Notes for Saturday – May 31, 2014:

May 31, 1895 is the birthday of George R. Stewart (novelist, university professor and toponymist) died: August 22, 1980. In the preparedness community, he is best remembered as the author of the classic post-pandemic novel Earth Abides. o o o Today we present another entry for Round 52 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $11,000+ worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course (a $1,195 value), A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be 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, Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value), A $300 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize, for any of their military surplus gear, A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com (a $300 value), A $300 gift certificate from Freeze Dry Guy, A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo, A roll of $10 face value in pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver quarters, courtesy of GoldAndSilverOnline.com, (currently valued at around $180 postpaid), Both VPN tunnel … Continue reading

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Proselytizing With Pandemics, by D.C.

Perhaps in the nature vs. nurture debate, it is going to turn out that people worried about emergency preparedness are just born that way. Certainly, I have tried for years to persuade many of my skeptical friends that having, say, some extra food on hand or some means of personal protection, or even a backup source of energy greater than an extra D battery, is just plain common sense. What I have experienced in response to my well-intentioned suggestions are rolled eyes, turned backs, and closed minds. I’ve pretty much despaired of ever making even the smallest dent in their evident disdain; I figure maybe it is just the way they are, like a law of nature or death and taxes. Maybe, but then again, maybe not. I’ve recently found that there just might be reason for the smallest sliver of hope on my part; for at least a select few, there may be a way to coax out some common sense. Let me explain. An Opened Door My youngest daughter lives in downtown Los Angeles and dates a boy who is predictably “left coast” in his attitudes– negative towards guns, prepping, and pretty much anything or anyone to the … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Cashing out your 401K accounts

Dear C.P. This is in response to your query about cashing out your 401K accounts. I am a CPA in California and have been practicing for 20 years. I like your idea of cashing out your retirement accounts to live in a paid-for home. I have two suggestions: If you can, wait until you are 59 1/2 before cashing them out. This avoids the additional 10% federal tax on early withdrawal. There may be other ways to avoid this penalty that are more detailed, so ask a CPA that is familiar with this. Rolling all of the accounts directly into a self-directed IRA with a discount broker or reputable precious metals broker will give you more options for tax-free or at least penalty-free withdrawal under the tax regulations. If you do wait to cash them out, you may wish to close out any positions you have in the bond or stock market and leave your funds in a cash account or money market “guaranteed” type of account within the Plan to avoid risking the principal on any market crashes or adjustments. Depending on your tax situation, you may wish to split the distribution over a two calendar year period, to … Continue reading

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Letter: New Federal Information Grab

To the Editor, I am relatively new to your site and now read it daily. It is a valuable site, and I have been passing the word to my friends. Thank you so much for your work in getting the information out there that you provide. My reason for writing is that I am firmly convinced that a SHTF event is coming, and coming soon. A daily reading of the news provides a piece or two at a time to be incorporated into the overall picture. We are witnessing pervasive domestic racial violence that is being largely unreported, our economy is tanking, and the Fed just keeps on printing more money with no backing. Our “great and wonderful” president keeps ignoring the laws that he doesn’t like and circumventing Congress to enact measures that he does like. Our values system has been destroyed, inflation and unemployment are at the highest levels in decades and the numbers are being fudged by the various bureaucracies to hide the truth, and the federal government is taking in more tax revenue than in our nation’s history and still has to borrow trillions of dollars to maintain our entitlement society. Illegal immigrants are being essentially … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

They just can’t seem to get it. Progressive aldermen propose $15-an-hour Chicago minimum wage – A.B. o o o FDIC Reveals That Over 400 Banks Remain on the Problem Bank List – G.G. o o o Items from The Economatrix: The Theft Of Your Retirement Accounts Will Accompany The Seizure Of Bank Accounts Bad Trend Breaking: Why Retail Results Are Not Better Than Expected, But Worse Than Ever! U.S. Gold Holdings Close To Zero-Rob Kirby Wall Street Criminals Threaten That Economy Will Blow Up If They’re Prosecuted

