Preparedness Notes for Monday – July 10, 2017

SurvivalBlog Notes

July 10th is the birthday of British novelist John Wyndham. (His full name was John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris, but Harris shortened that to just John Wyndham for his pen name.) He we was born in 1903 and died March 11, 1969. Harris was a good friend of fellow novelist Samuel Youd (1922-2012), who wrote under several pen names, including John Christopher. Both men were famous for writing what are often called cosy catastrophies. Several of Wyndham’s novels and short stories have been adapted to film, with varying degrees of success. One of the best of these was a parallel universe story called Random Quest.

Taurus Model 85, Ultra Lite, by Pat Cascio

Taurus Model 85

Today, we are going to take a close look at the Taurus Model 85 Ultra Lite while I continue on with more all-metal handgun reviews, as requested by many SurvivalBlog readers. According to Taurus, which offers several versions of this model, the Model 85 is their best-selling handgun. Many people are so caught-up with polymer handguns, especially semiauto handguns, they are overlooking some outstanding firearms still manufactured out of metals.

An Old Dog

For quite some time, I only considered carrying a revolver for self defense. Yep, I’m old school but I’m not too old to be schooled! You can teach an old dog new tricks. For sure, I owned a lot of semiauto handguns early on, to wit, the outstanding Colt 1911A1 as well as the Browning Hi-Power. And when I was younger, much younger, I would sometimes carry either a 1911 or a Hi-Power while working in private … Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Posole, by L.S.

Recipe of the Week

Posole notes: My husband and I developed a blend of my mother’s tomato-based posole (a hominy-meat soup) that she learned in Mexico and his sister’s red chili-based posole. Neither of those recipes was a written recipe but more a method. My posole is significantly distinct from the other two and is our own creation. I have never printed it before and have not had it copyrighted. I use a church cookbook recipe for the red sauce, but it may be copyrighted. (Use whatever red chili sauce or recipe you have available.) This is a two-day process.

Posole Ingredients

  • 1 large pork shoulder roast (or any pork roast that has a bone in it).

Soup Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp each black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder
  • ¼ tsp each cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, and salt
  • 1 tsp each seasoned salt and lemon pepper seasoning salt
  • 3 tsp regular chili … Continue reading

Economics & Investing For Preppers

Economics and Investing

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 it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on Nickels. The U.S. five cent piece “Nickel” is the only currently minted U.S. circulating coin that has a metals content close to its face value.  It costs the U.S.  Treasury around 7.2 cents to produce each Nickel. (See the Tangibles section near the end of this column.)

Precious Metals:

First, this from Warren Bevan: Precious Metals Massacre

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Next, at Investopedia: Top 4 Platinum Stocks for 2017 (SBGL, PLG)


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