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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Sharing Economy Updates and Free Resources You Can Use

Poor Man Survival

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"Governing a large country is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking."
-- Lao-Tzu


      A few updates on a topic I’ve previously written about, the Sharing Economy.  We wrote about ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft and the new accommodation service, Airbnb…all of these services have pissed off regulators and competition as one would expect.


Here are few new ones for the sharing economy…


Postmates-a courier service that is affecting the way goods are moved around a city.  [Amazon might want take a peek].  The firm connects customers with local couriers who purchase and deliver goods via their own transportation from any store or restaurant in a city, in an hour or less.


Lantern – launched in 2012 it aims to deliver treatment programs in one of the most expensive areas of health care, mental health.  It provides customized mental health care delivered by a therapist via a smartphone app.  It is designed to be affordable.


EatWith – has been called the Airbnb of dining.  It matches carefully vetted local hosts who are great cooks [like me] and want to monetize their talent with guests seeking quality home-cooked meals, bright conversation and a taste of local hospitality.


Renting an extra room in your home has long been a means of making some extra cash…I couldn’t do it.  Too many episodes of failed ventures on Judge Judy and my love of privacy prevent any of that for me!




The Weekly Goodies List for You to Share






   Wash Your Fruits & Vegetables

Washing your fruits and vegetable in white vinegar removes waxes, film, dirt, mold and pesticides resulting in attractive produce which will stay fresh longer.  Clean your sink and fill with water.  Add 1 cup of vinegar and let the produce sit for 10-15 minutes…rinse and dry, use or refrigerate.

Handy Cleaning Supplies

If you are like me with limited storage space for cleaning supplies, I found that if I hang a shoe bag on the back of a door, I can put all my bottles, cans, etc. into the pockets. They are easy to get to without rummaging through a bunch of stuff.


I save a lot of cash making my own cleaning products and use roughly four ingredients for everything…bleach, lemon ammonia, vinegar and water.  Over the years we’ve fostered and adopted many pets, ranging from dozens of cats and dogs to horses and donkeys.  Cats are the worst in terms of odor and I keep at the ready a spray bottle with a solution of 60% water, 40% lemon-ammonia and a touch of dishwashing soap.


Spray it on the sofa or carpet, rub in lightly and damp up the excess and then vacuum later.  Sometimes I’ll add sprinkles of baking soda over the area and after it absorbs more odor, I’ll vacuum again.


I don’t waste water and electricity using a dishwasher but here’s a recipe for lemon detergent which cost about $2.50 and does about 24 loads.


1 cup washing soda

1 cup baking soda [cheapest in bulk at Sam’s Club or Costco]

1 cup borax

20 drops of essential lemon oil


Combine ingredients in large bowl and store into a glass container with lid to keep dry.

To Use:  Place a heaping tablespoon per load in your dishwasher soap compartment and run as usual.


Natural Home
Cleaning Products

If the environmental and health risks associated with commercial cleaning products are not enough to convince you to look for alternatives, saving money should be. Anti-bacterial, disinfecting cleaners can be expensive, especially if you purchase different ones for every job. The actual expense might outweigh the benefits and there are many alternatives to expensive commercial products that will effectively and safely clean your home. Read more.


An internet search will yield a bonanza of recipes you can try.  I have a few on the Homemade section of our Poor Man Survival site.


Last Minute Holiday Touches on the Cheap
Last minute details can take a holiday home from ho ho hum to spectacular, and doesn't have to cost a lot of cash! Here are some great quick, easy, and inexpensive ideas to wow your guests and comfort your family.


Most of us give to charities this time of year, but we should do it wisely by both picking a legitimate charity and following IRS donation rules. Look for a charity that spends the vast majority of its money on the cause rather than on administrative expenses and commissions to phone solicitors. You can check out a charity at these organizations: >, >, and

Personally, I have my own private foundation which awards money to my favorite charities dating back to 2001…for years the Salvation Army has been its primary recipient.  Recently, in light of how Goodwill screws its handicapped workers while paying out large salaries to its CEOs and bypassing its retail customers [selling better quality items online instead], I cut off ALL donations and grants to them last year!

