Note from JWR:

The following is the first half of a draft chapter from my latest novel (tentatively titled “Veterans”), now in development. It is a sequel to “Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse”. Unlike most novel sequels, the storyline will be contemporaneous with the first novel, but set in diverse locales. Only a few of the characters in “Patriots” are featured in the sequel. This sequel novel is scheduled to be released by the Atria Books Division of Simon & Schuster in early 2011. I picked a flashback chapter to post as a sample, since it doesn’t include any plot “spoilers.” In this flashback, Ian Doyle meets his wife, fifteen years before The Crunch, while he is on Temporary Duty (TDY) in Honduras. Part II of this chapter will be posted tomorrow. (Saturday, May 1st.)




Novel Sample (Draft) Chapter From “Veterans” (Part I)

Chapter 24:  Down In Hondo

“We are steadily asked about the age at which to teach young people to shoot. The answer to this obviously depends upon the particular individual; not only his physical maturity but his desire. Apart from these considerations, however, I think it important to understand that it is the duty of the father to teach the son to shoot. Before the young man leaves home, there are certain things he should know and certain skills he should acquire, apart from any state-sponsored activity. Certainly the youngster should be taught to swim, strongly and safely, at distance. And young people of either sex should be taught to drive a motor vehicle, and if at all possible, how to fly a light airplane. I believe a youngster should be taught the rudiments of hand-to-hand combat, unarmed, together with basic survival skills. The list is long, but it is … Continue reading




Showering with Just One Gallon of Water, by The Survival Nurse

In a TEOTWAWKI situation hygiene is going to become very important. As an E.R. Nurse I see hygiene problems everyday. I can’t begin to describe the things that I have seen… and I probably have post-traumatic stress disorder, as a result. Do you know that homeless alcoholics care very little about their personal hygiene?? A few years ago I learned a nice lesson on personal hygiene that I wanted to pass on. It may not be a new idea to some but I think it would be very useful to a lot of people who haven’t considered hygiene/showering post-SHTF

Ten years ago while going to nursing school I stumbled on an outstanding deal on 20 acres in Northern Arizona with a run down travel trailer on it. Being a poor college student I couldn’t afford rent and the land payment so I gave up the apartment … Continue reading




Letter Re: Preparedness Digital Archives

Sir,
Digital Archives and Your One and Only Mortal Life articletoday. Unable to sleep last night, I took my new 4 Gig USB [“memory stick”] drive and downloaded your entire site. It was nice to read how wise I’d been the day after! It is far easier to permanently protect a USB drive than all computers. Figure that if any of my computers are fried, there will be one available somewhere that isn’t! I still print out the more salient pieces on your site for nighttime reading, though… I already have a monumental JWR library!

I’ve been a “prepper” since ’98. It’s a humbling process – something like life itself. You can’t provide for every contingency; either from lack of funds or lack of information. Ergo – you play the odds and take your best shot – allocating available resources to relative probabilities. … Continue reading




Economics and Investing:

Roubini says Euro’s days may be numbered. (Thanks to GG for the link.)

Chad S. spotted this: Canada considers eliminating the penny.

Kevin sent us this: States Bristle as Investors Make Wagers on Defaults

Also from Kevin: In ‘Chair City,’ Budget Cuts are ‘Amputating’ Municipal Services

Items from The Economatrix:

Meat Prices May Spike this Summer (Stock up your chest freezer now, and lay in a supply of canned meat! Since grain prices are remaining high, meat will probably be very expensive for the next few years. It is a good thing that we mainly eat elk and venison, here at the Rawles Ranch!)

Unemployment Challenges Obama’s Narrative

Greece Cut to Junk at S&P as Contagion Spreads

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Considering Bankruptcy

Spain Downgraded, Europe Debt Crisis Widens JWR Notes: Iceland, … Continue reading




Odds ‘n Sods:

Lisa sent this: Food Prices Rocket in North Korea. Lisa’s comment: “The article says the prices change by the hour.” Can another famine be coming to North Korea?

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Reader John G. passed along two URLs for government surplus auctions: GovDeals.com and GovSales.gov. John notes: “I have seen more items listed lately. I guess the states are trying to recoup their deficits.”

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From Nanny State California: Santa Clara County: Supervisors ban toys with fast-food meals

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Survivalblog’s Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson flagged this piece: Making a Wooden Bicycle. While of course not dependable for longevity, this bike at least demonstrates the value of ingenuity.







Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 28 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round will include:

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.) C.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com. (A $275 value.), and D.) A 500 round case of Federal 5.56mm XM193 55 Grain FMJ ammo, courtesy of Sunflower Ammo. This is a $199 value, and includes free UPS shipping.

Second Prize: A.) A “grab bag” of preparedness gear and books from Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy … Continue reading




Practical Steps to Preparing a Family for TEOTWAWKI, by Mitch D.

Author’s Background
I live in Northeastern Minnesota with my wife and four children ages: four to seven.  I teach and am a sports coach at the local high school in town (population 1,200).  We live two hours away from any type of big city, which in our case is Duluth, Minnesota (population 85,000).  My wife is a stay-at-home mom.  Three years ago, we built a new house four miles outside of town on 15 acres that my parents gave us.  Combined, we make just over $56,000 a year.  In just this past year, my wife and I have started making the transition to a more preparedness-minded lifestyle.  As I have scanned and read hundreds of articles online, I have found a wealth of practical information, but little in the way of practical advice for families.  I hope this article helps young families that are either on a limited budget, … Continue reading




Letter Re: Standardizing with DeWalt 18 VDC Power Tools

James:
While DeWalt is a good choice for tools, in order to save at least 30% off your next purchase look into the factory reconditioned web sites of DeWalt or in my case Bosch Tools. I used the Bosch 12 volt DC drill, in a production factory setting 10 hours a day for a year as a test. The battery only needed swapping once a day. The results were that I gave all our corded drills to the employees and purchased seven of their 12 VDC drills for the production floor. Bosch also has the 6 foot drop test on concrete test on their side.

Each unit had two batteries and charger and its built in circuitry it would charge the battery without the battery developing a memory. These drills stood up to many years of factory daily use and they came
with a one year … Continue reading




Letter Re: Observations on Life in Afghanistan

Mr Rawles.
I read “Patriots” nearly a year ago and was impressed with the well written plot, realistic scenario and detail oriented implicit planning and tips. I learned a while thereafter of your SurvivalBlog and have been nibbling at it in chunks, trying yet to digest it. I imagine you notice a bit of a self selecting bias in people who read and enjoy your writing, even more in those who choose to e-mail you, so I won’t write the usual bits about how alike we think. I will write that I appreciate what you’re doing with the SurvivalBlog site and the books you write.

Since your e-mail page said you particularly like hearing from those overseas I decided I’d write you a note. Right now I’m writing to you from a little morale tent in the desert … Continue reading




Economics and Investing:

GG sent this: ECB may have to turn to ‘nuclear option’ to prevent Southern European debt collapse

Brett G. spotted this article over at NewsMax: U.S. Debt to Hit $20 Trillion, Financial Times Warns

Greek borrowing costs hit high as Germany fuels uncertainty over aid. (Thanks to R.I.P. for the link.)

RBS sent this piece about foreclosed real estate: Flipping houses is back in South Los Angeles

Europe debt crisis spreads to Portugal (Standard & Poors downgraded Greece and Portugal sovereign debt paper to “junk” status today.)

Items from The Economatrix:

Stocks Pull Back on Europe’s Deepening Debt Woes

Europe Debt Crisis Spreads to Portugal

Consumer Confidence Grows as Economy Strengthens

What Gold Bubble?

Market Manipulation and Delusions of Prosperity (The Mogambo Guru)




Odds ‘n Sods:

UAE eyes three-month food stockpile. JWR Notes: It is noteworthy that nation states don’t launch into expensive ventures like this, sua sponte. Catch a clue, and stock up, folks! (A hat tip to Bob G. for the link.)

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Simon J. sent this technology development news: New Inexpensive Material Will Turn Night Into Day

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Rich at KT Ordnance forwarded this one: Agents of Incompetence: ATF Dodges FOIA, Still Has Seized BB Guns (Part IV)

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Nick S. flagged this bit of nuttery from Nanny State Britannia: Boy banned from eating cheese sandwich







Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 28 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round will include:

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.) C.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com. (A $275 value.), and D.) A 500 round case of Federal 5.56mm XM193 55 Grain FMJ ammo, courtesy of Sunflower Ammo. This is a $199 value, and includes free UPS shipping.

Second Prize: A.) A “grab bag” of preparedness gear and books from Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy … Continue reading