Preparedness Notes for Monday — November 18, 2019

On this day in 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones led hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their Jonestown agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. This incredibly tragic occurrence introduce the term “…drink the Kool-Aid” into our parlance, since poison-laced punch was the vehicle behind most of the deaths. This serves as a stark warning and reminder to those in the prepping/survivalist community who would join with like-minded friends under the leadership of a charismatic leader. Always know who you are following!

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 85 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 $300 purchase credit for any of the products from
  5. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  6. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  7. 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. is providing a $400 purchase credit at regular prices for the prize winner’s choice of either Wise Foods or Augason long term storage foods, in stackable buckets.
  2. 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)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 85 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. “… both [Jim] Jones and the Temple became influential in San Francisco politics, culminating in the Temple’s instrumental role in George Moscone’s mayoral victory in 1975. Moscone subsequently appointed Jones as the chairman of the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission.”

    “Jones was able to gain contact with prominent politicians at the local and national level. For example, he and Moscone met privately with vice presidential candidate Walter Mondale on his campaign plane days before the 1976 election, leading Mondale to publicly praise the Temple. First Lady Rosalynn Carter also met with Jones on multiple occasions, corresponded with him about Cuba, and spoke with him at the grand opening of the San Francisco headquarters—where he received louder applause than she did.”

    “In September 1976, California assemblyman Willie Brown served as master of ceremonies at a large testimonial dinner for Jones attended by Governor Jerry Brown and Lieutenant Governor Mervyn Dymally. At that dinner, Brown touted Jones as “what you should see every day when you look in the mirror” and said that he was a combination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Angela Davis, Albert Einstein, and Mao Tse Tung. Harvey Milk spoke to audiences during political rallies held at the Temple,”
    All from Wikipedia.

    The Bible warns against people like Jim Jones, “15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15 King James Version (KJV)

  2. Totally off topic and into the mitochondrial soup. For myself anyway, the ‘wow’ factor is intense, as this is paradigm changing stuff.

    Here is a video that describes how photons are the essential drivers of intra-cellular activity. The chemical process in our cell is ordered by photons, not by the random interaction of dumb electrons. Photons make life possible.

    The title of the video says it all: We Are Beings of Light,

    Still think that all this came together by chance?

    1. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. [From the beginning of the Bible.]

  3. …have been listening to “The Shack” book on CD while commuting. After reading the last two comments, the line “how deep do you want to go,” (God to the main character,) came to mind. The carefully constructed explanation of many scriptures and the meaty theological points brought to the reader have had my brain stretching past comfort…need to listen to much of the dialogue many times to absorb even half of the stellar facets available in this gem. (Especially concerning the character of God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus in relationship to us.) It makes me feel like quite the infant Christian after all these years, (AND very much loved!)

    How deep do you want to go? Not sure there’s enough time left in my life to do more than scratch the surface.

    1. Unfortunately, The Shack is a piece of nominally “Christian” fiction that riddled with bad, bad doctrine. It is based on occultic/New Age practices. Please just stick to scripture itself, and few reliable commentaries.

      1. J.W.R. Thanks for the warning on the lack of accurate doctrine contained in this fictional work. The movie was recommended to me but i chose the book form knowing how far the departure from the original it would be. Not sure if i will finish now…

        Do you or A.L. have recommendations for commentary focusing on the character/attributes of God/Trinity? Especially interested in the relationship He intends to have with us as His children.

        Seems the older i grow, the more i see i need to do…..

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