Why Martha Stewart Likes Drones, Water as a Weapon

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

bamadrone

Drone Wars – Why Martha Stewart Loves Them. Water as a weapon against citizens?

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/why-martha-stewart-likes-drones-water.html

Posted in American Dream, Urban Survival | Tagged , | Leave a comment

DIY Resources: Project Genius, Cut A/C, Biogas Generator, More

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

mailCA3MR1EA

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. - Confucius

This issue is loaded with useful goodies and includes a special freebie for our readers…Project Genius download! Be sure to share our resources with others!

Make a Biogas Generator to Produce Your Own Natural Gas
Transform grass clippings, food waste and livestock manure into renewable biogas energy with a homemade biogas generator.

A 200-gallon biogas generator in Oregon turns 15 pounds of food waste into cooking fuel daily. As food and yard waste decompose, methane and carbon dioxide are created, inflating the rubber bladder to create the pressure necessary to supply a gas burner.

Rethink “waste” and generate!

Read the full post here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/reader-freebies-project-genius-dy.html

Posted in consumer resources, project genius, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Governments wage war on their own citizens

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

midclass

“Democracy and liberty are not the same.
Democracy is little more than mob rule,
while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual.”
– Walter E. Williams

Without massive compliance from citizen drones, there would no longer be government that strangles our freedom and bankrupts our nation…even many big corporations, such as Walgreens, are giving up their US citizenship to avoid our unfair tax system.

Governments Wage War on their Own Citizens
In 1928, Edward L. Bernays, the “father of public relations,” wrote in his book, Propaganda:
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-illusion-that-defeats-us.html

Posted in American Dream, angry Americans, civil unrest, consumer resources, government folly, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

DIY Milk Paint, Garden Insect Guide App, Indoor Garden Plan

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
In trying times, too many people stop trying.
- Unknown

famgarden

One of my summer projects has been to restore an old four-door oak ice chest from 1900 which had been painted over several times with milk paint, once a popular and cheap way of covering wood. Although I’ve stripped off the paint on the frame to bring out its oak wood, I’ve been thinking about repainting the doors with milk paint, giving the piece a two-toned look.

You can purchase milk paint online but ironically, it is more expensive than regular paint. Here’s a DIY recipe I thought I’d share.

Today’s episode also includes several frugal ways to lower your food bill and an indoor vegetable garden plan which will increase your yield 250% , garden insect guide app and other money saving tips.

Make Your Own Milk Paint

As the name suggests, milk is a principal ingredient in the material, acting as a binder for pigments the same way polymers do in latex paints and oils do in oil-based ones. People have been mixing milk paint for a long time; it has been found on artifacts dating to ancient Egypt, although it’s perhaps most commonly associated with colonial-era furniture. The fact that the material doesn’t give off noxious vapors (often called VOCs) accounts for its continued appeal within today’s green building community. Craftspeople, meanwhile, value its saturated colors and translucent finish, which can be used to give wooden furniture, terra-cotta pots, and other textured surfaces an antique look.

More at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/homemade-milk-paint-garden-insect-guide.html

Posted in frugal living updates, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Skills you need to survive, Updated collection of useful freebies

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

15-skills-every-homesteader-should-know

“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself…Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.”—H.L. Mencken, American journalist

15 Skills Every Homesteader Should Know

Let’s start with reading and writing. It is evident many online have only rudimentary reading, writing and spelling skills. If you expect to make use of the many free PDFs and reports the Poor Man Survival skill provides, you must be able to read with basic comprehension skills…

If you have managed to get away from the madness of urban life and build your own homestead then the hardest part is over!

However, this handy list of 15 skills is here to help all you homesteaders further your journey and maintain a self sufficient life! It covers everything from growing your own vegetables and tending animals to storing water and heating your home!

Check out the resources in full here…

http://survivalathome.com/15-skills-every-homesteader-needs-to-know/

Posted in American Dream, consumer resources, family preparedness, free, frugal living, frugality resources, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

20 Ways to reuse pallets, 20 DIY Trail Mix recipes, freebies

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

garden-walkway

In trying times, too many people stop trying.
- Unknown

20 Creative Ways to Reuse Pallets
If you have been on Pinterest over the last year or so, you might have seen several awesome items upcycled from pallets.

Some Pinterest projects can be recreated without special tools or machinery. A simple deconstruction of the pallet and some hammer and nails will be all that is need. However, some individuals have created highly detailed items.

Below, you will see what I’m referencing. I have included some simple and some not so simple pallet projects that you just may want to tackle. Enjoy these as inspiration for your future DIY pallet projects.

See all the terrific projects and grab your freebies here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/20-creative-uses-for-pallets-10-diy.html

Posted in American Dream, cheap emergency food, consumer resources, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s happened to our country-It isn’t what I was born in!

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

thCAXWT9KH

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
William Somerset Maugham

This Sure Isn’t the Country I Was Born in!
Imagine living in a country where armed soldiers crash through doors to arrest and imprison citizens merely for criticizing government officials. Imagine that in this very same country, you’re watched all the time, and if you look even a little bit suspicious, the police stop and frisk you or pull you over to search you on the off chance you’re doing something illegal. Keep in mind that if you have a firearm of any kind while in this country, it may get you arrested and, in some circumstances, shot by police.

If you’re thinking this sounds like America today, you wouldn’t be wrong…

If You Are Tired of the Government Scam
Most already know we no longer have any privacy ever since passage of the un-Patriot Act. Now, ALL YOUR PRIVATE FINANCIAL BUSINESS has the government looking over your shoulder. Even pre-paid debit cards are now required to grab your socialist slave number. Providers such as PayPal are now required to turn over your financial dealings on eBay, for example, to the government so they can track your finances.

More at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/this-isnt-country-i-was-born-in.html

Posted in American Dream, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Grand Delusion-Your Congressman Works for You

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

poorclass

Americans are, by and large, a fairly placid lot. Yet our government has developed an ugly tendency to treat us like we’re criminals. >The Poor Man

The Great Delusion = Your Congressman Works for You.

Are you willing to bet your future on promises from our Congressional economic serial killers?

Massive money creation and huge fiscal deficits have protected the balance sheets of “banks too big to fail” but have harmed the American people. Retirees and pension funds have been deprived for years of interest income as the Federal Reserve engineered zero or negative interest rates.

I cannot stress strongly enough just how far gone things are and how dangerous our times have become. If we are to return to ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’, we the people must return to self governance and tell our elected public servants what they must do, not what special interests pay them to do. Sadly, so many don’t even understand the problem.

Read the rest here & Grab some valuable freebies…http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-great-delusion-your-congressman.html

Posted in American Dream, consumer resources, current events, economy, family preparedness, fight inflation, fixing the economy, Urban Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

DIY Rocket Stove, Solar Planters, Greenhouse Containers

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~Confucius

rocket-stove-brick-300x233

DIY Brick Rocket Stove
How can you stretch your cooking and heating fuel? Perhaps the best way is to build a ”rocket stove,” a simple stove design that will allow you to get the most out of your resources.

The concept is simple, you create a vertical column that draws air into the bottom to fuel a highly efficient fire, exhausting through the top of the chimney, which serves as a cooking surface.
Whether it’s heating or cooking that you’re after, this stove will maximize efficiency.

The Simplest and Quickest Rocket Stove Design
Below, I’ve shared a design for what is perhaps the simplest, easiest to build rocket stove I’ve ever seen. It’s literally as simple as stacking 16 bricks.

The most difficult step, by far, is the process of breaking some of the bricks in half with a trowel. As you can see from the video, however, precision is not required. In fact, I’m pretty sure just about anyone could chop a brick as good as the man in the video has!

Effortless Greenhouse Containers
People might go into cultivating their own plants, vegetables and herbs at home with the best of intentions, but those intentions don’t cut it when it comes to keeping them alive; enter E. Green by Su Wen Yuan. It may look like a simple plastic container, but it happens to be a sophisticated and intuitive greenhouse that is effortless to use.

