Notes for Wednesday – December 21, 2016

On December 21, 1620, William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims landed on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts. 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, DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value), Gun Mag … Continue reading

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Bugging Out With Young Children- Part 2, by MPB

In Part 1, I described why I believe it is impossible to bugout into the woods with just a rifle and a backpack when you have young children in tow. In Part 2 I’ll be offering suggestions on what can be done to get your children to safety when you have no choice but to leave home. Before I get into that though, let me stress that by far the best advice when you have kids (or even if you don’t) is to live at your bugout location if at all possible. Besides the many reasons outlined by JWR in his writings, let me add that it will be much easier on your children. A disaster is a traumatic event, and kids will be much better able to cope if they can stay in their normal environment and maintain at least some of their normal routines. However, if you must go, here are some important tips: You must have a place where you are going, not a part of the country or an area with which you are familiar but a specific address. If you don’t own the property, make sure the residents of that address know you, expect you, … Continue reading

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Letter: Getting First Aid Supplies Tax Free

Hello, I just found a neat, and new to me, way of purchasing first aid supplies with pre-tax dollars that I thought I would share. For some years now I have taken advantage of my company’s Flexible Spending Account (FSA) program. For the unfamiliar, an FSA is money withheld from your paycheck that allows you to purchase eligible items with pre-tax dollars and is offered by many employers. If you have regular vision, dental, or copay expenses, it’s a great way to pay for these things. As I had more money withheld than I had spent this year, I wanted to make sure that it didn’t go to waste as plans are use-it or lose-it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could purchase Adventure Medical Kits and a number of other supplies that I would consider to be good preps online at fsastore.com with my FSA card. Now I’ve got two fairly comprehensive first aid kits coming my way with money that otherwise would have gone to waste. While some plans may allow carrying over these funds into the next year, you should check your actual deadlines as YMMV. – Jason in Colorado JWR’s Comment: This is a … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Bail-Ins Coming? World’s Oldest Bank “Survival Rests On Savers” – DSV o o o America created 10 million new jobs in the last decade. Almost all of them are temporary or contract gigs. – G.G. o o o GM Inventories Highest in 8 Years, Multiple Plant Shutdowns Coming o o o U.K. Retail Sales Grow at Fastest Pace in More Than a Year 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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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Later made into a feature film of the same name, now available on DVD.) Fool’s Talk by Os Guiness Young Men and FireYoung Men and Fire by Norman MacLean Movies: Sully. Tom Hanks plays pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who made an emergency water landing on the Hudson River, saving all of his 155 passengers. Lone Survivor. (Mark Wahlberg plays Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.) Television: 12 Monkeys A time traveler from 2043 attempts to prevent a global pandemic that killed seven billion people, by traveling back to our present day. Originally aired on the SyFy channel. Season 1 is now available on Hulu.com. Both Season 1 (available now) and Season 2 (pre-order for shipment in January) on are on DVD from Amazon.com. Note: This series is a much more detailed storyline than in the feature film of the same name that starred Bruce Willis. Dark Matter. This sci-fi series is not quite Firefly but something close. Music: Jean Michel Jarre: Recollection Afro-Celt Sound System: Capture 1995-2010 Instructional Videos: John Heisz: My Top Ten Workshop Projects Money Making Welding Projects – 3 Point Carryalls (Three Parts) Magazines: Molly Green Backwoodsman Blogs: Notes From The Bunker The Survivalist Blog … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

How to Store Vegetables Without a Root Cellar – DSV o o o CNN Responds to Islamic Terror Attack in Berlin by Blaming Conservatives – T.P. o o o Egyptian police arrest five people for using children to stage fake ‘Aleppo’ footage – W.C. o o o Russian diplomat ‘found dead from gunshot wounds at home just hours after ambassador killed at art exhibition’ – DSV o o o An interesting article. These stingrays have grown in use over the recent years. Imagine an aerial based platform, small, and remotely operated. Cell site simulators – Congressional Report and article – G.S.

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