Notes from JWR:

The big 25% off sale on sleeping bags at Wiggy’s ends in less than two weeks. Take advantage of it! OBTW, with sunspot numbers at record lows, there may be some exceptionally cold winters coming. We must never forget the lessons of the winter of 1887-1888! — Today we present another entry for Round 24 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. First Prize: A.) A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be 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 between $500 and …

Barter Goods — A Woman’s Perspective, by “Wry Catcher”

Most of the survival information published today comes from thoughtful and hardy men who plan, prepare, and protect themselves and their families from disasters.  My admiration and appreciate for such men cannot be overemphasized. I doff my hard hat to all of you. There are, however, some elements of survival that are perhaps better served from a woman’s perspective. In particular, this article focuses on barter goods – those items that can be traded to other survivors for an improved quality of life or for basic necessity. For purposes of clarity and ease of reference, this article is divided into …

Letter Re: Comfort and Holiday Foods for Family Food Storage

James, My prayers and best wishes to you and your family. May the Lord sustain you during these trying times. Regarding "comfort foods", "Momma" makes sure to keep plenty of baking supplies on hand to make "goop"; sweet things with no nutritional value but loaded with morale-boosting ability. We also have many jars of home-canned preserves, marmalades, chutneys, relishes and other additions to spice up otherwise bland meals. A little bit goes a long way. I hope this might give some folks an idea to spice up their menus. Thanks, – Crustyrusty

Economics and Investing:

The dip in silver that you’ve been waiting for has arrived. Take advantage of it. Come November, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for your foresight. Steve G. sent us the latest from Mish Shedlock: As of Friday August 14, 2009, FDIC is Bankrupt. Don’t worry, be happy. Uncle Tim and Uncle Ben have a plan: Just add linen paper and ink! A hilarious interview with The Mogambo Guru (aka Richard Daughty) was posted by The Daily Bell. From Heather H.: Mountain of Debt: Social Security crisis looms. Heather’s comment: “Finally, someone had the guts to call Social Security …

Odds ‘n Sods:

KAF alerted us to this from The Australian: Food prices to surge under emissions trading scheme    o o o Robert M. forwarded this: The Mars menu: This is not Buzz Aldrin’s astronaut food    o o os Readers in the Boise, Idaho area might find this event on Saturday, September 12th of interest. Oh, and please wear a SurvivalBlog or Bennington Flag hat or T-shirt, since you never know who you might meet.