Michael Z. Williamson sent this: Jakarta Floods Linked to Illegal Construction. Mike notes: "Something to watch out for in a collapsing or collapsed society is failure of drainage and other infrastructure. Floods are messy and spread diseases.
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RBS sent this story of a local government running roughshod: Brooksville, Florida proposes to foreclose homes and seize cars over less than $20 in parking tickets.
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Rourke (the moderator of the Yahoo Jericho Discussion Group) pointed us to a web page that shows how to convert a typical drill motor into a hand crank generator. Functional, yes, but methinks a bike frame mount would make it much more practical for daily use.