Notes for Friday – January 06, 2017

Today is the birthday of musician Earl Scruggs, (1924-2012) and British comic actor Rowan Atkinson (born 1955).

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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 teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
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    Prep Your Ride- Part 3, by J.U.

    Situation: “Normal,” Everyday, Routine, and Your Vehicular Operations

    What is “normal,” everyday, or routine? Most people in America assume that these words mean orderly peacefulness, a lack of chaos and violence, and a Merry Christmas to all. They think that way because for so long that was “normal” in this country. Anyone who watches the news at all knows that these are things that can no longer be taken for granted; those sentiments do not represent the “realities on the ground” in our current state of affairs.

    Post “event,” what will become the new “normal” will likely be far different than what was “normal” five minutes before. You have to adapt quickly to the new reality or face some pretty serious consequences.

    Whether or not you subscribe to the belief that we are in a period of “gray slide” towards bad times, you will benefit from increasing your awareness … Continue reading




    Letter Re: EPA to Sub-Freezing Alaska

    JWR and HJL,

    Sadly, we are about to experience the same bureaucratic wisdom here in NY’s North Country and Adirondacks. Recently a well known engineering school had a student research panel present similar concerns in a public forum. I’m not quite sure how I’ve lived as long (or as warmly!) without their expertise. The old adage of “…wood heats four times” is still true. – RJH




    Economics and Investing:

    Americans Fleeing High-Tax States According to National Movers Study – H.L.

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    The $1,000 Kennedy Half Dollar Roll Search – DSV

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    The Elite’s Dream of a Cash Ban is Now Closer Than Ever – B.B.

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    Has U.S. Gasoline Demand Peaked? Since 2014, U.S. gasoline demand has soared as inexpensive oil has seen gas guzzlers gain popularity, but EV’s and high oil prices may soon change that.

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Michigan deputy charged with firing shot that hit teacher, then trying to cover it up – T.P.

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    Boom: Record 27 million guns bought in 2016 – G.G.

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    Fascinating new .22 silencer. Single-use and quite effective. “Sterile” for covert ops. $0.50 apiece. Will be interesting to see the ATF try and regulate these. It may even drive the gun-grabbers crazy too. – J.N.

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    Utah Cliff House and Acreage to be Auctioned on January 21st – P.S.

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    Obama’s Disastrous Legacy – J.R.