Preparedness Notes for Saturday — April 11, 2020

April 11th is the birthday of John Milius, who was born in 1944. He both wrote the screenplays and directed the films Dillinger, The Wind and the Lion, Big Wednesday, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn, Farewell to the King, and Flight of the Intruder. He also wrote the screenplays of the first two Dirty Harry movies as well as the first draft of the screenplay for Patton (before Francis Ford Coppola turned it into a vaguely anti-war commentary laced with references to reincarnation). Milius is JWR’s favorite Hollywood writer and director, in part because he stands for everything that Hollywood doesn’t.

My prayer for all those who celebrate Passover and/or Easter:  May our nation repent of its wicked ways and renew its covenant with God. Heal our land!

May the love of Christ be with you all!

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 88 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First 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 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 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.
  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,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  5. 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. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $100 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 88 ends on May 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. Thank you for posting Celtic Worship. As we cannot gather as a Church this Sunday, this will make a wonderful addition to our “home church” service. What an inspirational rendition!

    He Is Risen!
    He is Risen Indeed!

  2. Economist Destroys China – Calls Coronavirus An Act of War
    Apr 10, 2020×4
    Duration – 1:32:32

    “Economist Danielle DiMartino Booth Destroys China – Calls Coronavirus An Act of War in a sit-down with Patrick Bet-David.”

    Excerpts, Valuetainment, Apr 9, 2020:
    Economist Exposes China & World Health Organization,, 5:40
    Is The Next Great Depression Here?,, 10:30
    Why Pay Taxes When The Government Keeps Printing More Money?,, 5:58

    Valuetainment Short Clips, Apr 9, 2020:
    Economist Explains Aftermath of Coronavirus,, 3:04
    Why Gold Will Protect Your Money From Coronavirus,, 1:52
    Why Printing Money Doesn’t Work,, 6:50

  3. Ahh. Flight of the Intruder. Kinda a cool movie because Dad served on the USS Independence CV62 in the 60’s. I was told he was a “red shirt” on flight deck…and now you know too!

    Now I must go and ROCK ON!

  4. Easy to build directional antenna.

    2 element direct connect yagi is easy to build. Use old rabbit ears, to make it easier and retunable. I use telescoping antennas, or
    ‘rabbit ears’, when available. Being a rabbit, I know how to use these. I’m all ears. This is a simple dipole that is broad banded, and has an impedance of 72 ohms, yet can be tuned resulting in a low SWR. Used with a reflecting element spaced correctly, the impedance can be adjusted to almost match 50ohms. The result is directional antenna that can be easily built, rotated, and re-positioned, so that it is horizontally polarized. The gain is reportedly 5dbi, or 3Dbd, or double the power if line loss is not considered. For maximum COMSEC (communications security), the antenna can be pointed into the hills, and target receiving station put at the edge of it ‘s footprint. The best antenna for COMSEC is a 5 element antenna. Those however require much more work to construct.

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