Cheryl N. sent us a link to an article over at Stan Deyo’s web site that indicates that the freeze-dried storage food shortage is now even more severe than was previously reported: Mountain House Out of #10 Cans Through 2009 . Most Mountain House dealers have sold completely out, and a are refusing to take back orders for # 10 cans. Meanwhile, Walton Feed  has temporarily suspended taking new Internet orders, presumably so they can catch up on their order backlog. OBTW, the folks at Ready Made Resources  tell me that they still have a few #10 cans of Mountain House freeze dried foods “in captivity.” Call them immediately, if you want any of the following: Instant White Rice, Beef Teriyaki with Rice, Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice, Oriental Style Chicken, Mac and Cheese, Sliced Strawberries, Eggs with Real Bacon, Sweet Peas, Green Beans, or Super Sweet Corn. Their quantities still on hand are extremely limited, so don’t hesitate!
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SF in Hawaii forwarded a good background piece on adenovirus: Emerging Killer Virus Starts Like a Cold, But Kills Many 
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The every cheery Ambrose Evans-Pritchard offers this economic analysis: The global economy is at the point of maximum danger . (Thanks to Trent C. and “Wolf” for the link.) And speaking of bad news, don’t miss this commentary by Jim Jubak: The huge threat to the US economy . (Thanks to Micah for finding the latter.)
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For the next couple of weeks, the folks at SurvivalRing are offering an expanded set of their reference CDs , which includes two extra CDs, and a DVD data disk of their entire file sets. Enter the password “patriot” to get the special discount price. The regular price for their two CD set was $40. For this special, they’ve knocked off $5 off the price, and they have almost quadrupled the data of PDF and HTML documents. I highly recommend getting a set for your reference library. And even if you decide not to get a set of their CDs, you should still check out their large library of free manuals and other resources.