Notes for Saturday – December 03, 2016

Today, we present another entry for Round 68 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  • A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  • 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 … Continue reading

  • Bugging-in vs. Bugging-out, by John M.

    In most preparedness magazines and on most prepper websites, bug-out bags are an ever-popular topic for discussion. The idea of “bugging-out” in a SHTF scenario makes us dream of an idyllic cabin in the mountains where we grow or hunt our own food and live happily ever after, or it’s where we take on an enemy in a Red Dawn (United Artists, 1984) scenario, hopefully minus the attrition rate of the Wolverines. However, practical preparedness should be about looking at possible real-life scenarios, rather than things that rarely happen. In a real-life emergency, would it be better to “bug-out” or “bug-in”? It depends largely upon the type of emergency situation. What are the dangers of each?


    In most situations, “bugging-in”, “holing-up”, or sheltering-in-place would probably be the best course of action. During a winter storm, you have protection from the elements and a secure place in … Continue reading

    Letter Re: SAR’s and CTR’s

    Hugh, I’ve read for years about how banks raise their eyebrows concerning large cash withdraws. I am beginning to think this is more hype than substance.

    I have been a contractor for 20+ years and have never once been questioned about large cash withdraws. Over the life of my business, I have restructured three times– sole proprietor, partnership, and finally in 2003 an “S” corporation. As any decent responsible person does, I pay my taxes. But I also don’t leave money in the bank after my obligations have been met.

    A typical transaction for me goes like this: My customers pay me by check, I deposit the check in my business account and pay my business expenses. After my expenses are met, I transfer the sales tax and appropriate payroll tax over to a separate tax account that is tapped every quarter by Uncle Sam and King Insleee. (I make … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    10 to 15 law schools could close if enrollment keeps shrinking, higher-ed market analyst says

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    Russia Says Foreign Spy Agencies Preparing Cyberattacks on Banks

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    Americans Not In The Labor Force Soar To Record 95.1 Million: Jump By 446,000 In One Month

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    Everyone Welcome, Competition Not Allowed

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Obama Regime Stiff-Arms Lawmakers Questioning Secret Refugee Deal – D.S.

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    The Burning Platform: Time to Say Goodbye… – No, they are not closing their doors. – B.B.

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    Sweeping Legislative Attack On Gun Clubs, Ranges & Everyone Who Uses Them Threatens A Wide Swath – G.W.

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    Land of the Free, Home of the 33,000 Violent Street Gangs – B.B.

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    Liberal tells Megyn Kelly that the cop who shot the Ohio State attacker ‘rushed to judgment’ – This is what we are up against. – P.M.

    Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

    “And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; and I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” – Genesis 26:2-5 (KJV)