Current Shamrock Missive

From the Publisher's Desk
June 2012

"What is a slave? He's someone who is deprived by force of the fruits of his labor."
- Doug Casey

As result of recent articles in PTBuzz, especially the disclosure of the U.S. Army Field Manual FM 3-39.40, (Mid May 2012 issue) we have received a flood of email's from readers asking us what we recommend they do about this tyranny.

Although no one answer fits all and one person's meat is another's poison, it's exceedingly difficult for us to advise readers in any general sense precisely what to do.

Perhaps you could contact U.S. Senators and Congress persons and ask them why they are allowing such tyranny in your country?

Go to city council and other public meetings and inform the public!

Alert your friends and love ones about this tyrannous behavior by the people running or ruining your country. Call radio talk shows and do your best to wake up those who remain brain dead and are sticking their heads in the ground oblivious to the dangers rapidity reaching all. You'll likely be called a kook or nut case, but you'd be remiss if you don't at least try.

In the event you elect to stay and wait it out, stockpile with foods, water, guns, ammunition and day to day products to last at least 3 to 12 months along with a safe out of the way place to hold out.

The above said, we can say what we'd do if we found ourself in the situation occurring in the US and the UK today and that can be summed up in one word... "LEAVE."

However isn't it so much easier and more comfortable for one to make excuses not to make any change and stay where they are instead of getting off their duff and leave from totalitarianism's? Leaving until matters sort themselves, is an option one should think seriously about as a viable alternative.

It took the Soviet Union 75 years to collapse, communist China is still going strong since 1947, 65 years now and Cuba is holding on after 52 years of communist rule whilst remaining a repressive state. So how long will a police state in the US and UK last before matters sort themselves is your guess as well as ours. The tyranny there may or may not be resolved in your lifetime.

Why live in a country, any country, where you're treated like cannon fodder controlled by the government? "The government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth" as written by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address no longer exists. It's a great big world out there full of freedom and opportunities for those who seek them. Life is too short not to enjoy it to its fullest and freest.

The key is to ask yourself why have the authorities built FEMA camps, enacted arcane laws for disappearing Americans, even killing them, and implementing U.S. Army Manuals which clearly show Americans are to be rounded up, brainwashed or dealt with accordingly if they don't toe the line.

Why has the US and UK started banning public peaceful protests, free speech and many other rights and freedoms you have enjoyed since 1776?

Why are spy drones flying over American soil? Why is the TSA groping children as young as 4, women and everyone not only at airports, but now showing up at nationwide, trains, bus stations, nationwide road blocks, sports events, public malls, and even at high school proms?

They're doing all of this and much more for some reason. To control you and get you used to all of the above and more being the 'norm'.

They know something that 99% of Americans don't know. They obviously expect wide spread riots and general upheaval within the US sometime in the not too distant future. And IMO it won't be a result of any foreign or non governmental terrorist attack. Most likely it will come from the collapse of the US dollar and America's economic system causing widespread mayhem along with the worse devastating havoc Amerika will ever experience!

If you think the riots in Greece, France, Spain and elsewhere around the world have been bad, just wait until it hits Amerika!

We believe the following email from R.E. will prove helpful to those seeking answers, looking for alternatives whilst being very informative as well.

Dear Shamrock:

I'm a long time reader and have availed myself to much of your sound advice, products and services over the years.

Since your last missive, "its wake up time Amerika!" [Mid May 2012 Newsletter] and during the recent visit of my two (grown) sons, we agree that martial law and a police state is rapidly approaching in both the US and UK. Therefore I thought I'd pass along my own story and experiences in my quest for a freer and better life. I trust if you feel my email is worthy, that it helps a few fellow readers to ease the pain of expatriation, or at least
encourage some to seek a better and freer life elsewhere while leaving their current one behind, you have my permission to print it.

For me it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, leaving family, friends and my former life behind; at least that's how I felt after I had actually made the big move overseas. That was the toughest part, actually leaving, departing my old life. To be honest I was scared, worried and anxious and you could throw in a bunch of other concerns as well. That was 11 years ago and it seems like another life now. I'm sorry I didn't leave earlier.

Becoming single again after 22 years of marriage and having endured a particularly ugly and costly divorce, along with my children being grown up and on their own, all helped to ease the transition of my expatriation. I'm in my late 50's now and am living life to its fullest. I'm married to a lovely young lady 22 years my junior and we have a beautiful daughter six years old who is the love of my life. My spouse never gives me a hard time, is more than helpful and I don't believe we could be happier. We travel often, as much as 3 or 4 times a year when our daughter isn't in private school, as we feel that traveling the world is the best possible education for her. I should probably thank my ex for dumping me, but it's always best to let a dead horse lie as the age old adage goes.

