Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
Your choice for urban survival resources
In This Issue:
1. Cash in on your Quirky invention
2. Poor Man’s Diabolical Plot to…
3. Stop throwing away $-Take advantage of the freebies
4. The Penny Revolution-helping others
5. Free DIY garden & landscape plans, leather working
6. Insiders Report-gov’t growth continues despite deficit
7. How to stop an electronic pickpocket
"To preserve independence...we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and Liberty, or profusion and servitude. ... The fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follow that, and in its turn wretchedness and oppression." --Thomas Jefferson
Inflation wreaking havoc…follow up on government seizure laws
I did another one of my informal surveys among local business owners about how inflation is wreaking havoc on their suppliers (ultimately, you and I, the consumer). They all report there are some items they no longer buy due to increased cost.
The local Kroger manager told me folks are still spending as much, but getting less due to more money going into the gas tank, and fewer people are getting fill ups, mostly putting in what they can get by with in order to get to work.
And, as we all know by now, government statistics lie. Inflation affects all of us.
Finally, in regard to the piece we did on our insane asset seizure laws, a few wrote telling us they weren’t aware the situation was so bad. It’s bad and it’s one of the reasons why red tape and stupid regulation hamper this country.
Another form of government abuse (another agency) happened to an associate of mine, Russell Vernon, who owned the West Point Market in Akron, OH. Russ and I had both earned Entrepreneur of the Year and a Presidential Citation for our business efforts. He for his market, me for the business shows and business newspapers I owned (the first for Akron). We got a nice write up from its sponsor, Venture Magazine.
A few years later, Vernon got hit with a lawsuit by the EEOC (Equal Opportunity Commission) alleging he discriminated against Blacks. Vernon’s market, at the time, employed 100 people and his applications never asked what race a person was.
After spending $67,000 on legal fees, he was able to reach a ’settlement’ despite the fact he had never discriminated and no one ever filed a complaint. The EEOC, like so many other government agencies, were simply looking for another scalp to help justify its existence.
Just last week, a teen in Peoria, AZ got a bill from the city for $2000 for bleeding on the sidewalk after cutting himself. According to city officials, the bill was for the biohazard crew sent to clean up the blood droplets from the sidewalk. Talk about rubbing salt in the wound!
The police even realize what is going on. Just consider the following quote from from Police Chief Michael Reaves of Utica, Michigan....
"When I first started in this job 30 years ago, police work was never about revenue enhancement, but if you’re a chief now, you have to look at whether your department produces revenues.”
Government officials and bureaucrats could use a little compassion and common sense when it comes to dealing with the people they ‘serve.
“Anyone who is not reading your newsletter, is throwing money away. It always has good ideas that save our household money each issue.” --CarolynT
Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
Resources-Use to your advantage…
Preparing Citizens at Home-government related PDF files on bio-hazards, community preparedness, medical and more…free
Cash in on Quirky Inventions
Each week this site introduces two new inventions, such as a kickstand for your iPod. Have an idea? Submit it at this site ($10 fee) & if your idea is chosen, it will be created and marketed.
Hate it when you love a song heard on TV but no idea who did it?
Odds are you’ll find that tune and who created or sang it here.
Penny Revolution is a series that shows how a small amount of money can transform the lives of the more than one billion people who live below the international poverty line, earning less than $1 a day…interesting program. Watch online or via cable TV. Get more at:
Tandy Leather still offers a variety of free patterns, supplies, books, etc.
Leather working fulfills a variety of needs from hobby to repairing saddles and tack.
Get their catalog and review their site.
Go here to view a variety of how-to videos for working with leather
Free Do It Yourself Garden and Landscape Project Plans and Guide Books…nice variety to choose from.
DIY Deck and Porch cleaner: Combine 1qt. Bleach, ½ cup powdered laundry detergent into 2gals. Of hot water. Scrub with stiff brush-works on any wood structure.
Free Software-good alternatives to Microsoft
1. Evernote - FREE ($5 a month if you upload more than 60MB of data)
Compare to: Microsoft OneNote ($79)
Evernote is like a super organized digital scrapbook. As you go through your daily tasks on the computer, you can toss just about anything in it -- pictures, web clippings, and PDF documents. Evernote even lets you search for text inside images, so you can snap a picture of a product or recipe and then find it without digging.
You can create notebooks around projects, folders of web clippings, and notes to organize lists. Then Evernote syncs your notes to the web so you can access them from your Windows PC or Mac, and even via an app for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android and Palm phones. You can also capture new pictures and notes on your smartphone while you're out, and those sync back to your main computer.
2. LibreOffice - FREE
Compare to: Microsoft Office ($249)
LibreOffice looks and feels much like Microsoft Office, and the resemblance isn't just skin deep! It lets you import files from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and work on them and share them just as if you were using Office. You can even create new documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in Office's file formats, and your friends won't know the difference.
