Notes for Thursday – August 20, 2015

20 August 1935 is the birthday of former Congressman Ron Paul. He recently retired from Congress. Dr. Paul is to be commended for fighting the good fight for many years. August 20th, 1866 is also the day that president Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over. 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. …

How to Obtain Your Amateur Radio License, by N.M.

This article will provide you with some information on how to study for and obtain your Ham/amateur radio license and what to look for in your first radio. License Classes The amateur radio (aka “Ham”) licenses issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are issued in three classes– Technician, General, Amateur Extra (usually just called Extra). Each license class brings increasing privileges of frequencies that can be used. There are three grandfathered licenses classes called Novice, Technician Plus, and Advanced. The Novice license was issued to those who passed the old five word per minute (wpm) Morse code test but …

Letter Re: Low-Budget TEOTWAWKI Preps – Part 2

Hugh: While the article discusses three specific breeds of protection type dogs, the author is incorrect in saying that German Shepherd dogs are a danger to families with small children. As a former USAF K9 handler and former law enforcement officer, we’ve now had German Shepherd dogs in our family for the past 35 years with not a single “issue”, bite, or wanton/reckless/attack to our children, grandchildren, their friends, or neighbor children. Well trained dogs do not attack at all, and even a family pet does not attack without provocation. Oh, and yes our insurer (the same one for 38 …

Economics and Investing:

This government printed so much money the mint workers went on strike – H.L. o o o What Will You Do When The Government Checks Stop? – B.B. o o o The Crisis Is Spreading: China, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Sweden… If someone was still on the fence about a soon-ish global economic collapse, this webpage would give them a LOT to think about – P.H. o o o Silver Cycle Low – Now

Odds ‘n Sods:

Court To Bakery Owners: You Have No Property Rights – D.C. o o o Some Germans Are Microwaving Their ID Cards to Stifle Surveillance – D.S. o o o Detroit-area mayor seeks citywide ban on “personal flamethrowers” – T.P. o o o Infestation of Opossums Kills 17 Babies in Venezuelan Birth Ward – G.P. [Warning: auto-starting video] o o o Man who shot burglar charged with voluntary manslaughter – T.P.

Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams