Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
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In This Issue:
War Vets Unhappy
Improve Herbal Product Safety
The Coming Suburban Welfare State
Rent college textbooks vs. buying them
Black Friday Shopping Myths
Do Not Call - register your cell numbers now
$77 for a Can of Folgers Coffee? $11 for an Ear of Corn?
"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
-- Ayn Rand
According to reports on ABC News the Better Business Bureau is nothing more than a scam; low ratings given to those who don’t pay up and join the BBB. An Anonymous blogger paid $425 to have Hamas, the terrorist group, get an “A” rating from the BBB…supposedly a Neo Nazi group also managed to get a high rating.
Head of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, shocked the world this week. It's time to start discussing a gold-backed currency, he said. Maybe the crown of creation of modern economics - its centrally managed money - was not such a good idea after all. The Poor Man has written repeatedly - the dollar only has value as long as people have faith in it.
How’s your faith? Is what we preach each week finally sinking in?
Speaking of faith, President Obama took a whoopin this week on the world stage and was essentially shot down by Germany, China, South Korea and others on currency talks - three strikes and you’re out Mr. President!
Generic brands, brown-bag lunches, and fewer trips to the beauty salon are three of the top ways U.S. consumers are looking to save money, according to a recent survey. Look a little further down the list, though, and you'll find that more and more Americans are also cutting back on their cable TV and cell phone service.
A recent Harris Interactive survey found that a good 22 percent of consumers either scaled back their cable service or canceled it completely in the last six months, and an additional 21 percent gave the idea serious thought.
Now that elections are over with, it’s the same old song. Our first revelation is it’s going to be politics as usual from Kentucky. Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) who campaigned on principles, fiscal responsibility and slashing the pork from our budgets announced that he was going to grab as much pork as he could for the Bluegrass State. Politics as usual replacing principles.
It’s clear that there will be no shrinkage of the Federal Government. It’s equally clear that the next two years will be spent jockeying for political position for the 2012 elections. There will be nothing done to fix the economy, create jobs or put food on your table…which is why the Poor Man repeats, voting is a waste of time.
$11 for an ear of corn? See the result of coming massive food inflation
Fox News Interview-watch that holiday food bill!
Finally, a bit of entertainment as heard on the Rush show…Musical version of Barak, Don’t You Come Back no More…
Economics, the dismal science!
This week’s odds n ends
Improve Your Safety with this Herbal Products Site-thanks Amanda!
With all the supplements and herbs out there on the market now-a-days I think we should look into herbal safety.
Scientific Monograms - this gives you a list of the common plant names with their scientific name. Clicking on the name will take you to a page with a picture of the herb, and some information.
Herbal Fact Sheet - here you will find another list of herbs, and you can click on them to get in-depth information. (Including what it is used to treat, what medicines it interacts poorly with, and so on.)
Check this site out, if you take herbal supplements, or even if you are thinking about taking herbal supplements. It could save your life.
DealNews Publishes Top Black Friday Shopping Myths
Online merchants can offer shoppers deals during the holidays
that are as good as or better than Black Friday deals offered by
retailers, according to DealNews, which published a list of top
Black-Friday shopping myths.
Association of Mature Citizens-easy alternative to AARP
Cut 10-60% off the cost of college textbooks by renting them (look for them on Amazon too). Here are a few sites to check for renting. Share this with others.
REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.
REMINDER..... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.
.... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS
To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.
It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked .
Your Thanksgiving Survival Guide
If you're a food lover, this is the season for you! Whether you're looking for something you've never tried before, or just want to put a new spin on an old family recipe, Food Network is the place to go. There's no telling how inspired you'll be after watching these foodies do their thing!
And if you need a few ideas to perk up your décor for the holidays, look no further than HGTV. These pros know a thing or two about putting together an amazing motif on a tight schedule. This Thanksgiving, give them a show they won't forget with HGTV and Food Network.
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As we warned more than a month ago, the Fed's action would take place & would increase inflation in the US-just look at commodity prices such as butter & fuel. Our readers wrote "thanks for the warning...my wife saved a lot off our grocery bill alone this month due to your forecast...so glad we signed up for your free letter.' - Barb & Jeff of MI
The Coming Suburban Welfare State
Some have predicted that high-energy costs, either due to decreasing supply of oil or costs associated with carbon emission mitigation, will soon push people out of their cars and onto public transportation.
