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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Emergency Communication Resources, Double the Life of Batteries

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Emergency Communication Resources

2.      Double the life of batteries

3.      10 Steps to extra cash

4.      Free HDTV

5.      Apathy in America & How Politicians Exploit it

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule

-- H. L. Mencken

Emergency Communication Resources

If the government pulls the plug on the internet or other utilities, these might come in handy.

Family Radio Service: The Family Radio Service (FRS) is an improved walkie talkie radio system authorized in the United States since 1996. This personal radio service uses channelized frequencies in the ultra high frequency (UHF) band. It does not suffer the interference effects found on citizens’ band (CB) at 27 MHz, or the 49 MHz band also used by cordless phones, toys, and baby monitors.

TELEPHONE: Set up a phone tree: According to the American Association of University Women, a phone tree is “a prearranged, pyramid-shaped system for activating a group of people by telephone” that can “spread a brief message quickly and efficiently to a large number of people.

GET SATELLITE ACCESS You can have very, very slow internet if you have something similar to an Iridium phone, which would allow you to do dial up at 2400 baud, which at least gives you e-mail. This will also work when your government has shut down GSM and telephone access, and will work pretty much anywhere on the planet. If you’re in the right place, get yourself KA-SAT access which is satellite broadband and will not be routed through any internet exchange that certain local governments may monitor or block (unless that government is part of EU or Uncle Sam.  Can be purchased online or via eBay.

Two-Way Radio:  Usually good for up to two miles and usually offer but three channels but easier than a CB radio which can be monitored by others. Purchase at Wal Mart, Radio Shack, eBay, Best Buy, etc.

Ease sore muscles by filling a plastic baggy with dish detergent and freeze it.  It’ll stay colder longer than a regular ice pack…simply apply to sore areas.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

10 Steps To Extra Cash

1. Ask yourself ‘what do I already do well?’ and brainstorm 5 ways to offer that out.

2. Figure out your market rather than spending a month planning the product. For example, ‘I will sell cakes’ is a vague idea. You don’t know where the money will come from! So change that to saying ‘I will identify local cafes that actually do take freelancer cakes, and visit them with samples’. That’s a plan that will actually get you results.

3. Niche. Know who your market is and you’ll speak to them better.

For example, if you realize you’re surrounded by cafes that cater to a certain type of health conscious/trendy organic client what you provide will change. Go in and look what’s on display. Seeing gluten free polenta cakes? That’s a hint that they have clients who care about the free from market. If you then notice that they don’t have dairy free cakes you have a beautiful selling point if you make those (but make ‘em good!).

Of course you don’t have to fill a gap – that realization could lead you to make your usual full-of-everything cake but position it in line with that market (eg: ‘I only use organic eggs and blah blah blah). Decide on a market and you wildly increase your chances of success.

Read the rest of the tips at:

Make Rechargeable Batteries Last Longer

Double the life of your cell phone, cordless phone, iPod, laptop battery…wait until the battery is very low.  Every battery has a limited number of times it can be recharged - usually 300-500 times.  Recharging it when it has 50% or more of its power uses up one full cycle.  Waiting until the device is almost fully depleted will add at least another year to its life.

Get Free HDTV with Mohu Leaf

The Leaf Indoor Antenna gives you the top 20 shows on TV free in full HD.  No cable or dish required. It’s no secret the majority of TV is going down the tubes (pun intended).  Even the Discovery and History Channels have given way to reality crap… 

Learn more at:

What Attracts Mosquitoes

>Dark clothing

>Floral or fruity fragrances and perfumes

>Exercising (produces more carbon dioxide)

A natural repellent:  Combine 6 drops of peppermint essential oil with 8-oz of water in a spray bottle.  Shake well and spritz over exposed skin.

Soothe poison ivy with dish detergent.  Simply wash the affected area with Dawn, Palmolive or other brand as soon as possible.  Instantly reduce itchiness and redness!

