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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Conditioned to Obey, Hide Your Money, Urban Survival Guide

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Conditioned to obey.

2.      Crowdfunding funds home-based farming

3.      Free online checking sources

4.      How to hide money

5.      Free urban survival guide, US Misery Index Rises

The most common characteristic of all police states
is intimidation by surveillance.
Citizens know they are being watched and overheard.
Their mail is being examined. Their homes can be invaded."
-- Vance Packard

Conditioned to Obey - Or Else!

   From TSA pat downs to asset seizures to traffic cops and public schools, Americans are taught not to question authority…

 We obey without question; it becomes so habitual that, at some point, questions do not come to mind. In a St. Louis Today article, columnist Bill McClellan describes vacationing with a friend on a “small motor boat from the Georgia-Florida state line to Miami. We traveled on the Intracoastal Waterway, which is, for the most part, a series of saltwater rivers.”

In no hurry, the men cruised below the speed limit. Nevertheless, as they passed Jacksonville, “a northbound boat turned on flashing blue lights and cut over toward” them. “A young man and young woman wearing FWC (Fish and Wildlife Commission) jackets politely informed us that we had been speeding. ‘Your bow was out of the water,’ the young man said.”

The authorities did a safety check on the boat, including asking whether they had life jackets; both men were wearing jackets at the time.

Then a boat with four U.S. Customs and Border agents joined the FWC boat. A new agent asked “Do you mind if we look through your bags?”

For a moment, McClellan thought of saying “Our bow was out of the water. That hardly qualifies as probable cause.”

 He decided to say nothing, however, because...

were [I] to assert my rights as a citizen, I would be raising red flags. The agents would assume I had something to hide. Maybe we'd be asked to pull ashore until they got a drug-sniffing dog.… So I stood there, feeling uncomfortable about my decision to say nothing, as the agent went through my bag. He looked inside my camera kit. He looked in the pockets of my bag. He was meticulous. He was looking, I suppose, for a joint or a small container of pot.

When McClellan and his friend discussed the incident later, his friend said “he had felt no hesitation when the agent had asked about searching our bags. He suggested that his attitude probably reflected the fact that he travels a bit and is accustomed to authorities pawing through his things.” And so, the friend had learned to obey without question. He played his role as a “good” member of prison-yard America. As a reward, he did not get strip-searched or sniffed by police dogs.

Welcome to “1984” America – your papers please!

When drying fresh herbs, wrap them in cheesecloth to prevent seeds and smaller pieces from falling through.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources


Farming is one of the most ancient home-based businesses, and crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter – where, as we’ve reported before, people with creative ideas get funding from the public – support the tradition. Micro-farms (aka “hobby farms”) can make excellent home-based enterprises, and Andrea Davis is a good example, with Broken Shovels Farm and Creamery.

Andrea, who coaxes tantalizing cheeses and yogurts from her goats, needed $3,500 to move her operation to Denver, Colo., and partner with fellow farmer
Jill Sobel of Fetchin Farms. (You can see Andrea kissing one of her beautiful goats here.)

In her pitch for funding, Andrea said, “I would like to put my years of cheesemaking apprenticeship to good use by providing food for my friends, family and community. Incredible cheese and milk you can feel good about eating, from well-loved animals sharing a happy life with the people around them.”

Her story apparently resonated with the public. She received more money than she asked for – $3,752 as of this morning.


America and other economies need many more organic food options, even as the big factory-farm corporations try to dilute the definition of “organic.” Small farms can offer one solution. To survive on an un-level playing field, many depend on young interns – known as Woofers – who work for free to get the experience.

If you’ve ever dreamt of starting or working on a small organic farm – or wondered where you could send your text-happy teen to do something useful with his or her hands – be sure to read this article on Woofers in
High Country News.

List of Free Online Checking Accounts

Online checking accounts offer a convenient and often rewarding way to bank. For those that pay interest, online banks can generally beat traditional financial institutions with higher rates because of lower costs. Online banks don’t need to maintain an expensive network of branches, and they can pass that savings on to consumers in the form of higher interest rates or other rewards.  Read more at:

PayPal Sheds More Light on 1099-K Tax Reporting

PayPal, like other payment services, has begun collecting
Taxpayer ID numbers from users to comply with new federal
regulation. Though it would not reveal what the trigger was for
collecting TINs, PayPal told EcommerceBytes under exactly which
circumstances it would submit 1099-K forms to the IRS.

