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Saturday, August 17, 2013

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Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good. (Quote by - H.L. Mencken)

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In This Issue:

1.       The next threat to your privacy

2.       20 easy ways to save more money

3.       Basic knife handling-bushcraft skills

4.       Make your own little bee houses, Cold frame DIY

5.       The folly of celebrity worship



Who has access to your Social Security number, your bank information, and your tax records?

When Obamacare's health insurance exchanges open, your data could be exposed to shysters and hackers, thanks to serious vulnerabilities in the system.

The exchanges are scheduled to open on October 1 (just 53 days away). But the
list of implementation failures keeps growing, and the security of Americans' data is threatened.

THREAT #1: Obamacare "Navigators"

Navigators are a group of people and organizations that are going to be facilitating signups for Obamacare's insurance exchanges.

  • Example: Planned Parenthood has applied for navigator grants to work with consumers.
  • Danger: HHS will not require navigators to undergo "minimum eligibility criteria and background checks." The Administration's training program does not require navigators to participate in anti-fraud classes. And many states do not have plans for investigating unscrupulous navigators who may attempt to prey on vulnerable and unsuspecting Americans. Even California's Democratic insurance commissioner—a strong supporter of Obamacare—admitted "we can have a real disaster on our hands" if scam artists posing as navigators get access to applicants' Social Security numbers, bank accounts, and other personal information.

THREAT #2: Obamacare's Data Hub

The data hub is a massive compilation of tax filings, Social Security reports, and other government data that will be used to determine eligibility for subsidized insurance.

  • Insecure? The hub isn't scheduled to be certified as secure until September 30—only one day before the exchanges open for business.
  • Cutting Corners: The HHS inspector general recently released a report highlighting major delays in implementation of Obamacare's data hub. The report amplifies what former HHS officials have been saying for months: The Administration has been cutting corners on data privacy for the exchanges, raising major questions about whether the data on the hub can be certified as secure—or whether Obamacare will place Americans' tax and other personal information at risk.

The Obama Administration's shoddy, slapdash approach to Obamacare implementation is placing the sensitive personal data of millions of Americans at risk. It's one more reason why Congress should refuse to spend a single dime implementing this unfair, unworkable, and unpopular law.



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Here Are 20 Easy Ways To Start Saving More Money

"It’s easy to look for the best price on an item when shopping,
or add money to your savings account every week, but thinking
long-term is an intentional action that takes thought and planning..."


Dave Canterbury discusses some basic knife handling and stuff we should probably know already but it never hurts to be reminded. He then moves on to demonstrating some notching techniques……


Make your own little Bee Houses

Since the bee population is kind of on the decline with all the chemicals being used everywhere and whatnot, it's good to try and help them out with places to nest so that they can continue to pollinate your fruits and berries.

This is just a real easy project, great to put up around the house or even better, in the garden to attract those helpful bees. Really, the bees will nest in any holes that are in a safe and dry space, so this can be made from a wide range or scrap materials.

Materials: (suggested)

·         a few scrap boards/planks

·         a log or two

·         Nails and Hammer

·         Drill or Drill Press

·         Some kind of Chop, Miter, Slide, or Circulating Saw to cut the boards. A good hand saw, if that's all you have, will do. 

·         Sand paper, if you want it to look nice


Gardening Tips: A Cold Frame to Build

Extend the garden season with a cold frame project and other gardening ideas.



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The Nanny State-We love our government

The Redistribution of Wealth to the Rich

The following is about the redistribution from the poor and middle class to the wealthy. There are at least a hundred ways this is accomplished, but just a dozen or so of the more important ways will be covered here. What lead me to do this research was the controversy of the 2008 presidential campaign after Obama made the political mistake of advocating "spreading the wealth around."

Of course, saying that seemed shocking to some, but what false outrage! Virtually all Republicans and Democrats alike believe in certain social programs that "spread the wealth." I didn't hear any of them advocating the dismantling of welfare, Medicaid or public education. These certainly help poorer people at the expense of the wealthier who pay most of our taxes.

