Preparedness Notes for Monday — May 18, 2020

Today is the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St。 Helens。 — May 18th, 1825 was the birthday of Daniel B。 Wesson (of Smith and Wesson fame)。 — I just heard that improvisational comedian Fred Willard has passed away, at 86。 He will be missed。 SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 88 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest。 The prizes for this round include: First Prize: A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of …




Taurus 1911, by Pat Cascio

Let me begin by assuring you: This review article is not a repeat. Today I’m reviewing a Taurus 1911 that is a different 1911 than the one that I gave a sternly negative review, in April, 2019, also here in SurvivalBlog. Taurus USA apparently has taken a new approach to their line of 1911s. The first thing I noticed is that, this is not labeled as a Taurus PT1911, instead, the slide is simply stamped “1911”. Technically, this is a 1911A1 version, some slight changes over the original 1911, that was produced in well….1911. Around 1927 there were modifications done …




Recipe of the Week: Corned Beef Hash

The following simple recipe for Corned Beef Hash ties in with my recent recommendation to buy some canned corned beef, before the upcoming price increases. This recipe comes from The New Butterick Cook Book, by Flora Rose, co-head of the School of Home Economics at Cornell University. It was published in 1924. A professional scan of that 724-page out-of-copyright book will be one of the bonus items in the next edition of the waterproof SurvivalBlog Archive USB stick. This 15th Anniversary Edition USB stick should be available for sale in the third week of January, 2021. Ingredients 2 cups chopped …




Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at the continuing surge in American gun sales. (See the Tangibles Investing section.) Precious Metals: Silver price to outperform gold in Q2 – Orchid Research o  o  o Gold and U.S. equities de-couple with stocks selling off, and gold moving higher o  o  o The Chartist crowd is making Bull …