Garden Defense — Repelling Four-Legged (and Two-Winged) Pests, by Jason

Finally building a cabin in the woods close to nature can be a dream come true.  But if you are a gardener like me, the morning after the first midnight garden raid by pests unknown can be a real nightmare.  Garden pests never attack the day after harvest or when the plants are young.  They always seem to attack my garden the day before the big haul.  A garden full of just ripened fruit and veggies must look like a neon all-you-can-eat sign to a hungry deer, or rabbit.  There are ways to effectively turn that sign off but it …

Letter Re: Advice on Pre-1899 Revolvers for Self Defense

Dear Jim, I have had the pleasure of reading your blog and archives on a regular basis and have purchased and enjoyed both the “Rawles Gets You Ready” preparedness course and your latest book. My questions relate to the availability, safety and durability of the Colt Model 1892 double action (DA) .41, which you recently recommended. I have contacted some of the dealers and auction sites you mention on your web site, but have not yet found one for sale that is in acceptable condition. If you know of someone that would be willing to sell one or two, I …

Economics and Investing:

U.S. Is Riskier Than Euro Zone; So Says CDS Market. (A hat tip to Yishai for the link.) GG sent this: Central Banks Stashing Away Gold at Brisk Pace. Items from The Economatrix: Commentary from Dan Denninger: Housing Sales: Forget It! How the Middle Class Slowly Evaporated Over the Past 40 Years States Look Beyond Borders to Collect Taxes Owed Stocks Give Up Steep Gains on Renewed Greece Woes Bernanke: Record-Low Rates Needed to Aid Economy Watchdog Blasts Obama Loan Relief Plan Natural Gas Prices Reach Record Low

Odds ‘n Sods:

North American Bees Are in Even More Trouble After a Bad Winter. (Thanks to Damon for the link.)    o o o SurvivalBlog’s Editor At Large Michael Z. Williamson sent us this: This Turk shows one good way of defending oneself against multiple attackers, when unarmed. “Mike’s comment: Nice movement. Keep them coming singly and hit hard, while keeping a good block up.”    o o o Chester wrote me about RJR’s recommendation on Gentex 1030A active hearing protectors. (“Wolf Ears”). Here is a review of several types of hearing protection that Chester found on the net.    o o …

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.” – Robert A. Heinlein, “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long“