Notes from JWR:

The 25% to 35% off sales for Mountain House canned long term storage foods with free shipping and bonuses will end tonight (Friday, February 15, 2013) at Safecastle and on February 18th at Ready Made Resources. Be sure to place your order before these sales end! — Today we present another entry for Round 45 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: A.) Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course. (A $1,195 value.) B.) A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the …

One Way Out of Dodge by Mrs. W. in the Missouri Ozarks

Our story begins enslaved to a job in a middle-class suburb and ends mortgage-free in the Missouri Ozarks with us making ambitious strides toward off-grid living and growing all we eat. Unlike Jed Clampett’s kinfolk who urged luxurious city life, ours would have warned us to stay put, keep our jobs and fit in – if only they had known what we were up to. If you dream of “someday” leaving your weekly paycheck for a more rewarding, self-reliant country life, but think you must wait (because of your “secure” job, societal expectations or whatever else is holding you), consider …

Letter Re: Buying Ammo? There’s an App for That

Mr. Rawles I would like to share with you an automated (“Bot”) web site, that is currently in beta test, which hounds the Internet for current, in stock ammo.  It lists various calibers (5.56, 762×39, 7.62, 9mm,), brand, etc.  I discovered this when reading the Western Rifle Shooters Association blog. Best Regards, – G.H.

Two Letters Re: Buried Cache Retrieval

Dear JWR: After reading the post this morning on buried items, I would like to share a thought. If you bury items in PVC pipe and use threaded fittings, you will have to use a pipe dope to seal out moisture.  If you do this, unscrewing the fitting is going to be an ordeal.  You would have to dig out an area big enough to swing a very large wrench if you have one.  Or you would have to dig out the pipe and put the pipe in a large vise if you have one.  Or cut the pipe in the ground …

Economics and Investing:

By way of Investment Watch blog:comes this video: Currency War: U.S. Cannot Absorb a Deflationary Spiral – Yra Harris Terry in Florida suggested this by Charles Biderman: Fed Creating $4 Billion in New Money Each Day, Helping to Rig Stock Market Charles Hugh-Smith, over at Zero Hedge: Don’t Worry; Be Resilient. (Thanks to Geoff B. for the link.) Items from The Economatrix: Schiff:  US To Win Currency Wars, Then Implode Sprott:  Default Coming As 850 Tons Of Gold Supply Vanish Job Openings Decrease Amid US Budget Battles

Odds ‘n Sods:

An old friend sent me a link to a series of videos of the March, 2011 earthquake (magnitude 9.0) in Japan.    o o o 65.4 Million Gun Purchases Since Obama Took Office, 91% More Than Bush’s First-Term Total. JWR’s Comment: Oh, by the way, some of those background checks were for multiple gun purchases, so the real figure is probably somewhere closer to 70 million.)    o o o Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large) mentioned a fascinating STRATFOR piece on embassy security    o o o Gun Owners of America (GOA) is urging folks to contact their …

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Economics is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man. This is no accident. The inherent difficulties of the subject would be great enough in any case, but they are multiplied a  thousandfold by a factor that is insignificant in, say, physics, mathematics or medicine – the special pleading of selfish interests.” – Henry Hazlitt, Economics In One Lesson