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Loyalty Cards: Check Your Privacy at the Door

December 10, 2012


Loyalty cards vs privacy

“Do you have a loyalty card?”, asked cashier. Her disinterest in my answer was evident by her voice and body language. But for me, the question is quite interesting and not at all rote. “Do I have a loyalty card?” Just how do I want to answer that? Y’all Come Back Now, Ya Hear? Many […]

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America’s Per Capita Debt is Greater than Greece’s

November 8, 2012


America has more debt per capita than Greece

“Be afraid. Be very afraid.” That what reporter Veronica Quaife said to Seth Brundle as it became apparent that his teleportation experiments were going horribly wrong in the 1986 movie The Fly.  It’s also the words that came to mind when I read this Weekly Standard article. When PIGS Fall It wasn’t that long ago that […]

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The Death of Democracy: You Can’t Believe Everything You Read

October 16, 2012


If you’re like most people with an email address, you’ve received a message from a foreign national. In it he claims that you could make a large sum of money if you’d just help him smuggle funds out of his suppressive nation. All he needs is your bank account information and he’ll deposit the freed […]

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The Forgotten Prep: Building a Nest Egg

October 9, 2012


building your financial reserves

Beans. Bullets. Band-aids. That’s the on alliteration that many people in the prepper community use to refer to the three main components of a good coffer. To prepare for an uncertain future, you should have a pantry full of non-parishable food items such as beans, wheats, rices, etc. You’ll also need a way to provide […]

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18 Low-Cost Ways to Start Prepping

September 27, 2012


getting started in prepping

When the need to prepare for an uncertain future becomes a pressing reality for the new prepper, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many things to buy and to do that it becomes almost paralyzing. “Where to start?” becomes the question at the forefront of their minds. Frustrated and anxious, many preppers assume […]

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Obama, Romney. It Makes No Difference to Me

August 27, 2012


The U.S. flag

I may catch some flack for this post from many in the prepper community. I hope you won’t stop reading at the title and will follow through to hear my rationale. The Two-Party System As the Republican National Convention gears up this week in Tampa, Florida, the Romney/Ryan ticket is positioning this November’s election as […]

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Freedom for Sale

August 9, 2012


Are we slowly selling away our freedoms?

“Giving up freedom is the only way to save money.” That’s the final statement from a recent National Public Radio (NPR) segment on auto insurance entitled “Car Insurers Eye Driving Skills To Set Prices.” It’s a staggering statement, one that sends a shiver down your spine if you value the personal freedoms that America’s founding […]

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Saving Money by Challenging the Status Quo

June 19, 2012


saving money at the store

I like to think of myself as a fairly cost conscience kind of guy, one that doesn’t fall for the practices of sly marketeers. No, I’m a thinking man who considers my choices in the marketplace. I do my research and make my selection based on a combination of reputation, reviews, and price. Yet for […]

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The Government’s Deficit is 4 Times Greater Than Reported

May 24, 2012


Writing a check for the deficit

“The typical American household would have paid nearly all of its income in taxes last year to balance the budget if the government used standard accounting rules to compute the deficit, a USA TODAY analysis finds. Under those accounting practices, the government ran red ink last year equal to $42,054 per household — nearly four times […]

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Another Look at the US Budget

March 21, 2012


our economic game of roulette

According to recent surveys, the economy is one of the most important factors for many voters in this year’s Presidential election. In Tuesday’s Republican Primary in Illinois, 8 out of every 10 voters cited economics issues as being the main issue behind their decision at the ballot box. Social issues like immigration, health care, and […]

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