Notes for Thursday – April 06, 2017

This is the birthday of Lowell Thomas

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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 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 … Continue reading

  • The Human-Powered Veggie Garden- Part 1, by J.A.


    A small amount of land, in some cases as little as half an acre if managed correctly, could supply a bountiful vegetable garden even without the luxuries of fossil fuel-driven technology or animal power. The key to the survival of an individual or a family who is either under-prepared or through the course of events is somehow unable to use any fossil fuel-driven technology or animal power is being able to quickly produce edible crops on the ground that they have using nothing but hand tools. The methods necessary to do this are inexpensive to implement, physically rewarding, and beneficial to the long-term health of your garden. Implementing them on a small-scale now will be immediately beneficial to your health via increased nutritional quality and physical activity. You will also gain the confidence of knowing that if gardening should ever be forced upon you as a full-time job, you would … Continue reading

    Letters Re: My Family Preparedness Plan – Part 1, by R.S.

    SurvivalBlog had an overwhelming number of people write in about this article. We’ve tried to pick a few of the letters

    Reader PWS has a pretty good grasp of the whole EMP issue:

    There is much mythology around EMP. Based on testing done by the Congressional Commission To Assess The Threat of EMP To the U.S., only about 6% of the national light vehicle fleet will be EMP-ruined. The main problem for most will be fuel. Second, EMP will not damage solar panels in a significant way. Some suffered up to 10% degradation but kept working just fine. The charge controllers are a different story, but by minimizing the exposure of conductors in the system (panel-to-controller) we can probably prevent damage to the circuit cards in them, as well. Metal conduit or flex will be good shielding for this. Grid-tie solar systems are toast because of the flashover effect from … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    After having great success in finding silver half dollars, the intrepid young “Silver Searcher” is still at it. Most recently he found a bank in Oregon that had $2,800 in Eisenhower (“Ike”) dollars available. He really should be searching more carefully, for rare date coins. – JWR

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    When the broader markets crash, the value of the precious metals will really take off: Massive Stock Correction To Send Metals Surging & Elites Lose Control

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    What I learned about the US real estate market this week

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    Short And Sweet: Fed’s New Policies A Longer-Term Positive For Gold Price

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    One of my consulting clients was complaining that he was having trouble finding the once-plentiful Czech 26.5mm flare cartridges for his HK flare pistols. Well, here is one company that still has them available: Dan’s Ammo. (This company, located in Pennsylvania, has an amazing warehouse full to the rafters with military surplus ammunition, including some scarce varieties. They are highly recommended.) – JWR

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    Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said on MSNBC, when asked about North Korea, that we need to harden our defenses against an EMP! He said they may be far away from ICBM capabilities but may not be far aware from detonating a nuke in orbit. And of course, no one asked a follow up to that. No good solutions with North Korea, says senator (starts at the 2:00 mark) – P.C.

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    Here is a rebuttal by Dr. … Continue reading