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Sunday, January 25, 2015

All things being equal-And they're not in America


 

 

 

 

 

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ISSN 2161-5543                                                                                        

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


"If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible."
-- Ram Dass


 

Richest 1% to own half of world’s wealth by 2016, says Oxfam


   This is something I’ve written about for more than 10 years.  The reason I started the Poor Man Survival series.  A democracy cannot survive without a strong middle class.

 

In 2008, 53 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be “middle class”.  But by 2014, only 44 percent of all Americans still considered themselves to be “middle class”

 

During his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, Barack Obama is going to promise to make life better for middle class families.  Of course he has also promised to do this during all of his other State of the Union addresses, but apparently he still believes that there are people out there that are buying what he is selling…

Wealth accumulated by the richest one percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent in 2016, the Oxfam charity said Monday, ahead of the annual meeting of the world's most powerful at Davos, Switzerland.

"The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast," Oxfam executive director Winnie Byanyima said.

The richest one percent's share of global wealth increased from 44 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2014, the British charity said in a report, adding that it will be more that 50 percent in 2016.

The average wealth per adult in this group is $2.7 million (2.3 million euros), Oxfam said.

Of the remaining 52 percent, almost all -- 46 percent -- is owned by the rest of the richest fifth of the world's population, leaving the other 80 percent to share just 5.5 percent with an average wealth of $3,851 (3,330 euros) per adult, the report says.

Byanyima, who is to co-chair at the Davos World Economic Forum taking place Wednesday through Friday, urged leaders to take on "vested interests that stand in the way of a fairer and more prosperous world."

Oxfam called upon states to tackle tax evasion, improve public services, tax capital rather than labor, and introduce living minimum wages, among other measures, in a bid to ensure a more equitable distribution of wealth.

The 45th World Economic Forum that runs from Wednesday to Saturday will draw a record number of participants this year with more than 300 heads of state and government attending.

Rising inequality will be competing with other global crises including terrorist threats in Europe, the worst post-Cold War stand-off between Russia and the West and renewed fears of financial turmoil.

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A few disturbing notes to be aware of…

>American families in the middle 20 percent of the income scale now earn less money than they did on the day when Barack Obama first entered the White House.

 >American families in the middle 20 percent of the income scale have a lower net worth than they did on the day when Barack Obama first entered the White House.

>According to a Washington Post article published just a few days ago, more than 50 percent of the children in U.S. public schools now come from low income homes.  This is the first time that this has happened in at least 50 years.

                Fabulous French Toast

I don't make French toast often, but when I do, there's a twist that I think makes it better than most. I use a flavored liquid coffee creamer instead of milk. Just that little bit of flavor makes all the difference. I still add a bit of cinnamon and dip it into an egg bath.

 

 


More Ways to Save Some Green-Share Responsibly!

Make Money Upcycling
"Upcycling" is what you do when you're converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality. When you upcycle, you aren't wasting potentially useful materials. But what if you could make money upcycling?

Buy the Right Ground Meat

I just finished a food science course and learned something that most people don't know. When you buy ground meats, you should pay attention to the name. For instance, ground turkey can be any meaty part of the bird, including white or dark meat and even the skin!

A healthier choice would be to buy "ground turkey breast," or if you're buying beef, you should buy "ground chuck" or "ground round." It costs a little more, but you get what you pay for.

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The State-of-the-Disunion Speech or Why Politics has Been Very, Very Good to Me


 

 

 

 

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"I am concerned for the security of our great Nation;
not so much because of any threat from without,
but because of the insidious forces working from within."

-- General Douglas MacArthur

 

 

Politics has been very, very good to me!

 

Watching the state of the disunion speech reminded me of old Bill Clinton, another glib and charming speaker…see if you agree with my sentiments here.

 

   I went from never having had a real job, a home or car of my own in rural Arkansas to living in the White House not once, but twice!  I got free travel around the world, more than any other president and I went from seeing floosies in cheap motels to high priced gals all over the world.

 

   I’m now one of the richest ex-presidents in history and I still didn’t have to buy my own home…I just sold a few political favors and pardons.

 

   And partner Billary did mighty fine too.  Turned $1,000 into $100,000 in the stock market in under a year!   She sold me on the idea of moving to New York so we could be one of ‘their’ own and worm our way back into another cushy government job.

 

I sure hope she runs for president…after all, she’s got a lot folks fools and beside, we got a lot of mighty fine ‘gifts’ the last time…even the silverware.

 

Each of us wrote a couple of cheesy books that paid us millions more than they were worth.

 

And look what I done for our trainee…Obama got some great book money too and look at all those multi-million dollar vacations he got for free!

 

Yes, there was a time when people made their fortunes the old fashioned way, like real estate or inventing something that someone needed.  But politics today, that’s where the real money is!
 
 

 

 
Obama is an excellent speaker too but bear in mind, things are seldom as rosy as the picture these forked tongue politicians paint!




>American families in the middle 20 percent of the income scale now earn less money than they did on the day when Barack Obama first entered the White House.

