Notes from JWR:

This is the birthday of Philip K. Dick (born 1928, died March 2, 1982.) Phillip Dick penned a remarkable number of science fiction novels and novellas that have been adapted into Hollywood movies including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Screamers, Impostor, Minority Report, Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly, Next, and The Adjustment Bureau. Though he had a troubled personal life (with drug abuse and several failed marriages), his captivating books certainly had a knack for envisioning potential futures. — Today we present another entry for Round 44 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: A.) …

Automotive Preparedness by P.D. in Northern Missouri

I am a firm believer that a TEOTWAWKI situation will happen, and in my lifetime.  I consider myself a prepper, and am a daily reader of “prepping articles,” and almost always read about “bug out bags,” or “72-hour kits,” call them what you will.  I also read allot of articles devoted to bug out vehicles.  A bug out vehicle is a great concept, but is only as good as the distance it will take you, or for the length of time that it will last.  I do believe that bugging out is a necessity in prepping for a TEOTWAWKI situation, …

Economics and Investing:

Denninger: The Real Problem With America: Morality M.E.W. sent: How Fed’s next trick will hurt bonds: Another bond-buying program seems likely as the Federal Reserve tries to boost the economy. But long term, it will lead to higher interest rates, inflation and bond market turmoil. Baltic Dry Plunges By Over 8% Overnight, Most Since 2008. (Thanks to Stephen M. for the link.) Items from The Economatrix: Massive Bank Cyberattack Planned Silver Outlook For 2013 Retail Sales Bounce Back

Odds ‘n Sods:

An interesting near-future novella is free on Kindle for a short time: Coastal Event Memories    o o o Gary North: The Day General Grant Expelled the Jews    o o o Kevin S. sent: How to Rig an FCC Spectrum Auction in Five Easy Steps    o o o I just heard from my editor at Penguin Books that because of strong demand they are printing another 20,000 copies of “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It”. That will bring the total in print to 240,000 copies.

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …