Notes for Monday – August 31, 2015

August 31st, 1992 is the day that Randy Weaver surrendered to the Federal Authorities, ending the 10 day siege on Ruby Ridge. This is the incident that preceded the Waco siege and is known for the unconstitutional rules of engagement and overzealous actions by the jack booted thugs of the federal authorities that resulted in the death of two innocent people– Sammy and Vicki Weaver, Randy’s son and wife. It is notable that Randy was acquitted of all charges except missing a court date and violating bail conditions on an ATF sting operation where it is suspected that Mr. Weaver did nothing wrong but that the ATF informant altered the shotguns sold to him by Weaver resulting in Weaver’s arrest. In addition, the missed court date was due to clerical errors on behalf of the court. All involved Federal agencies were publicly reprimanded, and the state of Idaho attempted to press charges against some individuals for their actions but were stymied due to federal interference. o o o SurvivalBlog’s economics editor, Mr Econocobas, needs some help due to his travel schedule, so we are now actively seeking a part-time economics editor. You would only be in it for the glory … Continue reading

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Scot’s Product Review: SGK 440 Portable Power Solar Go Kit

This is something I wish I had owned back in my old days at the newspaper. We sometimes had to go places where there was no electricity and coming up with power could be a real hassle. As the years rolled by, the need for power got bigger and bigger. When I started, the cameras were mechanical and we shot film. By the end, everything was digital and required batteries, plus we had computers and cell phones too. We often drove around blowing fuses in cars with inverters plugged into the lighter socket in a desperate effort to keep stuff running. With the Solar Go Kit, I would have had fewer problems and lost much of my fear of electron deprivation. Preppers may well face the same issues that my guys had when working in disaster areas and needed power for their gear. The Solar Go Kit SGK 440 is a compact, though somewhat heavy, combination of batteries, power analyzer, chargers, inverter, and power connectors that should allow you to keep many of your electrics operational in most any situation. It is packaged in a Pelican 1520 case that measures (in rounded numbers) 20x16x7.5 inches. The case itself comes in … Continue reading

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Pat Cascio’s Product Review: Cold Steel/Rawles Voyager Limited Edition

Disclaimer: Neither Jim Rawles or Hugh J. Latimer asked me to do this article, nor did Lynn Thompson from Cold Steel. I received an e-mail flyer on this limited edition folder and requested a sample for review. No one involved in this project, including myself, are profiting from the sale of this folding knife. All proceeds are going to charity! ————— The Cold Steel Voyager folder is one of the best-selling folders in the Cold Steel stable of knives. It’s always in demand. I really like the Tri-Ad locking mechanism on this line of folders. It’s super strong, to be sure. You can see how the Voyager has been brutally torture tested by going to the Cold Steel website and viewing their videos. It’s amazing the testing that is done on this line of folders. Lynn Thompson puts his money where his mouth is. I’ve tested several of the Voyager folders in the past for articles, and I walked away totally blown away. My torture testing didn’t come any where near what Cold Steel did in their testing. Still, I was more than a little impressed with this line of folders. A quick look at the Rawles Voyager XL folder … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Peanut Butter Hummus, by A.S.

How would you like a quick homemade dip for those dinner guests that arrive suddenly or a quick, healthy dip for your family that is nutritious, easy, and healthy to boot? This will take just 15 minutes of your time and make 1kilo/2.2 pounds of delicious dip ready to eat with carrot or celery sticks. Note : If you are cutting the unhealthy carbs from junk, such as deep fried takeout, this is an ideal alternative. Ingredients: 2 cups canned chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained until all the “froth” from the water is gone 6 Tbsp peanut butter (crunchy or smooth) 3 Tbsp lemon juice (bottled lemon juice is fine ) 1 tsp ground paprika 1 tsp ground cumin 6 cloves of fresh garlic 3 Tbsp Greek yogurt 1 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp ground rock salt 1/4 cup olive oil Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix in the olive oil. Do short bursts of your blender till the chick peas are no longer whole and the whole mix is firm but not runny. Sprinkle crushed peanuts over the dip and serve! Once blended, you can taste test your dip and add more … Continue reading

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Letter Re: A Year’s Supply of Food/Cooking Oil Alternatives

