16 Steps to Staying Warm this Winter-Start by Snuggling

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16 Ways To Keep Warm And Reduce Your Bills In Winter


Having moved from a warm climate where we worried about keeping cool to a cold climate with often unpredictable weather was a bit of challenge. Last winter was brutal and the Farmer’s Almanac says this one will be just as bad.

Of course, we caulked and insulated well so last year’s heating bills never got out of control. We also make use of newer,more efficient space heaters early in the season rather than turning on the furnace…why heat the whole house if you only need a room or two?

Successive nights of several degrees below freezing would seem to leave you with two basic options a) spend more money b) shiver. Sitting there freezing is not really a good option – and I know about this from experience in my younger days, having experienced several winters in places with no central heating and at some times having had no heating at all! It’s unpleasant and probably bad for your health.

Turning up the dial and spend more money will keep the place warm, but that isn’t always ideal either! Heating is one of the most expensive uses of home energy. The good news is that there are many things you can do to cut your heating costs – and some of them are surprisingly simple. Our friends over at Home Made Home Ideas put together several practical ideas.

Some of these ideas have an interesting “low tech” / survival angle – for example “How To Heat A Room For $0.12 A Day” – be aware however that using just candles for heating will produce some condensation.

Bonus tip: One of my favorite tips for keeping a place warmer is to hang thick blankets or even duvets across doorways and windows. Much of the heat is lost through doors and windows and this simple, free tip will help you make the most of your existing heating.

Here’s the link to the list: http://www.homemadehomeideas.com/keep-warm-and-reduce-bills/

Heat Loss Winter is approaching. Would you like to keep the glacial wind out of your house? Are cold floors and drafts common in your house? Will you resign yourselves to feel miserable the whole winter? How informed are you about potential leaks in your house? Do you know how to detect those leaks and how to take care of them? A little time and work will keep the heat indoors, and as a result, your health, your home and your wallet will benefit. Read more.

Winter energy savings for renters – you don’t need to own your home to save on heating bills read more here


Winterizing Tips

 Check pressure in your vehicle’s tires. Either today or the next time you get gasoline. If you have a gauge (cost about $3), you can do it at home.

Check your car’s oil. If you don’t know how to do it, check your owner’s manual or do an online search for your make, model and “check oil instructions.”

Service your furnace. Check burners or heating coils. Check blower fans. Call for professional service if needed. More at:


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52 Week Money Savings Challenge, More Free Food Survival Reports

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No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. – Helen Keller



Try the 52 week money savings challenge

I completed this challenge this past year and was able to have plenty of money in the bank for Christmas and then some… I’m talking over $700 left over to do with what I please.

It’s very quite simple and extremely basic.

Here’s the name of the game!

Each week of the year, you save that much in dollars!

Week ONE: You save $1

Week TWO: You save $2

Week THREE: You save $3


Voila! By the third week in January you have already saved $6!


You keep doing that all the way through the end of the year so that come December you have cash in hand and are ready to shop!


…ORRR… maybe you’re saving for a HOUSE, a TRIP, a WEDDING, or a CAR… ANYTHING!


Come and join the money savings fun with me and let me know how you do!


Want to make your kids save to? Have them save in quarters, either in 25 cent or 50 cent increments!


Print out these templates and paste them onto a jar!


I want to save in One Dollar increments!

I want to save in 50 Cent increments!

I want to save in 25 Cent increments! I want to save in One dollar increments Backwards! I want to save in dollar increments bi-weekly! I want to save in dollar increments monthly!


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Building a new, workable economy means building a new government

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Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. – Henry Ford


To Build a New Economy, a New Government Comes First

National People’s Action Campaign is training the next wave of progressive candidates for 2016. Here’s how they could win.

by Jacob Swenson

This is a second piece from YES! Magazine about building a new economy…you may not like or agree with all the author says but it is certainly worthy of your attention because the old ways have not worked well for our nation, jeopardizing the Middle Class. >>the Poor Man

On a crisp autumn day in 2012, I joined a group of pastors and community leaders from the Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON) at a church on the south side of Chicago. We talked about the way corporations and the wealthy systematically hoarded political power over the last forty years to make our country work for them—instead of people like us. They built elite think tanks, bought the media, and took over universities. They fought back against the wave of pro-equality reforms that had been achieved in the 1950s and 1960s, and turned the tide in their favor.

That corporate-conservative movement transformed our political and economic landscape over the last 40 years, and the resulting shift has left us with growing economic and racial inequality, a broken democracy, and a planet on the verge of catastrophic climate change.

Government, after all, is the prize, not the problem.

Together, that day we recognized that the solutions our elected leaders had proposed were wholly inadequate to the scale of the crises we faced: We’d seen massive bailouts for banks, while thousands of homeowners in our neighborhoods faced foreclosure and were getting little help staying afloat; We faced a massive jobs crisis without a proposal for the kind of public jobs program we needed.

So, we began thinking about the transformations that could serve as the pillars of an economy that worked for people in our communities, instead of simply padding the pockets of bankers and shareholders.

We did not do this alone. Over a period of several months, hundreds of leaders from around the country participated in a similar visioning process led by National People’s Action, a grassroots network of economic and racial justice organizations. At NPA’s national conference in 2013, we unveiled our Long-Term Agenda to a New Economy, which outlined a 40-year plan to create a more just and sustainable political and economic system.

We recognized that making the fundamental changes we imaged would require reclaiming our government. Government, after all, is the prize, not the problem. It can and should be an equalizing force in our society to tame corporate power, democratize the economy, and revitalize the commons in our communities.

Reclaiming our government is no small task, given that moneyed interests dominate our contemporary politics and control significant portions of both major political parties. That is why I am also part of National People’s Action Campaign, NPA’s sister organization, which engages everyday people in making government work for us.

Together with our allies, we’re building a new left pole in American politics by mobilizing people and money to advance our own political platform and candidates. We’ve begun moving to scale with tactics such as mass volunteer canvasses, leadership training, and individual donor programs.

Ordinary people are volunteering their time and leading the effort to contact hundreds of thousands of voters—especially infrequent voters and voters of color—to make an impact this November. And we’re succeeding in organizing more people and money largely because of volunteer efforts.

The result is some of the most exciting grassroots political organizing in the country. In Kansas, for example, hundreds of African-American and Latino volunteers are contacting 112,000 infrequent voters to defeat radical, right-wing Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Governor Sam Brownback, and Senator Pat Roberts. In Minnesota, volunteers are not just defending progressive champions, but also energizing voters to pursue a bold agenda for economic equity in coming years.

More exciting still is the fact that Kansas People’s Action and Take Action Minnesota, the two organizations leading these efforts, won’t be sending those volunteers home on November 5th.  Instead, they’ll invest in those leaders to advance an issue agenda that prioritizes people and the planet, and train a wave of grassroots leaders running for office in 2016.

Taking these efforts to scale will require increased collaboration between organizations in the movement and even more people willing to spend their Saturdays and evenings talking with voters. By working together, though, we can build the next great progressive movement to take back our government and create the kind of just and sustainable economy in which we want to live and work.

Jacob Swenson is the Communications Lead for National People’s Action and National People’s Action Campaign.

This post was written for the New Economy Coalition’s second annual New Economy Week, an event exploring what it will take to build an economy that works for people, place, and planet. To learn more, visit New Economy Week.

The most dangerous element freedom faces are incompetent and/or corrupt politicians who are polluting our Constitution and bankrupting our nation.


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As the World Burns

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“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” -Albert Einstein



As the World Burns

We have a very short window of relative stability in the United States, yet most Americans don’t seem too concerned about our long-term problems.  Most have their heads buried in the sand or have faith that our “leaders” will be able to find a way to muddle through whatever challenges are ahead…


In the 25 years that I have been writing about politics and economics, I have never seen a more dangerous confluence of circumstances or such a degree of complacency among citizens.

Americans are dangerously ignorant about their own history and world affairs.  Many are thoroughly enamored with mundane, the trite and the superficial.  A look at what passed for entertainment today indicates how far we’ve fallen. Our appetite for crap entertainment, pop culture, sports and celebrity nonsense is insatiable and growing.

More at: http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/as-world-burns.html

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Proven tips for stretching your food budget

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Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be. – Helen Keller


FOOD PRICES CONTINUE TO SKYROCKET – Use these resources and tips to save…


The average price of ground beef has risen to an all-time high, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in August. Over the last five years, beef prices have risen a staggering 81 percent!

Droughts in California, Texas and Oklahoma have causes these price spikes and more are expected for fruits and vegetables. Dairy prices for butter and eggs are the highest I have ever seen [see our previous issues about making your own butter].

These spikes are worrisome especially to low and middle income families which are most likely to pay a larger percentage of their paychecks for groceries.

The steep rise in food prices make it very difficult for many households which are already living paycheck to paycheck. Various reports indicate that 46 million Americans relied on food stamps and food banks – 25 percent of military families are relying on food charities! [Yet, the politicians who send them into war live on overly generous compensation packages courtesy the US taxpayer].

With well paying jobs vanishing and soaring food prices, this may become one of the big campaign platforms for the 2016 elections.

Granny Crabapple has included several tips and resources for you to save money.


  • Search for coupons and rebates online. More and more grocers like Kroger.com are now offering this convenience and will download them to your loyalty or shoppers card. You can use www.CoolSavings.com [click on ‘grocery coupons’]. Online coupons frequently offer longer expiration dates too. Another site we’ve used: SmartSource.com
  • If you don’t already have a membership to Costco or Sam’s Club, shop with friends who do. Keep in mind, this works best if you have a large family or the space to store foods as quantities are larger.
  • Buy Foods which are in season to save cash. For a list, visit www.foodnetwork.com and click on ‘in season now.
  • Get discount codes and promotions at sites such as: CouponMountain.com, CurrentCodes.com or DealCatcher.com, KeyCode.com, CouponParadise.com and others.
  • Don’t overlook coupons and other savings for products that you can get directly from the manufacturer web site.


Finally, consider starting your own community food co-op to save money. Find out how here:




Take up hunting – a deer and a turkey adds to your family larder!


Cook more vegetarian meals such as beans, whole grains, eggs and produce which are cheaper…going meatless once a week saved families $80 or more per month. Look at MeatlessMonday.com for recipes.



The Frugal Kitchen: Eggs I think that many of you out there have the same goals that I do when feeding my family. I do my best to cook from scratch, to provide well-balanced meals and snacks and to do so on a budget, always looking for new recipes, tricks and tips to save in this area (one of the few areas I feel like I can control!). One of the ways I’m trying to accomplish these goals is by really thinking about nutritional items that are inexpensive and diverse in the kitchen. One of my favorites: Eggs! Read more.


Resources for Small Space Gardening

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Just launched the Consumer Wellness Nutrition Grants program, and grant applications are now welcome! http://www.naturalnews.com/047237_Consumer_Wellness_Center_grant_program_nutrition_education.html


Health Ranger to launch revolutionary EMP-proof technology delivering sustainability breakthroughs for food, water, nutrition and medicine (NaturalNews) In the first quarter of 2015, I’ll be launching a new “low-tech technology” solution that will become an instant must-have among people who want to be more self-reliant. The timing of the Ebola outbreak makes this solution even more urgent…

Freeze overripe fruit. I routinely keep a bag of bananas in my freezer for which I make banana cakes and breads. You can also add them to smoothies.


Do more & spend less with the Poor Man’s top tips

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Creating an affordable backyard firepit read more here


How To Make Homemade Disinfecting Wipes Without Chemicals


10 Extraordinary Uses For Tea Tree Oil – Why You NEED A Bottle In Your Home*


How To Store Root Crops For Winter


Not sure what size turkey you need? For leftovers, plan on 1 to 1.3 pounds person. To get the best price, grab your turkey during the first two weeks of November.


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How to Get Out of Debt & Prosper


Grab our Useful Library of How-to Reports to Reboot Your Income


67 Real Companies That Hire

How to Survive a Job Loss

Escape the Rat Race

How to Prosper – 3-Volume Set

Recession Recovery System

Debt Beater System

Develop Your Financial IQ


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Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Building a New Economy that Works for Everyone

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Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be. – Helen Keller


Despite reports of an uptick in the economy and in the employment reports, most aware citizens know it’s probably another short term bubble and that jobs which pay a living wage are becoming more difficult to find. For those who have read our posts know that we’ve been covering many elements of a new economy, one with a focus on self employment, less debt and alternative forms of money such as community bucks and barter.

On a personal note, I’ve been restructuring my personal economy during the past two years. For many, including ourselves, online sales have plummeted and we’re actually using the internet less and less to generate income as fewer people are buying anything except puff and fluff items, electronic gadgets and other toys.

Our personal ‘new’ economy is beginning to work for us, slowly but surely replacing online sales and traditional jobs. As fewer Americans participate in self improvement programs, we’ve given up seminars, classes and lectures and we’re phasing out much of our information business.


Want to Build an Economy that Works for Everybody?

YES! Magazine have written regularly about something we call the “new economy.” Readers will recognize the worker-owned cooperatives, local food initiatives, and alternative ways of measuring wealth that have been hallmarks of our reporting on this topic. But if someone cornered you in the bulk foods aisle and demanded to know what, exactly, the new economy is, what would you tell them?

New Economy Week will have plenty going on offline as well.

The answer, it turns out, is up for debate. Even among the thinkers and organizers most invested in the term “new economy”—Gar Alperovitz and Chuck Collins come to mind—vigorous debates and conversations are going on all the time about what it is, where it should focus, and how to make it spread.

To focus that discussion, the New Economy Coalition, a nonprofit organization that supports more than 100 member groups, has set next week aside as the second annual “New Economy Week.”

Monday through Friday, the days will be packed with online panels, local events, and writings. The coalition has picked five juicy questions about new economy issues and sent them to its members to see what they think. We’ll be curating their responses each day from Monday to Friday. You can find links to all five days here (we’ll be updating the page with articles and links daily).

And New Economy Week will have plenty going on offline as well. The activities range from multi-day conferences such as “Who Owns Vermont?”—which will explore alternative ownership models in that state—to more intimate gatherings like happy hours celebrating October—our “national cooperative month”—in San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, several hundred inventors, entrepreneurs, activists, and organizers will gather in Detroit for the “New Work New Culture” conference to discuss topics like the financing of community-owned projects, the way cooperatives are portrayed in the media, and the role of local food production.