The Nanny State Updates…

U.S. v. Heicklen: The Nullification of Free Speech

Prosecution for exercising one’s free speech rights is becoming a trend in the current Administration and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Even airlines are getting in on the act of censorship.  A woman was recently banned from boarding after wearing a politically incorrect T-Shirt…

In April, the Legal Center highlighted the DOJ’s outrageous prosecution of Mary Susan Pine, a pro-life advocate. Thankfully, when the rubber hit the road, the DOJ lawyers had nowhere to go, and the suit was dropped. Pine is able to continue her ministry of standing near an abortion clinic to talk to women about abortion.

Julian P. Heicklen, an 80-year-old retired chemistry professor and advocate of jury nullification, found himself in a similar situation. Heicklen, as part of his activism, would stand in front of courthouses with a “Jury Info” sign, handing out pamphlets and explaining jury nullification to anyone who would approach him.

Advocates of jury nullification believe that jurors can use their de facto power to effectively change the law by refusing to convict a defendant under a law that the juror disagrees with. Heicklen specifically advocated against the enforcement of federal drug laws.  More at:

Our Idiot of the Month Award

As reported at our face book page a week ago…

A vindictive Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) went a step further, essentially issuing a "letter of mark and reprisal" against Saverin. Introducing what he has styled the "Ex-Patriot Act" to permanently ban folks like Saverin from ever setting foot in the U.S. again.

Why can’t we get guys like Schumer to leave the country?  Has he ever created a job or been responsible for a payroll?  NO!  He’s been providing a public dis-service all of his adult life and has never had a real job…just another example of why we don’t need life-long politicians.

The Parting Thought –

Apathy in America & How Politicians Exploit it

Ancient Rome had its ‘bread and circuses’ to keep its citizens at bay.  America has ‘reality shows’ as its opiate for the masses.

Polls and studies indicate Americans are an apathetic lot, especially when it comes to politics.  Politicians know and rely on this to push anti-citizen laws and policy agendas.

This is why we’re so easily controlled and manipulated.

Are you the next guest at ‘Camp Fed’ or some local jail cell?

The United States has more unethical laws on the books than any other country.  As a result, the average person breaks more than 22 laws each week.

It's stunning when you think about it. The "land of the free" is home to the world's largest prison population. Americans constitute 5% of the world's population, yet one-quarter of the entire world's inmates are in the U.S. The ratio of the prison population to the general population is higher in than any other nation in the world. Russia is second. China is third.

We have more than 145 million laws on the books all designed to control virtually every aspect of our daily life…MOST people do not care.  They’re too pre-occupied with the meaningful things such as mundane TV programs like American Idol and Survivor.

Once upon a time in the North American country known as the United States of America, there lived a nation of citizens that showed tremendous interest in the state of their country’s well-being. With incredible zeal, these citizens worked tirelessly to correct any local, national or international issue that threatened them either as individuals or collectively, showing no fear and great resolve while addressing any elected or appointed public official that didn’t accurately represent the beliefs, ethics, morals and values as expected by their constituents.

Engineered apathetic response is obviously the goal of a government seeking to disengage its constituents, and is designed to lull us citizens into a state of false security. Electronic media, the entertainment industry, professional sports, video gaming, and casino gambling are just a few diversions that serve not only to provide a means of physical and mental escape from the stressors we face as a nation, but also to create an illusion that “life is good,” “things are normal” and that “all is well”. More so now than ever before, Americans per capita are spending more of their dwindling financial resources on the aforementioned activities and in the mean time, the world around them continues to crumble at close to free-fall speed.

Is our generation the greatest generation that wasn’t?

 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hyper Miling to Save Gas, Free Garden Software, Avoiding PI's

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Hyper-miling (Fuel efficiency) Updates

2.      Burn Note-Auto Destruct for emails

3.      Avoiding private investigators

4.      Why most Americans don’t prepare – for anything

5.      Free Farm Planning software

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come
to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
-- Ronald Reagan

Hyper-Miling Updates…

About a year ago I wrote about this and how you can increase your mileage and we’ve included some updates in this issue:

Experts say you can cut your fuel costs in half, or better. What's more, anyone can take advantage of hypermiling for virtually no additional cost. And you don't need to do anything crazy like install an extra fuel tank on your car or property, invest in expensive equipment, or buy a government-subsidized electric or flex fuel vehicle (unless you prefer).

