Preparedness Notes for Saturday – February 16, 2019

February 16th is the birthday of Edgar John Bergen, (1903-1978) an American actor, comedian, and radio performer, best known for his proficiency in ventriloquism and his characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. He is also the father of actress Candice Bergen.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any 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 (an $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 Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. 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).
  5. 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. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 81 ends on March 28th, 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.



Sundries For Survival, Part 2, by 3adScout

Part 2

(Continued from Part 1, posted on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.)

With the many disaster and TEOTWAWKI scenarios, we can’t be 100% sure of everything that we will need in a post-event life. But the goal is to be as close to that 100% as possible. Another good saying to apply to prepping is that “necessity is the mother of invention.” Having a diverse on-hand stock of sundries can allow us to improvise and adapt those items to what we need. When at the hardware store I like to go down the aisles and look at items and think if they have a potential use for survival. This is a great way to exercise your mind in some outside-the-box thinking. Some of the more interesting items that come to mind that I have picked up and stocked for TEOTWAWKI are pipe hanger tape in both metal and plastic. This stuff is very versatile and inexpensive. PVC pipe and fittings are also very useful for applications besides plumbing. Rolled aluminum and copper flashing in various widths is also something that can have numerous uses outside of its normally intended purpose. Flexseal is also great and comes in different applications from spray can, tube and tape forms. Again, the applications are endless.

My Own Hardware Store

My ultimate goal is to have my own “hardware store”. This way, if something breaks, I need to fabricate something or I lose a nut or bolt, I don’t have to run into town to the hardware store to get supplies. Obviously, this means acquiring and storing a lot of stuff. We literally have large totes full of various types and lengths of rope and cordage as well as spools of para-cord and other cordage. Boxes of wire/cable and as well as cable clamps and ferrules, thimbles, shackles, and hooks.

Nothing irritates me more than working on a project and needing something and having to stop and go into town to get it. My nephew was helping install a propane gas line at the BOL and he ended up needing a few parts that he had not picked up when getting the black pipe for the project. Into my stores I went and I had 4 of the 5 items he was looking for. But we had to waste an hour and a half just in travel to pick up a bushing. That was in “normal” times with modern conveniences. That same trip into town post-TEOTWAWKI might not be possible. When we got there, I picked up replacements for the items that I used and of course several bushings in different sizes. If you need it once, then there is a good chance you will need it again.

Continue reading“Sundries For Survival, Part 2, by 3adScout”



Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, 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 the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

JWR Reports

This week was dominated by snow plowing.  Lots of snow plowing! we’ve received more than 3 feet of snow in the past week. A month ago, it looked like just a mild winter. But now that the Jet Stream has shifted, we are getting the brunt of it. This is turning out to be a long, snowy winter. Thankfully we have a good-running pickup with studded snow tires, and a very reliable 7-foot Western brand snow plow blade that is very easy to use.  (It has a pushbutton hand-held controller, at the end of a cord.)  It also helps that our pickup’s heater, windshield wipers, and radio all work quite well. When those “little things” go wrong, it can transform a joy to uncomfortable drudgery. I feel blessed to still be in Joy Mode.

This week I ordered a few more gun parts and full capacity magazines. With the new Congress in session, my Comfort Level of stocking has shifted upward, substantially  That reminds me to mention this once again: Please pester your two U.S. Senators regularly about S.42. That Senate bill is horribly unconstitutional. At its core, by criminalizing private gun transfers, it would transform a right into a felony. I’ll post more about that tomorrow. That pending bill must be stopped!

Avalanche Lily Reports

Dear Readers,
Since last Friday, we have received over 40” of fresh snow and by the time you read this, we’ll have received perhaps, another 10 inches on top of that. Real winter has finally come, and I love it!  While Jim has been plowing, I have been shoveling out the entrances to the barn, chicken coop, sheds, and greenhouse. (The kids shovel, too, some, but they also have to do school.)

Continue reading“Editors’ Prepping Progress”



The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”.  Today, we focus on Prep Smartz Emergency Response Planning Software.

