Notes from JWR:

“They can’t stop the signal!” Please help spread the word to mitigate the latest ping flood attack on SurvivalBlog’s main server. If there is another wave of pinging attacks, folks can use this temporary site: (Please bookmark that!) — This is the last day in Camping Survival’s 25% off sale on Mountain House foods. Meanwhile, Freeze Dry Guy has extended their 25% Off Special on All Mountain House #10 Cans through July 10, 2013. — This is also the birthday of Robert A. Heinlein. (1907-1988.) I’ve quoted Heinlein in SurvivalBlog more often than any other fiction writer. One of …

Low-Budget Photovotaically Charged Drill Batteries, by C.K.

I’d like to discuss some practical aspects of power tools. Some posts in the past have been mentioned about them but I am going to discuss making solar power tools. And not just buying the pieces and making them (which you could do if you wanted) but actually making them from salvaged “junk”.   I’ll be the first to admit that while I love and own all types of traditional (non-electric) hand tools, using them does take considerably longer and more effort than the powered ones. (Not surprisingly).   My background is that of a professional tinkerer, and a trained …

Economics and Investing:

B.B. sent: The Federal Reserve is Paying Banks NOT to Lend 1.8 Trillion Dollars to the American People Tom Cloud: People Want Physical Gold and Silver in Their Hands Items from The Economatrix: $1.5 Quadrillion Storm:  EU Accuses 13 Banks of Derivatives Collusion Wall Street Banks Extract Enormous Fees from the Paychecks of Millions of American Workers Silver at Less Than $19/oz?  Are You Kidding?

Odds ‘n Sods:

My #1 Son suggested this bit of practical knowledge over at The Art of Manliness: How to recognize when someone is drowning.    o o o S.D. suggested a great article on trash can EMP shielding. JWR’s Comment: Note that the typically-available mild steel wool has a tendency to rust, and that might induce rust on the contents of the can. So I’d recommend that you substitute stainless steel wool. This is particularly important if you live in a humid climate.    o o o Reader Luke D. sent an items that is hardly a news flash to SurvivalBlog readers: …

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” – Colossians 2:6-9 (KJV)