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. o o o 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 capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value), Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul pmags 30rd Magazines (a value … Continue reading

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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 the dashboard or in a console compartment. Given the limited room involved, the tool will not likely be a survival knife. More likely, a folding blade knife with a “glass-break” tip on the handle or similar tool will be used. Therefore, I see this as a survival function but not … Continue reading

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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

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Economics and Investing:

The War on Cash: Transparently Totalitarian. – J.J. o o o The Banksters War on Cash. – T.P. o o o 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

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Odds ‘n Sods:

National Guard trains for civil unrest, rioting. – JBG o o o Schlafly warns America ‘may be at a breaking point already’. – B.B. o o o 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 o o o Ham radio attempts to fill communication gaps in Nepal rescue effort. – T.P. o o o Automatic emergency call devices in all new car models from spring 2018

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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 capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value), Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul pmags 30rd Magazines (a value of $300) and a Gun Mag Warehouse T-Shirt. (An equivalent prize will be awarded for residents in states with magazine restrictions.), Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value), … Continue reading

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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 at any time on any day. You may find yourself stuck on the road in a blizzard (I’ve been there) or facing a vehicle malfunction after a weekend of backpacking in the wilderness. That time, I was stuck at a deserted trail head deep in the Arizona mountains over 40 miles from … Continue reading

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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 foods until they can be run through the machine. I am not sure it is suited towards off-grid production as-is, though that may be something that would be worth discussing with the company itself. The compressor for the freezer is fairly miserly in its power consumption, but the vacuum motor … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

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

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook (It superceded the very out-of-date ST 31-91B) Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition by Paul S. Auerbach Movies Shooter (Warning: Has many violent scenes.) Pale Rider (Warning: Has many violent scenes.) Instructional Video: Dave Gingery’s Green Sand Casting Techniques

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Motel 6 Sending Guests’ Personal Info to Police Every Night. – H.L. o o o PSA Contains Bizarre Subliminal Message About “Martial Law”. – RBS o o o Successful Live-Fire Test of EXACTO “Smart” Bullets. Heat seeking / guided missiles are now the size of .50 caliber bullets. – T.P. o o o Genetic testing moves into world of employee health. – D.S. o o o 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

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