Notes from JWR:

The current SurvivalBlog Benefit Auction ends in just two days. The high bid is now at $200. The auction is for a combined lot of five items: a 120 VAC/12 VDC BedFan Personal Cooling System (a $99 retail value), kindly donated by the manufacturer, a Thieves Oil Start Living Kit (a $161 retail value), the book Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart, Phd. (a $19 retail value) the book When Technology Fails, by Matthew Stein (a $29 retail value)–all donated by Ready Made Resources, and a copy of the latest edition of “The Encyclopedia of Country Living” by the late Carla Emery (a $32 retail value). The auction ends on March 15th. Please e-mail us your bids, in $10 increments.

Our first post today is from David in Israel, one of SurvivalBlog’s volunteer international correspondents. He is an American ex-pat with a diverse background in forestry, firefighting, emergency medicine, and commercial kosher food inspection. One of his life-long hobbies has been amateur radio. David is now a Torah scholar, living in Israel with his wife and family.