Notes from JWR:

Today is the last day for the 33% off sale for the “Rawles Gets You Ready” family preparedness course. Order yours before midnight, eastern time! — Today is also the last day of the 25% off sale on canned Mountain House foods at Ready Made Resources. They are offering free shipping on full (“unbroken”) cases lots. But because of the higher handling costs, if you “mix and match” cans within cases, shipping will be charged.

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Letter Re: Treadle Sewing Machine Conversions

James Wesley, I am not much into sewing but I know ladies who are. For them I have modified some newer sewing machines from electric motor to the foot powered treadle sewing machines. Some of these ladies are off grid and one just likes the fine control the treadle gives her. Bases can be found in many antique stores. These bases are often missing the machine itself and have been made into tables. Look for one with the treadle and crank assembly still in place. Removing the electric motor from the sewing machine and replacing it with a pulley for a belt is not to hard for an experienced tinkerer. This lets the ladies do some of the fancy stitches that the original machines could not do. But, this will not work on the real new electronic machines. You have to be using a machine old enough to still use the mechanical cams for the various stitches. Regards, – Keith S.

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Two Letters Re: Mountain Money Isn’t

Captain Rawles: While in the US Navy as a diver, Temporary Attached Duty (TAD), to a British Mine sweeper for a couple weeks, I was amused to find their toilet paper to have the consistency of wax paper. And on each square was printed, “Property of the British Government”. Needless to say, I still have half a roll of it around here somewhere. I felt compelled to show it to our sailors for a chuckle. – Chester Dear Mr. Rawles, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! My prayers are with your family this year especially. I came in late on the whole toilet paper discussion, but this is actually something I was dealing with myself. I have stored quite a bit of TP, and even a few of those old phone books, but our large family goes through a lot and even my stores won’t last long. Because you are kind enough to post all the discussion I thought of something that should work for prepper nearly anywhere! Any woman who has had a baby comes home with small squirt bottles from the hospital to use to clean herself when using the bathroom. These small squirt bottles can be found … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Securing Bedroom Doors Against Home Invaders

Dear Mr. Rawles, I will try to keep this short. Hopefully my question might come in handy for a number of your readers. First, thank you for your site and your publications. I am almost finished with “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It” and am about 50 pages into your “Rawles Gets You Ready” family preparedness course. So far I am loving them both. I am reading quickly through them first and next my wife and I will study them thoroughly together, adapting the information and creating our “list of lists.” Now, I have a question for you or perhaps your readers. I live in a suburb of Denver, though a fairly distant one. Our town is wonderful, and are area is very safe, relatively speaking. We own our home outright, and we are very blessed. That said, due to a handful of reasons, relocation is not an option for us. Therefore, my goal has been to not only stock up, but to fortify my home against those who may not be prepared WTSHTF. Your resources are getting me through most of my preparations, but my question has to do with fortification and the … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Distilled Spirits for Barter

Hello, Here is a “barter material” idea your many readers may find of interest. I am located in Kansas City and, after telling friends who are also into “survival” my idea it caught on such that one liquor store here is suddenly the largest reseller of this liquor in North America. I have friends who, for their store of barter items, have stockpiled extra food, ammunition, guns and other items people would want in a breakdown of society. But they are all items that may only have a storage life of a few years, takes up a lot of room or are items you can’t have enough of (i.e. food). After writing down all of the “musts” the answer suddenly came to me – liquor. The “musts” are (1) a shelf life of 10+ years, (2) relatively compact, (3) easily broken down into individual items that would not be expensive and, as a plus, it would probably go up in value. And, most important, something that you would not need to survive: Liquor. My cousin owns a liquor store and he suggested Luksusowa Polish vodka. [Wódka Luksusowa. or “Luxury Vodka”.] Airline size bottles come 120 to a case. Liquor might … Continue reading

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Influenza Pandemic Update:

China Disease Expert Warns of H1N1 Mutation. (Link courtesy of Jack E.) WHO reports mutations of Mexican flu. (Thanks to Andre for the link.) The rest of today’s flu news items are all courtesy of Cheryl (aka The Economatrix): Ukraine Death Toll Reaches 388 Fatal H1N1 Cluster in Texas Raises Pandemic Concern Swine Flu Cases Fall in US But May Rise with Holiday Travel D225G Ukraine Norway Link and China Spread H1N1 Re-Infections Raise Pandemic Concerns Ukraine Dead Approach 400, D225G Spreads H1N1 Changes in D225G and D225E in Norway One Million Iranians Confirmed With Swine Flu. At least 140 have died Swine Flu Deaths in England Reach Highest Level WHO Mis-Statements, In D225G and H274Y Raise Concerns Jump in Number of Global Swine Flu Deaths D225G Evades Human Immune Response Worldwide D225G Transmission Confirmed WHO Silence on D225G Avoidance of Human Immune Response China Expert Warns of Flu Mutation Record Week For US Pediatric Swine Flu Fatalities WHO Confirms D225G Vaccine Failure

