Notes from JWR:

Please pray for those who end up in the path of Hurricane Sandy when it makes landfall. It looks like it may be a bad one. — October 27th is the birthday of Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (born 1858, died January 6, 1919). He was the 26th U.S. President (1901–1909). — Today we present another entry for Round 43 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 …

Defending Against the Smallest Enemies, by J.R.M.

It is human nature to approach preparedness according to gaps that we see in our plans.  Most of us make checklists (see List of Lists), have 72 hour bags (BOB), and cover the three B’s (Beans, Bullets, and Band-Aids).  We rotate food and water, learn new skills, and do anything we can to bridge the gap between our perceived lack of preparedness and what we consider as “sufficiently prepared”.  We may get so caught up in building bunkers and buying bullets that we operate in an “out of sight, out of mind” mode.  Sure, we should prepare for four-legged and …

Letter Re: Avoiding Bad Company

James: Huey F. makes some excellent points in his article.  I would just like to add the caveat that not everyone who claims to be a Christian really is one.  We have been burned twice in the last several years by people who we thought were Christian brothers and sisters who turned out to be wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Due diligence is necessary, especially if you’re going to be living with someone.  Just because a mouse is in the cookie jar, it doesn’t make him a cookie.  And thanks, JWR, for all you do.  Sincerely, – Barbara in Tennessee

Economics and Investing:

G.G. suggested this: Fed considers upping QE3 size and language The ultimate tangible? Here is an asset that isn’t “created” by a Federal Reserve and US Treasury collusion: Iowa Farmland Sets Sales Price Record. (Thanks to Dan T. for the link.) Jim Rickards – Currency Wars Simulation. (Thanks to Rick A. for the link.) J.B.G. sent this news item: Bundesbank slashed London gold holdings in mystery move Items from The Economatrix: The Good Old Days Are Over Fabian Calvo:  Massive Foreclosures After Election 9 States With Sinking Pensions Good Economic Data Meets Bad Earnings-Which One Is Wrong?

Odds ‘n Sods:

Storing Spare Radio Gear – Preparing for Long Term Storage    o o o Geoff S. was the first of several readers to send this: Big Brother’s New Toy: An EMP Cruise Missile    o o o Reader Denise G. wrote to mention that it in some states it is illegal to fail to report to arresting police officers that you are carrying a concealed handcuff key. In Florida it is a felony!    o o o Instructables gets practical: Firearms for Catastrophic Disasters    o o o Law Enforcement Looking To Create A Searchable Database Of Everywhere Your Vehicle …