 >American families in the middle 20 percent of the income scale have a lower net worth than they did on the day when Barack Obama first entered the White House.

I always find it amazing at ‘enriching’ a political life becomes for those who suck at the public teat while never having had a real job, never serving in the military, and never having to worry about a payroll…

In any event fellow Romans…as I promised awhile back, the Poor Man Bulletin is scaling back and will only continue to appear here, on blogger.  Sparse input, low feedback and total lack of support at our online storefront have convinced this is the prudent move to make...

And by the way, won’t some staunch supporter of Biden buy him a hair piece?

Yours for a better life,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


P.S.  In 45 years of voting, nothing ever changes except the downward slide of the Middle Class
 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Your Privacy Dumped - Again, How to Stock a Pantry & More


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


 

ISSN 2161-5543                                                                                        

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

"The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer."

-- Edward R. Murrow

 

The USA continues its march toward a Soviet style government - our government does more domestic spying than the Russians ever did…

 




Your Privacy & [Probably] Security Dumped on Again

 

In the name of fighting against cyber attacks, Barack Obama wants to change the rules that protect your personal data. You see, the real motherlode of data on Americans currently sits in private hands.

But Obama wants to move the data into the claws of law enforcement agencies.

The goal is to have private sector companies give even more information to the government, in exchange for protection against lawsuits for the misuse of data.

It's a beneficial deal for the companies and the government, but what this deal implies for the consumer is downright frightening...
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[Note:  I had a Top Secret Security Clearance with the Navy, working on classified communication code and can see firsthand how the current government has accelerated its violation of our Bill of Rights, the Privacy Act of 1974 and more-all in the name of freedom – 1984 double speak at its finest].

 
 

 

Got gross sooty dirty windows on your woodstove?

Clean them twice weekly using Rutland Conditioning Glass Cleaner; apply with a white Scotch-brite pad and wipe the residue with a moist paper towel or use the old homestead solution of wiping the glass with a paste made of water and wood ash, then scrubbing with a newspaper.

 

 

How to Stock a Pantry
When you have a fully-stocked pantry, cooking is a lot easier -- you really only need to worry about getting fresh meat, fish, and produce to make a homemade meal. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to cook more, this guide can help you get started.

 

 
How a food grinder can lead to savings
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Bruce ‘the Poor Man’



To celebrate my birthday-every order gets a free 4x6 vintage Ziegfeld Folly photo included.  Good through the end of January!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Collapsing Retail Industry and Warning of Hijacked PM eMail


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


 
ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

"It is better to live one day as a lion, then one hundred years as a sheep"
-- Roman Proverb

 


WARNING:  Someone hijacked our old PoorManSurvival email address and is sending out messages leading to porn sites.  Don’t open these as I no longer use that address and the site has been deleted!

 

The US Retail Industry is Collapsing: Here’s Why You’re in Trouble





Shopping malls across America are going to look a whole lot emptier soon. An exodus of giant retailers is beginning with the announcement of hundreds of store closures and thousands of people newly unemployed.

The first of January, I broke with my usual tradition and wrote not about positive resolutions, but about the impending rockslide of the US economy. And “rockslide” is an apt word: as one thing starts rolling down the mountain, it will pick up other things until a veritable avalanche of other businesses and people are affected and rolling pell-mell right alongside.

Last year, we saw announcements of the expected closure of some retail giants. In February of 2013, Michael Snyder wrote on The Economic Collapse Blog that we would see the following:


 

 


When the Natural Food Market Is Cheaper

I like to buy organic, but often the prices are pretty high. I've found one exception. That's dried herbs and spices. Instead of buying those little bottles, I buy herbs and spices by the pound at the natural food store. Typically I'm only buying an ounce or two, so it's only a few cents. Why pay for a bottle and packaging that you'll only throw away later?

 

 
Keeping Track of Pantry Inventory
Because of our flexible work schedules, my wife and I share cooking duties. We both actually enjoy cooking, but we're running into a problem. Both of us plan our recipes in advance, and make sure that we have (or I buy) the things we need. At least once a week, I look for one ingredient or another to find that we don't have it. I can't blame my wife. She didn't know that I was counting on using that last clove of garlic, too. Is there a way that we can keep track of our pantry inventory, so we know what we have and what needs to be bought before we run out?
 

 

I’m still giving these away…


Home Prepping Database Program


 

$What to do if the Dollar Collapses$


 

 Is a surprise recession around the corner?
From tumbling oil prices to record stock prices to the end of Quantitative Easing and rising market volatility, the latter half of 2014 has brought us close to an inflection point. What now lies ahead for investors? Click here to continue reading...

 
 
 

More Ways to Save Some Green-Share Responsibly!

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 
Bruce ‘the Poor Man’






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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Number One Thing You Need to Survive [Aside from a working brain]


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


 

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

 


The number one thing that you need to do to get ready for the coming economic collapse is to build up an emergency fund.

During the last recession, millions of Americans suddenly lost their jobs.  Because they did not have any cushion to fall back on, millions of them also suddenly could not pay their bills and their mortgages.  Foreclosures skyrocketed and countless families went from living a very comfortable middle class lifestyle to being out on the street in very short order.

