Wednesday miscellany

Our Economy Has Been Collapsing, It Continues To Collapse, and The Collapse Is Going To Accelerate Dramatically : “Did you know that median household income in the United States is lower today than it was when the last recession supposedly ended? If we are in the middle of an “economic recovery”, how can this possibly be happening? Stunning new statistics compiled by Sentier Research show that the U.S. economy is not nearly as healthy as we have been led to believe.”

Doug Casey Predicts Day of Economic Reckoning Is Near : “It is a deal with the devil: governments churn out more and more cash for the promise of continued prosperity. But the day of reckoning is near, according to Doug Casey, chairman of Casey Research and an expert on crisis investing.”

→ Camping and Survival (one of our advertisers) has “Future Essentials Long Grain White Rice” on sale for $5.94 per can and “Future Essentials Canned Organic Green Costa Rican Monte Crisol Coffee Beans” for $11.94 per can.

Nuclear agency keeping close eye on Isaac : “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it is monitoring Hurricane Isaac as it approaches the Gulf Coast.” Thanks to Gwen C for the link.

Protecting Your Virtual Estate : “What happens to all of your e-mail and other digital assets when you die? Financial pros say not knowing can be costly.” Thanks to Gwen C for the link.

Gun ID legislation may trigger exodus of gunmakers Remington, Colt : “Two venerable American gun manufacturers — Remington and Colt — could head for the West their weapons helped win if New York and Connecticut force them to implement microstamping technology.” Thanks to Tinfoil Hat for the link.

19 people shot in overnight shootings across Chicago : How could this happen. Chicago has strict gun control.

→ Your health : Five Supplements that Can Help Reduce Chronic Pain.

Access to water key for food security : “With crop growing hampered by the effects of pollution and climate change, agriculture must become “more efficient and fairer”, he said, adding that nations all over the world need to “produce more with less” and manage water resources well.”

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  1. riverrider says:

    chicago,put a fence around it and toss in several thousand rounds of various ammo….prayers to the folks in the storm path. how about instead of the gov paying to rebuild let them pay to relocate new orleans, the people at least. put a fence around whats left and keep it open as a tourist trap if they must, but devoid of permanent residents. for 300 years we been trying to keep n.o. afloat, time to let her go. towns that get flooded around here, the gov makes them move to high ground or cuts off the cash, n.o. should be no dif. mother nature will win eventually, why continue to waste gazillions fighting a battle that you know you can’t win?

    • I agree, riverrider. New Orleans is below sea level, let it go.

      • Mt_man_stuckinthesouth says:

        I live in the hill country 35 miles NE of N.O.L.A. I couldn’t agree more. The people down there say it is such a great place to live. If thats the case then let them stay but let them put it back together on their own nickel. I feel like giving the people in that area more Fed money is like giving money to a begging crack hore. They just buy more crack and want more money tomorrow

      • axelsteve says:

        Whenever I listen to the old zeppelin song when the levee breaks I think of New orleans.

      • axelsteve says:

        I think the water security is a sound idea. I live near a lake so 5 gallon pails for flushing would be no problem.Irrigation would take allot of effort though, I would treat the water before drinking also.I think drilling a well would be doable from low water table from the lake.

    • Thing is, that can be said about huge parts of the US. Tornado Alley, the Gulf and Atlantic coasts for hurricanes, wild fire across most of the west, earthquakes in Cali, ice/snow storms in the north… Pretty well anywhere you live there’s a chance of getting repeatedly hit by extreme weather.

      Insurance’ll cover private losses, but folks’ll lways need help getting back on their feet.

      that said, when it comes to new orleans, they need to work out the worstcase scenario, then plan for things to be twice as bad.

      • riverrider says:

        the difference is it MIGHT happen here, its GOING to happen there, over and over again.

    • axelsteve says:

      I think that rice may be a pretty good deal. How much rice is in a #10 can?

      • axelsteve, I don’t know about weight, but #10 cans hold about 10 cups I think. The site says each can has 48 one/fourth cup servings. So I’m guessing between 3 & 4 lbs per can. Print was too small in the picture for me to read the weight.

