Low Interest Rates Bad

September 30, 2016 admin 0

From the archives: 2015-11-13 10:05:42 First a little background on what the interest rate actually is. The Interest rate means slightly different things depending on which country you are talking about. I’ll only deal with Canada and the USA since that is where my financial interests lay. Bank Rates The…

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Self Reliance News Round Up – 2016-09-24

September 24, 2016 admin 0

Self Reliance News – Saturday 24th of September 2016

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Scientists Find Fruit In Australia Capable Of Killing Cancer, Mainstream Media Stays Silent posted by www.prepperdome.com
Rep. Dave Brat: Removing Mandatory Bible Readings from Public Schools Read the rest

Self Reliance News Round Up – 2016-09-24

September 24, 2016 admin 0

Self Reliance News – Saturday 24th of September 2016

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Everyone thinks they are middle class: The false perceptions many Americans hold. posted by www.mybudget360.com
Charlotte Police Department Releases Videos of Shooting posted by www.thenewamerican.com
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The Canadian Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis

September 23, 2016 admin 0

The Canadian Sub-Prime Mortgage CrisisFrom The Archives: 2008 If you do not have the ability to come up with 5% down on your homestead by October 15th 2008, start looking for junk land instead right now. And if your credit rating is zero or worse, you’d better move even faster. The Canadian government in…

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How To Use Financial Jujitsu To Fight Tyrants

