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Friday, October 24, 2014

What Good is Freedom if No One Uses it?

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

When you change the way you see the world, the world you see will change.
- Dr. Wayne Dyer


What Good is Freedom if No One Uses it?


   Although I don’t have my own talk show on Fox News, enough people have suggested I should.  My place as a political pundit is nevertheless assured.  More than 78% of you have given me your ‘thumbs up’ on Yahoo News Groups and other polls.  The Poor Man has retained his place in the Top 50 Best Self Reliance Sites as well…our fourth year running!

The fiscal outlook is bad, still. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2014 federal deficit rings in at $486 billion. That’s 2.8 percent of gross domestic product—the federal budget deficit’s smallest share of the economy since 2007. (It was nearly 10 percent in 2009.) Should President Obama and federal lawmakers pat themselves on the back? Megan McArdle summarizes the rest of the story: 

Congressional Budget Office projections currently show the deficit beginning to grow again in 2016, just in time for the presidential election. By 2019, it’ll be above its historical average, where it will stay until the end of the forecast window – and that historical average is itself a bit high, as it includes the post-war record deficit of the Obama administration, which ran close to 10 percent for several years.

If the growth in health-care costs continues to moderate, that may help a bit, but mostly, the rising cost of health care is not the problem. The problem is the rising number of aging citizens who will require Social Security benefits, Medicare and, eventually, Medicaid to pay for their nursing homes. For the next decade or so, it is demographics, not compound cost growth,  that will account for most of our budget problems. And you can’t fix the demographics by directing providers to charge 2.9 percent less for their senior citizens. […]

As the Fed tightens up on monetary policy, our borrowing costs are going to rise, not just for the new debt we take on, but also for the debt we already have. As old debt matures, we’ve been borrowing at record-low interest rates, which has helped hold down the deficit. But as the Fed tightens, that party will end, and the numbers will start moving in the other direction. [Bloomberg View, October 14]

Locked doors only keep honest people out.  Prying into ALL of our private affairs demonstrates that our government is not honest.

The reason the deficit has come down slightly is not that spending has moderated. Rather, as the CBO reports, tax revenues are up 9 percent—$239 billion over last year. [“Monthly Budget Review for September 2014,” Congressional Budget Office, October 8]

Starting in 1999, the Poor Man had created a case and strategy to reform our antiquated tax system which would include a flat tax system, the elimination of taxation on the first $25,000 of income for seniors and others, the elimination of many tax breaks and more…

·         Long-term reforms of US tax system required to stop 'deserters'

Spare a thought for the poor US multinational. It has had a horrible time lately and been called lots of beastly names…

It would be nice to see our president and other politicians begin practicing that archaic art of telling the truth

Here’s what we still know about stupidity in government. The government has, in recent months, been:

  • conducting warrantless surveillance of law-abiding citizens and the media;
  • arresting law-abiding citizens guilty of nothing more than criticizing government policies;
  • labeling military veterans who stand strong in defense of the Constitution as potential domestic terrorists;
  • carrying out military drills, complete with black-ops helicopters and tanks, in small towns and cities across the country;
  • distributing an arsenal of military equipment and amassing hollow-point bullets for domestic use;
  • and authorizing local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to use drones equipped with weapons and surveillance devices.

That’s just a small sampling of the countless tyrannies being exercised against the American people right now, tyrannies that have no place in a republic such as ours.

An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are “out of control” and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms.  The accumulation of disparate fears has created a sense of pessimism and frustration across the midterm landscape.

The most dangerous element freedom faces are incompetent and/or corrupt politicians who are polluting our Constitution and bankrupting our nation.


What good is freedom of speech if no one is listening?


What good is a free education if no one uses it?


What good is democracy if no one participates?


What good is our Bill of Rights if politicians and law enforcement community can ignore them?

All I know is if you’re God fearing or Godless, we’re all in this together. I care about our freedom but apparently many other citizens do not.  After all, what good is freedom if no one uses it?

The "economic recovery" that we all keep hearing about is mostly just a mirage.  The percentage of Americans that are employed has barely budged since the depths of the last recession, the labor force participation rate is at a 36 year low, the overall rate of homeownership is the lowest that it has been in nearly 20 years and approximately 49 percent of all Americans are financially dependent on the government at this point. 

To say that the U.S. economy is in trouble would be an understatement. According to Shadow Stats economist John Williams, we may be on the very cusp of a crisis so severe that it promises to re-write the entire paradigm…many international investors [the ones who continue propping up Wall Street] are getting nervous – I am too but as usual, the majority of people and the press is asleep at the wheel.

