The Origin of Christmas Carols

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Remember:  Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle this year!


Origins of the Christmas Carol

It seems to be common belief that Christmas Carols, and the tradition of caroling, originated within the depths of pagan worship and celebration, so consequently were banned by the Church. According to The Oxford Book of Carols to carol originally meant to dance in a ring.

Some report it has its roots in ancient Rome where citizens would load up on wine and go door-to-door naked and sing to their friends.  Now, I have personally witnessed this during my college youth at Arizona State…

  • The word carole probably originated from the old French ‘caroler’, which came from the Latin ‘choraula’, from the Greek ‘choraules’, meaning a flute player for chorus dancing and finally derived from the Greek word ‘choros’ which was originally a circling dance.

No one knows what day Jesus Christ was born on. From the biblical description, most historians believe that his birth probably occurred in September, approximately six months after Passover. One thing they agree on is that it is very unlikely that Jesus was born in December, since the bible records shepherds tending their sheep in the fields on that night. This is quite unlikely to have happened during a cold Judean winter. So why do we celebrate Christ’s birthday as Christmas, on December the 25th?

The last time I sang in church, 200 people changed their religion!

The answer lies in the pagan origins of Christmas. In ancient Babylon, the feast of the Son of Isis (Goddess of Nature) was celebrated on December 25. Raucous partying, gluttonous eating and drinking, and gift-giving were traditions of this feast.


In Rome, the Winter Solstice was celebrated many years before the birth of Christ. The Romans called their winter holiday Saturnalia, honoring Saturn, the God of Agriculture. In January, they observed the Kalends of January, which represented the triumph of life over death. This whole season was called Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun. The festival season was marked by much merrymaking. It is in ancient Rome that the tradition of the Mummers was born. The Mummers were groups of costumed singers and dancers who traveled from house to house entertaining their neighbors. From this, the Christmas tradition of caroling was born.

In northern Europe, many other traditions that we now consider part of Christian worship were begun long before the participants had ever heard of Christ. The pagans of northern Europe celebrated their own winter solstice, known as Yule. Yule was symbolic of the pagan Sun God, Mithras, being born, and was observed on the shortest day of the year. As the Sun God grew and matured, the days became longer and warmer. It was customary to light a candle to encourage Mithras, and the sun, to reappear next year.

Huge Yule logs were burned in honor of the sun. The word Yule itself means “wheel,” the wheel being a pagan symbol for the sun. Mistletoe was considered a sacred plant, and the custom of kissing under the mistletoe began as a fertility ritual. Hollyberries were thought to be a food of the gods.

The tree is the one symbol that unites almost all the northern European winter solstices. Live evergreen trees were often brought into homes during the harsh winters as a reminder to inhabitants that soon their crops would grow again. Evergreen boughs were sometimes carried as totems of good luck and were often present at weddings, representing fertility. The Druids used the tree as a religious symbol, holding their sacred ceremonies while surrounding and worshipping huge trees.

In 350, Pope Julius I declared that Christ’s birth would be celebrated on December 25. There is little doubt that he was trying to make it as painless as possible for pagan Romans (who remained a majority at that time) to convert to Christianity. The new religion went down a bit easier, knowing that their feasts would not be taken away from them.

Christmas (Christ-Mass) as we know it today, most historians agree, began in Germany, though Catholics and Lutherans still disagree about which church celebrated it first. The earliest record of an evergreen being decorated in a Christian celebration was in 1521 in the Alsace region of Germany. A prominent Lutheran minister of the day cried blasphemy: “Better that they should look to the true tree of life, Christ.”


What Happens When We Stuff Ourselves At Holiday Time? The biology of having just one more slice of pie…


A few more parting resources you might enjoy…

8 Speedy Kitchen Hacks You Didn’t Know About

The Awesome Frugal Christmas: How To Save Christmas When Times Are Hard

Beautiful DIY Pine Cone Wreath


I’m not bothering to list our ecommerce store again as I know none of you will visit and beside, it is too late to order anything for the holiday…nonetheless, I hope yours is bountiful!

In the spirit [or soon will be],


P.S.  There will be no more posts until after Christmas!

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A Sharing Economy Update, DIY Cleaning Recipes

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“Governing a large country is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much poking.” — Lao-Tzu


A few updates on a topic I’ve previously written about, the Sharing Economy.  We wrote about ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft and the new accommodation service, Airbnb…all of these services have pissed off regulators and competition as one would expect.

Here are few new ones for the sharing economy…

Postmates-a courier service that is affecting the way goods are moved around a city.  [Amazon might want take a peek].  The firm connects customers with local couriers who purchase and deliver goods via their own transportation from any store or restaurant in a city, in an hour or less.

Lantern – launched in 2012 it aims to deliver treatment programs in one of the most expensive areas of health care, mental health.  It provides customized mental health care delivered by a therapist via a smartphone app.  It is designed to be affordable.

EatWith – has been called the Airbnb of dining.  It matches carefully vetted local hosts who are great cooks [like me] and want to monetize their talent with guests seeking quality home-cooked meals, bright conversation and a taste of local hospitality.

Renting an extra room in your home has long been a means of making some extra cash…I couldn’t do it.  Too many episodes of failed ventures on Judge Judy and my love of privacy prevent any of that for me!




The Weekly Goodies List for You to Share


10 Things You Will NEVER Have To Buy Again


21 Adorable DIY Projects To Spruce Up Your Kitchen


14 Reasons Why Witch Hazel Should Be In Every Home


How To Make Your Own Liquid Hand Soap For Pennies


Wash Your Fruits & Vegetables

Washing your fruits and vegetable in white vinegar removes waxes, film, dirt, mold and pesticides resulting in attractive produce which will stay fresh longer.  Clean your sink and fill with water.  Add 1 cup of vinegar and let the produce sit for 10-15 minutes…rinse and dry, use or refrigerate.

Handy Cleaning Supplies

If you are like me with limited storage space for cleaning supplies, I found that if I hang a shoe bag on the back of a door, I can put all my bottles, cans, etc. into the pockets. They are easy to get to without rummaging through a bunch of stuff.

Box-Of-Vegetables jpg


I save a lot of cash making my own cleaning products and use roughly four ingredients for everything…bleach, lemon ammonia, vinegar and water.  Over the years we’ve fostered and adopted many pets, ranging from dozens of cats and dogs to horses and donkeys.  Cats are the worst in terms of odor and I keep at the ready a spray bottle with a solution of 60% water, 40% lemon-ammonia and a touch of dishwashing soap.

Spray it on the sofa or carpet, rub in lightly and damp up the excess and then vacuum later.  Sometimes I’ll add sprinkles of baking soda over the area and after it absorbs more odor, I’ll vacuum again.

I don’t waste water and electricity using a dishwasher but here’s a recipe for lemon detergent which cost about $2.50 and does about 24 loads.


1 cup washing soda

1 cup baking soda [cheapest in bulk at Sam’s Club or Costco]

1 cup borax

20 drops of essential lemon oil


Combine ingredients in large bowl and store into a glass container with lid to keep dry.

To Use:  Place a heaping tablespoon per load in your dishwasher soap compartment and run as usual.


Natural Home Cleaning Products If the environmental and health risks associated with commercial cleaning products are not enough to convince you to look for alternatives, saving money should be. Anti-bacterial, disinfecting cleaners can be expensive, especially if you purchase different ones for every job. The actual expense might outweigh the benefits and there are many alternatives to expensive commercial products that will effectively and safely clean your home. Read more.


An internet search will yield a bonanza of recipes you can try.  I have a few on the Homemade section of our Poor Man Survival site.


Last Minute Holiday Touches on the Cheap Last minute details can take a holiday home from ho ho hum to spectacular, and doesn’t have to cost a lot of cash! Here are some great quick, easy, and inexpensive ideas to wow your guests and comfort your family.


Most of us give to charities this time of year, but we should do it wisely by both picking a legitimate charity and following IRS donation rules. Look for a charity that spends the vast majority of its money on the cause rather than on administrative expenses and commissions to phone solicitors. You can check out a charity at these organizations: >, >, and

Personally, I have my own private foundation which awards money to my favorite charities dating back to 2001…for years the Salvation Army has been its primary recipient.  Recently, in light of how Goodwill screws its handicapped workers while paying out large salaries to its CEOs and bypassing its retail customers [selling better quality items online instead], I cut off ALL donations and grants to them last year!

FYI-As I indicated last month, I will be closing down the Poor Man Survival website right after Christmas. I’ll also be closing off the Word Press version/host for this blog as well.

Support for the site is dismal and I needn’t waste further time and resources.  I am not certain how much longer I’ll keep blog going either but it probably will not last beyond the middle of January.


I’ll be shutting off the Gmail address associated with the Poor Man also next week…



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Yours for better living…Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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Stupid Lawyer Stunts: Sandy Hook Parents Sue Gun Mfg.

Stupid Lawyer Stunts-Sandy Hook Parents Sue Gun Mfg.

When in Doubt, Sue-the American Motto

Several years ago I owned a chain of business newspapers. Our most popular ‘fun’ column was titled Stupid Lawyer Stunts. It always generated a lot of ‘letters-to-the-editor.’
The federal government is famous for misapplying the law and was the brunt of many examples what we published.
One of my favorites was about a woman who admittedly drank a quart of bourbon every day for 20 years and sued after she had a miscarriage, blaming the distillery. A wise judge threw the case out.
Yesterday, several parents of the slain children of Sandy Hook launched a suite [no doubt aided by some greedy barrister] against the maker of the rifle the shooter used saying it is a military style weapon. They conveniently forgot the weapon was and is legal and obtained legally. Perhaps they should focus their efforts on the pharmaceutical firm who made the psychotropic drug this deranged killer was on. [Studies indicate nearly every mass murderer in recent times has been on such drugs].
Given the premise of these people one would think they would like to see GM and other automakers be held responsible for every vehicular homicide or distillers of booze be held legally accountable for every drunken incident which ends in murder?


America is the only nation which does not have Tort Reform laws in place. This allows lawyers [one of the most powerful Washington lobbyists] to proceed with stupid lawsuits, adding on average 25% to the cost of all consumer goods.
In December 2013, four captive chimpanzees in the state of New York became the first non-humans in history to sue their human captors in an attempt to gain their freedom! The chimps’ lawyers, members of a new organization known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed the suit.
I would like to sue the feds over their invasion of my privacy rights since the creation of those un-American, privacy-bashing set of laws called the Patriot Act.
In any event, let’s hope a judge throws this nonsense out AND as we all know when such people are interviewed on TV they all like shout the same lie “It’s not about the money.”
The hell it’s not – your lawyer wouldn’t have accepted the case if he wasn’t getting paid…remember the Big Tobacco suit in which all 50 states claimed “this is for the children.” That was another crock of crap fed to the gullible public. Only ONE state lived up to that promise and most the lawyers involved in that suit retired as millionaires! The other 49 states blew the cash like the drunken politicians they are.
It’s always about the money!


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10 Ways You’re Tricked into Buying More

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“Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. “
– Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

10 Ways Companies Trick You Into Buying More
Visual and psychological tricks are among the techniques used by sellers to get you to buy their merchandise. Here are some of the things they do to loosen your purse-strings. In a separate story, this college professor suggests a new way to avoid impulse buying: be grateful for what you have. And he has the research to back up his claim!
Big Changes in the Fine Print of Health Insurance Plans
If you purchased health insurance last year from the health exchange, you better check the fine print of the 2015 policy. The little and not so little inconspicuous tweaks could cost you a fortune. Deductibles are increasing in one out of four plans, and the out of pocket maximum is going up for one-third of registrants. If you bought your plan from, you can use this tool that highlights the changes for you.
Which Brands of Batteries are Best?
Consumer Reports tested more than a dozen brands of AA batteries to find the longest lasting ones. Here are the winners. We recommend, however, that you buy rechargeable batteries that will save you a bundle over time. In particular, Consumer World recommends Eneloop rechargeables at Costco – 10 AA and 4 AAA, with a charger on sale for $23.99 for a short time (in-store only).

Don’t Bank on it: The Unsafe World of 21st Century Banking
Some of you may already know that under current US law, you do not own your own bank account. Your deposits are an ‘unsecured asset’ belonging to the bank…in other words, your deposit slip is merely an IOU.
Learn about this and how to protect yourself from 20 risks to our banks and savings with their FREE book.
Call 800-630-1498 to get your copy.

thDGR2M58FPost Holiday Entertaining Tip!
A Dagwood (sandwich) is a tall, multi-layered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses and condiments. It was named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie, who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches. According to Blondie scripter Dean Young, his father, Chic Young, began drawing the huge sandwiches in the comic strip during 1936.

I thought this might be a good idea to post during the holidays, after all, you won’t be eating caviar and clams casino chateau brie every day!

You can make this as big and/or thick as you want depending on the size of the bread slices. Cutting in 1/4’s like a club sandwich and topping with an olive skewered by a toothpick is recommended…
• 3 slices bread
• 2 slices cheddar cheese
• 2 slices swiss cheese
• 4 -6 leaves of crisp green lettuce
• 2 slices of large tomatoes
• 8 slices ham, thin slices
• 8 slices cooked turkey, thin slices
• 1 slice of a medium onion
• 4 -6 slices cucumbers, thin slices
• mustard
• horseradish
• relish
• mayonnaise
Layout the 3 bread slices.
On first slice spread mayonnaise, layer cucumber slices, cheddar cheese, 1/2 of the lettuce, 1 tomato slice, ham and top with mustard.
Add second piece of bread on top.
Spread horseradish and relish.
Layer onion, second tomato slice, swiss cheese, second half of the lettuce and turkey.
Add third piece of bread (spread bottom with mayonnaise if desired).

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Yours in Freedom,
Bruce ‘the Poor Man’
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The biggest handout party in history

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It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

- — Emiliano Zapata


The game is rigged, and “we the people” keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, we stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that our luck will change.

The problem, of course, is that luck will not save us. The people dealing the cards—the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.—have only one prevailing concern, and that is to maintain their power and control over the country and us.

It really doesn’t matter what you call them—the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that while they are dealing the cards, the deck will always be stacked in their favor.

Incredibly, no matter how many times we see this played out, Americans continue to naively buy into the idea that it’s our politics that divide us as a nation. As if there were really a difference between the Democrats and Republicans

Fewer Folks Support the President…but enough still do!

In September of 2012, a panel of experts presented a list to the House Judiciary Committee of how President Obama has exceeded his constitutional constraints.  Human summarized the panel’s findings this way:  “As president Obama has made a habit of bypassing or ignoring constitutional limitations on his power.”  Nearly a dozen examples were provided and Obama has yet to answer for Fast and Furious, Benghazi, his decision to NOT enforce US immigration laws and more.

Yet, the lame stream press still supports him as do nearly everyone who is getting Obama handouts [blacks, Hispanics, etc.].

Obama also sidestepped the Senate and made recess appointments when the Senate was not even session…later a federal court ruled the move was unconstitutional.

Obama has thrown the largest handout party in our history and despite tax increases across the board, our national debt has increased AGAIN!  Even as I write this, banks which got massive bailouts are asking for more [yet they are sitting on hoards of Fed cash, earning interest, but no loaning funds to business].  Wall Street and Bankers have been buying politicians at state and federal levels in earnest for the past two decades and the little guy on main street has been shafted.



In case you forgot, here are a few more reasons why you cannot trust the incompetent-in-chief:


  • No clue what’s going on in Iraq and no plan to deal with it
  • Lois Lerner & the IRS scandals
  • Gruber & Obamacare [can you believe how much loot they paid this guy]?
  • Fast n Furious
  • Benghazi
  • Massive giveaways of your tax dollars to illegal aliens
  • I could go on but most people don’t care anyhow!The stupid among us still party as if Obama was bailing them out too! It makes little sense to me however…the typical American thinks the economy is miserable [despite short term and bogus jobs numbers touted by government propagandists].Unlike the 1930s we don’t see food lines stretching around neighborhoods [they’re hidden away via food banks or more conveniently, they get their handouts from the Fed on plastic food stamp cards]. Nearly 46 million citizens are on food stamps yet food banks can’t keep up with demand!


  • Of course, those getting the federal freebies still support the President. – and that includes many multi-national corporations who benefit from our skewed tax policies…something Wall Street bought quite some time ago! How long will the bread and circus continue?



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18 Ways to Bring Home the Holiday Cheer

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“The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.” – Daniel Webster




How To Make Salt Dough Ornaments

Ready, Set, Bake!

This salt dough ornament project is as easy as 1-2-3, but I broke it into ten steps so that I could include more pics of my kiddos – ha!

If you’re looking for a fun project to do with the kids for the holidays THIS IS IT. Katie made hers without any help (except for the baking), and Micah did most of his on his own. And of course after all the fun is over you have a sweet keepsake for your tree and possibly a gift for the grandparents, too.



Practical Presents That Are Sure to Please It is that special time of year again. Time to start budgeting, making lists and checking them twice. Perhaps you are not really in a giving mood. Let us say that you are tired of giving expensive presents that either get taken back to the store or sit around gathering dust. You want to be generous, but also practical. Here are some super smart practical presents that are sure to be used by your grateful loved ones and friends.


18 Easy Ways To Bring Holiday Cheer To Your Home!


6 Ways to Protect Your Home While You’re Away Are you planning an extended vacation during the winter months? Maybe you’ll be gone a week visiting family. You may find yourself worrying about your house while you’re gone. You want to make sure your place stays safe and looks cared for, so it is a less appealing target for potential criminal activity. Burglars see vacations as a perfect opportunity. Here are a few tips to make sure your place stays well-cared for while you are away, and you stay within your vacation budget.


