Notes for Thursday – March 16, 2017

Today is the anniversary of the Battle at Pound Gap Kentucky (1862). o o o 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 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 (an $1,100 value), An infrared sensor/imaging camouflage shelter from Snakebite Tactical in Eureka, Montana (A … Continue reading

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Selecting An Escape Route, by KyoSa D

Everyone has a plan to “Get Out of Dodge” in an emergency. As I teach my self defense and firearms classes, I ask people and they all say, “I’d head up to my cabin” or “I’ll head out west”. The problem is, have you actually considered how you will leave the immediate area of your home or work? Most of the people I hear begin their plan ambiguously. They say, just simply, “I’d leave town”, but they have never done any reconnaissance or real-life consideration of their route. As humans, we are creatures of habit. If I want to leave my house in Metro Detroit and head to my cabin, I just jump on the freeway two blocks from home and take it most of the way, right? Well, on a normal weekend, without any unrest or an emergency, that’s very simple. These basic plans fall apart once we consider the effects of a large civil disturbance, a disaster, or simply a large-scale long-term blackout. With the increasing trend of protesters blocking the freeways and major streets, these issues must be taken into consideration. As the crisis unfolds, people will take to the streets in many ways. Protesters who may … Continue reading

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Letter Re: 80% Firearms

Hugh, I recently completed a Complete AR-15 Rifle Kit with PTAC Upper from 80% Arms with their Easy Jig system, and I would like to share a few things from my experience. 80% Arms shipped the kit within just a few days. There were no missing parts or tools. That was my only experience with their customer service, but based on the rapid shipment I would rate them “excellent”. The instructions were quite complete and understandable, but you do need to read them carefully (preferably twice or more) before cutting and then follow them exactly step by step while cutting. Two points I want to emphasize from the instructions: The Easy Jig system uses a router with a mill bit for much of the cutting. The instructions clearly state to ensure the bit is very tight in the router. They do mean very tight, as mine began to drift at one point in the cut causing a problem I will discuss shortly. Even though I had tightened the bit tight enough that I was worried about breaking my router, I found that I needed to tighten the bit after every cut, until it eventually “seated” in a sense and the … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Another casualty of online shopping: Gander Mountain Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy & Will CLOSE 32 Stores (The Firearm Blog) – T.P. o o o What do these CEOs know that we don’t? (Sovereignman) Excerpt: “My friend’s grandfather once told him that, just prior to the Nazi invasion, the schools in Poland announced they were suspending classes… but only for two weeks, because that’s how long they expected the war to last.” HJL’s Comment: Or in the words of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870) “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” o o o Gold’s Next Leg Down Targets $1156 (Gold Eagle) o o o How the Fed Convinced Markets It’ll Raise Rates This Week (Bloomberg) While Janet Yellen, Lael Brainard, and crew are talking markets into believing a March hike, SurvivalBlog can’t help but wonder if this is just a continuation of the establishment’s battle against Government reform. o o o G-20 Checks In for Detox as Germany Seeks Backing for Free Trade (Bloomberg) Excerpt: “Currency complaints and the threat of trade wars are making global economic affairs the most toxic they’ve been in years. So the world’s top policy makers are heading for a spa treatment. This weekend in the … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, sent in this link to the video “Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years”. We’ve linked to the story of this family before, but it is a good reminder for all those who think that they will survival “alone” when TEOTWAWKI hits. Unless you want to spend every moment of your life scratching for the next breath you take, relationships are incredibly important. o o o Goldman Sachs: Almost One Million H-1B Foreign Workers Hold University-Level Jobs Here – H-1B: Bullying American workers. – D.S. o o o From reader M.P.: I just ran across this tool, which claims to block the Microsoft telemetry that sends a steady stream of data back to MS from Windows 10. Some of us have to use Windows, some of us just prefer it, and for those folks this might be a good safety step to take. Works with Windows 7 and 8/8.1 as well. I have always found SpyBot to be a pretty good group. o o o Increasing America’s official combat footprint worldwide: Pentagon Wants To Declare More Parts Of World As Temporary Battlefields – H.L. o o o Sounds like a natural consequence of … Continue reading

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