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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Helen Keller Succeeded Despite Not Having a 'Village' - Will Your Kid Succeed?


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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
Friedrich Nietzsche 

 


   Why were people such as Helen Keller, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and others able to succeed despite disabilities and a poor education?

 

Einstein was told he was an idiot and failed at math as was Edison who became deaf in one ear early on and he never finished school.  Ms. Keller suffered from being blind and deaf yet went on to become extraordinarily successful.

 

These folks didn’t have the advantage of our ‘modern’ educational system and all of the smart tools at our disposal.  So-called deprived children today are given much more in terms of educational resources, school meals and food stamps and other social necessities and yet, often remain mired in poverty and crime.

 

For example, more than 1,000 elementary aged children in Detroit’s inner city schools had laptop computers donated to them.  Within a year most of them had mysteriously vanished [sold or stolen].

 

It doesn’t take a village as Mrs. Clinton wrote.  Helen Keller didn’t have a village behind her [except to taunt her], she had Anne Sullivan to guide and teach her. 

 

Despite 100s of government programs, too many of our young fail to reach their potential.  [Under our current nonsensical society, the USA would never have made it out of the Old West as just about anything related to personal independence has been outlawed].

It is my opinion government programs seldom steer children in the right direction.  So what does work?

 


Most often, from everything I read, a child succeeds because of a strong parent, teacher or other mentor-type figure in their life.  People laugh today about how life was in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s when the norm was a two-parent family and kids finished school and they participated in physical activities rather than sit in front of a TV, video game or computer screen all day.

 

Parents back then were more involved.  The cost of government and living the ‘good’ life created too many two-parent income earners which has hurt our children and the nation.  The government wrongly assumed too many ‘nanny state’ roles and it has not worked well.

 

 
Challenge, mentor, lead or get involved with your kid today!

 

 

Share these useful resources-your friends will thank you…

 

The home page for the United States Department of Agriculture PLANTS Database

 


 

Not every prepper lives in the country! In this article we'll teach preppers how they can survive in the city using common sense & ingenuity.

 

                                   


 


 


 

Create your homestead farm disaster kit with these 7 must-have items


 

 

Economical Windmills

Mike and his family have been making wind generators for over 20 years.  We are a small “Mom and Pop” business with a goal to help other families become energy independent.  Learn more about Mike and his Windmill Shop.

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Finding
Cheap and Free Produce

Most people don't eat enough vegetables. Don't let the high cost of fresh produce be your excuse. With a few tricks, you can feed your family twice as many fresh veggies for the amount you now spend. These are the ways I save money on produce. Read more.

 

 

Making soups from scratch - get better taste when you kick the can!
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cheap n Easy Solar: Emergency or Off Grid Resources


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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
 
 
 

   Since we live in an area with a faulty power grid, I often write about alternative energy ideas and resources. No matter where you live, it is always a good time to look at solar energy.  Jessica of MPOWERED read one of our articles and sent me a pretty remarkable device called Luci, an inflatable, micro-solar lantern that is waterproof, shatterproof, lightweight, portable and rechargeable.

MPOWERD offers many solar related products that are functional for emergencies, camping and boating, power outages, auto breakdowns and other crisis situations.  I might suggest grabbing a few for your family or perhaps to use for gift giving this holiday season.

There are several areas a homeowner needs to examine before you convert a home to solar energy.  One helpful site is FindSolar.com, a web site powered by the American Solar Energy Society which helps you calculate the estimated savings you will realize based on the variables.

MPOWERED also offers their product as a fundraiser, something worth reviewing for you Boy Scout group, church, school or other organization.

Find more at:


 

Net meters allow customers who generate electricity through their solar panels to feed electricity back into the grid. The meter also gives the consumer a breakdown of usage with each monthly bill. You can monitor exactly how much it's costing to cool or heat your home, wash your dishes or dry your clothes, for exampleMore »
 
 
 
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Exciting free budget stretchers to use and share…

 







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Monday, September 29, 2014

Easy Homemade Butter, DIY Biogas Using Kitchen Waste, Flea Market Cash


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ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 
“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 

 


   Grocery prices are becoming ridiculously high even for basic items such as milk, eggs and butter [forget steak which is about $10 a pound at our local Kroger].  When butter reached $5 a pound that was it for me.

