Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 47 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), F.) Two BirkSun.com photovoltaic backpacks (one Level, and one Atlas, both black), with a combined value of $275, G.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo. and H.) 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 … Continue reading

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The K-9 Question, by L.D.

We won’t be talking about the family dog here. The family dog, to most households is quite often an undisputed, full-fledged member of the family.  In some cases “Fufu” or “Spot” is treated better than some family members. Those privileged pooches will, of course, figure into these family’s doomsday scenarios and allowances will, undoubtedly, be provided for the little darlings.                                                                                    In this article we will be discussing working dogs.  It is some Preppers’ misguided belief that acquiring a big, mean, muscle-bound ball of fur with flashing yellow teeth, straining at the end of a chain, could be an advantage in their favorite post-SHTF world. Many Preppers either have acquired or are considering acquiring a dog for the specific purpose of employing it as  a watchdog or four-legged protector of their doomstead.  With the right balance of dog and Prepper it can be a match made in Heaven.  But if the match does not work or the training is flawed it can turn out to be just the opposite and the animal you hoped would have your back when the chips are down can be more detrimental to you and your family’s survival than the worst gang of marauding scoundrels … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Observations on the Alberta Province Floods

Mr Rawles, You may already be aware of the devastating floods Alberta has experienced in the past 10 days, with some areas receiving up to an amazing 8-11 inches of rain and over 100,000 people evacuated.  The flood has washed out dozens of highways and bridges, stranded campers in the Rocky Mountains, and saw lions from the zoo moved to city jail cells.  The hippos almost escaped into the river.  In even more worrying news, police have confiscated firearms from flooded residences ‘for safekeeping’ much to the outrage of the citizens.  [JWR Adds: It is noteworthy that with Canada’s system of gun registration, the police knew exactly which houses to search, for some categories of guns.] Thanks to you and other preparedness advocates, many of us were able to avoid the shortages that followed. Regards, – Al D.

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Letter Re: Relocating and Transport of Firearms and Ammo

Sir: Your reader who wrote regarding “relocating & transport of firearms and ammo” from New Hampshire to South Carolina is trapped. There’s no way out of New Hampshire without going through New York, Massachusetts, or New Jersey. I’m sure readers in those states will have more info, but I’d suggest avoiding New Jersey at all costs. Massachusetts, despite its strong restrictions, may be the least onerous of the three; New York has a state law stipulating possession of five or more handguns is prima facie evidence of felony gun trafficking, New Jersey prohibits possession of hollow point ammunition (in any caliber) outside the home or business. He, and you, are correct in not entrusting such goods to household move transporters, regardless of their rules. My suggestion would be to “bury” the New York/New Jersey/Massachusetts contraband at the very front of the truck under an absolutely packed and completely full load of innocuous household goods, make sure anything visible in the truck and in the first couple of layers inside the door is completely generic, totally non-suspicious “everywhere legal” household goods. Anything that could attract official attention should not be in the truck and especially not visible – plants, fruit (real … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Freeze Dry Guy is running a 25% Off Special All Mountain House #10 Cans. The sale ends on July 1st, so order soon!    o o o Top 10 Tools for Centerfire Rifle Disassembly. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)    o o os G.G. flagged this: ‘Hell to pay:’ Residents angry as RCMP seize guns from High River homes    o o o P.D. liked this piece at Wired about the NSA’s capabilities: The Secret War.    o o o J. McC. sent news of another scandal that echoes the recent IRS revelations: New EPA Leak Farmers’ Info Given To Environmental Groups – Malkin, Megyn Kelly. JWR’s Comment: So what will we hear next? That the BATF and FBI have leaked personally-identifying information on law-abiding citizens (such as FFL, SOT, and Class 3 registrants) to NGO “intelligence gathering” groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)? I suspect that they may have already have done so.    o o o Yes, hackers could wireless attack the brake and accelerator controls of many new cars.    o o o F.G. recommended: Pre-Assault Indicators, what to look for: Body Language.

