Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
For Independent Minded People!
Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.
- Frank A. Clark
In This Issue:
- 1. Prepper foods from the grocery store
- 2. Making simple flatbreads
- 3. Videos-Basic gardening, rope making skills, at-home jobs
- 4. 60 Money-saving tools
- 5. The continuing demise of your rights in America
Can you get ‘prepper’ foods at the grocery store? Yes, if you know about these cheap emergency foods we often overlook…
The rise of the modern “prepper” is no accident, with shows like National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers heralding a larger shift in social awareness. In the wake of storms like Katrina, Irene, and Sandy, even stubborn New Yorkers are realizing that Mother Nature packs a punch, and that most people aren’t ready to roll with it. This combined with rising concerns about economic troubles and bumbling government has caused a flood of newbie preppers to take to the stores, eagerly looking for the security of stored food, water, and medicines. The prospect can be daunting, especially if you’re trying to prep on your own or for a small group. Often, the biggest mistake new preppers can make is looking too far from home for the supplies they need.
The temptation to blow several hundred dollars on specialized freeze dried foods in durable looking specialty packaging can be almost too much to resist, and it’s the most common mistake new preppers with tight budgets make. In fact, many “prepper foods” are so cheap. You probably already have some and forgot about it.
The ubiquitous jar of peanut butter is practically an American icon, and serves as an ideal prepper food in its own right. Dating all the way back to the Aztec empire, peanut butter offers protein, fiber, B vitamins, potassium, and healthy fats. Available at nearly any dollar store, the plastic jars store well (anywhere from two to five years), and even if it does go bad, it won’t hurt you. According to Maribeth Cousin, a professor of food science at Purdue, “Some people actually eat rancid food without knowing it, depending upon their individual taste buds.” Even rancid, the nutritional content remains intact, though the flavor suffers. Since rancidification is linked to oxygen exposure, sealed jars are not likely to go rancid.
Honey is another good choice as a prepper food. As natural sweeteners, honey and sugar are neck and neck, but where honey really shines is in its medicinal values. Honey packs a variety of nutrients, like B and C vitamins, iron and magnesium, and has powerful anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic qualities. Combined, these two facts mean that honey is a digestive miracle worker and can even be used to topically treat injuries like cuts and burns. Honey, also, never goes bad. Literally, it can’t do it. As moisture leaves it, honey takes on a crystalline structure, but a little heat will melt it right back down into a more usable state.
Powdered drink mixes are another easy, long lasting, and cheap way to stretch your budget and your diet in an emergency. As an example, Tang provides 100% of the daily dosage of vitamin C in an eight-ounce serving (after all, it was invented for astronauts). Kool-Aid® mix is another option, since it’s also high in vitamin C and E. Personally, I recommend powdered Gatorade. Not only will it stretch your diet by adding calories, carbs, and vitamins to your water, but also it can be used to treat dehydration. A study in 2005 found that Gatorade was effective in treating cases of acute dehydration, which makes it an excellent option for families with young or elderly members.
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Making Simple Flat Breads From Food Storage Staples Can Sustain Life In An Emergency
Everyone loves fry bread, tortillas and pita bread. All these breads can be made from a few staple ingredients.
If you get caught in an emergency situation, these breads can be made and eaten to sustain your life. Add canned meat, beans, rice and rehydrated vegetables and you have a meal.
Wheat Grinder Or Grain Mill
A wheat grinder or grain mill is very important to have. If you have a wheat grinder, you can make whole grain flour that is much more nutritious than white flour. I suggest you have an electric grinder for everyday use and a hand-operated grain grinder for emergency use if the power goes out
- The ancient Native American technique of growing Corn, Beans, and Squash together in an arrangement called the Three Sisters is the ultimate in companion planting.
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Mastering traditional rope making skills video…
Want a job where you can work from home, make a decent living, and take care of your children? Or perhaps you want to work from home simply to save on transportation costs. Whatever your reason, check out these opportunities and you’re sure to find something that will work for you:
60 Free Money Saving Tools
Imagine your finances were fully optimized. You always found the best deals. You paid the least amount possible on everything from insurance to cable. And if a coupon applied to your next purchase, you actually used it. How much money would you save each month?
While I can’t answer that question for you, here are 60 free tools to help you save some dough on just about everything.
Synthetic oil is vastly superior to blends when it comes to protecting your engine from extreme temps…Once your car reaches 75,000 miles, switch to a higher viscosity oil.
The Nanny State Updates… Americans are fat n happy while their rights are trampled!
A coalition of interest groups whose members profit off marijuana prohibition, including the former leader of a chain of abusive teen rehab centers, have sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that the Department of Justice prevent Colorado and Washington from taxing and regulating marijuana.
