Preparedness Notes for Monday — April 19, 2021

April 19th is the original Patriot Day which marks the multiple anniversaries of the battles of Lexington and Concord, known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”. This first battle, leading to our nation’s independence, was the then-dictator’s (United Kingdom King George III’s) failed attempt at “gun control”– an act being carried out in too many parts of our USA right now. This first gun control of the colonies was a failure, because of the will and determination of a small part of the population (about 3% actually fought for our independence actively, with many others supporting) to stand up to an oppressive, controlling government (England). Without the sacrifice by those few Patriots, we could very well still be “British subjects” rather than independent citizens. Note that due to corporate bureaucracy, the celebration has generally been moved to the third Monday in April to facility a postal/banking holiday.

It also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis in 1943, the BATF’s costly raid on the Branch Davidian Church in Waco, the gun turret explosion on the USS Iowa in 1989, the capture of the Boston Marathon bomber in 2013, and very sadly also the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

April 19th is also the birthday of novelist Ralph Peters. Coincidentally, Ralph and I both have the same literary agent, Robert Gottlieb.

Today we present another product review written by our Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio.



Zero Tolerance 0230, by Pat Cascio

Today, we’re looking at something a bit different from Zero Tolerance knives. Zero Tolerance used to say their knives were built for use by “Professionals” and they were rock-solid designs, meant to take on the harshest battlefields, or the meanest streets of any city in the world, or meant for survival situations. The ZT-0230 is about as far removed from the above as you can possibly get.

Many of you are old enough to remember way back in the day when almost all folding knives had a “detent” ball system, and that kept the blade opened under most circumstances, and well as keeping the blade closed in your pocket – a very important thing if you ask me – in the far past, I had more than a few folding knives either open-up in my pants pocket, or the blade close on my fingers during use – ouch! The detent system that is still in wide use today, keeps the blade closed in the bottom of your pocket, and helps keep it “locked” open per se, when using the knife. However, under hard use, the blade can still close on your fingers, if you’re not careful.

The ZT0230 folder was designed by a Danish designer Jens Anso, and it is a slip joint folder – as are some folders today that are considered “tactical” folders and it features a double detent system – two steel detent balls, one on either side of the blade, helps keep the blade from accidentally opening in your pocket, or closing on your fingers under use. Another thing you don’t see much of these days, is a half-open position on the blade, that means you can open the blade about halfway open, and it keeps the blade open at that position – nice!Continue reading“Zero Tolerance 0230, by Pat Cascio”



Recipe of the Week: Big Ben’s Hopping John Black-Eyed Peas

The following black-eyed pea recipe is courtesy of SurvialBlog reader Ben P. He calls it Big Ben’s Hopping John.

Ben notes: “Some folks think the rice should be cooked separately, but that isn’t how Grandma ever remembers it being served up. The ham hocks are the best way to go by far.”

Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb dried black eyed peas
  • 1 smoked ham hock, or 1 lb diced ham, or 12 oz diced bacon
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, diced with seeds and veins removed
  • 2 tablespoons Chipotle sauce
  • 1 cup long grain rice
Directions
  1. Soak peas 1 hour in warm water.
  2. Drain.
  3. Cook ham hock in enough water to cover for 30 minutes.
  4. Add peas, onion, garlic, cayenne, and jalapeno.
  5. Simmer/slow boil covered for 45 minutes.
  6. Stir in rice and tabasco sauce. Cook 30 minutes at low, or until rice and peas
    are tender.
  7. Remove ham hock.
  8. Dice meat and discard fat and bone.
  9. Return to pot. Add one can of stewed diced tomatoes, if desired.
SERVING

This recipe makes about six servings (or just four servings if you have me over for dinner).

Do you have a favorite recipe that would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers? In this weekly recipe column, we place emphasis on recipes that use long term storage foods, recipes for wild game, dutch oven and slow cooker recipes, and any that use home garden produce. If you have any favorite recipes, then please send them via e-mail. Thanks!



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 again look at the nationwide ammunition shortage. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

We’ll start out with a link to this interesting video interview: Gold and silver prices spike, but can the rally last? Jim Wyckoff on the long-awaited bull market

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Singapore Dealer Prepares Vault for 15,000 Tons of Silver

Economy & Finance:

Consumer prices rise more than expected, pushed by 9.1% jump in gasoline

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At Zero Hedge: BofA “Sell” Signal Triggered Any Moment… The Last This Happened Time Was May 2007

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“The Biggest Concern Is Stagflation” – Factory Orders Tumble As Services Surveys Signal Soaring Inflation

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At Wolf Street: US National Debt Passes $28 Trillion, +$4.7 Trillion in 13 Months. General Treasury Account Down by $480 Billion in 2 Months, $620 Billion to Go

Continue reading“Economics & Investing For Preppers”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.