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Water Wars: Ankara suspends pumping Euphrates’ water, cutting off the water supply to Syria and Iraq It appears that Turkey has control of the Euphrates River and has shut off flow into Syria and Iraq. This happened well over a month ago, but it is now reaching crisis proportions for the people and the agriculture in the region. Will this bring warring factions to the table? Will those factions now join to move against Turkey? Or, will all sides just let millions suffer and die of thirst as the supply of drinking water vanishes? – C.M. o o o Report: ‘Undocumented Immigrants’ Will Be Able to ‘Join the Military’ First, use hostile and covert techniques to unlawfully invade my country. Second, take an oath to protect, promote, and defend the Constitution. – JMC o o o More U.S. citizens turning in their passports. – G.G. o o o Pesticide Companies Use Clever Loophole to Avoid Regulation of Genetically Modified Grass. – H.L. o o o MSM Press Omits the Most Important Maya Angelou Quote of All: “I like to have guns around”. – T.P.

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new. And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not … Continue reading

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Notes for Friday – May 30, 2014:

JRH Enterprises is having a sale on New Gen 3+ Pinnacle Autogated PVS14’s. They come with all accessories and a 10-year warranty. The P+ Upgraded unit is on sale for $2995. It comes with a FREE weapons mount, and the first 10 customers will receive a FREE Light Interference Filter as well. The Standard model Pinnacle Autogated PVS14 is also on sale at $2695.00 o o o Today we present another entry for Round 52 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $11,000+ worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course (a $1,195 value), A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be 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, Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value), A $300 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize, for any of their military surplus gear, A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com (a $300 value), A $300 gift certificate from Freeze Dry Guy, A $250 gift certificate … Continue reading

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What to Expect When Planning A Hardened Shelter With A Professional Team of Engineers and Architects, by D.C.

I’m writing this article to persons considering developing their retreat with a fortified shelter. Here, I will thoroughly explain the expected preparation and process we went through on our shelter design and construction phases with our design professionals (engineers and architects) and other building industry professionals (general contractors, subcontractors, and product vendors). I am a licensed architect, with licenses in more than eight states and over 25 years of experience. Much of my career has been spent in highly technical commercial work (MRI suites, computer data centers, pharmaceutical labs, and so forth). For a mid-career alternative, in 2001, I also launched my own residential practice, which performed a design/build enterprise. In other words, my team functioned as both architects and general contractors. Presently, for select clients, we have designed hardened shelters, using my knowledge and experience in the principals of infantry combat as a former U.S. Army Reserve Infantry Lieutenant. First of all, in most of the American Redoubt rural areas, you are not required to have a licensed architect or professional engineer to design your home; you can design it yourself. Often your local contractor can provide you with a drafting service to plan homes; alternatively, you can also … Continue reading

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Letter Re: A Simpleton’s Guide To Preps: The Best And The Overrated

HJL, I enjoyed reading A Simpleton’s Guide To Preps: The Best And The Overrated, by B.H. He (she?) gave some excellent arguments against gold, generators, batteries – in one type of situation, but life is never that simple. The thing about crisis is we don’t get to choose what it looks like. It might be the lawless TEOTWAWKI they are describing. It might equally be a totalitarian jackbooted police state with severe deflation. It might be global thermonuclear war, or it might just be a national economic malaise, such as what Fernando FerFAL Aguirre went through in Argentina, 2001. In FerFAL’s situation, those things which B.H. called “overrated” (gold, gas, antibiotics, etc.) rise in usefulness. FerFAL said that when it was over, he went right down to the pawn shop every payday and bought bags of junk gold, because at that time gold was only about $200 and he chose junk gold because no one could/would test the purity of anything traded, so bullion went for junk prices. He was grateful for his generator and batteries during the rolling blackouts, which inevitably happen in poorer countries. You also do want a 3rd, 4th, or 5th firearm so that you may … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Inside the Ring: Memo outlines Obama’s plan to use the military against citizens – B.B. o o o When looking at retreat locations, a SurvivalBlog reader suggested using this tool: The Criminal States of America o o o After reading Patriots, Survivors, Founders, and Expatriates, I found it hard to imagine some of the improvised equipment. This is it in real life. I know this article is kinda dated, but a picture is worth a thousand words and there are a lot of pictures here. – DSB o o o A false report to get even with this innocent man resulted in his being brutally assaulted and injured by the police. I never remembered this kind of thing happening in my youth! SWAT Team Ambushes Innnocent Man as he Works on Tractor in his Driveway. – H.L. o o o Judges Approve USDA Confiscating Farmers’ Harvests. – H.L.

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