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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Easy Vinegar, 48 Hr. Candle, Change in attitude to Police

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       National Hunger Clearinghouse

2.      Use a Parachute for your next career path

3.      DIY Crisco Survival Candle – 48 hours or more.

4.      Easy Homemade vinegar recipe

5.      National attitude toward police is changing


Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily.
All other "sins" are invented nonsense.
(Hurting yourself is not a sin - just stupid.)"

-- Robert A. Heinlein
(1907-1988) American writer



It's normal at various points in your life not to know what you want to do next. Freedom brings uncertainty as well as opportunity; otherwise they'd call it captivity!

If you truly want to explore your inner preferences and gifts and values, and choose wisely, you should have a look at the self-assessments in Richard Bolles' "What Color is Your Parachute?"

If you've been with us awhile, you know I'm an admirer of Bolles' and his advocacy of doing things that matter to us, that allow us to "work" our values and leverage our gifts and passions.

There are few worse horrors in the world of work than doing something day after day that means nothing to you. (Many of us have been there, including me.) Self-esteem decays, optimism turns to jaundice, and the soul begins to shrivel like a quick-dried grape.

It doesn't make us much fun to live with, either.


"Parachute" appears in a new edition each year, and you can find a copy in your local library or bookstore, or on Amazon. Be warned, the self-assessments take time, but isn't your future worth it? Good luck and Godspeed!  (See 5 Ways to Make Money from Home below).


80% of people whose stress substantially decreased when they meditated on the question “what is my deepest personal value?”


PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources



5 ways to make money online from home

It pays to cast your financial net online, where possibilities abound.

Monetizing your expertise -- whether in social networking or transcribing -- is one way to make money while sitting at your computer at home. But others also are popping up, such as taking online surveys or even predicting election results.

The good part: You don't have to pay a dime. And with some sites, you can start to make money online immediately. Most of these gigs are small, steady streams of cash. But they can add up to steady earnings over time

What would you do if the Red Dawn movie became reality? Here's what you need to know about survival and prepping:


On Your Hunt, Remember to ACTT  - Connecticut certified hunter education instructor Charles Bruckerhoff asks hunters to remember the acronym ACTT for safety reminders. It begins with Assume every firearm is loaded. Do you know the rest?


Find information about organizations and programs near you that can help with problems relating to hunger and poverty. Contacts include Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, School Meals and Food Help for Disaster Relief. You can also call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3HUNGRY or 1-866-348-6479 to get help near you.




DIY Crisco Survival Candle

You can purchase many “survival candles” that last 12-120 hours, but did you know that you can create a candle that will last for up to 45 days using something that you probably already have in your kitchen?

All you need is:

*a 48 oz  tub of Crisco or smaller. The large tub will get you the 45 day life span and anything smaller will burn significantly less
*a spoon
*an old candlestick or something else that can be used as a wick

There are a few options when it comes to creating a Noah candle. One of the first things you need to decide is if you want a candle that will burn brighter or one that will last longer.

For a longer lasting candle you will use only one wick and for a brighter candle you will use anywhere from 2-4 wicks depending on the size of the container.

Regardless of how many wicks you decide to use or the size of the Crisco tub that you choose, the directions are the same.

The United States Supreme Court last week granted certiorari in Maryland v. King; in the case, Maryland law enforcement stands to lose the right to require a DNA collection as part of booking procedures for certain felony crimes; a similar law was passed by Congress in 2004 for federal arrests, and twenty-four other state legislatures have also passed such laws  Read more

Homemade vinegar

>Take apple peels and cores from 5 apples, add 2-4 pints water, mash in large container.

>Add 1 cup sugar

>Age for two days, and pour into bottles.  Let age for 2 weeks


Take the sting out of insect bites with a copper penny.  Simply tape the penny over sting for 15 minutes and by the next day you should be fine.



The Nanny State Updates…

I have lamented how our government has not only stripped away core civil liberties from citizens, but that citizens have become increasing passive and accepting of the loss of such freedoms. A new poll conducted by Harris Interactive offers a particularly chilling measure of just how passive and accepting citizens have become to the new realities of our internal security system. The poll found almost one third of American adults would accept a “TSA body cavity search” in order to fly. Moreover a majority believes that it is reasonable to criminalize the act of disobeying any TSA agent.


Avoiding Time-Wasting Searches at the Airport

  Research shows that clothing matters. Specifically, it has been found that those wearing sloppy clothing are subjected to more searches than those wearing business clothes. Not sure what this means for other clothing styles, but in any case, tuck in your shirt.

TSA Grows More Powerful

The Transportation Security Administration has been expanding its power for years now, and probably will continue to do so. When Texas tried to pass a law last year that made it a crime for a TSA agent to needlessly grope airline passengers (the language specifically made it illegal to "intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly [touch] the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast"), the TSA came down hard. They warned that passing the law could lead to them shutting down all airports in Texas. Naturally, the legislators dropped the bill. You can read more about this in a Texas Tribune article from last year.

What’s the Worst Breakfast of All?

Whether you’re looking to slim down, build muscle, train for a marathon, or just protect your health, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. And a fast-food morning meal is not the worse choice. Instead, the unhealthiest option is not eating a morning meal at all.




The Parting Thought-Changes in attitude toward the Police

A tipping point in the public attitude toward law enforcement is under way... finally! A significant number of people have realized that America is either currently a police state or it is teetering on the crumbling edge to one.

Part of the sea change comes from the deliberate militarization of police departments, where tanks, drones, and SWAT teams have become standard. A military-style training, in which civilians are viewed as combatants, has deepened the antagonism of the police toward the public so that violent incidents are commonplace.

Part of the sea change also comes from the increased use of law enforcement against children in public schools. Last May, New Mexico police officer Chris Webb was visiting a school for career day when he asked a group of young boys to wash his police car. A 10-year-old refused. According to an ensuing lawsuit against Webb and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, the officer told the youngster, "Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police." Webb then used a Taser on him, sending 50,000 volts of electricity into the 100-pound boy's chest. He lost consciousness. Instead of seeking medical care, however, Webb merely carried him into the principal's office. The officer claims it was all an accident and points to his punishment -- a three-day suspension -- as proof the police department believes him.

The backlash goes on and on. The raw money grabs being made by police in the name of civil forfeiture have also sparked fury. Under civil forfeiture, property that was involved in a crime can be confiscated and sold by police departments. It doesn't matter if the victims of the forfeiture have committed no crime or have never been charged with one.

To understand the reality that the police are not there for you is an extremely valuable piece of information. If you are depending on them to protect you, to guard you against real crime, to stop intruders or muggers and to prosecute after the fact, you have been sorely misled.

Every citizen who wants to be free must prepare for his or her own defense against violence. The market is there to assist with security services, alarm systems, property monitoring devices, ever more sophisticated locks, and, of course, guns of all sorts. In the end, we are responsible for our own security. The state will not come to your rescue. On the contrary, it is the market that provides the means by which we are rescued from the state.

Wendy McElroy
The Laissez Faire Club

The Selling Out of the Middle Class is No Accident” at this link: or listen to the interview at this podcast:

 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man


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1 comment:

escapeartist said...

Words of wisdom continue to flow...sure am happy to see you're recuperating!