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

Happy labor day with funny jokes (4)

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.

Find more AND some solutions here:

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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!

Read all of Granny’s money saving tips here:

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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 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.

More [plus additional resources] here:

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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].

Today’s issue can be read here:

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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…

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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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Who stole my country?

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He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. ~Thomas Paine


Hey Dude, who stole my country, my wallet?

There was a time when America truly was synonymous with the tagline Land of the Free. However, that statement is becoming less and less truthful.

There can be no denying that the United States of America has become the new battlefield. Indeed, the only real war being fought by the U.S. government today is the war on the American people, and it is being waged with deadly weapons, militarized police, surveillance technology, laws that criminalize otherwise lawful behavior, private prisons that operate on quota systems, and government officials who are no longer accountable to the rule of law.

Snowden revealed the lengths to which our country is going in order to monitor all our communications, and our government insists on continuing this Orwellian type of surveillance. Despite committee findings showing that not one single act of terrorism has been thwarted by these unconstitutional practices.

Personally, I am tired of what I call the Great American Stickup by the Washington-Wall Street Cartel, which has robbed the middle class. Both parties have sold us out creating a sort of national suicide with its lack of leadership which has proven [at least to me and most of my readers] that a smaller government and individual liberty is what always worked best for this country. Those principles were what attracted immigrants to this country.

As the White House and Congress [state governments too] erode our rights, our freedom and privacy we lose sight of the concepts that made our country strong.
You and I have been screwed by our government.

Think about this…in 1971 if you had $35 in your pocket. Today, it is worth only $2.80 and inflation is robbing you every month.

Americans are getting poorer. As the New York Times writes:

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How to Help Poor Children-My Personal Plan & Pipedream

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How to Help Poor Children-My Personal Plan & Pipedream

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
― Aristotle

Broke? Need a ‘Job’? The Gov’t Will Pay You Up To $7400 a Month to Foster Illegal Immigrants

It’s getting progressively harder to find a good paying job these days in America — or a job at all. Just ask the 20% of American families where everyone is unemployed. Well, if you need some extra cash, the government is currently offering up to $7,400 a month to foster illegal immigrants.

Why are our leaders using our dollars to support illegals?

PBS recently aired a program which followed several recently poor-in-America families as each cope with their new poverty, moving from shelters and motels while trying to feed, clothe and school their young children. It nauseated me to witness this in America while hearing about the astronomical sums of money the president wants to care for thousands of illegal children.

I was always taught to take care of your own first and this nation has fallen down on that job.

Band Aids are not the Solution
While we can spend billions on useless wars and foreign aid, we seem unable to adequately care for our vets, families, schools and infrastructure (or in the case of Detroit, we’re seeing relief agencies coming in from other countries and states to provide water!)

Politicians have a propensity for throwing money at problems, usually applying band-aid cures which seldom work. For example, our nation spends a lot of money on education, the most in the world. The problem is the bulk of the funds are spent on administration overhead, not on students.

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Drought-busters, $300 Underground Greenhouse, DIY Vinegar, More

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Winston Churchill once said that “socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”


Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening

Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it’s coldframes, hoop houses or greenhouses.

Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a “place of warmth”), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates.

Here’s a video tour of a walipini that even incorporates a bit of interior space for goats…Plus tips on washing greens, using ecoscraps as a soil conditioner, drought busters, homemade cider vinegar and other tools for living:

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Sympathizing with Dissenters Makes You a Suspect Too

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“People demand freedom only when they have no power.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

Sympathizing with dissent and to argue against authority now becomes part of political violence, according to what the government now believes.

The social sciences in America have been militarized to produce tools that assist the government in understanding and suppressing dissent. Anthropology, linguistic analysis and sociology now serve the police state.

One program is called the Minerva Initiative after the Roman goddess of war. A June 12th article in the Guardian explained, “A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies.” [Note: Minerva funding is typically channeled through less controversial agencies such as the National Institutes of Health.] Established in 2008, Minerva was budgeted to fund approximately $75 million worth of behavioral research over a five year period. It is now six years later. In 2014 to date, Minerva has distributed approximately $17.8 million.

The Department of Defense is interested in better understanding what drives individuals and groups to mobilize to institute change. In particular, models that explain and explore factors that motivate or inhibit groups to adopt political violence as a tactic will help inform understanding of where organized violence is likely to erupt, what factors might explain its contagion, and how one might circumvent its spread.

