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At the close of the World Cup Russia was widely praised for its success in hosting the tournament, with Steve Rosenberg of the BBC deeming it "a resounding public relations success" for Putin, adding, "The stunning new stadiums, free train travel to venues and the absence of crowd violence has impressed visiting supporters. Get some of those woods cleared. Delicious golden drops of sap contained in the gnarled bark from the trees in the Whisker Woods Rift. Sochi, Krasnodar Krai Portugal: Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk all hosted four matches, but did not host any knockout stage games.

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If you know someone that has a machine vending business, offer to buy all of their excess nickels once every month or two, by offering a small premium. Rolls of nickels for my collection. It was not reported where and how he had them stored. Full of Nickels, it weighs about 68 pounds.

Doing so will take a bit of reinforcement. These boxes presently cost 54 cents each in lots of You can stack the nickel rolls vertically on end , standing up four to a row across the width of the ammo can. Think of like stacking one shotgun shell on top of another. Each of the two layers takes 11 rows of 4, plus one odd row of 3.

That makes 47 rolls per layer equaling 94 rolls total. If you buy more than a few hundred dollars worth of nickels, do not over-stress your house. Storing the boxes or ammo cans on a concrete slab floor is ideal. Let me preemptively state that I realize that money tied up in coins will not benefit from the interest that a bank deposit would earn. But foregoing interest is not a major concern.

Because I think that it is a fairly safe bet that commodity price inflation will outstrip the prevailing interest rates for at least the next five years. We saw what happened when clad copper dimes, quarters and half dollars were introduced in We should learn from history. Something comparable will very likely soon to happen with nickels. You, as a SurvivalBlog. Read by 2, people Date: January 18th, Website: This content has been contributed to SHTFplan by a third-party or has been republished with permission from the author.

Please contact the author directly for republishing information. Great article and idea!!!!!!!! The nickel idea is a great alternative. I intend to implement this idea beginning tomorrow. I remember reading a story of a mailman in yugoslavia. Besides having to pick up the mail, another one of his duties was to pick up utility payments from the people, anyhow, one day when the hyperinflation was ragging, he did not feel like going around doing his rounds of picking up the payments, so he took a an old american penny he had in a jar, and paid EVERYONES bills for the month.

I am a reader of Survivalblog and go back and forth on the whole nickel issue. It also means that I have to store, and maybe someday move, over a half ton of coins. Unlike gold and silver, nickel is not historically considered money.

It is purely an industrial metal so when I buy nickels, I am betting that when the economy collapses, industrial demand for nickel will remain constant and the price will not drop. If the paper currency is devalued, but coins are permitted to retain their prior value then all coins would receive that treatment. It would be much easier to buy, store, and move quarters, half-dollars, or dollar coins. I am not saying that I am not interested, but something I need to consider whether the effort is worth the potential benefits.

I am like you and go back and forth on the issue. But I keep saving them. Hey if the SHTF and we get hyperinflation my metal of choice will be bullets. Think about it bullets are generally speaking brass, copper and lead. All industrial metals and you would be able to use them as currency, security and to feed yourself. I agree, nickel is an industrial metal.

And if the economy were to collapse and I do not see it collapsing industrial production would drop, the demand for nickel would drop, and the value of nickel would drop. I agree with you, buy lead. Besides, lead may save your life one day. What can you do with rolls of nickels but throw them at the attacker or attackers! DK — I am curious to what you do see happening. It seems most on here lean toward economic collapse. The stock market must decline significantly because it is not supported by earnings.

That is always the case. It could decline 3, to 4, points from 13k. The banks would be nationalized and the FED would be indicted. It is in the GB best interest, now, to get the American economy going again and that IS what they are trying to do, even talking up jobs and manufacturing coming back to America.

That should happen after the election which will again serve their interests if the Republicans can sweep the WH and both Houses of Congress. Which they may well do and then solidify fascist corporatism. Europe is a different situation because the EU does not have the same financial system that the US has, mechanically.

In essence that is what the fight in Europe is all about: The Sovereigns have that power to give or keep. Whether the EU Monetary Union dissolves or not and the jury is still out.

Europe is okay with the means of production in place. Adjustments will have to be made. Fear, like sex, sells. Greece will be ok if it defaults and nationalizes the failed banks, who failed because they owned Greek Debt. The major banks will survive. No just another recession. In the end they will capitulate and take the haircut and live to fight another day; or they will take the haircut for the authority to control the admin of the ECB for all European nations.

But they will take a haircut. War is imminant with Iran and will occur this year. Look for an attack on Iran by Israel after Assad has been pushed out of the capital and back into his mountain stronghold with a million supporters.