It was called "socialism" when Obama advocated the same thing most Republicans believe in. Why? Because he advocated a bit more wealth be redistributed? That's not a principled argument. By the way, in 2000, complaining about the Bush tax cuts, McCain said...

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Tips on selling through consignment shops
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The Parting ThoughtNot to worry in the land of the free!

The Folly of Celebrity Worship in the US

US Media a monument to Poor Taste…

I’ve long contended that I believe the end game of those Corporatists that run our world is a feudalistic state of affairs where they represent the “Nobility” of the Middle Ages. This theory of mine originally came about when I began to think about the mystifying rise of celebrities as cultural icons. The Kardashians, whatever it is that they do, certainly are among the most famous of today’s celebrities.

Many of these celebrities are notable not for their talent, but for their ability to manipulate public relations and the media. The Kardashians were not the first intimation that came to me about what I see is a trend to use subtle propaganda techniques to pave the way for full blown Medieval Feudalism. One of the first indications that came to mind was the TV program “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” The show’s host was Englishman Robin Leach. With his upper crust sounding English voice, actually a worked over Cockney dialect, he would breathlessly show the viewers sumptuous estates and introduce them to the wealthy celebrity wannabe’s who owned this monuments to poor taste.

The recent birth of the Royal baby in England and the round the clock coverage by CNN illustrates my point. Our news shows give us more “news” on the box office from this week’s movies, than it does about deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq. The “Cult of Celebrity” in my opinion is propaganda to pave the way for a feudal system where we the citizens spend our time thinking about the doings of our “betters”, rather than our responsibilities as citizens. When there is this absorption about the wealthy class and their lives, the fact that many escape their duplicitous deeds by being so wealthy, becomes and accepted reality. There is much evidence and little doubt that the recession of 2008 was brought about by illegal activity on the part of the financial community. Yet almost all of that community has escaped real criminal punishment for their deeds and when light prison sentences have been imposed, they spend their time is minimum security federal prison camps, with many of the comforts of home.

We and many of the industrialized nations are supposed to be Republics, not Monarchies and to my mind we are fast elevating our “entrepreneurial and entertainment” class into our new nobility. The reality is that there is little any of us can do about this except to try to expose it and hope people wake up. I think though that having won the “celebrity war” there is coming an expansion by our “elite” into making ones status in society’s hierarchy, into ones’ privilege under the law and I’ll explain further the signs of this that I see occurring right now. Read more of this post

A Decline in Reading, Obsession w/ Cell Phones, Games & Video…

Ignorance in America is growing, it must be contagious.  It is fueling a citizenry who cannot read or think for themselves.  Little wonder why America seems to be singing its swan song…Curtis White

Despite spending more on public education than any other nation, America’s education system, once among the world’s best, has fallen on hard times. The latest evidence of this can be found in the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), an exam given every few years by the federal Department of Education to fourth, eighth, and 12th graders. 

The latest results of this test show that only one third of American students exhibited proficiency in science and technology. Only three percent of students are classified as “advanced.” According to the Wall Street Journal, “[t]hirty-four percent of fourth-graders scored at or above proficient. Describing the life cycle of an organism is an example of a skill demonstrated by fourth graders at the proficient level. Thirty percent of eighth graders met the mark, by demonstrating, for example, that they could recognize plants produce their own food.” As students progress in age, it seems their knowledge declines, as only 21 percent of 12th grade students met the criteria sufficient to be considered proficient.

Out of 55 countries in an Urban Institute study of countries that succeed in improving academic achievement of low-income children, the U.S. ranked 36th, according to the Education Trust, a nonprofit that focuses on closing the gap. 


Most studies indicate a rise in single parent families a major contributor to the decline in education, behavioral issues among youth…


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1 comment:

minimalist said...

Us media a monument to poor taste - you sure got that right! Great resources my friend!