September 20, 2016 Editor: Cari Schofield 0

How To Use Financial Jujitsu To Fight Tyrants and Build Freedom By Paylie Roberts “Jujitsu expresses the philosophy of yielding to an opponent’s force rather than trying to oppose force with force. Manipulating an opponent’s attack using his force and direction allows jujitsu ka to control the balance of their opponent and hence prevent the opponent from resisting the counterattack.”[i] “In short, resisting a more powerful opponent will result in your defeat, whilst adjusting to and evading your opponent’s attack will cause him to lose his balance, his power will be reduced, and you will defeat him. This can apply whatever the relative values of power, thus making it possible for weaker opponents to beat significantly stronger ones.”[ii] Disclaimer: I am not a tax accountant or tax attorney, and nothing in this article is to be construed as tax, accounting, or legal advice. Seek the guidance of a qualified professional. The reader is  responsible for his/her/its own actions. As preppers and liberty activists we tend to be very good at identifying and characterizing problems, because that is a necessary first step. But we too often get stuck focusing on the problems and don’t spend enough time acting on the next step of developing practical solutions. I want to try to spend more of my time (and yours) in my articles focusing on solutions, and I pleadingly recommend and request that other liberty-oriented alternative media writers do the same. That is the only way we are going to win our freedoms back. Mere whining solves nothing. It is important for every liberty minded or preparedness-oriented person to realize that globalist “elitists” are waging a stealth war against the independence, self reliance, and freedom of people around the world. It is much easier for them to control and steal from dependent indentured serfs. And they are all about control – that is their drug of choice. This “war” has several levels, or layers. The first includes propaganda, information warfare and psychological warfare. The second layer is financial warfare. There are also other layers, including a stealth war against our health, and physical warfare (DHS, police state), but the financial aspect is the focus of this article. As large numbers of people are starting to see through the veneer of first layer of the info matrix, the financial layer is playing greater importance. The financial layer has many, many components. These include: heavy complicated taxation, heavy regulation, extensive financial reporting requirements, very strict banking rules toward customers (not toward the banks), such as Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) on cash transactions. This also includes the fact that the banking system is becoming more and more digital and networked, and that digital banking network involves a contrived artificial monopoly controlled by the globalist elite. This network is known as SWIFT  (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication). Control of that system is financial control over everyone who uses that banking network. The financial war also includes FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act) regulations on foreign accounts, RICO (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) and Asset Forfeiture laws. It also includes the fact that the FedGov has created incentives that both encourage businesses to make their products overseas (high taxes and regulations making the US noncompetitive as a producer nation) and then ship their products back to the US (pretend “free trade” – actually trade “managed” for the benefit of special interests – see the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP trade agreement). This previous example leads to the inevitable destruction of the so-called “middle class” in the US. The financial warfare also includes actions by the Federal Reserve, such as ZIRP (Zero Interest Rate Policy) which punishes savers and rewards debtors, and the creation of trillions of Federal Reserve Notes (incorrectly called “US Dollars”), which are given out like candy to all the major banks around the world, while the rest of us have to work like slaves to survive. The fact that the Federal Reserve and other central banks like the European Central Bank (ECB) create trillions of fiat “currency units” out of thin air, amounts to what is basically the largest counterfeiting operation in human history. The second biggest counterfeiting operation in human history is the fractional reserve nature of the Western/global banking system (explained more later).  These latter two create price inflation making products needed to live much more expensive for all us plebeian little people. I won’t go into detail on any of these numerous topics, as each one could take a lengthy article to cover in any depth. If you have been paying attention, none of this is news to you. If not, I would recommend doing some background self-education. But the more important topic to all this is, what can we do about it? There is one aspect to the financial war that I would like to focus on in this article, because it is one that we can very effectively work around. That aspect is the “war on cash”. If you are not familiar, many government officials, central bank officials, and academics would like to do away with cash and require everything be done by electronic banking only. There are several real reasons they want this and several false narratives they will use to justify it. The dishonest justifications will include “terrorism,” the illegal drug trade, and the “cost” of cash to society. The real reason is always about control, and theft. Cash cannot easily be tracked, controlled, taxed, and confiscated. Electronic bank deposits allow The Powers That Be (TPTB) to do all of the above with ease. Cash allows the true free market (aka the “Black Market”) to exist; it is a method that liberty lovers can employ (for now) to circumvent tyranny. However, the central banks would also like to get rid of cash because they have been perusing a policy of zero interest rates to allegedly “stimulate” the economy, but that is not accomplishing their goals, so they want to create negative interest rates, as has already been done in Europe and Japan. Basically they want to discourage people from saving and keeping money in the bank by creating a disincentive (you lose money in the bank). They want to encourage people to spend money to stimulate a moribund economy. The problem with this policy of course, is paper cash. As long as people can hold cash, they can just withdraw cash from the banks and store it in a personal vault. As long as there is cash, TPTB can not force people to spend it. Therefore, they have to do away with cash. But how can they do this? They could just make it illegal, and/or remove it from circulation. But that would create too much of an outcry and might wake the soon to be boiling frog. So how? The 5 Minute Forecast from Agora Financial has a good hypothesis on how this could happen: “Depending on whom you believe, the total value of all coins and banknotes on the planet is about $5 trillion. Meanwhile, the CIA World Factbook tells us the total value of “broad money” — coins and bank notes, plus money market accounts, savings accounts, checking accounts and time deposits — is more than 16 times larger, $80.9 trillion. That gap between physical currency and “broad money” is key to the diabolical scheme mooted at Jackson Hole [2016 Federal Reserve meeting] that nearly no one is talking about. A professor at Carnegie Mellon University named Marvin Goodfriend gave a talk about a paper he wrote with the dry and wonkish title The Case for Unencumbering Interest Rate Policy at the Zero Bound. Our rewrite would be How We’ll Win the War on Cash Once and for All. “On its face, the Goodfriend speech was about negative interest rates,” Jim tells us. As we’ve been describing for some time now, negative rates are de rigueur in Japan and Europe. You can put money in the bank and get less of it back when you take it out. Everyday people are coping as best they can. Only yesterday, we told you how people in Germany are buying home safes in which to keep their physical currency, the better to ensure it won’t lose value. At the risk of belaboring the obvious, “If citizens can go to cash, that makes it difficult to impose negative rates on digital bank accounts,” says Jim. Here in The 5, we’ve periodically cited a laundry list of academics who would just as soon abolish cash, the better to achieve their aims. But in his talk at Jackson Hole, Professor Goodfriend identified the proverbial fly in the ointment: “The public is likely to resist the abolition of paper currency.” [emphasis added] How to get around that? The professor has come up with a mouthful he calls the “flexible market-determined deposit price of paper currency.” “In plain English,” says Jim, “this means the ‘money’ in your bank account and the ‘money’ in your purse or wallet would be like two different kinds of currency. “There would be an exchange rate between the two, just as there is an exchange rate between