More at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/diy-rocket-stove-effortless-greenhouse.html

Posted in American Dream, consumer resources, family preparedness, frugal living, Urban Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The New Face of Poverty in America

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

leftout

Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food. ~Frank A. Clark

The New Face of Hunger: We’re now seeing more formerly middle class families and even Ph.Ds and on food stamps at our area food banks…This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

Sara Bareillis played softly through the surround-sound speakers of my husband’s 2003 Mercedes Kompressor as I sat idling at a light. I’d never been to this church before, but I could see it from where I was, across from an old park, abandoned in the chilly September air. The clouds hung low as I pulled the sleek, pewter machine into the lot. But I wasn’t going to pray or attend services. I was picking up food stamps.

Even then, I couldn’t quite believe it. This wasn’t supposed to happen to people like me.
Are we all destined to become debt serfs?

More at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-new-face-of-hunger-in-america-could.html

Posted in American Dream, civil unrest, consumer news, current events, hardships, helping each other, Urban Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

For less than $35K-Build your own home

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

Building

It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project…

For Less Than $35K, We Built Our Own Home
by Bill Hakanson

Since MOTHER EARTH NEWS was first published back in 1970, we’ve dreamed of improving the quality of our lives and being self-sufficient. And after spending most of our careers in the city, we finally got our chance in 2005 when 13 acres in northwest Pennsylvania — 10 of which were once part of a cornfield — came our way.

Read more at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/build-your-home-for-less-than-35k.html

Yours in freedom,
Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

Got a News Tip or Resource to Share With the Poor Man?
Send it to: PoorManSurvivor@Gmail.com

A Shallow Planet Production

Posted in alternative housing, American Dream | Tagged , | 1 Comment

The Final Swindle of the American People

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

2642732236u_0x424x360f

“Only in a police state is the job of a policeman easy.”– Orson Welles

Devvy of NewsWithViews.com sent this to us this week in response to my State of Freedom post last Friday. Her main comment was that the American people are for the most part oblivious to what is going on. They can’t even digest that inflation at the pump and grocer is caused by the government, that we’ve lost more than 40% of the value of our money since 2005! I want to share her view with our readers…

IS AMERICA ON THE EDGE OF A DEPRESSION? GET PREPARED NOW
The Final Swindle Of Private American Wealth Has Begun: “The financial crash of 2008, the same crash which has been ongoing for years, is NOT an accident. It is a concerted and engineered crisis meant to position the U.S. for currency disintegration and the institution of a global basket
currency controlled by an unaccountable supranational governing body like the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The American populace is being conditioned through economic fear to accept the institutionalization of global financial control and the loss of sovereignty.”

What is rolling across this country cannot be stopped. The crooks as well as the gutless and ignorant in the Outlaw Congress have refused to take the necessary steps to boot the “Fed” putting us all in danger. They have destroyed our most important job sectors: industrial, manufacturing and agriculture via destructive, unconstitutional “free” trade treaties turning America into a dying service economy. It must be reversed, but Americans are going to go through hell before that can be accomplished.

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-final-swindle-middle-class-meltdown.html

Posted in American Dream, Americans don't care about privacy, angry Americans, Big Brother in America, civil unrest, consumer resources, Urban Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

What are you doing to preserve freedom?

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

thCA78FVHY

Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward.-Patricia Sampson

Declaring Your Independence from Government: My annual 4th of July message about incompetence, dishonesty & preserving your independence.

What are you doing to help preserve freedom?

Our founders intended to create a society where freedom and liberty would be maximized, but that is not what America looks like today. Instead, we live in a country that literally has millions of laws which are strangling economic growth and turning millions of people into criminals…Our government in many cases, has become the enemy of the people!

It seems to me that time is growing short. America has a toxic combination of corrupt politicians who have been in office too long and powerful Wall Street and other special interests which are ruining our nation.

Read more of my annual State of Freedom message here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/declaring-your-independence-preserving.html

Posted in 4th of July, American Dream | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Satisfaction with Freedom has Record Drop in America

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

govarrest


“If gun control bore any relation to homicide rates, cities like
Washington, DC, NYC, or Chicago would be the safest place in the country.”

Gallup Poll: Satisfaction With Their Freedoms Has Record Drop Among Americans

We have long discussed the erosion of civil liberties in the United States, including the attacks on privacy and other rights by the Obama Administration. It appears that we are not alone in those concerns. A new Gallup poll shows a record drop in the satisfaction of Americans over their freedoms. The massive drop is matched in such countries as Egypt, Pakistan, and Venezuela.

Seventy-nine percent of US residents are satisfied with their level of freedom. That is down from 91 percent in 2006 — a 12 point drop. We were once the highest country in the world on such polls. We have now dropped to 36th place.

Seventy-nine percent of US residents are satisfied with their level of freedom. That is down from 91 percent in 2006 — a 12 point drop. We were once the highest country in the world on such polls. We have now dropped to 36th place.

That mirrors other studies showing the United States dropping to the same low levels on press freedoms, Internet speech, and other rights.

The White House has been adept in deflecting such criticism with a host of commentators and bloggers who deflect criticism with references to Republicans and the “red menace” or “things could be worse” spin. However, the expansion of the internal security network in the United States and police powers is obviously having an impact on how Americans now view their rights. Years ago, I wrote a column entitled “10 Reasons Why The United States Is No Longer the Land of the Free.” Things have only grown worse since that column ran. The Obama Administration’s recent effort to strip citizens of privacy protections over their cellphones and records illustrates the extremism of some of these positions. That argument failed to secure a single vote on the Supreme Court for the Administration’s effort to blow a hole in American privacy protections.

The poll on the eve of the Fourth of July captures the dire condition of American civil liberties today. As I wrote years ago, Obama has been a disaster for the American civil liberties movement and the damage done under his tenure will be felt for decades. What is most distressing is that citizens see the decline but feel virtually powerless to do anything about it due to the duopoly of power in this country.

Grab these free tools to help in the fight against domestic tyranny…MALICE IN BLUNDERLAND
Plus Beating the Bureaucrat files

http://1drv.ms/1fRpOUm

http://1drv.ms/1m6LSyw

The Patriot Act, which few in Congress ever read prior to signing, is the single most anti-American, anti-freedom Act ever signed into law…
Sign the Petition to Repeal the Patriot Act

http://wh.gov/lfgGf

Got a News Tip or Resource to Share With the Poor Man?
Send it to: PoorManSurvivor@Gmail.com

Your comments and shares would be appreciated!
A Shallow Planet Production

Posted in American Dream, angry Americans, Big Brother in America, civil unrest, consumer resources, current events, government folly, Middle Class Survival, Urban Survival, US government anti-freedom policies | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fighting Back Against the Shrinking Dollar Blues

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

thCAYFE45L

Don’t trust government inflation figures? We don’t!

When I was a kid mothers admonished their kids to think of the ‘starving kids in China’ when we refused to eat our dinner…Now Chinese mothers admonish their kids to think about the starving kids in America.

Have you priced to cost of a steak for your 4th of July BBQ? Around these parts Kroger and Walmart are averaging $10 per pound!

Bureau of Labor Statistics: The BLS calculates the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation, but over the years, the calculation has changed. Food prices and fuel costs are no longer measured. You may think that’s crazy. We all eat food and the overwhelming majority of us buy fuel. Here are some examples of our current “real” inflation.

In late 2008, nationwide gasoline prices averaged $1.95 per gallon. Since then, gasoline has steadily risen. It’s often topping $4.00 per gallon, meaning it’s has doubled in price over the last six years (an annual compound growth rate of 15 percent)!

Food costs more too, but manufacturers have cleverly concealed that fact. Remember the days when cans of vegetables held 16 ounces? Well, check the label on most cans and you’ll find that it holds somewhere in the neighborhood of 14 to 14.5 ounces, or about 10% less product. The price has remained relatively unchanged, but you’re buying fewer green beans. The transportation costs (read fuel) have driven the prices of everything much higher.

How to Fight Back: In the global sense, there’s little an individual consumer can do to affect the overall rate of inflation. But, there are a few tried-and-true tactics you can employ.
>Drive smart, drive less, combine trips and ease off the gas pedal.