If Obummer waits days to activate the oil embargo on Iran, that is an act of war war may not start until he does so. This gives the Syrian Opposition time to corral Assad. Israel would prefer Obummer do it. If they think he will not do it before Iran is nuclear capable, they will initiate a first strike. Iran is now nuclear capable but only enough for 4 or 5 warheads. They need more time. They need warheads for a first stike against Israel.

Israel will not give them that time. Israel may not wait for Obummer. War is good for business, not so good for those involved directly or in harms way. Good business is a benefit to the economy. That has always been the case. So in your opinion which is it?????? See my posts here.

It only matters what YOU believe anyway. Its not death by a thousand cuts, its inflation by a thousand cuts. Double digit inflation is not hyperinflation. Inflation is nothing new. Inflation can be mitigated with the right assets and strategies. College students in particular should take advantage of inflation by going to school. Homeowners can take advantage of it by growing their own food; even on a small lot.

It does take time to move discoveries from the lab to mass manufacturing. How long that takes is not within my power to determine, but my guess, based upon my real estate development experience, is that it takes a couple years for a plant to be designed and constructed. So WE should recognize this opportunity and prepare for it, if necessary by saving for it so that when it becomes available WE can buy it.

DK, I agree with our children staying in school, thats why my daughter is still in and headed for her PHD. Here we have a steady 15 to 25 mph winds so wind is the way to go in the panhandle. I also see your point on inflation, but here is my deal buddy I have been prepping for the last 14 months it has caused me alot of heart aches. So I have decided to stop living a life of worrying and enjoy each and everyday as a gift. It can be a grind. Life can be a grind.

Those who grind it out everyday have the advantage in a SHTF scenario. They are mentally tough. Just recently a long time 30 yr AZ radio personality and his wife committed suicide after running into financial difficulty, losing their home, and becoming despondent. These were people who had a really good income for a very long time. He was still marketable and well connected. If he wanted a job he could have gotten a good one that paid well.

Although I liked the guy, it was difficult to have much sympathy for him, when I met a guy in Prescott a couple summers ago who has been unemployed, homeless, and living in the woods for the past 12 years, including winters. Actually, AZ can be quite windy above the Rim. Not everything is bigger in Texas! Personally I think that would best be allocated to individual houses where every home anywhere could become a power plant of solar and wind to fuel OUR hybrid electric cars with any excess power sold to the power companies.

Bullets are the best forms of metal and should be your first metal purchase; most for defense and a little for trade. But I could be wrong. I disagree that all WE can do is wait to get screwed. WE have the power. WE have the numbers. We can choose OUR destiny. If not US, who? If not now, when?

The author is sure spending a lot of time trying to convince people to not sort pre 82 pennies. So, rolls of nickels would be a good thing.. I bought a couple hundred dollars worth a year or so ago. I agree with the kidd. Spend the nickel on lead. Of course you have to have an emergency reserve let me say for half to whole year. The better way is to invest in your knowledge and your kids.

So, you your kids will be pleased by society for your knowledge and labour. This is the key for long survival. The most portable and secure forms of wealth are knowledge and skills, especially those which produce essential goods: I just happened to have an old Sharp carbine with a frontsight that turned out to be a 5 cents nickel coin from This is an area where I really struggle. How much is enough?

I already have the solar powered home in the woods, but do I really need to liquidate my retirement plan to pickup a rural foreclosure with tillable acres? Stay in the woods.

Moveing is costly and you know your area and neighbors where you are and that can be money in the bank. Get some of those woods cleared. The trees will be good heat and fence posts and the cleared land can be your garden.

Look up Eliot Coleman and Binda Colebrook for info on all season growing and using hoophouses to grow what you never thought possible without heat. How about a circle of investments. First a dwelling, then food, , a pistol, then. No use having K an no meds.

Or every pistol an no shovel? Rotate the food, defend the rest with the guns and ammo. Only a few fifths of vodka? Damn, finally a comment that makes five cents.

Other people that say food and lead only must not have much. IMHO, Mac, this one is a non-starter. Of course, he has the money to make it worthwhile, and a place to store them!! Need to leave town in an emergency?

Good luck lugging those suckers! Silver will be bad enough. Better to just go out and get a j-o-b and be more efficient with your time. It had not appreciated in real value, it remains constant. Can I have all of your Kennedy half dollars at an exchange rate of one dollar for two of your Kennedy half dollars? I enjoy watching cutie bend over picking them up and put them in the slide at the drive by.

