Economics & Investing

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 to watch, investing opportunities, hedges, derivatives, and the precious metals markets. These are all from the quirky “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR:

Precious Metals:

Richard Postma was recently a guest on the Korelin Economics Report radio show. Doc says: “There are some moving averages that have turned against the metals and will take time to recover. Summer is typically a rough time for the metals but we could see a the turn by the end of the year.” … Continue reading




The Editors’ Quote Of The Day

Chi Haotian

“The first pressing issue facing us is living space. This is the biggest focus of the revitalization of the Chinese race. In my last speech, I said that the fight over basic living resources (including land and ocean) is the source of the vast majority of wars in history. This may change in the information age, but not fundamentally. Our per capita resources are much less than those of Germany’s back then. In addition, economic development in the last twenty-plus years had a negative impact, and climates are rapidly changing for the worse. Our resources are in very short supply. The environment is severely polluted, especially that of soil, water, and air. Not only our ability to sustain and develop our race, but even its survival is gravely threatened Continue reading




The Editors’ Quote Of The Day

World War III

“The world is now witnessing the final stage of pre-war preparations. The communists have always planned to use North Korea as a trip wire for war with the West. As the current tensions escalate, military experts believe that war could begin on the Korean peninsula before summer. Russia and China have also begun full scale mobilizations, and experts in Europe are now warning that a world war could come as soon as fall.

Donald Trump has warned that ‘North Korea is looking for trouble’, insisting that if China does not decide to help the US ‘will solve the problem without them.’ The US President made this extraordinary statement on Twitter, his warnings backed up by sending a US carrier battle group to the area…
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Economics & Investing

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 to watch, investing opportunities, hedges, and the precious metals markets, all from the quirky “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR:

Stocks:

Should we embrace the froth or dump the currently over-bought American stocks? Prudence dictates the latter. Therefore hedge into tangibles like silver, folks.

Commodities Economics:

Because of higher crude prices and the first approved shipments to Asia, the Bakken shale oil producing region as well as the adjoining oil fields in Alberta seem to be bouncing back from their recent slump. (That slump can be directly traced to a secret agreement between the Obama Administration and the Saudi monarchy… Continue reading







JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books:

Act of War, by Brad Thor

Lost Rights, by James Bovard

Movies:

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Lone Survivor

Instructional Videos:

How to roll start your manual transmission car or truck

How to Hang a Gate

Online Sermon Videos:

“His Own Received Him Not” – Message by Chuck Baldwin on Apr. 9, 2017

An Introduction to Reformed Theology (James White)

Podcasts:

Daily Audio Bible

The Hardcore History Series

Blogs:

The Independent (Archer Garrett)

Gear:

3M Performance Plus Duct Tape, Olive Drab, 48 mm x 54.8 meter roll. This is the real deal mil-spec stuff, and one of these big fat rolls lasts a long time. I noticed that the 3M brand’s formulation seems to have the best longevity. (Some other brands seems to “go … Continue reading




News From The American Redoubt:

American Redoubt

Video: Best and worst states to retire in the United States. Not surprisingly, four of the five American Redoubt Staes were in Tier 1 or Tier 2.

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Wyoming hunting licenses to reflect recent harsh winter

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Montana: Man pleads guilty to poaching trophy mule deer in Uptown Butte

JWR’s Comment: Sometimes the sight of an awesome rack can inspire impulsive behavior.

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Oregon: Stores must pay bottle deposit refunds even if they do not charge deposit.

JWR’s Comment: Logic and common sense are obviously scarce commodities in Oregon’s legislature.

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Oregon State Senator Proposes Law That Would Allow Gun Confiscation Without Due Process – DSV




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Note: Since today is Patriot Day, most of today’s recommendations follow that that theme.

Books:

Warsaw 1944: An Insurgent’s Journal of the Uprising

Tactics of Christian Resistance by Dr. Gary North

Lexington to Concord

Movies:

April Morning

The Patriot (Note: When I last checked it was also available free for Amazon Prime members,)

Television:

Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans

Battle for Warsaw

Instructional Videos:

How to Make Thermite

How to shoot an AR handgun (ala SIG brace, Shockwave Blade, etc)

Online Sermon Videos:

When Resistance Is Obligatory – by Chuck Baldwin on Jul. 31, 2016

Defying Tyrants is Obedience to God – by Jeff Durbin

Podcasts:

The Art of Manliness Podcast #220: Tyrants — A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror

The … Continue reading




The Mythical Group Retreat: Survival Preparations are Not Like Car Detailing

The mainstream media has recently featured many articles about multi-millionaires buying opulent shelter spaces marketed by companies like The Survival Condo Project and Terra Vivos Reportedly, these swank leased shelter spaces are being gobbled up by the rich and famous. (Important Caveat: Those are just two well-publicized examples among many similar ventures, and I’m not criticizing them, per se. I have serious doubts about the efficacy of all such leased retreat space ventures, if and when things fall apart.)

Survival preparations are not like buying a service, such as car detailing or house painting. You can’t just “have it done” by someone else and expect to actually survive a major disaster to see full restoration of normal day-to-day life. You need to learn these skills for yourself. You need to construct things for yourself, tailor them to your own family’s particular needs, and then maintain them … Continue reading







SurvivalBlog Resources: Hidden Storage Spaces

Introductory Note: The following is another in a series of articles by JWR that links to some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles, grouped topically.

Today we address hidden storage spaces, hidden rooms, secret compartments, wall caches, door caches, and related topics.

Delving into SurvivalBlog’s deep archives, which now have more that 27,600 articles, columns, and letters that are all freely accessible, you will find many articles on this topic. The following is just a sampling:

Letter Re: Advice on Construction a Hiding Place for Precious Metals in a Home

Letter Re: Hidden Rooms and Compartments–Conning the Burglars

Letter: Storage Without a Basement

Keeping Secrets in Suburbia–Constructing Our Hidden Basement Room, by A.

Letter Re: Hidden Entrances, and Secret Rooms

Constructing and Finding Hiding Places, By Eli in The Southwest

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Library

Books:

A well-written book was just recently released aimed at prepping newbies: Self-Sufficient Home, by Nancy Hoffman. (It’s not recommended for advanced preppers, but it’s a great one to hand to your newbie neighbors and friends.)

The Edgemaster’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing, Using, and Maintaining Fixed-Blade and Folding Knives (I haven’t yet read this book, but it was written by Len McDougall, who authored the highly-rated book The Self-Suffcient Manifesto, so I can safely assume that this new one is well-written.)

Movies:

London Has Fallen (This movie has a high quotient for “suspension of disbelief”, but it is very entertaining. There are a few brutal sequences, so it is definitely not one for the kids.)

Jason Bourne (Billed as the final installment in the Bourne film series, this latest one answers a few questions and of course delivers … Continue reading




News From The American Redoubt:

American Redoubt

The Australian press reports: People are flocking to a region of America so they can survive the end of the world.

JWR’s Comments: Although I spent nearly an hour on the phone with Australian journalist Matt Young fully describing the American Redoubt concept and the various threats to modern society, he put together a scattered article with a mish-mash of old and new quotes from me (some of them out of context) and a video link to what was one of the most poorly-prepared and antagonistic interviews that I’ve ever endured, with the late liberal American journalist Alan Colmes. (Colmes, known for his satirical wit, passed away from cancer on February 23, 2017.) In that interview Colmes didn’t even get my given name right—though he had my book right on his desk. And then he plunged into an interrogation on the comma in my name. By the way, … Continue reading




SurvivalBlog Resources: Retreat Security

Introductory Note: The following is another in a series of articles by JWR that will link to some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles and letters, grouped topically.

Today, we address the broad issue of retreat security measures.

In my estimation, many preppers have a tendency to over-buy on their gun budget and under-buy on their night vision and intrusion detection budget. I would much rather own just a few guns and have a full complement of other key retreat security gear. After all, humans can’t see well at night with un-aided eyes, and we can’t be vigilant 24 hours a day. Many of the following articles address such gaps in retreat security planning, gear, and training. And some of your most important “gear” might be very low tech or even “no tech”—such as trip flares, bells, and well-trained guard dogs.

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Library

Books:

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Movies:

The First World War: The Complete Series. (Now that 100 years has gone by, it is time to reflect on how The Great War changed our world, and set the stage for later conflicts.)

Doomsday Preppers: Season 1 Note: While still not quite rivaling Netflix, many movies and television shows are now available through Amazon Prime)

Instructional Videos:

Secret Room in My House

Very Cheap and Easy Secret Room/Safe

10 Secret Hiding Places Already in Your Home

Podcasts:

Econ Talk (Russ Roberts)

School Sucks Project: The Philosophy of Stoicism (With Bill Buppert)

Blogs:

At Bill Buppert’s ZeroGov blog, don’t miss this essay: … Continue reading