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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

10 Tips to Bag a Bargain, Do You Have Udacity, Enemy of Freedom

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.      Our government has become the enemy of freedom

2.      Do you have Udacity?

3.      The BioLite Stove –Cool ‘must have’

4.      How to escape zip ties

5.      Help with winter heating bills


You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.
- Charles F. Kettering


An alphabet soup of shadowy government agencies have free reign to spy on any and everything you do…When governments turn on their owners!

Every transaction, phone call, email, piece of snail mail, library book you borrow, store purchase you make, vacation... everything!

Operating under the philosophy that the public is a threat to their power, and guilty of rebellion until proven innocent.

So they're using every excuse they can to keep us fearful and willing to give up our freedoms and privacy for a government security blanket.

The mainstream media is playing right along - causing panic with their shock stories and endlessly bringing up the terror threat.

How did the government become the enemy of freedom?

American ancestors perceived the relationship between the individual in society and his government. Americans of that time believed that the preservation of the individual — and the freedom to live his life and dispose of his wealth as he chose — was the highest political end. Thus, for them, government's sole purpose was to assist in the achievement of this end. Government officials were viewed as servants, and only as servants, to ensure the preservation of the individual, the freedom to live his life, and to dispose of his wealth, as he saw fit.

Although Americans of today operate under the delusion that they subscribe to the same value structure as their ancestors, the uncomfortable reality is that they have instead rejected and abandoned it. Although they will rarely admit it to themselves or others, Americans today honestly believe that the supreme end in American society is not the preservation of the individual and his freedom to choose, but rather the preservation of the political bureaucracy and its unlimited power to control the lives and wealth of the citizenry.


When Governments Go Bad…

Legal experts such as retired Louisiana State University law professor John Baker say, "There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime... That is not an exaggeration."

One reason is because more than 4,500 federal laws exist. These laws crisscross 50 titles and roughly 27,000 pages of the U.S. Code. And to complicate matters, at least another 10,000 regulations from dozens of disparate federal offices and agencies carry severe and criminal punishments.

Adding to this volatile mix is the established trend that government seeks to "criminalize nearly every aspect of our lives," says The Heritage Foundation.

if you're negligent and drop a banana peel on the floor, and a customer slips on it and gets injured, the customer has the right to sue for monetary damages. That's fair. No one gets locked up in jail; it was just a mistake.

But under The Clean Water Act, simple, unintentional accidents are crimes. You can get charged with a felony and sent to prison for three years because your employees accidentally installed the wrong water filter. This happened to Mr. James Hong [United States v. James Ming Hong].

If your employee drives heavy equipment and accidentally punctures a buried petroleum pipe, and the contents spill into a waterway, you'll have a felony on your personal record for life, and also sit in prison for six months, just as it happened to Edward Hanousek, Jr. [Edward Hanousek v. United States].

No reasonable person would expect regulations like these to be rolled back in Obama's second term. In fact, they're likely to grow in both number and severity.

You can learn more about whistleblower rights and protections here:



Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bathwater and splash handfuls over your shoulders, back and chest.  A quick and natural energy booster plus it will help restore your skin’s natural germ-killing acidity to help prevent illness.


PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources


Top 10 Tips to Bag a Bargain
Black Friday Thursday

Retailers are not making it easy for shoppers this year. Some stores are opening at 8pm or 9pm on Thanksgiving night, some at midnight, and others at 5am or 6am on Friday. And both Walmart and Sears are staggering the release of their doorbusters, hours apart, so multiple trips to the store may be necessary. Here are our tips to bag a bargain on Black Thursday and Black Friday.


The BioLite CampStove, designed for outdoor adventure and emergency preparedness, makes cooking on wood as clean, safe and easy as petroleum fuels while powering electronics off-grid…they make a home version also.  Available through Amazon and other sites.  Learn more at:


If you can't afford to pay your winter heating bill, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help with:

  • Home energy bills
  • Energy crisis
  • Weatherization and energy-related home repairs

Assistance is available to low-income families who spend a large portion of income on home heating and cooling.

Contact your state or Indian tribe or tribal organization agency for eligibility requirements and to apply. For help applying, you can also call 1.866.NRG.NEAR (674.6327).


Handcuffs are expensive, so zip ties are often used as a cheaper and fairly effective way of binding someone's wrists. If you find yourself bound by the annoying plastic, here's an easy way to break free. More »



Do You have the Udacity?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) report, of 3.2 million private job openings right now, nearly one-fifth of them (or 632,000 to be precise) can be found in the healthcare and social assistance category.

