Notes for Sunday – November 23, 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 …

The Value of Human Relationships in a Grid-Down or Survival Event, by J.C.

There is an often-overlooked type of disaster preparation, which everyone can make a regular part of their lives, that has the following characteristics: It costs nothing, except time. It can reap benefits every week, year in and year out. It comes in really handy in a grid-down or other scarce-resource event, and it helps the prepper out in unexpected ways and pays dividends when you least expect it. I am talking about human capital– the network of relationships we form in our community with those public servants and elected officials that may, in the future, have interactions with us during …

Letter Re: Christianity and Family Defense

Hello Mr. Latimer, I noticed your response to M.E.’s question regarding Christianity and Self Defense on Friday, November 21st; while I thought you provided good information, I noticed that there was another article on Survivalblog called “The Survivalist Mindset: A Biblical Case for Preparedness and Self-Defense” by Brian D. that may also be helpful to readers.

Economics and Investing:

Russia Grabs Another 18.7 Tonnes Of Gold In October From The Market o o o Gold Repatriation Stunner: Dutch Central Bank Secretly Withdrew 122 Tons Of Gold From The New York Fed o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Peter Schiff: The Abenomics Death Spiral If You Are A US Investor Who Is Bullish Japan, Look Away 3 Of The 10 Largest Economies In The World Have Already Fallen Into Recession – Is The U.S. Next? Behold The Surge In Real October Earnings

Odds ‘n Sods:

Sometimes the old way actually is the better way. Automation Makes Us Dumb – G.G. o o o Taurus Curve – A Contoured, Wearable Pistol o o o One Quarter of all Americans, aged 17-24 are too Obese to Enlist – T.P. If you are too obese to enlist, you are pretty close to being too obese to survive. Now would be the time to fix that, before the SHTF. o o o The parents refusing to vaccinate their children against polio – Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog Editor At Large. o o o One of the many reasons gun sales are …

Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Luke 3:3-6 (KJV)