The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.” – James Madison




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Mars had been a colony for a long time and it was filled with the best scientists and technologists humanity had to offer. We were ready to govern ourselves and start a new nation of our own, but everything we built, or mined, or made, was still the property of old mother Earth.” – Solomon Epstein, from the television series The Expanse. (Based on the novels of James S.A. Corey)




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 becoming rare wristwatch pickers. Precious Metals: Hedge Funds Sell Gold, Silver As Turmoil Hits Equity Markets o  o  o Gary Tanashian: Silver In Position To Lead Gold Stocks: Record $23 Billion Flees World’s Largest ETF   Cryptos: Bitcoin Daily Chart Alert – Price Recovery Continues …




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 garden hose repairs. (See the Gear section.) Books: Principles of Protection: U. S. Handbook of NBC Weapon Fundamentals and Shelter Engineering Design Standards o o o How to Build the Perfect Off-Grid Home. Sadly, this very useful book went out of print when Paladin Press recently closed its doors. I recommend grabbing a copy while they are still available at reasonable prices. Movies: I’m sure that most SurvivalBlog readers have heard the phrase “Jews In The Attic.”  …







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 Guardian Security Structures of Montana. (See the Montana section.) Region-Wide: This may sound repetitive, but… Once again, most of the Redoubt States rank well: The Most (and Least) Healthy States in America. (A hat tip to T.Z. for the link.)   Idaho The left of center Spokesman-Review (of Spokane) reports: Idaho’s PERSI the ‘envy’ of most other …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“It killed humans, therefore it was a weapon. But radiation killed humans, and a medical X-ray machine wasn’t intended as a weapon. Holden was starting to feel like they were all monkeys playing with a microwave. Push a button, a light comes on inside, so it’s a light. Push a different button and stick your hand inside, it burns you, so it’s a weapon. Learn to open and close the door, it’s a place to hide things. Never grasping what it actually did, and maybe not even having the framework necessary to figure it out. No monkey ever reheated a …




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 National Debt. Precious Metals: Andrew Hecht: Precious Metals Continue To Offer Opportunity For Those With Patience o  o  o Gary Wagner: It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad World   Stocks: Jim Cramer blames a ‘group of complete morons’ for blowing up the market. Nobody rants …







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!  …




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 o  o  o Gold loses its lustre as investors turn to stock markets   Stocks: …




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, …




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 recent market turmoil. Stocks, Cryptos, and Gold (Market Turmoil): The top seems to have come off the equities markets in the last few days. This pretty well wiped out all of the gains since January 1st. (I hope that folks took my advice of placing …




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 NORB  range bags. (See the Gear section.) Books: The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. By the way, this book is from Ulysses Press–the folks who publish my novel Patriots. o o o Finally!  A “self-help” style book backed by some conservative, religiously-grounded common sense has made it into Amazon’s Top Ten. (It was ranked #1 on Amazon, the last time I checked.) The book is titled: 12 Rules for …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“A classic 1929-style [stock market] crash starts with a deep, fast decline. Then comes a recovery of about half the decline, which draws in ‘buy the dip’ investors, fresh meat for the monster ahead. It’s a quick gulp of fresh air before the real crash begins, the Big One, stair-stepping down for a couple of years until it bottoms at a small fraction of the peak, exhausted and depleted. While this probably isn’t the Big One, it could be the initial fracture, or it could be something like the -21% quick correction of 1987. Will the Big One happen this …