Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 42 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 …

Camouflage Painting Firearms, by Kyrottimus

Most combat-style firearms come in one color: black. For “style” this is a safe bet, as black goes well with everything. However, in life-or-death survival situations, one must make their weapon just as concealable as themselves. Black is bad. Of all colors, black stands out the most and draws the human-eye to it before anything else. This is true for normal-spectrum vision, starlight/night-vision, IR/Near-IR/Thermal vision, etc. Anything appearing as black or reflective will stick out like a proverbial sore thumb. If you plan on wearing some type of camouflage clothing during any situation, you should consider camouflaging your weapon as …

Letter Re: Coastal Oregon as a Retreat Locale

Sir: Just a few words from someone else who lives here (Tillamook County, if you’re curious). LongJim has a lot of it right, but it’s certainly not going to be as easy as he describes. To add a touch of balance, I really should chime in here. Natural resources are indeed abundant. Crabbing, clamming, fishing, and more can be done. However, without a sailboat or kayak? You’re liable to be stuck digging for clams, drowning worms, and tossing crab pots alongside hundreds of your neighbors – from every available dock, wharf, jetty, or beach. A motorboat will only get you …

Economics and Investing:

Welcome to the Third World, Part 7: Bye Bye, Public Services. (Kudos to H.L. for the link.) Also from H.L.: Two Spanish Towns in Hock as Banks Cope with $250 Billion in Bad Loans The Political Euro Revolt Spreads To Austria: “Europe Can Only Function If Every Country Has Its Own Currency” Items from The Economatrix: Banking Damage:  ATM, Checking And Overdraft Fees Rise In 2012 Max Keiser:  We’re In A Financial Holocaust Why More States May See Gas Prices Above $4 Six U.S. Cities on the Edge of a Fiscal Cliff

Odds ‘n Sods:

Charley S. sent this infographic: Who believes the end of the world is near?    o o o F.G. sent this: Record-breaking python found in Florida Everglades with 87 eggs.    o o o F.J.R. suggested this at Cool Tools: Optimus Svea Stove    o o o Jim W. sent this news item to file under “Important Safety Tip”: North Augusta gun shop owner kills suspected burglar, injures two others    o o o G.G. sent this: Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system