Notes for Saturday – April 30, 2016

Today is the birthday of sci-fi novelist Larry Niven (born April 30, 1938). Along with Jerry Pournelle, he co-authored the survivalist classic Lucifer’s Hammer. April 30th is also the birthday of Ed Yourdon, who was born in 1944. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 64 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 … Continue reading

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A Holistic Approach to Packing a 72-Hour Bug Out Bag- Part 2, by C.T.

Water. Though you may die after three days without water, that is most likely in ideal conditions with low exertion. If you have ever gone hiking before, you know that after an hour or so you are pretty parched already, and by the end of a single day you will be pretty much functionally depleted of water and in desperate need of rehydration. Especially if your bug out happens to be in the summer or a very hot time of year, water is going to be the most important element you need to keep going effectively. This is where knowing your bug out route is essential. If there are going to be places you could refill from natural sources, you don’t need to carry enough water to get you all the way from Point A to Point B. If you have a short (under three day) bug out route that crosses or follows rivers or free standing water, carrying a lightweight water filter should meet most of your needs. If you are planning on traveling with a larger group and will need to supply water to multiple people, it may make sense to carry a higher output water filter designed … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Velcro on Tactical Gear

Hugh, Concerning your request for information, I have never had issues with Velcro on my dive gear. (It’s found on Buoyancy Compensator pockets mostly.) However, on tactical gear, snaps or magnetic clasps are the most silent and easiest to use without issue. With Velcro there is always the possibility that a second, third, or fourth “tear” will be needed if all the hooks haven’t disengaged. With snaps or magnets, it’s far easier and undeniably quieter. If I’m changing mags in a hot zone, the last thing I want to telegraph is my current position by a “riippp” of the Velcro releasing. – J.D.

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Economics and Investing:

America’s Pension Problem – A story of two ants. o o o China Is Hoarding Crude At The Fastest Pace On Record o o o Apple reports first revenue decline in 13 years – Sent in by RBS o o o Costco likely to raise annual membership fee – They still rate higher than their rivals, but they are obviously feeling the squeeze of this non-recession recession. They did, however, leave the door open to not raising the fees if they need to avoid it due to the competition. o o o Dollar Stores Defy Retail Headwinds – In the meantime, Dollar stores are beating Walmart at its own game– importing and selling cheap Chinese junk– but doing it in neighborhood stores rather than mega-stores. But if Walmart is propped up by the government (via welfare), how much more so will these stores feel it? 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:

A Photo Gallery of a Super Survival Kit: 18 Deer-Camp Essentials. I’m not sure a snore guard makes my list, but each to his own. – G.G. o o o RBS sent in the link to this article on Canada’s Proposed Gun Law. (No centerfire rifles allowed) o o o National sheriffs’ group, opposed to federal laws on guns and taxes, calls for defiance. Sent in by W.C. o o o From the Desk of Mike Williamson: The Fourth Amendment and the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree Even if this is outlawed, it’s easy enough to RFQ for publicly gathered data from a company in say, China, who furnishes it, and for enough money, will hack our networks under laws legal there but not here, and then sell the USG your data, likely cheaper than they can do it themselves. Or, people will just give it to them in the form of all the social media postings they make. o o o Several readers sent in the link to this article. It’s good to know there are still some adventurous souls out there. Experience: I am 16 and live alone in the wilderness

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Notes for Friday – April 29, 2016

Don’t forget that Safecastle’s Mountain House food sale ends this Saturday, April 30. Both the 30-year #10 cans and the 12-year pouches are seriously discounted, up to 46%. Get in on the sale while you can. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 64 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 … Continue reading

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A Holistic Approach to Packing a 72-Hour Bug Out Bag- Part 1, by C.T.

A 72-hour Bug Out Bag (a.k.a. Get Out Of Dodge bag) is a pack filled with the necessary items to sustain you while you walk from an unsafe location to a safe location. Usually the scenario is that “home” is no longer safe and you need to go to some predetermined “bug out” spot. This could be either a friend’s or relative’s house, a family cabin, or a government shelter. Basically, you are going on a hiking trip with an expected start and end point on a pre-planned route during what will most likely be a time of great personal and local stress. The objects you put in this bag are to help you make this trip. They are not intended to allow for long-term survival or to help you restart civilization when you get to the other side, as thinking for the long term in this situation will distract or potentially cause you to fail in getting from point A to point B. This article will go over three main topics– 1) Picking a bug out location, 2) Picking a bug out route, and 3) Packing for the journey. Picking A Bug Out Location As the saying goes, failing … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Felons Voting

Here’s a list of states that allow or don’t allow felons to vote. I really don’t know how I feel about this, because I know several people personally that have been to prison who truly turned their lives around and are good people now. I’m also a little unsure about restoring 2nd amendment rights to them, too. Shouldn’t a person be able to defend himself? On the other hand, I don’t want predators running around armed. Like the law will stop that, but still… I guess restoring rights could be on a person-by-person basis, but the time and resources that would take would probably be massive. I’m obviously conflicted over this. If the bad guys would stay bad maybe it would be easier. In a case like what happened in Oregon, if convicted, when they get out would we want people like Bundy to not be able to vote? I think this is a subject that can get into very deep (philosophical) water very fast. – C.J.

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Economics and Investing:

Items from Mr. Econocobas: What Americans Spent The Most Money On In Q1 U.S. Economy Slows, with GDP Growing 0.5% in First Quarter This Is Where America’s Runaway Inflation Is Hiding Video: Greg Hunter USA Watchdog – Bill Holter-Without Price Suppression Gold Would be $5,000 to $10,000 Video: Greg Hunter USA Watchdog – Gregory Mannarino-We Are Living In an Environment Where Nothing Is Real Items from Professor Preponomics: US News United Healthcare Cries Uncle (Citizens Against Government Waste) Excerpt: “More than half of the non-profit Obamacare-created CO-OPs have collapsed, wasting billions of tax dollars. It’s predicted that most will eventually go under, in spite of the dubious accounting gimmicks the Obama administration provided to keep them afloat.” As Obamacare Collapses, Prepare for Single Payer (Independent Sentinel) Excerpt: “The findings fulfill all expectations of Republicans and suggest that Obamacare is a complete waste of money. No business would have survived such a massive failure.” Conservatives Can’t Let Obamacare’s Collapse Go to Waste (Conservative Review) Excerpt: “Conservatives need to be ready to explain why and to present solutions, because advocates for fully socialized medicine will be ready to turn the collapsing exchanges to their advantage.” Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article72215012.html#storylink=cpy” International News Italy … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Once again, the duplicity of the Federal Government is exposed: U.S. Has Not Told Panama, Costa Rica to Stop Flying Thousands of Illegal Aliens Close to U.S. Border – Sent in by B.B. o o o Prison Time for Illegal Alien Who Crossed River to Rob other Illegal Aliens. Him they’ll prosecute – G.L. o o o It’s somewhat simplistic but good information to know: Seven Survival Uses for a Tarp – G.G. o o o Professional Educator: Showing Up On Time Is A Form Of White Supremacy. “In Hackman’s telling, virtually everything associated with being a good student in modern education is actually just a tool of racist white supremacy.” – It’s passed time to get your kids out of this system. – T.P. o o o Camping Survival has just received their first shipment of bulk T.P. -If you want in on it, now is the time.

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