Notes for Friday – August 12, 2016

This the birthday of country singer/songwriter Buck Owens (1929–2006). His songs typified what has been called “The Bakersfield Sound”. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 66 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 …

“So Tell Me Again…”- Part 4, by M.D.

Test Batches Whatever you decide to begin with or whenever you switch to a new item, do a small test batch first. This is a bigger deal than you might think, for a number of reasons. Let me give you a couple of personal examples where I did this step right and where I ran amuck. I have been dehydrating for years now and recently decided to add bananas to my repertoire, even though I don’t eat a lot of them; you know the think when the grid’s down and there is the need for potassium. Bananas should be pretty …

Letter Re: Christian Healthcare Ministries

Hugh, Please be aware that if you must cancel membership that all claims must have been paid out first. They say that it takes 60 to 90 days to pay. If membership is canceled prior to payout, they do not pay. I was left with a $1200 bill when I canceled membership. There is one obscure sentence in their booklet that supports them not paying. – M.N.

Economics and Investing:

Billionaires are holding $1.7 trillion in cash o o o The Coming Breakdown Of U.S. & Global Markets Explained… What Most Analysts Miss o o o U.S. farmland values drop. The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed a widespread drop in farmland values with the highest losses in the Northern Plains. – W.W. o o o Gold Price Surge Seen Cutting India’s Demand This Year, World Gold Council Says o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Some good info for HK rifle fans, over at Commander Zero’s Notes From The Bunker blog: The new PTR-91 rifles o o o Like many Mac users, I was fairly complacent about viruses and malware. Traditionally, the vast majority of these were directed at Microsoft OS platforms. But reading some recent headlines prompted me to install two pieces of Mac software: Avast Mac Security and Malwarebytes for Mac. After running some scans, I learned that when I installed a “freeware” song organizer for my iTunes audio files, it also came with a few “free” viruses. Yikes. Be vigilant for virus …