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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Giving up Freedom for Security-It's Costing us Billions

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Defeating Dysfunctional Politicians-Giving up Freedom

2.      The growth of tent cities in America

3.      Fall Harvest Lookup site

4.      How to Bypass the phone menu in large corporations

5.      Refusing a police traffic checkpoint stop, handling warrantless visits

The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies."
-- Cesare Pavese

Every decent person is ashamed of the government he lives under...


Economic Woes Lead to Proliferation of Tent Cities Nationwide…Or ‘Brother can you spare a dime,” but good luck finding anything which still cost ten cents!

"You're either rich or you're poor," he said. "There's no in-between anymore."


Just off the side of a motorway on the fringes of the picturesque town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a mismatched collection of 30 tents tucked in the woods has become home - home to those who are either unemployed, or whose wages are so low that they can no longer afford to pay rent.

The Rev. Steven Brigham of the Lakewood Outreach Community Service Ministry established this tent city five years ago for Ocean County, N.J.'s unemployed and disenfranchised residents, many of whom had previously lived paycheck to paycheck. Whether by loss of a job, the death of a loved one or a failed marriage, the American Dream has turned into a waking nightmare for the camp's inhabitants.

The economy is weak and the job market brutal. Nearly 13 million Americans can't find work; the national unemployment rate is 8.1 percent, the highest level ever three years after a recession supposedly ended. A divided Washington has done little to ease the misery.

The human toll is immense. Forty percent of the jobless— 5 million people — have been out of work for six months or more, their skills eroding and their chances of finding good jobs fading. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has declared long-term unemployment a "national crisis." Millions of Americans have simply given up looking for work.

Republicans and Democrats will have to find some common ground before the year ends to prevent the economy from falling off a "fiscal cliff." If they don't reach a budget deal, more than $600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases will start to kick in next year.

It’s unlikely the two parties will come together to do anything meaningful.  The most likely scenario is some kind of temporary stop-gap band aid solution.

Mint helps keep ants away…plant mint around the foundation of your home to make ants less likely to enter.


PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources


Fall Harvest Lookup

Pick your own fruits and vegetables…


Bypass the phone menu of a large company

DeepDial will automatically dial and navigate the menu for you.  Then you get a call back from the company and department you wish to talk with.  This is a free consumer service covering 100s of airlines, large retailers, manufacturers and more.


How to handle Search Warrant-less Police at your door: How Barry Cooper, a former narcotics officer, suggests you handle knock and talks, a common attempt by police to violate your 4th amendment...


How To Refuse an ID Checkpoint

Standing up for your rights as an American Citizen


Know your rights in case you get pulled over. Driving a motor vehicle on public roadways exposes you to law enforcement, with its increasingly burdensome rules and overzealous use of technology. You do not have to answer police questions such as, "Do you know how fast you were going?" You do not have to perform field sobriety tests. You do not have to consent to having your vehicle searched. Do not park within sight of the establishment you are visiting if privacy is important. Police are sometimes ordering gun shops, for example, to report the license plate numbers of customers who pay cash.


Make a simple Yagi antenna with a magnetic dipole as the driving element.

From a construction standpoint, the Yagi antenna is made by spacing conducting rods along the directionality axis with a driving element near one end. It is assumed that the incoming radiation is a TEM plane wave, so the direction of the electric field component should be parallel to the conducting rod orientation. The magnetic component is then perpendicular to the rods and to the directionality of the antenna


Go to a local sawmill and buy scrap wood to use as firewood vs. buying cords for as much as $150!


Engineers develop electricity-free home cooling system

Researchers are developing a solar cooling and heating system for the home which will run independently of the electricity grid and generate domestic hot water as a by-product

A QUT researcher is developing a solar cooling and heating system for the home which will run independently of the electricity grid and generate domestic hot water as a by-product.

Paolo Corrada, a Ph.D. student at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) said the system he has designed cuts energy consumption by 90 percent. “My target is to make it 100 percent so that the system is self-sufficient to run off the main grid, costing the home owners nothing to run,” Corrada said.

“Heating and cooling account for about 65 percent of energy consumption in a house, whereas cooking accounts for only 6 percent so it is easy to see why air conditioning devices are the main targets to reduce our energy consumption.”

A QUT release quotes him to say that the system is based on the use of an absorption chiller which is a well-proven, efficient technology. “An absorption chiller uses a chemical process to reject heat and, when using waste heat or heat generated by renewable energy, is more effective than the more common mechanical process of vapor compression at deflecting heat,” he said.


If you’re 55 or older, you may be entitled to discounted utilities and trash pickup…call to find out.