>If possible, join a carpool or use public transportation.

>Replace your car’s air filter and check tire pressure.

>Join a warehouse buying club. Work with your neighbors. Buy case-lots, which you can split up.

>Plant a garden and grow some of your own veggies.

>Stock up on sale items. If the grocery is running a 10 for $10 deal, take advantage of the savings.

>Forego your morning latte at “Star Struck” and save the money for groceries.

>Stop using credit cards. Use cash or debit cards. Both tactics force you to shop/spend smarter.

>Visit thrift stores where new or lightly used items may be purchased for a pittance.

The solutions to surviving the war on the Middle Class can be found in our new e-book.

Discover life-saving ways in which you can survive and prosper during The End of the Monetary System As We Know It. This is the information that your financial advisor, your doctor, your police precinct and your government hope you never discover…plus learn how food is your best investment!

http://www.poormansurvival.com/Pages/WaronMiddleClass.aspx

You’ll always find good stuff at our store…http://www.OurGreatBargains.com

Yours in freedom,
Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

P.S. Please share this with others who might benefit

Got a News Tip or Resource to Share With the Poor Man?
Send it to: PoorManSurvivor@Gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/PoorMan?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/poormansurvivor

A Shallow Planet Production

Posted in 4th of July, consumer resources, fight inflation, food prices, food prices increase, frugal living, frugal tips, frugality resources, Urban Survival | Tagged | Leave a comment

DIY Solar Dehydrator, Workbench storage with coffee cans, etc.

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

contain

“Attack another’s rights and you destroy your own.”
– John Jay Chapman

DIY Solar Dehydrator
This is so simple that it can be done in an afternoon.
Most things can be dehydrated. It involves removing the moisture from food items to preserve them.

More DIY projects including…

Convert an Old Refrigerato or Freezer into a Garage Tool Storage Center, use kitchen pot racks in your garage to hang tools…

Storage bin rack from recycled plastic coffee containers…

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/build-easy-solar-dehydrator-coffee-can.html

Posted in consumer resources, family preparedness, frugal tips, frugality resources, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Family Frugal Summer + 6000 Resources for Preppers

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

thCAF0KB4T

->->-> If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

How to Be a Frugal Opportunist
When frugality meets opportunism there are dramatic savings.
The Rolling Stones said, in their 1969 hit song, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you might find you get what you need.” That is exactly the attitude to take if you want to be a frugal opportunist. Getting what you need at a lower cost, instead of chasing after exactly what you want (and paying top dollar) can save you a lot of money, even if it is saved a little at a time.

For example, you might want oranges, but really just need some kind of citrus fruit, so you could be happy with grapefruit. Recent government data shows that the average price for navel oranges is $1.15 per pound in U.S. cities, while grapefruit averages about $1.00 per pound. Of course if you’re a true opportunist, and all you want is to have some kind of healthy fresh fruit, you might wait to buy oranges or grapefruit when they go on sale and buy bananas at 60 cents per pound for now.
If you spend 13% to 47% less (as in the example above) on enough of the things you buy, the savings can really add up.

Save on Everything
You can apply the same opportunistic strategy to almost any budget category. If you want to go to a movie, wait for a weekend matinee. For example, according to the AMC Theatres website, an evening ticket at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago will run you $12, while a matinee is just $6 per adult. But that’s just one possibility. Maybe you just need to get out of the house for a while and do something. In that case you could check online for events where there are free movies or documentaries. Alternately you could go to a friend’s house to share snacks and a rental movie on DVD.

Whether it’s new furniture, an education, a vacation, or a meal out, there are less expensive alternatives to what you initially think you want. Here are three steps to getting what you really need at the lowest cost: Read more at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/6000-family-frugal-freebies-for.html

Posted in American Dream, free, freebies, frugal living, frugal tips, frugality resources, Urban Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Free Emergency Survival Whistle for Moms & Kids

thCAG3MDPM

FREE for Moms & Kids: SURVIVAL-PROTECTION-EMERGENCY WHISTLE…Plus Self Protection Reports

Personal Rape/Jogger/Student Emergency/Auto/Camping

There are many situations where people feel they may need to defend themselves. It is best not to wait until something happens, but rather be proactive in knowing what you would do in a threatening situation. Using a whistle is recommended in many situations requiring self defense.

>> Attach a whistle to your purse, keychain or bag. The main thing is to choose something that you always have with you, so you can easily access your whistle if a threatening situation arises. If you are walking to your car late at night with your keys in your hand and a whistle attached, you can blow into the whistle to startle an attacker and to attract needed help.

>>Think about attaching a whistle to your cell phone. This would work well in a difficult situation as you would first blow into the whistle to attract help and then use your cell phone to call for help.

>>Always keep a whistle in your car. If you’re stuck somewhere hard to see, rescuers can hear you.

Plus, two reports on self protection tips you and your family need…(A download link is sent) NOTE: There is a small fee for postage.

http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Free-For-Moms-Kids-Survival-Protection-Emergency-Whistle-Plus-Self-Protectio/183404603

Or…
Free whistle with Pepper Spray

http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Police-OC-17-Magnum-Pepper-Spray-Bonuses/136696609

Yours in freedom,
Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

P.S. Please share this with others who might benefit

Posted in consumer resources, family preparedness, freebies, Urban Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Grinding it out…the grain that is!

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

grind

“Public apathy is more powerful than public opinion.
There’s more of it.”
– Dr. Jim Boren

Grind Your Own Grain
by Carol J. Alexander

For years I used a hand grinder (which I still own) to grind wheat from 50lb sacks I bought locally for about $10-$15. I made bread using only honey instead of sugar and when I cooled the loaves on the window sill, it seemed to attract all my neighbors, many of whom traded me fresh produce from their garden for a loaf of bread…sure makes great nutty tasting cereal on cold winter mornings ->>just clean the grain and soak overnight and then cook for 5-10 minutes –longer if you like it softer-

I got a lot of recipes for homemade bread from old issues of Mother Earth New!

In a quest for healthier, tastier eating, many folks have returned to the art of baking bread. What they don’t realize is that they go to all that trouble to get good flavor with flour that may be a bit short on nutrients when compared with the wheat it’s been milled from. That’s right – depending on the type, flour can lose up to 45 percent of its nutrients through oxidation within the first 24 hours of milling, and 90 percent within the first three days.

So what’s a home baker to do for best flavor and nutrition? Grind your own grain fresh, of course. With a hand-powered mill you can grind the wheat (and other grains) needed for a pound-sized loaf of whole-wheat in less than 5 minutes – and you’ll burn a few calories in the process.

Where did the nutrition go?
Of the 44 known nutrients essential for good health, only four are not found in wheat: vitamins A, B12 and C, and the mineral iodine…

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/grinding-it-out-your-own-grain-that-is.html

Posted in grinding grain, Urban Survival | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Your Grandma’s Tips n Tricks

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

taste

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
- Oscar Wilde

Healthy Kitchen-Healthy Garden

The Green Cycler website does a wonderful job of providing resources for the gardener who is learning the value of composting. According to their site, using kitchen scrap compost is not only great for the garden, but it also reduces the amount of waste you throw out, and it makes your fruits and vegetables taste better too! Creating compost from kitchen scraps is beneficial for the garden, and it helps garden plants stay healthy too.