      • Just looked on EE after my first post about the weight of the rice. Their #10 cans show 83 oz. That’s 5+ lbs per can. So I’d say it’s a good deal.

      • Homeinsteader says:

        About 12 to 12 1/2 cups

  2. We’d certainly welcome Colt and Remington to Montana!

    • Ohio is closer and already has High Point. A few more manufacturers would be welcome.

    • axelsteve says:

      JP I think they would do great in Montana. They would expand there lineup ,or should. My friend makes guitars and he moved back to montana and he expanded his line to appeal to a different market. I think that he is doing pretty good there.

      • They certainly would have any idiots standing outside they gates protesting their products up here. More like opportunities for product demo’s ;}

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Montana? Cold and drafty.
      Arizona would be far more suitable.
      And not just because I’m there.

    • They will announce their move to Texas soon.

  3. I was looking at the price of the Green Coffee beans as compared to regular “store bought” ground coffee. In my world, when you regrind a #10 can of coffee you end up with 2.5 cans of grounds and use the same # of scoops for a pot. If you did this with the green beans you should end up with about a #10 can’s worth. Since they are supposed to last longer I already have some on hand, if for no other reason than barter.

    For those that don’t know it, your coffee drink come off the surface area of the coffee you are using. That’s why we started buying cheaper coffee and regrinding it. But you do need good filters with the finer coffee.

  4. Managing water…Does this mean that they are going to get rid of the fountains and golf courses in Las Vegas and Phoenix? No wonder the Colorado River doesn’t reach the ocean any more.

  5. Homeinsteader says:

    Remote Alaska to stockpile food, just in case

    Excerpts from this article:

    Alaska is known for pioneering, self-reliant residents who are accustomed to remote locations and harsh weather. Despite that, Gov. Sean Parnell worries a major earthquake or volcanic eruption could leave the state’s 720,000 residents stranded and cut off from food and supply lines. His answer: Build giant warehouses full of emergency food and supplies, just in case.

    The state plans two food stockpiles in or near Fairbanks and Anchorage, two cities that also have military bases. Construction on the two storage facilities will begin this fall, and the first food deliveries are targeted for December. The goal is to have enough food to feed 40,000 people for up to a week, including three days of ready-to-eat meals and four days of bulk food that can be prepared and cooked for large groups. To put that number into perspective, Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, has about 295,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and Juneau, its third largest, about 31,000.
    DID YOU CATCH THOSE NUMBERS, Y’ALL? – …to feed 40,000 for up to one week….Anchorage has 295,000 people…

    THE CALVARY IS NOT COMING TO YOUR RESCUE, unless you are one of the “lucky” 40,000, MAYBE. IT’S ON YOU TO BE READY FOR ANYTHING, AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON. (Homeinsteader)

    Read the whole article here:

  6. I just used the link for the green coffee beans and ordered a case. It seems like a good deal.

  7. 2 tons of uranium seized in Bolivia.

    Worrisome that 2 tons of uranium just “turns up” in South America before the US election and the Venezuelan election. I wonder where the final destination was.

    I have trouble believing that black market uranium was being smuggled for use in nuclear reactors or for research institutions. The list of uses for smuggled uranium is a very short one. It might be prudent to rethink purchasing a dosimeter and some KI pills. How many other parcels of radioactive material have not been seized?

  8. riverrider says:

    the levee got topped. let the whailing begin.

  9. Homeinsteader says:

    St. John the Baptist Parish is under water (about 30 miles north of N’awlins); residents are wading waist-high water to reach buses so that entire families can be removed to safe shelters. SJBP did not have any evac orders. Don’t think they anticipated the heavy rainfall very well.

  10. They can set up shop in Arizona , we are gun friendly . Ruger is already here ……..c’mon down .

    • Sorry,
      Already sent the Welcome to Texas packet along with my resume.

      • Nothing said they cant have more than one factory ……….after all , the new Confederacy will need as many arms and munitions factories as they can get and its not a good idea strategically to put all you eggs in one basket .

