Notes for Sunday – April 16, 2017

April 16th is the birthday of two notable novelists– J. Neil Schulman and Samuel Youd. Agorist-Libertarian activist J. Neil Schulman (born April 16, 1953) is best known as author of the novel Alongside Night. The late Samuel Youd (born 1922, died February 3, 2012) was the British novelist who was best known for his science fiction writings under the pseudonym John Christopher, including the survivalist novel Death of Grass (titled No Blade of Grass, in the American edition) as well as the Tripods Series of young adult sci-fi novel series. A fascinating man, Youd wrote prolifically, using eight pen names. He was a good friend of sci-fi novelist John Wyndham, and both of them were famous for writing what are often called cozy catastrophes. o o o Predictably, I’ve started receiving urgent requests from non-prepper friends and distant relatives about preparedness for nuclear war. My advice: Read through SurvivalBlog’s archives on fallout protection. It mainly comes down to putting sufficient MASS between you and any deposited fallout. Serious SurvivalBlog readers moved away from major targets years ago, and they’ve constructed “cold cellars” that can double as fallout shelters. (Although adding a hand- or pedal-powered HEPA filter is advisable.) And having … Continue reading

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Key Elements for Self-Sufficient Gardening – Part 4, by B. C.

Element Number Five: Permaculture and Perennial Crops Annual crops may make up the bulk of your food and take the most of your labor when you are survival gardening. However, a critical part of our sustainable farm is the use of perennial crops, which actually give you more return on your investment than the yearly planting and production of annuals. The great thing about most perennials is that you plant them once, and they produce for several years. You don’t have to worry about what time of year the apocalypse starts; they are there waiting for you year after year. For that reason, perennial crops are an essential element for the survival gardener. I’m not going to go into specifics, but perennial crops include some vegetables, like asparagus and rhubarb, as well as small fruits and tree crops. Producing tree fruit east of the Mississippi is tough to do, especially if you don’t have access to pesticides. Here, in the Mid-South, we have a lot of pest and weather concerns that the big fruit growers out west don’t have to deal with. These issues are why the big fruit growers are out west! Many people plant a few fruit trees … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Bundys in Nevada

Hi Hugh, I found your blog a few days ago and really enjoy reading it. I would like to comment on the sentiment expressed in one of the links you posted in “Odds ‘n Sods” today– Judge Openly laughs at Bundy Ranch Defendants Rights. First, I agree that our courts are corrupt, many judges are openly undermining our Constitution and Rule of Law, and denying a defendant’s rights and then laughing about it is inexcusable. What I disagree with is the idea that the Bundy family is a bunch of “Patriots” standing up to “the tyrannical state.” In my opinion, what they are is a family that feels entitled to use public land as if it was their own. They don’t own the land; they lease it. If they won’t abide by the terms of the lease, then they can and should be given a chance to meet the terms of the lease, but if they won’t then the landlord (in this case the BLM) has the right to evict them and try to collect back rent. I’ve had an experience with a rancher like this near Reno. I was hunting on public land (fenced but BLM) when an armed … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

China Ready To Cut Oil Supplies To North Korea. Beijing is ready to cut oil supplies to North Korea as the country continues to conduct nuclear missile tests. o o o Miami condo market acting as if it is 2007: Condo market in Miami is saturated with units and inventory is growing. o o o Drop In Gasoline Causes U.S. CPI To Fall 0.3% In March o o o Tax Day. Excerpt: “The first great lesson to learn about taxation is that taxation is simply robbery. No more and no less.” 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:

Prep warning: North Korea may have a new KN14 ICBM – This missile has a range of 7000+ miles putting it within the continental U.S. There is just one problem: They’ve never had a successful test launch of it. – P.S. o o o Woman Fights To Raise Chickens In Backyard – Life And Death Situation For Son – DSV o o o Feds Illegally Maintain Registry of Firearm Owners; Media Fails to Report It. This under-reported article from late 2015 is STILL being ignored! o o o DPM camouflage wearers will love these: British Army Cold Weather Parka o o o Just For Fun: The Gun Addict Song. (Jordan Winkler is a firearms instructor who has a Master’s Degree in music. His songs are priceless and wonderfully satirical. This one hits a bit close to home. Oh, and Preppers are sure to enjoy The EDC Song – JWR)

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 (KJV)

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