Notes for Friday – November 18, 2016

On this day in 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones led hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. This incredibly tragic occurrence introduce the term “…drink the Kool-Aid” into our parlance, since poison-laced punch was the vehicle behind most of the deaths. This serves as a stark warning and reminder to those in the prepping/survivalist community who would join with like-minded friends under the leadership of a charismatic leader. Always know who you are following! o o o Today, we present another entry for …

Making The Move To The Michigan Wilderness As A Corrections Officer, by M.M.

My wife and I are originally from the northeastern U.S. Our particular area, which had consisted primarily of farmland and small towns while we were growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, increased in population by about 20% between the years 2000 and 2010. The region had become noticeably over-developed, with many corn fields and woods being sacrificed for housing developments and strip malls, and it had become busy to the point that driving during daytime hours involved more waiting in line than actual driving. We like to experience the serenity of the outdoors, and I have always been a …

Letter Re: Easy Fire Starting

HJL: Once upon a time after the passing of my father, I told my wife I needed to go on a hike. Being the good woman she is, I went with her blessing. I loaded up early in March and went to a park near Silva, North Carolina, near a place known as Stone Pile Gap. I was drawn to the site because of that name and my fascination with the ancient custom of first building a cairn in the memory of a loved one and subsequently for travelers to add a stone and say a prayer. That people have …

Economics and Investing:

A major danger of paper money: Rupees cancelled– DSV o o o Saudis, China Dump Treasuries; Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $375 Billion In US Paper – G.G. o o o The US Dollar Index just hit its highest point since 2003. This might be a good time to diversify into some select foreign currencies. My current favorite is the Swiss Franc, which just hit parity with the US Dollar. – JWR o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

700 million smartphones sending data to China – DSV o o o American expatriations near 4th annual record – G.G. o o o City of Baltimore, Approves Plan to Ban TOY Guns – T.P. o o o Edward Snowden Warns Against Relying On Facebook For News. (Ironically, this article appears in Yahoo News—which is part of the problem.) o o o A JWR interview on how to survive a nuclear war is now available at the Self Made Man podcast.

Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’ “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.