Notes for Wednesday – April 01, 2015

April 1st is both April Fool’s Day and (unofficially) Molly Ivins Day. The latter refers to this key verse: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1 KJV) April 1st, 1886 was the birthday of Arthur W. Pink, who died 15 July 1952 and was an English Christian evangelist and excellent Reformed Biblical scholar. It was his meticulously referenced arguments in his book, The Soverignty of God, that first convinced JWR of the truth of the doctrine of Election. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 58 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing …

Round 57 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

First prize goes to M.R. for “Your Brain On Paper—How to Write Useful Operating Instructions – Part 1”, “Part 2”, and “Part 3”, which were posted on February 27th and 28th and March 1st. He will receive the following prizes: 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 …

Our Founding Fathers Were Right, by a Florida Mom

Our Founding Fathers were right, about education, too. Have you ever wondered how a generation with one-roomed schoolhouses produced so many great thinkers? Have you wondered what types of books were available when Abraham Lincoln studied on his own? Unlike many instructional books today, the educational books our founding fathers used were designed for simplified teaching, and self-teaching. They used McGuffey’s Readers, Harvey’s Grammar, and Ray’s Arithmetic. These were not grade level books; they were progressive level books, and they produced great thinkers who became great men. Pioneers could only pack a few books with their belongings, so they picked …

Letter: Storm Pump

I have first hand experience with the Storm Pump, made in Sagle, Idaho in the American Redoubt. This is a hand pump that attaches to your well head and sits next to your submersible pump. It costs about the same as the Simple Pump. I actually took a second job to save up for it, but the peace of mind was well worth the effort. They are manufactured by Terry Deal in Sagle, and he will also install them for a reasonable price. I have had the pump for about a year and a half now, and I am very …

Economics and Investing:

This digital currency has an unusual gold spin o o o The College Debt Bubble Is Collapsing Now; 33% Of All Student Loans Are Delinquent On Repayments o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: You May Want to Pay Extra Close Attention to the Economic Data This Week Philip Haslam: When Money Destroys Nations – This is a great article and good podcast interview Why The Mania Is Getting Scary—-Central Bankers Are Running A Doomsday Machine Gold In Fed Vault Drops Under 6,000 Tons For The First Time, After 10th Consecutive Month Of Redemptions

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long by Elliot Coleman Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition by Abigail R. Gehring Movies Jack Reacher Ender’s Game Instructional Video: ?DIY: How To Make Dummy/ Inert Training 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells (Free YouTube Video. Warning: Has a little foul language)

Odds ‘n Sods:

Civil asset forfeiture: Man has life savings confiscated for “speeding”. – T.P. o o o Does Jon Stewart’s Replacement, Trevor Noah, Have a Jewish Problem?. – P.M. o o o Recyclers try to defraud U.S. Mint with $ Millions worth of counterfeit coins from China o o o U.S. Supreme Court: If You’re Being GPS-Tracked, You’re Being Searched. – D.S. o o o Police step up license plate readers to collect taxes now. – D.S.