Notes for Sunday – August 09, 2015

9 August 1831was the birthday of James Paris Lee (August 9, 1831 – February 24, 1904). He was a Scottish-Canadian and later American inventor and arms designer, best known for inventing the bolt action that led to the Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield series of rifles. 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 …

Hypothermia: Prevention, Identification, and Treatment, by Stonecold

Hypothermia is a condition wherein the core body temperature drops from its “normal” temperature, with normal being between 97.7 and 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Some symptoms, in order of increasing seriousness, are cold extremities, mild shivering, mental confusion, muscle incoordination, severe shivering and shaking, combativeness, paradoxical undressing, and cardiac arrest. A drop in core body temperature of as little as three degrees can result in these symptoms and eventually lead to death. Hypothermia should be a concern with anyone who lives in Western Washington, given our wet, temperate climate. Its prevention, identification, and treatment must be in the forefront of our …

Letter Re: Zippo Lighters

HJL, I’ve discovered that bicycle inner tube encased Zippo lighters fit nicely inside a used Tic-Tac plastic case with a little extra space for some tinder, spare wicks, and flints inside the lid. I store my extra flints inside coffee stir stick segments. The Tic-Tac case protects the lighter and provides an extra barrier to slow down the evaporation process. I’ve also used Naphtha in my Zippo while deployed. – RLH in Ohio

Economics and Investing:

The College Bubble 2.0: In just one year, loan debt is up nearly 30% …Half of young graduates are either unemployed or only working part-time… The massive increase in applicants with degrees, the value of college degrees is drastically falling o o o The recent dips in the spot silver and gold markets are indicative of both manipulation in the global oil market and panicky investors in Europe shifting into U.S. dollar-denominated investments. (The investing outflows from Europe are pushing the U.S. Dollar up, and precious metals down.) With spot silver at around $14.70 per Troy ounce and gold at …

Odds ‘n Sods:

‘Production Versus Plunder’ Part 19: Life in the New Empire o o o Transplanted Venezuelan patients resort to veterinary drugs – P.S. o o o Federal court: Drug dog that’s barely more accurate than a coin flip is good enough – T.P. o o o Google’s Search Algorithm Could Steal the Presidency – JBG o o o The Terrifying Dark Years Are About To Begin As The World Now Faces Greatest Downside Risks In History