Notes for Thursday – July 31, 2014

July 31st is the 94th birthday of Army Air Corps veteran David Thatcher, one of just three living Doolittle Raiders. He lives in Missoula, Montana. Those interested in learning more about America’s First strike against Japan should read “The Doolittle Raid”. July 31st is also the birthday of free market economist Milton Freidman, who was born in 1912 and died November 16, 2006. o o o 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 … Continue reading

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Survival or Sustenance Gardening, by D. B. Prepper

I’ve had a garden on and off again over the past 30 years, depending on where I lived, whom I was married to at the time, and whether or not my job allowed me to be at home frequently enough to care for it. So I have followed the recent spate of gardening posts with some interest, especially those who have struggled to start a garden. I thought I would take an opportunity to add my own two cents on how to create a garden that can support you and your family in good times or bad. It’s a Learning Experience Gardening is a learning experience. The more you do it, the better and more experienced you will become. Once you have seen blossom end rot or leaf blight, you’ll spot it earlier the next time, know how to respond, or even how to prevent it. Even though you may be able to learn by doing, it is best to have some basic knowledge before you start. Articles like this one cannot make you a gardener, but they can point you in the right direction. I suggest you read books, search out online articles, scan forums, and get related magazines. … Continue reading

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Three Letters Re: Killing, Dying, and Death

This was very well written and made salient points about mindset, which is the one issue that could nullify all physical preps in the future, if we don’t address it now. I am glad M.H. returned safely and decided to raise a family. – D.D. o o o Bless you M.H. for your candor and honesty. Most people cannot imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of war and death. Without that, experience is only imaginings. Nothing changes a person like “seeing the elephant”. It is a personal experience for each. There is not a right or wrong way. It is about getting on with the job. – J.D. o o o Hugh, Excellent article. About the reluctance of so many to expose themselves to danger, he describes the human condition. As an example from history, in the American Revolution, the militia was notoriously unreliable. If memory serves me, it was at the Battle of Cowpens that Daniel Morgan, after pleading with the militia the night before, was able to get a commitment that each man would fire at least two rounds before he ran. Mel Gibson’s “The Patriot” borrowed from this historical precedent. I had this example in mind when … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record o o o Don’t be fooled, all is not well for stocks – CDV o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: 85 Super Wealthy People Have More Money Than The Poorest 3.5 Billion Combined Greenspan Says Stocks to See ‘Significant Correction’ QE And ZIRP Have Failed To Lift Main Street, But Withdrawal Of The Monetary Heroin Will Be Brutal U.S. 2nd Quarter GDP First Estimates at 4%

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Odds ‘n Sods:

America’s Militia Movement is Back From the Dead – H.L. o o o UK police to start seizing drivers’ mobile phones after all crashes. – T.P. o o o Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror. – P.M. o o o Mom Arrested for Letting 7-Year-Old Son Walk to Park Alone. – D.S. o o o In boiling hot suits with silent death lurking everywhere and the fear that a mistake could be fatal: Doctors give a gripping insight into their battle in the crucible of the biggest Ebola outbreak in history. – B.B.

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Notes for Wednesday – July 30, 2014

Today, we remember the birthday of author Reginald Bretnor. He was born Alfred Reginald Kahn on July 30, 1911, in Vladivostok. He died on July 22, 1992 in Medford, Oregon. In addition to penning many witty science fiction novels and short stories in his characteristic style, he also wrote non-fiction articles for Mel Tappan’s P.S. Letter. o o o 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 … Continue reading

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Prepping During the Calm After the Storm, by D.L.

One of the hardest things to do in prepping, especially if you were inspired by a specific incident or disaster, is to maintain your preps long after the initial threat seems to have faded away. There’s an initial burst of energy and acquisition of skills; then there is a slow fade and then a rapid fade. Eventually, something will happen, and you will find yourself unprepared again. It’s a bit like dieting before your high school reunion. Then, once the reunion is over, trying to keep your diet going but allowing yourself a weekly cheat day, then adding a cheat weekend, and then also adding a cheat Wednesday. Before you know it, there’s another reunion coming up, and you need to diet again. The Earthquake Diet We live just outside of Tokyo and started prepping seriously after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Although we were barely inconvenienced, for several months we suffered daily aftershocks and the threat of rolling blackouts. As a result, we plunged ourselves into prepping education, including discovering several useful websites, and started building our water and food supplies. We managed to put together a blackout kit of lanterns, batteries, and flashlights, even though all of those … Continue reading

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Letter Re: NYC Chokehold

Hugh, The man resisted arrest. Do you think he was right to do that? Don’t you agree he had other options, like complying, and he exercised a poor one? Is it the officer’s fault he’s obese and at great health risk before he was contacted? Do you or anyone else expect any officer intending to make an arrest to change their mind because you disagree? The suspect, God have mercy on him, did the wrong thing. When you do the wrong thing, you end up with undesirable results. Those officers effected the arrest of a much larger man by the means available. He was given opportunity to comply. He refused and physically resisted. They were under no obligation, while making the physical arrest, to be “fair” or make themselves vulnerable to assault. If he had complied, he’d be alive and able to appeal his arrest. Make your case of police abuse somewhere else. There are certainly better examples. I hope you don’t hold this suspect and his actions out as some sort of example to be followed. Hugh Replies: There is a greater issue at stake here than just this one man’s experience. Non-violent civil disobedience has a longstanding tradition … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Photos Emerge Of 10 “Active Militia Teams” Securing The US-Mexico Border. – H.L. o o o Worth 1,000 words: Pictures of Hamas tunnels in Gaza. – JMC o o o Video: Illegal aliens get more money than most Americans: Collect More Than $7,000 Per Month for ‘Fostering’ Adult Illegal Aliens. – P.M. o o o SurvivalBlog Reader K.S. wrote in to tell us that those who are interested in “Slow Sand Filter Plans” can save lots of time and effort by using a swimming pool sand filter. They are built the same way but are smaller because they use a pump vs. gravity to push the water through the sand. You may need to enlarge the depth of the tank, but the basics are all there, including the ability to back flush and clean the filter. o o o Stopping Deadly Ebola Outbreak Will Be a ‘Marathon,’ CDC Says. – A.D.

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