Notes for Friday – December 05, 2014

I’ve removed my recent post on severing ties with Northwest Territorial Mint, pending further investigation. A few details need to be unearthed before I either re-post that, or post a retraction. (It now appears that I may have been lied to by the disgruntled customer, whom I quoted.) – JWR o o o Ready Made Resources is having a Night Vision special. They are offering a Gen 2+ American made Mil-Grade Autogated monocular for $1,995. These are shock-mitigated for .308 recoil unlike the ITT unit (which is only warrantied for use with 5.56/.223.) This monocular includes a Weapons Mount, shipping …

Surviving With Electronics, by J.M.

While working in the high-tech security industry I’m frequently disheartened by people’s attitude towards electronic technology in disaster/SHTF/TEOTWAWKI situations. For example, I was down in the NJ area shortly after Sandy came through, and I noticed that many people weren’t using their cell phones. I asked some folks what was wrong with their phone, and the two most common answers were: A) the battery is dead and I can’t charge it, or B) there’s no service available. Those answers pretty much sum up most people’s attitude about electronics; power for them is something that comes out of the wall, and …

Letter Re: Cheap and Easy Ham for the Communications Novice by TSR

HJL, I am an amateur radio operator, and we have organized and trained many new “hams” in our community. We hold weekly on-air meetings for those new operators to hone emergency communication skills and develop proficiency as well as an emergency network. It has been our experience that those who start out with the low-powered BaoFeng UV-3R+ “handi-talky” (HT) become discouraged and drop interest in ham radio after a few months. Here are some reasons: The BaoFeng UV-3R+ operates at only 4 watts of power, while mobile units range from 15 to 75 watts. The BaoFeng UV-3R+ barely connects with …

Economics and Investing:

Plummeting Oil Prices Could Destroy The Banks That Are Holding Trillions In Commodity Derivatives o o o Video: Afterburner w/ Bill Whittle — Lights Out! How We Could Lose Everything. – G.G. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Russia Recession Signs Mount as Central Bank Stems Ruble Losses Guess What Happened The Last Time The Price Of Oil Crashed Like This?… T. Boone Pickens Predicts Return to $100 a Barrel – T. Boon Pickens has an agenda of his own but nonetheless worth reading what he is saying.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world’s 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days. – H.L. o o o Arnie is Back o o o Courtesy of Sipsey Street Irregulars: “Military-style AR-15 rifles: ‘The market is saturated’” That’s got to be rated pretty high on the all-time “epic fail” list of collectivism.. – RBS o o o The Complete Guide To Knife Blades . – J.S. o o o Very Cool: New Interactive Map Shows Lack Of Popularity In Gun Control. – G.W. As usual, the Redoubt comes off looking good!