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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Preserving Food, The World Doesn't End Often, Toxic Cleaners Safety

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
For Independent Minded People!
ISSN 2161-5543
In This Issue:
1.       Preserving food + Grow 100 lbs of Potatoes in a barrel
2.      The Best Financial Privacy
3.      Safeguard you home from toxic household cleaners
4.      The world doesn’t end often

"The problems we face today cannot be solved by the minds that created them” - Albert Einstein

Starting With this Issue..
Our twice weekly posting will be smaller, more condensed.  There are three reasons.  Fewer people read during the summer months.  Few people read lengthy blog posts (reduced attention spans) AND, beginning July 15th, we’re launching PMPrivate.  This ‘members-only’ newsletter will focus more on saving and making money, how-to’s, DIY and will offer many more free downloads of useful books and other materials.

It will not be available to the general public.  It will not be posted to any online site.  There will be a nominal annual subscription fee.

Also, on our main page (see top) we’ve added a live precious metals chart which you can use to check on the price of gold, silver and other metals.

Enjoy the summer and take a minute to review our new PMPrivate newsletter (you need to scroll down a bit under the description for the free version of the newsletter)…some very nice bonuses to start folks off with the introductory price is extremely reasonable.

Boost your community by making a match with a charity’s wish list at ExcessAccess.or – 415-242-6041. Post a list of things you no longer want, while nonprofits post their needs list.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Preserving your family's food is an old idea that is making a comeback. With the average household's net worth down a whopping 40%, millions of middle-class Americans are rediscovering all the new technology that lets them sidestep major food inflation.

When you dehydrate foods, you can save money. Drying your own meats, herbs, and produce is cheaper than buying pre-packaged dried foods
Dried foods are more nutritious than canned goods. I do recommend you do some canning so you'll have more variety in your food stores – and because, if water is ever scarce, canned foods are essential.
But, it's important to keep in mind that when you dry foods, they retain 95 percent of their nutritional value. Canned goods retain only about 40 percent of the vitamins and minerals they had when fresh. From a nutritional standpoint, dried foods are superior.
And, they're easy to make at home

Yes, You Can Build Your Own Solar Food Dehydrator
Building a solar food dehydrator is similar to building a box-style solar oven.
The simplest style starts with a box made of wood or metal. Instead of a flat top, you should build the box with an angled top. You'll make the angled top from glass or a sheet of clear plastic, so as much sun as possible can enter the box, helping your food dryer to heat up. For optimal heating, build the top at approximately a 45-degree angle.

Rather than a solid bottom, use a sheet of fine metal screening material to allow air to enter the box. Affix the bottom about 4 inches up the interior sides of the box, so your screen isn't resting right on the ground. Drying food requires a constant flow of warm air, so you'll also cut vent holes near the top on the back of box. Cover the vent holes with screening material, too, to keep bugs out.

The final exterior design change from a standard box-style solar oven is to build a hinged door into the back so you can easily insert and remove your drying racks.
Like a solar oven, you should paint the interior of your solar food dryer black to help the heating process. You'll also build ledges on the interior sides that you can rest shelves on. Allow about four inches of space between the ledges. You'll make drying trays by stretching lightweight, food-grade screen mesh over wooden frames. Each tray should be the same width as the interior of the box – minus a quarter to a half an inch.

Dry Almost Anything
With your solar food dryer, you can dry almost anything. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and meats are the most common things to dry. Some people make fresh pasta and dry it in their dehydrator, but that seems a little labor-intensive to me, especially when you can buy dried pasta at such a low cost.
But, the cost savings on fruits, vegetables, meats, and herbs over what you can buy in your grocery store is impressive.
Read the rest here and get your homemade jerky recipe:

  Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes In a Barrel
Timothy Hurst built his own potato barrels and wrote about them on Green Upgrader. He says they reduce weeds, pests, fungi, and eliminate shovel damage to potatoes. See these next 4 slides for his steps. "Just about any 2- to 3-foot tall container will work," he says. Pick a container you can drill drain holes in, and clean it with a mild bleach solution, as he puts it, "to get out the nasties."

For more on this step,
go here.

