Notes from JWR:

Today we present also 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 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 …

Announcing C.R.O.S.S.: A Unique Missionary Outreach to South Sudan, by Micah Wood

SurvivalBlog readers and brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, Greetings! My wife, Dania, has always desired in her heart to be a missionary. Until recently, I did not. Yet here I find myself publicly announcing to the readers of SurvivalBlog that God has sovereignly led us down a path, which clearly points to us becoming full time missionaries for our Lord Jesus Christ, in South Sudan. Growing up, Dania read many of the famous missionary stories and felt God would likely lead her to the mission field one day too. Me? I didn’t read many of the missionary …

A Legal Review of Secession, 150 Years Later, by Attorney Terry E. Hogwood

Introduction The Civil War [aka War Between The States] (or The War of Northern Aggression, depending on your personal view) ended in 1865. However, the legality of secession by the Southern States simply will not die 150 years after Texas formally seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America. As late as May, 2011, secession by part of the State of Arizona from the rest of the State is being proposed. Secession is often bandied about by politicians on both sides of the spectrum but do any of its proponents really understand what secession, from a legal …

Letter Re: Natural Gas Explosion in Indianapolis

Just writing in for the first time to bring an interesting incident to the forefront of the readers minds. It’s been lost in the national news since it happened . Saturday night, November 10, 2012 at just past 11 p.m. an explosion rocked a south Indianapolis neighborhood. Officials immediately cordoned off the neighborhood and started doing sweeps of the debris looking for survivors. In all four houses were totally destroyed, two were wiped to the foundations. Several surrounding homes were damaged beyond repair and 80 homes were damaged. The scene looked like a war zone with the look of a …

Economics and Investing:

Jim T. spotted this over at Zero Hedge: Q2 Total Gross Notional Derivatives Outstanding: $639 Trillion. (Don’t miss reading the comments.) O.T. sent: Regulators Destroying Your Home Appliances Peter Schiff: Thanks To Federal Reserve Policies Like QE3; We’re All Scr%#ed Items from The Economatrix: Gold And Silver Prices Set To Explode Obama Win Means Big Inflation Is Coming, Investor Refuge In Gold And Silver US To Become Largest Oil Producer, Energy Independent

Odds ‘n Sods:

Reader Tony S. spotted this: 100 Free Survival Downloads    o o o F.J. liked this: Hinged Canvas Hides Your Alarm Panel [or other items]    o o o Regular content contributor F.G. sent: Drifting Fish Farm Yields First Harvest in US Waters    o o o Dulce et decorum est: Chicago’s gun buyback helps group pay for youth shooting camp. (Thanks to Janet U. for the link.)    o o o Huelga! Transport chaos across Europe as millions take to streets in austerity protest and police fire rubber bullets at rioters

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“We have reclaimed our permanent home given to us by God as our birthright. Never again shall South Sudanese be oppressed for their political beliefs. Never again shall our people be discriminated [against] on account of race or religion. Never again shall we roam the world as sojourners and refugees.” – Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan