Notes for Friday – July 25, 2014

Today we present another entry for Round 53 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $11,000+ worth of 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), 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, Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value), A $300 gift …

The Fashionably Late Prepper, by G.S.

This article is meant to be read in the future by those visiting this blog on the day after TSHTF. This is for the person who only has access to the basic supplies anyone might have laying around the house. Regular visitors to this blog will ask why I did not recommend using a Berkey water filter ( to purify water. It is too late now to get one. This is for the man or woman who just did a google search (because they don’t know about IXQUICK) on how to handle the global economic crisis or what to do …

Letter Re: Prepping with an Unsupportive Spouse

Dear Hugh, I enjoyed this article and several others that I have seen regarding this subject. However, it is rare that you see this subject discussed in reverse. I (the wife) am the prepper and the Christian in our home. My husband thinks I’m crazy. I have a small pantry, a small supply of gadgets and supplies, and have learned to can. I would like to do more with this, but my husband is already disgusted with all the space I have taken up. There are so many things that still need to be done, but many of them require …

Economics and Investing:

Why You May Avoid Beef This Summer o o o Wage growth still muted in latest report on median earnings. – H.L. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: New Home Sales Collapse 20% From May To Dec 2012 Levels; Biggest Miss In A Year EU to Weigh Far-Reaching Sanctions On Russia Japan Trade Deficit Expands After Exports Unexpectedly Drop

Odds ‘n Sods:

Everyone gets a gun: NRA commentator talks ‘gun required’ zones, shooting tests. – JBG o o o Double Standard? Former police lieutenant doesn’t receive jail time for stealing $150K. – P.T. o o o For those considering a move: Animated map of crime in America – J.A. As usual, the American Redoubt shines. o o o The NSA Is Targeting Users of Privacy Services, Leaked Code Shows. – G.S.