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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Updated Resources on Self Reliance: How to be Product Tester for Prepper Goods, DIY Skills


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

Updated Resources on Self Reliance:

·       How to be Product Tester for Prepper Goods

·       DIY Antiseptics

·       DIY Water Distiller

·       DIY Violence Survival Plan

·       Preparedness Checklists

 


How silly is disaster prepping?

Disaster and emergency preparedness is not silly. The Red Cross certainly doesn’t think so…FEMA doesn’t thinks.  Folks living near wildfires don’t think so.  People face potentially inconvenient, uncomfortable and even life threatening challenges every day.

Imagine being stuck on the Interstate in a snow or ice storm or a traffic jam caused by an accident or a dam breaking?

We tend to associate with people who think like us, so doomsday scenarios proponents tend to run in packs. Many scenarios have definite political or religious affiliations and preppers seem to be at one end of our very polarized society.

It comes down to a matter of chances. What are the chances of a nuclear war going down, or a civil riot taking place, or a zombie apocalypse, or a total economic collapse and so on?

Let's say such a doomsday scenario really happens. What are the chances of someone who prepared their entire life to survive that scenario and one who did nothing? 

 

 
The American Red Cross says that only one out of ten American households has taken the appropriate preparedness steps for both manmade and natural disasters.

And you don’t have to be a doomsday prepper to know that there have been some very alarming trends in the news (and not reported in the news) lately...Including:

The rise of domestic terrorism in America… even more riots and robberies than you’ve been seeing in the news… increasing frequency of natural disasters such as the meltdown of the dam in CA and the increase in severe weather... greater potential for epidemics… and perhaps most obviously, a long-overdue stock market crash [thanks to the conditions Obama left to Pres. Trump].

 


Self-reliance is a mindset, an approach to life that can be adopted whether you live in a wilderness cabin or a “little box” in the suburbs. Self-reliance is about living a life in which you make decisions and opinions with primary respect to your own experience of the world. You trust yourself. You’re true to yourself.

Self-Reliance means respecting our own experiences, ideas, and traits.

The best of those things.

It’s not an excuse to be lazy, immoral, confrontational, distant, or an asshole in general.

It’s not an excuse to mock the ideals of others, be narcissistic, or hurt others in any way.

Sartre recognized that “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”

Notice the word “condemned” — the freedom self-reliance offers isn’t fatalistic or nihilistic. It means taking on more responsibility, just a higher grade responsibility than we’re usually saddled with.

Self-reliance is a call to be true to yourself in the most important way possible.

To try and use it as a way to justify the worst parts of yourself is a terrible mistake.

Doing It All On Your Own


Self-reliance is associated with 100% bootstrapping your life.

 


Doomsday Prep For The Super Rich, What Is The 'Crisis' Of Modernity?


Last spring, as the Presidential campaign exposed increasingly toxic divisions in America, Antonio García Martínez, a forty-year-old former Facebook product manager living in San Francisco, bought five wooded acres on an island in the Pacific Northwest and brought in generators, solar panels, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. “When society loses a healthy founding myth, it descends into chaos,” he told me. The author of “Chaos Monkeys,” an acerbic Silicon Valley memoir, García Martínez wanted a refuge that would be far from cities but not entirely isolated. “All these dudes think that one guy alone could somehow withstand the roving mob,” he said. “No, you’re going to need to form a local militia. You just need so many things to actually ride out the apocalypse.” Once he started telling peers in the Bay Area about his “little island project,” they came “out of the woodwork” to describe their own preparations, he said. “I think people who are particularly attuned to the levers by which society actually works understand that we are skating on really thin cultural ice right now.”

Inspired to dig deeper into Emerson’s Self-Reliance? Grab Kyle’s FREE reading guide.

Kyle Eschenroeder is a writer who has been an entrepreneur, day trader, and whatever else sounded good at the time. Tweet him @kyleschen


 

Preparedness Resources
 
 

Emergency water distillation can also save your life in a coastal or maritime emergency when all you have is undrinkable salt water or suspect POISONS or deadly pathogens in your local water supply, an ever present danger from the rise of global terrorism.

If terrorists attack the water supply to a city,
as ISIS has done in Syria, what will you drink?

Go to the article:


 


Easy Homemade Antiseptic for Survival

In a survival situation, even small wounds can be deadly. If not kept clean, your body can go septic, which is difficult to treat without modern medicine. Fortunately, there is an easy DIY antiseptic you can use to quickly and easily clean wounds that is perfect for survivalists and preppers.

It’s called Daikin’s solution, and it was developed during WWI to treat soldier’s wounds in the field. It is credited with saving hundreds of lives during that war, and is one of the safest and most effective antiseptics you can find.

It is essentially just bleach and water, making it incredibly simple to prep for and make. Here’s how


 

Did you know that instead of wasting $5 to $10 on ointment, you can make your own DIY antiseptic from scratch?


