Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
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In This Issue:
1. Secrets of the Wizard of OZ-Is our destruction by design?
2. Gutting our rights, spying on citizens-21 Ways to Protect Yourself
3. How one family became self sufficient on 1/10th of an acre
4. PC security on a shoestring
5. Teach teens about handling money-Family Mint
6. How to know when you’re too frugal
After there is great trouble among mankind, a greater one is prepared. The great mover of the universe will renew time, rain, blood, thirst, famine, steel weapons and disease. In the heavens, a fire seen.” Nostradamus
How the government spies on its citizens
Step out of line, the man come and take you away.-Buffalo Springfield
The Poor Man has written extensively on how our government monitors every financial move you make. From the New Hire Database, your medical files, your financial records, etc. The government has setup a large network of institutions which spy on you…the post office, the bank and more. The government maintains roughly 44 files on every adult in the US, effectively gutting the Bill of Rights.
Nothing is private anymore, as a vast spying system, known as Echelon, can intercept everything from your most confidential financial transactions to communications between senators and congressmen to cables between foreign officials.
Technologies and techniques honed for use on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan have migrated into the hands of law enforcement agencies in America writes the Washington Post in its continuing series, “Top Secret America.”
The Post reports:
“Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators.
The US Department of Justice this week released slides from a presentation deck titled Obtaining and Using Evidence from Social Networking Sites. The document was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
For over fifteen years, the CIA, with assistance from numerous government agencies, conducted a massive illegal domestic covert operation called Operation CHAOS. It was one of the largest and most pervasive domestic surveillance programs in the history of this country. Throughout the duration of CHAOS, the CIA spied on thousands of U.S. citizens. The CIA went to great lengths to conceal this operation from the public while every president from Eisenhower to Nixon exploited CHAOS for his own political ends."
One example is the Defense Department's Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA)
Consider this from William M. Arkin of the Washington Post:
"CIFA already has these authorities, has its own agents, and collects information on common American citizens under the guise of "sabotage" and "force protection" threats to the military. Since 9/11, functions that were previously intended to protect U.S. forces overseas from terrorism and protect U.S. secrets from spies have been combined in one super-intelligence function that constitutes the greatest threat to U.S. civil liberties since the domestic spying days of the 1970's."
"On May 2, 2003, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz signed a memorandum directing the military to collect and report "non-validated threat information" relating to U.S. military forces, installations or missions. His memorandum followed from the establishment of the Domestic Threat Working Group after 9/11, the intent of which was to create a mechanism to share low-level domestic "threat information" between the military and intelligence agencies."
Then we have the "Total Information Awareness" program whereby "Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database."
Under PATRIOT, civil liberties, especially privacy rights, have taken a severe blow:
The law dramatically expands the ability of states and the Federal Government to conduct surveillance of American citizens. The Government can monitor an individual's web surfing records, use roving wiretaps to monitor phone calls made by individuals "proximate" to the primary person being tapped, access Internet Service Provider records, and monitor the private records of people involved in legitimate protests.
PATRIOT is not limited to terrorism. The Government can add samples to DNA databases for individuals convicted of "any crime of violence." Government spying on suspected computer trespassers (not just terrorist suspects) requires no court order. Wiretaps are now allowed for any suspected violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, offering possibilities for Government spying on any computer user.
Foreign and domestic intelligence agencies can more easily spy on Americans. Powers under the existing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) have been broadened to allow for increased surveillance opportunities. FISA standards are lower than the constitutional standard applied by the courts in regular investigations. PATRIOT partially repeals legislation enacted in the 1970s that prohibited pervasive surveillance of Americans.
PATRIOT eliminates Government accountability. While PATRIOT freely eliminates privacy rights for individual Americans, it creates more secrecy for Government activities, making it extremely difficult to know about actions the Government is taking.
PATRIOT authorizes the use of "sneak and peek" search warrants in connection with any federal crime, including misdemeanors. A "sneak and peek" warrant authorizes law enforcement officers to enter private premises without the occupant's permission or knowledge and without informing the occupant that such a search was conducted.
It’s terrifying to watch as so many traitorous politicians and government officials at all levels work so hard at gutting our freedoms.
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How one family is preparing-becoming self-sufficient
One family is actually producing 6000 pounds of produce on just 1/10th of an acre right in the middle of Pasadena, California. One of the main reasons why so many of us are trying to warn people about what is coming is so that they will wake up and take action to become self-sufficient.
