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Monday, February 23, 2015

America in the Cyber Cross Hairs, Get Some Spring Cash, Free Resources

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


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“Had all my soul removed to make room for my cynicism!”


America: In the Cybercrosshairs

In my last issue I wrote about how vulnerable we are personally and as a nation to cyber attacks from our government and from cyber crooks…

The United States’ Achilles’ heel is its dependence on computer technology.

Now, however, you can see the invisible battlefield of cyberattacks. Take a look at this real-time map:

Invented by Norse, IP Viking is the world’s first cyberrisk intelligence system able to monitor cyberattacks—in real time, anywhere on the planet—and then stop them within minutes. IP Viking uses “honeypots” to lure in attackers who then reveal information about themselves.

In merely five minutes, the website tallied 1,104 attacks on America. This averages to more than 85 percent of all cyberattacks being directed toward America. The map shows a constant stream of attacks on America coming from all around the globe. At present, the U.S. is preventing most of these attacks, but how long will its defenses be able to counter the barrage?


Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

I use white vinegar to clean greasy kitchen cabinets. I use two cups to a gallon of hot water. It is very thrifty as a gallon of white vinegar costs about $2. White vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaner. It's also great for floors and windows.

Growing Cities

Award winning documentary on urban farming in America…download it on iTunes or buy a copy at

The film takes you through the lives of people challenging the way food is being grown in America, and they offer alternative ways to provide for yourself in the middle of a city.  You can even host a screening of the film in your city.

 A large percentage of us have willingly enslaved ourselves in order to acquire all of our stuff.

Today, the typical U.S. household that has at least one credit card has approximately $15,950 in credit card debt. Today, when you add up all mortgage debt, auto loans, all credit card debt and all student loan debt, the average American household is carrying a grand total of 203,163 dollars of debt.


Start Spring with a Little Extra Cash


Many places boost their hiring in the spring.  What skill sets can you bring to the table?  For example, if you’re an avid gardener, you could work at a retail garden center of local public garden.  Many museums and large cemeteries and parks [both state and national] need help with outdoor landscaping.


Temp agencies are good resources as fewer US corporations are willing to hire full time workers.  Online job sites, such as or can prove useful in your search.


If you have skills, such as bookkeeping and are comfortable with cloud-based software, list your services on free sites such as and which specialize in work for independent contractors and freelancers.


Create a profile and submit job proposals to potential clients.  You can also use your social network sites to post about the services you offer.  If you have a knack for social marketing, submit your resume to sites such as and or


If you’re lucky enough to have a supportive network of family, friends and colleagues, let them know what gigs you’re offering so they can spread the word too.


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Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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