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How To Barter Effectively When SHTF

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One of the most crucial skills every preppers needs is the ability to know how to barter effectively. This is crucial, since you’re very likely to run out of a crucial resource when SHTF. It could be food, water, tools, supplies… but something is going to run out. And when it does it’s your job to get it back. And you’ll likely have to barter to do it.

Bartering is often way, way harder than it looks. That’s because there’s a ton of strategy and skill that goes into it. You can’t just go pick someone willy-nilly and expect them to just hand over their precious preps.

Not to mention, bartering doesn’t deal with the use of money. This is hard for many people, since they’re used to buying stuff at grocery stores or retail outlets and using money to pay. As such, most of us have lost the ability to think creatively and haggle.

One thing’s for sure – bartering is an art form – and one you need to be really good at in order to get what you want.

Thankfully, there are certain survival basics you can learn to improve your bartering skills. And by the end of your training, you’ll likely know a whole lot more about…

How To Barter Effectively When SHTF

Have Something Worth Bartering

This is the crucial first step. Before you speak to ANYONE you need to ensure you have something that other people actually want. And – this is key – YOU need to be able to survive without it.

Keep in mind not everyone is going to see the value in your resource. For instance, you may be wanting to trade part of your food supply. However, if someone else has tons of food, they’re not going to see any value in what you have to offer.

It’s similar to having “junk” you’re trying to get rid of. Old, worn-down shoes may look like trash to most people. So the key is to find someone with no shoes – they’ll likely these as extremely valuable, and something they need.

Find The Right Person To Barter With

Bartering is essentially trading without money. This can be difficult since, in a good economy, everyone spends money on things without thinking twice. However, when SHTF, you’re going to need to go out and find someone that’s willing to trade something of theirs for something you have.

Now keep in mind this may be an easier process if you’ve got survival essentials to barter with such as food and water. However, if you’re trying to get rid of something more obscure – like a specific type of medicine – the search to find the right bartering partner is going to be more difficult.

Learn The Art Of Negotiation

Unlike in today’s world, there’s no set “price” on any items you’re bartering with. And that’s where negotiation comes in. It’s the job of both parties to come to an agreement on the terms of the sale.

This is a lot harder than most preppers think, since there’s a ton at risk. For instance, if you play your cards right you can come out with a great deal. However, if you’re not careful, you can screw yourself over in the process. Not to mention, if you try to lie or deceive the other party, this will likely come back to haunt you. Big time.

So how do you do it?

Well, first, it’s your job to “talk up” what you’ve got to offer. This is where you show off the item and explain to the other person how useful it is, how rare it is, or how valuable it is. For instance, many marketers want to prove to the consumer that their product is bigger, better, or faster than the competition. Follow their lead.

This is also an excellent time to showcase the product’s benefits, rather than its features. For instance, if you’ve got a pack of survival food, don’t just say “it has chicken, rice, and beans.” Those are features of the survival food – it’s things the product contains. And, more importantly, it’s not inherently obvious that this is beneficial to the consumer.

However, if you explain how your survival food is full of carbs (aka energy) and protein that can help them build a shelter, lug their bug-out bag, and hike a few miles without burning out, that’s a far more effective sell.

In essence, don’t talk about what the product is. Talk about how the product will benefit your consumer, and how it will make their life easier/happier/better/less stressful/etc.

There is one very crucial aspect that a lot of people miss. It’s important not to over-exaggerate the product’s benefits. As anyone who follows politics knows, if you overpromise something, you make the other party extremely angry when you can’t deliver (and lots of negative repercussions can happen as a result). You may not even close the deal at all.

And even though this is bad business in general, it’s far worse in an SHTF situation, when people’s lives are at stake.

To be on the safe side, it’s often better to treat this entire transaction as though it’s just one of many more future dealings with this person. If you want to barter with this person again in the future, you’ll need to earn their trust. And that’s done by keeping the transaction fairly equal on both sides. If both people walk away satisfied, they’ll likely see the exchange as positive and see you as someone they want to barter with again in the future. It is far better to be seen as trustworthy than untrustworthy in a crisis.

Know The Post-Bartering Steps

Now this is important. Whether or not you and the other person came to an accord, you need to settle things peacefully. This is not only good manners, but is critical for your safety in a crisis.

Furthermore, it’s important to have a few people with you that can have your back if the deal goes south. It may come as no surprise that, in a major crisis, people may appear nice and cordial, until they try to attack you and take your stuff at the last minute. In crisis-mode, people are often only looking out for themselves – and it’s important to be aware of this when dealing with others in an emergency situation.

