Notes from JWR:

The unabridged audiobook of “Patriots” is scheduled to be released today (December 31st). Thanks for your patience! — Today is the last day for Californian’s to be able to order British Berkefeld water filters, before an absurd new law goes into effect. for details, see the Directive 21 web site.

Letter Re: A Holiday Trash OPSEC Warning

James Wesley, I just wanted to mention something that has been on my mind for some time but recently re-emphasized as I drove to work the other morning. Along my route (20 blocks or so before I hit a main thoroughfare) the other day the concept of trash OPSEC really hit me. It was trash day for that part of town and I saw signs everywhere that said “come burglarize this house”. I saw flat screen television boxes, video game boxes, stereo boxes, DVD player boxes, computer boxes, small appliance boxes, toy boxes, you-name-it boxes in all sorts of shapes …

Letter Re: Roll-up Hurricane Shutters

Mr. Rawles, I just wanted to mention the possible use of [European-style roll-up steel] hurricane shutters when constructing your retreat. Here is eastern North Carolina hurricane shutters are very popular and are built right into the existing house. Roll down shutters provide many conveniences as they are built in and have very little visual impact. They can also be controlled from inside the home and provide excellent security. In addition some designs will completely seal out light from inside or outside the house. Thanks, – Jared C.

Letter Re: New British Camouflage Pattern Uniforms

James, It appears the Brits are upgrading to a new camouflage uniform to replace the venerable Disruptive Pattern, Marine (DPM) and in some instances, the #5 Desert Combat. Dubbed the Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP), it was developed by Crye Precision and bears a striking resemblance to their “MultiCam” camo. It looks like their will be a flood of the old DPMs on the surplus market in the near future. [JWR Adds: This release of surplus uniforms will undoubtedly be a boon to preppers. Be prepared to stock up when the prices drop at vendors like] Take care and God bless, …

Letter Re: How Hygiene and Sanitation Have Increased Human Life Spans

Sir; While obtaining law doctorate, one of my classes was Health Law, which is two parts navigating your way through the morass of Federal intrusion. One part was actual policy. But, I digress. Only one thing of significance stuck in my mind from that whole class: “Of the forty years increased life expectancy enjoyed in the past one-hundred years, 35 of those years are the result of improvements in hygiene and sanitation. Five years are due to clinical medicine.” I translate that to: “you owe more for your health to the trash man and plumber than you do your doctor.” …

Letter: Re: Errant Guidance from Vehicular GPS Systems

Dear Editor: I often find myself visiting family in the mountainous areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. I can’t believe how incorrect my TomTom can be. I first got it because I’m a bit of a gear junkie and I’ve got one on a boat in the Canadian Great Lakes area which has always been very accurate. This Christmas, I was blessed enough to be able to be off work from the fire department and went to visit my mother in North Carolina. Little did I know that I-40 has been shut three miles into North Carolina from …

Economics and Investing:

Morrie recommended a web page that he found by way of Dan Denninger’s site: Move Your Money. SJR spotted this: Government moves closer on fresh aid to GMAC El Jefe Jeff E. sent this: Economists React: Prices Have Further to Fall. Also from Jeff come this in The Wall Street Journal: State, Local Tax Revenues Decline 7% Items from The Economatrix: Government Gives GMAC $3.8 Billion in New Aid, Boosts Stake Chinese Firm Says it Won’t Pay Goldman on Derivatives Losses Banks Bundled Bad Debt, Bet Against It, and Won World Stock Market Rally Seizes Up Consumer Confidence Up, House …

Odds ‘n Sods:

John C. recommended this: Seven Resource for Learning to Safely Forage for Wild Food.    o o o Do you want to buy American, but you’re frustrated by the profusion of imported goods? Reader K.T. suggested a company that is one of the last of the All-American textile firms: Maine Heritage Weavers.    o o o Larry O. flagged this: Plan to turn farms into forest worries Obama official    o o o Ferd spotted this over at KK Cool Tools: Eskimold Igloo-building kit

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Now it becomes my duty to carry out the sentence which I have imposed on these men for killing and stealing within the territory under my jurisdiction. However, I want it strictly understood that there will be no undo shooting or cheering or drunken talk when I pull that lever on account it would offend the dignity of the occasion.” – John McIntire, as Skagway Sheriff Gannon in The Far Country (1954). Screenplay by Borden Chase.