Seattle mayor Mike McGinn has shut down the Seattle Police Department’s drone program before it started. McGinn said the police need to stay focused on “community building.” The announcement came just one day after the city held a public hearing to discuss restrictions to be imposed on drone use by the police departments. Many citizens voiced their concerns about possible violations of privacy.
The European Union has set tough privacy protection laws and is even considering a proposal which would set even stricter requirements on Internet companies, including allowing users to access and delete data collected on them. The United States, however, has very few privacy protection laws. Some argue this is a good thing.
This video of a San Bernardino police officer circling and confronting a woman hiking in the desert has raised the anger of many about the increasing intrusion of police surveillance and operations. The officer lands his helicopter and confronts the woman without any evidence of reasonable suspicion, let alone probable cause.
A second story on why military drones are soon going to be used against American citizens, right here on U.S. soil. Who knows, maybe they’ll launch Hellfire missiles at random pickup trucks driving around LA!
Make cakes easier to serve by sprinkling some granulated sugar on to the cake plate, and slices will slide out more easily.
The Parting Thought- the continuing demise of your rights
Amerika is a Police State-In response to last week’s issue about rebellion
A police state is generally defined as a totalitarian government that exerts extreme and pervasive social, political and economic control over peaceful citizens. Ayn Rand called it “the ultimate inversion…the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.”
One way is to compare what you see in America with the following standard description of a police state. A police state maintains its control through the pervasive surveillance of peaceful citizenry, through a vast number of laws with draconian enforcement, and by converting rights into privileges that can be withheld – for example, the ability to travel. Our national disgrace, the expensive TSA, is working hard to make travel here as difficult as possible.
Surveillance of daily life has soared; even the Supreme Court has consistently expanded the “right” of police to perform
warrantless searches. A vast array of laws now dictate the minutia of life, from what you may not eat to the light bulbs you may not use as well products you must buy (e.g. health care insurance). On one day in January alone, Obama issued 23 executive orders to start the process of gun control.
Another way to judge the degree of totalitarianism is to answer yourself four questions:
- How many peaceful activities would make you a criminal if you did them? In his book Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate. argues convincingly that, “The average professional in this country [the US] wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague.” You are a felon whether or not you have done anything wrong.
- How much of your life is spent working to pay taxes and other government fees? According to the watchdog Tax Foundation, in 2012 Americans worked “107 days into the year, from January 1 to April 17, to earn enough money to pay this year’s combined 29.2% federal, state, and local tax bill.” The figure hardly captures the scope of economic enslavement. The problem is not merely the taxes that consume a third of your life, it is also the unseen costs. For example, compliance with labyrinthine taxes and regulations costs small to middle-sized business 1 in every 3 dollars. This expense gets passed along to consumers while the benefit goes to the government.
- How freely can you relocate your assets and person outside state jurisdiction? There are at least three stages in the relocation of the most simple asset – money. You must establish a foreign account, get the money under your control and, then, transfer it. The easiest step should be to get your own money; after all, banks should be merely holding it for you. That step is far from easy. In an article entitled “Get Your Assets Out of the US NOW”, a relocation expert warns that the bank will “make a federal case out of it. Literally.” You will wait from five to ten days for the transaction to clear. The manager will “begin to ask you a lot of questions. She’s required to do it.” He adds, “Here’s the scary part. When you tell them you want to withdraw $100,000 in cash or wire it to a foreign bank, they are REQUIRED to file a SAR. They are PROHIBITED from telling you that they are filing it….They can freeze your account until they are satisfied that what you want to do with YOUR money is legitimate.” Those are just some of the problems arising at one stage of what should be the simplest part of relocating assets. [Editor's Note: This should help you realize how urgent that it is to relocate your assets while you still can.]
- How freely can you use your assets and person within state jurisdiction? Circumstances vary so widely that everyone must answer for themselves.
The war on terror is an engineered hysteria. In its wake, the institutions of America have changed. Public ones have swelled in size and appetite; private ones have retreated. Some of the changes are so glaring that people noticed immediately. It is difficult not to notice the militarization of law enforcement when your children are lined up at airports and touched by uniformed strangers in a manner that would be called child molestation elsewhere. But the dehumanizing process is accepted in the name of security.
The foregoing scratches the surface of “how” a society becomes a total state. It does not explain the “why.” Why do Americans who pride themselves on rugged individualism stand by and watch the triumph of totalitarianism?
The daily erosion of freedom is far less real to them than their daily routines.
The difference between America and a communist regime lay in its institutional protection of the individual against the state. That difference no longer exists.
Wendy McElroy is a renowned individualist anarchist and individualist feminist. She was a co-founder along with Carl Watner and George H. Smith of The Voluntaryist in 1982, and is the author/editor of twelve books, the latest of which is “The Art of Being Free”. Follow her work at http://www.wendymcelroy.com.
“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man
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