Notes for Thursday – February 09, 2017

February 9th is the birthday of Major George Charles Nonte Jr. (born 1926, died June 30, 1978). I had the privilege of attending ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox in the same company with his daughter Yvette, in 1981. Some of the stories that she told me about her father were amazing. He was quite a guy. Cadet Yvette Nonte went on to a career in Army Intelligence, retiring as a Colonel.

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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 … Continue reading

  • A Mother’s Perspective, by B.H.

    Prior to 2000, my husband and I had already begun to prepare for the Y2K that, well, never happened. Although this event never took place, we learned valuable lessons on what we were missing, and we were not parents at that time. First aid was not at the top of my priority list. We were planning on bugging in, and we naively thought we would be good with staying put in our sleepy town of 1200 people. I remember that we spent $10,000 on preparing for that event. We had more disposable income (again, we had no kids yet), so we got a grain grinder, Berkey water filter, and grains in 5-gallon buckets. The 50-gallon water drum started to make our UPS man a little suspicious. In a small town, we were being watched with what was delivered … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Baking Soda


    I just finished reading your article on “all about baking soda” and found this to be very informative. Thank you for your time in researching and writing it. Now I know the technical details of this wonderful product I had been using, same as you, for many years! I also had my question answered as to why my quick bread recipes worked by replacing the valuable egg with vinegar. The seven years my husband and I were sailing with our two children around the world, eggs were very dear when our passages were 1-3 weeks at a time. One cruiser shared with me the substitution of vinegar in quick breads allowing us to use the egg for hardboiled, in quiches or just scrambled, which helped tremendously in stretching our meals during long passages or when the fishing line came up empty. Here is my “tip” on saving eggs, if … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    Are These OPEC Members Sabotaging The Output Deal? Increased oil production from OPEC member states Nigeria and Libya could undermine the OPEC deal in H2 2017.

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    Oil Trading Alert: Gold And Oil Link – What Does It Say?

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    Workers Set to Strike at World’s Largest Copper Mine

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    Russia Shows Why China Should Just Stop Burning Up Its Reserves

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Three Gun and other competitive shooters are anxiously awaiting the release of the Keanu Reeves movie John Wick 2, on February 10th. Reeves does nearly all of his own stunts in this film, and his countless hours of REAL WORLD firearms and martial arts training is apparent.

    o o o (one of the loyal supporters of our bi-monthly Writing Contest) has expanded their line to include many more cartridge box varieties, desiccants, and now special heavy duty storage bags for loaded magazines. Don’t overlook this important prep! – JWR

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    A good reason to have several day’s of food on hand. Avoid the streets: Police Go On Strike In Brazil, Cities Being Wiped Out In “Purge” Fashion – Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large.

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    Successful Prepping in an Urban … Continue reading