Economics and Investing:

India Fears Run on Banks: Capital Controls and Withdrawal Limits to Continue

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How Interest Rates Affect Time Preference — and Vice Versa

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Surging US Dollar In 2017 Could Be A Catalyst For Gold Bottom

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Key Market In Major Trouble As Banks Now Have Near-All-Time Record Short Positions

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Tober’s Traditions (one of the new SurvivalBlog Writing Contest sponsors) asked us to post the answers to some repeated inquires they’ve had over their products from SurvivalBlog Readers:

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Climate change expert sentenced to 32 months for fraud, says lying was a ‘rush’ – P.M.

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The Lie-Detecting Security Kiosk of the Future – Aside from the obvious issues of AI determining truth, one has to wonder who comes up with these names: Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR) – DSV

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More cases! Continue reading

Notes for Wednesday – December 28, 2016

December 28, 1793 is the day that Thomas Paine was arrested in France for treason. The charges against him were never fully detailed, but he was tried in absentia on December 26 and convicted. Best known as the author of Common Sense, he moved to Paris to be part of the French revolution. Initially welcomed, the tide soon turned against him, because he was opposed to the death penalty, and the French revolutionaries were sending hundreds to the guillotine.

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Today, we present another entry for Round 68 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  • A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  • A Gunsite AcademyContinue reading

  • Selecting Footwear and Foot Care Basics, by K.B.

    Even the best of weapons, flashlights, knives, bugout bags, et cetera are practically useless if the user has become immobile due to an unnecessary foot injury or footwear related problem. It all starts with selecting the right boots for the job and having a good working knowledge of how to care for one’s feet and then doing it.

    From the simple Roman (or Ho Chi Minh) sandals to the newest synthetic lined mountain boot, dependable footwear has been an essential for covering rugged terrain, or even not-so-rugged terrain, by foot. The comfortable, lightweight boots that are popular with the military and police these days are okay for around the house or work, and I have owned several pair, but for the most part they were never really intended for extended hard use.


    As is the norm with other important equipment items, various trade-offs … Continue reading

    Letter: Inexpensive Perimeter Security for Your House in the Suburbs

    Mr. Latimer,

    I reside in southern California in a semi-rural area; however, I do live in a housing tract. When SHTF, my concern would be the security surrounding the perimeter of my property. I do live on a corner property, thus, two sides of my property are of concern. I have come up with a plan for security notification when anyone enters my property or even gets close.

    I found an inexpensive item at Harbor Freight that will accomplish this notification. The item is an infrared triggered Wireless Security Alert System (Item Number: 93068). The battery operated unit has a range of 400’ from sensor to receiver. The retail price is $13.99; however, there is a savings coupon on Harbor Freight’s site good until 1-2-17 for a unit price of $9.99.

    The units are customer rated at 3.8 out of 5.0 with a total of 773 … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    Monte dei Paschi Rescue Cost Jumps as Deposits Fall

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    Toshiba Says Nuclear Writedown May Reach Billions of Dollars

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    Bankruptcy Becomes an Option for Some Borrowers Burdened by Student Loans

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    Financial Times, Barron’s Tout Death of Gold. “When the pall bearers and grave diggers start dancing on gold’s grave, it’s usually a good time to buy.”

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    JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:


    Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future, by Mark Levin

    The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual


    I Am David (“Chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp.”)

    The Truman Show


    How Should We Then Live? (This is Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s spectacular ten-part series on the rise and decline of Western culture from a Christian perspective.)

    24: Redemption (Starring Kiefer Sutherland.)


    Louis Armstrong: The Definitive Collection

    Lynyrd Skynyrd – All Time Greatest Hits

    Instructional Videos:

    FLIR Factory Trip and Thermal Discussion

    Franklin Armory BFSiii (Gen3 BFS) Trigger Install & Function Test


    Radio Free Redoubt

    The Risky Biscuit … Continue reading

    Notes for Tuesday – December 27, 2016

    On this day in 1979, in an attempt to stabilize the turbulent political situation in Afghanistan, the Soviet Union sent 75,000 troops to enforce the installation of Babrak Karmal as the new leader of the nation. The new government and the imposing Soviet presence, however, had little success in putting down anti-government rebels. Thus began nearly 10 years of an agonizing, destructive, and ultimately fruitless Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. Death by a thousand cuts.

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    Don’t forget, Ready Made Resources has a very limited supply of Knight Vision AN/PVS-30 Night Vision Weapon Site available. These have seen action in the Gulf but are “like new” or have been refurbished. Normally over $11,000, you can get them for under $5000. There are only a few left, so move fast. A moderately well-trained civilian shooter recently did some shooting with one of these … Continue reading

    The Get-Home Cache, by The Feral Farmer

    Bugout bags are a popular topic, and the content lists are long and varied, sometimes reading like a LRRP combat loadout. However, they have a couple of obvious problems, including that you have to carry it and keep it handy.

    It takes a good degree of conditioning to carry a load any distance and a great degree of determination to do so while injured or frightened. Additionally, (unless your kit looks like a baby carrier and diaper bag), your chance of hitching a ride plummets the larger your bag appears to be. Any situation that requires a bugout bag automatically makes the holder a target to both criminals and authorities, and it would be a shame to surrender all those neat things at a check point, after carrying them so far.

    Keeping a bugout bag within arms reach at all times is, for all intent and purposes, an impossibility. Employers … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Motor Oil

    Dear Editor and SurvivalBlog Readers:

    I have a question about motor oil, because of an incident going back years ago when I had a discussion with a neighbor about changing oil in gas motor yard equipment, lawn motors in this case. I’ll never forget how the neighbor bragged how he never changes oil in his lawn mower. Year after year, it is pulled out in the spring with the old gas and old oil, and away they go. I’ll never forget hearing the screeching sound of that lawn mower motor seizing. Since then, I have heard numerous opinions on oil change schedules, and traditional oil versus synthetic oil. In contrast to the “never change the oil” thinking, I’ve talked to those who religiously change their oil every three months, even if the motor has never been started. With the recommendation of changing oil in a vehicle every three months or … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    First majestic silver Breakout Of 35-Year Downward Yield Range Will Blow-Up Interest Rate Derivatives ($500 Trillion+)

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    Today’s Chart of the Day – Moment of Truth for Bonds. “Bonds are severely oversold. There should be a bounce but if it’s weak, or doesn’t last very long then prepare for a crash. I’ve never seen a bubble yet that popped gracefully.”

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    The near extinct pension – US pensions aggressively invest in equities relative to other countries to make up for shortfalls.

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    Would Another Corporate Repatriation Tax Holiday Create Jobs?

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