Notes for Wednesday – February 08, 2017

On February 8th, 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. For 100 years, the BSA stood as a strong bulwark of conservative, libertarian, moral values. They successfully united boys from diverse backgrounds, different religions, and different ethnicities– uniting them based upon the principles required for a boy to become an upstanding man. The BSA was attacked from all sides for their righteous stance and even persevered and won their case (Boy Scouts v. Dale, 2000) in the Supreme Court. Sadly, they have in recent years caved from within. Reportedly, their desire to fill the executive board with allegedly amoral, powerful industry executives, like Randall Stephenson (CEO of AT&T) and James Turley (CEO of Ernst & Young), has brought this once great institution to its knees, conceding the high ground on moral issues. Regardless, the first edition of the Boy Scouts handbook, 1911 is … Continue reading

Prepping with a Terminal Illness, by D.P.

About a month ago I was diagnosed with a very aggressive type of brain cancer– glioblastoma. There’s no cure, and the chances of long-term survival are pretty slim. It’s referred to as “terminal” cancer. However, there are some long-term survivors, and I’m hoping to add to that number. If not, without a shred of doubt I have been one of the luckiest and blessed people I know. I’ve been blessed with a beautiful and caring wife, two young boys I love beyond measure, wonderful family and friends, and not least importantly from long ago an appreciation for the wonder of this beautiful world that God has provided for us.

Now, what does this have to do with prepping? For me, a lot. It’s about preparing those you love for when or if you are no longer around to protect and feed them, and that could be a scenario in any … Continue reading

Letter Re: Intellectual Survival


I enjoyed reading D.W.’s article on Intellectual Survival and liked the anthology list of resources listed. I know that there are free digital downloads of the Harvard Classics on at least three sites from Open Culture.

The links to The Gutenberg Project and Internet Archive are provided.

While the digital downloads are not the annotated version, a third link, below, provides a page scan version of the Harvard Classics that are annotated.

While not a hard copy, these can be stored in one’s electronic library for use on several platforms.

Regards – A.C. Ohio

Economics and Investing:

US government’s 2016 net loss “more than doubled” to NEGATIVE $1 trillion

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Utah Bill Would Set Stage For State Gold and Silver Depository, Further Encourage Use of Metals as Money – G.P.

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How to Store Silver Bars and Coins at Home – DSV

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Iranian Oil Will Not Be Stopped By Trump. While tensions between Iran and the U.S. continue to escalate, it is unlikely that the Iranian oil industry will be significantly impacted.

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:


All Wrapped Up In Paracord: Knife and Tool Wraps, Survival Bracelets, And More Projects With Parachute Cord

The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II



Akira Kurosawa: Four Samurai Classics (Seven Samurai / The Hidden Fortress / Yojimbo / Sanjuro) (The Criterion Collection)


The Pacific

The Civil War (Ken Burns Documentary)


The Very Best of Ralph Stanley

Jonas Kaufmann: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven & Wagner

Instructional Videos:

Build Your Own Copper Coil Alcohol Burner Stove

Wall Tent Platform Build JWR’s Comment: Be sure to use plenty of foundation bricks (more than shown) and use your level frequently during the platform construction.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

The Number-One Mind-Control Program At US Colleges – H.L. (Editor’s Note: I’m not sure I trust the site or the author, but the information is interesting and deserves more investigation. It certainly falls in line with what we know about those who commit gun violence. However, correlation does not necessarily equate to causation.)

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Ol’ Remus (in his oft-quoted Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report blog) has published a detailed analysis of the orchestrated riots at UC Berkeley that stopped Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking. Whether you love him, hate him, or just tolerate him, the man still has the right to speak. It is ironic that UC Berkeley is often cited as the home of the Free Speech Movement. But it is clear that they only tolerate leftist speech. I should mention that I was an ROTC Cadet at UC Berkeley … Continue reading