Notes for Wednesday – January 11, 2017

January 11th is the birthday of Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804). It is also the natal day of the late Gunnar Fridtjof Thurmann Sonsteby, who was born in 1918. He was the most decorated hero of the Norwegian resistance under the German occupation. He died May 10, 2012.

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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 … Continue reading

  • Four Procedures For Survival in Your Camp, by ARD

    We recently saw how important it is to uphold 2 Chronicles 7:14. Although we have known that this beloved United States that we call home is not quite so “united”, we have discovered there are more Christians than there are non-Christians. (If God be for us who can be against us!) For some time, the liberals have used the media to be their trumpet or voice, which has made it appear that they are the majority. But I tell you this; I believe that what has occurred recently, with the election of Donald Trump, is that the normal quiet Christian (myself included) has realized that to survive in America we must stand up, voice our Godly opinion, and act and also understand that prayer does change things! Miracles are real, but they do not occur without faith, trust in our Lord, and action or prayer on our part. You can … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Thriving With Airedales


    It appears that the War Dog leashes I purchased may be available again. In looking up the company ( they are now carrying a leash that appears to be similar to, if not the same as, the ones I bought when I knew the people running the company. Link supplied merely to assist. I cannot vouch for this particular product; the leashes I have are amazing, and these look nearly identical. I have no connection to this company – “Food Guy”

    Economics and Investing:

    It is notable that spot gold is now at around $1,187 per Troy ounce, while platinum is down around $978. This nearly $200 price disparity means that you can buy slabbed (PCGS graded) platinum U.S. Mint Liberty bullion coins for less than equivalent weight gold U.S. Mint Liberty bullion coins that are loose (ungraded). In my estimation, that makes platinum a screaming “Buy!”, especially with President Trump’s tax cuts just around the corner. (Those cuts should encourage an economic revival, which will likely mean a return to the historic norm of platinum selling for more than gold.) – JWR

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    L.A. needs to borrow millions to cover legal payouts, city report says – H.L.

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    Mike Maloney: Prince: GOLD HOARDER? How Much Did He Own?

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    Taxpayers Footing the Bill for … Continue reading

    JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:


    The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, by Dave Ramsey

    The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life, by Travis Stork


    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Now also available with Amazon Prime.)

    97% Owned (Documentary on the global debt-based monetary system. Note that although the producers of this film obviously have a leftist bias, the information included about how modern “money” is created is correct. Amazon Prime members can watch it free.)


    Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl (Now available with Amazon Prime.)

    1916: The Irish Rebellion. (Now available with Amazon Prime.)


    The Essential Guy Clark

    Firefly Soundtrack (Greg Edmondson)

    Instructional Videos:

    Active Self Defense YouTube Channel. (Thanks to reader … Continue reading

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Pat Cascio informs us that the “news” announcer cited the wrong state yesterday. Washington is the state in trouble with the anti-second amendment onslaught after the elections.

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    10 fire types for outdoor survival – G.P.

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    All of the talk about “Universal Background Checks” seems to overlook two key points: First, private party sales of USED guns in INTRASTATE commerce is completely outside of Federal Jurisdiction, under the Commerce Clause (which controls INTERSTATE commerce.) Second, a universal background check would presumably stop someone from legally handing out (gifting or selling) guns from their personal collection in the event of a disaster, an invasion, or in a legitimate uprising to counter an oppressive government. These “mandatory checks” are wolves in sheep’s clothing! – JWR

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    For anyone who read my novel Liberators and had doubts about how easy it is to … Continue reading