CZ 85B, by Pat Cascio

Continuing on with testing all-metal firearms, as requested by many of our readers, here’s one of my favorite double-stack 9mm handguns. The CZ-85B is simply an upgraded model of the original CZ-75. For many years, the CZ-75 was hard to come by in the USA, because it was produced in the Czech Republic when it was behind the “Iron Curtain”. The few CZ-75 handguns that were in the USA were very hard to come by and expensive, very expensive!

Because of the scarcity of the original CZ-75, a number of near-clones of this gun appeared. One of the most recognized, coming from Italy, was imported by several different companies into the U.S. However, some were a serious hit or miss proposition, and I owned many. They had feeding problems as well as extraction problems, and most were guns you sure didn’t want to bet your life on. That was … Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Garden Season Pico de Gallo (Cold Salsa), by L.H.

An easy and flavorful summertime garden treat. We eat it on our tacos and burritos. We eat it on the side of cottage cheese. We dip celery/carrot sticks and tortilla chips in it. It wonderfully tops a bowl of fresh shredded lettuce. Shoot, we sometimes just eat it out of the bowl with a spoon. It’s good stuff.


  • 6 large garden tomatoes, chopped small
  • (or) 4-5 cups smaller garden tomatoes such as cherries or romas (measured before chopping)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onions
  • 1 large medium-to-hot pepper such as jalapeno, habanero, Serrano etc., chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. any vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil, or 1 Tbsp. dried
  • Salt and fresh-cracked pepper to taste


  • Mix all ingredients in bowl in order given; stir well and adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours to allow flavors to meld.
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    Letter Re: Cell Phone Blocking/Masking

    Hi James,

    For people with cell phones having non-removable batteries, I have wondered if cell phone tracking could be blocked by removing the sim card. I have such a phone, and although removing the battery is not an option, removing the sim card is pretty straightforward. – B.G.

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    Dear Editor,

    I work exclusively with cell phone RF protocols (4G/LTE, Bluetooth) and can say this “evidence bag” does the trick.

    In a separate item please let SurvivalBlog readers know that Polar Pure is back on the shelves in the USA after resolving its conflict with the geniuses at the DEA. This is year-old news, but somehow I missed it. – D2 in AZ

    HJL’s Comment: Just make sure you’re turning your cell phone off when you place it in an RF shield. Without that, the phone will continue to search for service, shortening your battery life.

    Economics and Investing:

    When This All Blows Up… (Peak Prosperity) Understanding the how and when of the next economic crash. Sent in by B.B.

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    More money for homeless? Seattle consultants said no last Fall. “But she said the true political challenge remains: how to shift money away from some groups that have been getting it for decades. Of 205 shelters and low-income housing projects reviewed countywide by Focus Strategies, 51 were judged to be ‘low-performing’ for return on taxpayer dollar. To get better results, politicians may have to lop off some social-service providers, who have huge hearts but aren’t cutting it.” Sent in by P.S.

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    As Deadlines Approach For College Financial Aid & Income-Based Loan Repayment, IRS Leaves Parents, Students & Graduates In Lurch By Taking Down Online Tax Return Data Retrieval Tool. (Tax Prof Blog) “The IRS … Continue reading

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Harvard library circulating ‘fake news’ list, which, of course, includes just about every conservative news site.

    JWR’s Comment: Note that dozens of popular news websites and blogs (including SurvivalBlog) made it on their list but are tagged only “unknown.” This seems to be their default tag for any site that they simply dislike because its editorial stance doesn’t match their Progressive/neo-Maoist worldview. It is ironic that they often use the tag “bias” when they are blind to their own bias, which is self-evident. The short “Updates and Notes” section below the table is particularly telling about the strong bias of Melissa Zimdars and her staff. It is noteworthy that there she includes as one of her “sources I trust”, when it is so blatantly anti-Israel that it can safely be categorized as anti-Semitic.

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    Deadly fungal infection that … Continue reading