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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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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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The Final Preparation – Part 3: Trust Worthy

by ST January 24, 2012 General
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 In the first two parts of this series I discussed many of the misconceptions and blatant head-in-the-sand reasons people offer for not doing any estate planning and we discussed an overview use of a Will (Last Will & Testament). In the final part of the series I want to discuss one of the most misunderstood […]

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The Final Preparation – Part 2: Where There Is A Will…

by ST January 17, 2012 General
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In the first part of this series it was pointed out many of the ridiculous and frankly lame excuses people often give for not preparing (“getting their affairs in order” as the old saying goes) for their ultimate demise. Regardless of a disaster, we are all going to meet the same fate in the end. […]

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The Final Preparation – Part 1: Dare to Consider

by ST January 10, 2012 General
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Death and taxes. The two things the old joke says can’t be avoided (and these days I often think the order of those two should be reversed!). No matter how fit we are, how healthy a life style we live, no matter how great our healthcare is, it doesn’t matter. Sooner or later, as the […]

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It’s All About the Jobs

by Prepperjim November 2, 2011 Civil Unrest
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I read this article and became really concerned, frightened even. The figures from payroll taxes reported to the Social Security Administration on jobs and pay are, in a word, awful. Even more alarming is this graph with the title “Fewer Jobs, Less Pay”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6273282342/ And from the rest of the article: More significantly, the number of people […]

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Gold: A Misunderstood Metal

by ST October 11, 2011 Economy
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With the remarkable rise in the price of gold over the last 2 years (as of writing this) as well as the apparent uncertainties, even declines, in more traditional icons of American economic prowess the yellow metal has once again come to the forefront of interest by both preppers and individual investors. Add to that […]

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Who Will Help me Eat My Bread?

by ST October 4, 2011 Barter
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There is an old children’s story about someone who asks “Who will help me make my bread?” No one helps. No one helps plant the wheat, harvest the wheat, mill the wheat, make the dough, or bake it. But at the end when it is asked who will help eat the bread everyone comes running […]

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Promises To Keep : Your New Post-SHFT Credit Card

by ST September 27, 2011 Barter
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There is no honor among thieves. But, thankfully, most people aren’t thieves. Even in a SHTF scenario, with some exception (e.g. Katrina), most people do behave well. For the most part. Living in or near a big city it can be hard to understand that a persons’ word still holds value for a large number […]

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