dollars and euros… “What this means is if you go to the bank and withdraw $1,000, the bank might only give you $980 in cash because of the ‘exchange rate’ between your bank account and cash. Or if you deposit $1,000 in cash, the bank might only credit your bank account $980 because of the same ‘exchange rate’ between your cash and the bank account balance. In short, it’s a way to impose negative interest rates on physical cash. “It’s true,” Jim allows, “that Goodfriend is an academic, not a policymaker. But Yellen and other Fed bigwigs like William Dudley and Stanley Fischer were sitting in the audience. […] Because it’s so convoluted, and so completely counter to people’s expectations of what’s “normal”… we imagine it could be introduced only under cover of dire financial crisis worse than 2008. We’re talking about a moment when the masses are so panicked about whether 18-wheelers will still deliver food and toilet paper to the stores that they’ll put up with any scheme imposed by their masters if it means they won’t go cold and hungry. That dire moment is not right around the corner… but the stage is being set, […] As we’ve been saying for a while, that’s when leaders of the G-20 nations meet in China. There, China and Russia will likely step up their trade and foreign exchange in a way that bypasses dollars. Saudi Arabia might well find a new pricing benchmark for oil that’s not the dollar. The International Monetary Fund will move forward with its plans to supplant the dollar with the “special drawing right,” or SDR, as the globe’s reserve currency. Those maneuvers won’t necessarily make big headlines. They’ll occur behind the scenes. But they’ll all tee up the big event at the end of September […]. ” [iii] Imagine this: You patiently wait for your $1500 paycheck to be automatically deposited to your bank account (the amount after they have already taken automatic taxes out of your paycheck for federal tax, social security, etc.), but when you go to the bank to withdraw cash, you are charged a 5% conversion to cash fee, and really only have $1425 available for withdrawal, or to pay bills with. And since most places now require direct deposit, you have no choice but to pay this fee, unless you choose not to withdraw cash. With budgets so tight, many people will choose to forgo the paper cash and will leave the currency in the bank, making it easy prey for governments and bankers. Or let’s say you had a yard sale, and went to the bank to deposit your $100 from being out in the sun all day haggling and dealing, the bank charges you a conversion fee to deposit your cash, and now you only have $90 to use for bills or whatever you were going to use it for. The idea is similar to using a credit card merchant or other service provider such as paypal to process your financial transactions, you get charged fees for doing so, and there’s nothing you can do about it. This contrasts with paying cash, and keeping the banks out of it, so you are not charged those fees. If the above proposal is implemented, people will be further dis-incentivized to hold cash, and there will be a gradual move away from cash, as much as TPTB can get away with – without waking up the proverbial frog of the masses. Again, what can we do about it? As the quotes at the beginning of the article imply, we use financial jujutsu. What is financial jujutsu? We turn the actions of TPTB against them. There are many tools in the tool box of the financial jujutsu practitioner. I will cover only a few in this article.   Prerequisites: These are the baby steps that needs to be taken before the methods outlined below can be applied. If you are already utilizing these approaches, kudos to you. Basically, stop using bank cards, credit cards, and online banking, etc. Switch to paper currency, as in paper cash and money orders. Conduct all the transactions that you can with cash, and leave the banks out of your life as much as possible. Pay for your groceries at your local farmers market with cash, pay your heater repair man in cash (make sure to get a receipt of course), pay for your fuel needs in cash. This will increase your freedom and particularly privacy. This is actually much harder than it might sound. Many businesses want you to pay your bills electronically, including the power company, internet service provider, etc. But you can still manage to pay bills the old fashioned way, whether it is getting a money order paid for with cash (small fee applies – but you can choose the institution your fee goes to and you can bypass the bank), or stop by your local utilities office, and pay your bill in person, in cash. If you have your own business, you can offer a discount to folks who pay with cash, and claim that you can do so because you don’t have the added merchant fees since you don’t have to accept payment electronically. This will encourage buyers to pay you with cash as both of you will save a few bucks. Once you’ve mastered the old fashioned art of paying for everything with cash, you can now tackle the more advanced methods of financial jujutsu below.   Method 1: Network with other relatively local like-minded people and conduct your transactions in precious metals – most likely in silver coinage. If The Powers That Be either outlaw or make impossible the anonymous use of green pieces of (toilet) paper to conduct transactions, how about we circumvent the central banks out of the picture all together and return to using honest, real money? This is using the principle of jujutsu – not confronting the stronger opponent, but using the force of your stronger opponent against him by redirecting it for your own counterattack. The removal of cash from circulation and the disincentive to use or hold it creates an opportunity for everyone who prefers or advocates sound money and conducting transactions privately outside the electronic banking system. There will always be a demand for “cash-like” transactions across many people in society. If TPTB remove the green pieces of paper, that will leave a void in our culture and society, and we can fill that void by re-establishing the use of silver coinage – something that would likely be relatively readily accepted, perhaps more so than other options. There are several likely objections to this.   Objection 1: The store will not accept silver coins, only debit/credit cards. This is an easy fix. First try to do business and support businesses that are willing to transact in silver coins. You may not have success trying to use silver coins at the corporate-mega-box-grocery-mart, but talk to the owner (or even manager) of the small local grocery, farmers market, sporting goods store, or ranch supply store and I highly doubt s/he will refuse silver coinage for payment. As this trend spreads, the market will sort it out. Accepting silver coinage for payment will offer a competitive advantage to those businesses who accept it, which will compel others to follow. And for the ones that never do, like the big corporate box stores? Well you didn’t want to support them anyway – right? The only way to stop this would be to make it illegal – and that would risk waking the frog to the true nature of the tyrants.   Objection 2: Using silver coinage may work fine for relatively local “cash-like” transactions, but it won’t work for long distance or online transactions. This is true. It is cumbersome to ship silver coins around, and there are concerns about theft and fraud. This problem would have been solved by the private currency system known as the “Liberty Dollar” founded by Bernard von NotHaus,[iv] as it would have had local transaction points all around the country – similar to Western Union except for silver coins instead of paper. But, unfortunately he was imprisoned for, ironically of all things, “counterfeiting”, because he used the word “dollar” in the name of a private money. This only goes to show how corrupt, fraudulent and morally and logically inverted our society and the “government” is where the central bank creates trillions of “currency units” out of thin air and they put the Chairman on the cover of Time Magazine, while someone dealing in real silver and gold is convicted of “counterfeiting”[v]. ABSURD. Anyway, there is an alternative solution to this problem – see Method 2 below.   Objection 3: Silver coins are based on weighted value, and would be difficult to split up for something that costs a $1.99. The simple solution to this is to use “junk silver” or very small weight silver coins (they do exist).   Objection 4: The volatility of the value of silver would be problematic. The simple solution here is to right your inverted thinking. It is not the value of silver that is volatile, it is the value of the fiat paper currencies that are volatile. To the degree that silver is volatile in terms of purchasing power of real goods, much of that actually has to do with (temporary) attempts at manipulating the price of precious metals by Wall street and central banks. Any of these objections could be worked out through negotiation based on who you are transacting with and the value of the goods that are being exchanged. Creative strategies can be easily developed to overcome such objections, including simply bartering goods and services, not only using precious metals.   