Notes for Friday – October 10, 2014

Today was a reminder of the importance of being prepared. While traveling down the highway with my family, the oil filter blew up, causing the loss of oil pressure in the engine and literally spraying oil all over the vehicle. How many of us take spare oil filters and oil with us on long journeys? It worked out okay, because we were in cell phone range and the auto parts store delivered parts to me on the side of the highway where I was able to repair the vehicle. Make sure you at least have the tools to perform basic …

A Few Thoughts on Water Storage, by N.P.

I’d like to discuss a few ideas about water storage and describe what I’ve decided to do in our situation. My background, since most of this is my opinion, is that I work as the chemist (meaning I manage the water treatment systems) in a large power plant, hold the highest drinking water license possible in the state where I live, and am a degreed microbiologist. I’ve dealt with various water treatment systems for awhile. I don’t claim to know everything, but I do think that I’ve learned some things, and I hope to pass along a few ideas and …

Letter Re: Backup Electric Power Design Considerations

Hugh, Great article. On the connection from the box where you consolidate the power coming off the panels to the charge controller, it has been suggested to me that I use wire made for welding applications. I am told it has finer, more numerous strands of wire and therefore transfers more power, minimizing amperage loss. My source is a guy that builds high performance golf carts.. (Everything is relative.) Something called is where he goes. The author is right about storing gasoline produced in autumn. They put more butane in the gas for winter to help with cold weather …

Economics and Investing:

The Oil Weapon: A New Way To Wage War o o o Print Iceland Isn’t Greece… It’s Worse o o o JWR has been hammering this point for nearly a month now – Buy Low Sell High: The Price of Gold And Silver Has Finally Hit Bedrock – J.W. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Confidence In Obama On Economy Sinks to New Low – While the author doesn’t see this, it highlights how phony the “recovery” is for main street. Auto Debt Nearing $1 Trillion—-But No Bubble Here!

Odds ‘n Sods:

The One Simple Secret to Surviving Any Crisis – J.W. o o o Commission delays vote on U2 rocker’s proposed Malibu compound. – P.M. o o o Whoa…What’s This About EIGHT Confirmed Ebola Cases in Europe?. – H.L. o o o Men Carjack 91-Year-Old Vet In Moline. – Guatemalans, 16 and 17, escaped a facility in Des Plaines? – P.M. o o o The USD Is NOT going to collapse – it’s going to violently ERUPT. An interesting premise. – G.P.