Notes for Saturday – May 09, 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 …

An Emergency Hand Pump For A Well, by C.P.

After looking at various sources for deep well hand pumps for use in an emergency and noting that the price (some being over $1,000) was out of line for me, I decided to make my own unit. My static water level is about 65 feet, yet I was able to construct a workable unit using schedule 40 PVC plastic that cost me about $80. It’s amazingly easy to build and will pump a five-gallon bucket of water in about three minutes. So, if you decide to make one, here’s how I did it. Your well casing should be 5” or …

Letter Re: Communications in Dark Times

HJL, I want to point out one thing J.B. might have overlooked. Part 97 of the FCC’s rules governing Amateur Radio allow the government to suspend privileges in an emergency. While they can’t turn off the airwaves, there are things they can do: Monitor the airwaves. (It’s difficult to cover them all, but possible.) Jam signals in popular frequencies (if not all). Arrest violators. Turn off at least some if not all repeaters. (Our county’s repeaters are partially funded by our EOC. All employees of the EOC are amateur operators, and they can control all of our county’s repeaters.) Intimidate …

Economics and Investing:

This is a Major Buy Signal for Gold o o o Rental Armageddon continues: Federal Reserve shows housing to be a big push in household net worth yet we are hitting a generational low of actual homeownership. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Oil Price Recovery May Be Too Much Too Soon – This is an interesting read for sure. Part-Time Jobs Soar By 437,000; Full-Time Jobs Tumble, Stay Firmly Under Pre-Recession Highs Video: How Will Fed React to Jobs Data? – Rick Santelli puts it all in perspective here at the end. Japan National Debt Rises To ¥1,053,357,200,000,000

Odds ‘n Sods:

A useful map for those considering moving: Here’s Where in the Country You’re Most Likely to Become a Victim of Violent Crime. – JBG o o o After Nearly Claiming His Life, Ebola Lurked in a Doctor’s Eye. – D.S. o o o Tracking kids via microchip ‘can’t be far off,’ says expert. – G.M. o o o Bedtime Reading to Kids “Unfairly Disadvantages” Others . – S.D. o o o Battle erupts over censorship of 3D-printer gun plans. – H.L.

Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“If they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their forefathers, in their unfaithfulness which they committed against Me, and also in their acting with hostility against Me— I also was acting with hostility against them, to bring them into the land of their enemies—or if their uncircumcised heart becomes humbled so that they then make amends for their iniquity, then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and My covenant with Abraham as well, and I will remember the land.” Leviticus 26:40-42 (KJV)