If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.

Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have often been places and times with high murder rates. Washington, DC, is a classic example, but just one among many.” – Thomas Sowell



Preparedness Notes for Sunday — April 18, 2021

America Strikes Back: The Doolittle Tokyo Raid took place on April 18, 1942.

April 18th is the birthday of former Washington Representative and Pastor, Matt Shea. (Born 1974).

On April 18th, 1906, the San Francisco earthquake struck northern California, killing hundreds of people as it toppled numerous buildings and started fires that engulfed whole neighborhoods. The quake was so powerful that it knocked down chimneys in the Anderson Valley, 120 miles north of the city.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 94 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, that have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  4. An Israeli CBRN Gas Mask with Hydration Straw and two Extra 40mm NATO Filter s – Manufactured in 2020 (a $229.99 value), courtesy of McGuire Army-Navy.
  5. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum-sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  6. An assortment of products along with a one-hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 94 ends on May 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



No Power: No Commo, No Layered Defense, by Tunnel Rabbit

Building A Small Off Grid PhotoVoltaic Power Supply

A small solar power system is a “must-have” and does not have to cost more than $1,000 USD. Here are a few tips that might help. I’ve lived off-grid for years and learned by doing.

If in a sunny part of the U.S., then 200 watts would be my minimum. In the north, I would want 400 watts minimum, and two small inexpensive generators, and two 20-amp automotive battery chargers for redundancy sake, and 50 gallons of fuel for two years. One, or both sets can be used at the same time to charge two separate battery banks, or a larger battery bank of 400 amp-hour capacity. On cloudy days, panel production is about 10 percent of the panel’s rating. I do not need an expensive Honda, when a good used and inexpensive 1,000 watt generator is more cost-effective as a 200 battery bank should only receive a 20 amp-hour charge rate to avoid damage. An automotive battery charger that provides up to 20 amps per hour, requires almost 400 watts from the generator. If only powering a few radios, I should not need to run the generator, except occasionally during the darkest and most cloudy months– typically December through February. A Baofeng or analog scanner only draws .075 amps per hour when ‘listening’.

Storage Batteries

Two 6 volt golf cart batteries are deep cycle batteries that as a wired-in-series pair that can have about 200 to 220Ah capacity at a nominal 12 VDC when wired in series. I will choose old tech lead acid over modern choices as these are more cost-effective and foolproof. Other forms are attractive, yet they also have special requirements and quirks. Good old wet cell lead-acid batteries are hard to beat, and the maintenance required is well worth it, given their low price and the proven reliability. Also, we do not want a marine battery or a car battery, but a true deep cycle battery, if possible. Starting batteries will not last long if used in the same way as deep cycle batteries are used. Starting batteries will have a Cold Cranking Ampere (CCA) rating. Marine batteries now come with a CCA rating denoting that it is a ‘starting’ battery. These will have a short service life of only months if used as if they were deep cycle batteries.

Deep cycle batteries can provide 3 to 5 years of service if used to their full capacity daily, yet not abused. We must avoid letting the voltage drop lower than 12.4 to 12.3 volts, or to a depth of discharge of no more that 50 percent as indicated by voltage, or better yet, use a hydrometer. Additional photovoltaic (PV) panels will reduce the depth of discharge, and ensure that it is possible to recharge the batteries to 100 percent each day before drawing them down again. Recharge to 100 percent each day to get the full potential service life. If you live in a sunny part of the U.S., then we want, at a minimum, 1 watt of solar power for every 1 ampere hour of battery storage. In Montana, I want 2 to 4 watts of PV power, for every 1 ampere hour of the battery’s rated capacity. We need enough wattage to fully charge up the batteries by midday after period of discharging. PV power is reliable and requires no fuel. It is now much less expensive per watt, and now harder to justify a generator because we can afford additional panels, yet during the darkest part of a long snowy winter in the American Redoubt, a generator will likely be needed.Continue reading“No Power: No Commo, No Layered Defense, by Tunnel Rabbit”





The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

For John was not yet cast into prison.

Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying.

And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

He must increase, but I must decrease.

He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”  – John 3: 11-36 (KJV)



Preparedness Notes for Saturday — April 17, 2021

On April 17, 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Due to the Cuba/Soviet intelligence network as well as loose talk by members of the brigade, which was repeated in US and foreign newspaper reports, the Cuban government knew, in advance, of the planned invasion. The Washington Post also reported that the Soviets knew the exact date of the attack, that the CIA was aware that they knew, and that the CIA did not inform president Kennedy.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 94 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, that have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  4. An Israeli CBRN Gas Mask with Hydration Straw and two Extra 40mm NATO Filter s – Manufactured in 2020 (a $229.99 value), courtesy of McGuire Army-Navy.
  5. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum-sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  6. An assortment of products along with a one-hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 94 ends on May 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



Medical Emergency Sheets – Part 4, by K.B., M.D.

