Notes for Thursday – April 30, 2015

Today is the birthday of sci-fi novelist Larry Niven (born April 30, 1938). Along with Jerry Pournelle, he co-authored the survivalist classic Lucifer’s Hammer. April 30th is also the birthday of Ed Yourdon, who was born in 1944.

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Today, we present another entry for Round 58 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.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  • DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, … Continue reading



  • Survival Blades – Part 2, by R.H.

    Glass-breaking is a function about which I keep hearing but don’t fully understand outside a military situation. I assume it refers to evacuating a car after an accident or other emergency. My problem with this is that almost nobody wears their survival knife on the way to and from work. If the knife is in the trunk with your BOB, how is it going to help? In a military scenario, I can see rescuing aircrew from a downed chopper; however, that situation is very different from what we’re likely to face. In the military, you have your gear on your person so your knife will be handy. Aircraft canopies are made of a plexiglass material, so I doubt it breaks like glass anyway. Egress from an automobile in an emergency would need to be executed with whatever is anchored within reach of the driver, which probably means something fixed to … Continue reading




    Letter Re: Survival Blades

    HJL,

    As far as using (and abusing) knives go, there is at least one company that provides an unconditional guarantee (beyond warranty) on their knives. Busse knives advertises this, and I’ve not heard anywhere that they’ve refused to replace or repair one of their knives regardless of how or under what conditions it failed. I was introduced to their product by a couple of infantry sergeants out on patrol while in Iraq, and they made me a believer. Busse does not have a statement to the effect that they will void the guarantee on their products for any reason. – BPP




    Economics and Investing:

    The War on Cash: Transparently Totalitarian. – J.J.

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    The Banksters War on Cash. – T.P.

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    Items from Mr. Econocobas:

    Japan Retail Sales Plunge 9.7% in March – What’s funny is in the video he talks about how Japan can deal with the excessive levels of debt, and what is not mentioned is what is most likely and what they are currently pursuing. Inflating away the debt.

    Video: Santelli Exchange: War on Paper Money?

    Biggest Inventory Build In History Prevents Total Collapse Of The US Economy – Definitely interesting; did not know the inventory build was still taking place to this extent.

    ‘Hawkish’ Hilsenrath Confirms Fed Not Worried About Q1 Growth, Rate Hikes Coming – Yeah……. sure… And watch the market implode




    Odds ‘n Sods:

    National Guard trains for civil unrest, rioting. – JBG

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    Schlafly warns America ‘may be at a breaking point already’. – B.B.

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    There is no more privacy. Remember that promise from the Radio Shack sales clerk who said they would never sell or give away your data? RadioShack Agrees to Mediation Over Sale of Customer Data – RBS

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    Ham radio attempts to fill communication gaps in Nepal rescue effort. – T.P.

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    Automatic emergency call devices in all new car models from spring 2018







    Notes for Wednesday – April 29, 2015

    Today, we present another entry for Round 58 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.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  • DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chromlined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR type rifle to have quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools, and a compact carry … Continue reading



  • Survival Blades – Part 1, by R.H.

    I have noticed quite a bit of confusion and hype surrounding the subject of survival blades lately. I have also noted people new to survival and prepping often cannot get simple questions answered due to lack of accurate information from sales clerks and others. I have written this so that newcomers can get some balanced information.

    Let’s define our terms before we begin. While many readers are preparing for an end of the world scenario, survival situations as I will consider them here happen every day. As I am writing this, most of the nation has been brutalized by a series of terrible winter storms. Even the Deep South is experiencing periods of freezing temperatures lasting weeks, which is highly unusual for us. I am certain many are thankful for their preparations and many were at risk because of the brutal weather.

    Survival situations can occur without warning … Continue reading




    Letter Re: Freeze Drier

    Hugh –

    During the time that you evaluated the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer, did you happen to monitor the power consumption?

    As an off-grid type, voltage, amperage, power factor, and total watts per freeze dry cycle are critical to determine if my available power can support this unit. Also, the length of the full freeze dry cycle is important. Thanks – Roy G.

    HJL Responds: After evaluating the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer for three months, I found myself very reluctant to send it back. About the time I was mentally figuring ways to extend the evaluation, I decided it was just time to purchase the unit. Since that time, it has run pretty much non-stop. The unit has been a significant factor in shifting our preps more towards freeze-dried foods and less towards frozen foods, especially in the vegetable department. The freezers now tend to be a holding environment for … Continue reading




    Economics and Investing:

    What Will Happen to You When the Dollar Collapses?. – H.L.

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    The war on cash; capital controls being imposed everywhere. When “the war on gold” begins, the world as we knew it will have already ended.

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    Items from Mr. Econocobas:

    Not Just For Tin Foil Hats—–Worries About Cashless Money And The Coming Correction

    Gold Surges: World’s ‘Biggest Pawnbroker’ Makes Deal

    China Is about to Come Clean about How Much Gold It Really Owns– Had posted a similar article to this earlier as well.

    U.S. Consumer Confidence Sinks in April







    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Motel 6 Sending Guests’ Personal Info to Police Every Night. – H.L.

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    PSA Contains Bizarre Subliminal Message About “Martial Law”. – RBS

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    Successful Live-Fire Test of EXACTO “Smart” Bullets. Heat seeking / guided missiles are now the size of .50 caliber bullets. – T.P.

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    Genetic testing moves into world of employee health. – D.S.

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    Think that you will escape notice because some on-going turf war will keep attention focused away from you during a crises? Crips and Bloods Call Truce Amidst Baltimore Riot







    Notes for Tuesday – April 28, 2015

    April 28th is the birthday of Aimo Johannes Lahti (born in 1896). This clever Finn designed (or co-designed) an amazing array of weapons, including the L-35 Lahti pistol, Suomi M-31 SMG, the Lahti-Saloranta M/26 LMG, the the famous Lahti L-39 20mm anti-tank rifle, and even the 20 ItK 40(a 20 mm dual anti-aircraft cannon).

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    Today, we present another entry for Round 58 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.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  • DRD Tactical is … Continue reading



  • A Commercial Diver’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness, by A. Diver

    Right now you might be thinking, “Why did he use the phrase ’emergency preparedness’ instead of ‘prepping’?” The answer is really simple; “prepping” has a negative connotation in this world. While the rest of the world has been in survival mode for a long time, Americans have been living in the lap of luxury. This world of convenience that we have made for ourselves has made us fat, naive, and lazy. This “lap of luxury” lifestyle has also made us complacent. We take things as they are and expect everything will be alright. If you are reading this, you have either already broken out of that mold or are ready to do so. Now what? How do you go about getting yourself ready for what is to come? That is what I am going to try to lay out for you here.

    Let’s talk about commercial diving for a minute, … Continue reading