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Sunday, September 21, 2014

I Have a Dream: Self Reliance for All

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…



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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
Mahatma Gandhi 


I have a dream…

Watching the Ken Burn’s documentary on the Roosevelt family legacy reignited my pipedream of helping my fellow citizens who have fallen out of the middle class.

Folks during the Great Depression knew what it was like to be poor compared to people of the 21st century [However, the cost of living by comparison is dreadful].  Programs such as the CCC, TVA and other programs helped rebuild America and helped restore self respect and put some cash back in the family coffers.  It didn’t end the Great Depression but it sure helped rebuild the American spirit, unlike the welfare programs of today.


 The poor of today often have large flat screen TVs, expensive Smart phones, vehicles and nice clothes.  Back then the majority of families remained a mom and dad unit while the majority of poor families today are usually fatherless and having children [expected to be the majority in 10 years] out of wedlock no longer seems to carry any stigma…after all, Uncle Sam will provide everything you need no matter how many children you have.


At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father.


When my foreign cousins [mostly from Germany] come here they often comment on how much stuff Americans own…to the point where they have exhausted room for cars in the family garage and need to pay to store their stuff.  Their take is few in America are really poor but what amazes them most is how poorly educated so many of us seem to be.


A recent report titled “Hunger in America 2014” released by Feeding America, revealed that 46 million Americans have relied on charities for food in the past year.  That equates to one in seven and we have record amounts of people who receive food stamps.  Yet, look around you.  We also boast the most obese people in the world!  More than 60% of Americans are now considered obese.


Prior to being waylaid with a heart attack and other health problems my plan had been to open a camp for unwed mothers, limited to 15 cabins and it would include a garden, livestock and repair shops, a communal dining hall and library.   Everyone would be expected to pitch in whether it be food preparation, sewing, animal care, or working in the garden.


For women under the age of 30 in the United States, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.


We would also offer basic skill training covering paramedical skills, small engine repair, electrical, plumbing and carpentry.  Education covering the three Rs would be offered as well.  Working with animals and your hands is a proven confidence builder and helps to build self reliance skills.


I’ll be in the hospital again this weekend to have some devices inserted into my heart.  If all goes well, I hope to be recuperated by the spring of 2015 and plan to research grants and or donations which will enable me to restore the non-profit status of a group I used to be the volunteer chair of [the Minimalist Group] and will research various groups where I might find grants to secure funding for this 10-15 acre facility…any suggestions would be welcome.


It is not enough that you have a vision. The vision must have you.
- John Ortberg


[Incidentally, I looked at the Bill Gates Foundation and they don’t bother much with needs in America[.


How to Research Your Family History-Free or Cheap

   I’ve paid researches to dig up information about our family tree.  Lots of interesting folks in my lineage including a Prussian General/Duke and cousin of the Red Baron along with one ancestor who fought in our American Revolution – on both sides! {He started off on the side of the colonists, got captured by the British and fought for them and then escaped and ended the war on the side of the colonists].

You can earn some cash or just have fun as this is largely a self taught hobby.  Interviewing family members, searching census records is part of the strategy.  You can increase your expertise with free seminars offered from such groups as the Illinois State Genealogical Society [].

You might also sign up with the Association of Professional Genealogists [] and there are plenty of online sites which are helpful including:, and the sites I’ve listed below.

This website is run by the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, and includes a multitude of records for people of any religion to help in researching their family tree. is one of the best sites for accessing free records. Many of the documents come with photographs (that you can easily print for your records). A quick search turns up death, marriage, and birth certificates within seconds, even if you only know a first and last name. With millions of records on hand, this database is a great way to fill in the branches of your family tree without spending a dime.

Access the Ellis Island Records Database.

Because we're a nation of immigrants, chances are you had a relative come into the country through Ellis Island. This database is run by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, so you can search their records for free. They have more than 22 million records from immigrants who entered the US at Ellis Island or the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. The database is very extensive, so you can search by your relative's name, the year they arrived, year of birth, town of origin, or the name of the ship they arrived on. You can also print out immigration records or ship logs relevant to your ancestor's history.

Search Social Security records.

The Social Security death index began in 1962 and has housed records on American citizens since its inception. You can search their database for free through the website. The Social Security records are a great place to start if you don't have a lot of initial information. All you need is a first and last name to begin your search. Some records have photos attached, but at the bare minimum, you can find the dates of birth or death and that person's Social Security number. This information will give you a great starting off point for further research.


This free project has been growing since 2008. As a community we are creating a single shared family tree using traditional genealogical sources and DNA tests. As individuals we are connecting the tree with our private family histories.


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 Will You Laugh or Cry at the Coming Food Price Spikes?


So far this summer, the drought that has decimated most of the fertile growing areas in California as well as 11 other states and has continued to scorch what crop land that remains.

The bad news is that there is no relief in sight. Most farmers are just plain giving up and are now refusing to plant as the losses mount up from previous years of farming in what has turned into a desert. In Fact, it's so bad that Tim Quinn, the executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies said...

"There are places in California that if we don't do something about it, tens of thousands of people could turn on their water faucets and nothing would come out."

During the last drought-induced food crisis which took place during the Dust Bowl days, folks knew how to hunker down, live on less and grow their own food.

That's not the case today. The average American today doesn't know how to live on less, let alone grow their own food.


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Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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