Wealth Gap: Just $3,650 Puts A Person In Top Half of Wealth In The World

The Credit Suisse global wealth report (pdf), is out and it has some surprising findings on the world wealth distribution. The report says that the richest 1% of the world’s population is not only getting wealthier but owns more than 48% of global wealth. The bottom half of the world population owns less than one percent of the world’s wealth.


How Con Artists Trick Your Mind

If you think that only the less-educated or senior citizens fall for scams, think again. Research suggests that scammers use seven different techniques to help separate you from your money. Here are some of the tricks of the trade.


Products Keep Getting Downsized



Do more & spend less with the Poor Man’s top tips

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Dingy White Treatment

My family likes to wear white clothes. I don’t mind, but sometimes it’s hard to keep them from getting dingy. One solution that works for me is to pour approximately 1/2 cup Cascade® powder automatic dishwasher soap into the washing machine with enough cold water to just cover the clothes. I let them soak for an hour or so. Then I just run a regular wash cycle. Our clothing practically sparkles!


11 Ways To Cook Off-Grid Without Power


How To Make A Herbal Sinus Steam


7 Things To Plant In The Fall Garden Now


How To Ferment Foods – The Joy Of Fermentation


Many Don’t Comparison Shop Despite Potential Savings



How to Get Out of Debt & Prosper

Remember that your financial troubles did not happen in one day. So the solution will not happen in one day either…

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67 Real Companies That Hire

How to Survive a Job Loss

Escape the Rat Race

How to Prosper – 3-Volume Set

Recession Recovery System

Debt Beater System

Develop Your Financial IQ


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Preparing for the coming storm season

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“When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.” -George Bernard Shaw



Preparing for Storm Season


It is already getting mighty cold out at night [still haven’t turned on our furnace though] and since our area is prone to prolonged power outages, we’ve filled several 5-gallon fuel cans with gasoline to run our generator.


It helped greatly that gasoline costs came down a lot this week and using our Kroger loyalty card meant we paid less $2.75 per gallon! Since switching to the Kroger pharmacy for all the drugs I take, our loyalty card has built up points faster.


Don’t be like those unprepared, clueless citizens we see on the news who rush to clean out store shelves while a storm heads their way…get your stuff now!


Now is the time to stock up on batteries, flashlights, glow sticks [most dollar stores carry them – they don’t need batteries, they are waterproof and they don’t break] and related items.


You probably already know to keep a bag of cat litter in your car should you get stuck in the snow. Depending on where you live consider keeping a blanket, rations, and other emergency items in your auto.  Keep in mind that sugar works to melt ice just like salt and given last year’s run on salt, it might be harder to find and will be more expensive.


You can recharge your cell phone using your car, a solar charger or by plugging it into the USB port of your laptop and use Text instead of voice to prolong the life of the battery.


If you still own a landline, [we have a business land line in our house] use a corded phone as the battery operated cordless phones will lose power and become useless.


Here are a few more resources to review…






  1. Look where you’re going. Check out the gas station, ATM, 7-Eleven etc. before you pull up/go in so you don’t become part of a robbery in progress…


How a full pantry saves you money read more here


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Why does the little guy in America always get squeezed?

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What the rich on Wall Street tell the rest of us…

If you want to feel rich just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.



  Why is the little guy in America always getting squeezed?


The fact that the majority of households are losing so much wealth in a time of record-breaking overall wealth demonstrates how systemically corrupt the economy has become.


Americans lack confidence in the government’s ability to protect their personal safety and economic security, a sign that their widespread unease about the state of the nation extends far beyond politics, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.


The bi-annual lying games are currently taking place where those who still believe there are two political parties are being misled again from a never-ending stream of special interest funded advertising.


It has become a never ending scam against the taxpayer.


The taxpayer is ALWAYS tapped to bail out Wall Street, Savings and Loans, General Motors and more, yet none of us ever see a dividend. I don’t buy that ‘it saved jobs’ crap. A free market would have worked.


Government used to be for the little guy. It used to stand up for our rights, not cut them. It used to leave us alone, not bury us in laws, rules and regulations which have left us all economically insolvent.


I believe the social contract which used to exist between government, Wall Street and the worker has been broken. It started in the 80s when firms like GE began to offshore jobs and dump benefits.


As a result, only be a few classes of workers are doing well: government workers, who still enjoy nice pensions and health plans, the bankers and political elite. Perhaps that is why we’ve seen such a dramatic rise in police brutality – they keep the rest of us under foot to ensure their place for doing the bidding of the political elite and its Wall Street masters.


Politics today is a sham and a scam which favors the wealthy. Take a short trip back in time to Abe Lincoln’s time. His parents would have been kicked out of their homemade cabin by local bureaucratic thugs who would fine them for not being ‘up to code.’ Lincoln couldn’t afford the billion dollars it requires to run a presidential campaign.

The pioneering spirit which made this country great has been killed by unelected, blockheaded bureaucrats. Odds are we would not have the light bulb or the Model T if today’s job-killing bureaucrats had been in charge back then.


Navigating Life in the Obama Age

Our government has made everything more complex, and thus more expensive today. One would think in the computer age it would be the opposite. Perhaps the Obamacare site was our first clue as to how screwed up things could get and how the government shares even our medical data with the IRS and Homeland Security [my toe nail fungus might put our national security in jeopardy].


Anger at president reaches new high as faith in government falls


Today’s media wouldn’t know a hard hitting documentary if it bit them on the ass which is why they never ask the tough questions about how the little guy is getting screwed by the Washington-Wall Street Cartel.


Our antiquated and overly complicated tax code is an example of a do-nothing Congress. While they suck at the public teat they do nothing to create a fair system.


Corporations used to pay the lion’s share of taxes, but in the 1960s [thanks to the lucrative trade of buying & selling of politicians] that changed. Even though many US corporations became multi-national and crapped on US taxes by moving offshore but continue to reap the profits from US customers [who continue to lose out because of crap wages, inflation and stupid lawmakers]

Frankly, I’m tired of watching grandstanding politicians from either party lying to the public in their non-stop efforts to remain in power, breaking their arm patting themselves on their back for their so-called public service.

What’s truly worrisome is how many sheep continue to swallow this hook, line and sinker. As Foxworthy and friends like to say ‘You Can’t Fix Stupid’!


Politicians should come with a warning label: Voting for me will likely cause financial distress or further loss of your freedoms. Voter Beware!


During the last 50 years we’ve seen a downward spiral of our rights, our international reputation, our privacy, our freedoms and our solvency. Both parties have had an adverse affect on the little guy and yet we continue to support them. Complete insanity.


Our Incompetent-in-Chief

I was astounded that enough Americans were buffaloed into reelection Obama or as I like to say, just because everything has changed doesn’t mean anything is different!

His health plan is a nightmare already for many and costing full time jobs as employers rush to eliminate their requirement to offer insurance.


While our Tiger Woods wannabe president hacks up courses around the nation he seems to have forgotten his primary role was to fix the economy. Despite the ‘feel good’ numbers coming out of Washington, most know the reality is more akin to the skewed inflation numbers DC spews forth which do not include spikes in food, fuel, and health care. [See the video clip below].


We need to collectively stop giving comfort and aid to the enemy of the people. If the income gap continues as it is, most absolutely agree that we need another revolution – that is why the federal government is arming all federal agencies from the postal service to even the Social Security Administration. They know it wouldn’t take much to put us over the brink of social chaos.



Just like in the book 1984, we’re in a continual state of war[more often than not for profit motives] and many Americans have their heads so deeply buried in the sand that they already resemble the TV program The Walking Dead!


My motto is: We don’t need another election, We need another Revolution!

Gallery: The states where income inequality is worst. Which states have the greatest income inequality? Movoto devised a formula to find out.




Early Responses from around the country…

This is a picture of a class-based society. Every country has its own definition of class. The British have birth and we have money. Anything can be bought and everything is for sale, including the courts, the government and the health care system. We indeed have the best system money can buy…Richard


It gets worse the more influence the global banking system has in America, Our companies are now global or globally owned with no allegiance to our nation, and lots of money to influence our servants who have become PROFESSIONAL politicians. We aren’t far from a class based society in many areas of …Wilma

Welcome to Michigan where our Gov.Snyder is talking about the big turnaround. Nonsense….He cut UE to 20 weeks during 8% UE which cut the amount of fed extensions when they were available. Cut the heck out of education programs like head start are almost into nonexistence. Keep the poor ignorant is always a good idea…..Gives huge tax breaks to his business buddies and we pick up the tab…WhoCares

The income inequality gap has widened considerably under Obama because of his Federal Reserve policies were necessary to “fund” Obama’s reckless and morally and fiscally insane federal spending. We’ve had Quantitative Easing, we’ve had QE2, we’ve had QE3, and now we’re at “QE Forever.” And these policies have basically arbitrarily added zeroes to the money supply computers…Frank


More Low-Paying Jobs Do Not a Recovery Make



Economics of revolution

Technological evolution has been parasitized by a .01% who cause average American families to devolve from an economy in the 1950’s and ‘60s where one adult wage-earner could successfully raise a family and gain wealth, to today’s economy where over 75% of two adult wage-earners struggle to raise a family and cannot gain wealth.

Excerpt of the first section from David’s book, The Economics of Revolution, with adaptions of Part 1 here, and Part 2 here:

An extensive analysis of economic conditions and government policy reveals that the need for significant systemic change is now a mathematical fact. Corruption, greed and economic inequality have reached a peak tipping point. Due to the consolidation of wealth, the majority of the population cannot generate enough income to keep up with the cost of living. In the present economy, under current government policy, 70% of the population is now sentenced to an impoverished existence.

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Stop Being a Debt Slave

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“Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them.” -Ogden Nash




You’re Never Too Old to Be Debt-Free

by Diane Smith


We are both in our 70s and are just finishing our home that was built out of pocket with no debt.

We were fortunate to have purchased our lot as a package deal when we bought and built our former home. This lot — 2 3/4 acres with a well and septic — came with the deal. We had to purchase both lots or nothing. We let this lot sit for about 10 years while we finished the other home. This time we wanted no debt so decided to build as we went.

We sold our former home too quickly and had to move into our new house way too early. It was just a shell. We stayed in a hotel for the first two weeks while we got some plumbing done.

We decided on a log home and bought our logs from a mill down the road that was milling “beetle kill” logs. We paid $4,500 for the total package. Each square log had to be routered (to accept chinking) and set into place. We used a “cherry picker” that my husband rigged with a small motor to help us lift our logs into place. Some were more than 20 feet long. It worked quite well for us. The two of us put the entire two-story shell up alone.

We have built the entire home by ourselves over the past six years, metal roof and all. Our kids have come down some weekends and helped with some of the heavier jobs.

Our two-story home measures 30 by 20 feet — just under 1,450 square feet. It has two bedrooms and a bath upstairs, as well as a great room, kitchen and bath downstairs.

We have spent approximately $50,000 finishing our home. It is still a work in progress, but nearly finished.

We live in rural Alaska and do not have to deal with building codes or building inspectors, so that is a big plus for us.


“I’m in debt. I am a true American.” -Balki Bartokomous


At our age, we probably would not do this again, but it has certainly been an interesting journey. We live a better life without a mortgage hanging over our heads.

Unless you have unlimited funds (rare these days), my advice to anyone building as we did is to be prepared to camp out in your home for an extended period of time. Be patient when you are still installing all your plumbing and have to wash your dishes in your bathroom sink because the kitchen is not ready. Learn to live with particle board on your floors until you can get carpet or tile down. (We stained the particle board to be able to scrub it). Enjoy your particle-board countertops (we used three coats of varnish). They work great until the permanent tops are installed.

Each new addition to the house is a joy. Not everyone would do this, but if you can live in the mess of construction, the joy of a debt-free home is worth every day of building.

Excerpted from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, the Original Guide to Living Wisely. To read more articles from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, please visit http://www.MotherEarthNews.com © 2014 by Ogden Publications Inc.



Banking Fees Are Killing You. Here are 14 Ways to Dodge Them
Banks are hunting for new sources of revenue, so bank fees are rising and free checking is increasingly hard to find. But there are ways to avoid paying so many bank fees.
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Another batch of home grown goodies for you!

Homemade Massage Oil

I work in a gym with massage therapists. I was talking to one of them about what kind of oil she uses for massage. She told me to avoid using baby or mineral oil as it can clog pores. She uses a very light olive oil mixed with a bit of more expensive massage oil or scented essential oils.

15 Tips For Going Off Grid. Do What You Love & Stop Being A Debt Slave!

Easy DIY Brown Paper Floors

14 Off-Grid Projects To Cut Your Energy & Water Usage

5 Bizarre & Unlikely Home Remedies That Are Actually Very Effective

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Prospering in Uncertain Times

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“Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.” -Sloan Wilson


You can make money without leaving your home…

Despite Yahoo’s recent decision to stop its workforce from working from home, many firms have discovered the advantages of allowing staff to work from home full or part time.  If more companies would wake up, we might solve the problem many face on overcrowded highways and long commute times.


In fact, many medical researchers have concluded long commutes can take years off your life span!


I’ve worked from home for several years. My wife and I developed multiple profit centers and sources of income, many of which change with the times or needs of clients or ourselves.


Some of our circles of income have included writing, eBay, estate liquidation, appraisal services for insurance firms, the IRS, Bankruptcy Courts and police agencies, business phone answering services and more.


Start Your Search Using the Insiders


Throughout the past few years I have subscribed to several fine resources specializing in at-home opportunities. As the economy nose dived and the need for extra income increased (sad to report we’ve lost 10% of our middle class in the past 10 years) I’ve found these sites useful:





www.RatRaceRebellion.com    (a personal favorite)




The Great Big Checklist of Everything

Starting a business? Worried you might have missed something?

There are countless things you must do to establish and grow your business, and even the savviest new business owners are bound to miss a few important steps. Not anymore.