The Green Cycler is an easy to use product designed to grind up kitchen scraps to a perfect usable size for compost. It can go on the counter, or it can easily fit in a cabinet and taken out when needed. It has suction cups on the bottom, a crank arm on the side to grind the scraps, and a drawer at the bottom to catch the ground scraps. The ground food scraps in the drawer can then be emptied outside to an outside composter or hole in the ground, so that rich compost can develop.

http://www.thegreencycler.com/

Odds and Ends…

Do-it-yourself play structures for your kids
read more here

The Farmer’s Almanac site provides a handy chart for when to plant what based on when the last frost is for your area. And the USDA has a map to help you find your hardiness zone. Another resource I like is Burpee. This seed manufacturer lets you enter your zip code and then provides growing advice for each seed type you’re interested in based specifically on where you’re located…

Urban gardening survival secrets: How to grow food in ANY city…

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/helpful-handy-hints-from-your-grandma.html

Posted in Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Collapse Calendar-Predicting the end time for…

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

end

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
Erma Bombeck

The Collapse Calendar reveals when failures likely to occur in banking, agriculture, nuclear power, pandemic disease and more…

We can know when certain catastrophes are likely to occur based on an understanding of human behavior, historical patterns and modern-day trends. In fact, much of modern-day human behavior is pushing us directly into a long list of catastrophic, systemic failures which are mathematically inevitable. This article aims to help sort out the likely calendar years of likely emergence for such events, which include things like the irrigation aquifers running dry, the world’s oil supply running dry, nuclear energy disasters, a global banking collapse and more.

The legacy of human civilization and its tragic self-destruction
To date, the legacy of humankind is a tragedy of chemical poisoning, nuclear weapons, short-sighted resource extraction and corporate-driven war. Humans are a species suffering from astonishing tunnel vision interwoven with insatiable greed and a thirst for violence. The fall of human civilization from its current unsustainable exploitations is not in question… only the timing of events remains unknown.

As the final chapter of human civilization seems to draw ever closer with each passing crisis, many of the more observant people wonder what’s going to spark the collapse first. Pope Francis (yes, the Pope) recently warned that the global economy is approaching a moment of collapse. (1)

At the same time, many of our world’s most brilliant computer scientists are warning about the rise of AI and why superintelligent machines will soon make humanity obsolete.
More:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-collapse-calendar-when-failures-are.html

Posted in Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

When a country goes broke, it always resorts to…

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

thCAMFXVGN

“Nine tenths of everything is tax.
Everything you buy has a complicated history of robbery: land, raw materials, energy, tools, buildings, transport, storage, sales and profits. Don’t forget the share you contribute toward the personal income tax of every worker who has anything to do with the process. Inflation by taxation: there are a hundred taxes on a loaf of bread. What kind of living standard would we enjoy if everything cost a tenth of what it does? What kind of world? Think of your home, your car, your TV, your shoes and even your supper—all at a 90% discount! Government can’t fight poverty—poverty is its proudest achievement!”
– L. Neil Smith

When nations go bankrupt, They almost always resort to plundering their citizens

Do you ever look around and think, “This is not the country that I grew up in…”?

So many people are making this realization.

More at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/when-nations-go-bankrupt-they-always.html

Posted in American Dream, Urban Survival | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Your Emergency Prescription Drug Backup Plan

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

pulver

“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” Spanish Proverb

In January the Wall Street Journal noted that government bureau-twits have finally realized their overreach has had deadly consequences:

Pharmaceutical companies moved out of antibiotic development en masse in the past 15 years, citing high research costs, poor returns and onerous regulations. Consequently, the pipeline for new antibiotics in the US dried up.

Establishing Your Personal Prescription Drug Back-Up Supply
The last place you want to be dependent on when disaster strikes – whether it’s a natural disaster or a social breakdown – is your local pharmacy.

Pharmacies are magnets for thugs and looters. If you have to make a trek to your local pharmacy when riots have broken out, during a medical crisis, or after a major storm, you’re putting yourself in harm’s way.

During the summer 2011 London riots, pharmacies were among the top targets for rioters.
The same was true during the L.A. riots of the ’90s and in New Orleans during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

The threat of a social breakdown aside, the actual drug supply at your pharmacy is in constant danger. Between an ever-increasing number of drug shortages and the alarming rise of major prescription drug heists — where criminals hit warehouses, shipping containers, even semi trucks carrying drugs — pharmacies struggle to keep a full inventory.

Suffice it to say that even if you and I have secured your financial assets and put away ample food reserves — but not taken effective steps to shore up your medical security — you are a sitting duck for pandemic disease, medical rationing, social chaos, Rx supply disruptions and more.
If anything big happens and you don’t have a supply on hand of the prescriptions you rely on, you’re in trouble. Read more at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/your-personal-backup-supply-plan-for.html

Posted in natural healing, Urban Survival | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Good Economy, Bad Economy-Depends…

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

badworker

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. >Thomas Paine

Grim Economic Picture – You Need to Prepare

There are jobs if you are qualified, are reliable and don’t do drugs and are willing to accept less money… Right now, half the country makes $27,520 a year or less from their jobs.

During my recent “island” trip I had dinner with a long time business associate who publishes business journals and is active in economic development in his region. For a decade I also owned several business journals, trade shows and was also active in promoting economic development and small business.

My friend had attended a dinner with 250 business owners in attendance and the topic revolved around their inability to attract a qualified, reliable workforce with skills sufficient to operate 21st Century automated production.

Too few applicants had the necessary math skills or proved reliable. They all agreed that they could train personnel to operate robots and other automated technology but more than 50% of prospective employees could not pass a drug test.

There are plenty of jobs being offered by this group but their inability to find workers has meant some of these manufacturers are not able to add a third shift.

Everyone agrees too that our government at the state and federal level puts up to many obstacles and roadblocks with a non-stop onslaught of rules, regulations and red tape – most are screaming: ENOUGH ALREADY!

On the other hand, there are many who have given up looking for a job, often older workers who were previously let go in favor of cheaper, younger help had been inclined to start businesses, but many of these people are frustrated in this effort because of government regulation and other related costs or they find they cannot compete with bigger businesses.

Short sighted politicians who apply knee-jerk and band-aid remedies lack long term thinking skills in order to resolve the issues our nation faces, allowing other nations to surpass America. Political greed and incompetence is the usual cause of societal collapse and there is no shortage of it in our country at every level of government. Congress, in particular, has a history of self destructive policies that at best, kick the can down the street.

Also, the percentage of working age Americans not participating in the labor force is up to 37.2 percent – a 36 year high.

A recent TV news report interviewed returning military veterans who expressed their disgust with our leaders essentially asking, “Why did we serve – only to come home to no jobs, and a lot of broken promises and failed leadership from fat cat politicians, most of whom never served a day in their life?”

WHAT RECOVERY?

On the other hand many find the employment picture grim. The Fed recently announced it will no longer peg interest rate decisions to any particular unemployment number. Previously their position had been when that rate fell to below 6.5%, that will trigger them to pursue a tighter monetary policy.

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/our-economy-grim-or-not-so-grim-depends.html

Posted in American Dream, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Prying Eyes Want to Know About You – Stop them now

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

priv

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” Buddha

Minimizing Intrusion into Your Financial Life

Politicians and bureaucrats squeal like stuck pigs when you pry into their private lives but have no qualms about screwing you when it comes to privacy.

Here are some updated tips to protect what is left of any privacy you might have in the United States.

Disconnect from the electronic umbilical cord that links your virtual services together. By doing this you make it more difficult for one compromised section of your electronic life to infect the others.

Some options for accomplishing this:

1) Buy prepaid Visa, MasterCard, and American Express GIFT Cards: Just like cash but more convenient for today’s digital world.

Using the “real” thing – a debit or credit card – creates a long paper (and electronic) trail that can be picked up and exploited by crooks and other busybodies. These little pieces of plastic act as small portals to your banking accounts. If compromised, it’s like throwing a steel nut into the gears of your fine-tuned financial machine.

Read the Rest Here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/prying-eyes-want-to-know-about-you-tips.html

Posted in American Dream, Americans don't care about privacy, Urban Survival, US government anti-freedom policies | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

From Your Farm to Your Table

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”

– Milton Friedman

226858_7_600

Farm-to-Homemade Table
by Sarah Sinning

When George and Alexis Elder first completed their degrees from Clemson University – George in English and history, Alexis a few years later in English and horticulture – they found themselves at that familiar crossroads in life: Where do we go from here? For siblings George and Alexis, though, this was OK. They could always go home to find their way, so home they went – to the Valley Center, Kan., farm that had been in their family for decades and to the family who welcomed their return.

