Notes for Wednesday – December 17, 2014

December 17th, 1905, was the birth day of Simo Häyhä, who was the world’s most successful sniper. Using an iron-sighted Mosin–Nagant in Finland’s Winter War, he had an astounding 505 confirmed sniper kills. He died April 1, 2002. o o o Ready Made Resources is offering four extra cases of Mountain House with the purchase of their Premier Gold Package of Mountain House Foods, in addition to the standard package. That’s two cases of Rice and Chicken and two cases of Lasagna– a $636 value. That is in addition to the five cases of Yoders meats, one case of Red …

Prepper Armor, by J.J.

As a former military and police tactical officer, I want to write a bit about armor, why consider using it, what are the types, and best choices for various budgets. Why Armor? Many Preppers do not believe that armor is a needed part of their preparations. However, after spending a combined 30 years in the military and in police work, I can assure you that when things break down people will act badly. People will take your stuff, rape your family, and kill you and your family. Weapons and armor will be vital. Armor is expensive. However, if you or …

Letter: Emergency Preparedness

Gentlemen: My County Sheriff called me out of retirement to consult with him and the County EMA director on these topics. I drafted this letter after several hours of discussion with them and a few other community members in the meeting. I sent this to every County EMA director and County Sheriff in Ohio and also every EMA County and State level DHS Emergency official in Michigan. (It was sent to Michigan on the day of the recent Detroit outage, for enhanced effect.) It would be great to be spread wider, if you could see fit to link it on …

Economics and Investing:

Banks loosen lending standards to levels seen before financial crisis – G.G. o o o Russian bank manager: “This is the end of the banking system” – CDV o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: U.A.E. Sees OPEC Output Unchanged Even If Oil Drops to $40 Russia Defends Ruble With Biggest Rate Rise Since 1998 Russian Rate Jump Fails to Stop Ruble Crash – This is looking like it is about to spiral out of control..

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books Starting a New Life in Rural America: 21 Things You Need to Know Before You Make Your Move by Ragnar Benson Physicians Drug Handbook Fiction Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace Movies The Great Escape The Omega Man (It has far too many 1970s cliches, but it’s still worth watching. More recently re-made as I Am Legend which was only passable.)

Odds ‘n Sods:

Make Your Own Shoot-and-See Targets. Why spend a lot on things you’re just going to perforate? – J.C. o o o Podcast: Congress Just “Legalized” Warrantless Spying Against U.S. Citizens o o o 9-year-old suspended for spent shell casing gets support from gun rights group. – B.B. o o o From Rural Revolution: Cash vs. cashless o o o From the NY Times: The Assault Weapon Myth. – M.B.