David D. sent a link to a most interesting paper. The abstract begins: “Throughout history, the expansion of human population has been supported by a steady growth in our use of high-quality exosomatic energy. The operation of our present industrial civilization is wholly dependent on access to a very large amount of energy of various types. If the availability of this energy were to decline significantly it could have serious repercussions for civilization and the human population it supports. This paper constructs production models for the various energy sources we use and projects their likely supply evolution out to the year 2100. The full energy picture that emerges is then translated into a population model based on an estimate of changing average per-capita energy consumption over the century. Finally, the impact of ecological damage is added to the model to arrive at a final population estimate.”
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RBS forwarded this news story from Idaho: Family of 17 Found Living in the Woods.
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Michael Z. Williamson mentioned in an e-mail that AIM Surplus is currently selling “shooter grade” 7.62mm NATO Ishapore Enfield bolt action rifles for just $99 each. (FFL Required.) Stock up while they are at this price,.
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Two readers suggested this article for the “I Told You So” Department: Mint Resumes Gold Coin Sales With New Prices.