provides a massive disincentive for left-liberal thinkers to step an inch outside conventional thinking…

"No matter what, it's definitely true now that anyone who disagrees with the standard line on anything, from Russiagate to intervention in Syria or Ukraine to whether or not Anthony Fauci lied a time or five, can sooner or later expect to wake up wearing the wrongthink tag."

All institutions (social, fraternal, political, etc.) focus on the directing the human psyche into becoming one with the will of the state. The public mind is not only programmed to bend to the will of the state, the public mind becomes itself the state; the perfect organism, and the perfect crime.

"Public schools," which are in fact and in reality government schools, direct us into an emotional fixation with official mythology deceptively named public policy. The public (non)education system is in fact a dozen-year (or more) programming process that builds parameters of thought from which few ever escape. And precious few do escape.

The New York Public School system's former teacher of the year John Taylor Gatto, in his book Dumbing Us Down, declared: "Pick up a fifth-grade math or rhetoric textbook from 1850 and you'll see that the texts were pitched then on what would today be considered college level. The continuing cry for 'basic skills' practice is a smokescreen behind which schools preempt the time of children for twelve years…."

After which, children are pushed into going to college, to be "taught" by professors who have gone into academia to further the psychosis.

As Noah Carl points out on his site: "The best illustration of academia's leftward shift is this chart, which shows the proportion of US academics identifying as 'Far left/liberal' and 'Far-right/conservative' from 1989–90 to 2013–14. All the data come from the same long-running survey, so there can be little doubt that the shift is real, as opposed to being due to changes in methodology

All this goes to say that we can be slaves to the propaganda of the state without knowing it. I have said that our propaganda system makes Herr Goebbels look like a piker. Governments, and especially the U.S. and British governments, rule by propaganda. They actually create our thinking. We do not think our own thoughts.

Still, deep thinkers have already figured out that the more "educated" one is the more the gullibility and compulsion he has to follow the official propaganda line no matter the subject.

To be "educated" in this system today is to be ignorant, as ignorance is a lack of knowledge, education or awareness. It's not all their fault—particularly the younger generations. Their education system has been corrupted by 1960s radicalism—the same radicalism that has infected our government.

In reality, the educated element in America is a vast cadre of intellectual prostitutes. Very few — almost none, in fact — will jeopardize their professional reputation and their livelihood to publicly question the mythology of court history, conventional wisdom and "public policy."

Indeed, it is a compliment to them to suggest that they have the capacity to suspect that government propaganda even exists, let alone that there is a historical blackout.

Prescription for individual freedom

An old Spanish proverb says, "Books are hindrances to persisting stupidity."

Most people never break free of popular delusions because they will not read, so you are already far above the average! It's as if they have some kind of phobia of reading. They wouldn't buy a book or walk across the street if offered free. The frivolity of life is what consumes them.

Yet if you do not read you will never break free and become truly wealthy and free.

You may become like those "educated" people whose thinking has been sealed within the parameters of education. They wouldn't dare read anything not in harmony with what they already believe. These are high IQ people. They think what they don't know isn't worth knowing.

Reading and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.

Read as many books as you can on natural health, real history, non-mainstream finance, and alternative publications (yes, they are still available, like my The Bob Livingston Letter®).

Mass education was designed to turn independent farmers into docile, passive tools of production. That was its primary purpose. And don't think people didn't know it. They knew it and they fought against it. There was a lot of resistance to mass education for exactly that reason. It was also understood by the elites.

Ralph Waldo Emerson observed that political leaders call for popular education because they fear that "This country is filling up with thousands and millions of voters, and you must educate them to keep them from our throats."

If they aren't "educated" in the right way, they're going to take back control — "they" being what Alexander Hamilton called the 'great beast,' namely the people. The freer a society gets, the more dangerous the great beast becomes and the more the elites wish to put it back in its cage.

Be a dangerous beast.

Yours for the truth,

Bob Livingston
The Bob Livingston Letter®





Turning Your Hobby Into a Job

Turning a hobby into a full-time income can be easier said than done. These steps can increase your chance of success.

Ways to Save with Rubbing Alcohol

We explore some ways to save with rubbing alcohol around the house. You’ll find it can replace some of your pricey store-bought cleaners.

There is no secret formula to growing an abundant survival garden. A survival garden is a basic garden with strategically chosen crops that can sustain you and your family during hard times. For my grandparents, it was a way of life that they enjoyed. 

But don't wait for a widescale disaster to start your survival garden. Instead, start planning and planting as soon as you can. Every garden can be a survival garden if you include crops that meet a few essential characteristics. 

When you grow a survival garden, you'll want to look for specific characteristics in the food you are growing. For example, you'll want some crops that can be grown in cool weather and some that can be grown in hot weather so that you can grow food all season long…

12 Easiest Crops for Survival Gardeners

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21 Surprising Uses for Table Salt

Besides making most food more flavorful, good old-fashioned table salt has nearly two dozen other practical uses. A little will make coffee less bitter. It helps get out grass and blood stains. It helps you clean cast iron frying pans. See many of the unusual uses for salt.



Better –Safe- Than- Sorry Super Emergency Survival Kit

No one believed Noah until it was too late…

Natural disasters don't wait for a convenient time

And you shouldn't wait to prepare either. In some cases there is little to no warning.

Prepare now to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies

Better –Safe- Than- Sorry Super Survival Kit

Your Emergency Survival Kit Includes:

  •  Solar phone charger
  • 72-hour 4Patriot emergency food pack [25 year shelf life
  • 4Patriot Greens sample pack [Power supplement]
  • 3 Luna Nutrition bars [assorted]+Sunmaid raisin pouch
  • Cleaning Wipe Pack
  • Steel River Emergency Tent
  • Mini  First Aid kit
  • TRS 5N1 EDC folding tool
  • 3-package meal sampler
  • Paracord bracelet w/ compass
  • Reusable Face Mask
  • Personal Water Filter Straw
  • 11-Piece Emergency Survival Kit 

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