Notes for Wednesday – April 19, 2017

April 19th is the original Patriot Day which marks the multiple anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”. This first battle, leading to our nation’s independence, was the then-dictator’s (United Kingdom King George III’s) failed attempt at “gun control”– an act being carried out in too many parts of our USA right now. This first gun control of the colonies was a failure, because of the will and determination of a small part of the population (about 3% actually fought for our independence actively, with many others supporting) to stand up to an oppressive, controlling government (England). Without the sacrifice by those few Patriots, we could very well still be “British subjects” rather than independent citizens. Note that due to corporate and government bureaucracy, the celebration has generally been moved to the third Monday in April to facility a postal/banking holiday. It also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis in 1943, the BATF’s costly raid on the Branch Davidian Church in Waco, the gun turret explosion on the USS Iowa in 1989, the capture of the Boston Marathon bomber in 2013, and very sadly also the … Continue reading

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Rainwater Harvesting: An Easy and Efficient Build, by L.R.

With spring finally here, many a homesteader is turning their thoughts to this year’s vegetable garden. Whether their garden is large or small, experienced gardeners know the successful garden begins well before the seed is planted. Many gardeners diagram on paper where they want to plant what vegetable, how many rows of each, and calculate how many bedding plants or how much seed they will need. Then, it’s off to the seed catalogs or local nursery to stock up. For many of us who have been raising gardens for a long time, there’s nothing quite like planting seeds in grow boxes to raise our own bedding plants or planting seeds directly into the ground. I confess, I go to the garden everyday to see if the seeds I planted have sprouted. I walk to the end of the row, and even after all these years I still get a thrill when I see a perfect row of tiny plants breaking through the soil. When that happens, I know I’ve been successful at least up to that point. Being successful as a gardener brings many rewards; you learn and develop a practical skill, provide food for yourself and family, lower grocery … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Transporting Documents – Empty the Trash!

Hugh, The files that you think you deleted from your portable drive using the Windows “delete” command or the Mac “move to trash” command are still there; you just can’t see them. Learn how to securely delete files from the .trashes and hidden files from thumb drives by doing an Internet search on the topic of .trashes file and how to securely delete old files from them. This is a must do for anyone using a USB thumb or SD card. If you have a Windows computer and can find the option to “show hidden files” you should do that. Look into using Apple’s FileVault. The mini-SD card is small enough that it can easily be concealed underneath a round band-aid stuck to your skin. RT

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Economics and Investing:

Why The Permian Doesn’t Keep OPEC Awake At Night. While the much touted Permian basin is a fantastic formation of hydrocarbon holding rocks, the effect of this play on global oil markets is wildly overstated. o o o Auto Loans: The Next Debt Bubble?. The auto-loan market has recently ballooned, but the delinquency data raises questions about how much longer these spending habits can last. o o o News Bites Geopolitical Events No Longer Main Drivers Of Gold Prices o o o Free Money! Banks Paid $22 Billion to Not Lend? 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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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Note: Since today is Patriot Day, most of today’s recommendations follow that that theme. Books: Warsaw 1944: An Insurgent’s Journal of the Uprising Tactics of Christian Resistance by Dr. Gary North Lexington to Concord Movies: April Morning The Patriot (Note: When I last checked it was also available free for Amazon Prime members,) Television: Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans Battle for Warsaw Instructional Videos: How to Make Thermite How to shoot an AR handgun (ala SIG brace, Shockwave Blade, etc) Online Sermon Videos: When Resistance Is Obligatory – by Chuck Baldwin on Jul. 31, 2016 Defying Tyrants is Obedience to God – by Jeff Durbin Podcasts: The Art of Manliness Podcast #220: Tyrants — A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror The Maverick Podcast #24: Resisting Tyranny w/ Mark From The Sustainable Life Alliance Blogs: The Ultimate Answer to Kings The Zelman Partisans Gear: 2 Pound Bags – Aluminum Powder – 30 micron. Great for mixing your own Thermite powder. (Amazon also sells black iron oxide. To be ready for Thermite cutting and welding, make sure to order the “natural” variety iron oxide, not synthetic.) Note that the seller of this aluminum powder is Alpha Chemical—a former SurvivalBlog advertiser for … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

It’s not elites vs. populists. It’s cities vs. the countryside. o o o I just discovered that Repack Boxes (one of our very generous Writing Contest prize donors) has added several new varieties of die cut cardboard cartridge boxes to their already diverse product line. The new types include: .30-06, .303 British, 7.62x54r, .44 Magnum, 10mm, and 12 Gauge. The new 12 gauge shell box is cleverly designed to fit in a standard M16 30 round magazine pouch. New customers can get a special 15% discount at checkout by using the coupon code “NEW”. o o o Beat Extreme Heat and Stay as Cool as a Cucumber, Even Grid-Down. Excerpt: “But Our Ancestors Survived Extreme Heat Without Ac, How Did They Do It?” (Note: if you move your mouse off of the screen while you read the page, you get an annoying “subscribe” pop-up. Just reload the page to get rid of it.) – T.J. o o o The old saying the cops are 3 minutes away when you need them? They were there, then fled 3 minutes away when the shooting started! – D.F. HJL’s Comment: An old news clip from the L.A riots, but a good reminder that … Continue reading

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