Notes for Friday – March 20, 2015

March 20th is the birthday of Mel Tappan. (Born 1933, died 1980.) His perennially popular survivalist books Survival Guns and Tappan on Survival have a well-deserved following. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 57 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 teams.) …

PVC Survival Gear: How to Make It – Part 4, by J.H.

PROJECT 5: PVC Survival Staff (Walking Staff, Blow Gun, Frog Gig, Fish Spear, Survival Kit) This is one of my favorite PVC build projects! It’s fun to make and can be made with “attachment” pieces for a multitude of different options. The design example I will be using for this article is more basic than some of my very intricate designs. However, I feel this is the most “user friendly” PVC staff build I can explain. There are more “parts” to this piece of survival equipment than the previous projects. If this seems to be too much and you want …

Letter Re: Water issues

Hello, We have a submersible in a four-inch casing/well. Our well is 125 feet deep. I don’t know what the static level is right now. The well casing sticks up out of ground about 18 inches and has the cap on it, where the electrical goes up into the cap next to the casing. There is a pitless adapter. With the four-inch casing and because of the pitless adapter I don’t think there’s room in the pipe for a manual pump. Is there any other way that we could make a hand pump in our existing well? If not, do …

Economics and Investing:

The Best “Democracy” Money Can Buy: For Every Dollar Spent Influencing US Politics, Corporations Get $760 Back. – J.L. o o o Invest In Food o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Fed’s Rate Hike ‘Baby Steps’ Could Backfire – The author makes a valid point that most don’t consider, but he also apparently doesn’t understand that they can’t raise rates without pricking the bubble. How Low Can They Go? Central Bank Policy Easing in 2015 De-Dollarization Accelerates As More Of Washington’s “Allies” Defect To China-Led Bank The Unraveling Is Gathering Speed

Odds ‘n Sods:

Some still skeptical of beef checkoff changes. – K.W. o o o Rekindling the Flame After the Collapse by Bill Buppert. – T.P. o o o From – Could this ALSO be practice for Martial Law being declared in the U.S.? Realistic military training coming to 7 states… Developing…. – H.L. o o o ICE: 167,527 Criminal Aliens Loose in U.S.A.. – B.B. o o o Will humans be BANNED from driving? Elon Musk says self-driving cars will spell the end of motorists because they are safer. – T.P.