In practice, Minerva makes little distinction between violent and non-violent dissent. In 2013, one of funded projects asked and answered the question “Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why?” The primary researcher, Prof Maria Rasmussen of the US Naval Postgraduate School, described the project’s mission, “In every context we find many individuals who share the demographic, family, cultural, and/or socioeconomic background of those who decided to engage in terrorism, and yet refrained themselves from taking up armed militancy, even though they were sympathetic to the end goals of armed groups. The field of terrorism studies has not, until recently, attempted to look at this control group. This project is not about terrorists, but about supporters of political violence.”
The un-Patriot Act destroys our freedom, letting terrorist win against America…

Thanks To War On Terror, Islamic Extremists Have Everything They Need To Kill Americans »
A top military official who heads the Defense Intelligence Agency told journalists at the Aspen Security Forum last week that the United States is no safer than it was before the World Trade Center attacks that set the Nation’s perpetual war machine into motion. In fact, the Nation is likely far less safe than it was in 2001. More »

The New Senate USA FREEDOM Act: A First Step Toward Reforming Mass Surveillance »
On Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a revised version of his USA FREEDOM legislation, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014, which focuses on telephone record collection and FISA Court reform. While this bill is not a comprehensive solution to overly broad and unConstitutional surveillance, it is a strong first step. More »

Instead of focusing on our domestic viability, the government has been busy bankrupting the nation with outrageous sums devoted to agencies such as TSA, DHS

Median Wealth Of U.S. Households Plummeted By One-Third In The Past 10 Years »
Net worth is a measure of the value of a household’s assets against its debts: stocks, land and homes compared with what a household owes to own these assets free and clear. Home values, which are closely tied to the net worth of middle-class families, have been particularly affected over the past decade. More »

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Are you responsible for the US police state?

“Libertarianism: The radical notion that other people are not your property.”


Are You Are Responsible for the US Police State?
Americans who are paying attention know that today’s tyranny, government abuses, corruption, inflated fiat currency, overflowing prisons, disdain for the Constitution, gluttonous debt and mass psychosis spell doom for this once free country.

Obedience is the precondition to totalitarianism, and the precondition to obedience is fear. Regimes of the past and present understand this. “The very first essential for success,” Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf, “is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.” Is this not what we are seeing now with the SWAT teams and the security checkpoints and the endless wars?

Our slide into totalitarianism—helped along by overcriminalization, government surveillance, militarized police, neighbors turning in neighbors, privatized prisons, and forced labor camps, to name just a few similarities—is tracking very closely with what we saw happening in Germany in the years leading up to Hitler’s rise to power.

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We used to promote freedom, now we shrink it-No Cost Freedom Pak

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“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.”—Author Tom Clancy

Our country used to be about expanding freedom, now it is about reducing it. The only reason for any government to exist is to safeguard individual freedom-Period!

Stop Trying To Convince Yourself That
Everything Is “OK,” It’s Time To Step Up,
Learn The Truth And Get Ready.

If you’re like a lot of Americans, you feel deep down something’s not right in the country. And you would do anything to make sure you and your family stay safe, regardless what happens in the future. You are going to get slaughtered if you don’t prepare.

Read to the very end to find the FREE package we’re giving away-it is the most valuable package we’ve ever offered and it will protect you and your family during the crisis that all Americans face.

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Has the Invasion of America Started?

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“Wise men talk because they have something to say;
fools, because they have to say something.”–

Illegal aliens are bringing with them diseases which have not been seen in the US for decades. The union representing the Border Patrol is concerned and you should be too…Medical journals are reporting that antibiotics are no longer as effective in the fight against disease.

Could this be the prelude to what is a real Zombie Apocalypse?

The Ten Plagues Hitting America Right Now

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Make Cash and Find Prepper Supplies at Auctions


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“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics
is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

— Plato

Get Prepper Supplies from Auctions…Make some cash!

Plus…herbal & medicinal gardening resources and more>>>

OVER the years I’ve made a fair amount of money buying and selling at auction and have managed to feed the ‘collector’ in me and have also purchased prepper items I need including propane & oil lanterns, guns and ammo, coins and silver and even MREs and dehydrated food stocks.
The auction I am attending this morning is also featuring used vehicles, farm equipment and hunting items!

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Why Martha Stewart Likes Drones, Water as a Weapon

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Drone Wars – Why Martha Stewart Loves Them. Water as a weapon against citizens?

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DIY Resources: Project Genius, Cut A/C, Biogas Generator, More

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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. - Confucius

This issue is loaded with useful goodies and includes a special freebie for our readers…Project Genius download! Be sure to share our resources with others!

Make a Biogas Generator to Produce Your Own Natural Gas
Transform grass clippings, food waste and livestock manure into renewable biogas energy with a homemade biogas generator.

A 200-gallon biogas generator in Oregon turns 15 pounds of food waste into cooking fuel daily. As food and yard waste decompose, methane and carbon dioxide are created, inflating the rubber bladder to create the pressure necessary to supply a gas burner.

Rethink “waste” and generate!

