Notes for Thursday – December 18, 2014

December 18th is the birthday of Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788). He wrote more that 1,700 hymns. Today is also the birthday of Jørgen Haagen Schmith (born December 18, 1910, died October 15, 1944). He was better known under the codename Citron and was a famous Danish resistance fighter in occupied Denmark. His biographical sketch at Wikipedia describes his death, after he was tracked down by the Nazis: “German soldiers arrived at the house to arrest or kill Schmith. He fought for hours against an overwhelming force of enemy troops killing 11 and wounded scores of …

The Case For Being A Prepper, by Quilliam Franklin

My goal in writing this article is to explain my thoughts and reasoning behind my choice to become a Prepper. I believe that being more prepared is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. However, sometimes Preppers can be seen as strange, eccentric, or even crazy. My hope is that as you read my thoughts in this essay you will get ideas that can help you have good heartfelt conversations with your loved ones. Ultimately, I hope you will realize what I did; preparing for the uncertainties in this world is anything but crazy. …

Letter Re: Prepper Armor

Dear Hugh, The recent article, “Prepper Armor,” by J.J. was good but needs clarification. It seems a lot of faith is put in the statement that Level III armor “stops 5.56mm,” but this needs to be explained further. We have two basic 5.56 x 45mm rounds– the 62 grain SS109/M855 and the 55 grain M193. The former travels at 2,970fps when fired from a M4 16 inch barrel, while the latter is 3,200 fps at the muzzle. Most body armor retailers distinguish the “stopping power” of their product between these two rounds by categorically stating the SS109/M855 WILL be stopped. …

Economics and Investing:

$4.20 Per Pound: Price of Ground Beef Climbs to Another Record. – RBS o o o Russians Rush To Stores As Country Fears Bank Run. – G.G. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Meet the ‘Accidental American’ with a Big Tax Bill Wealth Shrinks as Middle-Class Takes Hit from Falling Home Prices We Just Witnessed The Worst Week For Global Financial Markets In 3 Years

Odds ‘n Sods:

Footwear of the Middle Ages. – P.M. o o o An interesting talk on the search for a “Survival home”: The perfect post-apocalyptic bolt-hole?. – A.C. o o o Rule of law?? Courts rule Philadelphia man must pay $280,000 that he does not owe. – D.S. o o o We Stand! 1500+ Armed Patriots Nullify i594 Gun Restrictions.. – D.S. o o o Following up on Monday’s video regarding an MRAP to manage “constitutionalists”: Knezovich facing protest over MRAP flap. – B.B.