Preparedness Notes for Monday – June 05, 2017

SurvivalBlog Notes

On June 5th, 1899, Alfred Dreyfus was acquitted. Although well-remembered in France and her colonies, this landmark trial is now largely forgotten by the American public. It deserves study.

On June 5th, 1912, U.S. Marines invaded Cuba for the third time. (One of what are commonly called The Banana Wars.)

On this day in 1661, Isaac Newton was admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge.

Also on this day in 1942, the Elwood Ordnance Plant (near Joliet Illinois) exploded, killing 54 people, and injuring at least 40 others.

Mexican revolutionary Francisco Pancho Villa was born on June 5th, 1878.

This is also the birthday of novelist Ken Follett, in 1949, in Cardiff, Wales. He is best known as the author of Eye of the Needle, … Continue reading

The Editors’ Preps for the Week of June 5th, 2017

Prepping pantry start

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 share their planned prep activities for the coming week.  These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We also welcome you to share your planned activities for increasing personal preparedness in the coming week.  (Leave a Comment with your project details.) Let’s keep busy and be ready!


Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
We are looking at another very busy week, here at the Rawles Ranch.  Our Good Lord-willing, these are our plans for the week:

Now that the main garden is planted, we plan to help the … Continue reading

CRKT Homefront Folder – By Pat Cascio

CRKT Homefront Folder


When CRKT Columbia River Knife & Tool sent me the Onion Homefront folder for testing and review, I just had to ask why make a folding knife that you can take apart? Sometimes, when it comes to some new products, I just have to ask myself “Why?” I just don’t know what else there is that is truly new, especially when it comes to folding knives. This is especially true when it comes to the various locking mechanisms. Then again, I’m not known for designing folding knives, although I have one on the drawing board right now. If you ask me, I’m better known for designing fixed blade fighting knives, as nothing else will do in combat.

Don’t Second Guess Ken Onion

Some years back, when I was the West Coast Field Editor for Knives Illustrated magazine, I interviewed world renown custom knife maker/designer … Continue reading

May in Precious Metals by Steven Cochran of Gainesville Coins

Economics and Investing

Welcome to SurvivalBlog’s Precious Metals Month in Review. Here, we take a look at “the month that was” in precious metals. Each month, we cover the price action of gold, and examine the “what” and “why” behind those numbers. This column is authored by Steven Cochran of Gainesville Coins. Today, we highlight the effects of terrorism on the price of gold.

What Did Gold Do in May?

Gold stated the month of May right at $1,268. However, unexpectedly strong economic data blasted prices down by $40 an ounce to a seven-week low in the first week. The first estimate for the US economy in the second quarter was far higher than anyone expected, and the Federal Reserve declaring first quarter weakness was temporary.

Gold prices bottomed out on May 11, and began an uptrend that saw the gold market erase all of May’s losses by the … Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Pizza Pasta, by Georgia Girl

Recipe of the Week

Georgia’s Girl’s Pizza Pasta


  • 3 c. hot water
  • 14 oz. jar of pizza sauce, using a little water with lid on to rinse out the last remaining sauce and add to pot
  • 2 (4 oz) cans mushrooms, drained
  • 2 1/4 c. pasta, such as elbows, spiral, etc. (Mueller’s brand only)
  • Add-ins, such as pepperoni, ground beef, onions, basil, Mrs. Dash, or other herbs and spices you prefer and Mozzarella cheese for topping, shredded is best

Economics & Investing for Preppers

Economics and Investing News - Stocks, Commodities, Hedges, Precious Metals, Shares, Forex

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. Today we focus on counterparty risk in derivatives contracts. And most of the following items reflect the quirky “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor):

Commodities Economics:

Looking ahead, Nick Cunningham recently posted this forecast: Four Wildly Different Oil Price Scenarios For 2020


On to foreign exchange (Forex) news: USD/CAD Continues Decline

Global Stocks and Bonds:

Moving on to the stock and bond markets, U.S. stocks hit an all-time high on Friday JWR’s Comment:  I’m definitely not in the Perma-Bull camp. What goes up must come down.  So… What will be the key warning to watch for? Any upcoming … Continue reading

The Editors’ Quote Of The Day


“The crowded transports of Task Force 53 arrived off Tarawa Atoll shortly after midnight on D-Day. Debarkation began at 0320. The captain of the Zeilin (APA 3) played the Marines Hymn over the public address system, and the sailors cheered as the 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, crawled over the side and down the cargo nets.

At this point, things started to go wrong. Admiral Hill discovered that the transports were in the wrong anchorage, masking some of the fire support ships, and directed them to shift immediately to the correct site. The landing craft bobbed along in the wake of the ships; some Marines had been halfway down the cargo nets when the ships abruptly weighed anchor. Matching the exact LVTs with their assigned assault teams in the darkness became haphazard. Choppy seas made cross-deck transfers between the small craft dangerous.

Few tactical plans survive the opening rounds of execution, … Continue reading