Monthly Archives: December 2011

Two Seemingly Good And Interesting Emergency Prep Links

Survivalblog had a couple interesting-looking articles recently:

  1. Emergency Preparedness for the Frugal Beginner, by Paratrooper John , covering emergency prep overall, and
  2. Bug-Out Bag (BOB) Levels, by Bob M., focusing on assembling a bag of emergency prep stuff to have with you at all times, or to grab when you’re running for your life during an emergency.

They are both pretty long, but provide good food for thought.

Don’t forget to get prepared before an emergency hits!

ATF used “Fast and Furious” to make the case for gun regulations

It’s the kind of thing that those of us who distrust government and who have some knowledge of how politics work and have seen it in action before would have suspected, but for which we would have been accused of being paranoid or nuts.

Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

But low and behold, from the people who said “never let a tragedy go to waste,” comes the tried and true practice of creating an emergency, and using it as justification to do what you already wanted to do.

via Documents: ATF used “Fast and Furious” to make the case for gun regulations – CBS News Investigates – CBS News.

European Central Bank Research Shows that Government Spending Undermines Economic Performance | Cato @ Liberty

The amazing thing here is that it took them so long to figure this out; the unsurprising thing is that this will have no effect whatsoever on their policies.

Europe is in the midst of a fiscal crisis caused by too much government spending, yet many of the continent’s politicians want the European Central Bank to purchase the dodgy debt of reckless welfare states such as Spain, Italy, Greece, and Portugal in order to prop up these big government policies.

So it’s especially noteworthy that economists at the European Central Bank have just produced a study showing that government spending is unambiguously harmful to economic performance. Here is a brief description of the key findings.

via European Central Bank Research Shows that Government Spending Undermines Economic Performance | Cato @ Liberty.

Remember WHAT About Pearl Harbor? by Jack Kenny

This is an excellent little essay, in which he points out that the U.S. aggressively sought out and brought upon itself every major war in the last 100 years or more.  The President wants to go fighting, so he eggs some pathetic nation into killing some of our citizens, and then the President sends off many more of our neighbors to kill and be killed.

We have some scummy Presidents, spineless Congressmen, and incredibly gullible voters.

Most shifts in history do not come with easy-to-remember dates associated with them. I could not tell you exactly when the U.S. war with Mexico began, though that war gave flesh and blood and considerable real estate to the U.S. claim that our “Manifest Destiny” was to push on through our western frontier “from sea to shining sea” and eventually become a power in the Pacific, where we would come into conflict with imperial Japan at a place called Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Pearl Harbor was a Pacific outpost where our naval vessels and men were left in harm’s way to provide Japan with the target it was looking for, to make an attack President Roosevelt was waiting for. The attack, on the “date that will live in infamy,” would provide the United States with overwhelming justification for entering World War II against the Axis powers.

I also know we are supposed to “Remember the Maine,” the incident of alleged sabotage that sparked the Spanish-American War that left the United States in possession of Puerto Rico and the Philippines and a permanent naval base in Cuba. But I don’t remember the exact date of that incident that occurred in 1898.

Neither do I remember the date of a 2002 conversation I had with a friend who seemed determined to support the policy of George W. Bush to create a war with Iraq. Our nation was already at war in Afghanistan as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the Bush administration seemed to be saying that war with Iraq was the logical next step. Many had assumed, therefore, that Iraq and that old villain from Central Casting, Saddam Hussein, had something to do with masterminding the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the aborted planned attack on the White House. There was no evidence to bear that out, but it was hard to hear the facts over the beating of the neocon war drums.

So at some point in that summer of 2002, I asked my good Republican friend why he believed we needed to go to war with Iraq. His answer startled me.

“Because I believe my government.”

via Remember WHAT About Pearl Harbor? by Jack Kenny.

File this under “Things I Never Knew”

I think “whistle-pig” is now my favorite animal name.  I couldn’t tell you want my last favorite animal name was; my attention span isn’t that long.

In other news, I didn’t know that all these were the same animal.

The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig, or in some areas as a land-beaver, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Other marmots, such as the yellow-bellied and hoary marmots, live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the woodchuck is a lowland creature.

via Groundhog – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.