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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Diversify your life-Become a Free Range Human

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


In This Issue:

1.       Free Range Humans-Ditch your job

2.      10 things to recycle for charity

3.      What’s your obsolete tech really worth

4.      12 Odd ways retirees make money, Make $ recycling

5.      Lawmaker had secretly exempted themselves from Obamacare



Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
- Helen Keller


From our friend from across the pond, Ms. Cantwell, of Free Range Humans…

1. Still looking for your perfect ditch-the-job-forever idea? Want to do something different (on your terms but have no idea what that might be)?

Solution: Ideas Adventure

It's almost kick off time on the Ideas Adventure, and we're almost full! Yup, we're down to the very final places on this adventure to finally finding that 'really right' free range idea for what you really want to do with your life.

This is the only 'discover your perfect idea when you don't have anyideas' programme I plan to run live this year, so if you feel like you're going around in circles with no ideas, join us here:

2. Already got your idea (or maybe you've already launched...) but thinking 'what now'? This might be your answer:

Always wanted to launch a product or service based around what you already know and are good at... but have no idea how to do this? Or already launched but you're not sure how to make things really work?

That's why Natalie Sisson and Natalie MacNeil (two free range humans I seriously rate) have produced a brand new (free) video training series starting April 30th, to show you their step by step process to building a thriving online business you love. Get on the early access list here:

(BTW their series is doubly great if you are interested in creating successful online products:

There are two ways to get ahead financially: Spend less and make more. Unfortunately, you can't give yourself an instant raise. But that doesn't mean you can't turn a quick buck if you want or need to.

How to price items for a garage sale
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PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources


Using Your Refrigerator To Keep Food Fresh Longer
There is a reason why your fridge has all of those drawers and shelves. Here is what you store where in your fridge to minimize waste.



Looking for gold in that Commodore 64? Should you resell or recycle the Nintendo in your garage? Here's what some of the signature pieces of tech of the past 40 years are really worth on eBay…



Sprout a Garden from Your Kitchen Scraps


In all likelihood, you have hobbies, talents or skills that could earn you extra cash after you've given up the day job.
A while back, Elizabeth Sanberg put together a list of ways to make money recycling, which outlines some websites that will pay you to recycle various items from electronics to ink cartridges to cardboard boxes to golf balls. Here are more websites, businesses and programs that pay you for recycling a variety of goods that you can't otherwise recycle yourself.
Most (if not all) of the online companies will pay for your shipping expenses by either emailing you a prepaid shipping label to print, or by sending you an addressed box in which to ship your recyclables. Many also have charitable status and will issue you a tax-deductible receipt instead of a cash payment.
Cellphone recycling led the way in the now burgeoning industry of getting paid to recycle. Most of these companies will refurbish your phone and redistribute it by selling or donating it to nonprofit organizations or consumers (local or overseas). Some will require your charger or other accessories, while others don't.
Some companies will even pay you for a cellphone that doesn't work anymore, but if they don't, they usually still pay for shipping and accept broken phones to recycle them responsibly.
There doesn't seem to be a standard rate for any make or model of phone, so do a little comparison shopping to get the most for your recyclables.
  • Sell iPhone for Cash. A Wise Bread reader recommended Sell iPhone for Cash. List the model of your iPhone and what condition it's in (including whether you have power cords or other accessories), and they'll give you a free shipping sticker and a box too, if you want one. They send a check within 30 days.
  • Pace Butler. Pace Butler has been around forever and will quickly send you a check for your phone (within four days of receipt and inspection).
  • Simply Sellular. Your phone must be in working condition. Simply Sellular will pay within 45 days of receipt and inspection of your phone.
  • IBuyPhones. IBuyPhones plants a tree if you donate your phone instead of requesting payment or if your phone is damaged and can't be refurbished. This doesn't exactly line your pockets, but you can rest assured that your phone is being responsibly recycled, and there's a tree out there with your name on it.
  • FlipSwap. FlipSwap will also plant a tree if your phone isn't in working condition. If the phone works, they'll send you a check (checks are issued twice per month). FlipSwap has also collaborated with Recyclebank

10 free ways to speed up your pc
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The Nanny State Updates

What Is CISPA, and Why Should You Care?
The controversial cyber-security bill has passed the House and is moving to the Senate. Its opponents are up in arms and ready to take action. Should you? Here's what you need to know about the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.
Plus: 5 Ways to Protest CISPA


Boston was a test to see how Americans would react.