While nurses and doctors might be the first professions to come to mind when you think about healthcare, there's actually a long and diverse list of opportunities to pick from, many of which are among the fastest growing (in terms of job creation) and best paying. From dental hygienists to cardiovascular technicians to lab assistance and occupational therapists, the demand for workers is high. Interestingly, so is the demand for support staff that keep the offices running and the bills humming, as giant institutions need to keep the lights on and their campuses safe.


The Bureau also estimates there will be more than two million new tech jobs by 2020 giving credence to the theory that students may not need a $250,000 education to get hired.  As previously reported, learning computer science can prove more useful than the arts.  Udacity,  an online service that offers such classes already has enrolled 150,000 pupils to get their certifications which can be presented to employers.  COST:  FREE



It's getting chilly in the Northern Hemisphere because winter is coming. Prepare your house, your car, and yourself this weekend so you're comfortable despite the cold. More »


Erase salt stains from leather shoes by mixing a solution of 10 parts water to 1 part white vinegar.  Dab the mixture on the stain with a paper towel, rinse with water and air dry.


The Nanny State Updates…


Fight for liberty! Join the TSA Opt-Out and Film Week
(NaturalNews) As more and more Americans log onto the White House website and sign the electronic petitions seeking to allow their state to secede from the nation, other citizen...


Employer mandate will not only hurt job growth among small businesses, it is already resulting in fewer hours and less income for workers at larger companies.


The TPP and Other Underreported News - As we near the end of 2012, here are a few more stories that just didn't get much press coverage, despite their importance to us. We start with a secret trade agreement that puts corporations in control of our laws...

What is the TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership?

The TPP is an international treaty that is being negotiated in secret. According to an article on Washington's Blog (and a broadcast by Democracy Now), it would allow foreign corporations that operate in the U.S. to appeal regulations to an international tribunal. That tribunal would have the power to override U.S. law and even to penalize the United States government for failure to comply with its rulings. Lori Wallach who posted leaked documents that revealed the nature of this supposed "trade agreement," says that it essentially establishes "global corporate governance." It is not clear how the ruling tribunal would be created, but it seems likely that key leaders from the corporate world would be on it.

Interestingly, the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness, Ron Wyden, has been denied access to the treaty text. Normally his is the committee that would have jurisdiction over something like this, and he has clearance to see even classified documents.

Who Buys Our Politicians?

If you want to see who is funding your representatives, you can...Continues here...

A cancer fighter better than green tea and red wine combined – Hot Cocoa which has 611mg of Phenols and 564mg of Flavonoids and the great taste of chocolate to boot!




The Parting Thought- Power and a Cash hungry government

It's bad enough that power-hungry federal agents prosecute honest Americans with labyrinthine laws. What's worse is the potential for abuse because the government is broke and on the hunt for any means to fills its coffers.

Civil forfeiture (as opposed to criminal forfeiture) happens when law enforcement agencies "seize property upon the mere suspicion that it may have some connection to criminal activity," says president and general counsel of the Institute for Justice, Chip Mellor. "Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, sell it and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets–all without... charging you with a crime... with civil forfeiture, owners need not be charged with a crime... to lose homes, cars, cash or other property."

This nightmare is happening now to Mr. Russ Caswell...

In United States v. 434 Main Street, Tewksbury, Massachusetts (The Motel Caswell), the Justice Department teamed up with the local police department to strip Caswell's ownership of his motel.

Notice the case title, United States v. 434 Main Street, Tewksbury, Massachusetts. The defendant is an actual street address, not a legal entity; the government is suing the property. Caswell and his family are NOT accused much less convicted of any crime.

The government's position: Over the last 20 years, this motel, which has been in the Caswell family for two generations, is the location where some lodgers have been arrested for crimes. (So, apparently that makes the cops entitled to the property.)

It's important to mention that throughout this time "the Caswells themselves have worked closely with law enforcement officials to prevent and report crime on their property," says the Institute for Justice. The Caswells have been responsible and diligent owners. Their motel is worth at least $1 million and is owned free and clear, making it a juicy prize.

For perspective, in 1986, the year after the U.S. Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture Fund was created it took in just $93.7 million. According its Annual Financial Statements for the year 2011, the fund increased to $2.85 BILLION in 2011, up from $2.58 BILLION in 2010, nearly an 11% increase in one year. As government grows, so does its appetite.

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man


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1 comment:

escapeartist said...

Amen brother...sadly, most Americans are too stupid to realize how the government has screwed the country, especially the middle class.