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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fun Stuff-Which Future is Right For You?

Bruce’s Poor Man Recession Survival Bulletin
Your choice for usable Urban Survival resources

Inside this issue:

· Fun Stuff – which future is right for you?
· Monopoly Prayer
· Social chaos & using a weapon
· More useful resources

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt." --Samuel Adams

Monopoly’s Prayer

I found this in an old book I recently purchased from an estate sale (book was dated 1898) and thought it rather appropriate for today as well…if you can find the author of it, you’ll win a copy of our Poor Man III CD ROM…just email me at

Our father, who art in England, Rothschild be thy name; thy kingdom come to America, thy will be done in the United States as it is in England; give us this day our bonds in gold, but not in silver…give us plenty of laboring men’s votes (read illegals) to keep the monopoly in power and its friends in office.

We know, our father, that we have done many things that were wrong; we have robbed the honest poor and brought distress to many a poor man. We know it was wrong to refund the bonds and make them payable in coin; we know it was wrong to water our railroad stock, but thou knowest that we made money by that.

Now, our father, thou knowest that we are above politics. It’s the same with us whether Democrats or Republicans rule, for thou knowest we are able to sway all parties in our favor.

Lead us not in the way of strikers, and above all, deliver us from the poor working people. Thus shall we have the kingdom, bonds, interest, power and gold, until the Republic shall end.

My guess this is from the late 1890s during Pres. William McKinley’s term…about the same time many started thinking about a New World Order and shortly before the infamous US Income Tax scheme came into being.

As most of us have learned by now, our country is no longer run by the people, It’s run by a Washington-Wall Street cartel, whose only goal is to make more money while reducing the population to mere serfs. Watch this interesting video:

I’m so sorry to disappoint all who wished to apply for the position, but New Orleans doesn’t employ a ‘sex assessor.’ That was a misprint. It should’ve read ‘tax assessor.’
---bet they had lots of applicants…from the New Orleans Times

This week’s useful resources…

Cool little free software for you...if you use online classified ads, this might be useful - download it here:

If you publish ezines, here’s another good resource (personally tested)

In previous issues we’ve weighed in on using member stores such as Sam’s Club and Costco…here’s another resource to consider. Know your cost per unit before you buy in bulk (cost divided by quantity or unit of weight). That figure isn’t always posted but use apps or online calculators that will do the math for you such as this freebie which features a Grocery Price Calculator:
Hire a virtual (free) assistant by setting up your own ‘shelf’ of your favorite products.

Other sites for savings to explore Free software and games Set a goal & chart your financial progress with this free financial planning tool.

Garden in a barrel…though not free, use it to make your own. Great for truly small space gardens and the yields can be impressive.

Get a few extra bucks by using these sites
Consign items-free search at:
List it at:

Find 2nd hand stores in your area by using these sites

Save money by ditching paper towels, using less soap…
· We use a roll of paper towels about every 6-8 weeks, instead, use microfiber cloths. They’re reusable and I like their TV pitchman!
· Using 1/8 or half the manufacturers recommended amount of dishwasher and washing machine soap will save money, it’s better for the environment and it will clean better and lengthen the life of your appliances…need any other reasons?

Manipulating the food supply could lead to social unrest-What to always keep in your pantry. With crop failures around the world and the demise of small farms in the USA due to government regulation (see last week’s issue of PMB) we’ve put together a short list of items you should always have on hand. We’ve also added some interesting videos to our Citizen Preparedness page at:

I am patient with stupidity, but not those who are proud of it.
--Edith Sitwell

Resources for Stockpiling and Disaster Preparation

Make Your Own Energy
Step-by-step guide reveals how to
make your own energy for $100 or less.

Terrific site for resources and green, eco-friendly goods

Don’t Get Caught With Your Pantry Down – the all time best book on family preparedness has been updated & now includes an online video segment as well. Highly recommended 11th Edition.


Flavorwire’s Which Future is Right For You?

So take control of humanity’s bleak horizon by figuring out which hellish future is best for you — because if there’s anything we’ve learned from dystopian literature, it’s that your preferences matter. Or, not.

What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?

A. Missed a day of work
B. If I told you that, I’d have to kill you
C. Asked a question
D. Used contraceptives
E. Stayed alive

Society should be governed by the rules of:
A. Communism
B. Anarchy
C. Tyranny
D. Mass weddings
E. Isolationism

You prefer getting the news from:

A. The next in command
B. I trust no one but myself (and sometimes not even myself)
C. Politically biased and/or government-censored periodicals
D. A pregnancy test
E. Anything beyond my own survival needs is irrelevant
What is your dream job?
A. Factory worker
B. Cowboy
C. What are dreams?
D. Baby-making machine
E. Wilderness expert
Rules are made to be:
A. Obeyed
B. Broken
C. Understood
D. Taught
E. There are no rules

What is the meaning of life?
A. Work
B. Havoc
C. Whatever I’m told it is
D. Making more life
E. There is no meaning

Which saying best summarizes your worldview:
A. Idle hands are the devil’s tools
B. Go West, young man
C. Ignorance is bliss
D. Go forth and multiply
E. The end is nigh

If you scored mostly A’s:
Individuality is an indulgence of the past. Man is a machine whose purpose is merely to work toward a greater good — or evil — unbeknownst to you. There is no such thing as free will, and pity the fool who makes the mistake of seeking it out. Embrace your irrelevance and expendability.
Recommended reading: Anthem (Ayn Rand), Neuromancer (William Gibson), Player Piano (Kurt Vonnegut), We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)

