Notes for Wednesday – March 15, 2017

This is the birthday of General and President Andrew Jackson, in 1767. He was the 7th President of the United States (1829-1837).

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Today, we present part two of an 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 … Continue reading

  • Vinegar As An Essential Multi-Purpose Tool for TEOTWAWKI- Part 2, by J.R.

    Equipment and Supplies

    Making your own vinegar at home is a simple, useful, practical skill that is applicable to TEOTWAWKI.  If you can crush apples and save the apple juice, you can make apple cider vinegar (ACV).  In addition to apple, there are many different types of vinegars you can make depending upon your needs and desires.  I have been making ACV for many years. I have gallons put away in my basement, and I always have a bottle in the fridge that I use on a continual basis.  Stocking up on some basic supplies ahead of time will ensure you have the potential of making your own supply of vinegar for years.  One of the most important items you would want is an apple or fruit cider press. Farms with apple orchards have used these elementary presses for decades to make apple cider.  Growing up … Continue reading

    Letter Re: 80% Article


    Concerning the article titled “Building an 80% Firearm,” I just wanted you (and the readers, should you decide to post this) to know that the 80% handgun market is continuing to expand. In addition to the Not-A-Glock and 1911s, there is a website ( that offers 80% Sigs for construction. On the website, they also sell refinished German Sig Sauer P228 9mm parts kits for the 80% receiver. This is easily one of the most satisfying builds I have done. Now if only someone would offer an 80% M1A or mini 14 receiver and tooling. – F.M.

    Economics and Investing:

    Gold Holds Small Gain After U.S. PPI Up 0.3% During February

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    How Will Gold React To The Next Rate Hike?

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    Fed minutes set stage for rising interest rates in 2017

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    What’s next with America’s enormous $20T debt?

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    Waning Sales Force Layoffs By Gun Maker in New York – DSV

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    How The Federal Reserve Is Setting Up Trump For A Recession, A Housing Crisis And A Stock Market Crash – B.B.

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    JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:



    Winter in the Wilderness: A Field Guide to Primitive Survival Skills

    The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom


    Anthropoid (2016) the true story of a Czech resistance cell during World War II, and their assassination of General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the “Final Solution”. Now available on Amazon Prime.

    The Cowboys (John Wayne)


    The Essential Paul Simon

    Complete Pop Instrumental Hits Of The Sixties

    Instructional Videos:

    All of the following have some applicability to equipping G.O.O.D. vehicles…

    DIY Stealth Campervan: Full Tour

    Stealth Camper Van 2.0 Tour – Carries Motorcycle Inside! Tiny House

    Van Life – Complete Van Tour of a Stealth Mini Campervan Build, Under $500

    Astro Camper Van Build 5 – Sofa Bed Build

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    The Old Guard of the Republican Party seems to have lost its bearings when debating the “replacement” for Obamacare. Over the course of the past three elections, the electorate has handed them a clear mandate to repeal Obamacare, yet they are still dithering around with “improvements”, “compromises”, and “alternatives”. What most people really want is the extinction of socialized medicine. Yet, the RINOs continue to fiddle around like a clueless backyard mechanic referring to an out-of-date shop manual. The worst of it all is that the Republican “replacement” includes provisions that would force private insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. Well, catch a clue, Mr. Ryan: That isn’t rational private insurance. Rather, that is just a government-forced socialist handout for which the cost burden will be born by everyday people like you and me. Please contact your congresscritters and demand that government get out of the health insurance business. Remind … Continue reading