Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 44 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 …

Dealing with a Genuine Pain in the Rear, by P. S. in Virginia

One of the best ways to learn something is by doing for yourself or if it’s a painful learning experience then the best way to learn is from someone going through it so you hopefully won’t have to. A couple of days before Thanksgiving (Tuesday) I managed to end up with the wonderful surprise of a hemorrhoid. I would like to think I have a high tolerance to pain but let me tell you, this puppy took me down for the count. When these first start there is just no comfortable position you can get into, sitting, standing or laying …

Economics and Investing:

Diving into the fiscal economic mess – Fiscal cliff a reckoning for decades of poor financial management and massive debt based spending. Looting Breaks Out In Argentina Items from The Economatrix: Will Gold Break $2,000 In 2013? John Williams:  We’re Going To Be In A New Recession Global Economic Slowdown Signals Sad New Year What Happens If The Payroll Tax Cut Expires?

Odds ‘n Sods:

Some new findings on treating gunshot wounds. (Thanks to Russell P. for the link.)    o o o SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson has posted, this more for entertainment than practicality: The Steampunk AK-47    o o o R.B.S. was the first of several readers to send this troubling news: Next-generation handcuffs deliver electric shocks, drugs to detainees    o o o Reality Check: Are calls for stricter gun laws really about guns?    o o o Good for a belly laugh: Bloomberg: There Is Not ‘Anybody That’s Defended the Second Amendment as Much as I Have’

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our …