It was about three years ago that Elderslie Farm, the business, began to take shape. George’s father had always kept horses, but the hobby had never progressed further than that. Then George decided to convert the old hay shed into a lumber mill, and the Elderslie Farm sawmill was born. Specializing in regionally significant species like black walnut, white oak, red cedar and Osage orange, the sawmill is an endeavor George is passionate about.

“I knew I had to do something with my hands,” he said during a tour of the property on a fall afternoon. With his family’s support, he was able to work part time as a teacher while he did his homework, interviewing other farmers in the region and figuring out what he needed to make his dream farm business a reality. Woodworking had always been a part of George’s life, his father having passed along this craft when he was just a young boy, so the mill and adjoining carpentry shop were natural extensions of a lifelong interest.

In order to make the business profitable, with a niche market of small, local contractors, furniture makers, and anyone else interested in the unique and handcrafted, George knew he had to think bigger – but not bigger in a way that compromised the quality of his work. More at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/your-farm-to-homemade-table.html

Posted in American Dream, Urban Survival | Tagged , | Leave a comment

11 Money Saving Habits that Can Cost You

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

cheap

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship”–Benjamin Franklin

11 money-saving habits that can cost you

Even that savings account is hurting your savings

Trying to cut costs in your daily budget is a valiant — and often necessary — practice. A few dollars saved here and there can amount to a sizable sum over time, after all. But how you save can make a big difference in how much you save. Because when it comes down to it, not all “money-saving” tactics actually save you money.
Here are 11 common penny-pinching tactics that could actually cost you more in the long term — and smart money-saving moves you can make instead.

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/11-money-saving-habits-that-can-cost-you.html

Posted in American Dream, fight inflation, frugal living, frugal tips, frugality resources, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t let anyone get your goat!

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

milk

Stay happy – never let anyone get your goat! >Jonathan Huie

Getting Started With Goats
From GRIT magazine, by Linda Heitman

You are tired of paying $4 per gallon of milk and close to $3.50 per pound for ground beef at the grocery store. It’s even got you thinking about taking another step toward food independence by purchasing a few goats. Great! But now what?

The big decision
First and foremost you must decide on your main purpose for buying a goat: milk, meat or both. Milking goats are bred for maximum production of high-quality milk. A really good milk goat can produce a gallon or more of milk per day for about 10 months. We recently butchered a 7-month-old Alpine (a popular Swiss dairy breed) buck; however, it yielded less than 15 pounds of meat. To be fair, the meat was very high-quality, low-fat, 100-percent organic and totally delicious.

A meat goat butchered at the same age, in comparison, would likely yield more than three times as much meat. You can milk a meat goat, too, but the milk yield will be substantially less. A milk/meat cross will give you both, but not as much of either as a purpose-bred milk or meat goat. It’s a tradeoff, so before you choose a breed, think carefully about how much milk and meat you want, and select your animals accordingly.

Milking is fun, but still a chore
If you are choosing to milk goats, you must accept that you will be required to milk them at least once per day and probably twice per day, every day for up to 10 months a year.

Owning milking animals is a decision that will significantly impact your lifestyle. Unless they’re nursing or dried off, goats have to be milked 12 hours apart, at the same times every day. Failing to do this can cause resentful goats and chronic health problems. If you work all day, this can make it difficult to run errands or go out after work. Also, you’ll want to plan trips well in advance, arranging for friends to milk your goats while you’re gone.

Read the rest here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/never-let-anyone-get-your-goat.html

Posted in consumer resources, raising goats, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Think You’re Still in the Middle Class?

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

thCAK540KC

“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

The Middle Class, once the symbol of America, is being decimated. I’ve been sounding the alarm about the negative effect the Washington-Wall Street Cartel has had since 1987. I first warned about how the off-shoring of US jobs, led by General Electric, would harm America and was denounced for my efforts in the business press.

Most are starting to realize that life as we have come to know it is going to change dramatically in the very near future. The manipulation of financial markets, the fabrication of economic figures, and the mobilization (Read: Militarization) of government on all levels has fostered a queasy environment for many who follow such trends. I want to share some of the indicators I and others review for economic signs of problems…

According to a brand new CNN poll, 59 percent of Americans believe that it has become impossible for most people to achieve the American Dream…

Economy rebounds, but percentage of working-age people with jobs stays flat at 6 out of 10…

The “average” American worker earns about $44,000 per year and saves around 4% of his income. And the “average” household has a net worth of approximately $710,000, including the value of homes, investments, bank accounts and so on. But many Americans, needless to say, fall well below those benchmarks, which fail to capture widespread financial distress.

Americans falling behind
This may help explain why the economy seems to be gaining strength — on paper — yet millions of ordinary people feel like they’re falling behind. Americans’ total net worth, for instance, recently hit a new high of $81.8 trillion, thanks to a five-year stock market rally and the gradual restoration of home equity lost during a six-year housing bust. Yet consumer spending remains tepid, home buyers seem to be hibernating and an alarming portion of adults aren’t even looking for work. Polls show widespread pessimism that’s out of sync with an economy supposedly heading into its fifth year of expansion.
Grab the rest here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/are-you-still-middle-class-citizen-diy.html

Posted in American Dream, angry Americans, consumer resources, current events, fixing the economy, middle class squeeze, Middle Class Survival, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Tree of Liberty is asking: What have you done for me lately?

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

biggov

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. – Dante Alighieri

Whatever happened to the protest generation?

The Tree of Liberty has been asking “What have you done for me lately?”
PBS aired a segment about the protest folk singers of the 60s this week…Guthrie, Baez, Dylan, Ochs and many others who wrote and sang songs about social ills and anti-war tunes. As a young teen I listened to these songs on my transistor radio with its convenient ear plug so my parents could not hear that I was still awake.

I was a voracious reader at an early age too and read every single book from our local library which pertained to our Founding Fathers. The ideals they stood for provided me with a lasting foundation and belief in a small government which didn’t intrude on the rights of its people. Thomas Jefferson and others taught me our rights were not granted to us by government. Indeed, it was the other way around, We the People granted rights to government.
Somewhere along the line that thinking got reversed, politicians now see themselves as the master, not the servant. We conducted a revolution against unfair taxes and because: He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” Find more & learn tips on what you can do to restore our country here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/where-have-all-protesters-gone.html

Posted in American Dream, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Dollar Faces Challenges-So Does Your Wallet

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

apples

“Washington, of course, aside from being one of the most mismanaged, crime-ridden cities on the planet, is a place where 535 federal legislators and about 38,000 lobbyists work at confiscating and redistributing the incomes of the American people.”
– Charley Reese
(1937-2013) American syndicated columnist

The second largest private sector component of GDP is Business Investment (after consumer spending). This represents spending by business to grow and expand operations. In the first quarter of 2014 investment was almost 12% lower than it was during the same period in 2013. Not only did this figure cause most of the decline in output during the first quarter, it may mean more problems lie ahead.

The U.S. dollar faces significant pressure these days. And it’s not just because of what’s going on in the market.

There’s a good chance that in the next decade the USD may no longer be the world’s reserve currency. That’s especially true with the Chinese Yuan becoming fully convertible in 2015.
But Washington isn’t doing anything about it.

The Obama administration’s inept leadership, coupled with the constant fighting and inaction of Congress are destroying the world’s confidence in America–and the dollar.
In February, Congress voted to raise the debt limit, again. While avoiding another government shutdown, all this did was put the matter, and any serious fiscal reforms, off the table until after next November’s mid-term elections.

Sadly, all politicians care about is the limelight, which means all this drama is good for their careers.
More at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/us-dollar-faces-growing-challenges-so.html

Posted in American Dream, consumer news, consumer resources, current events, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Who Stole the American Dream?

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

bma

It’s no longer an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species.
Arianna Huffington

The Washington-Wall Street Cartel Broke its Social Contract with Americans
Political candidates take every opportunity to address how they will strengthen the middle class now that so many of those households are struggling.

Of course, it’s all a snowjob. They seldom deliver on their promises.

