Notes for Wednesday – January 07, 2015

This is the birthday of several notables: Senator Rand Paul (born 1963), Cresson Kearny(born 1914, died December 18, 2003), and Bent Faurschou-Hviid, known as The Flame (born 1921, died October 18, 1944). The Flame was a red-haired Danish resistance fighter in the Holger Danske Group during World War II. His exploits were dramatized in the movie Flame and Citron. 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 …

Car Emergency Kit, by Z.M.

The holidays are just over, and that means that many of you probably spent at least a few hours out on the road. Going to visit family is always a blast, but the journey doesn’t always tend to be this way. Life happens. Cars break down, traffic jams block roads, and blizzards can leave you stranded. Are you prepared for a similar situation? Just being stuck by the roadside by yourself can be bad enough, but can you imagine going through this with your spouse and/or kids? If this situation happened, would you have prepared enough to make sure that …

Letter Re: Lessons on Prepping From an Afghanistan Deployment, by A.K.

Hugh, I’m always glad to hear stories from fellow Marines on your blog. Having served as a combat Marine in Fallujah (2004), I can appreciate the lessons he’s disseminating and vouch for their effectiveness. However, there is one detail I want to clarify to your readers: The 9mm is not a bad round. It’s actually quite an effective round with the right bullet. The military is restricted to using mostly ball type ammunition, due to the obsolete Hague Convention, and 9mm ball is, unequivocally, a terrible round for stopping humans. It’s great for light barrier penetration and target shooting, and …

Economics and Investing:

Review of the 2014 Bank Failures and Their Effects on Depositors. – G.G. o o o Jeff Gundlach: Something Is Not Right; Concerned About Health Of The Economy & Financial System o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: German Savers Brace for $2.3 Trillion ECB Question Jim Rickards Says the Fed is Bluffing About Raising Interest Rates in 2015 Hedge Funds Resume Bullish Gold Bets as Greece Vote Looms The ECB “Leaks” Its 3 QE Choices

Odds ‘n Sods:

Living on the edge. Proof that living on the edge can be done for a very long time. Important to note how important faith is in such a situation. – S.D. o o o Former Marine Shocks Crowd By Singing Forgotten Verse Of Star Spangled Banner. – Avalanche Lily o o o Top five emergency first aid items you probably didn’t even realize were medicine. – D.S. o o o Connecticut Gun Confiscation Letters Now Confirmed By Fox. – F.B. o o o The Most Amazing Hubble Image Ever. – C.M.