 


Emergency Preparedness Lists: 

The following information was compiled by Vince Lombardi -

1. Food Storage Ideas and turn-key pre-packaged 1 year food supply resource

2. 100 Items to Disappear First
3. 55 Preparedness Items
4. An ideal home / bunker might include...
5. Survivalblog.com article on the Transition Economy and the New Economy -- some good thoughts.


 
Learn how to survive the violence epidemic of the left which seems to be sweeping the nation:


 

Finally, here’s a free resource you should share with your family and friends:
Activate your personal Constitution 101 course today -- you'll get weekly lessons via email and can take quizzes to test your knowledge as you learn.
In the fight to preserve our freedoms, our greatest enemy is ignorance. Become an expert on the document that secures and preserves your freedom -- the U.S. Constitution.
 

 

HOW TO BECOME A GEAR TESTER IN THREE EASY STEPS

So, you want to be a gear tester?  Great; you've come to the right place!  This series of lessons was created to help you to easily become a BackpackGearTest tester.  There are sometimes misconceptions about what it takes to participate as a gear tester.  Some think that becoming a tester is hard, or that you need a lot of experience before becoming a tester, but in reality, gear testing is fun, easy, open to people of all experience levels - including newbies! - and it allows you to try new things.  


 

Yours for better living,

Bruce, the Poor Man

 

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A Final Note…

You Have a 16-Cylinder Brain-Learn How to Use It and Reawaken the Genius Inside You!

 

 

 
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Cheap date night ideas that will lead to love…


 

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

A Good Husband Makes a Good Wife!

 


Cheap date night ideas that will lead to love…

 

By Vanessa Sanchez, and Bankrate

 

It’s that time of year when we’re all bombarded with ads for flowers, cheesy jewelry commercials, and heart-shaped candies at the local drugstore. Which means, of course, Valentine’s Day is upon us.

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), spending for Valentine’s Day reached an all time high of $19.7 billion last year.  (Pretty impressive for what many consider a made-up holiday.)  Although consumers are expected to cut back on their spending in 2017, the average consumer will still spend around $136.57 this year. That’s down from the record-high of $146.84 in 2016.

If you want to do something nice for your loved on on V Day, but don’t want to spend a lot, we can help. Here are some unique and cheap date night ideas.

·  Short on cash? Rent a romantic movie and pair it with all the movie fixins'.

·  Try looking for something out of the ordinary when buying a gift.

·  Use what she's passionate about and build a gift off of that.
 
 
 


 It's not a dozen long-stemmed red roses and a pricey box of chocolates that women get all misty-eyed over when mid-February rolls around each year. True, retailers love to push these traditional heart-day gifts, but most women would be far more impressed by a simpler -- and often less-expensive -- gift that somehow touches her heart.

It really is the thought that counts -- not that you thought to get something, but that you put some thought into what you got. You'll make your sweetheart feel special by picking gifts that connect with her personal passions rather than falling back on the same old same old, which, in effect, is telling her you didn't care enough to put any thought into it.

Usually, expensive means very little. "In fact, depending on where a couple is in their relationship, extravagant gifts like expensive lingerie or fancy chocolates can seem overwhelming," says author and etiquette and gift-giving expert Leah Ingram. "If you've just started dating, a big gift can imply more depth to the relationship than is really there. It can also be awkward if the guy splurges on a big Valentine's gift, but the woman doesn't do the same."

Men in married or long-term relationships can also take heart: your sweethearts, too, can be wowed by relatively inexpensive but thoughtful gestures, says author Robyn Spizman, author of "Make it Memorable" and "The Giftionary."

"Woo her with a single rose, with a note attached that says, 'You're my one and only.' Or on Valentine's morning, cut self-stick notes into heart shapes, write something sweet, and leave them in key places: her bathroom mirror, the refrigerator or her car door.

"More than expensive gifts, women want their men to show them that they truly cherish them. By doing a little homework and paying attention to the things their loved one really cares about, men can make women feel adored," Spizman says. "It's not about cost."
 
 

Here are some other creative and modestly priced Valentine's ideas for gift-challenged men:

Show a special feature: Invite her to your place for a special movie night, complete with popcorn and hot cocoa. Show that you've been thinking of her by buying her favorite romantic movie online (again, it's OK to ask her for movie suggestions without revealing your entire plan). Check for movie deals at sites like Deep Discount DVD or compare prices at comparison sites like My Simon or Google Product Search. A few favorite feminine V-Day flicks: "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail," "An Affair to Remember" and "Love Actually." If you're a little on the artsy side and don't mind subtitles, try "Like Water for Chocolate," from Mexico.

Say it in your own words: Who needs Shakespeare? Many women, including Fawn Fitter of San Francisco, say a heartfelt card is worth its weight in gold. "Not some verse from Hallmark, just something sweet in his own handwriting. That's all it takes," she says.