If you are not already growing your own food, now is a great time to get started. According to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the global price of food rose 2.2% during the month of February to a new all-time record high. In fact, this was the third month in a row that the global price of food has set a new record.
2.2% may not sound like a lot, but if the global price of food were to increase by that amount every single month during 2011 by the end of the year the global price of food will have gone up by 26.4%.
26.4% food inflation is something that is very, very serious - especially in those areas of the world where millions are already teetering on the brink of starvation. The world is on the verge of a major food crisis. The price of corn has increased by 33 percent just since December, and according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. corn reserves will drop to a 15 year low by the end of 2011. Many other agricultural commodities are also in short supply and are experiencing significant increases in price.
In fact, some cities have already started to turn toilet water into tap water. Fortunately this is not a widespread thing in the United States yet, but a number of localities are now seriously considering going to such a system.
Would you want to drink your own recycled toilet water in the future?
If not, perhaps now would be a great time to learn how to become more self-sufficient when it comes to water.
Even now, most localities are dumping massive amounts of fluoride and other toxic chemicals into our drinking water. That is what one family in Pasadena, California is doing. As mentioned above, they are producing a whopping 6,000 pounds of produce each year on just 1/10th of an acre....
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Security on a Shoestring for your PCs
The right mix of open-source tools can help-without breaking the budget
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Use snopes.comand/or truthorfiction.com for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites.
Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress of any other organization - i.e. social security, etc. To be acceptable, petitions must have a "signed signature" and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you are just helping the email trackers.
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How to know when you’re too frugal
WalletPop has written plenty about offbeat ways that people are frugal, including a family that rented out their house and moved into an apartment so they could save $150 a month. Sometimes, the savings isn't worth the effort. More at:
Where to put your cash now-useful information
The Madness of a Lost Society
Useful site-watch the videos…recaps what the PM has been saying about some of the idiocy of Americans who ignore what is going on.
If you use mobile banking, keep your account safe on your cell phone app by setting your password security feature up so it blocks access to your account after three failed logins.
By Design, default, greed, stupidity or from all? Collapse of America.
More and more economists and theorists are predicting the collapse of America and it’s increasingly difficult to refute the thoughts of people such as Brian Kraft, Naomi Wolfe, Lindsey Williams, Gerald Celente, Charles Nenner and a wide range of others who are better connected than the Poor Man.
Being an optimist at heart, I’ve always tended to downplay some of the hype, but it’s remarkable at how many of their predictions have come true…the rise in oil prices, the rise in gold, cost of living spikes, the government’s eternal quest for control over every element of our lives and the dilution of the Bill of Rights and so on.
No one can refute the government is burying us alive with nonsensical rules and regulations which threaten jobs and national security…almost as if by design.
According to a 12/2010 interview with minister Lindsey Williams on PrisonPlanet.com, he says when the Euro collapses (some time within the next year or two), the US dollar will follow within weeks. We’re seeing signs of that already with the problems in Ireland, Greece and elsewhere.
Theorists tell us the New World Order group wants to see the American worker downgraded to the same status as 3rd world countries in terms of income AND that seems to be happening.
Perhaps I am naïve, but what is the purpose of that goal? If fewer people can afford products produced by multi-national firms, how will that do anyone any good? Another theory about the NWO holds the purpose of this is to create a one world government, supposedly for the betterment of all mankind.
Whether by some grand design, greed, stupidity or all of the above, we may never know. But it should be obvious to all our country is not headed in a good direction and that our rights are being trampled.
The goal of the Poor Man has always been to help foster a more self sufficient, self reliant population, one which is prepared for the worst, while still hoping for the best. Developing self sufficient life skills, creating your own work and helping others has always been the target theme of our work. You may find the following interesting and
Secret of the Wizard of OZ-thought-provoking (lengthy) film on causes of our national problems in terms of economics
That’s this week’s gospel according to your humble servant, the Poor Man-please share with friends!
Below you will find charities you can donate to help the people in Japan!
Send your check, marked "Japan earthquake relief" to
The Salvation Army World Service Office
International Relief Fund
PO Box 630728
Baltimore, MD 21263-072800
PO Box 37243, Washington DC 20013
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