July in Precious Metals by Steven Cochran of Gainesville Coins

Welcome to SurvivalBlog’s Precious Metals Month in Review, by Steven Cochran of Gainseville Coins where we take a look at “the month that was” in precious metals. Each month, we cover the price action of gold and examine the “what” and “why” behind those numbers.

What Did Gold Do in July?

The usual summer doldrums in precious metals were nowhere to be seen in July. Gold started the month on the right foot, rapidly hitting prices not seen since March 2014. Silver prices also accelerated right out of the gate to hit a 22-month high. Stocks reversed their declines in the middle of the month, rallying to hit new record highs. This impacted precious metals and other safe haven assets, as money was pulled out and moved into stocks. Gold slid to test important long-term support at $1,315 an ounce on the 21st, pressured by the US dollar hitting a 7-week high.

Precious metals ended the month on a high note, as the dovish Fed policy statement on the 27th sent gold $20 higher to $1,340 an ounce. This gives gold a gain of $140 an ounce since the lows seen in May. Gold is up 26% so far this year, and silver is up by a huge 48%.

Factors Affecting Gold This Month

Non-farm Payrolls

The non-farm payrolls report showed 287,000 new jobs were added in June. This is over 100,000 more than expected. The huge jump in new jobs had surprisingly little effect on precious metals, aside from some immediate volatility. In fact, gold gained $20 an ounce shortly afterward. While the non-farm payrolls had no real effect on gold prices, the fact that it didn’t is worth noting as a measure of the strength of gold.

Terror Attacks In Europe

Another area that has had surprisingly little affect on gold prices is the multiple terrorist attacks this month in France and Germany. It seems that “maximum terror safe haven” has been hit.

Staged Coup In Turkey

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan staged a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, using it as an excuse to purge the army, the police, the courts, and the media of people critical of his regime. He has used this false flag operation as an excuse to consolidate even more power unto himself, including putting the nation’s military and intelligence services under his personal control. (How do you say “Reichstag fire” in Turkish?)

These developments roiled European markets that were already trying to deal with Brexit and the imminent failure of Italy’s banking system.

Central Bank Failures

Central banks around the world have cut interest rates a combined 659 times since Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008, says Michael Hartnett, Chief Investment Strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. All this has done is bring bond yields below zero, destroying retirees’ lives and forcing pension funds into the stock market bubble in an attempt to make money for workers. As a result, it would now take 107 years for an American saver to double his money in a 1-year deposit account at the bank. It would take a Japanese saver nearly 7,000 years to just double his money.

There’s been $24.6 trillion dollars of quantitative easing (aka money-printing) by all central banks, and the average Joe doesn’t even get a t-shirt. The writing on the wall is so plain to see that even the big investment banks are telling people that the Fed, ECB, and Bank of Japan are now powerless to stop the next recession.

Europeans are still heavy buyers of gold, since Mario Draghi and the European Central Bank have destroyed the European bond market.

And in case you thought that the Fed were professionals, we find out from Reuters that it was just dumb luck that the NY Fed didn’t give hackers all of the $1 billion they were trying to steal from the account of the central bank of Bangladesh.

On the Retail Front

2016 American Silver Eaglesales continue to slide this summer, with just 1.37 million sold in July. The year-to-date total of 27.6 million coins still beats the full-year total for every year from 1986 through 2008.

After a one-year hiatus, the U.S. Mint has struck a bullion version of the American Platinum Eagle coin. 18,400 coins were sold in the first two days of availability. The bullion Platinum Eagle was not produced last year, due to a shortage of blanks. In fact, this year is only the second year since 2008 that the Platinum Eagle has been minted.

Across the pond, the Royal Mint in Britain announced that its 2015-2016 fiscal year resulted in the highest annual revenue in its 1100-year old history. This was due in large part to a 87% increase in profits for its bullion sales.

Sales of the Perth Mint’s newest silver bullion coin, the 2016 1oz Silver Kangaroo, are already double the expected demand of five million coins and going strong.

China is back at the gold hoarding game, purchasing 500,000 troy ounces of gold for its official reserves. This moves the official total (which we all know is far from the real numbers) to 58,620,000 troy ounces, or roughly 1,823 metric tons.

Market Buzz

“Bond King” Bill Gross blames the world’s central banks with destroying the global economy through their “worship of false idols.”

David Stockman tells readers that “helicopter money” is just a code word for “monetization of the public debt”. The concept is so crazy in actuality that even Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe repudiated the idea. Stockman notes that the Fed probably could never implement helicopter money, not from any attack of reason but because the big Wall St banks would no longer get their cut.

