Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
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In This Issue:
1. The Case for Gold by Ron Paul=free download
2. Poor Man subscriber Suggestion Box-win stuff
3. Emergency Preparedness for apartment dwellers
4. Food Shock-Marjory Wildcraft video
5. Why you should fear the government
I need a job to support my habit - (living)
--Response to HR Hiring Mgr.
Ladies & Gentlemen, place your bets…
Inflation is only 2% according to ‘official’ government numbers, but as we already know, government figures lie. They fail to account for food and fuel thus painting an inaccurate picture.
It also fails to account for wages which are pretty much stagnant. It fails to include that no COLA raises for Social Security have been given for two years. As I’ve reported previously, most Americans haven’t had a real raise since the early 1970s. Bank CDs were paying as much as 16% then. Now, you need a magnifying glass to see the interest on those or money market funds.
As we all know too, home values have declined and no longer provide the piggy bank many Americans counted on to live ‘the good life,’ or as part of their retirement plan.
The retail industry has been squeezed to eke out a profit and fuel prices are hurting nearly every small business and the fast food industry. There are a few ‘bright spots’ such as the gun industry, gold and silver sellers, long-term food storage providers and so on. The US auto industry seems to be rebounding (foreign sales seem to be driving that business) and young people still flock to buy overpriced cell phones and related gadgets (I wonder where they’re getting the money)?
Stupid, onerous government red tape and regulation continue to cost Americans dearly in terms of national security and job growth, but I suppose Washington will never recover from its Messiah Complex.
I certainly don’t envy the younger generation, those born after 1970, 1980. Most college degrees are worth about as much as a FRN (federal reserve note) which is one reason why so many recent grads move back in with mom and dad. Polls indicate they no longer believe Social Security will be around for them…many are angry at our generation for ‘screwing things up.’
America is digging its grave in terms of debt and no matter how rosy the picture might be this week for the economy, long term ’bookies’ aren’t holding their breath. The disaster in Japan creates an even more ominous outlook.
Japan is the second largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt. Japan currently holds about $882 billion in U.S. Treasury bonds and they are likely going to have to liquidate much of that in order to fund the rebuilding of their nation. So needless to say they won't be accumulating any more U.S. government debt. But the U.S. government still needs to borrow a trillion and a half dollars from someone every single year. So where in the world are they going to get it?
On a positive note…US households cut their debt load to its lowest point of the past six years…Washington could take a lesson from this!
Obesity is now the number one health problem in western societies. It leads to many costly ailments such as diabetes, stroke, etc. and the risk is especially high among American youth.
Useful Resource Roundup
A Quick Start Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Apartment Dwellers
From: Bernie Carr
If you live in an apartment and want to prepare for a disaster, you may initially feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done, and the feeling worsens when you realize a disaster can happen at any time and you don't have any supplies at all.
Get more from their site at:
The average American just doesn’t get it, they are the Silent Sheep. They may grouse about government waste, how their government is bought & paid for, intrusive laws, bureaucratic stupidity…but they do nothing. This is why they are so easy to control. -M Gross
"Food Shock: Why 2011 Could Be the Single Most Important Year in American History to Grow a Family Garden", please do so now. It could be the single most important thing you read this year. You can download this free 33-page report
How to survive the coming Food Shortage and Hyperinflation-14 Minute Video
Will your food prices double or more in 2011?
Take a peak at Marjory’s site-plenty of useful how-to
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What's Hot, where you can browse by what is Most Popular, Top Rated, Most Discussed or Newest.
Before you replace your mattress, consider getting a memory foam (2” recommended) mattress cover…we got one on eBay for less than $50 delivered, they cost up to $100 at the store.
