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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Get paid to try new products, Free Inventory system, US Spying on you

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       3 Privacy Secrets Banks Don’t Want you to know

2.      American Livestock Breed Conservancy

3.      Free Criminal & Background Checks, Access your personal info

4.      Free household inventory system, Kids eat free, Gardening resource

5.      Spying on US Citizens-your rights slip sliding away

"If you look at the drug war from a purely economic point of view, the role of
the government is to protect the drug cartel. That's literally true."
-- Milton Friedman

Getting Paid to Try New Products

Those who read our bulletin regularly know I enjoy cooking and have recently been practicing my baking skills (I’m not the normal guy as I disdain televised sports and would rather be fussing in the kitchen).  Fussing in the kitchen helps me to relieve stress.

I enjoy testing new recipes and as most cooks know, recipes are primarily a guide allowing you to experiment and to mix or match ingredients.  What if you could earn rewards for your kitchen escapades?  Here are a couple of resources I recently signed up for that may interest you.

For food products, sign up for Mills Advisory Panel (Bisquik, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, etc.).  Compensation varies from free products, coupons and redeemable points.

For Household Products, volunteer to be a tester at and and get invited to try a variety products ranging from laundry detergent, baking ingredients and more.  Earn points which can be used toward gift cards from popular stores.

Find more test panel opportunities by visiting the websites for products you love, then do a search for ‘test panel,’ or try a Google search.

Find recipe ideas and quality extracts (and more) here:

Get rid of pesky squirrels – Mix cayenne pepper & 1 tbsp. of liquid dish soap in 1 qt. of water and sprinkle around the problem areas.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a non-profit membership group working to protect more than 180 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction.  Its mission is to ensure the future of agriculture through genetic conservation.  Membership is $35 annually.  Learn more at:

3 Privacy Secrets Banks Don't Want You To Know
The default setting in so much of our lives is to expose everything possible and protect privacy second. Learn some ways to prevent banks and lenders from getting more information than you want. And just how much information they can get and where they get it from.

Other Resources of Interest

Free Background checks, pre-employment screening

Access Your Personal Information

See what information about you is maintained in our files - Order copies of the information that we maintain and use to create consumer reports about you. Also included will be a Public Records Search, which provides information available about you in public records. This includes items such as real estate transaction and ownership data, lien, judgment, and bankruptcy records, professional license information, and historical addresses on file.

Free Criminal Search

Criminal Pages is a free online Criminal Check service. Thousands of people have already taken advantage of our accurate and timely background information services, and now you can, too. Under the Freedom of Information Act, you now have been granted the legal right to access County, State, and Federal Criminal and Arrest information both locally and across the United States.

What You Own, a site that offers free software that will help you inventory what you own. There are a lot of practical reasons to create an inventory of what you own. What if your house burned down? What if you were robbed? What if you’re moving and need a better way to know what you have, so that you can pare down or store correctly? What if you need to do an inventory so you can insure your household goods?

Container Gardening Tips
Are animals eating your container garden? These inexpensive ideas will help keep the critters out!
Lists deals by city. You can search by day of the week or pinpoint a location on the map.

Use leftover water from your bath and from vegetable cooking to water your indoor or outdoor plants

The Nanny State Updates…

For the last 10 to 20 years, I've been sickened by the way the government has wastefully spent money it does not have. And I’m disgusted by the ever-increasing powers of government that have continually taken away our (my) individual freedoms, not to mention the massive burdens it has placed on the private sector. -Nick, Teacher from PA

Melt Down on Main Street Video…a fond look at what America was!

Amazing what the cost of living was in the 1950s & how our standard of living has decayed.  Compelling & depressing.

National Debt and Federal Budget Deficit Deconstructed - Tony Robbins

Nationally known speaker Robbins opens your eyes about the deficit

Pour leftover beer (from parties and BBQ’s) into you compost pile to help speed up composting

The Parting Thought – US OKs prison strip searches, even for trivial offenses

Government & Corporate Databases - Spying on US Citizens

You have no privacy in 1984 America.  The Supreme Court just OK’d policies allowing prison officials to strip search anyone, even for trivial offenses (like the guy who spent the weekend in jail because local officials didn’t like the $15K siding job he did on his house)…Warning:  Prisoners are just a guinea pig for the rest of us!

  The Poor Man routinely writes about government efforts to monitor and control its citizens.  Recent announcements about the TSA’s expanded citizen shakedowns at rest stops, bus and train terminals, the FBI’s expanded search efforts, SOPA, the Patriot Act and the elimination of bank privacy, the use of drones on Americans, all point to an expansion of Big Brother powers.

It’s been reported our government maintains an average of 40 different files on US adults scattered throughout several agencies.  The Census Bureau and its new GPS system of pinpointing where you live provides them with capabilities even George Orwell wouldn’t have thought of.

Government databases are a subset of public records. Because they store large quantities of information and make it relatively accessible, government databases are particularly susceptible to threatening privacy. Databases are created by governments to serve many entirely laudable goals. This does not diminish their privacy-invading potential, however, and the growth in government databases has created some disturbing trends.

One such trend is the proclivity of governments to enlist private business as a functionary in crime fighting and social control. Businesses have a great deal of personal information about citizens. They will divulge it to governments without objecting the way citizens would if they were asked to divulge information about themselves directly.

General Accounting Office has found many U.S. government databases to be substantially insecure. Especially given how comprehensive they tend to be, these databases are ripe targets for people who may collect information from them and use it to harm citizens.

Learn more about protecting your online privacy and the laws which threaten it.  Always remember, just because something is law doesn’t always mean it is fair or ethical.

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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