## Notes for Saturday – June 20, 2015

June 20th is the birthday of Audie L. Murphy, who was born in 1925. He died in a plane crash on May 28, 1971. This is also the anniversary of the death of novelist Vince Flynn (born April 6, 1966, died June 19, 2013). His death, at age 47, was a loss to the literary world.

## Guest Post: Living On The Edge When The Grid Fails, by A.M.

Using Waldon Pond as a guide and an early Banner motor home as an inspiration, 22+ years ago I wired my 2,000 square foot home for 12-volt and 110-volt solar emergency lighting and light work. Pictured is the home-built control center for the three panel system, which is 100 watts. The 300 watt wind turbine can be used for pumping water when hooked to the single battery or it may be used to charge a neighbor’s battery for barter. A short-run gas generator (110 volt 22 amp) handles the heavy loads when the grid is down and is disconnected from …

## Guest Post: 150,000 Cigarettes or 3,275 Ounces of Silver, by Gary Christenson

Suppose on January 1, 1995, over 20 years ago, you quit smoking one pack per day and bought silver instead… Assume: One pack of cigs per day at their average price each month over those 20 years in the United States. Instead of buying cigs, you purchased silver once per month on the last day of the month with the savings. Some states have higher or lower taxes than average. For example, the national average price for a pack of cigs might be \$6.50, while some states average over \$10 per pack. Use the average price for calculations. Savings: One …

## Letter: Clothes Hanger for Armor

Hugh, Many in the community have invested in steel plate body armor. Due to the weight, use of ordinary hangers is out of the question, so it ends up sitting in a heap on the floor or hooked to a nail in the wall. Constructing an effective clothes hanger for your rig so that it can hang in the closet and up off the floor takes about 15 minutes, six dollars, and a trip to Home Depot. Bill of Materials: 1 each 2-ft section of 1.25 inch diameter schedule 40 PVC Pipe \$3.23 2 each PVC Pipe end caps 1.25 …

## Economics and Investing:

U.S. Changing Credit Card Liability on October 1, 2015. – D.F. o o o Record number of too big to fail banks: 59 banks in the United States now have over \$20 billion in assets. Top 3 US banks hold \$6.3 trillion in assets. o o o Government Debt Threatens To Send U.S. Economy Into Death Spiral, Social Security Trust Fund Gone In 2029, Entitlement And Debt Payments Will Consume All Taxes In 2032 o o o Watchdog: IRS cuts had minimal impact on tax collections

## Odds ‘n Sods:

Law Enforcement Seizes \$11,000 From 24-Year-Old. Lesson is do NOT get caught anywhere with a LOT of cash, especially on public transportation, but cops at routine traffic stops HAVE seized CASH, and some people NEVER get it back. You are GUILTY until you prove yourself innocent. So many Americans smoke or are around pot that many of our folding money bills smell of it to a canine dog. – H.L. JWR Adds: And, needless to say, NEVER consent to a search of your private conveyance! The police must have “plain view”, “probable cause”, or at least “reasonable and articulable suspicion” …

## Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. …