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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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. 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 … Continue reading

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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. Sizing As is the norm with other important equipment items, various trade-offs are usually involved where overall performance issues are concerned, and one size doesn’t necessary fit all. This is also meant in the literal sense, as I have footwear ranging in size between 9 ½ regular to 13 wide, and they all fit about the same way. While the size of my feet is pretty consistent, there … Continue reading

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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 reviews. As long as there are no bushes or tree limbs in the immediate area in front of the sensor, there should not be problem. I have purchased three units to be installed once it is apparent that there be will a need to secure the perimeter of the property. Installation should be easy … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Monte dei Paschi Rescue Cost Jumps as Deposits Fall o o o Toshiba Says Nuclear Writedown May Reach Billions of Dollars o o o Bankruptcy Becomes an Option for Some Borrowers Burdened by Student Loans o o o 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.” 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: Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future, by Mark Levin The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Movies: I Am David (“Chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp.”) The Truman Show Television: 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.) Music: 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 Podcasts: Radio Free Redoubt The Risky Biscuit Hayseed Hoot Gear: Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 Terabyte Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 Panasonic CF-30 Rugged Toughbook (Windows 7) Touchscreen With 4GB RAM and 1TB Hard Drive. (Refurbished Toughbooks are quite reasonably priced.)

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Seed corn thief must pay $425,000 o o o New Jersey’s ‘Graves Act’ requires registration for BB guns, has strict penalties for violations o o o Wanted: An Aristocratic Senate – D.S. o o o Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case – G.M. o o o Because we don’t want to seem insensitive or unfair: 7 Reasons Why It Is A Bad Idea To Carry Concealed – DSV

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