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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Survival Tips in a Pinch, Free online Courses, Raw Milk Safety

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:
1.      Quick survival tips in a pinch
2.      Magnetic generators
3.      Make your own Gatorade
4.      More free online university courses
5.      Is drinking raw milk safe?

"We are living in a sick Society filled with people who would not directly
steal from their neighbors but who are willing to demand that the government do
it for them."
-- William Comer
American author
America, the mature market, is still being robbed blind
   While energy companies are posting healthy profits, HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, announced it was eliminating 30,000 jobs – about 10% of its workforce and it is scaling back operations in ‘mature markets’ including the United States (it just sold 195 branches in upstate New York for a cool one billion in cash).
McDonald’s plans to increase the number of outlets is has in China by 2,000 in 2013 and hire 50,000 employees there this year.  Although it recently went on a one-day hiring spree in the United States, it sees more growth in Asian markets than in Europe or the US.
If you follow the stock market you already know sovereign debt problems in Europe and our recent Standard and Poor’s credit downgrade have seen more investment in growth countries such as China, India and Brazil…we’re a mature market, after all.
This means we’ll most likely continue to see a downgrade in employment domestically and if the housing market is any indicator, it doesn’t look good.  US home ownership has fallen to its lowest level since 1998 and does not appear that it will see any meaningful uptick in the near future.  Meanwhile, Washington continues its best efforts at hampering our economy by new orders giving itself more power to ban energy exploration on any public land and they’ve federalized what had been a state-level permitting process for energy projects.
Recently, the Obama Administration quietly secured for itself the power to ‘freeze’ all money market accounts in the event of another run on the system…it appears they realize just how bad our economic system has become due to Congressional malfeasance.
What this continues to mean for all Americans is that we must take matters into our own hands while we still can.  While the government continues bankrupting the nation, bulldozing the private sector with job-destroying nonsensical red tape and costs, trampling citizens’ rights and more…it’s up to us to circumvent the war on citizens.
More and more folks have begun to realize that our country is being systematically looted by Wall Street bankers and other special interests.
As one pundit recently quipped, “Our country is no more than a pipe bomb away from the imposition of a police state…the feds stand ready to exploit any national tragedy to advance its power over all of our lives.”
The secret to fluffier pancakes – swap out the milk or buttermilk in the recipe equal amounts of seltzer water…the bubbles will help aerate the batter to produce lighter cakes.  Add to batter last, gently folding it in.
PM’s Betty Shocker Compendium of useful resources

Quick Survival Tips in a pinch
You may curse the Prius' popularity now, but when the world is deserted and you're in need of some electricity, you'll be glad you put up with them. With a simple inverter, you can turn a Prius into a long-lasting generator that'll keep you warm, revive your phone, or keep your taser fully charged

We all know you should have an "in case of emergency" number on your phone, but technology affords us many more opportunities. You can use Google Voice to dial multiple family members at once, or use a service like I'm OK to quickly notify a group of people that you've survived the most recent disaster. And, if worst does come to worst, you'll want to make sure your loved ones can locate your important information, so an in-case-of-emergency everything document is a good idea.

When night falls and you need to stay warm, you'll want a quick way to start a fire. You can make an emergency fire starter out of a t-shirt, or, if you don't want to waste your clothes, a few egg cartons and drier lint. You can, of course, also make a more stove-like "Buddy Burner" out of trash, a soda can and some alcohol, or just make a lamp out of a tuna can and some string.

The above tips will get you by, but we all know the people that last the longest during the apocalypse will be the ones that had a plan. Make sure your home is emergency-ready with a 72-hour disaster kit, and when it's time to hit the road, make sure you can fit a few survival items in an Altoids tin or in an old wristwatch. It may seem like a waste of time now, but when a calamity strikes, your life will be a lot less stressful for it.
You can contact Whitson Gordon, the author of this post, at
Is Raw Milk Safe?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against drinking raw milk.  Even if the cow is healthy, the place where the milking is done is clean…raw milk can still transmit diseases caused by salmonella, E.coli and other bacteria.  Those germs are killed during the pasteurization process.
Drinking raw milk is especially risky for children and people with weakened immune systems and for the elderly.

