Notes for Tuesday – May 31, 2016

May 31st, 1895 was the birthday of George R. Stewart. Prior to his death on August 22, 1980, he was a novelist, university professor, and toponymist. In the preparedness community, he is best remembered as the author of the classic post-pandemic novel Earth Abides.

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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

  • Survival Escape and Evasion, by Nemo

    When reading survivalist literature, on various blogs and in fiction, there are many good ideas and suggestions, but often suffering from an idealization of circumstances, both before and after “the event”, which throws all into confusion. On the one hand, preparations for disaster are too often haunted by the twin hell-hounds of over-confidence and the myth of universal preparedness. Over-confidence, in that the prepper is assumed to have unlimited financial resources and time to purchase the items suggested and to acquire the training needed to do various things. Universal preparedness, being a myth, is based on the idea that the things prepared for are the things one will have to deal with. Reality is a sloppy mess at times, and the things that happen are often not the things one has thought to deal with. Chaos is always bubbling under the surface, and in a SHTF scenario, chaos bursts to … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Heathkit Radios


    I disagree with the letter regarding the unsuitability of Heathkit (vacuum) tube radios for EMP protection. Let me elaborate:

  • Lethal voltages: While you really don’t want to tangle with +700 VDC, the most lethal voltage in any radio is that which comes from the wall outlet: 120 VAC. AC fibrillates hearts (we use it for that purpose in cardiac surgery); DC defibrillates hearts (done that many times).
  • Requires 120 Volts AC: Unless you get the 12 volt power supply (I have two). Or solar power / inverters.…right?
  • No cooling fan: Well, they rarely need it! My primary rig is more than 40 years old and going strong! Digital modes do indeed have high duty cycle (though actually not 100%), so turn down that mic gain appropriately. Watch the specs on solid state rigs also; they may not be spec’d for high duty cycle either! Tubes show … Continue reading

  • Odds ‘n Sods:

    Migrants Committing Disproportionately High Crime In Germany – “Foreign nationals are thought to account for around 11 or 12 percent of the total population of Germany, but were over-represented in every area of crime. Illegal immigrants and asylum seekers account for around 2.5 percent of Germany’s population, but were also massively overrepresented.”

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    Multifuel Dirtbikes Developed for Special Forces – Sent in by G.G.

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    From Antonius Aquinas: Long Live the Flags of Dixie!

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    Obama just got one giant step closer towards creating a national gun registry – P.G.

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    Several dozen shootings in Chicago amid bloody holiday weekend – P.S.

    Notes for Monday – May 30, 2016

    Memorial Day

    Today, Memorial Day, is a day of solemn remembrance in the U.S. of the many who have given their all for our freedoms. We thank those who are serving in our military and their families who have made sacrifices also, but most of all we want to honor those who gave their lives. These fine tributes were sent in by our readers:

    Pat Cascio’s Product Review: Tactical Walls

    If you’re like me, you hate it when someone starts out with “this is a true story” and you know it’s not. Well, I’m going to relate a true story. People who know me, know that I just don’t lie. If you tell your lie, you have to remember that lie and cover it up with another lie. I don’t have time to make up stories or tell lies, and those who know me know that. If they don’t want to hear the truth from me, then don’t ask me. Life is too short to live it based on lies.


    Many years ago, when we lived outside of Ontario, Oregon, we lived in a house that was, at one time, an underground house. Only about a … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Venezuela

    Hey, SurvivalBlog,

    With the recent post Letter Re: Venezuela eating worse by J.D., I thought I would chime in, as I have been researching the situation in Venezuela recently. While I am not going to attempt to draw a conclusion for the situation in Venezuela, I would like to present everyone with some of the information I have found interesting with how the narratives have changed over the years and attempt to answer one of J.D.’s questions.


    In March of 2005, an article was written discussing that Venezuela’s environment was under stress.


    Former President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, began projecting the narrative that Venezuela was going to lead the way to save the environment by investing in energy conservation efforts.


    Electricity shortages began with power cuts lasting up to six … Continue reading

    Recipe of the Week: Crock Pot Noodles, by J.G.


    • 1 to 1-1½ lb. ground beef or turkey
    • 2 pints pizza sauce
    • l can mushroom soup, slightly thinned
    • l lb noodles
    • 4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
    • 1 medium onion, chopped


  • Brown meat in skillet.
  • Cook noodles until about half done.
  • Layer in crock pot (in this order): a portion of meat, noddles, sauce, cheese, soup, onions
  • Repeat layers until ingredients are used. Do not stir.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours.
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    Economics and Investing:

    Millennials and living at home: For the first time on record the most common living arrangement for young adults is living with a parent.

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    This Is Not The America My Parents Immigrated To In 1957

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    Euro 2016 chaos looms as French union calls for strikes in all 10 host towns and cities

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    Volatile Bottoming Pattern in Metals – “Because most analysts still refuse to recognize the artificial nature of gold’s bear market, they aren’t going to navigate the bottoming pattern correctly. The pendulum is going to swing wildly back and forth for a while during the bottoming process until price calms down and resumes the natural bull market trend in earnest.” – T.C.

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    SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see … Continue reading

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    I just noticed that our spin-off website,, now has 242 listings– an all-time high! Congrats to my #1 Son and his wife for making the site such a great success. By providing very inexpensive advertising, they have brought together many dozens of retreat property sellers and buyers– all without charging a dime in commissions. – JWR

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    13, right now – Generation Z (or why I hate smart phones) – P.S.

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    From lifeHacker: The Benefits of Writing by Hand Versus Typing – A stark contrast to the Generation Z link. – P.S.

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    The Oddest, Most Ridiculous and Unsettling Anti-Campus Carry Editorial In the History Of the World Ever – T.P.

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    The progressive assault on American icons continues: New Campaign Aims to Make … Continue reading

    Notes for Sunday – May 29, 2016

    As we approach Memorial Day this year, it is fitting that on May 29th, 2003, 35 states declared it to be Bob Hope Day, as he turned 100 years old. Bob Hope had a longtime role as an entertainer of U.S. armed forces all over the word. He was too ill to attend the ceremonies so three of his children attended the naming ceremony along with some of his younger show-business colleagues, including Mickey Rooney.

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    I noticed one of our advertisers, Infidel Body Armor, is having a sale on Smoke Grenades – only $14.99 each. You do have them in your preps, right?