Notes for Friday – March 31, 2017

March 31 is the birthday of economist Dr. Walter E. Williams, PhD., who was born in 1936. His book American Contempt for Liberty is highly recommended.

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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),
  • A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three … Continue reading



  • Every Day Carry for Today’s World- Part 4, by N.M.

    If civil unrest escalates to the use of edged weapons, cross bows, or firearms, then body armor may be an option. Concealed armor is usually level 3A and would protect from most handgun rounds and some knives, particularly with slashing motions; it is also easy to wear without being detected. However, it will not protect from sharp projectiles but might reduce their impact. If you are hit with a baseball bat, soft armor does diffuse the impact and may give you a chance. (I’ve been hit across the back with pool cues and hardly felt it, much to the surprise of the person swinging it.) Plates and carriers protect from much more; however, they are not easy to conceal, especially in the summer, when wearing a large coat is not an option. Of course, you have to also consider the extra weight you would be carrying.

    While cell phones were … Continue reading




    SurvivalBlog Resources: The Diabetic Prepper’s Dilemma

    Introductory Note: The following is another in a series of articles by JWR that will link to some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles, grouped topically.

    Today we address the issue of diabetes, with an emphasis on the particular requirements of preppers.

    Because 21st Century Americans are collectively both over-fed and incorrectly fed on sugary “junk food”, diabetes now affects more of our citizens than ever before. According the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans (9.3% of the population) had diabetes, as of 2012. Of those, about 1.25 million Americans (both children and adults) have the dreaded Type 1 diabetes (the type that cannot be treated by just diet and exercise alone). Without supplemental insulin, most of Type 1 sufferers would perish. Alarmingly, 86 million Americans age 20 and older are classified as being in prediabetes. It is estimated that there are around 8 million Americans … Continue reading




    Letter Re: Equestrian Survival – Part 4

    Hugh,

    The author of this submission Part 4, recommends “saddle soap” be applied to bridles and all leather tack components. Based on 30+ years of equestrian training and almost daily use of leather tack use, I can say without reservation that the absolute worst product to use on leather of any type is saddle soap! Saddle soap contains alkaloids that strip the natural oils and any other oil compounds applied to leather goods of any type during manufacture and/or in the tanning process. If you’ve ever looked at old or antique leather holsters, tack, or saddles and observed many small spider web-like cracks or dry rot, this is the direct result of constant application of saddle soap over time. Never use saddle soap to clean leather products, period! The absolute best product to clean leather tack is a product called Lexol. (www.lexol.com ) Lexol cleans, moisturizes, waterproofs, and protects leather … Continue reading




    Economics and Investing:

    Senators Enzi & McCain Reintroduce The Coins Act

    JWR’s Comment: After years of inaction—and more than seven years after I first warned SurvivalBlog readers—it looks like the composition of the Nickel coin will be changed. (For all except during World War II, the five cent piece has been 75% copper and 25% nickel.) This next few months will probably be your last chance to get the current composition nickels in bulk quantities at face value. One of three things is bound to happen: A.) The nickel’s composition will change, B.) The nickel will be dropped from circulation, or C.) Least likely, a zero will be knocked off the dollar, returning the penny and nickel to usefulness. But regardless of what happens, those holding large quantities of nickels will be the winners, and the “generally dumb public” (GDP) will be the losers. Special thanks to Reader Chris P. for … Continue reading




    Odds ‘n Sods:

    JWR Says: I’d like to introduce a new term into the American Lexicon: The Self-Crashing Car.

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    Why Is Everyone Talking About VPNs? – G.P.

    HJL’s Comment: This is an excellent piece, describing why VPN’s should be important to you and what their strengths and weaknesses are.

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    CAIR Orders U.S. Air Force to Ditch “Anti-Muslim” Counterterrorism Instructor – D.S.

    HJL’s Comment: And why is it that the U.S. government bows to pressure from a group that reportedly has strong ties with terrorist organizations? Will Trump have the gumption to ignore their demands?

