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Saturday, May 11, 2013

What do you want from life?

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


"[O]ne who values his life and takes seriously his responsibilities to his family and community will possess and cultivate the means of fighting back, and will retaliate when threatened with death or grievous bodily injury to himself or a loved one. He will never be content to rely solely on others for his safety...."
-- Jeffrey R. Snyder
American attorney, author
Source: A Nation of Cowards


In This Issue:

1.      What do you want from life?

2.      Could MOOCS solve our education problems?

3.      US top terrorist state-are all our conversations recorded?

4.       Doublespeak – the favored language of government types



What People want most in life: Appreciation

Most people want to feel appreciated and important. How you feel appreciated, only you can answer for yourself. If you don’t know what would make you feel important, loved and appreciated, you might seek this out in another person, event or situation.

Most people want to escape boredom

Another most powerful desire that people have is to have fun, excitement, and escape boredom. Yes, people are always searching for best life and excitement in life.

If you don't have enough money, you are probably concerned with survival and the problems you face in life.  Most of us want to either AVOID or GAIN something.  We want to avoid bad health and poverty.  We want love and riches.  We want to be loved and wish to avoid pain and confrontation.

      >>Reach a fabled level of success that makes you untouchable

>>Create a positive work/life balance

 >>Feel as capable as others think you are

        >>Be more productive with each minute of the day
        >>Be recognized as talented or even brilliant

         >>Pursue your calling while supporting your family financially

     >>Start every morning with a leisurely cup of coffee instead of a rushed

Find meaningful work:

To find a way to earn a living doing something that contributes to others, yet doesn’t rob my soul;

To find a passion and stick with it;

To find a way to pursue a calling while also supporting my family financially.

To be able to find fulfillment in a career.

A question I asked all potential employees, If you had all the money you ever needed, never needed to worry about bills again…what would you do with your life?

Some answers I got were mundane, others surprising, others delightful and altruistic.  What would you do with your life?

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EDUCATION: The average cost of a private college tuition is now a staggering $42,224 per year… a nearly 100% increase in the last decade. With these surging prices you’d expect Americans to be smarter… but that’s simply not the case… One recent report found that compared to other countries:

  • America is #14 in Reading
  • America is #25 in Math
  • America is #17 in Science

From Kindergarten to College Our Education System Has Failed…

Research shows that as recently as 2007, we spend $12,463 per student, per year in our public education system. More than double the $5,593 we paid in 1970.


But what do we get in return?

Not much when you consider in the early-1900s only 8.8% of the population completed high school… yet it was one of the most productive times in our country’s history.

Think about the innovations our grandparents saw in their lifetimes… from planes to cars… electricity to lights… indoor plumbing to the radio… they witnessed new industries that drastically changed the way the entire world lives.


A report by College Board lists the 2011–2012 academic year average price for a college budget at an in-state public, 4 year college at $21,447… and at a private college it averaged $42,224.But here’s what shocking…

A recent study of undergraduate learning called Academically Adrift revealed that at least 45% of students in their sample gained no measurable skills during their four years in college.

And since 2000, the average income of college grads aged 25-34, has dropped – dropped – from $74,767 to $64,060 per year.


A potential solution…


Massive Open Online Courses, MOOCS for short, and the online learning platform EDx, which was co-founded by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the wave of the future.


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The Parting Thought:  George Orwell would love the USA in 2013



The US Government has fulfilled the dream of 1984 & the Communist Manifesto

From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living, Government Drivel Makes Words Meaningless…Why most of us need someone to interpret their gibberish they use to deceive the public.


Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., "downsizing" for layoffs, "servicing the target" for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable. It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning (for example, naming a state of war "peace"). In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language.


 Double speak: bureaucrats are famous for re-inventing the English language so words become meaningless from a dictionary perspective…it is politicians saying I'm smarter than all you dumb voters.  This is especially true of the laws they create, which rarely make sense and usually lead to endless paychecks for the legal profession.

They have to lie or use double talk because if they told us the truth no one would ever vote for them.  This applies to about 1/2 of the politicians.

Roots of double speak can be traced back to George Orwell's'1984, where the government changed the form and meaning of a word to suit their own purpose...precisely what is happening now.  Some examples:

Teachable Moment - Used to describe a situation where a politician makes a mistake and tries to confess without admitting guilt.

Actual Translation, 'Oops we screwed up. Here's what you should learn from this screw up.'


Bailout - This is the process of helping out large corporations with money until it can be repaid by the company.

Actual Translation, 'In return for this loan we are taking an equity position in your company even if you pay back all the money, we are now part owners.' Of course the ramifications of this are that the government that can pass laws that effect companies now owns one of these companies. Now private companies must compete with the very same entity that passes laws that govern how that company can do business, pay taxes, etc. Not a good thing.


Reform - Changing the law to ostensibly improve something or correct wrongs of the past. Think health care reform, financial reform, campaign finance reform, immigration reform... the list goes on.

Actual Translation - 'The government is going to take this over so we can control it and decide who gets what and how much of it. We need to add more regulation and complicate it more so only a bureaucrat can understand it and you need an accountant or lawyer to figure it out. ' Nothing the government 'reforms' actually gets simpler or better, it just gets regulated more.


Citizen - Person who lives in a country or region.

Actual Translation - Taxpayer, Voter


Public Servant - One whose job it is to serve the public.  Usually, in reference to an elected politician, certainly not bureaucrats.

Actual Translation - 'Fooled you into electing me so now I can do what I really wanted to do all along.' Okay, that's a little sarcastic but it is closer to the truth than it may sound. Name one politician that serves their constituency and not their political party. The list is very short. Once a politician gets elected, they become focused on getting re-elected so they can maintain their power. Very few actually serve their public and I'll leave it at that.

Working Class - The group of people who do work for a living.

Actual Translation - 'Those people being exploited by the rich that need the government to come in and tax the rich so they can make it fair.'

Most of us no longer rely on mainstream journalists to decipher the truth for us as many of them are in on the con job.  It is your responsibility to dig for the truth – it is out there Agent Sculley!

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man


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