Notes for Tuesday – January 03, 2017

On this day, in 1521, Martin Luther– the father of the reformation and founder of Protestantism– was officially excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church.

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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 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 … Continue reading



  • Prep Your Ride- Part 1, by J.U.

    “The best gun is the one you have with you when you actually need it.” We’ve almost all heard or read that old saying at some point in our lives. It is such a common saying because we all recognize the simple truth inherent in those words. It doesn’t matter how many “tacti-cool” guns you have at home in the safe if you’re miles or just blocks from where you live when you suddenly need to defend your own or someone else’s life. The gear you have with you (or close at hand) is the stuff you’re going to war with when the next emergency, disaster, riot, civil disorder, or whatever craziness to happen kicks off.

    Our personal vehicles are absolutely central to our everyday lives. Nearly all of us spend a great deal of time in our vehicles. Our modern life as we know it would not be … Continue reading




    Letter Re: Growing Pineapples

    Mr. Hugh,

    This is a very good post on growing pineapples. We have grown them in similar manner for several years. We don’t root ours in water but place them in large (3 gallon) pots with very moist potting soil. They are repotted as needed into larger pots to complete their growing time. Be sure to let the base of the “top” dry out as G.J. says. We prefer raising them in the pots because they can be moved easily to a warmer location as needed, weeds aren’t a problem, and the moisture is better controlled during times of drought. As G.J. said, they taste unbelievably good. We have a person in our group who visits Hawaii regularly. When she tasted a bite, her eyes lit up and she said “Wow, it tastes like it is fresh from the field”. It was cut and sliced two hours earlier. This plant … Continue reading




    News From The American Redoubt:

    RTG Parts (in Sheridan, Wyoming) has expanded their product line. They are best known for their amazing variety of parts and accessories for Heckler and Koch (HK) rifles. But they also stock AK, Uzi, Walther P.38, Tokarev, and other parts as well as magazines for quite a wide assortment of rifles and pistols. They sell via mail order, nationwide. I’ve being doing business with them for many years, and I highly recommend them. – JWR

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    Timelapse shows growth in Inland Northwest since 1980s

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    Montana: Woman kills self in suspected DUI stop in Columbus

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    Mountain Lion Kills One Dog, Injures Another In Ketchum

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    High winds blast central Wyoming, expected to slow slightly in coming days




    Economics and Investing:

    A great story from when America was still the Land of Opportunity

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    Outlook For Coal Unlikely To Improve. The election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States is bound to impact many segments of the economy, but coal is unlikely to be one of them.

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    Do Central Bankers Know a Bubble When They See One?

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    2016: An Unpredictable and Wild Year

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    These doomsday shelters for the 1% make up the largest private bunker community on earth. – G.G.

    JWR’s Comment: Survivable, (short term) yes. Defendable? Perhaps. Cost effective? Probably not. (Since they will be leased, not owned.)

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    Beware, folks! There are now counterfeit Rawles XL Voyager knives being produced in mainland China. Note that there are four different blade styles for these Rawles fakes—and Cold Steel only made one style. And they never used D2 steel! Fake, fake, fake! Please report these to eBay when you see them advertised, and of course never give the counterfeiters any of your hard-earned money for this junk. – JWR

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    Millennials lack basic survival skills compared to older generations – G.G.

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    Sugar for Wounds: Do You Have It in Your First Aid Kit? – … Continue reading