My grown children, young men, come and visit us once a year. My oldest son brings his two young children, my grandchildren, to visit granddad and play with their auntie, my six year daughter as they're all around the same age. There is plenty of love to go around, God is in our lives, there's plenty of room for everybody, plenty to do and practically everything back at their home is available here, at a fraction of the cost back in the "old world" as I call it.

Don't get me wrong. There are drawbacks living in a third world country. I don't speak the local lingo as well as I should or like to. But most everyone understands me and helps me as best as possible. My spouse's relatives often require financial assistance for one thing or another, which we're happy to help with. A niece or nephew needs help with school tuition; an auntie or uncle requires help in paying a hospital or doctor bill, et cetera and so forth. The
fact is my wife is far tighter with our dinero (money) than I am, so her relative's better have a darn good reason if they are to receive any financial assistance from her!

The internet isn't as good as in the big cities and could be better. But at the end of the day at $20 per month I can't complain as it's a bargain and gets the job done. We have a generator that turns on automatically when the electricity goes off. However that rarely happens, maybe once or twice a year at the most nowadays.

There are many pluses living here. We don't have to wait hours for a doctor or dentists appointment. You walk into their office without an appointment and are seen within ten minutes, if not immediately. Most doctors and dentists have attended medical or dental school in the US or Europe. A doctor visit will set us back $4 each. First class medicines are readily available at the local farmacia at a fraction of what they charge in the old world. For
our annual dental teeth cleaning its $12 for the 4 of us, maid included. Our satellite dish sorts us nicely and was had at a knock down cost as well. We have a full time handy man (8am to 6pm, 6 days a week,) plus a live in maid that cooks up a storm, who just recently learned to prepare some of my favorite meals, just like Mom use to make! I've also learned to enjoy the local food as well, i.e. pollo, papas fritos (chicken and French fries) beans and rice being on the menu often. My favorite is Arroz Con Pollo, "Rice with Chicken."

Going out to eat for the 4 of us, (maid included) costs less than $30-$35 including an imported bottle of wine and drinks for our daughter, usually fruit juice. First run movies cost $3 per head and the newer 3D movies are $4. We can purchase or rent the latest videos for a dollar per flick just down the road. Major international dailies are available in the big city, about 60 kilometers away. I hardly read the main stream press since I made my departure!
If I ever get a hankering to read them, I just go on-line and read them free.

We had a local dig our own water well (cost approximately $800 including the pump) that supplies us with abundant cool fresh and clean water. So now we don't to worry about the government poisoning our water supply with fluoride.

Our backyard garden supplies us with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, although the missus goes to the local fresh market every few days to purchase bags of foods and fresh veggies for under $20 a shot. We have a few chickens that lay eggs for us and you can't imagine how delicious fresh eggs taste. Our monthly expense for food, for the five of us (maid and handyman included) runs around $500. However that includes our going out to eat twice or thrice a month. So we're fairly self-sufficient which is a joy these days.

I admit the local transportation leaves a lot to be desired. However air condition buses run every 30 minutes or so to and from the big city (about 60 clicks' to/from a big city,) and costs $2 roundtrip and takes a little over an hour each way. By automobile the trip takes 35-40 minutes tops. The roads are in surprisingly good shape since we don't have the severe weather as in the old country that ruins the roads with snow, ice, freezing and drying, et cetera.

We recently treated ourselves to a 'new' (second hand) car at a very reasonable cost. Although the petrol prices are higher here than back home, so my sons say, at the end of the day we don't drive that much so the monthly petrol and upkeep costs for our automobile are nominal.

Fortunately I managed to salvage a fraction of my former wealth from my bitter divorce, which comes in handy these days. Today our family manages to get by very well on $1,500 per month and slightly more when my sons and grandchildren visit. In fact I'd venture to say that I enjoy a far better life style with a superior standard of living than I did previously in my old country. When I hit retirement age in a few years, I hope to receive at least that much or more from my government retirement pension; that is if the government doesn't go bust and stops paying pension benefits. What $1,500 will purchase if and when I receive a government pension remains to be seen. We're not counting on any pension, which is good thinking if I say so. If it happens it'll be a bonus with icing on the cake.

