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.




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 … Continue reading




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 … Continue reading




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 … Continue reading




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 … Continue reading




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

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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







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 … Continue reading




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 … Continue reading




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 … Continue reading




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

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Jack H. mentioned a good article in The City Journal: The Cyber-Threat Grows

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SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson said he thought that this book looked interesting: Confessions of an Igloo Dweller: Memories of the Old Arctic

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A reminder that the special two-week 25% off sale on canned Mountain House foods at Ready Made Resources ends on Monday. 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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HPD pointed us to a piece in The Telegraph by Gerald Warner: Climategate e-mails sweep America, may scuttle Barack Obama’s Cap and Trade laws.







Notes from JWR:

There are just two days left in the 33% off sale for the “Rawles Gets You Ready” family preparedness course. Order your course binder and audio CD soon!

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 … Continue reading