Notes for Saturday – December 20, 2014

I just heard that Jerry Pournelle suffered a minor stroke on Monday, December 16th. Please keep him in your prayers. – JWR o o o Safecastle has just announced their last sale of the year. This week Mountain House is on sale with discounts of 25-40%. o o o 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 …

Surviving with Type 2 Diabetes, by B.H.

There have been numerous discussions in the survivalist and SHTF communities about diabetes, and while Type 1 has been discussed at length, Type 2, which is much more prevalent and equally life-threatening, usually gets little more than a mention and possibly a conclusionary statement that it can be handled/managed with diet and exercise. But what exactly does that mean? There’s no discussion on what such a diet-based treatment would entail in a SHTF situation. It’s not a simple disease to handle. Type 2 diabetes, if untreated or improperly treated, can lead to loss of life and/or limb, just as in …

Letter: Wells and Pumps

I’m curious as to if any other readers have had difficulty getting good information on hand pumps? I am not technical by any definition of the word, but here is my situation: I just purchased a homestead in the country with well water. The pump runs by electricity. I have spoken with several well drillers in the area, explaining that I want a hand pump for grid down. The stock answer is “get a generator”. I live in southeastern NC. I understand there can be problems with trying to connect a hand pump to an already existing electrically-powered well. I …

Economics and Investing:

Northern Star Bank, Mankato, MN, Becomes 18th Bank Failure of 2014. – G.G. o o o Fewer US-Born Americans Have Jobs Now Than In 2007. – G.G. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: David Stockman: The Fracturing Energy Bubble Is the New Housing Crash There Is Hope In Understanding That A Great Economic Collapse Is Coming WH Hails Economic Gains But Poll Finds Few Concur

Odds ‘n Sods:

Snaring Varmints. – J.M. o o o Making 9 Million Jobless “Vanish”: How The Government Manipulates Unemployment Statistics. – P.M. o o o Muzzleloader Explodes Like Grenade, Takes Off Shooter’s Fingers . – RBS o o o Sixth Circuit: Mental Health Gun Ban Is Unconstitutional. – H.L. o o o SurvivalBlog reader P.M. sent in this link for old Singer sewing machine manuals. o o o SurvivalBlog reader M.D. requested prayer from our readers as they are dealing with spiritual warfare. Please keep them in mind in your intercessory prayer.