Notes for Saturday – December 31, 2016

December 31st is the birthday of Dr. Cynthia Koelker, SurvivalBlog’s Medical Editor. It is also the birthday of Frederick Selous (born 1851, died 4 January 1917). o o o Mountain House is hiking most prices on their 30-year freeze-dried foods January 1 (as much as 10%). Safecastle is offering MH Sale discounts of as much as 48% through Dec. 31 (midnight Eastern time). Prices may never be this low again, so don’t miss this opportunity. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 68 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public. 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, chrome-lined barrel and a hard … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Head, And Preventing Others From Losing Theirs, by G.F.

In a critical situation, would you rather make war or make peace? I think the idea of cooperating to live through a crisis is much better than a “kill or be killed” scenario. The main reason why we need to think on this topic is that if the unthinkable happens, we can more easily restore our society from scratch. Like the Founding Fathers, we will have a foundation to build on. A pile of dead people is not a good way to start. Peace of mind is the key to happiness, and to have peace of mind you need resources. One of the most important of these is a solid survival plan. Resources and the land needed to support their production is true wealth, but respect for and preservation of life is priceless. A major area that is often overlooked when considering the threat to our person is the sheer numbers of people who do not own land. In California, with a population of 39.4 million people, the percentage of non-owner occupied housing is 44%. That’s a lot of people who have no reason to prepare, and many will resort to taking by force from those who have a self-sufficient … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Secession

Thanks for the article. I enjoyed it, but I have a couple of questions: the Supreme Court rulings seem to pertain only to states wanting to leave an “indestructable Union” composed of “indestructable States”, but does that still leave open the possibility of one of the “indestructable States” wanting to separate and become another state and still be part of the United States? You mention Baja Arizona, and certainly there is discussion about a State of Jefferson. There’s also the intent/desire for Silicone Valley to split off and become their own state. I’m sure upstate NY would like to divorce themselves from the politics of NYC as well as Chicago driving the politics of Illinois. And how did West Virginia manage to separate from Virginia? It seems to me that West Virginia set the precedent for a state to split and remain in the “indestructable Union”, which kept the United States intact. So why not the possibility of a 51st and then a 52nd and a 53rd state, which would provide for a better representation of “We the People”? I’m not a lawyer but curious, especially since this election just showed how divided this country is. Thanks. -Andy

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Economics and Investing:

Outlook 2017: What To Expect From Oil, Gold, USD And FX o o o Foreign Exchange Outlook (Scotiabank) o o o Investment Outlook 2017 (Credit Suisse) o o o Here’s where contrarian investors plan to make their money in 2017 o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Spinners, Weavers, and Sheep Ranchers take note: The Annual Black Sheep Gathering is scheduled for June 23-25, 2017 at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon. o o o The Northwest Preparedness Expo is calendared for May 6, 2017, in Prosser, Washington o o o A Storm is Coming: Preppers Must Stay Vigilant in 2017 o o o Signs of the times: Germany Considers Fining Facebook $522,000 Per Fake News Item o o o Star Parker: Obama Abandons Israel

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” – Genesis 41:15-16 (KJV)

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Notes for Friday – December 30, 2016

December 30, 1865 was the birthday of Rudyard Kipling. I should mention that his writings about Afghanistan have sparked a modern-day revival of interest in Kipling among British, Australian, and American officers and NCOs deployed to Afghanistan. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 68 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public. 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, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools and a … Continue reading

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Growing Pineapple, by G.J.

In post-Columbian Europe, imported or greenhouse pineapples were a symbol of wealth, often being used for decoration rather than being eaten. Now, imagine a world gone crazy, where even the canned pineapple is only a memory. For those of us who are well-stocked and even have a garden, the loss of trucking and worldwide shipping means a lot of fruits, especially tropical ones, will be simply a memory, kind of like how generations ago received oranges at Christmas as treats. Citrus fruits are not too much of a stretch in parts of the U.S., but pineapples will be rare. What is a fresh pineapple, something otherwise impossible to get, going to be worth? Now imagine that you have a dozen (or more) of these things ripening every six months. Don’t forget the TEOTWAWKI value of fresh tropical fruit—what a precious commodity it could be. Pineapple has several health benefits beyond Vitamin C. It can help inflammation, regulate blood pressure, and ease arthritis. With a greenhouse or in a warm climate, you can grow your own pineapples. Pineapples take forever (up to two or three years) to fully mature, so get started now! One of the ordinary benefits to growing your … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Localism

HJL, Regarding “Localism”, the hard, cold facts are that whatever significantly disrupts society to the point of power-grid collapse will induce major chaos, loss of life, loss of comfort, loss of wealth, and loss of security. A moral people (which our nation is not) must be governed by law, even in the absence of external government. Self-control is the foundation of civilization and must be based on a generally-acknowledged code of ethics. For past centuries, the Bible and Ten Commandments formed the platform for society. Now, not even the churches will acknowledge these authorities, let alone the Darwinists. The most disturbing point of this article, is the “ruthless suppression” of all “competing militias”. This is the end of freedom, because it will mean the disarmament or death of anyone who refuses to submit to the local Nimrod. However, in a society where Divine law is rejected, the law of force must rule. When desire is the highest law, whoever is strongest will destroy all others. Society will degenerate into a horde of robbers and assassins. This is “Natural Law”.

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Economics and Investing:

The 14-Year Record of the Baltic Dry Index o o o Ten Commandments for Buying Gold and Silver o o o Dollar Euphoria And Gold Price o o o 2016: A Year For Contrarians…2017 Shaping Up That Way As Well o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Wranglerstar Video: The Super Snowplow and Log Grapple Delivery o o o Total Survivalist: 2016 New Years Resolutions Final Review o o o Claire Wolfe: John Lott “reviews” the box-office flop, Miss Sloane o o o “Lines Out The Door”: How Americans Respond When Liberal States Restrict Their Gun Rights o o o A consulting client recently asked me for advice on how to keep his sets of web gear and MOLLE plate carriers organized and handy for transport. My solution: Use military pilot helmet bags. Tag them with the model of firearm(s) that they are carrying gear for, such as “PTR91 + Glock 30”.

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