Notes for Thursday – March 31, 2016

March 31 is the birthday of economist Dr. Walter E. Williams, PhD., who was born in 1936. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 63 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, 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 compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value), Gun Mag Warehouse … Continue reading

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Thinking About Fitness and BOB, by S.B.

I like being prepared for whatever comes my way. That doesn’t mean I know what’s coming, but simply that I’m as well prepared as possible to deal with situations that may arise. In so doing, I pay close attention to my surroundings, whether they are immediate, in the micro sense, or globally in the broader sense. I consider this critical to preparedness and the ability to act when needed. Paying attention to myself is equally critical. Having the mental capacity to assess the situation and devise a plan is one thing. Having the physical ability to carry it out is something completely different. Physical fitness is critical, especially if you envision your situation involving bugging out and carrying the provisions and defensive tools necessary to sustain you even for a short period. Personally, I have always enjoyed physical fitness and being in shape, beginning at the age of 12 with my first set of weights. By age 18, I was enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and a life of physical preparedness took on a different meaning. It meant I might have to rely on my physical abilities to save my life, or someone else’s. Today, 31 years later, in … Continue reading

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Letter Re: TATP

JWR, Regarding the Brussels terrorist incident: While I don’t doubt that TATP was used, something is wrong with this! TATP is an “entrophic”; I believe that is the word, a reaction. There was lots of gas but no heat or fire. The Brussels explosions show fires in several areas. Something else must have been used in conjunction with TATP. The question is what and how did “something else” get past the sensors, dogs, et cetera? As a retired deputy, I still have several law enforcement contacts. Several months ago I was talking with one. He mentioned they were being trained/briefed/educated on a new type of explosive anyone could manufacture at home; it’s a combination of H202 and Acetone. didn’t think much of it at the time, but now it is abundantly clear that there was something afoot. The shoe bomber reportedly used TATP, but there was no particular outcry about it at that time. It makes me wonder about “why now?” As a former DIA employee told me years ago, nothing in government happens by accident; something about the sudden emergence of TATP makes my hair stand on end. And from what little I know about the manufacture of it, … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

SILVER vs. GOLD: 2 Must See Charts o o o 23 Percent Of Americans In Their Prime Working Years Are Unemployed – Sent in by B.B. o o o Items from Professor Preponomics: US News Junk Territory: US Corporate Debt Ratings Near 15 Year Low (CNN Money) Excerpt: “In the past four years, S&P has assigned a single-B rating to 75% of companies accessing the debt markets for the first time. That rating is just one notch up from triple-C, a rating given to companies with a high probability of default.” School of Debt: How to Bankrupt Public Education, Chicago-Style (Bloomberg) Excerpt: “Today the Chicago public schools are in such dire straits that officials from the Illinois governor down wonder aloud about its solvency.” Chicago’s $63 Billion Debt Burden (Illinois Policy) Excerpt: “All that debt has led Moody’s Investors Service to downgrade Chicago’s debt to just three notches above junk status. Chicago’s bonds are now rated the lowest of the nation’s biggest cities, other than Detroit.” Lankford Targets Trump’s Historic Hotel (Government Waste Fraud and Abuse) Excerpt: “Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) targeted GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s historic hotel project in Washington, D.C. as an example of wasted tax-dollars, arguing that … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Camping Survival posted a canned food shelf life video that mentions and takes place in their new store. If you have questions on the longevity of your food, you might want to take a peek at it. (Or perhaps you might just want to see their new storefront/warehouse.) o o o So much for man as the major cause of pollution: Volcano erupts in Alaska, sends ash 20,000 feet into air TRUNEWS with Rick Wiles – Sent in by RBS. o o o Some amazing pictures. This is what I call “off-grid” – Forest Ranger Spots Hidden Cabin In Woods, Finds Creepy Mystery Inside – J.J. o o o Frankenmosquitoes About to Be Released Previously released in Brazil, the number of mosquito eggs dropped by an impressive 92%, yet the original reason for the release was dengue fever and there was no reduction in the number of cases. There are also concerns of other side issues. – D.S. o o o Muslim hackers infiltrate water utility’s control system, change levels of chemicals used to treat tap water The report has been scrubbed of location data, but it sounds like it took place in the U.S. – B.B. o o o … Continue reading

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Notes for Wednesday – March 30, 2016

On March 30, 1981, President Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House news secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a District of Columbia police officer. Known for his quips and unaware of the injury to others at the scene, President Reagan walked into the hospital, despite his wound, and was heard telling his wife, “Honey, I forgot to duck.” o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 63 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, chrome-lined … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned at a Prepper Auction, by LCA in WNY

Last weekend, my spouse and I attended a very interesting auction. The auction was advertised as “Apocalypse Prepper Estate Auction.” It listed a large gun collection, large quantity of ammo, tools, household items, and four vehicles. The advertisement caught my eye, so off we went. We arrived in time to preview some of the items. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I stood there thinking it seemed as if he had used SurvivalBlog.com as a checklist. He had purchased every item ever mentioned in this blog. Then, I had to chuckle as I spotted a table with a dozen copies of Patriots by James Wesley, Rawles! Yes, he must have been a reader. We found a seat and prepared to see what kinds of deals we would be able to score and to people watch. Auctions can be very interesting entertainment at times. However, this one proved to not just be entertainment but an opportunity to learn some very important prepper lessons. As the start of the auction approached, I looked around and saw well over 150 people at this auction. The auctioneer started the event by giving a few details of the estate. The auction was the estate … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Cashless Society

Dear Editor, The move to a cashless society appears to be on track, but some will resist the final withdrawal of paper and coin money from circulation… unless they have a compelling reason to voluntarily give it up. I’ve thought for years that the only thing needed to cause people to shun cash is a report of a pathogen that rides from person to person on cash. All we need is a report from the CDC, which doesn’t even have to be true, that they are investigating some cases of hepatitis infection where cash was the vector. The cashless infrastructure is in place and 99% of the population already have cashless tools in their wallet and are trained to use them. Ca-ching! Cashless society. Let’s watch and see. Barter Ready in Virginia

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Economics and Investing:

Opinion: Negative interest rates put the global economy on a razor’s edge o o o Is A Gas War Between The U.S. And Canada About To Start? o o o Items from Professor Preponomics: US News Americans Just Had $176 Million in Wages Garnished by the Government Due to Unpaid Student Loans (Market Watch) Excerpt: “Hicks said he’s particularly concerned that it appears that tens of thousands of borrowers are entering default for the second time each quarter the Department measured.” Uncontrollable – Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit (Taxpayers for Common Sense) Excerpt: “All $585 billion and more, e.g., for the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, of your money—not just unaudited, but, in the sober judgment of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the Congress, this vast military budget is year after year UNAUDITABLE.” Federal Court Smacks IRS for Blocking Tea Party Over Political Targeting (Washington Examiner) Excerpt: “”[T]he Internal Revenue Code cannot be used as a sword by the federal government to inappropriately target those it disagrees with but used as a shield to prevent public disclosure of its wrongdoing,” said Alfred Lechner, president of the watchdog group Cause of Action Institute….” House Moving Toward Higher 2017 … Continue reading

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Readers’ Recommendations of the Week:

Reader M.C. suggested Wanat: Combat Action in Afghanistan by the US Army Combat Studies Institute. “This really is a book loaded with information that every soldier or citizen soldier should embrace. The ‘lessons learned’ commentary is worth much more than the price of the book.” o o o Most people have seen the movie The Eagle Has Landed. But I highly recommend you actually read The book by Jack Higgins. Follow that up with the aftermath, The Eagle Has Flown. I so wish both would be remade into films. Unlike British claims, German troops did land on their soil. Luckily for the Brits they were honorable warriors. – DMS o o o Reader S.B. writes in: I found a very interesting book that I believe both you and your readers would enjoy. It’s an analysis of Biblical prophesy written by a former Palestinian terrorist converted to Christianity that is written for Americans/Westerners from a Middle Eastern viewpoint. I have great difficulty finding fault with the main points of his presentation, and I have found that his perspective brings several controversial passages into new focus. Highly recommended. God’s War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the Bible. o o o SurvivalBlog reader … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

It’s Bill Whittle time! Reader MtH sent in this link – Firewall: American Fascists. o o o Family demands justice after man killed in apparent break-in in Newcastle Excerpt: “…was a gentle giant, a loving father of three, who wouldn’t hurt a fly.” Seriously? Do they have any idea what that hand signal is in the photo they display? Do they care that he was there to steal and cause harm? And of, course, he had just been released from jail in which he was serving time for breaking and entering. What a twisted world we live in. – A.S. o o o Mike Rowe Schools Bernie Sanders on ‘Free College for All’… – Sent in by D.B. o o o While we are on Louder with Crowder: SHAMELESS: Leftist Media Blames Brussels Terror Attacks…On Brussels Itself?! – D.B. o o o Security flaw affecting 1 million proves you need to close your old accounts – Sent in by D.S.

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