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Governments wage war on their own citizens

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“Democracy and liberty are not the same.
Democracy is little more than mob rule,
while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual.”
– Walter E. Williams

Without massive compliance from citizen drones, there would no longer be government that strangles our freedom and bankrupts our nation…even many big corporations, such as Walgreens, are giving up their US citizenship to avoid our unfair tax system.

Governments Wage War on their Own Citizens
In 1928, Edward L. Bernays, the “father of public relations,” wrote in his book, Propaganda:
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …

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DIY Milk Paint, Garden Insect Guide App, Indoor Garden Plan

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In trying times, too many people stop trying.
– Unknown


One of my summer projects has been to restore an old four-door oak ice chest from 1900 which had been painted over several times with milk paint, once a popular and cheap way of covering wood. Although I’ve stripped off the paint on the frame to bring out its oak wood, I’ve been thinking about repainting the doors with milk paint, giving the piece a two-toned look.

You can purchase milk paint online but ironically, it is more expensive than regular paint. Here’s a DIY recipe I thought I’d share.

Today’s episode also includes several frugal ways to lower your food bill and an indoor vegetable garden plan which will increase your yield 250% , garden insect guide app and other money saving tips.

Make Your Own Milk Paint

As the name suggests, milk is a principal ingredient in the material, acting as a binder for pigments the same way polymers do in latex paints and oils do in oil-based ones. People have been mixing milk paint for a long time; it has been found on artifacts dating to ancient Egypt, although it’s perhaps most commonly associated with colonial-era furniture. The fact that the material doesn’t give off noxious vapors (often called VOCs) accounts for its continued appeal within today’s green building community. Craftspeople, meanwhile, value its saturated colors and translucent finish, which can be used to give wooden furniture, terra-cotta pots, and other textured surfaces an antique look.

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Skills you need to survive, Updated collection of useful freebies

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“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself…Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.”—H.L. Mencken, American journalist

15 Skills Every Homesteader Should Know

Let’s start with reading and writing. It is evident many online have only rudimentary reading, writing and spelling skills. If you expect to make use of the many free PDFs and reports the Poor Man Survival skill provides, you must be able to read with basic comprehension skills…

If you have managed to get away from the madness of urban life and build your own homestead then the hardest part is over!

However, this handy list of 15 skills is here to help all you homesteaders further your journey and maintain a self sufficient life! It covers everything from growing your own vegetables and tending animals to storing water and heating your home!

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20 Ways to reuse pallets, 20 DIY Trail Mix recipes, freebies

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In trying times, too many people stop trying.
– Unknown

20 Creative Ways to Reuse Pallets
If you have been on Pinterest over the last year or so, you might have seen several awesome items upcycled from pallets.

Some Pinterest projects can be recreated without special tools or machinery. A simple deconstruction of the pallet and some hammer and nails will be all that is need. However, some individuals have created highly detailed items.

Below, you will see what I’m referencing. I have included some simple and some not so simple pallet projects that you just may want to tackle. Enjoy these as inspiration for your future DIY pallet projects.

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What’s happened to our country-It isn’t what I was born in!

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Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
William Somerset Maugham

This Sure Isn’t the Country I Was Born in!
Imagine living in a country where armed soldiers crash through doors to arrest and imprison citizens merely for criticizing government officials. Imagine that in this very same country, you’re watched all the time, and if you look even a little bit suspicious, the police stop and frisk you or pull you over to search you on the off chance you’re doing something illegal. Keep in mind that if you have a firearm of any kind while in this country, it may get you arrested and, in some circumstances, shot by police.

If you’re thinking this sounds like America today, you wouldn’t be wrong…

If You Are Tired of the Government Scam
Most already know we no longer have any privacy ever since passage of the un-Patriot Act. Now, ALL YOUR PRIVATE FINANCIAL BUSINESS has the government looking over your shoulder. Even pre-paid debit cards are now required to grab your socialist slave number. Providers such as PayPal are now required to turn over your financial dealings on eBay, for example, to the government so they can track your finances.

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The Grand Delusion-Your Congressman Works for You

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Americans are, by and large, a fairly placid lot. Yet our government has developed an ugly tendency to treat us like we’re criminals. >The Poor Man

The Great Delusion = Your Congressman Works for You.

Are you willing to bet your future on promises from our Congressional economic serial killers?

Massive money creation and huge fiscal deficits have protected the balance sheets of “banks too big to fail” but have harmed the American people. Retirees and pension funds have been deprived for years of interest income as the Federal Reserve engineered zero or negative interest rates.

I cannot stress strongly enough just how far gone things are and how dangerous our times have become. If we are to return to ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’, we the people must return to self governance and tell our elected public servants what they must do, not what special interests pay them to do. Sadly, so many don’t even understand the problem.

