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Saturday, January 26, 2013

20 Ways to Become Self Sufficient, Understanding the American People

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Make your own char cloth, Finding lost money

2.      20 ways to become more self sufficient

3.      Sheriff’s are the key to protect us from unconstitutional laws

4.      50 Shocking questions to ask non-preppers

5.      The challenge of understanding the American people


"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." -- Will Rogers

Char cloth: Char cloth is basically very thin pieces of charcoal made out of 100% cotton. It will take a spark almost immediately, burn hot, and burn quite awhile. Here’s a QUICK how-to guide to make your own.

Take a 100% cotton shirt, sheet, or any other piece of 100% cotton and cut it into 1 or 2 inch squares. Then, drop the cotton squares into a CLEAN tin can until it’s full & cover it with heavy aluminum foil. You can secure the aluminum foil with baling wire, but it’s not vital as long as the foil is on tight. Next, poke a small hole in the top of the foil and put the can into a pile of hot coals. Smoke should start coming out of the hole within a couple of minutes. This is smoke and methane and the smoke will be flammable (you can light it if you want). Within 5-10 minutes, the smoke should stop coming out of the hole. When this happens, take the tin can out of the coals and let it cool. When it’s cool, take the foil out and pull a square out. If it’s all ash, it means that air got into the can and you just need to try again. If not, then the cotton got hot without oxygen, turned black, you should be good to go! (This is how charcoal is made, and you essentially end up with small, thin pieces of charcoal) Take a piece, use a sparking device to throw a spark at it and play with your new toy

The skills you’ll develop making char cloth are a solid foundation for making charcoal AND for making a gassifier. In one of its easiest forms, a gassifier is a contraption that allows you to extract methane from wood and use it to run a generator.

SIDEBAR:  Hemp (marijuana) was one of most useful and grown crops in colonial America; grown by every one of our Founders, our Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights were recorded on paper made from hemp; it was used to make sails and rope for ships…but today, it’s misclassified and illegal.


Save money with scratch and dents and that includes computers, appliances and autos.  For instance, most every Sears store has a warehouse of scratch n dent items or visit:

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

As the cold weather firmly takes hold in most parts of the country, you might notice a steep spike in your utility bills as your heating system works to keep your house warm.

If you're trying to keep your heating bill in check, there are some assistance programs and DIY-tips available. Learn more and find out how you can save money this winter.


A collection of cases of number ten cans could be stacked and covered with an attractive cloth. A piece of plywood with a cloth could extend over the edges if you wanted foot room. Even a sheet of glass could be used for a table top, the boxed cans making a fairly sturdy stack. This could be done as a coffee table, game table, or even a dinner table.

A wall or corner of a room could be attractively “curtained”, or one of those zigzag room dividers stood up, and a stack placed behind it.

Adding a couple bricks under each foot of a bed can raise it enough that the cases of cans can fit under the bed. This allows for an enormous, normally untapped storage area.

Some people set up a limited selection of food storage just for the most extreme of emergencies. They have no intention of using it up and cycling it around. This kind of storage could be put in very awkward places such as under a house in the crawl space. Add some extra tape to the boxes and drag them under, (it is not called a “crawl space” for no reason). But remember that attics are much too hot for storage of this type.

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As things seem to be heating up on both the political and economic fronts, here are 20 ways you can become more self-sufficient starting right now:


50 Shocking Questions That You Should Ask Anyone Who Is Not A Prepper Yet


Try some all-natural, healthy homemade shampoo!
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5 ways to reduce your monthly cell phone bill
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Find lost money and friends with this free database –


The Nanny State Updates…



Isn’t it ironic that the biggest purveyor of gun violence is the US government…


A Cogent Argument Against Gun Control Make By...Anonymous?

The hacker activist group Anonymous has released a video, in its usually creepy fashion, warning Americans against allowing Washington, D.C. to impose gun control on the nation.

While the group is usually associated with more leftist movements, they have a strong anti-authoritarian streak in them, which explains the video.



Sheriffs are key to protecting Americans from unconstitutional gun laws
(NaturalNews) Local sheriffs are the preeminent legal authority in the country and have the power, by constitutional design, to prevent or refuse enforcement of federal statutes which violate the U.S. Constitution or their oaths of office, according to...


