Notes for Monday – November 30, 2015

Just one more day ’til the release of “Land of Promise”! Tomorrow (December 1st) is the day to order your copies of either the Kindle edition or the trade paperback! o o o I was saddened to hear of the passing of economist Richard Russell, at age 91. His Dow Theory Letters newsletter had been published since 1958. I started reading his newsletter back in 1987. Our condolences to his family. He coined the phrase: “The trend is your friend.” His market analysis was always sound, and he never lost sight of the importance of maintaining what he called a “core holding” of precious metals, for every individual investor. A veteran of World War II (as a USAAF B-25 bombardier), Russell typified his generation. He–and his prescient market analysis–will be missed! o o o Don’t forget that the Homestead Store is still offering the 10% off sale of all of their drying racks.

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Pat Cascio’s Product Review: Springfield Armory XDm Compact .40 S&W

Make no mistake, I’m a huge fan of Springfield Armory firearms– all of them. When the XD handgun first came out, I picked one up; it was in .40S&W. At first appearance, it looked very much Glock-ish to my way of thinking. However, once home, I tore the gun down and examined it. While some of the parts look like Glock parts, none of them will interchange with a Glock. None! Something very rare for me is to carry any one particular handgun for two years, which is what I did with the XD .40, only changing to a different gun when doing an article about it and then only carrying the different gun for a week or two. Then, I went back to the XD .40 on my hip. The only minor complaint I had about my XD .40 was the finish on the slide. It appeared to be parkerized, but it wasn’t very durable. Weekly I would wipe the gun down, but it still developed some rust spots on the slide no matter what I did to it. Happily, Springfield Armory has gone to Melonite for the finish on many of their guns in the XD line-up, with … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Christmas Cheese Ball, by L.H.

This one is a super simple recipe that has stood the test of time. Everyone was making it in the late 70’s/early 80’s, and we’re still making it and delighting company and get-togethers all these years later. Ingredients: 2 blocks (8 oz. ea.) cream cheese 1 bunch green onions, minced 1 small pkg. (7 oz., or 1/2 of a 16-oz. pkg.) ham lunchmeat, diced small generous dash of Accent (optional) 1/2 c. finely chopped pecans snack crackers Directions: In mixing bowl combine cream cheese, onions, ham lunchmeat bits, and Accent (if using). Mash well with hands or spoons, and shape into a ball. Place pecans on plate or cutting board and roll ball in pecans to coat. Cover and let set at least 6 hours, or overnight, for flavors to meld. Serve with buttery (Ritz-type) snack crackers. o o o Useful Recipe and Cooking Links: A SurvivalBlog reader sent in this link on using canning lids to make perfectly round pancakes. Do you have a favorite recipe that would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers? Please send it via e-mail. Thanks!

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Letter: Hoarding Silver, Gold and Diamonds

Hugh, I remember when I was young and would sit for hours listening to the depression stories that the old people would tell. One thing that stuck in my mind was that the only time that precious metals or stones were worth much was during times of plenty when you could buy products with them. I watched my grandfather open his safe from time to time, and he would show me the gold and diamonds he had in it from years ago. Seems that when urban dwellers who were rich ran out of food, they would come to trade and paid extravagantly for it. He knew eventually the economy would come back on track, and he kept taking whatever precious stones and metals he could for the food he raised and ended up a rich man. He also had a very high-end grand piano in the parlor that no one knew how to play. LOL My point is that having precious metals or stones and relying on them will only ensure that after you survive a long-term major catastrophic event that you will probably be poor, and the guy with the food will end up rich. No, the “hordes” of … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Items from Professor Preponomics: Thanksgiving is a Celebration of Free Enterprise (Mises Institute) 1200 American Works Training Their Foreign Replacements (Breitbart) Why Federal Funds Pay for Empty Flights Out of Maryland and Virginia (Taxpayers for Common Sense) The Price of Copper May Hinge on a Single Precious Resource: Water (Market Watch) Feds Spend $460,809 Watching Preschoolers Outdoors (Washington Free Beacon) Debt Under Obama Up $8T (CNS News) Here Comes the $1 Letter (Business Insider) CoreLogic: Falling House Prices in Sydney and Melbourne Could Open the Way for a Rate Cut (Business Insider) UK Oil Industry ‘to Face a Wave of Company Failures’ (The Telegraph) Chinese Markets Slump as Brokerage Probe Widens (Reuters) After Arresting Hundreds of Stock Traders, China Cracks Down on Malicious Metals Sellers (Zero Hedge) Russia Seeks Economic Revenge Against Turkey (Reuters) CEO of Brazil’s Largest Investment Bank Arrested (CNN Money)

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Do our politicians not study history anymore? Do they think that they can flippantly navigate through the dangers without consequence? Does anybody remember the powder-keg of world events that led to World War I? Turkey Blockades Russian Shipping, Black Sea Fleet Completely Cut off o o o Video: 1000W LED Flashlight – Worlds Brightest (90,000 Lumens) – Sent in by T.R. o o o Reader T.Z sent in the link for this neat tool: For those who own a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer, this Flush Kit can greatly simplify the process of flushing the pump and changing the oil. (Video) o o o Santaclaustrophobia – watch where you attempt to gain entry lest it be a free fire zone. Sent in by T.Z. o o o Reader D.S. sent this in: I’m sure everyone has their cans of powdered or dehydrated cheese in the stocks. By here’s a better option for REAL cheese that stores up to 25 years!

