Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
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In This Issue:
1. What are you willing to do to survive globalization?
2. Gross universal cash heist
3. DIY salves, liqueurs, herbal remedies
4. 10 hot selling items in our recession
5. Using online petitions safely
How do you annoy a liberal? get a job.
How do you annoy a conservative? defend the Constitution.
Our Society is deteriorating-Does Anyone Care?
Has Madison Ave Hucksterism led us into a nation of bad behavior?
I’ve been a muckraker since the 9th grade when I wrote a school paper exposing the dirty tricks the IRS uses to grab money from people. My teachers were impressed, my mother was worried. (I had been paying income tax since age 11).
I frequently use the ‘magic’ number of 30 to describe the beginning of the slide of this country and the infestation of government into our daily lives. Give or take a few years, that’s when it seems to me our society began to deteriorate.
As I indicated in the last issue, according to Yahoo Trends, eight out of ten popular searches were related to celebrity gossip. Many Americans are obsessed with celebrity nonsense. Many live their lives vicariously through celebrities. That got its start with soap operas.
We’ve become a nation of zombies. Going through the motions of living, trying to achieve what had been the American Dream of ever bigger cars, bigger homes and more things…most of which only brought fleeting happiness. We’ve even coined the term ‘shopaholic’ to describe this pop culture phenomenon.
As a born again marketer, for decades I helped foster that culture. My ads and copywriting skills enabled hundreds of merchants to sell their products, often useless and trite.
We’re long past the days of June Cleaver. Stupidity, schlock and rude behavior is the norm today as witnessed by the crap fed to us by network television. With the lack of quality programming aired today (there are a few exceptions), it’s no wonder networks are losing audience share. The norm today is represented by an unshaven, tattooed, poorly dressed (can you say overweight, with a thong sticking out of their jeans) guy or gal with a cell phone permanently affixed to their head.
I guess I am getting old. When I was young and you saw someone with multiple tattoos, earrings and unshaven, you thought the circus was in town or pirates had escaped.
In the 1980s and early 90s I flew somewhere every week and my fellow business travelers often commented on how poorly dressed many were…we all thought they were going to a basketball game. We’ve seen the same thing among church attendees. Relaxing the dress code in schools seemed to have the same effect on student behavior.
The deterioration of our society is mirrored by the increase in sleaze among our ruling class in Washington where immoral behavior has become the norm exemplified by “I didn’t have sex with that woman,” Bill Clinton.
It would be a challenge to turn back the clock, but it would be nice to see a return to some kind of decorum and civility again. What do you think?
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Weekly Resources & Tips
Preserving Fruit Flavors in Alcohol: Homemade Liqueurs
When we discuss food preservation, we are usually talking about canning, dehydrating, freezing or fermenting. But did you know that you can also preserve fruit in alcohol, such as brandy or vodka? It is a way of preserving the flavor or essence of the fruit for later use.
This method consists of steeping fresh or frozen fruit in alcohol for several weeks. In the end, you end up with some “drunken fruit” (good as a dessert topping) and a flavorful alcohol that can be used to make dazzling cocktails, punch, deserts or sauces. But if you take it a step further and add a little sugar syrup to the mix , you now have delicious homemade liqueur! WOW…get going with recipes at:
Homemade Drawing Salve
Once upon a time, a homemade drawing salve formed the cornerstone of a family's first aid chest. Everyone kept drawing salve for use on humans and animals alike.
Homemade drawing salve consists of various healing herbs mixed into a beeswax and oil base. A recipe for black drawing salve contains the instructions and ingredients necessary to make one of the most common drawing salves used worldwide.
Find the basic recipe at this wonderful site:
Make your own herbal remedies
Learn how to make your own herbal remedies
This site contains many, home related DIY reference points.
Online Petitions…to sign or not to sign?
It’s likely you’ve been asked to sign online petitions over the years. Petitions can make a difference in stopping stupid legislation or in helping a charity, but what about privacy concerns? There’s a free service that hosts online petitions and can help with privacy. Also, useful if you’d like to start your own petition (recall in the last issue I thought about a separation of state and bank drive)…use this resource:
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Visit the company website. Try the following sites which lead to a company website.
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Gross Universal Cash Heist or Grunch (of Giants) by Buckminster Fuller
Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American engineer, author, designer, inventor, and futurist.