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    Just a typical day at the beach in Florida: Swimmer filmed in terrifying close encounter with a shark ‘after it confused her flippers for a fish’. Jeff Cooper would call this being in “Condition White” while floating in a sea of blue. … Continue reading







    Notes for Thursday – March 30, 2017

    On March 30, 1981, President Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House news secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a District of Columbia police officer. Known for his quips and unaware of the injury to others at the scene, President Reagan walked into the hospital, despite his wound, and was heard telling his wife, “Honey, I forgot to duck.”

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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 Continue reading



  • Every Day Carry for Today’s World- Part 3, by N.M.

    Options If You Get Caught In A Protest (continued)

    I mentioned eye protection above, but one of the most vulnerable areas is your head. Bike helmets will provide a level of protection against impacts and won’t look too out of place. Have you noticed the way police are using bike officers in civil unrest? They use a helmet to protect the head, safety eyewear to protect from wind while riding (wink-wink), and a bike that forms a barrier wider that two or three officers, and they’re not as conspicuous as a riot shield and baton. Protect your hands as well. Mechanic type gloves will help with grip, but make sure you can still handle weapons and other items. Make sure you practice with your weapons et cetera with your gloves on.

    A walking stick makes a great defensive weapon. Get a good wood one, … Continue reading




    Letter Re: Camo Patterns

    Hello HJL and JWR,

    Regarding spray painting cloth, this article shows that spray painting cloth with [ultra-flat] camouflage Krylon paint actually reduces its near infrared reflectivity.

    Can your readers comment? I have spray painted surplus UCP camo with a light, even coat of brown camo paint, making it look very dirty, similar to an ATACS pattern. This would seem to be a cheap option for those of us on a budget. – EP




    Economics and Investing:

    How Will Gold Prices React To Strong Consumer Confidence?

    HJL’s Comment: Despite the narrative of a strengthening economy, consumers do not have a high confidence. Traditionally, gold doesn’t do so well in a strong economy, but it is currently holding its own, indicating that the economy may not be what you are being told.

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    Mike Tyson vs. The Grilled Cheese Truck – Excerpt: “We have little experience gambling, but we’re pretty sure that you can’t prosper by betting on every number at the roulette table.”

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    Huge 300,000 Bpd Fracklog Could Derail Oil Price Recovery. The surge in drilled but uncompleted wells is posing a clear threat to the fragile oil price revival of the last few days.

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    Largest gold deposit in history discovered in China – RBS

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    SurvivalBlog and its … Continue reading




    Odds ‘n Sods:

    I just noticed that Redoubt Surplus & Tactical (in northern Idaho) has added West German surplus Snow Camouflage ponchos to their inventory at their new online store. They even offer free shipping on these ponchos! – JWR

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    The folks at DX Engineering made a great set of do-it-yourself Ham antenna plans available: A Practical NVIS Antenna for Emergency or Temporary Communications

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    Received an e-mail alert that KeepShooting.com (one of our ling-time advertisers) just received a big batch of Austrian, German, and British military surplus gear. Part of that was batch of British Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) camouflage parkas. If you aren’t familiar with MTP, that is the UK’s equivalent of Multicam, and it replaced DPM for the British Army. Great stuff. Be sure to check out these parkas. At under $50 each, I suspect that they will sell out … Continue reading







    Notes for Wednesday – March 29, 2017

    This is the birthday of the gifted electronic and orchestral musician Vangelis. (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou)

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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),
  • A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  • DRD Tactical is providing a Continue reading



  • Every Day Carry for Today’s World- Part 2, by N.M.

    Do Your Intelligence Work (continued)

    In addition to knowing who is out there, there are other things you can do. Listen to local law enforcement with a scanner. I would not rely on the various scanner apps and feeds on certain sites that also list frequencies for a lot of agencies and organizations, such as radioreference.com. The feeds you hear are provided by someone in the area with a scanner that is feeding into the Internet. The problem is, you are reliant on what they are feeding, which is usually their primary dispatch channels. If you have your own scanner, such as the Home Patrol 2, which comes highly recommended as the easiest to use for a non-technical geek, you control what you listen to. Sometimes there is more information on some of the other channels, such as gang or drug unit channels. Sometimes these are encypted, so … Continue reading