Method 2: Private market digital currencies. The best known of these of course is Bitcoin, but there are others. (Please note that I make no recommendations of which private market digital currencies to utilize, I am merely speaking of them in the general sense.) These allow private transactions online or at great distance that circumvent the financial control grid of TPTB. The main issue here is again getting enough acceptance of them that they can be used practically for most transactions. However I would emphasize that unlike precious metals, digital currencies are NOT a reliable store of value (therefore not “money”) but they do allow for private transactions as long as the internet and IT infrastructure are functioning in the current manner. Therefore, I would not hold large amounts of bitcoins, since that “wealth” could vaporize if the internet is taken down or computers are disabled. Instead I would still hold the bulk of savings in real tangibles such as: precious metals, food, land, ammo, tools, etc, and only purchase digital currencies as a temporary intermediary for transactions. Similarly, fiat paper currencies are not a reliable store of value either, as they have no intrinsic value, and are therefore not “money”. Historically, the long term survival rate for all fiat currencies drops to zero, and a hundred years of debased purchasing power (97% loss) of the so-called “US Dollar” completely demonstrates this. Therefore, hold only as many paper notes as you need on a short term basis – perhaps one to three months worth of expenses. Perhaps the ideal combination would be a digital currency backed by verified precious metals. I hear there are some people working on this, but not rolled out yet. That would certainly kill all the counterfeit fiat currencies of the world – including the US Dollar, the Euro, and the IMF’s “Special Drawing Rights”. Time will tell. Free market sound (real) money is a key step to disabling the globalist tyrants and to building freedom.   Method 3: Start a business. This is a bit of a change of direction from the previous two methods, but still falls under the umbrella of financial jujutsu. What’s that you say? You have a job and you have no ideas for a business? It doesn’t matter. The totally absurd and completely immoral IRS taxtortion system is designed with a myriad of loopholes, and incentives for businesses and special interests, designed more to manipulate behavior (there is TPTB “control freak” thing again) than it is to actually collect revenue. Although it is better to keep as much income you can out of the financial control grid, you may as well take advantage of those loopholes for any income you are unable to keep out of the financial control grid.  Make up something you are interested in and create a sole proprietorship. Write off as much as you logically can on your taxes, but do it in a way it is not suspicious. You will get at least 2-3 years of good write offs before the IRS considers it a “hobby” and stops letting you write stuff off. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not suggesting to falsify your taxes, what I’m saying is that if you love collecting fishing lures, start a fishing lure sole proprietorship small business, buy your fishing lures wholesale, of course test some to make sure they work well, then sell the rest at retail prices, and write off the cost of your newly found entrepreneurship including cost of supplies, testing, business licenses, website, travel expenses, etc. Any startup business is justified in having losses, and those losses should absolutely be claimed on your taxes. Make sure you are saving all your receipts of course, especially for that back up generator you need to continue running your business during power failures.   Method 4: This is a controversial one, but could be appropriate under the right circumstances. I only ask that if you immediately disagree with what you read next, that you please read to the end of the section before you make a final judgment about the suggested method. If you have a lot of debt liabilities, with little assets that could be seized (e.g. house, car, business etc.), file bankruptcy, and start over with a clean slate, on a cash only basis. Similar to tax loopholes for businesses, this is a legally viable tool that has been put in place and is available for use. Some people will argue that this is not right because you are defaulting on creditors. This would be true if we were operating with a honest banking and monetary system with sound money. In the case of an honest banking and monetary system I would agree that bankruptcy would not really be the morally correct thing to do. But we do not live in such a world. The reality is, due to the fiat and fractional reserve nature of the banking system, when new “debt” or “credit” is created, about 95%-97% of that is created out of thin air. It was “currency” that did not exist before. You (actually the lending institution via your credit acceptance) created that “currency” from nothing. Lending institutions are highly leveraged this way, and typically only have to maintain 3%-5% reserve against that loan. So for every $30 to $50 they have in actual deposits, they can lend out $1000, or about $960 they didn’t actually have before – meaning they created it out of nothing. If you feel morally compelled to do so, pay back 5% and you have covered the lenders actual deposit loss. It is through this mechanism, and through the similar mechanism of the sale of US Treasury bonds, that US “Dollars” (Federal Reserve Notes) are created. Therefore, in the current western banking/monetary system, all currency is actually debt. If all the debt were ever paid off, there would be no currency. Thus a so-called “debt jubilee” that various commentators have mentioned is not possible under the current system because then there would be no currency in circulation. A new monetary system would have to be created. If you doubt these points, read the following article and then read this academic study/paper. I realize that this Alice In Wonderland system is difficult to wrap one’s mind around for the unfamiliar, but these are facts, albeit hidden from the public for the obvious reason that it benefits the globalist elitists and bankers, while enslaving the masses. Widespread understanding of the fraudulent nature of this current monetary and banking system threatens their nearly infinite money-power gravy train. The other moral argument against bankruptcy is that it is still a contract default, a breach of a person’s word. The counterargument to that is that the bank(s) misrepresented what they were actually providing; that is, they committed fraud. Therefore the contract is not valid. In the end every individual is going to have to decide for him of herself about the morality or not of filing bankruptcy. But as a practical matter, it is an option that may or may not be a useful tool available to you to increase your personal freedom from the debt slavery of the financial warfare. So on the one hand, your situation might warrant considering bankruptcy. On the other hand, if you have assets that can easily be seized, or student loans that can not be discharged,  then bankruptcy probably will not benefit you.   Methods 5 through Infinity: Communicate with others on jujutsu methods you found effective against the giant, and encourage others to learn and apply them. There are a nearly infinite number of tactics where one could employ the philosophy of financial jujutsu to “live free in an unfree world”. We are only limited by our own imaginations and moral compasses. What are some tactics you can think of to employ financial jujutsu to win the battle for freedom from corrupt tyrants (and central bankers)?   About Paylie Roberts Paylie Roberts is the author of the non-fiction book Memories of Poland, Lessons From Growing Up Under Communism. She is also the author of two novels: Bugging Out To Nowhere, and Life After Bugging Out. She has a Bachelor’s degree in biology, and lives with her husband, two German shepherds, and various livestock, somewhere between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains.   [i] Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jujutsu. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jujutsu#Heritage_and_philosophy. Accessed September 7, 2016]. [ii]      Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Judo. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judo#Judo_versus_jujutsu. Accessed September 7, 2016]. [iii]     Available at: http://agorafinancial.com/2016/08/31/the-most-evil-move-yet-in-the-war-on-cash/. Accessed September 7, 2016. [iv]    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bernard von NotHaus. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_von_NotHaus. Accessed September 7, 2016]. [v]     Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bernard von NotHaus. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_von_NotHaus. Accessed September 7, 2016].

