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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Trash Bag Survival Uses, Finding Free Wi-Fi-More

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
For Independent Minded People!
ISSN 2161-5543
In This Issue:
1.       Using trash bags for survival
2.      25 Ways to save an extra $1000
3.      Finding free Wi-Fi, 101 Ways to Stop Money Leaks
4.      Slipping the noose-getting out of fed control

Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you. ~Erma Bombeck

Getting Back Some Value for Your Tax Dollar
There are tens of thousands of free programs to help you if you
are struggling with a problem or want to accomplish some objective in life.
So before you spend money, borrow money, or not do anything at all, first
check to see whether there is free help.

1. Receive up to $10,000 to train for a new career. If you have better
skills, you can get a better job, and employers will have a stronger stock
of skilled candidates to choose from. This is why the government offers you
up to $10,000 to take a few months off to sharpen your computer skills,
learn to be a chef, or even get any specialized training that will make you
more employable for the jobs available now.
If you think that specialized training will help you get a better job,
contact your state One-Stop Labor Information Center headquarters in your
state capitol, where someone can direct you to a local office to explain
how to receive this training. Learn more at

2. Land a job, thanks to the stimulus package. The people who have money to
spend are those who received stimulus funds. These are government agencies,
contractors, and even subcontractors who are hiring people, buying equipment
and supplies, looking for caterers for their parties, or are flush to
donate to your charity.
To find out who received this money in your area, contact the office of your
senator or representative or your governor’s office. Almost every state has
a website describing who is getting what. To research, go to

The government doesn’t know what it has. If you call a government
office and ask whether the agency has money to help you accomplish some
goal, don’t take “no” for an answer. Government offices are too big
for any one person to know everything available through the office.
Get the documents, check the websites, and ask for suggestions for
other sources. The best way to deal with the government is to find out
what it has before you contact the agency. To know where to start, try

Consumers are missing out on tens of thousands of dollars of
free services, such as:
• Free counseling and credit repair services card from professional financial
experts in 1,000 offices around the country. Either call 800-569-
4287 or visit and search the phrase, “I want to talk to a
housing counselor.”
• Free management consulting services to help you start a business or work
on your invention from a network of professionals paid for by government
grants. Visit, and then click on “Small Business Development
Centers” under the “Local Resources” tab.
• Free legal help from government regulatory offices who fight for consumers
who have been treated badly by insurance companies, contractors,
doctors, employers, merchants, and lawyers. Contact your state government
operator, located in the state capitol, and ask who regulates the
person who did you wrong. At, you’ll find a list
of state government operators.

Refinance your auto loan(s) with, a website that allows
banks and credit unions to bid for your business by offering low APR rates.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

He who does not economize will have to agonize…Get the Poor Man’s 101 Ways to Stop Money Leaks
It’s another free PDF download from the Poor Man Survival Series

Use a plastic garbage bag for survival
10 Uses for a large plastic garbage bag in a survival kit
1. Ground sheet
2. Overhead shelter
3. Improvised poncho
4. Waterproofing backpack contents
5. Water container
6. Solar Still
7. Improvised sleeping bag (stuff with leaves or grass)
8. Signaling panel (if bright orange in color)
9. Wind direction gauge
10. Makeshift lashing

 How are you doing on your New Year's resolution to save more money? If the answer is 'not so great,' don't worry - there's still plenty of time to turn it around. Here are 25 tips that, used collectively, can easily make you a thousand dollars richer by the end of the year

Free Wi-Fi
Whether they sell fries or office supplies, several chains offer free Internet access at many (and sometimes all) locations. Here’s a partial list of places that usually have free Wi-Fi…
Whole Foods (some; check store Web pages)
McDonald’s (11,500-plus searchable locations)
Burger King (some; call)
Chick-Fil-A (some; check the wireless box)
Denny’s (some; call)
Starbucks (all)
Dunkin’ Donuts (some; look for Wi-Fi button)
Panera Bread (all; often capped during peak afternoon hours)
FedEx (1,800-plus searchable locations)

Free Wi-Fi is well-documented online. Head to and you’ll find state-by-state and city-by-city lists of locations, as well as categories of hotspots such as airports, campgrounds, and chain stores.
Want Wi-Fi data mapped out? Try WeFi, which lets you punch in an address and pull up the area with free Wi-Fi stores and hotspots marked. They also have an app for Android phones. All free.
There are security risks when using public Wi-Fi – check out’s tips for protecting yourself.

