Tuesday miscellany

Maryland Concealed Carry Update : “The United States District Court for the District of Maryland recently ruled that Maryland’s requirement that applicants for a concealed carry permit show “good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun” is unconstitutional.” Thanks to Prep Kat for the link.

Flu That Leapt From Birds to Seals Is Studied for Human Threat : “All human flu strains evolved from flu viruses that live in birds. One of those strains, which emerged in 1918, killed an estimated 50 million people.” Thanks to Gwen C for the link.

Panic, Drought, Massive Gains For The Grains : “It is no secret that grain prices have been soaring as a number of savvy commodity investors have been cashing in on the latest trend to take the world of hard assets. Many are also aware that a nation-wide drought has been the culprit of said price rises. But while the drought has been widely covered, few realize just how severe it has been.”

Retire Here, Not There: Tennessee : “Tennessee, home to the Appalachian Mountains in the east and the Mississippi River in the west, is full of hidden gems, retirement experts say. The cost of living is 11% below the national average, compared to 6% below average for North Carolina and 5% less for South Carolina. The state also has no income tax (except on interest and dividends), and property taxes are reasonable, says Harish Vishria, an Ameriprise Financial adviser in Memphis.”

Wilder, Fentress County, Tennessee Land For Sale – 10.22 Acres : “10.22 survey ac of mountain top acreage with lovely views. Approx 260 ft of road frontage. Creek at the back line of the property. Loads of wildlife. Awesome mountain views. Located in a private – rural country location. $39,900”

Clarkrange, Fentress County, Tennessee Land For Sale : “5.62 acres in a good area of southern Fentress County. Property has drive put in and septic installed. Property is mainly cleared with some woods along creek.$39,900”

Southern States Offer the Most Bang for Your Cost of Living Buck : “Our survey results show states with the best bang for your buck are in the South.”

10 States With the Lowest (and Highest) Cost of Living : “Some of the least expensive states include Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota, Georgia, and Missouri.”

Disability Benefit Program Is Going Broke : “More Americans qualified for disability than found jobs over the past three months, and since 2000, the number of beneficiaries rose by 73 percent, even though the workforce rose by less than 10 percent.” Want to see something interesting? Wait until the checks stop coming!

Gun Laws By State : 2012 Edition.

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  1. village idiot says:

    MD, regarding the Social Security and Disability System, I don’t believe the checks will quit coming, but I do believe the checks will be worth less and less over time until they become near worthless. That’s been the history of these inflations and runaway spending sprees. And for people dependant on government income, it is imperitive to me that they do a couple of things. They can move to a state with a much lower cost of living, or they can get a piece of land where they can raise a garden, or both would be better. But at the very least get a place where you can raise some of your own food. You linked many places where the COL is low, and if one can move, now is the time. IMHO.

    • That’s my plan when I seel my albatross of a house. I plan to find someplace with about 10-30 acres paid in full and then spend the next 20 years till retirement getting as self sufficient and off grid as I can. Maybe when or if I get to retire my SS check will cover prop tax and insurance and I can live off my garden, set up a roadside stand and sell the excess and just enjoy life. I have to wonder thought that with the last couple of generations since the mid 70’s that in 20 years people may allergic to anything that is non gmo and won’t be able to eat real food. Can’t swing a cat nowdays in a school lunchroom without hitting a kid that is deathly allergic to a peanut butter sandwich, real milk, eggs, and then add, adhd, autistic etc , etc, all thanks probably to the scientist at monsanto!!!

      • village idiot says:

        Good plan for retirement, george. But you brought up a good point about all the allergies, etc. that are affecting our kids. Some of the money now being wasted by our government should be used to study this phenomena. I wonder if kids in other nations have these allergies in the percentages we do. Maybe some of our Canadian or Australian friends could tell us.

      • Tinfoil Hat says:

        I will be on my personal piece of 11+ acres in 32 days!!! Can’t wait!

      • Kelekona says:

        George, Interesting, I had heard rumblings that peanut butter and gluten allergies are new because they started making GMO versions, but I was thinking that they were allergic to the GMO versions instead of the real ones.

        I’ve also heard something about a modified tick that can make people become allergic to meat, but that rumor was a link that didn’t go anywhere.

