Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 32 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 $795, 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 250 round case of 12 Gauge Hornady …

The Razor’s Edge, by Don V.

“The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard.” – W. Somerset Maugham The United States and a majority of the world stand at the proverbial razor’s edge and as most preppers realize, the road to salvation will definitely be difficult.  The coming changes may happen tomorrow or ten years from now but the grand clock is in countdown mode.  Many experts like to focus on specific issues but it is the culmination of these separate issues that will create the ultimate crisis.  Evaluating each issue allows the …

Letter Re: Ballistic Protection From Compressed Earth Blocks

Jim: Some folks tested .50 BMG bullets on unprotected 18″-thick earth bag (Compressed Earth Block (CEB)) walls. See; “Bullet Resistance of Compressed Earth” located at the Earth Bag Building Blog. There is a YouTube video attached though. I thought this was pretty important, as this is the type of housing structure my husband and I are using. – Sky Watcher.

Two Letters Re: Thoughts on SHTF Communications

Sir: I feel that any article that brings attention to the need for communications in the future is a very good article! However, Carl really needs to upgrade to a General or higher class license and experience just what some of the HF bands can do for him. How well something like 75 meter phone can cover a very wide area that will put his favored two meters to shame, no matter how “big” the two meter station is. Not to mention really long distance communications with no infrastructure whatsoever on whatever ham band happens to be working at the …

Economics and Investing:

John R. recommended a piece by Jim Willie: Ultimate Cost of 0% Money Also from John R.: U.S. foreclosures jumped in the third quarter; Newly initiated foreclosures up more than 30 percent Venezuela Devaluing Currency to Revive Economy/ (Thanks to Dan L. for the link.) Items from The Economatrix: Dude, Where’s My Job?   Gold Hits Three-Week High On Weak Dollar   Energy Stocks Rally to Fresh Two-Year Highs US Dollar Seen Rising in 2011 After Rough 2010   (JWR is dubious…) 10% Brits Will Be Jobless in 2011 

Odds ‘n Sods:

Dennis mentioned the Sustainable Local Food and Farm Conference in Grass Valley, California that will be held on January 22, 2011.    o o o Our changing sun. Solar max by the middle of the decade? Major flares?    o o o A World in Crisis: What the thirties tell us about today. (Thanks to John R. for the link,)    o o o Beau spotted a web site with a lot of military field manuals. Most of the manuals can be downloaded and saved or printed.      o o o The Polish Rosomak APC Debuts in Afghanistan