Two Letters Re: Escape From (Fill in Your City Here), 2009

JWR: I liked JC in Oklahoma’s reply to Escape From (Fill in Your City Here), 2009 but with all due respect, I would not cut someone else’s lock. Most gates that I have seen around where I live, have a chain with a lock. I would advise cutting a link out of the chain and attaching your lock, like a replacement link. This way you keep the owner somewhat happy and still accomplish the task of passing thru the gate as well as being able to cross back through. Now I need to get out and check what routes I …

Two Letters Re: It Will Be Skills, Not Gear That Will Count in TEOTWAWKI

Jim: I would like to whole-heartedly second Chris M’s article that skills are more important than stuff. A wide basis of knowledge provides you and your family new options as you develop courses of action to solve a specific problem during a crisis. While I’ve been stuck as a suburbanite in the Washington area for the last two years, I’ve exploited my access to military and civilian training to more than make up for my vulnerability. I’ve joined local weapon/hunting ranges, significantly improving my pistol, rifle and bow skills. I’ve become certified as a Level I Combatives Instructor. I’m scheduled …

Letter Re: SurvivalBlog Readers in Antarctica

James, On Monday you noted reaching the 9 million unique visits mark. Congratulations! You also noted having readers on “every continent except Antarctica”. As a former employee of Raytheon Polar Services working in the United States Antarctic Program, I was able to visit two of the three permanent U.S. stations on “the Ice”. Whether the [SurvivalBlog] Clustmap will register it or not, you occasionally have had, and may continue to have people reading your blog in Antarctica. Thanks for the great work that you do, and I am praying for your family. Regards, – J. in Texas

Influenza Pandemic Update:

Three-Month-Old Dies of Swine Flu in Argentina Swine Flu Vax Poses Serious Threat to Your Health New Flu Strain Has Mutated, Become More Infectious Brazil Finds New Strain of Swine Flu Seven More Swine Flu Deaths in NYC “City health officials estimate 253,000 people had the swine flu in Queens and Brooklyn alone during May.” House OKs $7.7 Billion to Respond to Flu Pandemic

Economics and Investing:

Obama unveils broad financial oversight plan; blames current financial crisis on ‘a culture of irresponsibility’. New powers for the Federal Reserve? Wait a minute! Weren’t they the private banking cartel that got us into this mess, with artificially-low interest rates? AIG Refuses Crash Claims “That division [airline insurance] didn’t get any bailout money.” Black Swan Trader Bets Reputation on Inflation This one is a “must see”: Peter Schiff on The Daily Show (Thanks to GG for the link.) GG also sent this from Barron’s: Will Bad News Be Good for the Dollar Again? Foreigners exited U.S. assets in April as …

Odds ‘n Sods:

SBC and “Shrike” both sent this piece from an Australian newspaper: Melburnians urged to have Go Bags ready in case of evacuation    o o o KAF sent a link to some glimpses of a gentler time: Retrolife. (Seeing that, I couldn’t help but think of some of Merle Haggard’s song lyrics.)    o o o US Battlefield Superiority For Sale To America’s Enemies (Thanks to Cheryl, for the link.)

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.” – Sir Douglas Bader, (1910-1982), The legendary British fighter pilot who lost both legs in a flying accident, but went on to fly as a fighter pilot in World War II.