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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Quirky Signs of Economic Recovery, Survive Civil Disorder

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
Your choice for urban survival resources

In This Issue:

1. Green jobs, using twitter to find a job
2. Save 96% on home made laundry detergent
3. Free tobacco at-home cultivation guide
4. Quirky signs the economy is recovering
5. Cheap DIY home food dehydrator plans
6. Subscriber contributions-New Survivalist, Scholarships
7. Police State Grows in Chicago

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. - Galileo Galilei

Signs the economy is improving-Some Quirky Signs

Is it just a blip on the screen or is the economy truly on the mend?

Applications for credit cards, even for those high priced cards for the terminally D credit-rated folks, has risen. According to some job posting sites, the number of new job listings has increased. Local train traffic has almost doubled this month, GM, Ford and others report increased sales…the stock market is doing well.

So what’s going on? Frankly, I think much of it is illusion. Smoke and mirrors. Banks still don’t lend. Wall Street is making most of its profit from overseas investments and our jobless rate remains around 10%.

Analysts always tell us jobs lag behind in a recovery. Then why is the price of silver and gold reaching new heights nearly every week? Why are there so many ‘newly homeless, mortgage defaults, a rising welfare state, long lines at the food banks, etc.?

State budgets are still broke with no easy cure in sight. Are the ‘new’ jobs primarily low wage, non-middle class jobs?

So, yes, you can look to the stock market -- a classic leading economic indicator, nearing a 100% gain over two years -- for reassurance about tomorrow. But you can also read the economic tea leaves on golf greens and in underwear sales…sales of latte, and other quirky signs.

I lost track of how many resumes I’ve sent out during the past several months. My neighbors think I’m trying to win the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes or something (yeah, that would help too! Ha!)
Maybe I should go back to school and become an RLP (Rejection Letter Professional)
--post on recent blog

Read Kiplingers list of offbeat signs the economy is picking up and tell me what you think?

Finally, be sure to check the New Survivalist site mentioned below…top notch info & good videos (I’m jealous about the video part as it’s something we’ve been planning for some time but still lack a few things like brainpower).

When you adjust wages for inflation, middle class workers in the United States make less money today than they did back in 1971. Yet…According to the New York Post, Barack Obama enjoyed a total of 10 separate vacations that stretched over a total of 90 vacation days during the years of 2009 and 2010...costing taxpayers millions!

Use mayonnaise to remove bumper stickers on cars. Rub over entire surface, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off. The substance will dissolve the glue.

Useful Resources

Use Social Network Sites to Land a Job
More Americans now spend more time on social network sites than they do emailing and many employers now use Twitter to look for job applicants. Try one of the new Twitter search engines to find opportunities…enter your desired job & they’ll search for you.
NOTE: When mailing or bringing a paper copy of your resume, add a touch color such as light red or blue. Experts say HR will linger over your resume longer!

Every week new green jobs are posted on Great Green Careers. We think there's a great green job for you – check us out!

Search for your new job by type of job, location, salary and more. Post your resume, and put yourself in front of dozens of green employers in the U.S. and Canada. Plus, check out our green career resources. Best of all – there's no charge to you!.

Learn how to repair and boost your credit score

Check out if you have a legal question and aren't quite ready for an attorney.
Whether your question deals with an auto accident, bankruptcy, real estate or wills, you'll find solid, road-tested information there

Cooking With Bacon Grease
I once read a story about a restaurant in GA which has been using the same fry grease for over 50 years to grill their food…they strain it every night and patrons rave about it!
I always save the grease from bacon to use for cooking and baking (even my teenagers and husband will save it!). Put the fresh hot liquid grease into a glass jar (a plastic containers will melt) and place a lid on it and stick it in your fridge

With food prices expected to increase by 3% to 5% this year, grocery stores are going to be forced to pass some of the extra cost on to shoppers
Clothing prices expected to climb 10%-

Stop a crack in your windshield by applying a clear coat of finger nail polish.
Work in the shade an apply to both sides of the crack, fill it well-will buy some time!

Women’s Scholarship Resource
I have worked on a resource that I think your readers might be interested in. It is a list of the best women’s scholarships published on Guide to Online Schools, The general knowledge is to apply for as many scholarships as possible and list of great opportunities goes a long ways towards getting applications sent out.
I’m proud to say our article has helped a many women. 85,253 people have viewed it since we published…glad to assist!

Good resources from subscriber Jason - we all thank you!
Good section on ‘how am I going to afford all this stuff!”…In depth how to guide! very practical survival site your readers need to know about. covers all aspects of survival in many situations. also covers the birth of money and our dollar and how and why we are being led to economic ruin by big banks and big gov. very informative….Complete with videos. Free US constitutions for the masses. even has youtube instructions on how to assemble.

Keep deer out of your garden by placing human hair in an old pair of nylons.
Tie the ends & hang around areas deer like to snoop-works with dog hair too. adds Thousands of Prices to Free Online Price Guide
Useful if you sell antiques & collectibles online or offline… added more than 90,00 new prices and thousands of
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Cheap Home Made Food Dehydrator Plans
Drying of food as a means of preservation has been around for a long time. Populations in suitably dry climates all around the globe have dried meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables in times of plenty as a way to provide for the leaner months of the year

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In a pinch, common table salt can be used to put out fry pan fires on a stove.


Our Wonderful Government News

The government rakes in $125,000,000 ( that’s $125 Million Dollars) a day in taxes on cigarettes alone - and that is figuring that the average smoker only smokes one pack a day.

States Ponder Amending the Constitution…fed has no idea where the money is.
A promising plan for the states to amend the U.S Constitution and halt Washington's borrowing frenzy is the subject of rumors about a 'runaway convention' that would scrap the whole constitution. We have an article and a list of ten reasons explaining why this isn't so.

Thomas Jefferson desperately tried to warn us about central banks. He believed that for the government to borrow money in one generation which must be paid back by future generations is equivalent to stealing....
And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

On a related note…watch the Fed Inspector General’s response to Congressional questions from Congress about where the trillions have gone…dismal.

"Military Men are dumb , stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy " Henry Kissinger…Scary stuff-Warning: graphic images & language:

Police State via Camera Grows in Chicago…Mayor Daley I want one on every corner

This year the U.S. government is going to go 1.645 trillion more dollars into debt. How can one possibly accurately convey just how large that amount of money really is? If you went out today and started spending one dollar every single second, it would take you over 31,000 years to spend one trillion dollars.

When bad stuff happens…where do you want to be?

Seems no matter where civil unrest takes place, it is usually in big cities. That’s where people, police and governments are most concentrated. This is also where most food and water shortages occur.

During periods of civil unrest police will sometimes abandon their post, leaving gangs and thugs to rule the streets. If a complete breakdown does take place, these gangs and others will begin migrating to rural areas. Why? Because most often that is where the food is. Small farms could be targeted, as they were during the world wars, by soldiers and civilians seeking food.

The public service worker protests in WI had some calling for a revolution in this country…little do they seem to know.

According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22.5 million Americans, comprising 17% of the entire workforce, now work for the government. The average government employee makes $47,000 per year, while private sector workers pull down an average of $45,000. The average public sector employee pays $3,600 for healthcare. Construction workers, for comparison, pay an average of $4,100. Those in the services and retail industry pay $4,200. Only 20% of workers in the private sector have what are known as "traditional" retirement plans, compared with 79% in the public sector. And, while most private employees don't get health insured benefits in retirement, 87% of public workers do.

Nobel laureate Robert Mundell of Columbia University, the world's top currency expert, told The Wall Street Journal in October that we are teetering on the edge of an unprecedented global financial debt crisis, asserting...

"We've never been in this unstable position in
the entire currency history of 3,000 years."

In our country, the government would declare martial law through Executive Order and FEMA and other government agencies would confiscate food and water supplies (and your guns) for redistribution. Straggling civilian groups would find themselves corralled into government camps to prevent rioting and the breakout of disease and civil order.

When folks get hungry enough, there is no law. Government agencies have been doing practice runs to deal with such a breakdown for years, but…

Sometimes even governments can be stressed beyond their breaking-points. A good example is the chaos that ensued in New Orleans in the absence of action from the local government or a timely effective federal response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In such troubled times, people are forced to fend for themselves and their families, by any means necessary. The following tips will help you and your loved ones survive a breakdown of the social order until such time that help can arrive, or, if help does not come, prepare you towards the long-term goal of rebuilding society in the aftermath.

Read the 10 Tips for surviving civil disorder here:


That’s it for this issue…a big thank you to those who took the time to send in resources.
And now for a bit of humor…hilarious SNL Tribute to Government Workers-Public Service Employee of the Year:

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