Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – November 08, 2017

SurvivalBlog Notes

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Guest Article: Vehicular Terror – The Easiest Blueprint For Creating Mayhem, by Joe Alton, MD

Smart Phone Distractions

In these days of smart phone distractions, you’re seeing more and more people oblivious of their surroundings. In the past, this might get you a bump on the head by walking into a lamp post. In today’s world, however, it could cost you your life.

The NYC vehicular attack that killed eight and injured a number of others is just the latest in a number of incidents by the deranged, disgruntled, and politically motivated. Yet, being situationally aware could prevent you from becoming a victim of a future vehicular terror event.

Situational Awareness

Situational awareness involves understanding factors in your immediate vicinity that might represent a threat. I’m not talking about second-hand smoke; I’m talking about serious dangers that you can avoid with rapid action. Vehicular terrorism is not new, with Israel the scene of many such attacks in past years. It’s becoming more and more common … Continue reading

Economics & Investing For Preppers

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 rising interest rates.  (See the Economy and Finance section.)

Precious Metals:

First off, at Seeking Alpha: An Update On The Outlook For Platinum Supply

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China Maintains Gold Reserves at 59.24 Million Ounces



Next, at Zack’s: U.S. Banks Stock Outlook – November 2017


A Very Bullish Case For Commodities. Here is a quote: “Goldman Sachs has put forward a very bullish case for the commodity sector, with metals set to continue their hot streak and oil looking … 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 Champion stocks. (The Champion brand synthetic rifle and shotgun stocks.  See the Gear section, near the end of this column.)


The latest addition to Avalanche Lily’s bedside book stack: The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming

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Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny

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Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World

Movies and Television:

Arrival. The captivating sci-fi tale of a brilliant linguist who makes first contact with an alien race. (Available on DVD and Blu-Ray.  Also available for free download for Amazon Prime members.)

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Zero Dark … Continue reading