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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Secure Your Food Supply, Beat Surveillance Cameras, Dwelling Gawker

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.        Importance of securing food supply

2.       Uses for dehydrated potatoes

3.       More on beating surveillance cameras

4.       DwellingGawker- DIY site for the home

5.       American Police State Updates

The happiness and prosperity of our citizens
is the only legitimate object of government."
-- Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father

Nearly one-third of middle class suffer downward mobility

If you’ve not considered urban farming for food, barter and income, it’s time…

Nearly one third of Americans who were raised in the middle class dropped down the economic ladder as adults -- and that's before the Great Recession hit.

"Being raised in the middle class is not a guarantee that you'll have that same status as an adult," said Erin Currier, project manager at Pew's Economic Mobility Project. "With all the economic turmoil in the past four years, there's good reason to think that downward mobility is more severe."

Pew looked at children born in the early- to mid-1960s and assessed their economic status roughly 40 years later. (Click on the link at the end to read more).

As our readers already know, I’ve been “swinging the bat” on behalf of the middle class, or what I’ve re-termed, “the Whittled Class,” for years…yet, most of us will continue voting the same parties into office.  How smart is that?

The Poor Man has also written that one of the best investments a family can make lies in urban farming.  During the Great Depression farm families and those with large gardens managed to survive.  They may not have had much cash, but they ate and don’t forget, the average family then had little or no debt.

According to Seth Van Brocklin, in his recently released manual, Real Assets Mega-Guide: Wealth Protection for Turbulent Times

   "Agriculture investments can provide inflation-proof, recession-proof (and possibly even depression-proof) returns on your money for years to come."

Even with bumper crops of corn and soybeans in recent years, increased demand from China and India – each with over a billion mouths to feed – has made it difficult for American farmers to keep up. According to the USDA Crop Report, 2009 was an all-time record corn harvest of 13.1 billion bushels, and 2010 wasn't far behind at 12.4 billion bushels.

"As the dollar declines and food supplies become more strained, expect relative food costs in the U.S. to jump."

A good part of your urban survival should lie in storing food and seed stock.  Now that winter is here, it’s a good time to read up on small scale gardening and farming.  Our website provides a variety of resources you can put to use.  Go to:

Meet the British town that plans to become completely self-sufficient in food by the year 2018 (that's right, they're going to grow 100% of their own food).

The farm-to-fork mentality is less a trend and more a lifestyle. Sites like, which locates local chicken farmers, and, a conduit for beef, chicken and cheese lovers looking for farmers in their area, are bringing a digital edge to agriculture.

For more on the sinking plight of the middle class, go here:

If an electric plug fits too tight and is difficult to pull out, rub its prongs with a soft lead pencil.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

New, Free Classified Ad Site Launched

10 new business ideas that will provide entrepreneurs with plenty of inspiration in 2012. Spotted from countries all around the world, these businesses offer a taste of what’s to come in the year ahead.  Our favorite is the All-in-One Urban Garden Kit…great idea!

Sheriff Richard Mack has been traveling the nation teaching country sheriffs that they are the most important and powerful elected officials in the nation. Sheriffs have the power to keep federal government agents at bay and protect the rights of citizens in their county. Too many sheriffs fail to understand their Constitutional duties.

So, on January 30th and 31, 2012, Sheriff Mack and his organization, the Constitutional Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), will host the Constitutional Sheriffs Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click on this link for all the details.

Facial Recognition: Beating Surveillance Cameras

A New York web designer started a project called CV Dazzle when he was getting his master's degree at New York University in 2010. His objective: to show people how to hide in plain sight.

Big Brother is watching you, though probably not in the ways most of us would imagine.

Sure, the cameras at banks or airport checkpoints may be on the lookout for robbers or would-be terrorists, using facial recognition technology to match pictures to existing ones. But private enterprise is busy as well.

If you tag a picture of yourself on Facebook or Google's Picasa, that image can be used to identify you in other pictures.  Read more on how to beat the camera here:

Multiple Uses for Dehydrated Potatoes

The United States Potato Board estimates that 10% of the U.S. potato crop is used in dehydration processes, with half of that number turned into potato flakes ...

According to USA Emergency Supply, improved food dehydration methods make it possible to have dehydrated vegetables containing a mere 2 to 3 percent moisture. This gives them a crispy texture and makes them extremely light weight. The volume for some dehydrated vegetables is reduced up to three and one-half times, so they really save space. There is no waste with dehydrated vegetables; only edible pieces of vegetables are prepared and dehydrated.

For fried foods, the use of dehydrated potatoes can provide for a crispy texture sometimes associated with other breading materials.