FYI-As I indicated last month, I will be closing down the Poor Man Survival website right after Christmas. I’ll also be closing off the Word Press version/host for this blog as well.

Support for the site is dismal and I needn’t waste further time and resources.  I am not certain how much longer I’ll keep blog going either but it probably will not last beyond the middle of January.


I’ll be shutting off the Gmail address associated with the Poor Man also next week…



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stupid Lawyer Stunts: Sandy Hook Parents Sue Gun Manufacturer

Stupid Lawyer Stunts-Sandy Hook Parents Sue Gun Mfg.

When in Doubt, Sue-the American Motto...

   Several years ago I owned a chain of business newspapers.  Our most popular ‘fun’ column was titled Stupid Lawyer Stunts.  It always generated a lot of ‘letters-to-the-editor.’

The federal government is famous for misapplying the law and was the brunt of many examples what we published.

One of my favorites was about a woman who admittedly drank a quart of bourbon every day for 20 years and sued after she had a miscarriage, blaming the distillery.  A wise judge threw the case out.

Yesterday, several parents of the slain children of Sandy Hook launched a suite [no doubt aided by some greedy barrister] against the maker of the rifle the shooter used saying it is a military style weapon.  They conveniently forgot the weapon was and is legal and obtained legally.  Perhaps they should focus their efforts on the pharmaceutical firm who made the psychotropic drug this deranged killer was on.  [Studies indicate nearly every mass murderer in recent times has been on such drugs].

Given the premise of these people one would think they would like to see GM and other automakers be held responsible for every vehicular homicide or distillers of booze be held legally accountable for every drunken incident which ends in murder?
America is the only nation which does not have Tort Reform laws in place. 

  This allows lawyers [one of the most powerful Washington lobbyists] to proceed with stupid lawsuits, adding on average 25% to the cost of all consumer goods.

In December 2013, four captive chimpanzees in the state of New York became the first non-humans in history to sue their human captors in an attempt to gain their freedom! The chimps’ lawyers, members of a new organization known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed the suit.

I would like to sue the feds over their invasion of my privacy rights since the creation of those un-American, privacy-bashing set of laws called the Patriot Act.

In any event, let’s hope a judge throws this nonsense out AND as we all know when such people are interviewed on TV they all like shout the same lie “It’s not about the money.

It's ALWAYS about the Money!


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Yours for better living…Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

Monday, December 15, 2014

10 Ways you are tricked into buying more

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. "
- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

10 Ways Companies Trick You Into Buying More
Visual and psychological tricks are among the techniques used by sellers to get you to buy their merchandise. Here are some of the things they do to loosen your purse-strings. In a separate story, this college professor suggests a new way to avoid impulse buying: be grateful for what you have. And he has the research to back up his claim!


Big Changes in the Fine Print of Health Insurance Plans

If you purchased health insurance last year from the health exchange, you better check the fine print of the 2015 policy. The little and not so little inconspicuous tweaks could cost you a fortune. Deductibles are increasing in one out of four plans, and the out of pocket maximum is going up for one-third of registrants. If you bought your plan from, you can use this tool that highlights the changes for you.

Which Brands of Batteries are Best?

Consumer Reports tested more than a dozen brands of AA batteries to find the longest lasting ones. Here are the winners. We recommend, however, that you buy rechargeable batteries that will save you a bundle over time. In particular, Consumer World recommends Eneloop rechargeables at Costco - 10 AA and 4 AAA, with a charger on sale for $23.99 for a short time (in-store only).

4 Lessons from the
Back to the Land Movement

Money and happiness are related simply because having money enables people to have more choices to live the life they desire. But, it can be inferred that having a high income and/or high net worth does not guarantee happiness, and conversely, having financial struggles does not necessarily create a life of unhappiness. Here are four ways to have more with less. Read more.

Here are a few other recipes to use for your holiday bash!

