Notes from JWR:

Today is the birthday of the late Patrick Swayze (born August 18, 1952, died September 14, 2009.) Regardless of how good the 2012 Red Dawn remake is, the original Red Dawn from 1984 will always be remembered as the benchmark, and of course Swayze will always be remembered for his leading role. — 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 …

Shipping Containers — A Retreat on the Cheap, by Frederic W.

I would like to shed light on the convenience, structural soundness, and affordability of ISO shipping containers [commonly calles CONEXes] as potential add-ons, storage, or primary structure for your retreat or year-round compound. As an individual of efficiency, I am writing this article with the intent of casting out some research I have done on these containers; what they are capable of in a capacity form, and their versatility as a livable space. I hope many find this informative in its purist sense. Availability: Due to the nature of our global economy, especially in reference to the U.S. and its …

Two Letters Re: Camouflage Painting Firearms

Dear Mr. Rawles: As an addendum to the Friday piece on “Camouflage Painting Firearms” by Kyrottimus, I recommend this piece: Weapons Painting 101, a bulletin from the US Army TACOM detailing the officially-approved techniques for painting small arms. Cordially, – John N. Dear Editor: Regarding “Camouflage Painting Firearms”, you may want to point folks to this rather well-illustrated tutorial on painting your AR in the Multicam pattern, found over at How to Multicam your rifle…on the cheap! Regards, – T.

Economics and Investing:

G.G. flagged this: After the Storm – describes the stages of economic collapse. The 13-F truth comes out: George Soros Eats Own Words, Doubles Down On The Gold ETF J.D.F. mentioned: Jim Rogers: It’s Going To Get Really “Bad After The Next Election” Aaaand It’s Gone: This Is Why You Always Demand Physical Precious Metals Items from The Economatrix: World Shipping Crisis Threatens German Dominance as Greeks Win Long Game Retail Sales Up But Some Consumers Still Cautious Paulson, Soros Add to Gold Hoard as Prices Drop Most Since 2008

Odds ‘n Sods:

South African police say they were forced to fire on striking miners, killing 34. So much for the kinder, gentler post-Apartheid “Truth and Reconciliation” era under majority rule It is time for some remedial trading on fire discipline. (It sounded like a “mad minute”.) Is this a preview of the coming Austerity Riots?    o o o Check out this new product at Safecastle: AEB OX Mini Power Plant Solar Generator    o o o OSU Lab Test Pits Mountain House vs. Wise Foods … Results are WOW!    o o o A Navy SEAL speaks out about President Bolt …