New Emergency Response Planning Software

I was recently given a demo copy of the new Prep Smartz Emergency Response Planning Software. This commercial software was developed by a long-time reader of SurvivalBlog. It is ideal for anyone who is preparedness-minded and who wants to develop a formal Threat Matrix method of planning and risk mitigation for their family or retreat group. It is inexpensive and available for both PC and Mac. I’ve tried it, and it works very well. I should also mention: At their web site they also have a small but quite useful library of reference web pages dubbed The Academy. Check it out!

Army Reveals More 6.8mm Carbine and SAW Plans

Thanks to Gregg for spotting this at Zero Hedge: US Army Set To Field “iPhone Of Lethality” Assault Rifle By 2022. JWR’s Note: Still no word on which 6.8mm cartridge they’ve chosen. Or even if it will even use a traditional brass case. (It might be caseless.) Oh, and if they adopt a different magazine body than that used by the current M16 family of rifles, and that comes after the imposition of a Federal magazine ban, then I’ll be quite miffed. That would limit us Mere Mortals to 10-round magazines–for any of us that want to buy a 6.8 Whatitzz.

Continue reading“The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?

And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” – Genesis 3 (KJV)



Preparedness Notes for Friday – February 15, 2019

Gun developer Richard “Dick” Casull was born on February 15, 1931. Casull passed away peacefully at home on May 6, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Dick Casull’s fame came from his design and manufacture of the .454 Casull revolver, along with many other handgun and rifle designs. He held 17 firearm patents.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any 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 (an $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 Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. 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).
  5. 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. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 81 ends on March 28th, 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.



Sundries For Survival, Part 1, by 3adScout

This article centers on logistics. This is not a list of what you need, but rather an inspiration to get us to think about a category of supplies that isn’t discussed a lot. Beans, bullets and band-aids are definitely key in survival but when you consider many of the items we will discuss in this article, they support our ability to raise, process or prepare food, ensure we can use our bullets if needed by having maintained and operational firearms and providing an ounce of prevention by supporting our health, safety and hygiene so we don’t have to use our band-aids (medical supplies). Having a deep stock of diverse sundries will enhance our ability to be prepared and to save time in a post-TEOTWAWKI world.

There is an old rhythmic poem about a nail that reads:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost,
for want of a shoe the horse was lost,
for want of a horse the knight was lost,
for want of a knight the battle was lost,
for want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
All for want of a horse shoe nail.”

I use this old poem, when I teach disaster logistics. It is such a clear and concise example of how the need for something so simple can have such huge impacts. Applying this quote to a TEOTWAWKI events, we can see that, for the want of a sundry item such as a chainsaw spark plug; a CR2030 Button cell battery; a spare wick for a kerosene heater; or numerous other seemingly minuscule and obscure items, our battle to survive can be lost. For many preppers being ready for a disaster revolves around a bug-out-bag. Having a bug-out-bag should not be construed as being prepared, since it just simply will not have the depth and ability to provide you with the wide range of resources that will be needed to survive post-TEOTWAWKI. Additionally, many of us have the traditional “Beans, Bullets and, Band-aids.” Having food, ammunition and medical supplies definitely increases our chances for survival in a disaster or post-TEOTWAWKI world but the reality is that our survival will also hinge on a plethora of seemingly trivial items. These items only seem trivial until you need one and Lowes has long been looted clean.

Continue reading“Sundries For Survival, Part 1, by 3adScout”



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. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today’s focus is on the implications of a possible resurgence of Fed Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP.)

Precious Metals (NIRP):

Simon Black: Reason #437 to Own Gold: The Fed Wants Negative Interest Rates. The article begins: ”

“And just like that, it seems we’re headed back to quantitative easing… After cutting interest rates to nearly zero following the 2008 crisis, the Federal Reserve starting raising rates near the end of 2015 (from 0.25% to 2.5% today).

Following the most recent hike in December 2018, Chairman Powell seemed hell bent on further tightening, saying “some further gradual increases” were in the cards.Then the stock market promptly fell nearly 20%.

Investors were in panic mode and calling for the end of the world. The pain was too much… Last month, the Fed left rates unchanged… and Powell removed any language about further hikes. Already Powell is capitulating.”

(Thanks to H.L. for the link.)

