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Saturday, June 29, 2013

DIY Matchhead Missiles, Best OTC Drugs-Stock Up Now!

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


"Unless someone like you cares an awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not".

- Dr Seuss


The Frozen Dog Ranch Files


In This Issue:

1.       The People’s Pharmacy-Best OTC drugs for barter or use

2.      Why are so many unaware of what happening to our country?

3.      PortaPure Filtering System

4.      Make a match head missile for the 4th

5.      How to create inexpensive backyard ponds



Why do so many people not realize America has become a total state?”

Anyone who points out the politically obvious and is accused of panic-mongering has considered this question. The NSA's massive spying, the TSA frisking their children, the IRS targeting people politically, the longest war in American history, the militarization of law enforcement, the indefinite detention of prisoners at Gitmo...nothing, nothing seems to budge some people from the belief that the US is the freest, grandest nation on earth.

The State is not merely the politicians and officials who run the visible structure of government. It includes every civil servant and bureaucrat. The largest employer in America is the federal government. According to the Office of Personnel Management, there were approximately 2.79 million civil servants as of December 2011. But this number is for “civilian” personnel only and does not include uniformed civil servants, such as law enforcement. Of course, every state, county and city ratchets up the civil servant count with their own employees.

Thanks to the courageous Edward Snowden, America now knows the NSA has, for seven years, collected data on many millions of our phone calls, emails and other communications, even when its top officials have testified that it had not.

It is now abundantly clear that privacy in the United States is dead and gone, thanks to pandering politicians and the constitutionally questionable PATRIOT Act.

And things look like they are going to get even worse.

It’s Not Just the NSA After You

Hot on the heels of the NSA revelations, now the habitually anti-tax haven and pro-tax Organization for Economic and Community Development (OECD) wants in on the action, by forcing all countries into useless data-hoarding of private information in a very big way.

The Paris-based OECD is financed by the high-tax, deficit-spending, welfare-state governments such as France and Germany, with the U.S. taxpayer footing a large part of its budget. The OECD provides a dignified veneer to the desperate struggle of its debt-ridden sponsors for ever more tax revenues.

As a deceitful public relations tactic, the OECD purposely conflates illegal tax evasion with legal tax avoidance. The OECD view is that all financial privacy and bank secrecy laws are a cover for tax evasion, so they demand abolition of all privacy.

The OECD goes well beyond its achieved demand for the automatic exchange of tax information. They also want to end privacy for “beneficial owners” of corporations, trusts and financial accounts. Erika Nolan has eloquently described
the real physical harm such a policy would inflict.

They call it the information bomb. And it's something the government will never admit could happen.

It's the danger that arises when the government gathers, stores, and saves all the information about its citizens in one place. And if that information ever fell into the wrong hands, it could cause catastrophic damage to everyone involved. Imagine a world where your personal information -- all your personal calls, emails, texts, and everything you've done on the Internet -- was available for everyone to see.

So far, we'd say the government has a pretty poor track record when it comes to defending the system it has in place. It didn't stop the Boston bombing, even when it had direct assistance. In the end, we're left with a government that's amassing an incredible stockpile of information, and the only assurance we have that it's safe is a government guarantee.

Amnesty International has issued a statement criticizing the Obama Administration's prosecution of Edward Snowden. While the media has largely yielded to demands from the White House not to call Snowden a "whistleblower," Amnesty International views him in this light and specifically objects to the use of the Espionage Act by the Obama Administration in this case.


Finally, the jackasses in government who are screwing up our nation want to create a law forcing farmers to register their tractors and qualify for a commercial license – even on their own property.  Do we breed these control freaks from some secret location or is stupidity genetic among government clones?




$500,000 – the amount spent by al Qaeda to plan & execute 9/11 attacks.  $1.1 trillion – the amount the US has spent on homeland security since 9/11

PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…


What OTC drugs do Pharmacists Recommend?


These should b e considered for inclusion in your First Aid Kit and…for barter purposes when the SHTF!

Pharmacists commonly make recommendations on over-the-counter medications for customers, and the practice was recently surveyed by Pharmacy Today magazine.

