Notes from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 41 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: A.) A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand, B.) 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 C.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $350 value.) D.) a $300 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize, for any …

Skills You Never Knew You Had–Eliminate the Starting Point, by Natural State

As a newbie prepper I have gone through the emotional progression of realizing my lack of preparedness.  It started with the feeling that something bad was going to happen now!  This quickly subsided, followed by the overwhelming feeling that I must act now.   This impulse quickly digressed to the obvious and most important step in my preparedness action plan, honest self-evaluation.  With the growing database of information on preparedness, I felt overwhelmed with my apparent lack of knowledge when it came to surviving.  I had less than a week’s worth of food in my home, no guns, and a vehicle …

Letter Re: Some Notable Power Grid Articles

Dear Mr. Rawles, I thought you might find these two articles on microgrid technology to be of interest. They raise the possibility that a well-organized community might be able to continue functioning even after a general grid failure: How Power Outages in India May One Day Be Avoided Microgrid Keeps the Power Local, Cheap, and Reliable Also, major manufacturers are gearing up to produce a new generation of deep-cycle batteries that can be recharged thousands of times, further facilitating the creation of off-grid communities. GE’s Novel Battery to Bolster the Grid Battery to Take On Diesel and Natural Gas Thanks …

Economics and Investing:

Over at The Burning Platform: Crash Dead Ahead. Knight Capital glitch triggers wild stock swings Why You Should Expect an Imminent Silver Price Explosion From SurvivalBlog’s G.G.: America’s 401(k) Nightmare? Items from The Economatrix:s Rising Home Prices Show Traction In Housing Recovery Office Building Sales Rebound Hits A Bump Why Is Future Silver Supply More at Risk than Gold?

Odds ‘n Sods:

Getting back to basics: Manufacturing boom: Trade school enrollment soars. (Thanks to H.L. for the link.)s    o o o Reader R.B.S. mentioned this handy site: U.S. Gun Law Reciprocity Guide    o o o Rare Colorado Tornado Second-Highest in US History. (A nod to George S. for the link.)    o o o Several readers mentioned this over at Alt-Market: The Most Often Forgotten Survival Preparations    o o o G.G. flagged this: Burglars loot Long Beach apartment building while tented for fumigation