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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

How to Achieve an Independent Life Now


Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


Truth made Snowden a traitor as it often does when scoundrels run the nation and we should all be traitors to a government that oppresses its people.

From The Frozen Dog Ranch Files


In This Issue:

1.      Achieving Independence

2.      Police lie in court every day

3.      More on bartering

4.      Mid-America Homesteading Conference

5.      We the Sheeple



"Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men."
-- Mortimer Adler


This issue is about achieving independence and freedom.  Sadly, most Americans don’t care about these topics.  Many citizens are like what we who served in the military called LIFERS.

These folks were happy to do as they were told and not ever question much as all thinking was done for them.  As long as they got their three squares a day, free clothing and housing, they didn’t mind…it was 20 or 30 in and then back out to civilian life.


You can achieve independence right NOW, today, in 2013.

We’ve listed eleven ways to move yourself toward independence, which also happens to mean self-sustainability, self-reliance and self-worth. You may not be able to achieve full independence for each of these, but you can always increase
your degree of independence so that you rely less and less on the system. This makes you a stronger, more resourceful and even a more dignified individual while honoring those same qualities in America's founding fathers.

#1) Independence from the lying mainstream media

Turn off the TV and stop watching CNN which is nothing more than pure political theater designed to distract you from what's really going on. Cancel your subscription to cable or satellite television. Stop watching sitcoms and stop reading mainstream newspapers.

If there's anything really important going on, it will be covered in the independent, alternative media such as Natural News, Infowars and StoryLeak. And if you really want to know what's happening in the world, read Wikileaks or try some non-U.S. newspapers like The Guardian (which broke the Ed Snowden NSA spy story).

#2) Independence from the for-profit sick-care system

Want real freedom? Stay out of the hospitals and cancer clinics. Eat a diet that you know is good for you: fresh fruits and vegetables, organic produce, superfoods and food-based nutritional supplements. Get lots of vitamin D from sensible sunshine exposure. Boost your trace minerals intake to avoid mineral deficiencies. Engage in regular exercise of some sort, even if it's just walking.

This will keep you out of the cancer clinics and their chemo poison centers, out of the
kidney dialysis centers and away from pharmacies and doctors. There is no real freedom if you're dependent on a chemical pill, so work to wean yourself off those pills with the help of a qualified naturopathic doctor.

#3) Independence from the corporate-monopolized global food system

The globalists know that food is a weapon. When they control the food, they control the population. Real independence requires not just storing extra food as an emergency backup supply, but producing food on your own property so that your food supply is at least partially self-sustaining.

It's easy to
get started doing this: you can begin by sprouting your own fresh sprouts right on your kitchen counter. Expanding from there, you can run a small aquaponic system in your own home or apartment, or even grow some culinary herbs in small pots on a window sill.

Better yet, build a small greenhouse and run an aquaponic system in there, producing both fish and plants at the same time. (I'm building an aquaponic system and will be sharing videos online soon).

You could also go the traditional, simple route and till a garden in your back yard. Plant seeds in dirt and let nature generate the food. Whatever way you like to approach it, make this the year you take action and make it happen.

#4) Independence from the government-run public school indoctrination of your children

If you have children in public schools, I can't urge you strongly enough to pull them out of those schools and either get them to a private school or homeschool them. The U.S. public education system has no intention to "educate" your children. It's nothing more than a system of indoctrination and obedience training designed to churn out "obedient workers" for the globalist corporations and deceptive politicians.

A real education requires homeschooling or private schooling at an alternative education institution. These two things, of course, require an extraordinary amount of time and money investment, so it may not be practical for everyone, but at the very least you can get engaged with your child's schooling and find out what they're learning at
school so you can discuss it with them.

Today, public schools are teaching children that the government is their savior; that individualism is bad; that the family is evil, and so on. School peer pressure teaches children to experiment with deviant sexual behavior and dangerous street drugs. Either one of these can ruin a child for life. More at:


PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…


Develop your financial skills and marketable talents.
"When you're single, you depend on yourself to pay the bills, so you save
 for the future. If you're in a marriage or long-term relationship, you're just
as responsible as your spouse for your mutual financial security. One of the
 biggest financial mistakes you can make is to let your spouse handle all
money matters. Get savvy about investing and check your bank statements
 regularly. This kind of money management can relieve stress and prevent
financial infidelity. You're less likely inherit your spouse's debts in the
event of his/her death or discover unhappy financial surprises if you get
divorced. On top of that, having marketable skills (from carpentry to
cooking) means you'll be able to find opportunities to support yourself in
an emergency. It also produces an extra part-time income from what was
 just a fun hobby".
Source: Barbara Schiffman


How to Barter and Why

One of the financial newsletters I get had a some interesting ideas about bartering. This particular author writes from a bit of a doom-and-gloom perspective, so he approached the subject from the perspective of survival when the currency has collapsed. Though I hope this will not be in our future, it is interesting to think about what you'll need to have to trade for necessities, so I'll start with that. Then we'll move on to how to barter using bartering websites, and the financial advantages (now) of doing this.

What items can you stash, then, to be prepared for the chaos of a cashless society? In general you need things that will be in high demand, are easily moved, and have a long shelf-life. This includes the following...


Addictions do not end just because of bad economic times, so you can be sure that people will still be smoking. However, cigarettes do not stay fresh for long, so you can't easily store some "just in case," without replacing them often, and this can be expensive. Instead buy the raw prepared tobacco and a cigarette-rolling kit. This is a cheap way to have something to trade for food or whatever else you need. Give the tobacco to a friend as a gift when it nears expiration time, and buy another.