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Are We Already Living In Anarchy? If So, How To Proceed?

September 19, 2016 Libertarian Survival 0

Article by: Paylie Roberts I tend to think a lot, and write not based on deadlines, but based on inspiration. My “real” careers don’t allow for writing deadlines, unless someone wants to pay me a considerable sum of silver or platinum coinage to do so. Thus, I don’t make a living writing, but instead, I hope to influence the course of thinking within human civilization (or at least the liberty and prepper movements) with my writing. This article involving Anarchy is one such a case. While there are many well thought out and articulated definitions of “anarchy” among political philosophers, to the indoctrinated and propagandized common person/sheep the word tends to be defined rather simplistically, and in my opinion incorrectly, as “chaos and disorder”. Ideally it might mean “without rulers (not without rules)”. But for the purpose of this article let us define it a little differently as “the absence of the rule of law”. To many Constitutionalists, Conservatives and Libertarians the rule of law is rather important, and rightly so unless you are living in an honest anarchy, in which case there will be morals, but not necessarily “laws” per say. However I have noticed a common misconception among all of these groups, and that is that advocates of anarchy tend to think that we don’t live in anarchy already, and the Constitutionalists, Conservatives, and Libertarians harbor the illusion that things still run on some basis of “rule of law”. Both of these views, I would argue, are not reality, and in fact are nothing more than mass hallucinated fictions created by the giant propaganda matrix/machine known as the “mainstream media”. Reality, as I see it, is that currently there are two sets of rules or standards. One rule applies to the globalist, elitist (not elite), sociopathic, megalomaniac oligarchs, and another set to everyone else. The rule that applies to the first group is “do whatever you want, just make sure you get away with it”. The rule that applies to the second group is “be obedient sheep and do whatever you are told no matter how onerous, ridiculous, or oppressive”. In fact, there are so many rules on the books now that apply to the second group of we the plebeians that just about everyone has “broken” some “law” or committed some supposed “crime,” and could be prosecuted for such, whether they know it or not. This allows the first group to engage in selective enforcement and prosecution based on their political agenda. We have already seen this with IRS targeting of specific groups for non-crimes, and also in the non-prosecution of many elitist oligarchs for blatant severe crimes. “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. … We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.” [Emphasis added.] –Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged   There are numerous data points that also support this view. For example, it is clear from considerable evidence that the actions of Hitlary Clinton certainly rise to the level of treason against the so-called “US”. The worst of this is her selling of the office of the Secretary of State in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation (clearly harmful and “illegal”). Yet there are no consequences for these acts. Similarly, John Corzine stole…, er, “lost” billions of dollars of account holder deposits while CEO of MF Global, and there are no consequences to him either. But he is “really sorry” about it. I could go on and on and on about the many numerous examples that there is no rule of law applied to the well connected globalist elitists. Yet I know someone who went to jail for irrigating crops without a permit that he didn’t know he even needed. Bernard von NotHaus went to prison for creating the private currency known as the liberty dollar based on precious metals. How ironic that he was prosecuted for “counterfeiting” of all things. These are examples of a totalitarian society suffering from moral and logical inversions (down is up and wrong is right). These contrasting examples also show that there is no longer rule of law. There are merely those who control the reins of power and use it to squash what they don’t like, and everyone else, who is potentially subject to being squashed. This phenomenon is not limited to the US, but is currently present in most so-called “countries” around the world today. I am only focusing on the US, as I am most familiar with it. An additional important point to make is that there are only a few reasons a “government” can really have any “authority,” let alone legitimacy. These are: The Social Contract theory. The Consent of the Governed theory. The brainwashed masses approach. And The “they have more guns” approach.   Regarding the Social Contract theory, several philosophers have pointed out the flaws in this approach, most notably Lysander Spooner. The problems here could be simply stated that almost no one has ever actually agreed to any such contract (nor knows what is in it), and for contracts to be valid (legitimately binding) they have to entered into knowingly and voluntarily. In addition, changes in contracts have to be agreed upon by all parties to the contract, and can not be changed ad hoc by certain parties. Yet changing the contractual terms ad hoc by certain parties is exactly what the current political process does, since currently the principle of FUNDAMENTAL UNALIENABLE RIGHTS (free speech, property rights, self ownership, the right to defend oneself, etc. etc.) has been burned at the stake. Furthermore, even if someone wants to argue that the US Constitution is the “social contract” of the US, then the supposed “Federal Government” is in breach of contract, approximately 90% of the time. Any common sense (rather than legalese butchered) reading of the US Constitution would clearly show that 90% of what the supposed “US Federal Government” is doing, the Constitution provides no authority for them to do those things. So on at least two counts #1 gets a fail. Regarding the consent of the governed, I know plenty of people, at this point perhaps even a majority of Americans, who no longer consent to the actions or decisions of the people who call themselves the “US Federal Government”. And it is entirely easy for anyone who disagrees with “policy” to withdraw consent. Simply stop accepting that those people have any LEGITIMATE authority, or that they represent you in any way. Because they certainly do not. The politicians only represent themselves, and their globalist puppet masters. Regarding the brainwashed masses approach, well this is true. Sadly, a large number of Americans are still brainwashed sheep and are consenting to tyranny and their own destruction without knowing it. Sometimes they even cheer for it without realizing what they are actually supporting. An important part of the deception here is that the elitists pretend to allow the populace to have a say, through the circus spectacle of “voting”. But in reality this is another matrix-like false narrative to placate the masses. Your vote NEVER affects policy and it rarely affects the outcome of elections.  