Notes for Friday – September 30, 2016

Vic at Safecastle says, “It feels like we’re all about to enter the whirlwind. Tie it all down fast and while you’re at it, get in some Mountain House foods–in 30-year cans or 30-year pouches–at the discounts of up to 46% with FREE shipping.” Safecastle’s MH sale ends Friday, September 30.

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 course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize … Continue reading



  • Live Your Survival and Gain Sufficiency-Part 1, by E.M.

    Preps

    Self-sufficiency – noun: the state of not requiring any aid, support, or interaction, for survival; it is therefore a type of personal or collective independence.

    Survival – [s?r?v?v?l] – noun: the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances.[1]

    In our day-to-day world, there are varied degrees of survival required of us. This is true simply because there are wide-ranging degrees of threat that we face.

    And in today’s economic death spiral of Keynesian Economics[2], politically corrupt leadership, and a war torn world, many are already beginning to experience the peripheral edge of a “deep survival” state because of those same threats. There are more at that edge than I think we care to admit. Government figures of non-participation in the labor force and welfare rolls alone support this. We can look at the high … Continue reading




    Letter Re: Differences Between Combustible Gases

    James, Hugh,

    Before someone gets hurt or blows themselves up, here are some more details on the gases in question.

    Natural gas is produced primarily from high pressure gas deposits deep within the earth, and to a lesser extent as a byproduct of oil production. Natural gas is what is provided to most homes that are connected to a gas main, served by a gas company. Natural gas is primarily Methane gas, with a formula of CH4, or one Carbon atom with four Hydrogen atoms.

    Methane has the disadvantage that it cannot be liquefied by compression. Natural gas must either be stored at high pressure (2000-3000 PSIG / 130 – 200 bar) for vehicle or other portable use. This is called CNG Compressed Natural Gas. Since methane is stored as a gas, the remaining volume in the cylinder can be determined by the pressure.

    To store massive amounts of … Continue reading




    Economics and Investing:

    The Top Four Precious Metals: Which Will Be The Best Investments During The Next Financial Crash

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    Reader GJM sent in these links about Deutsche Bank:

    Stocks Are Crashing – Led By Banks
    The Run Begins: Deutsche Bank Hedge Fund Clients Withdraw Excess Cash
    Major Dollar Shortage Exposed In Europe As Deutsche Bank Contagion Spreads
    Some Deutsche Bank Clients Reduce Collateral on Trades
    Stock Quote: Deutsche Bank AG
    Now, to start watching the VIX…multiple times a day. (And to start stockpiling everything you’d want if you knew you were about to wake up in about 480 AD.

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    Items from Mr. Econocobas:

    Video : Mike Maloney – The Biggest Monetary Transformation Since WWII

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    SurvivalBlog and its editors … Continue reading










    Notes for Thursday – September 29, 2016

    September 29th, 1881, is the birthday of Ludwig von Mises (born 1881, died October 10, 1973).

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    SurvivalBlog just learned that Bill Mollison passed away in Hobart, Tasmania, Austrailia at the age of 88. Together with Davide Holmgren, he developed what we now call Permaculture, a holistic way of farming, changing the lives of millions around the world

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    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 … Continue reading



  • The Art and Practice of OPSEC, by T.H.

    What is it? We often hear the term OPSEC, also know as Operations Security (not Operational Security), but few people actually know what it really means. When asked they often say, “It means not talking about what you are doing.” Or, they may say, “It means staying gray.” This is an extremely simplistic view of the program and fails to incorporate the nuances and methodology of the process.

    The concept is nothing new. In the fifth century BCE, Sun Tzu wrote, “If I am able to determine the enemy’s dispositions while at the same time I conceal my own, then I can concentrate and he must divide.” The idea of keeping military information closely held has been practiced by the U.S. military in every war and conflict.

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    Being that OPSEC … Continue reading




    Letter: Use Even More Caution Putting Personal Information Out There

    HJL,

    A study by the RAND Corporation, published in the Journal of Cybersecurity, looked at the frequency and cost of IT security failures in U.S. businesses and found that the cost of a break-in is much lower than thought, typically around $200,000 per case. With top-shelf security systems costing a lot more than that, not beefing up security looks in some ways like a smart business decision. “I’ve spent my life in security and everyone expects firms to invest more and more,” the report’s author Sasha Romanosky told The Reg. “But maybe firms are making rational investments and we shouldn’t begrudge firms for taking these actions. We all do the same thing, we minimize our costs.” Romanosky analyzed 12,000 incident reports and found that typically they only account for 0.4 percent of a company’s annual revenues. That compares to billing fraud, which averages at 5 percent, or … Continue reading




    Economics and Investing:

    There are huge implications to society if this forecast is even partially correct. Men Without Work. – P.S.

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    As Heavy-Truck Sales Go, So Goes the Economy – G.G.

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    44 Percent Hike in Taxes Covers Obama-Era Debt – B.B.

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    8M Americans Paid $1.7 Billion For Not Having Obamacare – B.B.

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    SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.




    Odds ‘n Sods:

    At Senate hearing, US State Department refuses to say how many Syrians in next year’s flow – B.B.

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    Refugees from all 50 states in DC today lobbying for more $$$ and more refugees – B.B.

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    Secret Report: Terrorists Running Wild Within U.S. Borders – V.E.

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    Solar storm heading towards Earth threatening to break your Sky TV and mobile phones – G.G.

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    Used Coffee Grounds Can Clean Contaminated Water – S.B. – D.S.







    Notes for Wednesday – September 28, 2016

    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 course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  • DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to go with … Continue reading



  • Prepping Mindset: The New Normal, by D.V.

    I am a one year oral cancer survivor. I survived a 13 hour operation that included removing my lower right jaw and replacing it with the tip of my shoulder blade. My operation is called a lateral neck dissection, and it sounds nicer than it felt! The lining of my cheek received a living tissue transplant from the same shoulder area. I had a tracheotomy and couldn’t speak. During the “cut, burn, and poison” treatment, I was connected to a feeding tube for four months. Months of treatment and physical therapy have helped me survive, but I am still discovering what my “new normal” will be.

    How does my “new normal” relate to prepping? “New normal” is a term the cancer community gives to how well a cancer survivor functions in life compared to their original abilities. Let’s look at my experience and see if we can draw some similarities … Continue reading




    Two Letters Re: Differences Between Combustible Gases

    HJL,

    I read the article on combustible gases. You have to be very careful with the cheap conversion kits to propane for generators; almost every one of the cheap ones do not have a device to cut off the propane if the engine stops. Like loss of spark or low oil, it will keep pouring propane into the Gen set. I have been a mechanic since 1967, and these cheap kits are very dangerous. I have seen several cause explosions. – B.L.

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    Sir,

    I just finished reading the post about different kinds of gas and saw some information I would like to correct:

    Natural gas at your home is in the 4-ounce pressure range not 7 pounds. Propane used in the same way is 7-ounces.

    Most propane is produced from the removal of natural gas not crude oil. Butane is also recovered in this same process.

    Butane … Continue reading