Notes for Saturday – January 07, 2017

This is the birthday of several notables: Senator Rand Paul (born 1963); Cresson Kearny (born 1914, died December 18, 2003); and Bent Faurschou-Hviid, known as The Flame (born 1921, died October 18, 1944). The Flame was a red-haired Danish resistance fighter in the Holger Danske Group during World War II. His exploits were dramatized in the movie Flame and Citron. 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 barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle … Continue reading

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The Common Discussion, by R.K.

The conversation begins in a variety of ways but usually goes something like this: Bob: why do you need a fancy gun that shoots so many bullets….? Me: Do you need to drive a car that produces more than 120 horse power? That’s more than enough power to move you from point A to point B in a timely, economical, environmentally responsible, and safe matter. Therefore, should we not outlaw all cars that produce more than 120 HP? All you need is 120 HP. Think of all the things in your life that you don’t actually need. When we open the discussion of need vs. want, it questions one of the basic foundations of our country. We are free to choose what we want. Who is a government or another person to tell us what we can and can’t have? That is God’s job, and He gave us unalienable rights already. As long as we’re not infringing on anyone else’s rights, we are free to make our own choices. Bob: Well, so many people are dying from guns in the United States, and I have numbers to prove it… Me: I don’t agree with that, but I’ve read through endless … Continue reading

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Letter Re: The $1,000 Kennedy Half Dollar Roll Search

James and Hugh, I stopped searching about eight years ago; I found that I used 1000 bucks eleven times. I found zero silver coins. (I’m not saying it’s all gone, just that I had bad luck.) My luck was bad enough that I decided that the only thing I was finding was a lower gas gauge on my little car while driving from my pickup bank to my dump bank. I did manage to get part of a walking liberty half book filled the year before. I’m just saying that the guys doing coin roll hunting for halves have a high probability of finding marked coins from other people’s dumps and not much more this late in the game. Everyone knows about halves now. Back nine years ago, I could and did walk into banks asking for rolled halves and walked out with complete rolls of 1964 halves for $10. Dumping the coins annoyed the tellers at my dump bank. The nicer tellers would be happy about the doughnuts but not happy about having to change the bag every time I came to visit. At some point I decided it wasn’t cost effective to go coin roll hunting for halves. … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Record 95,102,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Number Grew 18% Since Obama Took Office in 2009 – G.G. o o o The False Economic Recovery Narrative Will Die In 2017 – B.B. o o o Video: Gold “Gold is now in the advancing phase of a new intermediate cycle. Bearish sentiment at the recent bottom was among the most extreme readings we have seen in the past 40 years. This should be the fuel to drive a really big rally”. o o o Yuan Intervention Poised to Fail: All Not Well in Middle Kingdom 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:

Please ask eBay to ban this seller of counterfeit knives. They have been selling fake Rawles XL Voyagers for weeks, under the Seller ID “lms536”. And also this seller: “hzfa0662”. Thanks! – JWR o o o I spotted this unusual new listing over at our SurvivalRealty spin-off site: Redoubt-Ready Complete Container Homes. – JWR o o o Hack Attack on Drudge Report a Sign of Chaos to Come o o o Police union: Baltimore at ‘tipping point’ because of too few cops on streets Dallas and other major cities are having the same issue. Additionally several states are experiencing major cuts in budget for patrolling. – G.P. o o o Attribution + Russia = Misdirection – P.M.

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.” – Genesis 44:33-34 (KJV)

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