Kinda makes it hard for who to carry off? This should be stated as a Gold is set to take off by most accounts. Great article about silver on Max Keisers site today. I consider PMs to be only part of my preps. We all know what we should have. The change is in the air. The tension is in the air. Defend those you love. I agree NetRanger, you need to be well rounded in your preps.

It will come to a head…that you can be sure. I later thought of something I may have missed in my reading and posting here, but I have not read of many people talking about materials or objects to protect your homestead from the Mutant Zombie Biker types and the likes that will surely come for what you have.

Some prep will be required if you stay in place in stead of bugging out. Some with young children and families will only leave unless they are forced to. Cooperation in groups would be the key to riding that scenario out. Anything less would be futile. Thanks for the great site, I read here all the time.

Thanks for the correction on that. I sincerely appreciate the kind words. Sometimes my day job gets the better of me and keeps me from getting updated news and information up here. I am hoping to remedy this with a user forum where everyone, not just me, can drive the discussions. Another thing I would store if you lived in a fairly rural area or just a big lot is firewood.

Of course, it may seem to only make sense if you have a wood stove or fireplace but if the power goes out you could always have a campfire in the yard or firepit to cook with or boil water. If SHTF happens, gasoline supplies would be tight and that would be one less thing to use gasoline on.

Anything else that requires alot of fuel to aquire or do I would go ahead and do it. Fuel, while currently abundant, is not getting cheaper. Need a road cut into your property in the woods or property cleared for a garden or cabin, do it now. The more you can do now is less you have to worry about later. Maybe the thumbs down was for the thought that one could store firewood in the house?? I used it in the country house—that stack covered the entire length of that little house—to think of storing that in the house???

I just bought a truck bed full of coal. Adding this to the firewood stock pile. Yes I know, coal is not available to most but if you can get some, why not!

Burns long and hot. Great for the rocket stove. One reason I bought an antique wood fired kitchen stove about 12 years ago. If nothing happens, I sell it as an antique and recoup more fiat money… if SHTF, my wife and I can heat the house as we cook. Without knowledge, most will perish. E Tn — absolutely right. Adding a wood burner this week and have been accumulating fw consistently since a freak winter storm last Oct. Remember that movie dances with wolves? In a shtf situation the smoke and the smell of a fire would be a dinner bell for scum.

Just like silver and gold, nickel is only good if you can trade it for something of equal value. An ounce of gold for a can of beans seems to me to be a pretty fair future trade. But when supplies start to run low, food will be far more valuable than precious metals. Not my idea of the wisest prep resource. I know where there is a BIG stash of chocolate in Canada, and I will be able to confiscate it with my American guns …. I agree with the statement. Andrew Jackson would have killed the Central Bank again if he had the chance.

His name came up in the debate here the other day. Do you know in what context? This was during the Revolutionary War, and has nothing to do with the entangling alliances about which George Washington warned us.

Someone needs to contemplate who are the real enemies. I wish Ron Paul had reminded that morbidly obese, flamboyant showboater what Andrew Jackson would have done to the Federal Reserve.

For the crowd of drooling sheeple, though, the fear mongering and war mongering seems to work. Yes I agree with Mirbach! Think Of the Mad Max movies. There was not any money there. Gas was a huge item though! When there is nothing left I wanna trade a lighter for a can of beans.

Or a log of wood for a hand full of shotgun shells. Just skills and goods! PMs could have a use when trying to restart a society but in a survival situation gold is just a shiny rock with no real value. Id say its a part of prudence to get some nickels stashed away,I have some…I also have assorted metal that Ive been saving up for years…piles of copper wire and brass.. I figure they are an investment,as well as stockpiling heavier steel pieces for repairing or creating,aways a use for steel scrap on the farm,I tend to build my own things when ever possible and thats usually!

I tend to do all my own repairs on most everything but electronics. I would suggest going to auctions or sales. You can often pick up random collections of screws,nails and bolts for cheap.

I buy many prepper type things there cheap as no one else seems to be interested in them. You are right there brother…. I bought nickels about a year ago. You will never be able to travel easily with them. Your money is probably better spent on ammo, which can be used or traded, and costs more and more over time so stored ammo will be a decent store of value in the same way that nickels are. And the ammo itself consists of industrial metals which will be revalued in a hyperinflationary environment, and the ammo can be used for defense or to hunt while the nickels cannot.

I know this is not about nickels however, it is amazing that a man basically tells us what is about to happen. This is proof that there are plans in place by the elite to systemically disassemble US sovereignty. This is another article that just proves what is good for one is not always good for another. I can see both sides, pro and con. That is why I love this site.

There is no hard and fast rule saying you have to follow or even believe the advice given. The information is offered and the choice is left to the reader. Thanks Mac for a great website. For some, large weight nickel storage is impractical, others may find it to be just what they were looking for. MAC, I thought about this article last night after I went to bed. It has value because what it is made from Regular dumbass: This metal has an important industrial use and is not easy to produce Regular dumbass: About 6 months after the SHTF.: Egypt, returning to the finals after their last appearance in ; Morocco, who last competed in ; Peru, returning after ; and Senegal, competing for the second time after reaching the quarter-finals in Notable countries that failed to qualify include four-time champions Italy for the first time since , three-time runners-up and third placed in the Netherlands for the first time since , and four reigning continental champions: The other notable qualifying streaks broken were for Ghana and Ivory Coast , who had both made the previous three tournaments.

The draw was held on 1 December at Pot 1 contained the hosts Russia who were automatically assigned to position A1 and the best seven teams, pot 2 contained the next best eight teams, and so on for pots 3 and 4. However, teams from the same confederation still were not drawn against each other for the group stage, except that two UEFA teams could be in each group.

Initially, each team had to name a preliminary squad of 30 players but, in February , this was increased to Players in the final squad may be replaced for serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match and such replacements do not need to have been named in the preliminary squad. For players named in the player preliminary squad, there was a mandatory rest period between 21 and 27 May , except for those involved in the UEFA Champions League Final played on 26 May.

On 29 March , FIFA released the list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees selected to oversee matches. VAR operations for all games are operating from a single headquarters in Moscow, which receives live video of the games and are in radio contact with the on-field referees. VAR had a significant impact in several games. Russia proposed the following host cities: The bid evaluation report stated: Three of the 16 stadiums would be renovated, and 13 would be newly constructed.

In October , Russia decreased the number of stadiums from 16 to Construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region was cancelled by the regional government, and also in the capital, Otkrytiye Arena was competing with Dynamo Stadium over which would be constructed first.

The final choice of host cities was announced on 29 September The number of cities was further reduced to 11 and number of stadiums to 12 as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were dropped from the final list. Sepp Blatter stated in July that, given the concerns over the completion of venues in Russia, the number of venues for the tournament may be reduced from 12 to He also said, "We are not going to be in a situation, as is the case of one, two or even three stadiums in South Africa , where it is a problem of what you do with these stadiums".

They were satisfied with the progress. Of the twelve venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium — the two largest stadiums in Russia — were used most, both hosting seven matches. Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara all hosted six matches, including one quarter-final match each, while the Otkrytiye Stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don hosted five matches, including one round-of match each. Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk all hosted four matches, but did not host any knockout stage games.

Base camps were used by the 32 national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. Costs continued to balloon as preparations were underway. Platov International Airport in Rostov-on-Don was upgraded with automated air traffic control systems, modern surveillance, navigation, communication, control, and meteorological support systems.

Saransk Airport received a new navigation system; the city also got two new hotels, Mercure Saransk Centre Accor Hotels and Four Points by Sheraton Saransk Starwood Hotels as well as few other smaller accommodation facilities.

The last facility commissioned was a waste treatment station in Volgograd. In Yekaterinburg, where four matches are hosted, hosting costs increased to over 7. Preference, especially in the key areas, was given to those with knowledge of foreign languages and volunteering experience, but not necessarily to Russian nationals. Free public transport services were offered for ticketholders during the World Cup, including additional trains linking between host cities, as well as services such as bus service within them.

The full schedule was announced by FIFA on 24 July without kick-off times, which were confirmed later. Russia was placed in position A1 in the group stage and played in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June against Saudi Arabia , the two lowest-ranked teams of the tournament at the time of the final draw. The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg hosted the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place play-off on 14 July.

The opening ceremony took place on Thursday, 14 June , at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, preceding the opening match of the tournament between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. Former Brazilian World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo walked out with a child wearing a Russia shirt. English pop singer Robbie Williams then performed two songs before he and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performed a duet while other performers emerged, dressed in the flags of all 32 teams and carrying a sign bearing the name of each nation.

Dancers were also present. Competing countries were divided into eight groups of four teams groups A to H. Teams in each group played one another in a round-robin basis, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the knockout stage. Ten European teams and four South American teams progressed to the knockout stage, together with Japan and Mexico.

For the first time since , Germany reigning champions did not advance past the first round. For the first time since , no African team progressed to the second round.