If you scored mostly B’s:
Stability and safety are the stuff of legend. The world is akin to the anarchic frontiers of the Wild West — but now with androids, hyper-violence, space travel, black markets, and increasingly destructive technology to boot. Don’t be a hero; hermits live longer.
Recommended reading: A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick), Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)

If you scored mostly C’s:
You know only what you are told — and anything beyond that is irrelevant, baseless, or downright toxic to your sheltered mind. An all-powerful government or private organization controls all information and activities, which means disobedience is pretty much a signed death wish.
Recommended reading: Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), The Giver (Lois Lowry)

If you scored mostly D’s:
Sex slaves, euthanization, genetic harvesting, baby vessels, and eugenics are all standard features of this progeny-dictated landscape. If you’re kept alive, don’t get comfortable — once a suitable offspring (or an entire brood of them) has been bred, you’re toast.
Recommended reading: The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), Logan’s Run (William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson), Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

If you scored mostly E’s:
There’s nothing left except you, a deadened wasteland, perhaps a few other roguish survivors, and a fatalistic shadow of impending extinction. Whether from cataclysmic warfare, natural disaster, supernatural apocalypse, or religious Armageddon, this would be the time to abandon all hope.
Recommended reading: A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.), I Am Legend (Richard Matheson), A Boy and His Dog (Harlan Ellison), The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

Making Money Selling Used Books
Have you ever thought you’d like to start a business from home? Do you have some books laying around collecting dust? If you said yes to both questions, selling used books on the Internet may be just the ticket.

According to his biography at, Adam Bertram has been an avid online book seller for two years and has thousands of sales under his belt. He has a background in technology that has allowed him to excel in finding books to sell online. The author has generated tens of thousands of dollars buying used books that most people simply want to get rid of and has turned around to sell them for big money.

Read the rest of the piece & find other idea starters to create your own money generating venture at the BootStrap Biz tab at www.PoorManSurvival.Com
In the Poor Man’s 45 Ways to Make a Living Without a Job (On our Poor Man I CD) we talk about selling books and long time subscribers know that’s what I do, though I am rather specialized in that I sell how-to books primarily (very tough to find via scrounging thrift stores as the average US reader seems to enjoy how to make and raise a baby books or cheap romance types)…and as noted in a previous edition, more folks are buying material on electronic media…games, videos and the like as fewer people are willing to expend the energy in reading.
The Kindle reader and other ebook machines are becoming popular, but personally, I don’t want something that requires batteries and if I lose it, I’m not out $150 or more! Guess I’m old fashioned.

NAACP chief Ben Jealous lived up to his name when he noted the Tea Party's political success, saying, "We have to close the enthusiasm gap."

After Job Training, Still Scrambling for a Job
The Poor Man has been writing about the jobless ‘recovery’ for over a year now!

In what was beginning to feel like a previous life, Israel Valle had earned $18 an hour as an executive assistant to a designer at a prominent fashion label. Now, he was jobless and struggling to find work. He decided to invest in upgrading his skills.

It was February 2009, and the city work force center in Downtown Brooklyn was jammed with hundreds of people hungry for paychecks. His caseworker urged him to take advantage of classes financed by the federal government, which had increased money for job training. Upgrade your skills, she counseled. Then she could arrange job interviews.

For six weeks, Mr. Valle, 49, absorbed instruction in spreadsheets and word processing. He tinkered with his résumé. But the interviews his caseworker eventually arranged were for low-wage jobs, and they were mobbed by desperate applicants. More than a year later, Mr. Valle remains among the record 6.8 million Americans who have been officially jobless for six months or longer. He recently applied for welfare benefits.

“Training was fruitless,” he said. “I’m not seeing the benefits. Training for what? No one’s hiring.”

Parting Shots

“Are you prepared against organized evil?”

One of the newsletters I mentioned an issue or two back, American Preppers, sent a blurb out regarding the use of lethal force during times of chaos and social breakdown. The Poor Man has suggested that if and when such an event takes place, we wouldn’t count on having the police around for protection.

As it stands, the police are generally around ‘after-the-fact’ and are unable to prevent crime. Using New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina as an example, many of the police abandoned their post and returned home to help family members and who could blame them?

Most folks, and the newsletter commentary agreed, seem most worried about gangs as, they are considered by some, to be better armed than police. Although we lived outside of Phoenix proper, that was our chief concern while living in AZ. Gangs are very prevalent in AZ and CA and many police refuse to enter certain ‘gang zones.’

Last year I watched a TV documentary (perhaps on the History Channel) about the spread of gangs throughout the United States including the Washington DC and Chicago area (ask Mayor Daley how he’d protect citizens he wants to deprive of gun ownership). According to this report, gangs are a bigger threat than the Mafia ever represented and governments do little to stop them. The fact that our government has outlawed most drugs has made this activity very lucrative for gangs.

The Poor Man knows it is personal choice, and taking the life of another is not an easy decision, but rest assured, when it comes down to protecting a loved one, I won’t hesitate to pull the trigger.

If you choose to own weapons, I strongly urge you to take training and make use of frequent practice sessions at a range. Fumbling around for a safety release and ammo during a high tension situation is not a wise path for self protection. Most areas offer training classes and YouTube offers online video training as well. Here’s a sample, but keep in mind, watching is no substitute for doing!

Until we meet again, that’s the scoop of the week.
Yours for better living,
Bruce ‘The Poor Man’

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