Wes at WK Books has been working on an index/reference of known U.S. Military manuals and publications . It is hard to find a comprehensive list of military manuals to get an idea of what is out there and what you may want to add to their personal reference library. Please do not confuse this index with his product (the 1600 U.S. Military Manuals, Government Manuals, and Civil Defense Manuals, Firearm Manuals ). When printed out, the index of known U.S. Military manuals is 15 pages long and includes the last publication/updates by month/day/year. Wes told me that it is current as of May 16, 2008.
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Inyokern sent us this article: High Steel Prices: A Preview of Peak Oil . Inyokern’s comment on the article: “Here’s a canary in the coal mine. The high price of oil impacts the price of steel, impacting the cost of building or replacing equipment to make solutions to the cost of fuel and food.” My comment: Of immediate concern is that the increased wholesale price of steel will soon work its way down to the consumer level. So if you are certain about any fencing projects at your retreat in the next two or three years, then buy the materials in advance. (Rolls of woven wire, rolls of barbed wire, smooth wire, T-posts, staples, et cetera.) Consider it part of your Alpha Strategy .
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More news from disarmed England: Airport-style scanners on the streets . In their socialist utopia, they want everyone equally disarmed. There are just two problems: 1.) Criminals, by definition, don’t obey laws–only the law abiding citizens do, and they aren’t the problem.2.) Even if they do succeed is disarming everyone, it will leave anyone that is smaller, older, or weaker at the mercy of those that are younger and stronger. (BTW, I find it ironic that the same liberals that champion women’s rights also want to disarm them, putting them at a disadvantage to thugs. On average, men have about 50 percent more muscle mass than women in the upper body, and 10 to 15 percent more in the lower body.) My advice to SurvivalBlog’s readers in England: Take the gap  and emigrate to the US or New Zealand, soon!
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While web surfing, I stumbled into an interesting treatise on inflation by Michael W. Hodges .