The folks at “Big Secrets ” have updated their web page on alternative shelter. See: http://www.bigsecrets.cc/shelter.htm  Most of these techniques will not meet building codes, but should suffice “When the Schumer Hits the Fan.” (WTSHTF ) and you have precious few alternatives to house refugees in a hurry.
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For some interesting commentary on precious metals, including some substantive details about those rumors we’ve been hearing about another gold confiscation, see:
http://www.conspiracypenpal.com/columns/paper.htm  Note: I have not yet had the opportunity to listen to any of the MP3 files, so I cannot vouch for Mr. Steele’s background or his views on other topics.
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The folks at PolySteel (http://www.polysteel.com ) just sent me a nifty CD-ROM with a video–only about 10 minutes long–about their Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF s). They send copies of this CD-ROM free to anyone that is considering building with ICFs. BTW, there are at least eight different competing brands of ICFs these days, so you should shop around before you buy.
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SurvivalBlog reader “False Muzzle” tells me that Morocco is perhaps the world’s the best bargain for someone who wants to retire overseas. I’m not sure how Morocco would rate in terms of self-sufficiency or friendliness toward ferengi in the event of TEOTWAWKI , but it is certainly getting popular with French retirees. Would you believe the equivalent of USD  $37.50 per month for a multi-bedroom apartment, or $100 per month to rent a three bedroom house? Or how about $2-to-$3 a day for a maid, and $1 a day to have someone do your shopping and run errands for you? Just some “Food for Thought and Grounds for Further Research.” (FFTAGFFR ) False Muzzle also mentioned an interesting web site for would-be expatriates: http://www.expatfocus.com  BTW, one of my favorite sites that is along the same lines is: http://www.escapeartist.com 
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A reader alerted me to an interesting site on survival topics: http://thesurvivalist.tripod.com/index.html