Home Made Gatorade
Save money on store bought by using this recipe for rehydration fluids:
2 quarts water, 2 Tbs. of granulated or brown sugar, ½ tsp. salt, 1 tsp. of baking soda and 1 cup of apple or orange juice.

Magnetic Generators - A Real Alternative to Solar Power
If you’re interested in alternative energy and saving money, you've no doubt thought about looking into solar power. While solar power is still the first choice for many people, magnetic energy is becoming increasingly popular. Despite it's many advantages over solar power, magnetic energy will always be less popular for the simple reason that magnetic generators can't be bought, they have to be built.

When a moving magnetic field passes through a conductor, it generates electric current. By moving a magnet very quickly through a coil of wire, a generator can produce a continuous current. Homemade generators are a simple way to demonstrate the process that powers lights, computers and countless other electronic devices the world over.
More info and plans at:

Run major appliance during non-peak hours - You probably didn't know this but your power company has different rates during peak hours. Running large appliances like your clothes dryer during these peak hours costs you more money. So if you only run your dryer during non-peak hours (for most this will be on weekends and after 9PM) it can have a big impact on your power bill.

To ease indigestion, sip 4 ounces of water mixed with ½ teaspoon of baking soda.

More Online Sites for free learning
The Poor Man featured an article last year on the growth of ‘free’ learning resources; here’s a few more notable ones we’ve run across:

>AcademicEarth.Org – Offers 1,500 video lectures by professors from Yale, Harvard and other top schools.
> – Provides a refresher on finance basics as well as tools for helping your kids learn geometry – 21,000 plus videos; learn at your own pace.
> – divided into categories such as environment, first aid, and parenting.  Experts share their knowledge via video on a wide range of topics including surviving heart attacks to playing charades.

Fast relief from itchy bug bites…rub a dollop of mint-flavored toothpaste onto the irritated area.

The Parting shot…the fleecing has begun
In addition to being ruthless and desperate, the political class is deeply infected with a sense of entitlement – to YOUR money.

It’s taken decades, but the political imbeciles in Washington appear to have finally killed the goose that lays the golden eggs of the American Dream – our once fabulous, job-creating private economy.
Looted by lawyers, crippled by draconian regulation, castrated by job-killing taxation, and micromanaged to near-death by evil, incompetent, power-seeking ninnies – America’s once-great system of entrepreneurship is on its deathbed.
To give you an idea of just how much financial pressure the government is under, consider that even mass confiscation of private assets won’t be enough to save Congress from bankruptcy.
Not long ago, for example, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank president Richard Fisher made a frank but virtually unnoticed speech. It should be required reading for anyone who has to pay taxes.
In addition to criticizing the political class for getting the U.S. into a “deep hole,” Fisher observed that federal unfunded liabilities (meaning obligations Uncle Sam can’t currently pay for) are close to $99 TRILLION!
Petty Fleecing of the Public Has Already Begun
You may have noticed the petty fleecing by state and federal employees has already begun. More state-level, federally-inspired speed traps, automated camera ticket scams, green fines of all stripes, regulatory penalties for petty infractions on home improvement projects, mysterious new Internet and cell phone “surcharges,” and on and on.

If you like to enjoy afternoons on your local lake, you’ve probably noticed the number of officious police, game wardens, and forestry agents have recently multiplied (all from different jurisdictions trolling for fines, fines, fines) – barking orders at sunbathers and handing out tickets to working-class boaters for ridiculous petty infractions.

The long arm of Uncle Sam’s intrusive tax collection schemes seems to know no limits. For example the Census Bureau is now using satellite global positioning systems (GPS) to create a national database of the precise coordinates of each U.S. home (making it easier for government-contracted satellite systems to “inventory” what is on your property).

The AMT - Alternative Minimum Tax is already snaring many middle class taxpayers in its ‘Catch 22” rules.
Yours for more than being a sheared sheep, the Poor Man

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1 comment:

MinimalistGroup said...

Oh year, the government lackeys are feasting and gorging on mainstream americans!