Notes for Friday – March 10, 2017

On March 10, 1893 New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony, because its only graduand, Sam Steele, was robbed and killed the night before.

On March 10, 1910, China officially ended slavery. But unofficially, China now has one of the world’s largest slave populations. These are mostly political prisoners, working in prison factories. Sadly, there is no way of reliably knowing whether or not most of the “Made In China” merchandise that you buy might originate from these prisons.

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Today, we present part four of a four part 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 … Continue reading

  • A Redoubtable Internet Business is For Sale

    I’m announcing the availability of what is currently a home-based Internet sales business in the American Redoubt. But the business could be operated from anywhere in the United States.

    I have known the family who owns this online company since before they even started the business more than six years ago, back when they had a house full of toddlers. After six years of building their online presence and excellent reputation, they believe that God has something else for their family and that they need to pursue that.

    The family has exhibited the same high level of integrity in their personal lives as they have in their business, and I would not recommend it otherwise; they want to see this business thrive and are willing to help the new owners through the transition to see that happen.

    This online business revolves around sales of products for self-sufficiency and … Continue reading

    Building an 80% Firearm- Part 4, by Tupreco

    Building 80% 1911 and Glock Pistols

    In Part 3 of this series, we took a detailed look at selecting and completing an 80% AR-15 lower receiver. Whether or not you choose to build an AR-15 ghost gun, you may be interested to know that there are also 80% pistol frames and build kits out there to make your own ghost pistol as well. It’s a great challenge and very satisfying to complete one successfully. First, we will look at the legendary John Browning-designed 1911 version.

    Your 1911 Ghost Gun

    Trying to explain the popularity of the 1911 .45 ACP pistol is like trying to tell someone why you love your Harley Davidson motorcycle. It goes beyond simple functionality, often being described as something that just feels right. A friend, who is a fanatic for both his 1911 and his Harley, once told me that while neither of them could … Continue reading

    Three More Letters Re: Dental Emergencies


    I saw the post about dental care on the site today and wanted to share a company I found that has injectable lidocaine. I have ordered supplies from them before and am in no way affiliated with them. I just wanted to get the info out there if it fills a need for folks and if it passes your standards as far as recommending. – P.L.

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    You can get lidocaine at Travel Medicine Inc. – S.F.

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    Dear Editor,

    Please check out how Christian Missionaries, ITEC USA, have solved the emergency dental issues for indigenous peoples. I am familiar with this organization, and they do phenomenal work on a budget that proves miracles still happen.

    Economics and Investing:

    U.S. Shale Kills Off The Oil Price Rally. Oil prices plunged below $50 on Thursday as speculators have started to sell en masse, triggered by record U.S. inventories and quickly rising U.S. shale production.

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    The War on Cash Finds Its General. A review of “The Curse of Cash”, by Kenneth S. Rogoff

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    A breakdown of U.S. debt: It Took $4 In New Debt To Create $1 In GDP – G.G.

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    GDPNow 1st Quarter Estimate Dips to 1.2%, FRBNY Nowcast 3.1%: One Model is Seriously Wrong

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Interesting concept for quick building: Brikawood Wooden House Building Bricks – G.P.

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    The Burning Platform has an interesting three-part article on The Deep State, fake data and fake news: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

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    For home defense, it’s hard to imagine a better platform than a shotgun: Tips for Using a Double-Barrel Shotgun for Home Defense – G.G.

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    This deserves a full “face-palm”: House Staffers In Security Probe Allegedly Kept Stepmom In ‘Captivity’ To Access Offshore Cash – W.W.

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    Need a Job? Wanted: South Florida python hunters for hire – paid by the hour plus a bonus for every snake killed.