Notes for Friday – March 03, 2017

Today is remembered by Trekkers as the birthday of James Doohan, born in 1920. He played Montgomery (“Beam Me Up, Scotty”) Scott in the Star Trek television series and films. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He passed way in 2005. This is also the birthday of bluegrass musician Doc Watson. (He was born in 1923 and passed away in 2012.) His guitar work was phenomenal. 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 go with your own AR lower. … Continue reading

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Preparing for Cyber Warfare- Part 2, by Northwoods Prepper

One advantage that we all now have in addressing a cyber attack is awareness. During heightened tensions with other countries, you will be aware of the potential risk that these devices may pose and utilize your electronic equipment sparingly. Knowledge is power. Defensive measures have two considerations. The first thing to ask is, how should I protect myself. The second is, how should I ensure my equipment and my property is not causing damage to my country or the general population. The best defense is to eliminate dependency. Minimizing or reducing our need for electronic devices is the most practical and cost effective way to mitigate this risk. For me (and I assume most of you as well, since you are reading a blog site), these modern tools provide advantages that allow us to produce, perform, and recreate easier and faster and provide greater returns for the effort. I know I utilize my computers for work and play and do not look forward to a day where I may have to give them up. Still, it should be strongly considered, and minimizing devices as much as possible provides protection. If you have such devices, you may be relying on your … Continue reading

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Two Letters Re: Review Of The Jøtul F 50 TL Rangeley

Hello! Regarding FT’s review of the Jotul stove and her concern about dealing with removing and cleaning out the ash pan daily as they advance in age, I can only share my own experience as a youngster in a small southern town in the winter. In keeping with her observations about the merchant trusting her to pay for the stovepipe after installation, might I suggest that in regard to respect for elders, you’re not in California anymore? I recall my parents advising (ordering?) me to go down the road to our elderly neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Ward, every winter day after school to empty and clean their ash pan from what sounds like a similar stove for the same reasons. When I (foolishly) questioned my father as to why I had to do this on top of my regular chores, I was told “Because they can’t and you can, and that’s reason enough to help a neighbor”. If you make effort to engulf yourself in your new community, you might very well find things have not changed in Appalachia as much as you think. – Jason in TN o o o HJL, We have heated with wood only for over … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

The End Of A 100 Year Global Debt Super Cycle Is Way Overdue – B.B. o o o NEW UNCOVERED INFORMATION: Why Central Banks Were Forced To Rig The Gold Market o o o Saudi King Goes East In Search Of Friends And Cash. The King of Saudi Arabia is currently on a month-long trip round Asia, aiming to strengthen geopolitical ties as well as secure oil market share o o o Minnesota Democrat Pushes $200K in Annual Taxpayer Gifts for Gun Control Groups – H.L. 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:

I have a special request: I’m looking for a quantity of used 5.56mm machinegun cartridge belt links. These are the USGI “M27” links that work with the M249 and Shrike belt-feds. If you have any M27 links without rust that you don’t expect to ever use, then please throw them in a Flat Rate Box and mail them to: Jim Rawles, P.O. Box 303, Moyie Springs, Idaho 83845. Be sure to include a note indicating whether or not you’d like to be reimbursed for the postage. I will gladly do so! Many thanks, – JWR o o o Sometimes, You Have To Fight – B.B. o o o Time to remember who the real crooks are: Inside Bill Clinton’s nearly $18 million job as ‘honorary chancellor’ of a for-profit college – P.M. o o o Venezuelans Are Separating Food from Waste as More People Forced to Eat from Garbage – B.B. o o o Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! Public university lays off 79 IT workers after they train H-1B replacements – D.S.

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government that is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” – James Madison

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