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Sunday, September 21, 2014

I Have a Dream: Self Reliance for All

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“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
Mahatma Gandhi 


I have a dream…

Watching the Ken Burn’s documentary on the Roosevelt family legacy reignited my pipedream of helping my fellow citizens who have fallen out of the middle class.

Folks during the Great Depression knew what it was like to be poor compared to people of the 21st century [However, the cost of living by comparison is dreadful].  Programs such as the CCC, TVA and other programs helped rebuild America and helped restore self respect and put some cash back in the family coffers.  It didn’t end the Great Depression but it sure helped rebuild the American spirit, unlike the welfare programs of today.


 The poor of today often have large flat screen TVs, expensive Smart phones, vehicles and nice clothes.  Back then the majority of families remained a mom and dad unit while the majority of poor families today are usually fatherless and having children [expected to be the majority in 10 years] out of wedlock no longer seems to carry any stigma…after all, Uncle Sam will provide everything you need no matter how many children you have.


At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father.


When my foreign cousins [mostly from Germany] come here they often comment on how much stuff Americans own…to the point where they have exhausted room for cars in the family garage and need to pay to store their stuff.  Their take is few in America are really poor but what amazes them most is how poorly educated so many of us seem to be.


A recent report titled “Hunger in America 2014” released by Feeding America, revealed that 46 million Americans have relied on charities for food in the past year.  That equates to one in seven and we have record amounts of people who receive food stamps.  Yet, look around you.  We also boast the most obese people in the world!  More than 60% of Americans are now considered obese.


Prior to being waylaid with a heart attack and other health problems my plan had been to open a camp for unwed mothers, limited to 15 cabins and it would include a garden, livestock and repair shops, a communal dining hall and library.   Everyone would be expected to pitch in whether it be food preparation, sewing, animal care, or working in the garden.


For women under the age of 30 in the United States, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.


We would also offer basic skill training covering paramedical skills, small engine repair, electrical, plumbing and carpentry.  Education covering the three Rs would be offered as well.  Working with animals and your hands is a proven confidence builder and helps to build self reliance skills.


I’ll be in the hospital again this weekend to have some devices inserted into my heart.  If all goes well, I hope to be recuperated by the spring of 2015 and plan to research grants and or donations which will enable me to restore the non-profit status of a group I used to be the volunteer chair of [the Minimalist Group] and will research various groups where I might find grants to secure funding for this 10-15 acre facility…any suggestions would be welcome.


It is not enough that you have a vision. The vision must have you.
- John Ortberg


[Incidentally, I looked at the Bill Gates Foundation and they don’t bother much with needs in America[.


How to Research Your Family History-Free or Cheap

   I’ve paid researches to dig up information about our family tree.  Lots of interesting folks in my lineage including a Prussian General/Duke and cousin of the Red Baron along with one ancestor who fought in our American Revolution – on both sides! {He started off on the side of the colonists, got captured by the British and fought for them and then escaped and ended the war on the side of the colonists].

You can earn some cash or just have fun as this is largely a self taught hobby.  Interviewing family members, searching census records is part of the strategy.  You can increase your expertise with free seminars offered from such groups as the Illinois State Genealogical Society [].

You might also sign up with the Association of Professional Genealogists [] and there are plenty of online sites which are helpful including:, and the sites I’ve listed below.

This website is run by the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, and includes a multitude of records for people of any religion to help in researching their family tree. is one of the best sites for accessing free records. Many of the documents come with photographs (that you can easily print for your records). A quick search turns up death, marriage, and birth certificates within seconds, even if you only know a first and last name. With millions of records on hand, this database is a great way to fill in the branches of your family tree without spending a dime.

Access the Ellis Island Records Database.

Because we're a nation of immigrants, chances are you had a relative come into the country through Ellis Island. This database is run by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, so you can search their records for free. They have more than 22 million records from immigrants who entered the US at Ellis Island or the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. The database is very extensive, so you can search by your relative's name, the year they arrived, year of birth, town of origin, or the name of the ship they arrived on. You can also print out immigration records or ship logs relevant to your ancestor's history.

Search Social Security records.

