Keep Our Service Free-Donate

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Clever Preparedness Quiz, 69 Freebies, + Free Land in America


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

"When law and morality contradict each other,
the citizen has the cruel alternative
of either losing his moral sense
or losing his respect for the law."

-- Frederic Bastiat



Best Freebies: 69 Awesome Things You Can Get for Free


Every year, Kiplinger Personal Finance comes out with its list of 70 or so fabulous freebies. Although not all are really "fabulous," it is worth quickly scanning the slides for ones that might be of interest to you.

 This list of 69 freebies is packed with more something-for-nothing deals than ever. We don’t allow any useless junk on our list, only quality goods and services that you would happily pay good money for (or perhaps you already are). From free food to free investing and financial services to free technology and entertainment, there’s something here for everyone.




Eight household items that are worth the splurge

You may want to save where you can on mattresses and kitchen appliances, but you may be better off splurging. Find out what items homeowners should never skimp on and the reasons behind dumping their cheaper counterparts…the difference between the cheap stuff and pricier counterparts can have a profound impact on your quality of life and even your safety. Take a look.


Stuff You Can Use [and share]

Free Stuff for Gardeners


What is Synthetic ID Theft
and How Do You Spot It?

Identity theft seems to be the story of the year after the February breach at insurance giant Anthem. Names, birthdays and Social Security numbers of an estimated 78.8 million people were compromised. Even the IRS was recently hacked with more than 100,000 files stolen.  That’s the sort of information that can be used for a rapidly growing form of identity theft called synthetic ID theft.

Indoor Container Gardening
I am a disabled single woman in a second floor apartment with no yard space that would like to grow a container garden of tomatoes and possibly strawberries. The prices are so high I can no longer afford these favorite foods. I would love advice on indoor container gardening. I know it is possible because as a child, I knew people who grew vegetables in their house. I am sure there must be someone who can help me with this. I do have good sun in the windows from the North and South for about four hours each way every day.


Police state government to start surveilling your poop in real time for illicit drug use… RFID tag readers in toilets will upload urine composition to the feds


If you want your food to stay fresh longer, check out these tips for smart food storage:


 Preparedness Pop Quiz: If you score less than 20 points on this, you're probably already dead


Clever One Minute Trick To Make Your Homegrown Tomatoes 10x Tastier

20 Mind Blowing Reasons Why Epsom Salt Should Be In Every Home

How To Make A Pocket Sized Water Purifier


Yours for a happy, healthy life!

Bruce, the Poor Man

Help support my eccentricities here…     


Books, Art, Video – the saucy, the odd, the retro, even the practical…



A Shallow Planet Production

Friday, May 29, 2015

President Obama wants the Orwellian, unconstitutional USA Freedom Act passed by Sunday. Or else.

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

"Government cannot make us equal;
it can only recognize, respect, and
protect us as equal before the law."

-- Clarence Thomas
U. S. Supreme Court Justice


President Obama wants the Orwellian, unconstitutional USA Freedom Act passed by Sunday. Or else.

Via Roll Call:

President Barack Obama reupped his push Tuesday for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act by 12 a.m. Monday to avoid the Patriot Act’s surveillance authorities from going dark.

There’s just one problem with that. Doing so will almost certainly require the unanimous consent of all 100 senators…

Under Senate rules, there doesn’t appear to be a way around [Senator] Paul’s objections — or those of other senators, including Democrats Ron Wyden of Oregon and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico — without their consent…

Yeah, why aren’t they rushing to sign that blank check of Orwellian power to the NSA and other government spy agencies? Don’t make Emperor O throw a fit and stomp his feet now, Senators…

And Obama didn’t mince words. He said if the Senators don’t pass this “necessary” Patriot Act extension, we the American people simply will not be safe:

“If the Senate doesn’t act, then there is no way to prevent those authorities from expiring,” Earnest said. “And again, given that Senator McConnell has acknowledged that we’re operating in a high-threat period, he, as well as anyone, understands the kind of risk that’s associated with the Senate failing to do their job.”

Obama himself said the authorities are “necessary to keep us safe” in remarks at the White House.

On top of that, Josh Earnest has warned the U.S. is operating in a “high threat” period. Really, Mr.?

Tell us, has there been a time since 9/11 that hasn’t been the case??

People are taking that so seriously, we saw a comment earlier that said, “The terror threat level color is stupid.” Not that the terror threat coding is stupid (although it is)… but that the color of the day is literally stupid.

At this point, it’s kinda like those schools that have fire drills every other five minutes, so when there is a real fire and the alarms are going off and the building is burning down, no one even bothers to stop what they’re doing or even look up.

The people are numb to the pretense and the b.s. justifications at this point.

And come on already. “The USA Freedom Act”…? What a joke. Is anyone out there even still under the misguided notion any of us are free here?

Delivered by The Daily Sheeple

On a related note:

Lawmakers want to make the Capitol building more secure after existing security measured failed to detect or stop Douglas Hughes who, on 15 April, flew his gyrocopter into the Capitol manicured lawn. Some of these lawmakers want to deploy the Tethered Aerostat Radar System, or TARS a giant blimp carrying 2,000-pounds radars that can spot an aircraft at a distance of 200 miles. Several TARS are already deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border, and along a 340-mile stretch of the Atlantic coast stretching from North Carolina to Boston. The blimp loiters at about 10,000 feet but in order not to mar the Washington, D.C. skyline, lawmakers suggest acquiring a blimp which can hover at a higher altitude.


NOTE: Our government will spend billions protecting themselves from the people and others who are sick and tired of their self destructive nonsense, they’ll bomb the blazes out of other nations and then spend more of our money rebuilding them…but take a look around you in our own country.  A  fading and unsafe infrastructure make many of our cities look like 3rd world countries!


Books, Art, Video – the saucy, the odd, the retro, even the practical…


A Shallow Planet Production

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Preparing for Street Violence, Mayhem, Breakdowns in Civil Order

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.
Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.
Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.
Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."
-- Patrick Henry

(1736-1799) US Founding Father





We live in an era where chaos and anarchy is coming to our cities.  I’ll bet you’ve noticed how violence is increasing on the streets of America.  Over Memorial Day weekend, 29 people were shot in Baltimore and 55 people were shot in Chicago.    According to the FBI, the number of police officers “feloniously killed” in the line of duty rose by an astounding 89 percent in 2014.   Cops killed over 1200 unarmed citizens in 2014 – a new record high…


 We live at a time when Americans are becoming extremely angry and extremely frustrated, and this is only going to intensify as economic conditions worsen.  Fox2News of Detroit’s Charlie Duff has an interesting series called “The Americans” in which he features arrogant, out-of-touch politicians and stupid government policies.


In a recent episode he took an Amtrak train from Washington to NYC with stops along the way in Baltimore, Philly, etc. to interview the common citizen as to their take why their cities are falling apart but DC and NY are doing well because of the political cash which flows into what your humble Poor Man has called the Washington-Wall Street Cartel.    The results were as I’ve written for ten years…the citizens are ANGRY at how the political elite feather their nest, foster non-stop wars and how corporate America no longer respects its social contract with the people in regard to jobs and wages.


According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey that was recently released, 96 percent of all Americans believe that there will be more civil unrest in America this summer.  What do you think?  As the income gap grows and the bureaucrats and politicians run ramshod over our rights while enriching themselves at our expense – just what would one expect?


Even the times are relatively stable, violence is escalating.  Look at what happened in Baltimore over the holiday weekend.  A grand total of 29 people were shot…

Police say 29 people were shot, 9 of them killed over this weekend, adding to the record-breaking violence.

The shooting didn’t stop on Monday night after a 9-year-old boy and another man were both injured by gun fire in the 2900 block of Arunah Avenue. Police say the child was shot in the leg and another man suffered a graze wound to the head.

Overall, this past month has been the deadliest month for Baltimore in 15 years.

Things are even worse in the city of Chicago.  Over this past weekend, 55 people got shot…

Twelve people were killed and at least 43 — including a 4-year-old girl — were wounded in shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said.

The 4-year-old, identified by her family as Jacele Johnson, was shot about 8 p.m. Friday in the West Englewood neighborhood. She and her 17-year-old cousin Romare Wilson were inside an SUV in the 7000 block of South Justine when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to their family and Chicago Police.

Author Chris Hedges is saying similar things.  The following is from an article about him in the National Post

The United States is primed for a rebellion. So argues Chris Hedges in his new book, Wages of Rebellion, in which the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and polemicist examines revolts from 1700s to the ending of apartheid in South Africa, as well as the “sublime madness” that drives the people at the centre of such rebellions.

When asked by the National Post why he wrote his new book, this is what Hedges had to say

I didn’t write it as a warning or a prediction. I wrote it more as an assessment. I covered disintegrating societies like Yugoslavia. I know how they break down; I know what the warning signs are, so it’s familiar. I don’t think at this point there’s much dispute. Even  the financial indicators in terms of wealth disparity and chronic unemployment. The fact that Congress has a 9% approval rating provides an indication of the overall dissatisfaction in our nation with politicians.

But it isn’t just that we are entering a new cycle of unrest.  Our “leaders” have made things much worse by the decisions that they have made.  For instance, Barack Obama’s decision to leave our southern border virtually unguarded has resulted in a massive flood of illegal immigrants coming into this country.  As a result, violent gangs that have roots in Central America and South America have spread across our nation like rats and are now infesting cities like Washington DC and  Charlotte, North Carolina are being absolutely terrorized by these gangs…

What’s left of the Middle Class is NOT Happy


Since the 1980s corporate America has abandoned the American worker, shoveling good jobs overseas, eliminating pensions and health care, and few share their burden of taxes…it’s been reported that certain fast food giants and certain retailers actually encourage their employees to get food stamps and Medicaid, making taxpayers shoulder that burden.

Those who have money, the upper one-percenters have taken notice and are moving assets out of the country in record numbers, setting up hidden ‘fortress-like’ homes and sales of so-called safe rooms are booming.

Customized safe rooms, door and window reinforcements and other considerations can be installed easily enough to protect against many of the scenarios, including home invasion, starving masses roaming for food and even SWAT raids.

While a determined force cannot be kept out indefinitely, these measures can buy time and help your family and most important survival assets keep out of sight if and when they come.

Here are just a couple of resources to check out:

• Considerations for SHTF Living & Bug Out Locations

• How to Create a Safe Room in Your House or Apartment

• The Prepper's Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

• Strategic Relocation Guide: How To Position Yourself To Survive A Major TEOTWAWKI Event

• A Green Beret's Guide To Low-Budget Home-Defense Techniques 101: "Early-Warning Systems and Fortifications"



Yours for a happy, healthy life!

Bruce, the Poor Man

Help support my eccentricities here…     


Books, Art, Video – the saucy, the odd, the retro, even the practical…

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

DIY Secret Door & Safe, Rooftop Farm Kits. Shroomboxes & Odd Uses for Cola



Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

Never trust a man when he’s in love, drunk, or running for office!  >Shirley Maclaine


How to make a secret door/book case

      A number of years ago I owned an old mansion with 11 bedrooms and eight baths and a full basement with several secret rooms…we also had an even more secret room near the attic for which I used for ‘special’ projects…lots of fun and it would have reminded many of the classic Stephen King movie, “The Shining.”

My good friends recently renovated their attic and were able to close off some of the “unusable” space into a secret room. My friend has wanted to have a secret room his entire life, and with their first child on his way soon, the recent renovation was the perfect way to make it happen. The whole idea is for his son, in about four years, to find a secret playroom in his house!

The renovation left an opening for me to build the bookcase in, framed out simply as a short door frame. Even though the walls are new construction, the floor and ceiling have been around since the 1920’s. Old construction adds a whole lot of variables to making built in cabinetry, and I definitely ran into lots of hurdles because of it.  Learn more here:

Rooftop Farming Kits

This Urban Farmers Modular System Helps Anyone Create Their Own Operation

If you've ever wanted to create a garden on your roof, this rooftop farming kit lets you transform essentially any bit of spare roof space into a full-on operation. Available from Urban Farmers, the UF Farm is a commercial scale system complete with greenhouses and custom shipping containers.

The modular kit could be used by anyone with an interest in growing food, whether it be a restaurant, grocery store or educational institution. The rooftop farming operation can be installed on just about any kind of roof, making it very versatile and offers the added benefit of the farmers not having to start from scratch. The aquaponics system can support both fish and plants, where the fish fertilize the plants and the plants filter the fishes' water.

The Shroombox by Fungaea kit will make it easy for even the gardening adverse to get their hands dirty with urban farming.

The Shroombox by Fungaea kit is easy to go and ready upon arrival, producing fresh oyster mushrooms in under two weeks, and the product boasts eco-friendly packaging in the form of a 100% recyclable inner bag and an outer box made from locally sourced recycled coffee grounds.

