JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR‘s Recommendations of the Week for various media, tools, and gear of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week’s emphasis is on forest thinning.

Books:

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, 2nd Edition: Discover Ed’s High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions: Wide Rows, Organic Methods, Raised Beds, Deep Soil

Scouting And Patrolling: Ground Reconnaissance Principles And Training

Movies:

Slum Dog Millionaire. JWR’s Comments: This movie is intense and has some crudity. But it shows just how cruel life is for India’s slum dwellers.

Land of Mine. JWR’s Comments:  The events depicted, though fictionalized, are essentially true.  Until this film was released, very few had heard about the use of impressed POWs for de-mining, following World War II.




Economics & Investing for Preppers

Economics and Investing

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 bargain prices now available on DPMS AR-15 Oracle rifles.  The market fro “black rifles” has bottomed!

Precious Metals:

First off, there is this: Gold’s Strength Is Justified Says UBS

Commodities Economics:

Next, over at OilPrice.com, Henry Trinh reports: Top Asset Managers Still Bullish On Crude

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Reuters: U.S. shale firms more exposed to falling oil prices as hedges expire

 

Forex:

On to the foreign exchange (Forex) news: EUR/USD … Continue reading




The Editors’ Quote Of The Day

Alexander Hamilton

“There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No Legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the Representatives of the People are superior to the People themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid. If it be said that the Legislative body are themselves the constitutional judges of their own powers, and that the construction they put upon them is conclusive upon the other departments, it may be answered, that this cannot be the natural presumption, where it is not to be collected from any particular provisions … Continue reading




SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

American Redoubt

This column is posted on Tuesdays. Here, we present news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies in the region of interest to preppers. Today’s focus is on newly-elected Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte.


Idaho

First in our news headlines: The row over Idaho’s sales tax on groceries continues. The Idaho Governor actually missed his deadline to veto a bill that would have ended the tax, but they let that slide.  (The veto was somehow certified.)  See: Clash of the Idaho Titans

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This innovative small company in Sandpoint, Idaho deserves a special mention: Advanced Offroad Trailer (AOT). Check out the videos of their ATV trailers in action. What a great design!  (Note: The elk carcass loading video is not politically correct. But … Continue reading




Economics & Investing for Preppers (For June 12th – Monday)

Economics and Investing

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 quirky “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on Chinese investors.

Precious Metals:

First of all, Greg Hunter offers his Weekly News Wrap-Up  (6.9.17)

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From Reuters: Palladium surges 7 percent to highest in 16 years; gold retreats

Commodities Economics:

Next, over at OilPrice.com, there is an informative piece by Irina Slav. The Next Big U.S. Shale Play

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InvestorIntel: Rare Earths Monthly – May 2017




The Editors’ Quote Of The Day

Hillary

“Hillary’s aides began planning her first national television interview of the campaign, a chance to strike back at the widely held perception that she was hiding from the press. Palmieri asked Abedin to find out which newscaster Hillary would prefer, and the answer that came back was ‘Brianna.’ That meant CNN’s Brianna Keilar, and Palmieri worked to set up a live interview on CNN. Only it turned out that Hillary had said ‘Bianna’—as in Bianna Golodryga of Yahoo! News, the wife of former Clinton administration economic aide Peter Orszag. By the time the mistake was realized, it was too late to pull back. Hillary went through with the interview on July 7, and it was a disaster. ‘People should and do trust me,’ she insisted under a barrage of questions from Keilar. One aide described Hillary as ‘staring daggers’ at her questioner through the exchange.” – Jonathan Allen, Continue reading




Economics & Investing for Preppers

Economics and Investing

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, and derivatives, and obscura. Today’s focus is on LNG. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the quirky “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor):

Precious Metals:

First of all, let’s look at an essay at Silver Doctors. The Sun Rises on the Precious Metals Sector – Clive Maund

Commodities Economics (LNG):

Next, over at OilPrice.com: America’s Unstoppable LNG BoomJWR’s Comment:  The expansion of the piped natural gas and liquified natural gas (LNG) infrastructure is great for American energy independence. However, the new and expanded coastal LNG terminals will surely become terrorist targets. That will surely continue all through the rest of … Continue reading







JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR‘s Recommendations of the Week. This column is posted every Wednesday.  It covers various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers:

Books:

The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story

Movies:

Too Big To Fail (a 2011 Docudrama on the 2008 financial crisis, available through Amazon Prime)

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

 

Instructional Videos:

Building a shed by yourself

How to Field Strip and Clean Your AR-15 (Shooting USA)




Economics & Investing for Preppers

Economics and Investing News - Stocks, Commodities, Hedges, Precious Metals, Shares, Forex

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, and derivatives, and obscura. Today’s focus is on the weak Dollar. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the quirky “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor):

Precious Metals:

First of all, let’s look at this: Deutsche Bank Calculates The “Fair Value Of Gold” And The Answer Is…

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Over at Kitco, we read: Gold Hits Highest In Over Six Weeks As U.S. Jobs Data Disappoints

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India To Hit Gold Market With 3% Tax On July 1







Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – June 06, 2017

SurvivalBlog Notes

The 6th of June is remembered for the intense human drama of D-Day on the coast of France.

This is also the birthday of Dieudonné Joseph Saive (born 1899.) He was the designer of many well-known firearms including the Browning Hi-Power, the FN49 and co-designer (along with Ernest Vervier) of the very popular FN-FAL. The FAL (in metric and inch variants) was issued to the militaries of more than 90 countries.




SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

American Redoubt

This column is posted every Tuesday. Here, we present news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies in the region of interest to preppers. The Redoubt region is perhaps the safest and most free place to live in these United States. Today’s focus is on Hermiston, Oregon.


Idaho

First, we read: Hundreds of bikers roar down the road for Idaho Patriot Thunder

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I’d like to mention a small family-owned business located in Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho:  North Idaho Heat.  They specialize in woodstoves and are dealers for Blaze King and Hearth Classics. And they also sell the excellent Toyotomi oil heaters. From what I’ve heard from blog readers, North Idaho heat has excellent customer service. They also offer installation and repair services.

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Next, … Continue reading




The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

Survivalist Odds 'n Sods - EMP

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods. It is a collection of news bits and pieces. They are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper.  Today’s column was compiled by  JWR.  This column is posted each Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. (This alternates with our Economics & Investing column. That is posted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.) Today’s focus is on Qatar.

Qatar

First, Bloomberg reports: Saudi-Led Alliance Cuts Ties With Qatar. JWR’s Comment: This move should have been made five years ago! Oddly, this article hardly even mentions Great Britain. For many years the Brits pulled the strings in Qatar. Many billions in Qatari natural gas money have gone to Britain.  But the revulsion point has clearly been reached.

Czech Republic

Next, Pat Cascio suggested a bit of common sense, as reported by the leftist … Continue reading