The Social Security death index began in 1962 and has housed records on American citizens since its inception. You can search their database for free through the website. The Social Security records are a great place to start if you don't have a lot of initial information. All you need is a first and last name to begin your search. Some records have photos attached, but at the bare minimum, you can find the dates of birth or death and that person's Social Security number. This information will give you a great starting off point for further research.


This free project has been growing since 2008. As a community we are creating a single shared family tree using traditional genealogical sources and DNA tests. As individuals we are connecting the tree with our private family histories.


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 Will You Laugh or Cry at the Coming Food Price Spikes?


So far this summer, the drought that has decimated most of the fertile growing areas in California as well as 11 other states and has continued to scorch what crop land that remains.

The bad news is that there is no relief in sight. Most farmers are just plain giving up and are now refusing to plant as the losses mount up from previous years of farming in what has turned into a desert. In Fact, it's so bad that Tim Quinn, the executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies said...

"There are places in California that if we don't do something about it, tens of thousands of people could turn on their water faucets and nothing would come out."

During the last drought-induced food crisis which took place during the Dust Bowl days, folks knew how to hunker down, live on less and grow their own food.

That's not the case today. The average American today doesn't know how to live on less, let alone grow their own food.


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Follies: 11 Ways to Know our Nation is Run by Idiots, Canadians Warned About USA, More

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"Individuality is freedom lived."
-- John Dos Passos
(1896-1970) American novelist


Here’s our Friday roundup of government follies which could have an adverse affect on your freedoms…


Funny but sad if it weren’t so true…

Eleven ways to know if you live in a country run by "idiots"


Canadian Government Warns Citizens to Watch Out for US Police Robbing Them

Over 61,000 of these incidents have occurred since 9/11, resulting in $2.5 billion being seized. American police are targeting their northern neighbors, according to a travel warning from the Canadian government.


FBI Facial Recognition System Is Now Fully Operational

According to MyFoxNY, the Federal Bureau of Investigation just launched its Next Generation Identification program, which is made up of two databases called Rap Back and Interstate Photo System. The Interstate Photo System facial recognition service, according to a press release by the FBI, “will provide the nation’s law enforcement community with an investigative tool that provides an image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal identities.” Rap Back delivers criminal record status updates on individual suspects of interest who might have found themselves on the wrong side of the law in other jurisdictions.


Economic Patriotism: U.S. Ranks Near Last In Tax Competitiveness

As Democrats clamor to punish U.S. businesses who seek more favorable tax climates by relocating abroad, a new report finds that only two developed nations on the entire planet have a tax code less friendly to business than the United States. Read More…

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- the emerging markets known as BRICS -- created a bank meant to rival the Federal Reserve and the International Monetary Fund. It's designed to provide an alternative to the dollar-centric institutions, and increase the value of their own currencies around the globe.

"The next real war we fight is likely to be on American soil. Our civilian-military face-off"

All governments need crisis, no matter how much lip service they give to the idea of “peace.” Crisis is a well-known Machiavellian strategy to gain and solidify political power and persuade public opinion. Crisis provides the stage where governments can control all sides. We also sometimes call this the ‘Wag the Dog’ syndrome, diverting the attention of the citizen away from how the government is relieving them of their rights or cash or both.


Conventional Wisdom Is A Mass Illusion »
A recent poll by Rasmussen found that more than one-third of Americans had no clue which parties control the House and Senate. What a sad commentary that such a basic bit of information — taken for granted by this audience — is lost on an American populace so distracted by bread and circuses. More »


Injustice Department? Telephone call reveals Holder's lawless agency

A story that should have -- or would have -- garnered more coverage by major news organizations failed to achieve its proper attention thanks to the frenzy over the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's murderous rampage, the media's obsession with football star Ray Rice's domestic violence story, and the media's knee-jerk protection of a failed President Barack Obama. In fact, not one Sunday morning news show even mentioned how the Justice Department attempted to conspire with a Democrat lawmaker to allegedly sabotage the probe of the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative nonprofit organizations.  More at:


NSA Continues to Spy on Germany

It's no secret that the NSA's spies have been busy in Germany. However, it's now apparent that their activities in the country may reach much further than just targeting important leaders and suspects. Der Spiegel has published leaks showing that the US agency broke into the networks of both tech giant Deutsche Telekom and regional provider Netcologne as part of an effort to map as much of the internet as possible…



“I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in — and the West in general — into an unbearable hell and a choking life.”—Osama bin Laden (October 2001), as reported by CNN


Obama is Like Nero, Fiddling While We Burn


What a strange and harrowing road we’ve walked since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties. We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state.