But there’s something else happening: people are getting sick of spending time in transit at all, making city living increasingly attractive. We are now increasingly able to infill “scrap-time” during our days with useful activity, and location-based social networks make it possible to maximize personal connections as we move about. We are engineering our own serendipity to generate real value from every moment. Why would we squander that potential by spending time in transit of any kind?
In the future, I predict:
Air travel will be reserved for trips greater than 500 miles
Trains will be used for trips less than 500 miles
Bicycles, walking, and local transit will be used within cities
Any local trip longer than 20 minutes will be seen as burdensome
Cars will be seen as a luxury to be used for road-trips + utility hauling
More at: http://whiskeyandgunpowder.com/the-coming-suburban-welfare-state/
"Bill of Rights is Void where prohibited by Law".
Email From Disgusted Iraq Veteran + Other Closing thoughts.
The World Bank has just suggested that the international currency markets be put back on a gold standard…we’ve seen an immediate rise in prices (inflation) as the Fed floods the world with unbacked paper dollars.
But would a return to a gold standard work? Frankly, we don’t know. I suspect it might only if other key countries did the same…
On a closing note. A few days we ago America celebrated Veteran’s Day.
I was almost startled to learn how many vets are mad at Washington on a number of counts. “Think about it. Go fight in a war, risk your life day after day, come home, go back and do it all over again fighting for your rights in America which have been decimated by our own government. Can’t get decent medical treatment, can’t cross the Canadian border without a passport (yet I could go to Iraq & fight), can’t open a bank account without a slave number…”
Civil Liberties at Risk
... I'm disgusted with this president," Romero told the America's Future Now breakout session…
In an interview with POLITICO, Romero confirmed the gist of the quote, though he emphasized it wasn't intended as an ad hominem attack.
"I'm not disgusted at President Obama personally. It's President Obama's policies on civil liberties and national security issues I'm disgusted by. It's not a personal attack," Romero said.
While liberals of various stripes have or had gripes with how Obama has conducted himself since taking office, civil libertarians may well be the most disillusioned at this point.
The administration still uses state secrets to shield themselves from litigation. There's no prosecution for criminal acts of the Bush administration. Surveillance powers put in place under the Patriot Act have been renewed. If there has been change in the civil liberties context, I frankly don't see it."
“Patriots or Extremists?” we looked at the growth of private militias in this country. Now we turn to a group whose founder says he doesn't need a militia. That's because his organization is recruiting its members... right out of the military and law enforcement.
"If we're going to watch while our country dies and think that there's nothing we can do about it, we're wrong," says Richard Mack, a former sheriff.
The Oath Keepers aren't in Las Vegas looking for gamblers. They're seeking out police officers, sheriff's deputies, military veterans, even active duty members of the Armed Forces. If you've taken an oath to protect this nation, the Oath Keepers want you.
So are the Oath Keepers a militia group? “We don't need to be. We're the military and the police," says Stewart.
The Oath Keepers call on their members to disobey any orders, as they put it, "to disarm the American people," or "to force citizens into detention camps." It's a pledge Rhodes recites in an anti-Obama DVD called: "The Fall of the Republic." See what’s wrong with government at this video:
Ironically, the Poor Man has been down this week with a sore back, something caused by a military related injury he sustained during a training exercise during the Viet Nam era.
Thanks Bob for sending these excerpts to us. As Bob is fond of saying (from his uncle, a former Senator) There aren’t enough real Americans left in Washington to hold up the American Flag! (This is condensed from the original email sent to us)
It’s a horrid shame. I return from fighting Communists in Korea,
Only to find my own country sh___ing on our freedoms here.
---RFP, Retired US Army, 1929-2009
We’re inclined to agree but feel that extends to state and local government officials as well. Hail to the commissar! Is there any reason to be paranoid in this country!?
Some had a glimmer of hope for the future of our country ....
... and the rest of you are prepping even harder than ever!
P.S.: Most of you will be caught unprepared for the ugliness ahead. Many of you are clueless about what you need to do to prepare yourself. That’s not your fault; you just don’t have the experience of having lived through the tumultuous times in our past so have no sense of what it takes to survive rioting, civil breakdown and political violence. Life was just too easy for those of you who came of age in the 80s, 90s and the turn of the century.
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