Japan

Ordinary Japanese have no faith in Abenomics and are crowding into physical gold before the government depreciates the yen into oblivion. Sales in June were 60% higher than May. Tetsushi Kudo, a 50-year-old office worker, has started buying his daughter a 1 ounce gold coin for her birthday every year. “She will thank me for the gift when she grows up because gold will have value wherever she goes.”

Other Japanese investors have decided to send their gold to Switzerland for safekeeping. They aren’t going to risk their wealth with a government financial policy that seems to get crazier by the month.

The Tokyo Commodities Exchange (TOCOM) is introducing a new physical gold contract and revising the “Rolling Spot” contract to have the option of physical gold settlement instead of cash settlement.

Staying in Asia, we hear that “Big Mammas” from Mainland China are buying physical gold in Hong Kong at five times the previous rate.

Think that the “Big Boys” are using COMEX silver futures contracts to suppress prices in the face of a physical silver shortage? Steven Knight at Blackwell Global Investments Ltd has your back.

We take a look at the current bull market in gold, including a chart showing top 20 gold reserves in the world at our news blog.

Famous fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach says that gold remains the best investment in these shaky, dangerous times. Calling the European banking system “heading toward insolvency,” he remarked. “Banks are dying and policymakers don’t know what to do,” Gundlach said. “Watch Deutsche Bank shares go to single digits and people will start to panic.”

Warning that the end of fiat currencies may happen sooner than you think, James Rickards opines that gold is the only option when paper currencies die.

The world’s best gold forecaster says we will see $1,425 gold this quarter, where it will pause to see if the Fed is going to hike interest rates in December. Piper Jaffray analyst Craig Johnson sees gold continuing to rally, with $1,525 in the cards.

Swiss super-bank UBShas upgraded its short-term forecast for gold prices from $1,250 to $1,400. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analysts take a slightly longer timeframe and forecast gold hitting $1475 by the end of 2017.

Doug Casey takes it to another level, predicting $3,000 gold by the end of 2017.

TD Asset Management reveals this month that they went “maximum overweight” on gold in the second quarter with their $230 billion fund, which seems to have been a pretty smart move. Chief Investment Officer Bruce Cooper notes the high levels of stress and volatility in markets across the world, telling Bloomberg, “Job one today is about capital preservation. It’s not about shooting the lights out.”

If you don’t think that the world is on crazy pills by now, how about Alan Greenspan calling for a gold standard?

Looking Ahead

Brexit jitters seem to have calmed down for the moment, but there are signs that the EU is going to play hardball with Britain in negotiations over the UK’s exit from the Union.

In the U.S., we get to suffer through endless political ads as the presidential race kicks into high gear. Watch for any big economic policy reveals by either candidate to move gold prices.

The Fed doesn’t meet in August, but central bankers from all over the world will fly in to Jackson Hole, WY for a policy conference.

We end this month with the news that scientists in India have found gold in cow urine (and no, this is not a joke).

Letter Re: Getting to your Children

Hugh,

This is very good information, but if I, as a police officer or a designated reporter (nurses, doctors, teachers, and the like), found someone with lots of observations and detailed notes and maps about the movement of children, I would be considering whether to assert control for some questioning, since some parents are legally restrained from contacting (kidnapping) the children – male and female, and this is exactly what a predator pedophile needs.

The absentee parent is in an awkward position, and God help them if there is conflict of any sort. A casual comment of frustration can tip the questioning to controlling. – A.L.

Economics and Investing:

Restaurant Recession Could Signal Tough Times for U.S. Economy – RBS

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New legislation proposes to “bail in” Social Security

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I found this Reuter’s article linked over at Zero Hedge: ‘Helicopter money’ might weaken currencies more than QE as sky’s the limit

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US Homeownership Rate Crashes To Lowest Since 1965

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SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

It will take awhile, but this could be areas of America within a few years! Another reason to treasure our 2nd Amendment. Germany Admits “Islamist Terror Has Arrived” As It Prepares To Deploy Army In “Crisis” Situations – H.L.

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Paris at war in 2016, yet the there is a media silence – K.T.

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Marion Le Pen: ‘Either We Kill Islamism or It Will Kill Us’

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Some good news from Scottland – The state wide child snooping law has been shown for what is is. 5 unanimous judges struck it down. – W.M.

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“Real, Imminent Threat” That Next World War Will Be Initiated By First Strike EMP Weapon – G.J.

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Seeing the stock plastic sights on a Glock in use is like seeing picture frames with the sample picture still inside them, or someone trying to pay for their purchases with the cardboard “credit cards” that came in their wallet. It’s a little sad and awkward and you feel sorry for the person and don’t know quite what to say.” – Tamara K., Editor of the View From The Porch blog.

