Posted on April 20, 2013 by poormansurvival
Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
For Independent Minded People!
In This Issue:
1. DIY distilled water
2. 10 ideas for using Mason Jars
3. Clean house with only 3 ingredients
4. Does privacy matter –few Americans seem to care
“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary,
too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Make Your Own Distilled Water
Make your own distilled water from stream or lake water, salt water, or
even brackish, dirty water, using these DIY Solar Still Plans. With just
a few basic building materials, a sheet of glass and some sunshine, you
can purify your own water at no cost and with minimal effort.
Distilled water is not just for drinking, and it’s always worth
keeping a few gallons of it on hand. Clean water free of chemicals and
minerals has a number of valuable uses:
• Always refill the lead-acid batteries used for solar energy systems or automobiles with distilled water
• Water delicate plants like orchids with distilled water; minerals
and additives like fluoride or chlorine that are present in most tap
water can harm plants
• Distilled water mixed with antifreeze is recommended for car radiators, as it’s less corrosive
• Steam irons become clogged with mineral deposits unless you use distilled water
The principle of using the sun’s heat to separate water from
dissolved minerals has been understood for millennia, salt ponds being
the best example of how this knowledge has been put to use in the past.
In salt ponds, seawater is drained into shallow ponds and then baked and
purified in the sun until all that remains are crystals of salt. In
this case, the pure water that gradually evaporated away was considered a
useless byproduct, but as far back as the time of the ancient Greeks it
was known that seawater could be made fresh and drinkable by this
A solar still works like a salt evaporation pond, except that the
water that invisibly evaporates is extracted from the air; the minerals
and other impurities are left behind and discarded. As the hot,
moisture-laden air rises up to the slanting sheet of relatively cool
glass sealed to the box, water condenses out in the form of small
droplets that cling to the glass. As these droplets get heavier, they
roll down the glass to the collector tube at the bottom and then out to
The box is built from 3/4 ” BC-grade plywood, painted black on the
inside to absorb heat. We used a double layer of plywood on the sides to
resist warping and to help insulate the box, with an insulated door at
the back and a sheet of glass on top.
Finding a good lining or container to hold the water in the inside of
the box as it heats and evaporates can be complicated. The combination
of high heat and water containing salt or other impurities can corrode
metals faster than usual and cause plastic containers to break down or
off-gas, imparting an unpleasant taste to the distilled water. The best
liners are glass or stainless steel, although you can also coat the
inside of the box with two or three coats of black silicone caulk (look
for an F.D.A.-listed type approved for use around food). Spread the
caulk around the bottom and sides with a taping knife. After it dries
and cures thoroughly, just pour water in—the silicone is impervious to
the heat and water.
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PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources
10+ Ideas for Using Mason Jars
I positively love up-cycling, recycling, re-purposing, reusing, or
otherwise finding a use for things that a lot of folks would throw in
the trash. From old socks to scrap paper to old shower doors, I can find
a use for it. Even scraps of food can go into a soup, be fed to the
dogs or chickens, or added to the compost bin. On our homestead, very
little is left for the trash can.
Mason jars are the most versatile of things. Besides using them for
their intended purpose – canning food – I have either tried or found 10
more ways to use these handy containers.
Get your container garden off to a great start with these helpful resources and tips
read more here
Clean Your House With These Three Ingredients
People have been cleaning with household staples like vinegar, baking
soda and lemons (or lemon juice) for a long time, and believe it or not,
these items are safe and often effective.
If you clean with these items, you may buy less, spend less money and have fewer harsh chemicals to worry about. Here’s how!
How to make your own seasoning blends
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The Nanny State Updates
[Video] CNN Reporter Blames Boston Tragedy On Conservatives
CNN’s Peter Bergen apologized after the fact but once again, the
lame-stream media decided to immediately advance the false narrative
that patriotic Americans are the terrorists…
[Video] Obama Supporters Sign Petition To Ban Free Speech
Caught on video because otherwise, some people simply won’t believe it…
A simple automobile GPS could be your best friend in an
emergency. Either in your car or removed for hand-held
operation, it can navigate you to the nearest hospital
or police station for aid as well as show you the way
out of a chaotic city
The Parting Thought: Does privacy matter anymore in America?
I love this country. I love the freedoms we used to have…George Carlin
Every day we learn something new about how government is either
denying or stealing your privacy…Big Brother is like a rabid dog which
needs to be curbed.
Stop Giving Away Your Privacy
The best thing you can do just say no!
For better or worse, you are the person most responsible for shielding
your Social Security Number. Therefore, your mission is to limit the
amount of people who have access to it
1. Anyone who calls or sends you an official-looking email, who texts
you a link to any site or designates a number to call where you are
asked to confirm your SSN. If they call, check the credit or debit card
that is the subject of the communication, call the customer service
number listed on the back, and ask for the security department. If they
email or text, do the same, or go directly to the institution’s website
(provided you know who they are). Make sure you type the correct URL,
and make sure that the page where you are asked to enter your
information is secure. Only provide personal information if you’re the
one who controls the interaction
2. Public schools: Your utility bills confirm your address; your email
and phone number give them channels to contact you in an emergency.
Asking for your Social Security number is a bit overkill.
3. Little League, summer camp and other extra curricular activities: For
the same reasons as school, a Social Security number should never be
required by these groups. If they ask for your child’s birth
certificate, show it to them, don’t leave it with them unless they can
prove they will protect it. And even then, can you really believe them?
If you use credit to pay for the activity, the organization may need
your Social Security number but If you pay for it upfront or with a
direct debit to your bank account or credit card, they don’t. Period.
4. Supermarkets: A frequent shopper card is neither a loan, nor a bank
account. It’s merely a tool grocery stores use to track your purchases,
primarily for marketing purposes. Regardless, many supermarket chains
request customers’ Social Security numbers on their application forms.
Refuse and leave it blank if they ask for it.
Privacy is more precious than ever, and getting scarcer. Government
agencies continue to push legal boundaries with surveillance cameras,
drones, GPS tracking devices, x-ray scanners, stop-and-frisk searches
without a warrant, sometimes without a suspicion of wrongdoing. It’s not
just law enforcement agencies that are doing it. The tax man is in on
the action, too.
The American Civil Liberties Union found this out by posing a simple
question to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Do you obtain a warrant
before reading the public’s emails, text messages and other electronic
communications? The bureaucrats naturally responded with 247 pages of
documents, which reveal that the IRS thinks it can read anything it
pleases. Who needs a judge’s approval?
The cavalier attitude is codified in the 2009 edition of the IRS
handbook, which declares the Fourth Amendment’s protection against
unreasonable searches and seizures does not protect emails because users
“do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such
communications.” Citing the hopelessly obsolete Electronic
Communications Privacy Act of 1986, which was written a few years before
Al Gore invented the Internet, IRS snoopers argue they only need a
subpoena to browse through emails that have been opened or that are more
than 180 days old.
How dumb are we as Americans?
More specifically, how irresponsible and stupid is the U.S. government when it comes to our rights…
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/16/the-irs-snoops/#ixzz2QiOt73MS
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