Don’t Bank on it:  The Unsafe World of 21st Century Banking
Some of you may already know that under current US law, you do not own your own bank account.  Your deposits are an ‘unsecured asset’ belonging to the bank…in other words, your deposit slip is merely an IOU.
Learn about this and how to protect yourself from 20 risks to our banks and savings with their FREE book.
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 Post Holiday Ideas to Feed Your Crew

A Dagwood (sandwich) is a tall, multi-layered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses and condiments. It was named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie, who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches. According to Blondie scripter Dean Young, his father, Chic Young, began drawing the huge sandwiches in the comic strip during 1936.

I thought this might be a good idea to post during the holidays, after all, you won’t be eating caviar and clams casino chateau bria every day!

You can make this as big and/or thick as you want depending on the size of the bread slices. Cutting in 1/4's like a club sandwich and topping with an olive skewered by a toothpick is recommended…


Layout the 3 bread slices.
On first slice spread mayonnaise, layer cucumber slices, cheddar cheese, 1/2 of the lettuce, 1 tomato slice, ham and top with mustard.
Add second piece of bread on top.
Spread horseradish and relish.
Layer onion, second tomato slice, swiss cheese, second half of the lettuce and turkey.
Add third piece of bread (spread bottom with mayonnaise if desired).

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Friday, December 12, 2014

The largest handout party in our history!

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

- -- Emiliano Zapata


The game is rigged, and “we the people” keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, we stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that our luck will change.

The problem, of course, is that luck will not save us. The people dealing the cards—the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.—have only one prevailing concern, and that is to maintain their power and control over the country and us.

It really doesn’t matter what you call them—the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that while they are dealing the cards, the deck will always be stacked in their favor.

Incredibly, no matter how many times we see this played out, Americans continue to naively buy into the idea that it’s our politics that divide us as a nation. As if there were really a difference between the Democrats and Republicans

Fewer Folks Support the President…but enough still do!

In September of 2012, a panel of experts presented a list to the House Judiciary Committee of how President Obama has exceeded his constitutional constraints.  Human summarized the panel’s findings this way:  “As president Obama has made a habit of bypassing or ignoring constitutional limitations on his power.”  Nearly a dozen examples were provided and Obama has yet to answer for Fast and Furious, Benghazi, his decision to NOT enforce US immigration laws and more.

Yet, the lame stream press still supports him as do nearly everyone who is getting Obama handouts [blacks, Hispanics, etc.].

Obama also sidestepped the Senate and made recess appointments when the Senate was not even session…later a federal court ruled the move was unconstitutional.

Obama has thrown the largest handout party in our history and despite tax increases across the board, our national debt has increased AGAIN!  Even as I write this, banks which got massive bailouts are asking for more [yet they are sitting on hoards of Fed cash, earning interest, but no loaning funds to business].  Wall Street and Bankers have been buying politicians at state and federal levels in earnest for the past two decades and the little guy on main street has been shafted.


In case you forgot, here are a few more reasons why you cannot trust the incompetent-in-chief:


·        No clue what’s going on in Iraq and no plan to deal with it

·        Lois Lerner & the IRS scandals

·        Gruber & Obamacare [can you believe how much loot they paid this guy]?

·        Fast n Furious

·        Benghazi

·        Massive giveaways of your tax dollars to illegal aliens


I could go on but most people don’t care anyhow!

  The stupid among us still party as if Obama was bailing them out too!  It makes little sense to me however…the typical American thinks the economy is miserable [despite short term and bogus jobs numbers touted by government propagandists].

Unlike the 1930s we don’t see food lines stretching around neighborhoods [they’re hidden away via food banks or more conveniently, they get their handouts from the Fed on plastic food stamp cards].  Nearly 46 million citizens are on food stamps yet food banks can’t keep up with demand!

Of course, those getting the federal freebies still support the President. – and that includes many multi-national corporations who benefit from our skewed tax policies…something Wall Street bought quite some time ago!  How long will the bread and circus continue?  When it stops, that's when the riots will begin [50% of the population is dependent on some form of government subsidy].



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