Notes for Thursday – July 28, 2016

28 July 1914 – The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I –the War that irreparably changed geopolitics. Officially, the war lasted until November 11, 1918, but American troops were still running around shooting Russians until well into 1919.

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What’s the difference between an American Couch Potato and an Islamist fanatic–both sentenced to house arrest, with a location monitoring ankle bracelet? The American stays in his house, gains weight, and gets grease stains on his pajamas whilst sitting around eating delivery pizza and binge watching episodes of American Pickers. But the Islamist fanatic leaves his house and gets difficult-to-remove red stains on his clothes and the carpets. – JWR

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Safecastle’s current Mountain House Sale prices are expiring July 31. Selected varieties are steeply discounted, such as 45% off freeze dried Cooked Ground Beef! By the way, Mountain House this week officially updated their product shelf life guarantee to 30 years for both #10 cans and pouches, retroactive to all foods produced in the last 30 years!

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Today, we present another entry for Round 65 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case (a $1,700 value),
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 Nato QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul PMAG 30-rd Magazines (a value of $300) and a Gun Mag Warehouse T-Shirt; (an equivalent prize will be awarded for residents in states with magazine restrictions),
  6. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  7. The Ark Institute is donating a non-GMO, non-hybrid vegetable seed package (enough for two families of four) plus seed storage materials, a CD-ROM of Geri Guidetti’s book “Build Your Ark! How to Prepare for Self Reliance in Uncertain Times”, and two bottles of Potassium Iodate (a $325 retail value),
  8. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  9. KellyKettleUSA.com is donating an AquaBrick water filtration kit with a retail value of $250, and
  10. Two cases of meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value).

Second Prize:

  1. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  2. A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training (a $400 value),
  3. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  4. A Trekker IV™ Four-Person Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $250 value),
  5. A $200 gift certificate good towards any books published by PrepperPress.com,
  6. A pre-selected assortment of military surplus gear from CJL Enterprize (a $300 value),
  7. RepackBox is providing a $300 gift certificate to their site, and
  8. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Third Prize:

  1. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A $245 gift certificate from custom knife-maker Jon Kelly Designs, of Eureka, Montana,
  3. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances,
  7. Montie Gear is donating a Precision Rest (a $249 value), and
  8. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).

Round 65 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

Getting To Your Children and Keeping Them Safe: Help For An Absentee Parent- Part 2, by J.C.

For older children, there are a variety of ways you can help them. The first is exposing them to the outdoors and teaching them the skills and knowledge you have learned. Do not rely on teachers, schools, or other adults to make sure they are prepared. Even if you have limited time with your children, small things can help. Every child should have some type of bug out bag at their main residence. This bag should cover these main categories: water, food, shelter, signaling, communication, and protection. Make sure that all items are age appropriate and they know how to use them. One thing that can be very important is survival cards. These are cards on which you have listed important information in simple, easy-to-follow steps. Have one for each main topic attached to the outside of the bag for easy reference.

Here is an example of one for an older child, who might be responsible for a sibling:

General Safety Card:

  1. Never split up.
  2. Drink plenty of purified water.
  3. Avoid angry or violent crowds.
  4. Run away together, if there is danger.
  5. Head to the main rally point on map.
  6. Stay dry.

Children are best at following clear and simple directions. Do not overcomplicate the process.

Older children may be capable of traveling to a designated location. Some circumstances may require that they have to travel. This is where the maps you have made are critical. Highlight primary (and secondary) routes and locations. Make sure you have clearly identified locations along the route that you might be able to intercept them. Add them to each child’s bag. You might even decide to have them leave a trail of markers as they travel. Supplying a colorful plastic tape with directions on where to leave pieces is one option. This could give you an edge in following or finding them. Just remember to make sure the markers do not expose their personal information or details to others that may cross the same paths. The most important part will be that they have a safe location (and a backup location) to head for, if the need arises.

Places to consider as rally points that children could easily find:

  1. Family homes (local)
  2. Schools
  3. Parks
  4. Fire stations
  5. Police stations

Younger children will need to be taught to shelter in place. They simply won’t be safe wandering around, and you will need to know exactly where you can locate them if the need arises. Their gear will be up to you to store. If you pull up to your child’s elementary school, would you have a change of clothes, a good comfortable pair of shoes, and a jacket? Do they need an inhaler or other medications? All of these items could easily fit into a small back pack. This means that you will need to start carrying a second bug out bag specific to them. If their spare items are in the closet at home when you get that phone call or see the news report, it will be too late.

