Economy

The EBT Scare, Panic, and the Lesson

by suburban October 14, 2013 Economy
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Over the weekend you no doubt heard about the EBT outage that bright the system to a halt.  If you don’t know what EBT is, it means “Electronic Benefits Transfer” and is the electronic version of the “Food Stamp Program.”  So, this means that  instead of receiving paper food stamps and paper checks, you are issued […]

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Are Pre-2011 Nickels Worth the Hedge?

by suburban June 29, 2013 Economy
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It has been argued by those in the prepper and survival community that because nickels (pre-2011ish) contain 75% copper and 25 % nickel will appreciate with inflation and/or precious metals.  It’s been said that the price of the nickel will go up in a post economic collapse scenario.  My own preliminary research says this is debatable.  I’m […]

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Hedging Economic Bets, Why I Buy Junk Silver and Silver Rounds

by suburban February 27, 2013 Economy
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As I can afford to do it, I have been buying silver.  Mostly silver rounds. I have a small stash of silver rounds primarily in hopes of hedging my bets against economic downturn or to hopefully capitalize on rising prices at some juncture, assuming they go above the current spot rate.  I also have to preface this […]

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Local or Alternative Currency in a Community for Higher Economic Sustainability

by suburban August 21, 2012 Economy
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On the ride home from my boss’s office on Monday evening this week, I was thinking about the economy, and the ramifications of economic collapse.  I thought about how it would effect where I live in NJ today, and I thought about how it might effect my home town, a small town in rural Pennsylvania. […]

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Honestly, Where is the Answer?

by suburban January 13, 2012 Economy
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Honestly, I have not been motivated to write recently.  I feel like work is consuming my life over the past several months.  Being in sales I am not surprised, but I feel like I am working harder longer hours for smaller rewards.  The question I ask myself, “am I working hard enough?”  I am wondering […]

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National Traffic System – A Good Resource to Know!

by ST January 3, 2012 Civil Unrest
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No, this isn’t about driving or getting from A to B. The National Traffic System (NTS) is a network of amateur radio operators around the country (there is similar operations internationally but with different rules) that in times of emergencies can rely brief messages into and out of a disaster location. Organizations such as the […]

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The SHTF Is Here – Hurray (NOT!!)

by ST December 27, 2011 Economy
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That title caught your attention for sure! But believe it or not, there are people out there who actually want and hope for a massive, national SHTF event! You can see it in the way many people on a large number of prepper sites write or the videos they produce. They are outright gitty at […]

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Endless Fall – Part 6: Trouble Comes For Dinner (Alternate Ending)

by ST December 6, 2011 Civil Unrest
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Note: The following is the sixth installment of a series that represents a first-hand chronicle of a fictional economic collapse in the United States. This series is to be viewed as only one possible scenario. Contains explicit language.   May 2 – 195 days after Black Swan Day My Dearest Children – April showers might […]

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Endless Fall – Part 6: Trouble Comes For Dinner

by ST November 29, 2011 Civil Unrest
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Note: The following is the sixth installment of a series that represents a first-hand chronicle of a fictional economic collapse in the United States. This series is to be viewed as only one possible scenario. Contains explicit language.   May 2 – 195 days after Black Swan Day My Dearest Children – April showers might […]

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Endless Fall – Part 5: Hell Comes To Frog Town

by ST November 15, 2011 Civil Unrest
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Note: The following is the fifth installment of a series that represents a first-hand chronicle of a fictional economic collapse in the United States. This series is to be viewed as only one possible scenario.   April 2 – 165 days after Black Swan Day My Dearest Children – Spring has sprung. Unfortunately the warmer […]

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