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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What Would MacGyver Do?

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of urban survival resources

In This Issue:
1. What would MacGyver Do?
2. Get free samples for children, women and more
3. Sheriff Mack-Law Enforcement against the feds
4. 10 alternative uses for charcoal
5. Increase your brainpower
6. 15 Surprising uses for aspirin
7. Get Prepared Expo-May 14th in MO

It has been discovered that the best way
to insure implicit obedience is to
commence tyranny in the nursery."
-- Benjamin Disraeli

What would MacGyver Do?
Also, a bankers take on the economy-now that Moody & Poor’s downgraded the US rating.

Our Easter family feast was fulfilling (pun intended) with my cousin Jeff bringing along a batch of home made sausage (he promises to share the recipe with our readers) that was outstanding!

My cousin Cheryl works for a large bank and shared her take on the economy. For the most part, few at the bank talk about the economy, possibly out of denial or fear. There’s no doubt it doesn’t look good though. She too feels if it collapses, it will be a gradual thing and it may come to our government defaulting on its obligations and eventually issuing a new currency, making current financial accounts nearly worthless.

She also noted something I’ve discussed with other preppers…buying rolls of half dollars to search through them for silver coins. One fellow, she says, buys $1000 worth each month and apparently, he finds enough silver coins to justify the work. She also finds that some people exchanging coins, probably from piggy banks, often contain pre-1964 silver coins. Of course, I told her we’d buy those from her!

Spot silver surged more than 5 percent to above $49 ounce on Monday, buoyed by a weak dollar and strong physical demand in Asia that also propelled gold to a record high for a seventh consecutive session.
Spot gold hit a record high of $1,518.10 an ounce, before easing to $1,517.80, up nearly 1 percent. No surprise since the IMF just announced the US will lose first place among world economies in 2016, to China, of course.

On another note…What would MacGyver do?

Most of us probably recall the MacGyver TV show which aired about 15 years ago. He was the elite of emergency engineers and could always get himself out of a jam with a paper clip, duct tape and his pocket knife.

Most of us have had a MacGyver moment. To MacGyver something is to fix a problem a problem in a resourceful, crafty, improvisational manner – to save the day by rigging or fixing something. In an age where fewer people know how to do anything other than their own specialty, we all appreciate the jack of all trades.

We could use a few more men and women like MacGyver in this country. Over the years we have a fostered a climate of incompetence. For us guys, for example, it’s a real challenge to change our oil or tune up an engine; it’s now a specialized task.

If you’ve had a MacGyver moment, share it with us. This will qualify for our “Suggestion Box” contribution and could win you a prize.

There used to be a site devoted to MacGyver moments but I couldn’t find it. However, there is an interesting site which was the inspiration for the book “What Would MacGyver Do?” by Brendan Vaughan (available on eBay and Amazon). The site can be found at:


I have 200 gallons of water in my garage and a good water filter plus stockpiles of wheat and rice. In case we need to leave town in a hurry, we have hidden lakehouse and if it’s really bad, we head west to my brothers farm. We’ve also stockpiled vitamins and MREs. –Beth in TX

The Weekly Roundup

USAPrepares Expo on May 14th & 15th in Springfield, MO
Get a free ticket with signup - use this link for more information.

Guerilla Gardening Day - May 1st. Interesting site. The global hub for those who cultivate land as guerrilla gardeners. Let's fight the filth with forks and flowers.

10 handy alternative uses of charcoal
In his ongoing but sporadic series Don't Throw That Away!, the Green Cheapskate shows you how to repurpose just about anything, saving money and the environment in the process. Send him your repurposing ideas and challenges, but whatever you do, don't throw that away…more at:

15 Surprising Uses for Aspirin
Aspirin is known worldwide as a means for relieving headache, fever and inflammations. Since it is often a generic drug, many people take it for granted. Some fear taking aspirin because of the common notion that generic medicine has terrible side-effects and aspirin reportedly causes Reye’s Syndrome…read more at:

Free Samples for Women - Requires sign up

Sign up to get Free Samples (food, children’s items, beauty, etc.) of name brand products, new products and more.

