Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – July 04, 2017


As Americans go through the motions of celebrating the remnants of our our once preciously cherished liberty, we are reminded that it is high time to pluck a few chickens and warm up the tar pot.

Independence day is also the birthday of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) and of General Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807–1882) – JWR

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The Sixteenth Annual William Howsare Memorial Public Reading of our 1776 Declaration of Independence will take place at 12:00 Noon (EDT) on Tuesday 4 July 2017, in front of the County Courthouse in Marlinton, Pocahontas County, West Virginia. All welcome, phone 304-799-7191 for more information

For those not in West Virginia, you might check your local newspaper for a similar announcement to see if your local government or organization is also having a reading.

Horizontal Relationships: The Key to True Independence- Part 1, by J.E.


Within our relationships, as preppers, let’s look at the concept of true independence. It applies to us in our preparedness pursuits and in life in general. While we, of course, avoid many dependencies, what may surprise you is that it requires we cultivate certain dependencies.

Fourth of July or Independence Day?

Here’s a question: Do you wish your friends and family a “Happy 4th of July” or a “Happy Independence Day?” For me, I always make a point of calling this holiday “Independence Day”. I want to remember and remind others that all the fireworks; red, white, and blue; and backyard cookouts are about one thing and one thing only– the celebration of and thankfulness for our independence.

The Concept of “Independence”

Unfortunately, I have been dismayed to find that many people don’t like the word “independence”. “No one can be independent,” they say. “We all rely on others.” Independence … Continue reading

SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

American Redoubt

Here is the special 4th of July Edition of SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies in the region of interest to preppers. Today’s focus is on Constitutional Liberty organizations and events in the American Redoubt.


Some very special congratulations to Enola Gay. She is the Editrix of the outstanding Paratus Familia blog.  They found a buyer for their Shouse, and they’ve moved to their Dream Retreat/Ranch property, which is elsewhere in The American Redoubt. If you’ve never read Enola’s blog, you are missing out. I highly recommend working your way through her blog archives!  She has also written a couple of great books. Every “dialed-in” prepper family should have copies of The Prepared … Continue reading

The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

Survivalist Odds 'n Sods - EMP

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods – a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Central & South America news starts us off today.

Central & South America

Venezuela’s collapse continues unabated. At the beginning of the year the U.S. Dollar was worth an abysmal 3,000 Bolivars. Today, it takes nearly 8,000 Bolivars to buy one dollar. As the economy spirals out of control, the citizens are suffering through shortages of food and medicine. Now even government controlled police officers are defecting. Last week one police officer pilot and accomplices stole a government helicopter, flew it over the Supreme Court building, firing shots and lobbing grenades. A public statement made by the pilot demanded that Maduro resign.

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Reader G.P. sent in this article on how … Continue reading