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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Free PW Encryption. Tapping Graywater, Mirage of Freedom

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Free password encryption services

2.      Using grey water systems

3.      Basic Self Defense Moves anyone can do

4.      The attack on lemonade stands

5.      What’s happened to the American Dream?

“An individual will soon be an economic slave pulling an oar in the galley of the state.”

--Congressman James Byrne, 1949

Do we live under a mirage of freedom?

   The recent deaths of SEAL team members in Afghanistan made me angry.  We’ve been at war there for 10 years and little progress has been made.  This country is always in some kind of war, wasting precious lives and resources to ‘defend’ us against drugs, guns, poverty, terrorists, etc.

Modern politicians expect us to be grateful for their form of salvation and they expect us to pay for their grandiose schemes.  In return, they’ve maximized control over the population…the number of lives which can be destroyed by political edicts, the number of people which can be locked away for possessing substances they don’t like, the number of homes and bank accounts which can be stolen without proof of wrongdoing, whose children can be removed from parents, who can be barred from using their own land in a way they see fit, and whom the government has pretexts to forcibly disarm.

Yet, the bill of good we are sold is these soldiers are fighting for our ‘freedom.’

Paternalism has squelched real freedom in this country.  Where I live, some business owners have taken to flying the US flag upside down as a means of protest against the erosion of our rights and the bankrupting of our nation. 

Another example, despite an overwhelming majority vote to legalize medical marijuana, law enforcement and courts continue to waste resources ‘busting’ non-violent locals and clinics with complete disregard for what the voters had mandated.

The turmoil from Washington to Wall Street has some people going to extremes to make a point. A plane flew over Lower Manhattan yesterday with a banner that read, "Thanks for the downgrade, you should all be fired.”

There were mass demonstrations in Chicago after the S&P downgraded our nation’s finances, protesting the stupidity of our elected leaders…something you probably didn’t see on the nightly news.

The government has no right, except through force, to impose many of the rules and regulations it thrusts on an unwilling citizenry; it is not morally superior or entitled but its arrogance and use of force will violate the will of the people.  Given free reign over the country, the government will screw the citizen every time with its con games.  It acts without moral compass.

Deficits don’t matter – Dick Cheney

Many might agree we’ve allowed politicians too much power and the electorate have become mere serfs to their dictates.  As we watch the value of our dollar and investments fall at the very least, most of us are fed up with Congress.  It’s still a free country…sort of!

Rub ordinary car wax into your ceramic bathroom tiling to clean and refinish. Let it stand 10 minutes and buff or polish.

PM’s Betty Shocker Compendium of useful resources


Encrypting your passwords - more internet privacy security resources

1. and Truecrypt is a free, open-source solution you can download and use to encrypt any and all local files on your computer. Here's what you do:

>First, you create a password file. It could be a simple document with a list that contains the account name, user name, and password. For instance, Facebook: username, password; Gmail: username, password; and so on.

>When you need to login to an account, open your encrypted password list and retrieve the appropriate login and password credentials.

>You can keep a back up of your password list on your jump drive or upload the encrypted list to a cloud storage account such as

Wuala adds a bit more convenience because it allows you to automatically sync your stored data onto different devices. And it lets you access your password file from virtually any Internet connection in the world.

In addition, Wuala enables you to encrypt, back up, and store any file (not just your password list) to the cloud and access it via the Internet.

2. was founded specifically to address secure password management concerns. Their free option is extremely robust. All the steps mentioned above – using Truecrypt to encrypt your password list and storing it on local hardware (such as a USB jump drive) or in the cloud – are rolled into one seamless package with LastPass, with a few extras included.

NOTES: More free online storage - get 5 GB for documents, music, photos and more at:

>>Use the TOR Network to keep your internet browsing private, a free service which obscures your internet route.

>>Reach tech support faster by using or both of which list phone numbers that get you to a real human.

Working under a crawlspace is no picnic and often difficult to see.  String a set of Christmas lights as a cheap and effective solution.

Basic Self-Defense Moves Anyone Can Do (and Everyone Should Know)

Would you be able to defend yourself and your loved ones if someone were to physically attack you? It's a question most of us don't want to consider, but violence is, unfortunately, a fact of life. Thankfully, regardless of strength, size, or previous training, anyone can learn several effective self-defense techniques. Here's how to prepare for and stay safe in common real-world violent situations. Read this how-to here:

Wash mildewed shower curtains in hot soapy water, rub with lemon juice, and let them dry in the sun.

From Laundry to Landscape: Tap Into Greywater

Recycling your household water is smart and often surprisingly simple. Find out how you can embrace this “new”technology…

Tap Into Greywater
From Mother Earth News, by Laura Allen and Cleo Woelfle-Erskine

In the United States, the average person uses about 40 gallons of water per day to bathe, wash dishes and clean clothes. Unfortunately, this water almost always goes straight down the drain. But this “greywater” could be put to good use to irrigate fruit trees and other plants. Greywater refers to all used household water except water from toilets, which is called “blackwater.”

Greywater use lowers your water bill, and diverting greywater from overloaded or failing septic systems can extend their life. Reusing water saves energy: Greywater irrigation replaces water that would otherwise be treated to drinking water quality, and it isn’t treated at the sewage treatment plant, saving even more energy.