Martial law is real: Americans now being forced out of their homes at gunpoint
(NaturalNews) If you ever wanted to see what a police state looks like up close and personal, look no further than Boston in the aftermath of the marathon terrorist attack. New video footage released online following last week's lock-down and the house...


The Parting Thought:  


"Fear is the key element for the IRS in achieving its mission.
Without fear, the IRS would have a difficult time maintaining
our so-called system of voluntary compliance..."

-- Santo Presti
Former IRS Criminal Investigation Agent and author of "IRS In Action"


U.S. lawmakers secretly negotiating to exempt themselves from Obamacare

Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill are negotiating a secret deal to exempt themselves from Obamacare. The Obamacare mandate is a total nightmare, of course, and it doubles health insurance rates while providing nothing resembling actual "health" care. It's such a nightmare that the very people who passed it now want to exempt themselves from it.

That would leave it in a state where only the constituents are subjected to its onerous costs and mandates, not the lawmakers who passed it into law. How's that for hypocrisy in America?

According to a report from
Politico, "Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, sources in both …

The IRS apparently is not sure how many people they are going to need to hire or even how much implementing Obamacare will cost. Well one thing is for sure and that is it was previously determined to be around 16,500 new IRS agents that needed to be hired.

I’ll let you do the math on that one. Just remember that federal employees average greater pay than any of us in the private sector. Also keep in mind that many of these, if not all of them, will receive a pension as well. That’s right Obamacare is the gift that keeps on giving long after these new agents are gone from their offices.


 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man


Join others striving for Financial Independence in the Poor Man Survival community on how to take back control of your money. Updated for 2013 and now includes a Will Kit & Simply Money, a software CD that helps make sense of your finances.


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Home Prepping Database Program

This software will assist you and your family in what and how many supplies you will need when you will need to lockdown in your home until things settle down

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Racoon Repellant Recipes, Good Stewardship Resources, More

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many Citizens,
because of their respect for what appears to be law, are cunningly coerced into
waiving their rights due to ignorance."

-- United States Supreme Court
Source: US. v. Minker, 350 US 179 at 187


In This Issue:

1.       Stanley’s 6-part personal finance series

2.      Good stewardship and record keeping resource

3.      Raccoon repellant recipes

4.      From Battlefield to Farmland-Helping Returning Vets

5.      The Essential points of individual liberty



Andy Stanley’s ‘Balanced’ 6-part financial series

Having been in this whole  Personal Finance thing for a long time, I have read, seen, and heard a lot of teaching about how the Bible pertains to our finances. And I am not exaggerating when I say that this 6-part series is some of the best teaching (and most helpful) that I have come across.


I strongly encourage you to spend the next week and go through this series. No matter whether you are a beginner or well-versed in managing your money God’s way, I am very confident you will find it to be of value --  even if you are an agnostic.


Each lesson is 30 minutes long, so if you really get inspired you can knock of the whole thing out in 3 hours.


Listen to it Now!

For the sake of convenience I am including the links to each part here, but you are also welcome to watch the videos on his site here as well.


“Are you financially balanced? Do you know where your money goes each month? Do you and your spouse argue about money? Does your month last longer than your money? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you may be financially unbalanced. In this series, Andy reveals the steps you need to take to achieve the freedom and contentment that comes with being financially balanced.”

“What is your primary objective when it comes to your personal finances? For some it’s supporting a family; others strive to save as much as possible. For many, financial freedom is the finish line. What should your objective be when it comes to your money? What will bring you the most peace? Join Andy Stanley as he explores the Bible to find the answer. It just might surprise you.”

“Auto leases, credit cards, student loans, and second mortgages take our money, our attention, and our freedom. In this message, Andy shares how to handle personal debt and takes a hard look at making the necessary corrections to get to where we need to be.”

“Do you want less anxiety in the arena of your finances? Of course you do. But our culture teaches that your value is based on the accumulation of stuff. The more you amass before you die, the more successful it appears your life has been. Andy presents a different perspective – one that will keep you from buying into our culture’s lies.”

“Do you struggle with discontentment? If you do, there’s a reason. In this message, Andy Stanley explains why your appetite for more never gets satisfied. Once you understand that, and apply the principles Andy presents, you’ll be able to find the contentment you desire.”

“When it comes to personal finances, we often put ourselves first, and God usually gets our leftovers. But then to whom do we turn when we are having financial trouble? Yep! The person we’ve put last. Doesn’t make sense, does it? In the last of this 6-part series, Andy Stanley explains why it is in your best interest to re-prioritize your money. Using passages from the Old and New Testaments, he outlines a simple plan that will throw open the door to God’s involvement in your finances – a plan that will bring you the freedom and peace you desire.”



