Economics and Investing:

India Fears Run on Banks: Capital Controls and Withdrawal Limits to Continue o o o How Interest Rates Affect Time Preference — and Vice Versa o o o Surging US Dollar In 2017 Could Be A Catalyst For Gold Bottom o o o Key Market In Major Trouble As Banks Now Have Near-All-Time Record Short Positions o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.




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: The liquid soap is now available and can be found in their store. The tooth powder is now also offered as a refill in vacuum sealed bags for longer storage, you can also find that in their store now. o o o Climate change expert sentenced to 32 months for fraud, says lying was a ‘rush’ – P.M. o o o The Lie-Detecting Security Kiosk of the Future – Aside from the …







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. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 68 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth …




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 …




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 …




Economics and Investing:

Monte dei Paschi Rescue Cost Jumps as Deposits Fall o o o Toshiba Says Nuclear Writedown May Reach Billions of Dollars o o o Bankruptcy Becomes an Option for Some Borrowers Burdened by Student Loans o o o 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.” o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future, by Mark Levin The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Movies: I Am David (“Chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp.”) The Truman Show Television: 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.) Music: Louis Armstrong: The Definitive Collection Lynyrd Skynyrd – All Time Greatest Hits Instructional Videos: FLIR Factory Trip and Thermal Discussion Franklin Armory BFSiii (Gen3 …




Odds ‘n Sods:

Seed corn thief must pay $425,000 o o o New Jersey’s ‘Graves Act’ requires registration for BB guns, has strict penalties for violations o o o Wanted: An Aristocratic Senate – D.S. o o o Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case – G.M. o o o Because we don’t want to seem insensitive or unfair: 7 Reasons Why It Is A Bad Idea To Carry Concealed – DSV







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. o o o 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 …




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 …




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 …




News From The American Redoubt:

Montana water district files suit over Yellowstone arsenic o o o Wyoming: Refuge quickly fills with elk after hunting ends o o o Snowplow drivers get stuck in 65 below zero temperatures – S.M. o o o Even the American Redoubt has its share of idiots: Neo-Nazis urge armed march to harass Montana Jews – K.P. o o o Ice climbers test nerves on Palouse Falls




Economics and Investing:

First majestic silver Breakout Of 35-Year Downward Yield Range Will Blow-Up Interest Rate Derivatives ($500 Trillion+) o o o 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.” o o o The near extinct pension – US pensions aggressively invest in equities relative to other countries to make up for shortfalls. o o o Would Another Corporate Repatriation Tax Holiday Create Jobs? o o o SurvivalBlog …