In fact, hypermiling works perfectly well with traditional vehicles like minivans, RVs, and 4x4s!

Put simply, it's the use of driving techniques that maximize your fuel economy and cut down waste. Ingenious drivers combine these techniques and driving habits to squeeze every extra mile, from every gallon of fuel they can. And it works.

Fast and Easy Steps to Reap the Rewards of Hypermiling,
No Matter What You Drive

One foundation is keeping your vehicle well maintained. If your car is in poor shape, the more advanced techniques won't make up for it...

Tire Pressure – Inflate your tires to what the tire manufacturer they should be... not what the automaker says. Properly inflated tires keep "rolling resistance" low, which makes your car more fuel efficient.

Align Your Wheels – A car that drives straight and doesn't consistently pull to one side saves fuel.

Use a Clean Air Filter and Spark Plugs – A dirty filter suffocates your engine and forces it to work harder. Dirty spark plugs don't properly burn fuel, they waste it.

Lose Weight – Many people use their trunks as a spare closet, that's a very expensive habit. Reports say 100 pounds of excess weight reduces fuel efficiency by 2% to 5%. Start removing nonessential things that add weight.

Some committed hypermilers who commute long distances even remove some of the seats. Some say aluminum wheels could weigh less than steel wheels. Extreme drivers even remove the spare tire (not recommended unless you have newer tires, drive only on well-maintained roads, and have emergency road service to get you out of any jam).

Another good tip is to wash away excess weight. One hypermiler says his truck easily collects 10 to 20 pounds of gunk and dry mud stuck underneath, especially around the spare tire.

Use Lighter-Weight Oil – Adjust based on your circumstances. A lighter (lower viscosity) oil helps your engine to work less.

Cut Out Wind Drag – Remove roof racks and other exterior items that produce wind resistance (this could even help cut down on weight). Some go as far as taping up or covering gaps to make smoother aerodynamics. Lowering the rear gate on your truck also significantly decreases wind resistance on most models.

Mind Your RPMs and Momentum – One hypermiler says, "Hypermilage is more about your engine RPM than anything else. The faster it revs (i.e the faster you go) the more air and fuel goes through the engine."

In other words, don't abuse your car or drive aggressively; this wastes gas. Gentle acceleration is best, and let momentum be your friend. Once you practice a bit, you'll find that you don't always need to press down on the accelerator to get around places like a parking lot, drive up to a red light, or drive downhill. Keep your foot off the gas pedal and use the car's natural momentum to your advantage.

Plan Your Trips Efficiently – Avoid heavy traffic by using the Internet, radio, or a good GPS to get current traffic reports, and use the best routes. Leave earlier so you're not in a rush, which helps you avoid a heavy foot and mental stress.

The Weather – Avoid inclement weather like heavy wind, rain, or snow. In the rain, drive higher up on the crown of the road where water puddles less. In snow, choose roads and travel lanes with less snow.

Use Cruise Control, Even on City Roads – Read your owner's manual for recommended speeds.

Keep strawberries for two weeks by washing them in a solution of 1 part vinegar and 10 parts water before storing.  The vinegar will kill the mold spores that cause fruit to go bad.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Burn Note lets you send messages that are deleted after they are read.

You can use Burn Note to send a password or have an off-the-record conversation with a friend.

Learn How To Avoid Private Investigators – Followed By A Private Investigator

How is it that the most nutty character, Dory, in the movie Finding Nemo actually teaches a very valuable principle? Let me assure you, it is not how to speak whale, it is what to do when you realize that you are being followed by a private investigator. There are certain times when it is most likely that you will be the subject of an investigation, ways to recognize surveillance, and ways to avoid private investigators or “burn” the investigator.

