Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
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In this issue:
PM’s newest ebook “How to Beat the Bureaucrats”-excerpt below
4 Things not to buy at Costco
New PayPal Alternatives
160+FREE Preparedness files-for subscribers-only
New download site address for PM II
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." - Thomas Jefferson,
Funny TSA photos posted & more!
Like many, the Poor Man got full of turkey & stuffing. For the rest of the week we’ll live on leftovers plus I made a generous pot of chili using our own tomatoes and deer meat…yummy and goes great with shredded cheddar cheese and some leftover biscuits!
The annual spending race has kicked off & retailers are sure hoping you keep the Black Friday tradition alive by purchasing more stuff that you don’t need or that will be obsolete before the next holiday season. It would appear the recession is now officially over with.
The Poor Man has completed another ebook titled How to Screw the Bureaucrats: Terrorcrats Gone Wild. In my research it was scary to learn how many citizens are tired of the chicanery posed by bureaucrats at every level of government and how much it cost this nation. As many have suggested that unions have lost their way over the years, I would argue most bureaucrats have lost their way too and become agents of an out of control government quagmire which burden our system and greatly stunts job growth.
Bureaucratic bungling & BS cost this country billions
And it’s time to put an end to it.
This ebook will cover some of the stats as well as legitimate ways of defeating them and what to avoid (knowing this will keep you out of jail) plus I wind it up with a collection of whimsical revenge stunts you can use to inflict punishment.
I placed a test ad on my eBay storefront on turkey day…after the test we’ll place it on our download site for easy access. A complete description & PayPal link now appears on our site. http://poormansurvival.com/BeatBureaucrats.aspx
It’s available now as an emailed PDF to save shipping costs. I’m going to try an experiment by offering it on a strictly donation basis and will offer a link to a huge library of self sufficiency how to materials as a bonus. We’ll see how it goes…if you’d like a copy now, send a donation using your PayPal account and our email address of firstname.lastname@example.org
America has been compromised by Washington…
But does anyone care or remember?
Most folks would agree that the Poor Man practically gives his how-to library away compared to others on the net or eBay selling similar materials…we’re sure not getting rich doing it and if I could afford to, I’d give everything away so you can prepare for the unpredictable and volatile future. Scroll down to get the link to nearly 180 free survival reports and how to order our new ebook…this is for subscribers only and the link will not appear on our public blog sites.
Finally, the TSA continues to amaze and anger much of the public and as we have stated, these stroke n gropes are a violation of your civil rights. Private citizens have caught more terrorists than the government…it’s like our gun laws. They’ve not prevented bad guys from getting guns, only honest citizens (who have the most to fear and lose to the government). The TSA crap is just another step toward creating an atmosphere of obedience among the serfs (you & I)…the march continues to total dominance.
From Jeffrey Goldberg writing for The Atlantic…
But come November 24th, here’s an idea you might try to make the day extra-special. It’s a one-word idea: Kilts.
Think about it — if you’re a male, and you want to bollix-up the nonsensical airport security-industrial complex, one way to do so would be to wear a kilt. If nothing else, this will cause TSA employees to throw up their hands in disgust. If you want to go the extra extra mile, I suggest commando-style kilt-wearing. While it is probably illegal to fly without pants, I can’t imagine that it’s illegal to fly without underpants.
So put on a kilt, and strike a blow against stupidity!
I can’t help but wonder if this entire TSA crap is less about security, but rather the airport security devices sold by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Well, as our rights are diminished in the name of security, here’s a chuckle for you-cute country song on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a8jGVXOMsw
In the past few months we’ve written about new laws that have gone into effect which curtail your freedoms such as the new passport rules, costs and restrictions on law abiding citizens, the new law forbidding you to mail tobacco to soldiers, etc. Slowly but surely we’re all cooking. It’s all about conditioning the sheep-most terrorists caught are on the way here, caught by civilians…not innocent Americans going about their business. Folks, did stringent gun control laws stop bad guys from getting guns -NO!
Just like most events in this country, it’s about the money. Corporate America sells the security devices so of course they push for this crap.
Go to the Group site to see some humorous TSA photos I placed.
Due to my holiday schedule…this is a short bulletin for the week!
The people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to
overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who would pervert it!
-- Abraham Lincoln
4 Things Not to Buy at Costco
Most of us are notoriously poor at assessing a true bargain, says C.W. Park, professor of marketing at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and editor of The Journal of Consumer Psychology. Seduced by the prospect of saving money, we give in to impulse buys. Eventually, we regret the purchase or throw much of a past-its-prime product away. It's called the Costco Effect, and it's actually part of the store's incredibly successful retail strategy. But the effect on your wallet is that you spent more than you would have if you'd never seen that "bargain.”
