Notes for Wednesday – March 29, 2017

This is the birthday of the gifted electronic and orchestral musician Vangelis. (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou) o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 69 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), An infrared sensor/imaging camouflage shelter from Snakebite Tactical in … Continue reading

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Every Day Carry for Today’s World- Part 2, by N.M.

Do Your Intelligence Work (continued) In addition to knowing who is out there, there are other things you can do. Listen to local law enforcement with a scanner. I would not rely on the various scanner apps and feeds on certain sites that also list frequencies for a lot of agencies and organizations, such as radioreference.com. The feeds you hear are provided by someone in the area with a scanner that is feeding into the Internet. The problem is, you are reliant on what they are feeding, which is usually their primary dispatch channels. If you have your own scanner, such as the Home Patrol 2, which comes highly recommended as the easiest to use for a non-technical geek, you control what you listen to. Sometimes there is more information on some of the other channels, such as gang or drug unit channels. Sometimes these are encypted, so that the gangs can’t get the same intel you are trying to get. Having a hand-held scanner with you provides you information while you are out and about. There is a hand-held Home Patrol series and Whistler also makes some good scanners. You want to make sure it will “hear” the radio … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Camo Pattern Clothing

Gentlemen: An inexpensive and non-standard substitute can be made from off-the-shelf khaki and light gray trousers and oversize long sleeve shirts and some clothing dye. I’d suggest one size larger than one normally wears, to hide body outline, permit freedom of movement, and allow for an insulating layer. Thrift stores are good sources, and faded colors are a plus. If one is a purist, it’s advisable to take along a UV light source when shopping; once clothing is washed in detergent with brighteners, it’s UV reflective pretty much for the life of the garment. (Editors addition: Or if they have been starched.) There’s debate about animals’ ability to see UV, but none about the ability of modern night vision equipment to see it; a small UV source will make one glow in the dark to anyone equipped with NV goggles. If one is fortunate enough to locate clothing that hasn’t been washed with brighteners– a difficult task– always wash it separately with detergent that does not contain brighteners, and it’s best to first “flush” the washing machine with a plain hot water cycle to ensure all brightener-enhanced detergent has been flushed. Lay the clothing out on a clean flat surface … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

We are now experiencing net withdrawals from the 401K market. This is bad news: WARNING: U.S. Ponzi Retirement Market In Big Trouble, Protect With Precious Metals o o o Oil Majors Lower Risk: Favor Shale Over Offshore. Big oil has changed its strategy radically, investing much more in short cycle projects with high short-term yield. o o o $540,701,000,000: U.S. Property Taxes Hit Record in 2016 JWR’s Comment: Here is a puzzler: When is private property not private? When you have to pay a yearly rent to your government. Do you think that you really “own” your land, even when there is no mortgage? Just stop paying your property taxes and find out who is in possession of it, three years later. High property taxes are particularly troubling to those of us who home school our children—since the “key service” funded by property taxes are public schools. o o o The pundits claim: The US Dollar is Forecast to Rise Again JWR’s Comment: Back in November as the U.S. Dollar (USD) was reaching a 10-year high, I advised SurvivalBlog readers to hedge into Swiss Francs. (CHF is the acronym for “Confederatio Helvetica” Franc.) More recently, the USD has lost ground … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the … Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture The Complete Guide to Sharpening @WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, by Shane Harris Movies: The Road (starring Viggo Mortensen. It is a favorite with both preppers and survivalists.) Captain Fantastic (also starring Viggo Mortensen). This movie is marred by copious foul language, brief nudity, and absurd politics. But it makes a compelling case for home schooling and self-sufficiency. It is rated R, and is definitely NOT for kids! (It is now available through Amazon Prime) BTW, here is a sad addendum: Viggo’s father, V. Peter Mortensen, passed way in early March. Our condolences to the family. Instructional Videos: From “Russian Daycare”: AMAZING CAMPING HACKS #2 Max Velocity Tactical: Anatomy of a Peel (JWR’s Comment: Max’s training is very highly regarded and recommended. It appears that for quite rational live fire safety reasons they set this up as a 90-degree offset engagement and withdrawal. Normally, in a meeting engagement with a superior force, a “withdraw by fire” takes a 180-degree exit route. Box Van Stealth Tiny House Tour … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Paul Joseph Watson: The Truth About Sweden (Video) JWR’s Comment: It is noteworthy that YouTube has attempted to censor Watson, simply for reporting the truth—when that truth exposed the lies of leftist apologists for radical Islam. o o o My friend Commander Zero just posted a very useful link: Glock Pistols- What Breaks and How to Fix It – JWR o o o Thousands Of Americans Are Fleeing The Big Cities . Why are so many people suddenly moving away from major U.S. cities? o o o Health Ranger awarded U.S. patent for breakthrough anti-radiation formula that eliminates Cesium-137 from your body o o o SurvivalBlog reader J.S. sent in this link showing how the CIA uses standard commercial products to indicate tampering with their USPS mail. If you still use the USPS, this is definitely worth knowing.