I’m starting to get old for some of this stuff…still full of piss but not so much vinegar.  By year’s end I will have either sold or transferred all of my Poor Man sites and inventory…then I’ll go play with old women and sell kids to gypsies.


Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon



If you’re not planning ahead, you’re already in trouble…I’m giving this library away…get it now while you still can!

 How to Survive the…

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 Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Severed Heads Recipe, Halloween Pet Safety Tips, $100 Contest

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…



ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
- David Brinkley


10 Fun Halloween Facts for Families


Halloween is short for Hallow's Eve or Hallow's Evening.

Halloween is at once a campy celebration of the supernatural and an ominous observance of the genuinely spooky side of life. Its popularity in the United States only extends back a handful of decades, yet its traditions have lingered since ancient history. Birthed in the rugged landscapes of the British Isles, Halloween melded the sacred and the secular, with different cultures tossing in their own rites and folklore along the way.

Today, the concept of costumed kids begging for candy and bobbing for apples may seem commonplace, but there's far more rhyme and reason behind those holiday customs than meets the eye. To get to the bottom of why black cats got a bad rap and where revelers can catch glimpse of a ghost, treat yourself to these 10 frighteningly fun Halloween facts.


According to an Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns was actually a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. So, he wandered on Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths…


Halloween Holiday Trivia

  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.




Fake Wound Tutorials
Zombie bites, arrow stabbings, disembowelments, zipper face, blood-spurting knives... get gory on Halloween! If your costume incorporates a wound, you'll find the Instructable for making it happen here (with makeup, of course).


How to Turn a Crayon into a Candle

6 Awesome Ways to Use Up Leftover Pumpkin

Homemade Halloween make-up, bruises and blood
read more here


Easy Halloween Costumes

We can't afford to buy new Halloween costumes every year, and I'm not handy enough to create them from things lying around the house. We do have a solution that allows our kids to get a new costume each year. That solution is the local thrift store. They carry costumes that have been turned in. Often they've only been worn once or twice. What a deal! And they sell them for a very reasonable price.


Severed Head Dessert

You’ll find many ‘scary’ Halloween dishes and DIY costumes and related goodies here:


Halloween Safety Tips to Keep in Mind for Your Pets

SAVE THE CHOCOLATE FOR THE TRICK-OR-TREATERS No tricks, no treats! That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.   Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.  If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or your local Animal Poison Control Center.

HALLOWEEN DECOR & YOUR PETS Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.  A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.


Beware online pet pharmacies…they may sell counterfeit, outdated or mislabeled medicines.  If the site doesn’t require a veterinary prescription, odds are they are not a good choice.  For a list of licensed pet pharmacies, go to:


Share a Photo of Your Pet's Halloween Costume for a Chance to Win a $100 PetSmart Gift Card

We want to see photos of your pet's Halloween costume! Share a photo for a chance to win one of five $100 PetSmart gift cards.



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Custom Cakes

Tired of paying big for anything but a plain birthday cake at the grocery store? I finally decided to do something about it. My son loves Lego®. I made a regular cake and finished it in red frosting to match the red that Lego® uses. I swiped a couple of the men from his toy box and washed them thoroughly. They went on top of the cake.

Before I added the men, I took a zipper baggie and filled it with white icing. I cut a small hole in one corner, so I could write "Happy Birthday" on the cake. For the cost of the cake and food coloring in the icing, I had a custom cake that my son loved!


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-Supermarket Survival

-77 Items You Should Hoard/Stockpile

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-Feed Your Family by being a Hunter

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Edmunds Scientifics-Mind & Imagination Stimulation

As a kid I loved getting stuff from Edmunds and they’ve been around since the 1940s.  The kits for kids are far superior to the crap you’ll find at Big Lots or Kmart…go to the site and get their catalogue or browse online.  Wonder & Inspiration Delivered!






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Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

16 Tips for Keeping Warm & Reducing Winter Bills-Start by Snuggling Together

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."



16 Ways To Keep Warm And Reduce Your Bills In Winter


   Having moved from a warm climate where we worried about keeping cool to a cold climate with often unpredictable weather was a bit of challenge.  Last winter was brutal and the Farmer’s Almanac says this one will be just as bad.

Of course, we caulked and insulated well so last year’s heating bills never got out of control.  We also make use of newer,more efficient space heaters early in the season rather than turning on the furnace…why heat the whole house if you only need a room or two?

