Notes for Friday – August 21, 2015

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 …

Multiple Families on Your Retreat, by Farmer Brown

When our family moved to our ranch/retreat, we spent the first year living in a 30-foot travel trailer in the barn. With five kids, ages fourteen down to one years old, it was a tight squeeze. That was some good rustic living experience; we used a wood stove for cooking, an outhouse as our toilet, solar showers, and solar power. We gained a lot of new skills and gained the motivation to get the old farm house fixed up and livable. Living in the barn also gave us and the kids a new appreciation for hot water, flush toilets, and …

Letter: Notes from Jack Hinson’s One-Man War, A Civil War Sniper

Hugh, I recently read Jack Hinson’s One-Man War, A Civil War Sniper by Tom McKenney; I also like when I read JWR’s books, so I took down a few notes. This is a story of prosperous happy times that degraded into pestilence, war, famine, and death. It is also a story of survival, in a very dangerous time. Body, Mind, and Soul – Hinson had a good physical condition with great upper body strength, exceptionally long arms, and excellent eyesight. He was of pioneer mindset, sharp minded, had good business skills, yet soft spoken and reserved. There is little mentioned …

Economics and Investing:

Silver – More Evidence of a Price Bottom – G.C. o o o The Stock Market Crash Of 2015 Is Just Getting Started o o o Low Oil Prices And China Pull The Rug From Under Latin America o o o Get used to the idea that you will never retire: GAO report shows that half of Americans 55 and older have no retirement savings at all. o o o Stock market endures worst day in 18 months – C.L.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Bedtime Stories for Young Brains – D.C. o o o Young people: read this before you mess up your lives – S.B. o o o Meet The Scary Little Security Robot That’s Patrolling Silicon Valley – P.S. o o o Social Security Admits Plan to Add Recipients to Gun Background Check System – G.P. o o o Mexico now inspects passports at land border crossing from US, and charges $20.00 fee to enter – time to boycott this cesspool? – P.M.