Odds ‘n Sods:

Seeing our hit map each month is gratifying. The SurvivalBlog readership keeps on growing, globally. What I want to know is, who are all these readers that I see scattered across Asia? I had no idea… I get a few e-mails from soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and South Korea. But who are all the others? Mystifying.

   o o o

13 Plague Cases Reported in U.S. As long as there are rodents with fleas, the plague will be lurking in the background.

   o o o

Reader Joe in Florida mentioned that: www.alarmclocksonline.com has a fine selection of wind-up movement alarm clocks, both new, unissued old stock, and restored, older units. They also have brand new US made units as well. Joe says: “Everyone needs a few wind-up clocks. This site has quite a selection.”

   o o o

Vic Rantala at Safecastle has put together another Mountain House freeze dried foods special group buy for SurvivalBlog and FALFiles readers! These are packed in #10 cans for maximum storage life. There are three group buy options: 3 cases, 8 cases, and 25 cases. With the big 25 case deal, Vic is offering free shipping! The last time that he did a group buy, it was a huge success, with a huge volume of orders placed. No wonder, because Vic’s special prices are phenomenal! Don’t miss out on this deal. The Mountain House special ends on September 13th.




Odds ‘n Sods:

A 50/50 chance of mutation and then up to 50% of the world’s population dead?Yikes! This one is a must read: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/AvianFlu/story?id=1724801

o o o

Arab Central Banks Switch Some Assets from Dollars to Euros. See: http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article351127.ece

o o o

I just heard thatReady Made Resources has received some scarce late issue digital TA -1042A/U U.S. military field telephones, brand new in the box. This is the current issue type requires a four conductor wire (or two runs of standard WD-1 commo wire.) The good news is that you can talk in full duplex! Any 12 volt power source works fine: a car battery, motorcycle battery, or a pair of lantern batteries. You can talk point-to-point with these without having go through a switchboard. They have just a few pairs available, so don’t hesitate.

o o o

Bill Bonner, editor of The Daily Reckoning cites an ominous piece that ran in The Wall Street Journal: “More than $2 trillion of U.S. mortgage debt, or about a quarter of all mortgage loans outstanding, comes up for interest-rate resets in 2006 and 2007,” reports the WSJ this morning. “…some borrowers will have trouble meeting the higher payments and may be forced to sell their homes or could lose their homes to foreclosures.”

o o o

Bernanke: Budget Deficits Endanger Economy: http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/3/14/163001.shtml?s=br

o o o

Climate change ‘irreversible’ as Arctic sea ice fails to re-form: http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article351135.ece

o o o

More on the Silver Exchange Traded Fund: here