7 habits of highly frugal people read more here



Share these resources with others who can benefit…

Easy DIY Windmill Project That Produces Electricity

18 Over the Counter Meds You Should Always Have On Hand

How To Make A Pocket Sized Water Purifier

How To Clean Stubborn Toilet Bowl Ring For $0.25

How to Make 5 Different Emergency Candles


Did you know that hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can remove stains from plastic? Our kids have a plastic play table in the backyard. Over time, it had some stains on it (paint and markers). I used a scrub brush with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.



The campy, the sexy, the odd, the risqué and retro [and even the practical] Gifts he’ll appreciate!



Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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Hassle Free Holiday Cleaning Tips and More

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Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. – William James


   After moving to MI from AZ to take care of my mother, I swore I’d never use a moving truck again…I will simply auction off everything and ship what I want to keep and I’ll hire a maid! Also, be sure to scroll to the bottom for access to a funny holiday message…


Stress-Free Holiday Cleaning Routines

From Mother Earth Living, By Allison Martin


This holiday season can be different: Amid the parties, gift-making, dessert-baking and guest-preparing, you can be amazingly, serenely stress-free. How? By establishing routines to keep our homes running smoothly every day, we can reduce stress and devote our time and energy toward special seasonal activities with our loved ones, rather than chores. Try these tips to enjoy a holiday season that feels joyful instead of chaotic.


Streamline Your Home

Getting there requires some work, but not of the rushing, busy-bee variety we typically associate with a hectic holiday season. Instead, we need to strategize for long-term, day-in and day-out success.


If clutter is overwhelming your house to the extent that inviting guests over requires hours of cleaning, it’s time to simplify. “Too much stuff” is a problem in many households. A 2012 study by the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families found that managing too much stuff can feel so overwhelming that it can actually raise stress hormones. Is clutter really worth added stress?


Keeping in mind that reducing your holdings can actually improve your health, take stock of your environment: Which items take up space but have little function? Let the holiday season’s spirit of charity inspire you to box up everything you don’t use regularly and donate it for another family to enjoy. Encourage the kids to get involved by going through their old books and toys and donating everything they’ve outgrown.


After you’ve pared back and given yourself some breathing space, consider implementing one or more of the following routines, all of which are designed to help keep your home in order easily.

Read the rest here AND

Enjoy this is to help you get ready for the Christmas season. Enjoy!

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The last American spending spree, the truth behind oil prices

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“At the end of a century that has seen the evils of communism, Nazism and other modern tyrannies, the impulse to centralize power remains amazingly persistent.” — Joseph Sobran



Like Pigs to Slaughter

Most citizens never learn their lessons…even though fuel prices are falling (at least for now] many idiots are already ordering gas hogs to drive…

A few fuel stats…falling prices can be a two-edged sword

The US government wastes/consumes the most fuel with the post office leading the way [we’re excluding military consumption]. The Department of Energy estimates more than a billion gallons of fuel are wasted because of poorly timed lights in cities…despite calls from the Feds, cities have ignored timing lights more efficiently.

There has only been one other time in history when the price of oil has crashed by more than 40 dollars in less than 6 months.  The last time this happened was during the second half of 2008, and the beginning of that oil price crash preceded the great financial collapse that happened later that year by several months.  Well, now it is happening again, but this time the stakes are even higher.

When the price of oil falls dramatically, that is a sign that economic activity is slowing down.  It can also have a tremendously destabilizing affect on financial markets.  As you will read about below, energy companies now account for approximately 20 percent of the junk bond market.  And a junk bond implosion is usually a signal that a major stock market crash is on the way.  So if you are looking for a “canary in the coal mine”, keep your eye on the performance of energy junk bonds.  If they begin to collapse, that is a sign that all hell is about to break loose on Wall Street.

  • It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the shale oil boom to the U.S. economy.  Thanks to this boom, the United States has become the largest oil producer on the entire planet.

Yes, the U.S. now actually produces more oil than either Saudi Arabia or Russia.  This “revolution” has resulted in the creation of  millions of jobs since the last recession, and it has been one of the key factors that has kept the percentage of Americans that are employed fairly stable.

Unfortunately, the shale oil boom is coming to an abrupt end.  As a recent Vox article discussed, OPEC has essentially declared a price war on U.S. shale oil producers…

For all intents and purposes, OPEC is now engaged in a “price war” with the United States. What that means is that it’s very cheap to pump oil out of places like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. But it’s more expensive to extract oil from shale formations in places like Texas and North Dakota. So as the price of oil keeps falling, some US producers may become unprofitable and go out of business. The result? Oil prices will stabilize and OPEC maintains its market share.

If the price of oil stays at this level or continues falling, we will see a significant number of U.S. shale oil companies go out of business and large numbers of jobs will be lost.  The Saudis know how to play hardball, and they are absolutely ruthless.


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The last American spending spree…



Remember when Thanksgiving seemed solely about family, food and football? The American holiday now includes the sport of shopping.

Americans are going to spend more than 600 billion dollars this Christmas season, and on Friday we got to see our fellow citizens fight each other like rabid animals over foreign-made flat screen televisions and Barbie dolls.  As disgusting as this behavior is too many of us, there may soon come a time when we will all fondly remember these days.

Most Americans are completely unaware of what is currently happening in the financial world, but right now there are deeply troubling signs that we could be on the verge of another major global financial collapse.  If the next great economic downturn does strike in 2015, that could mean that we may have just witnessed the last great Black Friday celebration of American materialism

Three of the ten largest economies on the planet have already slipped into recession, and the economic nightmare over in Europe just continues to get even worse.  In fact, we just learned that the unemployment rate in Italy has shot above 13 percent for the first time ever recorded.

In addition, it is important to remember that the “real economy” in the United States is in far worse shape than it was just prior to the last financial crash.  Just consider these numbers…

-In the United States today, the number of payday lending locations is greater than the number of McDonald’s and the number of Starbucks.

-One recent survey found that about 22 percent of all Americans have had to turn to a church food panty for assistance.

-This year, almost one out of every five households in the United States celebrated Thanksgiving on food stamps.

-The rate of government dependence in America is at an all-time high and approximately 60 percent of U.S. households get more in transfer payments from the government than they pay in taxes.

-According to a report that was just released by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the number of homeless children in the U.S. has soared to a new all-time record high of 2.5 million.

Source: The Economic Collapse

Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Use Your Urge to Splurge


The Urge to Splurge

Sometimes we all get the urge to splurge or buy something that is unneeded out of boredom. When I think I hear the call of the mall, I pay a bill instead.

However, I sure would appreciate your making a visit to our online store.  All purchases support our efforts and through Christmas a surprise bonus items will be included with each purchase.  I believe nearly every item includes shipping too!

Thank you in advance…Bruce!

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Are you Suffering from Eleutherophobia plus my annual Thanksgiving message

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“In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn



Are you Suffering from Eleutherophobia plus my annual Thanksgiving message


In 2014, there are tens of millions of Americans that are anonymously leading lives of quiet desperation…


I wish everyone a happy, fruitful Thanksgiving.

I’d like to extend my thanks to all of my friends, family and others for their support for our efforts at providing free, useful resources to those in need  and for your purchases from our storefront which fund these efforts.

The average American is worse off this Thanksgiving than in previous years, which has been a depressing trend.  Any student of history knows that our rapidly growing income disparity is creating class struggle which ultimately will end in some form of class warfare.

In 1999 we started our first self reliance group with monthly meetings at our 38-acre farm.  We hosted various speakers and even offered certified pistol training on our private range.  However, after a Fox News helicopter flew over our property and told viewers of our ‘compound’ we’ve kept a much lower profile, rejecting requests to appear on various TV shows including NatGeo’s Extreme Prepper show.

I started the Poor Man in 2009 under the delusion that people would welcome the mostly free resources we have offered to help folks make or save a buck and to make them aware of how our government has rapidly overwhelmed our nation with red tape and ridiculous policies.

There has been scant support, especially on facebook.  Therefore, we’re now going to post these resources to only to certain groups and on Twitter.

I’ll continue to make posts [probably once or twice a week] here through January 18th and I’ll keep our main website open as well until through that date.

Besides, I’m having a whole lotta fun with my new, Exotic Cutie site and its related storefront!


But I have to ask you…

Are you in better shape financially than you were last Thanksgiving?  If so, you should consider yourself to be very fortunate because most Americans are not.  As you chow down on turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce this Thursday, please remember that there are millions of Americans that simply cannot afford to eat such a meal.  According to a shocking new report that was just released by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the number of homeless children in the U.S. has reached a new all-time high of 2.5 million.  And right now one out of every seven Americans rely on food banks to put food on the table.

Yes, life is very good at the moment for Americans at the top end of the income spectrum.  The stock market has been soaring and sales of homes worth at last a million dollars are up 16 percent so far this year.

But most Americans live in a very different world.  The percentage of Americans that are employed is about the same as it was during the depths of the last recession, the quality of our jobs continues to go down, the rate of homeownership in America has fallen for seven years in a row, and the cost of living is rising much faster than paychecks are.  As a result, the middle class is smaller this Thanksgiving than it was last Thanksgiving, and most Americans have seen their standards of living go down over the past year.

Have you noticed how what starts off as small, occasional encroachments on our rights, justified in the name of greater safety, becomes routine, wide-ranging abuses so entrenched as to make reform all but impossible?

We saw this happen with the police and their build-up of military arsenal, ostensibly to fight the war on drugs. The result: a transformation of America’s law enforcement agencies into extensions of the military, populated with battle-hardened soldiers who view “we the people” as enemy combatants.   The same thing happened with the government’s so-called efforts to get tough on crime by passing endless laws outlawing all manner of activities. The result: an explosion of laws criminalizing everything from parenting decisions and fishing to gardening and living off the grid.

Whether people know it or night, the world is in an economic depression. In the following interview with Australia’s news program The Business, Jim Rickards explains how that can be the case despite positive growth and declining unemployment, and why this depression looks nothing like the 1930s.

This is one of the primary reasons I started the Poor Man Survival series so many years ago but alas, few have paid attention or have supported our efforts.  With that in mind, we’ll be ending the Poor Man site in January.  We’ll keep the blog going but with fewer postings.

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10 Tips To Survive During the 2016 Social Media Bubble and the New Economy

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10 Tips To Survive During the 2016 Social Media Bubble and the New Economy…

Social media could become a major bubble.  Money made from hype more than from sales.  How could a company like Facebook’s math add up?  Investors showed excitement when Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion.  Making each employee at WhatsApp worth over $300 million and acquiring 500 million users where each user needs to be at the value of $300 to break even on the acquisition.


By using arithmetic it doesn’t seem like this acquisition is anything close to a bargain yet investors are excited. Don’t forget Facebook also tried to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion.  A service that has zero revenue, 30 million users (making each user worth $100), and yet Mark Zuckerberg is still described as a genius.  A genius he might be but he is still only human.

The $2 billion dollar acquisition for Oculus which is 1000 times more than what is raised on Kickstarter does not seem like a bargain.  Yet, it might be so amazing that it could become Facebook’s main money maker and put Xbox out of business.  Here are ways to survive the next economic recession during the year 2017 if the Social Media Bubble actually happens.

Hopefully, though it won’t.

1.       Rent your car via RelayRides

2.       Become a Lyft or Uber driver to earn part time income

3.       Don’t buy soda and instead use Soda Stream and make all your carbonated beverages at    home.

4.      Kick out your roommate and rent out your home to travelers through Airbnb or HomeAway.  It will probably also cover your own part of the rent.

5.      If you seek to create a business don’t seek investors.  Seek crowdfunding.

6.      Find a way where you can earn small incomes by selling on Fiverr

7.      Provide simulation classes with the Oculus Rift headset when it goes mainstream and potentially dominates our lives.

8.      Embrace the new sharing economy.

9.      If you find a smartphone app that you really want but need to pay for. Find a competitor offering a similar service for free.  Nowadays, internet based businesses are willing to lose money and not earn money for a long time as a way to get a membership base.

10.     Buy less and reuse more.  With China and India growing and becoming more of a consumer based society.  The price of all resources will probably go up and become a lot more expensive.

Paul Rothbein is a future enthusiast and the founder of The Perspective 2020 Directory to Everything, and the Perspective 2020 Almanac To Everything: A Decade In Review.   Both are due to be released in early 2015, with a Kickstarter campaign set for December More details can be found on





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Old Car Headlights

My car is nearly ten years old. I plan on driving it as long as I can, but one thing bothered me. I do a lot of night driving on the highway. The cloudy lenses on my headlights cut down on how much I could see at night.

I priced the kits that are available in the auto parts store, but figured I could do it just as well with what I had around the house. I started by using a kitchen scouring pad and cleanser. After a little rubbing, most of the imperfections were gone. After rinsing off the cleanser, I sprayed it with cooking spray and rubbed it in. The results were impressive.


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Ingenious Household Hacks

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13 Ingenious Kitchen Tricks That Will Make You Say “Why Didn’t I Think Of That”

Anything that makes life a little easier sounds good to us and once you’ve discovered these amazing tips and tricks you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!


Peeling, slicing, chilling and preserving, this collection has got it all so you can collect an arsenal of useful skills for the kitchen.


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Shower Door Cleaner

I don’t like cleaning shower doors, so I apply Rain-X® to them. I use the same product that I use on my car’s windshield. The water and soap scum runs right off, and it saves me a bunch of cleaning time. I reapply it every four months or so.



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A delusional nation

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You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind. – Anonymous



—mass delusions everywhere.

People seem to believe their governments are almighty beings capable of performing magic—water into wine, debt into wealth.

Here are some of the biggest myths we see in the system today:

  1. The dollar will continue to be the dominant currency.

This is a total farce. Grumblings grow louder around the world to establish a new non-dollar financial system, and China has taken the lead to make this a reality.

  1. The US is still the dominant military power in the world.

If you measure by the quality of trained personnel, this is true. But what good is all of that military power if you can’t afford to do anything with it?

  1. The police exist to protect the people.

Wrong again. With so much civil asset forfeiture taking place at the point of a gun (federally funded assault rifles), it’s clear they’re far more concerned about protecting those that maintain the status quo than protecting you.

  1. Elections make a difference

Completely false. Most Western governments borrow money to pay interest on the money they’ve already borrowed.

In the US, they spend so much on mandatory entitlements and interest they could eliminate almost the entire government and still not run a balanced budget.

At that level of desperation, it matters not who’s in power.

  1. Your bank is safe

Your bank might HAVE a safe. But if you look at objective data, many banks in the West have incredibly thin levels of capital and liquidity—the exact opposite of what a safe bank is supposed to have.

Oh yeah, they’re backed by poorly capitalized deposit insurance funds, which are guaranteed by insolvent governments.

And bear in mind that even if your bank is reasonably capitalized, you are still guaranteed to lose money on a tax adjusted, inflation adjusted basis if you you’re holding your savings there.

  1. You have to go to college in order to get ahead

Quite the opposite—going to college in many cases can get you behind; just ask any 36-year old still paying down that $100,000 student loan debt.

The world is a big place full of opportunity. Skills and experience matter more than pieces of paper.

Here’s a better option, especially for young people: head overseas, and become an apprentice to a successful, knowledgeable individual that you respect.

Any young person who thinks that going to college is a good idea should just ask any of their unemployed friends saddled with $100,000 of debt if it was worth it.

  1. I saw it on TV so it must be true.

Ufff. The mainstream media exist to paint a distorted version of reality so that people are kept placated, docile and largely clueless about what really goes on in the world.

  1. Debt doesn’t matter because we owe it to ourselves

Whoever first said this must have a lot of whips and chains in his closet because he seems to enjoy pain.

If we owe the debt to ‘ourselves,’ that means that we will need to default on ourselves.

This means no more Social Security, Medicare, etc. It means causing the US Federal Reserve to become insolvent and spark a currency crisis. It means causing the collapse of every bank in the country.

Sure, no biggie.

  1. The United States is the Land of the Free

Draconian surveillance efforts on its citizens. Punitive taxes, fines and regulation. Rising police state. Telling people what they can or can’t put in their bodies, how to grow their food, who to adore, who to hate. Preventing them to collect their own rainwater and live off the grid.

Simon Black Founder,




Most Americans that collect money from the government each month are not abusing the system.  Many truly are incapable of taking care of themselves, and others are just receiving government benefits (such as Social Security) that they feel that they have earned by a lifetime of hard work.  But with each passing year the number of Americans jumping on board “the safety net” continues to grow rapidly, and a lot of these people should be able to take care of themselves.  Today, the American people collectively receive more money from the government than they pay in taxes.  And remember, the federal government uses our money to build roads, inspect our food and fund the military as well.  So what does this say about our economy?  Could it survive without all of these debt-fueled transfer payments?  And what does this say about our society?  At one time, our nation was known for our Protestant work ethic.  What would our forefathers say about us today?  The following are 21 facts that prove that dependence on the government is out of control in America…

  1. According to a Congressional Budget Office study that was just released, approximately 60 percent of all U.S. households get more in transfer payments from the government than they pay in taxes.  Here is more about this stunning report from Mark J. Perry’s Carpe Diem blog


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Raising Kangaroos in the United States

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Any time you’re near a kangaroo, it’s a close call.

Jerry O’Connell




Raising Kangaroos in the USA

People are likely to do a double take when they see Evelyn Engelke out shopping or opening her hymnal at church. It’s not Mrs. Engelke they’re looking at, but her choice of accessories. Not many people carry around a baby wallaby in a handmade, quilted pouch hanging from their neck.

