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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pet Friendly Hotels, 10 Basic Cleaning Solutions

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
For Independent Minded People!
ISSN 2161-5543
In This Issue:
1.      No more dreaded Mondays
2.      Pet friendly hotels
3.      Airborne windmills
4.      The 10 Basic cleaning solutions
5.      Your taxes are increasing
Democracy consists of choosing your dictators,
after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear."

-- Alan Corenk

More Idea-Starters…create a sideline income

In his book No More Mondays (later reprinted as No More Dreaded Mondays, author Dan Miller makes the case for going into business for yourself. It doesn't have to be a big firm in an office complex. Miller tells of people founding unique small business, such as the man who built him a sidewalk.

Here are some real-life examples of people who are making a living or supplementing their paycheck on their own:

>Mother of a large family, Bobbi can clean out closets and garages with the best of them. She's turned her talents into a business. While the kids are at school, she goes to people's homes and organizes their storage areas. Sometimes, she's offered their cast-offs, which she uses for her own family or sells.

>Jana moved back in with her parents after graduation. She often gets a paid "vacation" from this. She advertises her services as a house sitter. She stays in a wealthier family's spare bedroom while they're gone out of town. While her employers enjoy Vegas, a ski trip or a cruise, Jana enjoys their luxurious home, their cable TV, and sometimes their swimming pool. She's paid for this! She cares for their pets and gardens, waters their plants, and still goes to her day job.
>After a layoff, Lew bought old washing machines and dryers from garage sales. He'd fix them up and sell them at a flea market. "From every three washers, I could usually get two working, using the third for spare parts," he said. His profits paid his bills. This led to a career. A man wanted to retire from his coin laundry business and sold it to Lew.

>Paul's homemade motorcycles were never competition for Harley-Davidson, but Fisher-Price might notice. Paul has made many a motorcycle version of a rocking horse. They're made from free materials, namely discarded wooden pallets he finds in alleys. During events when motorcyclists flock to his state, Paul displays his rocking motorcycles at local businesses with a sign telling tourists how to order one. Many bikers are grandfathers, so their favorite toddler gets a "motorcycle" from Santa Claus

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Increase sunshine for indoor plants by making an aluminum foil tray & set your plants on top of it.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Pet Friendly Hotels
Finding pet-friendly accommodations while traveling with family pets is a little easier by using these resources:
> and
Each provide free listings of dog friendly hotels worldwide…also airlines, resorts and attractions.
> includes spots for cats and other critters.
All of them offer forums where you can share information with other pet owners.

Makani Power has created a tethered wind turbine that can generate power by flying aloft in large circles, much the way a kite does
The benefits of wind energy have long been harnessed as a useful power source. Now a Californian company aims to increase the energy output of this resource. Rather than situating windmills on the ground, as tradition dictatesin large circles, much the way a kite does.

Things to Consider When Choosing Plants for Your Garden
When planning your own green garden, opt for vegetables and plants native to your area. They adapt to the climate and won’t need extra water. Also, choose plants that grow within the area planned. This will lessen the need for pesticides and fertilizers.
The Basic Ten Green Cleaning Products
Here are "The Basic Ten" products you can use to clean just about anything, courtesy of
1) White vinegar: An antifungal that also kills germs and bacteria.
2) Baking soda: Eliminates odors and works as a gentle scouring powder.
3) Borax: Borax, the common name for the natural mineral compound sodium borate, eliminates odors, removes dirt, and acts as an antifungal and possible disinfectant. Use with care around children and pets, as it can be toxic if swallowed.
4) Hydrogen peroxide (3% concentration): A great nontoxic bleach and stain remover, as well as a proven disinfectant.
5) Club soda (fresh): A stain remover and polisher.
6) Lemon juice: A pleasant-smelling nontoxic bleach, grease-cutter, and stain remover.
7) Liquid castile soap: An all-purpose cleaner, grease-cutter, and disinfectant. “Castile” means the soap is vegetable-based, not animal-fat-based.
8) Corn meal: Great at picking up carpet spills.
9) Olive oil: Makes a wonderful furniture polish.
10) Pure essential oils: Adding all-natural, organic essential oils to your cleaning concoctions can add wonderful scents to your housekeeping endeavors. Some—such as lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and tea tree oils—also may have antibacterial, antifungal, or insect-repelling properties.
DIY Bug killer for plants:  Mix 1 tbsp. of dry mustard to 1 qt. warm water and spray plants at the first sign

The Nanny State Updates…
Mushrooming Government Capabilities to Control Society

The rise of the Police State in America continues to build as the Poor Man has reported on so often…

This is a subject that is so big, wide, and dynamic that in many cases, even members of Congress do not understand the extent of bureaucratic planning to control our lives. Or that the Department of Homeland Security's big-picture plans, tactics, and technology are based on population control tactics originally developed and used in Iraq.

For example, airport screening bureaucrats, whose authority Americans are being conditioned to accept without question, are no longer limited to airports. The Transportation Security Administration and many other agencies are expanding airport-screening technologies and systems to cover all forms of ground transportation. Complete with traveler checkpoints and individualized tracking of cars, trains, telephones, and computers.

These days, "national security" is quite a growth industry. For example, if you are currently unemployed you can always apply to work as an Internment/Resettlement Specialist for the National Guard.
Barbecue skewers make excellent plant markers for your garden!

The Parting Thought – Taxmageddon Coming to you soon!

The largest tax hike in history is due to strike the United States on January 1, 2013. Known as "Taxmageddon," it would impose $494 billion in higher taxes on the American people in the first year. So terrible would be its impact that yesterday Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Senate Democrats that the country is headed toward a "fiscal cliff" and that Congress must deal with the impending tax nightmare.

On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
announced that his chamber will take up the issue before the November election. Knowing Washington's general reluctance to do anything of substance in an election year, Boehner's announcement was welcome news given the disastrous ramifications the threat of such a massive tax hike is already having on the economy. That's according to Mohammed El-Erian, CEO of Pimco, the world's largest bond trading firm. El-Erian argues a "prolonged political inaction is likely to postpone building plants and purchasing equipment and to discourage them from hiring." And that is only an inkling of the blow that would strike the economy if these tax hikes actually took effect.

How could nearly half a trillion dollars in higher taxes hit the American people so fast? What hath prior Congresses wrought?
Heritage's Curtis Dubay explains that the tax hikes come from a series of expiring tax cuts and the imposition of even more new taxes. And Heritage's J.D. Foster writes that Americans can expect to see the following tax consequences starting next year:

- Income tax rates shoot up,
- The child credit is cut in half,
- The marriage penalty roars back,
- The capital gains tax rate goes up,
- The dividend tax rate soars,
- The payroll tax rate jumps two percentage points,
- The death tax is restored to its punitive past,
- The Alternative Minimum Tax relief expires, and
- A uniquely pernicious additional payroll tax hike from Obamacare takes effect.

Source:  The Heritage Foundation
“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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