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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Drought-Proof Your Grocery Budget, Earn Cash

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
For Independent Minded People!
ISSN 2161-5543
In This Issue:
1.       Drought-Proof your grocery budget
2.      Earn cash from being a virtual assistant
3.      ACLU provides free app to videotape police
4.      UN Gun treaty to ban guns

“He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.”
Edgar R. Fiedler Quotes
Common Ground Among People

The Poor Man has been to a lot of countries and has visited ¾’s of the United States.  There are a few things I’ve learned along the way.
First, wars are seldom started by the common person; they’re usually started by ego-driven leaders/politicians who want something the other guy has (land, gold, oil, etc.) and the common man gets dragged into costly conflicts.

Second, the majority of people share a core desire…to create a better life for them and their families and to be left alone (from each other and the government).  It’s unfortunate that governments won’t leave people alone.  They all seem to have a need to micro-manage our lives while picking our pockets to accomplish that goal.

I thought the internet would have liberated people from the chains of government.  It has to a degree, but it sure hasn’t stopped the Nanny State from working in overdrive in its quest for control.

This is why I am a libertarian.

My primary philosophy in life is to do no harm to others during my efforts at becoming self reliant.  My secondary philosophy, and the reason I continue publishing this newsletter, is to help others to become more self sufficient.  I believe we now offer one of the best resource-filled sites on the planet and perhaps that’s why we’re considered to be among the Top 50 Best such sites out there.

I often struggle, juggle and puzzle with the various tasks which face me and I am constantly learning new things.   I have no staff or part time help as do many other bigger sites.

Therefore, I am always open to your suggestions and feedback.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors-Building more self-reliant communities through International Homesteading Education Month, a joint effort between Mother Earth News and Grit magazines kicks off in September.    Anyone interested in sharing their homesteading skills can be listed in its Speaker Finder section.  This is fitting as September is also National Preparedness Month.  Learn about other Survival Shows coming up throughout the country too…

Get free trees – just Google ‘shade tree program’ and the name of your town to find out if the government will provide you with free saplings to plan to shade your home.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Here's information about which foods are likely to be affected by the drought, plus steps that you can take to avoid the anticipated price increases.

55% of the continental U.S. is now under drought conditions 1,297 counties have been declared national disaster areas 88% of the corn crop is located in areas impacted by the drought 87% of the soybean crop is located in areas impacted by the drought There hasn't been a worse drought in the U.S. since the 1950's
Most of the price increases aren't expected to hit until 2013, so stock up on these items now, while they're still cheap.

Virtual Assistant
The work: Ten years ago, this job didn’t exist. Today, however, demand is booming. You provide general assistance—administrative, scheduling, bookkeeping, even event planning—from your home office.

What you bring to the table: Administrative experience; excellent organizational and time-management skills so you can juggle a multitude of tasks; a pleasant phone manner

Expect to earn: About $10 per hour at a staffing agency; up to $30 per hour if you work directly with clients

Sign on: To find work on your own, check out, which lists companies that hire assistants, or sign on with an online staffing agency, like Team Double-Click or VIPdesk, to get contract jobs.

“Police Tape” is a free app that lets users securely and discreetly record interactions with police, with an option to post the resulting footage on the ACLU’s own servers. READ MORE...
Make your own dryer sheets by soaking a washcloth in your favorite fabric softener and letting it dry out.  Then, throw it into the dryer and use it over and over again.

The Nanny State Updates…
Leaked UN Gun Treaty Does Ban Guns

The text of the anticipated and hotly-contested United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been leaked, with the treaty itself set to be adopted and signed by member States as early as tomorrow, July 27. President Obama, today joining the chorus for gun control inside the United States in the wake of the Batman massacre, has previously indicated that he would sign the treaty, which would then have to be ratified by the Senate.
Masked behind the language of promoting peace in an international world by preventing genocide, the UN has unleashed a great Trojan Horse that calls upon States to enact national legislation sufficient to meet the minimum goals outlined in this treaty– including gun registries, background checks, import/export controls and more for arms of all types, including small & conventional weapons. “Each State Party shall adopt national legislation or other appropriate national measures regulations and policies as may be necessary to implement the obligations of this Treaty,” the treaty text states in part.

In one of the most shocking articles that the New York Times has ever put out, a New York Times reporter has openly admitted that virtually every major mainstream news organization allows government bureaucrats and campaign officials to censor their stories.

De-weed on the cheap by spraying white vinegar in sidewalk cracks or between bricks; growth will die within a few hours.

The Parting Thought-Your privacy has been breached

In his keynote speech on the first day of Black Hat in Las Vegas, Henry laid out five lessons the FBI and other intelligence agencies learned from when dealing with hostage situations in the real world.
The actual tactics used to launch the attacks may be different, but the theory is the same, he said.
Assume you've been breached.
Companies are accepting they can't keep out intruders, so they are shifting their focus on minimizing the amount of time the adversary spends in the network. The goal is to quickly spot intrusions and quickly respond, Henry said.

Counter-surveillance manufacturer Ensure Privacy says,
"Many people believe surveillance devices are myths; however surveillance devices are easily purchased on the open market. Bugging devices and telephone taps are an effective means of stalking [you]. Body-Wires and room transmitters are unethical yet common practice. Professional burglars are using vehicle tracking systems to know when and where you are. Understanding that surveillance devices are real and they can be obtained easily for not a lot of money is why counter-surveillance equipment is necessary."
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“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man
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