Gun Control Video Library from our friends at the Constitution Club

Currently, thirty-five states do not provide access to information on people who have gun licenses, except to law enforcement. Some of the states where access to such information is permitted, are now moving toward restricting such access.


Information about when and where photographed subjects were when their pictures were taken is readily disclosed through photos taken, and the information is disclosed and distributed without their permission. The problem has become even worse due to the popularization of portable terminals with built-in cameras and developments in SNS and image search technologies. Japanese researchers offer a solution: goggles or glasses which, when equipped with near-infrared LED emitter. :

Cure corns with petroleum jelly.  At bedtime, coat your corns with the jelly and cover with a bandaid; in the morning, use a pumice stone to buff away the loosened skin.  You’ll flatten out the corns within 2 weeks.


Three most important words to remember when being interrogated:  I don’t know!

The Parting Thought- Our bloated gov’t is a 800lb Gorilla on our Back


The Challenge of Understanding the American People

In December 2011, a Gallop poll indicated that Big Government was a bigger threat to 64% of the people than Big Business and Big Labor. A little more than one year later, a Washington Times poll shows that 60% of the citizens want stricter gun laws and bans on military-style weapons. The poll seems to indicate, according to Politico, that "the general public appears receptive to stronger federal action."

A CNN/Time poll, however, says that 61% of Americans say new stricter laws will not stop or prevent future mass shootings such as happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

So what is it? Do we want more centralized, stronger federal government or are we capable of policing ourselves on a state-by-state basis? Do we want stricter gun laws and curtailment of our Second Amendment rights or is it a futile exercise that will matter little in the long run? How can we be so cavalier with the freedoms we have in this country? I wonder, do we ever stop to listen to ourselves?

This is what I know. The rest of the Bill of Rights means little without the enforcement capability of the Second Amendment. The whole intent of the Second Amendment was to protect against a tyrannical government, not for hunting or sporting purposes. Even the Founders knew that the government they were forming also had the capacity for tyranny should elitists attempt to control through brute force and side-stepping the Constitution. Noah Webster wrote (when Pennsylvania was considering ratification of the Constitution) "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States"

Hamilton, in Federalist 29: "...but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights..."

Tench Cox, Philadelphia Federal Gazette, 1789: "As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms."

The intent was to allow the people to be as equally armed as the standing armies of the government so that there was always maintained a balance of power. It wasn't about filling the freezer. And before anyone starts tossing red herrings about nuclear weapons and grenade launchers, save your breath. No reasonable Second Amendment advocate is pushing for that. This is about guns.

By the time this newsletter comes out, the 19th of January will have passed, which was a general call to all citizens to go to their state capitols and peacefully protest the attempts by our government to curtail our rights as free citizens. I hope you attended. I hope you made your feelings known.

The federal government has grown so bloated by its own excesses that it's no longer functional. Presidents’ side-step Congress and rule by executive order. Congress is derelict in their duty to perform the checks and balances needed to reign in dictatorial control by the executive and judicial branches.

We will not win this battle in Washington D.C. The fight for freedom lies in each individual state. We are learning to become independent of societal constructs, to provide for ourselves, and to take care of our families without having to rely on the government. That desire for independence must not be just a desire to divorce ourselves from the constraints and dependence of the infrastructure (because a government big enough to take freedom away is big enough to find you wherever you're at). Freedom also means controlling the behemoth of government so that it is not a threat to liberty at large.

We must decide what we want as a country. Is it more government oversight and control, or do we desire freedom? I leave you with the words of Patrick Henry, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!"

Source:  OffThe Grid News

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Toilet Tube Rolls Used for Seed Starters


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minimalistgroup said...

Great as always!

LostTraveler said...

Concerning your picture of the toilet tissue rolls as seed starters ; the cardboard type egg cartons work very well for seed starters also. I had great success last year using them in an upraised garden plot. ( Tomatoes and squash mostly ) Thanks for the email. Great Information Every Week !!! ( Also with the cardboard type egg cartons. Add lint from the dryer and some melted candle wax for a great fire starter )