(Continued from Part 3. This concludes the article.)

DEEP VENOUS THROMBOSIS, PULMONARY EMBOLISM, CHOKING, AND NOSE BLEEDS

Today is the last of this four-part series. I hope that the previous three parts have been informative and helpful. Our topics for today are deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, choking, and nose bleeds (epistaxis). There are also a few suggestions regarding how to make an effective emergency notebook. Before we begin, please remember to see a medical professional ASAP in an emergency! Reliance on any information provided here is solely at your own risk for use when no timely medical professional help is available. Do not, consider the following information as complete or as any attempt to advise, diagnose, treat, or manage anyone’s medical condition.

DEEP VENOUS THROMBOSIS AND PULMONARY EMBOLISM (LUNG CLOT)

A deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins, usually of the legs. When does this occur? If someone is on prolonged bed rest, after surgery or childbirth, on birth control pills, or on a long sedentary trip, a clot may form in one or more leg veins. A friend of mine almost died as a consequence of post-operative venous thrombosis.   If at risk, be on the look-out for redness, swelling, and crampy soreness of the calves. So what is the big deal? The clot(s) can break loose, travel through the heart, and lodge in the lung(s) preventing essential blood flow and life-giving oxygenation. It may even be so severe as to result in sudden death. What are the symptoms of pulmonary embolism? Sudden shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, and coughing of blood may occur. Best is to prevent the deep venous thrombosis from ever happening. If sedentary, take a short walk every two hours. If on a long trip, stay well hydrated by drinking water, and exercise your toes, ankles, and lower legs if not allowed to leave your seat to walk in the aisle. If this is not possible (example post-surgery or strict bed rest), wiggle your toes and flex your ankles every waking hour and then contract your calf, thigh, and buttock muscles in that order for several repetitions. Also take slow deep breaths every hour. If at high risk, your doctor may prescribe blood thinners and compression stocking, or may suggest taking aspirin. If you see the signs of DVT, seek medical help asap. Call 911 for the symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

 

DEEP VENOUS THROMBOSIS/PULMONARY EMBOLISM MEDICAL EMERGENCY SHEET

  1. TRAVEL- DRINK WATER.

BY CAR- STOP AND WALK EVERY 2 HOURS.

BY PLANE- STAND UP AND IF ALLOWED WALK UP AND DOWN THE AISLE.

IF NOT PERMITTED, SEE #2 BELOW.

 

  1. PREVENTION IF BEDFAST, POST-SURGERY, POST-ACCIDENT ETC.

HOURLY MOVE TOES, ANKLES, AND PERFORM UPWARD CONTRACTION OF MUSCLES.

TAKE SLOW DEEP BREATHS HOURLY.

WALK EVERY TWO HOURS OR MOVE TO SIT IN A CHAIR IF PERMITTED.

ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU SHOULD USE COMPRESSION STOCKINGS OR ASPIRIN.

 

  1. SYMPTOMS OF DVT- EXAMINE TWICE DAILY FOR CALF REDNESS, SWELLING, CRAMPS, SORENESS.

GET MEDICAL HELP ASAP UPON SEEING THE ABOVE. DO NOT MASSAGE CALVES

 

  1. SYMPTOMS OF PULMONARY EMBOLISM (LUNG CLOT)-

CALL 911 FOR SHORTNESS OF BREATH, SUDDEN DIZZINESS, CHEST PAIN, OR COUGHING UP BLOOD

Continue reading“Medical Emergency Sheets – Part 4, by K.B., M.D.”



Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year.  We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in your e-mailed letters. We post many of those –or excerpts thereof — in this column, in the Odds ‘n Sods Column, and in the Snippets column. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

Jim Reports:

With the help of Miss Eloise, I rebuilt a bull-ravaged fence garden fence.  I also took a trip into town and bought a couple of heavy-duty tube gates. Hopefully, I’ll get those installed in the next few days.

Also with the help of Miss Eloise, I got 10 more Elk Creek Company orders shipped. Our big sale ended yesterday, with our inventory substantially depleted. I’ve left a few items at the sale prices. Those are mostly shootable replica cap and ball revolvers. I’m hoping to get a few more guns cataloged in the coming week.

I dropped two small fir trees that were looking stressed, and cut them up into stove rounds. Starting this coming week, I’ll have to get busy cutting up dead-fallen trees and a few dead-standing trees. Most of those are Tamaracks (a.k.a. Western Larch.)

