When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started reviewing knives from brands I never really had much interest in. A good example would be Cold Steel. After much reticence on my part, I finally snapped and bought one. Then another and yet another. The best thing about MTJS really is its community. As a blade aficionado, I have evolved and broadened my taste thanks to all of you. My wallet does not thank you. What I find interesting is that my tastes haven’t really changed over the years, nor have my core opinions about my likes and dislikes. But my buying habits have changed drastically. I buy next to nothing in the new-knife department these days, and while this is partly down to my own biases, honestly, the bigger reason is the demographic shift in the knife world. I recently found an old notepad file with my “To Buy Wishlist” from 2007 and it struck me that we sort of hit a technol..
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California’s top utility regulator has suggested charging people that live in rural areas more money for electricity than city slickers since they are at risk for power issues that cause wildfires. Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, made the suggestion during a Jan. 31 meeting on fire safety. He questioned the fairness of all utility customers paying the costs of averting wildfires in rural areas, FOX News reports. “Should we actually start to charge deferentially for the use of the distribution system for those sections that are in the high-fire-hazard zone and people who choose to live there?” Picker asked, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. “As we spend more to harden the grid and protect people in those high-risk areas, how do we pay for it?” he asked. “If you’re in Richmond, do you want to be paying to protect vacation homes in Napa?” Picker is obviously oblivious to how much money is spent on illegal aliens and people on welfare- n..