But to understand how the middle class ended up in such a mess, you have to look to a long history of decline set in motion by social and political factors. Pulitzer-winning reporter Hedrick Smith explores this history in his book, “Who Stole the American Dream?”

In the ’70s, Smith says two things happened to hurt the middle class. First, wedge economics — the wedge that split the middle class workers off from their share of American prosperity and from the profits of American companies. Second, there was a tremendous power shift in Washington that has led to a “consistent policy tilt on behalf of corporations, on behalf of the corporate elite and the financial elite in this country.”

Smith says we haven’t been able to save the middle class because we’ve been doing a lot of things to hurt it.

“CEOs of companies thought it was their job to sustain and support the interests and balance the interests of the various stakeholders in the company, and that word ‘stakeholders’ is very important. It’s not shareholders alone, but it’s management, it’s employees, its suppliers, it’s customers, it’s the communities they lived in,” he says. “As productivity in the American economy went up, so did the pay of the average person in America. That has not been true since 1973.”
Read the rest here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/who-stole-american-dream.html

Posted in American Dream, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SeaSteading: A New Way to Reclaim Your Freedom?

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

floatcity

As a long time muckraker and protester, I’ve been asked why I didn’t just leave the United States? The answer is simple: if your child was sick would you throw it away? Of course not. The goal has always been to heal the child. ~ the Poor Man

SeaSteading: a New Way to reclaim freedom?

An exciting new way to reclaim your freedom and create societies that respect and protect individual rights…

The number one question I’ve received since the 1990s is “How can I start my own country? All the land on the planet has been claimed?’ As our politically elite continue their efforts at regulating, spying and taxing every element of our lives, it’s only natural, like the Pilgrims who escaped from England to start new lives, for people to seek freedom.

The Poor Man has explored many options over the years. Now, new overreaching US banking laws have many foreign banks refusing to accept US depositors as customers making it difficult for those with assets to escape the clutches of US tax authorities. This and NSA snooping, a poor economy and other factors have people seeking new ways to of getting some of their assets offshore and/or to find freedom again.

Learn more at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/seasteading-new-way-to-reclaim-your.html

Posted in American Dream, consumer resources, government hurts consumers, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

5 False Claims Made by the NSA & its Supporters

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

thumbnailCADCUDZ3

NSA Defenders Ought To Stop Making These Five Claims If They Wish To Remain Credible

The same people who laugh at fortune tellers take the DHS & NSA seriously >the Poor Man

This post, written by EFF legal director Cindy Cohn and activist Nadia Kayyali, originally appeared on the foundation’s website on June 2. The Poor Man has been a supporter of EFF and EPIC since the mid-90s.

Over the past year, as the Snowden revelations have rolled out, the government and its apologists have developed a set of talking points about mass spying that the public has now heard over and over again. From the President, to Hilary Clinton to Rep. Mike Rogers, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and many others, the arguments are often eerily similar.

But as we approach the one year anniversary, it’s time to call out the key claims that have been thoroughly debunked and insist that the NSA apologists retire them.

So if you hear any one of these in the future, you can tell yourself straight up: “this person isn’t credible,” and look elsewhere for current information about the NSA spying. And if these are still in your talking points (you know who you are) it’s time to retire them if you want to remain credible. And next time, the talking points should stand the test of time.

1. The NSA has Stopped 54 Terrorist Attacks with Mass Spying

The discredited claim
NSA defenders have thrown out many claims about how NSA surveillance has protected us from terrorists, including repeatedly declaring that it has thwarted 54 plots. Rep. Mike Rogers says it often. Only weeks after the first Snowden leak, US President Barack Obama claimed: “We know of at least 50 threats that have been averted” because of the NSA’s spy powers. Former NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander also repeatedly claimed that those programs thwarted 54 different attacks.

Others, including former Vice President Dick Cheney have claimed that had the bulk spying programs in place, the government could have stopped the 9/11 bombings, specifically noting that the government needed the program to locate Khalid al Mihdhar, a hijacker who was living in San Diego.

Why it’s not credible:
These claims have been thoroughly debunked. First, the claim that the information stopped 54 terrorist plots fell completely apart. In dramatic Congressional testimony, Sen. Leahy forced a formal retraction from NSA Director Alexander in October, 2013:

Read the rest at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/5-false-claims-nsa-its-supporters-make.html

Posted in Americans don't care about privacy, NSA's false claims, Urban Survival | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Do You Know this Farmer?

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

He who fights monsters must take care he does not become a monster himself. ~ Nietzsche

OldFarmer1

Do you know who this man is?
According to some estimates, he’s saved one billion lives. (Remember, there are 7 billion people living on the planet now).

His name is Norman Borlaug, and by developing new crop varieties and growing methods — basically using biology to influence seeds — he has probably saved more lives than any man living.

The technology he finely tuned was spread to other parts of the world where people go hungry. In short, he started the Green Revolution, and has fed more people than any other human being in history.

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/do-you-know-who-this-farmer-is.html

Posted in urban gardening, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Making or Saving Money in a Sharing Economy

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

mcfam

Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get…Spanish Proverb

Cash In on the Sharing Economy

You can save money or earn a few extra bucks by sharing

Neal Gorenflo of San Francisco went on a sharing crusade three years ago. He identified about 30 ways to share, including peer-to-peer car-rental service Getaround, home-sharing service Airbnb and a shared nanny for his infant son. Gorenflo estimates that his efforts over the course of a year saved him $17,000. But he had another agenda: Gorenflo is co-founder of Shareable, a nonprofit online hub for information on the sharing economy. He wrote about his year of sharing to generate enthusiasm for his passion.

In the three years since Gorenflo conducted his experiment, the sharing economy has exploded. There are nearly 5,000 sharing companies, organizations and programs, according to the Mesh Labs Global Sharing Economy Index. And by some estimates they will generate billions of dollars in revenue this year. Belt-tightening during the economic downturn played a role in the rise of the sharing economy, as more people looked for ways to turn idle resources into cash—say, by renting out a barely used bicycle to neighbors—or to take on a part-time gig. In turn, sharing services found a willing clientele of newly cost-conscious consumers. And technological advances, in the form of the Web and mobile applications, made it easy to connect services with people. Continued…

12 Sites to Help You Save and Make Money By Sharing

Whether you want to use services such as carpooling or dog sitting or provide them, you can cash in on the sharing economy by heading online.

The sharing economy has exploded. There are nearly 5,000 sharing companies, organizations and programs, according to the Mesh Labs Global Sharing Economy Index. And by some estimates they will generate billions of dollars in revenue this year.

Belt-tightening during the economic downturn played a role in the rise of the sharing economy, as more people looked for ways to turn idle resources into cash—say, by renting out a barely used bicycle to neighbors—or to take on a part-time gig. In turn, sharing services found a willing clientele of newly cost-conscious consumers. And technological advances, in the form of the Web and mobile applications, made it easy to connect services with people. Read the full post here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/cashing-in-how-sharing-economy-can-save.html

Posted in American Dream, sharing economy, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Middle Class Continues to get Clobbered-Despite Bill O’Reilly’s Assertions

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

hitchhiker_png

In trying times, too many people stop trying.- Unknown

Despite assertions by pundits like Bill O’Reilly who believes there is no income disparity in the US – Only vanishing jobs due to technology, there is an income and opportunity gap. America’s mantra used to be Equality of Opportunity, now Obama just wants to redistribute income to make everyone equal. This formula has never worked.

The number one obstacle to opportunity and jobs is the government which produces so much red tap it strangles small business…in some states, it will cost nearly $1,000 in permits, fees, and training just to operate a hot dog cart.

The Middle Class Continues to get Clobbered

Major retailers had an absolutely dreadful start to 2014 and home sales are declining just as they did back in 2007 before the last financial crisis. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy continues to lose more good jobs and 20 percent of all U.S. families do not have a single member that is employed at this point. 2014 is turning out to be eerily similar to 2007 in so many ways, but most people are not paying attention.

