Notes for Saturday – March 18, 2017

March 18th is the birthday of novelist John Updike. (He was born in 1932 and died in 2009.) It is also the birthday of Luc Besson, director and producer of films such as La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element. 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 … Continue reading

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Surviving Custer, by R.S.

Let’s be honest, how many of you ever expect to find yourself in a survival situation? You’ve probably day dreamed about it, wondering how you’d fare. The fact is, we don’t walk out the door in the morning expecting to find ourselves in a predicament. I certainly never expected to find myself in such a “survival” situation on a summer day in South Dakota’s Custer State Park. Yet, there I was facing such a situation just last summer. We had finally taken our long-awaited family vacation “out West”. We live in the suburbs outside a large Midwestern city. So the lure of loading up the RV and heading west on an adventure had been alive and well with us for some time. As any good tourist would, we planned the route that would take us through the Badlands and eventually to Mt. Rushmore. What could be more American, right? Having grown up in Boy Scouts, being prepared is practically part of my DNA. In the last few years, I’ve ramped things up a bit and have been more diligent about keeping a go-bag in my car along with a variety of other things that would be useful in a pinch. … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Coffee

Sarah, I have tried grinding my own coffee and do prefer it. However, buying only a few pounds at a time I found that the beans cost more than buying the ground coffee! That goes for the green coffee beans too. It reminded me of the old Heathkit radios that everyone said you paid for the privilege of putting together. Perhaps they would be cheaper if bought in volumes of 100 or 500 pounds, but I can not afford such a purchase on my own and there is no one in my family, friends or acquaintances who are willing to even try coffee beans; they are happy with their store bought coffee. I finally had to give up, after the price of under 10 lb quantity kept increasing, and I went back to store ground coffee. So, in a TEOTWAWKI situation I guess I will have to live without coffee! – Jim HJL’s Comment: I usually buy 20lbs of green coffee beans at prices ranging from $3 to $7 per pound. While there are numerous places to make such purchases, I have always used Sweet Maria’s and have been very satisfied with the transaction. I typically drink a total of … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Wall Street Bullish On Oil Prices Despite Saudi Warnings JWR’s Comment: This might be a good time to top off your stored gas, diesel, and home heating oil tanks! o o o Physical precious metals demand is down, in part because of complacency caused by Donald Trump’s election. Another factor is the anticipation of interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve banking cartel. (This has direct correlation to the futures and spot markets.) My advice: Hold for the long term and continue to buy on the dips. Do not be complacent! The Fed could pull the rug out from under the economy anytime they choose to do so. Maintain a hedge position in precious metals, primarily silver. And remember that your core holding is intended as a long term “hold” for barter, rather than as an in-and-out market timing investment. – JWR o o o Venezuela has a bread shortage. The government has decided bakers are the problem. JWR’s Comment: The socialist government of Venezuela is now so incredibly self-destructive to their nation’s economy that the situation can now only be described as a Death Spiral. It is one of those situations where “Things are going to have to get … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Sangerville, Maine: Bunker-style home built by survivalists the perfect fit for sustainable duo JWR’s Comment: Folks in the Food Sustainability movement have a lot to learn from Survivalists, and vice versa! o o o The IRS Scandal, Day 1408: Why Won’t The Media Cover It? – The IRS admitted to singling out and targeting conservative groups in 2013, motivated by political animus, yet the media was, is and continues to be disinterested in the whole process. Given the IRS’s broad ranging powers, this is the perfect vehicle to “control” behaviors. o o o Wondering why your friends and neighbors think you are crazy for prepping? Dave hodges gives an excellent short video (8 min) reasoning this out: The Psychological Reason Why Americans Will Not Fight Back Against the Globalists – Link sent in by reader H.L. o o o Teacher quits after primary school students threaten to behead her. Where do you suppose these children learn behavior such as this? Are these really the people we want to bring into this country? What we have here is a failure to assimilate. – D.S. o o o Two embarrassing failures by the Secret Service: Laptop holding Trump Tower floor plans, Hillary … Continue reading

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