Note from JWR:

Today we present another entry for Round 48 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 …

How to Deal with Dead Bodies in a Survival Situation, by Tim K.

During a break-down of society you may happen upon a dead body. In a without-rule-of-law situation such would not be unusual. This article will give you a rough outline of what to look for when you examine a dead body. The dead body may be near your camp and you may need to get rid of it pronto. There are several reasons why you might need to closely scrutinize a corpse and document what you see. You may need to protect yourself from the outbreak of disease. You may need to protect yourself from later accusations of murder once the …

Letter Re: Prioritized Prepping

Hi JWR, In response to Sunshine’s research into gas masks online, I’ve purchased from Approved Gas before. They sell many different brands of masks, canisters and other NBC products. The canisters I’ve bought use the standard NATO threads, are sealed and dated. They’re going to set you back a little more than the mil surplus but they’re current production from reputable companies. Hope this helps. – S.M. from Pennsylvania

Economics and Investing:

Stocks are about to plunge, Wells Fargo warns Marc Faber Warns “The Endgame Is A Total Collapse – But From A Higher Diving Board Now” Michael Snyder: The Greatest Debt Crisis The World Has Ever Seen Is Coming Items from The Economatrix: Pension Disaster Looms Over The Horizon: In 1980, 60 Percent Of Americans Participated In A Pension Program. Today It Is Less Than 10 Percent And The Amount Saved For Retirement Is Startling. The Percentage Of Americans That Consider Themselves To Be “Lower Class” Is At An All-Time High Jobless Claims Fall To 7-Year Low, But …

Odds ‘n Sods:

Reader R.B.S. sent: Poison-resistant sewer rats discovered in four Swedish cities    o o o Lou F. suggested this piece: Is Buckshot Lethal at 50 Yards?    o o o Rebel-on-Rebel Violence Seizes Syria. (Thanks to Pierre M. for the link.)    o o o Hunger grips Acapulco: Mexico storms strand thousands of tourists, with no reprieve in sight. (A tip of the hat to Luke D.)

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.” – Numbers 14:17-18 (KJV)