Electronic voting machines with back door software, a controlled and complicit mainstream media, massive amounts of money for bribes and media, “old fashioned” vote fraud like dead people voting, or missing ballots, etc. etc. Voting is a rigged sham. Total. PERIOD. If the DHS takes over the voting system as threatened, the rigging will be complete. Continuing to believe in fairy tails does not make them true, and it only dis-empowers those who believe in them. People ought to open their eyes to the brutal reality of the matrix, but likely they will not, because it is just too painful. That old Jack Nicholson movie line of “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” is sadly very true for many Americans. But just because one segment of the population is ignorant and headed for self destruction does not mean the rest of us should be doomed to the same consequences due to their ostrich-like behavior. Finally, the “they have more guns” approach. As Chairman Mao said “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” That is the point that the US, and most other countries, has/have now reached. Do what they say or they kidnap, cage, or shoot you. But in reality, that is no different than a mafia, and it is definitely not the basis for any legitimacy. In reviewing the briefly presented (but in reality much more extensive) evidence on these topics, I can only come to the conclusion that we already, in practice, live in a state of anarchy. It just so happens to be that the present anarchic situation happens to be dominated by numerous large and oppressive mafias known as so-called “national governments” – the “Federal Government” and “State Governments” in the “US”. And they have good public relations divisions known as the “mainstream media”. In the US this mafia could more accurately be described as the “Deep State” and the merger of associated political, military (Military Industrial Complex), banking (central banks and major Wall street banks), and corrupt crony corporate power elitists. It also just so happens that a majority of people have been indoctrinated and propagandized into believing that the current rules are somehow legitimate. In reality these “laws” largely serve the deep state globalist oligarchs. The law as it currently exists, is an extensive abuse of language. As Lewis Carroll so accurately wrote in Through The Looking Glass:             “When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”   Our language has been turned against us to convince us to be serfs. Those who define (and redefine) the language of “the law” get away with everything. Those who have been convinced of the legitimacy of any language presented to them, allow themselves to be unknowingly coerced by this mafia into doing everything they are told, by anyone within this mafia who claims alleged “authority” of “the law”. George Orwell tried to warn us about this in his book 1984 with his concept of “newspeak”. In reality, most of the language used in the mainstream media and by politicians is newspeak. It is crucially important for anyone and everyone seeking freedom, peace, and prosperity to realize that this mafia is destroying the rights and liberties or all Americans, along with those of many people worldwide. It is a deadly parasite to human civilization, and as Orwell described in 1984, it is the “boot stamping on a human face – forever.” This mafia we have now, it is not “government” representing the will or interest of the people it claims to represent. They only pretend to serve the public, and put on as much of an act as they need to to convince a majority of the public of that. In reality it primarily serves the wishes and interests of a small number of sociopathic, control freak, criminals. These people are not intent upon advancing human civilization – they are intent upon destroying it for their own benefit. The people involved in this mafia are in fact guilty of crimes against humanity and need to be viewed and treated as such. Here are a few choice quotes that explain exactly who we are dealing with:   “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.” –George Orwell, 1984   “Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.” –George Orwell, 1984   “Kill one man, and you are a murderer, kill millions, and you are a conquerer, kill them all, and you are a god.” – Jean Rostand, biologist/philosopher (often mis-attributed to the band Megadeth)     With all that said, how to proceed? I always try to maintain a solution oriented focus in what I write. Thus it becomes even more important to realize and understand what you can do about it. The first thing to recognize is that this “government” mafia is illegitimate. You are under no moral obligation to comply with their rules, so long as you are not harming anyone else or the legitimate natural rights of others in the process. Further, realize that obedience to evil is not a virtue. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, ‘disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God’. In theory it is actually quite easy to free your mind; in practice it seems to be much more difficult for most people. But only you can free your own mind from the chains that have been placed on it since birth. “Free yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley. The solution to the Gordian knot of the current political situation is just as simple as cutting the Gordian knot with a knife: stop accepting and validating the legitimacy of a mafia and their propaganda. Change your thinking. Accept that this mafia has no legitimate authority. The way to do this is to accept the responsibility that you are free by nature, and are responsible for the morality of your own actions. Government laws do not dictate morality any more than they dictate the behavior of gravity. I realize this is a sea change of thinking since people have been conditioned to think that “the law” = morality and “illegal” = immoral. But this is quite bluntly a far too simplistic and indoctrinated worldview. Legality and morality sometimes overlap but often they do not. The more “laws” that exist the less they overlap with morality; thus we need to reestablish some basic principles.   In reality there are very few rules needed for an advanced civilization to function. These include: The non-aggression principle. Do not engage in physical aggression or harm/destruction against other people or their property. Uphold contracts. Do what you say you are going to do. Your word is your bond. Live and let live. Live your life freely as you choose and let others live their lives as they choose, so long as no one is harmed and the natural rights of others are not violated. For some reason people ‘get’ the first two but have a terrible time with the third one. Too many people are busy bodies who think (incorrectly) that they have a right to dictate how other people should live. This is immoral, and if you want to maintain a functioning society, it never works. It also divides people against each other (divide and concur by the elitists using “wedge issues”), rather than uniting people to build freedom and prosperity. The philosophy of “live and let live” may not work in all cases (e.g. radical Muslims who demand conversion or they will kill you), but it will work for more people, more of the time, for people of more different backgrounds and views, than any other approach. There are also some strategies, that we the people can employ, en masse to build freedom, that have proven quite effective over the years. These include:   Mass civil disobedience of immoral laws. Thoreau, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Polish Solidarity movement have all proven that civil disobedience is effective. “Laws” can be made unenforceable this way. If it is not yet possible to get enough people to engage in mass civil disobedience, then engage in covert civil disobedience until you can persuade enough people to do so.   