Preparedness Notes for Saturday — February 8, 2020

On February 8th, 1963 the Kennedy administration issued an order prohibiting travel to Cuba and banned financial transactions and commerce with Cuba, by U.S. citizens.

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Today we present another entry for Round 87 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $10,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

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  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),
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  1. 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.
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Round 87 ends on March 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. Of course this was done after Kennedy acquired a good supply of fine Cuban cigars. First the cigars for himself and his friends; only then could the embargo would go into place.

  2. As far as I’m concerned JFK was the last democrat in the Democratic Party. Not these socialist, Marxist, Nazi propaganda ministers out of the history books we see today.

    JFK said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but yet ask what you can do for your country.” –He’d be a conservative today running on a Republican ticket.

    AOC, Warren, Sanders, Buttigeg all want distribution of wealth from the rich coffers into socialized education, healthcare, retirement, and goodies for all. Just Socialism has never worked anywhere in the world in its purist form.

    JFK said, “Before the decade is out we will put a man on the moon…” What a national goal that was and quite a feat I might add back in the 60s when a space capsule had less computing power of a digital watch today.

    The NUT jobs in the Democratic party today, “We need to tax everyone to save mother Earth-climate change you know, need more abortions euthenaizing the elderly with assited sucicide for population control, more women in men’s roles and less parents in the home, more divorce, racism-xenobpobia-mysoginy-homophobes must be combated before the decade is out, and gays coupled with transgenders must be center stage complete with full marriage rights outlined in the Christian bible. No separate Church from State and be proud that the Church of atheism is not seperated from state…” How about that for a national goal.

    Miss JFK….

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