For the first time, the fair play criteria came into use, when Japan qualified over Senegal due to having received fewer yellow cards. Only one match, France v Denmark, was goalless. Until then there were a record 36 straight games in which at least one goal was scored. All times listed below are local time. The ranking of teams in the group stage was determined as follows: In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played two periods of 15 minutes each and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.

If a match went into extra time, each team was allowed to make a fourth substitution, the first time this had been allowed in a FIFA World Cup tournament. Twelve own goals were scored during the tournament, doubling the record of six set in In total, only four players were sent off in the entire tournament, the fewest since A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences: The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.

The award was sponsored by Hyundai. FIFA also published an alternate team of the tournament based on player performances evaluated through statistical data. Prize money amounts were announced in October The tournament logo was unveiled on 28 October by cosmonauts at the International Space Station and then projected onto Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre during an evening television programme.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the logo was inspired by "Russia's rich artistic tradition and its history of bold achievement and innovation", and FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that it reflected the "heart and soul" of the country.

The official mascot for the tournament was unveiled 21 October , and selected through a design competition among university students. A public vote was used to select from three finalists—a cat, a tiger, and a wolf. The first phase of ticket sales started on 14 September , The general visa policy of Russia did not apply to participants and spectators, who were able to visit Russia without a visa right before and during the competition regardless of their citizenship.

A Fan-ID was required to enter the country visa-free, while a ticket, Fan-ID and a valid passport were required to enter stadiums for matches. Fan-IDs also granted World Cup attendees free access to public transport services, including buses, and train service between host cities.

Fan-ID was administered by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media , who could revoke these accreditations at any time to "ensure the defence capability or security of the state or public order". The official match ball of the World Cup group stage was " Telstar 18 ", based on the name and design of the first Adidas World Cup ball from It was introduced on 9 November After the group stage, "Telstar Mechta" was used for the knockout stage.

The word mechta Russian: The difference between Telstar 18 and Mechta is the red details on the design. Its music video was released on 8 June Thirty-three footballers who are alleged to be part of the steroid program are listed in the McLaren Report.

The choice of Russia as host has been challenged. Controversial issues have included the level of racism in Russian football, [] [] [] and discrimination against LGBT people in wider Russian society. Allegations of corruption in the bidding processes for the and World Cups caused threats from England's FA to boycott the tournament. Garcia , a US attorney, to investigate and produce a report on the corruption allegations. Eckert's summary cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing, but was denounced by critics as a whitewash.

On 3 June , the FBI confirmed that the federal authorities were investigating the bidding and awarding processes for the and World Cups.

In response to the March poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal , British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that no British ministers or members of the royal family would attend the World Cup, and issued a warning to any travelling England fans. The British Foreign Office and MPs had repeatedly warned English football fans and "people of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent" travelling to Russia of "racist or homophobic intimidation, hooligan violence and anti-British hostility".

At the close of the World Cup Russia was widely praised for its success in hosting the tournament, with Steve Rosenberg of the BBC deeming it "a resounding public relations success" for Putin, adding, "The stunning new stadiums, free train travel to venues and the absence of crowd violence has impressed visiting supporters. Russia has come across as friendly and hospitable: All the foreign fans I have spoken to are pleasantly surprised.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated, "Everyone discovered a beautiful country, a welcoming country, that is keen to show the world that everything that has been said before might not be true. A lot of preconceived ideas have been changed because people have seen the true nature of Russia. The elimination of the US national team in qualifying led to concerns that US interest and viewership of this World Cup would be reduced especially among "casual" viewers interested in the US team , especially noting how much Fox paid for the rights, and that US games at the World Cup peaked at During a launch event prior to the elimination, Fox stated that it had planned to place a secondary focus on the Mexican team in its coverage to take advantage of their popularity among US viewers factoring Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Fox stated that it was still committed to broadcasting a significant amount of coverage for the tournament. In February , Ukrainian rightsholder UA: PBC stated that it would not broadcast the World Cup. This came in the wake of growing boycotts of the tournament among the Football Federation of Ukraine and sports minister Ihor Zhdanov. Broadcast rights to the tournament in the Middle East were hampered by an ongoing diplomatic crisis in Qatar over alleged support of extremist groups.

Qatar is the home country of the region's rightsholder, beIN Sports. On 2 June , beIN pulled its channels from Du and Etisalat , but with service to the latter restored later that day. Etisalat subsequently announced that it would air the World Cup in the UAE, and continue to offer beIN normally and without interruptions. On 12 July , FIFA stated that it "has engaged counsel to take legal action in Saudi Arabia and is working alongside other sports rights owners that have also been affected to protect its interests.

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