The Nanny State Updates…

Consumers getting ripped off – again

As we’ve reported so many times in the past, product sizes are shrinking while prices remain the same…we noticed it with coffee in particular.  The same applies to boxed baking mixes, toilet paper and other paper goods.  ABC news did a nice job of exposing this.  Keep an eye out and watch for items marked “New & Improved,” usually a sign and ironically, there is no consumer law which says anything needs to have been improved for a manufacturer to make this bogus claim.

Skip the dishwasher dry cycle – simply open the dishwasher door and let it air dry to save electricity.

The Parting Thought…


Part IV of Taking America Back from Dysfunctional Politicians series…


Giving up freedom in the name of Security…


If you have an addiction to control, there are few better ways of satisfying your cravings than to go into government, especially if your goal is to save us all from … us all.

--Dennis Clayson


The country is broke…our infrastructure is in dire shape, schools are closing down, folks can’t find decent jobs…but we have boatloads of cash for the nanny state to ‘keep us safe because Americans love trading freedom for security.

In one month, here’s what DHS gave away:


The surveillance and population control" building blocks" being put into place are about bureaucrats proactively identifying and classifying a massive number of people.

In advance of any crime. On the assumption of guilty until proven innocent. Based on a secret federal review of their finances, privacy choices, personal transactions, personal and professional affiliations, and political and religious beliefs.

The Warnings Are There

Activist, radio talk show and journalist, Madison Ruppert, recently detailed on his "End The Lie Radio Show" how our Department of Homeland Security has an apparent obsession with buying up all the ammunition on earth. He noted that even if this ammo were purchased strictly for training purposes, as the Feds claim, we simply do not have the money in the federal budget to buy hundreds of millions of rounds of high dollar ammunition for domestic agents' target practice.

Another recent story by Ruppert entitled, "We Are Preparing For Massive Civil War...Says DHS Informant" outlines investigator Doug Haggman's interview with reportedly, high-level, reliable sources inside Homeland Security, who claim the agency is preparing for a massive civil war in America. The DHS source states that the federal government foresees and prepares for a massive civil revolt. "Every time you hear about troop movements, military equipment, the militarization of the police, and the buying of the ammunition in the US, all of this is orchestrated by the DHS who are reportedly preparing for a massive uprising."

Many US War Colleges are using training scenarios to deal with a citizen uprising. This is a self-fulfilling plan whereby as emergencies occur (or manufactured), people will cry out for more protection and order…at the expense of freedom.

Citizen-tracking technology expos are attracting small-town police departments -- many of which are flush with federal grant money and a long shopping list for the most advanced and prestigious new military weapons being made available to them. –Wall Street Journal

It’s been suggested that a period of chaos or general anarchy as short as 48-hours would make the majority of the American people willing to accept severe changes (martial law, suspension of the Constitution) in exchange for security…The Patriot Act in reaction to 911 indicates this is a reality.

Given the nature of the Washington-Wall Street Cartel, some ‘emergency’ will be contrived to make Americans beg for safety and security, probably leading to martial law.  Look at how quickly main street folks gave up the Bill of Rights with the introduction of the unPatriot Act!

The U.S. Constitution divides the powers of government into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. Generally speaking, the legislative branch, Congress, makes the nation's laws. The executive branch enforces the laws through the president and various executive offices. The judicial branch, made up of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, decides cases that arise under the laws.

This division of government is called the separation of powers. The separation of powers is supposed to prevent tyranny. Tyranny is random or unfair government action that can result when one person has all the power to make, enforce, and interpret the laws.

So what if all three branches of the government violate the Constitution?

One can hope the military might step in and remove the traitors and restore order.


Traits Common to Declining Cultures

Obsession with beauty

Decline of the middle class

Increase of violence (primarily among young)

Decline of the family

Decline of morals

Increase of immorality and ethics among leaders

An insolvent government

Failure of its people to see the decline

A decline in literacy and education

Decline of a belief in a Supreme Being


Do you see any of this happening in America?

Increasingly, Americans seem more willing to embrace the ideals of government owning and running industry (GM, large banks), over regulation of business (to the point where fewer are created) criminalization of public protests (if your point of view differs from the powers that be), the proliferation of police checkpoints, nullification of the Bill of Rights, efforts to disarm citizens or make it harder to protect yourself, and in the case of one man in Oregon, criminalizing ownership of rainwater.

Tired of “Government by Intimidation?
Learn how we can take back America from dysfunctional politicians-without firing a shot! Or will Americans get what they deserve because they lack the cajones to act?

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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