Safeguard Your Home From Toxic Household Cleaners
-Learn which are the most hazardous
-Proper Storage Methods, How to Identify
-Alternative DIY Recipes to Make Your Own
It’s another Free report (PDF) from the Poor Man Survival Editors
Something you should share…

Drowning in stuff?  Send an SOS to or call 800-586-5872.  For a fee beginning at $50 they’ll haul away just about anything from old books to old refrigerators.

The Nanny State Updates…
We are living under a system of almost complete financial surveillance. Authorities can see every major transaction you make and block any of those transactions, often without a warrant. Now, there is a way to transact essentially anonymously and prevent financial blockades.
Financial privacy is a fundamental right which the law does little to protect. In fact, the laws of any country with a central bank and strong bank regulations make financial privacy a very difficult right to exercise.

Central Banks Are Anathema To A Free People

Dissatisfaction with central banks has grown in recent years, as evidenced by the large number of co-sponsors to Dr. Paul’s bill to audit the Fed. Even if the Fed is subjected to an audit, it is only the first of many steps needed to secure more economic freedom and the best financial privacy. That road to financial freedom and financial privacy is a long one. Since the law cannot adequately protect financial privacy, we must find alternative peaceful methods to protect our rights. No matter how dissatisfied we are with central banks, there are few viable legal alternatives.  More at:

As John Lott Says, “More Guns, Less Crime”: “Murder rates have fallen 13 percent from 2008 to 2011 (1.9% from 2010 to 2011). Violent crimes fell by 15 percent over the same time period. Yet, over that same time concealed handgun permits have gone up by 37 percent from about 5 million to around 8 million.” [John Lott’s Website, June 20]

Skip car chargers for your cell phone as these are meant for emergencies only.  Using one regularly can cut off of up to a year of battery life for your phone.

The Parting Thought –

The world doesn’t end that often…and folks are becoming pessimistic as seen in this new Yahoo poll.

·         Is the American dream a myth?
o    Yes, there are fewer opportunities.
o    No, it's a reality if you work hard.

Experience shows that if something is going to go really wrong, predictably waste your time, annoy you, attack your dignity and finally just prove to be totally ineffective at accomplishing the task, there's a good chance that it involves the government.

Society outside the state has corrective forces always at work. Life's not perfect, but it is generally trying its best to improve. But with the state, everything seems to be stuck in a pattern of failure at every level. At best, government does stupid things; at worst, it does unspeakably horrible things.

During this financial crisis that continues to plague America, there's a good chance that your retirement savings, investments and home value has been impacted-and not in a good way. The Federal Reserve reported that the median net worth of American families dropped by nearly 40% from 2007 to 2010.

There might be a war between U.S. citizens and the Fed or its rulers, but overall, the world will muddle on though albeit with the majority of the population at odds with the government…showdown time? If a major shakeup takes place, there will be uncertainty and possibly chaos, at least for a time.

We have absolutely zero hope that Americans will wake up, so…
What could possibly be the good news about America's next financial meltdown?  I’ll let you answer that.

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“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Announcement: PMPrivate to Launch in July

PM Private

For those who are serious about being independent.

 Here is a detailed briefing on how to seize upon a membership in my exclusive PM Private Newsletter.  Start Date:  July 15th

The world is no longer ambling along the path of tyranny.  It's sprinting.  Indefinite detentions...stripping of citizenship of some...denial of re-entry for others...TSA agents moving out from airports to the train station and highways...Anyone who denies the ongoing transformation of the U.S. into totalitarianism at this point is just being willfully stupid.

Imagine a future in which the United States is facing an unmitigated economic implosion. Not just a mere market crash, or a stint of high unemployment, but a full spectrum collapse driven by unsustainable debt spending and hyperinflationary printing. The American people witness multiple credit downgrades of U.S. Treasury mechanisms, the dollar loses its reserve status, devaluation of the currency runs rampant, and the prices of commodities and imported goods immediately skyrocket.

You are the enemy.

Your way of life is the enemy. And your belief in your freedom to live that life as you see fit is in the cross hairs of a government desperate to maintain the status quo.