This checklist is the most comprehensive collection of both mandatory and recommended tasks for starting a business, and it has gone viral on social media as the “ultimate entrepreneur’s checklist.”

Check off each step as you go, and browse through suggestions of useful resources and discounted services to help you get started.

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A few quick idea-starters for making extra money…



>>Customer Service

This is a growth area for those who want work from home. A good phone voice and attention to detail are useful traits to have…start your search with these resources:






>>Be a Website Critic

Website evaluators provide candid feedback of their gut reactions as they visit sites. Here are a few resources to get you started.





>>Teach Without a Degree

This is something I did for years in the Cleveland, OH area and I made as much as $50,000 annually offering seminars and related materials through Adult and Continuing Ed programs at area colleges and high schools. Now, with the internet, it’s even easier through such sites as GoFluent.com or ISpeakUSpeak.com where you get paid to have conversations in English with students from around the globe.


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When Ben Franklin died in 1790, he left $5,000 each to the cities of Boston and Philadelphia. Each city was to create a fund that would last for 200 years. The needy could borrow from the fund at five percent interest. After 100 years, each city could withdraw $500,000 from the fund, leaving the rest to work for the next 100 years. Why did Ben do it? He did it to help people understand the importance of compound interest.


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‘Seedy’ characters shows you how to preserve your harvest


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Mother was frugal. She not only darned our socks but her rags too! –the Poor Man



Preserving Your Harvest: Start with Blanching

Blanching (scalding vegetables in boiling water or steam for a short time) is a must for almost all vegetables to be frozen. It stops enzyme actions which can cause loss of flavor, color and texture.

Blanching cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins. It also wilts or softens vegetables and makes them easier to pack.

Blanching time is crucial and varies with the vegetable and size. Underblanching stimulates the activity of enzymes and is worse than no blanching. Overblanching causes loss of flavor, color, vitamins and minerals.

For home freezing, the most satisfactory way to heat all vegetables is in boiling water. Use a blancher which has a blanching basket and cover, or fit a wire basket into a large pot with a lid.

Use one gallon water per pound of prepared vegetables. Put the vegetable in a blanching basket and lower into vigorously boiling water. Place a lid on the blancher. The water should return to boiling within 1 minute, or you are using too much vegetable for the amount of boiling water. Start counting blanching time as soon as the water returns to a boil. Keep heat high for the time given in the directions for the vegetable you are freezing.

Steam Blanching

Heating in steam is recommended for a few vegetables. For broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and winter squash, both steaming and boiling are satisfactory methods. Steam blanching takes about 1½ times longer than water blanching.

To steam, use a pot with a tight lid and a basket that holds the food at least three inches above the bottom of the pot. Put an inch or two of water in the pot and bring the water to a boil.

Put the vegetables in the basket in a single layer so that steam reaches all parts quickly. Cover the pot and keep heat high. Start counting steaming time as soon as the lid is on. See steam blanching times  recommended for the vegetables listed below.

Microwave Blanching

Microwave blanching may not be effective, since research shows that some enzymes may not be inactivated. This could result in off-flavors and loss of texture and color. Those choosing to run the risk of low quality vegetables by microwave blanching should be sure to work in small quantities, using the directions for their specific microwave oven. Microwave blanching will not save time or energy. Read further and find a chart outlining the various blanching time requirements for vegetables.


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Seedy Character

I admit that I have become a major seedy character. Whenever I fix fresh vegetables or fruit, I first wash and then I save all of the seeds in tiny dishes and let them air dry. Next I package them, using saved paper bags that come inside pudding boxes. For instance, I made us some pudding tonight. I emptied out the pudding powder into a bowl, tapped on the bag to remove any residue, and then saved the paper bag in the drawer with baggies, foil, etc.

When ready to use, I take a paper bag, mark it for what seeds will be going in there, date it, place the dry seeds inside, fold over twice, and staple shut. This is placed in a shoebox and kept in a cool, dark place. Seeds can also be stored in a tin can in the fridge! Next spring, I will have all kinds of seeds to plant at no cost.

thanks Dan for sharing this!


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Fall Foraging For Powerful Healing Roots    As the days turn cooler and the colors of autumn burst forth, many homesteaders and survivalists gather and prepare roots and bark for their family’s health. During fall, a plant’s energy is directed downward to the roots – forming a powerful healing substance that can benefit you. Learn what to gather – and how to do it – here.


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How To Oven Can & Preserve Dry Goods



11 Pro Tips For Starting A Homestead



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How to Heat a Small Room for Free. Mommy Survival Kit in a Jar, More!

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“Freedom has a thousand charms to show, That slaves, howe’er contented, never know.” — William Cowper


How to Heat a Small Room for Free. Mommy Survival Kit in a Jar, More!


   I spent much of the weekend supervising the winterization of our cabin. Since having surgery the previous week, I’m unable to use my left arm for much so our good friend Dave helped again, reminding me to put that old RV antifreeze into the toilet [having lived so long in AZ I forgot to do this last year and the toilet tank cracked].

Another friend is driving me to the doctor today for a follow-up visit since I’m still not allowed to drive…

I’m not looking forward to another hard winter! I can already see there will be plenty to do in the spring!

Although we use hot flashes from the Poor Man’s Wife to heat our home, you might find this useful…


How To Heat A Small Room For Free

With the days and nights getting cooler, heating your home can become incredibly expensive. Not only is it a drain on your bank account but also on the environment.

But we have a solution here for you which costs virtually nothing! If you have a small room which you need to heat, this clever life hack will make sure the room stays toasty without the huge cost.


IMPORTANT: It is imperative that this kind of heating method is never left unattended. Please do your full research on this method prior to trying it out and use common sense at all times!

The Skinny Witch shares her plan…

I love the power of Freecycle. I managed to get enough terracotta pots to make six large candle space heaters.  Now I made the mistake of using too many pots. With large ones on the outside, they were not as effective. So with a quick change out, we removed the largest pot and they performed perfectly.  Now I learned something else, you will get what I am talking about after watching these two videos. The first one is how to make the type seen above, with hardware, the second is how to make one without the hard ware. I have combined the two. If you build a smaller one with hardware, then put a larger one over top as in the second video, then the effects are even better at warming the air around you.   Read the rest here:


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Homemade apple moonshine, 101 steps to a simple life & more


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Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can. – John Wesley


Apple Pie Moonshine

Apple pie shine is probably the most popular and sought after type of bootleg whiskey ever made, and for good reason – it’s delicious. We’ve already posted procedures for making a basic mash and even instructions on making peach moonshine. Here is our favorite (high octane) apple pie moonshine recipe.


Prep time: 5 minutes.

Cook time: 30 minutes.

Yield: Just over 2 quarts of 70 proof Apple Pie Moonshine.

Taste: Absolutely yummy, but knock your socks off strong.


1 quart of 150 proof, pure corn whiskey moonshine (everclear could be used as a substitute).

3 cans of frozen apple concentrate.

8 cinnamon sticks.

0-2 cups brown sugar*.

*Depending on how sweet you want it to be, you may add up to twice as much of these particular items (in other words, 1 or 2 cups of brown sugar instead of none).


The “Instant Satisfaction” Method

First, add the apple concentrate, cinnamon sticks and brown sugar to a pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer on very low heat, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Stir a few times as it is heating up to dissolve the sugar. Heating causes the cinnamon sticks to release their flavor very quickly, allowing you to be able to drink it immediately. I like to call this the “instant satisfaction” method.

After simmering, remove the pot from heat and let it cool.  Make sure it is completely cool, and none of the burners on the stove are on before moving on to the next step.

After the mixture has cooled, split it between 4 pint jars (or 2 quart jars). Top the jars off with 150 proof corn whiskey. Remember, 100+ proof moonshine is flammable. You do not want to do this anywhere near a heat source.

If you completed all of the steps, congratulations, you just made your very own apple pie moonshine. You can start enjoying the fruits of your labor immediately.

The “no-boil” method

They say that good things come to those who wait, and we think that this statement applies to apple pie moonshine as well as it does to anything else. If you want to make a truly supreme batch of apple pie shine, you’ll want to use this method. The “instant satisfaction” method listed above causes flavor to be rapidly released from cinnamon sticks, making your batch instantly drinkable. However, “steeping” the ingredients overnight, without boiling, produces a better product. Why? Well, we aren’t exactly sure, but we think that boiling the cinnamon sticks cause additional flavors to be released, making the final product ever so slightly bitter. The “no boil” method provides 100% of the flavor with none of the bitterness.

Beware, this recipe is high proof. A lot of recipes call for adding a gallon apple this and a gallon of apple that, but by the time you’re done adding all that liquid, you’ve dropped your proof down into the baby formula range. Apple concentrate provides apple flavor without compromising proof. This stuff sneaks up on you – and then it punches you in the face! But it’s oh, so good.


Gourmet Apple Pie Moonshine

The above mentioned recipe (cinnamon, sugar, and apple juice concentrate only) will make a great batch of apple pie moonshine. However, add spices like ginger, orange peel, cloves, allspice, vanilla bean, peppercorn, etc… and you’ll have something that will make your tastebuds do backflips. There are plenty of recipes on the web for more complicated versions of apple pie moonshine. Some of them are great, other are OK, but most are sorely lacking. We know this firsthand here at Clawhammer Supply, because we’ve tried a lot of them out. We did this because we’ve been working on a top secret project for a while now – the creation of a perfect blend of apple pie moonshine spices. After making many, many test batches, and drinking a lot, lot, lot of apple pie moonshine, we finally landed on a recipe that we’re 100% sure will melt your tastebuds into a puddle of awesomeness. We proudly present to you our very own Apple Pie Moonshine Spice Mix. Check out that link to buy some, or head on over to our sister site, How to Make Apple Pie Moonshine for more info and additional recipes.


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Helen Keller Succeeded without Government Programs-Your kid can too

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“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”Friedrich Nietzsche


Why were people such as Helen Keller, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and others able to succeed despite disabilities and a poor education?


Einstein was told he was an idiot and failed at math as was Edison who became deaf in one ear early on and he never finished school. Ms. Keller suffered from being blind and deaf yet went on to become extraordinarily successful.


These folks didn’t have the advantage of our ‘modern’ educational system and all of the smart tools at our disposal. So-called deprived children today are given much more in terms of educational resources, school meals and food stamps and other social necessities and yet, often remain mired in poverty and crime.


For example, more than 1,000 elementary aged children in Detroit’s inner city schools had laptop computers donated to them. Within a year most of them had mysteriously vanished [sold or stolen].


It doesn’t take a village as Mrs. Clinton wrote. Helen Keller didn’t have a village behind her [except to taunt her], she had Anne Sullivan to guide and teach her.


Despite 100s of government programs, too many of our young fail to reach their potential. [Under our current nonsensical society, the USA would never have made it out of the Old West as just about anything related to personal independence has been outlawed].

It is my opinion government programs seldom steer children in the right direction. So what does work?


Most often, from everything I read, a child succeeds because of a strong parent, teacher or other mentor-type figure in their life. People laugh today about how life was in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s when the norm was a two-parent family and kids finished school and they participated in physical activities rather than sit in front of a TV, video game or computer screen all day.


Parents back then were more involved. The cost of government and living the ‘good’ life created too many two-parent income earners which has hurt our children and the nation.  The government wrongly assumed too many ‘nanny state’ roles and it has not worked well.

Challenge, mentor, lead or get involved with your kid today!

 Loads of good resources and links at:

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Cheap n Easy Solar for Off Grid Living and Emergencies

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Since we live in an area with a faulty power grid, I often write about alternative energy ideas and resources. No matter where you live, it is always a good time to look at solar energy.  Jessica of MPOWERED read one of our articles and sent me a pretty remarkable device called Luci, an inflatable, micro-solar lantern that is waterproof, shatterproof, lightweight, portable and rechargeable.

MPOWERD offers many solar related products that are functional for emergencies, camping and boating, power outages, auto breakdowns and other crisis situations. I might suggest grabbing a few for your family or perhaps to use for gift giving this holiday season.

There are several areas a homeowner needs to examine before you convert a home to solar energy. One helpful site is FindSolar.com, a web site powered by the American Solar Energy Society which helps you calculate the estimated savings you will realize based on the variables.

MPOWERED also offers their product as a fundraiser, something worth reviewing for you Boy Scout group, church, school or other organization.

Find more at:



Net Metering: Solar panels you can actually afford »
Net meters allow customers who generate electricity through their solar panels to feed electricity back into the grid. The meter also gives the consumer a breakdown of usage with each monthly bill. You can monitor exactly how much it’s costing to cool or heat your home, wash your dishes or dry your clothes, for example. More »


Solar Energy Breakthroughs: How New Solar Power Alternatives+CDs


National Preparedness Month

Receive a free flashlight with the purchase of select American Red Cross Products…find a variety of emergency preparedness products from Eaton and the Red Cross here.





Exciting free budget stretchers to use and share…


DIY Homemade Solar Furnace

How To Heat Your Home Without Electricity

Amazing Secret Way To Get FREE Solar Panels

How To Turn A Mason Jar Into A Gorgeous Light

3 Gadgets That Can Cut Your Energy Costs By 30%

45 Amazing Kitchen Life-Hacks That Are Absolutely Genius


Got a site you’d like to share? Use the email posted at the bottom and don’t forget to share our resources with your family and friends!  Suggest a site or idea that we use and win a prize…today, we’re giving away one of the Solar emergency lanterns LUCI…


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Easy Homemade Butter, BioGas Generator from Kitchen Scrap

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“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”Mahatma Gandhi


Grocery prices are becoming ridiculously high even for basic items such as milk, eggs and butter [forget steak which is about $10 a pound at our local Kroger].  When butter reached $5 a pound that was it for me.

Homemade Butter Like the Amish

Homemade butter like the Amish make is a simple delight. Making butter may be easier than you imagined. The Amish use a butter churn because they are making butter for the whole community — or at least a large family. For what you will be using at home, you can make butter in a mixing bowl or covered jar. Once you find out how easy it is to make and how great it tastes, you may never buy butter from the store again.
>Pour the heavy cream into a mixing bowl or a jar (if a mixing bowl is not available).


