Notes for Wednesday – November 05, 2014

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Your Friends, by D.D.

Most people don’t see the need to prepare. To them, these funny stories about the end of the world (in one form or another) are nothing but a passing amusement, at best, or the ravings of paranoid doomsayers, at worst. Still, though, they have a backup, fool-proof plan, just in case they are wrong. This plan, of course, is to come to your house. As soon as they hear of any of your preparations, they casually invite themselves over: “If anything does happen, I know where I’m going…” They speak as if you’re preparing to carry their burden, too, and …

Letter: Coinstar

HJL, I had a bunch of change in the console of my car, a lot actually. I was thinking about using Coinstar to count it and give me cash, but I didn’t want to pay the fee. So, I went to their website. The option to get cash back is still there (they take 10.9%), but now they also offer an electronic-gift certificate from various vendors with no fee to such places as, Lowes, iTunes, and more. So at lunch I put all the change into a small box, found a Coinstar machine at a QFC, carefully went through …

Economics and Investing:

The government is already in a soft default and is addicted to low interest rates: Government expenses at $3.87 trillion while receipts enter at $3.29 trillion. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Charting Banzainomics: What The BOJ’s Shocking Announcement Really Means GOP Senate Takeover Would Put Fed Under Microscope U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in September; Exports At Five-Month Low Petrodollars Leave World Markets for First Time in 18 Years

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation Small-Scale Pig Raising by Dirk van Loon Fiction The Rackham Files by Dean Ing (includes the text of “Pulling Through” a modern nuke scenario + a mini nuke survival manual) Movies Lawrence of Arabia Saving Private Ryan

Odds ‘n Sods:

An example of government control by criminalizing the common: New York City Pays $7,500 To Falsely Arrested Knife Owner. – G.P. o o o Video – Black Dart is the United States’ Answer to Drones: War Games o o o Interesting view of the “Mad Max” war in Syria: The Dreaded GoPro Tanks. – G.S. o o o Frank Serpico speaks out on the out-of-control police state. – G.L. o o o Swedish Police Release Extensive Report Detailing Control Of 55 ‘No-Go Zones’ By Muslim Criminal Gangs. – P.M.