Preparedness Notes for Friday — July 19, 2019

July 19th is coincidentally the birthday of handgun designers Samuel Colt (born 1814) and Gaston Glock (born 1929).

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 83  of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3,000 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),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  3. 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,
  4. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  5. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  6. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  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.

Round 83 ends on July 31st, 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. Here is the testimony given yesterday at the latest Ted Cruz senate hearing. Google has us in a corner, because they can and do intend to causing democrats to get out, and vote. It is expected that by the 2020 election that Google can swing as much as 15 million votes. They are manipulating elections in several ways via got out and vote reminders, and Google search results. Given this convincing testimony, Trump must act to break the back of Big Tech, and restore free speech. Here is the link:

    Here is a press release from Sen Cruz on the same topic:

  2. Re: Senate Hearing

    I must apologize. The links provided worked yesterday, but do not work entirely today. It is possible that this powerfully damming testimony may have been deleted by Google. This is now their SOP (standard operating procedure).

    If we are not allowed to communicate freely to defend ourselves peacefully, then we are forced to defend ourselves otherwise. Eventually I expect Google/Microsoft to censor the very words we types, as we type them. No other issue should be more important than our ability to speak and communicate freely. There is no act that Trump could take that could be more important than to break the backs of Big Tech, especially Google, and do it ASAP, before they can further tighten their death grip on this country. I would support the most aggressive action possible by Trump.

    Discovered only last night by myself is a video done by Mike Adams who thinks alike. Some portions might controversial, but it stresses the dire circumstance we are in. Please give it some thought:

    Mike Adams, May 3, 2019
    President Trump must SEIZE and shut down the techno-fascists

  3. Here is a working link that shows a portion of the testimony, not the entirety. The rest is commentary by Alex Jones.

    Stolen the the Alex Jones’ Gab page:

    “Dr. Robert Epstein, a Democrat supporter, testified before the senate to Google and other tech companies ability to manipulate the voting public.”

    #AlexJones #AlexJonesShow #Infowars

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