May 31st, 1895 was the birthday of George R. Stewart. Prior to his death on August 22, 1980, he was a novelist, university professor, and toponymist. In the preparedness community, he is best remembered as the author of the classic post-pandemic novel Earth Abides.
This is a Compact I wrote for a ficticious people in a ficticious land and at a time of world calamity. It is not based upon any Constitution of political significance of today, unless otherwise noted. I’m anxious to obtain feedback. If you were going to ratify this, what changes would be needed from your perspective? I will also not have time to reply to feedback but will gather all into account.
Of course, if the balloon goes up today, this might come in handy real soon.
Thanks and God Bless! – X. Liberal
We, the peoples of the New Frontier, in order to preserve our Union, restore peace and justice (not social justice), for ourselves and also for our prodigy, do ordain and establish this Compact for the New Frontier.
ARTICLE I (Restoration)
To save succeeding generations from the scourge of Elitism, which many times … Continue reading
Here are JWR‘s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers:
The Collapse of Complex Societies
America’s Financial Reckoning Day: How you can survive America’s monetary and political decline in the 21st Century
Note: This title is also available as a Kindle e-book. (Everyone should own a Kindle Fire Tablet.)
Unbranded. An amazing documentary about four new Texas A&M graduates who go on a grand adventure. They adopt a string of 16 wild mustangs from the BLM, green break them, and then immediately ride them from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.
Swimming in Auschwitz. (Currently available only for Continue reading
Here are the latest news items and commentary on economics and investing. We cover market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Today we focus on investment guns. And most of these items reflect the quirky “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor):
First, over at Gold-Eagle: Gold price rises as Asian stocks, dollar slip after oil slump
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And I found this tantalizing prediction over at Kitco: Gold To Move Closer To $1,300 This Week – TD Securities
Moving on to commodities. Martin Tillier: The OPEC Elixir Wasn’t Potent Enough
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And then this, from Investing.com: Strong start to summer driving season pushed U.S. … Continue reading
“Forthwith flashes of actual flame, a bright glare leaping from one to another, sprang from the scattered group of men. It was as if some invisible jet impinged upon them and flashed into white flame. It was as if each man were suddenly and momentarily turned to fire.
Then, by the light of their own destruction, I saw them staggering and falling, and their supporters turning to run.
I stood staring, not as yet realising that this was death leaping from man to man in that little distant crowd. All I felt was that it was something very strange. An almost noiseless and blinding flash of light, and a man fell headlong and lay still; and as the unseen shaft of heat passed over them, pine trees burst into fire, and every dry furze bush became with one dull thud a mass of flames. And far away towards Knaphill I … Continue reading
By proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, the first major Memorial Day observance was held to honor those who died “in defense of their country” Known to some as “Decoration Day,” mourners honored the Civil War dead by decorating their graves with flowers. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.
The 1868 celebration was inspired by local observances that had taken place in various locations in the three years since the end of the Civil War. In fact, several cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, including Columbus, Mississippi; Macon, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; and Carbondale, Illinois. In 1966, the federal government, under the direction of … Continue reading
The following is my core rationale on the nature of government, liberty, and Godly personal conduct in the 21st Century. You may have seen some of these rationale statements in my books or blog posts. I plan to expand this at a later date:
- The degree to which you allow your rights to be trampled is inversely proportional to your knowledge of (and respect for) the Constitution.
- Whenever someone must buy a license or pay a fee to exercise a right then it is something less than a right. It is in fact a mere privilege, subject to the whim of petty bureaucrats. Fundamental rights are not abstract tokens that are given or sold by other men. They are in fact primary liberties bestowed upon us by God, our maker. Rights are not substantially secured by asking, “Mother may I?” of any government agency. Rights are more properly … Continue reading
This column is posted on Tuesdays. Here, we present news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies in the region of interest to preppers. Today’s highlight is a Hydrographix company that camouflage dips guns.
First, one of my consulting clients asked me to make a mention of Dawson Ridge Beetleworx and Hydrographix, in Moyie Springs, Idaho. They camouflage dipped several rifles for him. He was thrilled with both the quality of their work and their reasonable rates for camo dipping. (About 50% of what their competitors charge.) They have dozens of camouflage patterns available. He added one caveat: “Just don’t bring them any camo dipping work during deer and elk season, which keeps them very busy with their other ventures.”
SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods – a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Today’s focus is on physical security
Worried about privacy but not really trusting commercial VPN offerings? Reader P.S. sent in this link on building your own VPN using some commonly available software and a hosting service. Building your own VPN is easy. Just follow the step-by-step directions. It can also give you superior performance.
Reader D.F. was looking for an inexpensive way to build a garage and ran across this product. BallistiCrete claims Level 4 protection when applied thick enough (anecdotal stories claim up to .50BMG). BallistiCrete is easily applied to gypsum board walls. It can also provide security in fairly hostile environments. You can … Continue reading
“For the naive mind there is something miraculous in the issuance of fiat money. A magic word spoken by the government creates out of nothing a thing which can be exchanged against any merchandise a man would like to get. How pale is the art of sorcerers, witches, and conjurers when compared with that of the government’s Treasury Department!” – Ludwig von Mises, The Theory of Money and Credit
Today, we are taking a look at the Kahr Arms CW9 Black Carbon Fiber handgun. I’ve reported on several Kahr Arms handguns over the years. Most are pretty much the same as the one before it, or the one after it. Still, Kahr manages to come out with different and exciting versions every single year. To be sure, Kahr makes handguns that are meant to be concealed. They aren’t full-sized service-type pistols, although they do have something coming out along those lines. Still, they are well-known for easily concealable handguns, for the most part.
Kahr’s Double Action Only Trigger Action
Kahr handguns are Double Action Only (DAO). And as I’ve reported before, they are the Rolls Royce of DAO trigger actions, if you ask me. You just have to experience it to understand what I’m talking about. Yes, the trigger pull is long but buttery … Continue reading
To be prepared for a crisis, every prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors will share their planned prep activities for the coming week, ranging from healthcare and purchases to property improvements and food storage. We also welcome you to share your planned activities for increasing personal preparedness in the coming week in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
This week, the weather is expected to be warm and sunny. Finally, summer has arrived to the northern portion of the American Redoubt. It is glorious and we are rejoicing to be living mostly outdoors! Our family has no off-ranch obligations this week. Therefore, Lily and the children, specifically, can dedicate the whole week to prepping activities. Hooray!
Ranch Infrastructure Maintenance and Projects
Jim will continue the plumbing and … Continue reading
This is one of my favorite recipes post-deer season. The Franks Buffalo hot sauce is just my favorite, but you can substitute your favorite hot sauce.
I am not good with measurements, and they’re all approximate. Sorry. So, you will need to adjust to taste.
- 2-3 lbs of fresh, trimmed venison backstrap
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 3/4 cup of Franks Hot Buffalo sauce
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 Tbsp black pepper
- 3 Tbsp cayenne pepper
- 2 Tbsp paprika
- 2 Tbsp seasoning salt
- 4 cups plain bread crumbs
Don’t miss the important wheat market news, down in the Commodities section. Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And most of these items reflect the quirky “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor):
First, over at Gold-Eagle: Gold To Remain Resilient Next Week Despite Looming Rate Hike – Analysts
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And here is an article that I missed earlier this month at Zero Hedge: Mining CEO Explains Why Silver Could Reach Over $136