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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Buy Local for Holidays, Feed 6 for $35, Legal Carry Guide

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.      Feed a family of six for $35 a week

2.      Stick to your guns – how to legally carry firearms

3.      Where to find freebies

4.      Birth of a New Holiday Tradition

5.      Turn a Swimming Pool into a Greenhouse

Everybody wants to save the earth.  Nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes. --PJ O’Rourke

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition - thanks Mike for sharing this!

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

More bird for the buck - avoid buying a turkey if you seen the word ‘enhanced’ on the label.  This means it’s been injected with broth and flavoring and account for 33% of the weight.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Feeding a family on a tight budget is difficult, but it isn't impossible. Much of your local grocery store fare -- the processed, prepackaged foods -- may have an appealing price tag but actually offers mostly empty calories and very little nutritional value. With some careful planning and a change of your shopping habits, you can feed your family of six healthy, delicious and satisfying meals on a budget of as little as $35 per week.…keep reading…

Stick to Your Guns: How to Legally Carry Firearms (Almost) Anywhere, Anytime. As a  subscriber, it's yours free of charge. Simply click here to download it.

Stick to Your Guns will give you an overview of how U.S. gun rights and restrictions developed over the years and laid the groundwork for today's gun laws. If you're a gun owner--or if you ever plan to own a firearm--this free report reveals essential information, including:

General requirements common to most states for concealed carry permits

Four different types of concealed carry permits - and which type your state falls under

Concealed carry regulations for your car or RV

States with reciprocal gun permits

10 things that automatically disqualify a citizen from carrying a gun legally

A concealed carry permit that's legal in all 50 states? The latest update.

You can download Stick to Your Guns instantly by clicking here -  From our friends at Off-the-Grid News.

Where to find freebies

The Web is overflowing with free offers, but it’s time-consuming to weed through the scams and spam to discover truly great deals. So, we've done some of the work for you! There are no catches and no hidden fees, and you’ll stop wasting money on products you could have gotten for free.

Turning a Swimming Pool into a Greenhouse and more

Marjory Wildcraft at the Permaculture Institute

Arina Pittman was kind enough to show us around, which included showing us their re-purposed swimming pool which is used as both a green house and a milking parlor for their goats. We thought you would be as impressed with it as we were, so the film-team and I shot a short video.

Permaculture is an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor. It teaches us how build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities and much more.

To save money on meals, replace beef with rice.  Replace ¼ of the recipe with the same amount of brown rice…could save $300 a year with this tip.

The Nanny State Updates…

Google fights online censorship with new government requests tool

Like other technology and communications companies, Google regularly receives requests from government agencies and courts around the world to remove content from our services and hand over user data. Our Government Requests tool discloses the number of requests we receive from each government in six-month reporting periods with certain limitations.

We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests.

The number of content removal requests we received increased by 70% compared to the previous reporting period.

The number of user data requests we received increased by 29% compared to the previous reporting period

Save holiday feast cash by serving boxed wine vs. bottled.  It tastes as good and lasts longer according to experts and can save 50%.

The Parting Thought – The Sad truth in America

Most of us have come to know America as big government regulation, taxes that are way too high and a relationship between big banks and Washington too cozy for our liking.

In September, Americans accustomed to dismal economic news absorbed another rude blow, with reports that a record 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty, and that the poverty rate had jumped in recent years. But the actual rate may in fact be even higher than that--while the recent spike may be less severe than thought, a new study is expected to show.

One study found that more than half of the families who started in the lowest income bracket in 1996 had moved to a higher one by 2005. At the other end of the spectrum, more than 57% of families fell out of the top 1%. [“Income Inequality Rose Most Under President Bill Clinton,” Investor’s Business Daily, November 3, 2011.]

According to the New York Times, experts expect the new measure to show that the share of Americans living in poverty is actually slightly higher than the 15.1 percent--already very high by historical standards--the Census researchers reported in September.

The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America's unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits.

Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent.

Is it any wonder so many have joined the protest against Wall Street and Bankers?  Fewer young people today have any real skills, and college is an expensive joke.

They (the Occupy Wall Street youth) were raised by government. From the ages of 6-18, they were tended to by the state in a system they were forced to join.

This is a point made first in an incredible book published in 1974, edited by William Rickenbacker. It is called The Twelve-Year Sentence. It is one of the greatest titles in the history of publishing.

The core truth that this book tells: The government has centrally planned your child's life and has forced both you and your child into the system. But, said the writers, the system is a racket and a cheat. It doesn't prepare them for a life of liberty and productivity. It prepares them to be debt slaves, dependents, bureaucrats and wartime fodder.

Yours for “for better living”, the Poor Man

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1 comment:

MinimalistGroup said...

Outstanding as usual...terrific resources and holiday idea.