Preparedness Notes for Sunday – October 14, 2018

The Cuban Missile Crisis began on October 14, 1962, bringing the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear conflict. Photographs were taken by a high-altitude U-2 spy plane and offered incontrovertible evidence that Soviet-made medium-range missiles were in Cuba. These missiles were capable of carrying nuclear warheads and were stationed 90 miles off the American coastline.

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SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

This has been another entry for Round 79 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
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  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
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  4. A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training (a $400 value),
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  1. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
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  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances, and
  6. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).

Round 79 ends on November 30th, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.


  1. This was Kennedy’s fault. His weakness and distraction in the office lead the Soviets to believe they could do this. Also his failure to support the Bay of Pigs invasion precipitated this incident. One could argue that we had no business in Cuba and the Bay of Pigs but events since then should shut down that argument. Cuba has caused us a great deal of harm and have killed and tortured 10’s of thousands of their own people. If we had whole heartedly supported the Cubans in taking back their country the world would have been better off. Kennedy never really wanted the presidency it was his father who engineered that including voter fraud. JFK wanted to be a playboy and that is his legacy.

    I remember where I was when JFK was killed and within hours I knew the story we were being told was full of holes. I don’t know who killed JFK: the Russians, the Cubans, the mob, the cia, but I am 100% sure it wasn’t Oswald. I think Oswald was a CIA asset (not employee) who could be “used” in this instance to cover up the assassination. Who used him? Hard to tell since he was associated with the Russians, the Cubans, the CIA and the mob. I think it was most likely Sam Giancana who ordered the assassination. AND also ordered the shooting of Oswald to prevent Oswald from giving up what he knew and he knew a lot. In fact I suspect once Oswald was shot that sighs of relief were notable at the CIA, Russia, state dept. and Cuba. Even congress and the judges and politicians appointed to investigate were all complicit in the coverup. That alone is one of Ameica’s great mysteries. Why the full fledged coverup? Was it to protect the country, as some have said, or was it to protect the guilty?

    1. Some books I recommend to get a better understanding of the JFK assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald:

      Me and Lee, by Judyth Vary Baker, who was Lee’s lover in the summer of 1963 in New Orleans.

      Dr. Mary’s Monkey, by Edward Haslam. More detail on what was going on in New Orleans (a plot to kill Castro with a cancer bioweapon, which was probably used later on Jack Ruby).

      JFK and the Unspeakable, by James Douglass.

      The reason Lee went to the Soviet Union was as a CIA agent, part of the false defector program. He pretended to be pro-Castro and a communist, so he could deliver the bioweapon (also why he went to Mexico in September 1963, wanting a visa to Cuba). He was also an FBI informant (and was on the payroll of both the CIA and FBI), and probably saved JFK’s life when he warned about a plot in Chicago.

      No doubt it was a coup and a huge coverup. Which isn’t supposed to happen in the USA.

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