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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Why Some Preppers are Just Plain Stupid

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543



"What is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


From The Smiling Dog Saloon Files


In This Issue:

1.        Free Online Courses

2.       BleachBit for more online security

3.       15 Ways to lower your winter utility bills

4.       DIY Survival Bars, the Defensive Umbrella

5.       Who is the average EBT user (in reality)?


 9 Free Courses You Can Take Online

NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Ask any parent what they think is most important to their children’s success in life, and chances are good that all of them will say the same thing: an education. And, most often, what they mean by “education” is “a college education.”

But with tuition costs rising astronomically and student loan defaults following suit, it seems like more young people than ever are being priced out of a quality education.

Thankfully, the Internet and the many minds connected to it have stepped up in some notable ways to provide alternatives to a bricks-and-mortar (and money) education. Leading universities increasingly make their courses available for free online – sometimes complete with video lectures and homework assignments – and other institutions have sprung up from scratch to give people more ways to educate themselves in digital classrooms.

That being said, this new world of education is still on its first legs. Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of online educational resources and, has been following developments in the world of free online education for some time now



PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…


Raised Beds on the Cheap
Raised beds can be expensive to make. By the time you add together the cost of materials, you can easily spend over $50 to $75 per bed. Here is how to have raised beds in your garden for very little or no money.



BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy. Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean a thousand applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.



Natural, cheap and healthy! How to sprout seeds for cheap nutrition
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 Winter heating bills are expected to rise up to 13 percent this year. Take these steps now to reduce your heating costs.




Get Out of Debt, Get Prosperous, Get Independent


I’m sure you’ve heard the advice of carrying around a cane as a potential defensive option but they’re way out of style. Instead, why not consider an umbrella? And not just ANY umbrella but one meant to be a weapon? Here’s the first part of the post: “The old English spy movies and TV shows…




The Nanny State-We love our government

Sure, food storage and bullets are the glamorous parts of prepping, but when it comes down to being ready for survival–truly ready–you have to be ready, willing, and able to do all the other little things that keep you alive, here’s a few suggestions you might be missing……


Stunning Act of Domestic Violence: Florida Woman Arrested for Shooting Her Boyfriend....with a Water Gun
The sources do not mention whether or not the brutal assault was carried out with a small water pistol or the more dangerous Super Soaker type of water gun.

Man Sues After Busted for Drugs that Turned Out to Be Jolly Rancher Candies
Let that be a warning to the rest of you... you better think twice before you buy candy in America.



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

For a large percentage of formerly middle class Americans there has been a mighty fall – one deliberately set up by our own government, by the banking system, and by the “

Who IS the average EBT user?

Nearly 48 million Americans receive assistance to buy food, which is up from 32 million when Barack Obama took office. While we know there has been a concentrated effort to get more people to accept assistance, the sheer volume of those who cannot afford food anymore is a symptom of the greater economic problems plaguing the country. It’s also important to note that in some states, if a person’s ex-spouse is in arrears for child support and has his or her wages garnished, the custodial parent receives that payment through the EBT system.

For example…

Over the past decade, many formerly middle class people have been cast into poverty through no fault of their own. They’ve lost their jobs, their homes, and their cars. When you have no job, or you have a job that pays only minimum wage, how can you keep the electricity on, keep your children clothed, and still feed your family? Through the deliberate impoverishing of the middle class, people are being controlled and enslaved. Innocent children, through no fault of their own, are going hungry – for some of these kids the only meal that they get in a day is the free lunch offered at their school.



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escapeartist said...

Always a thoughtful read!

Maverick said...

It's not just preppers who seem to be pretty stupid but most of America...they put up with BS from idiot they elect over and over again. How damned dumb is that?