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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Emergency Bra Gas Mask, DIY Barter Club, Free e-Books for Preppers

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


"One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust ... is in reality expressing the highest respect for law ... We will not obey your evil laws."
-- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From The Smiling Dog Saloon Files


In This Issue:

1.        Homemade Apple Fritters-Get our Free Cookbook

2.       Simple canning, without the equipment, the Emergency Bra Gas Mask

3.       4’ Garden, Emergency Food Buyers Guide  & Other Free ebook downloads

4.       Home Repairs during an emergency

5.       Start a Barter Club – Part II-NEW-The Poor Man’s Barter Site (Free)


Home Made Apple Fritters…


   It’s fall harvest time and in between what seems like non-stop hospital and doctor visits, I’ve been making pickles, jams, and apple related recipes…Here’s a good recipe for fritters and in the next issue, I’ll share one for homemade crockpot apple butter.

Homemade Apple Fritters


1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg (beaten)
1/3 cup milk
1 cup apple ( diced)
1 cup cooking oil


1/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar



Measure and sift all dry ingredients.

Beat eggs and milk together; slowly incorporating the dry ingredients.

Add the chopped apples.

In a heavy skillet on the stovetop, heat cooking oil over medium-high heat.

Drop teaspoon full of apple-batter into hot oil and fry until golden brown in color- 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

Remove from oil and drain on brown paper.


To make glaze:

Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm.

Sift confectioners' sugar into milk mixture.

Whisk slowly, until well combined.

Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water.

Dip doughnuts into the glaze, 1 at a time, and set on a draining rack placed in a half sheet pan for 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 12 small fritters


NOTE:  Secrets & Shortcuts of a Country Inn Chef – Yours for the asking.  I wrote this a few years ago (my wife and I once owned a country inn which had a terrific following thanks to the food we served).

If you’d like a condensed version, download it at:



PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…

Like the article says, canning doesn’t have to cost you a fortune and for acidic foods/recipes doesn’t require a lot of equipment either: “As anyone with a vegetable garden will tell you, even the smallest plot will often produce far more food than you and your family can eat. At this point, many eco-conscious gardeners…


Oh, boy… I’m sure some of you have a few dirty jokes in mind already, but all silliness aside, this bra could be a real life-saver one day: “Protesters and members of the Occupy movement around the world are starting to get used to pepper spray and tear gas, but the rest of the world?…


Get your free ebooks today – Download these valuable resources:

à>4 Foot Farm Blueprint, How to do Everything Absolutely Right, Complete Book of Self Reliance, Urban Survival-Survive Tough Times, Emergency Food Buyers Guide. 


DIY Projects & Tips

We have built Old World Garden Farms on the cheap by practicing the art of recycle -reuse and repurpose.   Our goal has always been to show that giving new life to old items can be more than just a savings to your pocketbook – and a way to create and make your home, garden – and in our case, farm – a beautiful place to live.


I linked to another video this guy did quite a while back that required you to heat up the PVC, this time it’s a no-heat project……


The Getting Started Course

The ‘Getting Started’ course is a 4-week email course containing 20 lessons that will give you actionable steps to help you save hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars a year, get out of debt, better organize and manage your finances, and help you begin planning and preparing for the future.



If you expect to be self-sufficient whatsoever during an emergency situation then it behooves you to have a wide assortment of tools and supplies to make that happen. The following post lists quite a few of the “basic” tools and supplies you should be sure to have on-hand to make this more likely than not:…


The Nanny State-We love our government

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released details of an investigation showing how U.S. law enforcement and other agencies exceed their powers in the name of homeland security. The ACLU points to the practice of the U.S. border agents searching and seizing the electronic devices of Americans at the border. Public data shows that more Americans are having their electronic devices searched.


The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) sues a Pennsylvania mining company for forcing an employee into an early retirement after he refused to use a biometric hand scanner to track his hours. The employee argued that using the scanner would violate his Evangelical Christian beliefs in the Bible's mark of the beast prophecy. According to the Christian Bible, the mark is implanted on the forehead or right hand and symbolizes allegiance to the antichrist.


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

 Bartering – Part II

How to Start a Neighborhood Bartering Club


A How-to Guide for neighborhood

leaders working to make life better for



A great way to save money and create connections with neighbors is to start a neighborhood bartering club. You and your neighbors can trade things that everyone needs, create a close-knit community, and come out ahead at the end of the month!


We already barter everyday — when we take our turn in a carpool, babysit the kids of the woman who sometimes baby-sits ours, even trade baseball cards. Bartering is simply trading for goods and services rather than exchanging money. If you have something that I want or need and I have something that you want or need, we can barter through a bartering club instead of going to a store or a service provider and using cash.


There are many types of bartering clubs. Some are simply set up for “one to one” exchanges in which people trade directly with one another to get things they need. Other bartering clubs actually use a “special money” that people exchange for goods and services. One national program called “Time Dollars” allows people to earn “dollars” for every hour of service they perform. They can t use these “dollars” to “buy” services for themselves and their families — all the while, no real cash has been exchanged.


What Types of Things Can We Barter?

As long as someone needs it, any item in your home or any service you or your family can provide could be bartered. For example, you can swap “goods” like clothes, toys and furniture. Or you can swap “services” — things you can do for one another. If you need the tires replaced on your car and know that a certain person can do it and that person wants some after-school Spanish tutoring for his daughter, the two of you could trade services. Goods and services can also be changed with each other. For example, one person could fix a tire for someone who gives him or her a used computer.


Example “goods” to barter

                              Old clothes that are in good shape

                              Toys and sports equipment

                              Instruments, jewelry, artwork, and homemade crafts

                              Furniture and computers

                              Lumber or firewood

                              Anything you might find in your attic or basement


Example “services” to barter

                              Making repairs

                              Tutoring and other homework help

                              Babysitting and childcare

                              Food preparation and serving

                              Gardening and yard work


                              Anything you or your family can do



Common items to stockpile for barter…


Medical Supplies – Over the Counter Remedies

Aspirin, Tylenol, Pepto Bismal, toiletries (especially women’s products), etc.

Services of any kind. If you are able to provide others with a service that they believe to be valuable, you will have significant bargaining power. The great thing about providing others with a service is that you are able to provide the same service over and over for additional benefits. Medical services, repairing services, and gardening services will be of especially high value given the benefits provided to the user.

Food and alcohol. People will be focused on longevity in a time of crisis and food is the most obvious way to extend a person’s life. Alcohol will allow people to escape the reality they are currently in. Even cheap alcohol will be of high value in a time of crisis.

Weapons and ammunition. Weapons and ammunition will provide people with a source of security. Security in a time of crisis is especially important and will give you valuable bargaining power. A range of weapons and ammunition will give you more power in the bargaining process. Stockpile common rounds like 9mm.

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