Bruce’s Poor Man Recession Bulletin
Your choice for urban survival resources
In this issue:
1. The Indian Lament-White man speak with forked tongue
2. Earn cash under the table-more news from the underground
3. 10 Commandments of being financially independent
4. Make your own apple cider vinegar
5. Fixing your own car gets easier
6. Our country is being plundered-mini-essays
"Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits."
-- Mark Twain
White man speak with forked tongue
No matter where you stand on the WikiLeaks drama, I have to give the guy credit as he brings to light many shameful US activities. This kind of stuff has been going on with governments for centuries but it’s rather odd to see the dirty laundry being aired worldwide and you know our government is mighty pissed.
WASHINGTON – To ease surging budget deficits, Americans prefer cutting federal services to raising taxes by nearly 2-1 in a new poll. Yet there is little consensus on specific, meaningful steps — and a wariness about touching two gargantuan programs, Social Security and Medicare.
An Associated Press-CNBC Poll showed widespread anxiety about exceeding $1 trillion a year. Eighty-five percent worry that growing red ink will harm future generations — the strongest expression of concern since AP polls began asking the question in 2008. Fifty-six percent think the shortfalls will spark a major economic crisis in the coming decade.
Trying to buy the 364 items repeated in all the song's verses — from 12 drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree — would cost $96,824, an increase of 10.8 percent over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by .
The Consumer Price Index only rose less than 2% but that government issued index conveniently fails to include the price of food or fuel….proving once again, there is little truth to come out of Washington.
Indeed, here’s a little ditty called the Indian Lament
Wife he die,
I so sad.
Done gone bad.
Buy ol’ Ford
No good too--
Ride and push
No can do.
White man banker
No can trust,
Take in monies--
Bank go bust.
Stock market hogs,
Run it country,
To the dogs.
He Hoover man--
No more Democrat
Guess me vote
For Uncle Scam!
--Unknown-from the Great Depression Era
Treating Terrorists like Americans -
And Americans like Terrorists!
Here are some helpful hints that could make your winters easier to deal
with! Thanks Mitch!
>Keep your headlights clear with car wax! Just wipe ordinary car wax on your
headlights. It contains special water repellents that will prevent that
messy mixture from accumulating on your lights - lasts 6 weeks.
>Squeak-proof your wipers with rubbing alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth
saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This one trick can make badly
streaking & squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence & clarity.
>Ice-proof your windows with vinegar! Frost on it's way? Just fill a spray
bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all your
windows at night. In the morning, they'll be clear of icy mess. Vinegar
contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water---preventing
water from freezing!
>Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil
on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel. The
cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber.
>Fog-proof your windshield with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on
the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving cream
has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers.
>De-ice your lock in seconds with hand sanitizer! Just put some hand
sanitizer gel on the key & the lock & the problems solved!
Hope these hints help even just one time!
How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar
Read more: How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2295083_apple-cider-vinegar.html#ixzz16nr7swkC
Avoid Nasal Zinc products.
Homeopathic nasal zinc sprays and gels can permanently damage your sense of small and does not prevent or treat colds according to a new Univ of CA study.
Here is an informative pdf on using animals, insects, birds and worms for food that you can download for free.
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Just for fun-site is so intense that originally I thought I'd write up certain categories individually, then I realized that in one visit I had managed to click into just about every section to see what was there, so I'm bringing it to you all as one but be warned you can lose the better part of a day checking out all the different sections!
Under Updates you'll find: Matchbox Museum, Comic Covers, 100 Mysteries, Star Tribune, Black & White World, The 30s, Comic Ads, and Miscellany. Thankfully you'll find a great description of what each section has in it before you click.
Arbeit macht frei
Contrary to the Marxists, the Nazis did not advocate public ownership of the means of production. They did demand that the government oversee and run the nation’s economy. The issue of legal ownership, they explained, is secondary; what counts is the issue of control. Private citizens, therefore, may continue to hold titles to property—so long as the state reserves to itself the unqualified right to regulate the use of their property."
-- Leonard Peikoff
10 commandments of achieving financial independence and being happier while you do it …
1. Thou shalt live like you’re going to die tomorrow, but invest like you’re going to live forever.
The ease of making money in stocks, real estate, or other risk-based assets is inversely proportional to your time horizon. In other words, making money over long periods of time is easy – making money overnight is the flip of a coin.
Money is like a tree: Plant it properly, care for it every so often, then wait patiently. Stare at a newly planted tree for 24 hours, and you’ll be convinced it’s not growing. Fixate on your investments the same way, and you could miss out on a game-changer.
Fixing Your Own Car Just Got Easier
If you like to make auto repairs yourself, here are a few gadgets, including diagnostic tools, that could make it easier...
Battery Monitor ($19.95). Know the current state of your car battery at a glance with the simple installation (with basic hand tools) of the Battery Doctor 3-in-1 monitor on or near the battery. The device also can act as a surge protector during jump-starting (or recharging). Available from AutoSport, 800-953-0814, www.autosportcatalog.com.
