Notes for Friday – December 09, 2016

December 9th, 1914 is the birthday of Maximo Guillermo “Max” Manus. He was one of the few Norwegians who had the testicular fortitude to put his life on the line, fighting the Nazi occupiers. (There surely would have been more active resistance fighters, but fearing widespread reprisal executions by the Germans, King H7 asked the civilian populace to stand down.) Max Manus passed away in 1996. I would have liked to have met him. His exploits are fairly accurately shown in the movie Max Manus: Man of War. o o o Godspeed, John Glenn! o o o 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, … Continue reading

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Prepping For A Five Star EOTWAWKI Experience- Part 2, by T.H.

Oils Oils are another important culinary product to pay attention to. To start, I want to address one issue with oils– they will turn rancid. They don’t store a long long time before this happens; a few months is enough in the wrong conditions. That being said, rancid oil is still okay to use. It will just have a slightly off flavor that many Americans are already used to. (Google Americans Rancid Oil and see what comes up.) The risk of eating oil that has turned are cancer-causing free radicals, but that is a whole different issue. Regardless, oil is important to our diets and to your EOTWAWKI preparation for two reasons. The first is that a post-apocalyptic America is likely to be lacking in the fats and oils we commonly consume today, many of which are essential to life. You need to have some on hand until you get a supply of bear fat or other natural oils. The second is that oil is needed to perform many of the more advanced, and delicious, culinary techniques. Boiled rice is fine but add a little sesame oil (Asian flavor profile) or olive oil (Mediterranean/European flavor profile) and it is much … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Mandoline

Hugh, R.T. may change his mind. I bought a Swissmar mandoline and don’t like it at all. I’m now looking at metal mandolins with legs to hold it up away from the food and not so many parts. I found the Swissmar difficult to use and unnecessarily complicated. Also, the plastic “pusher” is breaking already. Excalibur has a couple that look good.

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Economics and Investing:

Simbi– Welcome to the Symbiotic Economy – Barter system online. – G.P. o o o Oil Markets Not Convinced OPEC Deal Can Kill The Glut. Oil markets are less convinced that the recently reached OPEC deal can actively reduce the glut as hedging increases and the contango is shrinking o o o Dallas Police and Fire Pension Halts Withdrawals in Solvency Crisis, Lawsuits Await o o o California is land to the $100k minimum wage state worker: 220,000 highly-compensated state employees cost the public $35 billion. 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:

The folks at Cold Steel just mentioned that they now have less than 100 of the limited Edition Rawles XL Voyager knives left in stock. After those have sold, your only chance to get one will be from second-party vendors, or on the used market. The law of supply and demand is inescapable, so buy yours while they are still reasonably priced. – JWR o o o Authorities charge two teens in Gatlinburg wildfires – W.C. o o o Swedish developers have come up with a handy solution to those who wish to completely remove themselves from the web. – DMS o o o Mexican Cartel Manufactured Grenades in Texas, Say Police – B.B. o o o War On The Homeless: Cities All Over America Are Passing Laws Making It Illegal To Feed And Shelter Those In Need – H.L.

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