Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
In This Issue:
1. 40+ Extra Income ideas
2. Save on Pet Meds and services
3. Homemade baby food recipe resources
4. Smart meters, smart fuel sources
5. From work to welfare – our changing demographics
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. --Banker, Sir John Quinton
From Work to Welfare-Changing Demographics
When I studied economics during the 1970s I learned a few things that I believe are relevant during today’s economic challenges. See if you agree with me.
First, a country begins its decline when it stops producing things. Our manufacturing sector has been in a decline since the 1980s with no let up in sight. I’ll never forget when the US Army ordered one million new berets for our soldiers - they ordered them from China. Due to public outcry, they finally rescinded that order.
Most of our police now use Glock sidearms instead of Colt or other American made weapons. Not a good thing and I don’t especially like the Glock.
Capitalism, as the old wisdom was taught, was built on the Three C’s: cheap resources, cheap labor and cheap money…(consumerism was based on cheap credit and decent jobs; something which no longer exists).
Everything is Cyclical
Currently, international capitalists are leveraging the cheap labor in Asia and resources of third-world countries while environmental red tape in the USA helps strangle growth here. This is why most global firms are still raking in profits.
By 2028, 80 million citizens will be on Social Security and Medicare. The Baby Boom generation was the richest generation and spent money like crazy (1 in every 2 consumer dollars spent). This means they will be spending much less on goods and in fact, they will downsize which will have vast consequences for our economy and governments everywhere; something no central banker can fix.
America is at the end of a 60-year cycle, simple demographics. Asian countries are entering an up cycle with their own version of Baby Boomers and a prospering middle class.
After decades of buying autos, computers, homes, vacations and the like, the feeding trend is over. This will most likely mean a continuing downward trend for the price of real estate, both personal and commercial. Many big ticket items will likely take a hit and with poor wages for those who still work, government treasuries will squeal while the costs for retirees and pensions will continue to skyrocket.
It won’t surprise me if many more banks crash while the economy continues to suffer. We may not crash entirely, but the government has few, very few options to ward off these trends. With inflation roaring its ugly head, more Americans are probably destined for the welfare line…what other choice do many have?
Eliminate unpopped popcorn by keeping your supply in the freezer; good for microwave or regular.
PM’s Betty Shocker Compendium of useful resources
Cutting Pet Expenses
A trip to the vet can be costly for cash strapped Americans. Here are a few tips for saving money from Consumer Reports.
>Avoid premium food. “Premium” has no legal definition, look instead for phrases such as “complete and balanced” or “total nutrition.” If it’s labeled as such, it meets industry standards and the needs of most pets.
>Check your vet’s pricing. Most vets set their pricing as a percentage or multiple of their standard physical exam fee, so shop around. The best time to call around is when your pet needs a routine exam, not when you’re stressed out over an injured or ill animal. If your pet needs medication, check if your local drugstore carries it as vets usually charge premium prices for pet meds.
>Fight fleas for less. An expired patent means that the active ingredient in Frontline Plus flea and tick collars (fipronil) is now available from more affordable brands.
You can also save a lot of money by learning how to trim your pet’s nails on your own and by bathing and grooming yourself.
Free Samples Rachel Ray Dog Food
No, we're not criticizing Rachel Ray's cooking. She is now hawking her own brand of dog food. Here are two separate offers to receive a free sample of two different dog food products: Nutrish free sample and Just6 free sample, while supplies last.
Chances are, you're sitting on (well, under) hundreds of dollars in unwanted household goods. These three sites will help you get cash for your castoffs
Sell.com: Instead of working your local paper's classifieds, try this Web alternative. It's free to join, and it costs between $1 and $6 per item to post an ad that runs for up to 30 days. Once you accept an offer, you can receive payment directly or through a service like PayPal, and negotiate shipping costs and methods with the buyer.
