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Notes from JWR:

Our prayers go out for the citizens of Texas. Hurricane Ike made landfall with quite a wallop. More than four million people are expected to be without utility power for days or perhaps weeks. Thankfully, it has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but as of this writing it is still doing damage as it makes its way through Texas.

It is gratifying to see how much the SurvivalBlog readership has grown [1], particularly in Australia and New Zealand, and Indonesia [2]. Welcome aboard! BTW, we are actively looking for correspondent in Australia and Indonesia, to keep us up to date on political, economic, and social issues related to preparedness. Like our other correspondents, you’d only be in it for the glory, plus the occasional free book or sample product.

The SurvivalBlog Benefit Auction [3] ends tomorrow night at midnight, eastern time. The high bid is now at $570. The auction for a mixed lot that includes: Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried foods in #10 cans, (donated by Ready Made Resources–a $320 value), a NukAlert radiation detector, (donated by KI4U–a $160 value), a Wilson Tactical COP tool, (donated by Choate Machine and Tool Company, a $140 value), a DVD of 480 E-books on Alternative Energy (donated by WK Books–a $25 value). Please e-mail us your bid soon.