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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Urban Survival Kit for Kids

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


"When you want to help people, you tell them the truth.
When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear."

-- Thomas Sowell

 From The Smiling Dog Saloon Files


In This Issue:

1.       Turning trashed mail into cash & other landfill facts

2.       DIY Pyramid stove, Solar water bottle heater

3.       Eco Transportation on the cheap

4.       Urban Survival Kits for Kids

5.       Your 5-inch pocket knife could land you in jail



One of the biggest
components of modern landfill is food
waste - some 40% of landfill are leftover
meals and other food-based detritus.

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's
waste (especially food) so when I discovered
an app called LeftoverSwap was launching
at the end of this month, I had to share it.

As describes it:


"Three years ago, Dan Newman was visiting his friend
Bryan Summersett, in Seattle. They decided to order pizza.
A lot of pizza. "We wanted to try a bunch of them. But our eyes
were bigger than our stomachs," Newman says.

They couldn't finish it all, and wondered what they might do
with the leftovers. "We had a bunch of pizza left over at the
end of the night, and we thought it would be great if we could
broadcast that we had pizza available."

Summersett is a coder, Newman an entrepreneur. When they
get together, they often discuss business ideas. At the time,
they thought sharing leftovers may be a bit out-there. But,
these days it doesn't seem so strange: people are already
sharing everything from homes to bikes..."

Sharing a stranger's lasagna may sound icky but think about it.
How different is that from paying for prepared food that's been
sitting around a food court? And for families with picky kids,
this could be a godsend.  Read more here:



Landfill Stats

There has been an approximate 100% Increase in total
recycling in the US in the past decade. The U.S. has the most pounds of trash per person
per day (4.6 lbs of trash per person, 1.5 lbs of recycled materials per person) Aluminum can be recycled forever with NO loss of quality (good thing since we use over 80,000,000,000
aluminum cans each year)
Americans use 2,500,000
plastic bottles, most of which are thrown away.  In landfills, where plastic bottles are shielded from sunlight, they will not decompose for thousands of years. The energy saved by recycling one glass bottle would run a computer for 30 minutes.


Recycling 1 ton of mixed paper saves the energy equivalent
of 185 gallons on gasoline.
Every year, Americans use 1 billion
shopping bags, creating
300,000 tons of
landfill waste. The greenest states are Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire,
Nevada, Hawaii, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Colorado


Sure, you can send junk mail straight to the recycling bin, but that feels wasteful. Instead of reflexively tossing the piles of unwanted offers and catalogs, consider these six ways to nix the annoyance of junk mail.


Have something to recycle-Find out where


30 All-Time weather records were broken in 30 months…EX:  The largest single drought disaster declaration in history – 1,016 counties in 26 US states.



PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…


Ryan Romanes' 'Urban Survival Kit' Teaches Kids How to Live in a City

The 'Urban Survival Pack' by New Zealand designer Ryan Romanes is designed to combat poverty in cities by providing solutions for people with limited space and money. The compact boxed kit is put together with inexpensive materials like oriented strand board (OSB) and cardboard, which can be easily reused or recycled.

The contents of the kit include a bit of everything, like essential tools for emergency situations, gardening tools and seeds.

These boxes are meant to be used as educational items in schools to teach children how to survive in a city.
Survival kits traditionally contain equipment for roughing it in the wilderness and Romanes' 'Urban Survival Pack' is an interesting take on habits that should be instilled in youth for survival in an urban setting.

Getting the kids prepared is one thing but being able to do so while they’re out of your presence is another thing entirely. Sadly, most of what you would want to include in a kit for your kids is probably banned at schools, but here’s some ideas to get you started: “One of our biggest concerns…



Seattle-Based Clean Republic Makes Eco Transportation Easy

In under two years, Seattle e-bike startup Clean Republic has gone from prototype to delivery of more than 1,000 units. Clean Republic is a garage-based company that markets an e-bike conversion kit for the do-it-yourselfer as well as its Hill Topper electric bike kit -- basically a ready-to-install bike wheel with built-in electric assist motor.

The beauty of the Clean Republic Hill Topper is that it installs in just about 3 minutes and it’s relatively inexpensive. It's available with an 11-pound sealed lead acid (SLA) battery pack that delivers a 10-mile range or a more expensive lithium battery that weighs about 6 pounds and gives a 20-mile range. The Clean Republic Hill Topper is intended to assist, not replace the rider; as anyone who has been to Seattle knows, a little help on the hills can be very handy


$5 Discount by using this link to learn more…



KP pyramid wood stove-DIY


Solar Water Heater-in a Bottle

I always appreciate simple ideas like this one. The following video shows how you can use simple soda bottles to heat water (or whatever) to a hotter temperature then you could by simply placing a black-painted metal container in the sun.



These Supermarket Chains Give Away Free Antibiotics and Vitamins

Supermarket chains around the country have various programs that provide free prenatal vitamins, vitamins for kids, free antibiotics, free diabetic medications, and even free generic Lipitor. See which stores are offering which pills.


How Much Of A Subsidy Will You Get In Obamacare? Here’s An Estimate (Kaiser Health News):  With the October 1 start of Health Care Exchanges just around the corner, there's no better time than the present to determine if you qualify for a subsidy.


The Nanny State-We love our government

SWAT Team Has Real Life Terror Drill On School Bus Filled With Terrified Children (Video)

CONTRIBUTOR: N. Morgan. Getting the children use to their police state tactics. Getting them conditioned to submit and obey. Another example of how they are turning America into a complete police state. ROSSFORD, Ohio - A training exercise this Rossford Wednesday morning left students literally hanging on to the edge of their...



The average American household is earning less than when the Great Recession ended four years ago, according to a report released Wednesday.

U.S. median household income, once adjusted for inflation, has fallen 4.4 percent in that time, according to the report from Sentier Research. The report is based on an analysis of Census Bureau data.


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


Dear Unconcerned Citizen…

Your 5 Inch Pocket Knife Could Land You 3-5 from Todd over at Survival Sherpa:

Is that bulge in your pocket an illegal knife, or are you just excited to read this article?


That’s right, in case you’ve just returned as a 30 year castaway on a remote, deserted island, there are laws that govern the length of your blade and whether you need a permission slip from the State to carry (open or concealed).

Welcome to Nanny State America! If you live here in these united States, pleading ignorance for carrying weapons (knife or gun) is not going to get you off the hook with our ever ‘watchful’ enforcers.

If you’re like most law-abiding people, you’re probably committing a-felony-a-day without even knowing it.

To understand and stay within the law, you’d need to either go back to your island paradise or spend 8.31 hours per day for the next 2.7 years buried in law books.

There are 50 states, 57 according to the POTUS, that have different rules about possessing and owning weapons.

If you frequent cross state lines, you’d need to spend time researching all the state laws for travel route.

Plus, you need to know how to interpret legalese.

Lets say you want to go visit your aging grandmother in Buffalo, New York.

You leave Georgia and drive through several states and stop for fuel, beef jerky, and a room at Motel 6.

You possess a Georgia Firearms License enabling you to legally carry your Bowie knife concealed (Crocodile Dundee style).

It was a gift from your kids. So you carry it. (Just play along, okay)

How can you check to see if your able to legally carrying your knife (or any knife) in NY? Just do it and hope you don’t find out the hard way?

Here’s a better way...

Continue reading the full article.

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escapeartist said...

We like what you post (& we got a kick from your Oddest Job contest) and preach...don't forget, the average American is either asleep at the wheel or high on brain deadening activities.

Ephraim Lowe said...

Throwing-in gardening tools and seeds in a kid' survival kit is superb, as the kids will learn how to grow their own food.

mr dixpoio said...

How to Make Pemmican The Ultimate Survival Food

Invented by the natives of North America.

Pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.

These people spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.

Click HERE to Learn How to Make Pemmican The Ultimate Survival Food !

People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at

How folks 150 years ago did it!

These guys were the last generation to practice basic things-for a living-that we call survival skills now.

Survival Things Our Great Grandfathers Did Or Built Around The House!