When I first arrived I started an internet web site selling vitamins mostly to keep myself busy and occupied. We're earning about $2,000 per month from it now. It's not any MLM type of business, but since I'm a middle man, I don't need to ship the vitamins direct from here to customers, most of whom are repeat customers I'm happy to say. But you need to understand all that glitters isn't gold. It's imperative to realize it took more than 3 years before any money started coming in and I became very discouraged during that time.

So anyone thinking of starting any type of on-line business should plan on zero income for a good period of time or at least until the ball gets rolling and the dinero starts flowing in, albeit slowly at first then gradually increasing as time marches on and business increases.

My sons tell me things aren't so great back home. Both are worried about losing their jobs and they've seen the army on the streets in their home towns in Florida practicing drills, military exercises, putting up road blocks and such things. My grandchildren are in private schools, but my son is concerned with how long they can keep affording such a luxury, which it is these days, at least back home.

I'd like to think I keep up to date on most matters. I subscribe to numerous newsletters of which yours (PTBuzz) is my favorite. I also tune into many of the radio talk shows from the old world and keep fairly well informed that way. Thank goodness for the internet! Between my sons, newsletters and radio talk shows; I believe I'm as up to date and informed as anyone back in the old world, perhaps better from the perspective of living outside the old world. When my sons and grandchildren are back at their home, we communicate regularly via Skype for free.

I've done my best to encourage my sons to relocate but their wives aren't going for it... yet! One son owns a home that they paid $300,000 for, but is now worth only US$195,000 and lucky if they could get that. However they still owe more than $240,000 on it. I advised my (oldest) son and his wife to let the house go and mail the bank their keys and relocate elsewhere. But my daughter in law, a very nice young lady, is in denial believing that things will get better, if only this or that happens!

My other (younger) son and his wife rents and pays US$1,500 a month for a two bedroom dump in a not so great neighborhood as they say. We paid less than $90,000 for our 5 bedroom three bath near palatial home with 10,000 square meters or about 2.5 acres of land and had a swimming pool installed. Granted it would be hard to find such a bargain as ours for that amount today, but one can still find great homes and properties for well under US$90,000. Short of that you can always rent a lovely home or apartment for under US$700 - $800 per month, even less depending on your taste and where you care to live, in the city or province.

The best part of living abroad, aside from my new family, is having a second passport. It's hard for me to describe the feeling of having a new nationality and passport. The best way I can describe it is its gives me peace of mind. Thanks in part to your guidance; I obtained mine in a few years. Originally it was going to take 5 years of residency, being able to speak and communicate in the local lingo before I became eligible for naturalization with a new
citizenship and passport. Marriage to a local shortens that period of time requirement considerably. Although I haven't renounced or relinquished my old nationality, I haven't renewed my previous passport from the old country and don't intend doing so. Let a dead horse lie is very good advice indeed.

I don't file tax returns in the old country or here for that matter 100% legally. I don't have any income, nor do I own anything, not the house, car or even the TV. Everything is in my spouses' name including the house, local bank account and a trust for what was left over from my former wealth after a nasty divorce. That's very sound advice so long as you trust your spouse and are comfortable with such an arrangement like I am.

I don't pay any taxes anywhere I'm happy to say. Nor do I pay lawyers and accountants any longer like the many hundreds of dollars per hour I use to even when my name popped up in their head! I use to hate having to save receipts for tax time and felt liberated when I moved here thinking I'd never have to save receipts again.

The irony of that is here I am once again saving receipts. However this time it's not for the tax man! Rather I find myself saving receipts in the event an appliance or such dies and I have to show the receipt for warranty purposes. There's a lot of irony in that isn't there?

Another ideal aspect of living outside the old country is not having to show id when depositing or withdrawing cash at my local bank and for any other purpose in this country for that matter. They all know me here and I can't recall the last time I was asked for ID for any banking or other purpose other than when boarding a flight for a departure abroad.

Unlike the old country, there are no road blocks by the police checking your breath for drink driving or any other purpose, or asking you a ton of questions like where are you going, why do you have this or that and other stupid things. Rarely are there serious crimes or offenses committed here other than petty crimes like pick pocketing on a bus and such nonsense like that. There are no CVTV's in our little provincial town and very few at all in the big cities either. This country has one of the lowest murder rates in the world and is very safe as well. I've never felt in danger at any time during the 11 years I've been here.

Naturally drugs are a problem, mainly in the big city, as they are in all parts of the world. However drug users aren't put in jail with the keys throw away here. Rather drug users are treated as patients that have an addiction and require rehabilitation not incarceration. With limited financial resources the government learnt that money spent helping drug users to rehabilitate is money well spent and cost less than just locking them up years. As a result
drug use is on the decline.