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Gold Forecast: Gold Prices Likely To Test $1360 In February

 

Economy & Finance:

Wolf Street reports: Bond Funds Are “Potential Source of Financial Instability,” after Years of Global QE and Low Interest Rates: Fitch

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At Zero Hedge: Turkish Government Wages War With “Price-Gouging Terrorist, Traitors” As Food Inflation Soars. The article begins:

Food prices in Turkey have been soaring since the lira’s sharp, violent depreciation last summer. The rise in prices is not only a result of the currency’s depreciation which made the Turkish lira one of the worst performing currencies in the world, but is also a result of price gouging that has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, feeding on itself, over the last 6 months. According to Bloomberg, the price of eggplants, cucumbers and tomatoes in Turkey has jumped 81%, 53% and 39% monthly, respectively. Overall, food inflation in Turkey is at 31% annualized.”

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Sweden’s Cashless Experiment: Is It Too Much Too Fast?

Continue reading“Economics & Investing For Preppers”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Number one, we need to get in shape, number two we need to shoot, number three, we need to learn self-defense, and number four, we need to study small-unit tactics… If you do not have 5,000 rounds of .223, 5,000 rounds of .22 and 1,000 rounds of handgun ammo, as a minimum, you’re wrong. We need to train our families how to shoot as well. We need to get food. We need to have a year’s supply of food, two years supply of seeds, we need to have a year’s supply of sundry items. That’s what it means to be an American. We prepare for the worst but hope for the best.” – Washington Rep. Matt Shea



Preparedness Notes for Thursday – February 14, 2019

February 14 is the birthday of Medal of Honor recipient Jack Lucas (born 1928, died June 5, 2008). During the Iwo Jima campaign, this 17-year-old won the Medal of Honor for unhesitatingly hurling himself over his comrades upon one grenade and for pulling another one under himself. One of the grenades exploded, and Lucas absorbed the entire blasting force of it with his own body. PFC Lucas was the youngest Marine ever to receive the Medal of Honor. (He was just 13 when he forged his mother’s signature to enlist.)

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any 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 (an $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 Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. 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).
  5. 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. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 81 ends on March 28th, 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.



Telling You a Thousand Times Wasn’t Enough – Part 2, by Orofino

Part 2

(Continued from Part 1, posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.)

I have recently been giving this subject a great deal of time in introspection. I was motivated when John Lovell at the Warrior Poet Society web site recently urged his followers to “weaponize consistency”. As if on cue, I recently read a well-written piece, from an author who recounted receiving a charge many years ago, from a sage Japanese gentleman that, “An elephant doesn’t bite, but fleas do.”

Consequently, I resolved to incorporate those congruent principles into my personal training, before overtly encouraging my tribe to do likewise. I began in December and have now been maintaining my regimen for a month. I realize that it is at my ego’s great personal peril, since every reader will undoubtedly criticize my choices and my rigor, as I will share the explicit details of my goals and failures. I share only to show what I am doing, your agenda may be entirely different. Following the SMART mnemonic for setting goals, I admittedly made the goals very achievable. Also, I have been plying these same wares in varying degrees for quite some time, but I wanted to emphasize consistency.

Fitness First

I made fitness my primary goal; if you are not healthy, what else matters? I submit that when legendary strength trainer, Mark Rippetoe asserted that “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general”, he was spot on. Further, since the mantra of this generation is, “There’s an app for that”, I decided to employ apps toward that end. I have been using My Fitness Pal for years with success. Why not utilize and incorporate others?

My secondary goal was self-defense, I had the epiphany that since I am the sole agent responsible for the executive protection of my family, (you get what you pay for), that I had better prioritize those skills.

Continue reading“Telling You a Thousand Times Wasn’t Enough – Part 2, by Orofino”



The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”.  Today, we focus on the emerging threat of fusion center surveillance.

Details of Fusion Center Surveillance Revealed

I saw this article mentioned at the FreeZoxeeFriends site: Details of Fusion Center Surveillance Revealed. Here is a key passage from the article:

“In 2012, a special white paper was submitted to the House of Representatives wherein the DHS was encouraged to embark on an “evolving mission” away from its ostensible purpose of fighting terrorism, toward becoming the administrator of an enormous domestic intelligence agency resulting from an integration of the country’s local and state law-enforcement agencies.

This report was written by the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group, co-chaired by former DHS chief Michael Chertoff. The blueprint promoted in the White Paper pushes Congress toward green-lighting the growth of the DHS and the dissolution of local police and sheriffs.

