Notes for Saturday – February 04, 2017

On this day in 1789, George Washington became the first and only president to be unanimously elected by the Electoral College. This was repeated again on this same day in 1792. Because of the way the early American voting procedure worked, the electors cast two votes with no distinction for president or vice president. Washington was chosen by all of the electors and is considered to have been unanimously elected. Of the others on the ballots, Adams had the most votes and thus became the vice president. o o o 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 military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795, DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO … Continue reading

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How to Plan and Plant a Hidden Garden, by Survival San

I don’t know if it’s just me, but as soon as the holidays have passed my mind turns to gardening. Too soon? Not in my opinion. Spring will be on us quicker than a tick on a rainy day, and it’s best we be prepared. It could be you’re hesitant to plant a garden because you’re worried about would-be poachers and/or vandals. Maybe you’re afraid that a garden will draw unwanted attention from wandering marauders or neighborhood children who may decide to commandeer your harvest or stomp on your tomatoes. Fear not! The solution to this disconcerting dilemma is to plant a hidden garden, or even several. Planting a hidden garden may sound challenging or impractical, but it’s easier than you might think. In fact, it takes very little planning. Your environment will tell you what to do, or more accurately, the weeds will tell you. Most gardeners think of weeds as their enemies, but they can be our friends as well as our foes. It’s really up to you which one you want them to be. I had a field full of lambs’ quarters this past summer. Instead of pulling them, I let them grow because my chickens think … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Call Me 4-Eyes

Hugh, Last week a letter titled Call Me 4-Eyes caught my attention. I agree 100% with his suggestions. As a retired Optometrist of 40+ years experience with military and civilian practice, I am concerned for contact wearers post SHTF. The very instant sanitation and personal hygiene are compromised, you should discontinue wearing contacts! Even today, most eye care providers will tell you they see several contact lens complications per week. An eye infection or corneal ulcer can be treated with good results in today’s world. When eye care is not available, a simple infection or corneal ulcer could result in loss of sight. With many of the super bugs we now experience, it could be a life threatening event. Each contact lens wearer should have multiple pairs of glasses or consider having corrective eye surgery to restore vision. Stockpiling contacts and solutions is not the best idea. Simply washing your hands in contaminated water could cause viral, bacterial, or protozoan infections if you touch the contacts. Wearing contacts post SHTF is not the prudent thing to do. – Phoroptor

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Use a wireless mouse? This $15 hack could compromise your laptop. JWR’s Comment: It is high time to revert to hard-wired mice. o o o For those who have been waiting, MagPul has now produced AICS-compatible LONG ACTION magazines for .270, .30-06, .25-06, and similar cartridges. This sure beats paying $90+ each for original AICS-made magazines. o o o From Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large: Some interesting European surplus kit at good prices, with cheap shipping to the U.S. Note that some of their “joke” products are presented with blunt language. o o o Growing fresh-produce shortage in Britain – P.S. o o o A short humor video: If gun calibers were celebrities

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