Reydrate with Bouillon or Juice

Add a burst of flavor as you rehydrate vegetables by using bouillon or vegetable juice instead of water. recommends using these liquids just as you would use water, either cold or hot. If it is necessary to soak the vegetables for more than two hours, move them to the refrigerator.

Soup Thickener or Gravy

Formally a fan of flour or corn starch, I have started trying a dab of instant potato in my thicker cream soups and white gravies. My favorite use is, not surprisingly, potato soup. You can also make a mean corn chowder or white chili with just the right thickness that only instant potatoes can provide. Experiment with different amounts to get just the right effect.

Potato Bread

Delicious and full of carbs, a good potato bread is priceless. Make it yourself and be the envy of all your friends. It’s not too difficult, and you can throw in some of those instant potatoes for good measure. Blitz them in the food processor, rehydrate them and use in potato bread. I love the silky quality potatoes give to bread dough. The bread also keeps fresher longer.  Try this recipe if it’s your first time.

Meatloaves and Meatballs

I have always loved preparing little meatloaves, and traditionally they are made with bread crumbs, rice, or oatmeal. Have you ever tried instant potatoes, instead? It makes meatloaf with a very consistent texture that is great for fancier variations. Simply substitute the potatoes cup for cup, and prepare as usual.

Interesting DIY site for the Home

Like foodgawker and craftgawker which feature food and crafts this gawker focuses on the home. Here you’ll find amazing homes, design, and projects that you can DIY for yourself to put in your own home.  With a little ingenuity and a trip to the hardware store you can make just about anything yourself to fill a need around the home.

At Last!  The Poor Man has a protest T-Shirt for you…Get your own “We don’t need another election - We need another revolution” shirt and show your disgust with politicians.  Only $12.95 PPD. Limited time offer.  Available at my eBay site:

Faded Carpets can be restored by hand painting using fabric dyes.

The Nanny State Updates…

Conflict between rich, poor strongest in 24 years

Yet, we keep re-electing the same foxes to guard the henhouse.  How smart is that?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions between the rich and poor are increasing and at their most intense level in nearly a quarter-century, a new survey shows. Americans now see more social conflict over wealth inequality than over the hot-button topics of immigration, race relations and age.

Not once have I heard any politician volunteer to give up any portion of their pay or gold plated perks – have you?

Shortage of Doctors to be made worse by Obamacare
40 percent of all doctors in the United States are 55 years of age or older. Large numbers of them are getting ready to retire.

Even before Obamacare was passed, we were already facing a massive shortage of doctors in the coming years. The American Association of Medical Colleges has projected that we will experience a shortage of more than 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years.

 The passage of Obamacare is going to make this crisis even worse. A whole host of surveys have shown that a massive number of doctors in America are headed for the exits because of the new health care law....

Apply mineral oil over your shower doors and tile surface. That delays the mineral build-up in future use.

The Parting Thought – America as a Police State - Updates

Most Americans are too stupid or complacent to care…Corporate-owned “Lamestreet” media won’t report this.

As 2012 began, over 40,000 new laws went into effect all over America. Some of these new laws are good, but most of them are about restricting the liberties and freedoms of individual Americans.

In America today, the politicians have convinced most of us that in order to keep us all "safe" we must give up many of our rights and move toward becoming a totalitarian police state. In the "new America", you don't get any rights. They tell us that giving people rights is too dangerous. Instead, you get some limited "privileges" which can be revoked at any time by the authorities. Sadly, most Americans have become so dumbed-down that they don't even realize what is happening.

How many Americans do you think have actually read the Constitution?

It has recently been revealed that the Department of Homeland Security plans to monitor social media outlets on the Internet. If you use the wrong "keywords" or if you are a key "influencer" on the Internet, there is no doubt that someone from the federal government will be keeping tabs on you.

The following comes from a recent RT article....

Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

There is a new bill before Congress that would even give the federal government the power to instantly strip individuals of citizenship if they are suspected of being “hostile” to the United States.

It is known as the Enemy Expatriation Act, and you can read this new bill for yourself right here.

According to the bill, you can be stripped of your U.S. citizenship for “engaging in, or purposefully and materially supporting, hostilities against the United States.”

NOTE:  Many will grumble and voice their concerns over the squeeze politicians are putting on our Bill of Rights, but eventually, we’ll all go onto something else.  Those who violate our rights know this and just laugh, knowing the sheeple will bow down.
Source:  Condensed from blogger You’d never find this in the lamestream news!  Finally, check this video from the National Inflation Assoc.

Empty Store Shelves Coming to America

Hyper inflation-National Inflation Association provides these warnings

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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MinimalistGroup said...

Get me one of those T=Shirts now! Why do our elected reps seem hell bound on passing laws which infringe on our rights?

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