Stop supporting the government mafia. Minimize your tax profile. The more resources you give them, the more you empower them. The more you legitimize them, the more you empower them. “What if they had a selection (“election”) and no one showed up?   Become as independent and prepared (logistically, financially, and psychologically) as possible for economic and political disaster. If you have stored food, cash (and precious metals), self defense tools (weapons & ammo), power generating capacity, etc., you are more resilient and less dependent on the corrupt mafia system. The more dependent on that system, the more controlled you are. This also applies to financial independence. Don’t rely on .gov payments because they won’t be around or won’t be worth much going into the future.   Educate people about the reality of the government mafias. Make the effort to teach and persuade to the degree practical.   There is an old saying about the soap box, ballot box, jury box, and cartridge box. I have argued that the ballot box is a dead end, at least at the present time. And the soap box involves educating and persuading people. That leaves two. What is meant by the “jury box”? Jury nullification. This topic is too much for this article. However, if you are not already very familiar with jury nullification I recommend you go to the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) web site and educate yourself. Also see the Wikipedia entry on jury nullification. The Founding Fathers considered nullification of immoral laws by juries as one of the last lines of defense against tyranny, and they were correct.   Finally, the cartridge box (defensive use of force), is a legitimate last resort to resist tyranny and defend liberty. From a strategic standpoint I very strongly recommend this be the last resort, and I will explain why in a moment.   To recap, strategically, I highly recommend  using these various tools in the following order: First: “Soap box” education, persuasion – throughout all stages. Second: Ballot box, voting, political system – but only if you have a functioning system, which    we no longer do. Third: Minimize support for a corrupt system. Preparedness and self reliance throughout all stages. Stop accepting and legitimizing said corrupt, tyrannical so-called “authority”. Fourth: Civil disobedience. Fifth: Jury box, jury nullification of immoral laws. Sixth: Cartridge box (defensive use of force); last resort – in a defensive posture only. These all flow in a logical order tactically. Unfortunately my observation is that most liberty activists get stuck at either stage two or stage three and have no idea how to precede from there when those fail. With these last paragraphs of this article I am trying to sketch out the next steps, and equally importantly, why this sequence. First, let me use a completely hypothetical example to illustrate this process. Let’s say a person holds the values that it is a fundamental human right to defend oneself from violent aggressors, and therefore supports the principles described in the 2nd Amendment – that individuals have the right to own tools to engage in such self defense. But let’s say that right is fundamentally at risk due to political tyranny. Step 1 – Educate and persuade about the individual human right to self defense. Step 2 – Vote for those who support that fundamental right (assuming there is a functional political system, possibly not). Step 3 – Minimize taxes being paid to government mafias that then subsequently use that tax money to enforce anti-self defense laws. Also become more logistically and psychologically prepared for political and civil unrest. Stock up on weapons and ammunition (and food and communications gear, etc.), and train with them, as that training will be needed if Step 6 arrives. Step 4 – When major anti-gun legislation gets enacted by corrupt government mafia, don’t comply. For example, if all semi-auto weapons were banned and subject to confiscation, hide said weapons (until if Step 6 is required), and do not turn them in. Step 5 – If you are called to jury duty for a case that involves criminal prosecution of someone who committed Step 4, vote “not guilty”. If you are the person “arrested” (kidnapped) for committing Step 4, try to get some people on your jury who believe in the right to self defense and try to get them educated about jury nullification. Step 6 – Implement this if all else fails, and enforcement starts going door to door. That should give you a pretty good picture of how this process works for just about any topic. With a little imagination one might think of how this same process could be applied to something else, like the UnAffordable Care Act, or almost any other tyranny. However an additional key is to try to keep a positive narrative in the alternative media. Remember, the activist is the victim being oppressed by a tyrannical government mafia (which is true and no exaggeration). There are several reason I suggest this order. One of which is maintaining the moral high ground which is important for both practical and moral/philosophical reasons. Also, each subsequent step will be more controversial than the previous, and therefore should only be used if necessary. Maintaining the moral high ground is also important because it helps to build or maintain whatever public support you can muster. Maintaining public support increases the chances of success. Public support is not always necessary to succeed, but it does stack the odds in one’s favor. If someone jumps from step 2 all the way to step 6, they will be seen by the public as a “domestic terrorist” and treated as such, and the public will support prosecution/persecution (you will more likely fail). But after going through steps 3, 4, and 5, supporters of Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. for example would be seen as “civil rights activists” if they resorted to violence to defend themselves (note the defensive posture) against violent government brutality. Similarly, if it gets to that point (Step 6), people in the liberty movement will need to be seen by the public as “freedom fighters” and not as “domestic terrorists”. If you say this is just semantics, then you are dangerously naïve, and need to learn about the importance of public perception (PR) in the fourth generation warfare which is already being waged against us by the globalists. There are two critical components to spread the desired media narrative: truthful alternative media outlets to contrast with the mainstream controlled propaganda (this already exists, but needs to become higher profile), and liberty activists have to go through all of these steps to build a legitimately justified case. We need to be able to, at any point, say (roughly) “we tried to do it more civilly using the previous method, but they shut us down, so we had no choice but to take the next step.” This is fourth generation warfare: the battle for people’s minds. Embrace its strategic importance, or the chances of success are greatly reduced; because it has already been used against Americans for quite some time now by the globalists and their media whores. This is the world we live in now. Act outside the box accordingly.   About Paylie Roberts Paylie Roberts is the author of the non-fiction book Memories of Poland, Lessons From Growing Up Under Communism. She is also the author of two novels: Bugging Out To Nowhere, and Life After Bugging Out. She has a Bachelor’s degree in biology, and lives with her husband, two German shepherds, and various livestock, somewhere between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains.  

