Notes for Thursday – February 02, 2017

February 2nd is the birthday of Ayn Rand (born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum in 1905, died March 6, 1982). She is of course remembered for her novel Atlas Shrugged, which is considered a Libertarian classic. While I sharply disagree with her views on religion (since she was an atheist), I admire both her skill as a writer and her ability to articulate some core precepts of human liberty.

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Since the 1,000 SurvivalBlog 2005-2016 Archive USB sticks sold out so quickly, we’ve had to revert to offering it on DVD. It is now orderable here, for just $19.95.

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Today, we present another entry for Round 69 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

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  • Starting Life In The Country, by J.E.

    Sitting here in the living room with a hot fire in the wood stove and arctic winds blowing the snow across our property, I smile at just how lucky we are. The power has been out for a couple of days, and the snow and ice make driving into town not worth the risk. Just over twenty years ago, we decided life in the city was no longer for us. Now, reflecting on how good we have it, I would like to write my first post and share with those of you considering a move into rural life.

    The first thing we did right is move years before we planned. It was a nice summer day and we decided to take a drive into the country to look at a piece of land that had been for sale for over a year and kept coming down in price. We … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Airport BOB


    What a great list. I happily read this, as I travel frequently. I appreciated the list and agree with the items and responses already listed. I would just like to add a couple comments. LED lights are great, but living in Alaska, where at times we have 20 hours of darkness, I would add buying a head lamp. This is a basic $20 head lamp that slips in a pocket and is great for hands-free light. I also would add that I carry a packet of silver coins along with the cash. I have a length of paracord and duct tape, basic supplies that live in my bag, and a couple of heavy duty contractor garbage bags. These have a number of uses, including shelter.

    I would like to emphasis the importance of practical clothing. I may be traveling for work and need to be … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    The Alternative Fact Of The Cashless Society

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    What Will Happen, How to Prepare For The Imminent Global Economic Collapse 2017 – B.B.

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    Fed Unlikely to Make Its Next Rate Move Wednesday

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    Endowment Gains Aren’t Enough for Schools Facing Rising Expenses

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    The Chinese counterfeiters are back to their old tricks, producing shoddy fake Cold Steel knives, including some Rawles XL Voyagers. They are definitely fakes, since Cold Steel only made Rawles XL Voyagers with ONE blade style and ONE blade color! Please take a minute to go to the lower right corner of the eBay page and click on “Report Item”, and ask that this seller be banned. Thanks! – JWR

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    A new Tennessee listing at our SurvivalRealty spin-off is captivating, since it is the lowest-priced property that I can recall that includes on-site caves: Secluded Wilder Mountain Acreage – Caves, Waterfalls, and More.

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    Far Beyond Crime-Ridden Depravity, Darknets Are Key Strongholds of Freedom

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    Doomsday Bug, Resistant to Every Drug, Found in L.A. – D.B.

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