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Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Phantom Economy-Can the Wizard Save Us?

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone.” — Frederic Bastiat



In This Issue:

1.       DIY Recycle Batteries

2.      Prepper Videos

3.      Don’t toss that old cookware

4.      Guide for choosing best plants

5.      The Phantom Economy-Can the Wizard Save us?

How to Recycle Batteries

Lead acid led to the success of early recycling and today more than 97 percent of these batteries are recycled in the USA. The automotive industry should be given credit for having organized recycling early on. The recycling process is simple and 70 percent of the battery’s weight is reusable lead. As a result, over 50 percent of the lead supply comes from recycled batteries. Other battery types are not being returned as readily as lead acid, and several organizations are working on programs to make collection of spent batteries more convenient. Only 20 to 40 percent of cellular phone and consumer batteries are currently recycled.

The main objective for recycling batteries is to prevent hazardous materials from entering landfills. Lead acid and nickel-cadmium batteries are of special concern, and although Li-ion is less harmful, the aim is to include all batteries in the recycling programs. Do not store old lead acid batteries in households where children play. Simply touching the lead poles can be harmful. Read more about the Health Concerns with Batteries.

Even though they are environmentally unfriendly, lead acid batteries continue to hold a strong market niche. Wheeled mobility and UPS systems could not run as economically if it were not for this reliable battery. NiCd also continues to hold a critical position among rechargeable batteries. Large flooded NiCds start the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) of commercial airplanes and power sightseeing boats in rivers of larger cities, pollution-free.

Toxic batteries will continue to be with us for a while longer because we have no practical alternatives. There is nothing wrong in using these batteries as long as we properly dispose of them. Europe banned NiCds in consumer products because there is a suitable replacement, the NiMH battery. Controlling the disposal of NiCds from consumer products is difficult because many users do not know that the retiring equipment includes this battery. The long-term environmental damage if the world’s NiCds were improperly disposed of could be devastating.

Let’s look at what happens when NiCds are carelessly disposed of in landfills. The metallic cylinder of the cell eventually begins to corrode and the cadmium gradually dissolves, seeping into the water supply. Once such contamination begins, the authorities have few options to stop the carnage. Our oceans already show traces of cadmium (along with aspirin, penicillin and antidepressants) but scientists are not certain of its origin. Regulatory discipline will lead to a cleaner environment for the next generations. More (and plenty of related resources) at:




10 Things in Your Backyard You Can Reuse or Recycle



PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Government agencies aren’t in the "problem solving" business...
there's a lot of paper shuffling, procrastination, and
after-the-fact damage control…but they don’t have your best interests in mind.

The reality is, FEMA's "disaster management" is the government's
attempt to provide at least SOME guidance to a completely unaware
society of sheep.

Local government and authorities are even less prepared and it's
the blind leading the blind.

You must learn to take care of yourself and your family!


Videos which outlines a deadly
mistake that most are making in their preparedness plan and how
you can avoid making it too!



Easy guide to help you choose the best nursery plants for landscaping and vegetable gardens
(NaturalNews) Whether you're planting a vegetable garden or designing a back yard garden landscaping project, if you're not starting with seeds, it's important to buy healthy nursery plants from the start. Shopping for plants for a garden landscaping...




An old, warped cookie sheet.  Mismatched silverware.  A pan that's cooked one-too-many pizzas.  You know you have a few of these lying around.
Instead of trashing your old kitchenware (or letting it sit idle in your cabinets), why not put it to better use? Today, get inspired with these
four upcycled ideas that will have you ready to clean out your kitchen.


How to make gardening easier with a hay bale garden
read more here


Farmers' Markets

Find your closest farmers' market to get the best in seasonal eating Go now »


The Nanny State Updates Americans are fat n happy while their rights are trampled!


Privacy rights are under attack by the government

"The right to privacy is the time-travel paradox of constitutional law: even though it didn't exist as a constitutional doctrine until 1961, and didn't form the basis of a Supreme Court ruling until 1965, it is in some respects the oldest constitutional right." Read more...


On Thursday, HB2175, a bill that nullifies the Transportation Security Administration’s overreach at airports, was passed out of committee. It seeks to criminalize TSA misconduct and bring strict and harsh punishments upon them for their misconduct.

Read more:


A congressional panel has today began debating a law enforcement proposal which would require wireless providers to record and store all of their customers' text messages, Twitter direct messages, and Facebook direct messages in case police decide, at some point in the future, to obtain them in the course of a criminal investigation.


Kick debt to the curb today. Free nonprofit debt counseling 24/7



The Parting Thought- Will the wizard save us?



‘If we look upstream for the ultimate cause of the economic crisis, we find an illusion: the belief that money – a mere number created with a simple accounting entry that has no reality outside the human mind – is wealth.’


