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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Another Quick Roundup Post

Another Quick Roundup Post

unemployment and inflation 200x132 Another Quick Roundup PostToday I’m going to post a roundup post of several different articles that have caught my eye recently.

Even Wal-Mart Feels The Crunch

Wal-Mart CEO Bill Simon was talking with the folks over at USA Today recently where he said that consumers in the United States face serious inflation very soon for clothing, food, and other retail products.

Their suppliers have finally started passing along the increased costs to them, which they will in turn have to pass on to consumers. He says this isn’t just limited to Wal-Mart, but is a broad problem across the retail industry.

These costs are primarily driven by raw material cost, labor cost, and fuel costs. He believes that we will start to see this hit in June of this year.

Read the whole article for more…

Yeah, Gas Prices Suck…So What?

In other news, gas prices have officially doubled since Barack Obama took office. The average cost of gasoline in this country was $1.79/gallon then, and now it’s running at a whopping $3.58.

The last twelve months have seen an increase in gas prices alone of over 19%, with a serious spike of 6.8% in the month of February of this year. If you do the math, you’re looking at a potential for $7.00/gallon gas if this keeps up.

Are you hearing anything about this in the media today? We had story after story when the gas price spike hit a few years ago, but this one is being swept under the rug. Why do you think that is?

Read the whole article for more…

The Empire State Rebellion Strikes Again

Remember that video I showed you a few weeks ago from the Anonymous Hacker Collective? They’ve released another one. I’ll embed it here with no further comment.

The Shadow Knows

Baron over at the Gates of Vienna has a series going that is worth reading. Called The Shadow Knows, he shares some of his thoughts on dealing with an economic collapse. A quote:

The crisis I’m describing will occur relatively soon, and many people who read this will still be alive when it comes.

What will life be like for you then?

What will be your part in it?

This is something for which we are all ill-prepared. Most of us have been trained to be part of global modernity, to be apprentice mechanics whose job it is to help keep the world-machine running. When it finally huffs out its last plume of steam and clatters to a permanent halt, we’ll be left standing there, useless monkey wrench in hand, lacking even the ghost of a clue.

What then?

Check it out. It’s worth the read.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

Get Some Free Seeds

Get Some Free Seeds

So I found out today that Seeds of Change is giving away free seeds for a while.  To quote their site: How does it work? Simply sign up and we’ll send you free packets of Seeds of Change Certified Organic Seeds. For every seed request, we’ll give a matching donation of seeds to the AmericanContinue Reading

An Update From The Kearney Household

An Update From The Kearney Household

While the world around us descends into chaos, I thought I’d keep it light for tonight and talk a little bit about some of the things that are on the agenda for the Kearney household this spring and summer. Final Planning For Our New House So as you know if you’ve been around for aContinue Reading

Gardening with Self Watering Containers

Gardening with Self Watering Containers

As you probably know, one of the goals my wife and I have for our family is to move out of the Puget Sound suburbs and out to our land in Eastern Washington. As a result we have been somewhat reluctant to do anything even remotely permanent where we’re at now. That includes us beingContinue Reading

Three Critical Self Defense Considerations

Three Critical Self Defense Considerations

Today I want to talk a bit about self defense and personal safety. And honestly, this isn’t just personal. Keeping yourself intact is pretty darn important to people who care for you and depend on you. This is a very personal topic, and what I have to say here should be considered my opinion andContinue Reading

One Simple Question

One Simple Question

So I’m working on some bigger stuff today, and don’t have time to write up a post.  So in lieu of that, I have one question for you, and I’d really appreciate it if you could either send me an email with your answer, or leave a comment. That question: How Can I Help You?

Three Survival Fiction Books You Should Read

Three Survival Fiction Books You Should Read

I’ve said this before, but I’m a sucker for survival fiction. The blog has been kinda heavy lately, so I want to lighten things up a bit today and talk about some of the books and stories that I have enjoyed. One Second After A book by William Forstchen, One Second After looks at aContinue Reading

Disaster Plans and Decision Making

Disaster Plans and Decision Making

Today I want to touch on a few higher level preparedness concepts that I haven’t really talked about before. They’re all around planning ahead of time. Planning ahead of time is critical because when you’re under stress you won’t be able to think straight. Even if you have time to sit down and consider theContinue Reading

A Few Comments on Recent Events

A Few Comments on Recent Events

Like I said yesterday, there’s quite a few things going on in the world that aren’t getting much attention with the problems over in Japan. Let’s talk about a couple more. North Korea Gets Antsy “Bad Stuff” is still happening over on the Korean peninsula. The North Koreans have been disrupting GPS receivers using aContinue Reading

The Entitlement Trap Closes

The Entitlement Trap Closes

(Warning: A bit of language slipped into this one … I got a little excited. I left it in because it’s how I genuinely feel, but if you don’t like a few choice words, you may want to skip a few parts…) Despite the focus of most of the world and the press being solidlyContinue Reading

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