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Saturday, November 30, 2013

The One Man Revolution

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


In politics, stupidity is not a handicap –Napoleon Bonaparte


From The Smiling Dog Saloon Files



In This Issue:

1.        The One Man Revolution

2.       Mommy (& you) Save big

3.       Why the average person doesn’t save

4.       The coin card for convenience, Pet discounts

5.       2014 Sure looks a lot like 1984



"An anarchist is anyone who doesn't need a cop to tell him what to do."
Ammon Hennacy:  The One Man Revolution
"Oh, judge, your damn laws: the good people don't need them

and the bad people don't follow them so what good are they?"

-- Ammon Hennacy
   Hennacy passed away the year I became politically aware.  I had just enlisted into the Navy as my lottery number was 50 and I hadn’t enrolled into any college.  In school most of my friends were anti-war and anti-big government (whatever happened to that generation?)
After getting out of the service my awareness about government hijinks increased as did my disdain for the corporate culture which is why I primarily engaged in self employment strategies over the years, starting my own successful publishing company and other businesses.
Nowadays, even more folks have awakened to the follies and destructive nature of the Washington-Wall Street Cartel and I thought it pertinent to share a bit Hennacy’s story.

(1893-1970) Catholic anarchist, pacifist, vegetarian, draft refuser in two world wars, tax resister - a "One-person revolution in America."

"Being a pacifist between wars is as easy as being a vegetarian between meals."


Best known for his work in operating the "Joe Hill Hospitality House" for transients in Salt Lick City, Utah. Hennacy was a self-described "Christian-anarchist-pacifist" who never paid taxes or went to war. A conscientious objector in both world wars, & anti-war activist, Hennacy strongly influenced the Catholic Worker movement & emerging civil rights movement of the 60s.

Over his lifetime, Hennacy developed an assortment of related tactics to resist the state and avoid support for the military.  He called himself “a one-man revolution,” and through voluntary poverty, refusing to vote, engaging in public protest and practicing anarchy, Ammon Hennacy carried out his revolution with tireless zeal.  He estimated that 75% of all income taxes go to support American militarism, so he vowed to earn no more than menial labor wages in order to avoid paying taxes.    Because of the imposition of the income tax, Hennacy realized that he could not avoid funding U.S. warring around the world unless he kept his earnings below the minimally taxable rate. He believed that to pay income tax was a sin against God because of the state’s use of taxation to support war

 Whenever Ammon was arrested for any number of reasons, mostly for "illegal" picketing, instead of pleading guilty or innocent he would plead 'anarchy'. This was his reply to the judge's statement 'But Ammon you broke the law.'
How many of you would risk arrest to protest against government tyranny today?  All it takes to reclaim our country is for you to take a stand.  The Poor Man has shared strategies such as Jury Nullfication, shunning, and other activism methods you can use and teach others to stop the nonsense destroying our nation.  Have you shared or used any of these strategies?
Download his autobiography here:


Autobiography of an Anarchist-Free download




A Financial System for the People

The Poor Man frequently promotes alternative and community currencies, bartering and other methods of boosting the economy of local communities.  We also promote DIY ideas and self employment in order to break away from the plague of high interest credit cards, auto loans and the like – Find resources at: (


The founder of the Slow Money movement, Woody Tasch, has a new book out – Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, which outlines a path for bringing money back to earth (order at Amazon). 

Here are a few other resources:


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AG Gag Lawsfirst passed in Kansas in 1990-made it illegal to take photos at an animal facility or research lab.  This anti-journalist concept is being spread in an effort to stop activists from recording animal cruelty practices.



PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…


Mommy Saves Big

You know what makes holiday shopping better? Being able to get great deals!

Here is a free coupon site that offers not only great coupons for the everyday items like groceries, but also coupon codes for major retailers, printable coupons, and so much more!

When you load into the site, you’ll find a navigation strip along the top and featured deals beneath it. The main tabs on the navigation strip are Coupon Codes, Grocery Coupons, Printable Coupons, and Daily Deals.


Turn your kitchen into a 'food factory' - 6 fun, family-friendly activities that will save you money
read more here


Septic secrets - or - how to avoid a home repair that could cost $10k
read more here

Why the Average American Doesn’t Save-Government Discourages Savings


The average person with his savings account living in a Brooklyn tenement (I'm speaking of bus driver Ralph Kramden from the iconic television series The Honeymooners) must pay taxes on his measly $75 savings account. This anti-savings mentality has amazed some from nations where savings are viewed positively.