>Mix the cream with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed, or alternatively shake the jar with the heavy cream continuously.


>Stop mixing or shaking when you see the butter starting to solidify and separate from the liquid.


>Pour the contents into a strainer with a bowl underneath it. The liquid will be fresh buttermilk. Store the buttermilk in the refrigerator.


>Rinse the butter with water to remove excess liquid, then put it in another bowl and knead it with the spatula, bringing the curds together. Add salt to flavor while kneading the butter.


Put the butter into a sealed container and store in the refrigerator

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8569610_make-butter-like-amish.html


Constructing a Medium Sized Biogas Plant Using Kitchen Waste

Long back I have posted an instructable on how to construct prototype of a Biogas plant, using 50 liter capacity tank as digester, which you can see here : http://www.instructables.com/id/Bio-gas-plant-usin…

That was my first instructable and people are still commenting and asking me for guidance on Biogas plants for home use and for demonstration at schools & colleges. I have replied and mailed guidelines to almost all of the queries and I hope that helped them in their quest for building their Biogas plant.



Toilet Paper, etc.

I got tired of too small rolls of toilet paper and the prices that I was paying for them. Then a friend who works in a big office building suggested that I find my local janitorial supply store. Most of these stores sell to the public. Since those bathrooms get more use, they buy bigger rolls. And they’re also more concerned with price, so you’ll save a few dollars, too. You can also find other household cleaning products at greatly reduced rates.


Flea markets and swap meets are big business these days. Television programs like Flea Market Flip and Storage Wars have catapulted the reseller industry. Before you start a flea market business however, there are a few things you should know.

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Large Animal Rescue and Preparedness Resources

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“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”Mahatma Gandhi



Emergencies happen all the time. It’s important to have training and practice needed to know how to properly respond to many different situations that may occur.


At home, once you have built your kit and developed your plan you need to practice and maintain it. Train your family to manage disasters by practicing and conducting family disaster drills. This will help you know what to do during difficult times.


In your communities, there are tons of really great training opportunities across the country aimed to help emergency managers, first responders, community organizers and volunteers learn more about responding to a variety of emergency situations. These programs are designed to get you the information and training you need to start doing the same in your communities.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.


Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.


Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training


Large animal emergency rescue is the response phase of a natural or manmade disaster or accident where specialized training and equipment are required to rescue a large animal such as a horse or cow.


For many people across the country, a large animal represents a huge financial investment and even someone’s livelihood. In many rural areas, first responders are not equipped with the proper training to properly rescue livestock, horses, and other large animals. Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training equips responders, emergency managers and others to handle rescue and relocation.


FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI)


EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution, and provides training to Federal, State, local, tribal, volunteer, public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training.


The Emergency Management Institute has regularly scheduled programs and activities (including independent study options) to help you strengthen your skills as an emergency manager.


Want to learn more about the Emergency Management Institute?

Head to: http://training.fema.gov/EMI/



Interested in discovering more ways that you can train and support preparedness in your community? Head over to Ready.gov: Get Involved to learn more and find different opportunities to get involved!


Related article:

13 Steps to Prepare for Civil Unrest


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Boom times in America for some…

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“Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.” — Franklin P. Adams


Seems each time I begin to bake or cook, that is when the phone rings. As I was pouring the batter from a Pumpkin-chocolate chip cake into the pan a good friend called to wish me a successful hospital stay [I’m going in Friday and hope to be home Sunday]…my buddy knows I like to cook and have been featured on PBS for the country inn I used to own…find the recipe below and grab a free copy of our little country inn cookbook too!


Times are Booming in the United States but…

Are You Still a Member of the Middle Class?

Recently, the Federal Reserve released the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). This tri-annual survey is a treasure trove of information that provides a snapshot into the financial life of the median American in inflation-adjusted 2013 dollars.

The changes over the last six years are consistently horrible, particularly for those in the middle income brackets.

The SCF provides information on things like income and net worth for people based on several factors…

  • Age of Head of Household
  • Percentile of Income
  • Family Structure
  • Education of Head of Household
  • Race of Head of Household
  • Current Work Status of Respondent
  • Region
  • Urbanicity
  • Housing Status
  • Percentile of Net Worth

Since 2007, median net worth has tanked, almost any way you cut it. The one group that escaped a decline was the Current Work Status of “other,” whose median net worth in 2007 was $6,000, and in 2013 was $9,000.

While the median at the bottom and the top of the food chain experienced little change in inflation-adjusted earnings over the past six years, those in the middle income and just below were hit hard. Now, think of these two statistics together. For those who earn between the 40th and 59.9th percentile of earnings, meaning those smack in the middle of wages in the U.S., income has fallen by 12% while their net worth has plummeted by 38%… and that’s over SIX YEARS!

The line between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is being drawn more boldly with each passing year. At some point, the angry “have-nots” might choose to stand up and start saving themselves.

Ironically, everywhere I go here in MI no one seems to be experiencing adverse financial problems…malls are crowded, special events are packed, restaurants are booming. The same boom times seems to be working for those who live in our nation’s capital and several other select areas such as Wyoming and North Dakota where a gas and oil boom is taking place.


The upcoming Self Reliance Summit begins in just one week and features a remarkable collection of interviews on DIY food production, food wildcrafting, how to make your own medicine and much more. This is a HUGE amount of wisdom that can literally help save your life.

Register now to hear all the interviews for free: http://www.naturalnews.com/The-Self-Reliance-Summit.html

Pandemic Preparedness course continues to expand and now has eight episodes of preparedness wisdom for surviving any pandemic. All the episodes are free and instantly downloadable as MP3 files, with no registration required. More episodes are coming every few days.

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Alternative Stores of Value if the Dollar Dies

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When it’s a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.



Quiet Wealth Strategies if the Dollar Crashes

Most Americans are too frightened to consider what would happen if the economy crumbled, or if the government resorted to drastic measures to make up for its hideous errors.

One of the ingenuous avenues for accumulating quiet wealth — assets that are easily overlooked and transported — is through stamps, rare coins and other collectibles. Not only is this a largely ignored asset class, but it is outside the regular market turmoil. As a result, the values of stamps, rare coins and collectibles aren’t influenced by market crashes because the prices aren’t driven by investors. They are driven by collectors.

When I attended ASU there a lot of wealthy Arab students who all seemed to own expensive vehicles and tons of gold jewelry…something most brought into the country without declaration to customs and easily converted to cash if they needed.

Since its peak in 2011, the price of the precious metal has fallen 56% to about $19.50 today. In comparison, gold has fallen just about 30%. Part of this is due to the fact that silver has supply-and-demand factors in multiple industries that influence price, while gold demand is pretty much limited to those who want to store it safely in a vault.

Often, silver falls in the shadow of its favored cousin, gold. However, the precious metal grabbed headlines last week when a 117-year-old tradition came to an end.

Until last week, the price of silver had been decided, or “fixed,” each day at noon in London by representatives from three different banks. The process was conducted in private and it was all very secretive.

Now, regulators have finally dragged the silver “fix” into the 21st century in an effort to improve transparency and reduce the risk of price manipulation. The new system, called the London Silver Price, is run by CME Group and Thomson Reuters. It uses trading on the over-the-counter market and determines the price through an algorithm

Silver could see an additional pop in demand as investors hedge against the fiscal disorder our country is in. Like gold, silver is a valuable precious metal that will gain in value as fiat currencies crumble and fall. Your smartest move is to get in while the price of the metal is low.

The United States is slipping deeper into a crisis that it can’t escape without resorting to a massive wealth confiscation. The government is preparing for massive civil chaos, are you?

There are options, ranging from offshore asset protection, second passports, real estate, rare metals, collectibles, art, hard goods such as weapons and ammunition and other items historically used to preserve and hide wealth, goods which can be bartered and so on.

Have you begun looking into quiet wealth with collectibles? Or real estate? Have you started making your list of places you’d consider for a second residence? Many of my ancestors got out of Germany just in time during the start of WWII, often concealing assets by sewing diamonds, gold and other jewelry into the hems of clothing.

Ironically, just as Hitler levied an exit tax on citizens who wished to leave Germany, the United States now does the same! One of the most successful con jobs in the history of the world has been the concept of unbacked paper currency… or fiat money.

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6 Ways to Outsmart Data Brokers

Data is being gathered everyday on all of us — where we shop, what we buy, what Internet sites we visit, where we use our cellphone, etc. And once that data is gathered, companies sell it to marketers. Here are six ways to try to limit how much data is on file about you.



New Fed Report: The Rich Are Thriving, and Everyone Else Has Fallen BehindIt is what the Poor Man has been reporting since 2009!
- A new comprehensive report by the Federal Reserve finds that most Americans’ incomes have fallen since 2010, and the recovery hasn’t brought them back.
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The mobile phones most vulnerable to hackers: with nearly 2 billion smartphones in use today, malicious software is rapidly becoming an easy way to make money for cyber thieves. Phones using Google’s Android are by far the worst hit with 98% of malware targeting the operating system [New Scientist-July 201]’ Another reason I don’t use so-called smart phones!



Resources to help you live better…


The best RAIN BARREL for less than $15, and where to find a barrel

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What Stresses Moms Most, Food in Basement Better than the Bank, Silly Tactics You Fall For

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Winning at anything brings pleasure – but winning at life is what brings the greatest and lasting happiness.


What Stresses Moms Most, Food in Basement Better than the Bank, Silly Tactics You Fall For



What is the number one thing that stresses Moms out?


>>Cash flow, managing money, stretching a budget [especially if you have kids]


35% – the percentage of Americans with credit records being pursued by collection agencies over unpaid debts according to an Urban Inst. Study – most of the debtors are in the south and west like Las Vegas, where nearly half the population has been reported a collection agency.


40 percent of all workers in the United States actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968 after you account for inflation.

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How to Spend More and Be Financially Secure

You might make the same income as your neighbors make, spend less than they do, save more, and yet still be in a much more precarious financial position. How is that possible? What could some of your neighbors be doing differently that makes them more financially secure? It’s all about the nature of your expenditures.

It is common advice to try to spend less for the things you buy and to set aside some money every month. Both are good ideas as far as they go. Of course how you invest the money you set aside makes a big difference in how well you do in the future.

But I’m not going to tell you about your investing options here. That’s a topic for another time. I’m going to explain the difference between your fixed versus your discretionary expenses, and which ones you need to watch carefully if you want to have more financial security. I’ll start with a simple story…

Continues here… http://www.everywaytomakemoney.com/financial-security.html


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 or in dehydrated food that will last five to 10 years are better bets than putting $350 in the bank. Find what you need below:

How to Survive the…

War on Middle Class and All 9 Bonus Reports can be downloaded here:



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11 Ways to Know our Nation is Run by Idiots…

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“Individuality is freedom lived.” — John Dos Passos (1896-1970) American novelist


Here’s our Friday roundup of government follies which could have an adverse affect on your freedoms…


Funny but sad if it weren’t so true…

Eleven ways to know if you live in a country run by “idiots”



Canadian Government Warns Citizens to Watch Out for US Police Robbing Them

by The Free Thought Project

Over 61,000 of these incidents have occurred since 9/11, resulting in $2.5 billion being seized. American police are targeting their northern neighbors, according to a travel warning from the Canadian government.


FBI Facial Recognition System Is Now Fully Operational

According to MyFoxNY, the Federal Bureau of Investigation just launched its Next Generation Identification program, which is made up of two databases called Rap Back and Interstate Photo System. The Interstate Photo System facial recognition service, according to a press release by the FBI, “will provide the nation’s law enforcement community with an investigative tool that provides an image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal identities.” Rap Back delivers criminal record status updates on individual suspects of interest who might have found themselves on the wrong side of the law in other jurisdictions.


Economic Patriotism: U.S. Ranks Near Last In Tax Competitiveness

As Democrats clamor to punish U.S. businesses who seek more favorable tax climates by relocating abroad, a new report finds that only two developed nations on the entire planet have a tax code less friendly to business than the United States. Read More…

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the emerging markets known as BRICS — created a bank meant to rival the Federal Reserve and the International Monetary Fund. It’s designed to provide an alternative to the dollar-centric institutions, and increase the value of their own currencies around the globe.

U.S. Army Report Urges Preparations For Troops to Occupy NYC, Other “Megacities”

“The next real war we fight is likely to be on American soil. Our civilian-military face-off”

All governments need crisis, no matter how much lip service they give to the idea of “peace.” Crisis is a well-known Machiavellian strategy to gain and solidify political power and persuade public opinion. Crisis provides the stage where governments can control all sides.


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Helpful Household Hacks for Emergencies, Survival Motoped, New Tips

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The future is called “perhaps,” which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you. – Tennessee Williams




The Motoped Survival Bike is Fit for a Savage Apocalypse

This rugged motorized bicycle looks like something straight out of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ Perhaps it will make a special appearance in the blockbuster film, which is set to hit theaters next year. Dubbed the Motoped Survival Bike, it looks as though it is made for apocalyptic conditions. It comes with a crossbow, shovel, tomahawk, harpoon, fixed blade saw, lighting system, carabiners and climbing rope, flashlight, multi-tools and a bike mount for a smartphone, after all. Easily comparable to a full-blown motorcycle, this rugged motorized bicycle is a great hybrid between the two. In a way, the rugged motorized bicycle can be seen as the best of two worlds. Affordable, fuel efficient, environmentally friendly, quiet and requiring minimal maintenance, the Motoped Survival Bike doesn’t take much to look and feel as good as it is.


Take a peek at their site [they offer some other cool stuff too].



The Etsy of Hardware

Trouble finding stuff for your do-it-yourself projects? There’s a DIY hardware store with more than 500 vendors offering everything from coin-size motion sensors to touchscreen controls and you can stock up on kid-friendly items such as introductory robotic kits and ghost-shaped circuit boards for Halloween.

Find more than 2,500 products at:



10 Online Jobs That Really Pay

Make (good!) money working from home with our guide to the best online jobs…



9 Secrets to a Successful Consignment Store Sale Consumers are becoming better shoppers. We expect to get value for the money we spend. Many have turned to consignment shops to purchase lightly used items at a discount. That means opportunity if you have items for sale. Consider these steps to a successful consignment store sale.