A baby wallaby, or joey, is quite a conversation piece. But Evelyn Engelke likes it that way. There’s nothing she enjoys more than talking about her passion — hand-raising these miniature kangaroos at her family’s home, God’s Gift Farm, on the Eastern Shore.

There are already at least 350 breeders raising various species of miniature roos, and estimates are that as many as 1,000 U.S. families own one.

Raising a kangaroo at home isn’t something that you can take lightly. In order for you to become an effective pet owner to this exotic animal, you have to prepare yourself through research and studying. Knowing important details about your pet is vital as this will help you deal with it effectively.

Learning about raising a kangaroo basically starts with knowing the background of your exotic animal. Kangaroos are considered as amazing members of the Australian fauna. They are marsupials that are closely related to wallabies, Quokka, wallaroos, and pademelons. All in all, there are around 63 different species of the Macropodidae family in the wild today. Kangaroos are endemic to the lands of Australia. However, some members of this family specifically the smaller marcopods have also been found in New Guinea. They thrive on the landscape of Australia. They’re not farmed. Instead, they’re sought because of their meat. This animal has become a national symbol for Australia and is often observed on the Australian Coat of Arms, the country’s currency, and on the tail of its national airline called the Qantas




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What dumb people do in a crisis situation

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Be Prepared >>Boy Scout motto



What dumb people do in a crisis situation

It might sound paranoid to some, but I’m certain we’ll be directly affected by at least one major crisis in the next few years.

Whether it be some kind of pandemic… a collapse of the grid, economic collapse [the most likely scenario] a natural disaster… an uprising and/or martial law from said uprising,  or [enter in any crisis with equally disastrous consequences here].


And because of people like me, the “prepper” industry is huge…

However, if my Facebook experiences are any indicator, the average Joe isn’t much interested in anything regarding their immediate or long term survival [or anything even remotely resembling anything intellectual or political-even the architect of Obamacare admitted recently they relied on the stupidity of Americans to get their program in place].


For both reasons, it’s also full of wild speculations on what would happen in the event of a disaster that halts our normal way of life (with, of course, a link to the “hot item” all smart preppers must have).

Problem is, it’s all just speculation.  A prepared brain is your most important tool and reading a Boy Scout manual will provide most folks with enough information they need to survive most [not all] situations…how many today have read that manual?

Ninety-nine percent of the “preppers” who write about what would happen “in the event of a disaster” have never been in one. ..Except yours truly . Early in my life I learned a lot of survival methods during my time in the military and in 1999 I became a certified FEMA disaster instructor and have experienced first-hand a few ‘situations,’ including:  being stuck in a blinding blizzard outside Amarillo, TX [which turned out to be a good thing as I was ‘forced to spend the night in a bar with a young barmaid]’ getting caught in a raging desert flash flood at 3am – pre-cellphone days!, and more.

One thing I’d say is 100% necessary to surviving most situations is to NOT PANIC!

Luck can help in any situation. But you won’t get by on it alone. And you shouldn’t count on it.

Preparation is key and sadly, too many in this nation think ‘preparation’ means stocking up on enough beer for a weekend of watching some redundant sporting event [in reality, just another big business].

Early on our prepper group offered live shooting instruction including a class on shooting under duress.  Again, I find many people panic easily when under even slightly stressful situations and only practice [as any EMT will tell you] can help overcome panic.


To imagine the situation a little better,” the author of an article I read by a man known only as Selco, wrote of his experiences in Bosnia, “you should know it was practically a return to the Stone Age.

“I am from Bosnia,” Selco explained.

“You know, between 1992-95, it was hell.”

The Bosnian War raged on from April 6, 1992 to Dec. 14, 1995. It was one of the most destructive wars at the end of the 20th century. Of 4 million, 2 million were made refugees. More than 100,000 were killed. The Bosnian War is best known for the unspeakable acts of despicable behavior from all sides.

Meanwhile, the civilians who didn’t make it out of Bosnia were left to fend for themselves.

“For one year, I lived and survived in a city with 6,000 people without water, electricity, gasoline, medical help civil defense, distribution service, or any kind of traditional service or centralized rule.

“Our city was blockaded by the army, and for one year, life in the city turned into total crap. We had no army and no police.


“After a month or two, gangs started operating, destroying everything. Hospitals, for example, turned into slaughterhouses.

“About 80% of the hospital staff were gone. I got lucky. My family at the time was fairly large (15 people in a large house, six pistols, three AKs), and we survived (most of us, at least).”

A few key points that stuck out from this article…

  • It didn’t take long for money to become worthless. An exchange system naturally rose out of the ashes (but it wasn’t pretty…)
  • “Arms, ammunition, candles, lighters, antibiotics, gasoline, batteries and food. We fought for these things like animals…”
  • Items and supplies are great… but they eventually run out. Skills will keep you fed. He wrote: “I wish to say this: Learn to fix things, shoes, or people.”
  • Gold and silver are useful: “I personally traded all the gold in the house for ammunition.”
  • Strength in numbers is real: “A man living alone getting killed and robbed would be just a matter of time, even if he was armed.”

“Today, I know everything can collapse really fast. I have a stockpile of food, hygiene items, and batteries — enough to last me for six months.

“I live in a very secure flat and own a home with a shelter in a village 5 kilometers away. Another six-month supply there, too.

“I have four weapons and 2,000 rounds for each.”

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Why I don’t Trust My Government

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“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.” — Charles-Louis De Secondat



Here’s Why I Fear My Government

According to an official U.S. Department of Justice document, citizens are to be treated as potential terrorists and extremists if they have, and I quote:

“instructed themselves on topics ranging from first aid to childbirth to edible plants.”

I am not making this up. The official Justice Department document, prepared, printed and distributed at taxpayer expense, is titled Investigating Terrorism and Criminal Extremism.

This document, proudly displaying an official Justice Department logo on its cover, mandates that anyone who has studied the above topics is to be subjected to enhanced scrutiny by criminal investigators, who are directed “to obtain as much information as possible” about such citizens.

This same document goes on. If you consider yourself a “constitutionalist,” or a “Christian patriot,” or if you identify with the “Tax-Protest Movement” (aka Tea Party), you, too, have been named as a terror threat, per this official 120-page Department of Justice manual. And there are many other examples of how liberty supporting Americans are being classified as “threats” in government documents throughout Washington.

My friend, it’s not you and I who are the crazies and extremists, it’s the government


The stupidity virus hit a school district in Michigan already…


Seriously: Scientists have identified a virus that makes people stupid. And so far, almost half the people tested have it!



Michigan School District Plans “Lockdown” On Open Carry Parents


A Michigan School district plans to call police and put schools into “lockdown” mode whenever anyone legally open carries a handgun into school property. According to a story posted on the site, the announcement was made at a Huron Valley School Board meeting on Monday, November 3rd.


Cheaper fuel prices at the pump have acted like a major tax cut for Americans [many of them stupidly looking to buy gas hog vehicles again]…the US has been spared the worst of Obamanomics,-Washington idiocy this summer but our debt continues to pile up and a deadlocked bottom feeding Congress has done nothing to improve the business hampering regulatory environment.

This past week Brazil announced that it will be building a 3,500-mile fiber-optic cable to Portugal in order to avoid the grip of the NSA.

What’s more, they announced that not a penny of the $185 million expected to be spent on the project will go to American firms, simply because they don’t want to take any chances that the US government will tap the system.

It’s incredible how far now individuals, corporations, and even governments are willing to go to protect themselves from the government of the Land of the Free.

The German government, especially upset by the discovery of US spying within its borders, has come up with a range of unique methods to block out prying ears.

They have even gone so far as to play classical music loudly over official meetings so as to obfuscate the conversation for any outside listeners.

They’ve also seriously contemplated the idea of returning back to typewriters to eliminate the possibilities of computer surveillance.

More practically, the government of Brazil has banned the use of Microsoft technologies in all government offices, something that was also done in China earlier this year.

The Red, White, and Blue Scare has now replaced the Red Scare of the Cold War era. And it comes at serious cost.

From Brazil’s rejection of American IT products alone, it is estimated that American firms will lose out on over $35 billion in revenue over the next two years.

Playing the Economic End Game-the Invisible Hand Which Controls All

Throughout the history of the world special interests have consistently countered its natural development. Governments want to control the economy and make it work for their interests.

Meanwhile, other very prominent thinkers are also warning that an economic nightmare is rapidly approaching.

Economic cycle theorist Martin Armstrong foresees major economic problems in 2015 which will ultimately lead to “civil unrest”  in 2016…Read the rest of blog here:

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10 Things You Should Know by Now and a Few Others

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How do you get a sweet 80-year-old lady to say the F word? Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell *BINGO*!



10 Things We Should Have Known by 20

How many times have you made a discovery and said, “I wish I had known this years ago?” Over at In Over Your Head, they’ve come up with 20 major things they wish they had known at age 20. Here are 10 of them. Can you identify with any of these?

The world is trying to keep you stupid. People who are not educated are easier to lead and easier to get money from.

  1. You should read as much as you can.
  2. If you feel weird about something during a relationship, that’s usually what you end up breaking up over.
  3. It’s important to have as much contact with older people as possible.
  4. You will become more conservative over time.
  5. While you are living on the cheap, solve the money problem and think ahead into the future.
  6. Sleeping well is extremely important.
  7. Get a reminder app for everything so you don’t have to trust your own brain to remember everything.
  8. Choose something huge to do and set goals to get there.
  9. Don’t try to “fix” anyone. Look for someone who isn’t broken.
  10. Don’t become overly reliant on your tech gadgets

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Easy guy project: Use beer cans to heat your home

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“When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn’t deal drugs. When they took the 6th Amendment, I was quiet because I am innocent. When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I don’t own a gun. Now they have taken the 1st Amendment, and I can only be quiet.” — Lyle Myhr


Heat Your Home With 240 Recycled Aluminum Cans


Heat your home with recycled aluminum cans. It’s a simple idea, and one that many will look at and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

This 240 can unit reportedly heats up to 10,000 BTUs or more according to the company and is “Maintenance free”.

via: Youtube – “Jim Meaney, owner of Cansolair Inc. displays how he converts pop cans into a powerful solar heating panel.”

“…Cansolair Inc. has developed a forced convection solar heating unit called the Model RA 240 SOLAR MAX. A dwelling of 1000 square feet can have a complete air change in 1.5 hours. Working experience indicates that comfortable room temperature can be maintained in a 1000 square foot dwelling with 15 minutes of sunlight per hour…” via:


UPDATE: A single unit may not heat an average sized American home (1500-2500 square feet) by itself. It will however supplement the heating.

Specifically speaking, a unit this size is suited perfectly for a tiny house or cabin 1000sqft or less. There are also many variables that must be considered when determining heating efficiency of any building or home. Insulative factors of the home, proper sealing of all doors and windows, orientation of the home toward the south, vaulted ceilings, and total cubic feet of  space within the home minus any furniture, and of course, the amount of Sun that shines on the home.


Important Note: With the addition of a thermal storage system, (i.e. a hot water tank or tank filled with veggie oil) one could store heat for days, and use it during periods of darkness and on cloudy days.


Could you heat your home with just one unit? Sure. But it also depends on how big your home is.

Live small. Go tiny. Drink lots of beer!


16 Black Friday Myths Busted


The best advice I follow – Shop online, forget the annoying crowds and crazy drivers…

Black Friday can be overwhelming for the inexperienced shopper. To help you make the most from the sales, we’ve busted 16 myths and dispelled all the holiday hype.

For seasoned shoppers, Black Friday offers an endless array of best-of-year sales. However, not all the deals are good, and for the uninitiated, Black Friday can be overwhelming. Plus, with so many conflicting views on the holiday, it can be easy for a shopper to “do it wrong.”

1. MYTH: Black Friday Sales Begin on Black Friday

There’s no stopping the holiday creep and this year we expect the majority of Black Friday sales to commence on Thanksgiving Day, if not earlier. In fact, there’s a good chance that you’ll see more Editors’ Choice deals on Thanksgiving Day than on Black Friday, and some of the best deals might even sell out before Friday. Moreover, this year there are only 26 days (three full weekends) between Black Friday and Christmas, so we expect to see retailers releasing Black Friday sales as early as two weeks before the namesake day. Other retailers may start teasing their sales come late October. More at:


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9 Ways to Cut Heating and Cooling Costs in Your Home The cost of heating and cooling your house can make up over half of your utility bill, but you can enjoy the comforts of a climate-controlled home with minimal impact to your pocketbook by purchasing an energy efficient system and maintaining it year after year. With the right combination of equipment, maintenance, thermostat usage and other upgrades, you can reduce your costs by 20% to 50%.


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DIY Bed Warmer


Beautiful DIY Pine Cone Wreath


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Are you insured? Best survivalist photo ever?

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When you’re eight years old nothing is your business.

Lenny Bruce 


Our national motto has become When in Doubt, Sue! It is smart to have insurance in place.


Are You Insured?

There isn’t a week that goes by when the news doesn’t report a house fire which leaves a family homeless and destroys their belongings.  In our area, it is apparent many do not carry even basic renters insurance and the newscasters always lets viewers know that a fund has been set up to help the family.

I frequently see the same situation when a child dies and few families seem to carry life insurance.  When I lived in Arizona these families always seemed to host a car wash to pay the funeral expenses.

Although families in our area a flush with cash, many are not and insurance premiums are often thought of as costly and unaffordable.

They are not. The premiums for renters insurance are almost always less than $300 annually.  Term or whole life insurance for children is ridiculously cheap under most circumstances.

Landlords rarely cover renter’s belongings which are stolen or damaged. A renters policy will pay for this and most policies will cover the cost of legal expenses if someone is injured in your apartment or rental property and you are sued.  [Don’t forget our national motto:  When in Doubt-Sue}

Most policies will cover the cost of temporary housing should a fire make your place uninhabitable. If you many extra valuables ask your agent about possible riders you’ll need to cover your antiques and collectibles.  Most policies offer around $20-$25,000 of coverage…not much when you factor in how expensive everything has become when they need to be replaced.



This may be the greatest survivalist photo on the Internet

 I’ve been on the Internet since 1993, and I have seen a lot of photos in that time. But I have never seen this one. I have no idea why this isn’t already an image macro, or why there isn’t an entire subreddit for this. It’s like there’s something wrong with the Internet, that this is not already a meme.

Can someone help me out there? I’m taking nominations for captions in the comments.

I found this at the Zombie Squad forums


Survival Hack- Winter Water Storage- How To Keep Freezing Water From Bursting Containers…



Emergency 5-Gallon Water Box – Stackable Water Storage
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How to build a child’s bug-out bag » Assuming that you have your adult-sized bug-out bag packed and ready to go, it’s time to start putting together a bag for each child or grandchild in your life. More »


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Homemade Copper Cleaner

My friend gave me a recipe for a copper cleaner. I wasn’t sure it would work, but decided to give it a try. It turned out that it’s better than anything I’ve ever bought.

I mixed equal parts vinegar and flour. Using a soft cloth, I dipped it into the mixture and rubbed the copper. Then I rinsed with warm water. I didn’t have any problems, but you might want to try it on something inexpensive before you try it on any antique items.

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Great-Tasting Apple Cider Vinegar Drink to Improve Your Health


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I Like Beautiful Women

I Buy Beautiful Women


As I mentioned earlier in the week, I am closing down the Poor Man Survival blog site by Thanksgiving due to lack of input and support. I am recreating a site I used to own back in the mid-1990s  …one devoted to Hollywood glamour girls and the pinups popularized by American aviators during WWII.

I have fun with this and thought there might be an off chance some of you might enjoy this effort as well…

This was the title of the first website I owned in the mid-90s.  I bought and sold pinup calendars and related items.  It tied into one of my eBay accounts called Exotika Erotika where I sold books, photos, card decks and pinups.  [now you’ll find such items at].

In those days we only sold original items, not reproductions or computer generated, laser printed goods. Many others started selling knock-offs and crap and the market [and the fun] kind of withered away.

At any given time I had as many as 100 or more images hung on my walls throughout my house…the old pinups were more about pretty faces and great curves. They got their big start in main stream society as a result of WWII aviators who had such images painted onto their airplanes [they already had their favorite cheesecake photos taped to their lockers].

In many respects, this art form is unique to America. Erotic art, devices, and symbols, on the other hand, go back more than a thousand years.  There are museums in Germany and elsewhere which are devoted strictly to erotica…

I’ll be posting my ‘RetroGuy’ stuff periodically and it will include various genres of exotic women from famous pinups to cartoons and retro jokes and cocktail recipes to very vintage images from the early 1900s [ironically, some of the best art created by Vargas is from this time frame] and beyond.

By today’s standards, these photos and images are mighty tame and I will keep it that way…in fact, often the best aspect of a pinup is the wonderfully made up face and the curves are a bonus. It has always been my opinion that most every woman is beautiful and they simply need to learn the best ways to capitalize on their best elements.

There isn’t anything here that would bother my mother at seeing!

I’ll be thinking of some contests to post also…perhaps amateur night or other ideas along that line. Got suggestions?  Send them to me at:



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P.S. I’m still working on more pictures and content for the site and hope to have a section on vintage men’s magazine covers, cartoons and posters done soon! Below is a link to our first blog post which you might find interesting and fun. You can subscribe to our feed here:



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Why is the US Middle Class Collapsing?

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“A smaller government reflecting the needs of the middle class and poor is superior to a big government reflecting the needs of the privileged and powerful.”Robert Reich


Why is the Middle Class in the US Collapsing?