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Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed [be ye] poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed [are ye] that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed [are ye] that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward [is] great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.” – Luke 6:20-23 (KJV)

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What is Money When the System Collapses?, by Mac Slavo

What is money? Economist Mike Shedlock defines money through the eyes of Austrian economist Murray N. Rothbard as “a commodity used as a medium of exchange.” “Like all commodities, it has an existing stock, it faces demands by people to buy and hold it. Like all commodities, its price in terms of other goods is determined by the interaction of its total supply, or stock, and the total demand by people to buy and hold it. People buy money by selling their goods and services for it, just as they sell money when they buy goods and services.” What is money when the system collapses and the SHTF? In disaster situations, the value of money as we know it now changes, especially if we are dealing with a hyperinflationary collapse of the system’s core currency. This article discusses money as a commodity in an event where the traditional currency (US Dollar) is no longer valuable. In a collapse of the system, there will be multiple phases, with the first phase being the “crunch”, as discussed in James Rawles’ novel Patriots. The crunch is the period of time directly preceding a collapse and the collapse itself. Traditional Currency Initially, the traditional … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Relocating and Transport of Firearms and Ammo

Jim, I have a question that maybe you or the readers and contributors of Survivalblog can help on: Relocation of residence from one State to another (for example in my case – from New Hampshire to South Carolina) – and transport of ammunition and smokeless reloading powder and primers. The commercial Moving Companies, or using the “PODS” self-packed units all seem to prohibit their transporting any “Hazardous” materials such as reloading powder and primers, and Ammunition. My Question is in regards to the best way to get a somewhat substantial collection and accumulation  of Ammunition moved InterState ?  We’re probably talking several thousand pounds, such as multiple cases of “spam cans” of 7.62×45 and other calibers. I originally thought I could rent a “PODS” transport/storage unit, get it delivered to my house, and pack it myself, so that no one but I know the POD contents. However, reading the rules of the PODS agreement, this type of material does not appear to be allowed. What is the Solution to get a large quantity of Ammo moved to the new residence. Selling it and purchasing new replacement after the move is out of the question in these days and times, as … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Reader M.M. liked this piece at Zero Hedge: The Biggest Ponzi Scheme in the History of the World Jerry E. sent a link to an interview with Max Keiser, where he posits an overnight five to six percent jump in interest rates, and talks about the Edward Snowden situation. Andre D. spotted this: Italy could need EU rescue within six months, warns Mediobanca Jim Rogers: “This Is Too Insane–And I’m Afraid We’re All Going To Suffer For The Rest Of This Decade“ Items from The Economatrix: Ben Bernanke’s Real Message For Gold Investors, Translated By John Williams Dr. Paul Craig Roberts:  Deflation First And Then MASSIVE INCREDIBLE Inflation Economist Caution:  Prepare For “Massive Wealth Destruction”

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Of interest to those who read French, here is an article on the American survivalist movement ran in the Swiss newspaper Le Temps: Aux Etats-Unis, ils sont de plus en plus nombreux à attendre l’apocalypse. Fittingly, the piece ends with an homage to the Swiss tradition of preparedness, and compares it to The American Redoubt concept: “L’inspiration principale des survivalistes se trouve pourtant de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique. Tous décrivent la Suisse comme une sorte de paradis du prepper. «Avec vos abris atomiques, votre armée de milice et votre politique du réduit national, vous êtes les mieux placés pour survivre à une catastrophe», s’enthousiasme James Wesley Rawles, un auteur de romans catastrophistes qui vit dans un ranch en pleine nature avec trois ans de réserves de nourriture. Il a décidé de transposer le concept aux Etats-Unis, inventant The American Redoubt, une zone de repli couvrant trois Etats du centre des Etats-Unis (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming).” It seems less biased than a piece that ran last year in Le Monde Diplomatique: Les casaniers de l’apocalypse.    o o o Here at the ranch, we recently watched the documentary film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, which had previously been recommended by … Continue reading

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