A gift basket idea for every occasion 

read more here


The COIN card: Merge all your credit & debit cards into a single card
From their website: “Coin is a connected device that can hold and behave like the cards you already carry. Coin works with your debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards. Instead of carrying several cards you carry one Coin. Multiple accounts and information all in one place.”


RFID. Those are letters that you'll probably be hearing more about in the future. They stand for radio-frequency identification.

You may already have an RFID device. If you have one of the newer 'smart' credit cards that you can just wave at the checkout, you have an RFID enabled credit card.

They're undeniably handy. Just wave them and they connect to your account. But there's a downside, too. They send off a radio signal that can be read by anyone with a nearby reader. The person at the table next to you in the coffee shop or quietly reading the paper in the hotel lobby could be stealing your credit card info ... Even if your credit card is sitting in your purse or wallet.

HuMn wallets can protect your RFID credit cards from theft.



Pet Healthcare for Less

Wouldn't it be great if we could somehow lower our pets' medical costs? As much as we love them, it's sometimes quite a stretch to have to pay a large bill that comes as a complete surprise.



Though difficult find free where I live, old stock tanks can be used to create raised bed gardens.



The Nanny State- Your Weekly Dose of Government Misinformation


California Storm Troopers Grabbing Guns

Using gun registration lists, and drawing information out of several other databases, APPS stormtroopers “regularly sweep through California cities” to seize firearms from people the state has designated “prohibited persons,”reports the Fresno Bee.  California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that will use a $24 million surplus from firearms purchase fees to hire 36 new jackboots for the squad.

As is always the case with “gun control” initiatives, APPS does nothing to abate violent crime, because criminally inclined people do not register their firearms. California gun owners who comply with the state’s laws are subsidizing a program that is increasingly used to confiscate guns from innocent people on the whim of bureaucrats who aspire to disarm the public at large.

Speaking of the tens of thousands of Californians who have been classified as “prohibited persons,” California’s proto-Stalinist Attorney General (and presidential pinup) Kamala Harris insists: “They are those people who have been proven to violate the law, and present a threat to public safety.” Harris insists that proactive disarmament of “dangerous, violent individuals … is smart and efficient law enforcement.”



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


The Un-Patriot Act has become a traitorous proposition used to deceive citizens…

The 21st Century looks a lot like 1984.
The government – our government – is using surveillance programs to track us. These secret programs have code names like: Boundless Informant, Carnivore, MUSCULAR, PRISM, Hemisphere, NUCLEON, MAINWAY, XKeyscore, and too many more to list.

Earlier this year, in June, the British daily newspaper, The Guardian, published the first in a long (and still not yet fully realized) line of leaked classified NSA documents, provided by former government contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden. These leaked files document government-led surveillance of telephone records, e-mail messages, Skype conversations, and through a top-secret program called XKeyscore, "nearly everything a user does on the internet."

To date, the federal government has not provided any legitimate warrant requests for this information, instead relying on Section 215 of the Patriot Act as the justification for this widespread, improper collection of private data.

Yes, that's the same Patriot Act that was enacted to fight terrorism. Now, Mr. Obama and his nosy government agents are using it to justify sifting through your private records, including the ones from your bank, your phone company, and your credit card companies, to name just a few. They can even force your financial advisor and accountant to turn over your files!

So much for our Fourth Amendment rights to be secure "in our persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures." 

Rampant federal disregard for the Bill of Rights isn't a conspiracy theorist's punch line anymore, this is reality.  Much of this effort is led by special interest groups who have politicians in their pocket…knowing the wars in the Middle East are winding down, high tech spy companies now focus on scamming Uncle Scam and the public, fleecing are already bankrupt nation…

Think You Don't Have Anything to Hide?
Already, the government has identified pro-lifers, conservatives, libertarians, gun owners, and survivalists, even those who own precious metals or firearms as "potential terrorists." Learning about edible plants, basic first aid, and paying with cash when you shop could also lead to your increased surveillance by local and federal law enforcement that see you as a threat.

The argument that the only people who need to worry is those who have something to hide is quickly becoming irrelevant as the federal government slowly, but significantly, expands their definition of "potential terrorists." There are few left in the U.S. who fit within the government's definition of those who have "nothing to hide."
Most of the “problems” we have in our country are self-inflicted by our political elite and their handlers.  Most often they offer fairy tale solutions which almost always require more fixing and more money – just look at the disaster known as Obamacare!
IT jobs can’t replace manufacturing jobs in the US but…like Germany and Switzerland,  we could and need to rebuild our manufacturing base again.  America needs to build things!


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