Some interesting tidbits I’ve found while surfing the net recently…
- Lodge Manufacturing has stopped producing their ‘natural finish’ (i.e. unseasoned) cookware while a new ‘Signature’ line of pieces has been released that are designed to look more modern ala Calphalon and the other expensive lines. The old natural finish pieces are still available from online stores and some local shops I’m sure. The ‘Lodge Logic’ line is now their cheapest set… it’s a little more expensive than the natural finish line, but still quite serviceable.
- F. William Engdahl has a new article up on Financial Sense dealing with corn, ethanol and food inflation. Worth your time, I think, and I agree totally with his argument that ethanol is nothing but a fraud.
- The USDA reports that food prices are due to increase by between 3 and 4 percent this year. FWIW I shop at the local SuperTarget for food on a regular basis, and milk prices have gone from around $3.60 per gallon to over $4.30 per gallon. Some prices will go up only a little while others will shoot ahead. We’re now trying to buy meat only when it’s on sale.
- If you’re like me and have trouble thinking of good recipes to make in the summer heat, here’s a list of 101 ideas.
- The US economy is great if you live in Richistan.
- Amanda Kottvattana has a nice article on the 7 habits of highly subversive people. I’ve got a couple of them down already… yippee!
- The subprime mortgage contagion appears to be spreading according to Countrywide. The 2/28 ARM’s are starting to disappear, which is going to make housing costs drop. Anecdotal research I’ve been doing in the local market shows homes in the $300,000 – $600,000 range have already dropped by around 10% on average. I have a neighbor two house up that is desperately trying to sell his house at 2005 prices, and he’s getting no action whatsoever. He and his now ex-wife are both still living there since they have nowhere else to go and they both need the cash to find somewhere else to live. Will be interesting to see at what point they cry ‘uncle.’