Note from JWR:

July 21st is the birthday of Ernest Hemingway. He was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He committed suicide in July 2, 1961 in Ketchum, Idaho, after being diagnosed with haemochromatosis, and after electroshock treatments failed to lift him from chronic alcoholic depression. He had a sad life, but he was a great writer. — 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 …

Tips From an Amateur on Getting Through a Disaster, by F.M.H.

Back in 1979 I found myself in facing a hurricane by the name of Frederic. It had Mobile, Alabama in its cross-hairs. The category three hurricane made landfall on September 12. I did not take the warnings seriously and unfortunately there was little to no preparation made on my part. I barely had a quarter of a tank of gas in my car. I did not have a battery operated radio or a flashlight. There was some non perishable food in my pantry and a small amount of food in the fridge. I was basically like most folks, ill prepared …

Economics and Investing:

JPM Eligible Gold Plummets By 66% In One Day To Just Over 1 Tonne, Total Gold At Fresh All Time Low Jim Rogers:  Beware The Man On The White Horse…” Items from The Economatrix: Big Drop In Housing Starts Suggests a More Shaky Recovery U.S. Outlook Revised by Moody’s to Stable on Deficit Cuts Leading Economic Indicators Index in U.S. Was Unchanged

Odds ‘n Sods:

Inside the FSA’s tank workshop and DIY weapons studio. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)    o o o Camping Survival is about to begin a 23% off all Backpackers Pantry Freeze Dried Foods, July 22nd to 28th.    o o o Some interesting conjecture that Trayvon Martin was taking “Lean” trips (aka Robotrippin” or “Skittlin.”)    o o o Florida Nurse Terrorized by US Marshals in Warrantless Raid.

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.” – Hosea 10:12-13 (KJV)