And now because the people of this country have been so foolish it is going to happen again.

I’ve personally learned firsthand that many people are idiots, they don’t plan ahead for the weekend [except to stock up on beer for the ‘next big game’] let alone for an emergency.

 

The following comes from the Wall Street Journal

Only 38% of those polled said they could cover a $500 repair bill or a $1,000 emergency room visit with funds from their bank accounts, a new Bankrate report said. Most others would need to take on debt or cut back elsewhere.

“A solid majority of Americans say they have a household budget,” said Bankrate banking analyst Claes Bell. “But too few have the ability to cover expenses outside their budget without going into debt or turning to family and friends for help.”

The survey found that an unexpected bill would cause 26% to reduce spending elsewhere, while 16% would borrow from family or friends and 12% would put the expense on a credit card. The remainder didn’t know what they would do or would make other arrangements.

Despite Obama propaganda:

·        EVERTHING COSTS MORE TODAY – despite government inflation nonsense

·        VERY few corporations offer benefits anymore…pensions and even paid vacations are becoming a thing of the past [unlike our European counterparts who get far more for their efforts]

·        Obamacare is already costing people more in terms of higher premiums

·        The value of the dollar is shrinking and when it is ultimately replaced as the currency of choice internationally, riots will likely ensue

Decent jobs which pay middle class wages are shrinking so my advice to all is to develop a secondary set of skills to make money with or to barter with…medical, computer, electrical, plumbing [especially wells and septic] and other similar skills would top my list.

3 Critical Tools for Paying Off Debt
This is the time of year when many people look at their debt situation and shudder. They dream of what it would be like to be out of debt. And, if they're brave, they begin to plan a strategy to reduce the amount of debt they carry.

                                      

Make Energy From Weeds


Solar, wind, water, geothermal and biomass are sources of producing renewable energy. Production of energy from sun, wind, water and geothermal all require costly equipment. Even the smaller scale models of solar and wind energy for a medium sized home costs more than 1000 US Dollars. Individuals can not think of energy from water and geothermal as the required infrastructure will cost the heaven. They also require regular maintenance of moving parts, batteries and other things. Renewable energy from biomass is the cheapest form of all sources mentioned above, which require minimum initial investment and practically no maintenance at all. The biomass fuels like vegetation, crop residues, cattle waste, kitchen waste and aquatic plants are abundant in nature and also easily available throughout the year. A medium sized biomass digester can be built with about 200 US Dollars.

More here:


 

 
Top five emergency first aid items you probably didn't even realize were medicine
(NaturalNews) When it comes to emergency medicine for preppers, everybody is already aware of the extraordinary usefulness of things like nano silver, fish antibiotics and off-the-shelf antiseptics such as povidone iodine. Here, I've decided to reveal...

 

Fed up: Record number of Americans identify as political independents »
Americans are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the U.S. political establishment. New polling data indicate that a record number are eschewing partisan political affiliation and describing themselves as political independents. More »

Thursday, January 8, 2015

DIY Air Freshener, Stretch a Food Budget and the Best Brain Pickings


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


 
ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act but a habit"

-- Aristotle

Homemade Air Freshener


 


Although reaching for that shiny Glade air freshener is an easy way to cover up odors, or scent the air in your home, most commercial scent products are full of chemicals that contribute to unhealthy indoor air and often just mask an underlying problem. As a result, I'm a big fan of natural, homemade air fresheners and good old elbow grease to keep my house smelling great.

In this Instructable, I'll go over simple ways to make sure the air in your home is as fresh, chemical-free, and naturally scent-a-licious as possible!


 

 
Despite evidence which suggests a credit score has nothing to do with how one pays their insurance premiums, insurers still use this outdated nonsense to screw many of its customers…

Credit Score Falls, Insurance Cost Doubles?
My insurer recently doubled my homeowners and auto insurance premiums. When I asked why, the company told me that my credit score had dropped from 815 to 735. Is this a reason to double the price of my insurance?

 

Cleaner Tubs

I hate it when our tub isn't really clean. So once a week when I'm draining the tub, I'll leave about two inches of water in it. To the water, I add a tablespoon of dishwashing powder and swirl it around. After about ten minutes, I give the tub a wipe down and then I rinse it. It always comes out looking great!

 


DIY Power Brush Tub Cleaner


 
 
Essentialism--The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.   This is a must read for those who over-commit.  Quoting John Maxwell, "You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything."

 

  • The Best Brain Pickings Articles of the Year (Brain Pickings):  If you are not familiar with Maria Popova or her site, Brain Pickings, this article will give you a great introduction.  You can also listen to Tim Ferriss' interview of Maria here.

 

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Last winter, I decided that I needed to stop the drafts in my home, so I walked around the outer walls of the house with a lit candle. I turned off the central heat first and was careful not to set the drapes on fire. By holding the candle close to doors and windows, I was able to get a good idea of where cold air was entering our home. I watched for the flame to dance around. Once I found the leaks, I was able to take action.

 



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Creating a basement herb garden
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 Bruce ‘the Poor Man’
 

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