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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What to do with leftover produce, Growth of Homeshoring, more

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       What to do with leftover produce

2.      Lessons from 9/11

3.      The growth of HomeShoring in the US

4.      Turning your ideas into cash

5.      Americans fed up with government waste

"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." - Mark Twain

Lessons from 9/11

Long time consumer advocate Ralph Nader had a guest editorial in USA Today last week regarding the lessons we should be learning from the tragedy of 9/11.  Most of them focused on the need for our leaders to stop violating the rights of American citizens.

Number four on his list of ten suggested we not tolerate presidents who violate our Constitution (a direct jab at former Pres. Bush).  Number six asked that we not let the executive branch engage in unconstitutional and illegal recurrent practices such as wiretapping.

The other points were in regard to how Congress has abdicated its role and responsibilities and given carte blanche to the President in regard to war power authority and how the news media has become the mouthpiece of the President.

There’s little doubt since the passage of the so-called Patriot Act, much of our Constitution has become meaningless and the rights of Americans are violated every day.

Leaders, far wiser than our current crop of legislators, warned repeatedly against the folly of sacrificing freedom for security.  In many respects, terrorists have already won due to the undermining of our freedoms at home and the incredible (and often wasted) costs taxpayers have incurred in the name of security.

The land of the free isn’t quite so free anymore and we all pay the price.

Grill juicier skinless chicken breasts by placing a banana peel on top of each breast while cooking…it creates a barrier that acts like skin, helping the meat to retain juices.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

What to do with your left over produce

We had a bumper crop of cucumbers this season and diligently gave them to family and friends.  During our family reunion one of the pass-around dishes I made featured a large cucumber salad.

If you have an abundance of extra garden goodies here are a few ways to use them up.

1.  Donate them to a food pantry - many local food banks will even make pickups if you have a sufficient quantity to donate.

2.  Cook up batches of excess and freeze or can them.  Preserving includes pickling, drying, canning and freezing. Prior to freezing, most vegetables need to be blanched to preserve their taste.  You can lightly steam them or dip them briefly into boiling water.  Let them cool and dry before freezing.  Onions, peppers and herbs can be frozen raw.

3.  Sell them at your local flea market.

4.  Barter or swap them with others for items you want.

5.  Juice them.  Here is one resource I found offering healthy juicing recipes.

Fix the nicks on your sunglasses by moistening the lenses with water, then add a pea-sized glob of white (non-gel) toothpaste onto a cloth and rub gently all over.  Rinse the lenses, then dry with a lint-free cloth.

New-Experts Industry Association Launched

If you've ever wanted to write a
book, get paid to speak, become a
life coach, or share you knowledge
and expertise online, then you
should take a serious look into
being part of this.

You can get training on how to
become an expert in your field
-- for no cost -- from me and
other high-level founders --
just for getting involved.
(You should check out the new
Code of Ethics we've defined for
our industry!)

Watch Brendon Burchard, one of
the founders of the association,
explain it all here:

Turn Your Ideas into Cash

For assistance in getting started with inventions, such as finding legitimate product agents and useful information, go to:

Get a second opinion through the forums (see if your idea has merit) and mentoring along with evaluations of product at:


The trend of home-based customer service agents, aka “homeshoring,” continues to grow, even as the economy stagnates and unemployment overall remains high.

Just in the past few weeks, we’ve seen major recruiting announcements from
Arise, Convergys and Alpine Access, involving thousands of openings.

We expect homeshoring to continue to expand as Fortune 500s increasingly see the advantages of having home-based US agents take care of US customers

Run out of a dry mop cloth?  Use dryer sheets attached to a sponge mop.

The Nanny State Updates…

Few governments violently assault a majority of its citizens simultaneously; instead, high-profile ‘examples’ are made of selected citizens or groups.  After watching a neighbor be destroyed, few are willing to stand up to government authority.

Damn This Recession! The rise of the unemployees
When she was laid off from her position as a financial analyst in July 2008, Westminster, Colorado's Kelly Wiedemer expected the path back to her well-worn career track would be quick and easy. Now she's emerged as something of a full-time champion of the long-termed unemployed. This work includes reporting on unemployed issues and organizing a petition against the job site that has more than 88,000 signatures. As Senior Editor Tim Cavanaugh observes, only in a leisure-hating country like this one could unemployment become as stressful and exhausting as a full-time job.

A new Gallup Poll says only 25% of Americans DO NOT favor sacrificing their civil rights and privacy for security – down from 47% two years ago.

Why Americans are fed up with government waste…the Parting thought

Most know our government wastes a lot of money.  There is way too much overlap and duplication. For example, there are almost 350 economic development programs within the government and many of them essentially do the same things for the same groups of people.

Other examples... The U.S. government has 15 different agencies overseeing food-safety laws, more than 20 separate programs to help the homeless, and we could go on and on if we included all of the state programs involved.

Department of Transportation employees take a 17-day global junket to study billboards in other countries. A ski museum receives a federal grant to create an exhibit telling the story of skiing from the Stone Age!

Medicare wastes MORE money than any other federal program... Paying as much as EIGHT times more money for drugs and medical supplies than other government agencies pay for the same items. It's reported that Medicare paid $8.26 for a liter of saline solution, the same solution that the VA paid just $1.02 for!

All of this reminds me of the $400 toilet seats and hammers the Pentagon paid for with your money or how government employees splurge on pizza, gambling and hookers using government issued Visa cards and virtually no one had to repay them! 

Do you still wonder why so many are fed up with our incompetent and corrupt government?

Three Reasons the Next Recession will be different…

Skyrocketing oil prices from instability in the Middle East cut into consumer spending, the prolonged debt ceiling debate chipped away at business confidence and the European debt crisis continues to enrage the stock market.

There are many obvious moves Washington could take to foster job creation including working on our aging infrastructure and by cutting the maddening slow and expensive spate of red tape businesses face.

That said, another recession wouldn't be a walk in the park for U.S. businesses or consumers since the country would experience a worsening of an economy that is still trying to recover from the first downturn. Any new job cuts, mortgage delinquencies and revenue loss — however mild — would effectively be piled on top of previous losses, making it feel that much more severe…obviously, economists seem to feel the odds of another recession are high.  Read more at:

It’s always amazed me the federal and state legislators cannot see the obvious in the barriers they’ve created to job creation, our idiotic tax system and massive bureaucracy would top my list for reform.

That’s it for this issue from your solution-oriented Poor Man!

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