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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cooking Game meat Video Series; Organic Garden Tips

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Tips on organic gardening

2.      Cooking game meat video course

3.      Raise5-Online marketplace to aid charity

4.      New ISP Spy plan on Americans

5.      Test your new business idea or blog for free

Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner. ~Author Unknown

A recent survey conducted by National Geographic asked Americans the following question....

"Which of the following, if any, do you think might happen in the United States in the next 25 years? Please choose all that apply."

These were the results....

Significant Earthquake 64%
Significant Hurricane 63%
Terrorist Attack 55%
Financial Collapse 51%
Significant Blackout 37%
Pandemic, Such as From a Super-Virus 29%
Nuclear Fallout 14%
None of These 13%

Are you better off today than you were four years ago? If not, then you are just like most other Americans. According to a CBS News/New York Times poll that was released a few days ago, 80 percent of Americans say that their financial situation is not "better today" than it was four years ago.

A child’s plastic sled works great for transporting flats of plants and heavy bags of soil, etc.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Cooking Game Meats with Georgia Pellegrini, Author of 'Girl Hunter'

In the first of a series of videos with Georgia Pellegrini, the chef, author and hunter discusses how to prepare tough cuts of game meat using brines and marinades that will transform them into moist, tender and delicious meals

Raise5 is an online marketplace for 5 dollar tasks where the funds paid get donated to charity.

There are few things more inspiring than seeing a good idea picked up and repurposed with a charitable twist. Case in point: Canadian Raise5, a site that looks much like Israeli Fiverr in that it’s an online marketplace for 5 dollar tasks. The difference? Instead of benefiting those performing the tasks, the funds paid get donated to charity.

Charitably minded consumers begin by offering some service or task on Raise5 for a flat rate of CAD 5 — teaching a 15-minute French lesson, for example, or setting up a new laptop. When they register their service, such users also select a charity or non-profit they’d like to benefit. Then, others can browse the site for services they could use. Once they find one, they can buy the service for the CAD 5 price, and the money will go to the service donor’s chosen charity or non-profit. Raise5, meanwhile, takes CAD 1 from each transaction to cover its own costs.

There’s clearly an enduring allure to the 5 dollar price point, but a charitable purpose steps up that allure another notch or two. A model to emulate in the niche or region of your choice?


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Tips on Organic Gardening
Armand Diaz

There is a growing sentiment out there that perhaps the pesticides and the fertilizers that are used in many modern farms and gardens are not only bad for the environment, but bad for us. That belief is fuelling the rise of organic gardening. Many of us would like to think that what we buy in the supermarket that is billed as organic really is, but we can never be sure.

The best ways to ensure that your vegetables are organic are to grow your own organic garden. It is not as hard as you might think, and not only is it environmentally friendly; it is friendly to your body and a great way to exercise.

Planning is important to smart organic gardening. The gardener will have to go in knowing what will grow best and when. Since, you will not be able to rely on chemical fertilizers you need to make sure that the plants that you grow are good for the soil you already have. Of course, there is nothing preventing you from bringing in top soils to enhance your garden, just make sure that the soil will be able to grow what you want.

Most organic growers are seeing the beauty or heirloom seeds in gardens. Heirloom seeds are strains of vegetables that have not been crossed bred over time to produce many of the current varieties that are out today. These plants are usually hardier and more self sustaining than many popular hybrids that have been bred to give more prolific fruit producing plants. The trades off in these hybrids have been stamina and taste.

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Making your estate easier for heirs to settle

With the loss of parents on both sides of the family during the past year, we’ve had to learn a lot about how to settle an estate.  Before your spouse or a parent passes on, it’s extremely prudent to have a will in place.

Despite advising my father-in-law of the importance of this or to at least have a power of attorney in place, he never completed the paper work and as a result, my wife’s brother cheated her out of a substantial amount of money (I expected nothing less from a 40-year-old who’s never had a job and still lived at home).

Below are some resources you can use as a guide and a free last will and testament form.

Clippings from dog hair will keep your garden rabbit-free.  Hang sacks of it in young fruit trees to keep away deer.

The Nanny State Updates…

"American ISPs to launch massive copyright spying scheme on July 12

"If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they're coming for you.

Specifically, they're coming for you on Thursday, July 12.

"That's the date when the nation's largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users' bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.

"Word of the start date has been largely kept secret since ISPs announced their plans last June.

"The deal was brokered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and coordinated by the Obama Administration.

Federal Prosecutors caught again in lies to pursue the innocent…

As we’ve reported so many times, government prosecutors use witch hunt tactics and the immense resources of the government to wrongly convict innocent people.

Reports have recently vilified federal prosecutors in their case against now deceased Alaska Senator Ted Stevens stating ‘prosecutors were corrupt to the core.’

A FL man who was wrongfully convicted on lies provided by prosecutors was released from prison after a three year stretch…yet the government only wanted to compensate him $5000 for each year he was falsely imprisoned…they settled for $140,000.

So the question begs…why aren’t these prosecutors doing time?

2-Litre soda bottle make cheap cloches for young plants – remove the cap to ventilate.

The Parting Thought – Circling the Drain

The Dismal State of the Economy, Despite What Washington says…

Today, you can buy just two bags of groceries for the same amount of money that got you three bags full a year ago. Average global food prices have soared a whopping 37% since last June. And there's no end in sight. In fact, food prices rose more in 2011 than in any other year since 1974

America's fiscal condition is dauntingly dismal. The national debt is well on its way to $17 trillion, 13 million Americans are out of work, and the country is stuck in the slowest recovery in the post-war era. Despite Washington bleeding taxpayers dry with reckless overspending, the U.S. Senate has not passed a budget since nearly a year before Apple released the original iPad, leaving the country in a lurch, desperate for leadership in Congress that will bring bold changes and an end to the unconscionable pattern of spending and borrowing.

Meanwhile, Congress continues to hammer away at our rights…

Sen. John McCain is promoting new legislation that would give the government, including military spy agencies like the National Security Agency, unprecedented powers to snoop through people's personal information — medical records, private emails, financial information — all without a warrant, proper oversight or limits.

The Secure IT Act, promoted as a measure to counter cyber attacks, would allow the NSA to collect the internet records of people who are not suspected of doing anything wrong. This unprecedented and broadly worded bill clears the way for internet providers, wireless carriers, and websites to share your personal information with military spy agencies.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently released a report that found that fixing and expanding the U.S. underground drinking water system will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years. This investment to keep water flowing will translate into a double or triple increase in water bills.

When the totalitarians squeeze the masses, those rebelling against the system because they have been left with no other choice will turn to the free (black) market to make ends meet.

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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