Non-Contact Laser Thermometer ($59.99). Car lovers often need to take the temperature of components in their cars to trace an overheating problem. This handheld tool saves time and hassle because you can read the temperature of things, such as radiators and cylinder heads, just by pointing at them. It also is helpful for diagnosing problems with air-conditioning systems -- and can read temperatures from -4°F to 968°F. Available from Harbor Freight Tools, 805-388-3000, www.HarborFreight.com.
Multi Fluid Extractor ($89.99). Changing the oil can be a messy job that may require jacking up the car and crawling underneath -- unless you have this tool. The pump can suck the old oil out of the engine with a nozzle that slips into the oil dipstick tube. It holds nearly seven quarts of oil. Available from Griot’s Garage, 800-345-5789, www.GriotsGarage.com.
POR-15 Super Starter Kit ($19.80). A car lover’s nemesis is rust -- and POR-15 is the best stuff available to stop rust in its tracks. A rust-preventive paint (a favorite of those who restore old cars), it permanently seals existing rust and can protect exposed metal with a virtually indestructible coating that can be drilled and painted. The kit includes enough POR-15 to cover six square feet with two coats, plus metal-preparation treatment, a degreaser, gloves and two brushes. Available from POR-15, Inc., 800-726-0459, www.POR15.com (click on "POR-15 Rust Preventive Paint").
Bottom Line/Personal interviewed Eric Peters, a Washington, DC-based automotive columnist and author of Automotive Atrocities! The Cars We Love to Hate (MBI). A member of the International Motor Press Association and the Washington Auto Press Association, he has been writing about cars for 17 years. His next book, Road Hogs (MBI), will be published later this year. http://EricPetersAutos.com
Our Country is being plundered
Neither the Constitution of the United States nor the institutions set up by that Constitution are enough to ensure the continuance of a free, self-governing nation. When Benjamin Franklin was asked what members of the Constitutional Convention were creating, he replied: "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."
Here’s a small roundup of essays and examples to ponder on the coming cold nights (pun intended).
The Rape and Plunder of America
For an interesting series of essays by the famed Frenchman, Bastiat, go here:
Or view the Crime of our Time video here:
How To Protect Your Hard Earned Money From Financial Meltdown
Peter Schiff: Americans must prepare for deepening unemployment, inflation and possible breadlines
Fiscal Mess Puts U.S. at Crossroads
“If Americans aren’t prepared for the hard choices needed to control the national debt, most voters here must have missed the memo…. Cutting the deficit and debt is the preferred prescription for the economy among 39% of Americans, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll conducted Nov. 19-21 shows. That tops other options, including raising taxes on the wealthy, cutting taxes and increasing stimulus spending.” (USA Today)
Thanks to all the politicians who dug this hole and all those who voted them into office.
Business of the USA for 50 years has been war. Making money off weapons is what rich Americans do. In essence, China is financing our wars and debt. The dollar will make its final demise as the world currency no later than 2018. --The Poor Man
News of the odd-underground living
A number of subscribers are asking about more ways to make cash…
Site devoted to 2012 disaster, but has interesting info on building underground bunkers
Information on making money in the underground economy
An educator looks at how ghetto dwellers survive in the underground economy
Now we've moved into the realm of gangster government. We have gangster government when the Federal Government has set up a new cartel and private businesses now have to go begging with their hand out to their local--hopefully well politically connected--Congressman or their Senator so they can buy a peace offering for that local business. Is that the kind of country we are going to have in the future? --Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachman
99ers: Unemployed need help as their benefits expire
Other groups are taking a more high-profile approach. FlashMobs4Jobs is holding rallies and demonstrations, mainly in New York City, to show how urgent the need is to extend the safety net.
"We want to educate and ask for support from the American public so they understand these are not lazy bums happy to get a check," said Kian Frederick, an unemployed union organizer who founded the movement.
Earlier this month, the group recreated a 1930s breadline outside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to send home the message that many jobless are finding it hard to feed themselves or their families.
UnemployedStatesofAmerica provides forums for its 270 members to ask questions, post information or just vent. It also offers resources such as interviewing tips and the number for the national suicide prevention hotline. And it sponsors an online radio show focused on unemployment issues.
"This gives them a sense of 'people are going through this with me. I am not alone,' " said Wendy Ashley of Evansville, Ind., an unemployed factory worker who spearheads the site…in that line of thought, here are some ideas for generating extra income:
It is incredible that a system of taxation which permits a man with an income of $1,000,000 a year to pay not one cent to his Government should remain unaltered."
--Andrew Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury under conservative Republican President Calvin Coolidge
Earn Cash: Jobs That Pay Under The Table
Earn cash tutoring college students. One of the easiest ways for a college or university grad to earn straight cash is to work as a tutor. Some skills that are in very high demand for this could involve tutoring math courses, physics, English literature, history, or languages such as French or Spanish. You could also offer to teach English to new immigrants off the books.
