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Better Than Gold: Ceramic Water Filters as Tangible Barter Items

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Russ Michaud, Owner of Homespun EnvironmentalTruth Sponsor

Times sure are looking uncertain; families are getting tossed from their homes due to foreclosures, communities are breaking down and decaying as the middle class is destroyed (and subsequent shrinkage in the tax revenues force ever deeper cutbacks in government services), schools and post offices are closing; the list goes on and on.   It gets depressing thinking about how far we’ve fallen in such a short time.

All the while, our “Red” and “Blue” politicians fiddle in Washington and work harder to smear the other party so they can get re-elected, rather than try to fix the plight of the people they are supposed to be representing.

It is no wonder that many folks are taking matters into their own hands and preparing for some kind of change.   Hopefully, for the better, but the process of change will almost certainly be rough.  The powers engorging themselves on the status quo will resist strongly and perhaps even forcibly, prompting even greater resistance from the masses.  The American Revolution wasn’t exactly peaceful either....

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Barter Economy: 50g Gold and Silver CombiBar Can Snap into 1g Micro Bars

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Kevin Hayden –

Valcambi sa, an international gold refiner and bar manufacturer based in Switzerland, has debuted their new CombiBar, a .999 gold or silver, credit card sized “bar” that can be broken into 1 gram increments for smaller transactions.


For those who invest in precious metals as a form of barter or alternative currency, the traditionally higher premiums on small gold bars are cost-prohibitive to many buyers, making silver much more attractive due to its lower cost per ounce and ease of use in transactions.

Gold is typically reserved for larger purchases or as a store of wealth, until now.  The CombiBar allows an investor to purchase 50 gram or 100 gram “bars” that can snap apart into individual, smaller “bars” or sheets.  The cards are available in .999 silver, palladium, and platinum!

It should be noted that like all precious metal purchases, there is a premium, and according to my figures, the CombiBar runs approximately 15-25% higher than spot price, depending on what precious metal you purchase.

Typical bullion prices only command a 5-10% premium, so it boils down to, “Are you willing to spend a bit more now for easier use in the future?...

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The Barter Value of Skills

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Ready Nutrition by Tess Pennington

Recently, we talked about the necessity of learning skills to aid us in a survival situation.  Don’t underestimate the value of those skills for barter.  If the grid goes down, people may be left with no access to medical care, serious gaps in their knowledge or the inability to repair vital items.  If you possess those abilities, your skills will be in high demand.

In the situation of economic collapse, there will be a revival of the barter system.  To barter means to exchange your goods or services for someone else’s goods or services.  To complete a satisfactory barter transaction, each person must desire something from the other party.  Despite the potential of desperation, it’s morally imperative to be fair to the party that is most in need. Remember that one day, that person who is most in need may be you.

Right now, if something breaks, the replacement is only as far away as the closest Wal-Mart.  However, in the event of an economic collapse or a disaster that causes the trucks to stop running, it won’t be easy to replace broken items....

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Bartering, Inflation, and Growing a Garden

Posted on Dec 08, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Originally published Feb 14, 2011

Thanks to “just in time” inventory practices, America has an average of just three days of food on its grocery shelves. Inventories are kept extremely well managed and tight thanks to the amazing efficiency of modern day transportation and manufacturing systems.  Depending on your age, you might remember when grocery stores had excess stock and inventory in the “back room.”  Those days are long gone.  If the “just in time” trucks stop rolling for any reason, your local grocery store will be empty within days and that’s even in good times!

If a disaster were to strike – natural or manmade – you could expect those shelves to be bare within hours.  The recent blizzards and snowstorms blanketing the United States are a perfect example of why it pays to be prepared.  When you watch the news and the weatherman says a life-threatening cold front is coming your direction with 15″ of snow, or a hurricane is forming, do you:

  • a) rush to the grocery store to make sure you have enough beer, hotdogs and Doritos?

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The Rise of the Barter Economy

Posted on Jul 06, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival – Kevin Hayden

Source: Peter Schiff via Lew Rockwell

Imagine a day when you go to buy a quart of milk, ask the price, and the cashier says, “that’ll be a tenth ounce silver.” As the US dollar’s decline accelerates, several efforts around the country are trying to make this vision a reality.

Historically, paying for items in silver or gold was actually quite common. We happen to live in an unusual time and place where generations have grown up trading exclusively in paper. While my parents still used dimes made of silver, we have now gone several decades with no precious metals in any of our official coinage. But this system of money by government fiat is unsustainable.

While the practice of bartering precious metals directly for goods and services has continued on a small-scale over the last few decades, the 2000s saw the beginning of organized efforts to revive gold and silver as money.


One such effort was spearheaded by an eccentric mintmaster from Hawaii named Bernard Von Nothaus. He called his project the Liberty Dollar, and it centered on privately minted gold and silver rounds as well as deposit certificates for precious metals held in his firm’s vaults....

