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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

5 Best Ways to Make Money, Predator Drones Spy on Americans

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.        5 Best Ways to make money, Sell stuff with a Tweet

2.       PayPal holding your funds?  State regulators want to know

3.       16 Work-at-Home Scams to Avoid

4.       Predator Drones now spying on Americans

5.       Will we ever end the Fed and become a sovereign nation again?

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.
Jay Leno

Christmas Gifts Don’t Have to Make you a Debt-Slave

Finding holiday meaning beyond the shopping mall…

Retail and credit card numbers show Americans are spending a lot, so far, this Christmas season.  You don’t have to dig yourself into more debt.  Indeed, I find the gifts I enjoy most are those which are home made.

Among the gifts we’ve received, our favorites so far have been a batches of venison sausage, delicious cookies and pastries and homemade cheeses (artichoke garlic…hmmm)!

Our family does a ‘white elephant’ gift exchange whereby we bring one or two items to the family dinner, one for women and one for men.  These are items which some call ‘re-gifting’ or items previously received but never used.  It’s always fun to see what odd items have been included.

One doesn’t always need to provide material things as a present.  Creating your own services-oriented gift certificate works well too.  Gift certificates for house cleaning, babysitting, lawn care, and the like can easily spread holiday cheer.

If you are in the business of say, providing haircuts, remodeling services, tutoring, etc. consider joining Time, a group which essentially swaps services for services. As their site states, they offer “Nurturing and expanding a movement that promotes equality and builds caring community economies through inclusive exchange of time and talent.”

The group has many volunteers and is expanding throughout the USA.  For more information, visit their site at:

Enjoy this Credit Crunch Christmas video parody song…it’s fun!

NOTE:  No newsletter will be published this weekend in observance of Christmas.  Our very best wishes to all of you this holiday season!

Recycle your Christmas tree to avoid landfills (10 million last year).  Visit to find a recycling program near you.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

The 5 Best Ways to Make More Money
No matter how much you have, everyone can use a little extra money. And that's truer these days than at any time in recent history. Here are some tips to make more money and keep more of what you make.
Read more.


As social networking grows and everyone hangs out on Twitter, vendors are starting to sell things in exchange for a tweet. Books, songs, research; anything can be fair game.

In some ways, the Net has become an intercontinental flea market where it costs bupkes to set up a stall. Since stall owners can still make money (from ads) even when visitors don't buy anything, "mentions" become the coin of the realm.

For more, see Pay with a Tweet.


Forbes recently carried a comprehensive piece on work-at-home scams. Data entry, check cashing and others are well-detailed. We worked extensively with ABC's 20/20 and the FTC on the rebate processing case mentioned in the article. For the full piece, click here.

 PayPal Holding Your Funds? State Regulators Want to Know
PayPal holds are every seller's nightmare, tying up cash for 3
weeks or more. EcommerceBytes did some digging and discovered
that sellers can seek redress from state regulators if they feel
the holds are unfair. Today's story on PayPal's practice of
freezing funds is a must-read.

Apply a coating of non-stick cooking spray onto your snow shovel prior to using it and snow won’t stick to it, making the job easier.

The Nanny State Updates…

By Mike Kelsey

America’s out-of-control administrative state can best be compared to a runaway stage coach—trampling American workers and careening away with their money. This week, Congress will have an opportunity to bring much-needed oversight to America’s regulatory process by voting for the aptly named REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny), which would require any new regulations costing more than $100 million to be approved by Congress. If passed, the REINS Act will go a long way toward curbing the excesses of unaccountable bureaucrats and restoring the constitutional principle of self-government.

But don’t bureaucrats decide only the minor details of regulations? In 2010 alone, regulatory agencies issued a torrent of major new regulations costing a staggering (and likely underestimated) sum of $26.5 billion. That sticker shock has not slowed bureaucrats one bit; there are currently 144 major regulations pending that would each cost at least $100 million.

We are accustomed to Predator drones being used in the "war on terror", but now they are being used to watch American citizens. The following comes from a recent article in the Los Angeles Times....

The previously unreported use of its drones to assist local, state and federal law enforcement has occurred without any public acknowledgment or debate.

Congress first authorized Customs and Border Protection to buy unarmed Predators in 2005. Officials in charge of the fleet cite broad authority to work with police from budget requests to Congress that cite "interior law enforcement support" as part of their mission.

In an interview, Michael C. Kostelnik, a retired Air Force general who heads the office that supervises the drones, said Predators are flown "in many areas around the country, not only for federal operators, but also for state and local law enforcement and emergency responders in times of crisis."

Find lots of tricks to make life easier, room by room at:

The Parting Thought – Will the demise of the Fed ever happen?

"It has been said that the greatest threat to our liberty is from well-meaning,
and almost imperceptible encroachments upon our personal freedom."

-- John Louis Coffey
(1922- ) Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals

The United States is a sovereign nation and it does not need to borrow money from anyone…

America once thrived under a debt-free monetary system, and we can do it again. The truth is that the United States is a sovereign nation and it does not need to borrow money from anyone. Back in the days of JFK, Federal Reserve Notes were not the only currency in circulation. Under JFK (at at various other times), a limited number of debt-free United States Notes were issued by the U.S. Treasury and spent by the U.S. government without any new debt being created.

According to Wikipedia, United States Notes were issued directly into circulation by the U.S. Treasury.

Our current debt-based monetary system also requires very high personal income taxes to pay for it.

In fact, it is no accident that the personal income tax was introduced at about the same time that the Federal Reserve scam originally came into existence.

Thomas Edison was once quoted in the New York Times as saying the following....

That is to say, under the old way any time we wish to add to the national wealth we are compelled to add to the national debt.

Now, that is what Henry Ford wants to prevent. He thinks it is stupid, and so do I, that for the loan of $30,000,000 of their own money the people of the United States should be compelled to pay $66,000,000 — that is what it amounts to, with interest. People who will not turn a shovelful of dirt nor contribute a pound of material will collect more money from the United States than will the people who supply the material and do the work. That is the terrible thing about interest. In all our great bond issues the interest is always greater than the principal. All of the great public works cost more than twice the actual cost, on that account. Under the present system of doing business we simply add 120 to 150 per cent, to the stated cost.

But here is the point: If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good makes the bill good.

Our current debt-based monetary system was devised by greedy bankers that wanted to make huge profits by creating money out of thin air and lending it to the U.S. government at interest.  The IRS was created as part of the Federal Reserve (not part of the government) to ensure collection of funds to repay the Reserve.  This was done without informing the American people and we’ve suffered ever since.

Sources:  The Economic Collapse ,, Ron Paul, Wikipedia

 Last coffin in America’s coffin…according to Sen. Ron Paul - video is right on!

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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1 comment:

MinimalistGroup said...

Happy Holidays to you and your readers. Hopefully, those Grinches in Congress will get lumps of coal in their stockings!