Items to consider for a child’s bug out bag:

  1. Pictures of family members and contact information for each child. Most emergencies will have at least some level of response from local or state agencies. Make certain your child can be identified and that first responders can identify you easily.
  2. Extra shoes. For some reason,children are constantly taking off and losing their shoes. Most parents know this, but it is a good reminder to have an extra pair.
  3. Extra jacket or sweatshirt, for the same reason as the shoes
  4. Snacksand candy. A tired and cranky toddler can often be soothed with just a simple piece of candy or small snack.
  5. Small toys, games, or crayons and coloring books. Many survival situations involve extended periods of waiting. Keeping children occupied can make things easier for everyone.

Now let’s discuss a problem that could be common for many single parents.

One scenario to consider is that you are not able to retrieve your children. For example, you show up to get them and the other parent may not be able to travel or refuses to let the children travel. There may be policies in place at your children’s school that forbids releasing a child to non-custodial parents. Are you prepared to remain in the area for an extended period of time to watch over their safety? Have you considered the best way to handle a family situation? Do you have a plan for your children’s extended family? If you go to pick up your children from their grandmother’s house and she needs assistance, are you prepared to deal with that? What about a step parent or an in-law who is now involved? These are very uncomfortable topics for a single or divorced parent. They will be ignored by many people until it is too late.

Unfortunately, very few people have the lifestyle of a typical nuclear family with home schooled children on their self-sufficient homesteads. Millions must deal with absentee parental situations. And for the prepper community, this topic is one that is often ignored in favor of more exciting scenarios. The idea of a full-blown Mad Max-style breakdown may be fun for movies and television, but for parents there must be a real world examination of their lives and appropriate plans to fit those daily realities. Make time to address this topic now, not when your children’s lives may hang in the balance.

Sources quoted for divorces and single parent estimates:

A Timely Book Review from TM in Arkansas

Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”, by Stephen P. Halbrook.

©2013 Stephen P. Halbrook Published by The Independent Institute, Oakland CA

ISBN: 978-1-59813-161-1 Hardback; also available in Paperback and via Kindle.

246 pages, 12 chapters, bibliography, and index.

“Gun control”, a politically loaded term for citizen control, seems to be an unrelenting topic for discussion and the rhetoric has grown more heated in recent years. Every time somebody goes wacko and sets out to settle differences of opinion or exact revenge with a firearm, there are new calls for “gun control”. The first things usually cast aside in the ensuing knee jerk reaction is truth and constitutional protections. The politicians cannot pass a new law fast enough in their rush to “do something” to avoid further bloodshed and secure bragging rights on the re-election circuit. In the USA, citizens have a constitutional right to own firearms. The Second Amendment is succinct:

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Twenty-seven plain English words that have generated libraries of discussion, thousands of court cases, and endless debate.

The book reviewed herein tells us the story of “gun control” in Germany, beginning shortly after World War I on 13 January 1919 through a series of governments. In an attempt to quell the civil war between nationalists and communists and restore law and order, the German government decreed that all ammunition and firearms must be surrendered immediately. Failure to do so would be punished with a five-year prison sentence and a fine of 100,000 Reichsmarks. This law would help avoid further bloodshed. Law abiding citizens dutifully forfeited their firearms. The civil war continued unabated.

Two years later, on 7 August 1920, the new German government passed another law banning military type weapons. Warrantless searches began. The civil war continued with brass knuckles, rocks, clubs, and knives.

Eight years later, 31 March 1928, a new law was passed banning firearms and ammunition licenses for Gypsies and persons under police surveillance (Terrorist Watch List?). All new licenses would be issued only to “persons of unquestioned trustworthiness”. Silencers (suppressors) and spotlights on firearms were banned. The law was effective for all of Germany and was superior to any and all state laws.

On 28 March 1931, the German government outlawed knives and truncheons, except for police officers and holders of firearm licenses (those deemed trustworthy).

The process continued and worsened under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. Amendments were approved, courts cases lost and won, and freedoms slowly stripped away. The list of untrustworthy citizens slowly grew to include the retarded, Communists, Jews, and anyone critical of the government.

This book goes into great detail on the incremental process in an easily readable manner. The author fully documents everything with footnotes. He gives us facts, not propaganda or quick talking points. I strongly recommend you read this book and compare what occurred in Germany with what is going on now in the USA and other nations, such as Venezuela.

Reviewer Personal Note: My study of gun control in Russia/Soviet Union reveals the same incremental assault on citizen rights and freedoms. Lenin seized power in 1917 via a coup, not the revolution of the propaganda machine, and immediately banned two things: guns and food supplies. Only government officials could have firearms, and food distribution was controlled by government bureaucrats. Obey the communists or lose your ration card. The tragedy continues to this day, with the men with guns controlling the largest nation on the planet.

