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Thursday, August 27, 2015

On becoming more self-reliant in an ever growing volatile planet

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources



With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well, too.
- Yiddish Proverb



On Becoming more Self Reliant…


  Some of you may recall that I remain at heart a bookseller, an information broker, a collector of information.  This week I sold a leather bound copy of Henry David Thoreau’s WAlDEN, his essay on becoming more self reliant and independent, something all of us were forced to read in high school [they probably won’t have such requirements today].

You may also recall several weeks ago that I warned about the strong potential for the stock market decline which did take place [though I must admit, I thought it would happen in September], losing nearly 10% of its value in two days thanks in large part to the problems in China…no doubt, few of you paid attention.

Long ago I warned about keeping much money in the artificial stock market and instead suggested putting it into silver [not gold] food stocks and farm land…

In 2008-9 I warned friends to get out of the antiques business as the economy was going to crash.  It did and many couldn’t give their goods away.

I warned against an impending water crisis in CA as it didn’t take a whole lot of brains to see the lack of conservation along with rampant building and irrigation which was taking place since the 70s, 80s, and 90s…and guess what happened.

I’m accustomed to being ignored but that’s OK as I keep my own counsel and manage to keep ahead of the curve on most things.

In any event, that guided my choice today’s content for this issue and I hope you make use of it!

Drilled Wells-A DYI Resource

Although most well drilling rigs are intended for use by professionals, it is possible to use them yourself to drill your own well. Some rental companies do provide well-drilling rigs for rent, but they are rather rare. However, there is one option for drilling your own well, which is affordable and possible to do yourself.

On the website, you can buy a kit for drilling your own well. This kit uses air power to drive an air motor which is down the hole in the well, directly behind the drill bit. While a totally different concept than other well drilling methods, it is quite effective.

Drilling your own 100-foot deep well will cost you about $1,200, not counting the cost of the well pump. The kit available from that website will account for about half of that cost, with the other required materials accounting for the other half. The kit includes an instruction video and booklet, with detailed instructions for drilling your own well.

How to Build an Earthbag Dome

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Except in states which somehow believe they “own” the rain…

Reduce Your Water Bill with Rain Barrels
Like many people, you may have planted a garden, hoping to put a dent in your food bill and put more natural and delicious food on your table. That is, until you open your water bill and cringe at the total. Before you throw in the garden towel, consider setting up some rain barrels. It is an easy and extremely affordable way to harness Mother Nature's bounty, and much more beneficial to your garden as well.


Mastering the Art of Haggling
Haggling is becoming an essential skill in today's economy. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but with practice, you can master the art of haggling. Consider the following tips.



RoboKiller App Wins FTC's Contest for a Tech Solution to Annoying Calls

The FTC just held another contest to find a technological solution to the problem of unwanted automated phone calls (robocalls). RoboKiller, a forthcoming app, took the top prize. It forwards all calls for analysis before reaching your phone, and then lets through only the legitimate ones.


Little Guy Tear Drop Camper…an easy way to become a ‘perpetual traveler’ in your own country.



End of Season Tomatoes

Most years, I have more tomatoes than my family can eat. Since I don't like the amount of work that it takes to can them, I've come up with a different solution. I core the tomatoes and then put them in my blender, including the peel. Then I run the blender on puree. I pour that into zipper baggies and place them flat in the freezer. Now when I want to make spaghetti, chili or tomato soup, I have the taste of homegrown tomatoes waiting in my freezer!



You pay a premium on anything done for you…


Be Prepared for Anything

Do you know how to get ready for a natural disaster?  Tune into AARP LIVE on RFD-TV, September 17 at 10pm, Eastern time for tips that will help you stay safe and you’ll have a chance to win a free natural disaster preparedness kit [must be 50 years of age].  Learn more at:


Given the state of the stock market this month, I thought I’d make this offer available again---No charge!

$What to do if the Dollar Collapses$



How to Survive the War on the Middle Class

 14 of the best reports I’ve assembled on protecting your freedom…the download link to this will be included with your package and/or sent to you via email.  Some of the life saving information includes:



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