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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Raising Frogs for Fun & Profit, Lower Funeral Costs

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
Your choice for urban survival resources

In This Issue:

1. Raising frogs for fun n profit
2. Learn how to dowse
3. Lowering funeral costs…or eliminate it
4. Why do immigrants succeed in America?
5. Why US factory jobs are unlikely to return to the USA-video

In the first place, God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.
--Mark Twain

America, land of special interests

The number of lobbyists in Washington has finally leveled off. However, there are still too many well-heeled groups buying influence from politicians. One of our readers sent me a news clipping written by a man in MI which states some of the obvious. I’ve condensed some of the points here.

Has America become the land of the special interest & home of the double standard?

Let’s see, if we lie to Congress, it’s a felony but if Congress lies to us, it’s just politics….in public schools you can teach homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word ‘God.’

We got rid of Communists and socialists by renaming them Progressives; we are unable to close our border with Mexico but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea. You can watch pornography on TV & the internet, but you better not put a Nativity scene in a public park…

We all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if it’s politically correct. What’s happened to real freedom in this country?”

A new Gallup poll found that 67 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the size and influence of major corporations in the United States today. Not only that, the most recent Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index found that only 26 percent of Americans trust our financial system at this point. The mainstream media is acting as if this is a new phenomenon, but the truth is that a dislike of giant corporations goes all the way back to the founding of this nation.

There’s little doubt that our freedoms and economic security are being hijacked by special interest groups, especially those corporations who sell ‘spy-on-your-citizen’ technology - all in the name of securing our freedom. What do you think? (thanks Jim for this contribution).

Old cupcake tins can be reused to hold nuts and bolts, loose screws, etc.

This week’s roundup

Speedbit Video Accelerator – Some people have a lot of luck with a video accelerator program like Speedbit’s Video Accelerator. It installs a program in your browser that is designed to help eliminate buffering on video sites like YouTube, DailyMotion, Facebook, CNN and more. The free version will be enough for most people, but if you want to accelerate HD video, you will need to pay for the premium version.

Federal Energy Tax Credits were eliminated on Dec 31st (would have saved up to $1500 for improvements on insulation, etc.)…they continue through 2016 for major projects such as solar, wind and geothermal. Most states still offer rebates or incentive programs however. Visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables at:
Your utility provider may have such programs and/or can help direct you to programs within your state.

Cola can be substituted for penetrating oil in a pinch for
Removing rusted bolts…soak overnight. Also good for cleaning chrome.

Raising frogs for profit & eating…plenty of pitfalls to consider.

When I was a young lad, a local hospital paid us 10 cents a frog. We captured them with nets at a local pond. Frog legs, whether French fried or sautéed in garlic & butter are mighty good.

Edible Frogs
A number of species of frogs, including the green frog (Rana clamitans), the leopard frog (Rana pipiens), and the pickerel frog (Rana palustris), are harvested from the wild and sold as a luxury food - frog legs - in expensive restaurants. However, the bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) has the greatest potential for culture.
The common bullfrog, often referred to as the "Giant Frog" or "Jumbo Frog," is the largest native North American species, often reaching 8 inches in body length. Because of its large size, the bullfrog is the most preferred and commonly attempted species for farming.

Frogs and other amphibians are coldblooded animals that grow slowly, not a particularly desirable trait for farming. The rate of growth of the bullfrog tadpole varies with the climate, length of the growing season, and available food supply. Even in temperate climates, it may take a year or more to transform the tadpole into a young bullfrog. Another year or more is required to produce a mature, marketable-size bullfrog. Therefore, in the mid-latitude states like Virginia, development from egg to a mature bullfrog of harvestable size may take over 3 years, even under ideal conditions.

See the Poor Man site for the how-to’s of raising fish in a barrel-Urban Livestock page.

According to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills cause more than 60 percent of the personal bankruptcies in the United States.
According to that same study, approximately three-fourths of those that do go bankrupt because of medical bills actually do have health insurance

Lowering the cost of a funeral

The Poor Man buried his parents last year and it wasn’t cheap. The obit alone ran $500 for each of them in local newspapers…The Poor Man donated his entire body to science upon his demise. Organ donation is always a good way of helping others. (they’ll have fun checking my brain).

As the economy has slowed, more families have been forced, for financial reasons, to choose cremation instead of body burial when someone they care about dies.
A typical traditional funeral followed by body burial in a cemetery costs between $7,000 and $10,000. A typical funeral service that results in the body being cremated runs approximately $3000. While the trend towards cremation will likely continue in the near future, there are things you can do to make body burial more affordable.