In a true economic collapse, things will stop moving and production will slow or cease, so medicines will be used up quickly. You should have enough on hand for yourself, but for bartering purposes you. (See the previous issue of PM for a listing of OTC drugs recommended for bartering.  More at:


Mid-America Homesteading Conference

August 31, 2013

Increase your self-reliance by learning how to raise livestock, keep bees, garden, and preserve the harvest. Network with others who have similar goals, and get inspired by those who are already doing what you want to do!


Employer Mandate?  Never Mind:  The WSJ covers a major development in Obamacare--the delay for one year the requirement that companies with 50 or more employees provide health insurance or pay a fine.  Some say the delay is politics at its worst, with the Democrats wanting to push the implementation of the unpopular provision past the mid-term elections.  I take a more practical approach--the law is so unbelievably complex and onerous on small businesses that delaying its enactment was the only option.  What's your take?



Over Regulation Hurting US Jobs, National Security but Corrupt Bureaucrats are Clueless

 The study is by Appalachian State University economics professor John Dawson and North Carolina State University economics professor John Seater and was recently highlighted by the American Enterprise Institute's Mark J. Perry.

Overall, federal regulations have reduced the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2 percentage points a year from 1949 through 2005, leading to "an accumulated reduction in GDP of about $38.8 trillion as of the end of 2011. That is, GDP at the end of 2011 would have been $53.9 trillion instead of $15.1 trillion if regulation had remained at its 1949 level."

In other words, the economy would be 256 percent larger than it is today but for the regulations. Even if the amount of regulations had been half of what it was, the economy would still be twice as large as it is today.


The Nanny State-We love our government

Police Lie in Court Every Day

Attorneys will tell you in private, and sometimes in the books they write, that even though they respect the hard work that police do, they also know that the police lie all the time in court. In their book, Mistrial, Mark Geragos and Pat Harris suggest that this dishonesty is almost always well-intentioned. The officer truly thinks a defendant is a criminal, so he "remembers" more than what actually happened, in order to get the "scumbag" off the street. This is not merely speculation. They and other lawyers regularly catch officers lying under oath.

I have my own experiences with this as well. When I was seventeen I was living alone in a cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The first time I learned how easily authorities will lie I was actually guilty. Being on a tight budget I had speared a large northern pike in open water one night, which would provide me food for days. This would have been legal through the nearby ice on the lake, but that was less convenient than fishing from the stream bank where I was. Two officers from the Department of Natural Resources suddenly came out from behind a nearby cabin and chased after me. I lost them in the woods and went through the snow and swamps for a mile until I reached a neighbor's goat farm.

There is more to the story, including a disguise and meeting the officers two more times as they decided whether to arrest or ticket me, but to get to the point, they visited one day and lied. Actually there were several lies, starting with the claim that they got fingerprints off the spear, which they had recovered. The handle was made of old pitted metal and it...Continues here...

How did America’s police become a military force on the streets?


Are cops constitutional?

Civil liberties activists say our nation's police forces have become too militaristic—like this SWAT team participating in a drill in October–and are deployed even in nonviolent situations.

In a 2001 article for the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, the legal scholar and civil liberties activist Roger Roots posed just that question. Roots, a fairly radical libertarian, believes that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow for police as they exist today. At the very least, he argues, police departments, powers and practices today violate the document’s spirit and intent. “Under the criminal justice model known to the framers, professional police officers were unknown,” Roots writes.


Now there's Homeland Security's new "molecular laser scanner." With this new device, an agent could hit you for a full-body scan from up to 164 feet away.

You'll never even know it's happening.

The machine is so sensitive it can pick up adrenaline in your sweat.


The Parting ThoughtNot to worry in the land of the free!

A government that fails to recognize the rights of man is obsolete!  >the Poor Man Survivor

“We the Sheeple…”

Far too many Americans don’t seem to realize that violations of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, have now made the destruction of our rights and liberties official government policies, to wit:

  • Because of the courageous actions of one Edward Snowden, we now know that the U.S. government has spied on each and every one of us for seven years – watching our phone calls, emails and other communications, collecting all this personal information in secret data bases. The last two U.S. presidents have committed unprecedented violations of the right to privacy and the Fourth Amendment, with warrantless wiretapping and government mining of electronic communications.
  • The current president admits that he has ordered American citizens to be assassinated without charges or trial and claims he has the right to continue this executive murder.
  • In violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of Freedom of the Press, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has secretly ordered for extensive records of phone calls and other information of the Associated Press and Fox News to be collected, even falsely alleging that one reporter was engaged in a criminal conspiracy because he was seeking information.
  • The same attorney general supports the president’s “right” to order the murder of U.S. citizens without trial or due process, claiming: “Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.”
  • The U.S. Congress enacted a law in 2012, giving the U.S. military the power to arrest and hold U.S citizens indefinitely without charges or trial, a violation of the right to freedom of expression, the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty and the right to a speedy trial, all of which are enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
  • Financial privacy is dead in America, killed by the PATRIOT Act that forces bankers to act as government spies.
  • Unreasonable restrictions impede Americans’ rights to conduct business offshore, to the point that foreign banks and businesses now reject U.S. clients simply because they are Americans.
  • The Director of the FBI admits that his agents use aerial drones to spy on U.S. citizens, and Congress has ordered thousands of surveillance drones to be used by police, the Defense Department and the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Our government is systematically destroying our liberties, acting in secret, claiming we the people have no right to know what is being done because of “national security.”

 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man


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escapeartist said...

By and far, the best post you've created yet. Thanks!

minimalist said...

Outstanding issue bro...