Your freedom is being destroyed. But it's happening slowly so as not to stir the masses hypnotized by their TV and video game lifestyle.

It’s been my goal to build a community of liberty minded individuals in preparation for the dangers ahead; to seek local and national solutions, social and political.

The data are in: Inflation is killing wages, one grueling step at a time.

So let me ask you the following: How much is the dollar worth today compared with the year 2000? These are years in which inflation has been supposedly crushed. What's your best guess?

The answer is 75 cents. Imagine that. For every four quarters you owned, one was stolen in secret over the course of the last 12 years

Inflation is adding to the growing despair in the American workforce. Wages are falling. College has become unaffordable; forget working your way through school. Net worth of households is falling in real terms. There is no relief in the terrible employment situation, and there is plenty of misery aside from what the numbers reveal.

The money people do have earns next to nothing at the bank, and the value is being stolen bit by bit every day. It's become nearly impossible for people to stay ahead, which is why half of Americans today believe that the future is going to be worse than the present.

PM Private will carry no advertising and will…

PMPrivate will tackle solutions for living a freer life and it will be supported though donations and purchases of our products. There will be a weekly mailing with supplements, books and special reports as they become available.  Each issue will be brief, averaging no more than two to three pages, no advertising, less politics….Here’s a sampling of what’s coming:

How to find a job in tough times. The usual methods don't work anymore. Find out what to do instead. (Share this with an out of work friend).

How to get rid of debt collectors. 

How to save thousands of dollars a year—without changing your quality of life.

Painless ways to save $2,000 a year off your energy bills. (That's tax-free money right into your pocket!)

What to say if you surprise a burglar in your home. Could save your life

The best way to shelter income from a side business

How to turn a hobby you love into a big, fat tax deduction.

How to lower your property taxes—even after you've been assessed. One simple technique can cut them by as much as $3,000—and all you have to do is ask for it

Emergency Refrigeration-DIY methods of preventing spoilage during power outages

A few areas we’ll cover…

>Sneaky, hidden fees you don't have to pay

>Online secret cuts 75 cents off every dollar you spend at the grocery store

>Get paid up to $40,000 to work at home

>How to make yourself 100% identity theft-proof

>Turning your hobby into a tax shelter

>Ways to get around government red tape

In short, PM Private will focus more on becoming financially independent, personal economics, ‘underground’ information, scams to avoid, and more.

Those who sign up for PMPrivate will receive two special reports starting with:  Hack Your Showerhead (ideas on getting around stupid bureaucrats) and Underground Secrets You’re Not Supposed to Know.

If you’ve been a reader, you already know I provide usable information, so invest $10 for an annual subscription today.  Upon payment, you’ll get a subscription link and your reports will arrive automatically.

(I thought about not charging for this, but this will weed out those who are not serious).

No need to stop subscribing to our regular blog/newsletter. PMPrivate will contain new and different information about achieving a better, more independent lifestyle and will not be duplicated elsewhere. The list will be private and you will have easy access to my personal email address for questions and suggestions.

Go here (scroll down slightly past the free version info) and use the PayPal button.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Death by Foreclosure, Wind Turbine Solutions

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.      Abuse of Presidential Powers?

2.      Free, no-fee Pre-Paid Cards

3.      Wind turbine solutions

4.      Death by Foreclosure

5.      Sunshine Patriots-Part II

July 4, 1776-The Day we ‘unfollowed’ King George—Conan O’Brien

Our Independence is being slowly stolen away from the American People…Few in government seem accountable any longer!

Even former president Jimmy Carter blasted the government for allowing "unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications."

“• Even though the Democrat-controlled Senate rejected the President’s cap-and-trade plan, his Environmental Protection Agency classified carbon dioxide, the compound that sustains vegetative life, as a pollutant so that it could regulate it under the Clean Air Act.

“• After the Employee Free Choice Act—designed to bolster labor unions’ dwindling membership rolls—was defeated by Congress, the National Labor Relations Board announced a rule that would implement‘snap elections’ for union representation […] .

“• After an Internet regulation proposal failed to make it through Congress, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would regulate the Web anyway, even despite a federal court’s ruling that it had no authority to do so.

