Alternative Stores of Value if the Dollar Dies

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



Quiet Wealth Strategies if the Dollar Crashes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 Ways to Outsmart Data Brokers

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



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



Resources to help you live better…


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

Cut your water bill in half…and more useful resources can be found at:

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

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


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



What is the number one thing that stresses Moms out?


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


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


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

Find tools you can use to cut debt here:


How to Spend More and Be Financially Secure

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

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

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

Continues here…


Food in the basement is better than money in the bank

There are many reasons for stockpiling a one-year supply of food. The value of food commodities generally increases at the same rate as inflation. Money in the bank doesn’t do that. Investing in 500 cans of tuna or in dehydrated food that will last five to 10 years are better bets than putting $350 in the bank. Find what you need below:

How to Survive the…

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


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11 Ways to Know our Nation is Run by Idiots…

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


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


Funny but sad if it weren’t so true…

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


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

by The Free Thought Project

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


FBI Facial Recognition System Is Now Fully Operational

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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Helpful Household Hacks for Emergencies, Survival Motoped, New Tips

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




The Motoped Survival Bike is Fit for a Savage Apocalypse

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


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


The Etsy of Hardware

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

Find more than 2,500 products at:


10 Online Jobs That Really Pay

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


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


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


More Money Saving Tips and…


Helpful Household Hacks in an Emergency

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

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

More Potential Headaches When you Renew Obamacare

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

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

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

For example:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.

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

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


7 Percent of US Workers Have Garnished Wages

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

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


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


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Free plans and pictures of PVC pipe projects.

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

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

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

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


Getting an Agriculture Education at the Farm School

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



When TSHTF, do you go underground or go mobile?


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



How to make sourdough starter read more here



Buy ‘Made in the USA’


Build Your Own Garden Shed From PM Plans

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

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Keep your frugal going with these resources!


10 Ways to Keep Your Food Fresher for Longer


6 Frugal Things to Do in September


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


8 Black Belt Budgeting Tips


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

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

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

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



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Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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

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



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


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

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

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


Dangers Of Non-Purified Or Untreated Water

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

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

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

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

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

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


How to Purify Water With Hydrogen Peroxide


ION Stabilized Oxygen

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



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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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



10 Clever Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide


When Buying a New Car

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

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


Before You Buy Bleach

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


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


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


New Gardening App – Growit!

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


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Why you’re getting poorer

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


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

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


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

From an analysis of research in The Economist:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

According to a source inside the Department of Homeland Security…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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Spend less, Get more: Savings tricks you can use


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


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


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


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


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


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


Simplify, Shop Wisely and Spend Less

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


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Sharecropper or Land Owner? Dispute Unfair Property Taxes

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Property Taxes: Paying for property you never truly own.

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

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


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


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


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


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


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



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How we waste money, How to save money

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



30 Ways You Waste Money

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

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

Buying at the Wrong Time

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

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


From unused gift cards to ATM fees we waste or lose billions annually. Take a peek:;_ylt=A0LEVx842Q1UjAQANkBXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzMm1nanNsBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1NNRTY1Nl8x



Save on fuel

Our nation’s roads and bridges are in sad shape and the toll winter takes on roads only makes the situation worse [pot holes in MI have been known to swallow cars]. As a consequence many of our cities are playing catch-up on road repairs. Avoid congested routes and save on fuel and repairs [and perhaps a few bottles of aspirin] by using this resource: or from your cell phone at: or by calling the traffic hotline at: 866-698-7232


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



Your Online Estate…A Sign of the Times!

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

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

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


Secret Way to Save on Eating Out

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

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


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

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When the Power Goes Out: Our Plan B

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find a comparison chart of different systems and useful resources here:

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The Rise of the Part Time Worker in America

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


The Rise of the Part Time Worker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dollar Stores: America’s Five n Dime

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


Dollar Stores: America’s five & dime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


How things have changed in the Prepper Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pessimism for Many This Labor Day, National Prepper Month

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

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September is National Preparedness Month


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

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

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

Pessimism on Economy Has Grown Since Recession

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

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

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

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The Triumph of Ignorance

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


The Triumph of Ignorance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Nation in Distress

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ICREACH: The Government’s Searchable Database Of Private Communications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Comfortable Mess: More Rants & Money Savers from Granny

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A Comfortable Mess

Granny Crabapple: Ban bratty kids from public shopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feedback Friday: Comments on fed follies

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


FEEDBACK: Readers cry foul over fed actions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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More Affordable Solar for Your Homestead

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


More Affordable Solar Power
by Dan Chiras

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

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

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

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

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

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Police State America According to CNN

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

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


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

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

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

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

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You’re Never too Old to be Debt-Free

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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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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Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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Homemade Herbal Medicine for Common Ailments

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

> Mark Twain


Homemade Herbal Medicines for Common Ailments
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

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

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

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

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

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Revenge of the Middle Class…Sort of!

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

— D. H. Lawrence


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Useful Hacks: Homesteading, Canning, Free Internet/Phone

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



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

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

Read the rest here plus grab more useful and free resources on gardening, homesteading, pressure cooker canning and more…

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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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I Have a Dream: Self Reliance for All

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

I Have a Dream: Self Reliance for All

I have a dream…

Watching the Ken Burn’s documentary on the Roosevelt family legacy reignited my pipedream of helping my fellow citizens who have fallen out of the middle class.

Folks during the Great Depression knew what it was like to be poor compared to people of the 21st century [However, the cost of living by comparison is dreadful]. Programs such as the CCC, TVA and other programs helped rebuild America and helped restore self respect and put some cash back in the family coffers.  It didn’t end the Great Depression but it sure helped rebuild the American spirit, unlike the welfare programs of today.


The poor of today often have large flat screen TVs, expensive Smart phones, vehicles and nice clothes.  Back then the majority of families remained a mom and dad unit while the majority of poor families today are usually fatherless and having children [expected to be the majority in 10 years] out of wedlock no longer seems to carry any stigma…after all, Uncle Sam will provide everything you need no matter how many children you have.


At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father.


When my foreign cousins [mostly from Germany] come here they often comment on how much stuff Americans own…to the point where they have exhausted room for cars in the family garage and need to pay to store their stuff. Their take is few in America are really poor but what amazes them most is how poorly educated so many of us seem to be.


A recent report titled “Hunger in America 2014” released by Feeding America, revealed that 46 million Americans have relied on charities for food in the past year.  That equates to one in seven and we have record amounts of people who receive food stamps.  Yet, look around you.  We also boast the most obese people in the world!  More than 60% of Americans are now considered obese.


Prior to being waylaid with a heart attack and other health problems my plan had been to open a camp for unwed mothers, limited to 15 cabins and it would include a garden, livestock and repair shops, a communal dining hall and library.   Everyone would be expected to pitch in whether it be food preparation, sewing, animal care, or working in the garden.


For women under the age of 30 in the United States, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.


We would also offer basic skill training covering paramedical skills, small engine repair, electrical, plumbing and carpentry. Education covering the three Rs would be offered as well.  Working with animals and your hands is a proven confidence builder and helps to build self reliance skills.


I’ll be in the hospital again this weekend to have some devices inserted into my heart. If all goes well, I hope to be recuperated by the spring of 2015 and plan to research grants and or donations which will enable me to restore the non-profit status of a group I used to be the volunteer chair of [the Minimalist Group] and will research various groups where I might find grants to secure funding for this 10-15 acre facility…any suggestions would be welcome.


It is not enough that you have a vision. The vision must have you. – John Ortberg


[Incidentally, I looked at the Bill Gates Foundation and they don’t bother much with needs in America].


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