The organization described in the paper, entitled “Homeland Security and Intelligence: Next Steps in Evolving the Mission,” is reminiscent of more draconian governments. For example, one section of the report calls for a transition in the mission of DHS away from protecting the country from the “terrorism” of foreign militants and toward “more specific homeward focused areas.” Additional sections of the report lay out the plans for building a DHS/police hybrid agency that can monitor Americans in any town and prevent threats from fellow citizens.

In order to achieve their ultimate aim, the globalists demand that the DHS or some other federal agency take control of the personnel decisions currently made by local police chiefs and county sheriffs. “As the threat grows more localized,” the report claims, “the federal government’s need to train, and even staff, local agencies, such as major city police departments, will grow.” Put another way: The federal government will run your local police department and sheriff’s office.”Continue reading“The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“If you are for gun control then you are not against guns, because guns will be needed to disarm people. So it’s not that you are anti-gun – you’ll need the police’s guns to take away other people’s guns. So you are very pro-gun. You just believe that only the government (which of course is so reliable, honest, moral, and virtuous) should be allowed to have guns. There is no such thing as gun control. There is only centralizing gun ownership in the hands of a small, political elite and their minions.” – Stefan Molyneux



Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – February 13, 2019

Today is the birthday of General Chuck Yeager (born, 1923), the first man to break the sound barrier. As of 2019, he is now 96 years old.

February 13th is also the birthday of Robert Charles “R.C.” Sproul (born 1939, died December 14, 2017), a well-respected American Calvinist theologian.

The latest at the SurvivalRealty.com spin-off site operated by my #1 Son: 10 acres near Priest Lake, Idaho bordered by USFS on one side.  Log home with a combination of solar, generator, and battery.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any 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 (an $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 Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. 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).
  5. 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. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 81 ends on March 28th, 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.



Telling You a Thousand Times Wasn’t Enough – Part 1, by Orofino

Self Discipline: Principles in Practice

Trainers, educators and parents constantly contend with push back from professionals, students, and children when “the trainer” asks for consistent, repetitive attempts at otherwise banal tasks. What is the best germane rejoinder to such grousing?

Worse yet, those of us who don the mantle of Prepper or Sheepdog probably wrestle with the same demons that would have us believe that we are competent in our fitness level and proficient in our gardening, animal husbandry, bushcraft, food preservation skills, etc. The stark reality is that we probably need to settle into the idea that we need to do more, and better.

In 2008, Malcolm Gladwell, in his best-selling book, Outliers: The Story of Success, brought to the rank and file, the 10,000 – Hour Rule. Wherein, the author nicely develops the position, using an array of salient anecdotes, establishing that to become an expert in anything, one must fulfill the necessary, but not sufficient, requirement of at least 10,000 hours spent in that endeavor.

The professor expounds the experiences of Bill Joy, who essentially wrote the software that drives the Internet, Mozart, chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, professional hockey players, The Beatles, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and a host of other eminent people in the world. What was the secret sauce common to their success?

As Gladwell (2008) reminds us, that according to the research, “the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role of innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation seems to play” (p. 38).

The P10 Paradigm

Mentors, training officers, mid-level managers, police captains, moms, and dads tritely remind the tadpoles under their purview of the Passionate Participation in Prior Proper Planning Prevents Pitifully Poor Performance Paradigm; and probably, quite frequently. So then, how much quantifiable training is necessary to become proficient?

The sage professor comes to the rescue:

The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.   (p. 40)

Levitin suggests (as cited in Gladwell, 2008, p. 40) “…the emerging picture from such studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert—in anything. In study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals, and what have you, this number comes up again and again…no one has found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery” (p. 40).

Martial Arts legend, Bruce Lee, earlier arrived at a similar number as he opined, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

The time required to perform 10,000 kicks does not even approximate 10,000 hours, but it is a feeble goodwill concession and worthwhile starting point. In other words, one could suggest that, 10,000 iterations perhaps smacks of mastery.

Who Is Exempt?

This begs the question, are soldiers, firefighters, preppers, or rescue workers immune or exempt from this rule? I suggest that those of us in the prepping or sheepdog communities that hover around highway-speed I.Q.’s would do well to be inclined to agree with the Yale Professor and say emphatically, indeed no.