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Self Reliance News Round Up – 2016-09-17

September 17, 2016 admin 0

Self Reliance News – Saturday 17th of September 2016

Posts this week from …

” Tactical Grooming ” posted by modernswordtactics.freeforums.net
Televangelist Jim Bakker: God Told Me ?The Polls Could Be Wrong? About Donald Trump posted by www.patheos.com
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The Invisible Killer

September 16, 2016 admin 0

From The Archives: 2014 Carbonic acid anhydride is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year.  Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of CAA, but the dangers of carbonic acid anhydride do not  end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue…

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Common Core Math

September 14, 2016 admin 0

Common Core Math might actually be a good idea… … but I doubt those that support it have any clue as to why. Before I get into my thinking of this topic, I need to write about some basic concepts in mathematics, and a mini review of some history. It’s…

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Self Reliance News Round Up – 2016-09-10

September 10, 2016 admin 0

Self Reliance News – Saturday 10th of September 2016

Posts this week from …

9/11: The Rise of the Surveillance State posted by www.thenewamerican.com
U.S. Lawmakers Call Out State Dept. Backdoor to Gun Control posted by www.thenewamerican.com
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The Outdoorsman’s Workshop by Monte Burch

September 9, 2016 admin 0

From The Archives: 2015 Survival Book Review: Title: The Outdoorsman’s Workshop Author: Monte Burch ISBN: 0-87691-239-0 “Complete, step-by-step instructions in words, photographs, and diagrams for making outdoor accessories, including: Knives and sheaths Backpacks and pack frames Tents and sleeping bags Moccasins Archery equipment Doghouses and kennels Waterfowl blinds Animals calls…

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What is Safe Today? Is There Anything Left?

September 9, 2016 dave1678 0

A Lot of people I have talked to and listen to on media often talk of the need for strong government to protect the people and keep them safe.  I ask this simple question protect them from what?  Other people, criminals, terrorists or maybe even thoughts or words that make us feel bad?  Many of us feel unsafe and a lot of others call us paranoid but I suggest that at no time in our lives are we ever truly safe. Now it is easy to dismiss the fact that we are never really safe but I ask this question; where exactly are you totally safe from harm?  Perhaps at your work where you know most everyone and there is a strict no weapons policy.  How could you be harmed there?  Well ask anyone who has been through the horror of a workplace shooting or even a terrorist attack.  Ask the people who survived the 911 attack who were actually in the towers when the planes struck.  These are quite rare examples but they have happened and I would bet it will happen again in some form or another.  Maybe safety lies in our schools and other government buildings. There are plenty of guards or police protecting the buildings so they must be safe.  Timothy McVeigh would have something to say about that as well as all of his victims.  The several shootings in schools that have been publicized as of late should give anyone pause on how safe they really are. Perhaps you are safe at your home with your gun placed safely in your safe or in a drawer or maybe even on your hip, but how safe does that make you when you are lying in bed asleep or on the floor playing with your kids, dog or cat?  My point is not to scare you but to make you think in the real terms that being comfortable is not necessarily safe and that being completely safe is not really possible so where is the line drawn for intervention into your comfort and a level of safety. May I suggest the very proponents that want to make you feel safe are the ones increasing your levels of danger.  One should take their safety seriously and not  allow others to control it lest they be controlled themselves.  When people use force to make you safer it may increase your safety from others but does it decrease your safety from them?  Let me give you an example let’s say that your neighbor is suspected of using illegal drugs. This person has a job, pays his or her bills and is a good neighbor but the government in trying to protect you from his or her choice and one day decides to raid her home in full armor and a large battering ram.  They enter forcibly and take out their dog and shoot the occupant to find a ¼ ounce of (enter illegal drug here).  Now you should feel safe the evil drug user has been captured in true military style. A million dollars has been spent and your neighbor is in jail yeeha.  Beware how happy you feel about this because if your child or perhaps wife or husband has a prescribed drug and someone thinks you are using it in an illegal way and tells the government, this could be you.  The harmless joint you kept in case you wanted to be a kid again or the rival you have leaving a bag of (enter illegal drug here) could cause you the same pain.  When a group of well meaning militant officers protecting your safety enters your home to ensure that you are not harming anyone else with your illicit drug behavior and afterwards going out for a well deserved beer, wine or maybe even whisky. Perhaps a ban on all things harmful to you will keep you safe.  Guns kill people every day, not wearing your seat belt could kill you if you are in an accident, soda may make you fat. Your choices are your own and if you want to risk your life by owning a gun or not wearing your seat belt is it the right of the government to tell you no?  If you wish to be obese or maybe just give yourself a treat once in awhile should Uncle Sam be able to financially spank you for it?  Well in most states there is a tax for not wearing a seat belt issued out one stop at time.  Many places make it so hard to own a gun that it is not worth it to have one unless you make money with it. With soda, salt and fat taxes the government wants you to be healthy or poor or at least if you are poor the small rewards of sugary drinks or fatty foods are reserved for those who can afford it. If you think big brother was just watching you may need to read that book again. Terrorism.  The word should fill everyone with a little twinge of fear.  So how do we stop it.  The short answer is we can’t.  It is like crime.  We cannot remove it from the face of the earth and we cannot kill all of them because if we do others will flock to fill the shoes of the deceased.  So what do we do about it.  Well the government will make a color scheme to tell you how scared you should be today. How we should look for items like left bags or odd containers or weird vibrating (fill in weird thing here)  but we will not allow statistics to help us or take into account behavior and ethnicity.  We will stand by and ensure all junk is fondled and that every 90 year old wheelchair bound grandparent is checked and we will not report odd behavior because he or she is (enter protected group here).  It is better to investigate the innocent peacefully than to allow the guilty to cause harm. Now if you truly want to be as safe as possible then let me suggest you live your life in a bunker underground with enough emp protection to withstand a nuclear bomb and have a hepa system to ensure your air is pure and ensure little disease can get to you.  If you want to live an exciting life then I suggest you temp death at every corner, climb Everest, go base jumping, do that cool airplane race red bull puts on. If you want to live a full and happy life then be concerned with your own safety.  Assess risk and reward for yourself.  Keep the government out of your life as much as possible and you will find that you are safer than you thought and happier for it.

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