Fight High Grocery Bills I have a confession to make. Sometimes I actually enjoy grocery shopping. It isn’t the crowds, the high prices, or the long lines at the checkout lanes that get my heart pumping. It is the thrill of saving almost half off of my bill, just by using coupons.


More Money Saving Tips and…


Helpful Household Hacks in an Emergency



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Obamacare updates you need to know, 8 foods that will spike, more

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My doctor warned me about the health risks of my years of wine, women and song…reluctantly, I gave us singing. >The Poor Man

More Potential Headaches When you Renew Obamacare

Most don’t know their plan needs to be renewed yearly in order to qualify for subsidies…

A few days ago I warned readers about how personal and supposedly private health information is automatically shared with the IRS, DHS and other federal agencies and with Wall Street marketers. Well here is another tidbit you need to be aware of…

Getting those who signed up this year enrolled again for 2015 won’t be as easy as it might seem. And the law’s interaction between insurance and taxes looks like a sure-fire formula for confusion.

For example:

— For the roughly 8 million people who signed up this year, the administration has set up automatic renewal. But consumers who go that route may regret it. They risk sticker shock by missing out on lower-premium options. And they could get stuck with an outdated and possibly incorrect government subsidy. Automatic renewal should be a last resort, consumer advocates say.

—An additional 5 million people or so will be signing up for the first time on HealthCare.gov and state exchange websites. But the Nov. 15-Feb. 15 open enrollment season will be half as long the 2013-2014 sign-up period, and it overlaps with the holiday season.

— Of those enrolled this year, the overwhelming majority received tax credits to help pay their premiums. Because those subsidies are tied to income, those 6.7 million consumers will have to file new forms with their 2014 tax returns to prove they got the right amount. Too much subsidy and their tax refunds will be reduced. Too little, and the government owes them.

—Tens of millions of people who remained uninsured this year face tax penalties for the first time, unless they can secure an exemption.

“It’s the second open enrollment, but the first renewal and the first tax season where the requirements of the Affordable Care Act are in place,” said Judy Solomon, vice president for health policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which advocates for low-income people, and supports the law.

They also are concerned about retaining customers. One quirk troubling the industry is that policyholders who want to update their subsidies and stay in the same plan will have to type in a 14-character plan identifier when they re-enroll online. That’s longer than a phone number or a Social Security number, and customers may not know where to find it.



The “Affordable Care Act” continues to prove that it is anything but affordable, as more and more families are struggling with rising premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. Stories of lost coverage and outrageous expenses associated with Obamacare have been flooding the news for a while now, but some are just downright heartbreaking…like that of Pattie Curran.

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If I Temporarily Lose My Health Insurance, Will I Get Fined?
A reader is starting a new job and won’t have health insurance for three months. Will that result in an Obamacare penalty?
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How to Peruse Your (Creepy but Fascinating) Online History

If you’re online, your activities are being recorded. Here are a few ways to check in on the creepily detailed online diary you didn’t even know you were keeping. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2467092,00.asp?mailingID=1ADEB3434CD88F4BA9D55D6EBD60256D


Wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.

The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor’s.

Even as income for the affluent has accelerated, it’s barely kept pace with inflation for most other people.



7 Percent of US Workers Have Garnished Wages

The recession and its financial impacts are still being felt – and paid for – by millions of Americans.

According to a new ADP report, 7.2 percent of U.S. workers had wages garnished in 2013 to pay off child support and other debt, including credit cards, medical bills and student loans.




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Build it Yourself: PVC Plans, Garden Sheds, Farming School, More


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Free plans and pictures of PVC pipe projects.

Because PVC comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, you can use this inexpensive piping to create almost anything.

For the do-it-yourselfer, polyvinylchloride pipe, also known as PVC pipe, is as indispensible as duct tape. Designed as an alternative to lead or copper pipes, PVC has quickly become the full-sized equivalent of tinker toys: useful for constructing everything from lightweight trellises to greenhouses and garden carts.

One of my favorite DIY projects involving PVC duct is a marshmallow gun.  Similar to the PVC potato guns my father and uncle would make when we were younger, a marshmallow gun is simple, inexpensive, and SAFE for your little ones to play with.

If you are searching for a quick and easy PVC project, here are some ideas.






Getting an Agriculture Education at the Farm School

From growing broccoli to developing a business plan, the farm school helped us hatch a plan.




When TSHTF, do you go underground or go mobile?


The Blaze is running a fascinating profile of a guy who’s working on a sprawling underground bunker complex for families to retreat to when Doomsday drops. The Kansas caverns are 100 feet to 150 feet below the surface and have a constant natural temperature in the low 70s.




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Build Your Own Garden Shed From PM Plans

There are two choices when it comes to building a wooden garden shed: Buy a kit—and put up with the given materials and layout—or design a structure to suit your own needs.

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Keep your frugal going with these resources!


10 Ways to Keep Your Food Fresher for Longer


6 Frugal Things to Do in September


5 Simple Home Remedies for Your Stuffy Nose Where to Find Free Local Coupons


8 Black Belt Budgeting Tips


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What would happen if the next big tornado struck the day of your worship service or community event?  Would your organization know what to do? Religious and Community leaders are among the first and most trusted sources of risk-communication and crisis leadership not only within their organization, but in the neighborhoods and communities where they serve, they have a central role when disasters strike. 

We are encouraging religious and community leaders to include disaster readiness information in their organizations bulletins, website, or speak on the importance of disaster readiness bringing the congregation’s attention to the importance of disaster preparedness.

One example of a faith community taking action is Crenshaw Christian Church, who is hosting their 2nd annual Preparedness Sunday on September 14, 2014. Activities include kicking off their new Youth Preparedness initiative alongside the City of Los Angeles, American Red Cross and the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships.

Do you want to inform your congregation and/or organization on disaster readiness and teach your house of worship the importance of being ready if a natural or man-made disaster strikes? Check out the Faith Based Community of Practice and Community Based Community of Practice for tons of great resources to aid you in increasing preparedness in your organization or to share how you are taking action this September.



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Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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CA Firefighters Fined for Overuse of Water? Are Your Bad Habits Public Information?

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“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca



Volunteer Firefighters in CA to be Fined for Overuse of Water?


The headline is fictional [maybe] but the drought in CA will lead to higher prices for produce and will devastate many farmers…like most other crisis it won’t put a hold on President Obama’s golf game. Water shortages in the southwest seldom create concern in the rest of the nation but your produce prices will certainly go up this year.

It has always struck me as a peculiar the habit of politicians to fine folks for using water when they should be paying them to create desalination projects as they have in some Arabian nations.

If you store nothing else for emergencies – store water. Without water, you will die. It’s that plain and that simple. So spend a little money and a little bit of time now ensuring that you will have water in the future, come what may.


Dangers Of Non-Purified Or Untreated Water

When people drink untreated water, even from a stream in the mountains, it can be dangerous and even deadly if the following bacteria and parasites are present: cholera, typhoid, dysentery, flukes, leeches, giardia, cryptosporidium, hepatitis A and E. coli. The pathogens can cause vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, fever, abdominal cramping and extreme pain. Typhoid can cause extremely high fever and illness. Some of them are waterborne and get into the water through fecal matter. Giardia is a parasite that attaches to the intestines of humans and animals. Symptoms include severe headaches, inflamed liver, weakness, anorexia and jaundice and can be fatal.

In our Poor Man/Minimalist classes held over the years we’ve taught that everyone should store up one gallon per person per day for emergencies. The use of 55-gallon plastic drums to catch rainwater is something we use along with refilling sterilized one gallon plastic jugs with tap water.

Water stored in this fashion will eventually go ‘stale.’ To delay that process we add a few drops of household bleach to each gallon. When being readied for use with pour it out into another container and back again several times to add oxygen [and taste].

If you’re really concerned, treat the water with chemicals or boil it first. You can purchase purification tablets in the camping aisle at any Walmart. While visiting consider grabbing a collapsible 5-gallon portable container to use for home storage or your local supermarket offers water in a variety of sizes and containers.

In 1985 I did a study for the Bottled Water Association, Beverage Industry Magazine which essentially told them Americans would buy bottled water over local tap water if they played up the pure, deep acquafier element to the public. It worked but now I am not so sure it was a good idea as bottled water is now an environmental nightmare due to its plastic waste implications.

We use a whole-house water filter and a tap filter from Brita to keep our tap water tasting good [we have both well water and city water]. I’m not very familiar with ION treated water but have included the site below which sells it. You might her resources of use and you might wish to look at other methods of treatment including peroxide.


How to Purify Water With Hydrogen Peroxide



ION Stabilized Oxygen

ION is one of our products for water treatment. ION (Aerobic Oxygen) uses Arloxy of America’s secret formula of negatively charged aerobic oxygen, used to purify drinking water. Superior to chlorine or hydrogen peroxide, this formulation is actually good for you, with preliminary evidence suggesting it destroys harmful bacteria and cleans poisons out of the system




Quick Obamacare Update: Your bad habits are now public information!

I’ve reported on this previously but after needing to switch to an Obamacare health plan I’ve seen further proof that anyone who participates must be prepared to give up even more of their privacy.

Your personal information is now public record and is shared among a myriad of agencies including insurance agencies, the IRS, DHS [you could be a terrorist seeking US health insurance], the Justice Department, the TSA and more.

Each visit to a medical facility will see that ALL of your information is now electronically uploaded to a government database [eventually, they’ll sell this information to Wall Street businesses]…The upshot: be very careful what information you provide!

 Of course, you do not own any weapons, do any kind of illegal drugs, do not drink alcohol, etc…at least I don’t.


In the supermarket don’t assume bigger is cheaper. Sometimes the largest size costs more per unit. Always check per-unit price. Bring a calculator along if it isn’t posted on the shelf.


Obamacare Hits 250,000 Virginians With Canceled Policies, Extends Opportunity To Buy More Expensive Ones » Last year, U.S. wages and consumer spending fell, even as spending on healthcare costs increased. That’s got to be especially good news for the quarter million people in Virginia who are learning their existing health plans will be canceled this fall…

Despite state and federal exchanges adding approximately 8.1 million enrollees this year, according to the July 2014 Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, 53% of respondents had an unfavorable view of the law, which was the highest reading since KFF began taking records back in April 2010.



10 Clever Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide



When Buying a New Car

>If you can, rent the one you are interested in first for a few days. If it doesn’t click with you by day three, don’t buy it.

>Instead of traditional car review site, check your on YouTube-you’ll get unfiltered reviews.


Before You Buy Bleach

I began to notice I was using more and more bleach to whiten my dish towels when I put them in the wash. I was buying the cheapest bleach on the shelf. When I compared the cheaper brands with Clorox® or other name brand, I found that the actual bleaching chemical in the cheaper bleach is about one half (or less) of the bleaching element in the name brand. Read on the bottle how much “active ingredient” is in the bleach


How to Make Anything A rallying cry: we live in an age of resurgent self-reliance. So consider this a call to action: Whether it’s a lamp or limoncello, we hope a project here will inspire the urgent desire to build something…



The most germ laden object in motel isn’t the bathroom, it is the remote control…it is wise to carry disinfecting alcohol wipes in your travel kit!


New Gardening App – Growit!

While entrepreneurs around my neck of the woods are scarce, Mason Day developed a mobile app called Growit! The free app allows users to access local plant ratings and new gardeners can search for highly rated plants based on color, light requirements and other factors. The program can be downloaded from the iTunes store.


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Why you’re getting poorer

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“One of the hardest things to teach a child is that the truth is more important than the consequences.” — O. A. Battista


Government is the biggest obstacle to job growth, business, increased income disparity…or why Americans are becoming poorer.

A roundup up of the follies which affect your jobs and lifestyle


It’s getting harder and harder to get hired into a legitimate job, as municipal, state and federal regulations continue to chip away at the incentive for ambitious individuals to seek a profit – or for job seekers (particularly low-skilled ones) to pursue employment.

From an analysis of research in The Economist:

Some of this may be down to structural changes in the economy…But less benign forces are also at work. The spread of occupational licensing, for everything from horse massage to hair braiding, has raised barriers to entry for occupations that once required little or no training. American employers used to be free to sack workers more or less as they pleased, but that “employment at will” doctrine has been eroded somewhat by court decisions that have established an implicit contract between employee and employer. That makes firms less likely to fire people, and therefore to hire them.

The authors also finger the information revolution: a job applicant these days could be undone by a criminal record, a poor credit history or even an impolitic Facebook posting, all of which are easy to find online.

America’s wealth gap ‘unsustainable,’ may worsen: Harvard study

The widening gap between America’s wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is “unsustainable”, but is unlikely to improve any time soon, according to a Harvard Business School study released on Monday.

The study, titled “An Economy Doing Half its Job“, said American companies – particularly big ones – were showing some signs of recovering their competitive edge on the world stage since the financial crisis, but that workers would likely keep struggling to demand better pay and benefits.

“We argue that such a divergence is unsustainable,” according to the report, which was based on a survey of 1,947 of Harvard Business School alumni around the globe, and which highlighted problems with the U.S. education system, transport infrastructure, and the effectiveness of the political system.



Federal government bigwigs are planning for the collapse of the U.S. dollar, he said. They even have a date. They expect the dollar to implode in 2016.

According to a source inside the Department of Homeland Security…

He explained that there are foreign forces working to undermine the dollar. And it’s working. It’s happening slowly, but it’s going to mushroom, and the net result will be a global panic and massive dollar selling – to the point that it will collapse.

Because we rely on the dollar without questioning its purchasing power, its “store of value” or its government backing, a sudden collapse of the dollar would undermine society.

How’s that? That’s because, my friend told me, the divide between the haves and have-nots in the United States is so wide now that the government expects there to be riots and looting and total chaos all across the country.

It will be about having things or not having things, he said. It won’t be about having dollars, because they won’t be worth anything.

That’s why the feds are stockpiling ammo. That’s why it’s harder for the rest of us to get ammo.

The Poor Man has reported this for more than a year but few have listened…Oh well, those who don’t pay attention are the suckers!

US Treasury Department Secretary Jacob Lew said that it will decide “in the very near future” if it has the authority to strip tax incentives to American corporations relocating to foreign countries.