LibreOffice is open-source software, which is created by volunteers and by employees at corporations which use it. They don't mind sharing, so you're welcome to download it for your Mac or your Windows or Linux PC. More at:
10 Must-Have Free Downloads
Some downloadable software is so good that you just have to grab it. Unfortunately, often you have to pay for it after you try it out. But every once in a while, a must-have program is totally free. Such indispensable, no-cost programs are the hardest kind to find.
BRAND NEW Free YouTube Download! The program will work up to ten times faster now and you can get videos from YouTube on the fly!
Stop an electronic pickpocket from stealing the RFID from your credit or debit card (thieves use an RFID reader they can buy on eBay)-having multiple cards in your wallet or purse produces conflicting transmissions…or, shield your wallet with aluminum foil (really).
Sprinkle baking soda on your rugs and let sit overnight, then vacuum. Removes odors and leaves a fresh scent.
YOUR FREE FOOD 2 GO: Site to be ready April 9th
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Tapping free energy from artificial leaves
On the near horizon, a silicon ‘leaf’ what mimics photosynthesis…could make every home energy self -sufficient. MIT researchers report that a single leaf & a gallon of water could produce enough electricity to power a home for a day. Researcher, Daniel Nocera in Wired Magazine. http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Main_Page -Interesting DIY section too!
The Insider Report
According to a recent Associated Press-GfK poll, approximately two-thirds of the American people believe that rising gasoline prices will cause significant hardship for their families over the next six months. Coincides with the rising price of oil, gold and silver.
Inflation of food and fuel has absorbed any tax cuts that Congress voted on least year. Indeed, it wouldn’t surprise me if domestic mayhem revolves around these inflated costs and the fact government benefits will vanish!
Just this week, the dollar plunged to new, multi-year lows against the Australian dollar, the Canadian dollar, and the New Zealand dollar.
And now, the ENTIRE U.S. Dollar Index — representing the dollar's value against ALL of the world's six major currencies — is a meager five points away from its lowest level in history!
U.S. Government now employs cash-sniffing dogs at most international airports. If you are carrying more than $10,000 in cash and don’t declare it to the Government when coming in or out of the U.S., your cash will be seized. $3.2 million has been seized at Logan Airport in 2010.
In the past two years, the Education Department increased its budget 41%, Dept. of Labor - 194%. Do you see now why we need to control spending and get rid of needless bureaucracy? Learn more about regulation we need to eliminate now at:
The Nanny State is thriving in Chicago where several districts now dictate what parents may or may not put into their child’s lunch box.
Let the microwave clean itself-fill a bowl with water and a squeeze of lemon, then microwave on high for a minute, let sit still for 3 minutes, then wipe it away.
Parting thought - Poor Man’s Diabolic Truth Exposed! My quest for world domination.
Q. There are boatloads of “prepper” sites and blogs out there. How does your differ?
A. Yes, there are many, many to choose from, each offering various insights and resources. I believe what sets ours apart is our broader approach. Not only do we offer a variety of researched political perspectives, but we include a large gateway of consumer resources which allow folks to save money, make money, fight consumer ripoffs, find a job and more.
When I started my first business newspaper in Akron, OH, we interviewed 100s of area businesses to find out firsthand what they might expect from such a publication. This shaped our editorial policy and proved highly successful. I didn’t have that luxury with this newsletter. We essentially started with a small core of supporters who felt the need for such a site given the downward slide of the economy and government encroachment.
Years and years ago, I made friends with John Shuttleworth, the founder of Mother Earth News. The influence he made on my life has stayed with me. Not long after that we had our own 38-acre farm and grew a lot of goodies. Once a month we had a large group of like-minded folks who met there and shared resources and food. This too left a lasting impact on how we’ve developed. That experience taught me the value of sharing and community.
This is one of the reasons we implemented our Suggestion Box plan. The goal was to encourage input from readers. The result has been marginal (our winner will be announced in the next issue). We do know many read this letter simply to take advantage of the useful freebies we announce in each issue. Others enjoy the political insights.
A year ago we tried hosting a free workshop offering ‘prepper’ information. It was a bust. Not even the local papers would carry our news release about the event. We may try offering one in the fall at our little Poor Man cabin and hide-away. We’ll see.
Along the way we have discovered many Americans are ‘asleep at the wheel.’ Our "leaders" are running the greatest economic scam in the history of the world, but unfortunately most Americans have no idea what is happening.
Why are Americans so clueless?
Well, the truth is that over time we have been turned into a nation of idiots.
We’re always seeking new ideas and resources to share with our readers. The tough part - getting folks to actually read the content! We strive to provide a variety of useful ideas and news in each issue…The Poor Man always needs direction and often relies on GPS (God Provided Sense). Part II in the next issue!
Suggestion Box Round Two Coming…We’ll be announcing our winner in the next issue and our new round with new prizes which will include a Pocket Fisherman.
Yours for world domination, the Poor Man!
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