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Notes from JWR:

We’ve just about finished our migration to SurvivalBlog’s dedicated server in Sweden. All the DNS links should be fully propagated within 24 hours. You will also notice that my very talented #2 Son’s recent work solved some chronic problems that had plagued our old server’s database configuration, in Utah. For example, all searches of the archives (using the Search box) now work the first time. Also, the Permalinks now work with both dashes and underscores.

There is no need to update your links or bookmarks. “SurvivalBlog.com” still works fine, but the server is now in Sweden. Hopefully this will make us less vulnerable to DNS attacks. Please note that we still highly recommend NetFronts for web hosting. They have exceptionally good customer service and uptime. We simply felt to the need to “Get Out of Dodge”, with SOPA or Son-of-SOPA looming on the horizon.

Be sure to bookmark our IPV4 address: [1]

I should also mention that since Google and the other search engines depend on IP address based back-links, our search engine ranking took a big hit, temporarily. So I’d greatly appreciate it if readers would establish links to SurvivalBlog [2] from their web sites, blogs, and e-mail footers. A text link works just as well as a graphic link. Many thanks!

Today we present another entry for Round 39 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. [3] The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A.) A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand [4], B.) A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses [5]. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795, and C.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $350 value.) D.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com (a $275 value), and E.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo.

Second Prize: A.) A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol. It is a $439 value courtesy of Next Level Training. B.) A FloJak F-50 hand well pump (a $349 value), courtesy of FloJak.com. C.) A “grab bag” of preparedness gear and books from Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy (JASBORR) with a retail value of at least $300, D.) A $250 gift card from Emergency Essentials, and E.) two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value) and F.) A Tactical Trauma Bag #3 from JRH Enterprises (a $200 value).

Third Prize: A.) A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of [6] Directive 21. (This filter system is a $275 value.), B.) Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy. This is a $185 retail value, C.) A Commence Fire! emergency stove with three tinder refill kits. (A $160 value.), and D.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections [7], a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security.

Round 39 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail [8] us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and articles that relate practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.