The Case for Gold by Ron Paul
The book covers the history of gold in the United States, explains that its breakdown was caused by governments, and explains the merit of having sound money: prices reflect market realities, government stays in check, and the people retain their freedom. It still holds up as an excellent blueprint for moving beyond paper money and into the age of sound money. In particular, Ron favors complete monetary freedom to use any commodity as money, to make contracts in any money, and an end to the monopolization and printing power of the Federal Reserve. Download a copy at:
Here's one basic human right that more people should be fighting for
Gary LosHuertos parked himself in a New York City cafe last fall and fired up a new tool for snooping on people as they use free wireless. Within minutes, he had managed to spy on more than a dozen people as they used Facebook. It was just an experiment by the Web expert, but he wanted to make a point — so he used the victims' own Facebook accounts to send them each an unnerving warning message. He told them he'd hacked their accounts, and he knew where they were. More at:
Enzyme Fuel Treatment
Star Tron fuel treatment uses enzyme technology to improve overall engine performance while curing and preventing problems, especially for those problems found in engines using ethanol based gasoline. Ideal for onsite fuel tanks and for long-term fuel storage. Can be used on a variety 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines and more. Learn more at their site: www.startron.com
Walk through ranching history-Free
Located in Lubbock, TX, the National Ranching Center offers a colorful look at cabins and ranch homes from Revolutionary-era to about 1900...also has historic windmills, schoolhouse, bunkhouse, barns, corrals and more-FREE
806-742-0498 or visit their site at:
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Why we fear our government…To paraphrase Mark Twain, the three kinds of lies are lies, damn lies, and government statistics.
>>According to a Department of Justice internal document, citizens who have "instructed themselves on topics ranging from first aid to childbirth to edible plants" are to be considered potential terrorists and extremists. They are to be subjected to enhanced scrutiny by criminal investigators, who are directed "to obtain as much information as possible" about such citizens.
>>State and federal bureaucrats are taking steps to track who is buying ammunition in the U.S. Stay off Uncle Sam's radar screen –
Use the Internet to get involved in local farming co-ops. It's a great way to meet like-minded friends and have a "PLAN B" for access to food in times of national turmoil.
>>Government policies encourage US firms NOT to hire Americans
The US does not levy taxes on US firms overseas earnings, plus the IRS allows them to deduct costs of closing their US plants when transferring them to overseas locations. General (Government Electric) Electric started this process of off shoring US jobs in the late 1970s. The Apple Corp makes all of their iPods & phones overseas…Fortune 500 firms derive 47% of their profits overseas and plan on continuing their policy of deforestation of US jobs.
>>The United States Department of Justice delivered a very clear and unfortunate message more horse hockey-sound bit crap) on Friday:
"Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism. While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country."
These remarks were released by the US Attorney's office in the western district of North Carolina following the conviction of one Bernard von NotHaus, the creator of the ill-fated Liberty Dollar. (Poor Man wrote about this on 2010...the government is famous for stretching the definition of ‘crime.’-talk about a stretch-our own gov’t has undermined the dollar)!
>>The cost of living in the United States is as high as ever, even worse than before the financial meltdown during the past few years.
A Labor Department index measuring the actual cost of living, known as the chained consumer price index, hit 127.4 in February, beating a previous record high 126.9 in July 2008, just as the housing crisis began to tighten its grip, CNBC reports.
That's bad news for most Americans, especially considering the record comes at a time of weak economic activity and high unemployment rates.
>>The rapidly rising price of oil, the horrific crisis in Japan and instability in the Middle East all threaten to plunge the world into another major economic downturn. That is really bad news for the real estate industry. Already there are not nearly enough jobs for everyone in the United States and without good jobs American workers simply cannot buy homes.
If AT&T buys T Mobile, 70% of US cell phone accounts will be held by two companies.
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Although I have made several improvements to the Poor Man site, there is always room for improvement. It will shock no one that I am a novice at web design. Our YahooGroups bulletin is limited in what we can do as well…cannot insert photos, for instance.
Content for both the site and the bulletin are usually rated high. It’s been our goal all along to provide a ‘good bang for the buck,’ and I thank those who’ve taken the time in the past to send me their suggestions and resources to share with fellow readers.
A strong attempt is made to vary the content in each bulletin. Not every resource and DIY story will appeal to everyone, that’s the nature of life. Your input makes a difference! Think of it like an ‘employee suggestion box.’
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