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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How To Avoid Ammo Shortages, Anti-Drone Clothing

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


In This Issue:

1.       Set up your own cloud storage program

2.      Averting ammo shortages with this skill

3.      Good Guide to Green Products in your home

4.      Anti-Drone clothing has arrived

5.      How huge US corporations get away with paying little in taxes


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
- Helen Keller



With so many services like iCloud and Dropbox getting hacked these days, it's no surprise that more people want to pull their data off the cloud. Instead of missing out on those great syncing features, though, you can create your own cloud storage service that you control with a service called ownCloud. With it, you'll get syncing files, notes, calendars, and more. The best part: it only takes about five minutes to get it set up.

OwnCloud is free and open source software that operates as a very simple way to set up your own syncing, Dropbox-like cloud storage system on your own server or web site. It's robust enough that it has replaced Dropbox for me in all except a few choice cases. It's also quick and easy to set up, and doesn't require advanced technical knowledge. OwnCloud is about as powerful as Dropbox, but it also allows people to make and share their own apps that run on ownCloud including text editors, task lists, and more. That means you can get a little more out of it then just file syncing if you want.

What You'll Need

You don't really need much to get started with ownCloud. Just gather up:

  • A web host that supports PHP5 and MySQL (or SQLite): This might sound a little jargony, but all it means is that you need to sign up for a service like Dreamhost (if you haven't already). If you already have a domain name like through a web host (and you should), you can probably install ownCloud in a couple minutes. It sounds complicated, but you don't actually need to deal with things like PHP and MySQL for the simple installation of ownCloud. It does it all for you automatically. Just make sure your hosting service supports them.
  • A copy of ownCloud Server 5: You can install ownCloud in a variety of ways, but for our purposes we'll stick the simplest method: the web installer. If you know how to put a file onto your web site, you can install this. You'll just need to upload one file to your web host.
  • A URL for remote access: Since you'll likely want to tap into ownCloud from anywhere, you'll need a URL for doing so. If you don't already have a domain name, you can buy one, but if you do it's incredibly easy to set up ownCloud in a subdirectory of your site.

The nice thing about ownCloud is that it's compatible with just about any server you can imagine. We're going to stick with the simple web installer that works with an online hosting service, but if you want full control, it's easy to install on a Linux machine in your house, a number of service providers offer one-click installs, and hosts like Dreamhost even provide their own installation guides.


How lawn mower maintenance can save you money
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PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Averting the Ammo Shortage with a DIY Skill

The anti-gun folks up in Congress just won't give up.

Since their gun bans failed, they've got a new angle: taxes.

Proposed new taxes of up to 50% on ammo sales will turn today's shortages into a full-blown crisis.



Good Guide

I like to use green products around my home, but I’m always very leery of whether they’ll work or not. Will they be as effective as products with harsher chemicals?  

 Get started by watching the How it Works video. In less than three minutes it explains how to use the site in an easy to follow, step-by-step explanation as well as walks you through features you can use in your day-to-day shopping both online and in stores.

You can customize the site by what is important to you. Don’t want to buy products made with child labor in a foreign country? Customize your personal filter to check for Labor & Human Rights, and it will display that value for the products you look at. You will need to register in order to use this feature.



Anti-Drone Clothing has Arrived

Designer Adam Harvey held a Stealth Wear exhibition earlier this year, and "the 'anti-drone hoodie' was the central attraction," says Tom Meltzer in Britain's The Guardian. The garment is a hooded shawl made of a silver-fiber material that is supposed to cloak the wearer from the prying, even deadly, eyes of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

The "counter-surveillance" garments are "lightweight, breathable, and safe to wear," according to Harvey's website. More to the point, they're "intended to thwart overhead thermal surveillance from drones." And in a pointed reference to their use in predominantly Islamic countries, they are inspired "by Muslim dress: The burqa and the scarf," he adds.

