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 (A $275 value.), and D.) A 500 round case …

Shopping For Your Survival Retreat, by John J.

One of the hardest things to do in living a survivalist lifestyle is acquiring a retreat. You’ll discover rather quickly that your finances will determine the type and size of property you’ll be able to purchase. Another problem which you will encounter is determining where you should buy your retreat. The area you’re looking at property in should be done with a good deal of research. You’re likely to come across many types of deals in your search and you’ll discover that some are better than others, but you need to find the one that’s right for you. This of …

Economics and Investing:

US bankruptcies resume upward path in first quarter. Pimco’s El-Erian Warns Inflation to Hit US, Europe. (Thanks to Brett G. for the link.) Brian B. sent us this: Euro Experiment: EU Bullied into $1 Trillion Banking Bonanza Kevin S. sent us this: Junk silver coins; Why 90% junk silver coins are worth the investment? Items from The Economatrix: Euro Collapse Fears Spark Panic Buying of Gold Deutsche Bank: Greece May Never Pay Off Debts Volcker Sees Euro “Disintegration” Risk From Greece Gold Rises to Record As Investors Seek Alternatives to Currency

Odds ‘n Sods:

Mike M. and S. both sent this piece from The Times of London: Scientists forecast decades of ash clouds    o o o Safecastle (one of our most loyal advertisers) has announced a special sale from May 16-29 only, with 25% Off All Mountain House #10 Cans, and free Shipping to the Lower 48 States. There are additional freebies, depending on the quantity that you order. (See their web page for details.)    o o o Reader M.T. sent this item: Obama Plan to Make Cheaper Coins Criticized by Businesses. Let’s face it, inflation is relentless. Sooner or later, they’ll …

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“I do not think there should be a limit on the rig’s liability, because they are sitting on top of unlimited amounts of oil, and thus, there could be an explosion occur that could do untold damage. … The amount of damage that an offshore oil rig can do is infinite.” Senator John Chafee, Senate Floor Debate, 135 Cong. Rec. S9689-S9716 (August 3, 1989)