Perhaps most importantly, more efficient water use reduces pressure on scarce water resources — especially in the drier parts of the country, where farmers, individual households and wildlife all face the problem of limited water supplies.

The simplest type of greywater use is to collect water in a dishpan as you handwash dishes, and then toss it over your flowerbeds or fruit trees. This is a wonderfully simple, inexpensive way to tap into greywater, but with just a little more effort and expense, you can capture much more water.

One of the easiest and most popular greywater systems is a landscape-direct system that diverts greywater from your washing machine and routes it to mulch basins around trees or bushes. This “laundry-to-landscape” system captures greywater from the drain hose of the washing machine and sends it out to your plants through 1-inch tubing, without the need to alter existing plumbing. You can expect to harvest 10 to 25 gallons of water per load for a horizontal-axis machine, or about 40 gallons per load for a vertical axis machine.

According to Art Ludwig, author of Create an Oasis With Greywater, the laundry-to-landscape system is the “simplest, least expensive, lowest effort way to get the most greywater out onto the landscape.” The washing machine’s internal pump pushes the water outside through the tubing, so these systems can work without any additional pumps on flat or downward-sloping sites. These greywater systems typically cost $75 to $200 if you do the work yourself, or up to $2,000 if you hire a professional. They work best for irrigating trees, bushes, and large annuals or perennials.

Before using greywater in your yard, there are a few precautions to be aware of. One is that when you use greywater, you’ll want to choose natural soaps that break down in the environment and won’t harm plants. Stay away from any cleaners with bleach or other toxic ingredients. Avoid sodium and boron, which are fine for us, but bad for plants and soil.

It’s also a good idea to avoid direct contact with greywater — wash water often contains small amounts of bacteria that come from your clothes or body. Always follow these rules when using greywater at home:

• You can use greywater on edible plants, but only fruit trees or crops such as corn or raspberries, where the edible part is off the ground. Don’t use it to water root vegetables.
• Never store greywater for longer than 24 hours.
• If you reroute your plumbing, install a diverter valve so you can choose when to send water to the greywater system and when it should go into the sewer or septic system.
• Don’t allow greywater to pool up or run off — make sure it can soak into the ground.

Finally, bear in mind that even simple systems will require some engagement from you, your family and your guests. Label pipes and valves so others know how to operate the system, and be sure others know what kinds of soaps can be used.

For more information about greywater, visit,, or look for the book Create an Oasis With Greywater by Art Ludwig.

Excerpted from Mother Earth News, the Original Guide to Living Wisely. To read more articles from Mother Earth News, please visit or call (800) 234-3368 to subscribe. Copyright 2011 by Ogden Publications Inc.

Rub glass shower doors with a white vinegar dampened sponge to remove soap residue.

The Nanny State Updates…

The Freedom Center of Missouri shows the Government War on Kid-Run Concession Stands. In it red and yellow cities are highlighted that impose restrictions on kids who want to set up a front-yard stand to sell lemonade, cookies, or fresh produce

August 1, 2011 – Police officers in Coralville, Iowa, ordered at least three different sets of children to quit selling lemonade during the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa unless they first got a vendor’s permit and a health inspection. This is the first known example of a coordinated set of shutdowns at a single time.

July 19, 2011 – McAllen, Texas shuts down girls’ lemonade stand for failure to obtain food permit, may assess grandmother $50 fine.

July 17, 2011 – Police in Appleton, Wisconsin inform children that despite legally selling lemonade and cookies in their front yard during an annual city festival for the past six or seven years, a new city ordinance bans these sales in order to protect licensed vendors from competition.

July 15, 2011 – Cops in Midway, Georgia shut down a lemonade stand some kids were running in their own front yard, saying the kids had to obtain a peddler’s license, a food license, and pay $50 per day for a temporary business permit.

How To Make A Pioneer Weather Indicator…a little humor

Carefully tie a rope around a rock and hang it perpendicular from the branch of a tree so that it rests about two feet from the ground. If the rock hangs still, there's no wind; if it sways to and fro, there's a moderate wind blowing; if it hangs level with the branch, there's a hurricane; if it's wet, it's raining; if it has snow on it, it's snowing; if it's missing, somebody stole it.

Americans are tapped out and the economy suffers – the Parting Thought

The crumbling U.S. economy is putting an extraordinary amount of financial stress on American families. For many Americans, "flat broke" has become a permanent condition. Today, over half of all American families live paycheck to paycheck. Unemployment is rampant and those that do actually have jobs are finding that their wages are rising much more slowly than prices are.

 The financial condition of average American families continues to decline and this is showing up in all of the recent surveys. For example, according to a new Gallup poll, "lack of money/low wages" is the number one financial concern for American families. To make ends meet, many American families are going into even more debt and more American families than ever are turning to government assistance. Right now, more Americans than at any other point since World War II are flat broke and have lost hope. Until this changes, the frustration level in this country is going to continue to grow.

The following are 5 facts about the financial condition of American families that will surprise you...

#1 Only 58 percent of Americans have a job right now.

#2 Only 56 percent of Americans are currently covered by employer-provided health insurance.

#3 The median yearly wage in the United States is $26,261.

#4 The average American household is carrying $75,600 in debt.

#5 Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.

Source:  The Economic Collapse

Yours for ‘what ever happened to the American Dream’ – the Poor Man

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