The Poor Man likes their meat dept., good pharmacy and tires are usually a good deal and it’s the only place I can find the 5lb or larger bags of baking soda which we use for so many things. Get the rest at:
Updated government grant resources
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More, Extreme Weapons Resource Site
From Pig Book 2010 from the Citizens Against Government Waste. It's clear that Congress could save billions by a one to five-year hiatus on spending. The country would not collapse. Yes, some people might lose jobs. Others would gain. Would Mississippi collapse without the $10 million for the Sustainable Energy Research Center? Or, would or country go down without ten C-17 aircraft that cost $2.5 billion?
eBay Exec Takes Social Commerce Ideas and Launches Yardsellr
A former eBay executive thinks he can bring the excitement of
eBay's early days to Facebook through his startup, Yardsellr. We
chatted with Danny Leffel to learn more about his ideas on social
commerce, Facebook and more.
FBI Wants Expanded Internet Wiretapping Capabilities
The FBI is lobbying tech companies including Google and Facebook to win support for an Obama administration proposal to expand its Internet wiretapping capabilities, according to a report in the New York Times. The administration is urging Congress to revise the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), claiming that law enforcement needs to keep pace with technological changes. The original law, passed in 1994, compels telecommunications and broadband companies to make their services wiretap-ready.
Collection Of FREE Internet Business
& Marketing Gifts That You Can
Start Profiting From Today!"
The Poor Man hasn’t had time to check ‘em all out but worth a ‘look see’
Will a Food Bubble Be the Next Phase of Financial Chaos?
Is a "food bubble" the next financial crisis on the horizon? Some of the same sinister forces that brought down stocks and housing seem to be aligning to push the price of food products into the danger zone for nations and consumers around the globe.
Food prices soared 21% in Egypt and 17% in India last year. The UK has experienced a 22% increase in the past three years. Wheat and corn prices have gone up 57% over the past six months, with sugar rising 55% and rice not far behind at 45%. Food riots in Mozambique recently killed twelve people. Every nation will be affected by steep increases in these fundamental dietary necessities of the world's food supply and we’ve seen fuel and food jump overnight in the US…bet you a Big Mac it continues!
Another Tear Gas substitute…good on nasty attack dogs.
Formaldehyde-97% solution. Place in a spray or aerosol dispenser and fire away. Will temporarily blind the attacker.
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New, Viable alternatives to PayPal Debut
Over the years we’ve all heard horror stories about losing money due some of its practices and with the IRS now snooping on those who make more than $20K or more than 200 annual transactions, it might be time to consider other tools to send and receive money.
Popmoney.com which launched last year and ZashPay.com work like PayPal for payments in that you only need the recipients email address or mobile phone number. If you have a PayPal account, you must first fund it via a bank account or credit card while the above services transfer money directly from your bank account directly to the person you are paying. Both services are offshoots of CashEdge and Fizerv respectively. Sender and receiver must hold accounts on these services.
More and more banks are now offering the above services in order to eliminate checks and some banks will set up these accounts automatically for you. Each require a verification process which takes about 48 hours. ZashPay charges 75 cents to and cash up to $500.
Two more services worth looking at include AlertPay and Obopay, each of which work essentially like PayPal and can be used on mobile services as well. AlertPay accepts money orders and lets you send money to people in 190 countries.
Check them out but exercise normal prudence and caution.
Cherry Stuffed Pork Chops-thanks Tina for this after holiday entre idea!
Get some nice porch chops about ¾ or 1” thick & butterfly them
Tenderize them if desired (beat them silly with a mallet)
Stuff with dried cherries or other fruit and nuts if desired
Wrap with bacom
Bake at 350 - about 10 minutes before they’re done…
Coat with a light brown sugar topping and bake another 10 minutes
The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.
Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.
Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.
The signs of deflation are around us:
Consumer Prices Are Flat. U.S. consumer inflation decelerated in October, according to the Labor Department. The consumer price index increased 0.2% in October. And the core CPI, excluding food and energy costs, was flat for the third straight month. In the past year, the core CPI rate is up 0.6%, the slowest pace on record.
Housing Slump Is Getting Worse. Housing starts plunged 11.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 519,000 from 588,000 in September. That was far worse than the forecast of 598,000. And in October, Clear Capital declared they were seeing the quickest decline in home values since mid-2009, with prices dropping 6% over September and October. Looking ahead, the picture remains grim: Standard & Poor's predicts that home prices will fall another 7% to 10% through 2011.
So it's understandable that Americans think prices will remain flat and potentially go lower. The problem is our "deflation" is localized. Across the world, especially in emerging markets, prices are going higher.
Here are some recent gold facts from the World Gold Council ...
Total gold demand in the third quarter of 2010 was 922 tonnes, an increase of 12% from the same period a year ago. In U.S. dollar value terms, demand grew 43% to $36.4 billion over the same period.
Demand for gold jewelry increased by 8% from third quarter of last year, with four of the best performing markets — India, China, Russia and Turkey — accounting for 63% of global demand.
The total value of net retail investments during the quarter was a record $9.6 billion, representing a 60% increase from the year-earlier quarter. The largest contribution to total demand growth came from bar hoarding, which increased 44% from the previous year.
Gold jewelry demand is likely to exceed that of 2009 due to an anticipated recovery in India, the most significant gold jewelry market, and continuing strength in China.
Bottom line: Americans continue to be lulled into thinking everything is hunky dory!
