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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Grow Tomatoes in a Bra, Best Cities for Cheapskates, DIY Bike Generator

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life
- and I've never let it keep me from doing a single
thing that I've wanted to do."

- Georgia O'Keefe

From The Smiling Dog Saloon Files



In This Issue:

1.       10 Most hated industries in America

2.       DIY Solar parabolic dish. Bicycle Generator

3.       10 Best cities for cheapskates + Tips, Free Urban Survival Handbook

4.       How the government created Big Brother –our growing surveillance society



The 10 Most Hated Industries In America

"...The perceptions of those two industries, banking
and real estate, have
improved significantly among Americans in the past year,
according to a new Gallup poll. And while Americans still
have a negative perception of the two sectors overall, both industries
have recovered a great deal from the plunge they took after the crisis..
..The poll asked 2,013 American adults to rate 25 businesses on a
5 point scale..."

Here they are:

1. Oil and Gas Industry
2. Federal Government
3. Healthcare Industry
4. Banking
5. Pharmaceutical Industry
6. The Legal Field
7. The Real Estate Industry
8. Electric and Gas Utilities
9. Television and Radio Industry
10. Hollywood


More Stay-at-Home Dads

The number of American Dads who remain home to care for children while the mother works has doubled since 2001.  More women than men get college degrees and 28% of married mothers make more money than their husbands.


PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…


9 ways to plan for a lower grocery bill


Free DIY Bike Generator Plans from the Poor Man Survival Crew…

Click on the Bio Diesel Plans folder



Free – Ragnar’s Urban Survival eBook from the Poor Man Survival crew…

Here’s another neat solar cooker idea which is very similar to the other solar cooker design by the same guy, enjoy!


Decoding Retailers' Price Tags

There actually is a method to retailers' price tag madness. At Costco, for example, prices that end in 97, 88, 00 are markdowns, whereas those ending in 49, 79 or 89 are manufacturers' specials. Here is a chart to decode various retailers' pricing policies including Gap, Old Navy, Home Depot, JCP, Office Depot, Sam's Club, Staples, and more. And here is more insight into Target's clearance pricing policies.


10 Best Cities for Cheapskates


Here are a few more frugal living tips…

Growing tomatoes in a bra

Large tomatoes will require support. Tomato plants don’t have a very strong stem and usually bend (sometimes break) under the weight of the growing tomatoes - especially due to the larger tomatoes. Generally, “stakes” are used to provide some support to the stem so as to keep the tomatoes off the soil. The book goes a step further and suggests tying a used/worn-out bra between two stakes, in such a way that the cups supports large tomatoes.

Using diapers as water reservoirs for plants

This is again in the context of tomatoes (is tomato gardening so popular? - there are a lot of tips and tricks in the book about growing tomatoes). According to the book, you can reduce the frequency of watering tomato plants by placing the absorbent material from a disposable diaper underneath the soil, and then planting your tomato plant on the top. Whenever you water the the plant, some of the water will be absorbed by the soil and the rest will be absorbed by the diaper material. When the soil dries out, the roots can still suck up water from soaked diaper (scientifically, when the soil dries out, the soil itself sucks up the water from the diaper - which is analogous to how a candle wick draws up wax - by capillary action). This way you could probably get away with watering just a couple of times a week.


Here are 5 key ways from the
I found to be invaluable in changing my relationship to money
and developing a 'prosperity' consciousness:

1. Change your mIndset (yes, it is the first step!)

"Money is just energy, and the longer you believe you
will never have it, the longer you’ll be stuck in this money rut.
Challenge your current perspective on money by filling in the
blank “Making money is _______”. Was your answer hard /
stressful / boring / etc? If yes, time to change that!
Fill in the blank with NEW word from the following options
– fun / exciting / easy.."

2. Stop spending money on frivolous things

"Every single time you pull out your wallet, ask yourself
“Is spending this money helping me get closer to my goal?”
If the answer is no, put it away and walk on by. Yes, it’ll
sting in the moment, but when you can finally invest in your
 bigger life goals, you’ll be grateful you had
the willpower to say no when it mattered

3. Start talking about what you want

"Put it at the forefront of your mind everyday. Tell everyone you
know. Talk to strangers about it. How could this possibly help
you with money? You never know. There just might be someone
out there who has connections to someone or something that c
an help you get it. The more you let the world know
you’re serious about asking it happen, the easier it is for
people to help you get what you want."