In addition to oyster mushrooms, Fungaea also offers organic sprout kits. The Shroombox by Fungaea is a great introduction to the growing locavore movement and could serve as important inspiration in starting a full, farm-fresh urban garden at home.

 • References: urbanfarmers & fastcoexist


10 Unusual Uses For Coca-Cola

Fly Away

I'm not sure why it works, but if you fill a zipper baggie half full of water and place it by your door, flies won't go through the door. I think that it has something to do with their eyes.




Yours for a happy, healthy life!

Bruce, the Poor Man

Help support my eccentricities here…     


Books, Art, Video – the saucy, the odd, the retro, even the practical…


A Shallow Planet Production

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Survival Tools You Can Use to Prepare for the Economic Collapse


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places…



12 Ways to Prepare for Economic Collapse

Most people think that money will lose its value when SHTF. They may be right, but then again, they may not.

No one can really say what the future will be like when the unthinkable happens. But if there’s one thing we know as preppers, it’s that we should always hope for the best but plan for the worst.

Planning for economic collapse is a different type of disaster preparedness, but it is no less important. Here are a few ways you can set aside resources and prepare for the unthinkable disaster of economic collapse.

Click here to learn more.               


$What to do if the Dollar Collapses$

A very useful free report from the Poor Man




We All Need Asset Protection


Since our nation’s motto has become WHEN IN DOUBT – SUE…

Honest people with assets are at greater risk of incurring a lawsuit than ever before – a consequence of so many of our fellow citizens being infected with a strong sense of entitlement.

That, combined with greedy out-of-control lawyers who make big bucks for suing at the drop of a hat, spells danger to you even if your assets are relatively modest.

Asset protection is going "mainstream" thanks to the wide range of inexpensive new tools and techniques.  Find the tools everyday folks can use to protect themselves here:


3 Survival Tools Hiding in Your Home

·         Tuna-can emergency light:  Stab a small hole in the top of a can of oil-packed tuna, and roll a 2x5 inch piece of newspaper into a wick to absorb the oil, then light with a match – it will burn for about two hours and you can still eat the tuna.

·         Bra-cup debris mask [I wrote a variation of this two years ago in the our bulletin]…useful when confronted with a smoky room.  Cover your face with a bra cup to keep the particles from entering your lungs.  Use the straps to secure it to your face.

·         Lip Balm Space Heater:  Trapped in a snow-bound auto without heat…a burning candle can raise the heat level of your car a few degrees.  Using a cotton string from a tampon or other source and a paper clip place it into a tube of lip balm.  Light the wick and it can burn for hours.  Keep the plastic tube from catching fire by slowly twisting out the balm as the wick burns down.  I tried this with dental floss and it worked well too.

Be a good neighbor – Share these resources

I just spent $30 on apples at Whole Foods and then I dropped both of them!


USDA launched its FoodKeeper mobile app, which contains specific guidance on more than 400 food and beverage items, including safe cooking recommendations for meat, poultry and seafood products. The app provides information on how to store food and beverages to maximize their freshness and quality.


We Negotiate

There was a time when I never would have questioned a bill from any professional. Whether it was the lawyer doing our wills or a plumber fixing a toilet, whatever they asked for I paid. No more! Recently, we went to have our wills updated with some minor changes. I was surprised at the bill and couldn't help but ask about it. He adjusted it down and didn't seem surprised by my questioning it. Now I feel free to ask about any bill. Sometimes I get a reduction and sometimes I don't. Either way, I've decided it can't hurt to ask!



How to Make an Effective Consumer Complaint
I need to learn how to make an effective consumer complaint. It seems like products always fail shortly after the warranty expires, or the services promised aren't delivered. Is there any way to get companies to do what's right? I'd love to find a way to complain that would get results.

Summer Kitchen Energy Efficiency
Summer is on the way and that means it's time to look around the house to find frugal and creative ways to reduce the cost of staying cool. If you begin your search in the kitchen, you will discover numerous ways to save money on your electric bill and quite possibly on your grocery bill. Read more.


Protect yourself (and your belongings) by completing a full home inventory and updating it annually. You can use this free, home inventory list printable to get the job done.



What to do when you're tired of trying to save money and reduce expenses
read more here




 Yours for a free country,
Bruce 'the Poor Man'

Any purchase from our storefront we’ll include a bonus US Silver Dime and we’ll donate 25% of the proceeds to


Books, Art, Video – the saucy, the odd, the retro, even the practical…



A Shallow Planet Production