Lew is a proponent of such action, believing that US corporations leaving the US for better foreign tax rates, while maintaining headquarters in the US, should be violently opposed. The Obama regime has said it believes such legislative action should be retroactive…


As we’ve reported for years, government jobs are the last bastion of the middle class, pay, perks, and benefits…the private sector keeps losing.

Gap Between Teacher Salaries and Private-Sector Workers IncreasingPublic school teacher pay has risen from 10 percent to 23 percent higher than average worker

America is running out of jobs. It’s time for a universal basic income.

The politics of a guaranteed income get a lot easier when you acknowledge that the U.S. is no longer the land of opportunity


Thanks to decades of sub-standard leadership in our country and the loss of common sense in our school systems…the United States is being systematically dismantled – I personally feel we’ll likely see a huge rise in stocks just before the crash.


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Lost in the rhetoric about the decline of the middle class is the reality of the decline. Nearly everyone is aware that the middle class is struggling, but few understand how the struggle plays out in everyday life.

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Spend less, Get more: Savings tricks you can use


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Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. – Og Mandino


In the supermarket don’t assume bigger is cheaper. Sometimes the largest size costs more per unit. Always check per-unit price. Bring a calculator along if it isn’t posted on the shelf.


The cost of food continues to rise and slams many household budgets. Aside from gardening and raising your own livestock or buying in bulk from local growers, shopping the supermarket can be a challenge.


The loyalty card we use at Kroger brings us personalized coupons and saves on fuel costs as well and we always look at their markdown shelves. We always have a list and coupons in hand prior to a supermarket visit.


If you are lucky enough to live in an area which has salvage markets, those that sell items which are damaged or overstocked, you can save up to 50%. Ask around among neighbors and friends or use the internet by typing in ‘salvage grocers.’ Here’s a site you might visit: www.Andersoncountrymarket.net/directory


If you have the space and/or a large family a membership with warehouse clubs such as Costco and Sam’s Club usually pay off for those who shop wisely and on a personal note…I ignore sell-by dates on such things as crackers and dry goods and canned goods. Find more resources at:




Simplify, Shop Wisely and Spend Less

It is important to shop wisely. For years, I have been saving money on groceries. On average, I save 50 percent at the grocery store. In a month, I save almost as much money in food, clothing, etc. as I would make with a part-time job. By careful shopping, I can stay home with my kids instead of having a job outside of my home. However, shopping wisely does not mean that you need to buy the cheapest thing and give up quality and taste.


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Sharecropper or Land Owner? Dispute Unfair Property Taxes

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Property Taxes: Paying for property you never truly own.

In Wayne County Michigan there are 20,000 properties up for auction for non-payment of property taxes. Thousands of families will be booted off land they bought but could not keep up with eternal government ransom demands. This is the same county which because of corruption and incompetence lost more than $100 million of tax dollars on a jail which will never be built.

The government tries its best too continually to find new ways to raid your wallet through higher taxes, user fees, sales taxes, and other hidden costs …our county even inserts a $145 annual fee into its property taxes for trash removal. [Something I don’t use, don’t want and did not order but someone’s brother-in-law is getting paid off because we have NO CHOICE in the matter]. In either case, you never really own your property, you are a sharecropper, an indentured servant.


Each year county governments seize millions of homes and other properties when property taxes are not paid. There are ways to beat the tax man (without going to jail) including meeting with your local assessor and filing an appeal.


Each county has different procedures to filing such appeals. Most often it begins with a visit to their office to learn what similar properties in your area were assessed at and obtaining the necessary forms and instructions from the assessor’s office.


I did this for my father who had been paying $5000 for a postage stamp sized lot in Michigan [MI has some of the highest property taxes in the nation]. I discovered a senior and military service exemption he had not taken advantage of which gave him an immediate reduction in what he had been paying.


If you are a senior, disabled, on military duty, etc. it will pay to see if your area offers tax relief. In many areas some counties are offering a property tax work-off program to help reduce or even eliminate your tax bill.


Learn more by asking your local government or inquire at a senior citizens or taxpayer assistance program…keep in mind, few governments publicize such programs. Your AARP membership can also help you to understand and/or cope with various tax schemes. Call one of their volunteers at 888-227-7669 or visit their website for details.



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How we waste money, How to save money

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“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” — Voltaire



30 Ways You Waste Money

Almost all of us have holes in our budgets. And as with other kinds of leaks, you may have hardly noticed some of them. But those small drips can quickly add up to big bucks. The trick is to find the holes and plug them so you can keep more money in your pocket. That extra cash could be the ticket to finally being able to save, invest or break the cycle of living from paycheck to paycheck.

We’ve updated our popular list of money-wasters for 2014 with even more tips and resources to help you cut unnecessary expenses from your budget. Consider these 30 common ways people waste money. If any of them sound familiar, start plugging your budget holes right away.

Buying at the Wrong Time

Most things are marked down at certain times each year. So planning your purchases to get big-ticket items when they’re at their lowest price can save you hundreds of dollars. For example, apparel is dramatically marked down at the end of each season and during sales events over long holiday weekends, such as Labor Day and Memorial Day. Furniture is discounted as much as 60% during clearance sales in January and July before new styles are released in the following months. Prices on TVs and computers are slashed on Black Friday — and the list goes on.

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Americans should also blame themselves for their declining net worth. We waste a whole lot of money. Seriously -over half a trillion dollars.


From unused gift cards to ATM fees we waste or lose billions annually. Take a peek:




Save on fuel

Our nation’s roads and bridges are in sad shape and the toll winter takes on roads only makes the situation worse [pot holes in MI have been known to swallow cars]. As a consequence many of our cities are playing catch-up on road repairs. Avoid congested routes and save on fuel and repairs [and perhaps a few bottles of aspirin] by using this resource:

www.traffic.com or from your cell phone at: http://mobi.traffic.com or by calling the traffic hotline at: 866-698-7232


The percentage of Americans that are either working or looking for work is the lowest that it has been in 36 years?  In August, an all-time record high 92,269,000 Americans 16 years of age and older did not “participate in the labor force”. 



Your Online Estate…A Sign of the Times!

My husband died suddenly. I had been a widow before at the tender age of 25. The world was different then with no internet, no online accounts, and no home computers. We were young and owned nothing.

This time I had the problem of not knowing passwords for online accounts. A couple of accounts like PayPal and Amazon were set so that the computer remembered and automatically entered the password. However, it took two hours to get the name changed on the phone and Uverse account with AT&T, because with paperless billing, I didn’t have the full account number. I didn’t know the password, but I did know the PIN. I couldn’t answer the security questions because he chose obscure questions. Fortunately for me, that was the only account that my husband usually handled alone. I knew the passwords for the credit cards, etc.

It would be a service to your readers to suggest that everyone keep a list of financial passwords with their wills.


Secret Way to Save on Eating Out

Sure there are entertainment books, coupons in local newspapers and on the back of supermarket receipts and many restaurants offer coupons on their own web sites…but after spending much of the past two years in and out of hospitals, I have found their cafeteria offers a great place to eat for not a lot of money.

I’ve eaten in hospital cafeterias in MI, PA, OH and AZ and have found all consistently offer tasty dishes ranging from veggie omelets to gourmet dinners. In one city I visit often, many of the locals choose to eat at the hospital rather than the local restaurants!


Nearly half of all Americans say they lose track of about $2,340 per year according to a study by Visa – no one is sure where the money goes and men under 35 are the biggest mystery losers and women in that age group fared nearly as bad losing an average of $52 each week!

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When the Power Goes Out: Our Plan B

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The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes


We experienced yet another stormy weekend and power outage for 24 hours and once again, we were well prepared.

Many of you already know that our power grid is on shaky ground and it doesn’t take much to create a black out situation. Storms here in Michigan routinely knock out power, so we’re kind of used to it.

When the lights go out here is our Plan A, B, and C include pulling out the candles and lanterns (we have battery and oil-based), and sets of solar LED lights [we got them at a dollar store].

We turned on our emergency radio which can be hand cranked or operated on batteries. In the morning we made coffee with a sterno-based heat source and an old percolator coffee pot and had planned to cook using our gas grill but went ahead and hooked up our 5000 Watt generator in order to recharge our phones and a medical device I wear.

The storm had been so bad it knocked out a local cell tower and our remaining land line which uses a cordless phone which, unlike older landlines, does not continue to operate without electricity. Our cheap pre-paid wireless phone works best during such outages. We also own universal device chargers which can be plugged into a car for fast charging [see below to get one for yourself].

We have an electric security gate which operates on a code but we’re able to manually open it during power outages. I keep looking at solar generators or a Generac Whole House system but they are cost prohibitive at this time.

A blackout can happen at any time. Often the grid may be down for days or even weeks. Backup power systems can supply electricity to critical loads or entire house when the grid is down. There are various kinds of emergency backup devices depending on the type of energy source they are using to produce electricity. When you are choosing your system, the main things you get to decide are: the amount of electrical power you may need during a blackout, the length of time you want to produce it, and of course your budget.

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The Rise of the Part Time Worker in America

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“A wise man neither suffers himself to be governed,
nor attempts to govern others.”
– Jean de la Bruyere


The Rise of the Part Time Worker

While fast food workers demonstrate for higher wages, many are planting disinformation about how raising the minimum wage will kill businesses and raise the price of food. Really? It never has in the past. What hurts business are onerous regulations and an outdated tax system…

The Poor Man has always said, simply STOP taxing the first $25,000 of income at ALL levels for every person. This will provide an immediate raise and it won’t cost businesses a cent. The cost of living is rising faster than the average person can keep up thanks to the Fed.

The US, at 35%, has the highest corporate tax rate in the world which is why so many US firms have moved overseas. We have only short sighted politicians to blame for a crap economy.

The Washington-Wall Street Cartel is Shafting the US Worker
People are disenchanted with the existing system. They don’t trust the government, they don’t trust the banks, and they don’t trust the media and they’ve Lost confidence in government.
If you were to ask 10 Americans if they have confidence in Congress, less than one would now say yes.
And it’s not just disgust with the legislature. It’s all of government. Confidence in President Obama is at its lowest level ever.

There’s a reason America is floundering economically. There’s a reason for the ever-widening divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” in the United States that we’ve not seen since the Great Depression.

Our country is no longer a free market, capitalist republic. America has devolved into a socialist plutocracy..

Since 1979 we’ve gone from a high of 19.5 million manufacturing jobs to 11.5 million at the start of the recession in 2009. Our combined governments now employ more people than our manufacturing sector. That’s a shocking amount of job loss. Ever since the U.S. economy has been globalized, we’ve seen a steady stream of jobs going overseas to much cheaper labor markets like China and Mexico and other third-world nations.

In fact, there are a number of shocking facts that explain what has happened to workers since we started killing off our manufacturing and shipping jobs overseas which General Electric began in the mid-1980…More at:


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Dollar Stores: America’s Five n Dime

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“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”– Benjamin Franklin


Dollar Stores: America’s five & dime

News reports of Dollar Tree buying out Family Dollar stores appears to have fallen through…personally, I think this is not a good move on the part of Family Dollar most shoppers I know enjoy Dollar Tree more.

As household budgets continue to be stretched by fuel, food and medical costs, many families have turned to dollar stores from many household basics.

When I was a young boy we routinely shopped at Woolworth’s, Murphy’s and other five and dime stores. Woolworth’s always had a great lunch counter featuring grilled hot dogs and buttered buns which were a favorite of mine and my siblings. Most of them are long gone today.

James of Community Outreach sent me the following and I found it interesting enough to share it with our readers today. A year or so ago we did an unscientific study of the top dollar stores and the 99 Cent stores came in first because they frequently offer name brand goods and food product. All dollar stores have been squeezed as inflation narrows profit margins.

Looking at household income, turns out, is a pretty good clue in determining where the dollar stores are in the country. While Texas may have the most dollar stores, for example, it’s Mississippi that has the most dollar stores per capita. Interestingly enough, both states have household incomes below the national average. And so we created “The Dollar Stores of America”, a visualization that captures the relationship between dollar stores and household income.

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How things are changing in the Prepper community, the PM site

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“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.”– Bertrand de Jouvenel


How things have changed in the Prepper Community

How things will be changing with the Poor Man Survival site and blog…what would happen if all governments and religions just minded their own business?

I’ve been offering preparedness and political information since 1999 when a small group of us used to meet monthly at our 38-acre farm. I always baked up batches of goodies along with coffee and other refreshments and we often had guest speakers including shooting instructors, like-minded politicians and others.

Our discussions centered on politics and self reliance strategies including first aid, small farming resources and disaster preparedness (I had taken the FEMA course and was a certified instructor).

Our group was frequently profiled in the news and national magazines as we hosted a toll-free number and free basic instructional booklets. The idea of prepping [outside the Mormons and the Boy Scouts] wasn’t bandied about much then. Much of my initial education on the topic stemmed from John Shuttleworth, the founder of Mother Earth News.

I had met John in 1984. More than a dozen years after he began his magazine (ironically, we both owned publications which were launched within 40 miles each other in NE Ohio].

Here are few things I’ve come away with since then.

• There are more prepper sites and groups than ever before but in reality, fewer seem truly engaged as the collapse hasn’t happened yet. As a result, there is less participation overall and many Americans in general have become lazy.
• Fewer citizens have a grasp of our history or how politicians have ruined our nation, in particular, the Middle Class. Fewer show an interest despite the fact politics are at the root of our problems. Ironically, as our nation loses its top dog role in world, fewer Americans seem to have any interest in how invasive and destructive our political system has become at every level.
• Prepper skills do seem to fall along gender lines…men are more interested in guns, hunting and the like while women seem to be more interested in gardening and preservation skills.
• The average American has the attention span of a gnat, even more so among the younger generation who overall seem to have little grasp of world events, our own history, economics or even why they have a dismal economic future. I see them as a rebirth of sex, drugs and rock n roll with only slight changes (primarily, their heads are glued to their phone and texting with little actual human interaction].
• Fewer people today read. Everything now is a sound bite or a brief text message. This has further eroded the intelligence level of many. [Have you ever witnessed a young person’s attempts at counting back change if the cash register is broken? So much of the money geared toward education seems to be wasted].
• As our nation and its schools adopt more ideology from the Planks of the Communist Manifesto, fewer students today are taught how to think or how to perform independent research. As a result it is no wonder that as our nation heads south in terms of world leadership, few seem to understand the underlying reasons for our demise.