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Economics and Investing:

Frank S. sent this: FDIC cites Loveland’s Advantage Bank; Announcement states business uses unsafe and unsound banking practices Paul D. recommended a short but excellent article by financial advisor, Jeff Clark. “In short, his advice is to learn to grow a tomato!” Items from The Economatrix: Dubai Debt Fears Threaten Credit Crunch 2, and RBS is Exposed Dubai’s Troubles Hint at Troubles Elsewhere Forget Gold and Silver, Invest In Garlic–How to Get “Stinking” Rich Most US Stocks Retreat on Fears Dubai Will Default on Debt Dr. Gary North: Fiat Currency Money Printing Leading To Decentralization and Operational Secession Investors Buy Gold as Central Banks on Course to Crash Global Economy Government Sovereign Debt Spirals Dr. Gary North: Tis the Season to be Thrifty

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Notes from JWR:

There is just one day left in the 33% off sale for the “Rawles Gets You Ready” family preparedness course, Don’t miss out on this sale! — Today we present another entry for Round 25 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 $600, and B.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees, in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $392 value.) and C.) A HAZARiD Decontamination Kit from Safecastle.com. (A $350 value.) Second Prize: A “grab bag” of preparedness gear and books from Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy (JASBORR) with a retail value of at least $350. Third Prize: A copy of my “Rawles Gets You Ready” preparedness course, from Arbogast Publishing. Round 25 ends on November 30th, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that articles that relate practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

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Sharing Your Faith After TEOTWAWKI, by D.P.B.

I can’t help but notice there being a correlation between preparedness and Christianity. Most people I know who are getting involved, and most of the stuff I read on line is written by Christians. The one thing I haven’t read too much about though is what it will look like to share our faith after a collapse. In the grand scheme of eternity being able to grow in your relationship with Jesus and help others do the same is the most important part of being prepared.  A friend of mine used to own and operate a Christian bookstore. His family bought it in the summer of 2001 and did okay. They were able to make ends meet and they were satisfied knowing they were helping people get closer to God. For the rest of that year following the 9/11 attacks my friend said he was pulling in nearly $10,000 a day. That was more than they made a month during that summer. He told me that people think more about God when tragedy strikes and we are reminded why we need Him.  Everything goes in cycles. If and when the next Crash/Collapse/Outbreak happens it will not be anything that the … Continue reading

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Two Letters Re: “Cross-wire” Your Home Heating and Save Money

Mr. Rawles, First, let me extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your wife. As a Christian, I am confident she is in a good place and free of her suffering, though sorely missed by the rest of us. I have been a heating/ air-conditioning / refrigeration technician for the last 30 years. I own and use combustion analyzers to maximize performance of my customer’s appliances and both minimize the carbon monoxide (CO) they produce but also take a snap-shot of the ambient CO level in the building. I feel it is important to point out that while CO detectors are worthwhile (or at least a little better than nothing), they are not infallible! Far too many of them are improperly installed near kitchens, water heaters, furnaces and other combustion appliances! Nearly ALL fuel burning appliances produce CO at some point of their operating cycle. If a good, sensitive detector is placed too close to that appliance, it will “FALSE” on that short period emission of CO. False alarms desensitize the residents to the alarm, a very bad thing indeed. The solution to this problem by the Underwriter’s Laboratories (at fire department requests) has … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Damon sent this: U.S. dollar collapse could devastate economy: book Chad S. spotted an article about indigent families now having to bury dead family members themselves. C.K. in Texas mentioned that there was a PBS mini-series this past summer (available online) about how money gained its importance over time. It was called The Ascent of Money and the fourth episode would be of interest to many SurvivalBlog readers. C.K.’s description: “It talks about the hyperinflation that occurred in Argentina years ago (so bad that ranchers wouldn’t bring their cattle to market) and also about the fragile economics of Chinese and US trade.” Items from The Economatrix: Black Friday Store Spending Edges Up; Online Sales Soar Black Friday Shopping Spree Doesn’t Disappoint Hotel Owners, Like Home Owners, Are Behind Bernanke: Don’t Tamper with the Fed British Banks Quizzed By Regulators on Exposure to Dubai Crisis Fears of “Second Recession” as Dubai Crashes If Countries Like Dubai Begin to Fail, Who Will Save Them? Commentary from Mike Panzner: Time To Stick The Knife In Recession is Over, Welcome Back to the Depression

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