Notes for Sunday – August 31, 2014

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Amish as Prepper Role Models, by V.R.

This one is so obvious, I can’t believe that it hasn’t already been written for SurvivalBlog. All that I know about the Old Order Amish is gained from association with individual families in a couple of Amish settlements in southeastern Minnesota. These folks are reputed to be among the most conservative of the Old Order Amish, having not yet adopted many of the modern conveniences other Amish groups have seen fit to adopt. For instance, SE Minnesota Amish still use steel rims on their buggies and farm implements, they cook and heat with wood, and they use kerosene lamps and …

Letter Re: EMP

I currently keep my backup mini-iPad in an EMP bag. Do I also need to keep my power supply for it there, too? Thanks – A.B. HJL replies: Yes. In fact, it is probably more important that the charger is in the bag than the ipad. Being an electrical engineer with considerable radio technology experience, I have a perspective that is a bit different than most on the subject. The true danger of EMP is in having antennas or things that act like antennas pick up the electrical energy. If the object in question either has wires or parts that …

Economics and Investing:

How Many Warnings Can You Give? o o o Janet Yellen thinks social media is overvalued o o o Comex Gold Warehouses Filling Up…With Paper o o o A 5-digit Price for Gold Is Not That Far-fetched – Here’s Why o o o The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan. B.B.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Myth of arctic meltdown. – P.M. o o o The “nanny state” strikes again: Government publishes detailed instructions on how to safely roast marshmallows. – JBG o o o Death of man restrained by NYPD ruled homicide . – T.P. o o o Online posts show ISIS eyeing Mexican border, says law enforcement bulletin. M.B. o o o Government To Regulate Groundwater For 1st Time As California Drought Becomes “Race To The Bottom”. -H.L.