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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Unusual Uses for Epsom Salts, Dad's Day Freebies

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A digest of urban survival resources
ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:
1.       History of Father’s Day plus holiday freebies
2.      The Many Uses for Epsom Salt
3.      FBI Granted more Spying powers on citizens
4.      Many states now restricting insurers use of your credit report
5.      Government agences advise employees to “Prepare”

Keep it small, keep it in a confined area, and keep an eye on it!
Smokey the Bear’s words of caution about the government, a clear & present danger.
NASA Issues strong suggestion to employees - Get Prepared Now!

A major initiative has been placed on Family/Personal Preparedness for all NASA personnel. The NASA/Family Preparedness Program is designed to provide awareness, resources, and tools to the NASA Family (civil servants and contractors) to prepare for an emergency situation. The most important assets in the successful completion of NASA’s mission are our employees’ and their families. We are taking the steps to prepare our workforce, but it is your personal obligation to prepare yourself and your families for emergencies.

More and more of the mainstream press and government agencies are warning their people to get ready for emergencies…what does this suggest?  Here a few links to documents agencies are suggesting:

Free 300+ page manual, It’s a Disaster, what are you gonna do about it.
Distributed by the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency / FEMA & DHS.
This is an excellent resource that should be in everyone that prepares library, the manual comes in .pdf format and can be downloaded here:

Listen to Administrator Bolden’s thoughts on why it’s important that we “know our stuff” and “be prepared”.
Administrator, Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Video
Finally, here’s an interesting site for women who want to become more prepared.
Interesting blog geared toward women and survivalism

Garden Hose Care
Do not store a hose where the sun will shine down on it. The sun’s heat will dry it out. Also, keep a hose away from any kind of heating source, like a furnace or outdoor barbecue.
If the hose has sprung a little leak, instead of using glue or tape to repair it, try this fix—heat up the tip of an ice pick or Phillips-head screwdriver, and gently touch the rubber around the hole in the hose with the hot tip of the tool. It should seal the hole close.
Father’s Day - some history and Freebies

Credit for originating the holiday is generally given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth.

 She is said to have had the idea in 1909 while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day, which at the time was becoming established as a holiday. Local religious leaders supported the idea, and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, the month of the birthday of Dodd’s father. Regardless of when the first true Father’s Day occurred, the strongest promoter of the holiday was Mrs. Dodd of Spokane, Washington. Mrs. Dodd felt that she had an outstanding father.

The Associated Men's Wear Retailers formed a National Father's Day Committee in New York City in the 1930s, which was renamed in 1938 to National Council for the Promotion of Father's Day and incorporated several other trade groups. This council had the goals of legitimizing the holiday in the mind of the people and managing the holiday as a commercial event in a more systematic way, in order to boost the sales during the holiday. (Source: Wikipedia)
Holiday Freebies for Dad and the Family…
Get dad a free Casual Gingham Portrait Collage from Walmart's Picture Me Portrait Studios. A $29.99 value for free, no purchase necessary. Coupon expires 6/30/11. Just print the coupon and schedule your session.

Spaghetti Warehouse is offering a free lasagne or spaghetti entree for dads on June 19th. No coupon is necessary! Offer details on their Facebook wall.

Get a
free 5 oz cup or cone from TCBY on June 19th for dads. Offer on their Facebook wall.

Free Breakfast for dad at IKEA on June 19th before 11am. Breakfast includes: scrambled eggs served with a side of hash browns, scrumptious bacon plus a hot cup of coffee, all for FREE!

Kids can make a
free tool box at Home Depot's Kids Workshop on Saturday, 6/18. They also get a free orange apron. Call your local Home Depot to see if they are participating and if there is still space available in the class.