The “retail apocalypse” continues to escalate, and the biggest reason for this is the fact that middle class consumers in the U.S. are tapped out. And this is not just happening to a few retailers – this is something that is happening across the board. The following is a summary of how major U.S. retailers performed in the first quarter of 2014 that was put together by Jim Quinn…

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/despite-what-bill-oreilly-thinks-middle.html

Posted in American Dream, surburban survival, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fear & Loathing in the Republic

POOR MAN SURVIVAL BULLETINSelf Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


“Politicians never accuse you of ‘greed’
for wanting other people’s money –
only for wanting to keep your own money.”
– Joseph Sobran

b5c370c8-90fd-4364-a426-1c30e998143b

Fear and loathing in the Republic…

The US economy is in the worst position it’s ever experienced.

Money talks all right; but in these days, a dollar doesn’t have enough cents to say anything worthwhile.

The US governments’ own data shows a net worth of minus $16.9 trillion, over 100% of GDP in the red.

And even in their most optimistic projections, the government tells us that growth in debt will outpace growth in tax revenue.

According to economist Peter Schiff, during 2013 and 2014 we are in store for a collapse even greater than what we saw in 2008 that will rock our economy to its very core.
While our Economy Heads South, So do our Rights & Freedoms

Anyone who reads my posts knows I often object to those who criticize our Constitution as a way of excusing their circumvention of civil liberties or the separation of powers. Some in the Bush Administration took that position in suggesting that our Constitution was somehow a contributor to the 9-11 attacks — in their push to pass the un-Patriot Act. President Obama has taken up this ignoble claim to rationalize his repeated violation of the separation of powers in recent years. Now, Obama is privately telling donors that the problem is that the Framers got it wrong in their design of Congress and Article I of the Constitution.

Living in a free society means not having to look over your shoulder to see whether the government is watching or fearing that a government agent might perpetuate violence upon you.

Read the rest here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/from-one-panic-to-next.html

Posted in American Dream, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Credit & Data Secrets they don’t want you to know

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

facebook_coop_groups_2014_05_18

Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get…Spanish Proverb

Your Private data is bought and sold by business to marketers and to Big Brother…
I gave up using credit cards or any kind of credit nearly a decade ago. Paying cash for everything, including our mini-farm has made it a slower process to achieving what I want, but even without mortgages, car loans and other debt, it is tough enough to keep up with government mandated expenses such as taxes, fees, insurances, etc.

I don’t use so-called ‘Smart phones’ and other devices which allow companies and government to track me…call me old fashioned but I sleep better at night as a result!
We all leave a trail of digital breadcrumbs. Each credit card transaction, Google search, Facebook post — It’s all information that businesses can use to predict your behavior.

Analytics companies then tally up those predictions and give you a “consumer score.”
Data brokers even sell lists of rape victims and AIDS patients, other medical problems…
You likely know about your credit score — that key measure that influences everything from your monthly car payment to your ability to buy a home. But there are dozens of other consumer scores that are impacting your daily life that you have no idea about. Read more at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/credit-data-secrets-they-dont-want-you.html

Posted in Americans don't care about privacy, americans tagged and tracked like livestock, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

DIY Rainwater Harvesting

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


“The minute you read something that you can’t understand,
you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer.”
– Will Rogers

rain

Harvesting Rainwater

Harvesting Rainwater and Snowmelt Is Simple and Effective…
Part of our winter repair and fix it projects on our mini-farm will include replacing a well bladder and filtration system which all suffered damage from this year’s extreme weather. Clean water (and its high cost if through a city government utility) will increasingly become a national problem and today’s post is a repeat of one I wrote last year…

supatank banner01

Harvesting rainwater is sustainable and provides many rural communities around the world with both domestic and potable water. It’s also something that’s been practiced for over 4,000 years.

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/harvesting-rainwater-other-money-saving.html

Posted in consumer resources, eco friendly poor man, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

DIY Cook’s First Aid Kit

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

1422518_10152320411583010_1175954996_n


“We must remember elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects.”
~Ron Paul

I’m sure most are winding down from a long holiday weekend. The weather here was glorious and we got started on many repairs from the winter damage at our mini-farm. It will prove more costly than I originally estimated but that seems par for the course.

On Monday we visited some area flea markets which were jammed with bargain hunters. I was on a mission – find items to make necessary repairs and my prize of the day was a new Wagner power spray painter with case for $10! They average $50-$69 at most retailers.

Then, like most folks, we grilled some steaks and I made one of our favorite side dishes, asparagus salad which I purchased from a flea market vendor. (If you want the recipe, drop me a note)…

I’m willing to bet many of you might have gotten too much sun, perhaps too much beer and a burn or two from the grill. Today’s issue will provide some tips on home first aid!

I also hoped you had the chance to honor any veterans in your family. With the latest scandal on mistreatment of vets by our VA it should come as no surprise that we have fewer vets ‘serving’ in Congress than at any time in our history…I believe the number is less than 28% and it shows.

Read more about creating your own kit here:

The Home Cook’s First Aid Kit

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-home-cooks-first-aid-kit.html

Posted in consumer resources, DIY emergency kit, first aid, Urban Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

eBay Joins Long List of Hacked Customer Accounts

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

MW-CA661_sj1_20_20140424174759_MJ

Worried about Identity Theft, hacked accounts, loss of privacy? Thank the un-Patriot Act which forces everyone to share their Social Security Numbers for everything from non-credit accounts to going to school, compromising our privacy and security or as many call it, the Mark of the Beast.

eBay Joins Long List of Hacked Customer Accounts

We’ve all heard about breaches of customer security at Target and other businesses over the past two years. The Poor Man has warned repeatedly that no account is secure and indeed has had his own account hacked recently.

The impact of the un-Patriot Act has been to sabotage privacy in America forcing even pre-paid debit card issuers to force customers into sharing their Social Security Number, which has been proven as the number one cause of Identity Theft, the fastest growing area of crime in the United States.

The following is an excerpt from EcommerceBytes:

Cyber attackers compromised a small number of employee log-in credentials, allowing unauthorized access to eBay’s corporate network. The attackers gained access to users’ encrypted passwords and sensitive information, the type that could be used in phishing or social engineering attacks, but they did not access users’ financial data.
Read the rest here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/ebay-joins-long-list-of-hacked-accounts.html

Posted in American Dream, Americans don't care about privacy, americans tagged and tracked like livestock, consumer news, no privacy in america, Urban Survival | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Building a Food Community

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

preparedness-300x300

You do not need 5 acres and a degree in horticulture to become self-sufficient…self sufficiency is about taking control and becoming an effective producer of whatever your resources allow!–John Seymour

How to Build a Local Food Community
by Emily English

I am blessed in that there are several farmers markets, farm stands and even an Amish market in the rural area that I live…I do miss the Amish cheese factory where I grew up in Ohio and the annual Apple Butter Festival, events which are rare where I live now.

It is estimated a family of four spends an average of $1200 per month on food and prices continue to climb and will do so for the foreseeable future.

As I continue to develop our mini-farm I’m discovering it isn’t just food costs that are soaring, anything construction or home improvement related seems to be a budget buster. I marvel at how young families and small farms manage today.

Young people today often have the desire to own small farms, work with livestock, to take care of things but often lack the land, the capital and the know-how to start their own farm operations.
I grew up in a more urban setting and was an area leader and teacher for Junior Achievement but have learned the importance of 4-H and AgLink programs available in many areas. As I write in my book on How to Survive the War on the Middle Class, food stocks and seed can prove to be the best investment any family can make today…

Here’s guest contributor Emily English’s take on building a local food community.
When it comes to food satisfaction, few things compare to eating lettuce from the yard, eggs from your neighbor’s chickens and butter from cows raised on a farm you’ve visited yourself. Besides locating better-tasting, more nutritious and fresher food, buying locally puts you in the center of a web of food producers, transparently connecting economy and nutrition. But for those of us who don’t live on or next door to a farm, finding local food sources can seem difficult. Where do we start? How do we find others who want the same thing? All it requires is a little research, relationship-building and action.

Read more at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-to-build-food-community.html

Posted in Urban Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Getting Rid of Barnyard Pests, New Prepper Products

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

killgroundhog

There are several ways in which to apportion the family income, all of them unsatisfactory. – Robert Benchley

How to Kill a Groundhog & Other Barnyard Pests

Groundhogs are notorious pests. They are not as cute as Punxsutawney Phil and they do not just come out for one slight moment on one day during the year. They eat up to ten percent of their body weight in vegetation every day. Since they hibernate and come out in the spring, this means your garden is in trouble. You can deal with your groundhog infestation in a number of ways. Killing them is not easy, but it can be done.

Lethal Traps
Body-gripping traps are a fatal method sometimes used to dispose of groundhogs. Dig out a somewhat larger hole in the entrance to the burrow and place the trap inside. These traps need to be set with a stake to ensure safety. Body-gripping traps are often difficult to set and can have dangerous consequences to the person trying to set them. It is best to have a professional set them for you. This will help you avoid killing any pets that roam free in your neighborhood. Keep in mind that in many states this kind of trap is illegal.

Read the rest here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/killing-barnyard-pests-and-nifty-new.html

Posted in new products, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Stop Spying on Me!

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

1240016_10152309034972726_1833146743_n

“A free society cherishes nonconformity.
It knows from the non-conformist, from the eccentric,
have come many of the great ideas.”

– Henry Steele Commager
(1902-1998) Historian and author

No one is immune from government lies…
Just remember it is always about money, power and control.


“We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.”—
former Google CEO Eric Schmidt

A little more than a year ago, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before Congress (an august batch of liars) inquiring if the NSA was indiscriminately spying on Americans without a warrant, without suspicion.

Of course, Clapper lied about it and denied this was taking place. But since when does a government agency care what Congress or the American people think. If that were the case, AG Holder would be out of office and dozens lifelong Congress critters would be put out the pasture.

Our government has indeed become an Orwellian nightmare and ironically, even uses the same terminology such as ‘Homeland Security.”

What would happen if the most powerful technology company in the world and the largest clandestine spying agency in the world joined forces?

No need to wonder. Just look around you. It’s happened already. Thanks to an insidious partnership between Google and the National Security Agency (NSA) that grows more invasive and more subtle with every passing day, “we the people” have become little more than data consumer commodities to be bought, sold and paid for over and over again.

With every smartphone we buy, every GPS device we install, every Twitter, Facebook, and Google account we open, every frequent buyer card we use for purchases—whether at the grocer’s, the yogurt shop, the airlines or the department store, and every credit and debit card we use to pay for our transactions, we’re helping Corporate America build a dossier for its government counterparts on who we know, what we think, how we spend our money, and how we spend our time.

Read the rest here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/no-one-is-immune-from-government-or.html

Posted in Americans don't care about privacy, stop spying on me, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ouch-Food prices rise again…Cheapskate tips for newbies

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

image

Money talks all right; but in these days, a dollar doesn’t have enough cents to say anything worthwhile.

After a long and cruel winter, we finally visited our mini-farm and cabin. Our tractor is in need of many repairs and our deck, porch, etc. all need to be re-stained but the worst was our toilet tank which cracked (of course, we didn’t notice that until we turned on the water and made a fine mess), our hot water tank bowed at its bottom and we accidentally left the fridge closed so what little moisture it had managed to gloss over into a nice layer of mold.

The door of our large rabbit hutch blew right off its hinges as did parts of our barn siding and more than a few animals decided the barn would make a nice winter resort.

Many, like us, have experienced a lengthy winter. It still drops to the 30s at night with highs rarely going above 50…hell, we’re still running heaters at night! This and the nearly daily downpour of rain has prevented us from preparing or planting our garden.

Will likely be a late harvest but we’re still looking forward to homegrown veggies! With that in mind, here are few more gardening tips, especially if you’re just getting started!

7 Ways to Garden Like You Know What You’re Doing (Even If You’re Just Getting Started)

A few simple guidelines to follow when breaking out the trowel and gloves
I grew up with huge backyard garden. My mother was a wonderful gardener. Each spring, she would section out portions—a row here or a row there—for each child to plant seeds and be responsible for tending and growing. More at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/ouch-food-prices-to-rise-cheapskate.html

Posted in consumer resources, current events, family preparedness, fight inflation, Urban Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The best free resource left in America

warn

Do Your Remember What a Library is?

Learn to save money using their free resources…

Those who know me well always wonder if I was born in a library. If I were in the recesses of the NYC library and a bomb went off, I’d never know about it as I love to read and have done so since about age 5 (Thanks Grandma)!

Reading in the United States has plummeted, a direct link to why US students lag so far behind other nations. A quick look at online ads or facebook comments indicate many no longer know how to spell and for years employers have reported the need for remedial reading and math programs for entry level workers. Yet, the US spends more on public education than any other country!

Many libraries have noticed this deplorable state and now offer remedial programs free of charge. Did you know many libraries now offer lending programs for gardening supplies and fix-it tools? In addition to tools many have how-to videos on gardening and DIY projects.

Get the full scoop (and a half) here:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/one-of-best-free-resources-left-in.html

Posted in American Dream, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

We should all become a Mexican fisherman

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

thCAD724R9

Life is a banquet – and most poor suckers are starving.”– Auntie Mame

Instead of the unwashed masses, we now have the unthinking masses!

I’m astonished at the prevailing mentality among the American citizenry I encounter. Apparently we are so afraid to question authority, so willing to believe blatant lies, that we willingly capitulate to liars and thieves dressed as CEOs and politicians.

The average person does not follow politics, economics or much of anything, which might prove vital to the survival of their family or their children…

As I wrote in my How to Survive the War on the Middle Class e-book, and in dozens of previous columns, our dollar is teetering on the edge of NO CONFIDENCE from its own citizens and from other nations. Our prosperity was built on the international use of our dollar for business…
Obama has done his best to undermine world confidence in the dollar and in my opinion, he’s done the same for the people.

I heard a radio campaign ad for a local political candidate while in Texas.
In the ad, he was talking about the debt and excessive government spending. And then he said something along the lines of, “We need to get this under control before America goes bankrupt.”
‘Hey pal,’ I remember thinking, ‘America isn’t going bankrupt. It already IS bankrupt.’

Read more at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/become-mexican-fisherman.html

Posted in Urban Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Gardener’s First Aid Kit

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

gardener's first aid kit

Benjamin Franklin: “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

The Gardener’s First Aid Kit
by Gina DeBacker

There’s nothing like time spent outdoors gardening. And while this hobby can reap a bevy of health rewards, it can also cause stress to our bodies. If you plan to spend your spring digging in the dirt, keep this natural gardener’s first-aid kit nearby for blisters, sunburns, or bumps and scrapes. Note: With any natural remedy, go easy at first to make sure your skin doesn’t have an adverse reaction. If a wound is serious or lasts more than a week without signs of healing, consult a medical professional.

First Aid for Blisters
Never pop a blister. Doing so invites infection. Instead, dry the blister: Soak a gauze pad in witch hazel extract, a mild astringent with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Place the soaked pad over the blister and cover with an adhesive bandage. If a blister breaks on its own, wash the area with soap and water, then dab it with tea tree oil, a powerful

Posted in gardeners first aid kit, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Taming the Wild Weed

Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…http://PoorManSurvivor.net

ISSN 2161-5543

weed

10 Weed Killers Made From Stuff Around the House

With numerous kid and pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are some stand-outs to put to the test.

It’s great to get out in the garden again, but what about the weeds that beat you to it? Before picking up a synthetic herbicide, try one of these inexpensive, safe techniques.
Of course, you’ll stay a step ahead of weeds by pulling them as soon as they appear. Pounce after a rain, when the ground is soft and it’s easy to pull out the entire root. Weeding tools help pry out deep roots.

To supplement hand weeding, here are 10 weed killers you’ll find around the house. Depending on the weed and the method, you may need to treat weeds more than once.

Read this and get more useful tips at:

http://poormansurvivorblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/taming-wild-weed.html

Posted in American Dream, at-home weed control, Urban Survival | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment