Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — June 3, 2020

On June 3rd, 1539, Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto claimed Florida for Spain.

June 3rd can also be considered the “birthday” of the U.S. Army. (It was established by Congress on June 3rd, 1784.)

Also on this day, in 1911, actress Ellen Corby was born. She is often remembered for her role as Grandma Walton, in the television series The Waltons.

On Tuesday afternoon, I heard from a couple of readers that the Western Rifle Shooters Association (WRSA) web site had been shut down by WordPress — ostensibly for “content violations”. The WRSA site has always been outspokenly pro-2A. I find the timing of when their site was axed very suspicious. You see, most recently, they re-posted the late Mike Vanderboegh’s serialized book titled Absolved, all in one piece.  Apparently that raised the ire and invoked The Author-I-Tahh of the leftist, anti-gun WordPress gnomes.

Other conservative and libertarian people and organizations that use WordPress for site hosting should take note, and make immediate plans to migrate to other servers!  Be proactive, or you too may end up “down the memory hole.”

Fear not. The WRSA’s primary writer has already begun posting on GAB. They can’t stop the signal!

Reader R.L. wrote ask why we no longer post a banner advertisement or generic link to To explain: Amazon has discontinued “Amazon Stores”. We are still in the Amazon Associates program, but we are no longer allowed to post a generic “Associate” link for Amazon ordering. We can only advertise individual products, with links. But the good news is that if you click on any blue Amazon product link at SurvivalBlog and then search and order it or anything else from Amazon, then we still earn a commission. So, for example, if you see a link to book that we recommend — such as The Encyclopedia of Country Living — and then from that page you find something else on Amazon that you want to order, then we will still earn a commission. Each Wednesday, we post new recommendations, many of which include Amazon links. Henceforth, I will try to include at least one Amazon link for you to use, either in my Top Note, or down in the Quote of The Day. Thanks! – JWR

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 89 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 $150 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 89 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. I wonder how many SurvivalBlog readers are really familiar with just how exactly the program works? Somebody a few months back made a snide remark about it in one of the comments so I did some research because I really didn’t understand anything about it, and wow, now I try to remember to link ALL my Amazon purchases through SurvivalBlog. When I do that, I get to kill two birds with one stone. First, I get to shave a little money off the profits of Jeff Bezos in a way that Amazon encourages, and second, I get to send that money to my favorite blog, SurvivalBlog, as a way of supporting it.

    If a lot more readers would remember to do that, it would help support SurvivalBlog in a big way. Remember, all you have to do is click on ANY product JWR has linked. So if you are looking for a $13 new distributor cap for your F-150, or a $1,300 SunnyBoy solar inverter for your solar panels, you could click on today’s link which is a book on Hernando deSoto, then do a search for the distributor cap or solar inverter, and when you make the purchase, SurvivalBlog will get a small commission even if you DON’T buy the de Soto book. It’s a great system and a pain-free way we can support SurvivalBlog using Jeff Bezo’s money in a way that Jeff is encouraging. What’s not to love?!

  2. Freedom to letmethink is the signal

    How does the fact that the riotous factions coalescing to cause public fear and initiating Martial Law – NOW have acronymed governmental agencies sworn to protect citizens saying,

    “…these violent demonstrations MAY BE organized and we need to find out who’s behind it!”

    When these are the same violent groups who’ve existed since the 1960’s! The same groups behind Occupy Wall Street, the L.A. riots, and the SDS and Weatherman arming Black Panthers and blowing up police stations. Many leaders of these groups hold public offices and some previously lived in the White House!!!

    Wow, go figure… the same acronymed governmental agencies who know your every move, conversation and purchase, to theoretically protect you from terrorists, are clueless to who is behind the riots. Who’d ever believe that story?

  3. I was at the WRSA site and clicked on a story about 1530 PDT when the site went dark. Literally between 2 clicks, and poof. Glad to know that he is at Gab.

    1. Rappoport just published a report that a test of 44 common vaccines are all contaminated with unknown and unreported nanoparticles. Another “conspiracy theory” bites the dustzby being proven correct.

  4. The United States Army was not established in 1784. It was established on 2 June, 1775 when the Second Continental Congress authorized the raising of six companies of Rangers. Ergo, the motto of the US Army, and US Army Rangers is Semper Paratus, Always Ready. Respectfully submitted by a retired Army SFC. PS: as a hint, the US Army flag has 1775 printed on it, along with the words, Semper Paratus. Yup, Rawles, you were and officer allright.

    1. Yes, the Army was in the field much earlier, but technically, the first regiment of Regular Army infantry — that is, the 3rd Infantry Regiment — was not formed until June 1784.

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