Notes for Thursday – June 30, 2016

Hooray! Tomorrow (Friday, July 1st, 2016) permitless concealed carry of guns (also called “Vermont Style Carry” or “Constitutional Carry”) becomes legal throughout Idaho. (Previously, it was only legal outside of city limits.) Sadly, this new law is just for residents–not visitors.) But, as as we can plainly see, freedom is on the march!  OBTW, there will be a celebratory rally on the lawn opposite the State Capitol building on Friday at 5 p.m., organized by the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA.)

On this day in 1908, the mysterious Tunguska event occurred in a remote part of Siberia.

June 30th is the anniversary of the tragic death of 19 hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire. (In 2013.)

French economist, theorist, and commentator Frédéric Bastiat was born on this day in 1801. (He died in 1850.)  His treatise The LawContinue reading

A Call for Legislative Change – Part 1, by J.D.

Why not now? Why not us? A call for legislative change.

The mystic Chinese philosopher, Lau Tzu, once said, “The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.” I can’t help but think of an image regarding 6,899,000 people under the supervision of adult correctional systems in local, county, state, and federal custody (Glaze, Kaeble 1). The Unite States has more jails, approximately 5,000 (Stephan 1), than degree granting institutions, approximately 4,700 (“Fast Facts”). Our Judicial system is a blood sucking beast of a hundred thousand heads draining our country of its dwindling vitality and lying about its intentions, while telling us to shut up and comply because, “It’s the law!”.

Too much law leaves a smoking hole in the middle, where the practical problems of everyday life used to be worked out by practical means. This, “there’s a law for everything” … Continue reading

Letter Re: Vacuum Sealing Mason Type Jars

Dear HJL,
I own my own freeze dryer and with this I seal a lot of food in glass jars. The best way I have found to seal in bulk is something I built. I took an old pressure cooker with a good seal on the lid. I removed all the pressure cooking fittings on top of the lid. I then installed a vacuum gauge with a tee fitting and a ball valve to relieve the vacuum later in the process. I also installed a fitting with a 1/4 flare end. I then attach the flare connection to a vacuum pump used for air conditioning work with a refrigeration hose.  This is it!

I put my jars inside the pressure cooker with the rings left loose! I can put in as many jars as the cooker will hold. I close the lid and valve and turn the pump … Continue reading

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“’We love death more than you love life.’ This is civilization’s ultimate challenge. Will the lovers of death and destruction overwhelm and defeat those who love life and have created great civilizations that celebrate human creativity and achievement? Will all that is left of three thousand years of human civilization be reduced to rubble and a mindless religio-ideological lockstep?
The Islamic State is not just a challenge to Judeo-Christian Western civilization. It is a challenge to civilization itself–to the very idea of civilization.
And that is why it is doomed to fail. Life will always conquer death in the end. The human spirit will always prevail against the forces that would subjugate and enslave it.” – Robert Spencer, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS

Notes for Wednesday – June 29, 2016

Another day, another Islamic terror attack… This time it was the international terminal of the airport in Istanbul, Turkey. The latest report is that there are 41 dead and 239 injured. Prayers, please for the wounded and for the families of the dead.

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Today is the birthday of historian John Toland (author of The Rising Sun.) This is also the birthday of rodeo cowboy turned actor Slim Pickens (born: Louis Burton Lindley, Jr.) — he memorably played Major Kong in Dr. Strangelove), and of actor Gary Busey.

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A reminder: Safecastle’s Mountain House Sale with discounts of up to 47% on long term storage cans and pouches will end tomorrow. (Thursday, June 30, 2016.) They are offering free shipping to CONUS.

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Today, we present another entry for Round 65 of the Continue reading

Sew and Grow, Save and Recycle Your Way Into Preparedness – Part 2, by S.T.

Minimum Quantities Needed

You will need the minimum quantities that are listed below.
However, you can start on your path to reusable products with lower quantities and can continue to add additional quantities each and every week as you produce additional quantities of final product.

