Notes for Friday – October 23, 2015

Today, we present another entry for Round 61 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case (a $1,700 value), A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value), A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. …

Energy, Efficiency, and Frugality, by Redoubting Thomas

There are many considerations when worrying about a “grid down” situation. Here are some thoughts worth considering: Frugality “Black Friday” is coming shortly, so you might want to make a wish list and maybe even store it in the “saved for later” section of your Amazon shopping cart; you will get a notification for price changes. Sometimes an item will drop 30% for a sale or no known reason. Do the same with your “prepper wish list” but also have a budget and price point in mind. If things fall apart soon, this might be a last chance to stock …

Letter Re: SurvivalBlog E-Mail List

Hi, I am curious if you have a sign up for the SurvivalBlog to come to my e-mail? Thank you, – S. JWR Responds: For the privacy of our readers, we keep NO lists! So that you don’t miss out on new posts, I recommend that you make SurvivalBlog your web browser’s home page, since SurvivalBlog is updated daily, without fail. HJL adds: You can also use your web browser or other RSS feed reader by pointing it to our RSS feed and adding it to your bookmarks.

Economics and Investing:

More Evidence That The Middle Class In America Is Dying o o o JWR has been warning about this for years: $1.5 Quadrillion Derivatives Bomb And The Great Financial Disaster Sent in by RBS o o o Items from the Economics Team: 10 Signs You’re Not as Rich as You Could Be (Huffington Post) Dear Dave & Teaching Teens to Budget (Dave Ramsey) 18 Tips for Extreme Penny Pinching (Life Hack) Saudi Arabia Broke In 5 Years? (Zero Hedge) \

Odds ‘n Sods:

The nightmare continues: Is Ebola Emerging Once Again in Sierra Leone? (Reuters) Sent in by T.A. o o o Hmm, ever get the feeling that someone knows something you don’t? Job listing in Idaho: Ebola Coordinator. Sent in by GJM o o o When Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for merely showing up, I thought the world had lost its collective mind. How could it possibly sink any lower in the scale of honor? I had to ask!Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe awarded ‘China’s Nobel peace prize’ Sent in by T.P. (For those who don’t remember, Mugabe was/is known for …