Notes for Saturday – August 29, 2015

August 29th is a mournful day, as we remember the anniversary of the death of “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” – Isaiah 40:3. John, the Baptist, who heralded the first coming of our Lord and stood true to his belief in the face of death, was beheaded on this day in 29AD. In 1862, the Battle of Bull Run in Virginia began, along with the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. o o o Today, we present another entry …

Forecasting Disaster Part 1, by ShepherdFarmerGeek

Have you heard? There’s a lot of speculation lately that we might see downright apocalyptic events in mid-to-late September. I have to admit; it’s an impressive list of events, prophecies, and trends, and I’ve been encouraging my family and friends to top off their preparations in anticipation of what might happen. My “threat level” assessment is high. However, this is also an opportunity to revisit this whole idea of “projecting” trends and “forecasting” events, so that we are not tripped up or misled by the limitations of that process. Rather, we should focus on what truly is important, especially if …

Letter Re: A Year’s Supply of Food on a Budget by J. H.

HJL, Regarding your question regarding cooking oil that doesn’t stand out like sunflowers, I researched oil seeds for producing biodiesel. Canola rapeseed oil was the highest yielding and some varieties are grown for cooking oil. Some are genetically engineered so you need to find the right variety, but it grows well in Washington and British Columbia. It’s a brassicus with a yellow blossom so can be mistaken for wild mustard by passersby. – M.W.

Economics and Investing:

Bank system outage This will be interesting when the system really is closed, won’t it ? – A.S. o o o Fed Up Investors Yank Cash From Almost Everything Just Like 2008 – JBG o o o Eliminating Physical Currency Necessary To Give Central Banks More Power o o o Why Stocks Could Fall 50% If The Fed Makes The Wrong Move Items from Mr. Econocobas: Fed Up Investors Yank Cash From Almost Everything Just Like 2008 The Financial Times Demands End Of Cash, Calls It A “Barbarous Relic”

Odds ‘n Sods:

Mexico warns Texas not to refuse its immigrants’ babies U.S. birth certificates Why is it that the descendants of Southern European, imperialist, colonialist, slave-owning, conquistadors who settled in the southern half of North America, after enslaving, raping, pillaging, murdering, and effectively exterminating much of the indigenous peoples of that land area have such a hatred for the descendants of Northern European, protestant Pilgrims who built the northern half of the North American land mass into the most prosperous, democratic, freedom-loving and defending, ethnically and religiously diverse, God fearing nation on earth, without whom much of the free world would now …