Notes for Thursday – January 12, 2017

On January 12, 1888, the “Schoolchildren’s Blizzard” killed 235 people, many of whom were children on their way home from school across the Northwest Plains region of the United States. The storm came with no warning, and some accounts say that the temperature fell nearly 100 degrees in just 24 hours. There were many instances of teachers keeping or rescuing children who would have been caught in the storm while walking home.

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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 … Continue reading

  • Leatherworking for the Beginner, by R.S.

    Leather has been used for millennia as a durable resource for clothing, shelter, armor, and more. If you pay attention, there is an abundance of leather all around you. It’s on furniture and baseball fields, in cars, and on garment racks. If you found yourself in a post-collapse situation, leather is a readily available scavenge resource. If you know how to work with it and have a few simple tools and supplies, you have the solution to countless problems. Later I’ll explain some basics. My journey with leather began a few years ago.

    I was attending a homeschool conference and saw a beautiful leather backpack. It was extremely durable, functional, and handsome to look at. It had been constructed to minimize points of failure and last a lifetime. Zippers, for example, were eschewed in favor of buckles, as zippers are typically the first thing to fail on a bag … Continue reading

    Letter: Major Mistakes with a Building Contractor

    I purchased 150 acres in my chosen location and intended to have a cabin built on it with a well and septic system. I found a contractor who said he would complete a well, septic, and “dried in cabin” for me. He was making good progress and completed about 60% of the work and then just stopped working on it. He has been at it for over four years, and the wood framing is getting very old. Anyway, this was the first time I’ve ever hired a contractor to build something for me, and like a moron I gave him the final payment (over $110,000 in total) about two years ago. I now have four walls, 1/4 roof with tar paper, and a septic tank.

    I am told suing him wouldn’t get me anything, since he is completely broke. I dumped much of my retirement into this and … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    Three former London-based traders face US charges over currency rigging – G.G.

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    Lincoln Cent Roll Searching: What I Found in a $25 Box of Pennies – DSV

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    The “Curse” of Labor-Saving Machinery Is Nothing New

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    Record 95.1 million Americans not in the labor force. The challenge of having an army of non-working adults.

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Land of the Free: Michigan man issued parking ticket in his own driveway

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    Airport Shooter Converted to Islam, Identified as Aashiq Hammad Years Before Joining Army – W.C.

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    US-Funded White Helmets Exposed in Al-Qaeda Plot that Poisoned Water of 5 Million Syrians. It is bad enough they contaminated the water supply, but they control the area so no one can go there and fix it. Same with electricity. Civilization is easy to destroy and easy to keep from being rebuilt if you are dependent on it. – T.Z.

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    Finally! The US Air Force has embraced reality — the A-10 is here to stay ‘indefinitely’ – T.P.

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    And we wonder what is wrong with our churches today? Koran Verse Denying Jesus Was Son Of … Continue reading