The U.S. dollar is progressively buying less and less. The middle class and savers are impoverished…

When I was growing up, my father was able to support his family of five on a single income. And when he was growing up, his father could do the same.   This sort of security simply doesn’t exist anymore.   These days, it typically takes two working parents just to be able to afford a comfortable standard of living. And even then, just barely.   Today people have to borrow on their credit cards just to get by. And young people are forced to indebt themselves decades into the future simply to pay for an increasingly worthless university degree.

A typical family suffers from inflation—retail price inflation.   This is when the cost of goods and services outpaces their wages year after year.   People easily lose track of this. But enough time passes and they find that now two parents have to work just to afford a basic lifestyle, quality food, medical care, and education that one parent used to provide.

Just since 2005 we’ve lost 40% of our purchasing power because our monetary system has been put into overdrive printing more and more fiat currency [in reality, digits on a computer]. Since our own government has given up control over our currency, we’ve lost 95% of the value of our dollar since the Federal Reserve was created!

 A new report just released by two academics at the London School of Economics and UC Berkeley shows just how rapidly the middle class is collapsing in the Land of the Free.   The top 0.1% (160,00 families with total net assets of more than $20 million in 2012) owned 7% of all wealth in late 1970s. That jumped to 22% in 2012.   The bottom 90%, on the other hand, went from a 36% share to a 23% share in the same period.

Thanks to the Federal Reserve, the middle class is slowly being suffocated by rising food prices.  Every single dollar in your wallet is constantly becoming less valuable because of the inflation the Fed systematically creates.  And if you try to build wealth by saving money and earning interest on it, you still lose because thanks to the Federal Reserve’s near zero interest rate policies banks pay next to nothing on savings accounts.

The Federal Reserve wants you to either spend your money or to put it in the giant casino that we call the stock market.  But when Americans spend their paychecks they are finding that they don’t stretch as far as they once did.  The cost of living continues to rise at a much faster pace than wages are rising, and this is especially true when it comes to the price of food.


The Land of the Free used to be a place where you could work hard and build wealth for yourself, either by starting a business, taking some investment risk, or working your way up the chain.   Yet today, authorities chase away children who have the audacity to operate a lemonade stand without a permit.   The nanny state legally bars most grown adults from investing their own savings in lucrative private enterprises, forcing the masses into overheated, central bank- manipulated stocks and bonds.   And today you’re lucky to work for the same company for more than a few years. As a colleague told me a few months ago, few people have careers anymore.   Instead, human beings are ‘rented’ by companies to perform tasks. There’s no longer a career track, growth, or significant advancement.

This is dreadfully, terribly wrong.   The people in charge of this system have completely broken what capitalism is supposed to be. And they’ve replaced it with a new form of feudalism.   This is something that can’t possibly last.   All the technology and tools already exist for individuals to take the power back and divorce themselves from this reality.   You no longer have to live, work, and play in the same country where you were born.   You no longer have to hold the heavily manipulated, degraded currency that they destroy, or use the banking system that they control.   You no longer have to educate your children in the state-controlled school system, or feed your family the genetically-modified crap that the corn lobby bribes onto the store shelves.   You can break free. It’s a matter of choice.

Condensed from a post by Simon Black




When the autopsy is written on the death of the middle class where will you be?

 The Social Security Administration has just released wage statistics for 2013, and the numbers are startling.  Last year, 50 percent of all American workers made less than $28,031, and 39 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000.  If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make $20,000.  So the fact that 39 percent of all workers made less than that amount is rather telling.  This is more evidence of the declining quality of the jobs in this country.

In many homes in America today, both parents are working multiple jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. Our paychecks are stagnant while the cost of living just continues to soar.  And the jobs that are being added to the economy pay a lot less than the jobs lost in the last recession.  In fact, it has been estimated that the jobs that have been created since the last recession pay an average of 23 percent less than the jobs that were lost.  We are witnessing the slow-motion destruction of the middle class, and very few of our leaders seem to care.

The “average” yearly wage in America last year was just $43,041.  But after accounting for inflation, that was actually worse than the year before

American paychecks shrank last year, just-released data show, further eroding the public’s purchasing power, which is so vital to economic growth.

Average pay for 2013 was $43,041 — down $79 from the previous year when measured in 2013 dollars. Worse, average pay fell $508 below the 2007 level, my analysis of the new Social Security Administration data shows.

In recent years, the number of men that are struggling to find work has reached new heights.  In fact, the inactivity rate for men in their prime working years (25 to 54) is now at the highest level that has ever been recorded.

It has been estimated that it takes approximately $50,000 a year to support a middle class lifestyle for a family of four, and so the fact that 72 percent of all workers make less than that amount shows how difficult it is for families that try to get by with just a single breadwinner.

The way that our economy is structured now, both parents usually have to work as hard as they can just to pay the bills.

American people don’t believe that we can have economic collapse followed by economic and social chaos. They suffer from normalcy bias.


 Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Grab these freebies while you still can

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In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. – Theodore Roosevelt



Grab these freebies while you still can!

For many people, being prepared means having enough beer stockpiled to last long enough to cover Thursday night football through Monday night football.

Being a Boy Scout is not in the nature for most folks. Every time winter storms or hurricanes approach, the nightly news airs spots showing the unprepared hoards hitting the grocery store because “Gee, I never thought a natural disaster would hit my neighborhood.’

I’ve been writing about and practicing the art of preparedness since 1999. Sadly, what I see is that fewer people seem to have a clue about preparedness, what is happening to our world or even what steps they need to become more self reliant.

It is ironic however, there were perhaps 50 groups preaching the benefits of being self reliant when I started, now there are thousands of such groups. Despite that, more people today seem to have their head buried in the sand.

I was taught from an early age to help others by sharing knowledge but I see fewer people who take advantage or who share such resources. There are always those few, roughly five percent, who actively support and/or practice such endeavors.

At one point we had about 2,000 direct subscribers and supporters and another 8,000 Twitter followers and a few thousand facebook fans [the weakest link in our chain]. Even fewer have ever given their financial support through purchases from our site or storefront.

Rather than beating a dead horse any further, I am suspending this blog by Thanksgiving. The site, unless adopted by another like-minded group, will end in January 2015.

My health issues have put a damper on my energy level and the dismal support for our efforts here has dampened my enthusiasm…and because so few seem to care, no longer will I ponder the challenges of trying to save our nation.

If by chance you would like to take over all of the Poor Man Survival web properties, drop me a line. Several of my informational CD ROM collections, such as our best selling Protect Your Homestead are for sale too. [Note: our No BS Guide to Starting an Online Business collection has been donated to a college which supports the retraining of returning veterans].

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

P.S. I am working on another project which involves a long time passion – pinups and Hollywood starlets.  I’ll let you in our retro guy efforts in a future issue.


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Co-op Grocery Store Keeps Cow Town Alive

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Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. – Rabbi Abraham Heschel



Cooperative Grocery Store Helps Keep Cowtown Alive

From GRIT magazine, by Frank J.

It’s a long way from anywhere to this cow town.

Most people take for granted that they can simply jump in the car and get a cart full of groceries for the next several days, or a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk at the supermarket. Or, even get those necessity items at the little convenience store on the corner.

Folks in Arthur, Nebraska, and from many miles around the ranching town, don’t make that assumption. Arthur’s 117 residents are 40 miles from another community. And, the 460 people in the county, mostly ranchers, likewise depend on Arthur, the only town in and the county seat of Arthur County – the least populated county in Nebraska – for essentials.

So, when the community’s small grocery store shut its doors two decades ago, it created a hardship for many residents.

Fortunately, Arthur does have a school system; it’s a good one according to those attending, their parents, and others for miles around. Enrollment is limited, but there are quality instructors for elementary through senior high students, and those instructors and high school students get full credit for their efforts to solve the grocery store dilemma.

High school business students took on the project to start a grocery store, and the Wolf Den Market opened in November 2000, says Ron Jageler, an Arthur resident since the early 1970s and the owner of Sandhills Garage, the local automotive repair shop.

“Once it became apparent there was enough interest to get the enterprise going, parents and community members became concerned that if student interest fell off, the store might close again,” says Jageler, chairman of the Wolf Den Market board of directors. Parents, and most everybody who had an Arthur, Nebraska, address, came on board to help.

“At that point, a group was assembled to change the project from a student-run operation to a cooperative with a board of directors and shareholders,” Jageler says. “There were also some people who made donations to help get the business on stable ground.”

When it came time to name the store, the community chose to call it the Wolf Den Market, a nod to its roots with Arthur High School, whose team mascot is a wolf. The store’s out-front sign has a directional arrow underlining “All Your Grocery Needs.” An old house first served as the store, but when another business building was destroyed by fire eight years ago, a new 40-foot-by-60-foot metal building was constructed and, with generous donations, purchased for the grocery store.

Of course, groceries have to be acquired. “We get our groceries wholesale from Dredla’s Grocery, owned by Steve and Debbie Clark in Hyannis, who get only a small markup on the merchandise,” says Nida Gorwill, who has been the store manager for three years. “Twice a week, volunteers drive the more than 70 miles roundtrip to the next county to refresh supplies. We provide a vehicle and give them 10 percent off their grocery purchases.”

Gorwill credits volunteers for assisting in stocking shelves. A few part-time grocery store employees, including Tracy Bowlin and Sally Monahan, man the store, and other volunteers step in to help when the need arises.

“Customers can invest $25 in a Wolf Den Market Co-op card. For every $100 spent, $5 is returned to the card holder. If the customer chooses to renew, the annual membership for another card is only $20,” Gorwill says.

Convenience stores in cities are typically and notably higher priced than grocery stores and supermarkets – not so at Wolf Den Market. “We have to make a profit to keep the doors open, but the prices we charge are generally about the same as in Hyannis and Ogallala, sometimes even less on certain items,” Gorwill says.

The population of Arthur is similar to many small towns with 61 households, but nearly a quarter of those houses have someone 65 years of age or older living alone. Almost 30 percent of Arthur’s residents are 65 and older.

The community shows a great sense of care for these senior citizens. “Of course, we know everybody in town, and sort of keep track of them. Most of the older people like to come in to shop personally, and we like that. But, if they are ill or can’t get out for some reason, we try to deliver groceries to them or have one of the volunteers stop by. It’s not very far to any of the homes here in Arthur,” Gorwill says.

Just ahead of a grocery store’s importance to the survival of a small town is the school. “It’s a fight, but we have a very good school system,” Jageler says. “Our school is actually growing, we have more than 100 students; some come from 50 miles to attend school at Arthur.”

Four teachers handle four classes of grade school students: kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth, and fifth and sixth. Junior high is combined with high school, and there are 10 teachers. “With a grocery store and a school, we have everything we need. Everybody enjoys their life in Arthur. There’s never any trouble here. Everybody is terrific. We work hard to keep our community alive. If something needs done, it’s taken care of by somebody,” Jageler says.

“The lack of access to grocery stores in many rural areas is striking,” researcher Jon Bailey wrote in a 2010 report published by the nonprofit Center for Rural Affairs. “More than 400 counties in the United States, including many in Nebraska, are classified as ‘food deserts,’ meaning that all residents live more than 10 miles away, often much farther, from a full-service grocery store. The real-life consequences of living in a ‘food desert’ are less access to a full range of healthy foods, less healthy eating, and less healthy people. The long-term consequences of less healthy individuals, families and communities are, of course, substantial. You know, grocery owners can play an awesome role in their communities.” Read the Rest at:

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More Ways to Cut Your Cost of Living

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“If a person lives frugally and acts in a cheap manner, isn’t the person living a redundant life?” ― s.harder


6 Simple Ways to Cut Everyday Expenses

By the time you pay your rent or mortgage, electric bill, cable, cellphone and car payment, you don’t have nearly as much left over as you’d hoped. Unfortunately, many of these expenses can’t be avoided. On the bright side, there are still ways that you can cut outgoing cash on a daily basis. It might not seem like a lot short-term, but it’ll eventually start to add up to significant savings. Ready to start saving more each month? Here are some tips to help get you started.

1. Cut out the coffee

Make it at home and take it to go, or take advantage of the coffee pot that most workplaces have. If you’re making daily or even weekly trips to Starbucks for your java fix, it might not seem like it but it’s definitely taking a chunk out of your budget. According to U.S. News, if you spend $3 on coffee each day, that adds up to $90 per month and $1,080 a year. It’s okay to treat yourself occasionally, but try and make it a rarity. Your bank account will thank you.

According to AARP, “The average American household spends about $200 per year on books alone (U.S. Census Bureau), most of which could be borrowed for free from any of the nation’s 17,000 public libraries.” The best part? Getting a library card is free.

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We Deceive-You Believe: The Election Delusion

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“If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side.” — Orson Scott Card

Vote for Me and I’ll Set You Free


Our national delusion, politicians asking us to swallow the same lies every two years…the motto of both parties: “We Deceive-You Believe!”

 Our every-other-year national election delusion fills the airwaves with streams of outright crap from politicians promising change…in 45 years of voting, the only change I see is the erosion of our freedom and the Bill of Rights and the bankrupting of a once prosperous nation! Both parties are guilty of screwing taxpayers while feathering their own nest.

Our economic and political system is in collapse and there’s no way to fix it from inside the system.

It’s a systemic crisis.  The systems we rely upon aren’t viable.

They haven’t been for a long time.  Every year we are worse off than the year before.

A political fix, switch, or reform isn’t going to do the job.

I’m damned tired of the political crap that flows from the mouths of lying politicians and I’m tired of people who don’t give a damn about what happens to this country…You can’t fix stupid and it pervades our populace like a disease.

We have apathetic and ignorant Americans deciding these elections…

Political pundits always call for hordes of informed voters to appear out of the mist, then wonder aloud why so many people are disinterested in politics. Why do people care more about the Kardashians and the NFL? It is apparent to me that most people feel alienated from the political system. We have in place a system of rational ignorance and rational apathy.

Economic inequality is normally the single biggest harbinger of revolution, and inequality in America has reached catastrophic proportions. The Washington-Wall Street Cartel and its self-serving, greedy policies has devastated the middle class and hooked them on their drug of choice – FALSE HOPE.


Everything will get better if you just vote for me!

 A quick look at our history during the past five decades will prove that the American sucker will buy the political and corporate bullshit every time.

Both parties have worked hard to destroy the middle class, bankrupt the nation and to erode our liberties. They are equal-opportunity destroyers.

However, the idea of another American revolution is generally discounted by most experts due to two factors:


  • The difficulties of managing and organizing a mass uprising is unlikely because the average American can barely tie their shoes let alone get off their cell phone to coordinate such an uprising and…
  • Stupidity among most citizens now reigns supreme in the United States. More mainstream television hosts are even squawking about how dumb Americans have become and we’re the topic of jokes from the foreign press to the likes of Jay Leno’s old Streetwalking segments and Bill O’Reilly’s show, the Factor where street interviews show college kids cannot even name the current VP or who our first president was…public schools have done a wonderful job dumbing down students in order to make them easier to control and bamboozle. Kids today are more infatuated with the next rave rather than how a college education indebted them or how few good jobs are available…instead, let’s get that next overpriced cell phone- that’s the most important thing in my life!

With a wink and a nod those seeking reelection like to tout how much they want to serve the people [while slinging mud at their opponent] when in reality, they enjoy the pay and perks and lifetime pensions that go with a short time in office…sure beats the private sector!

Why do think bottom feeders like the Clintons have only held government posts, even moving to New York where they suckered zombie voters to elect Mrs. Clinton to office…they sure got out of politics with a boat load of cash, didn’t they!

Would you want someone like Obama managing your family finances? I would hope not, you’re debt would be inherited by 12 generations of your offspring!

Voting is a crapshoot but in 45 years of voting I cannot see how it has done any good…our nation is still headed south in terms of its finances and freedoms! It is obvious one cannot trust elected leaders. We seem to welcome incompetence in government. Obama is just the latest example.

The NSA, for example, was meant to spy on foreign activities, not US citizens at large. Many believe that we truly have a single party system despite the outward appearances. The strings are all pulled by corporate interests and the people have no real voice in what goes on in Washington or in state capitols.

In the end Americans all take it up their collective arse and they seem to enjoy financing the entire process as well…enjoy your night of tricking and treating as most of us know who really gets tricked on election day.

American people don’t believe that we can have economic collapse followed by economic and social chaos. They suffer from normalcy bias.



Free resources for gaining a better understanding of our country operates…


Economic Freedom Equals Prosperity

The best place to invest is where economic freedom is strong. And according to the Cato Institute, these 10 countries have the highest levels of economic freedom… Read More…

 Segment: David Simon on Our Rigged Political System


The U.S. dollar is progressively buying less and less. The middle class and savers are impoverished. I often use that word, “impoverishment,” because that is exactly what has happening for 100 years, ever since the beginning of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913.




That’s my political rant for the week – what do you think?


Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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What to do with stray animals, Rebounding from financial disaster

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“To err is human–to forgive, canine.” –Unknown


There must be a telepathic network between animals where I live.

Another stray dog found its way to our front door this week. That’s the 4th one in the past six months. Although she had a collar and appeared well cared for, no tags could be found. I left messages on CraisgsList and at city hall, the police etc., but no one called for this sweet little dog.

Over the years I’ve had six horses, two goats, dozens of cats [including an old cranky, blind Siamese cat] and dogs which seemed to know we’d take care of them and not mistreat them. I have to admit I like just about all animals and plan to create an animal rescue shelter when we’ve completed our mini-farm…just takes more and more money to accomplish such tasks!