As fewer people demonstrate an interest or ability to become aware of current events, the political elite are happy at how easily fooled and led the masses have become. The old maxim of ‘those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,’ holds true for America as well.

Our distracted society certainly follows the path of least resistance for everything and the younger generation in particular, seems to have less class than any other that I can recall.

Bear in mind that life is like the English language in that there are exceptions to every rule. Also, everything in life is cyclical. Our nation and its freedom are eroding. There is little question that we’re no longer the shining beacon of freedom, privacy and economic opportunity we once were. Eventually, we’ll likely hit rock bottom, perhaps a revolution will take place [our government is certainly arming ALL federal agencies and local police as if they are expecting one].

There are only two types of people: the people who want control over others and the people who just want to be left alone.
What would happen if ALL governments and religions simply minded their own business? The world would probably be a safer place for all!

What will a new American era bring? I have no clear idea, only speculation. Perhaps enough patriots will rise to the call to reignite real freedom again or maybe we’ll become a caricature of the book 1984.

One thing which never changes is the axiom that there are those in this world who make things happen, those who watch what happens and those who haven’t a clue as to what just happened!

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Pessimism for Many This Labor Day, National Prepper Month

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The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself.
~ H.L. Mencken

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September is National Preparedness Month


The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America’s PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness.

America’s PrepareAthon! a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. National PrepareAthon! Days are held every spring and fall. During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1st-30th

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the Labor Participation Rate currently stands at 62.9%, the lowest it’s been since 1978. “That was 36 years ago. So, although it may not be the worst labor market in the 132 years since the first Labor Day was celebrated, it still puts a damper on our celebrations this year.”

Pessimism on Economy Has Grown Since Recession

Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.
Seventy-one percent of Americans say they think the recession exerted a permanent drag on the economy, according to a survey being released Thursday by Rutgers University. By contrast, in November 2009, five months after the recession officially ended, the Rutgers researchers found that only 49 percent thought the downturn would have lasting damage.

Unions, which traditionally back the President, were up in arms over the Affordable Care Act, saying the law was turning the U.S. into a nation of part time workers. In fact, there has been major growth in the number of part-time and temporary jobs since the recession.

In a recent Washington Post article, the paper quoted Carrie Gleason, director of the Fair Work Week Initiative, who said: “What we’re seeing is a growing trend of low-quality part-time jobs. It’s creating this massive unproductive workforce that is unable to productively engage in their lives or in the economy.”

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The Triumph of Ignorance

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“Restraint of government is the true liberty and freedom of the people.”– John P. Reid


The Triumph of Ignorance

Americans have become embarrassingly stupid, having the attention span of a gnat.

It’s little wonder why daily newspapers are vanishing and even network news and news magazines are in decline or as we call it ‘a systemic media failure.’

The general public, especially those under age 34, seem oblivious to just about everything that isn’t entertainment oriented [no doubt this is why even local nightly news features so much irrelevant soft news and infotainment crap].

Stupid people are easier to control and manipulate as they rarely question anything…politicians know this have been taking advantage of the nation as a result because: STUPID PEOPLE JUST DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD.

The Associated Press reported last year that although it’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers, a new study shows that American adults don’t either.

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.

Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test.

The American Dream has been decimated, stolen or destroyed by Wall Street grafters who corrupted Congress and stole what they could from the American people [corporations now pay less taxes, no longer provide pensions, decent pay and few even offer health insurance coverage –they leave that to taxpayers-].

I wonder what the government will do after everyone is finally subjugated to slavery status, blind obedience levels or have gone underground to find freedom?

Readers ask me why I frequently focus so much attention on politics…The answer is simple: because since the 1960s our government has become the 800 pound gorilla crushing everything we do. It has eroded our freedoms, decimated our privacy, and blasted the middle class with its anti-citizen policies.
Years ago my political science professor told me something which always stuck with me “when a nation stops producing, its decline is assured.”

I’ve seen that happen to our nation and it angers me so I continue my uphill battle to educate folks of government wrongdoing [despite the fact our population is getting dumber and shows little interest as to how they’re getting screwed by the ill conceived policies from the Washington-Wall Street Cartel.
Of course, there are those few extraordinary folks that make this country work, the men and women who often devise thoughtful solutions to the crap the Washington-Wall Street Cartel dishes out.

Sadly, more people today distrust their government than perhaps at any other previous time in our history!

It is easy to become discouraged as response is often tepid but I’ll be a muckraker until I die and if I open the eyes of a few people along the way, I’ll die a happy man.

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A Nation in Distress

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ICREACH: The Government’s Searchable Database Of Private Communications

“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.”―D.H. Lawrence

The scale of illegal government and corporate spying on American citizens is literally beyond reason. America is now inches away from becoming a totalitarian state. Other nations laugh at how stupid citizens have become for tolerating this in view of the fact we used to be known as the land of the free!

And the proof is in the headlines…
• A.P. Scandal Raises Specter of Big Brother — The New Yorker
Freedom of the Press is protected in the U.S. Constitution—but since when has Obama and his left-wing fanatics had any respect for our Constitution? But disrespect is a far cry from out-and-out spying! Shame on the President and his goons!
• Benghazi emails show State Department had heavy hand — Fox News
What really happened in Benghazi—and who’s to blame for the deaths of innocent Americans—may never be known! Because those loyal to Obama and Hillary began “massaging” the talking points from the very beginning! If the definition of censorship is suppressing unacceptable parts—Hillary and Obama are guilty as charged!
• In IRS scandal, echoes of Watergate — Washington Post
The last time I was aware that an American president misused the IRS to undermine his political enemies—he was impeached! OBAMAGATE has a familiar ring to it!
• Obama Administration defends massive phone record collection — Reuters

The White House recently confirmed the NSA has been collecting the phone records and web search data of all Americans!

Do you think the president was oblivious to his Administration’s acts of spying… censorship… and gross misuse of power and intimidation tactics? NO!

Since I first began warning people about this growing threat to our liberty—and personal privay—the situation has gotten worse—far worse!

Unelected bureaucrats keep escalating the attacks on privacy and civil liberties—without public debate or knowledge and with very little, if any, legislative or judicial oversight.

In addition to their “Big Brother” quest for a free-pass into our private lives, they’ve created loopholes and gaps that thieves can penetrate to do us virtual, physical or financial harm.

In an effort to help dozens of government agencies access the troves of private telecommunications data it scoops up from foreigners and American citizens, the National Security Agency has its own “Google-like” search engine.

New information out from The Intercept — a site dedicated to reporting on NSA activities — reveals that the spy agency’s databases have likely been routinely used by domestic law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Your Privacy Has Been Compromised by Your Own Government – and you pay for it!

ICREACH has been accessible to more than 1,000 analysts at 23 U.S. government agencies that perform intelligence work, according to a 2010 memo. A planning document from 2007 lists the DEA, FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency as core members. Information shared through ICREACH can be used to track people’s movements, map out their networks of associates, help predict future actions, and potentially reveal religious affiliations or political beliefs.

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A Comfortable Mess: More Rants & Money Savers from Granny

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A Comfortable Mess

Granny Crabapple: Ban bratty kids from public shopping!

Whiny little street urchins interrupted my thrift store adventure this week because their mom let them run loose like it was a playground…the manager yelled at the mother three times to mind her brats. Didn’t happen so he called the cops and they dragged her sorry brood out the door while she screamed some nasties in border Mexican (I think they call it Spanglish).

Too much inbreeding and it taxes my patience. I couldn’t find anything at the Target Reject store so I left and went to eat out at a fancy restaurant. It was a Sunday and guess what? A family parked their fat ass in the corner with two brats who whined and cried the entire time. I finally left. If they can afford the kind of restaurant I was in, they can afford a babysitter or they can head over to the Golden Arches for a kids meal!

We need some kid-free zones since so many parents don’t know how to discipline their kids!

Speaking of taxes, how in hell does the government get away with taxing the sales of used, donated goods AGAIN at the thrift shop? Double dipping bastards need to be coated in oil and cooked slowly over an open pit.

I don’t really need anything from a thrift shop or anywhere else in my home. My home is already a cluttered, comfortable mess. Decorated in early attic and always filled with stuff I haven’t gotten around to figuring out what to do with yet. The only time I clean is when company is coming for a visit. My mother, the original neat freak would not be proud. She always cleaned as if the President were dropping for a cup of tea and some of her homemade apple pie (although no President ever visited, they would have been happy to have a slice along with some of her motherly advice on how to run the country more efficiently).

Mother grew up during the Great Depression when folks were truly poor…no 50-inch flat screen TVs, if they had a phone it was a shared party line and all her clothes were hand-me-downs which had been repaired a dozen times. No such thing as fancy designer labels made in 3rd world countries back then!

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Feedback Friday: Comments on fed follies

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“The deterioration of every government
begins with the decay of the principles
on which it was founded.”
– C. L. De Montesquieu


FEEDBACK: Readers cry foul over fed actions

If the following sampling from readers is any indication of how fed up Americans are becoming over our dysfunctional government, we’re in trouble. Everything is making us angry…the invasion of illegal aliens, the militarization of police, domestic spying, our imperial President, the impoverishment of the middle class and more.

Here’s a condensed sampling of the letters the Poor Man is reading. Let us know what you think.

Obamacare is Worthless
“I’ve been to the doctor for a foot injury for which I was to have an air-cast put on. They will not cover it due to my insurance as the deductible is $12,700 due to the changes you have made. This is in addition to the $500 per month my husband pays out of his salary for insurance coverage.

I have a choice of paying for this cast or buying food and fuel for my family. I chose food and fuel. My son can’t get financial aid or grants for his college because he’s not married has no children nor is he divorced. He has no criminal background either and makes only minimum wage working a part time job.

I work for a small school system who will not hire full time staff due to cutbacks and overly expensive insurance. My income does not cover the $12,700 deductible.

Mr. Obama, you’d rather have the Middle Class pay the medical, food, school, and housing costs for illegal aliens – they pay NOTHING! I would like the same benefits Mr. Obama!

We Americans need to be treated better as we pay your salary and benefits. You have stolen my rights as a middle class citizen and have lied about this health care plan and you are morally inept. I will be forwarding all my medical bills to your home on Pennsylvania Ave…the one WE paid for!
–Suzanne B (MI)

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More Affordable Solar for Your Homestead

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“Laissez-nous faire, laissez-nous passer. Le monde va de lui meme.”
“(Let us do, leave us alone. The world runs by itself.)”
– French Saying


More Affordable Solar Power
by Dan Chiras

If you’ve ever considered installing a home solar electric system and generating your electricity with free, renewable energy, now’s a great time to look at your options. In recent years, prices for solar systems have plummeted thanks to increased demand, mass production and intense competition among manufacturers. Generous government financial incentives for solar power have reduced the cost for homeowners even further, making a home solar electric system more affordable than it’s ever been.

Because the source of energy — sunlight — is free, the cost of solar power equates to the cost of your solar electric system spread over the lifetime of the system you buy — easily 30 years or more. As a rule, solar incentives for homeowners reduce the system cost by 30 to 50 percent. Incentives for businesses can lower the cost by 50 to 75 percent!

However, even without incentives, the lifetime cost of solar electricity is now frequently cost-competitive with the cost of electricity from your local utility. In some places with relatively high costs for utility electricity unsubsidized solar is already cheaper than utility rates.

When purchasing a solar electric system, most people choose to contact a solar installer, who can help them decide which type of system they need. To find a solar installer, check local listings or use http://www.findsolar.com to search for local options within a national directory.

There are three basic types of solar electric systems. Here are pros and cons of each.

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Police State America According to CNN

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Police State America!
The military police state has become so acknowledged now that the NY Times recently provided an infographic showing which counties in the US have received what military gear (hint: nearly every county has… but click here to see what military equipment your local cops have received).

In this video Jake Tapper was totally floored by the scene.


I want to show you this, okay? To give you an idea of what’s going on. The protesters have moved all the way down there… they’re all the way down there. Nobody is threatening anything. Nobody is doing anything. None of the stores here that I can see are being looted. There is no violence.

Now I want you to look at what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri, in downtown America, okay? These are armed police, with — not machine guns — semi-automatic rifles, with batons, with shields, many of them dressed for combat. Now why they’re doing this? I don’t know. Because there is no threat going on here. None that merits this. There is none, okay? Absolutely there have been looters, absolutely over the last nine days there’s been violence, but there is nothing going on on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing.

So if people wonder why the people of Ferguson, Missouri are so upset, this is part of the reason. What is this? This doesn’t make any sense.

The situation has grown so dire in the US that Amnesty International has sent human rights teams in the US for the first time ever and China and Iran have stated their concerns about human rights violations.

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You’re Never too Old to be Debt-Free

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To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions
– Benjamin Franklin


You’re Never Too Old to Be Debt-Free
by Diane Smith

We are both in our 70s and are just finishing our home that was built out of pocket with no debt.

We were fortunate to have purchased our lot as a package deal when we bought and built our former home. This lot — 2 3/4 acres with a well and septic — came with the deal. We had to purchase both lots or nothing. We let this lot sit for about 10 years while we finished the other home. This time we wanted no debt so decided to build as we went.

We sold our former home too quickly and had to move into our new house way too early. It was just a shell. We stayed in a hotel for the first two weeks while we got some plumbing done.

We decided on a log home and bought our logs from a mill down the road that was milling “beetle kill” logs. We paid $4,500 for the total package. Each square log had to be routered (to accept chinking) and set into place. We used a “cherry picker” that my husband rigged with a small motor to help us lift our logs into place. Some were more than 20 feet long. It worked quite well for us. The two of us put the entire two-story shell up alone.

We have built the entire home by ourselves over the past six years, metal roof and all. Our kids have come down some weekends and helped with some of the heavier jobs.