* State laws often require Safe Deposit Boxes to be sealed upon the death of the owner. Keep a copy of your Will in a fireproof safe deposit box at home and with a lawyer or loved one.


PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Record Keeping for your small farm and more…Good Stewardship!


Use Technology to Reduce Your Home Energy Use
Yes, Earth Day is over, but that doesn't mean you should stop caring about the environment or your electrical footprint. Gadgets and tech toys are typically power guzzlers, but with the right apps and tools you can start reducing your impact--and power bill.



Free Vegetable Planting Chart


Used coffee grounds spread around your garden will keep stray cats away.



We’ve had a lot of midnight visits from Rocky Raccoon who has ravished our trash (he’s a cutie) but he needs to find another home…some recipes to use!

Raccoon Repellent Recipe #1

·         This raccoon repellent recipe is recommended by the Larimer Humane Society in northern Colorado to protect your plants from being eaten by raccoons. Mix the ingredients together and spray it on your shrubs, plants, trees, around and on garbage cans or anywhere you want the raccoon to stay away from.

Mix one small bottle of hot sauce (like Tabasco) or one can of cayenne pepper with one gallon of water that has had one teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent added to it. The soap will help the pepper water adhere to the plants and other places you spray. The pepper spray will need to be reapplied after a rain or watering. Make sure you thoroughly wash any fruit or vegetable you harvest that has been sprayed before you eat it.

Raccoon Repellent Recipe #2

·         From the City of Lakewood, Colorado, this wildlife repellent recipe is called Hot Pepper Repellent. It is different from Recipe #1, but just as effective.

One tablespoon of Cayenne pepper

One chopped Jalapeno pepper

One chopped yellow onion

In two quarts water, boil the ingredients for 20 minutes. After the mixture has cools, strain it through cheesecloth. Spray the strained liquid anywhere you want to repellent raccoons or any other wildlife. It is very effective, but must be reapplied every three to five days.



From Battlefield to Farmland

Called a ‘Harvest of Hope’ meaningful work and learning opportunities for wounded warriors are springing up around the nation.  Several projects in the fields of homesteading, agritourism, eco-tourism, horticulture and agriculture are coming to life, giving veterans an opportunity to start life changing careers as farmers and sustainable people.

The movement is catching on through programs such as the Fellowship Fund, which offers post 9/11 disabled vets to begin a food and farm career.

For more information, use the links below:


·        Adam Burke with questions or a time to visit at Veterans Farm in Jacksonville, FL: 904-214-5720

· or call 530-756-1395

·        Matt McCue at


·        www.archis’



Where to find good coupons
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The Nanny State Updates

Government conducts armed raid on a couple from Kansas for buying hydroponic equipment to grow vegetables!

Fueling the search for the Boston Marathon killers has been a number of technological shifts which are likely to accelerate in the years ahead as police, corporations, and even private citizens gain access to unprecedented troves of video imagery and the tools to analyze them. Increase in computing power and advances in analytical software have allowed for individuals to be identified and tracked as never before, all the more so when this information is combined with cell phone location data.



Spring cleaning for your car
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The Parting Thought:  

Americans believe that moving the economy forward means cutting spending and reducing taxes. Two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) believe the federal government should cut spending, and 62 percent believe taxes should also be lowered to create jobs and grow the economy. A significant majority (70 percent) also believes that a balanced budget would help the nation’s economy.

Educating ourselves on the principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility is absolutely essential if we are to restore the principles upon which our nation was founded. I have created a website where you can learn about: The Philosophy of Liberty, the Principles of Liberty and the Foundations of Liberty. You will be able to learn about the Constitution and intent of the founding fathers. Please visit this new website and invite all of your friends and neighbors that love liberty and are willing to educate themselves to fight tyranny.

Liberty Tree University Click Here

 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man


Join others striving for Financial Independence in the Poor Man Survival community on how to take back control of your money. Updated for 2013 and now includes a Will Kit & Simply Money, a software CD that helps make sense of your finances.



Get the No BS – Ready for Anything Survival Files Download-Now includes…

Home Prepping Database Program

This software will assist you and your family in what and how many supplies you will need when you will need to lockdown in your home until things settle down

Keep our services free, visit our sites…

Check our Resources


Survival books & supplies – find them at our ebay store:


Follow us on Facebook




Romance in a Can – a Cute, Novel Way to Say I love you (Inexpensive too)!



A Shallow Planet Production