Stockpile Barter Goods

In the event of a natural disaster that leaves a city devastated and cut off from the outside world, or an economic meltdown, or a war, your regular currency may not be very useful. In these situations people will revert to barter. In addition to trading anything and everything directly, some more universally desired items will function as a sort of "new money." Stockpile a few of the likely candidates. They include any of the following:

- Rolling tobacco and papers.
- Water purification tablets.
- Tampons.
- Toilet paper.
- Matches and lighters.

(Continued in Chapter 7 of A Survival Guide for Interesting Times, which comes with The Secrets Package.) Get your copy here:

Spring cleaning for your car
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The Nanny State Updates Americans are fat n happy while their rights are trampled!


The City Council in Rancho Mirage, California was set to vote yesterday on a proposal which would ban the use of drones in residential areas in the city. If it passes, it will be the first law of its kind in the state. The ordinance would ban the flying of “unmanned aircraft that can fly under the control of a remote pilot or by a geographic positions system (GPS) guided autopilot mechanism” up to 400 feet above areas that have been zoned residential.


The Maryland House of Delegates passed a new law on Wednesday which will require the fingerprinting of gun buyers, mandate background checks, restrict availability of weapons to the mentally ill, and ban certain kinds of assault weapons and magazines of more than ten bullets.


Feds raid indoor gardeners, find only tomatoes and squash plants
(NaturalNews) How insanely out-of-control has the war on drugs become? Apparently now, if all you do is buy equipment to grow plants and vegetables indoors is reason enough to suspect you of conducting illegal drug activity.


Remove Burnt Food from a Skillet

To get that burnt food off the bottom of the pan, add water and a drop or two of dish soap and bring it to a boil. At that point the burnt food should either break loose on its own or come off easily with a spatula.


The Parting Thought- Everything’s free in America

Huge Corporations Pay Virtually Nothing in Taxes (And Get Away With It)

Where's the beef? - 20% of the top 500 U.S. companies paid nothing in corporate taxes in 2011, and 42% paid between 0% and 15%...Even though the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, many American companies pay little or nothing in taxes - and some even get refunds.

A recent analysis by The Washington Post showed that it was typical for companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the 1960s and 1970s to pay federal taxes that were between 25% and 50% of their global profits.

Today, most big U.S. companies pay half that.

A study by NerdWallet of the 500 biggest U.S. companies last fall showed that while the statutory corporate tax in the U.S. is 35%, the actual rate paid - not the amount companies set aside for taxes - is down to an average of 13%.

According to the NerdWallet data, 20% of the top 500 U.S. companies paid nothing in corporate taxes in 2011, and 42% paid between 0% and 15%.

The discrepancy has led some in Washington to call for corporate tax reform, which many U.S companies actually support - but mainly because they'd rather pay even less.

"We need to take steps to make our tax system more competitive and better aligned with the rest of the world by undertaking comprehensive tax reform that will reduce the corporate tax rate," Bob McDonald, CEO of The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG), said in a statement released before a meeting of top U.S. CEOs with President Barack Obama in November.

Why Corporate Taxes Are So Low

The main reason corporate taxes have fallen off so much is that multinational companies have avoided bringing foreign profits home. As long as the profits stay overseas, a company can defer paying federal taxes on them.

But this often is not just money earned overseas; many companies have figured out schemes to transfer profits earned in the U.S. to overseas tax shelters.

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NOTE:  Prior to 1970 corporations paid the bulk of US taxes compared to the middle class, now it is just the opposite AND many US corporations have off-shored jobs and pensions at alarming rates leaving this country more like a third world country.

Since 1903, the dollar has lost 97% of its value, compared with gold – thanks to money debasement and debt. It’s the reason the greenback has lost 33% against the world’s major currencies over the last decade.

The U.S. debt problem has reached critical mass. Economist Ken Rogoff has shown that historically, economies struggle once they reach 90% debt to GDP. The U.S. economy is now at 101.5% debt to GDP and the gap is widening.

In fact, we owe roughly $189,000 in debt for every man, woman, and child.

The Fed has artificially inflated the currency and tripled the debt over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down.


 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man


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