Lowes has a
Build and Grow Clinic this Saturday to make a free Goofy Golf Kit for dad. You can register online for the clinic.
Does your Dad enjoy woodworking projects? offers thousands of categorized woodworking plans that you can output from your printer. The site also offers tips, tricks, tutorials.
Enjoy Father’s Day Brunch at Fleming’s on June 19th and get dad a $25 gift card for use during a future visit. Reservations are required. Use this store locator to find a Flemings
Coupon for FREE Aussie-tizer at Outback Steakhouse..
Save money by using a crock pot - it uses less electricity than your oven and the food tastes great.
Mark your calendars! The Flathead Liberty Bell is sponsoring a Preparedness Expo on Saturday June, 18 from 10am - 8pm featuring Resources and Workshops to Help You Prepare for the Unexpected
Valley Victory Church (in the gym)
315 East Evergreen
Evergreen, Montana
Admission: $5.00
12 and under: FREE!
Best Bet for Removing Bee Stingers
Focus on getting the stinger out quickly to reduce swelling and pain by 25%.  Then dab skin with a paste of meat tenderizer and water to break down the venom.  Avoid using tweezers since they tend to squeeze more venom into the skin…a credit card or your fingernail will work better.
Many Uses for Epsom Salts – keep a good supply handy
Epsom Salt - Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.

At the Epsom Salt Industry Council web site I learned that epsom salts—made of the mineral magnesium sulfate—are also a sedative for the nervous system.
When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.

Relaxing and sedative bath: Soak in warm water and 2 cups of Epsom salt. Read more about the Amazing Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths
Foot soak: Soothe aches, remove odors and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it feels right. Rinse and dry. Or try an Epsom Salt Peppermint Foot Scrub.
Soak sprains and bruises: Epsom salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups epsom salt to a warm bath, and soak

Athlete’s Foot - Soak feet in an Epsom salt bath to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.
Remove splinters - Soak affected skin area in an Epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter.
Treat toenail fungus - Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.
Soothe sprains and bruises - Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises

Home made plant fertilizer too…just add one tablespoon to a gallon of water and use on your plants…easy and cheap!

For more information, go to the council site at:
Let’s go back in time to a simpler America, to one before bloated bureaucracies, before insane rules and regulations that were created to micromanage your every move and thought.

PM’s Nanny State Updates…

The Cancer of Government Regulation: How occupational licensing laws hurt the poor
Politicians care about poor people. We know because they always say that. But then why do they make it so hard for the poor to escape poverty? As John Stossel explains in his latest column, by passing and supporting occupational licensing schemes for taxis, hair braiding, and other harmless professions, politicians keep poor people out of business.

Victim's Advocate
Several people saw four men push 14-year-old Dafarus Coleman and take his jacket aboard a Metro bus in King County, Washington. But when some of them called 911 to report a crime in progress, dispatchers refused to send a deputy. "You cannot report a theft that did not occur to you. The person who the items were stolen from has to report this," a dispatcher told one caller.

Several States Now Restrict How Insurers Can Use Your Credit Report
An insidious practice by auto and other insurance firms is to use your credit score against you so they can charge you higher premiums or deny coverage…Several states are now restricting this practice.  Others, such as CA, HI, MD, MA, have full or partial bans on the practice.  If your state doesn’t have a ban, use a broker to get coverage through an insurer that won’t penalize you for having a low credit score.
FBI Agents Given More Surveillance Powers “The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.” (New York Times)
Best Bet for Soothing Poison Ivy
Wash affected area with Dawn or Joy dish detergent, then dab with more detergent and let dry.  These cleaners are so effective at breaking down urushiol (the substance that causes the problem) that they reduce itching and redness by 56%.
Parting Thought…
Why the Recession Continues…Dick Morris Explains Why

   The public and the markets seem to be running out of patience and history tells us when unemployment is as high as it is now, the incumbent US president doesn’t get re-elected.  Obama has, in my opinion, run out of options for stimulating the economy as he continues to miss the true obstacles to reviving our country.


>>High debt with neither party clear about stopping our spending spree
>>Our country is hobbled by costly bureaucratic rules, regulations and costs which discourage business and employment.
>>We’re involved in too many wars
>>Our tax system provides a stumbling block to all
>>Voters are feeling real pain and the housing market continues its slide south

Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles - our lack of a viable energy policy which hampers consumer spending and small business profitability.  As Washington continues to suck up most of the available credit to service its debt and spending, little is left over for small businesses, the growth engine which supports this country.

Watch Dick Morris’ explanation here:

Your for a brighter future…Happy Dad’s Day - the Poor Man
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1 comment:

MinimalistGroup said...

It's no wonder our country is sinking fast. Our illustrious leaders are burying us with red tape, crazy fines and a never ending jungle of bureaucratic BS.