Notes for Wednesday – October 22, 2014

Today, we present another entry for Round 55 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,000+ 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, DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chromlined barrel and a hardcase to go with your …

Survival is Attractive, by L.M.

As a young, single female, I guess I’m probably the furthest in most eyes from the typical profile of a self-sustaining person who prepares for anything. I am a 26 year old regular girl with no military family or background. I never really liked camping or the outdoors, and I don’t even live in an overly remote or homestead-type community. I grew up just like most every other girl– cheering, having sleep-overs, and generally being as naïve as most girls are, unfortunately. I’m not unusually strong or unique; I’m just a girly girl. I’ve always shopped and been focused on …

Letter: Watching a Snake Eating its Own Tail

Mr Rawles, I’m reminded today of a line from your Patriots series describing the crunch as “like watching a snake eating its own tail.” Today’s economic news is exactly that– Terror of Ebola and rising interest rates forces investors to dump their dollars into treasuries, artificially lowering interest rates and creating a new housing bubble. This fear in turn leads to a “reconsideration” of raising interest rates and ending bond purchases by the Fed. In the interest of moderation, I intend to withdraw the majority of my 401k Monday and pay off the mortgage on my retreat, leaving only enough …

Economics and Investing:

Video: Why Hillary Clinton Would Be a One-Term President, According to Peter Thiel o o o The Fed “IS” the Problem! – JFJ o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Video: Fed Emergency Update – Mike Maloney How Markets Need $200 Billion Each Quarter From Central Bankers McDonald’s Profit Drops 30% as U.S. Sales Slump – Coca-Cola is struggling as well, as the largest beverage company. Maybe some is due to obvious health concerns, but there is more at play here as folks struggle to keep up. Video: Peter Schiff – Santelli Exchange: QE Consequences

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival by Jack A. Spigarelli Preparedness Now!: An Emergency Survival Guide (Expanded and Revised Edition) by Aton Edwards Fiction Vandenberg by Oliver Lange (Invasion scenario. Note: It was later republished under the title: Defiance: An American Novel) Movies Amazing Grace (Biography of the abolitionist William Wilberforce) The Thing (Has some horrific scenes, but it is thought-provoking. NOT for kids!)

Odds ‘n Sods:

Art of Survival: 8 Films (and 1 TV Show) That Might Save Your Life. – JWR o o o Obama’s triple punch hits America in the gut after midterms. – P.M. o o o Ol’ Remus: CDC and the point of no return . – P.W. o o o From Alex Jones’ Infowars: Disturbing Collection of No Knock SWAT Raids from 2014, but don’t forget to read about the “Top 3 Encounters with Constitutional Cops”. – RBS o o o Grooming a culture of cowards. – J.C.