“• Although Congress consistently has barred the Department of Education from getting involved in curriculum matters, the Administration has offered waivers for the No Child Left Behind law in exchange for states adopting national education standards, all without congressional authorization. […]

“• Since it objects to existing federal immigration laws, the Administration has decided to apply those laws selectively and actively prevent the state (like Arizona) from enforcing those laws themselves.

“• Rather than push Congress to repeal federal laws against marijuana use, the Department of Justice (DOJ) simply decided it would no longer enforce those laws.

“• DOJ also has announced that it would stop enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act or defending it from legal challenge rather than seeking legislative recourse.” [Matthew Spalding, The Foundry, June 22]

Fill a water bucket easily when all you have is a small sink by placing the empty bucket on the floor and set a plastic dustpan in the sink, grooved handle facing out.  Turn on the tap and let the water run through this instant funnel.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

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It is estimated that about 40 million Americans do not have a bank account. The reasons for this vary. For many, they are unable to qualify for a bank account because of past bounced checks. Bounce too many checks, and you’ll find yourself in the Chexsystems, which many banks use to evaluate potential new banking customers. For others it’s simply a distrust of the banking system or frustration with limited hours or the hoops one has to jump through to get service

Whatever the reason, the unbanked often turned to expensive check cashing stores to cash their weekly paychecks. Time Magazine wrote about this phenomenon, which costs consumers $10 billion a year in fees charged by check cashing stores, payday loan providers, and others. It’s not at all uncommon for consumers to spend 3% or more to get a paycheck cashed.  Get this list here:

WindTronics-Wind turbine solutions-Makes electricity in ½ mile per hour windA little pricey for the Poor Man right now, but sure looks viable

Find American Made Products-New Site offers 100s products from vitamins to apparel

Get Rid of Gadgets- Get Cash

This site will purchase your outdated electronics – everything from Smart phones to game consoles and laptops (even broken ones)


Carry packages of instant oatmeal & dried fruit with you on trips, such as airlines where they make a quick, healthy snack.  Just ask the steward for a cup of hot water.

The Nanny State Updates…

Death by Foreclosure

"But while BofA, JPMorgan Chase, Fannie and Freddie live on, Russia Today (RT) reports that for more and more underwater, foreclosed-upon homeowners, suicide is the only answer. Death by foreclosure is quietly going on around the country, reports the RT. And as more depressed people are evicted from their homes, the death toll will continue to rise.

"The foreclosure-suicide story is tragically underreported.

"While the press concentrates on looking for bad guys to blame the crisis on, people completely forget the human toll. In the Channel 8 Eyewitness News special "Desert Underwater," an officer for the constable's office that does the foreclosure evictions told Channel 8 that his worst day on the job was when the man he was evicting shot himself in front of him after the man was handed the eviction notice.

"Trisha Black, a Las Vegas attorney who specializes in helping those in foreclosure, counts 29 suicides just amongst her clients.

The Parting Thought – Sunshine Patriots-II

These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. >>Thomas Paine

Sunshine Patriots

Flag-waving has become so popular that the Chinese are actually working overtime to manufacture enough American flags to meet demand. Everywhere, citizens will wave the flag this holiday.  There's just one problem – in our rush to defend America, our most basic liberties are under attack as never before.

Back in 1778, Thomas Paine warned Americans about false patriots who wave the flag on sunny days, but fail to uphold liberty in stormy weather and as one pundit mentioned, “There aren’t enough real Americans today to hold up the flag.”

Too many Americans today are asleep at the wheel when it comes to what is happening to our country.  They simply cannot tear themselves away from reality TV and video games to be bothered.  They continually re-elect the same pirates into office, they blindly go along with whatever anti-Constitutional laws are passed just so long as the Big Game and another beer is available.

Our nation is being eviscerated by political hacks and the special interests which own them but few seem to be bothered.

Perhaps there may just be a defective subspecies of human being, homo servilus, who - much like a bee in a hive - is programmed to crave the collective and therefore accepts its corollary - coercion - as the natural and right order of things.

The only effective answer for greed in politics is an organized electorate. >The Poor Man

Many will hear the call, but few will answer.

 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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