Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
For Independent Minded People!
In This Issue:
1. Farmageddon-Family farms endangered
2. Freelance writing opportunities
3. Market Force Job Resource
4. Free e-book readers, no Kindle needed
5. Free ebooks for entrepreneurs
It is impossible to introduce into society
a greater change and a greater evil than this:
the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder."
-- Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850) French economist
FarmaGeddon…more anti-citizen behavior from government
In today’s issue I’d like you to pay a special note to the story in the Parting Thought section about the assault of small family-owned farms in this country. There seems to be nothing sacred anymore to our government…they just can’t keep from meddling and screwing the taxpayer. In too many instances, it seems the government creates an ‘Us against them’ situation and frankly, most of us are sick of it.
So taking a bite out of your food budget is a worthy goal. And achievable – food offers tons of ways to save. Slice just 10 percent off that food bill, and you’ll free up $600 for things that are more appetizing – like slicing and dicing debt or beefing up savings.
Now let’s provide more detail to those tips, and add a bunch more…
Stacy tells the story of years ago standing in a Walgreens with a camera and microphone and asking people why they’re buying name-brand drugs like aspirin when inches away sits an identical generic version for half the price. Note that these aren’t similar items – a quick glance at the label will reveal they’re identical.
Answer? Either “This is what I’ve always bought,” or “If it costs more, it must be better.”
We all think advertising doesn’t affect us, but if your pantry and medicine cabinet are stuffed with name brands, advertising isn’t just affecting you – it’s costing you. Are there situations where name brands actually deliver quality or taste that makes them worth the extra money? Of course, and that’s when you should buy them. But if you’re paying 30 percent more for sugar, salt, flour, bleach, or other simple staples, wake up and smell the (generic) coffee.
2. Bulk up
If you know you’ll use all of it, buy it in bulk. For example, I can buy 1 pound of rice at my grocery store for $3.15. Instead, I buy 25 pounds at Sam’s Club for $9.99. By buying in bulk, I save $2.75 per pound. Can’t begin to use it all? That’s what friends and freezers are for.
Just because something’s available in bulk, however, doesn’t automatically make it a smart buy: Generics are often cheaper than bulk-packaged name brands. Don’t ever buy in bulk without comparing prices…Read all the tips here:
The percentage of Americans that own homes is dropping rapidly. According to Gallup, the current level of homeownership in the United States is the lowest that Gallup has ever measured.
PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources
To register on our secure website as a Merchandiser/Theatre Checker, go to www.marketforce.com/theatre-checker-merchandiser/
Additionally, Market Force is looking for serious-minded mystery shoppers who are dedicated to quality and professionalism to help meet the needs of all of our clients covering a variety of industries.
Find more interesting job resources and trends at:
INTERESTED IN FREELANCE WRITING? CHECK OUT ALLENA TAPIA
We see many freelance writing jobs in our research, often at sites like MediaBistro and JournalismJobs.com.
Another great resource is About.com's Allena Tapia, a professional freelancer who lists good job sites and updates her page frequently. She also does a good job of explaining how to make a living as a freelance writer.
Bonus Tip: Another great guide to the freelancing / homeworking life is Michelle Goodman. See her "Dirty Little Secrets of Those Who Work from Home" and her links at the end of the article.
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The Nanny State Updates…
It’s almost tiring trying to keep up with the non-stop BS from government and its efforts at killing our country with stupid regulation and even dumber laws…
"This is Big Brother on steroids."
That is how Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, described an amendment offered by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" (CISPA).
The amendment would have authorized the Secretary of Homeland Security "to acquire, intercept, retain, use, and disclose communications and other system traffic that are transiting to or from or stored on Federal systems".
Rogers said, as reported by CNET.com's Declan McCullagh, "This would be the government tracking communications, your medical records from the Veterans Association, your IRS forms coming in and out of the federal government. This is exactly what scares people."
Herrin - An Illinois woman recently found herself under arrest and put in debtors' prison over an unpaid $280 medical bill she didn't even owe in the first place.
Breast cancer survivor and Herrin, IL resident Lisa Lindsay had received a $280 medical bill by mistake according to the Daily Mail. However after inquiring about the charges Lindsay was told she didn't have to pay but somehow the bill still made its way to a collection agency.
Thinking the matter was put to rest, the southern Illinois teaching assistant surprisingly received a visited from Illinois state troopers one day and was promptly taken from her home in handcuffs and whisked away to jail.
After all was said and done the arrest ended up costing Lindsay more than $600 in total after legal fees were added to the original amount.
"I paid it in full so they couldn't do it to me again," said Lindsay.
Cases such as Lindsay's are becoming increasingly more common across the country with one third of the fifty states currently allowing debtors to be imprisoned for the inability to pay their debts.
Barack Obama and his family continue to live the high life at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.
Even many Democrats are starting to get very upset about this. The following is from a recent article by Paul Bedard....
Blue collar Democratic voters, stuck taking depressing “staycations” because they can’t afford gas and hotels, are resentful of the first family’s 17 lavish vacations around the world and don’t want their tax dollars paying for the Obamas’ holidays, according to a new analysis of swing voters.
See the mapped results of the latest Census
The Parting Thought – Farmageddon in the USA
Just like the middle class, the family farm is heading for extinction.
Intrusive government agencies and regulation, fuel prices, Big Corporate crushing tactics are all killing small farmers in this country…
Less than 25 percent of all farms in America bring in gross revenues in excess of $50,000. The following comes from the EPA website....
It has been estimated that living expenses for the average farm family exceed $47,000 per year. Clearly, many farms that meet the U.S. Census' definition would not produce sufficient income to meet farm family living expenses. In fact, fewer than 1 in 4 of the farms in this country produce gross revenues in excess of $50,000.
Today, there are 10 corporations that control most of the things that Americans eat and drink on a daily basis.
Thus, we have a rerun of last year’s incident, in which anyone who drives a farm vehicle would have had to get a commercial driver’s license. The Transportation Department had to back off that one too.
But every time public opposition makes the bureaucrats back off, you can count on them to come back with something different... or perhaps stealthier.
But that is where the federal government comes in.
In recent years, the federal government has become absolutely obsessed with going after small farmers.
“Structuring,” explains Overlawyered.com, “is the federal criminal offense of splitting up bank deposits so as to keep them under a threshold such as $10,000 above which banks have to report transactions to the government.”
While being questioned, the Sowers were finally presented with a seizure order and advised that the feds had already emptied their bank account of $70,000. The Dept. of Justice has since sued to keep $63,000 of the Sowers’ money, though they committed no crime other than maintaining their privacy.
Without funds, they will be unable to make purchases for the spring planting.
When a similar action was taken against Taylor’s Produce Stand last year, the feds seized $90,000, dropped the charges, and kept $45,000 of Taylor’s money.
Knowing that most farms operate on a very thin margin, such abuse of power wipes out a family’s income, and for a bonus, the feds enhance the monopoly power of Monsanto, Big Dairy and their supply chain.
At many other small farms across America, the feds have conducted military-style raids at the crack of dawn over the smallest infractions.
Some examples of this were detailed in a documentary entitled "Farmaggedon".
“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man
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