Notes for Saturday, October 18, 2014

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Emergency Prepping, Sustainability, and the Idea of Adapting in Advance, by F.J. – Part 1

“We are an exceptional model of the human race. We no longer know how to produce food. We no longer can heal ourselves. We no longer raise our young. We have forgotten the names of the stars, fail to notice the phases of the moon. We do not know the plants and they no longer protect us. We tell ourselves we are the most powerful specimens of our kind who have ever lived, but when the lights are off we are helpless. We cannot move without traffic signals. We must attend classes in order to learn by rote, numbered steps …

Letter Re: A Few Thoughts on Water Storage

Hugh, I just recently returned from a trip to New Zealand, where I stayed in private homes in small towns on North Island. I was surprised to learn that these small towns don’t have public water systems; every home in the town has its own rain catchment system. The system catches unfiltered rain water from the roof of the home, draining it into large above-ground tanks in the back yards. (It doesn’t ever freeze on North Island.) Most of the homeowners I talked to had no idea how the system worked, but I did find one fellow who said the …

Economics & Investing:

Troubled NBRS Financial Bank is closed by state regulators. – G.G. Items from Mr. Econocobas: Greece to Test Minimum Guaranteed Income Program If A Few Ebola Cases Can Make The Stock Market Crash This Much, What Would A Full-Blown Pandemic Mean? – I don’t think this has much to do with the down fall, but I’m sure it has some impact overall. Bullard Says Fed Should Consider Delay in Ending QE– Geez, you mean the Fed might not actually end QE?…What a surprise!…No one could have ever seen that coming, right?… Markets Back to Hanging on the Fed’s Every Word

Odds ‘n Sods:

Dallas Hospital Had the Ebola Screening Machine That the Military Is Using in Africa. – P.M. o o o Houston to pastors: Forget your sermons, now we want your speeches. – B.B. o o o Apocalypse Now: Preppers Are Gearing Up for Ebola. – G.G. o o o Ebola outbreak projections for the United States defy CDC’s false assurances. – J.W. o o o FEMA Pandemic Exercise Series. – B.B.