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Notes for Tuesday – December 27, 2016

On this day in 1979, in an attempt to stabilize the turbulent political situation in Afghanistan, the Soviet Union sent 75,000 troops to enforce the installation of Babrak Karmal as the new leader of the nation. The new government and the imposing Soviet presence, however, had little success in putting down anti-government rebels. Thus began nearly 10 years of an agonizing, destructive, and ultimately fruitless Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. Death by a thousand cuts. o o o Don’t forget, Ready Made Resources has a very limited supply of Knight Vision AN/PVS-30 Night Vision Weapon Site available. These have seen action in the Gulf but are “like new” or have been refurbished. Normally over $11,000, you can get them for under $5000. There are only a few left, so move fast. A moderately well-trained civilian shooter recently did some shooting with one of these with a .308 at just over 1,000 yards, and got consistent dings on a 10”x14” steel plate, in just dim moonlight! – JWR 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 … Continue reading

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The Get-Home Cache, by The Feral Farmer

Bugout bags are a popular topic, and the content lists are long and varied, sometimes reading like a LRRP combat loadout. However, they have a couple of obvious problems, including that you have to carry it and keep it handy. It takes a good degree of conditioning to carry a load any distance and a great degree of determination to do so while injured or frightened. Additionally, (unless your kit looks like a baby carrier and diaper bag), your chance of hitching a ride plummets the larger your bag appears to be. Any situation that requires a bugout bag automatically makes the holder a target to both criminals and authorities, and it would be a shame to surrender all those neat things at a check point, after carrying them so far. Keeping a bugout bag within arms reach at all times is, for all intent and purposes, an impossibility. Employers seem to delight in decorating each employee with their own cattle tag and neck strap, but they frown on them wearing tactical bags on the job; yet, if it’s not on you you don’t control it. Having it in your trunk or locker is out of the question, if you … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Motor Oil

Dear Editor and SurvivalBlog Readers: I have a question about motor oil, because of an incident going back years ago when I had a discussion with a neighbor about changing oil in gas motor yard equipment, lawn motors in this case. I’ll never forget how the neighbor bragged how he never changes oil in his lawn mower. Year after year, it is pulled out in the spring with the old gas and old oil, and away they go. I’ll never forget hearing the screeching sound of that lawn mower motor seizing. Since then, I have heard numerous opinions on oil change schedules, and traditional oil versus synthetic oil. In contrast to the “never change the oil” thinking, I’ve talked to those who religiously change their oil every three months, even if the motor has never been started. With the recommendation of changing oil in a vehicle every three months or every 3,000 miles, whichever comes first, I go with the mileage and not the length of time, up to a year. But then synthetic oil changes everything. If I only put 3,000 miles on a vehicle a year and the recommendation is every 7,500 miles, should I keep it in … Continue reading

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News From The American Redoubt:

Montana water district files suit over Yellowstone arsenic o o o Wyoming: Refuge quickly fills with elk after hunting ends o o o Snowplow drivers get stuck in 65 below zero temperatures – S.M. o o o Even the American Redoubt has its share of idiots: Neo-Nazis urge armed march to harass Montana Jews – K.P. o o o Ice climbers test nerves on Palouse Falls

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Economics and Investing:

First majestic silver Breakout Of 35-Year Downward Yield Range Will Blow-Up Interest Rate Derivatives ($500 Trillion+) o o o Today’s Chart of the Day – Moment of Truth for Bonds. “Bonds are severely oversold. There should be a bounce but if it’s weak, or doesn’t last very long then prepare for a crash. I’ve never seen a bubble yet that popped gracefully.” o o o The near extinct pension – US pensions aggressively invest in equities relative to other countries to make up for shortfalls. o o o Would Another Corporate Repatriation Tax Holiday Create Jobs? 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:

Seed corn thief must pay $425,000 o o o Obama Quietly Signs The “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” Into Law o o o I’ve had folks ask about Israel’s Lone Soldier (“Tzofim Garin Tzabar“) program, which I mentioned in my novel Land Of Promise. It is a worthy program that sponsors young adults in making Aliyah to Israel through their service in the Israel Defense Force (IDF.) I believe that the program deserves our support. Donations are tax deductible for Americans. And of course donations made on or before December 31st are deductible for 2016. – JWR o o o Mega-Regions: What If We Redrew State Boundaries Today? This Gedenken ties in nicely to my suggestion of partitioning eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington from their respective western halves. – JWR o o o The Grid – K.C.

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Notes for Monday – December 26, 2016

On December 26th, 1777, after crossing the Delaware River, Washington led his men against Hessian soldiers garrisoned at Trenton. After a brief battle, nearly the entire Hessian force was captured, with negligible losses to the Americans, significantly boosting their flagging morale.

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Springfield Armory 1911 With Laser, by Pat Cascio

My number one choice, if I could only own one handgun, is still the grand old 1911 in some configuration. Yeah, lots of new gun designs come along, and I’ve tested many different handguns over the past 25 years working as a gun writer, and most are outstanding in their own regard. However, when pressed, I’m going to still pick a 1911 in .45 ACP, of course. Here are some of my thoughts on my choice in a 1911. First of all, there is the proven fight-stopping .45 ACP round. Yes, I’ve read the report put out by the FBI stating that there isn’t all that much difference between the stopping power of a 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP, when loaded with a good JHP bullet. Still, in my mind, I believe that, the .45 ACP will put a bad guy down a little bit faster than the 9mm and .40 S&W rounds will. I don’t know of any way to measure this sort of thing, and I don’t think anyone else does, either, unless they were on the spot and timed just how fast a certain caliber puts a stop to a deadly threat. Many years ago, my … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Ham and Lentil Stew, by L.H.

We’re expecting an “Arctic blast” soon and this is the soup I’m preparing to help keep us warm. While there is some slicing-and-dicing involved, the lentils cook up quickly enough that you can have it on the table in under an hour and a half. Earthy, healthy, comforting, and a little different, I think you’ll like it. Plain ol’ saltine crackers are a perfect accompaniment, though chunks of warmed crusty bread will definitely kick it up a notch. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 ½ c. cooked diced ham ¾ – 1 c. chopped onions (about 1 small onion) 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 cans (14.5 oz. ea.) chicken broth 2 chicken bouillon cubes 2 carrots, sliced 2 stalks celery, sliced 1 c. lentils, any kind 1 ½ c. thinly-sliced cabbage 2 tsp. cumin ¼ tsp. thyme 1 bay leaf ½ tsp. black pepper Directions: In large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté ham and onions, stirring often, for 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and stir 1 minute more. Add rest of ingredients. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 1- 1 ¼ hours, stirring occasionally, until lentils are done. Remove bay leaf before serving. … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Fire Starters

Mr. Latimer, I have read many fire starter “recipes” lately on SurvivalBlog. I have tried a few of them and have had a short-lived flame with which to start a fire. Some lit easier than others, and some burned a little better. Last year in the spring I bought some Fire Starter logs that were on sale for half price. I took one log out and began cutting small cubes from the end, about the size of sugar cubes. I then wrap each cube in enough dryer lint to cover it completely. Lint adheres pretty well to the cube which is somewhat sticky. The lint allows you to store them together without them sticking to each other. Purchase small zip baggies measuring 2″ x 3″ from a craft store. They hold 2-4 cubes per bag, and seal shut. These little waterproof baggies are easily carried in a pocket. Adding several matches is also a good idea, although strikers do the job nicely. These little cubes really burn for a long time, which the log starter product is made to do! One log will make a huge number of these for very little money. I even use these to light logs … Continue reading

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