Dear Hugh, With regard to the discussions about a renewable source of cooking oil, bio-diesel, and perhaps lubricating oil as well, I’ve often thought peanuts (aka, “goober peas”) may be a viable option for those of us who live in the south. Obviously, they’re not as visible as sunflowers, and statistics at this website seem to suggest that they produce a higher yield of bio-diesel than rapeseed. I’ve read bits and pieces about backyard peanut growing, but I suspect large scale cultivation may be necessary for meaningful oil production. At any rate, their obscure growing nature, nutritional value (including protein), and possible light lubricating oil production may qualify them as a survival crop worth examining. If anyone has any experience with small-scale peanut farming, I would certainly be interested in hearing the story! Best Wishes – SH in TX

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Economics and Investing:

Michelle Obama’s Lunch Rules Have Cost Cafeteria Worker Jobs – D.S. o o o Printing Money Goes Haywire in Venezuela – G.G. o o o In 2008, Fewer Than 30 Million Used Food Stamps. Now 46 Million Do. – GJM o o o Illinois Pays Lottery Winners In IOUs After $30K/Month Budget “Guru” Fails To Produce Deal – GJM o o o China is the biggest Bubble in History

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Radio talk-show callers demand slaughter of whites and cops ( caution – language ) – T.P. o o o Bill That Was Supposed To Limit Police Drone Activity Changed By Lobbyist To Enable Weaponized Drones – B.B. o o o The Key To Disaster Survival? Friends And Neighbors – G.G. o o o Start Your Spring Garden – D.S. o o o Free No-Nonsense Amateur Radio Study Guides – RLH

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

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Notes for Sunday – August 30, 2015

August 30, 2014 is the 95th birthday of Joachim Rønneberg, a hero of the Norwegian resistance during World War II. His exploits earned him the War Cross Wtth Sword, Norway’s highest military honor. In April 2013, Rønneberg was presented with a Union Jack during a ceremony at the Special Operations Executive (SOE) monument in London to mark 70 years since the successful Gunnerside heavy water plant sabotage mission. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 60 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $10,000 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 … Continue reading

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Forecasting Disaster Part 2, by ShepherdFarmerGeek

The Unfolding Disaster There is another category of crisis that can be forecast in a sense, and that is the “unfolding disaster”. Some crises don’t just strike out of the blue one day; they begin and gather steam. Keeping an eye on national and global news, we can spot events that are clearly going to worsen and spread. We won’t be able to predict the exact day of the turning point or the milestones as they unfold, but it becomes obvious that something bad is dead ahead and there’s no getting out of it. Others may be in denial and frozen up by normalcy bias, but the studious prepper sees what is happening. Hurricanes are a good example. We watch the news. We see one forming in the ocean. We know it might come our way, or it might not. We get ready for a hurricane, implementing the more disruptive protective measures only once it looks like it’s going to go through the neighborhood. When we first see the news, we might check our water and gasoline supply, and by the time it’s about to come ashore we’ve nailed the plywood over our windows. The closer it gets, the clearer … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Scot’s Product Review: Burris 2-7xx32mm Handgun Scope on the Mexican Mauser

Good morning, Hugh, In reading Scot’s excellent review of the Burris 2-7X Extended Eye Relief rifle scope he mentioned using a ballistics program to determine a 200 yard zero which would also allow hits within four inches of point of aim at 250 yards. Inadvertently, I think, Scot broached the topic of Point Blank Range with that sentence. If one watches movies and television dramas, one probably believes Point Blank Range to be several inches to a few feet in front of a firearm’s muzzle. It is not. The definition of Point Blank Range is: “The maximum distance at which a center sighting hold on a target of specified size will produce a strike on that target from the muzzle to that maximum distance.” It is, of course, dependent upon bullet trajectory and will vary based on the firearm and/or ammunition employed and the target. Determining point blank range is simple using ballistics software, an ammunition manufacturer’s trajectory chart, or it can be determined by actual measurement on the range. Regarding trajectory, here’s a question: If a rifleman is standing on a perfectly flat plane not subject to curvature of the earth holding a firearm parallel to that flat plane, … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Stocks Are Likely in for Another 6 Months of Volatility! o o o Currency wars can quickly spiral downward into a vicious black hole & that makes precious metals all the more attractive…. this time the threatened currency destruction will be global o o o Global Silver Inventories Tipping Point? New Threat To The Fracking Industry o o o Why The Great Crash Is Still In Motion

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