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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

11 Surprising Uses for Everyday Items

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11 Surprising Uses for Everyday Items


These are similar to hints from Heloise, but without the famed household guru. Got a stuck zipper? Use a crayon on both sides to unstick it. Want to make candles burn longer? Freeze them the night before, and add some salt into the pool of melted parafin after lighting. Here are nine more novel uses of common products

A few years ago, the New York Times published an article about how a third of people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, not even when they're out in public. It’s pretty gross thinking about some stranger's germ-coated hands touching the same chairs, doorknobs, and banisters that you touch, but it's okay since we live in a relatively clean society.


A few extra germs won’t kill you. And besides, there is plenty of soap and running water available, and nowadays there are anti-bacterial gel dispensers everywhere.


However, after a natural disaster or an economic collapse, the level of hygiene in first world nations is going to plunge dramatically for three reasons: no tap water, no sewage treatment plants, and no garbage collection...


History is rife with examples of government action ostensibly to "help the people" resulting in privation, destruction, death and turmoil. Anyone who has truly studied the history of governments around the world has seen that the elected class — with very few exceptions — is populated by a psychopathic mix of destroyers and seekers of wealth and power. They pay little mind to the consequences of their actions. What is relevant to them is their glorification, gratification and security at the seat of power.

Chicago police run a vehicle impound racket

Imagine dropping your car off at the local mechanic because you need to get your engine tuned up.

A few days later you come back to pick up your car, only to find out that it has been impounded by the police.

That’s what happened to one couple in Chicago.

It turned out that one of the mechanics took their car out for a joy ride. He was driving too fast, was pulled over, and arrested for driving without a license.

The police then impounded the vehicle, even though it wasn’t his.

The couple went down to the police station to get their vehicle back, but the police insisted that they pay thousands of dollars, even though they did nothing wrong.

Meanwhile, the police are charging them storage fees to keep the vehicle in the impound parking lot.

The couple managed to scrap together the money to have their vehicle released… only to find out that the police had already sold it at an auction!

This wasn’t an isolated incident either. The City of Chicago does this countless times per year, for offenses as minor as littering and playing loud music.

(Chicago brings in about $28 million per year impounding cars and running up storage fees.)

Now the Institute for Justice is helping the couple lead a class action lawsuit challenging this Civil Asset Forfeiture racket.

They argue the scheme violates due process, by forcing innocent vehicle owners to account for crimes drivers committed. Plus, holding the vehicles ransom until fines are paid is an unconstitutional seizure.

Warren Buffett had some choice words for America’s worst corporation

We’re not the only ones who have noticed just how horrible large banks can be.

Warren Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger usually take some time at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting to offer their advice to large companies.

They said the reason Wells Fargo has faced so many scandals over the past few years is because they hire leadership from Wall Street instead of community bankers.

For years the bank provided incentives that rewarded employees for recommending investments likely to lose value, sticking customers with unnecessary products and accounts that charge unnecessary fees.

Employees even opened accounts and transferred customers’ money into them without telling the customers, all to get bonuses.

Most likely, they said, the big banks will maintain the status quo… because the short-term financial incentives of bank executives are completely misaligned with those of the customers and long-term interests of shareholders.


For those who don't know, an emergency ration bar is a food designed to keep you alive during some sort of survival scenario where food is hard to come by. Emergency ration bars have a very long shelf-life, but most importantly, they are calorically dense. Typically, one bar has several hundred calories, making them ideal for bug out bags or survival caches.


There are a couple of downsides to ration bars, though. They usually don't taste very good, and they're not very nutritious. In fact, you could say they are downright unhealthy since the ingredients are mostly flour, sugar, and shortening. Yes, they will keep you alive, but you probably won't feel well.


That's why I recommend making your own emergency ration bars at home. Yes, you can buy them on Amazon, but if you make them yourself, you can control the ingredients and ensure you're getting everything your body needs to stay healthy. Plus, you'll save some money...


Is Rural Life the Only Way to Avoid Civil Unrest

Final thoughts

Capitalism believes in the “equality of opportunity” — where EVERYBODY has the chance to become whatever they want to be…

The fundamental difference between the two comes down to changing one little word for another. Where capitalism believes in the “equality of opportunity” — where EVERYBODY has the chance to become whatever they want to be…

Socialism pushes “equality of outcome” where everybody has the RIGHT to be whatever they want to be.

Regardless of merit…

Regardless of skill…

Freedom Self-Reliance Action


Parting thought…

I’ve always wondered why it is CA will stop us at the border of AZ and search us for fruits and vegetables, not allowing us to bring any into the state but love to allow illegals to enter without any kind of health screening or criminal background checks?  CA is an anti-freedom, restrictive state which virtually ignores your right to bear arms and now one cannot even sell pocket knives to CA residents [a warning notice now appears on many mail order catalogs that knife sales are prohibited to Californians]!

Yours for smarter living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


Additional FREE Resources


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Knowing When and How to Stockpile Groceries
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Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
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Larry said...

Always usable, useful, and downright interesting!

Stephanie said...

Oooh-cool stuff