Notes for Friday – April 21, 2017

April 21st is Aggie Muster Day, for all Texas A&M Corps of Cadets graduates. Aggie Muster celebrations/meetings are held as far away as Japan, Germany, and Afghanistan. I should mention that Jim’s grandfather (a U.S. Army Cavalry LTC) was an Aggie– something mentioned so often that everyone in his family felt like de facto Aggies, too. Other than the officers that matriculate though West Point, the four institutions that seem to have the greatest ongoing esprit de corps for graduates are Texas A&M, The Citadel, Norwich University, and VMI. Jim felt almost obliged to include an Aggie character in his novels Survivors and Founders, even though his connection to Texas A&M is two generations removed.

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Should I Bug Out or Survive in Place?- Part 2, by Jonathan Hollerman

So, what SHTF scenario should I be preparing for? In part one, I cautioned you to be diligent to only follow the advice of credible prepping experts with real-life experience and a true understanding of human psychology in desperate circumstances. Before I can give my advice on the Bug Out/Survive in Place debate, we must first determine what scenario you are preparing for. In my opinion, the most likely threat today is a natural disaster, like a hurricane or tornado or maybe a days-long blackout in a localized area. However, preparing for these things is common sense and being able to survive them does not make someone a prepper. Anyone can easily buy a few cases of water, two cases of MREs, and a few other basic survival supplies, put them in their basement, and be “good to go”. Most preppers, even if they lost all of their supplies in the storm, could easily brainstorm their way through a few days without food and water. (This would be a good example of where those wilderness survival skills could come into play.) Alternatively, they could literally just recline against a moss-covered tree stump and wait it out. It would be unpleasant … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Cash Crisis in India, ATMs Running Dry JWR’s Comment: Currency “reforms” like these are all about control of the populace and tax revenue. Governments want full transparency of all private transactions—and thus the ability to tax everything. o o o Video: Hidden Secrets Of Money Part 7 – Mike Maloney o o o 50 Great Jobs for Retirees – H.L. o o o 17 Reasons Why You Should Own Gold – DSV o o o Troubling Signs At Bakken As Oil Production Growth Stalls 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:

Venezuela braces for ‘mother of all protests’ – B.B. o o o Courts are Using AI to Sentence Criminals – B.B. o o o An article by Benjamin Baruch over at News With Views: The March To World War III o o o From the people who brought you beheadings, burning alive, and other atrocities for no other reason than they don’t like you: Taliban Decry Environmental Impact of U.S. MOAB Explosion – G.M. o o o Meet Babel Street, the Powerful Social Media Surveillance Used by Police, Secret Service, and Sports Stadiums – S.G. o o o I ran across this on YouTube today. Too bad they don’t make them anymore: Rare Gas-Powered Circular Saw [Rescue]

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