Even items with a “standby” setting, such as a television Or a DVD player, can suck up energy.
Unplug these devices when you aren’t using them, or plug a group of appliances
into a power strip for easy shut-off when you leave the room, suggests
Nishank Khanna, co-founder of, a website that helps consumers
find the best deals.

The Nanny State Updates…

Feds foist chicken ID on frustrated farmers
If a chicken or cow takes a trip out of state, it had better have its papers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rules for Animal Disease Traceability, developed in August 2011, are now in their final stages. They require identification of farm animals, such as poultry and cattle, that cross state lines
Read more:

The Parting Thought –
Slipping the Noose: Americans Are Learning to Resist the Feds Quietly
Dr. Gary North

Americans are learning how to beat the system, cheat the system, and outfox the system. As the bureaucrats tighten their many nooses, Americans are finding ways to slip the noose.
An article in Forbes offers examples. They are everywhere. Businesses are just ignoring the rules. They hire lawyers to help them avoid the law. They are fed up with the federal squid. They are not cooperating
This is significant for the future. The heart of every legal system is legitimacy. If the government – family, church, or civil – is viewed as legitimate, people who are under its jurisdiction cooperate. They add self-government to external systems of sanctions. If they refuse to do this, the government's enforcement system cannot force them to obey consistently. The system does not have enough resources to enforce compliance.
The people who live under the regime think the regime is corrupt, they cheat. They feel no guilt. If they think a law is immoral or stupid, they refuse to cooperate. The government can do little to change this outlook, other than shrink. No government does this voluntarily.
The federal government is now at the limit of enforcement. The bureaucrats write 83,000 pages of new rules every year, yet the country changes only slowly. The bureaucrats think they are in charge. They are not.
The Tea Party is a sign that the Feds have reached limits of compliance. The harder the Feds push, the greater the resistance
From the article "Americans Revolt Billions of Times a Day" by Jerry Bowyer, referenced above by Dr. North:

"We follow speed limits when we think they are being enforced only. Dads let their teenaged kids drink beer. People cross the state line to buy fireworks, or any good when the sales tax is lower. People on unemployment compensation stretch it out so they can work on their eBay business.
"Retirees buy discount drugs from Canada. Families share prescription antibiotics with other family members for whom they have not been prescribed. A man with cancer smokes marijuana even though he doesn't live in a medical marijuana state. When we are driving at night and we come to a T in the road with a stop sign and there is no one else around, we slow down and roll through the stop sign. We eschew seatbelt laws when we take short safe jaunts up the block. We let our kids do a little practice driving in the parking lot before they get their learner's permit.
"We don't recycle every time they tell us to. We top off the gas tank even though they tell us not to. If they announce they are going to illegalize normal light bulbs, we buy more, not less of them to stock up. If we think that gasoline will kill the poison ivy better than some biodegradable eco-approved watered down stuff, we use the gas. Even though certain states had anti-sodomy statutes on the books up until just a few years ago, gay people had sex in their homes all the time, and did not give a thought to the ordinances.
"Businesses split in half so as to be qualified for small business exemptions from federal regulation. Farmers look the other way when they hire day laborers who clearly are not citizens. Federal regulators write their regulations, and financiers change their form of organization in unforeseen ways to avoid the regulations, even ones they pushed for.
"George Soros delists his hedge fund to avoid rules his beneficiaries wrote. Businesses treat many regulations as cost of business and just pay the fine rather than incur extreme costs. Factories and labs create commonsense workarounds to arbitrary OSHA regulations .
"And most people have absolutely no moral compunction about any of these violations of the either the spirit or the letter of the law, because deep down they no longer believe that the law, especially the tax code, represents any compelling moral principle, nor do its dictates seem any longer to be fair. They don't think their home state has earned taxes on the Amazon purchases or that it deserves any share of the mutually beneficial exchange between you and your dry wall guy.
"I bet you can think of a few dozen more examples, and increasingly we're all in business and in personal life thinking of more and more ways to game a system which we have less and less faith in."

Editors Note:  It’s been estimated goods and services in America cost us on average 25% more due to over regulation and its resulting higher insurance premiums paid for by US service providers and manufacturers.  This choking of the free enterprise system is a threat not only to job creation but in reality, our national security.

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man
A Pivotal event is likely to happen in this country beginning in September of this year…something for America is about to go POOF! A potential double-whammy which could sink the dollar. Our PMPrivate subscribers will learn about it soon along with a few viable alternatives to cope with what is about to take place and it’s something mainstream American news has been quiet about.

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We all need to resist as there is just too much government invading every element of our lives.

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