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Saturday, May 19, 2012

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Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Viral Spiral-checking the facts on political ads

2.      Capturing solar for your hot water heater

3.      Free list of 100 firms hiring at-home workers

4.      8 Privacy tips to prevent ID theft, Make your own detergent

5.      SDR’s-the plan underway to dump the dollar

The threat of people acting in their own enlightened
and rational self-interest strikes bureaucrats, politicians
and social workers as ominous and dangerous."
-- W. G. Hill

Viral Spiral - Don’t get caught up in those misleading political ads…

It’s all misleading propaganda anyhow.  Both parties are guilty of twisting the facts to help whichever politician they are buying for an election.  Spinmeisters (hired guns) are paid big bucks to take comments out of context and re-spin them into BS much of the public swallows like a bird with a worm.

There’s little question in my mind the average American is a gullible lot…hell, 47% of Americans  don’t know how long it takes the earth to revolve around the sun.  (We’ll give you 365 guesses).  Sounds like they need a ‘Smart Phone!’

Campaign managers know this and work it to the advantage of their candidate.  There are a few organizations that do know the facts and they will share the truth with you.  My favorite is

A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

Here are two examples of the FACTS:

Is “Obama’s finance team” recommending a 1 percent tax on all bank transactions, as a chain e-mail claims?
No. This idea was first floated in 2004 by one House member, who says it would replace the federal income tax and eliminate the national debt. So far it has gone nowhere.

Is President Obama using tax dollars to rebuild mosques around the world?
Yes — and to rebuild historic churches and temples as well. The State Department’s program to preserve overseas cultural landmarks started under President Bush in 2001. (Not to say we should be spending tax dollars on such projects). is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels

NOTE:  The Nazis were masters of political propaganda and they learned it all from an American, Edward Bernays, considered the Father of Spin!

Heal cuts and scrapes with sugar.  A new UK study found that pouring granulated sugar on a wound reduces and pain and cuts healing time.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Here's a very inexpensive way to capture free solar energy and save on your electric bills.
The least expensive and most effective way of getting free solar energy is with a solar hot water heater. You can use them for your domestic hot water, to heat a swimming pool or hot tub, or even as the heating system for a small home or cabin. claims that you can build your own solar hot water system for as little as $70. That's for what they call a "batch heater" built with an old oil drum. ( There's some poetic irony there ). I took a look at their building guide and agree that you can probably keep within that cost if you have some plumbing skills. But, even if you went with some store-bought components, and spent a couple of hundred dollars, your pay back time from reduced electrical bills should be just a few months. After that, any hot water you generate is free.

Free list of 100 companies that hire home-based workers!

Want to save 90 percent on laundry detergent? What about cutting your washer's electricity usage by 90 percent? Then read on


Coworking centers - where work-at-homers and road warriors can mingle, work, and relax - continue to spread. As they do, and coworker numbers grow, we can expect the centers' prices to gradually fall and coworking centers themselves offer more and more amenities.

(If municipalities were smart, they would also subsidize coworking centers. A busy center can anchor a community, reduce transportation burdens, and support local businesses, too.)

To keep track of all this, check out Deskmag, an online magazine that covers the coworker movement. There's also a helpful co-working wiki here.

Get a Sneak Peek Before You Paint a Room

Learn what a room will look like in a new color by uploading a photo to Sherwin Williams’s free Paint Color Visualizer Program:

Eight Privacy Tips To Prevent Identity Theft

With the alarming rise of the crime rate it is no surprise that over 30,000 identities are being stolen every day. These days identity theft is one of the most popular means of making quick money for sneaky crooks. Therefore, it is is essential that you protect your identity. Here are eight very simple privacy tips that will help you protect your identity and hard earned money.

1. The most basic step to prevent identity theft is to regularly monitor your credit card and bank statements. Many thieves begin by making small purchases so it advisable to always keep receipts from your purchases and review the expenses with your statements. Additionally, Credit Karma provides free credit scores and reports…Read more at:

Store valuables in your child’s sock drawer rather than in your nightstand.  Thieves scour the master bedroom, but rarely a child’s room.  The laundry room is another good choice.

