Should I Incorporate?

SoftBaugh has released a new small business article on whether or not to incorporate. Regular Starving the Monkeys readers (book and classic site) will already recognize that the answer is “yes”. In this article, the various business forms are discussed in detail, and a tiny crack left open for the LLC in limited circumstances (pun intended). Future SoftBaugh articles will continue to help small business owners navigate a variety of issues.

Food Storage Jar Seals

OldSchoolTech has released an article on 3D printing seals for those wire-closure glass food storage jars. This was a fun project for NinjaFlex, which is a flexible, rubber-like material useful for making low-temperature gaskets and seals of all kinds. Our 3D printer also has a dual head, which allows plastic and flex to be printed co-mingled, if desired. This can create a stiffer seal if needed by embedding plastic fibers in the mix. We have several interesting projects in the works for this material.

Trump Week In Review, 24 Feb 2017

On the political front, the fifth week into the Trumpening, cuckservative Congressional Republicans have yet to make a meaningful stand against Obamacare, one of the top three globalist daggers aimed at American small businesses, as we detailed on week one. A Michael Ramirez cartoon, as featured in this WRSA blog post, sums up the slow progress nicely. We look forward to a public Trump-shaming of reluctant politicians. As we have seen here in our Leech City work, public shaming of wayward politicians produces results proportional to the degree that their misbehavior stems from inattention or ideology rather than corruption. Once entrenched in corruption, shaming has little effect, which makes it a useful diagnostic tool if nothing else.

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Time Management Skills

SoftBaugh has released a new article on its small business blog about time management skills. Adapted from a system taught to plebes at the Naval Academy (back when paper was a thing), I’ve used this system more effectively than many of the commercial planners and software out there. Just like the kid who starts off the semester with the fancy trapper keeper, and then winds up using ratty folders and notebooks anyway after that falls apart in a month, this tried-and-true low-tech system has produced great results for us for decades. A low-tech system you will actually use beats a high-tech thing you avoid using because it is too awkward.

SoftBaugh Launches Small Business Blog

Running a small business has always been an important topic here at Starving the Monkeys. To help with this, SoftBaugh has started a new small business blog. For those of you who remember the Midnight Engineering magazine, that blog will have a similar mix of practical, hands-on tips and anecdotes, including guest articles from people with a wide range of skills. Some articles over there will highlight technology issues, but most of the business-oriented articles on that site will apply to most businesses, technology aside. We’ll also post some self-sufficiency- and politically-specific small business articles here on this site, along with color commentary wrapper from a self-sufficiency or political point of view for many SoftBaugh articles. Jump in, and as always, if you have a topic or anecdote you want to contribute which will help others, be our guest!

Trump Week In Review, 17 Feb 2017

The fourth week into the Trumpening, we’ve seen some movement on Obamacare and a high-level firing. House Republicans are said to be trial ballooning replacement plans. But, we have yet to see proposed changes that would definitively remove the three most onerous provisions which throttle small businesses, the lifeblood of the middle class, and thus the economy as a whole. We discussed those provisions in the first article in this series. As with many things Republican, effete slapping at irrelevant issues appears to be the order of the day, per the whims of their globalist puppet masters. In related news, the IRS appears to be implementing a policy of selective enforcement regarding the mandate penalty. While this move sounds good superficially, selective enforcement is always a political tool. This IRS policy is similar to that used in dry counties in the South, where political insiders can throw big bashes with no threat of enforcement, while those same laws are used to bash whomever those insiders wish to target.

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Double Conversion UPS, Part I

After a long hiatus, Old School Tech has posted the first article in a new series, this time about creating a double-conversion uninterruptible power supply, which is useful for driving loads such as freezers or mission-critical items. Like a computer UPS, this power supply waits, fully-charged, until it is needed. Unlike a computer UPS, however, it produces clean, pure sine wave power. It also can be scaled up in capacity as desired, operating for hours, or days, as needed. For self-sufficiency enthusiasts, a system such as this removes the need to get a generator or other power supplies running immediately when power fails. This buys time for other activities, such as defending your family from the antifas who took out utility power in the first place. As noted in the linked article, a double-conversion UPS can also absorb a variety of glitchy power inputs, increasing the options for using less expensive generators, or allow swapping generators out for maintenance or refueling without compromising the load. The same system, fed with solar during the day, or generators at night, with long gaps of battery operation between, allows much more flexibility and peace of mind than a generator or solar setup alone. This first article shows how to create this system; future articles will report on real world long-term results and multiple topologies we’ve tested.

Real World Civil Affairs Interrogation

In a previous article, we presented five HUMINT collection techniques useful in a civil affairs program. One important technique from this list is interrogation, as taught by our mentor, Umbrella Bunny. An interrogation is the most visible HUMINT activity, but relies on the preparation supplied by the other intelligence activities, HUMINT and otherwise. This example, an interrogation of Manassas city councilman Michael Godbee about his 2016 Mexican vacation, is a great illustration of the preparation for and conduct of a civil affairs interrogation. As usual, the local consumption version of this interrogation is over at Leech City; our Starving the Monkeys article here provides additional background information as an After Action Report (AAR), including items noted as room for improvement, to help you implement your own civil affairs operations and learn from our experiences.

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Making Men Great Again

This Valentine’s Day, I introduce a new Starving the Monkeys series, Making Men Great Again, a cooperative effort among various alt-Right sites. As I have said before, the Trumpening heralds, not a man, but a revival of our heritage and a revival of ourselves. An important part of that is teaching young men, particularly from the lost generations, the things young men once learned around a fire from their fathers, brothers, uncles and grandfathers before single-momism became celebrated and elders left for RV parks clutching their Social Security checks, leaving that cultural wisdom destroyed in the void. Wisdom means learning from mistakes as well as successes, and I’ve had plenty of both. Let’s celebrate today by diving right in to this pointless Valentine’s Day massacre that men have been taught to put themselves through year after year.

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Japanese Level 4 Passed!

Georgia requires two Carnegie units of a foreign language for all high school students, including homeschoolers. Our 14 year old daughter chose Japanese as her language. To validate her studies, we are using the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, an objective worldwide standard offered each once or twice per year in selected cities. In Atlanta, this test is offered each December and attracts test takers from the entire Southeast region. The scores for the most recent test posted today.

Last year, she easily passed the entry-level N5 test. This year, she passed the significantly more difficult level N4 test, with a score of 152/180. Passing is a score of 90/180. The breakout scores for each section, Vocabulary, Grammar and Reading, are an equivalent score of A.

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