Eat in: Consider making a romantic dinner at home for your sweetie instead of going to a pricey restaurant on Valentine's Day. After all, many women hate the crowded restaurant scene on Feb. 14 as much as men do. Or how about breakfast in bed? If you've got even a shred of culinary talent, get up early and prepare her favorite -- pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream, perhaps, with hot coffee, a carafe of mimosa and two champagne glasses.

Use your apps
Never be ashamed to look for good deals when it comes to planning a date. Be financially smart and also creative by checking out apps like Groupon, Pulsd and Fever. These are all apps that I’ve personally used to plan some of the best dates I can remember.

These companies will give you the scoop on your city and you can find anything from 3-course dinners for half the original price to free events at your local bar, theater or park. I’ve even bought a Groupon for flying lessons that cost less than $140.

It might take 30 or 45 minutes for you to find the perfect fit but planning a unique date while also saving a few hundred dollars sounds like a big win!

Cook with a culinary kit!
Believe it or not, for some, it’s the effort that counts on this special day. Anyone can call a restaurant and book a reservation but it says a lot more if you take the time out to cook an intimate dinner.

Don’t know how to cook? Kits like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh make it easy. Again, prices vary so you have to poke around to see what fits your budget as well as dietary needs. But what’s great about these services is that you get all the ingredients that you need and step by step directions.

If you are notorious for not being able to toast a piece of bread without burning it, you might want to invest in a few different meal options for backup. Even with the extras both services offer meals starting at $8 to $10 each. Not bad considering you’re getting fresh ingredients delivered right to your door.

Geocaching
Geocaching is kind of like going on a treasure hunt wherever you are in the world – and a fun and free date night activity. Once you download the app you will see the caches around you. You select one and your GPS will give you directions to its exact location. You can find anything from action figures to pictures but you don’t know what you’ll find until you get there. There are over 2 million geocaches worldwide and when I created my account there were hundreds of hidden trinkets all around me.

The rule is that you can take what you find, as long as you replace it with something of equal value. Once you find your cache, you can log it into your app and sign your name in the logbook at your destination.

This kind of unpredictable adventure can lead you to random conversations, discovering new places you never noticed and might even give you a new outlook on the same town you’ve always lived in. Or, you can always go on a Pokemon-hunting date if that’s your thing!

Test drive your dream cars
No one said you actually have to buy a car in order to test drive it. Head to the dealer of your choice and ask to test drive the car you’d like. If you have a valid license and ask nicely, they shouldn’t give you a hard time. If they do, move on to the next dealership.

It’s fun to pretend with whoever you’re with – even if it is just for a 10 minute drive, in a car you may never buy. But that’s a 10 minute experience doing something new.

Make vision boards together
Making a vision board is something people do to help turn their dreams into reality. All you need is cardboard or poster boards, glue, scissors and a few magazines. The idea is that whatever you dream of or whatever you desire out of all aspects of your life, you find images of and paste on to the board.

Not only will this force you to think about your own dreams and wants but it will tell you a lot about the person next to you. It’s a great way to start a conversation and also a way to get to know your date on a deeper level without having to ask any awkward questions.
The best thing about these cheap date ideas is that they’re not only for a significant other. Remember that Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples, it’s also a time to spend with anyone you love – including family members and friends!

 

Yours for a productive 2017,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 

Additional Resources

The Anatomy of a Breakdown

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival

DIY-Homemade wood stove


 

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Friday, February 10, 2017

American Kids Got Dumber Under Obama


 

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 


American Kids Got DUMBER Under Obama

Written by Robert Gehl

 

Schoolchildren in America got dumber under President Obama, according to a group that ranks exam scores worldwide.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development produces an exam administered every three years to 15-year olds in 72 countries.

The exam tests reading, math and science knowledge.

The results? American schoolkids saw an 11-point drop in math and flatline scores for reading and science, Fox News is reporting.



For the first time, Obama’s America fell below the average set by the OECD and failed to crack the top ten in any of the categories.

As it stands now, according to the results, thanks to Barack Obama and his failed education policies, children in the Slovak Republic are better in math than Americans are.

So what were Barack Obama’s disastrous education policies? Or, is it possible, that in many cases, school districts, and schoolchildren, rise and fall regardless what the policy is from bureaucrats in Washington?

Barack Obama opposed private school vouchers – where parents receive taxpayer dollars to send their children to schools that are succeeding. Donald Trump has said he supports then.

Obama’s Education department was obsessed with making sure African American students and other students of color did not receive harsher punishments or reprimands than other school kids.

Read more at TheFederalistpapers

 
Yours for better living,

Bruce , the Poor Man

A Final Note…

You Have a 16-Cylinder Brain-Learn How to Use It and Reawaken the Genius Inside You!

 



 
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Additional Resources

Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival



·         From Garden to Farmers Market
If you are on the lookout for ways to save money, chances are you already have a garden to cut grocery costs down. Why not use your garden as a money-maker as well by selling your extra produce?


 

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