The Nanny State Updates…

Government Stupidity - NYC police spent nearly one million dollars on typewriters.

Q: Does the IRS pay billions in tax refunds to workers who are in the U.S. illegally?

A: Yes. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General determined that $4.2 billion was paid in 2010, up from less than $1 billion in 2005. Leading Democrats are resisting a bill that would stop future payments.

We don't all all agree on whether the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has any business groping toddlers or destroying expensive medical equipment in the pursuit of its appointed mission of keeping travelers safe from scary terrorists. Security expert Bruce Schneier calls it all pointless and oppressive "security theater" intended to make the government look responsive, while Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) describes intrusive measures as "very important" and pushes for even stronger stuff. But necessary evil or not, writes J.D. Tuccille, one thing is increasingly apparent: The TSA is spectacularly inefficient and inept at everything it tries to do.

Gotta love a government that…

Prosecutes Hall of Fame pitcher, Roger Clemens, for injecting performance-enhancing drugs into his own body, but does not prosecute a single investment banking executive for fraudulently injecting mortgage-backed securities into the US financial system.

To clean your plastic outdoor furniture, spread a small amount of shaving cream on them to soften dirt and then hose them down to rinse.

The Parting Thought – Dollar no longer reigns king

People don't want reality, they want fantasy

The Dollar A Safe Haven?  Plan to Replace the Dollar already here…

This ongoing lunacy is based on multiple biases. For some, the dollar represents America, and a collapse of the currency would suggest a failure of the republic, and thus, a failure by them as individual Americans who live vicariously through the exploits of their government. By extension, it becomes “patriotic” to defend the dollar’s honor and deny any information that might suggest it is on a downward spiral.

Others see how the investment world clings to the dollar as a kind of panic room; a protected place where one’s saving will be insulated from crisis. However, just because a majority of day trading investors are gullible enough to overlook the Greenback’s pitfalls does not mean those dangerous weaknesses disappear.

There is only one factor that shields the dollar from implosion, and that is its position as the world reserve currency. Without this exalted status, the currency’s value vanishes. Backed by nothing but massive and unpayable debt, it sits frighteningly idle, like a time bomb, waiting for the moment of ignition.

The horrifying nature of the dollar is that it is only valuable so long as foreign investors believe that we will pay back the considerable debts that we (the American taxpayer at the behest of our criminally run Treasury) owe, and that we will not hyperinflate in the process. If they EVER begin to see their purchases of dollars and treasuries as a gamble instead of an investment, the fa├žade falls away.

The Dollar Dump Has Already Begun

Foreign countries ARE already calmly and quietly dumping the dollar as a global trade instrument.

To those people who consistently claim that the dollar will never be dropped, my response is, it already has been dropped! China, in tandem with other BRIC nations, has been covertly removing the greenback as the primary trade unit through bilateral deals since 2010. First, with Russia, and now with the whole of the ASEAN trading bloc and numerous other markets, including Japan. China in particular has been preparing for this eventuality since 2005, when they introduced the first Yuan denominated bonds. The bonds were considered a strange novelty back then, especially because China had so much surplus savings that it seemed outlandish for them to take on treasury debt. Today, the move makes a whole lot more sense. China and the BRIC nations today openly call for a worldwide shift away from the dollar.

There IS a replacement already conveniently ready to roll forward. The IMF has for a couple of years now openly called for the retirement of the dollar as the world reserve currency, to be supplanted by the elitist organization’s very own “Special Drawing Rights” (SDR’s).

The SDR is a paper mechanism created in the early 1970’s to replace gold as the primary means of international trade between foreign governments. Today, it has morphed into a basket of currencies which is recognized by almost every country in the world and is in a prime position to take the dollar’s place in the event that it loses reserve status. This is not theory. This is cold hard reality. For those who claim that the SDR is not considered a “real currency”, they should probably warn the U.S. Post Office, which now uses conversion tables that denominate costs in SDR’s.

 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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1 comment:

escapeartist said...

A friend turned me onto your blog...astounding information and you're right, there are a lot of stupid people out there or as Mom used to say, the masses are asses. No mystery why this country is in a pickle with so many sheep easily led by the nose by politicians!