Successive nights of several degrees below freezing would seem to leave you with two basic options a) spend more money b) shiver. Sitting there freezing is not really a good option – and I know about this from experience in my younger days, having experienced several winters in places with no central heating and at some times having had no heating at all! It’s unpleasant and probably bad for your health.

Turning up the dial and spend more money will keep the place warm, but that isn’t always ideal either! Heating is one of the most expensive uses of home energy. The good news is that there are many things you can do to cut your heating costs – and some of them are surprisingly simple. Our friends over at Home Made Home Ideas put together several practical ideas.

Some of these ideas have an interesting “low tech” / survival angle – for example “How To Heat A Room For $0.12 A Day” - be aware however that using just candles for heating will produce some condensation.

Bonus tip: One of my favorite tips for keeping a place warmer is to hang thick blankets or even duvets across doorways and windows. Much of the heat is lost through doors and windows and this simple, free tip will help you make the most of your existing heating.

Heat Loss
Winter is approaching. Would you like to keep the glacial wind out of your house? Are cold floors and drafts common in your house? Will you resign yourselves to feel miserable the whole winter? How informed are you about potential leaks in your house? Do you know how to detect those leaks and how to take care of them? A little time and work will keep the heat indoors, and as a result, your health, your home and your wallet will benefit. Read more.

Winter energy savings for renters - you don't need to own your home to save on heating bills
read more here

 ANOTHER USEFUL TIP:  Snuggle up with each other!

Winterizing Tips

Check pressure in your vehicle's tires. Either today or the next time you get gasoline. If you have a gauge (cost about $3), you can do it at home.

Check your car's oil. If you don't know how to do it, check your owner's manual or do an online search for your make, model and "check oil instructions."

Service your furnace. Check burners or heating coils. Check blower fans. Call for professional service if needed.


Commonly available household disinfectants:  Read this information carefully and see manufacturers instruction before use. These are not harmless cleaners.

Hydrogen peroxide

Rubbing alcohol






Save even more cash with these‘Poor Man Survival Tips!

The Frugal Kitchen: Eggs
I think that many of you out there have the same goals that I do when feeding my family. I do my best to cook from scratch, to provide well-balanced meals and snacks and to do so on a budget, always looking for new recipes, tricks and tips to save in this area (one of the few areas I feel like I can control!). One of the ways I'm trying to accomplish these goals is by really thinking about nutritional items that are inexpensive and diverse in the kitchen. This post I'll talk about my favorite: Eggs
! Read more.




How to Prevent Freezer Burn
We've all done it. You pull some meat or a left-over casserole out of the freezer, unwrap it, and it just doesn't look right. Your meat has turned grey, or the casserole is encased in ice crystals. What you have is called freezer burn, and it is a result of food not being properly wrapped or left too long in the freezer.




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 Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

52 Week Money Challenge, Free Food Savings Reports

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. - Helen Keller


Try the 52 week money savings challenge!


I completed this challenge this past year and was able to have plenty of money in the bank for Christmas and then some… I'm talking over $700 left over to do with what I please.


It's very quite simple and extremely basic.

Here's the name of the game!

Each week of the year, you save that much in dollars!

Week ONE: You save $1

Week TWO: You save $2

Week THREE: You save $3


Voila! By the third week in January you have already saved $6!


You keep doing that all the way through the end of the year so that come December you have cash in hand and are ready to shop!


…ORRR… maybe you're saving for a HOUSE, a TRIP, a WEDDING, or a CAR… ANYTHING!


Come and join the money savings fun with me and let me know how you do!


Want to make your kids save to? Have them save in quarters, either in 25 cent or 50 cent increments!


Print out these templates and paste them onto a jar!


I want to save in One Dollar increments!

I want to save in 50 Cent increments!

I want to save in 25 Cent increments!
I want to save in One dollar increments 
I want to save in dollar increments
I want to save in dollar increments 


Start your savings adventure NOW!





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Fresh Bread!

Unless you have a big family, a loaf of fresh French bread will go stale before you eat it. Here's how I solved that problem. When I buy it, I cut it into sections that we will eat at one sitting. I wrap each in plastic wrap and put them into a big freezer bag and store in the freezer. Whenever I want some fresh bread, I pull out a chunk, let it defrost, and pop it into the oven for a minute or two. It's just like it was fresh from the oven!


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-Supermarket Survival

-77 Items You Should Hoard/Stockpile

-Surviving Food Shock

-Feed Your Family by being a Hunter

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Develop Your Financial IQ

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Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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