Notes for Sunday – January 01, 2017

John Cantius Garand (January 1, 1888 – February 16, 1974) was born in St. Rémi, Quebec. John Garand designed one of America’s best known battle rifles, the M1 Garand. General Patton praised Garand’s design, writing to Chief of Ordnance Lt. Gen. Levin H. Campbell, Jr., (January 26, 1945): “The M1 rifle is the most deadly rifle in the world.”

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More bad news: Debbie Reynolds has passed away. She was an amazing dancer, singer, and stage performer.




New Year’s Leadership-Part 1, by Sarah Latimer

Resolutions

It is the New Year, a time when most people reflect on the past year and determine what changes they want to make in themselves and their lives during the year ahead. When I think of a resolution, I think of a vow or serious commitment of resolve to see something through to completion. Usually, New Year’s resolutions are merely ideas or desires that people are willing to pursue with varying degrees of effort and commitment. According to Nielsen’s 2015 Report on Top New Year Resolutions, the top eight resolutions of those surveyed were:

  • Stay fit and healthy,
  • Lose weight,
  • Enjoy life to the fullest,
  • Spend less, save more,
  • Spend more time with family and friends,
  • Get organized,
  • Learn something new/new hobby, and
  • Travel more.

Actually, I don’t have a problem with any of those resolutions and could agree with all of those … Continue reading




Letter Re: The Get-Home Cache, by The Feral Farmer

Hi Hugh –

With respect to the recent article about buried caches, burying an igloo-type cooler sounds like a great way to lose an entire cache of stuff. First, the suggested six inches of soil covering provides nowhere near enough protection from a vehicle over an otherwise unsupported area the size of a cooler lid. With no earth-arching over the flat lid, I suspect (but can’t prove) that it would fail if a heavy vehicle tire went directly over it. Second, and perhaps a more valid concern, is that if placed anywhere other than a hillside with great drainage, it will float out of the ground during heavy rain unless it weighs enough to remain negatively buoyant.

The net buoyancy of an object is equal to the weight of the water its volume displaces minus the object’s weight. Using the cooler linked in the article (a … Continue reading




Economics and Investing:

Accounting Gimmicks Won’t Stop The U.S.A. Titanic From Sinking

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Gold Prices: Bounce Before The Final Crash Or A Major Low?

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Shale Spending Is Set To Soar. The worst of the oil price downturn appears to be over, with the most recent credit redetermination period showing that banks are finally loosening credit lines.

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Criminal Witch Hunt in Dallas Pension Fiasco

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Odds ‘n Sods:

US Retaliates Against Russia For “Hacking The Election”: Expels 35 Diplomats, Unveils Sanctions

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One of my buddies who is an expert on civilian drones just recommended this one: The Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera, 1.2-Mile HD Live View. He said that it is ideal for video bloggers (vloggers) and for anyone who is seriously into making home/ranch/travel videos. – JWR

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Headline: Soros: Trump is a “Would Be Dictator” Who Threatens the New World Order. JWR’s Comment: The psychological term for this is Projection. It is George Soros—the self-admitted former Nazi collaborater—who is the would-be dictator.

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As Venezuelans starve, the generals grow fat – C.L.

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A Recent Q+A podcast with Jay Nordlinger interviews AP’s Venezuela correspondent Hannah Dreier. … Continue reading




Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” – 1 Cor 2:1-5 (KJV)