The publication quizzed 3,000 pharmacists about what over-the-counter products they recommend each week. Some 77 product categories were included in the survey. Results were based on answers returned from about 33 percent of those questioned.

The most recommended product is Claritin as an adult antihistamine, with 4,197 recommendations per week. Tylenol products are also among the most recommended for pain relief.

Products that are highly recommended across the nation:

Delsym (adult antitussive/dextromethorphan)

A personal favorite among pharmacists for a runny nose and dry cough decongestants, such as Sudafed, and Delsym for a cough.

Dextromethorphan is one of the over-the-counter medications that can be abused when misused.

Neosporin (topical antibiotic ointment/cream)

This is a pricey product in an area where many generic products work well. “Soap and water is good, too,” Zive said.

Mucinex (adult expectorant)

Winkler likes Mucinex, especially during the flu season.

Pepcid Complete (heartburn/antacids)

Winkler’s recommendations usually start with Tums, which was second in this category. A second or third choice might be Pepcid Complete. “It depends on the person’s condition,” she said, noting Prilosec OTC could be another alternative.

Claritin (adult antihistamine)

Winkler prefers to recommend Sudafed for its short-acting action.

Some customers who ask for Claritin appear to be influenced by the company’s television commercials, according to Zive, who also suggests Sudafed most of the time.

Citracal (calcium supplement)

Caltrate, which finished second in this category of the study, is a common request from customers at The Medicine Shoppe in Davenport, said pharmacist Rex Tuttle.

Cortizone-10 (insect bite/stings)

“I do agree on its effectiveness,” Winkler said, noting she recommends the product for mild poison ivy or dermatitis issues.

Emetrol (upset stomach, nausea)

This product has been around a number of years, said Tuttle, who has been in practice since 1975. “I can’t say, though, that I’ve ever been asked for it,” he said, adding that he usually goes with a Pepto-Bismol type of recommendation.

One-Touch (blood sampling tester)

This device is used by those with a condition like diabetes. Normally, the patient starts with a tester from a hospital or doctor’s office.


Beginning today, consumers and health care professionals can visit

 and to access pharmacists’ go-to brands in more than 160 therapeutic categories. These include everything from women’s health, pain/inflammation, and diagnostics to first aid, cold/cough/allergy and vitamins. This information is also available via a new mobile app on the iOS platform; search “OTC Guide.” - See more at:

For the 17th year, Pharmacy Times has conducted its annual Survey of Pharmacists’ OTC Recommendations and published the results, providing a comprehensive resource for pharmacists and consumers. The results are available on in an easy-to-navigate, searchable format. This valuable resource organizes OTC products into 14 different categories and reveals the OTC brands that pharmacists who read Pharmacy Times most often recommended. Pharmacy Times is pleased to present the results of the OTC survey in collaboration with U.S. News and World Report. Click here for more information.



Water is the new oil, we’ve all been told many times. The UN has forecast that half of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas by 2030. Rapid urbanization, climate change, and other trends will sweep growing numbers of people into areas where there either isn’t enough physical freshwater for them or where there isn’t sufficient infrastructure to meet rising water demands. It’s a situation that already afflicts 2.8 billion people in the developing world. In many parts of Africa, in particular, women and children are often forced to trek miles to water pumps, wells, and lakes (sometimes controlled by rival villages) and can only bring back a few gallons of water at a time.

George Page, the founder and CEO of Portapure, has developed a solution that gets around infrastructure scarcity to meet rising water demands on an individual level. His company, Portapure, manufactures a five-gallon gravity-flow water filter, good for a family of six, that makes water from any lake, river, or stream safe to drink.


How to create inexpensive backyard ponds
read more here

The Nanny State-We love our government

Obama Regime Clamps Down on Campus First Amendment Rights

 Remember when universities were considered free marketplaces of ideas? They serve the opposite purpose now: to instill in students a deep fear of expressing any thought deemed politically incorrect by the authorities. Local administrators are complicit, but the drive to enforce rigid ideological conformity is being imposed by the source...