The Phantom Economy – is our downfall by design?


The economic meltdown has been a worldwide phenomenon…There is a reason that drones are flying over U.S. cities and farmland, and gun control legislation is on the fast track for complete implementation…


I watched a remake of the Wizard of OZ this week.  It was the prelude to the version we’re most familiar with and it depicted how OZ came to be…many of this generation are unaware OZ was satire showing how we all want stuff from Washington.  As long time readers know from me already, I believe there is no difference between the two parties, each has screwed our country and the middle class.


When the curtain is pulled back to reveal the true agenda of a single digital world currency, the people who have been yelling the loudest about such ‘conspiracy theories’ will be specifically singled out and demonized.


The recession hit middle class Americans particularly hard.  Ignorant government trade policies favor foreign competition bringing goods into the US while other countries penalize US exporters with stiff fees and tariffs.  Our government does nothing.  One must wonder if this and other policies are deliberate and by design…


US tax policies favored corporate off-shoring of US jobs since the mid-1980s led by General Electric.  Government policies also favored Wall Street when it came to the decline in employee pensions and health care plans, leaving only government jobs with better perks.


The average US worker hasn’t had a real raise since 1982 when one factors in inflation.  The Fed fuels inflation.  Currently, it is pumping $40 billion a month into the ‘economy’ to prop it up…one of the reasons the stock market has done well during the last month or so.


What is wealth today – progress in terms of GDP growth – is mainly based on a financial phantom. As a start, money is created as debt, out of nowhere, thin air, lent into existence by the Federal Reserve. Once created money then searches the highest return possible (that is: people and institutions who own money search for most lucrative ways of investing). Because the financial industry has been able to turn money into more money quicker than any other sector (not surprising given it can create financial output with no material input) the financial industry has been mainly financing itself. Money going round and round from banks to insurers to hedge funds to mortgage packages to corporate loans to futures and derivatives, back to banks to insurers to … you get the picture – has inflated our economic balloon with a whole lot of hot air.


Consumers are always left holding the bag with Wall Street collapses – think banks, investment houses, insurance giants and General Motors.


High levels of credit card debt and home equity debt was altogether too common in this country – if you could fog a mirror, you could get a credit card. It’s exceptionally easy for someone to get in over their heads, and payday loan/car title loan shops prey on the financially weak.  More and more Americans no longer maintain a bank account, instead relying on Check Cashing stores to pay bills, send money, etc.

Phantom economy
Let us examine the case of the underground economy, to see how this unfolds. The underground economy is growing in the USA and Europe as bartering makes a major comeback.  America, like much of Europe, is becoming a high-cost of living nation thanks to inflation, over-regulation, taxes, natural disasters and other factors.

The late 1990s and 2000’s saw continued growth in the underground economy principally centered on the smuggling of goods either banned or made high in cost by the government (alcohol, tobacco, drugs).  Government policies encourage the drug trade for instance, while depleting national resources in their efforts to fight the so-called ‘drug war.’

It seems to be a law of human nature that when governments outlaw some aspect of behavior, it creates a ‘forbidden fruit’ syndrome, creating an even higher consumer demand.  This is already happening with guns, ammunition, magazines and other parts…even the mere threat of more useless regulation drives up demand and prices.

Preppers are routinely advised to stock up on such necessities as alcohol, ammo, toiletries, etc. to use for barter and trade during times of shortages. Excellent advice - most of us dislike using corn cobs.

Much like several high-level source within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security outlined in a series of interviews last year, the orchestrated collapse of the U.S. dollar and the entire world’s economic system has begun.  One must always wonder however, who are those acting behind the scenes to manipulate the world economies and for what purpose?  I’m one of those who are still curious as to how Obama came out of nowhere and managed to grab the presidency – twice!

According to recent information provided by sources within the Department of Homeland Security known as “Rosebud,” the final preparations are being made to deploy heavily armed federalized forces onto the streets of America. They will be deployed under the pretext of “restoring and maintaining order from the chaos brought about by the economic collapse,” adding that “many will demand and embrace their deployment on the streets of America.


 The sheep are brainwashed. They think their taxes, taken from them involuntarily, actually go towards the public good because the lesser evil who they voted in is a benevolent philosopher king.

Meanwhile, the money is blown on pork barrel subsidies to a handful of preferred cartels, bureaucrats, labor unions, war pigs, and other organizations that couldn’t stand without the support of government.

The mass of sheeple thinks the government is protecting them while it is waging a war on the little guy.


 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man


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1 comment:

minimalist said...

Right on target...most of us are still wondering who the 'phantom' is behind the sudden rise of Obama?!