Fuller published more than 30 books, inventing and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, the best known of which is the geodesic dome.
One very bright guy we could use more of…read a little here about his theory of the Grunch…another eye-opener.
In order to understand how the Grunch works, Fuller says you must first study their history and development. In beginning his explanation, Fuller quotes one of his friends, who he called a giant.
“Bucky, I’m very fond of you, so I am sorry to have to tell you that you will never be a success. You go around explaining in simple terms that which people have not been comprehending, when the first law of success is, ‘Never make things simple when you can make them complicated.’”
One of the first things Fuller had to do was make a decision: Did he want to try to make money, or make sense, as the two things are mutually exclusive. So Fuller decided to make sense and he used his books to explain how the world works.
The book is not what you think it's about but definitely an eye opener about the FACT that the basic cost of things is coming down due to manufacturing cost but prices continue to go up - through the artificially created 'inflation' designed to keep cash flowing from regular people to the Rich corporations! The only function of a corporation is to make money for it's shareholders - it is soul-less, so the greater good of changing human life for the better is not relevant.
“Gross Universe Cash Heist (Grunch)” is the theory that large corporations use the government to enforce their economic suppression of the rest of society and steal resources and assets from around the world whenever and wherever they want.
You can read or download a copy here or find one on Amazon
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10 Hot Selling Items in a Recession
-Gold, Silver and other precious metals – gold just made new highs in 5 currencies
-Guns, ammo and gun training – fear is driving need for personal protection
-Large home safe - for storing cash, guns and valuables
-Everything on the McDonalds dollar menu – restaurant food is no longer affordable
-Job search tools and services – unemployment is raising very fast
-Do it yourself healthcare products – healthcare is still a necessity
-E-Commerce continues to grow – Amazon.com just posted a 30% gain over last year, which can probably be attributed to increasing gas prices, costing consumers more to actually drive to the shore to make a purchase
-Solar energy products – high oil prices have pushed home energy costs to the limits
-Information products – ‘how to’ products related to living in a recession
-Cheap entertainment – to help people laugh and forget the reality of financial hardship
Check out Curtis’s PennyJob site…always interesting stuff.
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Parting thoughts-Can you survive globalization?
I watched a couple of movies this week which got me to thinking about what folks will do to survive the economic crash, now, not some future date. I’m talking about those folks who have lost their job and are about to lose their home, facing a life on the streets. A horrible scenario many now face in this country.
Wall Street has squeezed their suppliers and their employees to do more with less, one of the reason our ‘productivity’ has risen.
In the one movie, a young couple with children, faced this situation, becoming unemployed and their home was due to foreclose.
The woman accepts a job at a ‘massage parlor,’ not fully knowing what she is really expected to do. (do I have to spell it out?) Within a month, their foreclosure and money problems are solved…until, as you might guess, the establishment is busted and the whole little Texas town is abuzz with scandal and gossip.
American workers now must directly compete for jobs with millions upon millions of workers on the other side of the world that toil away for 15 hours a day at slave labor wages. This is causing jobs to leave the United States at an almost unbelievable rate, and it is putting tremendous downward pressure on the wages of millions of jobs that are still in the United States.
So when you hear terms such as "globalization" and "the global economy", it is important to keep in mind that those are code words for the emerging one world economic system that is systematically wiping out the U.S. middle class.
Back in 1970, 25 percent of all jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs. Today, only 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs. As I’ve reported previously…When you adjust wages for inflation, middle class workers in the United States make less money today than they did back in 1971.
Now, NAFTA and GAT have killed millions of US jobs. ABC News is profiling a family this week whereby they’re removing all of the goods made in other countries - the house is virtually empty. It’s simple folks, no jobs, no tax revenues for government. Personally, I place a pox on politicians like Clinton and Bush for foisting these globalist trade policies which have decimated our country.
So I ask you. What would you do to survive? Would you rob a bank, sell your body, sell all your belongings for whatever you could get? Our economy is being gutted and what happened in WI is most likely just a taste of things to come. Where I live they talk about Detroit making a comeback. Fat chance. Tough choices to make in a very tough world.
Be sure to read our next issue which will feature 50 Ways to Make Money in the Underground Economy.
Yours for self sufficiency and non-compliance, the Poor Man!
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