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.


The breadth of global instability unfolding hasn’t been seen since the 1970s [or WWI and WWII] and we’ve never had a leader so ill equipped to handle the global chaos we see.


John Kerry reminds me of Neville Chamberlain during WWII, sucking up to Hitler and nothing makes the world more unsafe than American weakness.  Since 2008 we have seen the administration more interested in spying on its allies and own citizens while brushing off dangerous enemies. 


My relatives in Germany tell me the majority of the country no longer likes or trusts America. In July, German Chancellor Merkel ordered our CIA station chief to leave the country.  Other leaders in that nation chastised her for not being forceful enough. It is fair to say we have managed to alienate our friends while emboldening radical Islamic terrorists.


Although not reported in US news channels, Germany is growing its army into a EuroArmy.  For the first time in history a European army handed over part of its army to another…The Dutch Army handed over 11th Airmobile brigade to the German military.


It is easy to see why so many recognize the huger power vacuum we’ve caused in the Middle East and elsewhere.  Yet, many of our poorly educated wish more of the same by cheering Mrs. Clinton on to run for president – our nation does not need spineless leadership. Those who support more of the same are just another special breed of idiot.


Finally, a new trade agreement which creates a powerful trading bloc has been reach between Europe and four countries in South America [Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay].


Ultimately, the ramifications for our country means we’ll likely be left out in the cold and will no longer call the shots.

Long time readers already know how I feel about out our lack of leadership, our incredible unmanageable debt and the un-Patriot Act – it is an affront to every freedom loving American, which seems to be a shrinking class of citizen!

If you are among the thinking, consider:  Sign the Petition to Repeal the Patriot Act


Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Helpful Household Hacks for Emergencies, Apocalypse Motoped Survival Bike, More

Poor Man Survival

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ISSN 2161-5543

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The future is called "perhaps," which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you.
- Tennessee Williams




The Motoped Survival Bike is Fit for a Savage Apocalypse

This rugged motorized bicycle looks like something straight out of 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' Perhaps it will make a special appearance in the blockbuster film, which is set to hit theaters next year. Dubbed the Motoped Survival Bike, it looks as though it is made for apocalyptic conditions. It comes with a crossbow, shovel, tomahawk, harpoon, fixed blade saw, lighting system, carabiners and climbing rope, flashlight, multi-tools and a bike mount for a smartphone, after all. Easily comparable to a full-blown motorcycle, this rugged motorized bicycle is a great hybrid between the two.

In a way, the rugged motorized bicycle can be seen as the best of two worlds. Affordable, fuel efficient, environmentally friendly, quiet and requiring minimal maintenance, the Motoped Survival Bike doesn't take much to look and feel as good as it is.


Take a peek at their site [they offer some other cool stuff too].


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Consumers are becoming better shoppers. We expect to get value for the money we spend. Many have turned to consignment shops to purchase lightly used items at a discount. That means opportunity if you have items for sale. Consider these steps to a successful consignment store sale.


Fight High Grocery Bills
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Helpful Household Hacks in an Emergency

·         Dead flashlight?  Score an orange along its equator, deep enough to slit the rind but the flesh.  Carefully detach the peel and its central column of pith.  Next fill the hemisphere halfway with olive oil, coating the pith to make a wick.  Your orange lamp will burn for about six hours.

·         Keep your perishables cool with a zeer pot.  Nestle one porous vessel, such as a flowerpot, into another and fill the space between them with an absorbent material like sand.  Keep this layer moist and the inner pot covered.  As the water evaporates, it draws away heat.

·         For a water filter, twist cotton cloth or paper towels into a rope.  Insert one end into dirty water and feed the other into an empty container.  Capillary action will draw the liquid through the fabric, leaving dirt, but not microbes behind.  Be sure to boil the clear water.


