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Guest Article: Prepping, by J.B.

“We interrupt this program with a Special News Bulletin…” As a child of the 1980’s, it was so clear to all of us that one day we would be sitting at home, watching MTV, and talking with our friends on our cordless phones, when the high pitch emergency alert sound would pierce the air waves and hypnotically draw our attention to the television. It would finally happen; the Soviet Union would launch an unprovoked attack upon the United States, and we all have minutes to live before our world would be changed forever. That day never happened. With the collapse of the Soviet Union’s economy, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the reunification of Germany, the Cold War was over. There was no more living in the shadows of nuclear war. There was no more worrying if those “Russkies” are going to bomb us back to the Stone Age. We didn’t seem to live in fear any more. On September 11, 2001, the fear returned. This time we never saw the threat coming. On that Tuesday morning, over 3,000 people lost their lives. It became one of the most frightening events in modern U.S. history, but the fear did … Continue reading

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Scot’s Product Review: JM Custom Kydex

I have probably mentioned more than once how much I like leather holsters. I know I have mentioned how much I sweat in the summer in my hot, muggy climate. All that sweat does bad things to leather holsters, and then it soaks through and does bad things to pistols. I finally decided it was time to reconsider my prejudices against synthetics for something immune to sweat to use during the summer. These days, that pretty much means Kydex. My preferred carry, by the way, is a strong side, inside the waistband (IWB) holster, and I usually carry a 1911 pattern pistol. I wear the holster behind the hip in the eight o’clock position (I’m left-handed.) I wanted a holster that would pretty much match what I am used to. The first thing I tried was a G-Code outside the waistband (OWB) holster with a clever adapter that allows it to be used IWB. I’ve written about this holster before. It worked pretty well as an IWB. This holster, however, was designed for OWB, non-concealed carry. It is made of thick, heavy duty Kydex, and I felt something a bit thinner and lighter would be better. I also found the … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Fish Pie, by C.S.

Here is a recipe that my family enjoys. It uses several items from my long-term food storage. We are in Alaska, so some of our food storage may seem strange to you. When I first moved here from the mid-west, I thought the idea of canning salmon was the oddest thing. Now every year we can many pounds of fish, which make tasty meals through the winter. We also have a root cellar that helps us keep produce from the garden fresh through our long winters. Serves 6 “Really it did” Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Butter or fat 2 Tbsp Flour 1/2 tsp salt 1 Cup Milk (use 1/4 Cup dry + water to make 1 cup) 2 Cup cooked leftover fish, flaked (I used 2 pint jars of salmon) 3/4 Cup cooked peas (I re-hydrated the dry ones from my garden) 1 Tbsp onion (dry works fine, check the amount with your onions so it is not too strong) 1 Tbsp chopped green pepper (dry again works well, check the substitution amounts for dry versus fresh) 1 Cup mashed potatoes Directions: Melt butter in pan. Add flour and brown. Add salt and milk. Heat and stir until creamy. Add fish … Continue reading

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Letter: Justifying Preparation

I am relatively new to prepping, and while I understand that some level of preparedness is prudent (i.e. three day’s worth of food and water on hand, hand tools, more than a 1/2 tank of fuel in vehicles), I sometimes wonder about the “bigger” preps. I read SurvivalBlog fairly regularly (3-4 times per week) and the links to current events and trends seem to point to an inevitable breakdown of the economy, banking system, and society as a whole. However, when I talk to other people that are a number of years my senior, they point out that there have always been predicted calamities and that none (at least in America) have come to pass. An example that’s given is the predicted Soviet nuclear attacks of the 1950’s and 60’s. Many people spent large sums of money on shelters and supplies that ended up going to waste. While there have been tough economic times throughout our country’s history, Americans have always bounced back. My overall question is how can I justify continued “preps” beyond a few day’s worth? I’m going to play devil’s advocate here and say that for all of the concerning headlines, couldn’t we say that there are … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

10 everyday things getting slammed by inflation – G.G. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Rising Debt Payments Pressure Argentina to Solve Crisis Why Silver’s Outperforming Gold and Isn’t Done Yet Japan Prices Rise Most Since ’82 on Tax, Utility Fees: Economy Why Government Pension Funds Became Addicted to Risk

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Martin Armstrong Warns Civil Unrest Is Rising Everywhere: “This Won’t End Pretty” – C.J. o o o MRAP seen as protection by some, extreme measure by others. – G.P. o o o Legislature Repeals Durham’s Jim Crow-Era Gun Registration Law. – G.G. While the requirement for registration has now been repealed, the fight now moves to the existing records. It is unclear as to whether the records will be destroyed or not. o o o Fears government agencies can listen in to private mobile phone calls at the ‘flick of a switch’ after Vodafone reveals authorities use secret wires across its entire network which stretches to 29 countries – R.G. o o o Podcast: Nafeez Ahmed on Pentagon-Funded Research Into ‘Social Contagions’ That’ll Cause Civil Unrest. – T.H.

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Notes for Sunday – June 29, 2014

Today we present another entry for Round 53 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 and DigitalSafe annual subscriptions from Privacy Abroad (a combined value of $195), KellyKettleUSA.com is donating both an AquaBrick water filtration kit and a Stainless Medium Scout Kelly Kettle Complete Kit with a combined retail value of $304, APEX Gun Parts … Continue reading

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Making a Bow– An Effective Expedient Weapon, by E.M.

The Story Imagine yourself in a bug out situation. You have had to abandon your vehicle because a bridge is out, and you can’t go back because your vehicle is hopelessly blocked in by others. You leave your vehicle, taking your vest, your rifle, and your BOB. You head across country toward your retreat, which is about 100 miles away, where you plan to meet your family and friends. You think it will take maybe a week or so to get there. You have three or four days of food and 120 rounds for the rifle. You follow the river downstream toward the next bridge, hoping things won’t get too crazy before you can cross. The river is deep and wide with a swift current this time of year. Let’s fast forward two days. You are now being pursued by six armed men and are running for your life. You have dropped your BOB somewhere back there, in the hopes that they will stop to retrieve it and give you a little more time to escape, but that hasn’t worked. You don’t think you can take on all of them and survive. At this point, crossing the river is one … Continue reading

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Letter: Confiscation of Stored Foods

There is quite a bit of “buzz” going on that the DHS will come in and take stored foods. What might you know about this and what are the odds? I know, with this admin anything goes, but I think it is certainly worth addressing. – P.W. Hugh Replies: That is the whole point of OPSEC, but practically speaking, the DHS isn’t who you will have to worry about, unless you are a grocery store or warehouse. Anything smaller than that isn’t worth dealing with when you factor in the manpower and risks to personnel. The danger for individuals comes from the parent of the family down the street who didn’t plan ahead and now has four starving children on their hands. There is no boundary that a normal mother will not cross regarding the survival of her own children. Given society’s propensity towards situational ethics, the average person will see no problem in killing you to take your larder on about the 4th day that they have no food and no hope. If they do see a problem, they will simply rationalize it away. This is the reason you need OPSEC from your own neighbors. If you live in … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Stone Cold Proof That Government Economic Numbers Are Being Highly Manipulated – B.B. o o o Feds Auction 30,000 Bitcoins Seized in Silk Road Raid. – JBG o o o The Slip ‘n’ Fail Mutts o o o A New Recession and a New World Devoid of Washington’s Arrogance?. – B.B.

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