Notes for Sunday – August 17, 2014

Today, we present another entry for Round 54 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,400+ 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, DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 Nato QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chromlined barrel and a hardcase to go with your …




Readiness Matrix, by BKB

If you are reading this, you are a member of a relatively small, unique group of people. You have pulled your head from the sand and are no longer blinded by Normalcy Bias: the belief that tomorrow will be like any other day, week after week, year after year. You see the signs and know that the relative tranquility we have enjoyed won’t last. You feel deeply that preparation is essential; you want to live. There are a lucky few, with a stone castle and moat high in a mountain retreat, who clutch their custom AR-15s to their chest while …




Letter Re: Advice on Investing

HJL, I’m a long time reader here and understand you are terribly busy, but I have a question about investment. I have a small sum of junk silver that I’m thinking of using to buy the Backwoods Home Magazine Whole Sheebang with. I’d be getting $400 worth of fine homesteading material for $17.20 in junk silver, and I’m just wondering what your thoughts are on this. They say knowledge is power. Thanks – T.Z. HJL Replies: Only you can make the decision as to whether the trade is worthwhile or not, but here are a few thoughts. Information is power, …




Economics and Investing:

SurvivalBlog reader R.M. wrote in regarding the 20th anniversary of NAFTA. There is a series of amazing videos on YouTube of a Charlie Rose interview with millionaire financier Sir William Goldsmith way back in 1995. In the interview, Goldsmith is very prophetic of the calamity the NAFTA and GATT trade agreements will bring to the world economy. Goldsmith also wrote two excellent books on his warnings about multinational corporations and the threat of globalism. His first book is titled “The Trap”, and a response to the critics of his book is titled “The response to Gatt and Global Free Trade.” …




Odds ‘n Sods:

An observation from JWR: The now semi-archaic term “hip shooting” may make a comeback, with a new meaning, now that we are living in the age of Level IV body armor. If you suspect that your opponent is wearing body armor, then aim your fire at his head, neck, or hips–just below his vest. o o o An incredibly dangerous precedent is being set here. Anything you say or don’t say can now be used against you. Silence can be used against suspects. – T.P. o o o Martin Armstrong Warns “We Are Witnessing The Collapse Of Democracy”. – C.J. …