Notes for Friday – April 07, 2017

April 7th is the birthday of Colonel Bob Denard (born 1929, died October 13, 2007). He had an amazing life as a mercenary, including four attempted coups in the Comoros.

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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 … Continue reading



  • The Human-Powered Veggie Garden- Part 2, by J.A.

    Preps

    Deep Digging and Rock Removal

    The second round of digging is the hardest work of the whole project. The process is much like the first round, except the goal is to be able to bury the whole head of your shovel in loose soil when you are done. This time, if you hit a rock in the process of achieving that, it has to go. As you back up, some of the rocks will expose an edge you can get under with the shovel. This is where buying good tools, and sharpening your shovel is really going to pay off. Use the shovel to poke under an exposed edge of a stone to create leverage and pry it out. You may have to go slightly off track or attack from a different angle, but if you stick with it for a few seconds, you will find a way … Continue reading




    Letter Re: My Family Preparedness Plan, by R.S.

    Hugh,

    The best books I have read concerning an EMP are Lights Out by Ted Koppel and Collapse You’re On Your Own by Kay Mahoney. One is fiction, and one nonfiction tells us all we need to know about a terrible event. The first book examines the reality of our delicate electronic infrastructure and how easily it can be shut down. The second book tells the story of the aftermath of an EMP on regular, small town folks, like us, and how we might handle the calamity. I like my electricity and the comforts it provides to me and my family, but I also know our grid is vulnerable in many ways. So, get prepared for no electricity and enjoy the today. – T.M.

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    Hugh,

    I interviewed Dr. Peter Vincent Pry on my radio show. Dr. Pry is the head of The Commission … Continue reading




    Economics and Investing:

    From Hubert Moolman: Gold and Silver Boom or Bust – A bit heavy on the charts but interesting nonetheless.

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    OPEC’s No.2 Goes Rogue: Plans 600,000 Bpd Oil Output Increase. Despite talks of an OPEC extension, Iraq, which is OPEC’s second-biggest exporter, has plans to boost crude production to 5 million bpd by the end of the year.

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    I listened to a sermon one time about the phases that many organizations go through. There is the time of passion in which men and women of great passion do extraordinary things and the organization grows like crazy. They eventually reach a stage where the people in charge sit back on their heels and enjoy the ride that their predecessors created, but eventually, the organization slides to the point where you often hear the phrase “I remember the good ol’ days,” and the … Continue reading




    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Over at SHTFPlan.com: These Two South Carolina Lawmakers Are Planning to Create Survivalist Communities Across the Country

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    Nathan, over at The Price of Liberty blog recommended this fascinating article at Gun Culture 2.0: The Problem with Averages in Understanding Guns, Violence, and Crime (Take 2)

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    I was doing some web wandering and found this interesting company in Tempe, Arizona: Prepper’s Discount – JWR

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    If this report is anywhere even close to true, we are very near the bottom of the slippery slope: Judge Openly LAUGHS At Bundy Ranch Defendants Rights – link sent in by T.R.

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    This easy-to-set-up emergency water collection system can save your life – DSV