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The Daily Reckoning’s Justice Litle comments on the world after the dollar collapses    o o o It just occurred to me that the recent jump in fuel prices will hurt the mining sector, cutting into their profitability. Just as gold and silver are going into a bull cycle, the cost of production for the miners is going up. Thus, gold and and silver mining stocks will not show quite the magnitude of gains that they otherwise would have. This is just another reason to invest in physical metals rather than in precious metals stocks or mutual funds.    o …




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SurvivalBlog reader R.B.S. told us about a great new site that covers Second Amendment issues: Firearms News. They also host a very useful directory of links to firearms-related web site links. o o o A reader told me that he saw SurvivalBlog mentioned in the description for a current eBay auction of a CRKT tanto point folding knife. o o o The New Euro-denominated Oil Bourse: Iran signs its own death warrant. o o o NoNAIS.org has a very good article about NAIS implementation: Mafia Style “Voluntary”




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Fuel Bank Offers “Locked In” Price for Gasoline. Meanwhile, Forbes reports,Venezuela Tacks on a New Oil Tax o o o Ken Timmerman reports: Iran prepares al Qiyamah (“Judgment Day”) Terrorist Vengeance Attack Plan o o o Zimbabwe: A Nation of Millionaires–Where $10 USD buys over $1 million in Zimbabwean toilet paper. o o o SurvivalBlog reader “John Z.” mentioned a recent CNN segment about a survival school that’s offered in Virginia. After watching this clip, his conclusion was that Buckshot could offer a better much course that would include survival skills such traps, snares, and skinning game. o o o …




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WorldNetDaily reports a TS/SCI Bush Administration briefing to key congressman: North Korea is attempting to weaponize the Asian Avian Flu o o o Oceans in Hurricane Alley Heat Up o o o David in Israel recommended this interesting piece on The Solar Storm of 1859 o o o CNN Reports: Asian Avian Flu Could be Worse than a Terrorist Attack o o o “Hurricane Katrina Effect” Blamed for Rise in Houston Murder Rate




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SurvivalBlog reader S.C. saw the recent item about 20 liter gas cans and mentioned that there is a great price (just $10 each) on military surplus gas cans at SwissArmyVehicles.com. (See their “Surplus” page.) When you consider that the shipping cost to most locations will exceed the cost of the can itself, you can see that they are a very good deal.    o o o Magma on the Move at Mount St. Helens    o o o First Silver Exchange Traded Fund Beats Expectations    o o o Persian Gulf Officials Discuss Nuclear Emergency Plan    o o o …




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The ‘Worst case’ bird flu pandemic may have been underestimated. And it is now known that H5N1 can attack other organs — not just the human respiratory tract.    o o o Yevgeny Primakov’s view of the Iranian situation.    o o o SurvivalBlog reader RBS mentioned this article about the prospect of an inflation-proof “forever” postage stamp. If these ever get issued, then I’m stocking up!    o o o By way of Gold-Eagle, Jason Hommel comments on both the rapid expansion of the silver ETF and the threat of Bolivian silver mine expropriation




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A web search turned up this old article by Grits Gresham about Idaho’s famous back country solitary “Buckskin Bill” (Sylvan Hart)    o o o The high bid is currently $110 in the SurvivalBlog Bandwidth Fund benefit Book Auction. Please e-mail your bids before May 30th. Thanks to Kurt and Angie Wilson of Survival Enterprises for sponsoring this fund raiser!    o o o A site that tracks the intrinsic (base metal) value of U.S. circulating coinage and circulated silver coinage.




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Mike R. recommended this site about Ancient Turf Homes    o o o The high bid is currently $98 in the SurvivalBlog Bandwidth Fund benefit Auction. Please e-mail your bids before May 30th. Thanks to Kurt and Angie Wilson of Survival Enterprises for sponsoring this fund raiser!    o o o I just added another 30+ U.S. Army manuals to my mail order catalog.    o o o The Bush administration has released its “National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan“




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Today is the U.S. National Day of Prayer.    o o o There have already been some bids in the auction that just started yesterday for last remaining autographed copy of my novel “Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse” from the inventory at Survival Enterprises. The proceeds of the auction will benefit the SurvivalBlog bandwidth fund. The high bid is currently $50. Please e-mail your bids before May 30th. Thanks to Kurt and Angie Wilson of Survival Enterprises for sponsoring this fund raiser!    o o o The silver market remains very volatile. Yesterday, there was a huge $1.20 per ounce …




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SurvivalBlog reader R.V. mentioned that Hollywood’s anxiety piece on the Asian Avian Flu will air on May 9th. Any guesses on its impact on food storage vendors? Hmmmm… If you’ve been procrastinating, then you’d better get your orders in soon.    o o o I just noticed that a gent with whom I’ve corresponded for several years (and also a SurvivalBlog reader) currently has a few nifty items for sale on eBay.    o o o There is an interesting thread on the FAL Files about heavy duty 20 liter gas cans made by Briggs and Stratton, and stabilizing gas …




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Yikes! Copper is at $7,000 per ton!    o o o The folks at Safecastle mentioned that they give substantial discounts (generally 10-20%)to Survivalblog readers –for everything listed in their eBay store . All you have to do is mention SurvivalBlog when you e-mail your requests for quotes. Some of Safecastle’s highest volume product lines are Maxpedition, Mountain House, JetBoil, and Katadyn. BTW, it is better if you e-mail Safecastle at jcrefuge@safecastle.net rather than using the eBay message system.    o o o Take the time out to read Dr. Peter Hammond’s great piece about Switzerland. This is something you …




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The much-publicized Iranian oil bourse, conducting trades in Euros, opens for business next week. o o o SurvivalBlog reader R.B.S. (who kindly sends us several links every day) spotted this interesting site: The U.S. Gas “Temperature” Map. As you can see, Wyoming has some of the lowest prices–proving yet again that the Free State Wyoming folks made a good choice for their locale. o o o An interesting thread on the pros and cons on the various commercial versus military camouflage fabric patterns is underway over at The FAL Files. o o o This Generator Site has some great links …




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A reader mentioned this site with some good general information, particularly on assembling survival kits.    o o o SurvivalBlog reader B.T. found this link to a PDF of The U.S. Army Survival Manual. (19 chapters and eight appendices, each as a separate PDF file.)    o o o A lengthy but informative piece on Peak Oil.  




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As a follow-up to our recent item on surplus Titan missile bases, a reader spotted this fly-in dream home/bunker for New Yorkers: http://www.silohome.com. The asking price is a cool $2.3 Million. OBTW, please don’t bug Bruce James with any questions unless you are a sincere, qualified, potential buyer. And if you do you buy the place, tell Mr. James that Jim Rawles from SurvivalBlog sent you, and hopefully I’ll get a nice little “non-agent” commission.)    o o o Financial analyst Puru Saxena warns “Cash is Trash.”    o o o It is hardly a news flash for SurvivalBlog readers, …




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Spot silver is down to around $12.00 on profit taking. If you haven’t already diversified into precious metals, then I recommend that you buy on these dips. The long term trend is definitely upward. (See the six month and one year charts at Kitco.)    o o o “My Night with The Minutemen” by Bryanna Bevens    o o o Hurricane Katrina, first hand evacuation experiences    o o o Gary Duncan of the Times of London on Avoiding an Economic Earthquake    o o o The Kiplinger Letter has made the following energy price forecasts: Crude oil early July …