Preparedness Notes for Monday — December 11, 2023

On December 11, 1994, Russian troops invaded Chechnya to suppress a rebel Chechen government led by Dzhokhar Dudayev. — Most readers will recall that for many years, we’ve encouraged the support of the BaanSuFan Christian orphanage and school, in Thailand. Their mission is to help the large population of Hmong and Mien minority tribe members who were forced out of the war-torn Burma (Myanmar), Laos, and Vietnam into Thailand. The BaanSuFan school recently expanded their dormitories to be able to house more students, and needs donations to help cover the cost of beds and other furniture.  Please help, if you …




Tapix Mil-Spec Green Sandbags, by Thomas Christianson

I have a makeshift shooting range behind my pole barn. In the backstop behind the target stand, I had used a sloping wall of sand to absorb the energy of the bullets entering the backstop. The major problem with a sloping wall of sand is that it is thinner at the top than it is at the bottom. This leaves the top of the wall of sand weaker than the bottom. With that in mind, I usually only used the targets near the bottom of the target stand when I was shooting a more powerful firearm, like a centerfire rifle. …




Recipe of the Week: Amish Apple Fritters

The following recipe for Amish Apple Fritters is from SurvivalBlog reader Mike in Alaska. Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups finely chopped apples Vegetable oil for frying Powdered sugar for dusting Directions In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold …




Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. In this column, JWR also covers hedges, derivatives, and various obscura. This column emphasizes JWR’s “tangibles heavy” investing strategy and contrarian perspective. Today,  another look at the Swiss Watch market. (See the Tangibles Investing section.) Precious Metals: Radomski: The Most Important Analogy for the Markets, Including Gold. o  o  o Neils Christensen: The gold market has a big hill to climb as prices lose 3% after hitting all-time highs. o  o  o The world’s largest silver producers in …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Congress, by the power of taxation, by that of raising an army, and by their control over the militia, have the sword in one hand, and the purse in the other. Shall we be safe without either? Congress have an unlimited power over both: they are entirely given up by us. Let him candidly tell me, where and when did freedom exist, when the sword and purse were given up from the people? Unless a miracle in human affairs interposed, no nation ever retained its liberty after the loss of the sword and purse. Can you prove, by any argumentative …