Preparedness Notes for Sunday — December 29, 2019

Today is the birthday of inventor Charles Goodyear (1800–1860.)

This is also the birthday of actor Jude Law (born 1972.) You will remember him from Enemy at The Gates and Sky Captain.

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. > This is also the birthday of actor Jude Law (born 1972.)
    > You will remember him from Enemy at The Gates and Sky Captain.

    He was also in ‘Gattaca’ (1997) – a depiction of how society will become further stratified and controlled once competitive parents are able to select the genetic traits of their children.

    While there has been a lot of teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing lately over the influence of the Silicon Valley oligarchs, the disruptive effects that genetics will have is another issue we are failing to prepare for.

  2. There was a theory elsewhere that claimed the probability that genetic traits,harmful to the controllers agenda, are, and have been INCREASINGLY countered by an agent in the MMR vaccine. The theory states that Nazi scientists may have been the ones who 1st identified REBELLION in genetics. It goes on to say how an agent was possibly created to react with the “rebel” gene and ONLY the rebel gene. This agent would produce irreversible brain damage to MMR recipients possessing the rebel gene. The agent could be installed in a random fashion, into vaccines, to reduce the chance of a link being found. They call it….AUTISM
    It goes on to say: “Your “government” spends billions of your stolen money to “try to find an answer” to the autism puzzle. This epidemic may be one of the biggest face-slaps we have received by this infested system…so far.”
    We marvel at these geriatric billionaire globalist farts. Do you think they’d be making their evil “progress” without the scientists and technophiles ?

  3. There isn’t an epidemic of autism. It was redefined to include a lot of symptoms that were never considered autism. MMR doesn’t cause autism it saves lives.

  4. Ammunition, The mostest for the leastest in 7.62 x 39. Price .21 cents/rd. at SG Ammo:

    Test barrel was 21 inch long RPK styled (AK-47) rifle, so the bullet is about 200 fps faster than it would be from a 16 inch barrel, or at a speed of about 2,375 fps. This recent production Tula 154 Soft Point tested using five individual one gallon milk jugs. Penetration was up to 30 inches of water, and almost 5 one gallon plastic milk jugs. Slug penetrated the fifth, and last jug, and found on top of the ground. Jacket separated every time, and the slug lead mushroomed nicely to 0.5 inches in diameter. Jacket and slug weighed 128.5 grains. The first two one gallon jugs of water were violently and completely exploded into large and small pieces, and the 4 or 5th jug penetrated, were badly torn or damaged.

    Numerous ballistic gelatin tests performed over the last several years of this particular ammunition were consistent, yet different. Those test found the bullet and jacket to also separate, and that retained weight was slightly less than 128.5 grains, penetration was only 16 to 17 inches, yet would regularly mushroom to .6 to .75 inches. These results are near identical to Hornady’s FTX 160 grain, .30-03 load as test in ballistic gelatin by Brass Fetcher.

    I believe this is an acceptable balance of penetration and expansion, and exceeds FBI standards for a defense load. There are arguable better defense loads available, yet not at this price. I would rather be hit with 7.62 Nato ball ammunition, rather than this round.

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