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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Affordably Prepared-Steps to Self Sufficiency, Online Security Tips, More

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


When are people in this country finally going to say ENOUGH is ENOUGH of government snooping, Over regulation,  Over taxation - Leave us the hell alone and go crawl under the rock you came from (probably in Communist China)!
From The Smiling Dog Saloon Files



In This Issue:

1.       Is there a thief in your home?

2.       How to be affordably prepared, Just in case tools

3.       Zombie Defense Solutions – video

4.       Free online courses from MIT, Steps toward Self Sufficiency


"An anarchist is anyone who doesn't need a cop to tell him what to do."
Is there a thief in the house?

Shopping online could expose your personal financial data to any number of government snoops or rogue hackers who want your information. Follow these steps to minimize your risk, and maximize your online shopping privacy this holiday season.

  1. Password-Protect Your Network
    • If you have a Wi-Fi connection at home, it should be protected with a password. Unprotected Wi-Fi connections are vulnerable to attack. Consult the manual that came with your router for specific instructions on how to set up your own password. Remember, if you don’t have to enter a password, neither do the bad guys. (Pro Tip - Do all of your shopping at home on your own connection. Never enter personal information while online via a public internet connection.)
  2. Update Your Browser
    • Your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, etc.) is what enables you to surf the web. But how long has it been since you updated to the newest version? If your browser is out of date, it could contain security vulnerabilities which could expose your network, and your information, to a number of threats. Not sure you have the newest version? Visit to see for free.
  3. Shop on Secure Sites
    • Only shop on sites that have a URL that begin with ‘https.’ The “S” stands for “secure,” and websites enabled with this feature are encrypted with digital certificates that help keep your information private. Never give your personal information to a website that doesn’t have this feature. Want maximum security, automatically? Consider downloading HTTPS Everywhere. You can learn more by visiting
  4. Only Give ‘Required’ Information at Checkout
    • There’s no reason an online purchase should require your social security number. Ever. Usually, the fields required in order to complete a purchase are identified in red, or with an asterisk. Make it a habit of only filling out what’s required.
  5. Use a Credit Card
    • By law, you can only be held responsible for $50 of fraudulent charges made on a credit card in your name if you report the misuse within 60 days. If you use a debit card, you could be liable for up to $500 if you don’t report the fraudulent charges within TWO days. To better protect yourself, always use a credit card, not a debit card, when purchasing something online.
  6. Print/Save Receipts & Compare to Your Credit Card Statements
    • Just like your regular purchases at brick-and-mortar stores, online transactions yield receipts. Make sure you keep these in a safe place, and check them against your statements as soon as possible.


It’s no secret that our government has made personal privacy a nightmare…

Why they are so damned interested in everything we do vs. terrorists is anyone’s guess but most experts tell us it stems from their NEED to CONTROL.


Shred computer files easily…Go to and find wipe programs and other security tools to ensure that old passwords, old website visits, old emails and other information on your hard drive can’t be retrieved later (for example, when you donate a computer to a charity).


Encrypt your cellphone:  Stop being tracked by GPS or listened to by hackers with a cell phone frequency scanner.  Two good options include and


Ramp up security by using a free open-source program such as


The safest way to use the ‘Cloud’ is to encrypt your files first or use a service such as


Stop giving up your privacy on facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. by using a new technology called Privly – Learn more at:


Review: Private Internet Access
VPN service Private Internet Access makes it easy for users to take advantage of VPN technology to surf online privately and securely while introducing new features that competitors don't offer.


More Privacy related resources at:



PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…


In an article by Lee Bellinger… decent used shipping containers can be bought for between $3,000 and $5,000 and they are extremely tough. The typically come in two sizes eight-by-twenty-feet and eight-by-forty-feet. They are plenty tall enough to stand up and walk around in, so the larger size can make a 320-square-foot cabin. Have it delivered to some cheap land you bought, add another smaller sized-one for a storage building, and you have a quick getaway just in case there is ever a reason to get out of the cities.


The 'Zombie Defense Solutions: 3-Day Survival Kit' is Practical



New Tool for Female Gardeners:  Shovel-spade hybrid in three sizes reduces awkwardness. 



Free online courses from MIT

MIT is giving it all away for free:

The 'Just In Case' Survival Kit Will Help You Handle the End of Days…

If this infamous year does bring us the End of Days, you'll be in the clear with this trusty 'Just In Case' Survival Kit. Created by the Mexico-based company MENOSUNOCEROUNO, this resourceful bundle comes equipped with everything you need to make it through the upcoming apocalypse. The kit comes with matches, a soul-restoring chocolate bar, water, a knife, a notebook and, of course, booze, because who wants to greet the Final Judgement sober?



Affordable ways to be prepared for an emergency
read more here



Free Photo Editing

Head to Pic Monkey or Pixlr (both of which let you add text / edit images just using a web browser, no software download required)




The Nanny State- Your Weekly Dose of Government Misinformation


We start with another frightening tale of our government going too far in its quest to keep track of everything we do. On September 4th reported that a group of hackers had hacked into a Dell Vostro notebook computer that was used by an FBI supervisor, and found some interesting files, to say the least. The computer contained confidential user data from 12 million Apple computers. This included user names, phone numbers, and other personal information.


Clearly the FBI did not ask for and receive permission from 12 million people to get at this data, and it is not likely that any judge granted a warrant for a search of that scope. If you own an Apple computer and you want to know if yours in the FBI files, you can visit the original article and follow the instructions. - See more at:


Price of Electricity Hit Record for October; Up 42% in Decade. Obama told us he would do this.




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


Steps Toward a Self Sufficient Lifestyle


1.  Build up a emergency food supply

Stuff happens but you still have to eat.  Start by building up a cupboard full of food.  I endorse filling up a cupboard or pantry with essentials that are hearty enough to fill bellies for a week, a month or longer without regard to the exact number of meals and the precise number of calories. 

2.  Learn to cook without electricity or gas

There are numerous options to cooking on a traditional stove.  Build or buy a rocket stove that only requires biomass for fuel.  Learn to use it while cooking a variety of food items.  Also consider a propane stove; just make sure that you also stockpile extra propane tanks.

3.  Know how to build and start a fire

Just because you live in the city and have electricity does not mean you will never have to build a fire.  Learn how to build a fire and keep it lit for an extended period.  Collect biomass, dryer lint and other materials that can be used as tinder to help get a fire going then practice starting a fire without the benefit of matches or a lighter

4.  Install an alternate fuel source

You might be surprised by how little power you need to get by.  Start with an inexpensive portable generator or some solar panels.  Also think about those items that must have power when the grid is down, such as a well, medical devices and refrigeration.   Take care of providing power to those things and let the rest go for now.

5.  Grow a vegetable garden

This is a great first step to take toward taking care of yourself and some of your food needs.  More at: 


Knowing when and how to stockpile groceries
read more here


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1 comment:

escapeartist said...

Always a great read!