One of the simplest things a family can do is choose a service level known as an “immediate burial”. With an immediate burial the body is taken directly from the place of death (or morgue) to the cemetery. Normally, the body stops at the funeral home just long enough to secure the death certificate and burial permit (and for the family to buy a cemetery plot if they don’t already own one). No funeral ceremony is held at the funeral home.

Warning! If the sole source of heat in your home is a woodburning stove, many insurance companies will not offer homeowners coverage to you…double check your policy.

Do you have questions about making your home more environmentally friendly? Are you trying to find a green professional in your area to do work on your home? Do you want to read articles on learning how to make your home greener? Well then, you've come to the right place.

A disaster planning recovery guide is a useful document addressing how a business or institution prepares and institutes strategies to recover from man-made or natural disasters. In many organizations and businesses, executive management appoints a disaster recovery committee to create disaster planning recovery guides and procedures

Read more: Disaster Planning Recovery Guides |

The U.S. government has now deployed VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams to set up security checkpoints at bus terminals, subway stations and on major highways

Dowsing is an old method of finding water that flows underground. It takes an open mind and practice to master the ancient skill. Practitioners swear by it, and many make a living locating water and other materials. Start slowly and take your time when learning how to dowse. You'll find water before you know it.

Read more: How to Dowse a Water Well Site |


"’re going to pay $25 for a loaf of bread pretty soon. Look at what’s happening with our food prices. They’re going through the roof. We could end up being another Egypt. You could have riots in our streets also."--Donald Trump

Elizabeth Warren
: Consumer Protections to Arrive This Summer
A new federal watchdog will be policing credit cards, mortgages and other financial products beginning this summer. Treasury Adviser Elizabeth Warren explains how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will impact consumers

100 Super Bowl Facts…just for you.
Your quick guide to over 100 facts and figures on spending, consumption and advertising surrounding the Super Bowl. We reviewed more than 200 sources, selected the most essential pieces of information and made it into an easily digestible guide.
Get your copy of the 2011 Super Bowl Facts and Figures report today! (You must email them with why you want the guide, even if you’re just a fan.

The so-called PATRIOT act was a farce from the beginning. If you don't think the pols have got you dancing to their tune, go back and look at the last 70-80 years - look at the growth of the Military Industrial Complex which we are seeing the fruit of now. The patriot act is just the latest over-ripe piece of garbage..

A metal 2lb or greater (empty) metal coffee can turned upside down over a can of sterno can make a quick stove…use a pointed can opener to pop several openings on the top and sides to allow some venting. Useful for keeping soup and other low heat foods warm.

Why do immigrants seem to do well in America? Parting thought

Other than illegal immigrants, it seems to many that immigrants, especially Asians and those from India do well in the United States. Are they harder working, more frugal, get special tax breaks?

For the most part, the answer is no, though Asian children do seem more driven by their parent’s to succeed in life and at a younger age. In fact, not all immigrants remain here.

Those who had left found life in the U.S. had many drawbacks. Returnees cited language barriers, missing their family and friends at home, difficulty with cultural assimilation, and care of parents and children as key issues. About a third of the Indians and a fifth of the Chinese said that visas were a strong factor in their decision to return home, but others left for opportunity and to be close to family and friends. And it wasn't just new immigrants who were returning. In fact, 30% of respondents held permanent resident status or were U.S. citizens.

New Census numbers show the largest growth rate in the US is from Hispanics, throughout the entire country. MI, for instance, would’ve had a zero growth rate if it weren’t for Mexicans!


World famous investor Harry Schultz recently published the last issue of his legendary financial newsletter. After 45 years, the following is how Schultz summed up the economic collapse that we are now facing....

"Roughly speaking, the mess we are in is the worst since 17th century financial collapse. Comparisons with the 1930’s are ludicrous. We’ve gone far beyond that. And, alas, the courage & political will to recognize the mess & act wisely to reverse gears, is absent in U.S. leadership, where the problems were hatched & where the rot is by far the deepest."

David Stockman, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan was quoted by Schultz as saying the following about how desperate things are about to become....
"Get some gold, beans, water, anything that Bernanke can’t destroy. Ron Paul is right. We’re entering a global monetary conflagration. If a sell-off of U.S. bonds starts, it will be an Armageddon."

TULLY, Australia – First came the terrifying roar, then a violent bang like something had exploded. "We gotta go!" David Leger screamed to his father as one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in Australia tore the roof off their home, sucking the air up and out of the room like a vacuum.
More & more natural and man made disasters everywhere. Are you prepared?

Finally, watch this Detroit News video as to why it’s unlikely US automotive jobs will ever return to the US in any meaningful numbers…pay attention to the last 30 seconds.

That’s it for this issue…enjoy the Big Game!

Yours for ‘living under the radar,” the Poor Man

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