Odds ‘n Sods:

Frequent content contributor KAF suggested sci-fi novelist David Brin’s nonfiction book The Transparent Society as a useful reference when considering retreat OPSEC in this modern era of Google Earth. BTW, its was Brin who authored the novel “The Postman“, which Kevin Costner later put on the big screen, with uneven results.

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Reader Michael H. notes: “[My friend] Art was just reading in an airline magazine article that mentioned in 1960, 1 in 9 people in the US were overweight or obese and we averaged 8.5 hours of sleep daily. Now 2 in 3 are overweight or obese and we average 7 hours of sleep.” It sounds like people must be eating large bowls of ice cream while watching the Tonight Show. It goes without saying: Get regular exercise and lose that spare tire if you want to be ready to pull through the coming hard times.

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SurvivalBlog regular Michael Z. Williamson mentioned Grabill Meats, a small company in Indiana that produces canned meats at competitive prices. (Roughly $3 per pound, before shipping.) They we-pack can beef chunks, pork chunks, boneless chicken, boneless turkey, and ground cooked beef in 14 ounce and 27 ounce sizes.

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The day’s economic news: First Paul in Texas sent us these two cheery headlines: World faces total financial meltdown Bank of Spain chief. and IMF chief warns 2009 may be ‘even darker’. And the industrious sent us all these: Five articles illustrate how global shipping is sinking fast: 12345Toyota Posts First Ever Annual LossObama Team Plans Biggest Boost in History to Save American EconomyBush’s Detroit Bailout Looks Like Path to BankruptcyWarning of Wave of 2009 UK Retailer BankruptciesChina Cuts Rates for Fifth Time in 90 DaysJapanese Exports Fall Record 27%US Gasoline Seen Hitting $1 Per Gallon in 2009World Wide Bankruptcy Wave About to HitProtectionist Dominoes are Beginning to Tumble Across the WorldIrish Banks Saved by $7 Billion BailoutCanada to Give GM, Chrysler $4 BillionMoney Market Funds Reel as Yields Near ZeroCOMEX Gold and Silver Price Manipulations are Bashing Precious Metal Investors, Miners and Shareholders