Note from JWR:

Many thanks for your prayers in this difficult time for our family. I’m still in shock and getting my bearings. Special thanks to Cheryl (aka “The Economatrix”) who is taking up the slack on most of the editing while our family is mourning the loss of The Memsahib.

Economics and Investing:

Monty recommended this piece over at Seeking Alpha by J.S. Kim: The Coming Consequences of Banking Fraud More about insider selling, courtesy of Pete S.: Insiders sell like there’s no tomorrow; Corporate officers and directors were buying stock when the market hit bottom. What does it say that they’re selling now? GG sent this: U.S. Foreclosure Filings Top 300,000 for Sixth Straight Month Items from The Economatrix: Analyst: It’s Too Late to Save Sears The Ripple Effect: What One Layoff Means for a Whole Town Wholesale Inventories Drop in July; Sales Grow UK: Higher Oil Prices Feed Inflation Fear Cash …

Odds ‘n Sods:

Courtesy of reader Trent H. comes the link to this Draft Horse Journal article: A Horse-Powered Produce Farm    o o o Sean M. suggested a PDF on small hydroelectric plants.    o o o Will M. flagged this piece by Grandpappy: Five Different Shelf Life Studies: Two on Canned Food and Three on Dry Food

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Why did she have to go So young I just don’t know why Things happen half the time Without reason without rhyme Lovely, sweet young woman Daughter, wife and mother Makes no sense to me I just have to believe She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees And she walks with Jesus and her loved ones waiting And I know she’s smiling saying Don’t worry ’bout me.” – Alan Jackson, from Sissy’s Song