Economics and Investing:

Economic Growth Requires More Than Low Interest Rates o o o Bill Fleckenstein On The Recent Weakness In The Gold, Silver & Mining Share Markets o o o WTO Slashes Global Trade Forecast by 39% Since April: “Wake-Up Call” Says WTO Director o o o Billionaire Capital Turns Into Ghost Town: “Home Contracts Down 80%”, Trophy-Cars Pile Up In Showrooms o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Man awarded payout for leaving school illiterate becomes self-confessed crook – A.S. o o o Is it possible to make private all of your computers, smartphones, data and communications and still remain digitally connected? Down the rabbit hole, part 1: Making my life private and secure. – D.B. o o o Missing Afghans Raise Terrorism Fears – B.B. o o o Sheriff David Clarke: ‘Being Scared Is Not Enough,’ Get a Gun to ‘Fight Back’ – P.S. o o o Washington Goes After Pre-Crime: Gun Confiscation Proposed For Those “Likely To Commit Violence In The Near Future”

Notes for Tuesday – September 27, 2016

This is the birthday of Samuel Adams (not counting the change in dates due to the change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar). He was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 66 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 …

Alaska As A Survival Location, by S.J.

I would like to add some more thoughts to the discussion of Alaska as a potential area for survival relocation. There are many drawbacks to Alaska that should be addressed, but ultimately I do believe Alaska can be an excellent and advantageous survival area for some people. I was born in Alaska and left when I was 17 for military service. I spent nine years in the lower 48, living in New England, Washington State, and North Dakota, with plenty of travels to all the in-between parts of the U.S. and a few trips to foreign countries. I’ve since returned …

Letter Re: Differences Between Combustible Gases

Dear Hugh, In response to D.H.’s questions on gas, I offer my thoughts. Generally, I would tell anyone to use the gas specifically recommended for the equipment they intend to use. Trying to keep it simple about the different gases, an explanation of the differences follows. The first difference between the gases is chemical makeup. Propane has three carbons atoms (and hydrogen atoms) in the molecule. Butane has four carbons, and so does its isomer iso-butane. Butane is arranged in a four carbon chain, while Iso-butane has a center carbon, with the other three carbons coming off like spokes, and …

News From The American Redoubt:

These statistics show how the Redoubt shapes up in terms of where creative people live in the USA: Redoubt Home to More Creatives Than Rest of USA – K.G. o o o Max Velocity Tactical has opened a new training facility in Spokane, Washington. If you live in the area (or would just like to try their new facility) you may be interested in their first class (Combat Rifle Skills with an optional Night Firing). o o o The Liberal/Progressives hit Missoula: Missoula approves background check ordinance, votes 8-4 o o o Idaho: Old Lower Hydropower Plant back in service

Economics and Investing:

Global debt climbs towards fresh high as companies and countries keep on borrowing – G.G. o o o Bank of Japan Tries Another Way to Spur Inflation – G.G. o o o Inside OPEC: What Does Each Member Want?. As OPEC members gather in Algiers, it is worth noting that the cartel is internally divided and that a joint solution remains a long shot. o o o The Economics of Hillary Clinton o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

From The Burning Platform: What Do We Do Now? – G.S. o o o Mexico hit by surge of 5K Haitian, African and Asian migrants on their way to the U.S. – B.B. o o o Leaked FBI data reveal 7,700 terrorist encounters in USA in one year – B.B. o o o Violent crime and murders both went up in 2015, FBI says. – S.L. o o o Someone is Testing Methods for Taking Down the Entire Internet. – G.P.

Pat Cascio’s Product Review: SIG Sauer P250

I saw my first SIG handgun back in 1980, when I was running a gun shop and new to the gun biz but not new to guns. A customer wanted me to order him a Browning BDA .45 ACP pistol. I hadn’t heard of it, to be honest. So, I did some research and found that the Browning BDA (Browning Double Action) was actually made by SIG and was being imported by Browning. When the gun came in for my customer, I was more than a little impressed with it. It had excellent workmanship all the way around. That was …

Recipe of the Week: Carrots in Dilled Wine Sauce, by J.R.

Ingredients: 8 medium carrots, cut into small sticks ½ cup chicken bouillon ½ cup dry white wine ½ tsp dried dill weed 2 tsp instant minced onion ¼ tsp garlic salt 1 Tbsp lemon juice 2 Tbsp cornstarch 2 Tbsp cold water Directions: Place carrots in a slow-cooking pot. Combine bouillon, wine, dill, onion, garlic salt, and lemon juice; then pour over the carrots. Cover and cook on high 2 to 3 hours. Dissolve cornstarch in water, then stir into the carrot mixture. Cook on high for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Makes 6 servings. o o o Useful …

Letter Re: Differences Between Combustible Gasses

HJL, The difference between CNG and piped-in gas to your home is simply pressure. The gas in my house is at 7 psi and if your thumb is big enough you can stop the flow. CNG could be as high as 3000 psi, and you find it in tanks for vehicles that burn natural gas and filling stations for natural gas burning vehicles. The difference between butane, propane, and natural gas is British Thermal Units (btu) generated by a cubic foot of each substance. From high school, a btu is the amount of energy it takes to raise one pound …