        • George, about the SS paying property taxes, I was informed by someone smarter than me that in most states and counties, a homestead exemption and a senior citizen freeze is available to help reduce taxes to a reasonable level you can afford. In my case, taxes were reduced to zero. Check it out.

  2. JP in MT says:

    We we talking about government assistance and tax breaks the other day and I was expressing how that makes people & governments more repressed in their thought process. If someone gives you something, like the government does with unemployment, disability pay, welfare, medical subsidies, etc. it makes them beholden to the government. Then they go along with the government programs even though they do not benefit them because they are afraid of loosing their hand-out.

  3. JP in MT says:

    M.D.: You recruiting for neighbors?

    • JP in MT,

      Wolf Pack neighbors are welcome – building a community…

      • JP in MT says:

        Then I’d have to change my handle. Do I have to tell my kids I moved?

      • Dean in Michigan says:

        If I win the lottery, you’ll be the first to know, (other than DW that is, but I wouldn’t do to you what I would do to her if I won the lottery), sooo OK, I guess you’ll be the second to know

      • I’m with MD on this one. The more like minded neighbors, the better.
        Keep the Faith

  4. axelsteve says:

    A coworker retired in Tennessee. He and his wife like it.He bought a house paid in full and he likes the airport there. He retired from the airport industry and can travel for free so he picked an area that was nice and liked the airport.He lives in a city so survival reasons were not an issue ,however he is happy there.

  5. SaratogaPrepper says:

    If yesterday’s 300 million person electrical outage wasn’t bad enough, today India is reporting a 670 million person outage.


  6. riverrider says:

    yay! some positive news, well sorta.

    • village idiot says:

      How was the rafting trip, river? And read yesterday’s misc. thread if you haven’t already, quite entertaining.

      • riverrider says:

        vi, slept in and went for a harley ride in the mtns instead. dw prefers the bike to the canoe so…maybe this weekend….

      • riverrider says:

        vi, reread yesterdays post. entertaining? i’d rather we stick to prepping and leave the moralizing/religion to the front porch discussions. tptb want us to be divided, thus they propagate these artificial controversies. i’m more interested what BS gun control tdl, cryptkeeper, and skeletor are forming behind closed doors. the delegate from il. is calling for an assault weapon ban…..really? that has worked SO well in the past…..

        • village idiot says:

          Nice that you got to take the bike ride, river. The word entertaining was meant as sarcasm, not entertaining at all is what I meant. I gotta be more careful about what I say, river, feelings are on sleeves these days. Or perhaps some are looking for a reason, I don’t know. But your point is well taken, and I’ll try to abide by your advice. But sometimes I’m bound to say things come hell or high water.

          • riverrider says:

            vi, i wasn’t criticising you my friend, in any way. people living in glass houses like me have no business throwing stones. i’m just staying out of it all, i got enough of my own problems 🙂

  7. Dont believe in concealed carry permits , Constitutional carry laws that some states have avoid the need for them if you live there .

  8. Bam Bam says:

    Heads Up

    Publix will have 40 ounce jars of Skippy peanut butter BOGO next week. Buy one for $7.69 and get the other free. Birds Eye frozen veggies will also be 50 percent off.

    • Bam Bam says:

      Ooops. Sorry guys, it’s Jif that is on sale next week–not Skippy.

      • conmaze says:

        Bam Bam,
        Jif, Mmmmm. Peanut butter freak here. That’s a good sale and will stock up on the veggies too for dehydrating. After the poor results from my garden this year I don’t want to get caught with the proverbial pants down. Thanks for the post!

  9. tommy2rs says:
  10. GrayHawk says:

    Hi Pack, I have been seeing a lot of aluminum brief cases at yard sales for a dollar or two. And small make-up cases made from aluminum also. Would they make a safe faraday cage type box ? The brief cases seem to seal very well. Whats your thoughts on maybe it would work thru a EMP ?

