Notes for Tuesday – March 14, 2017

This is the birthday of fighter ace Major Raoul Lufbery (born 1885). He was shot down and killed in 1918.) o o o Today, we present Part one of a two part entry on vinegar 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. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack … Continue reading

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Vinegar As An Essential Multi-Purpose Tool for TEOTWAWKI- Part 1, by J.R.

During TEOTWAWKI, long-term survivability will depend upon more than adequate caloric intake and the ability to defend oneself and one’s family.  Historically, the leading cause of death during times of prolonged war, conflict, or natural disasters has not been violence or the direct impact of disasters, rather, most people perished due to rampant disease and infections caused by the interruption of access to medical treatment, clean water, and adequate hygiene.  In dire times, access to medicinal agents and the ability to both prevent food and water-borne illness and to maintain hygienic living quarters may make the difference between life and death.  Although various options abound to address one or more of those concerns, for the budget-minded prepper, tackling each of those categories can prove costly and confusing.  But what if we could utilize one affordable and easily obtainable substance to treat many medical conditions, preserve food, and provide for a hygienic environment?  Many people may be surprised to learn that such a substance does exist and has been known since ancient times.  That incredible substance is vinegar.   Even before the rise of civilization more than 6,000 years ago, vinegar was known among many cultures for its medicinal, preservative, and … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Shielding a Cell Phone

Mr. Latimer: Simply as a departure point for thought: I placed my wife’s cell phone inside an empty metal coffee can and covered the open top with aluminum foil. I secured that by overlaying the plastic lid. The phone did not ring, nor would it receive a text. Outside of the can, both calls and texts went through. Should you (we) have a cell phone that has a integrated battery, this may make tracking or malicious communications more difficult. – Skyrat

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News From The American Redoubt:

Anyone living anywhere near Hermiston, Oregon, should check out Eastern Oregon Tactical (EOT). They carry a broad inventory of guns and accessories, and also offer training including an online Oregon CCW permit training course. o o o Magpul up and running in Cheyenne, Wyoming. (They recently got a big USMC sole-source contract for Gen 3 PMAGs—a favorite item for both soldiers and preppers.) o o o Montana leads nation in gun companies per capita. o o o Big snow portends flooding in major Wyoming river basins o o o Idaho lawmakers to discuss mandatory minimums bill o o o Video: How This Idaho Oldtimer Constructed An Ideal Underground Home for Less Than $50

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Economics and Investing:

Some news from Tyler Durden, over at Zero Hedge: As Millions Of Venezuelans Try To Flee The Country They Run Into A Problem. Here is a quote: “…the nation now lacks the materials to meet the soaring demand for new passports – making it almost impossible to leave the socialist utopia.” o o o The US government now has less cash than Google. (Sovereign man) Excerpt: “In fact the government has been extremely careful to keep the debt below $20 trillion in anticipation of another debt ceiling fiasco. One way they’ve done that is by burning through cash.” o o o $21,714 For Every Man, Woman And Child In The World – This Global Debt Bomb Is Ready To Explode (The Economic Collapse Blog) Excerpt: “According to the International Monetary Fund, global debt has grown to a staggering grand total of 152 trillion dollars” – Sent in by B.B. o o o Just so you know: Total U.S. debt and other obligations now total $69 trillion (Canada Free Press) “That’s 370 percent of GDP, but hey, why change anything we’re doing?” – Link sent in by B.B. o o o New Oil Price War Looms As The OPEC Deal Falls … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Homeschoolers under attack by officials conducting unannounced visits – DSV o o o If you’ve wondered how to teach your kids disaster survival skills, you might be interested in this article: 25 Ways to Teach Kids About Disasters Without Scaring Them – DSV o o o In the typical liberal media fashion, CNN doubles down on fake news: Shots Fired At Ferguson Market After CNN Broadcasts Fake News and Edited CCTV Footage o o o From Zero Hedge: CIA Stresses Loyalty to the AGENCY Over Loyalty to the Constitution, by you already knew that. – B.B. o o o James Wesley, Rawles makes the “Founding Fathers of Survivalism” list o o o Meanwhile, over at The Art of Manliness: Lessons From the Roman Art of War o o o Claire Wolfe mentioned this fascinating article on political demographics: Purple America Has All But Disappeared o o o The states of the America Redoubt, and all states, should follow Tennessee’s lead. Tennessee sues federal government over refugees – K.B.

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