It’s also important to take extra precautions whenever possible. For instance, if the other party wants you to disarm before trading, end the transaction immediately, and keep your weapons with you. Otherwise, it’s likely you’ll get jumped – and all your preps stolen.

At the end of the day, bartering is a lot more complex than just paying for things with cash. However, it’s a survival skill worth knowing and practicing for true preparedness.

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Hunter Biden Caught RED HANDED Lying Under Oath

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House Republicans have detonated a political bombshell, exposing the brazen corruption and arrogance of the Biden family. They have unveiled indisputable evidence proving that Hunter Biden lied under oath multiple times during his congressional deposition earlier this year. This scandal epitomizes the Biden Administration’s systemic corruption and disregard for the rule of law.

The House Ways & Means Committee convened a crucial session on Wednesday to discuss documents protected under IRS code 6103, a section of the tax code designed to keep sensitive information confidential. The committee’s decision to release this material, despite the severe legal ramifications, underscores the gravity and urgency of the situation.

“Hunter Biden has once again demonstrated his belief that there are two systems of justice in this country – one for his privileged family and one for everyone else,” House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith thundered to Fox News Digital. “Not only did Hunter Biden brazenly refuse to comply with his initial subpoena until threatened with criminal contempt, but he also had the audacity to lie before Congress. This investigation and the documents released today are not about a personal vendetta against Hunter Biden; they are about ensuring the equal application of the law in a system that his family seems to believe they are above.”

Smith revealed that the documents show Hunter Biden lied at least three times during his deposition. “Lying during sworn testimony is a felony offense that the Department of Justice has prosecuted numerous individuals for in recent years, and the American people demand the same accountability for the son of the President of the United States,” Smith declared. “Hunter Biden’s lies under oath and obstruction of a congressional investigation into his family’s blatant corruption cast a shadow over his entire testimony. The newly released evidence confirms, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the only witnesses who can be trusted to tell the truth in this investigation are the IRS whistleblowers.”

The committee asserts that Hunter Biden mischaracterized his role at his firm, Rosemont Seneca, and actually controlled bank accounts he denied having under oath. Emails between Hunter Biden and his former associate Devon Archer show he helped a man named Miguel Aleman with visa documents, directly contradicting his testimony. Furthermore, WhatsApp records reveal that Hunter Biden only spoke with one Zhao — Henry Zhao of Chinese energy firm CEFC — debunking his claim of a mistaken identity due to intoxication.

In one explosive WhatsApp message, Hunter Biden blatantly leveraged his father’s position, telling a Chinese business associate from CEFC that he and his father would ensure “you will regret not following my direction.” Hunter Biden demanded a $10 million wire for his joint venture with CEFC, SinoHawk Holdings.

“I am sitting here with my father, and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled,” Hunter Biden told Henry Zhao, the director of Chinese asset management firm Harvest Fund Management. “And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge, you will regret not following my direction.” Zhao responded, “CEFC is willing to cooperate with the family.”

Hunter Biden has been charged in two separate jurisdictions stemming from Special Counsel David Weiss’ years-long investigation into him. He pleaded not guilty to federal gun charges in U.S. District Court for Delaware and federal tax charges in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The charges include making false statements during the purchase of a firearm, related to information required to be kept by a licensed firearm dealer, and possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler approached Congress, alleging that prosecutorial decisions in the federal investigation into the president’s son were influenced by politics. They claimed Weiss allowed the statute of limitations to expire for tax charges against Hunter Biden from 2014 and 2015 in D.C., and Hunter Biden should have been charged with tax evasion for 2014 and for filing false tax returns for 2018 and 2019, particularly concerning income from Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings. Fox News Digital reported in December 2020 that Hunter Biden failed to report “approximately $400,000” in income from his position on Burisma’s board in 2014.

The American public is fed up with a system rigged in favor of the powerful and well-connected. This is a direct assault on the integrity of our justice system. The time for accountability is now. Hunter Biden and his family’s blatant disregard for the law cannot be tolerated any longer. The American people demand justice.

 

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Biden’s Reckless Election Stunt: Draining Strategic Reserves to Lower Gas Prices

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In a desperate and ill-advised move, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it is releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from a Northeast reserve established after Superstorm Sandy, ostensibly to lower prices at the pump this summer. This blatant attempt to manipulate gas prices ahead of the election underscores the administration’s willingness to jeopardize national security for political gain.

The gasoline will be sold from storage sites in New Jersey and Maine in increments of 100,000 barrels, creating a competitive bidding process to ensure it reaches local retailers ahead of the July 4 holiday. The Energy Department claims this will help “lower costs for American families and consumers,” but the real intention is clear: to curry favor with voters by artificially lowering gas prices.

The release follows a congressional mandate to sell off the 10-year-old Northeast reserve and close it. This reserve, established under President Obama, has never been used and costs about $19 million a year to maintain. Its sale, which provides only minimal relief during a severe shortage, highlights the administration’s short-sightedness and disregard for strategic planning.

Gasoline prices average about $3.60 per gallon nationwide, up 6 cents from a year ago, according to AAA. Tapping into the gasoline reserves is one of the few actions a president can take to control inflation, a major election year liability for the party in power.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated that the Biden administration is “laser-focused on lowering prices at the pump for American families.” However, this short-term solution ignores the primary purpose of strategic reserves: to provide emergency relief in times of severe national crises, not to manipulate market prices for political benefit.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre touted this release as part of Biden’s efforts to lower gas and energy costs, including historic releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and investments in clean energy. Yet, Biden’s previous decision to drain the SPR in 2022, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, already pushed the stockpile to perilously low levels not seen since the 1980s. This reckless depletion of a critical national security asset for short-term political gain drew sharp criticism from Republicans.

Despite attempts to refill the SPR, it still stands at over 367 million barrels, significantly lower than pre-Russia-Ukraine war levels. This makes the U.S. vulnerable in the event of a true energy emergency, as the SPR is intended to be the nation’s emergency oil supply, not a tool for electioneering.

The release of the 42-million-gallon Northeast reserve, which must be transferred or delivered by June 30, is a misguided strategy that offers minimal impact on gasoline prices nationally. As analyst Patrick De Haan from GasBuddy points out, the reserve amounts to just 2.7 hours of total U.S. gasoline consumption, providing negligible relief.

This ill-conceived plan not only undermines the strategic purpose of the reserve but also sets a dangerous precedent of using emergency resources for political maneuvering. Biden’s actions highlight a disturbing trend of prioritizing political optics over national security and long-term stability.

 

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Biden Authorized “Deadly Force” In Mar-a-Lago Raid

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In an alarming display of federal overreach and political maneuvering, it has been revealed that Joe Biden’s administration was prepared to have his main political rival, Donald Trump, and his family killed as part of a dramatic publicity stunt.

On Tuesday, Judge Aileen Cannon unsealed a series of motions related to Jack Smith’s controversial classified documents case against Trump. Among the shocking revelations was the fact that Biden’s FBI authorized the use of deadly force during their raid on Mar-a-Lago in August 2022.

This brazen action by armed FBI agents, ready to confront Trump, demonstrates the extreme lengths to which Biden’s administration is willing to go. The filing stated: “Should FPOTUS [Trump] arrive at MAL [Mar-a-Lago], FBI MM EM and OSCs will be prepared to engage with FPOTUS and USSS Security Team.” Furthermore, it added, “Should USSS provide resistance or interfere with FBI timeline or accesses, FBI MM EM will engage with [redacted] and [redacted] will engage with USSS POC’s per existing liaison relationships.”

A chilling screenshot of the deadly force instructions outlined the conditions under which DOJ law enforcement officers could use deadly force: only when necessary, when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury.

This unprecedented move comes after Biden paved the way for his Justice Department to arrest his political opponent by retroactively revoking Trump’s executive privilege. This revocation facilitated the subpoenaing of Trump, which in turn allowed the Justice Department to charge him with federal crimes.

Following the subpoena, federal agents arrived at Mar-a-Lago, retrieving documents and instructing the former president to add an extra lock to his storage locker. However, two months later, the FBI conducted a full-scale raid on Mar-a-Lago, ransacking Trump’s belongings without allowing his lawyers to be present.

The situation escalated when, in November 2022, Jack Smith was appointed special counsel to investigate the documents at Trump’s Florida residence. By June 2023, Trump faced an indictment on 37 counts related to Smith’s classified documents case, including charges of willful retention, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements.

This entire episode underscores the alarming extent of Biden’s politicization of the Justice Department and the dangerous precedent it sets for using federal power to target political opponents.

 

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