    • My understanding as an EE is the density of the aluminum would be the factor along with the strength of the pulse. Cast aluminum has a greater density than rolled sheet, is generally thicker than the rolled and resists intransigent emf pulses better. The aluminum wallets you see for sale in Wally World will in fact protect your card from being read by a run of the mill scanner but since they will not totally mask an rfid chip response to a strong scanner, I would not trust them to be effective. The leather two ply case with the lead foil between the plies is still the best bet. In 1988, an emp burst from an exploding transformer outside my wife’s place of employment killed the transistorized ignition systems in several of the cars, but our Ford Courier with the Mitsubishi cast aluminum finned housing spark controller located on the coil on the fenderwell stood up to it and was one of the few vehicles that would start. It was parked opposite the front row of cars and only two other cars in the lot at the far end with solid state ignitions would still run, both foreign imports. None of the US built cars with solid state would run and an old 63 Chevy pickup was one of the other vehicles that would run. It is very difficult to ascertain just exactly how strong a pulse would be since you would have to calculate the height of the burst, the strength, etc. Some vehicles inside a metal building would still run. When they had that missile launch out off the coast of California that was a Chinese experiment with EMP even though all of the authorities claimed it was a jet airplane, but too many ex missile persons like I who had witnessed too many launches knew better. They were aiming at the aircraft carrier out there and it came through unscathed even though they did manage to knock out the circuitry on the turbines on the cruise ship and all but one of the generators. Quite a story and quickly discredited and covered up. You notice the Chinese haven’t tried a repeat yet.

  11. Super Survival Man says:

    So here is how it’s going to go down.
    The U.S. is falling apart and getting worse. Pretty soon we’ll be shooting each other over, A. The Election, B. Food, C. Race, D. Religion E. 2nd. Amendment, F. all of the above
    (Doubt me, look at all the hate being poured out on this site alone over Chick-Fil-A) plus Lib’s are violent wack-jobs anyway.

    Once things really start boiling mad Vlad Putin will find a reason to nuke a few Western Cities. Rome, N.Y., D.C. maybe? Just to set us on our heels so he can break us up and take what Russia wants. (Like Alaska, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, maybe most of Europe?).

    Then the Chinese will get involved which should get very VERY interesting.

    • tommy2rs says:

      Meanwhile Apple is churning out iPads, even Sprint is selling the iPhone, Microsoft is bringing out Surface Tablets running Windows 8 Metro, and Google is rushing the Nexus 7 to market. So everything must be ok.

      (for those whose browsers need updating the sarcasm tag ends here)

      • Super Survival Man says:

        It was a bright September morning. My wife was on a phone call with her District Managers and I was about to go outside and cut the grass. All of a sudden my wife runs out of her office and says”Turn on the T.V., the manager from N.Y. said that a plane just flew into the World Trade Center”! You know the rest……….Everything seemed O.K. then too.
        I’m not certain if you sarcasm is pointed at me, or thoses that think that the unthinkable can’t happen. I believe that many of us here think that it will.

  12. jr from ar says:

    Maybe the rice will also be good in the detention camps

  13. I am shocked! ShOcKeD! SHOCKED! that my state of Massachusetts is one of the top ten most expensive states to live in! Not. 🙂

  14. Hunker-Down says:

    So….”The Disability Program is Going Broke”….??

    How can it go broke if the gubermint continues to generate fiat money? Warning, run-on sentence coming.

    The dorks in control will not allow a responsible fiscal solution to approach the problem, because,
    for every new enrollee, TDL gets an additional vote in November because
    we taxpayers are paying for TV ads to entice more folks to apply and
    no recipient of those dollars would vote against their so-called benefactor.

    This vote producing perpetual motion machine will continue to pump dollars into the economy and votes to TDL until it drowns in hyperinflation.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Good point HD.
      When we reach 52 – 53% of the population on the government payroll and dole……….it will be over. No coming back from that.

  15. I live in Tennessee, not a bad place to live. I don’t necessarily like the. house I’m in. Rent is really high and neighbors are old and rich. But it can be hard to find jobs here like everywhere else.

  16. JP in MT says:


    I just got back from a trip into town and the sporting goods shop. These guys have several stores throughout the state. The clerk told me that they just got in the notice that ammunition prices are going up.

  17. axelsteve says:

    Yes they are. The prices are up at the local walmart in my town.The cheap Blazer stuff that I buy for plinking went up 20 cents for a box of 50.

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