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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Folly of Voting, Self Reliance Expo, $5 Electric Bill

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

ISSN 2161-5543

A Free Press is the Guardian of a Free People

In This Issue:

1.      The folly of voting

2.      Keeping a low profile

3.      How to lower your electric bill to $5

4.      How to build a greenhouse

5.      Self Reliance Expo

The existing social order is a swindle and its cherished beliefs mostly delusions.

--George Orwell

Keeping a low Profile-You are being watched

It’s become a real challenge to keep a low profile from various government authorities.  With various agencies offering rewards for those who turn you in for “offenses” such as taxes, construction without building permits, having offshore bank accounts, doing business ‘off-the-books,’ and more, what’s a citizen to do while simply trying to be left alone?

One of the main ways to stay out of trouble with government agents is to keep a low profile, i.e., stay away from those situations wherein you call attention to yourself. After all, if they don't know about you, they can't attack you. Here are some practical methods to use to keep a low profile.

It is not necessary, nor is it desirable, to fight the bureacrats on every front. If you do that, you will just gain a reputation as a "radical" and the effectiveness of your fights will be diluted. If you are going to fight a battle with the bureaucrats, you should pick an area where you have a good chance of winning and a venue where you can get some favorable publicity. This means learning all you can about the area before you start the fight and it means making sure you are in a good position, both lawfully and legally. But mostly it means to figure out a way around the problem rather than attacking it head on.

Offshore assets. The IRS is increasingly obsessed with tracking down and taxing the income earned on assets held in offshore bank and securities accounts. As of the beginning of the year, the IRS now has 800 new employees trained specifically in international issues. Along with the Justice Department, the IRS is aggressively pursuing these accounts.

Exit the system. Quit your job, rescind your Social Security Number, cancel your drivers' license, move into the hills, and start living off the land. This is not a method that most people will select although it is a very effective method. But, remember the law of survival. By exiting the system, you will be significantly reducing the odds of passing on your genes.

Become a Permanent Tourist. You can become a temporary resident of a country and then move on to another country before you have stayed long enough to be considered a permanent resident. Most countries treat visitors much better than they treat their citizens so this can represent a significant increase in your personal freedom. The method requires some manipulation of the passport system and it does mean that you will not be able to "settle down" but it does work. If you are interested in looking into this method further, you can find more information in "The World Citizen Ideas of Garry Davis". Don't forget to come back here when you're finished.

Go Offshore. Going offshore means to keep all or part of your assets in financial organizations in a country different from your country of residence. For example, if you live in the US, Canada would be offshore for you. (Although I don't recommend that you put your assets in Canada, either.) There are advantages and disadvantages to going offshore. An advantage is that your assets are managed under the laws of the offshore country which usually give a huge advantage to offshore assets. Unless there is a tax treaty between your country and the country where your assets are, your financial affairs will not be reported to your home country

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A hand washer is a great way to get your clothes clean without electric power. Some even have a wringer to squeeze excess water from the fabric and speed up drying time.

Tip: Consider getting some clothesline and clothespins for the drying process as well.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

The Self Reliance Expo will be in Dallas, TX on February 10th and 11th 2012. For more details visit

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DrugCite is a useful database of information about the prescription and over-the-counter medication, allowing you to look up the possible side effects of specific drugs and see statistics about their reported problems.

How to build a greenhouse-Useful DIY

Save money and garden all year long by building a greenhouse.

How I brought my electricity bill down to $5

 Lifestyle blogger shares the details of her energy-efficient lifestyle.

Of course, I had to see how my energy usage compared to the average American. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 11,040 kilowatt-hours (kWh), an average of 920 kWh per month.” However

Another essential emergency tool you should consider is a treadle (pedal) sewing machine. Not only is it useful for your own needs – it could even provide a source of barter/income in a pinch.

The Nanny State Updates…

Internet and Free Speech under attack by Congress

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) would give the federal government the ability to potentially shut down millions of websites.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, is alarmed that SOPA would give the U.S. government the power to censor search results without even having to go through a court trial....

"Imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the U.S. government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial)"

The government should not take our property away without a fair trial.

But now SOPA would allow the U.S. government to hit Internet websites with a "death penalty" without even having to go to court.

Many believe that the language of the new law is so vague that it would allow the government to permanently shut down any website that even links very briefly to "infringing material". Prominent websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube would be constantly in danger of being given a "death penalty". The American people need to ask their members of Congress this question: Do you plan to vote for SOPA (The Stop Online Piracy Act)? If the answer is yes, that is a clear indication that you should never cast a single vote for that member of Congress ever again.

Canned goods were invented in the 1880s. The whole process of canning in bottles dates back to the great work of French confectioner and Chef Nicolas Appert, who perfected the process in 1810.

The Parting Thought – the folly of voting

"On 'Lost Freedoms in America‘...

"Like in Star Wars when Queen Amadaula says, 'So, that's how freedom is lost...with cheers and applause.'

Start a Peaceful Revolution - Don’t Vote (for democrat or republican)

Most Americans are scratching and clawing and doing whatever they can to make a living these days…but they’ll continue to re-elect the same wolves.

I’ve repeated this mantra for nearly every national election.  No one ever listens.  For some reason, the masses still think a vote for the lesser of two evils (which it usually winds up being) will somehow change things in America for the better.

It hasn’t and it won’t.

About 85% of elected politicians get reelected.  This means the same foxes are guarding the henhouse and nothing ever changes. Voting for either party during the past 30 years or so, has proven itself dangerous to the country and particularly, to the middle class.

Most political campaigns don’t offer any real solutions, just mudslinging.  Not one elected politician seems to have solved any of the problems we face such as our insane income tax system, ending the Fed, ending government growth, illegal immigration, fostering a better job creation environment, ridding our country of excessive bureaucratic red tape, etc.

I fear Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." That's what's happened. Bush and Obama doubled spending and increased regulation. Government's intrusiveness is always more, never less. The state grows, and freedom declines."

Despite the promises made by politicians, is our country any better off?  Is your family any better off? Do we have more freedom or less today?

The decline of the middle class is not something that has happened all of a sudden. Rather, there has been a relentless grinding down of the middle class over the last several decades. Millions of our jobs have been shipped overseas, the rate of inflation has far outpaced the rate that our wages have grown. 

Today, only 55.3 percent of all Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 have jobs.

Since the year 2000, the United States has lost 10% of its middle class jobs.

If you think the status quo of either party has been good for the country, then go out and vote.  If, on the other hand, you feel neither party has led this country on a socially viable path, don’t vote.  If enough people didn’t vote, or at the very least, dropped their membership from the two parties, perhaps they might actually wake up to the national dissatisfaction most of us now feel.

Do we need another year of mud-slinging, no solution political campaigns? Instead of inspired leadership, we’ve been lead on a path of destruction.  I say what we really need is another revolution.  Our suggestion has always been, do what you can to become less dependent on the system!

 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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MinimalistGroup said...

You are so right on target. Congress is nothing more than a bunch of pirates, stealing from us indentured servants.

Anonymous said...

All of what you say is true my friend ,the exception is Dr Ron Paul, the only chance you or I will have in our lifetime to vote for a true Thomas Jefferson , or George Washington... God Bless you