Could You Survive a Hurricane?

Hot on the heels of tornado season comes hurricane season. It seems circular wind tends to create problems for us humans. Strictly speaking, a hurricane is defined as any tropical or subtropical storm with sustained winds above 74 mph. (Why they didn’t round up to 75, I have no idea.) Hurricane “season” begins in June …

The Spanish Empire Redux?

One of my hobbies is reading, and specifically reading history. I find the parallels of historical events to life in today’s world fascinating. We’ve all heard that history repeats itself. Others say it doesn’t exactly repeat, but it rhymes. Either way, there is nothing new under the sun and we can better understand our own …

Normalcy Bias

I read an interesting article the other day that addresses one of the main problems with, first, preparing for an emergency situation and, second, actually responding when we’re in one. That’s a thing called “normalcy bias.” We operate mentally, psychologically, and physically in an assumed state of normalcy. Well, sure, of course we do — …

Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty

It’s back to financial and economic news today. Maybe I should say money news—economics is boring but everyone likes money. Paul Krugman said in a recent column that he’d like to hear some major apologies from all those politicians and economists who predicted massive general price increases from the inflation of the money supply since …

Could You Survive a Tornado?

You may not live in Tornado Alley, but don’t think it can’t happen to you. Tornadoes have occurred in all fifty states of the United States. However, when considering what types of weather and other natural disasters to be best prepared for, those who live in the part of the United States where tornadoes happen …

What’s Wrong with Capitalism?

I had a question from a reader the other day. You may have thought the same thing. To wit, “You say you’re an unabashed capitalist, but your articles pan the financial industry and the way business operates in these United States.” What’s up with that? I’m glad you asked. Before any large enterprise can begin, …

The Writing On The Wall

Be completely honest with yourself. If you heard the sentences below on the news or read them the newspaper, would you have any idea how the information contained in the sentences affected your life? “Traders saw the bid, recognized that the government was intervening to support the market, and the bid was front-run with the …

A Shot Across the Bow?

Was yesterday’s Dow Industrial Average plunge a shot across the bow? An early warning of the beginning of the end? Or was it just a random hiccup? Yesterday, February 5, America’s biggest industrial stock market index took an icy plunge, falling by 1,200 points, or 2.18 percent, to 23,923.88. That followed the previous business day’s …

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet

(Editor’s note – this article was update 8/11/18 with a link to helpful information about train travel with your pet.) You’ve probably got your disaster plan written and supplies in place and you’ve gone over the plan with family members and you’re feeling pretty well prepared. But what about Fido? If you have pets and …

Could a Knot Save your Life?

Why Learn Survival Knots? Can something as simple as a knot save your life? In the right situation, the simple answer is yes. No one is so insulated from the exigencies of life to such a degree that they can say unequivocally that they will never be in a survival situation. When that time comes, …