Notes for Saturday – January 03, 2015

On this day, in 1521, Martin Luther– the father of the reformation and founder of Protestantism– was officially excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church. 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 will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government …

Natural Pharmacology: Medicinal Use of Mushrooms/Fungi and More, by M.H.

(Disclaimer: the following is for informational purposes only. The correct identification of fungus is incredibly important. If you do not know what you’re doing, and even if you do, do a spore print test. If you don’t know what that is, you better study before doing anything. The following medical examples are exactly that– examples! Some of the natural properties are incredibly beneficial, while some are extremely poisonous. You must know what you are doing. All other medical articles are geared towards research and extreme emergency-only procedures. None of this document should be construed as medical advice; please refer to …

Letter Re: TruCrypt

Hugh, Of course people should do what they are comfortable with, but TrueCrypt is still safe to use. For those who want the “new and improved” version of what was once TrueCrypt, there is now “VeraCrypt“—and-its-better Users should note that even though it looks and acts like TrueCrypt, VeraCrypt can NOT decrypt files that were encrypted with TrueCrypt. Happy New Year. – V

Economics and Investing:

“Audit The Fed” Bill Gains Momentum, Yellen Starts Damage Control o o o Beware the Money Illusion Coming to Destroy Your Wealth o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Could Russia Back Its Currency With Gold? Japan Is Writing History As A Prime Boom And Bust Case The American People Are Utterly Clueless About What Is Going To Happen As We Enter 2015

Odds ‘n Sods:

From Frank and Fern: Radio – Adventure with a New Antenna o o o I received the following announcement from the manufacturer of Polar Pure, in Saratoga, California: “After three years of negotiations with the DEA and the EPA, I am pleased to inform you that Polar Pure is officially back on the market!” I was able to obtain a sample from the new production. The packaging looks identical to the “pre-ban” variety. I recommend stocking up before the DEA bureaucrats change their minds! – JWR o o o Candle alternative. – G.P. o o o Not everyone today believes …

Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, the Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” Genesis 48: 15-16 (KJV)