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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Scholarships for Women, Become a Hacker, Freebies

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

In This Issue:
1.       Scholarships for women
2.      You too can become a hacker
3.      Mother Nature Network – Cool Site
4.      Free Donuts, Dollar Store Nation
5.      Free backyard playhouse plans
6.      Warning: Chinese now counterfeiting US Morgan Coins

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand." ~ Milton Friedman

Women's Scholarship…getting school money when unemployed

   A friend of mine got laid off from his factory job not long ago and started collecting unemployment.  He learned the government would pay for him to return to school to get training in a better field, so he chose computers.

After several weeks he dropped out due to a lack of math skills so now he has to repay the tuition from his unemployment funds…sad, but I have been after him for months to finish some construction projects he started for me but not completed.  He’s got another job which pays under the table so he’s making a lot more money and I’m no longer a priority.

I didn’t realize how lucrative this program can be, especially for community colleges.  Through Pell Grants and other federal programs one can get not only tuition, but a stipend to help with your living expenses as well (ask any college for details or your unemployment office).

There are many programs available to help with college costs.  Here’s a terrific resource for finding scholarships for women.  Women over 40 have even more opportunities for funding especially in areas of nursing and veterinary school.

AARP offers an annual scholarship grant to women over age 40 who want to improve their job skills through training at a technical or traditional school. Grants range from $500 to $5,000 and are calculated based on need and the cost of tuition. Preference is given to women who are raising grandchildren, women who do not have the opportunity to excel in their careers and women who have been out of the work force for an extended time. Application is made directly through the AARP Foundation.
601 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20049

The AARP site offers many other programs and resources as well, especially for unemployed people under 50 and includes a database of featured employers.

Before calling an appliance repairman, unplug the device (or use your circuit breaker) and wait 10 seconds, then plug it back in.  This is the first thing the repairman will do.

PM’s ‘Betty Schocker’ Compendium of useful stuff…
Grab a Free Donut on Fri-June 3rd
I’m not sure if this applies to law enforcement!
That Friday is National Donut Day, started by the Salvation Army during WWI to honor women who served in the military.
>Dunkin’ Donuts offers your choice when you buy a beverage.
>Krispy Kreme - Any donut is free, no purchase required!
This site provides you practical, fun, and family friendly ways to recycle things that you might have in your house from everyday consumption (think pop bottles, mint tins, etc).
I’ve brought you here with the purpose of pointing you directly to the D-I-Y section! So what are you waiting for head right there! You’ll find a collection of fun projects to repurpose and thus recycle things that are just sitting around your house.

 They even offer how-to videos, just scroll down to the bottom of the D-I-Y section to check them out. You’ll find four projects: record album portfolio, mint tin puzzle, glass bottle vase, and license plate memo board.

I think that this site offers a fun assortment of ways to recycle things that can really get your kids or grandkids interested in recycling

The mission of MOTHER NATURE NETWORK can be found at the top of every page on our site: “Improve Your World
MNN content is divided among 8 different channels—each offering in-depth news and information updated throughout the day: Earth Matters, Lifestyle, Green Tech, Eco-Biz, Transportation, Your Home, Food, and Family
3 secrets to growing the best tomatoes-watch the video here
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Shop America’s Biggest Yard Sale - from June 3-5
The Dixie Highway or North Georgia features a 90-mile long sale.  More at:

Seven traditional playhouse cottages and cabins. There are also five playground designs, four play forts and club houses, four treehouses, and a bunch of other fun woodworking projects. All of the plans and building guides are online or downloadable so you can start planning right away.
Help for small plants with shallow roots…plant it in a larger pot by placing a smaller flower pot upside down inside the larger pot, fill with dirt and you’re set.
Dollar Store Nation: What the success of the dollar store says about the American economy
Nearly a century and a half after the first dollar store opened in New York City, the sense of wonder that attends to how many different ways a few cents worth of raw materials can be processed, packaged, shipped, and sold for a buck, still beguiles us. And as Greg Beato notes, the appeal is not just limited to so-called downscale shoppers. In fact, according to Time, Dollar General's "fastest-growing customer segment is households making more than $70,000." As Beato explains, it is now obvious that consumers shop at these stores not just for utilitarian reasons but also because of how shrewdly they cater to current lifestyles and sensibilities.
There are entire factories in China dedicated to producing fake versions of everything from designer purses to rare U.S. coins. "Made in China" U.S. Morgan silver dollars, for example, are being sold over the Internet and are even making their way into U.S. coin shops. They look authentic to the naked eye and are only revealed as fakes upon close inspection by people who know the tell-tale signs.
Place broken pieces of terracotta in your garden soil to make them thrive and to help with soild drainage…

The Nanny State Updates…

According to a recent analysis by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), the biggest growth in private-sector job creation in the past year occurred in positions in the low-wage retail, administrative, and food service sectors of the economy. While 23% of the jobs lost in the Great Recession that followed the economic meltdown of 2008 were “low-wage” (those paying $9-$13 an hour), 49% of new jobs added in the sluggish “recovery” are in those same low-wage industries. On the other end of the spectrum, 40% of the jobs lost paid high wages ($19-$31 an hour), while a mere 14% of new jobs pay similarly high wages.

Why are so many Americans afraid to start businesses?
Maybe it is because the overregulation of business in this country has now reached extreme levels. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently slapped a fine of $90,000 on one family from Missouri because they sold more than $500 worth of rabbits in a single year. The $4,600 in rabbits that they sold ended up netting the family only $200 in profits.

North Carolina Restaurants are no longer allowed to serve medium-rare hamburgers.  New state law states all ground beef must be cooked to an internal temp of 155 degrees…guess no more steak tartare
The IRS has assigned 35 agents full-time to Exxon-Mobile - they conduct a non-stop audit of their tax accounting.  In 2009, Exxon paid no US income tax but did get a $156 million credit…Exxon paid $15.2 billion in taxes to for other countries!.

The taxpayer
: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.
The Parting Shot…Avoiding hacker scams
You too can become a hacker and pick up some extra bucks. And, unfortunately, it isn't even that hard. With just a little technical experience, a person can go online and find the necessary kits for hacking personal computers for fun and profit. Do you want to steal some sensitive government documents? There are kits for that, too.

Symantec, a top computer security company, released a report a few weeks ago, stating that attacks played a role in creating over 286 million varieties of malware last year, and HP, one of the leading computer hardware manufacturers, reports that because the kits are so easy to use and are so successful, they are extremely popular.

In addition, the quality of the online kits is getting better. "Attack kit developers are also improving the quality of their software", says Mike Dausin, who manages advanced security intelligence for HP's DVLabs division. "They put so much effort into streamlining it, just as a normal software development company might," he says. "They're very professional, very focused on making money." It's not an entirely unexpected development: last year, security researchers predicted the growth of the cybercrime service industry.
The latest versions of attack kits are traded online for anything from $500 to $4000 and sales have grown from two to seven percent of the criminal online economy.

1: Keep all of your patches up to date. A patch is a piece of code inserted - or patched - into an executable file, such as AVS.exe. It is there to fix a program bug. If your patches are old, it's easier for an attacker to get in to your system; their kits probably aren't new enough to penetrate a new patch. At least you hope not. However, when downloading or installing patches, you must be careful to ensure that they are, in fact, patches that are actually needed on your computer. If a pop-up tells you that an update or patch needs to be installed, it's often best to go to the source and verify the truth of that assertion. For example, if you get a message that your security software needs to be updated, it might be best to open the program and check for updates there.

2: Don't click on a link unless you are 100 percent sure you know who it is! I can't stress this enough; I can't tell you how important this is! Just an FYI: I don't click on any links e-mail-wise
anymore. Seriously. All of the new types of malware look so authentic; it's just not worth it. If the link looks real, then I'll go to the site that sent the e-mail and check out the sale or whatever it is that they sent me. Although I guess I am going to have to watch out for that too, thanks to these handy-dandy kits.
…Watch this funny video and share with friends, they’ll thank you!
If you own or love dogs, you’ll love this funny talking dog clip – our parting bit of humor!<>
Yours for empowerment, the Poor Man!
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