Notes from JWR:

Today is the birthday of science fiction novelist Larry Niven. (Born, 1938.) Along with Jerry Pournelle, he co-authored the survivalist classic Lucifer’s Hammer. April 30th is also the birthday of futurist and computer industry writer Ed Yourdon. (Born, 1944.) — Today we present another entry for Round 46 of the … Continue reading

Sewing, Mending and Altering Your Clothing After the Ball Drops, by Belle

My husband, children and I live in a largely off-grid community in the desert southwest.  We live on forty acres with solar power, a water well and water catchment.  We garden and live with chickens and are adding skills to our new life style all of the time.  My husband … Continue reading

Letter Re: One Year Food Supply at COSTCO

James, What is you opinion of the “30,144 Total Servings 4-people 1-year Emergency Food Kit” now at the COSTCO website? Are the shelf lifes realistic? (Are they really long term storage kinds of foods?) What can you tell me about the company that makes them? Are they legit? Is this … Continue reading

Letter Re: Building Cabins on a Shoestring Budget

Dear CPT Rawles, This letter is provided as a reply to your reader who wrote in about “Building Cabins on a Shoestring Budget”.  There are two viewpoints to this reply, one from the vantage point of an architect with a couple dozen years of real world design and construction experience … Continue reading

Notes from JWR:

Ready Made Resources just started a 25% off sale on Mountain House canned long term storage foods. Check it out! — The volatility in the precious metals markets is continuing, with some dramatic intra-day swings in spot prices. My long-standing advice has been “buy on a dip day”, but perhaps … Continue reading

Pat’s Product Review: Ruger SR556E

I’ve always been a big fan of Ruger firearms – all of them! There’s many reasons for my liking Ruger firearms, first of all, I find their firearms robust, strong and well-designed. Ruger doesn’t simply copy some other designs for the most part – instead, they are innovators in many … Continue reading

Harry’s Book Review: After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

Book Title: After the Snow Author: S.D. Crockett Copyright Date: 2012 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends ISBN: 978-0-312-64169-6 Audio, e-book or foreign translation avail? Yes–Kindle Suitable for children? Teens probably. When you find a story predicting that the future is another ice age you know you have found an author who … Continue reading

Letter Re: CCW Permit Holders are The Good Guys

JWR, One topic that has come up recently is that license holders are more law-abiding than the general population, presumably because they’ve undergone background checks by the state.    The reality is that this has been shown in multiple case reviews.   A 2011 study in Texas concluded that CCW/CCL permit … Continue reading