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DIY Rocket Stove, Solar Planters, Greenhouse Containers

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~Confucius


DIY Brick Rocket Stove
How can you stretch your cooking and heating fuel? Perhaps the best way is to build a ”rocket stove,” a simple stove design that will allow you to get the most out of your resources.

The concept is simple, you create a vertical column that draws air into the bottom to fuel a highly efficient fire, exhausting through the top of the chimney, which serves as a cooking surface.
Whether it’s heating or cooking that you’re after, this stove will maximize efficiency.

The Simplest and Quickest Rocket Stove Design
Below, I’ve shared a design for what is perhaps the simplest, easiest to build rocket stove I’ve ever seen. It’s literally as simple as stacking 16 bricks.

The most difficult step, by far, is the process of breaking some of the bricks in half with a trowel. As you can see from the video, however, precision is not required. In fact, I’m pretty sure just about anyone could chop a brick as good as the man in the video has!

Effortless Greenhouse Containers
People might go into cultivating their own plants, vegetables and herbs at home with the best of intentions, but those intentions don’t cut it when it comes to keeping them alive; enter E. Green by Su Wen Yuan. It may look like a simple plastic container, but it happens to be a sophisticated and intuitive greenhouse that is effortless to use.

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The New Face of Poverty in America

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Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food. ~Frank A. Clark

The New Face of Hunger: We’re now seeing more formerly middle class families and even Ph.Ds and on food stamps at our area food banks…This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

Sara Bareillis played softly through the surround-sound speakers of my husband’s 2003 Mercedes Kompressor as I sat idling at a light. I’d never been to this church before, but I could see it from where I was, across from an old park, abandoned in the chilly September air. The clouds hung low as I pulled the sleek, pewter machine into the lot. But I wasn’t going to pray or attend services. I was picking up food stamps.

Even then, I couldn’t quite believe it. This wasn’t supposed to happen to people like me.
Are we all destined to become debt serfs?

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For less than $35K-Build your own home

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It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project…

For Less Than $35K, We Built Our Own Home
by Bill Hakanson

Since MOTHER EARTH NEWS was first published back in 1970, we’ve dreamed of improving the quality of our lives and being self-sufficient. And after spending most of our careers in the city, we finally got our chance in 2005 when 13 acres in northwest Pennsylvania — 10 of which were once part of a cornfield — came our way.

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Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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The Final Swindle of the American People

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“Only in a police state is the job of a policeman easy.”– Orson Welles

Devvy of sent this to us this week in response to my State of Freedom post last Friday. Her main comment was that the American people are for the most part oblivious to what is going on. They can’t even digest that inflation at the pump and grocer is caused by the government, that we’ve lost more than 40% of the value of our money since 2005! I want to share her view with our readers…

The Final Swindle Of Private American Wealth Has Begun: “The financial crash of 2008, the same crash which has been ongoing for years, is NOT an accident. It is a concerted and engineered crisis meant to position the U.S. for currency disintegration and the institution of a global basket
currency controlled by an unaccountable supranational governing body like the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The American populace is being conditioned through economic fear to accept the institutionalization of global financial control and the loss of sovereignty.”

What is rolling across this country cannot be stopped. The crooks as well as the gutless and ignorant in the Outlaw Congress have refused to take the necessary steps to boot the “Fed” putting us all in danger. They have destroyed our most important job sectors: industrial, manufacturing and agriculture via destructive, unconstitutional “free” trade treaties turning America into a dying service economy. It must be reversed, but Americans are going to go through hell before that can be accomplished.

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What are you doing to preserve freedom?

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Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward.-Patricia Sampson

Declaring Your Independence from Government: My annual 4th of July message about incompetence, dishonesty & preserving your independence.

What are you doing to help preserve freedom?

Our founders intended to create a society where freedom and liberty would be maximized, but that is not what America looks like today. Instead, we live in a country that literally has millions of laws which are strangling economic growth and turning millions of people into criminals…Our government in many cases, has become the enemy of the people!

It seems to me that time is growing short. America has a toxic combination of corrupt politicians who have been in office too long and powerful Wall Street and other special interests which are ruining our nation.

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Satisfaction with Freedom has Record Drop in America

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“If gun control bore any relation to homicide rates, cities like
Washington, DC, NYC, or Chicago would be the safest place in the country.”

Gallup Poll: Satisfaction With Their Freedoms Has Record Drop Among Americans

We have long discussed the erosion of civil liberties in the United States, including the attacks on privacy and other rights by the Obama Administration. It appears that we are not alone in those concerns. A new Gallup poll shows a record drop in the satisfaction of Americans over their freedoms. The massive drop is matched in such countries as Egypt, Pakistan, and Venezuela.

Seventy-nine percent of US residents are satisfied with their level of freedom. That is down from 91 percent in 2006 — a 12 point drop. We were once the highest country in the world on such polls. We have now dropped to 36th place.

Seventy-nine percent of US residents are satisfied with their level of freedom. That is down from 91 percent in 2006 — a 12 point drop. We were once the highest country in the world on such polls. We have now dropped to 36th place.

That mirrors other studies showing the United States dropping to the same low levels on press freedoms, Internet speech, and other rights.

The White House has been adept in deflecting such criticism with a host of commentators and bloggers who deflect criticism with references to Republicans and the “red menace” or “things could be worse” spin. However, the expansion of the internal security network in the United States and police powers is obviously having an impact on how Americans now view their rights. Years ago, I wrote a column entitled “10 Reasons Why The United States Is No Longer the Land of the Free.” Things have only grown worse since that column ran. The Obama Administration’s recent effort to strip citizens of privacy protections over their cellphones and records illustrates the extremism of some of these positions. That argument failed to secure a single vote on the Supreme Court for the Administration’s effort to blow a hole in American privacy protections.

The poll on the eve of the Fourth of July captures the dire condition of American civil liberties today. As I wrote years ago, Obama has been a disaster for the American civil liberties movement and the damage done under his tenure will be felt for decades. What is most distressing is that citizens see the decline but feel virtually powerless to do anything about it due to the duopoly of power in this country.

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The Patriot Act, which few in Congress ever read prior to signing, is the single most anti-American, anti-freedom Act ever signed into law…
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Fighting Back Against the Shrinking Dollar Blues

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Don’t trust government inflation figures? We don’t!

When I was a kid mothers admonished their kids to think of the ‘starving kids in China’ when we refused to eat our dinner…Now Chinese mothers admonish their kids to think about the starving kids in America.

Have you priced to cost of a steak for your 4th of July BBQ? Around these parts Kroger and Walmart are averaging $10 per pound!

Bureau of Labor Statistics: The BLS calculates the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation, but over the years, the calculation has changed. Food prices and fuel costs are no longer measured. You may think that’s crazy. We all eat food and the overwhelming majority of us buy fuel. Here are some examples of our current “real” inflation.

In late 2008, nationwide gasoline prices averaged $1.95 per gallon. Since then, gasoline has steadily risen. It’s often topping $4.00 per gallon, meaning it’s has doubled in price over the last six years (an annual compound growth rate of 15 percent)!

Food costs more too, but manufacturers have cleverly concealed that fact. Remember the days when cans of vegetables held 16 ounces? Well, check the label on most cans and you’ll find that it holds somewhere in the neighborhood of 14 to 14.5 ounces, or about 10% less product. The price has remained relatively unchanged, but you’re buying fewer green beans. The transportation costs (read fuel) have driven the prices of everything much higher.

How to Fight Back: In the global sense, there’s little an individual consumer can do to affect the overall rate of inflation. But, there are a few tried-and-true tactics you can employ.
>Drive smart, drive less, combine trips and ease off the gas pedal.

>If possible, join a carpool or use public transportation.

>Replace your car’s air filter and check tire pressure.

>Join a warehouse buying club. Work with your neighbors. Buy case-lots, which you can split up.

>Plant a garden and grow some of your own veggies.

>Stock up on sale items. If the grocery is running a 10 for $10 deal, take advantage of the savings.

>Forego your morning latte at “Star Struck” and save the money for groceries.

>Stop using credit cards. Use cash or debit cards. Both tactics force you to shop/spend smarter.

>Visit thrift stores where new or lightly used items may be purchased for a pittance.

The solutions to surviving the war on the Middle Class can be found in our new e-book.

Discover life-saving ways in which you can survive and prosper during The End of the Monetary System As We Know It. This is the information that your financial advisor, your doctor, your police precinct and your government hope you never discover…plus learn how food is your best investment!

You’ll always find good stuff at our store…

Yours in freedom,
Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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DIY Solar Dehydrator, Workbench storage with coffee cans, etc.

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“Attack another’s rights and you destroy your own.”
— John Jay Chapman

DIY Solar Dehydrator
This is so simple that it can be done in an afternoon.
Most things can be dehydrated. It involves removing the moisture from food items to preserve them.

More DIY projects including…

Convert an Old Refrigerato or Freezer into a Garage Tool Storage Center, use kitchen pot racks in your garage to hang tools…

Storage bin rack from recycled plastic coffee containers…

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Family Frugal Summer + 6000 Resources for Preppers

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->->-> If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

How to Be a Frugal Opportunist
When frugality meets opportunism there are dramatic savings.
The Rolling Stones said, in their 1969 hit song, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you might find you get what you need.” That is exactly the attitude to take if you want to be a frugal opportunist. Getting what you need at a lower cost, instead of chasing after exactly what you want (and paying top dollar) can save you a lot of money, even if it is saved a little at a time.