The Poor Man’s wife worked on and off for more than a decade with veterinarians and particularly loves horses. Here are a few tips on cutting pet care costs:

  • Leash, fence and supervise your pets. Pets are most likely to sustain injuries or death when not contained.
  • Spay or neuter your pets – they have fewer health problems that way.
  • Find low cost services at vet schools, humane societies and at many pet stores.
  • Shop around for medications. Sometimes your vet will have sample medications and often you can get the same prescription cheaper at a regular pharmacy.
  • Don’t buy pet insurance. It is rarely worth the cost. Instead, consider enrolling your pet in a discount wellness program such as those offered by Banfield, the Pet Hospital. or call: 866-277-7387
  • Finally, I believe most pet foods will prove nutritionally sound for your pet…my wife doesn’t agree and buys premium brands. We both agree however on this…DO NOT BUY PRODUCTS FOR YOUR PET THAT HAVE BEEN MADE IN CHINA!P.S. Please consider tagging or micro-chipping your pet
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  • Winter Lawn Equipment Care 
  • This is how I clean my mowers and garden tools to store for winter. First, I wash and rinse clean under mower decks. Then I use my leaf blower to dry the tools. I move the mower’s tiller outside to air dry. I then spray WD-40® on all the cables, wheels, nuts, bolts, blades, and under mower decks. This keeps it from rusting. Also, I empty gas tanks. After I finish washing and drying all garden tools, I use a cheap motor oil to wipe them down. A little work saves a lot of money in repairs and replacement.

5 Ways to Rebound from a Financial Disaster As difficult as it can be to bounce back from adversity, the alternative is to let adversity take you down. Bankrate spoke to several experts on strategies for retaking control of your life and finances. Here’s what they had to say.

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Save Some Serious Cash with these DIY Energy Projects

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Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill


DIY 400 Watt Wind Turbine

by suiterelliot

These plans detail how I built a wind turbine in my garage without any special tools for just over $200. Many of the do-it-yourself designs are either toy projects or unlikely to hold up in strong winds. This wind turbine will withstand 40+ mile per hour winds and produce electricity with as little as 15 mile per hour winds.

I started out with one of those aforementioned toy projects, but soon realized that this design would not stand up to the high winds in central Iowa. After months of trial and error I finally have a design that is strong and effectively produces usable electricity.

I would just like to note that I am a high school senior with no prior experience with electrical systems; so before you tell yourself that building a wind turbine is out of your realm, trust me, it isn’t as hard as it sounds and anyone who puts their mind to it can do it.


Easy DIY Windmill Project That Produces Electricity

This entire alternative energy project costs less than $200 to build. And, yes, those are snow shovels that you see in the photo. Once built, the windmill will need to be connected to some kind of appropriate alternator and then can generate 300 watts of power.


Easy DIY Windmill Project That Produces Electricity


How To Heat Water With Solar Power


10 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), heating accounts for around 30 percent of energy usage in the average American home. A properly maintained energy-efficient heating system combined with a few savvy household strategies can significantly reduce your home’s energy consumption. Here are 10 tips that can help lower your heating bill without compromising home comfort.


Phantom Electronics Cost Consumers $10 Billion With Halloween around the corner, the streets will be crawling with goblins and ghouls. But you don’t need to step outside to find vampires. They are lurking in your home, and these vampires aren’t interested in blood. They are sucking money right out of your pocket.


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Venison: Waste Not, Want Not

How much meat does your deer yield? You’d be surprised how much meat is actually wasted. Below we’ve listed some recipes grouped by cut of meat from Hunter Angler Gardener Cook.

To view recipes by cut of meat, visit them here.


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10 Best Places to Retire on Social Security

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Courage is the strength to face pain, act under pressure, and maintain one’s values in the face of opposition. – Eleanor Roosevelt



The 10 Best Places to Retire on Social Security Alone

In these places, Social Security is likely to cover your basic monthly costs.


Thanks to the Federal Reserve, the middle class is slowly being suffocated by rising food prices.  Every single dollar in your wallet is constantly becoming less valuable because of the inflation the Fed systematically creates.  And if you try to build wealth by saving money and earning interest on it, you still lose because thanks to the Federal Reserve’s near zero interest rate policies banks pay next to nothing on savings accounts.


The Federal Reserve wants you to either spend your money or to put it in the giant casino that we call the stock market.  But when Americans spend their paychecks they are finding that they don’t stretch as far as they once did.  The cost of living continues to rise at a much faster pace than wages are rising, and this is especially true when it comes to the price of food.


   Many people have delayed retiring after losing their good paying jobs beginning in 2008, others would rather work or…perhaps you’d like to retire early? Consider these cities as compiled by US News & World Report…

If you don’t have a traditional pension through your job and haven’t been saving a significant amount in a 401(k) or individual retirement account, Social Security is likely to be your largest source of retirement income. Almost all retirees (86 percent) receive Social Security payments, and for over a third (36 percent) of retirees, Social Security accounts for 90 percent or more of their retirement income. The type of lifestyle Social Security alone will provide largely depends on how much you have earned in Social Security benefits and where you live.

The average Social Security benefit for retired workers was $1,294 per month at the end of 2013. A couple who each brought in this amount would have $31,056 in annual Social Security benefits, which will also be adjusted for inflation each year. U.S. News analyzed Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics data to determine where a retired couple age 65 or older could cover their basic expenses, including typical costs for housing, food, utilities, transportation and health care, on this amount.

[See: 10 Places to Retire on Social Security Alone.]

It’s important to note that in most places, Social Security alone barely covered these basic expenses. After paying for those five major costs, retirees living on Social Security alone likely won’t have much cash left over for recreation, hobbies, clothing, consumer goods or travel. “If they are highly dependent on Social Security, it is not an easy life,” says John Palmer, a Syracuse University professor and former public trustee for the Medicare and Social Security programs. “If they own their own home and don’t have high medical expenses, they can probably get by.”

Retirees would often be much more comfortable if they had income from another source in addition to Social Security, such as personal savings, a part-time job or a traditional pension. Taking steps to maximize your Social Security benefit is also important. “Not collecting until you are in your late 60s, if you can do it, is a good idea,” Palmer says. “For every year you retire earlier than that and choose to collect Social Security, your monthly benefit is about 7 to 8 percent less, and for every year you delay up to age 70, your benefit increases by 8 percent.”

In expensive cities including San Jose, California, Honolulu and San Francisco, Social Security alone did not cover the basic costs retirees face. “I wouldn’t want to try to make it just on Social Security in New York City or the D.C. area, but in a lot of the rest of the country, the cost of living is substantially lower,” says Kenneth Robinson, a certified financial planner for Practical Financial Planning in Cleveland. “Moving has expenses that go along with it, but if you have relatives who live in a less expensive place than where you are now, you might want to consider a move.”

In these cities, a household with typical expenses and two average Social Security checks coming in could get by on Social Security income. Here are 10 places where it’s possible for retirees to cover basic costs on Social Security alone:

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Poor Man’s Odd Ways to Save a Buck

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The art is not in making the money, but in keeping it. – Proverb


Many of our readers are concerned about becoming more resilient without spending a lot of money. After all, it’s no secret that the economy hasn’t quite rebounded and the increasing rate of inflation certainly doesn’t help either.


It’s important to remember that money is simply another form of exchange. We have talked in detail about local sharing economies in previous posts and it is one of our main themes. It is also a perfect example of how we can become more resilient without breaking the bank.


For instance, we can just as easily trade an item we don’t need for something we do. You can literally trade anything that has value to someone else. If you think about it, this isn’t much different than our currency system anyway.


Here are just a few ways I saved money this week…


   My AAA Auto Club membership renewal came in the mail this week…I didn’t renew it.

I have AAA’s top tier plan with a 100-mile towing deal but the price in MI goes up every year and I seldom use it. My price for the same plan in AZ was $98, in MI it’s $145!


I started looking around and found pretty much identical plans available through AARP and AMAC in the $70 range. Needless to say, I chose another plan which is run by Allstate.


Something else I picked up on. Milk by the quart (about all I ever use) runs nearly $2 or more at our supermarket.  At our area Dollar Tree store I found milk (in whole, 2% and 1%) aseptic packages for .99 cents.  These are good for longer term storage as well given the ones I purchased don’t expire until nearly 2016!


Although I rarely eat lunchmeat anymore [too much sodium] I found slicing my own bologna and other meats was cheaper than buying it pre-packaged at the supermarket. However, if you purchase lunch meats that are on sale at the deli counter, you can save up to 31%…just avoid their fancy pre-made salads as they are expensive.


Of course, you can save further by purchasing store brands and researchers recently discovered in many cases, supermarket store brands offered bigger savings over Costco and Walmart, even on household staples and beauty products. Use coupons to save even more on items you regularly buy.


With Christmas rapidly approaching, buy ribbons and wrapping at dollar stores to save money. One year my mother had saved the comic sections from newspapers and used them to wrap gifts…better than lining the birdcage!


You can learn more about saving money, creating your own community currency and the art of bartering by visiting our main site and browsing through our many categories.



Hackett Makes His Own Post-apocalyptic Currency [Video]

When civilization collapses, this hand-built coin press could mint money to buy goats, grain, or even a spouse.

Money makes the world run—but without a stable government, paper bills will be little more than fire starters, and coins chips of cheap metal. Bartering is inconvenient: If I desperately want the cat food you’ve stockpiled, but you have no need for the fine moonshine I can produce, it will take multiple trades to satisfy us both. A more efficient solution would be to mint a new currency.

Coins are manufactured by squeezing a disk of soft metal, or planchet, between two harder dies—typically cylinders with images cut into their faces. Given enough energy, the planchet briefly acts like a liquid, flowing into the nooks and crannies of the dies. I chose to mint my coins out of copper, which can be reused to make electrical parts, giving them real-world value. For the dies, I used saltwater and a battery to etch patterns into two hydraulic pistons. Then came the hard part.


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What good is freedom if nobody uses it?

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When you change the way you see the world, the world you see will change. – Dr. Wayne Dyer




What Good is Freedom if No One Uses it?


Although I don’t have my own talk show on Fox News, enough people have suggested I should.  My place as a political pundit is nevertheless assured.  More than 78% of you have given me your ‘thumbs up’ on Yahoo News Groups and other polls.  The Poor Man has retained his place in the Top 50 Best Self Reliance Sites as well…our fourth year running!

The fiscal outlook is bad, still. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2014 federal deficit rings in at $486 billion. That’s 2.8 percent of gross domestic product—the federal budget deficit’s smallest share of the economy since 2007. (It was nearly 10 percent in 2009.) Should President Obama and federal lawmakers pat themselves on the back? Megan McArdle summarizes the rest of the story: 

Congressional Budget Office projections currently show the deficit beginning to grow again in 2016, just in time for the presidential election. By 2019, it’ll be above its historical average, where it will stay until the end of the forecast window – and that historical average is itself a bit high, as it includes the post-war record deficit of the Obama administration, which ran close to 10 percent for several years.

If the growth in health-care costs continues to moderate, that may help a bit, but mostly, the rising cost of health care is not the problem. The problem is the rising number of aging citizens who will require Social Security benefits, Medicare and, eventually, Medicaid to pay for their nursing homes. For the next decade or so, it is demographics, not compound cost growth, that will account for most of our budget problems. And you can’t fix the demographics by directing providers to charge 2.9 percent less for their senior citizens. […]

As the Fed tightens up on monetary policy, our borrowing costs are going to rise, not just for the new debt we take on, but also for the debt we already have. As old debt matures, we’ve been borrowing at record-low interest rates, which has helped hold down the deficit. But as the Fed tightens, that party will end, and the numbers will start moving in the other direction. [Bloomberg View, October 14]

Locked doors only keep honest people out. Prying into ALL of our private affairs demonstrates that our government is not honest.

The reason the deficit has come down slightly is not that spending has moderated. Rather, as the CBO reports, tax revenues are up 9 percent—$239 billion over last year. [“Monthly Budget Review for September 2014,” Congressional Budget Office, October 8]

Starting in 1999, the Poor Man had created a case and strategy to reform our antiquated tax system which would include a flat tax system, the elimination of taxation on the first $25,000 of income for seniors and others, the elimination of many tax breaks and more…

·         Long-term reforms of US tax system required to stop ‘deserters’

Spare a thought for the poor US multinational. It has had a horrible time lately and been called lots of beastly names…

It would be nice to see our president and other politicians begin practicing that archaic art of telling the truth

Here’s what we still know about stupidity in government. The government has, in recent months, been:

  • conducting warrantless surveillance of law-abiding citizens and the media;
  • arresting law-abiding citizens guilty of nothing more than criticizing government policies;
  • labeling military veterans who stand strong in defense of the Constitution as potential domestic terrorists;
  • carrying out military drills, complete with black-ops helicopters and tanks, in small towns and cities across the country;
  • distributing an arsenal of military equipment and amassing hollow-point bullets for domestic use;
  • and authorizing local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to use drones equipped with weapons and surveillance devices.

That’s just a small sampling of the countless tyrannies being exercised against the American people right now, tyrannies that have no place in a republic such as ours.

An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are “out of control” and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms. The accumulation of disparate fears has created a sense of pessimism and frustration across the midterm landscape.

The most dangerous element freedom faces are incompetent and/or corrupt politicians who are polluting our Constitution and bankrupting our nation.


What good is freedom of speech if no one is listening?


What good is a free education if no one uses it?


What good is democracy if no one participates?


What good is our Bill of Rights if politicians and law enforcement community can ignore them?


All I know is if you’re God fearing or Godless, we’re all in this together. I care about our freedom but apparently many other citizens do not. After all, what good is freedom if no one uses it?


The “economic recovery” that we all keep hearing about is mostly just a mirage.  The percentage of Americans that are employed has barely budged since the depths of the last recession, the labor force participation rate is at a 36 year low, the overall rate of homeownership is the lowest that it has been in nearly 20 years and approximately 49 percent of all Americans are financially dependent on the government at this point.


To say that the U.S. economy is in trouble would be an understatement. According to Shadow Stats economist John Williams, we may be on the very cusp of a crisis so severe that it promises to re-write the entire paradigm…many international investors [the ones who continue propping up Wall Street] are getting nervous – I am too but as usual, the majority of people and the press is asleep at the wheel.


I’m starting to get old for some of this stuff…still full of piss but not so much vinegar. By year’s end I will have either sold or transferred all of my Poor Man sites and inventory…then I’ll go play with old women and sell kids to gypsies.

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Severed heads recipe, DIY Costumes, Pet Safety Tips

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A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. – David Brinkley


10 Fun Halloween Facts for Families


Halloween is short for Hallow’s Eve or Hallow’s Evening.

Halloween is at once a campy celebration of the supernatural and an ominous observance of the genuinely spooky side of life. Its popularity in the United States only extends back a handful of decades, yet its traditions have lingered since ancient history. Birthed in the rugged landscapes of the British Isles, Halloween melded the sacred and the secular, with different cultures tossing in their own rites and folklore along the way.

Today, the concept of costumed kids begging for candy and bobbing for apples may seem commonplace, but there’s far more rhyme and reason behind those holiday customs than meets the eye. To get to the bottom of why black cats got a bad rap and where revelers can catch glimpse of a ghost, treat yourself to these 10 frighteningly fun Halloween facts.


According to an Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns was actually a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. So, he wandered on Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths…


Halloween Holiday Trivia

  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.


Fake Wound Tutorials Zombie bites, arrow stabbings, disembowelments, zipper face, blood-spurting knives… get gory on Halloween! If your costume incorporates a wound, you’ll find the Instructable for making it happen here (with makeup, of course).


Easy Halloween Costumes

We can’t afford to buy new Halloween costumes every year, and I’m not handy enough to create them from things lying around the house. We do have a solution that allows our kids to get a new costume each year. That solution is the local thrift store. They carry costumes that have been turned in. Often they’ve only been worn once or twice. What a deal! And they sell them for a very reasonable price.


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16 Steps to Staying Warm this Winter-Start by Snuggling

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“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”



16 Ways To Keep Warm And Reduce Your Bills In Winter


Having moved from a warm climate where we worried about keeping cool to a cold climate with often unpredictable weather was a bit of challenge. Last winter was brutal and the Farmer’s Almanac says this one will be just as bad.

Of course, we caulked and insulated well so last year’s heating bills never got out of control. We also make use of newer,more efficient space heaters early in the season rather than turning on the furnace…why heat the whole house if you only need a room or two?

Successive nights of several degrees below freezing would seem to leave you with two basic options a) spend more money b) shiver. Sitting there freezing is not really a good option – and I know about this from experience in my younger days, having experienced several winters in places with no central heating and at some times having had no heating at all! It’s unpleasant and probably bad for your health.

Turning up the dial and spend more money will keep the place warm, but that isn’t always ideal either! Heating is one of the most expensive uses of home energy. The good news is that there are many things you can do to cut your heating costs – and some of them are surprisingly simple. Our friends over at Home Made Home Ideas put together several practical ideas.

Some of these ideas have an interesting “low tech” / survival angle – for example “How To Heat A Room For $0.12 A Day” – be aware however that using just candles for heating will produce some condensation.

Bonus tip: One of my favorite tips for keeping a place warmer is to hang thick blankets or even duvets across doorways and windows. Much of the heat is lost through doors and windows and this simple, free tip will help you make the most of your existing heating.

Here’s the link to the list:

Heat Loss Winter is approaching. Would you like to keep the glacial wind out of your house? Are cold floors and drafts common in your house? Will you resign yourselves to feel miserable the whole winter? How informed are you about potential leaks in your house? Do you know how to detect those leaks and how to take care of them? A little time and work will keep the heat indoors, and as a result, your health, your home and your wallet will benefit. Read more.