More TSA horror stories emerge
But other stories did emerge over the weekend that appear factual -- and that are indeed quite cringe-worthy. One retired special-education teacher on his way to a wedding in Florida had an experience with that he, or anyone who hears about it, likely won't soon forget. A bladder cancer survivor, Thomas Sawyer now wears a wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine through an opening in his stomach. When the bag was fondled by a TSA agent after the bag set off alarms in the airport's scanner, urine spilled all over Sawyer's clothes.
Post holiday stories report how few delays there were at airports as the protest fizzled. Did mainstream media miss the point again? There is still a significant portion of Americans who are tired of seeing their rights go up in smoke…every day another right is eroded and the sheep won’t bleat.
“The Internet becomes the tactical nuke of the digital age,”Doug Kass told CNBC. “I believe cybercrime is going to explode exponentially next year as the web is invaded by hackers.”---Commenting on the likelihood of attack on NYSE
A few facts about how bureaucrats screw things up in the US:
An excerpt from out new ebook How to Beat the Bureaucrat
In 1910, the United States had a population of 92 million; of that population, 950,000 were government employees (all levels). This yielded just over 1 percent of the total, or 1 government employee per 97 people.
In 2010, the United States has a population of 308 million; of that population, 21.3 million are government employees (all levels). This yields 6.9 percent of the total, or 1 government employee per 14 people.
In the space of one single century, therefore, the number of government employees in relation to the population has increased by 693 percent.
And, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis' figures for 2009, the average government salary is $123,000 per year, which means: 21.3 million bureaucrats are costing this country a whopping $2.6 trillion annually.
And, considering that the entire GDP for 2010 will be approximately $13.3 trillion, this further means: Government employees are being "employed" to the tune of nearly 20 percent of what the entire country will produce this year.
In 1910, by comparison, the GDP was $33.4 billion and the average government salary was $750 per year -- so, 950,000 workers at that time cost us $713 million, or 2.1 percent of that year's GDP.
Now, just for fun, let's apply that 2.1 percent rate to our current GDP, yielding $279 billion, which we can refer to as the amount of money truly needed to pay the bureaucrats to run the country properly. Which, actually, is being pretty charitable, as even in 1910 we had interventionist bureaucrats paid to do little more than hamper trade and restrict the functioning of the free market.
Since we are spending $2.6 trillion instead, however, that means we still pay $2.3 trillion more on government salaries than legitimate operations for our population would dictate.
Yes, government "sucks" alright; it is sucking the monetary lifeblood right out of the country.
Can you imagine what that $2.3 trillion yearly -- itself over 17 percent of our GDP -- could do to the United States' poverty cycle if we fired all those extra bureaucrats and left that money in private hands, to be saved and invested into our economy?
No, we hand it over to incompetent, lazy and overpaid government workers instead -- and then wonder why our freedoms and economic growth are in the toilet.
And that's just salaries, people. When you further consider what it is that most of those bureaucrats are doing -- i.e., whiling away their hours constructing mountains of stupid, stifling, subversive and self-defeating regulatory silliness -- it's pretty clear that those wasted dollars have a negative impact far beyond their actual value, for such controls obliterate the producers' abilities to produce even more. Source: Christian Science Monitor
Two-thirds of Americans say they are willing to give up their rights for added security via TSA pat downs. Where are our Founding Fathers when you need them? As the Poor Man’s mom always said…the masses are asses & they prove it every day.
PARTING SHOTS-Do Stringent Gov’t BS Rules make you feel safe?
The new TSA pat down rules, the new passport rules, gun laws, the new laws preventing tobacco sales to servicemen, etc. are not about safety, they are about control and conditioning.
Post 911 laws and the Patriot Act have only infringed on our rights, they have not helped national security but they help the government train Americans to operate as told and we’re paying for this tyranny with our tax dollars. Do you see the irony? Is it any wonder most high school graduates no nothing about the Bill of Rights or the Constitution?
TSA passenger screenings have resulted in tons of confiscations of items which we now have to pay to get rid of. Tens of thousands of dangerous nail clippers, bottles of shampoo and the like - do you feel any safer?
Think about it, for the most part it is private citizens who catch the bad guys, not the government, yet, we’re treated like dependent children. Government propaganda would have us believe that due to gun laws and background checks that the bad guys no longer have a clue about where to buy guns. If you believe that, I have some swamp land I’d like to sell you.
Recently I mentioned that Microsoft, my web host, recently abandoned its blogging program and migrated it to Wordpress. We were under the impression that that wouldn’t take place until after Jan 2011-but they did it now and you can no longer access the files of Poor Man II there…however, you can now use this link to access these 11 preparedness files. Must be subscriber to access.
The media is reporting things are looking rosier on the economic front as folks are already spending more money for the holidays. Kind of perplexing due to the fact there has been no appreciable jump in the jobs picture and what little improvement has occurred is most likely due to temporary holiday hiring!
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That’s it for the short week - hope all of you had an enjoyable holiday.
The stuffed Poor Man…your new head of Surveillance Information Network (SIN) - watching out for the undesirables in your life!
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