Notes for Wednesday – April 05, 2017

On this day in 1614, Pocahontas married John Rolfe which ensured peace between the Jamestown settlers and the Powhatan Indians for several years.

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Thank you for the overwhelming response to the “Letter to the Editor” form. The feedback has been tremendous. – HJL

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Today, we present another entry for Round 70 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 Continue reading

  • My Family Preparedness Plan- Part 2, by R.S.

    Grid Down (continued)

    Given the specific differences in this scenario, the steps would vary post-event. This event will be different in its onset. With an EMP event, panic will set in much more quickly. When everything ceases functioning simultaneously, even if people don’t know what’s happened, they are going to know something has happened, and mobs don’t usually react with calm reasoning. If the power goes out, even a widespread outage, it isn’t a huge cause for alarm initially because people are used to power outages. Thus, you’ll have a bit more time to get things in order.

    What to do:

  • Get fuel. This is of first importance, because the shortages will likely set in quickly. The challenge will be whether or not the pumps will still work, but give this a shot first. You might get lucky. This is also a good reason to keep fuel on hand … Continue reading

  • Letter Re: Austere Dentistry


    Thanks for pointing this issue out. In retrospect I should have developed purchasing in greater detail in the article. Additionally, this article has been sitting around for a while on my hard drive before being sent in, and at the time of writing purchase restrictions were not that common.

    On Amazon, search Zinc oxide and eugenol, and you will find vendors who will sell ZOE without restrictions. When I searched today, I found brand name Temerx as well as generic ZOE.

    On EBay, despite the disclaimer about sales only to dentists, I have rarely been challenged by U.S. vendors. If you are unwilling to attempt to buy from a U.S. EBay vendor, my advice is to deal with foreign vendors on EBay. Israelis are quite strict, but Chinese and Indian vendors have few, if any, restrictions.

    Before drafting this reply today, I searched EBay for “zinc oxide … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    The market marches on to oblivion, ignoring the warning signs: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

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    Permian Pipeline Bottleneck Forces Steep Discounts. Oil production in the Permian Basin has been rising rapidly, and now the pipeline capacity in the region is struggling to keep up, forcing producers to provide discounts.

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    Gold Price Forecast: Getting A Read Of The Next Quarter

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    Record $10 Trillion Paper Gold Trading Market Continues To Depress Price

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    The Next Subprime Crisis Is Here: 12 Signs That A Day Of Reckoning Has Arrived For The U.S. Auto Industry Excerpt: “In 2008, subprime mortgages almost single-handedly took down the entire financial system, and now a new subprime crisis is here. In recent years, the auto industry has been able to boost sales by aggressively pushing people into … Continue reading

    JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:



    The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis


    The First World War: The Complete Series. (Now that 100 years has gone by, it is time to reflect on how The Great War changed our world, and set the stage for later conflicts.)

    Doomsday Preppers: Season 1 Note: While still not quite rivaling Netflix, many movies and television shows are now available through Amazon Prime)

    Instructional Videos:

    Secret Room in My House

    Very Cheap and Easy Secret Room/Safe

    10 Secret Hiding Places Already in Your Home


    Econ Talk (Russ Roberts)

    School Sucks Project: The Philosophy of Stoicism (With Bill Buppert)


    At Bill Buppert’s ZeroGov blog, don’t miss this essay: … Continue reading

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    All of the talk in the MSM about a potential conflict with North Korea seems to be overlooking one thing: Donald Trump is a master negotiator. To gain the upper hand, Trump needs to parlay with China, not North Korea. Don’t be surprised if you soon hear about high level talks between the Trump Administration and China. Trump will be counting on the fact that the Chinese government shares the common view that Kim Jung Un is a spoiled child who is mentally unstable. – JWR

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    Can Maple Syrup Eliminate Superbugs? Note also that in 900 AD a simple home remedy found in an Anglo-Saxon book was tested and found to kill 90% of MRSA (I think ONLY real 100% Maple Syrup would be best) – H.L.

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    DOJ Seized 541 Guns From This Man With No Charges Filed, … Continue reading

    Jim’s Quote of the Day:

    “It wasn’t communism that brought down the Soviet Union and it isn’t socialism that’s ravaging Venezuela. Not directly. It’s corruption. It will be corruption that takes us down too. Inflation, deflation, bubble implosions, fiat currencies and central—formerly: king’s—banks, they’re all visible pustules of the underlying malady. The world’s economies and governments have all but forfeited their legitimacy. They’re being outed for what they most nearly are: criminal enterprises with a dress code, looting their lands and, at the end, each other.” – ‘Ol Remus, Editor of the Yer’Ol Woodpile Report blog