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Notes for Sunday – November 29, 2015

Today is the birthday of Clive Staples (“C.S.”) Lewis, who was born in 1898 and died 22 November 1963. o o o 2 more days ’til the release of “Land of Promise”! As tempting as it is to pre-order, holding off until December 1st to order both the trade paperback and the Kindle edition will help with their placement in the Bestseller lists, which in turn will create publicity. Don’t forget, if you have already read a draft copy, please leave a review at Amazon.com (now available on the trade paperback page.)

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Change Your Clocks and Change Your Batteries, Water, Et Cetera, by R.C.

This time of year we must change our clocks, fall back or spring forward. As a retired firefighter and EMT, I take this seriously. If your smoke detectors are over 10 years old, please change the unit. This twice a year rotation also offers us a chance to rotate other items we have stored in our preps. It is important to have someone verify that you have rotated your stocks, like a group check off or a family weekend project. Fuel First is the gasoline. Every six months you can dump the 5-gallon containers into your truck. Luckily, I had hunting season and used it in the four wheeler. When getting new gas, please remember to add a stabilizer to it and store in a safe place. Do not store it in your garage where your furnace is located. Many structure fires start this way. Make sure your propane tanks are full; after camping, hunting, and canning, my tanks needed to be filled. Kerosene is the last fuel to check. Use blue containers and stabilize with diesel additive. Now that you have enough fuel for your chainsaws, truck, stoves, grills, space heaters, and lights, we would move on to water. … Continue reading

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Captain America Is Coming For You!, by N.E.

I found a news article this morning that to the untrained eye seems harmless. However, as I have studied narratives of geopolitics, I felt compelled to send along a note to the reader’s of SurvivalBlog. The comic book character “Captain America” was first released with the goal to influence popular culture of the American youth just prior to World War II to establish a national identity against Nazi Germany. The cover of the first issue of the comic displayed Captain American punching Hilter in the mouth. Why you should be interested in Captain America and his original battle with Nazi Germany is due to a news article recently released by The Washington Times in which the “new” Captain America battles right wing conservatives. Captain America was a tool used to shape public perception. He symbolized American values, and his original fight was with the Third Reich. Now, Captain America is coming after right wing conservatives. Through using such a character as Captain America, scholars have done research that details that such “tools” are used in way that “the production and consumption of popular culture enable a master narrative of national myth to be disseminated throughout a national (or even international) … Continue reading

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Letter Re: What’s a Dime Worth?

HJL, The contributor states $4 today will buy: “Now, we ask, when we walk down the aisles of our local grocery store, what’s currently priced for about $4? Let’s start with the staples: Two gallons of milk Two or three loaves of bread Two or three dozen eggs” I am not sure where he is shopping, but it is obvious it is not in the USA. Milk is closer to $4 for ONE gallon, bread (decent bread) is over $3 a loaf, and eggs are selling from $3-6 a dozen depending on organic/ NON Gmo etc he also writes: For example, if you happen to live in the dairy land capital of Wisconsin, then you may be able to get three or four gallons of milk for your dime. I know you have no control over what folks write, but it makes me CRAZY when people write such things. He was close on the price of pasta though. – P. HJL Responds: If I hadn’t been buying milk myself for $1.99/gallon, I might think that too. I haven’t bought eggs in a while because we have chickens, but while the normal price for milk is close to $4.00/gallon, there are … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Target and other online retailers did well, but traditional brick-and-mortar retailers took a pounding this Friday. A chilly Black Friday for some brick-and-mortar retailers o o o Items from Professor Preponomics: Beware of the Sure Thing: Possible Curve Balls for the December Market (Market Watch) U.S. Retailers Hunt for Attacks After Warning on Stealthy Malware (Reuters) Commentary: Take measures to protect your information When Financial Bubbles Burst: Real Estate Values are Plunging in Canadian Heavy Oil Patch (Contra Corner) Interest Rates to Stay Low Longer, Household Debt Remains a Concern – Says the Bank of England (The Telegraph) Glencore’s Oil Deal in Libya Branded Worthless by Rival Government (The Guardian) Brazil’s Economic Meltdown: Stagflation Ahead, Goldman Unreservedly Disappointed (Zero Hedge) 5 Steps to Help You Get Started Paying Off Debt (About.com) 7 Ways to Avoid Identity Theft Over the Holiday Season (Washington Post) The Best Things in Life are Free (Clark Howard) Simple Christmas Links (Becoming Minimalist) Hotels, Cars for Joe Biden’s Thanksgiving Trip to Italy and Croatia Cost $307,118 (Washington Free Beacon) Eliminating Cash Makes It Easier to Silence Critics (Mises Institute)

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