Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
For Independent Minded People!
In This Issue:
1. Two more methods of fighting back
2. Thanksgiving recipes your kids can help with
3. Legal help for low-income families
4. DIY Rocket Stove
5. Selling out the Middle Class
The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.
- Swedish proverb
- Swedish proverb
Here are two other ways you can use to fight back against government and corporations.
A boycott can be an effective way for individuals and private enterprises to exercise the freedom of association (or exclusion for that matter).
If you disagree with the comportment of another individual, organization, enterprise, or even a country, using the silent treatment can work very well. Plus, it's effective, non-violent, inexpensive, and it can be laser focused to deal with one specific issue without big government involvement.
In the past, boycotts played roles in sparking the move to make tuna fishing "dolphin-safe" and end apartheid in South Africa.
Recently, boycotts were used to punish big banks for laying heavy fees on their customers when millions of bank clients fled to credit unions. And the liberty movement has criticized the current presidential debates and The Commission on Presidential Debates (the private organization that handles the logistics) because they exclude other parties such as Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
Before the first debate aired, Philips Electronics and the YWCA pulled their advertising sponsorships in protest. One word of caution: boycotts based on trumped-up charges and ulterior motives are not uncommon in the internet age. Before joining any boycott, do your due diligence to make sure you are not being exploited.
Although it may not seem like it today with the unhealthy codependence between federal, state, and local law enforcement, there was a time when local and state officers were expected to protect their citizens from power-hungry federal agents. Today, federal agents disregard the Constitution and state laws and enter state and local jurisdictions to forcibly arrest citizens.
In the Federalist Papers, Thomas Jefferson writes to Joseph Caleb in 1816, "Let the national government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations; the State governments with the civil rights, laws, police, and administration of what concerns the State generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties, and each ward [township] direct the interests within itself." In other words, decentralization is the best method to ensure individual freedom.
If you have loved ones in law enforcement, don't let them use the refrain, "I'm just doing my job" as a reason to look the other way when it comes to upholding the laws. You may want to introduce them to the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (http://www.cspoa.org/) and the Community Sheriff Project (http://www.countysheriffproject.org/) where they can gain "information and public support to carry out their duties in accordance with their Oaths of Office."
Mix 1/3 cup of rubbing alcohol with q cup of water and spritz your shower walls and tub after each shower and bath to keep them clean with ease.
PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources
Thanksgiving recipes that you can make with your kids!
There are seven different recipes to choose from that are kid friendly to make and eat. The recipes are: Pilgrim Hat Cupcake Cones, Blue’s Sweet Potato Treat, Wuzzleberry Pie, Ming-Ming Crudite, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Turkey Hand Cookies, and Stuffing with Dried Fruit.
To navigate, click on the recipe you want to check out and you’ll be whisked away to its page. The recipe pages are setup like recipe cards. There’s a tab for the ingredients, a tab for the directions, and then a tab for the nutrition information.
You can also click the printer icon if you want to print out the instructions. Also, the printer friendly version includes a place to write notes if you make any personal modifications (substitutions, methods, etc) to the recipe, so that you can easily remember what you did the last time you made it.
Because a lot of the recipes make shapes (pilgrim hats, turkeys, etc.) they’ll be fun for your kids to put together, and entice them to eat them. And how can you not love that they’ve included nutrition information so that it’s easy to make healthy choices with your kids?
Scientists resurrect process to convert sugar directly to diesel A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation; the retooled process produces a mix of products that contain more energy per gallon than ethanol that is used today in transportation fuels and could be commercialized within 5-10 years
For the eager prepper in you, here's a how-to article on building your own rocket stove to cook food, heat water, and who knows what else?
Legal Help for Low income families…
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) helps low-income families with legal problems, such as housing and foreclosure cases, family law, and consumer issues.
Assistance from LSC is free if your income and assets are not over a certain level. Learn more about who is eligible for LSC services.
