Notes for Monday – December 12, 2016

On December 12, 1989, the Queen of Mean was sentenced to four years in prison, 750 hours of community service, and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in New York. Leona Helmsley, nicknamed the “Queen of Mean” by the press, became the object of loathing and disgust when she quipped that “only the little people pay taxes.” Helmsley died in August 2007 at age 87. She famously left $12 million to her dog, Trouble.

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SurvivalBlog Welcomes New Sponsors and Advertisers

Tobers Traditions is now a sponsor of the SurvivalBlog Writing Contest and is offering a $250 gift certificate to their store. Tober’s Traditions formulates, produces, and sells, safe, healthy, effective all natural personal care products that actually work! Our product line includes lotions, soaps, deodorant, sunscreen, tooth cleaner, lip balm, massage oil, and insect repellent. Unlike many of the big name brand products, which contain harmful synthetic chemicals and preservatives, our products don’t put your health at risk by using them. And unlike many other all natural products, our products actually work well. Our product line was originally formulated for people with sensitive skin and skin allergies. But as our research and business developed we realized that not only do a large percentage of people have such sensitivities, but that most of the personal care products on the market put people’s health at risk. o o o Portable Solar LLC is a new sponsor of the SurvivalBlog Writing Contest and is offering a $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator. These are EMP hardened Solar Systems. Portable Solar LLC is a Veteran-owned engineering company with the mission of helping families be less dependent on our vulnerable Grid in an … Continue reading

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FN PS90 PDW, by Pat Cascio

I first read about one back in the early 1990s and then again in 2005, when the civilian-legal version was released. Several years ago, I actually saw one and handled it in my local gun shop. Recently, my local gun shop got another one in. I hesitated because of the cost, and two weeks later a trade was worked out; I got it. I actually fired this caliber in a converted AR-15, and I liked it, but it offered nothing in an AR-sized gun. Long-time SurvivalBlog reader, Mike C., and good friend in Eugene, OR got one along with the pistol in the same caliber, and he taunted me about getting one. It was unrelenting, until I got one for myself. What am I talking about? It’s the FN P90 select-fire and the FN PS90 civilian-legal semiauto only carbine. The FN P90 was released in 1990, as a personal defense weapon (PDW) to replace handguns for behind the line military troops. However, it rapidly caught on, and military and law enforcement all over the world were issuing the very compact P90. The P90 is, as mentioned, a select-fire weapon in 5.7x28mm, and the PS90 is the semiauto-only version for us … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Pumpkin Cake, by C.S.

Ingredients: 4 eggs (room temp.) 2 cups flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. cloves 2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup oil 1 can (1 lb.) pumpkin Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar at high speed until light and fluffy. Then beat in oil and pumpkin at low speed. Add dry ingredients; mix until combined. Pour into an ungreased 9” tube pan. Bake about 1 hour. Cool, then remove from pan. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. o o o Do you have a favorite recipe that would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers? Please send it via e-mail. Thanks!

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Letter Re: Firestarters

HJL, I’ve read with interest and amusement the recent firestarting articles (https://survivalblog.com/letter-re-easy-fire-starting-article/ ) and wanted to add my 2¢. For everyday firestarting in the wood stove at home, I use egg cartons dipped in melted bacon fat. We have bacon once a week and save the drippings in a big plastic coffee container. (I also cook with bacon fat, but that’s another story!) Once a month or so I carefully melt that fat in Mr. Microwave until it’s clear-ish. Then I dip the egg carton egg “cups” into the container and put them in an open gallon Ziploc to cool. (Yes, I have laying hens, but some of them are slackers and so we also buy a dozen eggs a week for cooking and for the Dogs of Doom. Hence the surplus egg cartons!) The bacon grease penetrates the cardboard nicely. They start quickly with a long-reach lighter, and they burn furiously for several minutes, which is plenty long enough to get my kindling and small wood going before adding the bigger wood. I’ve been doing this for years. (Funny story: When I first started using these one of our dogs couldn’t resist the bacon odor and pulled one out. … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Here it comes, just as JWR predicted: Fed to raise rates as Trump economy looms. o o o From the desk of Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large: Black market cash in India – There are so many ways around this. o o o Bitcoin Users Who Evade Taxes Are Sought by the I.R.S. – H.L. o o o Venezuela Orders Largest Bills Turned in Ahead of New Bank Notes – G.P. 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:

Mapping The Top States For Resettling Refugees In 2016 – K.T. o o o Involuntary tracking for citizens with disabilities – Bill Would Allow Government to Locate People With Tracking Devices – G.P. o o o Getting In Bed With The Government o o o Where did the billions of dollars in donations to Haiti go? The Shelters That Clinton Built – T.J. o o o Europe’s 2 Largest Land Armies Tiptoe to Edge of War – W.C.

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

With the Bushes, Obamas, Clintons and Fellow Travelers foremost in mind, the words of Oliver Cromwell from 1653 are taken to heart: “It is high time to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue and defiled by your practice of every vice … In the name of God, go!”

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