For example, you might want oranges, but really just need some kind of citrus fruit, so you could be happy with grapefruit. Recent government data shows that the average price for navel oranges is $1.15 per pound in U.S. cities, while grapefruit averages about $1.00 per pound. Of course if you’re a true opportunist, and all you want is to have some kind of healthy fresh fruit, you might wait to buy oranges or grapefruit when they go on sale and buy bananas at 60 cents per pound for now.
If you spend 13% to 47% less (as in the example above) on enough of the things you buy, the savings can really add up.

Save on Everything
You can apply the same opportunistic strategy to almost any budget category. If you want to go to a movie, wait for a weekend matinee. For example, according to the AMC Theatres website, an evening ticket at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago will run you $12, while a matinee is just $6 per adult. But that’s just one possibility. Maybe you just need to get out of the house for a while and do something. In that case you could check online for events where there are free movies or documentaries. Alternately you could go to a friend’s house to share snacks and a rental movie on DVD.

Whether it’s new furniture, an education, a vacation, or a meal out, there are less expensive alternatives to what you initially think you want. Here are three steps to getting what you really need at the lowest cost: Read more at:

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Free Emergency Survival Whistle for Moms & Kids


FREE for Moms & Kids: SURVIVAL-PROTECTION-EMERGENCY WHISTLE…Plus Self Protection Reports

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There are many situations where people feel they may need to defend themselves. It is best not to wait until something happens, but rather be proactive in knowing what you would do in a threatening situation. Using a whistle is recommended in many situations requiring self defense.

>> Attach a whistle to your purse, keychain or bag. The main thing is to choose something that you always have with you, so you can easily access your whistle if a threatening situation arises. If you are walking to your car late at night with your keys in your hand and a whistle attached, you can blow into the whistle to startle an attacker and to attract needed help.

>>Think about attaching a whistle to your cell phone. This would work well in a difficult situation as you would first blow into the whistle to attract help and then use your cell phone to call for help.

>>Always keep a whistle in your car. If you’re stuck somewhere hard to see, rescuers can hear you.

Plus, two reports on self protection tips you and your family need…(A download link is sent) NOTE: There is a small fee for postage.

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Yours in freedom,
Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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Grinding it out…the grain that is!

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“Public apathy is more powerful than public opinion.
There’s more of it.”
– Dr. Jim Boren

Grind Your Own Grain
by Carol J. Alexander

For years I used a hand grinder (which I still own) to grind wheat from 50lb sacks I bought locally for about $10-$15. I made bread using only honey instead of sugar and when I cooled the loaves on the window sill, it seemed to attract all my neighbors, many of whom traded me fresh produce from their garden for a loaf of bread…sure makes great nutty tasting cereal on cold winter mornings ->>just clean the grain and soak overnight and then cook for 5-10 minutes –longer if you like it softer-

I got a lot of recipes for homemade bread from old issues of Mother Earth New!

In a quest for healthier, tastier eating, many folks have returned to the art of baking bread. What they don’t realize is that they go to all that trouble to get good flavor with flour that may be a bit short on nutrients when compared with the wheat it’s been milled from. That’s right – depending on the type, flour can lose up to 45 percent of its nutrients through oxidation within the first 24 hours of milling, and 90 percent within the first three days.

So what’s a home baker to do for best flavor and nutrition? Grind your own grain fresh, of course. With a hand-powered mill you can grind the wheat (and other grains) needed for a pound-sized loaf of whole-wheat in less than 5 minutes – and you’ll burn a few calories in the process.

Where did the nutrition go?
Of the 44 known nutrients essential for good health, only four are not found in wheat: vitamins A, B12 and C, and the mineral iodine…

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Your Grandma’s Tips n Tricks

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We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
– Oscar Wilde

Healthy Kitchen-Healthy Garden

The Green Cycler website does a wonderful job of providing resources for the gardener who is learning the value of composting. According to their site, using kitchen scrap compost is not only great for the garden, but it also reduces the amount of waste you throw out, and it makes your fruits and vegetables taste better too! Creating compost from kitchen scraps is beneficial for the garden, and it helps garden plants stay healthy too.

The Green Cycler is an easy to use product designed to grind up kitchen scraps to a perfect usable size for compost. It can go on the counter, or it can easily fit in a cabinet and taken out when needed. It has suction cups on the bottom, a crank arm on the side to grind the scraps, and a drawer at the bottom to catch the ground scraps. The ground food scraps in the drawer can then be emptied outside to an outside composter or hole in the ground, so that rich compost can develop.