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Reduce Your Water Bill with Rain Barrels
Like many people, you may have planted a garden, hoping to put a dent in your food bill and put more natural and delicious food on your table. That is, until you open your water bill and cringe at the total. Before you throw in the garden towel, consider setting up some rain barrels. It is an easy and extremely affordable way to harness Mother Nature’s bounty, and much more beneficial to your garden as well.


Electric rates are going up, so cooling our homes is getting more expensive due to Obama’s war on coal and new EPA regulations.
And, it’s not just electricity for cooling. It won’t be too long before we’ll be heating our homes this winter. With the exception of natural gas, most heating oil has gone up dramatically. For instance, a gallon of #2 fuel oil has gone from $2.36 in 2007 to $3.90 today (source Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Make a Biogas Generator
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More cool stuff you can do to save money, live better!

How To Start A Root Cellar Storage System

5 Things You Should Be Making & Not Buying

Ikea Hack: Easy DIY Farmhouse Table

DIY Stone Veneer Fire Pit Patio

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Yours in freedom,
Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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Homemade Herbal Medicine for Common Ailments

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Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

> Mark Twain


Homemade Herbal Medicines for Common Ailments
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

Somewhat glumly, I celebrated my 61st birthday this past July. In the back of my mind, I’ve been sure for 45 years that God would make an exception to my normal and natural biodegrading process, thus allowing me to remain 35 years old well into my 90s. Somehow, it escaped the Universe’s notice that some fine print in my birth contract negates, in my case, the aging process. A failing I am trying to get across, without success (so far).

In general, however, I am very healthy and I do have one very special thing going for me: I don’t use any pharmaceuticals, unlike nearly everyone I know in my age group.

The reason I don’t take even one prescription pharmaceutical every day is mostly due to my lifestyle — primarily because of my reliance on herbal medicines. I have been using homemade herbal remedies as my primary health care for about 30 years. I’ve successfully treated everything from minor colds, flus, cuts and scrapes, which we all encounter on our journey through life, to irritable bowel syndrome and staph — with visits to many interesting conditions in between.

The best treatments I’ve found for common ailments all use herbs you can grow in your garden or likely have in your kitchen cupboards, disguised as condiments and spices. And, of course, these remedies are not the final answer on what works; nearly every plant you see around you can heal something.

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Revenge of the Middle Class…Sort of!

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“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks.
Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools.
And their grand-children are once more slaves.”

— D. H. Lawrence


Retail sales have missed expectations for three months in a row and we just had the worst reading since January.

A Reminder before you dig into today’s issue and an announcement…

Many of you already know that my health has not been good and recent tests have confirmed this. As a one-person show I am finding my ability to keep up with the maintenance of our Poor Man sites a challenge.

We’re are a DIGEST of resources (like Reader’s Digest)in that I find, report and post a variety of content. For example, I frequently use material from Mother Earth News which they provide to me free of charge.

I always try to credit those sources but as I mentioned, my brain isn’t always firing on all 16 cylinders and as the Google blog police recently reminded me, I must have neglected to credit someone so they yanked two posts (shoot first, ask second is their modus operandi).

Regardless, I will be transferring this blog to the site I own, one that is not subject to arbitrary deletion and I have placed all of these internet properties and storefront inventory up for sale so I can devote my remaining time to Habitat for Humanity, and my efforts at helping returning military veterans to start their own business, etc. [see the link below].


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Useful Hacks: Homesteading, Canning, Free Internet/Phone

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“I suppose it is because nearly all children go to
school nowadays and have things arranged for them that
they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.”
– Agatha Christie



For Those who read our posts often, you know we’re always seeking new ways for you to save money…here’s a service I ran across which might prove useful to you!

FreedomPop, a free wireless internet and mobile phone service, just might be the ticket. But as you know, free usually – and ironically – comes with a non-monetary cost. So is it right for you?
FreedomPop does indeed offer free mobile phone and internet service. Here are the free services we found on their website:

Read the rest here plus grab more useful and free resources on gardening, homesteading, pressure cooker canning and more…http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/useful-free-survival-hacks-free.html

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Legal Notice: I am no longer liable for government debts

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Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.
If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.
- Norman Vincent Peale


The Illusion of Democracy and Freedom and the steps you can take to restore your personal liberty.

LEGAL NOTICE: I am no longer liable for any government debts!

Call me jaded and disillusioned but I no longer believe the propaganda which flows out of Washington. I stopped drinking their Kool-Aid more than 30 years ago. Our two-party system leaves voters with little or no choice.

Career politicians have scuttled our economy and freedoms, it doesn’t matter which party they pretend to belong to. I laugh when I hear people say they voted along ‘party lines’ as there is no difference between the two. With the exception of local elections, your vote does not matter.

There has been a clash between those who uphold and support our Constitution and those who would rather see the un-making of America with the great destroyer (President Obama) leading the charge to our self destruction.

The business of the people has long ago been put on hold while the Washington-Wall Street Cartel milks the middle class and the taxpayer for profit and special deals. Those in the military know what I am talking about. It’s always about the money. Suppliers of military goods have long scammed the taxpayer with $200 hammers and $400 toilet seats.

When our rounds of endless wars finally wind down and profits erode, they’ve turned to new sources of income selling gutless government goons technology used to spy on innocent Americans. Of course, citizens are forced to foot the bill for our demise.

This is all under the guise of living in a democratic society. In reality, your vote does not matter as the parties will screw us no matter. The White House and Congress do what they want without regard to public opinion (Obamacare, NSA’s illegal domestic spying, our seeming inability to secure the border from illegals, etc.)

The public trough has always been just a watering hole for most career politicians (I love the BS phrase ‘Senator Dildo served the public for 20, 30, 40, 50 years.’ All that means is they’ve breast fed at the fountain of the public teat and got better benefits, pay and perks than the people they supposedly serve-politics was never meant to be a lifelong job. Our founders served without a paycheck, so if modern day politicians want to ‘serve’ let them do so free of salary after the first term).

Regardless of which thieving party has been in office, your rights have been scuttled and your country has gone from being the most prosperous to being the most indebted and the vanishing Middle Class has always paid the tab. More at:


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Learn to Make Your Own Ammo

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Several months ago I reported that our wise President is closing down the last lead smelting plant inside the United States which will put yet another crimp on ammo for civilians and military alike. You may want to begin securing supplies of lead now as prices will surely rise as many more preppers and sportsmen will likely step up making their own ammo supply.

What are cast bullets and how are they used, and why would we do that?

Center fire ammo is composed of 4 elements. A bullet (the projectile), the primer, the powder and a brass (usually) casing that hold the other 3 components together. When you shoot a round of center fire ammo, you use the bullet, primer and the powder.

The brass case is left basically intact, and can be reloaded with the other 3 components quite a number of times to mitigate the cost of ammo as well as providing ammo that would be otherwise unavailable. Bullets can be bought, or you can make them yourself, with the right equipment and skills…


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DIY Harvesting Heirloom Seeds

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Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.- Orson Scott Card


Having your own garden is an important and valuable step in increasing your self-reliance.

If you’ve taking that a step further, as we’ve suggested, and begun using heirloom seeds in your garden, that’s even better. Now, as your first harvests are beginning to come in, is the time to begin saving seeds for the next season.

That’s one of the beautiful things about heirloom seeds. A single heirloom plant now can grow your garden for years—or even generations—to come.

Seed harvesting is easy … as long as you know what to do with each of your heirloom plants.
For the most part, seeds fall into three categories: wet, dry, and flowering. If you know how to harvest seeds from each category, you’ll be pretty well set to make the very most of your heirloom garden year over year.

Harvesting Heirloom Seeds: Step-by-Step


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Citizens have rights-don’t they?

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“Watching middle-class conservatives vote for politicians who’ve proudly pledged to screw them and their children over fills me with the same exasperated contempt I feel for rabbits who zigzag wildly back and forth in front of my tires instead of just getting off the goddamn road.”
― Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

Citizens Have Rights – Don’t They?
Obama wants to look like a man of the people, saying he supports NSA reform. While at the same time, his administration keeps pushing policies in support of mass surveillance.
Reporters revealed that Obama bureaucrats are putting pressure on local law enforcement agencies. They want these agencies keep quiet about the tech they use to gather information.

Obama is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. On one hand, he “welcomes” a discourse on government surveillance. While on the other, he is hushing any local public officials who might talk about the actual, practical aspects of such programs.

Obama’s people have even gone so far as to meddle in public records requests. In several cases, police departments have withheld documents – documents they would normally release under public records laws.
Have You Heard of Stingray?

Stingray is just one of the technologies that the Obama administration is trying to keep a lid on. Let’s take a look at what it really is.
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Look Honey, I Shrunk the Middle Class

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“Watching middle-class conservatives vote for politicians who’ve proudly pledged to screw them and their children over fills me with the same exasperated contempt I feel for rabbits who zigzag wildly back and forth in front of my tires instead of just getting off the goddamn road.”
― Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing


The Continuing and Often Futile Pursuit of the American Dream

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that despite the steady pace of hiring in recent months, 76% of adults lack confidence that their children’s generation will have a better life than they do—an all-time high. Some 71% of adults think the country is on the wrong track, a leap of 8 points from a June survey, and 60% believe the U.S. is in a state of decline.

Last night’s Bill O’Reilly show pointed out the huge numbers of Americans who are dissatisfied with the President and Congress and the direction our country has taken. History has shown when societies get angry enough they rebel…it may yet happen here as more of us wake up to the knowledge that the future for our children look mighty bleak.

We’ve all witnessed the economic devastation of America. Because of our 8000 pound gorilla governments’ overreach, onerous taxes, debt, regulations, lawsuits (lack of Tort Reform) and increased Internal Revenue Service attacks on business, the odds of starting a new business and succeeding have been severely damaged. This is precisely why there is a severe shortage of new full-time, middle-class-wage jobs. Small business traditionally creates a majority of new jobs, yet small business is under blistering attack by the Barack Obama Administration, the judicial system and our political class.

American household wealth has declined by more than one-third in only 10 years. Over the same time period, electricity, water, fuel, food and tax costs have soared by as much as more than 100 percent.
There is no recovery coming and under the Obama administration, no economic rebound is possible.

If America fails to elect politicians that will actually reduce the taxes, regulations and make it harder to file frivolous lawsuits (with loser-pay laws), as well as reduce the size and spending of government, while providing incentives for businesses creating the jobs, we will see the continued decline of the U.S. economy, the death of Middle Class. I never thought in my lifetime I would see the end of the American dream.

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Do US Citizens Still have Freedom of Choice?

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“I claim for the nation an education that depends only on the State,
because children of the State must be raised by members of the State.”
– Louis-René de Caradeuc de La Chalotais

Freedom of Choice in the US – You are kidding, aren’t you?

A news article on Yahoo asked what citizens would do to help pay for badly needed road repairs in this country. Without exception everyone responded that we’re all tired of more taxes which the government promptly squanders and wastes on such things as the NSA, TSA, along with the salaries and perks of politicians and bureaucrats.

As one writer put it “We’re tired of not having a choice or say-so on anything in this country. Politicians do as they damned well please without regard to what we, their bosses, say.”

It is true…we could fix every road and bridge in this nation if we stopped funding the DHS, TSA, NSA and other agencies that waste our dollars. After all, with the erosion of our liberties, privacy and freedoms, many argue the terrorists have already won and Americans no longer seem to have any say in the matter. The citizen is routinely ignored and freedom of choice in this nation is virtually gone, a distant memory of when we used to be a free and prosperous nation.

It’s not possible to do much about income taxes, or the taxes we’re forced to pay on “our” property in order to maintain the fiction we – rather than the government – “own” it.

These taxes eviscerate the “freedoms” which “the troops” are purportedly fighting for, and make a mockery of the annual summer celebration that we call the 4th of July.

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What’s preventing your financial independence?

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Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

Napoleon Bonaparte



Want to know how to get rich? Stop being average!

Be Radical, Get Rich

Have you ever noticed that lots of “radical people” get rich, while lots of average people just stay average. And in our economy, average usually means in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and on the verge of financial collapse depending on the whim of the economy. Here are some ideas for becoming financially radical (and rich in the process):


  1. Pay cash for everything. Yes, I know that people don’t use cash much anymore, but there are some good reasons to do this, namely you will never go into debt if you only use the cash you have on hand for your wants and needs (be sure to get a receipt for all of your purchases). Plus it’s fun to watch people who rarely take cash any more struggle with the concept of giving change.
  2. Stop using credit cards and cut them up. Such an idea may be considered blasphemy in our credit-obsessed society, but (see number one above) if you never use credit cards, you will never be subjected to the interest, late fees, over limit fees, random reduction of credit limits, etc. imposed by the credit companies.
  3. Become debt free. This means the only bills you have coming in each month are for the phone, water, gas, sewer, and other utilities. Close your eyes and imagine what your life would look like if your paycheck was all yours and not already spent before you get it. Amazing thought, huh?
  4. Take care of your own needs. Mow your own lawn, clean your own gutters, color your own hair, and fix your own plumbing problems. Basically any service the “average person” would pay for can, and should, be done by you. You will save a lot of money and gain some very valuable skills that you can then sell to others who aren’t nearly as radical as you.
  5. Participate in the underground economy. Should your plumbing experiments go awry (see #6 above), do the next best radical thing and barter for the services you need. The underground economy also includes shopping garage sales, shopping thrift stores, buying from farmer’s markets, and the like.
  6. Be self-employed. I cannot rave about this method of earning a living enough. Set your own hours, be as creative as you want, and work more/make more. All of these are good reasons to employ the best person you know, yourself!
  7. Learn from other financially radical people. The Internet has been a boon to knowledge hungry people who don’t want to follow the status quo. Want to learn how to retire by 30? There are people who have done it and you can find them online. Want to know what it is like to live cash-only? There are plenty of blogs to tell you all about this as well.
  8. Don’t be afraid to be weird. You can be weird by having five part-time jobs that you love instead of one job that you can barely tolerate. You can be weird by working double time, living in your truck, then paying cash for a house after a couple of years of doing this. One man actually did this some years ago. He also made the front page of many newspapers for his non-conventional, but ultimately quite successful way of doing things.

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