Notes for Tuesday – December 16, 2014

December 16th, 1928, was the birthday of Philip K. Dick, who died March 2, 1982. He penned a remarkable number of sci-fi novels and novellas that have been adapted into movies, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Screamers, Impostor, Minority Report, Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly, Next, and The Adjustment Bureau. Though he had a troubled personal life (with drug use and several failed marriages), his captivating books certainly had a knack for envisioning potential futures. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 56 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,000+ worth of prizes for this round include: …

Your Bags Are Packed, But Are You Ready To Go? by M.T.

The world isn’t safe and never has been. Read the headlines– financial collapse, terrorism, unemployment, rising crime, drugs, water shortages, distrust of government, all of which should give us pause to reflect on our future if we are realists. If these are not enough, the new clips from Ferguson, Missouri may give us pause to reflect. These are just some of the main reasons the prepper community exists and flourishes. Fear of the future, which is unknown, is a common human emotion. We all desire to be safe and secure, but can we ever really be? Will civilization, as we …

Letter Re: The Care and Feeding of a Woodstove

Hugh – I enjoyed Jim’s article “The Care and Feeding of a Woodstove“. We have a Blaze King Sirocco free-standing wood stove that, so far, we are very well pleased with, and, no, there is no financial interest involved. As the good ‘ol (sarc on) EPA has proposed new, tougher rules on emissions, this one was the best we could find with the lowest emissions. Like Jim, we heat a lot with wood, with propane back-up, our home is approximately 2500 square feet, and seems to be well insulated. We use mostly pine and fir; our kindling is split from …

News From The American Redoubt:

66 years ago, beavers were parachuted into Idaho’s backcountry. – RBS Hugh notes: Somehow, even after reading the article, it’s hard to put the image of an airborne paratrooper beaver out of my mind… o o o Rustling suspected as Idaho cattle herds vanish. – G.S. o o o Powered parachutist spotting deer fined. – RBS o o o Flap over sage grouse spurs Congress to intervene. – RBS o o o Hunters Are Not Bloodthirsty Barbarians As One Photographer Had Believed. – J.M.

Economics and Investing:

Same Currency War, New Battle Phase o o o Russian Rate-hike Stunner. – CDV o o o Low Oil Prices Could Point To A More Serious Problem o o o Multiple countries have closed their embassy in Egypt, as their country struggles with solvency concerns. It’s the worst economic crisis to hit Egypt since the 1930’s. Such a threat could lead to war. The worst economic crisis to hit Egypt since the 1930’s – CDV o o o Milk prices are about to fall big time. – K.W.

Odds ‘n Sods:

James Madison: How to stop the federal government. – D.S. o o o Prof: ‘Elf on the Shelf’ conditions kids to accept surveillance state. – D.S. o o o Spain Pushes Gag Law, Could Become A Nightmare Police State Very Soon. – CDV o o o Seems their people have not forgotten…the famous “NUTS” response in WW2. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde return to duty following Queen Fabiola’s funeral. – RBS