Notes for Saturday – October 31, 2015

October 31st is Reformation Day. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 61 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case (a $1,700 value), A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value), A course certificate from onPoint Tactical 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 use of any tools and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value), Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul pmags 30-rd Magazines (a value of $300) and … Continue reading

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Head Up, Eyes Open, by Hondo

By way of introduction, I am a retired cop. For my second career, I now ride the train to work daily. After 28 years in my first career, with command responsibilities for training a very large agency’s officers for many years, I have many habits ingrained as second (or FIRST!) nature. These habits are not always useful, until the SHTF. These habits are “cloaked”, because that’s how they work best, until the SHTF. These habits sometimes, even after all these years, baffle my loved ones. My aim here is to share a few things that may be useful, in light of current events, societal trends, and Murphy’s Law, because if one believes it could never happen to them, guess what; it can. It can land on you like an upwind seagull’s poop on a windy day! As a boater who has had that exact thing happen to him, I can verify that it can get messy fast! I intend to lay out some traits and habits that I aspire to and that, God forbid something bad happens, might save you (or me) one day. I am a believer in mental, emotional, and personal preparedness, in rehearsal and in “gaming out”– … Continue reading

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Letter Re: The OTHER Electrical Grid Failure Problem

Hugh, As an electrician with over 20 years experience in power generation, I can tell you that there is no way if a massive grid down event takes place, the nuclear reactors in this country will be safe. A failure of the electrical system will not be able to be repaired quickly. You will find one or two electricians working on nights and weekends; the rest are going to be home. Do you think they will leave their families? Most locations have more than one reactor that will be down. And I understand, you have about 4 hours to get the cooling system running. One or two men will be overwhelmed. Of all the possible catastrophes I could think of, this is the one I told my wife about 4 years ago. I had no solution then. I have no solution now. We have painted ourselves into a corner. Unless the grid is hardened to withstand an EMP or CME, we are doomed. – Master Electrician

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Economics and Investing:

SurvivalBlog reader H.L. sent in this link showing issues with Deutsche Bank: Deutsche Bank Reports Massive Loss, Will Cut 35,000 Jobs, Exit 10 Countries In Sweeping Overhaul o o o Gold Analogue: Then and Now o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: The US Spends $35 Billion In Global Economic Aid (But Where Does All This Money Really Go?) Fed’s Lacker: Here’s Why I Dissented at Last FOMC Vote – So what we really need is to eliminate central planning including the price of money (interest rates); it is laughable that Lacker believes that the U.S. economy is a bed of roses ready for interest rates to ‘normalize’. US Senate Passes Budget, Debt Limit Bill – As if there was going to be any other outcome; the debt limit is nothing more than a farce, originally enacted just after the Fed came into existence, so that they could monetize debt for WWI (which was against the original charter), and was the proviso so that the government and private central bank didn’t run amuck with debt… So much for that.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Remember that illegal NSA spy program that Snowden blew the whistle on? Well, now the court says it’s legal for NSA to spy on you because Congress says it’s OK. Sent in by B.B. o o o SurvivalBlog reader K.C. sent in a video link on how to make your own solar panels. Depending on the cells you can pick up, this may be the option you need to get off-grid. o o o Bay County, Florida Sheriff Frank McKeithen is blasting a “secret ballot” vote on Florida open carry. Imagine that! Elected officials voting in secret so you don’t know how they represented you! Sent in by T.P. o o o Forget X-rays, now you can see through walls using WI-FI: Device captures silhouettes and can even identify people when they’re stood behind concrete. Sent in by Watcher. o o o Fall is in the air and the wood stoves are getting warmed up…or are they? In San Francisco, all stoves in new homes have been banned. Even those certified as low emission. The regulations actually kick in next fall for wood stoves, but fireplaces are already illegal.

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.” 2 Kings 4:32-35 (KJV)

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Notes for Friday – October 30, 2015

October 30th, 1735 was the birthday of President John Adams. (Other sources cite his birth date as October 19, 1735.) He died on July 4, 1826– just a few hours after the death of Thomas Jefferson. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 61 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case (a $1,700 value), A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value), A course certificate from onPoint Tactical 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 use of any … Continue reading

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Digital Communications Capabilities for Prepared Families, by Prairie Dweller

As most preppers know, regardless of where you are on your prepping journey, the ability to communicate is a vital need. We need to communicate with our families, and we need to get information about what’s going on around us. The need for communications, as well as the traditional methods for establishing them, has been well addressed in preparedness circles. What has not been addressed much is what digital communications capabilities have to offer you as a prepper. I have been an amateur and commercial radio operator for many years, and the capabilities of digital communications as compared to voice communications astonishes me still. Digital communications involves the interconnection of computer hardware and radio equipment in order to send and receive messages that are generated by a computer by utilizing radio transmissions. While analog voice communications have their place, digital communications offer the ability to send messages over short or long distances, using reliable error correction, under less than ideal conditions. Many times, especially on the high frequency (HF) bands, propagation conditions can be challenging and voice communications can be delayed, insecure, and inefficient. The utility of digital modes is not confined to the HF bands, as newer models are … Continue reading

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Letter: .40 S&W

Dear Hugh Service caliber semi-automatic handguns are generally considered to be in calibers 9mm, 40 S&W, and .45 ACP. A lot of people really seem to enjoy Monday morning quarterbacking the virtues of these calibers and their theoretical stopping power. Well, everyone should have a hobby. The reality is that any pistol (unless it is maybe the 500 S&W) is far less effective than a rifle. I am not sure who said it first, but a common quote is that the purpose of a pistol is to allow you time to reach your rifle. Recent events (see below) are resulting in the .40 starting to receive unfavorable press, where everyone (including gun writers who previously thought the .40 S&W was the greatest thing since sliced bread) are now starting to poo-poo the caliber. Cartridge popularity comes and goes in the gun press. I can remember when the “experts” were all extolling the virtues of the .45 GAP, the .32 H&R magnum, the .32 NAA, the .357 SIG, and other wonder cartridges. Likewise, the hard corps gun press will claim that anything other than a .45 auto is a “mouse gun”. I am writing in “defense” of the .40 S&W. I … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Wow! What the Rite Aid deal means for Walgreens and the future of retail healthcare Walgreens acquiring Rite-Aid means that they will now control 41% of the pharmacy market. CVS already controls 58% of the market. How is that good for health care? Sent in by RBS o o o Items from The Economics Team: Our Debt Continues to Increase: The Boehner-Obama Deal (CNS News) Time to Use Threats of Default and Shut-Down to Reduce Spending (My Way) Weak U.S. Business Spending Plans Signal Slower Economic Times Coming (Reuters) The Bull Run in Stocks is Perilous (Market Watch) Orders for U.S. Durable Goods Fizzle (Market Watch) The U.S. Service Economy Tumbles: October Slow Down Likely to Influence Central Bank Decisions on Rates (Zero Hedge) Healthcare Co-ops Closing: The Bad News Keeps Coming, Consumer Coverage Choices Narrow (New York Times) The Retirement Crisis is Real: Are Mandatory Regulated Accounts Really the Solution? (Huff Post Money) Comment: Seriously? Our solution is surely not to institute mandatory, regulated accounts trusting that the financial resources we will need at our most vulnerable time in life will be available through the same banks guilty of everything from negligence to criminal acts. Be aware of the … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

From Frank (of Frank and Fern): Animated Refugee Map Very interesting to see where they are coming from and where they are going. It would be very interesting to have one like it of this country. It might surprise a few folks. o o o Speaking of immigrants: SurvivalBlog reader B.B. sent in this link showing Immigrants FLOODING Into US At Rate Of 3 LAs Per Year o o o Reader JFJ also sent in a link to American Thinker that gives us 13 reasons why we should not admit Muslim ‘refugees’. o o o Do you wonder why so much of your paycheck goes to the government? It’s not constitutional defense spending…Undeniable Social Security Demographics Sent in by RBS. o o o SurvivalBlog reader J.T, sent in this interesting article on the progress of dealing with Ebola: Penn Study Blocks Ebola Virus Budding by Regulating Calcium Signaling

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