Winter energy savings for renters – you don’t need to own your home to save on heating bills read more here


Winterizing Tips

 Check pressure in your vehicle’s tires. Either today or the next time you get gasoline. If you have a gauge (cost about $3), you can do it at home.

Check your car’s oil. If you don’t know how to do it, check your owner’s manual or do an online search for your make, model and “check oil instructions.”

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52 Week Money Savings Challenge, More Free Food Survival Reports

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No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. – Helen Keller



Try the 52 week money savings challenge

I completed this challenge this past year and was able to have plenty of money in the bank for Christmas and then some… I’m talking over $700 left over to do with what I please.

It’s very quite simple and extremely basic.

Here’s the name of the game!

Each week of the year, you save that much in dollars!

Week ONE: You save $1

Week TWO: You save $2

Week THREE: You save $3


Voila! By the third week in January you have already saved $6!


You keep doing that all the way through the end of the year so that come December you have cash in hand and are ready to shop!


…ORRR… maybe you’re saving for a HOUSE, a TRIP, a WEDDING, or a CAR… ANYTHING!


Come and join the money savings fun with me and let me know how you do!


Want to make your kids save to? Have them save in quarters, either in 25 cent or 50 cent increments!


Print out these templates and paste them onto a jar!


I want to save in One Dollar increments!

I want to save in 50 Cent increments!

I want to save in 25 Cent increments! I want to save in One dollar increments Backwards! I want to save in dollar increments bi-weekly! I want to save in dollar increments monthly!


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Building a new, workable economy means building a new government

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Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. – Henry Ford


To Build a New Economy, a New Government Comes First

National People’s Action Campaign is training the next wave of progressive candidates for 2016. Here’s how they could win.

by Jacob Swenson

This is a second piece from YES! Magazine about building a new economy…you may not like or agree with all the author says but it is certainly worthy of your attention because the old ways have not worked well for our nation, jeopardizing the Middle Class. >>the Poor Man

On a crisp autumn day in 2012, I joined a group of pastors and community leaders from the Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON) at a church on the south side of Chicago. We talked about the way corporations and the wealthy systematically hoarded political power over the last forty years to make our country work for them—instead of people like us. They built elite think tanks, bought the media, and took over universities. They fought back against the wave of pro-equality reforms that had been achieved in the 1950s and 1960s, and turned the tide in their favor.

That corporate-conservative movement transformed our political and economic landscape over the last 40 years, and the resulting shift has left us with growing economic and racial inequality, a broken democracy, and a planet on the verge of catastrophic climate change.

Government, after all, is the prize, not the problem.

Together, that day we recognized that the solutions our elected leaders had proposed were wholly inadequate to the scale of the crises we faced: We’d seen massive bailouts for banks, while thousands of homeowners in our neighborhoods faced foreclosure and were getting little help staying afloat; We faced a massive jobs crisis without a proposal for the kind of public jobs program we needed.

So, we began thinking about the transformations that could serve as the pillars of an economy that worked for people in our communities, instead of simply padding the pockets of bankers and shareholders.

We did not do this alone. Over a period of several months, hundreds of leaders from around the country participated in a similar visioning process led by National People’s Action, a grassroots network of economic and racial justice organizations. At NPA’s national conference in 2013, we unveiled our Long-Term Agenda to a New Economy, which outlined a 40-year plan to create a more just and sustainable political and economic system.

We recognized that making the fundamental changes we imaged would require reclaiming our government. Government, after all, is the prize, not the problem. It can and should be an equalizing force in our society to tame corporate power, democratize the economy, and revitalize the commons in our communities.

Reclaiming our government is no small task, given that moneyed interests dominate our contemporary politics and control significant portions of both major political parties. That is why I am also part of National People’s Action Campaign, NPA’s sister organization, which engages everyday people in making government work for us.

Together with our allies, we’re building a new left pole in American politics by mobilizing people and money to advance our own political platform and candidates. We’ve begun moving to scale with tactics such as mass volunteer canvasses, leadership training, and individual donor programs.

Ordinary people are volunteering their time and leading the effort to contact hundreds of thousands of voters—especially infrequent voters and voters of color—to make an impact this November. And we’re succeeding in organizing more people and money largely because of volunteer efforts.

The result is some of the most exciting grassroots political organizing in the country. In Kansas, for example, hundreds of African-American and Latino volunteers are contacting 112,000 infrequent voters to defeat radical, right-wing Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Governor Sam Brownback, and Senator Pat Roberts. In Minnesota, volunteers are not just defending progressive champions, but also energizing voters to pursue a bold agenda for economic equity in coming years.

More exciting still is the fact that Kansas People’s Action and Take Action Minnesota, the two organizations leading these efforts, won’t be sending those volunteers home on November 5th.  Instead, they’ll invest in those leaders to advance an issue agenda that prioritizes people and the planet, and train a wave of grassroots leaders running for office in 2016.

Taking these efforts to scale will require increased collaboration between organizations in the movement and even more people willing to spend their Saturdays and evenings talking with voters. By working together, though, we can build the next great progressive movement to take back our government and create the kind of just and sustainable economy in which we want to live and work.

Jacob Swenson is the Communications Lead for National People’s Action and National People’s Action Campaign.

This post was written for the New Economy Coalition’s second annual New Economy Week, an event exploring what it will take to build an economy that works for people, place, and planet. To learn more, visit New Economy Week.

The most dangerous element freedom faces are incompetent and/or corrupt politicians who are polluting our Constitution and bankrupting our nation.


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As the World Burns

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“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” -Albert Einstein



As the World Burns

We have a very short window of relative stability in the United States, yet most Americans don’t seem too concerned about our long-term problems.  Most have their heads buried in the sand or have faith that our “leaders” will be able to find a way to muddle through whatever challenges are ahead…


In the 25 years that I have been writing about politics and economics, I have never seen a more dangerous confluence of circumstances or such a degree of complacency among citizens.

Americans are dangerously ignorant about their own history and world affairs.  Many are thoroughly enamored with mundane, the trite and the superficial.  A look at what passed for entertainment today indicates how far we’ve fallen. Our appetite for crap entertainment, pop culture, sports and celebrity nonsense is insatiable and growing.

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Proven tips for stretching your food budget

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Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be. – Helen Keller


FOOD PRICES CONTINUE TO SKYROCKET – Use these resources and tips to save…


The average price of ground beef has risen to an all-time high, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in August. Over the last five years, beef prices have risen a staggering 81 percent!

Droughts in California, Texas and Oklahoma have causes these price spikes and more are expected for fruits and vegetables. Dairy prices for butter and eggs are the highest I have ever seen [see our previous issues about making your own butter].

These spikes are worrisome especially to low and middle income families which are most likely to pay a larger percentage of their paychecks for groceries.

The steep rise in food prices make it very difficult for many households which are already living paycheck to paycheck. Various reports indicate that 46 million Americans relied on food stamps and food banks – 25 percent of military families are relying on food charities! [Yet, the politicians who send them into war live on overly generous compensation packages courtesy the US taxpayer].

With well paying jobs vanishing and soaring food prices, this may become one of the big campaign platforms for the 2016 elections.

Granny Crabapple has included several tips and resources for you to save money.


  • Search for coupons and rebates online. More and more grocers like are now offering this convenience and will download them to your loyalty or shoppers card. You can use [click on ‘grocery coupons’]. Online coupons frequently offer longer expiration dates too. Another site we’ve used:
  • If you don’t already have a membership to Costco or Sam’s Club, shop with friends who do. Keep in mind, this works best if you have a large family or the space to store foods as quantities are larger.
  • Buy Foods which are in season to save cash. For a list, visit and click on ‘in season now.
  • Get discount codes and promotions at sites such as:, or,, and others.
  • Don’t overlook coupons and other savings for products that you can get directly from the manufacturer web site.


Finally, consider starting your own community food co-op to save money. Find out how here:



Take up hunting – a deer and a turkey adds to your family larder!


Cook more vegetarian meals such as beans, whole grains, eggs and produce which are cheaper…going meatless once a week saved families $80 or more per month. Look at for recipes.



The Frugal Kitchen: Eggs I think that many of you out there have the same goals that I do when feeding my family. I do my best to cook from scratch, to provide well-balanced meals and snacks and to do so on a budget, always looking for new recipes, tricks and tips to save in this area (one of the few areas I feel like I can control!). One of the ways I’m trying to accomplish these goals is by really thinking about nutritional items that are inexpensive and diverse in the kitchen. One of my favorites: Eggs! Read more.


Resources for Small Space Gardening

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More useful and free resources, including canning here:


Just launched the Consumer Wellness Nutrition Grants program, and grant applications are now welcome!


Health Ranger to launch revolutionary EMP-proof technology delivering sustainability breakthroughs for food, water, nutrition and medicine (NaturalNews) In the first quarter of 2015, I’ll be launching a new “low-tech technology” solution that will become an instant must-have among people who want to be more self-reliant. The timing of the Ebola outbreak makes this solution even more urgent…

Freeze overripe fruit. I routinely keep a bag of bananas in my freezer for which I make banana cakes and breads. You can also add them to smoothies.


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Creating an affordable backyard firepit read more here


How To Make Homemade Disinfecting Wipes Without Chemicals


10 Extraordinary Uses For Tea Tree Oil – Why You NEED A Bottle In Your Home*


How To Store Root Crops For Winter


Not sure what size turkey you need? For leftovers, plan on 1 to 1.3 pounds person. To get the best price, grab your turkey during the first two weeks of November.


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How to Get Out of Debt & Prosper


Grab our Useful Library of How-to Reports to Reboot Your Income


67 Real Companies That Hire

How to Survive a Job Loss

Escape the Rat Race

How to Prosper – 3-Volume Set

Recession Recovery System

Debt Beater System

Develop Your Financial IQ


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Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Building a New Economy that Works for Everyone

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Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be. – Helen Keller


Despite reports of an uptick in the economy and in the employment reports, most aware citizens know it’s probably another short term bubble and that jobs which pay a living wage are becoming more difficult to find. For those who have read our posts know that we’ve been covering many elements of a new economy, one with a focus on self employment, less debt and alternative forms of money such as community bucks and barter.

On a personal note, I’ve been restructuring my personal economy during the past two years. For many, including ourselves, online sales have plummeted and we’re actually using the internet less and less to generate income as fewer people are buying anything except puff and fluff items, electronic gadgets and other toys.

Our personal ‘new’ economy is beginning to work for us, slowly but surely replacing online sales and traditional jobs. As fewer Americans participate in self improvement programs, we’ve given up seminars, classes and lectures and we’re phasing out much of our information business.


Want to Build an Economy that Works for Everybody?

YES! Magazine have written regularly about something we call the “new economy.” Readers will recognize the worker-owned cooperatives, local food initiatives, and alternative ways of measuring wealth that have been hallmarks of our reporting on this topic. But if someone cornered you in the bulk foods aisle and demanded to know what, exactly, the new economy is, what would you tell them?

New Economy Week will have plenty going on offline as well.

The answer, it turns out, is up for debate. Even among the thinkers and organizers most invested in the term “new economy”—Gar Alperovitz and Chuck Collins come to mind—vigorous debates and conversations are going on all the time about what it is, where it should focus, and how to make it spread.

To focus that discussion, the New Economy Coalition, a nonprofit organization that supports more than 100 member groups, has set next week aside as the second annual “New Economy Week.”

Monday through Friday, the days will be packed with online panels, local events, and writings. The coalition has picked five juicy questions about new economy issues and sent them to its members to see what they think. We’ll be curating their responses each day from Monday to Friday. You can find links to all five days here (we’ll be updating the page with articles and links daily).

And New Economy Week will have plenty going on offline as well. The activities range from multi-day conferences such as “Who Owns Vermont?”—which will explore alternative ownership models in that state—to more intimate gatherings like happy hours celebrating October—our “national cooperative month”—in San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, several hundred inventors, entrepreneurs, activists, and organizers will gather in Detroit for the “New Work New Culture” conference to discuss topics like the financing of community-owned projects, the way cooperatives are portrayed in the media, and the role of local food production.



Wealth Gap: Just $3,650 Puts A Person In Top Half of Wealth In The World

The Credit Suisse global wealth report (pdf), is out and it has some surprising findings on the world wealth distribution. The report says that the richest 1% of the world’s population is not only getting wealthier but owns more than 48% of global wealth. The bottom half of the world population owns less than one percent of the world’s wealth.


How Con Artists Trick Your Mind

If you think that only the less-educated or senior citizens fall for scams, think again. Research suggests that scammers use seven different techniques to help separate you from your money. Here are some of the tricks of the trade.


Products Keep Getting Downsized



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Dingy White Treatment

My family likes to wear white clothes. I don’t mind, but sometimes it’s hard to keep them from getting dingy. One solution that works for me is to pour approximately 1/2 cup Cascade® powder automatic dishwasher soap into the washing machine with enough cold water to just cover the clothes. I let them soak for an hour or so. Then I just run a regular wash cycle. Our clothing practically sparkles!


11 Ways To Cook Off-Grid Without Power


How To Make A Herbal Sinus Steam


7 Things To Plant In The Fall Garden Now


How To Ferment Foods – The Joy Of Fermentation


Many Don’t Comparison Shop Despite Potential Savings



How to Get Out of Debt & Prosper

Remember that your financial troubles did not happen in one day. So the solution will not happen in one day either…

Grab our Useful Library of How-to Reports to Reboot Your Lifestyle

67 Real Companies That Hire

How to Survive a Job Loss

Escape the Rat Race

How to Prosper – 3-Volume Set

Recession Recovery System

Debt Beater System

Develop Your Financial IQ


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Preparing for the coming storm season

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“When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.” -George Bernard Shaw



Preparing for Storm Season


It is already getting mighty cold out at night [still haven’t turned on our furnace though] and since our area is prone to prolonged power outages, we’ve filled several 5-gallon fuel cans with gasoline to run our generator.


It helped greatly that gasoline costs came down a lot this week and using our Kroger loyalty card meant we paid less $2.75 per gallon! Since switching to the Kroger pharmacy for all the drugs I take, our loyalty card has built up points faster.


Don’t be like those unprepared, clueless citizens we see on the news who rush to clean out store shelves while a storm heads their way…get your stuff now!


Now is the time to stock up on batteries, flashlights, glow sticks [most dollar stores carry them – they don’t need batteries, they are waterproof and they don’t break] and related items.


You probably already know to keep a bag of cat litter in your car should you get stuck in the snow. Depending on where you live consider keeping a blanket, rations, and other emergency items in your auto.  Keep in mind that sugar works to melt ice just like salt and given last year’s run on salt, it might be harder to find and will be more expensive.


You can recharge your cell phone using your car, a solar charger or by plugging it into the USB port of your laptop and use Text instead of voice to prolong the life of the battery.


If you still own a landline, [we have a business land line in our house] use a corded phone as the battery operated cordless phones will lose power and become useless.


Here are a few more resources to review…






  1. Look where you’re going. Check out the gas station, ATM, 7-Eleven etc. before you pull up/go in so you don’t become part of a robbery in progress…


How a full pantry saves you money read more here


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Why does the little guy in America always get squeezed?

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What the rich on Wall Street tell the rest of us…

If you want to feel rich just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.



  Why is the little guy in America always getting squeezed?


The fact that the majority of households are losing so much wealth in a time of record-breaking overall wealth demonstrates how systemically corrupt the economy has become.


Americans lack confidence in the government’s ability to protect their personal safety and economic security, a sign that their widespread unease about the state of the nation extends far beyond politics, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.


The bi-annual lying games are currently taking place where those who still believe there are two political parties are being misled again from a never-ending stream of special interest funded advertising.


It has become a never ending scam against the taxpayer.


The taxpayer is ALWAYS tapped to bail out Wall Street, Savings and Loans, General Motors and more, yet none of us ever see a dividend. I don’t buy that ‘it saved jobs’ crap. A free market would have worked.


Government used to be for the little guy. It used to stand up for our rights, not cut them. It used to leave us alone, not bury us in laws, rules and regulations which have left us all economically insolvent.


I believe the social contract which used to exist between government, Wall Street and the worker has been broken. It started in the 80s when firms like GE began to offshore jobs and dump benefits.


As a result, only be a few classes of workers are doing well: government workers, who still enjoy nice pensions and health plans, the bankers and political elite. Perhaps that is why we’ve seen such a dramatic rise in police brutality – they keep the rest of us under foot to ensure their place for doing the bidding of the political elite and its Wall Street masters.


Politics today is a sham and a scam which favors the wealthy. Take a short trip back in time to Abe Lincoln’s time. His parents would have been kicked out of their homemade cabin by local bureaucratic thugs who would fine them for not being ‘up to code.’ Lincoln couldn’t afford the billion dollars it requires to run a presidential campaign.

The pioneering spirit which made this country great has been killed by unelected, blockheaded bureaucrats. Odds are we would not have the light bulb or the Model T if today’s job-killing bureaucrats had been in charge back then.


Navigating Life in the Obama Age

Our government has made everything more complex, and thus more expensive today. One would think in the computer age it would be the opposite. Perhaps the Obamacare site was our first clue as to how screwed up things could get and how the government shares even our medical data with the IRS and Homeland Security [my toe nail fungus might put our national security in jeopardy].


Anger at president reaches new high as faith in government falls


Today’s media wouldn’t know a hard hitting documentary if it bit them on the ass which is why they never ask the tough questions about how the little guy is getting screwed by the Washington-Wall Street Cartel.


Our antiquated and overly complicated tax code is an example of a do-nothing Congress. While they suck at the public teat they do nothing to create a fair system.