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9 Facts About How the Poor in America Live

Many in America, while struggling, also have more assets than you might assume based on media reports.

According to research by Robert Rector, a leading authority on poverty and welfare programs at The Heritage Foundation, the official U.S. Census Bureau poverty report (to be released this morning) undercounts welfare income, therefore failing to provide meaningful information about the actual living conditions of poor Americans.

For most Americans, the word “poverty” means significant material deprivation, an inability to provide a family with adequate nutritious food, reasonable shelter and clothing. But only a small portion of the more than 40 million people labeled as poor by Census fit that description.

Fifty years after the launch of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, Rector’s findings show that poverty in America is only getting worse, and the federal government is to blame. The Census ignores nearly the entire $943 billion welfare state when counting family “income.” U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on more than 80 means-tested welfare programs that provide cash, food, housing and medical care to low-income Americans.


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Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

8 Food Price Spikes, Magic Words for Getting out of Debt, Obamacare Updates

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My doctor warned me about the health risks of my years of wine, women and song…reluctantly, I gave us singing.  >The Poor Man

More Potential Headaches When you Renew Obamacare

Most don’t know their plan needs to be renewed yearly in order to qualify for subsidies…

A few days ago I warned readers about how personal and supposedly private health information is automatically shared with the IRS, DHS and other federal agencies and with Wall Street marketers.  Well here is another tidbit you need to be aware of…

Getting those who signed up this year enrolled again for 2015 won't be as easy as it might seem. And the law's interaction between insurance and taxes looks like a sure-fire formula for confusion.

For example:

— For the roughly 8 million people who signed up this year, the administration has set up automatic renewal. But consumers who go that route may regret it. They risk sticker shock by missing out on lower-premium options. And they could get stuck with an outdated and possibly incorrect government subsidy. Automatic renewal should be a last resort, consumer advocates say.

—An additional 5 million people or so will be signing up for the first time on and state exchange websites. But the Nov. 15-Feb. 15 open enrollment season will be half as long the 2013-2014 sign-up period, and it overlaps with the holiday season.

— Of those enrolled this year, the overwhelming majority received tax credits to help pay their premiums. Because those subsidies are tied to income, those 6.7 million consumers will have to file new forms with their 2014 tax returns to prove they got the right amount. Too much subsidy and their tax refunds will be reduced. Too little, and the government owes them.

—Tens of millions of people who remained uninsured this year face tax penalties for the first time, unless they can secure an exemption.

"It's the second open enrollment, but the first renewal and the first tax season where the requirements of the Affordable Care Act are in place," said Judy Solomon, vice president for health policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which advocates for low-income people, and supports the law.

They also are concerned about retaining customers. One quirk troubling the industry is that policyholders who want to update their subsidies and stay in the same plan will have to type in a 14-character plan identifier when they re-enroll online. That's longer than a phone number or a Social Security number, and customers may not know where to find it.


The “Affordable Care Act” continues to prove that it is anything but affordable, as more and more families are struggling with rising premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. Stories of lost coverage and outrageous expenses associated with Obamacare have been flooding the news for a while now, but some are just downright heartbreaking…like that of Pattie Curran.


 A reader is starting a new job and won't have health insurance for three months. Will that result in an Obamacare penalty?



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Wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.

The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor's.

Even as income for the affluent has accelerated, it's barely kept pace with inflation for most other people.


The recession and its financial impacts are still being felt – and paid for – by millions of Americans.

According to a new ADP report, 7.2 percent of U.S. workers had wages garnished in 2013 to pay off child support and other debt, including credit cards, medical bills and student loans.




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Pushing back against our broken food system by choosing heirloom vegetables, cooking from scratch and eating grass-finished beef mean you’re conscientious.


Buzzfeed’s18 Everyday Products You’ve Been Using Wrong” features some fun simple hacks, including one of my all-time favorites: You’re probably using too much toothpaste.


45 Uses for Vinegar

See all the versatile ways you can use vinegar to clean around the house, from freshening up coffee cups to loosening a rusty screw.


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