When you hear about home survey companies that offer to pay you, do you run the other direction? Did you know that there are some legitimate companies out there? Here's a list of companies you can consider:
Defrost car windows by spraying them with a solution of ¼ cup rubbing alcohol, ½ cup white vinegar and 2 cups of water…will clean the window without waiting.
The Nanny State Updates…
Don't tiddle in your front yard if you live in a police state: Mom gets fined $2500 when her three-year-old son tinkles on the lawn:
This month, two disturbing bills will appear before the Senate:
1) FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) authorizes the NSA (National Security Agency) to monitor, record and store your emails and phone calls, even without any suspicion that you've ever done anything wrong. Members of Congress have asked tough questions that no one has answered, yet the House recently voted to extend the NSA's unconstitutional dragnet wiretapping scheme for another five years – even beyond Obama's second term.
2) The NDAA (the National Defense Authorization Act) could allow arbitrary and indefinite military detention without trial within the US, even of citizens, ethnic minorities, or political dissidents. Cities and states both red and blue have rejected the NDAA's domestic military detention powers, but they still have never even been the subject of a congressional hearing.
Even FISA and the NDAA are just the tip of the iceberg:
3) The looming fiscal cliff presents a chance to finally shrink the bloated intelligence budget. Will our nation's police and intelligence agencies face the same cuts as other government agencies, or continue receiving blank checks for wasteful and constitutionally abusive policing strategies?
4) President Obama has reportedly suggested comprehensive immigration reform as a goal of his second term. Will the administration end the FBI's biometric data collection programs, or allow the secret creation of a trackable national ID system on the political backs of immigrants?
5) Will the Senate's recent concerns about fusion centers spark more cities to restrict their local police from domestic spying?
Outsmart fleas on your pooch by dipping a fine-tooth flea comb into rubbing alcohol between strokes and kill those fleas on contact.
The Parting Thought-The Selling out of America
Selling Out Middle Class America
Written mainly to refer you to the transcript and/or podcast of a fantastic interview with the investigative journalists Donald L.Bartlett and James B. Steele. The interview was conducted by Rob Kall, whose OpEdNews website http://www.opednews.com/ is one that I look to for interesting insight into the political issues of the day. The interview deals with these authors current book which is called: The Betrayal of the American Dream”.
This interview and the book that it is about, demonstrate that the forces at play in the rapid decline of the American Middle Class seem beyond the power of our government to control, simply because they are backed by an elite that not only finances election campaigns, but that has also dominated the discussion with so much false propaganda, that today’s politicians who were born later than 1960 are not even familiar with the reality of how much our economic landscape has changed. Because of this unfamiliarity many don’t even have the conceptualization that things used to be different and why they’ve changed so drastically.
Two, among many, of the major factors in the decline of the American Middle Class laid out by the authors. The first is that until the 1970’s our Income Tax was really graduated to the point that government had ample revenue to do its job. The second is that one of the major revenue sources for the Federal Government was tariffs. It was the dismantling of the graduated Income Tax and the proliferation of trade agreements reducing tariffs (and tariff revenue) that have been major pieces in the shipping of jobs overseas, increasing our national debt and destroying what was the greatest industrial economy in the World.
For me, a child born to politically aware parents, before the end of World War II, I’ve lived through this history and watched in dismay as these changes took effect. Most Americans though, except for those most prescient, have no idea of what was done, simply because these changes took effect before they were born, or in their early youth.
This election past and the polling of attitudes that went with it, show that the majority of Americans perceive that they are being cheated, but often their perception of how, has been skewed by the disinformation that is rampant to the extent that they blame it on the wrong source. If you read either the transcript of this article:
“The Selling Out of the Middle Class is No Accident” at this link: http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/The-Selling-Out-of-the-Mid-by-Rob-Kall-121017-79.html or listen to the interview at this podcast: http://www.opednews.com/Podcast/Applying-Investigative-Jou-by-Rob-Kall-120915-680.html
“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man
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