Markets and Cold: Search for Hidden Variables

We can begin with markets, which put on a rousing show yesterday as the Federal Reserve decided to “talk nice” and hold off on raising rates. This was taken as constructive by most.  Except for one thing:  If the Trump Bump was continuing, there would be...

Power in the Second Depression (Ch. 3)

Lifestyles and Load Sheets is  our next topic as we roll through a complete (in advance) book that should help you plan for a “better Depression” if there can be such a thing…Next to food and water, nothing is more important to human existence...

Prepping: How We Beat “The Coffee Racket”

Why the very thought of Starbuck’s former CEO Howard Schultz running – as an independent (sick of both parties) – speaks volumes about here in the “Land of Losing It.” We’ll skip the politics. part.  What concerns me is that as of...

Housing Data Softens in November

Just out from Case-Shiller, S&P/CoreLogic: YEAR-OVER-YEAR The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 5.2% annual gain in November, down from 5.3% in the previous month. The 10City...

Wait! What About the Climate Hype?

Writing UrbanSurvival means never having to say you’re sorry.  At least, not too often. That’s a point I take some pride in because if there’s one thing 50 years of chasing down news (*among other exploits) has taught me, it’s to take the...

Data Intensive Week – Maybe….

This week would normally be full of reports from various federal agencies.  But, with the shutdown “just over” we don’t know what the lag times will be in getting out delayed data. Some of scheduled economic news – like the Chicago Fed outlook,...

Prepping: Ham Radio Weekend (2 of 2)

In the Saturday report we got into the basics of restoring an old transmitter.  Like restoring an old car, what could be so hard, right? Well…Let’s sit back and take a look at the radio chassis after taking off the front panel: This is after taking the...

Power in the Greater Depression (Ch. 2)

Scoring Power Sources is our topic heading into my “Useful Book of Emergency Power” for subscribers.The whole matter of picking your power sources is vastly more complicated than people give it credit for being.This morning, after the headlines and charts,...

Prepping: Ham Radio Weekend! (1 of 2)

My late friend and colleague, Don Stoner (W6TNS, sk) had a marvelous saying about ham radio.  “Ham Radio is the King of Hobbies….” There was a good deal of truth to that.  Few realize, for example,  that King Hussein of Jordan was a very active ham...

Jack Ma’s Ugly Future: Now Arriving

My consigliere doesn’t let me miss much. “Did you see the report on what Jack Ma said at Davos?  You need to read it – whole thing – because its about where the world is going and it’s the same view we’ve been talking about for...