Notes for Thursday – December 11, 2014

Today, we present another entry for Round 56 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 hard case to go with …

Becoming a Top-Tier Survivalist and Representing the Prepper Community, by M.M. – Part 3

We are continuing through the list of skills in the third point– “Acquire Skills”– of six points that will be presented and detailed that, if implemented in your own life, will greatly increase your chances of success, both in surviving TEOTWAWKI and in breaking the stereotype of the “kooky prepper.” Shelter Building Shelter building is easily self-taught, especially if you buy some books on the subject and have the ability to “think outside the box.” The 1911 edition of the Boy Scouts Handbook shows many ways to construct shelters using a single piece of cloth (without ever cutting it), sticks, …

Letter Re: Six Common Misconceptions About EMP

A question for the writer of the EMP article. Though the article was informative, he, like pretty much everyone else that writes about EMP’s or other forms of grid failure, completely ignores the 900 # gorilla in the room. Can we expect the 100+ nuclear power plants in the country to have meltdowns when the grid can no longer supply the power these plants need? In particular, what about the spent fuel pools? My understanding is that they have emergency generators and anywhere from a few days to a few weeks worth of fuel on hand but even if somehow …

Economics and Investing:

The American Dream deferred for young Americans: Living in rentals, inflated college tuition, and low wages await millions of young Americans. o o o Welcome To The Recovery: 40% of Americans Live Paycheck To Paycheck (Up From 30% In 2012) – G.G. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Why the Greek Stock Market Is Crashing Again Video: Peter Schiff – Fed Can’t Raise Rates Without Pricking Bubble Chris Martenson interviews Mike Maloney – The Coming Wealth Transfer

Odds ‘n Sods:

FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year. – RBS o o o Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history. – D.S. o o o Al Qaeda Terrorist Wanted by FBI Crossed Back and Forth Into U.S. From Mexico. – P.M. o o o With future uncertain, Colorado shields its water. – D.S. o o o The Treasury Department is Seeking Survival Kits for Bank Employees and Thousands of Cellphone Users Received a Government “Emergency Alert”. – B.B.