Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 46 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 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 …

Spiritual Preparedness for Hard Times, by ZeBo

In preparing for hard times, it has long been my belief that the first priority of Christian men and women must be preparing spiritually for the difficult road ahead. The church and culture of the United States have grown very soft, and, unlike our forefathers, most Christians in America today have little experience coping with hard times. We live in a culture that believes in having an insurance policy or material solution for any crisis that life brings our way. This applies down to the smallest personal tragedies, with only a handful of exceptions, and leaves us woefully underprepared to …

Letter Re: COMEX Precious Metals Market Dips

James, Many reader may be stunned by the drop in COMEX silver prices. However, holders of physical silver need not despair. The price to obtain actual coins has hardly been affected at all. Both Kitco and eBay testify to this: On Kitco, single silver eagles are now $29.10, or $4.15 over the Friday silver Comex close of $25.95 and a monster box of 500 eagles at $14,300 is still $28.60 each. Kitco at present is not even listing “junk silver bags”, they’re just not available through them (sometimes this happens), but others are selling the $1,000 face value bags of …

Letter Re: Advice on U.S. Military Service

Dear James, Concerning joining the military and prepping:  If the person has the aptitude then joining the Navy Seabees [Construction Battalion] would definitely be something to consider. The Seabees are primarily builders but do get training to fight.  Being as they are not “combat” troops the deployment should be less than a combat arm. And the training [they provide] as a builder would be very handy if the Schumer Hits The Fan. Best Regards, – Jim M.

Economics and Investing:

US Shale Industry Set for a Second Boom with Waterflood Technology Governor Paul LePage: Beretta, Colt and Magpul—Come to Maine. The Texas Governor says Ditto! Portugal’s elder statesman calls for ‘Argentine-style’ default. (Thanks to Andre D. for the link.) Items from The Economatrix: More Than 101 Million Working-Age Americans Do Not Have A Job Authorities Seize $50M In Gold From Private Owner Why Are The Banksters Telling Us To Sell Our Gold When They Are Hoarding Gold?

Odds ‘n Sods:

More troubling privacy news: Secrets of FBI Smartphone Surveillance Tool Revealed in Court Fight and IRS: We can read emails without warrant. (Thanks to G.G. and R.B.S. for the links.)    o o o Reader B.B. sent this: York Arms Cancels All Its New York Police Orders    o o o The ultimate “Angry Beaver” story: Beaver Bites Man To Death In Belarus Attack. (A hat tip to Pierre M.)    o o o B.B. sent: Newly Approved Arms Trade Treaty Could Shut Down Flow of Surplus Ammo. This will surely mean short supplies and higher prices, so I recommend …

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (KJV)