Notes for Wednesday – May 25, 2016

On May 25th, 1787, The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding. The task of the peaceful overthrow of the new American government as it had been defined by the Article of Confederation eventually led to the United States Constitution that is so abused today. 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 …

The Prepper’s American Dream: A Practical Guide To Strategic Relocation- Part 2, by Charles T.

Planning a relocation When my wife and I realized that our current location was not where we wanted to stay long term, we had to take the hard step of figuring out where else to go. To do this, we leaned heavily on the core values we had identified for ourselves. We began our relocation pursuit by identifying that we were looking for somewhere that met the following criteria: We could afford to purchase a house on one salary. We could afford to have my wife stay at home with kids. There were mountains and plentiful outdoor spaces to explore. …

Letter Re: Hoof Trimming Piece

Hugh, Please pass my thanks to Charles T. for that. Interestingly, I had just come from the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School, having gotten one of my horses shod, when I opened the website and saw that piece. While waiting for the horse, I visited with a student from Mississippi, one from Wisconsin, and one from Colorado. They were in the 13-week class. After that intense training, they know their craft. A number of students were making horseshoes at the forge. It’s nice to know that ancient art is alive and well. – F.T.

Economics and Investing:

France Hit By Gas Shortages, Rationing After Refinery Workers Go On Strike “In the aftermath of the French labor law reform, local refinery workers have launched a strike to hit the government where it hurts the most. Protesters have blocked deliveries to gas stations from at least half of France’s eight refineries, and workers at three Total refineries have voted to halt all output by Tuesday. The effect was immediate: as an IEA analyst observed, `there is a noticeable fuel shortage in the North West and North of the country, including parts of the greater Paris region.’” – H.L. o …

Readers’ Recommendations of the Week:

Reader DMS suggested the book Dark Waters. It’s about the only U.S. submarine to serve 4 decades, and very few even knew it existed. o o o Reader G.L. recommended the movie Alone, but not Alone. Based on a true story, the movie follows two immigrant sisters who are captured by the Delaware Indians. This movie is also known for the theme song by the same title which was nominated for an Oscar, then disqualified.

Odds ‘n Sods:

After imprisoning Oregon ranchers, Obama to sign an executive order legalizing BLM tyranny to take over any land it wants – B.B. o o o Baby boomers to blame for lost generation of gardeners – DSV o o o A bit like closing the barn door after the horses have already escaped: Finally Getting Serious about Identifying Islamists? – D.P. o o o There’s No Place To Hide From Surveillance Technology In 2016 – A.S. o o o Obama banishes Vietnam war era with lifting of arms ban U.S. Arms going to Vietnam? What’s next, selling arms to ISIS? Wait, …

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“It’s said that ‘power corrupts’, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. When they do act, they think of it as service, which has limits. The tyrant, though, seeks mastery, for which he is insatiable, implacable.” – David Brin, The Postman