Note from JWR:

Sorry about the delay, but here are the result’s of last month’s poll. Today, I’m starting a new poll: What are your favorite movies with survival themes? Please e-mail me a list of your top five picks. Thanks! I’ll post the results sometime early in November.

Poll Results: SurvivalBlog Reader’s Favorite Survivalist Fiction

Here are the results of our recent poll. Thety are listed in no particular order, but each book listed below received at least two votes. Those that are marked with an asterisk are suitable for teenagers. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank* Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle One Second After by William R. Forstchen (An EMP scenario.) Earth Abides by George Stewart* Dies the Fire series by S.M. Stirling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows The Survivalist series (Most recommended just the first 10 books) by Jerry Ahern The …

Letter Re: Older Technology Radio Receivers

James Wesley, A Zenith Trans-Oceanic (T-O) is hard to beat, especially if you could snag a [rare] R-520 militarized version. This has a spare tube rack, uses no wax paper capacitors, is fungi proof, et cetera. The T-O definitely the world’s greatest portable radio (this side of the AN/GRR-6!) the G & H 500s and the 600 series as well as the R-520 all used the 1L6 converter tube which has become expensive and just about un-obtainable. You can clip a pin out of a 1R5 as a substitute but shortwave performance usually conks out around 7-8 MC. The earlier …

Economics and Investing:

GG was the first of more than a dozen readers to mention this article by Robert Fisk (an outspokenly leftist journal list, so take it with a grain of salt.): The demise of the dollar; In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading. Given the import of the preceding (if it is true), is it any wonder that the USDI is tanking, and the future and spot prices of precious metals are going through the roof? You’ve had plenty …

Odds ‘n Sods:

Reader JM3 found a “kicked up” MRE cooking video.    o o o I heard that Ready Made Resources is having a sale on REC Solar SCM-220 220 watt photovoltaic panels. These panels, made in Norway, are excellent quality, and you can’t beat the price–especially when you consider the normal cost of shipping, which is free.    o o o Reader “OSOM” recommended some concealed carry wisdom from Massad Ayoob: 10 Commandments of Concealed Carry.    o o o Thanks to Tom W. for finding this item: Criminalizing Everyone