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.

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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 Continue reading



  • 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 … Continue reading




    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.




    Economics and Investing:

    America’s Pension Problem – A story of two ants.

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    China Is Hoarding Crude At The Fastest Pace On Record

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    Apple reports first revenue decline in 13 years – Sent in by RBS

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    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.

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    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 … Continue reading




    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.

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    RBS sent in the link to this article on Canada’s Proposed Gun Law. (No centerfire rifles allowed)

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    National sheriffs’ group, opposed to federal laws on guns and taxes, calls for defiance. Sent in by W.C.

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    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 … Continue reading







    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.

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    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 … Continue reading



  • 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 … Continue reading




    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 … Continue reading




    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 … Continue reading




    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.

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    Prison Time for Illegal Alien Who Crossed River to Rob other Illegal Aliens. Him they’ll prosecute – G.L.

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    It’s somewhat simplistic but good information to know: Seven Survival Uses for a Tarp – G.G.

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    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.

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    Camping Survival has just received their Continue reading







    Notes for Thursday – April 28, 2016

    April 28th is the birthday of Aimo Johannes Lahti (born in 1896). This clever Finn designed (or co-designed) an amazing array of weapons, including the L-35 Lahti pistol, Suomi M-31 SMG, the Lahti-Saloranta M/26 LMG, the famous Lahti L-39 20mm anti-tank rifle, and even the 20 ItK 40 (a 20 mm dual anti-aircraft cannon).

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    JRH Enterprises is having a sale on their NightFighter2 combo package, which includes a High Performance model 3rd Gen Pinnacle Autogated PVS14 new with 10 Year warranty, a DBAL-I2 Infrared laser, an ACH helmet and NV mount, Light Interference filter and Infrared beacon. The package is on sale for $300 off and includes an upgrade to the DBAL-I2 Infrared laser ($150 value) at no extra charge.

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    Today, we present another entry for Round 64 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction … Continue reading




    The Disgruntled Man Epidemic and More Destructive Effects of Feminism, by J

    “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”1 (C.S. Lewis)

    Postmodernism willingly allowed for and encouraged the feminist hate we witness spewed nearly everywhere today. There is no censuring the hate, only censuring of objective truth. There is no censuring immorality, only the censuring of natural law.

    Building on the topic of my previous submissions (Seven Survival Tips for the Modern Feminist and Seven Survival Tips For the Modern Feminist- Take II), I would like to back track and clarify the dire picture we find ourselves in today (as a culture) thanks to the influences of modern day feminism. In this article, I will outline the seven most destructive effects of feminism today and propose a solution for … Continue reading




    Letter: IR Floodlights

    HJL,

    I recently had my vehicle broken into in the wee hours of the morning. While we had video surveillance running and though it did indeed capture the image of the perp, I was entirely unsatisfied with it. The camera has built-in IR illumination, but it is only good for about 20 feet. The driveway camera is almost 100 feet from where the break-in occurred and the only reason it got a clear picture is because the dome light in the vehicle turned on illuminating the thief. The camera was unable to see his approach. A quick search of Amazon revealed just what I needed. The CMVision IR130 is a 198 IR LED floodlight that only draws 36 watts when turned on, yet it appears on camera as though I turned on a 300 watt flood lamp. (The blacked out areas are for OPSEC and are not … Continue reading