Notes for Wednesday – September 30, 2015

On this day in 1787, the Columbia left Boston harbor to began the first ever around-the-world trip by an American-flagged vessel. o o o Today, we present the final entry for Round 60 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $10,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: … Continue reading

Base Layers and Their Differences – Part 2, by A.S.

If you recall from the first installment of this article which was posted early this month, I discussed the start of base layering principle which I am sure most people are very familiar with–especially those who read this blog. I also brought up the types of material used such as … Continue reading

Letter Re: One Source of Emergency Fuel for Diesel Engines

Mr. Rawles, I really enjoyed your Christian-themed survivalist books and always wondered what my family and I would do under similar circumstances. Now I’m a little too old to be doing any of that;. But I thought I’d pass on something to you for for your future books and for … Continue reading

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning by Nancy Pearcey Last of the Mountain Men by Harold Peterson Movies The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013). This bittersweet comedy supposedly set in Montana, but was filmed mostly in western Canada and made … Continue reading

Economics and Investing:

Reader S.J. asked about an update on the Bullion Direct debacle that was first publicized back in June. There is a good summary on the bankruptcy here. Needless to say, this bankruptcy–which involved $25 million in physical gold purchases that were never made on behalf of customers–illustrates just how foolish … Continue reading

A SHTF Guide to Mass Casualty Incidents, by W.G. Curry, NRP, TP-C

I’ve written this article with a hypothetical situation interspersed between some factual text: Your eyelids peel apart and allow dust to fall onto your eyes as you force them open and shut while rubbing them with filthy fists in an effort to washout some of the debris. The ringing noise … Continue reading

Letter: Buying Land Inside a National Forest

Hugh and Jim, I have been reading SurvivalBlog for several years now. I’m retiring next year and am currently looking for our retirement “farm”. I never refer to it as my survival retreat. I have seen several properties for sale, apparently, inside national forests. Some have even been working farms. … Continue reading

News From The American Redoubt:

From The East Oregonian: LaGrande man pushing for secession to Idaho. Does that map look vaguely familiar? o o o John Jacob Schmidt of Radio Free Redoubt wrote to mention that “Sparks-31” will be conducting oneof his last comms classes, in November, and in occupied territory – western Washington State. … Continue reading