Washable feminine hygiene products-

  • 50- 8” for each female in the home
  • 25- 12” for each female in the home

Washable toilet paper-

  • 50 for each male in the home
  • 100 for each female in the home

Washable dish towels-

  • 20 each

Washable napkins-

  • 21 for each person in the house

Washable aprons

  • 2 for each person in the house


You can grow not just food and cooking herbs, but medicinal plants and household products. For example, gourds such the little dipper and … Continue reading

Letter Re: Canning Jars

As I was reading a recent SurvivalBlog post on the many uses of canning jars, I remembered that in my childhood days the ladies doing the canning would sometimes use melted paraffin poured over the top of the food instead of using metal lids.

(They also used metal lids.) So maybe the wax only on the sweet stuff like jellies, etc.? Maybe only on smaller size, smaller mouthed, recycled, jars?

As I remember it they would keep the paraffin, wash it, and reuse it the next year. Has anybody used this style of sealing lately? – K.S.

HJL’s Comment: The paraffin method was typically used on high acid foods like jellies and jams. I too remember seeing this. The paraffin came in contact with the food and kept a skin from forming on the surface. However, I also remember a significant number … Continue reading

Letter Re: Sanitation Issues: Understanding Home Septic Systems

Regarding this letter: Sanitation Issues: Understanding Home Septic Systems, I have  a  few observations:

When our family recently took a vacation to South America, we were instructed to throw all toilet paper, wet and dirty, into a waste can – even at the best hotels. By American standards, we found that pretty gross.

I read that this is standard in many countries and greatly reduces the need for septic tank pumping – to once every 10 years instead of the recommended four  years. Although pumping is expensive, about $400 when we last had it done, that is a fraction of the cost of replacing a clogged leach field.

We have long put the wet toilet paper in the trash, which is emptied weekly. It does not smell.

We also have a screen for our … Continue reading

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:


The Soapmakers Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch

Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies by Hugh Coffee


(A  fascinating documentary about modern alpine climbers and skiers. Available free for those with Amazon Prime.)

Cast a Giant Shadow.  (A docu-drama starring Kirk Douglas about David “Mickey” Marcus, an American general officer who volunteered to help Israel form its army shortly after independence.)


Economics and Investing:

Both Mr. Econocobas and blog reader D.S. pointed me to this revelatory piece over at Zero Hedge: Greenspan Warns A Crisis Is Imminent, Urges A Return To The Gold Standard

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Some market analysis from Hubert Moolman in South Africa: Major Debt and Dow Collapse Will Set Ideal Conditions For Silver

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British pound could hit history-making dollar parity by end of 2016

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Jim Rogers on Brexit: ‘Worse than any bear market you’ve seen in your lifetime’

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Gold is sending a dark sign that ‘almost everything has changed’ in the market

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Cramer: Don’t buy! Why the mass Brexit sell-off is worth …

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

Odds ‘n Sods:

Long-time content contributor B.B. sent us this important link: The Six Things Obama Doesn’t Want You to Know About the Islamic State.  The next day,  B.B. also sent a link to this article:  ISIS Jihadists Caught This Week in California and Indiana. These articles serve to  confirm many of my conclusions about geopolitical trends. Reading them also made me feel justified in dedicating myself to writing at least five books in my new  Counter-Caliphate Chronicles novel series.  These are “survival manual dressed as fiction” stories that need to be told, to encourage freedom-loving Christians and Jews to prepare for the tumultuous times that lay ahead. – JWR    

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Reader R.J. recommended the home-made Alvin Vacuum Sealer, for Mason-type jars. It is a simple hand pump that operates without electricity and uses standard FoodSaver Jar Sealer attachments and a commonly-available Continue reading

Notes for Tuesday – June 28, 2016

June 28th, 1703 was the birthday of theologian John Wesley

Today is also the birthday of writer, director, and actor Mel Brooks, as well as that of actor John Cusack.

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Today, we present another entry for Round 65 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 … Continue reading