Letter: Misadventures of a Green Thumb

Dear SurvivalBlog Readers: I’d like to address the idea of “prepare for the unexpected” using a real life example that happened to me. I hope this humorous example leads you to take some steps, however small, to begin taking steps to fill the gaps in your preparedness planning; because for all the good intentions you may have, a totally unexpected event could take place that makes it all worthless. So for me, I have never had what had been called a “green thumb”. I never have actually had a return from my spring and summer garden that I feel was …

Letter: Ammunition Purchasing OPSEC

Good morning!  I have a question regarding Operational Security (OPSEC) and buying ammunition.  I’ve tried to do my search due diligence at the SurvivalBlog site, searching multiple term combinations, but I still may have missed an existing article.  What are the most prudent OPSEC considerations for buying ammunition, other than not ‘flapping yer gums’?  Online sellers offer the best prices, but in -tore has benefits as well, though it’s much more expensive. Thanks for your time.  – Cliff JWR Replies: In essence, you will need to pay more, if you want to keep your privacy.  My advice is that f …

Economics and Investing:

The Contagion Deutsche Bank Is Spreading Is All About Derivatives o o o Mark O’Byrne: Euro Will Collapse…As It Is A House Of Cards o o o Silver Eagle Demand Returns With A Vengeance As Political & Economic Turmoil Increases o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Study: 1 in 2 American Adults Already In Facial Recognition Network. (Thanks to H.L. for the link.) o o o Another DDOS Ping Flood attack: Many sites including Twitter, Shopify and Spotify suffering outage. And this article explains how it might have been done, by harnessing the processing power of hijacked The Internet of Things linked devices: When the Entire Internet Seems to Break At Once o o o Conspiracy Theorists Vindicated: FBI Docs Reveal “Shadow Government” Protecting Hillary Clinton o o o Case against Ammon Bundy heads to jury

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.” – Psalm 139: 1-6 (KJV)