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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Farmageddon-Family Farms in Peril

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Farmageddon-Family farms endangered

2.      Freelance writing opportunities

3.      Market Force Job Resource

4.      Free e-book readers, no Kindle needed

5.      Free ebooks for entrepreneurs

It is impossible to introduce into society
a greater change and a greater evil than this:
the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder."

-- Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850) French economist

FarmaGeddon…more anti-citizen behavior from government

   In today’s issue I’d like you to pay a special note to the story in the Parting Thought section about the assault of small family-owned farms in this country.  There seems to be nothing sacred anymore to our government…they just can’t keep from meddling and screwing the taxpayer.  In too many instances, it seems the government creates an ‘Us against them’ situation and frankly, most of us are sick of it.

This very day, the news came across my screen. The Department of Labor had planned to destroy it all, and then barely pulled back when faced with massive protest. The bureaucracy was on the verge of passing new rules that would have banned many kids from working on farms. An exception in the law against "child labor" has always been made for agriculture. FDR would have been impeached if the 1938 law had not included that exception.

Due to government policies (and other factors) food prices are hammering the family budget…

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 (the most recent year data was available) the average American household spent more than $6,000 on food. Since the average household spent just over $48,000 that year, that means more than 12 percent of the average family’s budget was eaten up by food.

So taking a bite out of your food budget is a worthy goal. And achievable – food offers tons of ways to save. Slice just 10 percent off that food bill, and you’ll free up $600 for things that are more appetizing – like slicing and dicing debt or beefing up savings.

Now let’s provide more detail to those tips, and add a bunch more…

1. Stop paying for names

Stacy tells the story of years ago standing in a Walgreens with a camera and microphone and asking people why they’re buying name-brand drugs like aspirin when inches away sits an identical generic version for half the price. Note that these aren’t similar items – a quick glance at the label will reveal they’re identical.

Answer? Either “This is what I’ve always bought,” or “If it costs more, it must be better.”

We all think advertising doesn’t affect us, but if your pantry and medicine cabinet are stuffed with name brands, advertising isn’t just affecting you – it’s costing you. Are there situations where name brands actually deliver quality or taste that makes them worth the extra money? Of course, and that’s when you should buy them. But if you’re paying 30 percent more for sugar, salt, flour, bleach, or other simple staples, wake up and smell the (generic) coffee.

2. Bulk up

If you know you’ll use all of it, buy it in bulk. For example, I can buy 1 pound of rice at my grocery store for $3.15. Instead, I buy 25 pounds at Sam’s Club for $9.99. By buying in bulk, I save $2.75 per pound. Can’t begin to use it all? That’s what friends and freezers are for.

Just because something’s available in bulk, however, doesn’t automatically make it a smart buy: Generics are often cheaper than bulk-packaged name brands. Don’t ever buy in bulk without comparing prices…Read all the tips here:

The percentage of Americans that own homes is dropping rapidly. According to Gallup, the current level of homeownership in the United States is the lowest that Gallup has ever measured.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

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We see many freelance writing jobs in our research, often at sites like MediaBistro and

Another great resource is's Allena Tapia, a professional freelancer who lists good job sites and updates her page frequently. She also does a good job of explaining how to make a living as a freelance writer.

Bonus Tip: Another great guide to the freelancing / homeworking life is Michelle Goodman. See her "Dirty Little Secrets of Those Who Work from Home" and her links at the end of the article.

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The Nanny State Updates…

   It’s almost tiring trying to keep up with the non-stop BS from government and its efforts at killing our country with stupid regulation and even dumber laws…

"This is Big Brother on steroids."

That is how Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, described an amendment offered by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" (CISPA).

The amendment would have authorized the Secretary of Homeland Security "to acquire, intercept, retain, use, and disclose communications and other system traffic that are transiting to or from or stored on Federal systems".

Rogers said, as reported by's Declan McCullagh, "This would be the government tracking communications, your medical records from the Veterans Association, your IRS forms coming in and out of the federal government. This is exactly what scares people."

Only in America…

Herrin - An Illinois woman recently found herself under arrest and put in debtors' prison over an unpaid $280 medical bill she didn't even owe in the first place.

