Notes for Thursday – March 02, 2017

On March 2nd, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Today is coincidentally also the birthday of Sam Houston. Today is also the birthday of Moe Berg, American baseball player and clandestine agent. (He died in 1972). His biography The Catcher Was a Spy is fascinating reading. And this is the birthday of libertarian economist Murray Rothbard (born 1926, died 1995). His book For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto is highly recommended. o o o 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 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to … Continue reading

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Preparing for Cyber Warfare- Part 1, by Northwoods Prepper

As a regular follower of this blog, I, and as I imagine most readers, are very familiar with the results of an EMP. This is one of the most discussed topics in the survivalist blogosphere, for good reason. Electricity brings all of us a much easier life, and to prepare for the loss of such is difficult both physically and mentally, not to mention costly. With my electronic devices, those that I continue to use daily, my preparations lie between letting them become paper weights with the effects of an EMP to properly protecting those that are of value and having back-up copies of important documents (electronically and physically). From my understanding of an EMP or a similar event, like a strong solar flare, my limited preparations on this front should protect my key data with some devices reverting to expensively purchased junk. What I had failed to take into consideration is the breakout of cyber warfare. An overview of the nature of cyber warfare is warranted, although before I start I would like to say my knowledge of such is limited. The majority of my previous knowledge came from corporate cyber attacks. However, I just finished reading Richard Clarke’s … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Review Of The Jøtul F 50 TL Rangeley

Hugh, Our primary heat for our home is wood. When I bought our home in 2011, I replaced a used wood stove with a brand new Blaze King model called the King. The company offers the Princess, the Queen, and the King. All three can be regular or catalytic type. Ours is the catalytic version. We will start burning wood in September and burn through mid-April, and we have done this since we installed the stove. We burn only birch wood that has been split and stacked for a minimum of two years aged. I buy a load of logs that will have 66 logs in the load. The wood supplier guarantees a minimum of five cords in each load; I’ve never had less than six cords. The cost is $880 per load, and we could go and cut it ourselves if we wanted. I’ve seen home heating oil sell up here for as high as $6.60/gallon and as low as $2.45/gallon. We loose power every winter for at least two weeks and one year for three weeks at a time. The catalyst has held up now with no signs of failure, though I do keep a spare, and it … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

US Auto Dealers Forced To Rent First “Overflow Lots” In 37 Years Amid Inventory Glut. Is this one of the canary in the coal mine of a struggling economy? I think so. – H.L. o o o America’s Share of the World Economy – G.T. o o o China’s Richest Win, Mexican Billionaires Lose With Trump Effect o o o Inflation Is Back, And Investors Are Again Turning To Gold o o o NY Teamsters’ Pension Fund Goes Belly Up o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Big Sur California Crisis. A few weeks of preparations for emergency isn’t enough for these Californians trapped without access to the outside world! The children probably don’t mind missing school, but only in Kalifornia would I imagine a $5,000 fine for trekking without permission! They treat their citizens as if they are mindless idiots! Maybe many are for electing the politicians they have who neglect their infrastructure while restricting such things as trekking, parental choice/rights, and guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens. – S.L. o o o Required reading for Men and Women. – T.P. Ladies First: Taming The She-Beast Guys, listen up: Manly Men o o o Oklahoma’s earthquake threat now equals California’s because of man-made temblors, USGS says – G.P. o o o First major “smart toys” data leak affects 2 million children – DSV o o o ‘Tsunami of sewage spills’ in Tijuana fouls U.S. beaches, may have been intentional – P.M.

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