Notes for Sunday – March 15, 2015

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Low Budget Knife Selection for a Novice, by S.G.

I. The World of Knives On the top of all new “prepper” lists is a good survival knife. The knife is a low-tech, multipurpose tool that has served humankind since before the dawn of civilization. To these early men, the side of a chipped flint could butcher an animal carcass for food and clothing. To the modern man, however, there is a dizzying array of choices when it comes to knife selection. This article documents my ongoing journey of knife selection, with my own frugal, low budget perspective. Now, when talking “low budget”, I do not mean cheap. When I …

Letter Re: Getting Home, by D.K. Vet

HJL, I thought this was a great article with many fine ideas. I have a couple of comments to add to the theme. As someone who has to often work hundreds of miles from my home for extended periods of time, I am always thinking of how I would return home if the balloon goes up. I addition to the idea of bringing cash, I like to take a little silver coin. I have also been known to frequent pawn shops in my new area and pick up silver, since lately it is at bargain prices. One thing I do …

Economics and Investing:

Guess What Happened The Last Two Times The S&P 500 Was Up More Than 200% In Six Years? o o o Recent actions by the world’s central banks, at a glance. – G.P. o o o Surprise! U.S. economic data has been the world’s most disappointing o o o ExxonMobil CEO Wrong About “Resilience” Of Tight Oil Production

Odds ‘n Sods:

Meet the 19th Century American Who Warned About Big Government, Religious Liberty Assaults. – P.M. o o o Hertz installs in-car video cameras to spy on its rental customers. – T.P. o o o Obama Administration considers independent journalists to be ‘enemies of the state,’ warn reporters. – RBS o o o Putin vs. the preppies and the Ph.D.s: Outsiders, not insiders, change the world. – T.J. o o o Canadian Town Bans Spitting, Swearing And Gathering In Groups Of Three Or More. – H.L.