Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 37 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round 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 $300 value.) C.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from (a $275 value), D.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo, and E.) …

Lessons Learned by Beginning Preppers, by Theresa L.

I don’t know exactly when my husband and I first discussed preparing for emergency situations and stockpiling, but we began keeping a small notebook in 2009 to inventory items we purchased to stock pile in case TSHTF or in the event of TEOTWAWKI. Our main concern was economic collapse, followed by civil unrest and the resulting lack of availability of food, water, and other necessities and the possibility of being unable to move about freely. We read some books, including Patriots by James Wesley, Rawles, One Second After by William Forstchen and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. This fueled our …

Letter Re: Choosing the Right Footwear

Sir: I found the letters on footwear interesting and informative, but I have a problem that their information just did not address that may affect others: I have big, very wide feet.  The suggestions on Redwings boots is great-a wonderful product, but even their “H” width is too small for me!  I have found that Hitchcock Shoes has an excellent selection of all types of shoes and boots available from many sources, including their own brand.  They sell for Men only from size 5-24 and widths from 3E to 6E. Even when the brands are available locally, the sizes are special …

Letter Re: Some Thoughts on How to Live in Times of Hunger

I have experienced two different times in my life of going hungry. The first time I went with very little food for three months. I went from 145 lbs to 115 lbs. I am 5’8 and my weight should be around 140-160 according to the Body Mass Index (BMI). The second time wasn’t as bad because I knew what to expect. I went from 175 lbs to about 135 lbs. I now weigh a comfortable 190 lbs. I purposely gained weight above the recommended 160 but I try to keep my weight maintained just under the obese level. I do …

Economics and Investing:

G.G. flagged this: First look at US pay data, it’s awful Brian H. mentioned: Denninger’s timeline for collapse. The Ranks of the Underemployed Continue to Grow. Would You Do Your Banking at the Post Office? Dylan Ratigan gets his ranty Wookie Suit on, on MSNBC Paul H. sent this: FOREX: Dollar slumps to record low versus Yen Items from The Economatrix: Fed Survey Suggests Hazy Outlook for Economy Consumers Paid More for Food, Gas in September Oil Prices Little Changed on Government Supply Reports The Student Loan Bubble Exceeds All Credit Cards The Age of Bank Failures

Odds ‘n Sods:

Mike Williamson mentioned: CCW for Amputees    o o o FBI official calls for secure, alternate Internet. Will they simply expand JWICS or make a SIPRnet “Light”, or create something new?    o o o G.G. was the first of several readers to mention this piece: Copper Wiring Traded For Crack    o o o Gaddafi burial delayed amid calls for probe. That’s odd, I don’t remember reading that there wasn’t much of “Death Probe” for Mussolini. I guess that “angry mobs, ignominiously parading bloodied former dictators” are more civilized, these days.

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but [he that is] perverse [in his] ways shall fall at once. He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain [persons] shall have poverty enough. A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” – Proverbs 28:18-20 (KJV)