Wednesday miscellany

→ Here is part two of my interview with, “Prepper M. D. Creekmore and safe zones“, if you missed part one you can read it here “Prepper interview – meet M. D. Creekmore“.

→ Can you hear it? Listen, that’s the sound of your electric bill skyrocketing. Must be the change we heard so much about during the last presidential election – Obama’s war on coal hits your electric bill. (Thanks to TN Sam for the link.)

Acknowledging the Arrival of Peak Government : Most informed people are familiar with the concept of Peak Oil, but fewer are aware that we’re also entering the era of Peak Government. The central misconception of Peak Oil — that it’s not about “running out of oil,” it’s about running out of cheap, easy-to-access oil — can also be applied to Peak Government.

→ Shotgun hidden in super-soaker : FoxNews: “A California man was arrested after authorities discovered the “Super Soaker” water gun he was wearing around his neck had been turned into a working shotgun.” 😎

AR-15 Torture Test : I thought that I read on the internet, somewhere on another survival blog that said the AR-15 was unreliable, had to be handled like a newborn baby and kept super clean or it would jam-up, stop-up and may be even blow-up… Looks pretty reliable to me… :yes:

I did not know that : Here is some audio of a high school teacher in North Carolina telling her students that it is illegal to criticize President Obama… you gotta, love the public “education” system…

→ As of May 7, 2012 the were 360,053 active Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit holders. Click on this link to see the numbers by county, and this one for other states…

→ At : Up to 60% off Men’s Pants and Polos.

Rough Night… Obama Loses 36 Arkansas Counties to Unknown Democrat – Loses 67 Kentucky Counties to “Uncommitted”.

Is George W. Bush smarter than Obummer: President Barack Obama is hailed by his supporters and the mainstream media as one of the most brilliant men ever to hold the office. However, his refusal to release his academic records, his admitted deficiencies as a student, and his frequent factual errors–even in his chosen field of constitutional law–have cast doubt upon his supposed genius. Now, Breitbart News has established that Obama’s grades and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores may have been even lower than those of his supposedly less capable predecessor, George W. Bush.

Smith & Wesson booms as firearms owners fear prez crackdown : Gun sales are booming as buyers arm themselves, partly because they fear President Obama will win re-election this fall and pass tough new gun-control laws, analysts say.

→ More change : Poverty Increasing Among Retirees -Growing numbers of older Americans are spending their retirement years in poverty, according to a recent Employee Benefit Research Institute study.

World markets tumble on Greece, China anxiety : World markets plunged Wednesday on renewed anxiety over Greece ahead of a meeting of European leaders, and signs that the Chinese economy is losing steam.

→ Once-Banned Bird Flu Study Suggests Pandemic Threat Is Real : Researchers found the virus could potentially mutate and spread widely among people, but that hasn’t happened so far…

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. worrisome says:

    MD you are doing a nice job of surfing and condensing the news in these Miscellany blogs.
    Only in California! To the guy turning his water gun into a weapon! Reminds me of the dude in So Cal that tied a bunch of helium balloons to a lawn chair and took a ride in it. He managed to float into the flight path of LAX and was nearly shot out of the sky.

  2. axelsteve says:

    It only goes to show what you can do if you really need to improvise a weapon for a last ditch scenario.

  3. Kelekona says:
  4. MD,
    Really enjoy your daily miscellany.

    Our electric comes from coal and yes, it has gone up and we have been told it will be going up again.

    We are both retired in our late 60’s and all this non inflation (per the Feds) is killing us. Told the kids about all they are going to get is the house which is paid for. Didn’t plan for retirement to be like this. We are both alive thanks to modern medicine and medical for us oldsters in the future is in doubt.

    As for firearms, learned the lesson the hard way. Twice in the past 90 days I saw a long gun and a revolver I wanted, but didn’t really need. Both times I went back the next day and they were gone. If you see a good name brand firearm and want it, buy it. If you don’t someone else wil.

    • Ya , even mosin nagant prices are going up as the bulk supplies of them are starting to slow . They are still inexpensive but higher than they were just 3 months ago . I am going to get one more pocket pistol just in case , I dont really need one but like a lot of people , I dont trust the communists in power .

      • Jarhead 03 says:

        TR, I have never owned one but have fired many over the years in the full size and carbine version. They are pretty handy and accurate. I’ve seen them come and go along with the ammo from mid 1990s to now. I may have to pick up a couple, one in long and short and a few cases of ammo.

        A friend bought one and asked me to put the first few rounds through it. I was hitting the steel target at 300 years with no problem. After I get my ammo count to where I want, I may have to buy.

        • I really like the Mosin , I especially like the sight arrangement , your right , they are well known for their ability to reach out .Have you seen the youtube vid of the guy hitting a target at 1000 yards with a Mosin ? it was pretty neat as the lag between the shot and the hit was about 2 seconds .

  5. Soggy Prepper says:

    I do appreciate the daily miscellany also. Very nice, short and linked tidbits. Kinda adds to my daily news surfing.

  6. Eagle, most people don’t realize that inflation is the hidden tax – especially on those of us who are savers. The money you have is worth less and less each year because the USA prints more and more money. .GOV uses inflation to rob you, essentially.

    Many fixed income retired people take a big hit in this way.

    People are increasingly getting ready to take care of themselves – gun sales are one manifestation of this

    • Survival Topics,
      You are so right about inflation. We saved out entire working lives and with inflation our retirement funds are worth less and less as the currency becomes worthless. Told my kids to invest in hard assets and if you play in the stock market only invest in companies that actually produce a useful product( such as Rubbermaid) that people use.

      The future is scary. We are taking a cruise this summer to celebrate our 45th. I can’t imagine or even fathom what the next five years will bring, but my read of the tea leaves is that times will not be good. Just keep on prepping and stockpiling.

  7. Uncle Charlie says:

    Inflation works both ways. If you’re saving, it sucks. If you’re in debt, you get to pay it off with cheaper money. I’ve been around for a long time and inflation is pretty mild these days.During the Nixon and Carter administrations, it was really bad. Holding down inflation was always one of Greenspan’s main objective when he headed the Fed.

    Coal is also a two edged sword. It provides relatively cheap electricity but it pollutes the air we breath and the water we fish in. When I was a kid, you didn’t have to check with the State Game and Fish Department to see how much of which kind of fish you can eat. I’m old, so I don’t give a damn, but I care about my grandchildren. Go visit China if you want to see what unregulated coal burning can do. You can cut the air with a knife. And don’t get me started on mountain topping, it’s a crime against man and God, or mother nature depending on your preference. Ah, but it is cheaper and increases profits if that’s all you care about. Excessive coal burning will lead to a disaster than no one can prepare for unless you’re storing oxygen in the basement.

    • Kelekona says:

      Uncle Charlie, but if you break down inflation a step further, if prices go up but your income doesn’t match the growth, you’re putting in more work for living expenses, and the currency that goes to pay the debt directly is still gotten at the same amount of effort. At least I think that’s how it works.

    • If you’re comparing Chinas unregulated coal burning to modern power plants, then you really need to have another look. The efficiencies and the pollution controls added over the past decades have decreased both air and water pollution by orders of magnitude. The only viable competition for coal generated electric power is natural gas, which is coming on pretty strong, but still produces CO2 when burnt, and nuclear, which is by far the least polluting. The problem with nuclear is that there haven’t been any new plants built in 30 years, and getting a new one on line takes 5-10 years minimum. Some day we may have solar providing power in significant amounts, but I suspect that is at least 10-20 years in our future, so cobbling our economy with hope and change will only lengthen the time it takes to get other energy sources developed and producing in meaningful amounts.

  8. SurvivorDan says:

    I thought the ‘interview’ with you was too short. It did give you and your site some nice exposure but a little more ‘tease’ (a peek into the depth of your expertise in prepping and survival) would have been nice for the uninitiated. Still exposing the fact that a leader among preppers can and is a sane, reasonable individual is to the good. And the link to your site can only bring more readers.

  9. Uncle Charlie says:

    Kelecona: I’m certainly not pro inflation. I’m just saying I can remember when it was really bad. Do to working all my life, being frugal and very lucky, I have no debt. My meager investments are mostly for a hedge against inflation, although the last real estate investment backfired on me. I’m now on a fixed income with occasional adjustments for inflation. Unfortunately, my medical insurance goes up each year but that is not calculated into the formula. Go figure.

    Ohio Prepper: I know our coal plants aren’t as bad as China’s and that’s because they are regulated but it still doesn’t approach healthy. And again, they can’t dig it clean either. Have you been to eastern KY or WV lately? They’re raping the earth, but if you’re not in the neighborhood, you don’t notice it. The TV ads paint it nice as rosy but it ain’t so. Oh yeah, there’s just one problem with nuclear power. We don’t know what to do with the left overs. Burying it just forestalls the problem. And look what happened in Japan. We have a couple nuclear plants built on seismic faults and a couple very close the ocean. Can you see a pattern here? Again, we can’t ignore the 800 pound gorilla in the room, there is not effective safe way of disposing the atomic waste and it will only gets worse as time goes on.

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