Notes from JWR:

Congrats to Greg M., the high bidder in our most recent SurvivalBlog Benefit Auction. A new auction begins today. This auction is for three items: a 120 VAC/12 VDC BedFan Personal Cooling System (a $99 retail value), kindly donated by the manufacturer, a Thieves Oil Start Living Kit (a $161 retail value) donated by Ready Made Resources, and a copy of the latest edition of “The Encyclopedia of Country Living” by the late Carla Emery (a $32 retail value). The opening bid is just $50. The auction ends on March 15th. Please e-mail us your bids, in $10 increments.

Today’s first piece is a guest editorial from a gent with a different perspective on economics.