Now, over to Lily…

Continue reading“Editors’ Prepping Progress”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” – Psalm 27 (KJV)



Preparedness Notes for Friday — April 16, 2021

My inventory of pre-1899 guns is getting low at my Elk Creek Company side business. Federal gun legislation is looming, so get your order in soon. The current sale will end at 9 PM Pacific Time TONIGHT. (Friday, April 16th, 2021.) – JWR

April 16th is the birthday of two notable novelists– the late J. Neil Schulman and Samuel Youd.

Agorist-Libertarian activist J. Neil Schulman (born April 16, 1953, died 2019) was best known as author of the novel Alongside Night.

The late Samuel Youd (born 1922, died February 3, 2012) was the British novelist who was best known for his science fiction writings under the pseudonym John Christopher, including the survivalist novel Death of Grass (titled No Blade of Grass, in the American edition) as well as the Tripods Series of young adult sci-fi novel series. A fascinating man, Youd wrote prolifically, using eight pen names. He was a good friend of sci-fi novelist John Wyndham, and both of them were famous for writing what are often called “cozy catastrophes”.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 94 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, that have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  4. An Israeli CBRN Gas Mask with Hydration Straw and two Extra 40mm NATO Filter s – Manufactured in 2020 (a $229.99 value), courtesy of McGuire Army-Navy.
  5. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum-sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  6. An assortment of products along with a one-hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 94 ends on May 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



Medical Emergency Sheets – Part 3, by K.B., M.D.

(Continued from Part 2.)

STROKE, HEAT EXHAUSTION, HEAT STROKE, AND WOUNDS

Today’s presentation will cover protocols for the above topics. I hope that you have found Parts 1 and 2 interesting and helpful. Do you have at least one emergency medical notebook for quick, concise reference? If not, please consider starting one this week. There will be a few tips offered at the end of Part 4 to assist you with this project.

Remember that reliance on any information provided in this series is solely at your own risk. Always consult your own medical professional for advice and treatment. Do not, consider the following information as complete or as any attempt to advise, diagnose, treat, or manage anyone’s medical condition.

STROKE

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain decreases and cells die. What conditions predispose a person to suffering a stroke? Smoking, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, obesity, and atrial fibrillation all increase the risk of having a stroke. What are some of the symptoms? Difficulty

moving or feeling on one side of the body, loss of part of one’s vision, dizziness, or problems speaking or understanding speech are all possible symptoms. If the problems last only two hours or less, it is called a TIA (transient ischemic attack). If it lasts longer, it is a stroke and damage may be permanent or even fatal. Call 911. Time is of the essence. The sooner treatment begins, the more likely the outcome will be a positive one. Do not hesitate to call for help. It takes only a few seconds to do a quick exam.

Does the person’s face droop on one side or is the smile lopsided? Is there weakness of the arms or hands? Ask the person to squeeze your hands. Hold out your hands with two fingers on each side for him to squeeze. Is the grip equally strong or is it weak on one side? Ask him to fold his arms like a chicken and raise his elbows to the level of his shoulders. Press down simultaneously on each elbow. Is one arm weaker than the other? Finally ask the person to repeat any sentence that you choose or to say “no ifs, ands, or buts.” Is his speech slurred or does he not understand you? If yes to any of the above, call 911 immediately. Remember the popular acronym “FAST” for face, arm, speech, time to call 911.

In dire circumstances where no professional medical care is available at all, we have prayer, bed rest, and perhaps daily aspirin for treatment. About 20% of strokes are hemorrhagic which may worsen if given aspirin. Take your chances as you think best. Optimize your health before the SHTF to improve your odds.

 

STROKE MEDICAL EMERGENCY SHEET

 

  1. FACE- IS THE FACE DROOPING ON ONE SIDE? IS THE SMILE LOPSIDED?

 

  1. ARM- ASK HIM TO SQUEEZE EACH OF YOUR HANDS (2 FINGERS) SIMULTANEOUSLY.

ASK HIM TO FOLD HIS ARMS LIKE A CHICKEN AND RAISE HIS ELBOWS SHOULDER HIGH.

PRESS DOWN ON EACH ELBOW SIMULTANEOUSLY.

IS THE STRENGTH EQUAL ON EACH SIDE OF HIS BODY?

 

  1. SPEECH- REPEAT ANY SENTENCE OR HAVE HIM REPEAT “NO IFS ANDS OR BUTS”.

IS HIS SPEECH SLURRED, OR DOES HE NOT UNDERSTAND YOU?

 

  1. IF YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE, CALL 911.

 

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