Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 28 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. It was written under a pseudonym. 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 (A $275 value.), …

A Tale of Two Currencies, by Penrod Schofield

Will day to day economic transactions in America in the years ahead continue pretty much as they have for the last century or so, or will they change? In other words, what will ground-level finances look like in five or ten years—or possibly three or five years? To answer that question, at least to the extent that I’m able (I’m not a professional economist), I reviewed my own experience, and studied up a bit on history. The answer I came up with isn’t outlandish or apocalyptic, but it’s still not a pretty picture. First, a bit about me: I’m in …

Letter Re: Advice on a Multipurpose Rifle

Dear Mr. Rawles: In reading the responses to Criss K.’s question regarding a good multi-purpose rifle I was surprised to find no mention of the Savage 99. The later Model 99 can be found in .308 [Winchester] with a detachable box magazine and while “collector” grade rifles command a higher price, “shooter” grade rifles can generally be found for a very reasonable price. Granted, you can’t get high capacity magazines for these, but this lever action does address the problem of reload time and you get the power and availability of the .308 [Winchester] caliber. Thank you, – Will S.

Economics and Investing:

G.G. suggested: The Subprime Rhyme with U.S. Debt Debacle, by Michael Pento Also from G.G.: Greek debt crisis offers preview of what awaits U.S. RBS suggested this article: Drowning in home debt Reader V.A.F. sent this: Freddie Mac Posts First Quarter Loss of $6.7 Billion, Asks Treasury for $10.6 Billion (Our tax dollars, funding our NINJA neighbors’ McMansion fanatsies.) Items from The Economatrix: Britain Must Cut Deficit Fast, Europe Warns America at the Crossroads and the War on Gold S&P to Gold Ratio: On Verge of 1.00 Breakdown Auto Industry on Road to Recovery But Pace Slows Federal Government Outpaces …

Odds ‘n Sods:

This YouTube dramatization sounds like something out of SurvivalBlog, or a novel I once read wrote: The Economic Collapse. (Thank to David W. for the link.)    o o o Ash delays and reroutes trans-Atlantic flights. (Thanks to Mike M. for the link.)    o o o Mat in Tennessee suggested this: Getting Prepared for an Electromagnetic Pulse Attack. This is also apropos for massive Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) events.    o o o Allen M. flagged this: NetDISK multi-function NDAS – the ‘hack-proof’ drive