Notes for Sunday, October 19, 2014

Today, we present another entry for Round 55 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,000+ 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, DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 Nato QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chromlined barrel and a hardcase to go with your …




Emergency Prepping, Sustainability, and the Idea of Adapting in Advance, by F.J. – Part 2

Prepping is a great cultural example of the observations that led bio-cultural anthropologists to a hypothesis that suggests human brains are hardwired to use past experience and present observations to make projections of hypothetical future scenarios following a basic “if–then” logical model. Those practices, which are inherent in all of us, form the basis of storytelling— an art form that humans alone have the capacity to practice. They say it’s an evolutionary trait we adapted to guide our decision making, since the days of our primitive ancestors, through all those stages of change that hadn’t happened yet, or were only …




Letter Re: Harvest Right Freeze Dryer

Hugh, I am seriously contemplating purchasing the freeze dryer that you reviewed. While your review was very indepth, I still have a couple questions before purchasing. I know that when home canning you can’t can beans, can you freeze dry beans? Is this something that I could make a batch of chili and then pour out on the trays and freeze dry? Also, is there a guide of some sort to how much water you need to add back to freeze dried foods to rehydrate without making them soupy? Is it like one to one, or is there some sort …




Economics & Investing:

Jim Rogers Warns: Albert Edwards Is Right “Sell Everything & Run For Your Lives” o o o Why Malpractice from the Fed Will Undermine Growth o o o How Americans go poor by spending money on housing and related expenses: Americans spend 33 percent of their income on housing-related items. Items from Mr. Econocobas: ‘Stunning’ Fed Move Put Bottom under Stocks: Traders – It’s amazing; either they really don’t understand fundamental economics or are playing dumb. An economy that lives by QE will die by QE. The hint of reviving QE is the only thing that stopped the sell-off. Another …




Odds ‘n Sods:

Trust but Verify – Avalanche Lily o o o Ammunition pulled from Walmart shelves in Ferguson amid violent clashes over the police shooting of Michael Brown. – JBG o o o Woman Sent To Jail For Overgrown Yard. – G.G. o o o This scientific article explains the difference between a so called ‘airborne’ virus and a virus that is not airborne. COMMENTARY: Health workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola. – A.D.




Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5 (KJV)