Answer a few questions about Orthodontics for children and get a free copy of
Mia Hamm's book, Winners Never Quit.

Wonderful collection (huge selection) of how-to books & more taken from a simpler time…Poor Man subscribers get 20% until the end of the year. Take a peek - well worth your time.

Long time subscriber Steve has added new & useful information to his site(s)…always worth a look-see what this inventive and productive guy offers!
I also added them to these sites:
Feel free to give me the "thumbs up," and if you have a blog or website and want to help me out with a link, that will be appreciated too.

Remove wallpaper borders easily (thanks to the Poor Wife for this tip). Gently heat the area with a blowdryer, then pull the border off. If that doesn’t work, spray with warm water & let dry 10 minutes, then use a plastic scraper to remove.

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Use an old pair of nylons into a garden helper. Snip off the end and put a bar of soap inside, tie it to a hook on your fence or tree near your garden hose. Wash dirty hands by lathering up from the hanging soap and rinse clean.

The Nanny State Update – Skewering citizens everywhere – because we can!

In a snub that's raised some eyebrows in Britain, neither of the country's two most recent former prime ministers received an invite to the Royal wedding. Also left out are President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Don’t feel bad, the Poor Man didn’t get one either!

Inflation figures and woes…

The price of silver has increased by more than 150% over the past 12 months. But the price of gold has only gone up about 30%.
If you invested $100 in the S&P 500 ten years ago it would be worth about $107.48 today.
If you invested $100 in gold ten years ago it would be worth about $569 today.
If you invested $100 in silver ten years ago it would be worth about $1037 today.

The National Inflation Association recently pointed out that the Federal Reserve is buying a whopping 70% of U.S. government debt. This is the most inflationary thing a country can do. But the U.S. feels forced to fill the void left by waning foreign purchases of U.S. debt, which have fallen from 50% of all debt issuance to 30%.

>Delaware, police and state government officials recently tore a basketball hoop right out of a family's front yard and carted it away because it was "too close" to the street.

>One Mississippi state judge recently issued an order for state officials to gather and deliver to him the names of every single child that is being homeschooled in the state. The frightening thing is that the judge did this all on his own. Nobody requested this information and there is no case pending for which this information would be required.

>Would you like to have your face scanned and your ID recorded every time you attend a public event? Don't laugh. The San Francisco Entertainment Commission is actually proposing a new rule which "would require all venues with an occupancy of over 100 people to record the faces of all patrons and employees and scan their ID’s for storage in a database which they must hand over to law enforcement on request."

>California agencies lent millions to employees who never repaid-
Caltrans, Cal Fire and the CHP are among those investigated by state Controller John Chiang. Gov. Jerry Brown halts the practice of agencies offering salary and travel advances and says he'll find out how much California is owed. Estimate: $13 Million!

Need more room in your bathroom? Hang a compartmentalized shower bag on the back of the door and use it place extra shampoo, brushes, makeup and the like.

The Parting Shot…

Sheriff Mack – County Sheriff’s America’s Last Best Hope Richard
The biggest threat to our freedoms, are elected officials!

I had the opportunity to listen to a partial interview with former AZ sheriff, Richard Mack. It’s always nice to know that members of law enforcement are highly concerned with how the federal government has overstepped its Constitutional authority and are leading us down a path of destruction. Personally, I could never be a member of law enforcement as there are too many laws which I don’t agree with and could not, in good conscience, enforce.

Sheriff Mack was one of several other law enforcement members who stood against the Brady Bill and its illegal mandates regarding several aspects of gun control. Indeed, they filed a lawsuit in federal court, defeating many its measures.

Like Arizonians and Texans, there are still a few states left where self reliance is the understood way of life and most of its residents are understandably upset over federal encroachments on our Bill of Rights and other freedoms.

On his site you'll find many articles and extracts from books he’s written on many subjects related to maintaining our freedom as a people. He’s deeply committed to the belief that government should exist to protect the freedoms of the individuals whom it serves. We must return to those principles that our country was founded upon!

You’ll find a variety of resources and links on his site and if you work with a like-minded organization, he’s available as a speaker. Learn more at:

Yours for self reliance in crazy times, the Pooman!
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