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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

10 Uses for Leftover Candy, The Mess We're in, Jury Nullification

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.        10 Ways to use leftover Halloween Candy

2.       Fabulous Freebies for 2012

3.       The One Minute Lifesaver

4.       Home Economics making a comeback

5.       The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In



You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...
- Dr. Seuss


Your Rights as a Juror & How you could stop Prosecutorial and Bureaucratic Overreach

In our popular series on Taking America Back from Dysfunctional Politicians and Bureaucrats (see our main page at, one of the more popular and least understood elements offered is that of Jury Nullification or juror rights.

Simply put you have the right to say “not guilty” even if a law is broken.  Most citizens are bullied by the legal system because they have become cowards or have failed to educate themselves.

Often considered a controversial issue, most folks simply know nothing about the process.

A properly functioning jury system consisting of fully informed jurors can accomplish what elections don’t – a check on bureaucratic, legislative and legal nonsense.  Keep in mind that just because something is a law does not mean it is right or ethical.  When cases go to trial, prosecutors and judges often seek to impose their will by sidestepping the jury system altogether and coercing defendants to accept plea deals under the threat of being overcharged. 

Broadcasting your intention is not wise…

One fellow was called to jury "duty" for a marijuana case. He told the judge outright that to his mind, no crime occurred, that he would not convict and, further, added that he would attempt to nullify those laws that would otherwise convict the defendant. The incident created a notable courtroom stir. He was not chosen for that jury.

Juries are routinely instructed falsely that they must convict if the prosecution shows that any arbitrary statute of has been violated.  In no state can a juror be punished for voting his or her conscience!  You can also learn more by going to our Civil Disobedience section at our site or by getting a Free Jury Power Information Kit from the Fully Informed Jury Association at 800-TEL-JURY or at their site:

Eating breakfast every day reduces your risk of getting diabetes by 24 percent.  Eat something within 2-3 hours of awakening.



PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources


10 ways to use leftover Halloween candy

Use surplus sweets in frugal, educational or even charitable ways.

The most frugal way to deal with leftover Halloween candy?  

Avoid having it in the first place.
Base your purchase on how much you gave away last year, plus one extra bag just in case. Then observe these steps:

·     Save all receipts.

·     Open one bag at a time.

·     Hand the candy out yourself, one or two pieces per child.

·     Return all unopened bags the next day.

Fabulous Freebies 2012

Kiplinger just published its annual list of "fabulous freebies" which includes free software, free wi-fi, free passport pictures, free e-books and audiobooks, and more.


One Minute Life Saver

You could save a life by watching the simple instructions on hands-only CPR or you can download their free app at:


Think Security as we all have a lot to lose…good site to visit and use for personal security ideas and resources…one of our new Twitter followers.

Hillsdale College Video Series

Visit Constitution for the United States at:

Home Economics is Making a Comeback

When I was a lad in high school they didn’t permit us boys to take home economics classes (I had more interest in cooking the auto shop mechanics)…topics ranging from canning  to gardening are becoming popular online via webinars.  Example:  Two Frog Home offers presentation on preserving citrus fruits, apples, and tomatoes…also check with your University or County Extension offices for other courses.

Just say no to soda…sweet sodas are particularly risky for women a Univ of OK study found.  Increased risks for diabetes were the most encountered problems.



The Nanny State Updates…

If any American was still foolish enough to believe that the United States is still a democracy protected by the supreme law of the land, the U.S. Constitution, documents handed over last week to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) should put those notions to rest. The government files “reveal that federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring Americans’ electronic communications, and doing so without warrants, sufficient oversight, or meaningful accountability.”

Electronic Surveillance on Public Soars; Congress Shirks Oversight Responsibility

Curling up on the couch with a Kindle and reading an eBook might seem like a private experience, but what if someone was watching you read, making notes about your... Read more


Homeowner Forced To Allow Bum To Live In Her Home

Because of a Detroit city law she is not allowed to kick a squatter out of her house who had moved in recently when she was away. In Detroit, apparently, if someone breaks into your house and starts living there, you are not legally allowed to remove them on the spot. You are supposed to get some paperwork together, go to court, and get an "eviction notice"!

The reporter asks the poor homeowner, "People might find it strange that you are living with a squatter," to which the obviously exasperated homeowner replies, "That's, I guess, something that happens in Detroit"!


Do not transport precious coins in checked luggage.  Baggage theft and TSA theft is a  growing problem.


The Parting Thought-The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In

Less government is the cure for what ails the country…

The cure for politicians, their lies, their over regulation, their greed and need to control…

If you want to reduce many of the problems our nation faces, you don't need to re-write or amend the Constitution. Instead, you need to follow it.

Why our taxes really are too high... what's really wrong with our schools and our very ideas about education... and why nobody will admit that America is no longer the "Land of Opportunity" and hasn't been for some time. (Hint: the biggest troublemakers are the "fixers" we supposedly elected to protect those opportunities in the first place!)

Big Government is an obstacle to the better life, not a solution.  We can longer afford the government in its current bloated condition.

We definitely need a tax revolt! I'm 100% with you there. The problem, maybe the biggest one we face, is the inequity inherent (on purpose) in the tax code. There's a reason the tax code is as thick as it is; all those rules and regulations are there to be manipulated. The more rules we have, the more loopholes there are to be created. That's the game. That's why "the strong seem to get more, while the weak ones slave."

A flat tax is the way to go. It can be a flat and progressive tax. I like federal rates of 5% on gross income of less than $20,000, 7% on gross between $20K and $30k , 9% on gross between $30k and $40k, 11% on gross between $40k and $50k, 13% on gross between $50k and $75k, 15% on gross between $75k and $1m, and 17% on anything greater than ordinary income of more than $1m. I like a flat corporate rate of 20% after expense deductions. I'd like to see dividends be allowed to be 100% deducted as an expense to any company paying them and have dividends taxed at half everyone's ordinary income rate.


That's my starting point to what would be a long discussion. The rest of it would be all about limiting the growth of government spending and having balanced budgets... or else.


The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In

The credibility of paper assets continues to crumble under massive public excesses.  It’s so bad that even foreign policy establishment figures are speaking up such as former Secretary of State George Schultz and other Hoover Institution fellows…

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man


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