Notes from JWR:

Thanks for making the Book Bomb Day for my novel Expatriates a great success. The book peaked at #22 overall on Amazon, yesterday morning. There has been a delay in the release of the Kindle version of the novel in the UK, But it is available in the US, Canada, Ireland, and continental Europe. And while the downloadable version of the audiobook is not yet available, the MP3 CD-ROM can now be ordered. (The audio book was wonderfully narrated by Eric G. Dove.) Thanks for your patience, folks. — I was saddened to hear of the death of Tom Clancy, …

Thoughts on Preparedness, by Mom in the Colorado Rockies

Thoughts on Preparedness, by Mom in the Colorado Rockies Most of us have it down to a science on what we are going to do every morning. Wake up, grumble at the alarm clock, stagger in for coffee, etc. You know what time you need to leave to get to work on time, and maybe squeeze in a drive thru run for coffee or a breakfast biscuit. Muddle through the work day and pray for it to hurry by so you can fight traffic and get home in time for dinner, baths for the kids and vegetate in front of …

Letter Re: Basic Mechanics Skill and Knowing Vehicular Limitations

Dear JWR, Instead of a breaker bar, which while good to have is large and hard to store, I’ve found extendable lug nut wrenches to be the ideal compromise.  Easily twice as strong as the much thinner wrenches that come with the vehicle. The only caveat is that I’d recommend a long/deep wall socket that’s the precise size of your lugs to ensure you don’t damage and/or jam or lug nuts inside your socket… I’ve tried both the Torin (sold at Wal-Mart stores) and the Grizzly (sold by with satisfactory success.  Both are over 20″ extended, and even slightly …

Economics and Investing:

The Dreaded D Word: Treasury taking final steps to avoid default Blackstone Investor Sees ‘Epic’ Credit Bubble Frequent contributor H.L. sent this: ‘It’s not life, it’s survival’: Crisis-hit Portuguese forced to live in communes Silk Road site and DPR’s Bitcoins seized. (Thanks to J.B.G. for the link.) Items from The Economatrix: Peter Schiff Was Right Part Deux: The “Taper” Edition Markets Are Crumbling All Around The World As Government Shutdown Gets Close This Will Create A Horrific Collapse That Will Shock The World

Odds ‘n Sods:

Reader RBS mentioned a site with some great data on vacuum tubes:    o o o Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large) spotted this: Mind Blown: Remote Control Sturmgewehr 44 In Syria    o o o What’s so special about John Moses Browning?    o o o Lee M. spotted this: Fifty Free Farmstead eBooks    o o o My novel Expatriates is now available for Nook e-reader owners.    o o o H.L. sent: Meanwhile in Sudan: Fuel riots, a hiring spree of ex-Soviet air mercenaries and preparations for war