Notes for Sunday – January 11, 2015

January 11th is the birthday of Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804.) It is also the natal day if the late Gunnar Fridtjof Thurmann Sonsteby, who was born in 1918. He was the most decorated hero of the Norwegian resistance under the German occupation. He died May 10, 2012. 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: First Prize: A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course (a $1,195 value), A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate …

Tactical Aging, by G.D.

The above title to this article was drafted tongue in cheek, but it seems correct for the points that I hope to make. The article will contain a lot of “I”s and “me”s, but I promise that I am not a raging narcissist. I am only relating events as they have happened to me and how they helped me to navigate the uncertainties of the future. I would like to take credit for planning each positive event, but a lot of it was due to dumb luck and good fortune. Hopefully, however, there may be something in this narrative that …

Letter Re: Getting By In Wyoming

Hugh, Concerning the Sears Catalog serving as toilet paper, I can personally vouch for the effectiveness, reliability, and expedience of this method of providing for that part of the daily routine. Before being married, I would make regular (once, maybe twice yearly if I had a lot of company) requests for what would become my favorite supplier of this resource– an electronics supply company called Digikey. Their catalog is both free and voluminous with the added benefit of being printed on thin, matte paper. This method served myself and the occasional fellow young, single buck just fine for years. However, …

Economics and Investing:

Record 93 million Americans now not in the labor force: The non-working American recovery added 451,000 to the not in the labor force category in December alone. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: This Isn’t Investing … It’s Russian Roulette Old vs Young: The Story Of America’s Two Labor Markets Labor Participation Rate Drops To Fresh 38 Year Low; Record 92.9 Million Americans Not In Labor Force December Employment Gain Caps Best Year for U.S. Since 1999; Wage Gains Lag – Here’s your Bloomberg spin on those same numbers.

Odds ‘n Sods:

From the National Geographic Channel: The Ultimate Black Market Weapon. – G.P. o o o Venezuela: Military Supervises Food Distribution. – H.L. o o o Owner dies after shootings at suburban Kansas City gun shop. – T.J. o o o Waste to water. – G.P. o o o PA Man Arrested for Refusing to Hand Over Camera to Police Officer. – T.P.