Notes for Tuesday – February 21, 2017

February 21st is the birthday of Zimbabwe’s President For Life, Comrade Robert Mugabe (born 1924). Despite the 2011 revelations of the apparent murder of at least 640 political opponents, Mugabe was elected again in 2013 to a five year term in office. Mugabe and his ZANU-PF henchmen must be driven out office and sent to prison, where they belong!

February 21st is also the birthday of Group Captain Douglas Bader (born 1910, died 5 September 1982). He was a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter ace during the Second World War. He lost his legs in a pre-war flying accident, but that didn’t stop him from re-entering the RAF when war broke out. He was credited with 20 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable, and 11 enemy aircraft damaged. Bader was eventually shot down and became a POW in Germany. Since … Continue reading

Donkeys as Pack Animals for Survival and Recreation- Part 1, by B.W.

Moving unobtrusively over land with pack animals whether for recreation or in an emergency situation is both enjoyable and possibly a lifesaving endeavor. This article concerns my experience with donkeys as a veterinarian and as someone who has prepared as much as possible over the years for whatever circumstances may arise in the world we live in. I hope this information will persuade you to look into pack animals, such as donkeys, in your preparedness planning if your circumstances will allow.

My wife and I have owned and ridden horses for the majority of our lives but got out of the horse business about eight years ago primarily due to a downsizing in pasture acreage. We have had donkeys now for the past four years. I did not consider myself “expert ” enough to write an article on donkeys, but after reading a few discussions about donkeys on other survival … Continue reading

Letter Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Captain Rawles,

You are correct in publishing that Greenville, SC will be in the sweet spot for viewing the total solar eclipse. In fact, schools in the state are already making adjustments to their schedules, either delaying the start of school or dismissing early the day of the event. Your insight into possible traffic conditions highlighted for me the fact that I-26 from Asheville, NC to Charleston, SC should be in the direct path of totality. I’m running scenarios through my head about regular commuters to the three urban hubs in South Carolina and the eclipse watchers. Perhaps I’ll take a vacation day and stay home. – G.O.

News From The American Redoubt:

Idaho: Dozens of dead owls showing up along I-84: ‘It’s like they fell from the sky’

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A 51st state, called Liberty, would have political clout and an ag-based economy

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An acquaintance who lives near Sandpoint, Idaho is selling an amazingly versatile Bug Out vehicle, based on a U.S. Army 5-Ton M934A1 6×6 multi-fuel truck with an expanding shop van on the back. It even has a snowplow blade. It has been painted charcoal gray.

Description of the truck:

  • Extended Cab-Seats (2)
  • 2 Upgraded Air Ride Seats
  • Cab Entry to Expandable Box
  • Expanded Range Dual Fuel Tanks
  • 10’ width detachable snowplow blade
  • 18,000 lb Waterproof 24VDC Forward Facing Winch
  • Roof Hatch (with Ladder)
  • 2 Forward Facing LED Light Bars
  • Engine Block Heater
  • Roof Mount Tire, Crane and Winch
  • Upgraded Batteries
  • Hitch for Standard Trailers
  • Cummins Diesel Engine (Multi-fuel)
  • Continue reading

Economics and Investing:

Why Your Gold IRA Might Depend On The IMF! (Part 1)

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Biggest Gasoline Glut In 27 Years Could Crash Oil Markets. Falling demand and consistent refinery runs have caused gasoline inventories to reach unexpected levels, significantly increasing downward pressure on crude.

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Trump to Fill at Least Three Fed Positions: What Will the Trump Fed Look Like?

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Why the “Experts” Can’t Agree About Fed Rate Hikes

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Odds ‘n Sods:

From the isle of chestless men: English cops refuse to carry guns. “…one in eight officers would not be prepared to carry a gun under any circumstances, despite the threat of a Paris-style attack in Britain.” Britain’s leaders have, over three generations, destroyed the English gun culture. This is the predictable and pitiable result. I wonder, will there ever again be an England. – J.N.

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Study: Venezuelans lost 19 lbs. on average over past year due to lack of food – G.P.

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9 Ammo Storage Tips Every Gun Owner Should Know – DSV

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Phony Baloney: The 9 Fakest Fake-News Checkers – DSV

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The CIA Vs. The Presidency: This Is Not The First Time