  11. SurvivorDan says:

    Went with a relief LE column to NO after Katrina hit.
    Ain’t going back.
    Move to higher ground you sheeple.
    Sorry but I have little sympathy for folks who make the same mistake over and over again and then expect the rest of us to bail them out. Nay! DEMAND that the rest of us bail them out.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      May seem a bit harsh but I saw the mob first hand. I saw the contempt for those who came to help them. I saw the utter lack of any attempt at prepping for a disaster. No sign of them taking any responsibility for their own actions and inactions. And after all the aid and freebies the residents demanded to get their communities rebuilt that had been submerged. Are they underwater again? What a shock….

      • Homeinsteader says:

        Not harsh at all, SD. Just the truth.

        This is why I get so aggravated when I hear Katrina linked with N’awlins’. Katrina WAS NOT the problem for N’awlins; the problems was the levee breach, when, anyone who has ever lived there, knew had been “expected” for 20 years! And the people who NEVER obey the evac orders. Like I said in an earlie post, many years as a disaster relief volunteer with the ARC taught me that – much of that effort spent rescuing the fools who refused to heed the warnings. And then throwing huge amounts of money at a certain demographic group, just to keep them quiet and happy (but that’s another story).

        MS took the brunt of Katrina. But MS’s people were ready – say what you will about this state being “backward”, they had better leadership than LA, apparently, for, our gubment (up to that time, I mean, as Bobby Jindahl – current Gov of LA is a wonderful public servant, in my opinion) had taken wise action after Camille in 1969. MS’s people did not stand on rooftops and shout, “who will save me?”. Most people had enough sense to get out of Dodge – thus, the long lines at gas stations (plus those from LA and AL who came up this way). Those who lacked resources and didn’t ask for help got caught, but they still didn’t stand on rooftops and scream for help. We helped one another – because that’s how MS rolls.

        Poorest state in the nation? Supposedly. Fattest? Possibly. Also the 2nd highest giving in the nation. It’s a fine place to live, in my opinion.

    • Survivor Dan, I couldn’t agree more.

  12. If Remington and Colt want to move great. Move on down to Tennessee; We deffinatly could use the jobs. More importantly we appreaciate their product line.

  13. Homeinsteader says:

    Southern California town declares emergency over quake swarm

    The southern California town of Brawley has taken the unusual step of declaring a state of emergency after a swarm of earthquakes rattled nearly 20 mobile homes off their blocks and forced a slaughterhouse to close, the mayor said on Wednesday.

    It is uncommon for quake-hardy California cities to declare emergencies due to tremors, but Brawley mayor George Nava said the earthquake swarm is a unique case because it has lasted for days and caused millions of dollars in damage.

    The cluster of relatively small quakes, which are caused by water and other fluids moving around in the Earth’s crust, began on Saturday evening and climaxed the next day with a 5.5 temblor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    The tremors were continuing on Wednesday and geologists say there have been hundreds in total.

    Nava said leaders in Brawley, a city of 25,000 residents south of the state’s inland Salton Sea and 170 miles (275 km) southeast of Los Angeles, declared a local emergency late on Tuesday. Officials with surrounding Imperial County made a similar declaration on Wednesday.

    Nineteen mobile homes were knocked off their blocks and their residents forced out, Nava said. The auditorium at Brawley Union High School has been damaged and closed off, and the National Beef slaughter plant in Brawley has been temporarily shut down due to damage, he said.

    Local businesses have suffered millions of dollars in losses from closures and from customers staying away, Nava said. But he could not give an exact account of quake-related losses.

    The Red Cross and local government agencies will offer services to residents on Friday and Saturday at a local center. The emergency declaration allows Brawley to receive more assistance from Imperial County, Nava said.

    At one point, about 10,000 residents in the city were without power, and the quakes have also caused water line disruptions, Nava said.

    “When you don’t have an AC or running water, it’s just not a good thing in this weather,” he said.

    Jeanne Hardebeck, research seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, said earlier this week that the cluster of quakes is not a sign that a larger temblor is imminent. (Reporting By Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Tim Gaynor and Sandra Maler) Thursday Aug 30 2012

    Extinction Protocol posts a photo of a destroyed roadway in the area; travel must be very difficult in that area. (Home’r)

  14. MtWoman, thinking good thoughts for you today. Check your box when you have a moment.

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