The Editors’ Preps for the Week

Seeds

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

JWR

Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
A lot of the accumulated snowfall has melted, here at the Rawles Ranch. But the weather forecast shows a couple of weak storm system approaching, promising a mixture of rain and snow, for the next couple  of … 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 U.S. Creditworthiness. (See the Economy and Finance section.)

Precious Metals:

First off, there is this, at Seeking Alpha: Gold Weekly: Too Late To Ride The Wave?

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Also there, Scot MacDonald asks: Is Silver Ready For Takeoff?

Stock Markets:

Reader Diane C. suggested this: Here’s What Historically Happens to Stocks When Bull Markets EndJWR’s Comment: This shows the wisdom of placing automatic Stop Loss sell orders with your broker , or online brokerage system. Do so soon, so that you can … Continue reading







The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Where wilderness can still be found, the ancientness of the land and the nobility of man’s struggle emerge. Wilderness is vastly different from the clutter and clatter of much of our civilized world. In wilderness one experiences exhilaration and joy. In freedom and simplicity, in its vitality and immense variety, happiness may not only be pursued; it is ofttimes found.” – Harvey Broome, Out Under Sky Of Great Smokies: A Personal Journal




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 a possible boom in commodities in 2018.

Precious Metals:

Hedge Funds Kick Off 2018 Piling Into Gold and Silver

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Next, at The National: Will 2018 mirror 2011 as a landmark year for precious metals?

Stock Markets:

Three reasons the 2018 stock market rally is downright weird

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This gives new meaning to the phrase “The bottom dropped out of the market”: Floor collapses at Jakarta stock exchange, dozens injured




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 the documentary film and companion book Unbranded.

Books (Unbranded):

Unbranded–written by filmmaker Ben Masters–as a companion piece to his documentary film.  (Described in the Movies section, below.) This has some fabulous photography, and the text fills in some huge gaps in the movie.

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Montana Homestead: How I Built My Homestead Off Grid In The Wilderness

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Movies (Unbranded):

Back in 2016, I mentioned this great western horsemanship documentary: Unbranded. This is a quite rousing adventurous tale of some recent Texas A&M graduates who green-broke a string of wild mustangs and rode them all the way from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. I’m making mention of it again only because I just … Continue reading







SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on the company Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU), in Idaho.

Region-Wide

North American Van Lines has released their latest U.S. internal migration map.  This is more confirmation on the demographic changes that we’ve been mentioning in the blog for several years. Increasingly, Americans are voting with their feet!

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Westward bound! More and more Americans are leaving the East Coast and heading west because it’s ‘cheaper, warmer and easier to find a job’

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Reader Chris F. sent a link to a map showing which States have no … 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 American retail giant Walmart.

Precious Metals:

Kitco News Gold Survey: Dollar’s Pain To Mean Gold’s Gain

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Rich Dad Author Says The Next Financial Crash Will be Like an “Avalanche”. Kiyosaki is predicting huge losses and a “half off sale” for stocks. For many years he has suggested gold as a safe haven.

Stock Markets:

Next, over at MarketWatch: This epic stock-market rally will get a second wind from stellar earnings




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

Constitution

“The structure of the Second Amendment within the Bill of Rights proves that the right to bear arms is an individual right, rather than a collective one. The collective rights’ idea that the Second Amendment can only be viewed in terms of state or federal power “ignores the implication that might be drawn from the Second, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments: the citizenry itself can be viewed as an important third component of republican governance as far as it stands ready to defend republican liberty against the depredations of the other two structures, however futile that might appear as a practical matter.” – Sanford Levinson, The Embarrassing Second Amendment, 99 YALE L.J. 637, 651 (1989).




A Great Wall: On Border Controls, Immigration, and National Survival

I have generally side-stepped the issue of immigration in SurvivalBlog, from the outset. Back in 2006, I explained why. But recent events have pushed this issue to the forefront of the national debate.  At this juncture, I’d like to make my position clear, even at the risk of perturbing some of my readers.  I can now see that immigration is not just a political issue or a policy issue. Rather, it is a matter of national survival.

Even before Donald J. Trump (DJT) was seated as U.S. president, there was huge disagreement on his planned immigration and border security policies. There are deep differences in the world views of American liberals and conservatives. Liberals tend to favor open borders and almost unlimited immigration.  In contrast, conservatives favor secure borders and quite limited immigration. The failing of most liberals is that they don’t look at the illegal immigration … Continue reading




The Editors’ Preps for the Week

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

JWR

Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,

We’ve had another quiet week, here at the Rawles Ranch.  Most of our energy has been directed at homeschooling and Bible study. Our #1 Daughter also got some more experience with baking. The incremental firewood and hay hauling … 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 robotic gold mining, in the near future.

Precious Metals (Robotic Gold Mining):

First up, some real food for thought: Assessing the long-term Gold and Silver market (2030-2060). JWR’s Comments: I take his prediction of robotic gold mining as further validation of my view that silver will substantially out-perform gold in the next couple of decades. (A robot could isolate gold nuggets, flakes, and dust. But silver, in contrast, is hardly ever found in those forms.) By the way, I believe that robotic beach or shallow offshore sands mining will … Continue reading