Odds and Ends…

Do-it-yourself play structures for your kids
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The Farmer’s Almanac site provides a handy chart for when to plant what based on when the last frost is for your area. And the USDA has a map to help you find your hardiness zone. Another resource I like is Burpee. This seed manufacturer lets you enter your zip code and then provides growing advice for each seed type you’re interested in based specifically on where you’re located…

Urban gardening survival secrets: How to grow food in ANY city…

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The Collapse Calendar-Predicting the end time for…

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When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
Erma Bombeck

The Collapse Calendar reveals when failures likely to occur in banking, agriculture, nuclear power, pandemic disease and more…

We can know when certain catastrophes are likely to occur based on an understanding of human behavior, historical patterns and modern-day trends. In fact, much of modern-day human behavior is pushing us directly into a long list of catastrophic, systemic failures which are mathematically inevitable. This article aims to help sort out the likely calendar years of likely emergence for such events, which include things like the irrigation aquifers running dry, the world’s oil supply running dry, nuclear energy disasters, a global banking collapse and more.

The legacy of human civilization and its tragic self-destruction
To date, the legacy of humankind is a tragedy of chemical poisoning, nuclear weapons, short-sighted resource extraction and corporate-driven war. Humans are a species suffering from astonishing tunnel vision interwoven with insatiable greed and a thirst for violence. The fall of human civilization from its current unsustainable exploitations is not in question… only the timing of events remains unknown.

As the final chapter of human civilization seems to draw ever closer with each passing crisis, many of the more observant people wonder what’s going to spark the collapse first. Pope Francis (yes, the Pope) recently warned that the global economy is approaching a moment of collapse. (1)

At the same time, many of our world’s most brilliant computer scientists are warning about the rise of AI and why superintelligent machines will soon make humanity obsolete.

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When a country goes broke, it always resorts to…

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“Nine tenths of everything is tax.
Everything you buy has a complicated history of robbery: land, raw materials, energy, tools, buildings, transport, storage, sales and profits. Don’t forget the share you contribute toward the personal income tax of every worker who has anything to do with the process. Inflation by taxation: there are a hundred taxes on a loaf of bread. What kind of living standard would we enjoy if everything cost a tenth of what it does? What kind of world? Think of your home, your car, your TV, your shoes and even your supper—all at a 90% discount! Government can’t fight poverty—poverty is its proudest achievement!”
— L. Neil Smith

When nations go bankrupt, They almost always resort to plundering their citizens

Do you ever look around and think, “This is not the country that I grew up in…”?

So many people are making this realization.

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Your Emergency Prescription Drug Backup Plan

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“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” Spanish Proverb

In January the Wall Street Journal noted that government bureau-twits have finally realized their overreach has had deadly consequences:

Pharmaceutical companies moved out of antibiotic development en masse in the past 15 years, citing high research costs, poor returns and onerous regulations. Consequently, the pipeline for new antibiotics in the US dried up.

Establishing Your Personal Prescription Drug Back-Up Supply
The last place you want to be dependent on when disaster strikes – whether it’s a natural disaster or a social breakdown – is your local pharmacy.

Pharmacies are magnets for thugs and looters. If you have to make a trek to your local pharmacy when riots have broken out, during a medical crisis, or after a major storm, you’re putting yourself in harm’s way.

During the summer 2011 London riots, pharmacies were among the top targets for rioters.
The same was true during the L.A. riots of the ’90s and in New Orleans during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

The threat of a social breakdown aside, the actual drug supply at your pharmacy is in constant danger. Between an ever-increasing number of drug shortages and the alarming rise of major prescription drug heists — where criminals hit warehouses, shipping containers, even semi trucks carrying drugs — pharmacies struggle to keep a full inventory.

Suffice it to say that even if you and I have secured your financial assets and put away ample food reserves — but not taken effective steps to shore up your medical security — you are a sitting duck for pandemic disease, medical rationing, social chaos, Rx supply disruptions and more.
If anything big happens and you don’t have a supply on hand of the prescriptions you rely on, you’re in trouble. Read more at:

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Good Economy, Bad Economy-Depends…

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Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. >Thomas Paine

Grim Economic Picture – You Need to Prepare

There are jobs if you are qualified, are reliable and don’t do drugs and are willing to accept less money… Right now, half the country makes $27,520 a year or less from their jobs.

During my recent “island” trip I had dinner with a long time business associate who publishes business journals and is active in economic development in his region. For a decade I also owned several business journals, trade shows and was also active in promoting economic development and small business.

My friend had attended a dinner with 250 business owners in attendance and the topic revolved around their inability to attract a qualified, reliable workforce with skills sufficient to operate 21st Century automated production.

Too few applicants had the necessary math skills or proved reliable. They all agreed that they could train personnel to operate robots and other automated technology but more than 50% of prospective employees could not pass a drug test.

There are plenty of jobs being offered by this group but their inability to find workers has meant some of these manufacturers are not able to add a third shift.

