Notes for Wednesday – December 07, 2016

On a Sunday morning, 75 years ago, America was caught sleeping. Then there was that September morning, in 2001. Let’s pray that nothing like those days ever happens again. – JWR

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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 … Continue reading

  • Neophyte Survival Observations and Lessons from Hurricane Matthew- Part 2, by S.G. in Florida

    The extended power outages in Florida after Matthew were due to downed power lines, mostly by wind-fallen trees. Hospitals and other essential services were given priority for power restoration. People who lived near these essential services were more likely to get power restored first. Your proximity to key services might be a good factor to consider when purchasing a home in a suburb or city.

    After Hurricane Matthew, the city water was cut for an extended period due to the roots of fallen trees damaging city water lines. The two cases of bottled water we had bought for drinking would have run out within the week had city water not been restored. I do not think you can over estimate the need for potable water for survival. Multiple backup provisions should be made for this life giving substance. Looking back, we should have also utilized the emergency bath tub water … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Keeping Preps Cool Naturally In Hot Climates With No Basements And High Water Tables

    Even in very hot climates, below ground soil temperatures can be cooler than an air-conditioned house or garage. When you have a house on a slab, and dug root cellars are impossible because of high water table levels, you can still “build up” by putting in an earth berm and storing preps under it.

    If you have enough land, you can make the berm part of decorative landscaping, or use it to increase privacy and reduce noise from the road. Even on smaller plots, you may be able to use an earth temperature moderating technique that is more common in the north: waterproofing the base of the house and building up an earthen bank on the north side of the house. In the north, this is done to reduce heat loss in winter and increase coolness in summer. ( In the south, it may still make the house a … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    The biggest gold heist of all time

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    Amazon introduces next major job killer to face Americans – DSV (I’m not sure this is a “job killer” any more than ATMs were, but it will interesting to see how this plays out.)

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    Time Magazine Promotes Illegal Nonsense: Don’t Pay Taxes (If You Didn’t Vote for Trump)

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    A Dire Warning From An Insider

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    Readers’ Recommendations of the Week:

    Reader C.J. writes in: “I just watched “Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America” (I read the book several years ago and of course the book is better). Although I am of Scots-Irish descent, it would at least be interesting for those that are not of Scots-Irish descent. The Scots history of independence from England and why they ended up in Ireland and ultimately America is ingrained in so much of traditional American culture. Religious freedom, hard working, self-reliant, “give me freedom or give me death” types.

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    Recommended by Pat Cascio, SurvivalBlog’s Senior Product Review Editor: Museums, veterans keep memory of Pearl Harbor alive 75 years after attacks (6 minute video).

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    Reader C.D. recommended The Earthling as a DVD worth watching and owning. A great job of acting by William Holden and Ricky Schroder. A … Continue reading

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Lloyd’s of London warns of devastating $2.6 trillion solar storm – RBS

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    How To Grow A Lemon Tree From Seed No Matter Where You Live – DSV

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    My Unhappy Life as a Climate Heretic – P.M. (Note: May require an account/login to view)

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    Reader M.P. writes in:

    Tom’s Hardware just published an article about an attempt by the Canadian government to impose the “Snooper Charter” style of government surveillance on Canadian ISPs, VPN service providers, etc. Time for Canadians to speak up and fight Bill C-51! We in the US need to be constantly vigilant, too. It has been tried already and, just as happened with Hillary-care failing but then us getting Obama-care, those in favor of more intrusive government will keep trying until they get what they … Continue reading