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 …

Survival of the Un-Fittest — What to Do for the Ill, Disabled and Elderly, by Echo A.

Part of preparing for any emergency, including TEOTWAWKI, is making plans for those who cannot take care of themselves. Yet, there is very information out there about what to do about Grandma and Grandpa in a crisis situation, or those who just may not be the “fittest.”   Having elders who have been struggling with dementia or who are in cancer treatment, having seen so many of our soldiers come home with PTSD, having loved ones who are chronically ill or permanently disabled, I think about prepping in perhaps a different way than others. After seeking out the information I needed …

Letter Re: Halfway Preppers

Dear SurvivalBloggers: What is a halfway prepper? Some people think it is a lazy prepper. Well, if you’re lazy you’re not getting prepped. A halfway prepper is someone who gets things done slowly but isn’t going to let life pass them by. Is prepping worth losing friends (I try to make them see the light), missing date night with the wife, missing out on your favorite sports, living as a recluse? When SHTF things will change but I don’t want to miss those things.We have to continue to live in the world as we prepare for the future. I know …

Economics and Investing:

Collapse Of Financial System Will Come In August, Maybe September: Market-Watchers.( Thanks to Jim W. for the link.) Reader H.L. suggested this piece by Gonzalo Lira: How A Country Rationally Exits The Eurozone What’s in your vault? Uncle Sam audits its stash of gold at the New York Fed. The gold audit is a first for the institution and includes drilling into several hundred ingots. It could put the conspiracy theories to rest. Items from The Economatrix: Is The Gold Rush Over? Jobs Outlook Poor, Improvement Unlikely 65 Signs That The Economic Collapse Is Already Happening

Odds ‘n Sods:

The Survival Mindset, as seen from a Christian perspective. (This video series by Andrew von Ehrenkrook is recommended.)    o o o Demo of VPNs being compromised at Defcon: Marlinspike demos MS-CHAPv2 crack. Also, Tracking Android phones is easy, says researcher    o o o EMP attack: ‘90% of Americans would be dead’    o o o Mary F. sent an interesting piece about Mexico: Reclaiming the Forests and the Right to Feel Safe    o o o From Tim M.: Human cycles: History as science