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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Oddball Zombie Services, 10 things to Stop Buying, Bankrupt USA

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Oddball stuff for the Zombie Apocalypse

2.      Little Hope, Little Change-Why I don’t drink the Kool-aid

3.      Half the workforce to be temps?

4.      Bankrupting the nation, one federal agency at a time

5.      Freebies from MyPoints, 10 Things you can stop buying



“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain
 the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the
 government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."

 -- Patrick Henry


Little Hope, Little Change…Why I don’t drink the Kool-Aid

I no longer believe in the ‘system.’  When I was born, America was a prosperous nation, now we’re the largest debtor nation and our money hardly buys squat in comparison.  I blame the Democrats and the Republicans equally.

Every four years the election circus comes to town, filled with smoke, mirrors and hoopalah, but nothing ever changes.

In fact, it’ gotten worse.  Despite hollow campaign rhetoric and empty promises, nothing ever changes.

Our country is still broke and becoming more insolvent every day.  We’re still involved with an endless stream of wars.  We still have a lousy, unfair tax system.  Washington still passes laws which hurt its people and violate the Constitution.  We still lack Tort Reform, meaningful campaign finance reform, term limits, meaningful anti-illegal immigration laws and we’re still dependent on foreign oil.

Despite the need to rein in spending, each party continues to authorize billions in spending to finance the war on America through its Home Land Security apparatus and through military spending…yet we seem unable to tackle our infrastructure needs or our energy dependence problems.

In reality, our country is run by special interests and bureaucrats, especially from the Create-A-Crime Bureau and the Bureau of BS or Ministry of Misinformation Services. The Congressional mantra has become ‘let’s shear the sheep.’

The national past time of politicians has been in developing strategies to spy on its own citizens fueled by their Wall Street masters.  

Today, there is less freedom, less opportunity, and more political nonsense than ever before. After all, a free citizen is an uncontrolled citizen and therefore dangerous.

So go ahead and drink the political Kool-Aid and hope for some change from the Washington-Wall Street Cartel.


Fizz stains away on narrow neck vases by filling with warm water & drop in a couple of Alka Seltzer


PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources


  Oddball Items Promoted to Combat the Zombie Apocalypse

One of the most frustrating parts about preparing for the apocalypse—beyond, you know, the idea that it’ll never happen—is the expense of housing meant to survive the end of times. Last summer, a California company named Vivos, known for producing luxury $35,000 doomsday bunkers, began marketing bunkers more within reach of the middle class, starting at under $10,000.

The CDC has
used the zombie meme as a clever way to coax Americans into preparing for disasters of any kind: The Zombie Pandemic Checklist will get you ready for just about any natural or manmade catastrophe. Hardware stores have also been highlighting the need to stock up in anticipation of zombie attacks—and boost sales while they’re at it—via Zombie Preparedness Center marketing efforts. A group of hardware stores in Nebraska even added “zombies” to the list of specialties on its website last year. Among the sample questions on the web page, which appears to have since been taken down: “A zombie fell and put a hole in my drywall. What tools will I need to fix this?” If devoting one section of a store to zombie preparedness isn’t enough, there’s the Zombie Apocalypse Store, which is outfitted with all your post-apocalypse food, fashion, and gear needs.
Read more:


A company specializing emergency response, and disaster management, has a new threat incorporated into its disaster-crisis scenario, which is part of the firm’s annual counterterrorism summit in San Diego: a zombie attack…



The number of temps and contract workers - 2.53M - is now close to the all-time high of 2.65M set in 2006, ERE Media recently reported. And 50% of the workforce in the Fortune 100 will be temps within eight years, predicts workforce expert Dana Shaw.

Some people say the trend is good for American workers. As temps, they'll have more job choices. They'll be able to explore more careers. They can start and stop working when they want.

I have to worry when people think it's great if half the workforce is temps. Especially when the other half holds such flimsy jobs that they may as well be temps, too.
For the ERE article,
click here.



Become a Mypoints member, and earn points for reading e-mails, taking surveys, doing web searches and shopping online. Then, cash in your points for gift cards that you can give as gifts or use to do your Christmas shopping. With over 75 merchants to choose from, you're sure to find a card for everyone on your list.



We all have to grocery shop, so we may as well be paid for it. Sign up for Homescan; scan the barcode of each item that you buy (with the provided scanner); and you'll be rewarded with points that you can redeem in their gift catalog. Remember: they didn't say the gift had to be for you.



Companies give things away all the time. Keep your ear to the ground, and be ready to pounce anytime something gift-worthy comes up for grabs.