Homemade Butter Like the Amish

Homemade butter like the Amish make is a simple delight. Making butter may be easier than you imagined. The Amish use a butter churn because they are making butter for the whole community -- or at least a large family. For what you will be using at home, you can make butter in a mixing bowl or covered jar. Once you find out how easy it is to make and how great it tastes, you may never buy butter from the store again.


>Pour the heavy cream into a mixing bowl or a jar (if a mixing bowl is not available).

 

>Mix the cream with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed, or alternatively shake the jar with the heavy cream continuously.

 

>Stop mixing or shaking when you see the butter starting to solidify and separate from the liquid.

 

>Pour the contents into a strainer with a bowl underneath it.  The liquid will be fresh buttermilk. Store the buttermilk in the refrigerator.

 

>Rinse the butter with water to remove excess liquid, then put it in another bowl and knead it with the spatula, bringing the curds together. Add salt to flavor while kneading the butter.

 

Put the butter into a sealed container and store in the refrigerator


 


Constructing a Medium Sized Biogas Plant Using Kitchen Waste


Long back I have posted an instructable on how to construct prototype of a Biogas plant, using 50 liter capacity tank as digester, which you can see here : http://www.instructables.com/id/Bio-gas-plant-usin...

That was my first instructable and people are still commenting and asking me for guidance on Biogas plants for home use and for demonstration at schools & colleges. I have replied and mailed guidelines to almost all of the queries and I hope that helped them in their quest for building their Biogas plant.


 

Toilet Paper, etc.

I got tired of too small rolls of toilet paper and the prices that I was paying for them. Then a friend who works in a big office building suggested that I find my local janitorial supply store. Most of these stores sell to the public. Since those bathrooms get more use, they buy bigger rolls. And they're also more concerned with price, so you'll save a few dollars, too. You can also find other household cleaning products at greatly reduced rates.

 


Flea markets and swap meets are big business these days. Television programs like Flea Market Flip and Storage Wars have catapulted the reseller industry. Before you start a flea market business however, there are a few things you should know.
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5 Ways to Make Quick Cash
Cash crunch! Most of us will face it at one time or another. An unexpected bill or loss of income puts us into a position where we need a quick cash infusion. When you face one of those times, try one or more of these quick cash solutions. Read more.

 

 

 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Why Aren't People Mad as Hell?


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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 


"The policy of seeking values from human beings by means of force,
when practiced by an individual, is called crime.
When practiced by a government, it is called statism ..."
-- Nathaniel Branden

Why Aren’t Citizens Mad as Hell About What is Happening to Our Nation? Congress is ruled by one thing – GREED!

Howard Bloom, Yale literature professor and cultural critic, recently stated “I am 79 years old and I have never seen this country in such a bad state. It is madness. What we are seeing is the fall of the Roman Empire, only now it is the fall of America, the glory of our Empire.”

America has more people on welfare than are working full time. Election fraud is rampant. American students continue to fall further behind our international cohorts. The average person cannot even name one thing that the Obama administration has done to improve the condition of the middle class, yet, he got re-elected…

The U.S. economy has had six full years to bounce back since the financial collapse of 2008, and it simply has not happened.  Median household income has declined substantially since then, total household wealth for middle class families is way down, the percentage of the population that is employed is still about where it was

The inhabitants of DC are getting richer than those in the 50 states. In recent years this has increased to a dramatic degree... becoming painfully obvious especially when you consider that DC, unlike San Francisco (and its Silicon Valley) has almost no natural, wealth building industry.

Many of my foreign readers believe Americans are simply chumps who don’t have a clue as to how much their own government is screwing them.  Indeed, one writer told me “Americans are zombies, easily led and fooled  by crooked  or incompetent politicians like Obama– just give them a beer, a joint and football and they become unthinking slaves!”

