Notes for Monday – April 03, 2017

This is the birthday of Washington Irving, an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for short stories like Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but he also wrote several biographies and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

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Ruger/CRKT All-Cylinders +P, by Pat Cascio

For some reason I just can’t get some people to understand that gun makers don’t make the knives with their names on them. Remington knives have been around for a long, long time, and some are highly collectible, too. It’s the same with Winchester knives, and some are collectibles. I even suggested to one gun company, and I won’t reveal who it is, that they do collaboration with a knife company and have knives made with the name of the gun company on it. They did! This isn’t all that hard to understand, but it is for some folks. It takes a special kind of tooling and people to operate those machines and to manufacture knives. Gun companies simply aren’t interested in investing the time and money to do this, so they go to a knife company and have them produce knives with the name of the gun company on the blade and/or handle. Some knives are designed in-house; some are designed by well-known knife makers. Some of these knife makers/designers may or may not get credit for their efforts. Another area that remains a mystery to many people is that gun makers don’t make the magazines that go in … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Pork with Cherries, by MHL

This recipe is my version of an old traditional French recipe, Porc aux Pruneaux, which I altered several years ago after a bumper crop of cherries. This is one of the treats of November after a hog is slaughtered and there’s lots of fresh pork on hand. Ingredients: 2 pounds pork shoulder or boneless rib meat, cut into bite sized chunks 1 large onion, cut into large dice 3 cups chicken stock OR 3 cups water & one bullion cube OR just 3 cups water 1/2 cup white wine, if available (increase water by 1/2 cup if not using) 1 1/2 cups dried cherries. (Sour cherries work best, but use what you have available.) 2 bay leaves 1 Tablespoon dried rosemary leaves 1 Tablespoon dried rubbed sage 1 or 2 garlic cloves, peeled & left whole 1 Tablespoon flour 2 Tablespoons oil or other fat, but not butter Salt & pepper to taste Directions Heat oil over medium heat in a heavy dutch oven that has a lid. Toss meat with flour to lightly coat and then brown in batches in oil. Remove from pot & set aside. Sauté onion until translucent, adding more oil if necessary. Add garlic, rosemary, … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Austere Dentistry

HJL, It’s a great article and fills a gap in my preps I have been concerned about regarding temporary fillings. The two Intermediate Restorative Materials (IRMs) he recommends from Dentisply and Temrex are both widely available online. Every source from eBay, Amazon, and any dental supply house you contact all require that you supply required proof that you are a licensed dentist or dental operation. How or through whom does JD propose that a non-dentist like me and most SB readers can get past this substantial barrier? – Wontogo

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Economics and Investing:

Moscow And Beijing Join Forces To Bypass US Dollar In Global Markets, Shift To Gold Trade. JWR’s Comment: Ruh-ro! (Link submitted by reader G.P.) o o o The War on Cash: Old and New. Excerpt: “It would be a mistake, nonetheless, to think that the outright ban of cash will be the preferred method of our fiat-money lords. The most efficient and vicious method they can use is simply inflation while refusing to emit any new banknotes with higher denominations.” – DSV o o o Baby boom or bust: Retirement withdrawals now exceed contributions. Since 2008 US public debt up by $10 trillion, nearly the same as the Russell 3000 Index. HJL’s Comment: The retirement pension crises is now upon us. Not only do the pension funds have a shortage due to poor management of the funds, but now withdrawals are outpacing contributions, leaving a negative net flow of funds. o o o Why You Should Care About Fractional Reserve Banking. Excerpt: “Our highly levered financial system is like a truckload of nitro glycerin on a bumpy road.” o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

The latest over at my #1 Son’s SurvivalRealty web site is a new listing for a boat-in or fly-in retreat in Alaska: S. Central Alaska Salmon River Lodge o o o From the religion of pieces: Man tased after striking officer, yelling ‘Allah Akbar’ in Goodwill scuffle. Excerpt: “Bilal reportedly had become upset while attempting to convert the employee to Islam.” I’m sure there is mental illness involved in this case as well. Link sent in by reader T.P. o o o For those who think that people are basically good, Reader L.I. sent in this link to an interview with Marina Abramovic who conducted a terrifying experiment a number of years ago. While I can’t condone her performance, it truly shows how evil man can be. The terrifying point is that the people abusing her were not under duress themselves. Imagine what these same people are capable of if they are hungry or hurt. Abramovic noted: “This work reveals something terrible about humanity. It shows how fast a person can hurt you under favorable circumstances. it shows how easy it is to dehumanize a person who does not fight, who does not defend himself. It shows that if he … Continue reading

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