Notes for Monday – December 05, 2016

On December 5th, 1964, the first Medal of Honor awarded to a serviceman for action in Vietnam was presented to Capt. Roger Donlon of Saugerties, New York. Captain Donlon and his Special Forces team were manning Camp Nam Dong, a mountain outpost near the borders of Laos and North Vietnam. Just before two o’clock in the morning on July 6, 1964, hordes of Viet Cong attacked the camp. He was shot in the stomach, but Donlon stuffed a handkerchief into the wound, cinched up his belt, and kept fighting. He was wounded three more times, but he continued fighting–manning a mortar, throwing grenades at the enemy, and refusing medical attention.

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Firefield Nightfall-2 Night Vision Scope, by Pat Cascio

We all know, or at should know, that there are certain pieces of kit that we should have if we are truly preparing for a SHTF scenario of any type. We always discuss firearms, and that is first on most lists. We then have to add food and water, as well as shelter of some type, because we never know what the emergency might be that brings us to a scenario where we might have to bug out or are left to our own devices to survive as best we can. To many of us, this is an excuse to purchase more guns and ammo, and if that is your number one goal you aren’t really a Prepper, in my humble opinion. There is a lot more involved in surviving whatever may come our way than just owning a lot of firearms. As stated, food and water are a must. Without both of these preps, you will die in short order with your pile of guns and ammo at your side. As a former Paramedic in another life, I hold first-aid and medical supplies high on my list of things to have on hand. Truth be told, we probably have … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Bird Seed Bars (“Power Trail Bars”) by C.J.

Bird Seed Bars (“Power Trail Bars”), by C.J. Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup *pumpkin seeds 1 cup sesame seeds 1 cup *sunflower seeds 8 Tbsp butter 6 Tbsp honey 1/2 cup raw sugar (or just brown sugar) 1/3 cup peanut butter 1 cup dried fruit, such as apricots, cranberries, or raisins Directions: Mix oats with seeds, spread out on tray and bake 15 minutes at 180 degrees. To make the “glue” that holds these together, melt and simmer butter, honey, sugar, and peanut butter together for 5 minutes. In large mixing bowl combine your wet into dry ingredients; mix well, then stir in dried fruit. Spread out quickly onto a sheet pan, use your hands to press into your desired thickness as it will begin to cool and harden fast. Cut into long bars or your choice of shape and size. (You may choose to refrigerate them to set up first before cutting up.) These will store in an airtight container for several weeks. Variations: For a nut free bar: In place of peanut butter use sweetened condensed milk. Substitute some chia seeds for an equal amount of sesame seeds Experiment! I’ve made this recipe with dried pineapple … Continue reading

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Letter Re: SARs and CTRs

Hugh, Regarding L.O.’s letter and “don’t act suspicious and you won’t be suspected”, SARs and CTRs are required by federal law. CTRs for any cash transaction for $10,000 or more are required. This is also true of a cash transaction at a jeweler, car dealer, et cetera. Also, in high crime areas (drug areas), the bank may be required to report any cash transaction over any amount set by a federal agency. For a time, in Eastern KY, all transactions over $3000 required a CTR. These are done without the customer’s knowledge or permission, usually after the transaction is completed, though with today’s automation, the CTR may be generated automatically without teller input. SARs are required for ANY “gut feeling” of improper financial activity; the report is then reviewed by an internal bank officer, who reviews the customer’s activity, and then the report is sent to a federal agency. Again this is done without customer’s knowledge or permission. The PATRIOT Act, while riddled with problems, was and is very effective to the banking industry in the pursuit of money laundering. – T.B.

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Economics and Investing:

The Wider Ramifications Of The OPEC Deal – The OPEC deal has had an immediate impact on markets, sending oil prices soaring, but the long-term ramifications of the deal are less clear. o o o This has an all-too-familiar ring: Venezuela to issue larger bill as currency continues to melt o o o Great Timing Award: Wolfgang Schäuble Says “Greece Must Reform or Leave Eurozone” o o o Swiss Economy Unexpectedly Stalls on Weak Domestic Demand o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

From the desk of Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at large: Antique cannon repurposed in Syria o o o Houston homeowner brutally beaten by fake UPS driver & 3 other youths with pistols – T.P. o o o Earthquakes sequence animation for the last 15 years – J.H. o o o Yes, this is a real police recruitment ad…At a minimum, it is inappropriate and in bad taste: Inside FWPD – T.P. (It’s on Facebook, but you do not need a facebook account to see it.) o o o This forgotten WWI antiseptic could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistance – G.G.

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