Notes for Sunday – April 02, 2017

This is the birthday of Émile François Zola, a novelist and essayist. He is most often remembered as the author of “J’accuse” (I Accuse!), his lengthy open letter to president Félix Faure, which accused the French government of anti-Semitism.

Advertisement:

Round 69 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Any article submitted but not published will automatically be rolled over to Round 70. Without further ado, here are the winners: First Prize goes to J.R. for “Vinegar As An Essential Multi-Purpose Tool for TEOTWAWKI – Part 1”, and “Part 2” published on March 14th and 15th, 2017. He will receive the following prizes: 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 … Continue reading

Advertisement:

Household Basics in TEOTWAWKI- Part 9, by Sarah Latimer

Last week, I began this part of the series on the subject of oil in TEOTWAWKI. I rejected the GMO oils, namely corn and canola oil, for health reasons. I spoke about my favorite oils– coconut and olive, for their many uses and health benefits, and I explained my inevitable problem with their inaccessibility or short supply. I also shared that we own a Piteba nut and seed oil expeller, which is designed to produce consumable oils from many types of seed, nut, and bean sources. Health and Storage Issues With Lard Now that you are caught up, let me address another type of oil that I have rejected but need to explain, because it may be your choice for oil. Years ago, I read an article (which I can no longer locate online) suggesting that there are some health benefits as well as flavor and texture reasons to cause a person to consider using lard (rendered pork fat) for cooking. This article somewhat shocked me, as I thought animal fats were well known to be taboo because of their health risks, but I read the article just the same to see what was said. I am willing to make … Continue reading

Advertisement:

Letter Re: Online OPSEC

Jim/Hugh, When I wrote the “Building an 80% Firearm” series for SB I briefly touched on how to keep a similar low profile. I would add the following : Face-to-face (FTF) using cash is certainly king and the most likely to allow anonymity. Buying the the remaining parts for an 80% or conventional build at a gun show or using BackPage or Armslist is reasonably easy. Buying your 80% lower the same way is also best if available but the finding 80% lowers through any of those three sources is still sparse. Many gun shows do not have an 80% vendor. However here are two ways to get most if not all of the desired OpSec when buying your 80% lower. I have done both and the FTF method is more secure. I would always wear non-descript clothing complete with hat and glasses for any transactions and park a little ways away as many retail sources or parking lots where you meet a private seller have some type of camera surveillance. FTF (face-to-face method) If a FTF at a gun show/BackPage/Armslist is not a possibility, then find an 80% manufacturer or distributor that you can drive to. I listed 17 … Continue reading

Advertisement:

Economics and Investing:

The World’s First Pension Crisis – DSV o o o Multiple Bubbles Are Going to Bring America to Its Knees: “The Warning Signs Are There” – B.B. o o o Without Obama, once-booming gun industry poised to shrink. Excerpt: “Founder Marty Daniel, who employs about 310 workers and is more than doubling his manufacturing facility’s square footage, said he was prepared for the dips in sales and anticipates those will last through the year. But he considers the downturn part of a natural business cycle, like those that hit the housing market.” – T.J. o o o Is Gasoline Demand On The Rise? Recent drops in gasoline inventories indicate that, despite increases in fuel efficiency, the United States has not yet lost its appetite for gasoline. o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Advertisement:

Odds ‘n Sods:

The post-Election decline in the U.S. firearms market presents us with some great opportunities to round out our family gun batteries at bargain prices. As some smaller makers with heavy debt burdens go under (a la Colt Competition) in the next six months, the market will be flooded with guns, gun parts, and gun accessories. Just be very selective about what you buy and do PLENTY of comparison pricing research before you buy. (In the Internet Age, it is easy to be a smart shopper.) Presently, the biggest opportunity seems to be in buying or building AR-15 family rifles. AR-15 stripped lowers are selling for as little as $39 each! Buy several (preferably “private party” if your State law allows it) and then bide your time. Watch for blow-out prices on lower parts kits (“LPKs”) and complete uppers. But, as always, buy quality—not junk! – JWR o o o Some very useful advice from Jeremiah Johnson, posted at Ready Nutrition: A Prepper’s DIY: Building Your Own Cleaning Kits for Firearms o o o WND reports: Obama spying looks even worse than Trump claimed o o o SurvivalBlog reader DSV sent in the link to Spaceweather.com where the readers can find … Continue reading

Advertisement:
Advertisement: