Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 31 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), D.) A 500 round case of …

No Law Enforcement in TEOTWAWKI, by Ron M.

I am a Christian, husband and father. I am a former 10 year active Army veteran and three year National Guardsman in Louisiana. My military background is helicopter crew chief, CID (the Army’s equivalent of the FBI) and then an Armor officer in the National Guard. After leaving the Guard I became a Louisiana State Patrol (LSP) trooper. I have since left the state police. It is my experience as a state trooper that I wish to write about. I have read on your blog about many things and appreciate them all in many ways. Recently a writer was predicting …

Letter Re: A Little Insight on Diesel Engines

Captain Rawles: Let me add a caveat to burning raw oil (Filtered Vegetable Oil, Waste Vegetable Oil, Straight Vegetable Oil, Raw Vegetable Oil) in diesels. I have heard claims stating; “These engines will burn anything! You can dump in cooking oil, heating oil, kerosene, bacon fat, filter your used crankcase oil through a nylon stocking…you can even burn perfume!” To that I must add; “Garbage in, garbage out”, only not all the garbage goes out… it settles in your engine. All myths are based on some truth, and those claims are no exception. First, stay away from animal fats. They …

Economics and Investing:

$10,000 Gold? (Thanks to Siggy for the link.) Don’t Get Too Excited About Gold — It’s Actually Down Compared to the Euro US mint raises premiums on Silver Eagles by $.50 per coin Richard H. sent this: Cheap Debt for Corporations Fails to Spur Economy Items from The Economatrix: Treating Symptoms, Ignoring The Root Cause The Next Phase Of Gold’s Meteoric Rise The Recent Move in Silver is Just a Preview of What We Can Expect in the Future

Odds ‘n Sods:

Dane S. sent this: Survivalist retreat yields big profits    o o o Reader “T. Tuttle” recommended the book “On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace“, by Dave Grossman.    o o o Mr. B. sent this: Are we raising a generation of nincompoops?    o o o Thanks to Richard H. for spotting this: MP3 Enabled Radio Launched for Developing World