Notes for Thursday – April 13, 2017

April 13, 1743 was the birthday of Thomas Jefferson. (He died on July 4, 1826 just a few hours before the death of John Adams. How patriotic of both of them to pass away on the Fourth of July.) o o o 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 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 … Continue reading

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Key Elements for Self-Sufficient Gardening – Part 1, by B. C.

I was blessed to grow up on a farm and later was fortunate to be able to receive an advanced degree in Agriculture. For the last 15 years my wife and I have been running a small diversified farm where we produce vegetables, fruit, and animal products for local markets and a C.S.A. (Community Supported Agriculture). During this time we’ve spent several years in several countries doing agricultural mission work, seeing how the rest of the world feeds itself, and doing our part to assist them with that. Over time we’ve worked hard to turn our own 30-acre farm into a self-sufficient property. My goal has been to see our farm as one that could feed my family and other families far into the future if “the front gate gets shut and locked.” As SurvivalBlog readers are well aware, this seems to be more of a possibility with every passing day. The discussion on growing your own food often arises, and a recurring theme is the advice that you aren’t just going to open a pack of survival seeds and feed your family. I couldn’t agree more, but I often feel like readers get brow-beaten with that advice and can … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Bugging In or Bugging Out

JWR, Hi, I have a question. I live in a middle-sized city in South Carolina. Our population is approximately 180,000. There are good and bad neighborhoods, one being on the east side and the other on west side of the city. The city’s crime is #33 in the FBI’s stats. We’ve gone through disasters and we’ve seen only minor looting in the wakes of them but nothing serious. I have general confidence that if something major was to happen, my church and neighborhood could come together to cope with the situation, making leaving the city entirely unnecessary. However, I have read, particularly on your blog, that remaining in a large city would be dangerous in a grid down scenario. My question is, in the event of a grid down scenario, would it be wise to bug in at my house, which is located in a good neighborhood or would it be better to bug out to another location, say a relative’s house in the country? Would a city our size make bugging in dangerous? Is it realistic? Assume I have all the necessary supplies to survive at my house for six months. – N.R. JWR’s Comment: In my estimation, any … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Deutsche Marks Still Being Hoarded as Hedge Against Euro – DSV o o o Stupid Asset Protection Tricks. A short list of things not to do with your assets. You might think this is obvious, but there are apparently those who still do it. – H.L. o o o Turkey to Confiscate Gold in New Clever Way – To Help Citizens Earn Money – DSV o o o Gold Spikes On Foreign Policy Fears 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:

There has been a global uproar over the manhandling and bloodying of a paying United Airlines passenger. The plane was sold out, and the airline said that they needed four seats to shuttle crew to another airport. What followed was a gross misuse of force in removing a passenger against his will. United’s President apologized, but the airline policies are a reflection on their view of the world and “customer service.” Clearly, they look at paying passengers with the same disdain as they would sheep or cattle. So not only do we have to endure TSA inspections (with all of the appeal of a proctology exam), now we learn that the airlines themselves can call in the goons if we have the temerity to refuse to be herded like sheep. – JWR o o o Paul Joseph Watson: I was right about Sweden o o o Crosshair Customs has offered SurvivalBlog readers a 3% discount on their orders for the next week. If you are looking for some sweet, American made accessories for your AR-15, you need to take a look! Use the coupon code “american redoubt 3” when you order. o o o The information devices that spy on … Continue reading

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