Corporations used to pay the lion’s share of taxes, but in the 1960s [thanks to the lucrative trade of buying & selling of politicians] that changed. Even though many US corporations became multi-national and crapped on US taxes by moving offshore but continue to reap the profits from US customers [who continue to lose out because of crap wages, inflation and stupid lawmakers]

Frankly, I’m tired of watching grandstanding politicians from either party lying to the public in their non-stop efforts to remain in power, breaking their arm patting themselves on their back for their so-called public service.

What’s truly worrisome is how many sheep continue to swallow this hook, line and sinker. As Foxworthy and friends like to say ‘You Can’t Fix Stupid’!


Politicians should come with a warning label: Voting for me will likely cause financial distress or further loss of your freedoms. Voter Beware!


During the last 50 years we’ve seen a downward spiral of our rights, our international reputation, our privacy, our freedoms and our solvency. Both parties have had an adverse affect on the little guy and yet we continue to support them. Complete insanity.


Our Incompetent-in-Chief

I was astounded that enough Americans were buffaloed into reelection Obama or as I like to say, just because everything has changed doesn’t mean anything is different!

His health plan is a nightmare already for many and costing full time jobs as employers rush to eliminate their requirement to offer insurance.


While our Tiger Woods wannabe president hacks up courses around the nation he seems to have forgotten his primary role was to fix the economy. Despite the ‘feel good’ numbers coming out of Washington, most know the reality is more akin to the skewed inflation numbers DC spews forth which do not include spikes in food, fuel, and health care. [See the video clip below].


We need to collectively stop giving comfort and aid to the enemy of the people. If the income gap continues as it is, most absolutely agree that we need another revolution – that is why the federal government is arming all federal agencies from the postal service to even the Social Security Administration. They know it wouldn’t take much to put us over the brink of social chaos.



Just like in the book 1984, we’re in a continual state of war[more often than not for profit motives] and many Americans have their heads so deeply buried in the sand that they already resemble the TV program The Walking Dead!


My motto is: We don’t need another election, We need another Revolution!

Gallery: The states where income inequality is worst. Which states have the greatest income inequality? Movoto devised a formula to find out.




Early Responses from around the country…

This is a picture of a class-based society. Every country has its own definition of class. The British have birth and we have money. Anything can be bought and everything is for sale, including the courts, the government and the health care system. We indeed have the best system money can buy…Richard


It gets worse the more influence the global banking system has in America, Our companies are now global or globally owned with no allegiance to our nation, and lots of money to influence our servants who have become PROFESSIONAL politicians. We aren’t far from a class based society in many areas of …Wilma

Welcome to Michigan where our Gov.Snyder is talking about the big turnaround. Nonsense….He cut UE to 20 weeks during 8% UE which cut the amount of fed extensions when they were available. Cut the heck out of education programs like head start are almost into nonexistence. Keep the poor ignorant is always a good idea…..Gives huge tax breaks to his business buddies and we pick up the tab…WhoCares

The income inequality gap has widened considerably under Obama because of his Federal Reserve policies were necessary to “fund” Obama’s reckless and morally and fiscally insane federal spending. We’ve had Quantitative Easing, we’ve had QE2, we’ve had QE3, and now we’re at “QE Forever.” And these policies have basically arbitrarily added zeroes to the money supply computers…Frank


More Low-Paying Jobs Do Not a Recovery Make


Economics of revolution

Technological evolution has been parasitized by a .01% who cause average American families to devolve from an economy in the 1950’s and ‘60s where one adult wage-earner could successfully raise a family and gain wealth, to today’s economy where over 75% of two adult wage-earners struggle to raise a family and cannot gain wealth.

Excerpt of the first section from David’s book, The Economics of Revolution, with adaptions of Part 1 here, and Part 2 here:

An extensive analysis of economic conditions and government policy reveals that the need for significant systemic change is now a mathematical fact. Corruption, greed and economic inequality have reached a peak tipping point. Due to the consolidation of wealth, the majority of the population cannot generate enough income to keep up with the cost of living. In the present economy, under current government policy, 70% of the population is now sentenced to an impoverished existence.

More here [Plus a link to our free War on the Middle Class series]:

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Stop Being a Debt Slave

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“Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them.” -Ogden Nash




You’re Never Too Old to Be Debt-Free

by Diane Smith


We are both in our 70s and are just finishing our home that was built out of pocket with no debt.

We were fortunate to have purchased our lot as a package deal when we bought and built our former home. This lot — 2 3/4 acres with a well and septic — came with the deal. We had to purchase both lots or nothing. We let this lot sit for about 10 years while we finished the other home. This time we wanted no debt so decided to build as we went.

We sold our former home too quickly and had to move into our new house way too early. It was just a shell. We stayed in a hotel for the first two weeks while we got some plumbing done.

We decided on a log home and bought our logs from a mill down the road that was milling “beetle kill” logs. We paid $4,500 for the total package. Each square log had to be routered (to accept chinking) and set into place. We used a “cherry picker” that my husband rigged with a small motor to help us lift our logs into place. Some were more than 20 feet long. It worked quite well for us. The two of us put the entire two-story shell up alone.

We have built the entire home by ourselves over the past six years, metal roof and all. Our kids have come down some weekends and helped with some of the heavier jobs.

Our two-story home measures 30 by 20 feet — just under 1,450 square feet. It has two bedrooms and a bath upstairs, as well as a great room, kitchen and bath downstairs.

We have spent approximately $50,000 finishing our home. It is still a work in progress, but nearly finished.

We live in rural Alaska and do not have to deal with building codes or building inspectors, so that is a big plus for us.


“I’m in debt. I am a true American.” -Balki Bartokomous


At our age, we probably would not do this again, but it has certainly been an interesting journey. We live a better life without a mortgage hanging over our heads.

Unless you have unlimited funds (rare these days), my advice to anyone building as we did is to be prepared to camp out in your home for an extended period of time. Be patient when you are still installing all your plumbing and have to wash your dishes in your bathroom sink because the kitchen is not ready. Learn to live with particle board on your floors until you can get carpet or tile down. (We stained the particle board to be able to scrub it). Enjoy your particle-board countertops (we used three coats of varnish). They work great until the permanent tops are installed.

Each new addition to the house is a joy. Not everyone would do this, but if you can live in the mess of construction, the joy of a debt-free home is worth every day of building.

Excerpted from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, the Original Guide to Living Wisely. To read more articles from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, please visit © 2014 by Ogden Publications Inc.



Banking Fees Are Killing You. Here are 14 Ways to Dodge Them
Banks are hunting for new sources of revenue, so bank fees are rising and free checking is increasingly hard to find. But there are ways to avoid paying so many bank fees.
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Homemade Massage Oil

I work in a gym with massage therapists. I was talking to one of them about what kind of oil she uses for massage. She told me to avoid using baby or mineral oil as it can clog pores. She uses a very light olive oil mixed with a bit of more expensive massage oil or scented essential oils.

15 Tips For Going Off Grid. Do What You Love & Stop Being A Debt Slave!

Easy DIY Brown Paper Floors

14 Off-Grid Projects To Cut Your Energy & Water Usage

5 Bizarre & Unlikely Home Remedies That Are Actually Very Effective

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How to Get Out of Debt & Prosper

 Grab our Useful Library of How-to Reports to Reboot Your Income

67 Real Companies That Hire

The Company Promo Report

How to Survive a Job Loss

Urban Survivor-45 Ways to Make a Living – Without a Job

Escape the Rat Race

How to Prosper – 3-Volume Set

Recession Recovery System

Debt Beater System

Develop Your Financial IQ


Plus many more – 67 in all! Format=DVD $10.95 ppd. Beats being broke!


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 Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Prospering in Uncertain Times

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“Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.” -Sloan Wilson


You can make money without leaving your home…

Despite Yahoo’s recent decision to stop its workforce from working from home, many firms have discovered the advantages of allowing staff to work from home full or part time.  If more companies would wake up, we might solve the problem many face on overcrowded highways and long commute times.


In fact, many medical researchers have concluded long commutes can take years off your life span!


I’ve worked from home for several years. My wife and I developed multiple profit centers and sources of income, many of which change with the times or needs of clients or ourselves.


Some of our circles of income have included writing, eBay, estate liquidation, appraisal services for insurance firms, the IRS, Bankruptcy Courts and police agencies, business phone answering services and more.


Start Your Search Using the Insiders


Throughout the past few years I have subscribed to several fine resources specializing in at-home opportunities. As the economy nose dived and the need for extra income increased (sad to report we’ve lost 10% of our middle class in the past 10 years) I’ve found these sites useful:    (a personal favorite)




The Great Big Checklist of Everything

Starting a business? Worried you might have missed something?

There are countless things you must do to establish and grow your business, and even the savviest new business owners are bound to miss a few important steps. Not anymore.

This checklist is the most comprehensive collection of both mandatory and recommended tasks for starting a business, and it has gone viral on social media as the “ultimate entrepreneur’s checklist.”

Check off each step as you go, and browse through suggestions of useful resources and discounted services to help you get started.

Read the checklist now >>


A few quick idea-starters for making extra money…



>>Customer Service

This is a growth area for those who want work from home. A good phone voice and attention to detail are useful traits to have…start your search with these resources:


>>Be a Website Critic

Website evaluators provide candid feedback of their gut reactions as they visit sites. Here are a few resources to get you started.


>>Teach Without a Degree

This is something I did for years in the Cleveland, OH area and I made as much as $50,000 annually offering seminars and related materials through Adult and Continuing Ed programs at area colleges and high schools. Now, with the internet, it’s even easier through such sites as or where you get paid to have conversations in English with students from around the globe.


Grab the full report here:

When Ben Franklin died in 1790, he left $5,000 each to the cities of Boston and Philadelphia. Each city was to create a fund that would last for 200 years. The needy could borrow from the fund at five percent interest. After 100 years, each city could withdraw $500,000 from the fund, leaving the rest to work for the next 100 years. Why did Ben do it? He did it to help people understand the importance of compound interest.


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‘Seedy’ characters shows you how to preserve your harvest


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Mother was frugal. She not only darned our socks but her rags too! –the Poor Man



Preserving Your Harvest: Start with Blanching

Blanching (scalding vegetables in boiling water or steam for a short time) is a must for almost all vegetables to be frozen. It stops enzyme actions which can cause loss of flavor, color and texture.

Blanching cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins. It also wilts or softens vegetables and makes them easier to pack.

Blanching time is crucial and varies with the vegetable and size. Underblanching stimulates the activity of enzymes and is worse than no blanching. Overblanching causes loss of flavor, color, vitamins and minerals.

For home freezing, the most satisfactory way to heat all vegetables is in boiling water. Use a blancher which has a blanching basket and cover, or fit a wire basket into a large pot with a lid.

Use one gallon water per pound of prepared vegetables. Put the vegetable in a blanching basket and lower into vigorously boiling water. Place a lid on the blancher. The water should return to boiling within 1 minute, or you are using too much vegetable for the amount of boiling water. Start counting blanching time as soon as the water returns to a boil. Keep heat high for the time given in the directions for the vegetable you are freezing.

Steam Blanching

Heating in steam is recommended for a few vegetables. For broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and winter squash, both steaming and boiling are satisfactory methods. Steam blanching takes about 1½ times longer than water blanching.

To steam, use a pot with a tight lid and a basket that holds the food at least three inches above the bottom of the pot. Put an inch or two of water in the pot and bring the water to a boil.

Put the vegetables in the basket in a single layer so that steam reaches all parts quickly. Cover the pot and keep heat high. Start counting steaming time as soon as the lid is on. See steam blanching times  recommended for the vegetables listed below.

Microwave Blanching

Microwave blanching may not be effective, since research shows that some enzymes may not be inactivated. This could result in off-flavors and loss of texture and color. Those choosing to run the risk of low quality vegetables by microwave blanching should be sure to work in small quantities, using the directions for their specific microwave oven. Microwave blanching will not save time or energy. Read further and find a chart outlining the various blanching time requirements for vegetables.

Find a ton more useful free resources on preserving, canning, gardening and more. Please consider making a donation while visiting this page!


Seedy Character

I admit that I have become a major seedy character. Whenever I fix fresh vegetables or fruit, I first wash and then I save all of the seeds in tiny dishes and let them air dry. Next I package them, using saved paper bags that come inside pudding boxes. For instance, I made us some pudding tonight. I emptied out the pudding powder into a bowl, tapped on the bag to remove any residue, and then saved the paper bag in the drawer with baggies, foil, etc.

When ready to use, I take a paper bag, mark it for what seeds will be going in there, date it, place the dry seeds inside, fold over twice, and staple shut. This is placed in a shoebox and kept in a cool, dark place. Seeds can also be stored in a tin can in the fridge! Next spring, I will have all kinds of seeds to plant at no cost.

thanks Dan for sharing this!


Urban Gardening

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Fall Foraging For Powerful Healing Roots    As the days turn cooler and the colors of autumn burst forth, many homesteaders and survivalists gather and prepare roots and bark for their family’s health. During fall, a plant’s energy is directed downward to the roots – forming a powerful healing substance that can benefit you. Learn what to gather – and how to do it – here.


Another batch of home grown goodies for you!


How To Oven Can & Preserve Dry Goods



11 Pro Tips For Starting A Homestead



15 Baking Staples You Can DIY In A Pinch

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How to Heat a Small Room for Free. Mommy Survival Kit in a Jar, More!

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“Freedom has a thousand charms to show, That slaves, howe’er contented, never know.” — William Cowper


How to Heat a Small Room for Free. Mommy Survival Kit in a Jar, More!


   I spent much of the weekend supervising the winterization of our cabin. Since having surgery the previous week, I’m unable to use my left arm for much so our good friend Dave helped again, reminding me to put that old RV antifreeze into the toilet [having lived so long in AZ I forgot to do this last year and the toilet tank cracked].

Another friend is driving me to the doctor today for a follow-up visit since I’m still not allowed to drive…

I’m not looking forward to another hard winter! I can already see there will be plenty to do in the spring!

Although we use hot flashes from the Poor Man’s Wife to heat our home, you might find this useful…


How To Heat A Small Room For Free

With the days and nights getting cooler, heating your home can become incredibly expensive. Not only is it a drain on your bank account but also on the environment.

But we have a solution here for you which costs virtually nothing! If you have a small room which you need to heat, this clever life hack will make sure the room stays toasty without the huge cost.


IMPORTANT: It is imperative that this kind of heating method is never left unattended. Please do your full research on this method prior to trying it out and use common sense at all times!

The Skinny Witch shares her plan…

I love the power of Freecycle. I managed to get enough terracotta pots to make six large candle space heaters.  Now I made the mistake of using too many pots. With large ones on the outside, they were not as effective. So with a quick change out, we removed the largest pot and they performed perfectly.  Now I learned something else, you will get what I am talking about after watching these two videos. The first one is how to make the type seen above, with hardware, the second is how to make one without the hard ware. I have combined the two. If you build a smaller one with hardware, then put a larger one over top as in the second video, then the effects are even better at warming the air around you.   Read the rest here:

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Homemade apple moonshine, 101 steps to a simple life & more


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Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can. – John Wesley


Apple Pie Moonshine

Apple pie shine is probably the most popular and sought after type of bootleg whiskey ever made, and for good reason – it’s delicious. We’ve already posted procedures for making a basic mash and even instructions on making peach moonshine. Here is our favorite (high octane) apple pie moonshine recipe.


Prep time: 5 minutes.

Cook time: 30 minutes.

Yield: Just over 2 quarts of 70 proof Apple Pie Moonshine.

Taste: Absolutely yummy, but knock your socks off strong.


1 quart of 150 proof, pure corn whiskey moonshine (everclear could be used as a substitute).

3 cans of frozen apple concentrate.

8 cinnamon sticks.

0-2 cups brown sugar*.

*Depending on how sweet you want it to be, you may add up to twice as much of these particular items (in other words, 1 or 2 cups of brown sugar instead of none).


The “Instant Satisfaction” Method

First, add the apple concentrate, cinnamon sticks and brown sugar to a pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer on very low heat, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Stir a few times as it is heating up to dissolve the sugar. Heating causes the cinnamon sticks to release their flavor very quickly, allowing you to be able to drink it immediately. I like to call this the “instant satisfaction” method.

After simmering, remove the pot from heat and let it cool.  Make sure it is completely cool, and none of the burners on the stove are on before moving on to the next step.

After the mixture has cooled, split it between 4 pint jars (or 2 quart jars). Top the jars off with 150 proof corn whiskey. Remember, 100+ proof moonshine is flammable. You do not want to do this anywhere near a heat source.

If you completed all of the steps, congratulations, you just made your very own apple pie moonshine. You can start enjoying the fruits of your labor immediately.

The “no-boil” method

They say that good things come to those who wait, and we think that this statement applies to apple pie moonshine as well as it does to anything else. If you want to make a truly supreme batch of apple pie shine, you’ll want to use this method. The “instant satisfaction” method listed above causes flavor to be rapidly released from cinnamon sticks, making your batch instantly drinkable. However, “steeping” the ingredients overnight, without boiling, produces a better product. Why? Well, we aren’t exactly sure, but we think that boiling the cinnamon sticks cause additional flavors to be released, making the final product ever so slightly bitter. The “no boil” method provides 100% of the flavor with none of the bitterness.

Beware, this recipe is high proof. A lot of recipes call for adding a gallon apple this and a gallon of apple that, but by the time you’re done adding all that liquid, you’ve dropped your proof down into the baby formula range. Apple concentrate provides apple flavor without compromising proof. This stuff sneaks up on you – and then it punches you in the face! But it’s oh, so good.


Gourmet Apple Pie Moonshine

The above mentioned recipe (cinnamon, sugar, and apple juice concentrate only) will make a great batch of apple pie moonshine. However, add spices like ginger, orange peel, cloves, allspice, vanilla bean, peppercorn, etc… and you’ll have something that will make your tastebuds do backflips. There are plenty of recipes on the web for more complicated versions of apple pie moonshine. Some of them are great, other are OK, but most are sorely lacking. We know this firsthand here at Clawhammer Supply, because we’ve tried a lot of them out. We did this because we’ve been working on a top secret project for a while now – the creation of a perfect blend of apple pie moonshine spices. After making many, many test batches, and drinking a lot, lot, lot of apple pie moonshine, we finally landed on a recipe that we’re 100% sure will melt your tastebuds into a puddle of awesomeness. We proudly present to you our very own Apple Pie Moonshine Spice Mix. Check out that link to buy some, or head on over to our sister site, How to Make Apple Pie Moonshine for more info and additional recipes.


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Share this batch of goodies with friends, they’ll like you even more!

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Helen Keller Succeeded without Government Programs-Your kid can too

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“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”Friedrich Nietzsche


Why were people such as Helen Keller, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and others able to succeed despite disabilities and a poor education?


Einstein was told he was an idiot and failed at math as was Edison who became deaf in one ear early on and he never finished school. Ms. Keller suffered from being blind and deaf yet went on to become extraordinarily successful.


These folks didn’t have the advantage of our ‘modern’ educational system and all of the smart tools at our disposal. So-called deprived children today are given much more in terms of educational resources, school meals and food stamps and other social necessities and yet, often remain mired in poverty and crime.


For example, more than 1,000 elementary aged children in Detroit’s inner city schools had laptop computers donated to them. Within a year most of them had mysteriously vanished [sold or stolen].


It doesn’t take a village as Mrs. Clinton wrote. Helen Keller didn’t have a village behind her [except to taunt her], she had Anne Sullivan to guide and teach her.


Despite 100s of government programs, too many of our young fail to reach their potential. [Under our current nonsensical society, the USA would never have made it out of the Old West as just about anything related to personal independence has been outlawed].

It is my opinion government programs seldom steer children in the right direction. So what does work?


Most often, from everything I read, a child succeeds because of a strong parent, teacher or other mentor-type figure in their life. People laugh today about how life was in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s when the norm was a two-parent family and kids finished school and they participated in physical activities rather than sit in front of a TV, video game or computer screen all day.


Parents back then were more involved. The cost of government and living the ‘good’ life created too many two-parent income earners which has hurt our children and the nation.  The government wrongly assumed too many ‘nanny state’ roles and it has not worked well.

Challenge, mentor, lead or get involved with your kid today!

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Cheap n Easy Solar for Off Grid Living and Emergencies

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Since we live in an area with a faulty power grid, I often write about alternative energy ideas and resources. No matter where you live, it is always a good time to look at solar energy.  Jessica of MPOWERED read one of our articles and sent me a pretty remarkable device called Luci, an inflatable, micro-solar lantern that is waterproof, shatterproof, lightweight, portable and rechargeable.

MPOWERD offers many solar related products that are functional for emergencies, camping and boating, power outages, auto breakdowns and other crisis situations. I might suggest grabbing a few for your family or perhaps to use for gift giving this holiday season.

There are several areas a homeowner needs to examine before you convert a home to solar energy. One helpful site is, a web site powered by the American Solar Energy Society which helps you calculate the estimated savings you will realize based on the variables.

MPOWERED also offers their product as a fundraiser, something worth reviewing for you Boy Scout group, church, school or other organization.

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Net Metering: Solar panels you can actually afford »
Net meters allow customers who generate electricity through their solar panels to feed electricity back into the grid. The meter also gives the consumer a breakdown of usage with each monthly bill. You can monitor exactly how much it’s costing to cool or heat your home, wash your dishes or dry your clothes, for example. More »


Solar Energy Breakthroughs: How New Solar Power Alternatives+CDs

National Preparedness Month

Receive a free flashlight with the purchase of select American Red Cross Products…find a variety of emergency preparedness products from Eaton and the Red Cross here.




Exciting free budget stretchers to use and share…


DIY Homemade Solar Furnace

How To Heat Your Home Without Electricity

Amazing Secret Way To Get FREE Solar Panels

How To Turn A Mason Jar Into A Gorgeous Light

3 Gadgets That Can Cut Your Energy Costs By 30%

45 Amazing Kitchen Life-Hacks That Are Absolutely Genius


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Easy Homemade Butter, BioGas Generator from Kitchen Scrap

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“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


Grocery prices are becoming ridiculously high even for basic items such as milk, eggs and butter [forget steak which is about $10 a pound at our local Kroger].  When butter reached $5 a pound that was it for me.

Homemade Butter Like the Amish

Homemade butter like the Amish make is a simple delight. Making butter may be easier than you imagined. The Amish use a butter churn because they are making butter for the whole community — or at least a large family. For what you will be using at home, you can make butter in a mixing bowl or covered jar. Once you find out how easy it is to make and how great it tastes, you may never buy butter from the store again.
>Pour the heavy cream into a mixing bowl or a jar (if a mixing bowl is not available).


>Mix the cream with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed, or alternatively shake the jar with the heavy cream continuously.


>Stop mixing or shaking when you see the butter starting to solidify and separate from the liquid.


>Pour the contents into a strainer with a bowl underneath it. The liquid will be fresh buttermilk. Store the buttermilk in the refrigerator.


>Rinse the butter with water to remove excess liquid, then put it in another bowl and knead it with the spatula, bringing the curds together. Add salt to flavor while kneading the butter.


Put the butter into a sealed container and store in the refrigerator

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Constructing a Medium Sized Biogas Plant Using Kitchen Waste

Long back I have posted an instructable on how to construct prototype of a Biogas plant, using 50 liter capacity tank as digester, which you can see here :…

That was my first instructable and people are still commenting and asking me for guidance on Biogas plants for home use and for demonstration at schools & colleges. I have replied and mailed guidelines to almost all of the queries and I hope that helped them in their quest for building their Biogas plant.


Toilet Paper, etc.

I got tired of too small rolls of toilet paper and the prices that I was paying for them. Then a friend who works in a big office building suggested that I find my local janitorial supply store. Most of these stores sell to the public. Since those bathrooms get more use, they buy bigger rolls. And they’re also more concerned with price, so you’ll save a few dollars, too. You can also find other household cleaning products at greatly reduced rates.


Flea markets and swap meets are big business these days. Television programs like Flea Market Flip and Storage Wars have catapulted the reseller industry. Before you start a flea market business however, there are a few things you should know.

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Large Animal Rescue and Preparedness Resources

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“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



Emergencies happen all the time. It’s important to have training and practice needed to know how to properly respond to many different situations that may occur.


At home, once you have built your kit and developed your plan you need to practice and maintain it. Train your family to manage disasters by practicing and conducting family disaster drills. This will help you know what to do during difficult times.


In your communities, there are tons of really great training opportunities across the country aimed to help emergency managers, first responders, community organizers and volunteers learn more about responding to a variety of emergency situations. These programs are designed to get you the information and training you need to start doing the same in your communities.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.


Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.


Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training


Large animal emergency rescue is the response phase of a natural or manmade disaster or accident where specialized training and equipment are required to rescue a large animal such as a horse or cow.


For many people across the country, a large animal represents a huge financial investment and even someone’s livelihood. In many rural areas, first responders are not equipped with the proper training to properly rescue livestock, horses, and other large animals. Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training equips responders, emergency managers and others to handle rescue and relocation.


FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI)


EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution, and provides training to Federal, State, local, tribal, volunteer, public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training.


The Emergency Management Institute has regularly scheduled programs and activities (including independent study options) to help you strengthen your skills as an emergency manager.


Want to learn more about the Emergency Management Institute?

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Interested in discovering more ways that you can train and support preparedness in your community? Head over to Get Involved to learn more and find different opportunities to get involved!


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13 Steps to Prepare for Civil Unrest


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Boom times in America for some…

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“Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.” — Franklin P. Adams


Seems each time I begin to bake or cook, that is when the phone rings. As I was pouring the batter from a Pumpkin-chocolate chip cake into the pan a good friend called to wish me a successful hospital stay [I’m going in Friday and hope to be home Sunday]…my buddy knows I like to cook and have been featured on PBS for the country inn I used to own…find the recipe below and grab a free copy of our little country inn cookbook too!


Times are Booming in the United States but…

Are You Still a Member of the Middle Class?

Recently, the Federal Reserve released the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). This tri-annual survey is a treasure trove of information that provides a snapshot into the financial life of the median American in inflation-adjusted 2013 dollars.

The changes over the last six years are consistently horrible, particularly for those in the middle income brackets.

The SCF provides information on things like income and net worth for people based on several factors…

  • Age of Head of Household
  • Percentile of Income
  • Family Structure
  • Education of Head of Household
  • Race of Head of Household
  • Current Work Status of Respondent
  • Region
  • Urbanicity
  • Housing Status
  • Percentile of Net Worth

Since 2007, median net worth has tanked, almost any way you cut it. The one group that escaped a decline was the Current Work Status of “other,” whose median net worth in 2007 was $6,000, and in 2013 was $9,000.

While the median at the bottom and the top of the food chain experienced little change in inflation-adjusted earnings over the past six years, those in the middle income and just below were hit hard. Now, think of these two statistics together. For those who earn between the 40th and 59.9th percentile of earnings, meaning those smack in the middle of wages in the U.S., income has fallen by 12% while their net worth has plummeted by 38%… and that’s over SIX YEARS!

The line between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is being drawn more boldly with each passing year. At some point, the angry “have-nots” might choose to stand up and start saving themselves.

Ironically, everywhere I go here in MI no one seems to be experiencing adverse financial problems…malls are crowded, special events are packed, restaurants are booming. The same boom times seems to be working for those who live in our nation’s capital and several other select areas such as Wyoming and North Dakota where a gas and oil boom is taking place.


The upcoming Self Reliance Summit begins in just one week and features a remarkable collection of interviews on DIY food production, food wildcrafting, how to make your own medicine and much more. This is a HUGE amount of wisdom that can literally help save your life.

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Pandemic Preparedness course continues to expand and now has eight episodes of preparedness wisdom for surviving any pandemic. All the episodes are free and instantly downloadable as MP3 files, with no registration required. More episodes are coming every few days.

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Alternative Stores of Value if the Dollar Dies

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When it’s a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.



Quiet Wealth Strategies if the Dollar Crashes

Most Americans are too frightened to consider what would happen if the economy crumbled, or if the government resorted to drastic measures to make up for its hideous errors.

One of the ingenuous avenues for accumulating quiet wealth — assets that are easily overlooked and transported — is through stamps, rare coins and other collectibles. Not only is this a largely ignored asset class, but it is outside the regular market turmoil. As a result, the values of stamps, rare coins and collectibles aren’t influenced by market crashes because the prices aren’t driven by investors. They are driven by collectors.

When I attended ASU there a lot of wealthy Arab students who all seemed to own expensive vehicles and tons of gold jewelry…something most brought into the country without declaration to customs and easily converted to cash if they needed.

Since its peak in 2011, the price of the precious metal has fallen 56% to about $19.50 today. In comparison, gold has fallen just about 30%. Part of this is due to the fact that silver has supply-and-demand factors in multiple industries that influence price, while gold demand is pretty much limited to those who want to store it safely in a vault.

Often, silver falls in the shadow of its favored cousin, gold. However, the precious metal grabbed headlines last week when a 117-year-old tradition came to an end.

Until last week, the price of silver had been decided, or “fixed,” each day at noon in London by representatives from three different banks. The process was conducted in private and it was all very secretive.

Now, regulators have finally dragged the silver “fix” into the 21st century in an effort to improve transparency and reduce the risk of price manipulation. The new system, called the London Silver Price, is run by CME Group and Thomson Reuters. It uses trading on the over-the-counter market and determines the price through an algorithm

Silver could see an additional pop in demand as investors hedge against the fiscal disorder our country is in. Like gold, silver is a valuable precious metal that will gain in value as fiat currencies crumble and fall. Your smartest move is to get in while the price of the metal is low.

The United States is slipping deeper into a crisis that it can’t escape without resorting to a massive wealth confiscation. The government is preparing for massive civil chaos, are you?

There are options, ranging from offshore asset protection, second passports, real estate, rare metals, collectibles, art, hard goods such as weapons and ammunition and other items historically used to preserve and hide wealth, goods which can be bartered and so on.

Have you begun looking into quiet wealth with collectibles? Or real estate? Have you started making your list of places you’d consider for a second residence? Many of my ancestors got out of Germany just in time during the start of WWII, often concealing assets by sewing diamonds, gold and other jewelry into the hems of clothing.

Ironically, just as Hitler levied an exit tax on citizens who wished to leave Germany, the United States now does the same! One of the most successful con jobs in the history of the world has been the concept of unbacked paper currency… or fiat money.

Here’s a special free report for our readers:

$What to do if the Dollar Collapses$


6 Ways to Outsmart Data Brokers

Data is being gathered everyday on all of us — where we shop, what we buy, what Internet sites we visit, where we use our cellphone, etc. And once that data is gathered, companies sell it to marketers. Here are six ways to try to limit how much data is on file about you.



New Fed Report: The Rich Are Thriving, and Everyone Else Has Fallen BehindIt is what the Poor Man has been reporting since 2009!
- A new comprehensive report by the Federal Reserve finds that most Americans’ incomes have fallen since 2010, and the recovery hasn’t brought them back.
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The mobile phones most vulnerable to hackers: with nearly 2 billion smartphones in use today, malicious software is rapidly becoming an easy way to make money for cyber thieves. Phones using Google’s Android are by far the worst hit with 98% of malware targeting the operating system [New Scientist-July 201]’ Another reason I don’t use so-called smart phones!



Resources to help you live better…


The best RAIN BARREL for less than $15, and where to find a barrel

Cut your water bill in half…and more useful resources can be found at:

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Read my lips, there is no world order

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Man is born free yet everywhere he is in chains. >Rouseau


Read My Lips-No World Order!


George Bush Sr.:  “Read my lips, no new taxes.”


Bill Clinton:  “I did not have sex with that woman.”


George Bush Jr.:  “The Patriot Act will protect you.”


President Obama:  “If you like your plan, you can keep it”

The American people are accustomed to being lied to and bamboozled by elected officials and yet, true to form, they continually reelect the same parties into office as if anything will change.

Americans also seem to enjoy keeping political dynasties in place such as the Kennedy’s, the Bush’s, the Clintons, etc.  Can anyone tell me why Ted Kennedy never served a day in jail after he got drunk, crashed his car and drowned his girlfriend?

Despite a litany of promises, things continue to worsen in this country.  We still have under employment, crap wages, stupid invasive laws, no privacy, diminished freedom, massive debt, no control over our own fiat currency, our infrastructure is still crumbling, red tape which strangles jobs and business…

Nothing changes regardless of which party is in office.  Voters never seem to wise up.


Where our nation once spread liberalism and laissez-faire policies, it has replaced it with the will of the state, the welfare community.  Indeed, the march of democracy has been thrown to the curb and replaced with authoritarianism and control of every aspect of the individual.

The never-ending-solution to every problem is to throw more money at it…that worked well for Detroit, didn’t it?  Fifty years of democratic rule in that city ruined and bankrupted it.

All socialism involves slavery…. That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another’s desires. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual.

We have 51 Departments of Education in this nation and spend more money on public schools than any other country.  That hasn’t worked out so well has it?

We have more laws on the books and more people in jail than any other nation, yet our President seems to have no idea what the rule of law is.  In fact, he’s never had a real job, never been responsible for a payroll or served a day in the military.  This has become the norm for many career politicians who think a lifetime of feeding at the public trough is a good thing.

I laugh when I read of politicians [such as Dingel of Michigan] who are finally retiring after 50 years of so-called service.  Career politicians like him are the reason this country is broke and our rights diminished.

In my estimation, what is truly sad is just how damned stupid people have become.  Too damned lazy to think about politics and too busy getting high or watching the next mind-numbing ‘reality’ show or sporting event – [get a clue guys, it is no longer a sport but big business].

Since 2005 we’ve lost 15% of our middle class and 40% of the value of our money.  Doesn’t anyone think it might be a good idea to dump that banking cartel known as the Fed and resume printing our own money again?


Does anyone give a damn?

Your life and finances are a completely open book to the government [at every level], yet try getting the government to share information or try getting the NSA to stop wasting our tax money with its domestic spying program.

Good luck – the government does not give a damn about your concerns.  We all know, or should know by now that the primary concern of most politicians is feathering their own nest.

In most respects, our government has become just another Cartel, teamed up with Wall Street to squeeze the little guy.  Back in the 1950s and early 1960s corporations paid the majority of US income taxes.  That burden was shifted to the middle class and now many corporations pay little or no US taxes [but they sure love shipping our jobs overseas].


The Power Trip

 The revolving door [working for the government, then getting a cushy Wall Street job] has become an all too common American cliché.

Politicians and bureaucrats alike ensure laws and policies that are favorable to their favorite corporations [the ones who bankroll campaign chests and employ the family of elected officials]…

Indeed, power, both corporate and political, has been concentrated in fewer hands during the past 40 years.  Both democrats and republicans have passed laws which make it extremely unlikely for any third party to succeed.  [this is called occupational birth control, a practice long favored by many professions such as the law business].

Consider the food industry is now operated by a few multi-nationals such as Nestle and General Foods.  The powerful pharmaceutical industry players equal about six and they have purchased most of Congress [which is why Americans pay the highest prescription prices in the world].


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