How to Hide Money

I learned how to hide money when I was young, in part because we had a busy house with lots of people coming and going. I had some money buried. I also had some inside a wall in a closet. It was accessed by way of a false panel that filled the space above the closet door and was painted to look just like the other walls. My parents may not have liked the fact that I cut a big hole in the wall, but nobody ever knew. The video here has some more ideas for how to hide money...

Urban Survival Guide

A lot of people believe they can't make changes to move toward a more self-sufficient life when they live in an urban area, but that's simply not true. There are plenty of ways to become more self-sufficient, no matter where you live.

Every emergency situation requires different skills to cope with the crisis. Being prepared is essential to your survival. The following is the most basic urban survival skills that every urban survivalist should know, and practice in order to be prepared for survival.

Make a mini-greenhouse for your window box by bending three or four lengths of coat hangers into U’s and place the ends into the soil.  Punch small holes in a dry-cleaning bag and wrap it around the box prior to placing it in the window.

The Nanny State Updates…

Nearly all large U.S. cities are either flat broke or they are on the way to being flat broke.  A new reality for many major cities…Here’s one example.

The Detroit News wrote about this crisis....

The war to keep the lights on in Detroit is a serious one. Thieves, antiquated equipment and a lack of funding have made it impossible for city officials to catch up to the problem.

City officials estimate 15-20 percent of the 88,000 lights in the Motor City are not working, and they acknowledge that figure could be as high as 50 percent in some neighborhoods.

But it is not just Detroit that is having a major problem. Over in Highland Park, Michigan the majority of the street lights have been repossessed because the city was not keeping up with the electricity bill.

Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.

A recent Gallup poll found that approximately one out of every five Americans that currently have a job consider themselves to be underemployed.

In addition, according to author Paul Osterman about 20 percent of all U.S. adults are currently working jobs that pay poverty-level wages.

When you try as hard as you can and you still can't pay the bills, it is easy to end up hating life.

What some Americans are going through is absolutely heart breaking. Just consider the following story from a recent article on Fox News....

Damian Birkel, of Winston-Salem N.C., found himself in similar circumstances. He was a marketing manager at Sarah Lee in the early 1990s when he was downsized. Since then, he has been laid off from three other jobs, including one at a recruiting firm.

“I felt like I had ‘loser’ tattooed to my forehead, and ‘will work for food’ tattooed to my chest,” he says.

Pack a can of cooking spray in your tackle box.  Spray it on your fishing line and it will cast out easier and farther.

The Parting Thought – What’s your level of misery?

U.S. "misery index” rises to highest since 1983

- An unofficial gauge of human misery in the United States rose last month to a 28-year high as Americans struggled with rising inflation and high unemployment.

The misery index -- which is simply the sum of the country's inflation and unemployment rates -- rose to 13.0, pushed up by higher price data the government reported on Wednesday.

The data underscores the extent that Americans continue to suffer even two years after a deep recession ended, with a weak economic recovery imperiling President Barack Obama's hopes of winning reelection next year.

Inez Stallworth, an underwriting assistant for a financial services company, recently gave up her car, in part because of rising costs for gasoline and groceries.

"I can't fit it in," said the 27-year-old Chicago resident, who said most of her extended family was getting by "paycheck-to-paycheck."

Consumer prices rose 3.9 percent in the 12 months through September, the fastest pace in three years.

Fortunately for those now paying attention, the collapse of a monetary system doesn’t happen in a flash. It is a progression, like the spiral of water down a drain. Thus, while no one can predict exactly when the downward spiral will accelerate out of control, there is still time to prepare.

Is it any wonder that confidence surveys are so depressed? And it’s not just the University of Michigan or the Conference Board measures, either. A just-released WSJ/NBC News poll found that more than 70% of the nation believes the US is “on the wrong track” (74% to be exact, versus 17% who think otherwise). In October 2008, at the height of the crisis, that number was 78%.

How’s your confidence level with our politicians?

Yours for freedom, the Poor Man.

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1 comment:

MinimalistGroup said...

Wish we had money to hide! Keep up the informative work...