Preparedness Notes for Friday – February 09, 2018

February 9th is the birthday of Major George Charles Nonte Jr. (Born 1926, died June 30, 1978.) I had the privilege of attending ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox in the same company with his daughter Yvette, in 1981. Some of the stories that she told me about her father were amazing. He was quite a guy. Cadet Yvette Nonte went on to a career in Army Intelligence, retiring as a Colonel. – JWR

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We’ve been overwhelmed by the strength of the pre-orders for the waterproof blog Archive USB sticks. An unexpectedly large number of readers are availing themselves of our flat rate postage offer and ordering 2, 3, 5, and even 10 sticks at a time. We’ll go ahead and place a re-order with the USB stick contractor, to try to meet the demand. We are very grateful!

From Piglets to Bacon- Part 4, by Animal House

I’m a grandmother who has raised her own small livestock and grown two female piglets into full grown hogs. This is my story. In the first three parts of this series, I have told how I began raising pigs, the selection process I went through, preparing their pen and securing them, growing them, and my plan for butchering them. The process didn’t go exactly as expected, and I’m in the midst of telling you what actually ended up happening and what I learned along the way.

Butchering (continued)

Butchering is something I have never done so I was flying blind. With my book next to me, I tried to follow the step-by-step directions. Several hours later, by the time I got both sides divided into legs, loin, hams, ribs, belly, and sides as well as the spine and trotters cut, I was exhausted. We put the … Continue reading

Letter: Homesteaders with Livestock in Harsh Winter Climates


As with so many of us who have livestock and live in regions where cold winter temperatures pose a challenge in keeping water troughs thawed. For so many of us the default has been to place a 1000 – 1500 watt heater in the stock tank which does a wonderful job. However, when you have many pens of animals and therefore many stock tank heaters, you can almost watch the electric meter spin as your electric bill increases day by day. At one time I wrapped several of our large 300 gallon galvanized tanks with a flexible foam material and covered much of the top with a board leaving a space for animals to drink from. This did reasonably well but posed some challenges when it came time to clean the tank.

Submerged Aerator

One day as I looked out into our backyard, which has a pond with a … 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 the Jerome Powell Appointment as the new Chairman of the Federal Reserve. (See the Economy and Finance section.)

Precious Metals:

GFMS: Gold Prices Could Hit $1,500 An Ounce In 2018

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Gold loses its lustre as investors turn to stock markets



Icahn: The market will one day ‘implode’ because of these wacky funds using so much leverage

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Over at, economist Brandon Smiths asks (and answers): Is A Massive Stock Market Reversal Upon Us?
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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“A hundred and fifty years before, when the parochial disagreements between Earth and Mars had been on the verge of war, the Belt had been a far horizon of tremendous mineral wealth beyond viable economic reach, and the outer planets had been beyond even the most unrealistic corporate dream. Then Solomon Epstein had built his little modified fusion drive, popped it on the back of his three-man yacht, and turned it on. With a good scope, you could still see his ship going at a marginal percentage of the speed of light, heading out into the big empty. The best, longest funeral in the history of mankind. Fortunately, he’d left the plans on his home computer. The Epstein Drive hadn’t given humanity the stars, but it had delivered the planets.” – James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes