Notes for Tuesday – December 20, 2016

On December 20th, 1606, the Virginia Company loaded three ships with settlers and set sail to establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

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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 military or government teams. … Continue reading

  • Bugging Out With Young Children- Part 1, by MPB

    The concept of bugging out is an integral part of preparing for an uncertain future. I won’t list them here, but there are dozens of reasons why it may be necessary to leave your home/homestead on very short notice. Page after digital page has been published online addressing this subject… some of it quite good and some of it good for nothing more than a laugh.

    But there is one aspect of bugging out that I think has been largely overlooked in the survival community. It is the special considerations needed when bugging out with young children. My focus in this article is on families with one or more children in the age range of 1-10. I’m not writing as an expert on child development but as a father of two boys who has spent a lot of time thinking about this subject out of concern for my own family.

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    Letter Re: Trump’s Presidency: A Replay of the 1980s


    Trump is savvy. He will split the bankers if he is aggressive in eliminating Dodd Frank. Reinstatement of Glass-Steagall may also be perceived as favorable by many main street bankers as less regulation will be necessary. He will need to win over that chunk of the banking world as he has planned to go after the “Carry Trade” exemptions, which will alienate investment bankers. The FDIC is not on the investment banker side of things. I am trying to remember what it was like in the 1980s when Reagan’s policies took hold. I think it comes again. Without a doubt, the banks are “fragile”.

    I just picked up six cases of rice to go with three cases of beans from the Mormons. There is crushing inflation coming. We cannot just sit in a defensive hole and survive that. – R.V.

    News From The American Redoubt:

    “That’s pretty rare”: Helena gets two record-breaking days of snowfall this week

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    The liberal Cascadia Movement’s planned secession territory map flies in the face of logic. The territorial divide seems to have been selected based on watersheds rather than social and political demographics. The ground truth is that the folks in northwestern Montana, north Idaho, and virtually all of Oregon and Washington states east of the Cascades are conservative stalwarts. So including any part of the American Redoubt region into the Cascadia plan is laughable. I, for one, want no part in it. Even if they were to secede (which is doubtful), they would have an electorate that is deeply divided. In contracts to “Cascadia”, the American Redoubt movement’s geographic goal is NOT secession. Rather, it is for simple partitioning into new state boundaries. This is what happened when Virginia and … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    The War On Cash And Then On Gold And Silver

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    Who Won The 2016 Oil War? Heading into the New Year with oil prices above US$50, both OPEC and the U.S. shale industry are claiming victory in the latest oil war battle, but who really won it?

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    Chinese Rush to Open US Dollar Forex Accounts: More Capital Controls Coming

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    Will A Stronger Dollar Cause a Trade War with Europe?

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Caught on Tape: “Allahu Akbar! We die in Aleppo, you die here!” Russian Ambassador to Turkey Shot Dead at Art Gallery – W.C.

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    Adding a tensioning feature to your snare decreases the likelihood of your prey chewing through the line or working their way off. The tensioning feature can be a spring pole or a suspended weight like a hunk of wood or a jug filled with water. The use of a tensioning feature requires a trigger. Woodscraft: Triggers for snares – Joe

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    From Breitbart – Washington Post: Virgin Mary Offends Rape Victims by Her Purity – D.B.

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    On the 225th Anniversary of the United States’ Bill of Rights – Antonius Aquinas

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    Localism – community prepping – T.Z.