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Newsletter – 1/18/2011

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First, welcome to the second edition of the Preparing Your Family newsletter. Yes, this is going out a bit later than planned, but we had a pretty busy weekend, and I had pretty much zero time to write.

Normally I do my writing and whatnot pretty late at night. I spend time with my wife and family early in the evening and then work on this and my yet-unannounced business for a few hours, usually crawling into bed around 1am. But this weekend was so draining that last night my wife and I crashed out around 9pm!

Anyhow, enough excuses … on to the newsletter!

Have You Started Planning Your Garden?

I know quite a few of you have snow lying on the ground, and your spring garden is pretty much at the back of your mind, if even that. But despite the chill outside, now is the time to start planning your garden.

You should probably have your seed catalogs in hand, and you’ve probably thought about what you want to grow, but this is when the rubber needs to hit the road.

Sit down with paper and pencil and plan out your garden. Plan each square, or bed, or pot. Don’t forget to plan for succession plantings as well. And stagger your plantings as well so you don’t have 500 radishes all coming ripe at the same time.

Best bet is to print out a blank calendar, or get a cheap or free one from the local coop or something. Take that, and write down what you’re going to plant and where, on the day or week you plan to plant them.

Get on it!

Are States Really Creating Private Currencies?

Over the last two weeks or so there have been a number of stories in the news about individual states planning to create their own private currencies. Most of these are still in the bill stages, but the concept is promising.

Generally speaking, these state currencies are based on gold and silver, and are intended to be full on currencies usable for all debts within the state. This is a fantastic idea, and one I’m a huge fan of. Anything we can do to provide alternatives to our debt based fiat currency is a good thing in my book.

It should be interesting to see how this plays out. The fed can’t be very interested in seeing this happen, and the Federal Government will be rather displeased as well. But the Constitution specifically allows the States to mint coinage. And there is certainly historical precedent. I can’t wait…

States Rights and Liberty

I’m going to be writing in depth on the blog on this topic, but I want to plant a seed here.

The way our system of government was set up was for us to act as independent states who were joined together for a few key things, such as national defense as an obvious example.

The states are sovereign entities with their own Constitutions. Legally speaking, they are allowed to do more than the Federal Government can. And the people can do even more than that.

Yet today the States are oppressed under the boot of the Federal Government. The Feds mandate everything and override everything the States try to do. This is completely wrong under our system of government.

Thankfully we have quite a few states that are pushing back. We have the private currencies I mentioned above, and other states that are putting the hammer down on the Wildcard the Feds like to play called the ‘Commerce Clause’ and the like.

Think about how you stand on this. Who rules who? How does power and authority flow?

More later…

Request: Information On Aquaponics

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