Notes from JWR:

Today is the birthday of George R. Stewart, a novelist, university professor and toponymist. He was born in 1895 and died August 22, 1980. In the preparedness community, he is best remembered as the author of the classic post-pandemic novel Earth Abides. — Safecastle’s semi-annual sale on Mountain House long term storage foods begins tomorrow (Saturday, June 1, 2013.) Today we present the final 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 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize, for any of their military surplus gear, E.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com (a $300 value), and F.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo. and G.) A roll of $10 face value … Continue reading

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Off Grid Cooking Solutions, Part 3, by V.W.

I have really come to enjoy researching and testing off grid cooking ideas and possibilities.  Last year I had purchased a few products that I felt were going to be the back bone of my preparedness efforts. Over this past winter, I began thinking that it was necessary to actually try out the ideas and suggestions from videos I had seen and articles I had read.  I ordered a few products to round out my supplies, and I became so enthusiastic with all the possibilities that I wrote “Off Grid Cooking Solutions, Part 1” and “Off Grid Cooking Solutions, Part 2.” I had mentioned that it is very easy to build a brick rocket stove that performs fairly well.  Two downsides of that method is lack of portability and efficiency. Depending upon the design, it will smoke more than a professional stove during cooking, which could prove to be problematic for security reasons.  (You won’t want others to be aware you are cooking and the less smoke, the better). One thing that really concerned me is that I kept reading of the potential danger of bricks exploding.  I stopped by a business that builds outdoor fireplaces for patio use.  The … Continue reading

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Three Letters Re: Studying Guerilla Warfare Tactics

Dear Captain Rawles, I would like to thank Al H. for his letter on the importance of studying Guerrilla Warfare tactics and also for his mention of one of my book, Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival There were two purposes in writing ‘Contact’: firstly, to pass on tactical self-defense information to aid the survival of law abiding prepper folks in a post-SHTF situation. The second was to give information on how to tactically fight a resistance campaign, although at the time I left some of the reasons for the tactics a little unsaid. Its all in there, from the tactical side of a resistance fight. I would also like to make your readers aware that I recently opened up my tactical training site in West Virginia. I have begun running weekend courses and more information can be found on my web site here and testimonials and AARs from recent training can be found here. I hope this shows Al H. that some are stepping up to the training plate. I am providing West Virginia and East Cast based training, and John Mosby, also known as Mountain Guerrilla, is based in the Idaho/American Redoubt area. I also publish information … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

The inevitable Liberty Reserve case fallout: World’s Largest Bitcoin Exchange Announces That Anyone Depositing Currency Will Need To Be Verified. ( A hat tip to Jim W. for the link.) R.B.S. sent: Nine Worst Recession Ghost Towns in America. The bottom line is food: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say. (Thanks to Bob G. for the link.) Andre D. sent: German Finance Minister Schaeuble Warns of Revolution Items from The Economatrix: There Is Now A 100% Chance Of A Market Collapse Basel III:  How The Bank For International Settlements Is Going To Help Bring Down The Global Economy Will It Be Inflation Or Deflation?  The Answer May Surprise You

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Reader J.W.B. sent this article: Two Letters Addressed To Mayor Bloomberg Found To Contain Ricin. JWR’s Comment: When politicians strenuously attempt to ban guns, a few disgruntled folks will try to ban politicians. When they do, they won’t necessarily use only guns to do so. Human bodies are fragile and there are many ways of bringing about their demise, such as: bombs, poisons, light aircraft, UAVs, VBIEDs, incendiaries, neurotoxins, hallucinogens and dissociatives, chemical weapons, radioisotopes, small arms, electrocution, drowning, archery, oxygen-displacing inert gasses (and other forms of asphyxia and atelectasis), rockets, blunt instruments, various medical procedure “accidents”, cellular-level dehydration agents, ship scuttling, aircraft sabotage, flammables, intentional introduction of diseases and parasites, binaries, architecturally-embedded klystron tubes and other microwave emitters, navigation system overrides and other malicious computer code or virii, transdermal carriers such as DMSO, liquid metal embrittlement chemicals, HVAC system sabotage, poisonous snake/insect/fish/shellfish venom, vertigo-inducing drugs, and good old-fashioned defenestration. And then there are the innumerable and unpredictable combinations thereof, and with the New Century’s technology, nearly all of the aforementioned can be electronically time-delayed or remotely-controlled. So be advised that any devious attempts at depriving The People of their God-given rights could bring on the wrath of God. Of … Continue reading

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Jim’s Quote of the Day:

"The Bank collects all taxes, fines, loans and interest, and the price of all properties which it sells and auctions. The Bank never goes broke. If the Bank runs out of money, the Banker may issue as much as needed by writing on any ordinary paper." – From the rules to the board game Monopoly.

