Notes for Tuesday – December 09, 2014

December 9th, 1914 is the birthday of Maximo Guillermo “Max” Manus. He was one of the few Norwegians who had the testicular fortitude to put his life on the line, fighting the Nazi occupiers. (There surely would have been more active resistance fighters, but fearing widespread reprisal executions by the Germans, King H7 asked the civilian populace to stand down.) Max Manus passed away in 1996. I would have liked to have met him. His exploits are fairly accurately shown in the movie Max Manus: Man of War. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 56 of …

Becoming a Top-Tier Survivalist and Representing the Prepper Community, by M.M. – Part 1

The concept of prepping has been widely publicized throughout the past decade, but it is rarely cast in a positive light, outside of survival dedicated websites, such as SurvivalBlog. The mainstream media networks mock our community by seeking out and casting the most ridiculous so-called preppers they can find to achieve high viewer rankings. The federal government encourages the citizenry to make minor preparations for surviving major disasters by storing several days’ worth of food, water, batteries, and other basic necessities. However, at the same time, it labels citizens who truly prepare (and especially those who own guns and military …

Letter: Vacuum Sealing Ammo

Hugh, I have been thinking of vaccum sealing my storage ammo and just use wood crates to store in bulk. You know, I’d do it with a common food sealer system. Has anyone tried this or made suggestions in this area? Any feedback (good or not) would be greatly appreciated! – C.P. Hugh replies: You can seal your ammo, but you need to be careful about what type of ammo. The powder contains its own fuel and oxidizer (as does the primer), so a storage in a vacuum should not harm the active components. You may still have some tarnishing …

Economics and Investing:

New Rules: Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Take Deposits and Pensions o o o Average Federal Spending Per Household Nearly $30K. – P.M. o o o Egon von Greyerz: Global Deflationary Implosion Will Start Money Printing o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas New Law Would Make Taxpayers Potentially Liable For TRILLIONS In Derivatives Losses – This essentially already exists as they have an implicit guarantee from the government but suppose this would have it officially explicit. JWR has been warning about the derivatives since 2006 Japan Third-Quarter GDP Revised Down to 1.9% Contraction Rate Rises Spark ‘Massive Volatility’ Warnings

Odds ‘n Sods:

The dark secrets of a surveillance state – RBS o o o “Careening Toward A New & Different Kind Of Civil War” – B.B. o o o Russia To Conduct Observation Flight Over US. – M.B. o o o Beloit Police Ask Residents To Volunteer To Have Their Homes Searched For Guns. – T.P. o o o Continuing the open source discussion: Linux Mint 17.1 review—less change is good change. – P.S.