We don't have to be concerned about having every call, email and sms message being intercepted and read by the authorities, they don't do that here. The rule of law and privacy is respected in this country. The police don't wear black Balaclava's over their face and come busting down your door at 3am with Army type riot gear for minor infractions! That's unheard of here.

Privacy is respected here unlike back in the old country where the mindset is "you're guilty until and unless you can prove yourself innocent." Or "if you have nothing to hide you shouldn't have a problem exposing all of your personal and financial affairs" to those who have no business knowing them, especially the government. No such thinking that like exists here. Again I repeat, "Privacy is respected here!" How very refreshing indeed and it didn't take long for me to realize that once I arrived in this third world country.

I found it interesting that I had to come to a third world country to obtain and maintain my privacy and freedom.

We don't require security gates or guards, or use air conditioning much as we leave our windows opened most of the time. In fact we leave our door unlocked most of the time as long as someone is home. Try doing that where YOU live and see what happens!

It's cool and breezy most of the time and I can't remember the last time anyone turned on the air conditioning. Our electric bill runs barely $50 per month and much of that cost is due to my internet use.

Here you are met with a pleasant good morning, good afternoon and good evening by folks you've never met previously whilst taking a stroll with your family or out shopping. You even receive a pleasant hello from the police as well! When was the last time a police officer or someone passing you on the street bid you welcome?

At the airport the security is tight but there is absolutely no groping like the TSA thugs do in the old world. In fact the security agents at the airport here are most apologetic and very respectful to the elderly, children and everyone for that matter.

Our daughter can sell lemonade here without having the police or the department of Health close her down.

Another refreshing and welcome change from the old country is that there isn't any sue you bastard mentally here. Having owned a successful business back in the old world, I probably could have been eligible for the Guinness book of world records for having been sued more times than any other business owner. I'm certain that I've paid more than a million dollars in legal fees defending myself and my company in frivolous lawsuits over the years.

What a total waste of time, money and stress. For example my favorite or least favorite frivolous lawsuit, depending on how you look at it, was when an ex-employee sued me by claiming that both my company and myself were negligent because we had not prevented him from attacking one of our other employees, his ex-lover. The judge ruled that any damage suffered due to his crime was his responsibility for choosing to commit the crime, and that we had no legal duty to protect him from that choice. Naturally the idiot lost the case, but it cost me a hundred grand in legal fees, whilst the 'plaintiff' had all his legal expenses paid for thanks to legal aid!

So much for fairness and the rule of law back there! The point is there aren't such shenanigans here. In fact in the event of an automobile accident, both driver's settle the matter between them rather than get the insurance companies involved and face higher
insurance rates, as both parties in an accident are held accountable here. How so very refreshing indeed.

In the worst case scenario if one makes some infraction of one sort or another, a small propina (gratuity) helps settle matters in a hurry.

Some reading this may wonder where I live. Where I live doesn't matter. What matters is where I don't live. I don't live in the US, the UK, Canada or Western Europe where one is subject to being a peon under the thumb of the ruling class, aka the authorities and their draconian laws and never ending regulations. I live in a country that respects freedom and privacy.

I live in a country that doesn't ask you where the $1,500 cash you deposit into a bank account came from and reports it; or asks you why are you withdrawing US$3,000 cash and report that to the authorities!

I live in a place where the people don't spy on you and the government stays out of your affairs so long as you conduct yourself in a respectable manner and remember you're a guest in their country in spite of being a naturalized citizen.

I believe there are many similar countries around this fantastic world where one can live and can enjoy such freedoms. If you get the courage to make that big move overseas like I did, you can start enjoying those freedoms and privacy again. Where you live will depend on you, your likes and dislikes, so I would start looking for that place now, before it's too late.

In closing, and I apologize for my long email, some of the best advice I ever received was from you (PT Shamrock) many years ago. I wrote seeking advice, "I am thinking about relocating abroad, but frankly I'm scared. I'm comfortable here and my children are here... along with details, etc.

What would you do if you were in my shoes?" or words to that effect.

I'll never forget your advice, for which I'm forever grateful.

You replied: "If you don't give it a go you'll live the rest of your life wondering "what if", what if I had done this, what if I moved here or there? In the worst case scenario, so long as you do everything legally, if things don't turn out for you abroad, you can always return to where you are now. But at least you will have tried and gave it a go and will never have to wonder "what if?"

However I'm more than confident that will not be the case."
- PT Shamrock, circa pre 9/11/2001.

Thanks Shamrock from the bottom of my heart.

R.E.

See you next issue

Shamrock

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784

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