More Affordable Gift Ideas



10 Things You Can Stop Buying
at the Grocery Store

Packaged Meat - What's so great about buying a chicken whole? It's like getting Thanksgiving dinner any day of the year. You have this easy to cook, beautiful chicken and it becomes a Sunday dinner on baseball night with a simple rub of oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Who can't pull a chicken out of the fridge and do that? You can even prepare it the night before and have your teenager put it in the oven at 3pm the next day. With the leftover bones and loose meat, do what Grandma used to do. Put them in a stock pot or slow cooker and make soup.

Get the rest of these tips at:


Share Your Fall Harvest with Those Who Need it Most

Where to donate…


Do you use Coinstar to dump your spare change?  Opt for the Amazon gift card instead, it’s free!


The Nanny State Updates…


Both Parties Ignore the Constitution & Bill of Rights-What You can do

Nullification The Rightful Remedy: What do we do when the federal government steps outside of its Constitutional boundaries? Do we 'vote the bums out' and hope that the new bums limit their own power? Do we ask federal judges in black robes to limit the federal government's power? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison didn't think so, and neither do we. The rightful remedy to federal tyranny rests in the hands of the people and the States that created the federal government in the first place. It's called Nullification, and it's an idea whose time has come. This documentary explores the history of state nullification, and how it is being used today to push back against the encroachment of federal power.

"Even the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages was tolerant by modern standards. Part of the reason for this was that in the past no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance. The invention of print, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and the radio carried the process further. With the development of television, and the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end." --1984, George Orwell


'Minority Report' facial recognition system being installed across USA by FBI; everyone to be tracked
Big Brother is one step closer to watching you all of the time, no matter where you are.

The FBI has begun introducing its brand new $1 billion biometric Next Generation Identification (NGI) system which is, in essence, a nationwide database of mug shots, iris scans, DNA records, voice samples and other biometrics.

The nation's foremost law enforcement agency says the system will help agents identify and catch criminals (the "it's for your own good" excuse, in case you've not heard it before), but as usual, the devil is in the details. It's how this biometric data will be captured that has privacy advocates wailing at the top of their lungs: It will be collected via a nationwide network of cameras and photography databases.

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The Parting Thought-What’s a billion here or there to the morally bankrupt?

Bankrupting the Nation-One Federal Agency at a time, while violating our Bill of Rights

Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods…


TSA’s annual budget is $8.1 billion, but it’s never caught a terrorist, only troublemakers. Citing national-security concerns, the TSA will not point to any specific cases in which a screener stopped a would-be terrorist at a checkpoint. Nonaffiliated security experts, such as Bruce Schneier (who coined the term "security theater"), argue that that's because this has never happened.

Not one person has the TSA has ever prevented from boarding a plane has ever been convicted (or even prosecuted) for being a threat.  Fellow passengers are the ones who have stopped terrorists, not the TSA.


A little-noticed legacy of post-9/11 airport security procedures: the brisk commerce spawned by the buying, selling and disposal of the 30 million prohibited items surrendered by passengers at checkpoints.


The business of disposing of or reselling items banned by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration appears to be valued in the millions of dollars a year. After a traveler leaves behind a banned item — a hunting knife, say — it can follow a strange and convoluted journey to a new owner. That journey often involves a pass through state or local government ownership, and a posting on eBay.


State surplus property offices get first crack at the items, but if they're not equipped to handle them or decide to take a pass, giant contractor Science Application International collects and discards them under a five-year, $17 million government contract.

Some states, including Pennsylvania and Kentucky, wouldn't think of taking the items to a landfill, though, because they are reselling them and making tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.


Think about this way, the TSA makes travel more expensive and more of a headache, costs the taxpayers billions and hasn’t caught a single terrorist…and don’t forget all of the state governments which get to cash in too.


We could address, say the BATF next, another useless agency which eats up tax dollars and helps bankrupt the country, but I think the picture is mighty clear…the ones who profit from these agencies are Wall Street purveyors of security goods and services.


"BATF is a bureaucracy that has outlived its mission. Prohibitionist ended a half century ago. Eliot Ness is no longer needed to chase down gangsters and their untaxed profits from bootlegging. Today no one smuggles tobacco. Treasury agents no longer have anything to do but harass innocent gun owners. The committee [Senate Judiciary Committee] concluded that BATF was a rogue operation that trampled all over the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments. Following the congressional hearings, the Treasury Department was so embarrassed by the documented abuses that it drew up plans to abolish the agency. However, it was unable to do so, because neither the customs Bureau nor the Secret Service would accept the transfer of discredited BATF agents into their organization."
-- Paul Craig Roberts
(1939- ) Economist, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury


“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man


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1 comment:

escapeartist said...

We have zombies running our government. How can they be stopped and as usual, your section on bankrupting the country is right on target. There must be a way to charge politicians with treason for spying and lying, spending and bending the truth.