Duck Duck Go appeared on the scene a few years ago, vying to become a real search competitor to Google and Bing. Duck Duck Go's staked its search value on privacy as they do not store IP addresses or log user information. While the new search engine had done okay for itself, Duck Duck Go hit a milestone last week when they hit 3 million searches in a day. The most amazing thing is that only a week before that they announced hitting the 2 million mark.  So what spurned this spike in search traffic? Well since news about the NSA PRISM surveillance program broke, the average user has become much more concerned about what kind of personal information the search engines are tracking and reporting on. Since the PRISM news broke, nearly every day has been a record search day for DuckDuckGo…



The Parting Thought – Not to worry in the land of the free!


Few in America lament our loss of liberty or clamor for lost freedoms since 9/11 – Perhaps they might remember this 4th of July, but I rather doubt it…The Poor Man Survivor


Make a Match Head Missile for the 4th


Blast Off – Turn Matches into Tiny Rockets


The swift strike of a match on July 4th typically precedes sky-high spectacles.  But matches themselves can be fireworks.  When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match’s tip combusts into space-hogging gases.  By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a miniature missile.  Here the steps you need to become a rocket scientist in your own driveway this 4th of July…



·         Matches

·         Sewing pin or needle

·         Paper clips

·         Aluminum foil


>>Bend a paper clip into a 45-degree angle to create your launch pad

>>Lay a pin along a matchstick so the sharp tip touches the match head.  Wrap the head with a piece of aluminum foil, and gently crease the foil around the pin (avoid tears and holes).

>>Remove the pin.  This leaves a hollow channel that will direct gas downward so it can act as a propellant.

>>Rest the match on the launch pad, hold a small flame under the foil-wrapped match head, and start your countdown!


Find CO2 and other fun DYI missiles here:


Happy 4th of July!

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man



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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NSA Spying on You? There's an App for That, Hiding Your Assets, More

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


"Don't violate people's civil liberties. The government hates competition."

The Frozen Dog Ranch Files


In This Issue:

1.       How to protect & hide your assets

2.      NSA Spying on you?  There’s an App for that

3.      Seeds of death

4.      Where to go when the government is chasing you

5.      10 Signs the US is unraveling at the seams


How to Protect and Hide Assets

There are many ways to legally hide money and assets, as well as some methods for which the legality depends on your intent. Chapter Eight of A Survival Guide for Interesting Times, part of the Secrets Package, looks at the best of these ideas. The following is an excerpt from that chapter. Here are a few ways to protect assets, including how to hide them. They are legal means that are ethical if used for ethical purposes.

Using Corporations and LLCs

Corporations have been used for a long time to protect assets. More recently LLCs have been the legal vehicle of choice, because they are simple to set up and inexpensive to maintain. We had our tax preparer set one up for us for $130, and it costs just $10 annually to file the annual report online (which involves just answering a few questions). You can also get the do-it-yourself kits at bookstores for about $30, and the filing fee in many states is $75 or less. (Note: We now live in Florida, and the annual fee is around $135.)

For asset protection, the idea with either an LLC or a corporation is that your liabilities are limited to the assets in that legal structure. So if you have an apartment building, you would have it alone in an LLC. That way if you are sued for something related to it and lose the case, the plaintiff can't come after any other assets, like your home, personal bank accounts or other LLCs. In other words, if you have many and varied assets they should be in several different corporations or LLCs to limit the damage.

By the way, an LLC can be the owner of another LLC. This and other techniques can be used to keep your ownership more private, if that is your goal. For more on how to do this, ask an attorney who is familiar with this area of law.

Reverse Money Laundering

(The next ten paragraphs of the book...

Continues here...

PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…


Seeds of Death

Every single independent study conducted on the impact of genetically modified food shows that it damages organs, it causes infertility, it causes immune system failure, it causes holes in the GI tract, and it causes multiple organ system failure. The whole concept of genetically modified organisms is…

Where To Go When The U.S. Government Is Chasing You
Namibia is supposed to be nice this time of year.



