Notes for Friday – September 04, 2015

September 4, 1862 is the fateful day that General Lee invaded the North with 50,000 troops. Historians will banter back and forth about the real reasons for the Civil War, but we will probably never fully understand. It is my personal belief that General Lee was gambling on a quick offensive because the South did not have the resources for a prolonged war. Whatever the case was, President Abraham Lincoln trampled the Constitution and created the foundation for the “Big Brother” government we have today.

Medical Bartering, by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD

Medical bartering is as old as the hills, yet still alive today. Though you may not have encountered medical bartering in your own community, a quick web search will reveal that the days of paying your doctor with chickens continue into the 21st century. Of course, when the grid goes down or our currency collapses, you’ll need to find another method of payment for everything. On the other end, with store shelves empty, medical supplies may become a valuable medium of exchange. When stocking up on medical items for your family, it’s a great idea to purchase extra, currently inexpensive …

Letter: Thoughts for Frozen Food Storage for SHTF

Tonight I ate a rib eye steak that was a little over two years old. It was tender, juicy, and just as good as the day I bought it. It was vacuum packed and frozen at -14 to 0 degrees for the entire time. I see no reason to believe that the steak would not be just as palatable for at least another year. I believe this to be a viable consideration for food storage for, if not the long term, an intermediate period for SHTF situations. If this is to be considered for a food source for a few …

Odds ‘n Sods:

When The Going Gets Tough – The Tough Start Welding – T.P. o o o Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed – T.P. o o o Gun control groups accused of ‘swatting’ open-carry permit holders, putting lives at risk – P.M. o o o Bankrupt Detroit buys a $700,000 SWAT Vehicle – G.S. o o o Gunfire scare in Millis is called a hoax – GJM