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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Holiday Events, BBQ Tips, Deals

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.      Holiday BBQ Tips. Find BBQ festivals

2.       Holiday Deals & happenings

3.       US Intelligence agencies beyond control

4.       Co-Founder of Face Book ‘starting his own country’

''Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.'' - Mark Twain

BBQ Tips for the Holiday Weekend

Going back to cave man times, we men still enjoy stabbing a slab of meat onto a fire or hot coals…’cause it tastes so good and brings out our manliness!  Mom’s enjoy because it’s a day off from the kitchen and there is less cleanup.

Personally, I like to marinate meats overnight before cooking it.  Even cheap cuts of meat can be made to taste great with an overnight marinade.  Marinades can be purchased for just about any taste or can be as simple as a bottle of beer or container of Italian dressing.

There are two schools of thought on which is best, gas or charcoal.  My preference lies with charcoal to which various woodchips can be added for more flavor.  One thing I learned is one should remove the meat from the fridge 20-30 minutes prior to placing it on the grill, otherwise, the meat will contract when it hits the heat.

Another tip - undercook the meat.  It’s easy to toss an underdone piece back on the grill, if it’s overcooked, you are out of luck. If you’re grilling fish, use indirect heat and a grilling basked or aluminum foil which you’ve coated with cooking spray or butter…also good for corn and other vegetables.

Always pre-heat your grill for at least 10 minutes in order to sear in the flavor of the meat or if using charcoal, wait until they’re glowing red embers.  A light coating of olive, vegetable spray or cooking oil to the meat or fish (add a small amount to a plastic bag to coat) will prevent the food from sticking to the grill.  Don’t spray the grill with vegetable spray or it will become sticky.

Use Kosher salt instead of regular seasoning, it sticks to the food better and helps the caramelization  process .  Adding wood chips is another good flavor enhancer.

Keep your workload to a minimum by serving the easy foods everyone loves and which can be made in advance (everyone loves my asparagus salad and potato salad).  Veggie, cheese and fruit trays can be pre-made or purchased.

Finally, keep the phone number to your local fire department handy in case of fire (just kidding) and you might find some good recipes in my free cookbook (if you’ve not already downloaded it) on the Watkins section of our site -

Keep gnats away by filling a few small bowls with a solution of 3 parts vinegar and 1 part dishwashing soap and set the bowls around the picnic area and 3 feet away from food.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Check Out a BBQ Festival

Grilling at home for summer or for Memorial Weekend is tough to beat, you might have even more fun at various festivals held around the country.  Where I’m from in Scottsdale, AZ they host the Best Damned BBQ Cook-off.  Growing up in Cleveland, I used to cook at the annual Cleveland Rib Burn-off.  Find a festival near you at:

Sellers Abuzz over USPS Ban on Overseas Electronics Shipments
Online merchants are abuzz over a new policy from the USPS that
prohibits the international mailing of electronics containing
lithium batteries, including tablets and smartphones and even
power drills. The ban takes place on May 16th and will likely
take many online sellers by surprise.

Memorial Day Deals

From May 28th through Sept. 3rd, Sonic will halve the price of their shakes after 8pm.

Serviceman and women with military ID get FREE admission to many theme parks including Knott’s Berry Farm, Cedar Point and Cedar Fair theme parks all day on Memorial Day.

Grab a meal at participating IKEA stores and deduct the price of that meal from any purchase over $100.


A handful of museums and galleries will close for the holiday, but many others will offer free admission to the general public. The American Association of Museums has a state-by-state list of accredited museums and phone numbers, so call ahead to check on any deals or closures at the location that interests you.

If you’re in the Nation’s Capitol, all 16 Smithsonian museums and parks continue to be free, but several are offering special Memorial Day exhibits.


Cities from coast to coast play host to parades and memorial services. Most parades take place on May 31, but check for a list of activities specific to your state, like wreath-laying events, free outdoor concerts and, if you live near a military harbor, ship tours.

New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C, and San Francisco each offer celebrations that annually attract over 10,000 people.


Airshows are an exhilarating way to bring the family together and see some impressive aerial acrobatics. The Experimental Aircraft Association, an organization for aviation enthusiasts, has a searchable database of airshows specializing in everything from WWI-era biplanes to ultramodern jets. For most, the only cost is gas to reach the airfield (and occasionally parking).

The New York Airshow at Jones Beach on May 28 and 29 is a standout, featuring a performance by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

I-500…One of my favorites (great fun to attend)

The Indianapolis 500 starts its engines on May 30 at the largest stadium in the world. It may be too late for tickets, but you can still watch the race at home. Fire up your back-porch grill, invite some friends over and have an Indy themed party. You’ll avoid the crowds (not to mention flying tires) and still have a great time.

Remove mildew from your deck by spraying the wood with white vinegar.  Let it sit for an hour, then hose it off…works on patio furniture cushions too!

The Nanny State Updates…

There are 45 different government agencies with 1,271 subdivisions, all involved with intelligence…

 The size of the intelligence community is astounding. Even worse, there is no accountability to anyone. These agencies wield a lot of power secretly and they are monitoring citizens and their every day activities.

Reality Check: Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress have been stealing trillions of dollars from future generations in order to make things tolerable in the present. If the federal government adopted a balanced budget next year, the debt-fueled prosperity that we are currently enjoying would start disappearing very rapidly and all hell would break loose in America.

This is a major flaw in our system. Most of our politicians do not care about how they are raping future generations financially. Most of them just care about getting elected again.

Scrub-free way to clean dirty wicker furniture.  Mix ¼ cup of household ammonia and 1 gallon of water and liberally spray the problem areas and let sit for 10-minutes, the hose off and let air dry.

The Parting Thought – Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and
in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high
with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law
and order, to efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and
the like."
-- Justice William O. Douglas

One of Facebook’s earliest investors is a step or two closer to implementing his own version of expatriation.

Peter Thiel’s concept for a floating country now has a name: Blueseed.

Billed as “Silicon Valley’s visa-free offshore startup community,” Thiel and collaborator Patri Friedman (Milton’s grandson) plan to convert a cruise ship or remodel a barge and park it off the coast of San Francisco.

That would allow international entrepreneurs to get close to the Silicon Valley startup scene without jumping through the hoops of getting a work visa

Some 100 international tech companies are already on board. “Blueseed hopes to have room for around 1,000 inhabitants in the live/work cruise ship of their dreams,” according to SFist, “with all-inclusive rent estimated at about $1,200-3,000 per month.”

Blueseed’s website has an amusing FAQ: On the subject of seasickness, it says, “Given the shape and size of the Blueseed vessel, and the ocean conditions at our mooring spot, it is very unlikely that seasickness will be a concern.”

Here are some likely reasons why folks wish to live a free life…

How the World has Changed Drastically Over the Past 10 Years...

1) The endless War on Terror and the rise of police states around the world

2) ELIMINATION of any semblance of financial privacy

3) The BURSTING of four major bubbles-- stocks, credit, derivatives, property

4) Developing nations' increasing economic dominance

5) The end of America's economic and diplomatic primacy

6) The greatest global economic decline since the Industrial Revolution

7) Rising world population coupled with food and water shortages

8) Loss of confidence in major institutions: government, banks, corporations

9) The growing, addict-like social dependency on technology

10) Central planning in the world's most "free" economies

 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

Our privacy, our rights, our jobs, and just about every aspect of our lives are under attack by the people who are supposed to serve us…Free-21 Ways to Protect Your Privacy

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1 comment:

YakYak said...

Sure enjoy your cookbook...already got ideas for our weekend outing-thanks!