What are those responsible for training peers and subordinates, to take from this? Foremost, preppers should be inspired to greatness; even expertise. Perfection is the goal; but excellence is acceptable.

One frequently hears the adage that a good leader should inspire. Agreed. Consider what inspire means in a medical context; it is the antithesis of expire, or to die. In other words, leaders have the rich opportunity to figuratively and literally breathe life into those they motivate.

Exploration and diversion with the application of the 10,000-Hour Rule to the most primal activities suggests that: it is impossible to be an expert at breathing until one reaches at least 14 months of age; sleeping, about 3.5 years; walking, about 4.5 years; and eating, about 9 years of age. Once one gets the reality-check it becomes rather daunting.

How then, should a leader answer those trainees, including our own children, who complain when required to repeat the tasks that they claim to have performed millions of times in the academy or on last weeks’ chores?

In David J. Lieberman’s (2000) bestselling book, Get Anyone To Do Anything, he urges the reader to “…provide more than just the desired destination; also give her a map for getting there” (p. 62). And he admonishes the more assiduous student to “…focus on what he will be saving himself from (i.e., the heartache,…etc.) rather than what he has to gain from listening to you” (p. 63).

Applying Gladwell’s Findings

Consequently, how can instructors, leaders, and parents take the lucid findings of Professor Gladwell and apply them to the prepping community or other situations/organizations?

First, humbly admit that, owing to the diverse charter that comprises the job description of a prepper; a true expert in any facet of our craft is probably rare indeed and should frankly be conceded. In his book, What Makes a Leader? Psychologist Daniel Goleman (2017) contends that “Self-awareness is the first component of emotional intelligence….it shows itself… in an ability to assess oneself realistically” (p. 19). Applying this standard, any claim by a person in the profession who claims to be an expert in anything, cadre included, should peg the bovine excrement meter in each of our cerebral cortexes.

Second, submit to them the 10,000-Hour Rule, wherein, they can be assuaged with the promise that they may cease donning protective clothing, dry firing, honing domestic skills, decreasing a run time, increasing pull-ups, or whatever blows their hair back; after the minimum of 10,000 iterations or hours is spent training in each of those skills, whichever comes first. Further, one should be encouraged to stay in their lane, as it were, before more advanced skills are practiced with any regularity. The flippant response would resemble, “Come back and report to me once you are an expert.” Such a response is not recommended.

In practice, a tribe might be inspired to become experts at a battery of essential skills or maneuvers, perhaps of their own choosing, to encourage buy in. Suppose an earnest learner drills on 10 days monthly and trains in ten of those months, she should practice each of the skills 1,000 times per year. Were she to perform it 10 times each training block, thus yielding 10,000 iterations in ten years, it would satisfy both Sensei Bruce Lee and Dr. Lieberman, and may begin to placate the minimum threshold purveyed by Dr. Gladwell (2008). Practically, the process renders a tribe or group with near expertise in the predetermined skills in about ten years, not accounting for attrition, relevance, or perishability of the skills. Of most significance is the issue of self-aggrandizement and promotion, whereby at the completion of the ten years training, the expert frequently knights himself, declares himself a savant, dons an officer’s habiliments and inherits a completely different, less pedestrian skillset requirement, sadly never to revisit the expert skills again. However, that is a discussion for another day.

The KISS Principle

To make the most difficult first step on this journey, use the keep it simple stupid (KISS) principle. Does each member of your family or group have a few feet of inexpensive cordage with which to practice knot tying? Do they tie each knot daily? Does each have a practice tourniquet? Do they practice in low light or weak-handed scenarios?

To avoid the professional from taking umbrage at the suggestion, a leader could remind the practitioner that doing so may very well save her children’s mother’s or her patient’s life and the attendant guilt per Lieberman (2000). which would obviate ineffable suffering on their own and their coworkers’ behalf.

Motivating students, professionals and more particularly, ourselves to train on essential skills is, and will continue to be an onerous aspect of leadership at all levels. It is incumbent on each leader to inculcate a desire in themselves and each team member to attain and preserve expertise in the maximum number of skills available. We should all be striving to be the quintessential Renaissance man. To do anything less is a vapid dereliction of duty to our families, communities, the people and professionals with whom we work and the constituents who we serve.

(To be concluded in Part 2.)