Breast cancer survivor and Herrin, IL resident Lisa Lindsay had received a $280 medical bill by mistake according to the Daily Mail. However after inquiring about the charges Lindsay was told she didn't have to pay but somehow the bill still made its way to a collection agency.

Thinking the matter was put to rest, the southern Illinois teaching assistant surprisingly received a visited from Illinois state troopers one day and was promptly taken from her home in handcuffs and whisked away to jail.

After all was said and done the arrest ended up costing Lindsay more than $600 in total after legal fees were added to the original amount.

"I paid it in full so they couldn't do it to me again," said Lindsay.

Cases such as Lindsay's are becoming increasingly more common across the country with one third of the fifty states currently allowing debtors to be imprisoned for the inability to pay their debts.

Barack Obama and his family continue to live the high life at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.

Even many Democrats are starting to get very upset about this. The following is from a recent article by Paul Bedard....

Blue collar Democratic voters, stuck taking depressing “staycations” because they can’t afford gas and hotels, are resentful of the first family’s 17 lavish vacations around the world and don’t want their tax dollars paying for the Obamas’ holidays, according to a new analysis of swing voters.

See the mapped results of the latest Census

The Parting Thought – Farmageddon in the USA

Just like the middle class, the family farm is heading for extinction.

Intrusive government agencies and regulation, fuel prices, Big Corporate crushing tactics are all killing small farmers in this country…

Between 1970 and today the United States has lost 88 percent of its dairy farms.

Less than 25 percent of all farms in America bring in gross revenues in excess of $50,000. The following comes from the EPA website....

It has been estimated that living expenses for the average farm family exceed $47,000 per year. Clearly, many farms that meet the U.S. Census' definition would not produce sufficient income to meet farm family living expenses. In fact, fewer than 1 in 4 of the farms in this country produce gross revenues in excess of $50,000.

Today, there are 10 corporations that control most of the things that Americans eat and drink on a daily basis.

The Labor Department proposed bringing all manner of farm chores under the child-labor laws. After howls of protest prompted by a story at The Daily Caller, the plan has been dropped. “This regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration,” says a press release from the department.

Thus, we have a rerun of last year’s incident, in which anyone who drives a farm vehicle would have had to get a commercial driver’s license. The Transportation Department had to back off that one too.

But every time public opposition makes the bureaucrats back off, you can count on them to come back with something different... or perhaps stealthier

The Government Gestapo at Work…violating rights

Amazingly, in spite of all this there are still some small farmers that are able to overcome all of these obstacles and run successful businesses.

But that is where the federal government comes in.

In recent years, the federal government has become absolutely obsessed with going after small farmers.

For example, a recent Food Freedom News article detailed what the feds have been doing to Randy and Karen Sowers. They were keeping their cash deposits under $10,000 so that they would not have to fill out a bunch of paperwork, and the federal government came down on them like a hurricane....

“Structuring,” explains, “is the federal criminal offense of splitting up bank deposits so as to keep them under a threshold such as $10,000 above which banks have to report transactions to the government.”

While being questioned, the Sowers were finally presented with a seizure order and advised that the feds had already emptied their bank account of $70,000. The Dept. of Justice has since sued to keep $63,000 of the Sowers’ money, though they committed no crime other than maintaining their privacy.

Without funds, they will be unable to make purchases for the spring planting.

When a similar action was taken against Taylor’s Produce Stand last year, the feds seized $90,000, dropped the charges, and kept $45,000 of Taylor’s money.

Knowing that most farms operate on a very thin margin, such abuse of power wipes out a family’s income, and for a bonus, the feds enhance the monopoly power of Monsanto, Big Dairy and their supply chain.

At many other small farms across America, the feds have conducted military-style raids at the crack of dawn over the smallest infractions.

Some examples of this were detailed in a documentary entitled "Farmaggedon".

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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1 comment:

MinimalistGroup said...

Farmageddon...probably a big reason why food prices are so high. I don't know how families or small businesses make it anymore. Regulation and red tape are choking this country to death.