Note from JWR:

Get your entries in soon for Round 4 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The writer of the best non-fiction article will win a four day “gray” transferable Front Sight course certificate. (Worth up up to $2,000!) The deadline for entries for Round 4 is May 31, 2006. Please e-mail your entries before May 31st.

Two Letters Re: Advice on Firearms Caching

James: You mentioned using sonobuoy shipping containers for caching. I used to work as an engineer at a company that built sonobuoys. We would routinely reject fairly large numbers of these tubes for either mold defects or physical damage that would result in a leak. At one point, I and another guy in my group went to the plant (after getting the necessary paperwork) and carried off a large truck load of them. All had to be repaired, but they were usable. Just be sure to check them carefully and be prepared to do some patching if needed. As an …

Four Letters Re: Letter Re: Feeding Your Dog in Hard Times

James: If you enter “pet food recipe” into your search engine, you get more free recipes and e-books than you can use. It is a good idea to try them out on your furry friends before TSHTF.- Doc at   Mr. and Mrs. Rawles, Greetings and hope things are well with you and yours. I felt you that you might might find these threads interesting. Survival Forum Thread 1 Survival Forum Thread 2 Lord bless you all. – C.K.   Hi Again Jim, Just my take on the dog food issue. I have a female Rat Terrier about 10 …

Odds ‘n Sods:

Brett Arends comments on the new Wile E. Coyote (“Falling Off a Cliff”) Markets    o o o The global economic crisis, from the French perspective    o o o The bad news on H5N1 from North Sumatra. Meanwhile, The Lancet released a sobering opinion piece. A tip of the hat to Geri Guidetti of The Ark Institute, who alerted me to these two articles.    o o o There is a great thread in progress over at the Gold Is Money Forums, inspired by an article by David Andrews at

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

"The Qualities of a good intelligence officer: * Be perceptive about people * Be able to work well with others under difficult conditions * Be able to distinguish between fact and fiction * Be able to distinguish between essentials and non-essentials * Possess inquisitiveness * Have a large amount of ingenuity * Pay appropriate attention to detail * Be able to express ideas clearly, briefly and very important interestingly * Learn when to keep you mouth shut * Understanding for other points of view, other ways of thinking and behaving, even if they are quite foreign to his own. * …