Notes for Thursday – February 16, 2017

February 16th is the birthday of Edgar John Bergen, (1903-1978) an American actor, comedian, and radio performer, best known for his proficiency in ventriloquism and his characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. He is also the father of actress Candice Bergen.

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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),
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  • Everyday Carry and the Musings of an Old Guy, for a Post-Apocalyptic World, by OldRonin

    A big part of the prepper culture revolves around guns and gear. I must confess, I’m gun and gear poor! I can just about outfit an infantry squad as I write this! My bonafides are as follows:

    • In my youth, I was an Army Airborne Ranger (Ranger class 9/78, assigned to the second Ranger Battalion, 2/75th).
    • Currently, I am a more than 29 year serving police officer and soon to be retired.
    • I’ve done patrol, investigations, FTO, supervision, and I was a SWAT guy at one time.
    • I have also been a “use of force” instructor and have taught rifle, pistol, and shotgun along with police defensive tactics. ‘
    • I have been in some hairy situations over the years, to include two standup gunfights.
    • I am a widower with five children, all of them by the same woman, God rest her soul. Three are … Continue reading

    Two Letters Re: Wertz Family Farm

    Good morning,

    I just thought I would be another to drop you a line and mention that you will not go wrong with Wertz Farm Market. I grew up with and actually lived with one of the sons through college. They are old school Christian Conservatives who work hard and serve the community all year round. I was truly astounded and beyond happy to see them get mentioned on your site. – AJM

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    Dear HJL & JWR,

    You posted on 1-26-17, a short item about Wertz family farm. I looked them up and decided to place an order. I have not tried the canned meat yet, but let me tell you about the packaging. I received the box today, (1-30-2017) via two day priority mail, shipped free with order. Inside, each can is wrapped in a protective cardboard sleeve and shrink wrapped, with small foam peanuts between … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    Big Brother is watching you: Jim Rogers prophesizes death of cash & total government control of spending

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    Fed president says US banks have “half the equity they need”

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    Can Saudi Arabia Carry OPEC Through Spring? The unexpectedly high compliance rate of the OPEC production agreement has been in the headlines this week, but the distribution of this compliance is far from equal.

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    Yellen Hides Behind Trump Uncertainty, Will Hike As Appropriate

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    This headline comes from our “Enlightened” feel-good socialist neighbors to the north: Man who beheaded passenger on Greyhound bus granted freedom. – JWR

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    Backwoods Home Magazine will cease publishing its print magazine at the end of 2017. The decision was dictated by simple economics. Thankfully, there will still be a digital edition. – JWR

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    Some recent snail mail correspondence with a consulting client included my recommendation for this goodie that could prove incredibly useful in a Get Out of Dodge situation: The Receiver Mount RV Cargo Luggage Carrier Basket.

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    This new retreat land listing over at our SurvivalRealty spin-off site for 30 acres near Robbinsville North Carolina is unusual, since it has springs and adjoins US Forest Service land: Smoky Mountain Safe Haven.

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    Jim’s Quote of the Day:

    “Self defense is moral clarity itself, a fundamental and honorable imperative. Political violence is not, it’s an attractive luxury for well fed malcontents. Beware, aggression often poses as preemptive self defense. Notice our serial warettes started in 1947 when the War Department became the Defense Department. No President has asked Congress to declare defense.” – Ol’ Remus, writing on his Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report blog