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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 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize, for any of their military surplus gear, E.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com (a $300 value), and F.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo. and G.) A roll of $10 face value in pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver quarters, courtesy of GoldAndSilverOnline.com. The current value of this roll is at least $225. Second Prize: A.) A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand, B.) A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training. Together, these have a retail value of … Continue reading

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TEOTWAWKI in a Two Bedroom Apartment at the Edge of Town, by Melanie C.

Making it through a worst case scenario in a two bedroom apartment is not my idea of a good chance of survival.  I read about others who are relocating to the American Redoubt or who have acquired sizeable land out away from town.  Those who have bunkers or cellars lined with shelves of log-term storage foods and an arsenal of weapons and ammo to protect it all; who have chickens and goats and a place to plant those seeds that come in the long-term storage can.  Then I look at myself and think, “Can’t do that, can’t afford that, maybe I should just lay down and die when it all hits the fan”, but that is not my nature.  So I fight back with whatever I have, and besides the Lord is on my side.  In the book of Nehemiah the Bible speaks of the rebuilding of Jerusalem and enemies who are always present; from this and many other passages I gain courage, “When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Studying Guerilla Warfare Tactics

Dear Mr. Rawles, So few understand insurgency and its intricacies that if the SHTF there would be no leaders in the towns and cities to teach the people who would become the auxiliary, the underground, and the guerilla units what they need to know to be successful that we would have an “epic fail” from the very start.  Insurgency is more than picking up a weapon and shooting, in fact that is a small part of insurgency.   Most people can’t even define insurgency, and that includes the so called experts in survival.  The fault doesn’t lie with the people, the fault lies with all of the professionals, the teachers, the web sites, and the blogs that are supposed to be teaching the people what they need to know to survive in a post event society.  If people don’t understand insurgency they will die and all the prepping will have been for nothing. I always recommend two books for people to “begin” learning the tactics and strategies of insurgency: War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare by Robert Taber Resistance to Tyranny: A Primer by Joseph P. Martino Along with these books you should read a tactical … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Reader Bob J. sent: Step Inside The Connecticut Gun Factory That Is Leaving The State In Protest. The article includes a nice collection of photos. And you have to love a battle rifle where the magazines only cost as little as $1.50 each. This does not bode well for Bitcoin: Prosecutors crack down on virtual money firm Robert G. sent: The Fiat End Game: Preparing For A Way Forward Further evidence “spot” metals prices have become irrelevant: US Mint Resumes Selling One-Tenth Ounce Gold Coins… At A 40% Premium To Spot. Thanks to Jim W. for the link. Items from The Economatrix: America’s Bubble Economy Is Going To Become An Economic Black Hole Inflation, Deflation Or Hyperinflation In America & Effect On Gold And Silver Prices A Tale Of Two Countries:  One Will Survive, One Will Not

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Reader JBR sent: Automated License Plate Recognition technology is advancing at a gallop. JWR’s Comment: For potentially dark days ahead, it is prudent to think through countermeasures such as mud splotches that obscure a couple of license plate digits, or of course out-of state registration. (Just one more reason to set up a family trust.)    o o o Readers may have noticed that my FAQ articles are living documents but they are only sporadically updated. Most recently, I updated the European Ammo Box Translations FAQ with a detail that was kindly sent to me by reader Christoper B., who wrote: “…you have a question mark for the abbreviation ‘RDF.’  You may find the explanation of that term here, which reads in part, ‘It was supplied as Lot 2 of 1928 by a supposedly unidentified maker with the code ‘Rdf.’ – the Rheindorf factory of Dynamit Nobel.’”    o o os One of the members of my local shooting club recently received another large order from the cleverly-named vendor United Nations Ammunition Company, in Arizona. This time he bought their linked USGI .50 BMG ammo, but he has also previously bought some of their .308 ammunition. Both types of ammunition … Continue reading

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