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Top Post-Collapse Barter Items and Trade Skills

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival – Kevin Hayden

Source: Brandon Smith –

Also see my older article: Get Out of the Dollar and Into Tangibles

The concept of private barter and alternative economies has been so far removed from our daily existence here in America that the very idea of participating in commerce without the use of dollars or without the inclusion of corporate chains seems almost outlandish to many people. However, the fact remains that up until very recently (perhaps the last three to four decades) barter and independent trade was commonplace in this country. Without it, many families could not have survived.

Whether we like it or not, such economic methods will be making a return very soon, especially in the face of a plunging dollar, inflating wholesale prices, erratic investment markets, and unsustainable national debts. It is inevitable; financial collapse of the mainstream system ALWAYS leads to secondary markets and individual barter. We can wait until we are already in the midst of collapse and weighted with desperation before we take action to better our circumstances, or, we can prepare now for what we already know is coming....

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How to: 8 Steps to Build Your Bartering Network

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 in DIY Projects – Kevin Hayden

Source: Alt-Market

The trading of goods without the use of paper currency is not a difficult concept. People all across the country do it everyday. Barter, in its simplest sense, is not dead, and never will be. However, the organized use of barter as an alternative to the mainstream economy; THAT is something America has all but forgotten. One serious problem that I consistently seem to run into is the assumption that barter needs “backers”, meaning, many people believe the existing methodology of business must be the driver for barter to become “big” again.

For decades, barter organizations of every shape and size have been so focused on pursuing a centralized corporate profit model that they forget the foundation of success in barter is the strength of the individual participants. This is why we have seen so many false starts and failures in localized commerce initiatives. It is the same reason why many existing barter groups remain in a sort of stasis, unable to grow, frustrating organizers and members alike. Liberty Dollar, for instance, was so centralized that a single federal raid was all that was needed to dismantle Bernard von NotHaus’ accomplishments and his years of effort....

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JM Bullion: Securing Your Money in the Age of Bitcoin, the NSA, and Federal Reserve

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Economic News, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Kevin Hayden –

Every so often, I receive an email asking me to recommend a reputable precious metals dealer or why I invest in gold and silver and not Bitcoin.  I’ve talked at length on the topic of securing metals as a long-term investment, or tangible good; not only for times of disaster, but to simply preserve your wealth.  As we have all plainly witnessed, the Federal Reserve has been on a printing binge for several years now, and with each new round of Quantitative Easing that is dished out, your hard earned dollar is worth less and less.


From my standpoint, tangibles endure the test of time far better than a fiat paper currency such as the US Dollar.  A fiat currency has value only because of government fiat – or declaration.   And since it is tied to the whims of governing politicians and bankers, it risks both inflation and deflation, with inflation causing you to shell out more and more dollar bills for the same old product year after year and deflation making the products you currently own worthless....

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Hayden’s Note: Bitcoins, the FBI, and Tangible Goods

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Kevin Hayden –

Source: in part; Wired

Who owns the single largest Bitcoin wallet on the internet? The U.S. government.

In September, the FBI shut down the Silk Road online drug marketplace, and it started seizing bitcoins belonging to the Dread Pirate Roberts — the operator of the illicit online marketplace, who they say is an American man named Ross Ulbricht.

The FBI now controls more than 144,000 bitcoins that reside at a bitcoin address that consolidates much of the seized Silk Road bitcoins. Those 144,000 bitcoins are worth close to $100 million at Tuesday’s exchange rates. Another address, containing Silk Road funds seized earlier by the FBI, contains nearly 30,000 bitcoins ($20 million).

Hayden’s Note:

I’ve had email after email asking for my opinion on Bitcoin and if readers should invest in the digital currency. In it’s early days, I mined for some Bitcoin myself. As time went on, I read more and more about the likelihood that Bitcoin was merely a law enforcement or intelligence honeypot and I continue to believe that.

There is also speculation that various intel agencies use the currency in order to launder their own money in order to fund clandestine operations.


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What to Expect During the Next Stage of Collapse

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Global & National News, Police, Military, & War, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Alt-Market

SHTF Editor-in-Chief Mac Slavo’s Note:

In the following analysis, Brandon Smith, of Alt Market, offers up one of the most insightful articles you’re likely to ever read on the potential sequence of events that may occur over the next several years. It lays out, step by step, how the global elite are positioning the chess pieces, the consequences for each and every one of us, and what we can do right now to insulate ourselves from the inevitability of the manufactured global collapse that will take place as we move forward. This is must-share information. Urge those closest to you to get a grasp of what’s happening and to prepare for it as best they can.

For years now, at Alt-Market (and, I have carefully outlined the most likely path of collapse to take place within the U.S., and a vital part of that analysis included economic destabilization caused by a loss of the dollar’s world reserve status and petro-status.  I have also always made clear that this fiscal crisis event would not occur in the midst of a political vacuum. ...

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EMP Attack and Solar Storms: A Guide

Posted on Jan 02, 2013 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden –

Originally posted Aug 22nd, 2011

See also: EMP Attack and Solar Storms, Part II: Cascading Failures and Nuclear Meltdown

An EMP, or Electro Magnetic Pulse, is generated from the detonation of a nuclear device or quite possibly, extreme solar activity, such as that which was experienced in 1859, 1989, and as recent as 1994.  The US Government and military have studied these phenomenon extensively and several reports have been issued regarding EMP effects on vehicles, computer networks, critical infrastructure, and more.  In this report, we’ll cover many of the topics discussed and researched in regards to geomagnetic anomalies, solar storm activity, and the effects of an electromagnetic pulse.  It should be noted, however, that Congress has largely ignored the EMP Commission’s warnings and our hospitals, trucking industry, and critical infrastructure remain highly vulnerable.

In the late summer of 1859, a great solar storm hit the planet. This storm was the product of a coronal mass ejection from the Sun. While the science and physics behind these coronal ejections is interesting, it can also be long winded for some readers so I’ll keep this brief....

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Get Out of the Dollar and Into Tangibles

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 in Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Every so often, I get an email asking where I would invest my money or why I talk so much about putting my money into tangible goods rather than the stock market or traditional CDs.  From my standpoint, tangibles endure the test of time far better than a fiat paper currency such as the US Dollar.  A fiat currency has value only because of government fiat – or declaration.   And since it is tied to the whims of governing politicians and bankers, it risks inflation, meaning that you will need to shell out more and more dollar bills for the same old product year after year.  Look at the price of gasoline, as an example.  Prices inflate because the dollar is losing it’s fiat value – the Federal Reserve is stretching it too thin by creating more money in circulation with repeated rounds of “quantitative easing.”

See also: Death of the US Dollar Hegemony: Military Intervention, Oil Sales, and the Inevitable Collapse

So what are tangibles, you ask?  Well, that’s a broad term used to describe many things that are physical; something you can either hold in your hand or touch and is worth something. ...

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Russia Doubles Gold Holdings: Hayden’s Note on the SDR, Precious Metals, and Money

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 in Economic News, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Kevin Hayden –

While the Federal Reserve Chairman continues telling us that gold is an antiquated investment, or that it simply is not money, top shelf power players continue dumping truckloads of worthless paper currency into the precious metal.  If you’re not very well versed in the commodities or metals markets, there is really only one reason to do this: to hedge against future problems or price changes.

Even though the illustrious Ben Bernanke says that gold isn’t money, it can be bartered, traded, and exchanged for anything you desire, anywhere in the world, and if we were to experience a catastrophic event, such as a grid-down situation, or even widespread social unrest, there is no way for the metals market or mining companies to keep up with demand. If the event were truly bad enough, the thinly veiled circus act known as the Federal Reserve would come crashing down, as well, and society would require some medium of exchange.

Furthermore, back in the 1930’s, once the US Government barred private holdings of gold bullion, it was far easier to circulate the Federal Reserve notes we currently use.  ...

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Hayden’s Headlines: New Podcasts, DTV Shredder, Tampa, and More!

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Global & National News

Kevin Hayden –

I’m headed back to the NW Plains region tomorrow, so I will leave you with some headlines and articles! I am also taking my studio mics and recording gear with me, so expect some new podcasts and perhaps even a video or two! I apologize for the lack of routine updates and original content recently, but life has gotten hectic and I am still looking for an editing assistant! Apply within!

Check out the Truth is Treason Facebook page for random updates not seen here on the main site!

Detox with 4 Superfoods to Remove Toxins: Heavy Metals, Noxious Chemicals, Pesticides, Drugs, GMO By-Products

Interesting off-road vehicle: 42″ Dual Tracked Vehicle – The DTV Shredder

Sixty Quakes Strike So Cal in 16 hours

Ron Paul Turned Down Offer to Speak at GOP Convention (Romney insisted on vetting Paul’s speech and a full endorsement.  Let it not be said that RP doesn’t maintain his integrity!)

Lesson from Iceland: Let Bondholders Eat Losses

Reason TV: Ron Paul Supporters in Tampa Refuse to Vote for Romney

Isaac ‘Could Rival Hurricane Katrina’

Doom and Bloom ™ Hour # 35: Hurricane Preparedness and John Wesley Smith

Bartering and the Community 


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Syria and Iran Dominoes Lead to World War

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 in Federal Reserve & Bankers, Global & National News, Police, Military, & War, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Alt-Market by Brandon Smith

Almost three years ago I wrote an analytical piece on the concept of deliberately engineered wars, big and small, by elitists to distract the masses away from particular global developments that work to the benefit of the establishment power structure.  That article was entitled ‘Will The Globalists Trigger Yet Another World War?’:

In that analysis, I concluded that since at least 2008, the power’s that be (whether posing as Republicans or Democrats) had set in a motion a series of events that revolved around Iran, and most disturbingly, Syria, which could be used to trigger a vast global war scenario.  Today, unfortunately, it seems my concerns were more than valid, and circumstances evolving in that particular region are dire indeed.

Now, some may argue that circumstances in the Middle East have always been “dire” and that it does not take much to predict a renewal of chaos.  Admittedly, for the past six years alone the American public has been treated to one propaganda campaign after the other testing the social waters to see if a sizable majority of the citizenry could be convinced to support strikes against Iran. ...

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