Companies and organizations typically understand the importance of keeping critical data safe from both manual and natural disasters. Yet, many companies are not prepared for the day their system goes down and data is lost. Experts say that the day will come that data is lost, usually due to a manual user error. Compromised data and the loss of productivity can paralyze an entire business for hours or even days. Even with the best-laid plans, disaster can prove disruptive, but those who are prepared suffer the least.

Loads and Loads of Files and Reports


The Nanny State-We love our government

How Surveillance Has Evolved In The United States
With PRISM, the tradition of surveillance in America only grows. Here is an interactive timeline.
Read full story]


10 Signs our country is unraveling at the seams…


Out-of-control spending has left us with a debt of over $16 trillion while the U.S. pays $73.9 million to China every day to cover interest on debt.
A desperate Federal Reserve trying to artificially boost the economy by dumping $600 billion newly in printed money into the Treasury bond market can only mean inflation for sure.
Soaring prices with food rising up to another 4% in 2013, gasoline prices soaring, natural gas climbing and crude oil on the rise already this year. Your dollars aren’t going to be worth what they were.
Crushing taxes and regulations that are making it even more difficult to start and grow a successful business, have forced many companies to move their employees and operations out of the country.
Unemployment rates seem stuck at 7.7% for some states, while others remain at 9.6% — a number that doesn’t even include those who have given up looking for work.

 A pitiful real estate market fueled by the Federal Reserve in order to stimulate the economy isn’t looking promising and most believe we won’t see recovery for years.
 With trigger happy countries like North Korea continuing to make threats to the U.S., along with Iran threatening to nuke Israel, crude oil could rise to $240 a barrel.
 Eurozone crisis is set to cause global economic collapse as European countries like Spain, Greece, Cyprus and others struggle under the weight of debt and unemployment.
 The US government debt bubble has caused an increase in spending to the figure of $1 trillion all of which means the debt ceiling is on a steady climb upward every day.
 Political insolvency around the corner with the breakdown of the United States’ socio-economic and socio-political forces has made it close to impossible for Republicans and Democrats to take action on government spending.


The Parting Thought – Not to worry in the land of the free!


NSA Spying on You? There’s an App for That

Earlier this month, a host of leaked documents confirmed what most
patriots already suspected: The government's alphabet soup of spying
agencies -- the NSA, CIA, FBI, etc. -- have been unconstitutionally
spying on everyday Americans for years.

Now that we know for a fact that the US government is collecting
massive reserves of our personal data everyday through our
smartphones... and they don't seem too apologetic about it... they
question then becomes: What can we do about it?

Technology to the Rescue?

Most of us are familiar with the concept of leaving a paper trail. These
trails consist of data that we leave behind as we go about our lives. If
we were ever to come under investigation for anything, a judge could
subpoena that information to be used against you in court. Otherwise,
it's just sitting there, harmless and inert.

Part of what the government has been collecting on you and me through
our mobile phones is similar. It's a very broad spectrum of information
about a broad spectrum of the population.

However, if they feel the need to investigate your for any reason, they
can zoom in on the information and tell exactly where you were when
you sent a text message at 3:21 PM last Friday... who it was addressed

to... and what it said.

Suffice to say, our "data trail" is like a paper trail on steroids.

The answer to the question, what can we do about it, is to cover your
tracks on a daily basis, automatically. Don't worry, you don't need to
start living like you're in a spy novel... you simply need to download
an app for your phone.

Top 3 Encryption Apps

These apps are developed offshore, beyond the reach of the Patriot Act.
In fact, these apps are designed to actually protect your privacy from
snoops (gov't or otherwise). And they make the process incredibly simple.

When you use your smartphone for calls or text messaging, these apps
encrypt the data to make it incredibly difficult to trace. That way, crooks,
scammers, and even the NSA can't access your personal data without a
very concerted effort. Poof! You're off the radar...

According to Michael Janke, CEO of SilentCircle, it would take “All of the
world’s supercomputers put together 44 years to break the encryption of
a single message..."  More at:

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man



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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


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Economic Realities & Opportunities
Based on demographics…A free business report from the Poor Man’s Boot Strap Business Editor




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