Note from JWR:

Notes from JWR: I’m scheduled to be interviewed by libertarian survivalist Reginald Kaigler on The DEMCAD Show (a Freedomizer Radio podcast), this evening (Monday) from 6-to-7 p.m. Eastern Time. — 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 …

Plentiful Water, Right at Your Feet, by Matt H. in Washington State

I want to bring up a topic that should be critical to those trying to prepare. I am one of the folks that wants to survive in place in a suburban environment. The serious weak link in any survival program is that of water. We have all read the endless articles about finding and preparing potable (drinkable) water. The endless stories of filtering, boiling, bleach-treating. I believe one area has been overlooked. Proviso: The following is presented for educational purposes only, and should only be considered in life and death situations! Can I tell you all a little about my …

Letter Re: An Earthquake Wakeup Call in Australia

Greetings! I’m a SurvivalBlog addict who lives in the coastal suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia, and last night at roughly 11:25 p.m. my shower was interrupted by an earthquake! It wasn’t strong enough to move furniture. In fact, as earthquakes go it was pretty weak (later revealed as a 3.8), but since we’re near the coast I wasn’t taking any chances, and neither was my wife! Seconds after it was stopped I was drying off and we were both getting dressed. We locked the doors, shut the windows, grabbed our phones and our boy, put the dogs in the car …

Economics and Investing:

By way of the Appenzell Daily Bell: George Soros Warns that the EU May Collapse. From Damon S.: 14 Pieces of Really Bad News for the U.S. Economy The number that I mentioned in the blog on Saturday was too low. Here is the correction: U.S. shuts eight more banks; 50 total have been closed this year. Items from The Economatrix: Consumer Mood Unexpectedly Worsens in April US Housing Starts Up Bill to Restore Jobless Aid Clears Senate Hurdle Pensions Crisis “Threatens Entire UK Economy” $4.00 Gas by the End of 2010?

Odds ‘n Sods:

Yishai sent this Instapundit item: U.S. Military Warns of Oil Shortage by 2015.    o o o Reader Damon S. suggested a web site with some free plans for building beehives.    o o o Matt B. mentioned a clever “stealth” house built into a grain silo.    o o o David R. was the first of several readers to mention this: MIT Student Develops Cutting Edge Low Cost Healing for the Developing World