Notes for Monday – April 17, 2017

On April 17, 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Due to the Cuba/Soviet intelligence network as well as loose talk by members of the brigade, which was repeated in U.S. and foreign newspaper reports, the Cuban government knew in advance of the planned invasion. The Washington Post also reported that the Soviets knew the exact date of the attack, that the CIA was aware that they knew, and that the CIA did not inform president Kennedy.

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SurvivalBlog would like to thank all of our readers who kept Pat Cascio lifted up in prayer through his surgery last week and continued recovery. He is home and doing well, though he has a rough couple of weeks to look forward to.

Ruger’s SR1911, 9mm, by Pat Cascio

Even when I was younger I was pretty much “old school” in many things. Maybe it came from being raised by my grandparents and all their friends. It’s just one of those mysteries in life that I can’t explain. I still love to listen to “oldies” music on the radio. When I first started listening to “oldies” it wasn’t old; it was the music of the 1960s that I fell in love with. And, to this day, my favorite song is “Will You Be Staying After Sunday” by Peppermint Rainbow. Over the past several years, I have gotten to know several of the group’s members, and they are all super-nice people. Bonnie Lamdin-Phipps, her sister, “Peppermint” Patty Lamdin-Brown, and Doug Lewis are on my bucket list as people I want to get to meet in-person some day.

For many, many years, I was old school in that I believed with … Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Teriyaki Beef Or Chicken Skewers, by K.R.


  • 1 lb. beef (flank, london broil) or chicken (boneless breasts)
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil (roasted kind)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger


  • To prep the beef, slice on diagonal as thin as you can. For the chicken breasts cut into 1/4-inch strips.
  • Combine all ingredients in bowl and marinate 30 minutes, or overnight is better.
  • Thread meat onto bamboo or metal skewers.
  • Place on hot grill or under broiler for several minutes; turn and grill or broil other side for several minutes longer.
  • If you are using chicken, the cooking times will need to be adjusted for the thickness of the breast, so increase the times to approximately 8-10 minutes a side.
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    Letter Re: Bundys in Nevada

    A recent letter regarding the Bundy family claimed, “[The Bundys] 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.” This reflects a common misconception. If the assertion were true that the land is in fact leased, the logic would of course be unassailable. However, BLM grazing allotments are *not* leases (at least, some of them aren’t, and the Bundys claim theirs are among those that aren’t). The grazing fees the Bundys and others refuse to pay are explicitly described in law as *not* being lease payments. Some legal history is required to understand the situation.

    Originally, homesteaders received grants of 160 acres … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    Why Americans have stopped moving.

    JWR’s Comment: What is missing from this otherwise good article is a mention of the fact that people aren’t moving because they recognize that the economy is stagnant, and the “recovery” was just a resurgence of spending propelled by debt rather than a genuine renaissance. In essence, Americans are hunkering down for the Second Great Depression.

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    Is Aramco IPO Behind Saudi Eagerness For OPEC Cut Extension? Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Algeria, and Angola have all stressed the need for further production cuts in order to return markets to a state of balance.

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    Here’s a new report from contributing editor Charles Hugh Smith that explores the opportunities & challenges of maintaining a separate “Plan B” retreat property – something prudent people are increasingly considering during these volatile times. Maintaining a functional separate … Continue reading

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    X22 Report Spotlight(podcast interview) When The Disaster Hits You Better Be Prepared: James Wesley Rawles. (This discussion covers a lot of topics—mainly economics, geopolitics, and military flashpoints.)

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    David Codrea: Are YouTube Restrictions Targeted on Conservative and Gun Channels?

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    Protests sweeping South America show rising antigovernment anger – H.L.

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    Cringe worthy news: Obama to give speech in Berlin to mark Reformation anniversary – D.S.

    HJL’s Comment: I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit…Yeah, I’m sure I did. Where did I put those antacid tablets?!

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    Here we go again: New Bill to Penalize Missed Vaccines – DSV