Work as a proofreader. I knew someone when I was in university who had graduated years before who supported themselves, under the table, by proofreading essays and term papers for students and charged by the page.
Make a second income delivering lifestyle services to people’s homes. I have met dozens of women who made ends meet by offering professional salon quality hairstyling - in peoples homes, well below market cost of the typical salon price. The same applies to similar work: manicures, pedicures, massage therapy, aromatherapy, yoga classes, reflexology, reiki, alternative medicine/naturopathy, the list goes on.
Work for extra money in the food and beverage industry. Without a doubt, one of the biggest underground employers is the food industry. Coffee shops, bars, pubs, taverns, restaurants etc have employed many people I have known over the years - many of which have also lived below the radar of immigration services for many years. It is also one of the easiest ways to finance living abroad if you have skills as a cook, bartender or doorperson and want to escape and start a new life abroad.
Offer traditional building trades in your community. This “no-brainer”, like the food and beverage is one of the two most obvious examples of an underground employer. Offering anything from complete major renovations to small carpentry jobs, welding jobs, plumbing repairs. If one is a skilled carpenter with their own facilities, one could even build custom lawn furniture, wooden retro screen doors, stairs - right down to something obscure like custom birdhouses, some of which can fetch over a hundred dollars. The construction industry is a huge consumer of undocumented workers.
Earn profit from your craft skills. Selling anything from homemade soap and paper products, to quilting, sewing, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, screen printed clothing, homemade rugs. I know of a guy who, when he came to Canada, made homemade sandals out of old tires which resembled those popular rubber “crock” style shoes. This same guy used that money to fund a legitimate food and catering business, which he still operates today!
Teach music lessons. Offer guitar lessons in people’s homes. Or piano lessons in yours. The possibilities here are endless.
Rent your home or apartment to tourists. Just check Craigslist and I’ll bet that there are people in your city advertising to rent out their apartments for close to what hotels charge! All you need to be competitive is a place that has a good location for tourists and is of the quality that someone would actually like to rent, and you could be on your way to having a competitive bed and breakfast business.
Clean people’s homes or apartments. Start off by using some free desktop publishing software to make some flyers and then distribute them in your area.
Teach classes in any sort of skill you have. Do you have experience in yoga? martial arts? pottery or ceramics? This could be the prefect income opportunity for you.
Give walking tours of your city. If you live in an urban setting and have knowledge of history, this could make you a good income with tourists. Even better if you can make this service unique, like for example offering a walking tour of famous haunted houses and buildings in your city.
Become a bicycle messenger. If you have bike and being a bit of a road warrior appeals to you, you could make several hundred a week, just for a few days work.
Offer to edit student papers. Live in a university town and have a degree in the Arts? Great, then you can advertise to proof student papers. Maybe there could even be a better income if they want you to write them. Some online services charge as much as $20 a page!
Become a personal assistant. Running errand for execs such as shopping, deliveries, etc can pay handsomely.
Become a pet sitter. Often dog walkers and pet sitters can make $20-30 a day just for a couple of hours doing very little If you love being around animals, as I do, this could be fun as well as lucrative.
Offer services for elderly consumers. Yard work, snow and roof shoveling are very popular and obvious choices here. So are any other rubbish removal, spring cleaning services.
Make a second income growing vegetables in people’s backyards. Got a green thumb? Offer to grow vegetables for people for a low cost, setting them up with a starter home garden which you get paid cash to maintain. Sure, a reasonable rate might only be 20-30 dollars a month, but add this up if you did this for 100 people!
Offer computer repairs. Computer savvy? This could be another perfect way to provide a service for people off of the books.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies."
-- Honore de Balzac
In October 1937 the stock market crashed - again and nearly as badly as it had in 1929. The reason? That year Social Security taxes were withheld for the first time from paychecks. Consumer spending dropped dramatically as people had less of their money to spend.
The economy shrank and unemployment shot up to 22%. Money that had been skimmed from paychecks (most folks at the time were a little slim on the details) didn’t circulate in the economy again for another year.
You might think this would be a lesson for Washington. Each time they take away from citizens, it has negative repercussions.
Now that Washington has looted this so-called ‘lock box’ you know who will pay the price for this larceny…certainly not the thieves.
On another political oddity…Eugene Debs is the only person in history to run a presidential race while serving time in prison. He ran on the Socialist Party ticket in 1920 against Warren Harding. Though he managed to get 920,000 votes, he was serving a 10-year sentence for publicly criticizing the government’s questionable use of the Espionage Act in prosecuting people!
2009 saw a 20% increase in the number of people growing their own vegetables. It saw an increase in the number of people interested in living a more simple life that gives them greater control. Living off the grid is more than being independent. It's about be proactive in your own survival, it's about becoming more connected to family and community, and it's being responsible for your own well-being and not dependent on the government to get you through.
That’s it for this issue of pithy thinking! The Poor Man!
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