Notes for Thursday – December 29, 2016

One of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history was actually perpetuated by the Federal Government itself on December 29th, 1890, on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. While unconstitutionally disarming the people, the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment opened fire on men, women, and children, killing over 150 Indians, nearly half of which were women and children. Another 50 or so were wounded, some dying later from those wounds. The officers lost control of their men, and some were recorded as fanning out and finishing off the wounded. Wounded Knee stands as a prime example of why the Second Amendment exists. o o o Ready Made Resources is giving away a $500 Ham radio package and course with the purchase of a one year Mountain House Food package (in addition to the already discounted price.) It’s a good time to fill in this hole in your preps if you need it.

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Strategic Opportunities and Challenges in a Trump-Putin World, by S.G. in Florida

Lost in the media coverage of the elections is that the Trump administration presents an opportunity for strategic cooperation between the U.S. and Russia that would not had been available if Hillary Clinton had been elected. Despite this opening, the challenges confronting such cooperation are many and formidable. Trump fits the alpha male Russian stereotype: he is a strong leader, brash, displays some recklessness, has a beautiful trophy foreign wife, is a multi-billionaire with a gold-plated apartment, is a relentless self-promoter with a big ego, and is a BS artist but has been successful (so far). Those traits alone will make it much easier to broker deals. In contrast, President Obama was all the opposite. He displayed an innate weakness and was fearful of confrontations. Often unmentioned is the fact that there remains a bias against people of color in Russia and especially in the hierarchy. Thus, the personal attributes of the incoming American administration provide for an opportunity to recast U.S.-Russian relations. One thing that confounds Americans is that NATO is portrayed by the Kremlin as an aggressor and a major threat to Russia. The Kremlin views America as the only world power that could possibly topple the Kremlin. … Continue reading

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Letter: Fat wood Firestarter

The fire starter recommendations are all good, and they do work. This article is not intended to take away from those talented writers, but I did want to write something that may provide an alternative that takes little prep time, zero storage considerations, is light weight, works in wet conditions, and can be started with one strike of a ferrocerium rod. If you are familiar with Fat wood and building a good pyre, skip down to the 4th paragraph. I have started fires with a Bow and Spindle, Cotton Ball and Petroleum jelly, char cloth, 9-volt battery and steel wool, bic lighters, magnifying glass, matches, kerosene et cetera. Having knowledge of multiple ways of starting a file adheres to the redundancies theory. But even with GAS (strongly discouraged), you have to create the conditions that promote the transferring of the flame from the initial ignition to your high quantity of surface area. Creating the quantity of surface areas is simply gathering small sticks to be placed in close proximity of the source of the initial ignition regardless of which ignition method is used. Then using slightly larger sticks on top of the initial small sticks and gradually increase the size … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

India Fears Run on Banks: Capital Controls and Withdrawal Limits to Continue o o o How Interest Rates Affect Time Preference — and Vice Versa o o o Surging US Dollar In 2017 Could Be A Catalyst For Gold Bottom o o o Key Market In Major Trouble As Banks Now Have Near-All-Time Record Short Positions 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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Odds ‘n Sods:

Tober’s Traditions (one of the new SurvivalBlog Writing Contest sponsors) asked us to post the answers to some repeated inquires they’ve had over their products from SurvivalBlog Readers: The liquid soap is now available and can be found in their store. The tooth powder is now also offered as a refill in vacuum sealed bags for longer storage, you can also find that in their store now. o o o Climate change expert sentenced to 32 months for fraud, says lying was a ‘rush’ – P.M. o o o The Lie-Detecting Security Kiosk of the Future – Aside from the obvious issues of AI determining truth, one has to wonder who comes up with these names: Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR) – DSV o o o More cases! Mumps spreads on college campuses – W.C. o o o Video: Hybrid Live/Work Van Conversion by Pro Woodworker

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