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

50 Facts That Show How Far America Has Fallen In This Generation

What has happened to America?  Please show these numbers to anyone that does not believe that the United States is in decline.  It is time for all of us to humble ourselves and face the reality of what has happened to our once great nation.  For those of us that love America, it is heartbreaking to watch the foundations of our society rot and decay in thousands of different ways.  The following are 50 facts that show how far America has fallen in this generation, but the truth is that this list could have been far, far longer…


 

Census: Household Income Continues to Stagnate Under Obama
In what has become a recurring theme in America's long slog back from the 2007-09 recession, most U.S. households again saw no noticeable increase in their income last year.

 


Pathetic Nonsense


The FBI classifies some sovereign citizens as terrorists. U.S. law enforcement officials are being warned about members of the sovereign citizen movement -- the number one potential terrorist threat in the United States according to a 2014 study by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism(START). Law enforcement agencies estimate that there are about 100,000 hard-core members of various sovereign citizens groups around the country, with another 200,000 sympathizers. West Virginia police


 

A Federal Appeals court upheld a Florida law that discourages physicians from asking patients if they own guns…reversing a lower court ruling striking down the law because it infringed on doctors’ free speech rights.  The judge said guns are private matter irrelevant to medical care.

 

Nowhere To Hide As Minority Report-Style Facial Recognition Technology Spreads Across America


What is our society going to look like when our faces are being tracked literally everywhere that we go?  As part of the FBI's new Next Generation Identification System, a facial recognition database known as the Interstate Photo System will have collected 52 million of our faces by the end of 2015.  But that is […]
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Have Efforts to Create a "Do Not Track" List Derailed?

The Do Not Track (DNT) list was envisioned as being like the popular Do Not Call list. It would create a central registry for consumers to opt-out of having their online movements tracked with one easy step. This would provide a simple and effective means for consumers to help manage their digital privacy. Unfortunately, after several years of work, the working group tasked with developing DNT has yet to agree on a definition of what 'tracking' is, let alone how to stop it. This inability to reach an agreement leaves consumers without an important means of controlling their digital privacy.... Read it all.

 

FBI colludes with local police to hide cell phone snooping devices from the public


Local police agencies have been able to gain use of cell phone tracking devices by agreeing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation not to disclose the fact that they’re using them, according to a recently-released, heavily redacted document made public last week. More…  

Poll: Nearly 1 In 4 In America Would Favor Secession


Nearly 1 out of 4 Americans are so fed up with Washington that they’re prepared to not take it anymore – and would favor their state breaking away from the rest of the United States. The sentiment is strongest in the Southwest, but it’s weakest in New England – the birthplace of American rebellion. Read More…

 

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



The U.S. Has Fallen Out of Favor…as long as I can recall, we’re always at war!


We have become a militaristic nation. Our troops are stationed all over the planet. We represent 37% of global spending on military, nearly four times the next-closest country on the list — China. Our greatest glories have come from winning a couple of wars; and our greatest humiliations from losing a few. We’ve spent a lifetime invading or bombing countries in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Middle East and southeastern Europe.

These actions have left angry masses in the wake. Now the American government lives in fear of retaliation from aboard and they fear financial exodus at home. Thus the government needs to track us to be sure we are still loyal patriots and not disguised bad guys. And, they track our every financial move because they need to make sure they don’t lose a cent of revenue that they desperately need to fund their debt problem.

They are paranoid and afraid. More and more of our data is needed to make the American government feel safe. The need to spy on Americans [using the excuse of protecting our freedom] here and abroad is indicative of a paranoid government in decline.

America is beginning to resemble, physically and operation-wise, like a third world nation.  Even though our infrastructure is crumbling, we waste billions on overseas misadventures and our leaders are too stupid or dishonest to admit it.

Our Washington-Wall Street Cartel is what lies beneath the surface in American politics — the nefarious deals made between corporations and the politicians that are supposed to keep them in check — that makes me think the Third World is where we’re headed as a nation.

I have always thought that under FDR Americans were given a New Deal but under Obama, we’ve been handed a raw deal!

 

NOTE:  I’ll be undergoing a surgical procedure for my heart this week so there will be no further posts until probably Monday.

 
Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 
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