Notes for Friday – February 03, 2017

This is the birthday of writer James Michener (1907–1997), known for his very well-researched epic novels, such as Centennial. This is also the birthday of painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894–1978).

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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:

  • 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 … Continue reading

  • Intellectual Survival, by D.W.

    “Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it.”[1]

    -Blaise Pascal

    “It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs, but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.”[2]


    Imagine for a moment, you have just finished eating dinner with your family. You have been living without power for months. You planned for this, of course. You have plenty of food, you are safe, and there is heat if it is winter in your part of the country. As is your family’s custom (let us assume), you take turns discussing what you are thankful for, despite the circumstances. Afterward, the table and dishes … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Airport BOB


    I have traveled extensively for the last 30 years and carry these items in addition to what you listed:

    • Life straw. Clean water will be essential if you are stuck or have to walk home.
    • Israeli battle dressing. It could be essential to saving yourself or someone else.
    • Tourniquet: Can save yourself or someone else.
    • Tactical pen. Mix it in with other pens in brief case. It’s not much but better than nothing on the airplane.
    • Briefcase that converts to back pack. Brief cases are less conspicuous in the board room.

    Last year, I personally saw five young Middle Eastern men rush the gate agent at LAX to board in front of first class. The lone agent was so startled that they let them on. They were in the rear of the plane. Several frequent flyers and I developed a plan … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    Ohio Couple Files Arbitration Against Chesapeake Oil/Gas Leases. I can foresee a trip to Federal Bankruptcy Court to file a “Chapter 11 Re-Organization Plan” for this huge gas and oil outfit. They have too many strikes against them already. The poor Midwest farmers who were told they would “get rich quick” are certainly not. – K.W.

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    Another warning on US national debt for our politicians to ignore – P.S.

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    Depression, Stagflation, Stag-Depress-Flation

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    An interesting video on Barter and Recycling: Urban Ore an Economic Model for a Material Barter Exchange Clearinghouse and Full Cycle Recycling

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    What good people will do in a bad economy: Harare residents find ingenious new ways to survive – A.P.

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    Arrests Made Over DC Surveillance Cameras Being Hacked Prior to Trump Inauguration – D.S.

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    NRA Wins Victory as Congress Reverses Obama’s Social Security Gun Grab – DSV

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    Attorney In IRS Office Of Professional Responsibility (Columbia J.D., NYU Tax LL.M., Georgetown Adjunct Tax Prof) Busted For Dealing Crystal Meth – C.P.

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    Donald Trump Threatens to Cancel Berkeley Federal Funds After Riots Shut Down Milo Event – D.B.