The most likely reasons for investigation include when you have filed a claim with your insurance company for personal injuries, if you are involved in litigation, or for divorce or child support/custody issues. Essentially, there must be an incentive to discover some detail of your private life, such as breaching any sense of bank privacy you think you have, before you need to think about avoiding private investigators

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I’ve added additional gardening how-to reports to the site:

>Edible Landscaping

>Preserving Food: Drying Fruits & Vegetables

>Rain Garden Design & Installation

CSA Farm Planning Software

Whether you are new at starting a CSA farm, or already have experience, this online planning software can help simplify your planning. The Fantastic Farm & Garden Calculator handles all the heavy thinking for you, and you only need to enter the basic info about your farm and your growing needs.

The farm and garden calculator will help you to determine:

Potential yields for a wide range of vegetables and herbs

The number of plants required

Row space required for each plant type

Planting and harvest dates for your area (by noting your last frost date)

Successive plantings

How many people or CSA members you can provide for

Retail sales calculator for market gardeners & farmers

Keep deer away from your plants by scattering soap slivers on and around the plants.

The Nanny State Updates…

Arrested For Taking Pictures; Tortured For Being ‘A Teabagger’

Some local law enforcement need some SERIOUS discipline…let’s hope this woman sues these jerk offs…

Nancy Genovese was arrested in New York for taking pictures. She was imprisoned and tortured over several days to send a message to “Teabaggers.”

The principal of a high school in Walker, Mich., suspended 64 seniors on the final day of class... for riding their bicycles.
“Students say more than 100 classmates participated in a three-mile bike ride to school that included escorts by a Walker Police cruiser and the mayor,” reports “It was supposed to be a fun twist on the types of things that typically happen on senior prank day.”
But the humorless principal, one Katie Pennington, was not consulted in advance, and thus took offense. “I am glad they made it here safely. It was a safety risk,” she said. Even with a police escort, apparently.
Now the students are stuck rescheduling exams

The Parting Thought –

Why Many Americans do not Prepare for anything…

The number of preppers in the United States today is steadily increasing, but the vast majority of people out there still see no reason to start getting ready for "the end of the world as we know it". Most people just assume that things will always somehow get better or that they will somehow be immune to whatever calamities are heading our way. Most people always seem to have a "good excuse" for why they do not need to prepare.

The following are the top excuses for not prepping....

1. "The U.S. Economy Is The Greatest Economy On The Planet - There Is No Way That It Could Ever Collapse"

2. "Once Barack Obama Wins The Election Everything Will Be Better"

3. "Once Mitt Romney Wins The Election Everything Will Be Better"

4. "When Things Get Really Bad The Government Will Take Care Of Us"

5. "When Disaster Strikes I Will Just Steal From Everyone Else That Has Been Busy Preparing"

6. "The Rapture Will Be At Any Moment So I Don't Have To Worry About Prepping"

7. "The Economy Has Always Recovered After Every Recession In The Past And This Time Will Be No Different"

8. "The People That Are Running Things Are Very Highly Educated And They Know Exactly What They Are Doing"

9. "Wal-Mart Will Always Be There"

10. "Our Politicians Are Watching Out For Our Best Interests"

11. "The 2012 Apocalypse Is Almost Here And We Are All Doomed Anyway - So Why Even Try?"

12. "Preppers Do Not Have A Positive Mental Attitude"

13. "If An Economic Collapse Comes I Will Just Go On Welfare"

14. "There Are Some Things You Just Can't Prepare For"

15. "Prepping Is Too Expensive"

16. "We Are Not Like Other Countries - U.S. Cities Are Designed To Withstand Major Earthquakes"

17. "I Need To Save Up For Retirement Instead"

18. "The Stock Market Has Been Soaring So Why Worry?"

19. "I Don't Have Room To Store Anything"

20. "Prepping Is For Crazy People"

21. "I Don't Believe In Conspiracy Theories"

Excerpted from:

 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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