The latest government of Venezuela recently did the same thing with firearms and food. Firearms are banned, and food is available only from approved government agents. Obey or starve.

Here in the USA, in a knee jerk response to a mass killing in Orlando FL, a move is under foot to ban firearms from anyone on the Terrorist Watch List. Who decides who that is? Another proposal is to allow warrantless searches of personal information by the FBI in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. As I write this, a news release just announced that the mass killing was probably an act of revenge, not a terrorist operation.

That said, good grief, folks. Slow down, take a deep breath, and consider the consequences of your actions. Let us wait for all the facts before considering a future course of action. Further assaults on the rights and liberties of law-abiding citizens will not prevent illegal actions by criminals.

Economics and Investing:

Get Down With The Monetary Sickness – Mike Maloney

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Invest 25% Of Investment Portfolios In Gold Bullion – Marc Faber

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Paul Craig Roberts – We Are About To Witness The End Of The World As We Know It

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Kyoki (Insanity)

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SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Police Groups Push Back Against Curbs on Acquiring Military Gear. Following attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge, law enforcement intensifies efforts to reverse Obama restrictions – T.P.

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U.S. City Rolls Over For Radical Mosque. Excerpt: “A radical mosque known for breeding terrorists has been granted special privileges by the city of Bloomington, Minnesota, which allows its members to take over a public park and treat it as their own, to the exclusion of other residents, according to complaints filed by a citizens group.” – RBS

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Chainsaw Vs. Fire Hose Pants – Not that you would want to try this, but it’s good to know. – R.T.

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The Barbarians Must Be Stopped – Sent in by B.B.

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Bataclan- When seconds matter, the authorities are only hours away: French Military Was Present, Outnumbered Attackers at Paris Massacre — Forced to Stand Down – C.S.

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Those open to warnings of the ongoing collapse have, by now, listened, understood and been moved to act. Perhaps further warnings are largely futile. It may even be too late for those who have not yet acted. The skills and resources now going into warning the unreceptive may be better directed elsewhere.

Some ‘warnings’ are little more than lead-ins to sales pitches. Preparationalism shouldn’t be a cause, or something akin to a business, committed to growing its base. If that’s the model then we’re captive to a model rather than builders of a resilient means for survival.

The preparationalist-survivalist movement is growing into its mature and natural form which, in its widest scope, includes restoring our inalienable rights and recovering our former Constitutional republic. The contrast to the general downdraft will be more persuasive than warnings. Keeping each other informed is a better use of resources.

We can neither retard nor hurry the pace of the collapse, nor can we warn those who will not be warned. While like-minded friends are welcome, better we should work on what is responsive to our efforts: the survival of our communities, ourselves and our liberty. When the fracture lets go completely, it may be barely enough.” – Ol’ Remus, in his Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report weekly blog

Notes for Wednesday – July 27, 2016

July 27th is the birthday of Captain Samuel Whittemore (born in 1694, died February 3, 1793). He was an English-born American farmer and soldier. He was eighty years of age when he became the oldest known colonial combatant in the American War of Independence.

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Today, we present another entry for Round 65 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case (a $1,700 value),
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 Nato QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul PMAG 30-rd Magazines (a value of $300) and a Gun Mag Warehouse T-Shirt; (an equivalent prize will be awarded for residents in states with magazine restrictions),
  6. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  7. The Ark Institute is donating a non-GMO, non-hybrid vegetable seed package (enough for two families of four) plus seed storage materials, a CD-ROM of Geri Guidetti’s book “Build Your Ark! How to Prepare for Self Reliance in Uncertain Times”, and two bottles of Potassium Iodate (a $325 retail value),
  8. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  9. KellyKettleUSA.com is donating an AquaBrick water filtration kit with a retail value of $250, and
  10. Two cases of meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value).

Second Prize:

  1. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  2. A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training (a $400 value),
  3. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  4. A Trekker IV™ Four-Person Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $250 value),
  5. A $200 gift certificate good towards any books published by PrepperPress.com,
  6. A pre-selected assortment of military surplus gear from CJL Enterprize (a $300 value),
  7. RepackBox is providing a $300 gift certificate to their site, and
  8. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Third Prize:

  1. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A $245 gift certificate from custom knife-maker Jon Kelly Designs, of Eureka, Montana,
  3. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances,
  7. Montie Gear is donating a Precision Rest (a $249 value), and
  8. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).

Round 65 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.