Notes for Friday – April 10, 2015

April 10, 1796 was the birthday of James Jim Bowie, who died March 6, 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 58 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 will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost …

The 100-Year Geomagnetic Storm and The Electric Grid – Part 1, by Tango Delta

An average of once every one hundred years the sun takes aim at earth and launches a ginormous coronal mass ejection(CME). Less than a day later, it arrives as a cloud of charged particles and hits the earth’s magnetic field. It has a southern polarity and, therefore, “couples” with the earth’s magnetosphere, creating swirling “electrojets” of charged particles 100km above the earth. These produce geomagnetically-induced currents (GIC) in the earth itself. These currents flow into the grounding mechanisms of large Extra High Voltage (EHV) transmission towers. The current then flows through the transmission lines and into the EHV transformers in …

Letter Re: Well Pumps

Hugh, I’ve been following the discussions about well pumps here and have two concerns: People’s general unfamiliarity with hand pumps and the danger of relying on alternative energy to pump water. The past two generations don’t know what it’s like to pump water by hand for their daily needs, because they have probably always had electricity for pumping water. As such, many people today do not understand how a pump works or the effort required to bring just a small amount of water to the surface. Many different types of hand water pumps are now on the market for folks …

Economics and Investing:

China Gold Reserves Rise To Threatening Level o o o One Last Look At The Real Economy Before It Implodes – Part 4 o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Euro Zone Sets Greece Reform Deadline Ahead of IMF Repayment Why This Earnings Season Could Be The Worst Since 2009 Minimum Wage: Disadvantaged Youth Are Crucial Issue

Odds ‘n Sods:

Who Will Control The World’s Water: Governments Or Corporations? o o o The US Gov Can Download the Entire Contents of Your Computer at Border Crossings. – H.L. o o o Obama gun control push backfires as industry sees unprecedented surge. – G.G. o o o Police arrest 5 fake Long Island detectives – A badge carrying home invasion gang. – T.P. o o o IRS ordered to release list of targeted tea party groups. – D.S.