Notes for Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Post-Civilization Smithing, by THS

If I had to choose one tool or piece of gear for survival, a knife would be on the top of my list. A knife can be used to make fires, shelters, weapons, traps, and most of the things needed for survival. With a few tools and some practice, anyone can have a workable knife (or chisel, hook, hinge, or any number of other tools and hardware) in a few hours of work. Besides the usefulness of the self-fashioned tool, it will bring a great amount of satisfaction and pride. The skill of blacksmithing will also put you in a …




Letter Re: Scot’s Product Review: CMMG .22 LR Conversion for AR-15

Scot, Regarding the review, I have used an Attichison kit since the mid-70’s. (Yes, my first AR was bought over the counter in ’71, serial number under 20,000.) I have been satisfied with performance and accuracy. The CMMG is nearly identical so far I can tell on cursory examination, and I sold probably hundreds in retail and can’t recall any being returned or complained about. They save money, provide opportunity to train in places where .223 might prove problematic, and overall perform as they ought. I must confess to taking out a huge Norwegian Wharf Rat in my home in …




Economics & Investing:

Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized. – G.G. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Weak Economic Data Slams Wall Street Time to Reduce Reliance on the Dollar: Russia PM Greek Bonds Extend Selloff, Pushing Yield Up Most in 15 Months U.S. Retail Sales Drop: A Cautionary Sign on Consumer Demand




Odds ‘n Sods:

Shutdown: A Single Ebola Patient Has Overwhelmed The System: Dallas Hospital Forced To Close Emergency Room. – H.L. o o o Tiny Box Promises To Keep You Anonymous On The Internet. – G.P. o o o When Holding An Orphaned Baby Can Mean Contracting Ebola. – T.P. o o o America’s Ebola crisis is made worse by the people in charge. Dr. Thomas Frieden was Mayor Bloomberg’s Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2002–2009 and enforced the mayor’s trans-fat, 16-ounce soda, smoking, and salt bans. CDC Director Tom Frieden faces rising tide of …