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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Task Rabbit-Putting you to work; The Forever Recession & Coming Revolution

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Community supported agriculture resources

2.      Buy bulk products online to save

3.      TaskRabbit-Make extra cash

4.      Freedom is about taking risks

5.      Prepping for the worst case scenario

"You need to know that a member of Congress who refuses to allow the minimum wage to come up for a vote made more money during last year's one-month government shutdown than a minimum wage worker makes in an entire year."
William Jefferson Clinton

According to an ABC news report…Americans pay the highest premiums in the world!

The cost of a health insurance policy for the average American family rose by a whopping 9 percent last year. According to a report put out by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, the average family health insurance policy now costs over $15,000 a year.

How in the world can most families afford that? Yes, in many cases employers are paying for at least a portion of that, but still that seems absolutely outrageous.

The median yearly wage in the United States is just $26,261, but the average American household is carrying $75,600 in debt.

Last year, 2.6 million more Americans dropped into poverty. That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

The housing crisis continues to worsen.  In Detroit alone there are more than 33,000 homes which have been abandoned outright.

As I indicted in the previous issue, more adult children are returning home to live with their parents.  Perhaps communes will make a comeback in this country?!

According to a Yahoo News article, minimum wage jobs generate only about $22,000 annually, the poverty level.  After taxes and household expenses, not to mention any extras such as auto repairs or medical emergencies, there’s nothing left for these families.

One thing that keeps many families going is their religion but even that is under assault in this country.  During a Congressional hearing earlier this year, U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee warned that "Christian militants" might try to "bring down the country" and that such groups need to be investigated.

 According to a shocking FBI document obtained by Oath Keepers, the FBI definition of "suspicious activity" now includes making "extreme religious statements" and believing in "radical theology".

Is it any wonder why so many Americans are giving up hope?  Do you think there is justification to be worried about the future?  What would you do if you were the President?

Your bug-out kit should also include area maps…your smart phone may not operate in the event of emergencies.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources  

Great idea for earning extra money - as seen on ABC news…

TaskRabbit gets you in touch with friendly, reliable people who can help you get just about anything you need done, and put some free time back into your life.

Currently Tasking in Boston, SF Bay Area, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County… more coming soon!

Related Story:  "Job creation is a false idol. The future is about gigs and assets and art and an ever-shifting series of partnerships and projects. It will change the fabric of our society along the way. No one is demanding that we like the change, but the sooner we see it and set out to become an irreplaceable linchpin, the faster the pain will fade, as we get down to the work that needs to be (and now can be) done." --Seth Godin

The forever recession (and the coming revolution)

 Community Supported Agriculture

Look for a nearby CSA that works with a number of family farms. This way you have a variety of products from which to choose. For instance, Abundant Harvest Organics' basic box contains seasonal fruit and vegetables. However, you can select "add-ons" such as organic almonds, grass-fed beef, open-range chicken and eggs, gourmet cheese, honey, and more.

To find a local CSA, search online. Use the term CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture/Fishery/Dairy/etc. And include the name of your town. Or, you can look over these related web portals.

 Buy Products in Bulk Online

Buy a case of the same product and save.  If you find it cheaper elsewhere, this firm will pay the price difference and give you an extra 5 percent.

Southface is a nonprofit organization that for more than 30 years has promoted energy-, water- and resource-efficient workplaces, homes and communities throughout the Southeast - site with articles and resources for environmental living.

5-in-1 Portable Power Dome

Interesting device I ran across in a catalog (I might just order this)…compact rechargeable battery providing emergency AC and DC power, auto jump starter, 260psi air compressor, and a built in utility light.  Provides 400 watts of power.  Priced at $150 plus shipping from or 800-499-6757

Prepping for the Worst Case Scenario
What would you and your family do if the economy were to completely collapse? The idea of total economic collapse is very frightening. However, if you are prepared for it, you should be able to survive for years. So how do you make sure you are prepared for the worst case scenario?

Don’t Rely On Other People

If the economy collapses, you cannot rely on the government or anyone else to help you out. In that situation, you will only have yourself and your family to fall back on. Other people will be focused on their own survival. Hence you will have to make sure that you and your loved ones have the skills needed to survive. You will also have to make certain preparations. Suggested Reading:

The book is based on his first-hand experience of the 2001 economic collapse in Argentina - available on

Save the Dream – Slay the Dragon

All of us will be affected by the fiscal crisis our country faces, especially our young people.  Heritage.Org has a new, free download which encourages students learn about the problems with its Slay the Beast:  How you can save us from our massive debt.

When assembling a bug out kit, include a 3-day supply of non-perishable items for the whole family such as non-refrigerated cheese and crackers, high calorie nutrition drinks, pop-topped canned items and pet food.

The Nanny State Updates…

Anthony Bologna, a New York City police officer who was accused of pepper-spraying women during the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations last week, is still involved in pending legal action for his role in the 2004 demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Eighteen hundred protesters were arrested for protests during the 2004 convention. One of the protesters accused Bologna of false arrest and civil-rights violations, and filed suit against him; the case is expected to be heard next year. After the pepper-spray incident, the hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility for releasing Bologna’s name to the public, saying, "You know who the innocent women were; now they will have the chance to know who you are. Before you commit atrocities against innocent people, think twice. WE ARE WATCHING!!! Expect Us!"

Artistic License
Mark Chase got a federal court order allowing him to paint on Ocean City, Maryland's boardwalk without a license. That didn't impress Baltimore police, who arrested him for painting at the Inner Harbor without a permit. When Chase complained that the permit requirements violated his constitutional rights, and officer told him "Your constitutional rights have nothing to do with the law."

Barack Obama continues to run around the country talking about "infrastructure jobs", but according to ABC News, thousands upon thousands of those jobs are actually going to Chinese workers....

In New York there is a $400 million renovation project on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge.

In California, there is a $7.2 billion project to rebuild the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland.

In Alaska, there is a proposal for a $190 million bridge project.

These projects sound like steps in the right direction, but much of the work is going to Chinese government-owned firms.

Emergency radios, either windup or battery powered are good items to have.  The Red Cross offers a Microlink FR 160 emergency radio (about $35) at: – they also offer Emergency First Aid kits for about $15

The Parting Thought – Freedom is about taking risks

 Since the 1960s, it has become a given not only that the government should be more involved in areas like health care and poverty, but that these problems remain intractable because the government has not gotten more involved.

A competitive party system ensures the legitimacy of opposition to government, promotes public debate about policy options, and gets citizens involved in the public sphere. The two-party system never does these things perfectly, but it does them well enough. Without it our system would collapse overnight, leaving gridlock and hyperpluralism--or so most political scientists think.

In his 1973 “Libertarian Manifesto,” the late Murray Rothbard argued that the biggest obstacle in the road out of serfdom was “status quo bias.”

It’s always been my contention that government is too involved in every aspect of our lives along with having its greedy hand in our collective pockets.  In many respects, voting Republican or Democratic has proven itself dangerous to the American citizen.

Neither party has proven itself good stewards of the public trust or treasury, especially in the last 30-years where greed and public corruption among government officials and elected leaders seems rampant.

Yet, most Americans seem satisfied with maintaining the status quo, constantly re-electing the same people to office, despite its poor results.  Third parties rarely succeed in this country.  Various explanations from political scientists are offered, but I feel the most logical explanation is that few Americans are educated enough to understand how our two-party system works to exclude third parties and the party in power manages to influence popular media (a manner of brainwashing the electorate).

With the government insisting on inserting itself into the business world more and more, there will be more financial flops that we, the taxpayers, will be forced finance. With government's hand ever more in our pockets, it becomes imperative that we find more and better ways to live independently .

Politicians spend more time currying favor and raising campaign funds than they do tackling the problems our country faces.  Oh, they try to put on a good face for the public, but they are deceptive.  Many of the problems we face, such as energy, and stupid tax system have plagued us for years, yet nothing meaningful is ever done.  Incompetence, or simply a matter of maintaining the status quo?

Oh what the hell, I guess we’re all happy with letting Washington destroy our way of life!

Yours in freedom, the Poor Man.

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1 comment:

MinimalistGroup said...

Yhought provoking, to say the least...