Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – October 04, 2017

Charlton Heston

October 4, 1923 is the birthday of the late Charlton Heston, who was born John Charles Carter. He died April 5, 2008. He is often remembered for movies like Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, Soylent Green, The Planet of the Apes, and the survivalist classic The Omega Man.

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Tom Petty, a rock-’n-roll superstar, has died at age 66. He known as a perfectionist in his studio recordings, often working for weeks to achieve the perfect sound. Preppers will remember that he had an extended cameo role in the movie The Postman. His later life was a shambles, marred by heroin addiction and a divorce. But his music will live on, in perfection. I’d like to report that he … Continue reading

Sweet Spot For the 21st Century With Calibers Beating .308- Part 2, by Alpine Evader


Yesterday, I began writing by telling the summary up front. I said we recommend against adopting the beautiful, survival standard of .308/7.62x51mm caliber semi-automatic rifles. Instead, I stated, “The least expensive and best upgrade to any existing AR-15 fire team for high altitude blended threats is to purchase standardized barrels and stock up on single-use, heavier bullets.” I also shared about our survival group’s location decisions. So, who am I to make these statements and recommendations?

Author’s Relevant Background

I climbed my first 14,000+ foot peak at the age of 12 in a summer camp located smack dab in the middle of the Colorado Rockies. I am a father who looks out (logistically, physically, and spiritually) for six children within a blended family. My age is between forty and fifty years old and I’m in moderately good shape. Twelve to sixteen mile hikes with lightweight packs are something I still … Continue reading

Economics & Investing For Preppers

Pockets inside out

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 the U.S. public and private debt.  (See the Troubling Trends section.)

Precious Metals

First off, here is a headline from Monday: Surging US Dollar Sinks Gold And Silver Prices

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Gold Could Face ‘Further Punishment’ – FXTMJWR Says: “Buy on the dips.”


Morningstar reported on Tuesday: “Political troubles in Spain, after the weekend saw violent clashes over the Catalonia referendum, took a dent out of the main Ibex index, which was down over 1% at 10.527.”


The price … Continue reading

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on alternatives to CARB-Complaint Gas Cans. (See the Gear section. below.)


Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel, by William Koenig

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Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living


Movies and Television:

The Man in the High Castle. Two full seasons are now available free for Amazon Prime members. Some scenes of totalitarian cruelty are disturbing, so this series is definitely not for kids!  Not available on DVD

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Life Off Grid — A 2016 Canadian documentary film.  Available on DVD or via free download for Amazon Prime members.