Economics and Investing:

America’s Trailer Parks: The Residents May Be Poor But The Owners Are Getting Rich. – H.L. o o o Why Most Gold Bugs Are Dead Wrong. – JBG o o o Congress needs a pay raise! $18T in op losses, $127T in unfunded liabilities, Losing $2.4B per day o o o Fed and CPI missing housing inflation yet again: The CPI is completely missing the increase in housing prices.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Podcast: Sustainable Farming 2.0. – A.T. o o o U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided. – G.P. o o o Bomb-proof WALLPAPER could save lives with Kevlar fibres that stops debris. – JBG o o o “You Woke up Stupid This Morning?” Armed Man Stops Would-Be Carjacker. – H.L. o o o While perusing one of my favorite video bloggers, I noticed that he posted a slow motion video of Bees in flight. Every once in a while, in our busy prepping lives, it’s good to stop and take notice of the beauty of God’s creation around us. I …

Notes for Sunday – May 24, 2015

On May 24th, 1775, John Hancock was elected president of the Second Continental Congress. He is best known for his large signature on the Declaration of Independance, in which he jested that the British could read it without spectacles. He was serving in this position when the declaration was adopted and as such was the first signatory to it. o o o On July 3-5, 2015, the community of Marble in northeastern Washington, will be hosting the “God and Country” celebration featuring John Jacob Schmidt (of Radio Free Redoubt) and Rep. Matt Shea as speakers. Find out more about this …

Street Combat – This Ain’t No Game! – Part 7 of 9, by Pat Cascio

Chapter Five I NEVER THOUGHT… I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people on t.v. news programs crying and saying, “I never thought it could (or would) happen here.” Excuse me, is anyone out there? Violent crimes can and do happen, right where you never thought they would or could happen. You must be prepared for the unexpected. If you’re prepared for the unexpected, then it won’t be unexpected. One of my students (a mother) objected to the fact that I was teaching gun and knife disarm techniques to her three children. Her children between six and eleven …

Letter Re: A Guide to Assembling an Off-Grid Carpentry Tool Box, by B.F.

Good morning, Hugh, In reference to “A Guide to Assembling an Off-grid Carpentry Tool Box, by B.F.” posted Saturday 5/23, which is an excellent treatise on carpenter’s tools, I’d suggest adding an assortment of mechanic’s tools to the “prep list.” If one peruses estate sales one can often turn up mechanic’s tools– wrenches, screwdrivers, punches, files, pliers, et cetera– in fair to excellent condition at extremely reasonable prices. I never turn down the opportunity to pick up more. Having maintained my own vehicles and performed home repairs for decades I have a good idea what tools are necessary and what …

Odds ‘n Sods:

Let’s Not Forget What Memorial Day Weekend is Really All About – The High Cost of Freedom. – D.H. o o o video: .45 ACP Lethal… A Long Ways!. – P.S. o o o Ferguson Protestors Protesting Again; They Want Their Checks! o o o Capitol Police to Get Potty Training After Leaving Loaded Guns in Bathrooms. – H.L. o o o Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. – C.T.

Notes for Saturday – May 23, 2015

May 23 is the birthday of George Lars Kellgren (born 1943 in Borås, Sweden), the founder and chief engineer of Kel-Tec. According to LeftistAgendaPedia: He designed many firearms earlier for Husqvarna and Swedish Interdynamics AB in Sweden. He moved to the US in 1979 and his original US designs were for Intratec and Grendel brand firearms. He founded Kel-Tec in 1991. This is also the day on which in 1934 Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were killed by police near Gibbsland, Louisiana. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 58 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The …

How to Get Your Doctor to Help You in the Age of Obamacare, by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD

Since I first wrote an article for SB on “How to Get Your Doctor to Help You Stockpile Medication” the situation has definitely deteriorated. With Uncle Sam peeping over your doctor’s shoulder, the challenge of medical prepping has greatly intensified. Whereas the general principles in that article remain true, your physician’s freedom to assist you is increasingly restricted. In the past five years we’ve seen solo practitioners closing their offices to join group practices, community hospitals being gobbled up by larger conglomerates, independent pharmacies run out of business by the big box stores, and electronic health records being mandated by …

A Guide to Assembling an Off-Grid Carpentry Tool Box, by B.F.

I pre-ordered JWRs book Tools for Survival last year and have read through it twice now. It is a great guide for anyone preparing for a time when self reliance becomes more of a day to day necessity than it is today. With that in mind, I wanted to add to the body of work by reviewing and commenting on the contents of two different tool kits that I have had a fair amount of experience with. Either one or both will serve well in an off-the-grid world. The first one is the US Army Combat Engineer Carpenter’s Squad Tool …

Letter Re: Digital Security

The writer of Digital Security Part 1 had a lot of interesting and relevant things to say on the topic. One thing I would ask him and the rest of SurvivalBlog readers to take into account is that although Firefox is a very functional browser and one of the best, their leadership espouses some rather un-Christian principles, even to the point of expelling members of their leadership who made a stand for morality. I have switched to a Firefox emulator called Pale Moon, which functions just like Firefox but without the moral equivalence. –JT

Economics and Investing:

Gold, and 3 Squirrels, 2 Vultures, and 1 Turtle o o o It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt. – B.B. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: 4 Factors Signaling Volatility Will Return With A Vengeance Why We’re All in Big Trouble If Gas Prices Keep Going Up Video: David Stockman CNBC Interview: The Morning After Will Be Nasty Audio Interview – David Stockman: Progressive Defenses of Obamanomics Are Laughable

Odds ‘n Sods:

FBI admits Patriot Act snooping powers didn’t crack any major terrorism cases. – JBG o o o DNA spray security system makes U.S. debut in Knoxville. – B.B. o o o Find out what Facebook knows about you. – D.S. o o o As more information emerges about the Waco shootout, even more questions are raised about law enforcement’s actions. – T.P. o o o Subway installs new DNA security system