Notes for Tuesday – December 13, 2016

After spending nine months on the run, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured on December 13, 2003. During his 24 years in office, Saddam’s secret police, charged with protecting his power, terrorized the public, ignoring the human rights of the nation’s citizens. While many of his people faced poverty, he lived in incredible luxury, building more than 20 lavish palaces throughout the country. It was fitting that, in the end, he was hiding in nothing more than a hole in the ground covered by plywood.

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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 … Continue reading

  • Trekking for Survival, by G.U.

    I have to admit that I have watched one or more movies or movie shorts with an apocalyptic theme. Often the survivors (or survivor) are either walking or driving along a barren road, through a barren town, or through the country side. Sometimes, they will have some gear, maybe a backpack, a bottle of water or canteen, and maybe a gun or some kind of club. In some cases, they are well organized and have a compound of sorts, but eventually they have to take to the road for supplies or to find others. In most of the movies, there was some kind of major catastrophic event that placed the person in the most dire of straits. If you think about it, there are numbers of scenarios and possibilities for a situation where a person might become that roaming survivor.

    I live in the suburbs of Houston, where we … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Hurricane Experience


    After reading the contribution about hurricane preparedness, I would like to recommend the bathtub liners for water. We were without water for three or four days. We barely tapped one. I feel that we could have gone six weeks with what the two afforded us. I also keep one full outside contained in a 95-gallon horse trough. There were no problems noted. I so appreciate what all of you do. Thanks. – A. Reader

    JWR’s Comment: (The WaterBOB bathtub liner is no longer in production, but The Reservoir is comparable.)

    News From The American Redoubt:

    Eastern Washington lawmakers file bill to split state

    JWR’s Comment: This partition is long overdue. In the long term I believe that it is almost inevitable, given the deepening socio-political divide between the two Washingtons—east and west of the Cascades.

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    Extreme Wyoming cold frosts even Moscow Ballet

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    Thousands of snow geese have died after toxic exposure in Berkel – DSV

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    Proposed amendment would risk Wyoming public lands

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    Montana avalanche buries Idaho skier, killing him

    Economics and Investing:

    IRS Wants Court Authority To Identify Bitcoin Users & Transactions At Coinbase

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    What Could Strengthen Gold Heading Into 2017?

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    As The Power Struggle Endures, Libya Eyes 900,000 Bpd Oil Output Libya will be increasing oil production by one third, eying 900,000 bpd total out as the struggle for the control of exports facilities continues.

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    Sovereign funds pulled cash from world markets for third year running

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