Notes for Saturday – February 11, 2017

February 11th is the birthday of the late Burt Blumert (born February 11, 1929 in New York City, died March 30, 2009). He once owned Camino Coin Company (as did Dr. Ron Paul). JWR was a Camino Coin Company customer, starting back in the late 1980s, and can remember Burt personally helping him dolly out his first purchase of 100-ounce Englehard bars. That was back when they cost just $580 each. Those were the days!

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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 … Continue reading

  • Bugging Out West of the Mississippi- Part 2, by C.L.

    In-Country Risks

    Contaminated Water

    The advantages of this trip west are due to large open areas with interspersed farms, ponds, and streams, relatively high visibility, and low population density. However, there are always the occasional natural and man-made risks to be wary of. Being largely farmland, most of the surface water is contaminated by pesticides and varying degrees of farm wastes, so have a variety of methods and containers to sterilize water in route. Removing most organic compounds and hydrophobic pesticides from water requires filtering through activated carbon or bio-char created from the gassification burning of wood above 1,652 Deg F (900 deg. C), not plain charcoal. Your local pet store carries ***activated carbon*** for use in aquarium filters. Distillation will remove most chemical contaminates as long as their boiling point is somewhat higher than water’s 212 Deg F (100 Deg C) while initial open, rapid boiling kills pathogens/bacteria and … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Sad Silent Prepper


    I too am dealing with a family that does not grasp the dire situation we are in, in this country. My wife is of the opinion that it has never happened here and thus never will. My children (all grown and out of the house) think I am looney and will actually get up and leave the room if the conversation even starts to go in that direction. I am prepping as best I can and don’t care what they think. I pay all the bills at my house, so if I decide to spend money and on what I will spend it, it is totally my decision. My wife works outside the home, and she spends her money as she will. She pays none of the bills. I recently have closed on a small tract of land in Georgia and hope to establish a “hobby farm” there, one … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    Treasury Department Should Create Blacklist Of What Constitutes Prohibited Discrimination By Religious Organizations – PLC

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    Counter Trend Moves Underway

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    Gold And Silver Stocks…The Bargain Of The Century

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    Donald Trump Is the Least of Latin America’s Worries

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    A relative mentioned this handy home/ranch/retreat security device: The Mini-Sentry Alarm. Be sure to watch the accompanying video, for some safety and installation tips. – JWR

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    Here is one of the “Safety First” reminder videos: The Definitive 11Foot8 Bridge Crash

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    Orlando cop who mistook doughnut glaze for drugs is disciplined – T.P.

    JWR’s Comment: And I always assumed that policemen were experts on everything related to doughnuts!

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    N.Y. Law Enforcement Officers Using Plastic Covers to Obscure Their License Plates – N.T.

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    This is how 10 million illegals have been voting for decades! Grand Prairie Woman Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Voter Fraud – P.M.