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship. We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle – the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative.” – Karl Popper

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Notes for Tuesday – March 28, 2017

This is the birthday of Marlin Perkins, Carthage Missouri, television host (Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom). He was born in 1905. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 69 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), An infrared sensor/imaging … Continue reading

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Every Day Carry for Today’s World- Part 1, by N.M.

Let me premise this article with a few points you need to consider: First, you must research local laws for yourself as some items or actions discussed may be illegal in your location. Additionally, while carrying some items may be generally legal, there may be places that prohibit these items from their building, et cetera, such as airports or government buildings. Again, know your local laws. Discussion of specific items does not constitute an endorsement; I may mention them because I have them, may have used them, or may know people who have. Again, do your own research before buying or carrying anything. We Have Increasing Organized Unrest and Violent Protests If you have been paying attention, you can’t have failed to notice that there is increasing unrest, protests are becoming more violent and more frequent, and it will continue. Read the article ”Operation HYPO After Action Report: Infiltrating Violent Protest Organizations”, and you will understand some of the thoughts and planning of these groups. People are calling for the assassination of POTUS or hostile overthrow, including some who are high profile. Assassination of LEO’s and attacks on anyone who appears to support POTUS are commonplace. If you search out … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Survival Prospects for Gun-Toting Liberal Protestors

These people may not know how to fight. Lots of right-wingers don’t know how, either, including those who have been to a lot of spray-and-pray classes. The point is, when the fighting starts, you either learn how to fight or die, or find a way to escape from the front line. The thing to remember is that none other than Karl Marx called for the “universal armament of the proletariat.” The point being, that once the “proletariat” do the job of massacring the right-wingers, they can easily be disarmed. Europe has demonstrated that. Remember that the leftists are most decidedly of the “gimme” persuasion, and the Marxists are happy to “give them” the guns and ammo they need to wreak havoc. That is why reports keep drifting in of semi-loads of AK’s going to the street gangs and similar conveyances. On the right-wing side, the real strength is in the geographic distribution and in industrial and agricultural power. Pull the power grid or the financial grid, and the leftists will starve. Everybody will starve, but they will starve better. I wish I could boast of the moral power of the right-wing, but I can’t. It is probably a modicum better … Continue reading

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News From The American Redoubt:

I heard about a company in Boise, Idaho that makes some innovative AR family rifle parts: 2A Armament. – JWR o o o Idaho company approved to fly with night vision goggles JWR’s Comment: If this goes well, this may become a trend for use in landings at other remote airfields. Later generation NVGs that use two light amplification tubes can overcome the depth perception problems that are inherent with single tube designs. o o o Rural Idaho: Population Decline to Reduce Available Labor Source in Next Decade JWR’s Comment: The good news for Idaho-bound preppers is that this demographic shift means there will be less demand for rural real estate, keeping it affordable for retirees and folks who are self employed. I still strongly recommend developing a home-based business or working your way into a telecommute position before moving to The American Redoubt. o o o Landslide risk across Inland Northwest increases with warm temps, rain in forecast JWR’s Comment: Even though the natural disaster risk in the American Redoubt is relatively low, some risk is unavoidable anywhere on the planet. o o o Pistol and sheath knife owners should check out these two companies: ArmoryPlastics.com (in Idaho) and … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Mexico Sees Its First International Offshore Drilling Success. Eni has drilled the first well by an international oil company in Mexican waters, finding a meaningful volume of oil. o o o Podcast: Urban Agriculture (Peak Prosperity). Those living in cities/suburbs may find this podcast on urban agriculture of particular interest. o o o Warning: Three Major Bellwethers Are On Red Alert. I’m not much for charts in these turbulent economic times, but this is interesting. o o o It’s time to start believing in the Impossible (Article but includes a podcast.) 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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