Notes for Wednesday – December 14, 2016

December 14th is the birthday of the late John Warren Wadleigh (born 1927, died September 24, 2013). Wadleigh was better known to many SurvivalBlog readers by his pen name– Oliver Lange. He was the author of the best-selling resistance warfare novel Vandenberg.

This is also the birthday of Air Force General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, who died September 27, 1993.

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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 … Continue reading

  • Bees: Security Guard or Grocery Store?- Part 1, by J.P.

    When I first woke up to the reality of what we, as humans, are being subjected to on a daily basis, I was indeed in a state of panic. With people killing innocents left and right, genetic “Franken-food”, the poisoning of food and water due to negligence, life can seem real heavy real fast. That feeling of fear was the turning point for me, telling me that I needed to slow my life down and enjoy the wonderful gifts that the Lord has granted us, humans, here on earth.

    One marvelous gift that has been granted upon us is the lowly bee. It is amazing how beautiful of a creation they are. Even science was confused how they can fly and support their own weight during flight (not to mention surplus nectar). There are many varieties and species of bees. I will reference most of this article on the honeybee.

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    Two Letters Re: WaterBOBs and Reservoirs

    Mr. Latimer,

    Just an FYI that I saw the WaterBob on Amazon. Not sure if it is indeed “discontinued”, but it’s still for sale–it looks like. I have one. Thanks for your blog. I have received good info on it to help my family prepare for all sorts of scenarios. – MHC

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    Thanks to JWR’s post, I just ordered two WaterBOB’s from Amazon for $40. I checked and the Reservoir cost was about $75 for one. The WaterBOB is a one time use. Not sure that’s the case for the Reservoir. I assume the supply of WaterBOBs won’t last long. Thanks for the heads up.

    Economics and Investing:

    $213,300,000,000: Individual Income Taxes Set Record in First 2 Months of FY17 – B.B.

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    The Case For And Against Universal Basic Income. What is terrifying is the fact that some libertarian thinking economists think a basic income is a good idea. – B.B.

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    Leaked Memo Reveals Trump’s Energy Priorities. While the selection of ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson for State Secretary stole the headlines, a leaked memo on Trump’s energy priorities could be moving the markets

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    Buoyant Markets Pose New Challenge for the Fed

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    JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:


    EMP-Hardened Radio Communications by William Prepperdoc. (This newly-released paperback and e-book was written by a SurvivalBlog reader. I volunteered to write the book’s Foreword, but I have no financial interest in the publishing project.)

    Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan (by Bill O’Reilly)


    Terminator Genisys. Yes, it often seems like an “in joke” and you will have to suspend disbelief at several junctures, but this movie ties together the other Terminator films fairly well.

    Love & Mercy. A biography of the very talented but psychologically troubled Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson.


    The Last Ship A global pandemic drama, from the perspective of the crew of a fictional new class of U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer. (Loosely based on the Flight IIA variant Arleigh Burke class DDG, … Continue reading

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Don’t forget Safecastle’s sale on Lindon Farms’ 25-year freeze dried foods. It ends Thursday, December 15 and you can save up to 50% on a great variety of fruits, veggies, and entrees.

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    Former intelligence officer on the bogus Russian hack

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    Tillerson’s Assault on Scouting – D.S.

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    Two soda bottle water distillation – G.P.

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    No Peace In Mind – B.B.

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    After the recent series of letters on making your own firestarters, Reader Okie Ranch Wife wrote in to remind readers of her old letter: Do-It-Yourself Campfire Starters