Furnituretrader.com: Consignment shops aren't just for clothes. This virtual store helps your old dining room set or Grandma's dresser become money in your wallet. Prices to list items vary with the value of each item and length of time listed (from $1.95 to $19.95 for one month up to $4.95 to $49.95 for four months).
Amazon.com: You've been on the receiving end of this online giant's packages for years, but now you can peddle your own books, toys, DVDs, housewares, and tools with the site's "Sell Your Stuff" feature. Amazon gets a 6- to 15-percent commission, plus a $1 transaction fee per item
40+ Extra Income Ideas and Resources
PLUS…links to Alternative Income Resources:
Don’t forget the many resources for developing sideline incomes at our PoorManSurvival.com site - click on: BootStrapBiz
Easy Homemade Baby Food & Baby Food Recipes - Tasty,
The average American now works 230 days to pay for government – the longest on record!
The Nanny State Updates…
In a world where everyone is a "potential terrorist", we are told that things like liberty, freedom and privacy are "luxuries" that we can no longer afford. We are assured that if we just allow the government to watch all of us and investigate all of us that somehow that will keep us all safe. But it isn't just the government that is watching us. Now we are being taught to spy on one another and to report any trace of "suspicious activity" to the government immediately. The entire civilized world is being transformed into one giant prison grid, and many of the new technologies that are now being introduced are going to make things even worse
According to a shocking document obtained by Oath Keepers, the FBI is now instructing store owners to report many new forms of "suspicious activity" to them. According to the document, "suspicious activity" now includes....
-paying with cash
-missing a hand or fingers
-making "extreme religious statements"
-purchasing weatherproofed ammunition or match containers
-purchasing meals ready to eat
-purchasing night vision devices, night flashlights or gas masks
According to WorldNetDaily, this document is part of a "series of brochures" that will be distributed "to farm supply stores, gun shops, military surplus stores and even hotels and motels."
Unstick photos, envelopes and stamps by putting them into your freezer for about 30-minutes, then use a butter knife to gently separate the photos or envelope.
The Parting Thought…Smart Meters and Smarter Fuel Sources?
Smart meters" are going into homes all over North America and Europe. These smart meters monitor your home every single minute of every single day and they transmit very sophisticated data about your personal behavior back to the utility company.
They are already being used by police all over the United States in drug cases. If a smart meter catches you using an "unusual" amount of energy there is a good chance that your home will be raided.
The European Parliament has set a goal of having smart meters in the homes of 80 percent of all electricity consumers by the year 2020, and Barack Obama is working very hard to get them into as many American homes as he can.
The Car of the…
Thorium is abundant and radioactive, but much safer to use than an element such as uranium. When thorium is heated it becomes extremely hot and causes heat surges allowing it to be coupled with mini turbines producing steam that can then be used to generate electricity. It also helps that it has a very large liquid range between melting and boiling point.
Combining a laser, radioactive material, and mini-turbines might sound like a complicated alternative solution to filling your gas tank, but there’s one feature that sells it as a great alternative solution.
Stevens has worked out you’d require a 227kg, 250MW thorium engine in order to power a typical road car. Within that system 1 gram of thorium produces the equivalent of 7,500 gallons of gasoline. So if you fit the Thorium engine with 8 grams of Thorium, it will run the vehicle for its entire lifetime without needing to be refueled while all the time not producing any emissions. The engine lasts so long in fact, that it could be taken from one vehicle and used in another as and when they wear out.
The issues to overcome are the radioactivity and the mining of thorium to make this engine possible. Stevens says the radioactivity can easily be contained with aluminum foil. As for the mining, the reserves are there, with 440,000 tons alone in the U.S., we just need the mining facilities to extract it in large enough quantities. With the potential benefits that is sure to happen.
Finally, an odd note…a state liquor store in New Hampshire is under fire because its hybrid car parking spots are closer to the store than the handicapped spaces. The store, which has solar panels and geothermal heating, wanted to reward those who drive hybrids, but state legislators deemed ‘the deplorable.’
That’s it for this exciting episode from your friend, the Poor Man.
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