Notes for Friday – July 31, 2015

31 July is the 94th birthday of Army Air Corps veteran David Thatcher, one of just two living Doolittle Raiders. He lives in Missoula, Montana. 31 July is also the birthday of free market economist Milton Freidman (born 1912, died November 16, 2006). o o o More moving sales from Camping Survival: Canned Cheese, DAK Ham and Red Feather Butter. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 59 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 day 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

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The Importance and Art of Fire-Making, by N.P.

Obviously, being able to make a fire in a SHTF scenario is of utmost importance. In addition to providing warmth and cooking capabilities, fire also provides a psychological boost. As an avid outdoorsman, who is originally from Canada, I’ve got a lot of experience and training, but I’m by no means claiming to be an expert. I just want to share some of my findings that may prove useful to others. I have several stories about the importance of fire-making. Here’s an example: I was in the Boreal Forest in Canada and noticed a large billboard containing the writing “Nature Trail” and a map of the trail, which went in a 1-mile circle. I thought I’d love to learn more about plants so decided to take the trail. I had two bags of groceries in my truck, along with my camping gear. It was only a mile, so I figured I’d be only gone 30 minutes. Well, the end never came. It started getting dark, so I started jogging in hope to reach the end quicker. As darkness fell, I soon realized that I was lost. The temperature was getting cold, but that didn’t stop the mosquitoes; there were ungodly … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Raising Meat Rabbits

HJL, This is just a note to let you know that three years ago, based on information obtained on SurvivalBlog, my daughter stopped using commercial pellets to feed her pedigreed silver fox rabbits. I gave her an article about all the things you can eat from your yard. Two hours later, she had found most of them in our yard and decided to feed her rabbits that way. Since then, she harvests clover, wild strawberry, dandelion, mulberry, sorel, wild violet, and much more from about six yards in the neighborhood that use no chemicals. She supplements in winter with bales of alfalfa and BOSS, so the rabbits are fed 100% natural food, about 80% locally grown. Her rabbitry is small, with one litter at a time, and no more than two dozen total mouths to feed. – M.E.

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Economics and Investing:

Rental Apocalypse: US homeownership collapses to 48 year low while rental rates continue to climb. o o o Central banks will disagree; Keynesian economists probably disagree; Too-Big-To-Fail banks don’t care … o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: 2nd Quarter GDP Misses Expectations Alan Greenspan: This is ‘Extremely Dangerous’ – While what he is saying is true, Greenspan has no room to lecture anyone, considering his abysmal track record at inflating debt and destroying an economy. US Economy Grew At 2.3% In Q2, Below Expectations, “Winter” Quarters Revised Higher On Double Seasonal Adjustments – Venturing further down the “Ministry of Truth” era. Total Collapse: Greece Reverts To Barter Economy For First Time Since Nazi Occupation

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Odds ‘n Sods:

War drums beating: China, Russia to hold military drills in Sea of Japan – G.P. o o o Violent Street Gangs Launch Shocking Contest: “Kill 100 People In 100 Days” – B.B. o o o Michigan Officer Shells Out $35,000 For Open Carry Stop – D.S. o o o Dem Congressman: With Sanctions Relief, Iran Can Just Buy a Nuke from North Korea – B.B. o o o US military’s smart rifle can be HACKED to change weapon’s target and disable its scope – JBG

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Notes for Thursday – July 30, 2015

Today we remember the birthday of author Reginald Bretnor. He was born Alfred Reginald Kahn on July 30, 1911, in Vladivostok. He died on July 22, 1992 in Medford, Oregon. In addition to penning many witty science fiction novels and short stories in his characteristic style, he also wrote nonfiction articles for Mel Tappan’s P.S. Letter o o o Camping Survival is continuing their moving sale, hoping not to have to move these heavy items. Now is an excellent time to stock up. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 59 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 day 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 … Continue reading

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Raising Meat Rabbits: Mistakes and Successes, by JEE

We currently live on one acre. So finding a protein source that is easy to house, is inexpensive, has a fairly good turn-over rate, and doesn’t require a lot of land, was hard at first. We actually stumbled upon it by accident. We were given two Rex rabbits with a cage shortly after moving into our new house. Three months later, we had babies, lots of them. However, not ever having butchered anything before and not really wanting to, as they were such small animals, we re-homed them. However, it got me thinking and researching. It turns out that there are a lot of different types of rabbits out there, including meat rabbits! We built two very large cages with an enclosed area for sleeping and having their babies. They are massive cages that are extremely hard to move and were even harder to keep clean. We learned early on that rabbits will poop in their sleeping area if it is too large. We were able to obtain a male and female New Zealand and were even able to get a pretty decent kit that year. That was all it took; we were hooked! Over the last four years, we’ve … Continue reading

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Letter Re: West Nile Virus

Hi Hugh, I recently heard from two people (one who stayed in Florida, the other in Texas) that restaurants were hanging zip-loc bags with water in them around their outside dining areas. Apparently, that repels mosquitoes and flies. Although no one could provide an explanation as to why it worked, I have a theory that may explain it. When sunlight passes through water droplets in the air (when it’s raining) the light bends as it passes through the surface of the water droplet. The different wavelengths of light bend at different angles. A second bending occurs when the light exits the droplet on the other side. This causes the rainbow that we see when it is raining somewhere and the sun is also shining. (You can replicate this on a sunny day by spraying a fine mist out of your garden hose.) Even though insects may not be the most intelligent species on the planet, it’s quite likely they also see the rainbows and associate them with dangerous projectiles (rain) and take cover. Insects likely have eyes that are more sensitive to light than ours and can detect rainbows emanating from the bags of water. They think it’s raining and … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

The War On Cash: Why Now? – D.S. o o o Oil Majors Resigned To Lower Oil Price Environment o o o If The American Dream Is To Own A Home, Then It Hasn’t Been In Worse Shape Since 1967 o o o Paul Craig Roberts – The Global Economy A “House Of Cards”, Fed Most Certainly Will Not Raise Interest Rates, Demand for Gold and Silver Very Very High

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Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog reader K.S. wrote in to tell us that GunMag Warehouse currently has a fantastic price on Springfield XD-9 and XD-40 magazines – $13.99 for either. o o o For those that care, a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) is a hiccup from our sun. Doesn’t happen often, and when it does it normally misses the earth. One of significance hit the earth in 1859 known as the Carrington Event. If an event like that would happen today, it would fry our electrical grid and it would take out all the large transformers which are custom made, so there isn’t a spare sitting on the shelf. If you have ever heard of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse), the effect is quite similar. North Korea and Iran and others would love to detonate one a few hundred miles over the US. This is reason given why NORAD has moved back deep inside Cheyenne Mountain. Consider a world or a US without electricity, with basically no warning. Generators only run until the fuel runs out – MtH o o o California Drought Could Wipe Cities Off Map If Their Water Runs Out – G.P. o o o If you are traveling across state lines … Continue reading

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