Notes for Saturday – March 11, 2017

Today is the birthday of author Douglas Adams (born 1952). He is the author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Also on this day, the Great Blizzard of ’88 struck the northeastern United States (1888).

March 11th is the birthday of the late actor Anton Yelchin (born 1989, died June 19, 2016). He is remembered for his portrayal of Kyle Reese in Terminator: Salvation, and as Ensign Pavel Checkov, the most recent Star Trek movie series. He died in a freak accident wherein his parked Jeep Grand Cherokee unexpectedly rolled forward on an incline, pinning him to a security fence. He is greatly missed.

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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 … Continue reading

  • Our Home Freeze Drying Saga, by R.P.

    First, let me share a little background. Being single for a long time, I bought a very small house on a big lot. Well, things seem to happen in our lives. I met a woman, one thing led to another, and now I have a wife and three kids in a very tiny house.

    Retiring at the first of the year, my brother asked me to help rehab a house. While I was working, I kept hearing these ads for a food freeze drier by Harvest Right. After a few months of this, I went home one night and asked my wife if she had heard of it. She didn’t even blink, and said her mom had one and loved it. Did I forget to tell you my wife is Mormon? We spent the evening looking at everything we could find on the Internet and talking about it. It was … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Cell Phone Masking and Denial of Geolocation Data

    Hello James,

    I was stunned when out of the blue Google Maps sent me an e-mail detailing several hundred locations I have been to over the past several months. I immediately attempted to change settings to prevent this, but I feel Internet/cell phone data is an insidious invasion of privacy with the next logical step for government to bypass the usual requirements to access locations, phone numbers, data, et cetera, the 4th Amendment be damned. There are various RFID-blocking cell phone wallets/sleeves for sale online with varying degree of price and effectiveness as per reviews. Can you recommend a product to shield cell phones from transmitting data? – D.W.

    JWR’s Comment: Yes. Simply buy an older-style cell phone from which you can quickly and easily remove the battery. (Most of the newer smart phones have integral batteries that require complicated disassembly of the case.) A TracFone flip phone is what … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    SurvivalBlog reader R.V. wrote in: We are officially in a real estate bubble. I went to buy a larger junction box at the electrical supply. Both guys at the counter were talking about what they had made in real estate, and they were both working on getting their real estate agent’s licenses. Hold on to your socks!

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    Could Gold Prices Reach $1,000 Before Summer?

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    Items from Mr. Econocobas:

    Peak Prosperity: The Coming Great Wealth Transfer

    Amazing: US Debt Decreased by More Than $60 Billion Since Trump Inauguration– I seriously doubt this trend will last, but it is true. Check the next link to verify for yourself.

    You can check the facts here, on Treasury Direct

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    SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our … Continue reading

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Made In China — But Was It Made In A Prison?

    JWR’s Comment: This article sent in by reader P.M. is from 2014, but it reminds us that the brutal laogai political prison system is still operating in China.

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    Wyoming judge censured for same-sex marriage refusal – D.S.

    HJL’s Comment: I’m wondering if our culture has lost the concept of civil disobedience. It seems that individuals are using the label “civil disobedience” as a reason that they should not be held accountable for their actions according to the law. In this particular case, the law makes allowance for the judge’s religious convictions by having him recuse himself from all marriage ceremonies. Why are we surprised when the judge has to pay the penalty for breaking the law? The point of civil disobedience is not to get away with breaking the … Continue reading

    Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

    “And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it. A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by … Continue reading