Notes for Thursday – September 29, 2016

September 29th, 1881, is the birthday of Ludwig von Mises (born 1881, died October 10, 1973). o o o SurvivalBlog just learned that Bill Mollison passed away in Hobart, Tasmania, Austrailia at the age of 88. Together with Davide Holmgren, he developed what we now call Permaculture, a holistic way of farming, changing the lives of millions around the world o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 66 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. …

The Art and Practice of OPSEC, by T.H.

What is it? We often hear the term OPSEC, also know as Operations Security (not Operational Security), but few people actually know what it really means. When asked they often say, “It means not talking about what you are doing.” Or, they may say, “It means staying gray.” This is an extremely simplistic view of the program and fails to incorporate the nuances and methodology of the process. The concept is nothing new. In the fifth century BCE, Sun Tzu wrote, “If I am able to determine the enemy’s dispositions while at the same time I conceal my own, then …

Letter: Use Even More Caution Putting Personal Information Out There

HJL, A study by the RAND Corporation, published in the Journal of Cybersecurity, looked at the frequency and cost of IT security failures in U.S. businesses and found that the cost of a break-in is much lower than thought, typically around $200,000 per case. With top-shelf security systems costing a lot more than that, not beefing up security looks in some ways like a smart business decision. “I’ve spent my life in security and everyone expects firms to invest more and more,” the report’s author Sasha Romanosky told The Reg. “But maybe firms are making rational investments and we shouldn’t …

Economics and Investing:

There are huge implications to society if this forecast is even partially correct. Men Without Work. – P.S. o o o As Heavy-Truck Sales Go, So Goes the Economy – G.G. o o o 44 Percent Hike in Taxes Covers Obama-Era Debt – B.B. o o o 8M Americans Paid $1.7 Billion For Not Having Obamacare – B.B. o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

At Senate hearing, US State Department refuses to say how many Syrians in next year’s flow – B.B. o o o Refugees from all 50 states in DC today lobbying for more $$$ and more refugees – B.B. o o o Secret Report: Terrorists Running Wild Within U.S. Borders – V.E. o o o Solar storm heading towards Earth threatening to break your Sky TV and mobile phones – G.G. o o o Used Coffee Grounds Can Clean Contaminated Water – S.B. – D.S.