Everyone agrees too that our government at the state and federal level puts up to many obstacles and roadblocks with a non-stop onslaught of rules, regulations and red tape – most are screaming: ENOUGH ALREADY!

On the other hand, there are many who have given up looking for a job, often older workers who were previously let go in favor of cheaper, younger help had been inclined to start businesses, but many of these people are frustrated in this effort because of government regulation and other related costs or they find they cannot compete with bigger businesses.

Short sighted politicians who apply knee-jerk and band-aid remedies lack long term thinking skills in order to resolve the issues our nation faces, allowing other nations to surpass America. Political greed and incompetence is the usual cause of societal collapse and there is no shortage of it in our country at every level of government. Congress, in particular, has a history of self destructive policies that at best, kick the can down the street.

Also, the percentage of working age Americans not participating in the labor force is up to 37.2 percent – a 36 year high.

A recent TV news report interviewed returning military veterans who expressed their disgust with our leaders essentially asking, “Why did we serve – only to come home to no jobs, and a lot of broken promises and failed leadership from fat cat politicians, most of whom never served a day in their life?”


On the other hand many find the employment picture grim. The Fed recently announced it will no longer peg interest rate decisions to any particular unemployment number. Previously their position had been when that rate fell to below 6.5%, that will trigger them to pursue a tighter monetary policy.

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Grey water & rainwater recycling systems

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Grey Water and Rainwater Recycling Systems For Survival

Many people say there will come a time when water will become “the new oil.” It means that one day, within the next twenty years, water will become so scarce that only a few places on earth will have clean water for drinking, bathing, and other things. The implications of this warning, like the loss of lives due to thirst and microbial infections, as well as the fact that over a billion people in the world do not have access to clean water even if it is a basic right, led many to find alternate ways of obtaining water they can use each day. Two well-known and highly-effective alternate ways of obtaining this liquid resource are grey water recycling and rainwater harvesting and recycling, and here are the definitions, benefits, and methods of implementation of both methods.

Grey Water Recycling
Grey water recycling, a method that is not exactly a way of getting fresh water, is defined as the reuse of domestic waste water, water that comes from the kitchen sink and bathtub. Sewage is not categorised as grey water, as it has a higher organic load and microbial content. Properly recycled grey water is often used to flush toilets or water plants, making them useful for everyday survival and living.

If you are interested in recycling domestic waste water or grey water, you can have a system built for your home. All you need are some pails and materials for making an improvised filter. You may already have the things you need in your garage, but if not, then you can buy these items for cheaper prices at yard sales or flea markets across your neighbourhood.

The first thing you need to do is to put buckets or basins under the sinks and showers to collect water used for washing hands and showering, respectively. When these need to be used, remove them from the showers and sinks and let them pass through a filter and into another bucket or basin. This allows for the removal of impurities.

In building your own filter, the things you need include a barrel, sand, stone, and a hose. The other materials you need are stated in the steps below.

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Why you should be serious about the Poor Man’s Gold

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Poor Man’s Gold – Silver!
The following post by TDV Contributor, Jeff Clark

Jim Rogers once quipped that he waits to invest until “there’s a pile of money just sitting there in a corner and I can walk over and pick it up.”

In other words, an asset that’s deeply undervalued, widely ignored, with potent fundamentals ready to kick in.

Is there such an opportunity in any of the precious metals right now?
One could make a case for all of them, given the likelihood of high inflation and the mainstream largely ignoring the industry.

But there’s one metal in particular that I think will deliver the most fireworks…

Why The Silver Price Could Double Or Even Triple
Silver is selling at less than half its 2011 high, is ignored more than gold, and as you’ll see, has explosive fundamentals that point to a possible runaway price scenario.

To assess silver’s potential, let’s first ignore short-term factors that you might see in mainstream headlines, such as net short/long positions, fluctuations in weekly ETF holdings, or the latest open interest. Data like these fluctuate regularly and rarely have long-term bearing on the price.

Let’s instead consider the big-picture forces that could impact silver over the next several years. Here are the data that tell me “there’s a pile of money sitting in the corner…”

#1: Monetary Abuse. The most significant catalyst for silver is the government’s abuse of our monetary system. In a world of endless fiat money printing and unsustainable debt, silver (like gold) represents a wealth protection against systemic risk.

At no time in history has a government printed this much money. And not one currency in the world is anchored to gold or any other tangible standard. This unprecedented setup means that whatever fallout results, it will be historic and affect each of us personally. Silver will be one refuge from that storm—and given its higher volatility, could rise more than gold.

#2: Inflation-Adjusted Price Has a Long Way to Go. One specific indicator of silver’s potential is its inflation-adjusted price. I asked John Williams of ShadowStats to calculate the silver price in May 2014 dollars (current data are not yet available).

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