4. Make saving money a game

"Every time you say no to spending frivolously, keep track
of exactly how much money you saved, and put that exact
amount of cash in your “BIG DREAM” jar/account (you do have
one of those, don’t you?). As you watch your jar fill up, it becomes
more and more motivating to continue to save, knowing that you’re
saving for something that
matters. Toss your spare change in t
here while you’re at it."

5. Get creative with your money-maker

 "It’s not all about saving – you’ve gotta be bringing in more moolah
too. I guarantee there are at least 50 ways that you could be making
more money right now...."

(As a matter of fact, one of the most valuable exercises I've ever done
was to make a list of 100 ways to
make money (legally!)
It really opens up your brain...)


Most British children

Are born out of wedlock making Britain the world leader in broken homes – the USA is number two.


The Nanny State-We love our government

Guilt by Dislike

Television programs and movies that glorify prosecutors and make every arrested person appear to be guilty have changed our justice system. In their book, Mistrial, Mark Geragos and Pat Harris explain how the standards for convicting a defendant have changed as a result of a cultural shift in attitudes. Now, to get a conviction, it is enough for a prosecutor to make the jurors dislike the defendant and to prove that the defendant acted oddly.


How bad is the U.S. economy? Thieves now stealing spare tires from parked cars
(NaturalNews) The U.S. economy - the national unemployment rate is at 7.6 percent and the number of people too discouraged to even look for work is at historical highs - is continuing to flounder, and it's driving some people to turn to rather unconventional...


Forty percent of U.S. companies to alter health care plans, drop coverage, due to Obamacare
(NaturalNews) As the official start date for Obamacare draws ever closer, there is more evidence that the law simply won't perform as advertised and, in fact, will cause even greater harm to American society than without the "healthcare reform" it was...



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

Dear Unconcerned Citizen…

The biggest threat to national security, privacy & freedom is our own government…

How the U.S. Government
Forged a Surveillance Society

The following article is from a past issue of the DeWeese Report. For more information and to subscribe click here.

On September 12, 2001, President George W. Bush invited members of Congress and the media for a meeting in the cabinet room of the White House. The mood was understandably anxious, somber: The World Trade Center lay in rubble, the Pentagon had a hole gouged into it and shock and awe had settled over the United States. One of the most extraordinary periods of American history – what would come to be known as the “Post 9-11 Era” – was beginning.

The president gravely laid out the situation and the steps his administration would take to secure the homeland, but during the course of the meeting he also made this significant declaration: “We will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms.”

Those were heroic words of principle and patriotism in a traumatic time, but history would show that government’s reaction to the terrorist threat was the exact opposite than the protection of freedoms. Instead, government rushed in with a massive plan to create a surveillance society, intending to watch and document every action by the American people as a means of ultimate security.


FBI Tracks Your Transactions

The government is watching your purchases made with credit cards and even with store loyalty cards. They no longer need to get a warrant to do this thanks to more and more intrusive laws being passed in the name of national security. Some people argue that it doesn't really matter as long as you are not doing anything illegal. Others, including myself, feel that mistakes are often made by governments, and I prefer more privacy. This video describes some of what federal agents are doing with their...

Continues here...

First, Congress passed the Patriot Act, giving law enforcement powers to circumvent many Constitutional guarantees to personal privacy and home security. Then Congress created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The department immediately became an army of more than 170,000 employees by combining twenty two existing federal agencies, including the

Border Patrol, Coast Guard, Secret Service, FEMA, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Customs Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection, Federal Protective Service, FBI’s Computer Incident Response Center and several more lesser agencies of the same type. In the middle of this rush for security, Congress created the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). Also born in this Post 9/11 era were state fusion centers with the intention of combining federal, state and local law enforcement agencies into instant response teams, intending to eliminate bureaucratic overlap and red tape, in case of another terrorist attack or Hurricane Katrina-type disasters.

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