Notes for Wednesday – December 28, 2016

December 28, 1793 is the day that Thomas Paine was arrested in France for treason. The charges against him were never fully detailed, but he was tried in absentia on December 26 and convicted. Best known as the author of Common Sense, he moved to Paris to be part of the French revolution. Initially welcomed, the tide soon turned against him, because he was opposed to the death penalty, and the French revolutionaries were sending hundreds to the guillotine.

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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 AcademyContinue reading

  • Selecting Footwear and Foot Care Basics, by K.B.

    Even the best of weapons, flashlights, knives, bugout bags, et cetera are practically useless if the user has become immobile due to an unnecessary foot injury or footwear related problem. It all starts with selecting the right boots for the job and having a good working knowledge of how to care for one’s feet and then doing it.

    From the simple Roman (or Ho Chi Minh) sandals to the newest synthetic lined mountain boot, dependable footwear has been an essential for covering rugged terrain, or even not-so-rugged terrain, by foot. The comfortable, lightweight boots that are popular with the military and police these days are okay for around the house or work, and I have owned several pair, but for the most part they were never really intended for extended hard use.


    As is the norm with other important equipment items, various trade-offs … Continue reading

    Letter: Inexpensive Perimeter Security for Your House in the Suburbs

    Mr. Latimer,

    I reside in southern California in a semi-rural area; however, I do live in a housing tract. When SHTF, my concern would be the security surrounding the perimeter of my property. I do live on a corner property, thus, two sides of my property are of concern. I have come up with a plan for security notification when anyone enters my property or even gets close.

    I found an inexpensive item at Harbor Freight that will accomplish this notification. The item is an infrared triggered Wireless Security Alert System (Item Number: 93068). The battery operated unit has a range of 400’ from sensor to receiver. The retail price is $13.99; however, there is a savings coupon on Harbor Freight’s site good until 1-2-17 for a unit price of $9.99.

    The units are customer rated at 3.8 out of 5.0 with a total of 773 … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    Monte dei Paschi Rescue Cost Jumps as Deposits Fall

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    Toshiba Says Nuclear Writedown May Reach Billions of Dollars

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    Bankruptcy Becomes an Option for Some Borrowers Burdened by Student Loans

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    Financial Times, Barron’s Tout Death of Gold. “When the pall bearers and grave diggers start dancing on gold’s grave, it’s usually a good time to buy.”

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    JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:


    Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future, by Mark Levin

    The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual


    I Am David (“Chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp.”)

    The Truman Show


    How Should We Then Live? (This is Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s spectacular ten-part series on the rise and decline of Western culture from a Christian perspective.)

    24: Redemption (Starring Kiefer Sutherland.)


    Louis Armstrong: The Definitive Collection

    Lynyrd Skynyrd – All Time Greatest Hits

    Instructional Videos:

    FLIR Factory Trip and Thermal Discussion

    Franklin Armory BFSiii (Gen3 BFS) Trigger Install & Function Test


    Radio Free Redoubt

    The Risky Biscuit … Continue reading