Notes for Wednesday – July 08, 2015

For those looking to relocate: Dark Sky map JWR’s Comment: These are VERY detailed, zoomable maps. Quite useful! (But note, they may take a while to load, depending on your connection speed.) 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 …

A Portable and Easily Constructed Manual Water Pump – Part 1, by G.G.

“Water, water everywhere but nary a drop to drink” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. Finding water becomes the major problem faced by people in a survival situation. Go without water only a few days and death ensues. Storing water in the form of barrels is a logistical nightmare. They must be drained and refilled annually. Further, you only have as much water as you have stored. Living in Idaho gives those of us who live here access to one of the world’s largest aquifers. In fact, that body of water lies only 70 feet below …

Letter Re: Illusive Self Sufficiency

Hugh Mrs RLB ends her letter with a profound observation: “I am one of those who has worked on a Sunday trying to get some task done, only to be tired all week”. When I was much younger, I was starting out with a partner in a very small architectural mill work endeavor. We had landed a contract for casework in a school that had to be installed by September first. We were running hard, seven days a week, 10 hours plus. I no longer recall all the precise details. I do recall being, by the second week of this …

Economics and Investing:

Gold Up & S&P Down? o o o US Mint SOLD OUT of Silver Eagles, Announces Will Not Take Orders Until AUGUST! – D.S. o o o One in Five Americans Participates in Government Assistance Programs Each Month – G.G. o o o China stocks tumble again despite support measures. – G.P. o o o How The U.S. Government Could Default On Its Debt

Odds ‘n Sods:

The Fiscal health of all 50 states. o o o Oath Keepers Urge Preparation For Economic Collapse: America Running Out Of Time. Support Teams Urged.. – C.W. o o o Firearms Of Frogmen. There are some very interesting photographs here. – T.P. o o o Russia’s ‘superweapon’ can switch off satellites and enemy weapons. – G.P. o o o Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation. – B.B.