Preparedness Notes for Sunday — July 12, 2020

On July 12, 1865, George Washington Carver, the African-American scientist whose numerous discoveries helped to improve agriculture in the South, was born. He died on Jan. 5, 1943.

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 of their 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. When I was a little kid I read a book about this guy and was totally smitten by his work and discoveries. Guess I was a weird geeky kid that I was totally into an agronomist sort as a hero! Probably no surprise I ended up as a farmer! As an adult I realize just how amazing he must have been to do what he did as a black man in the south at that time.

    1. Ani,
      When I was a youngster I read a book about this man was totally fascinated with his scientific ingenuity (sounds like we’ve had similar histories regarding this man doesn’t it?) The book I read was:
      Mr. Creator’s borrowed brown hands by Yvonne Davy
      It can be found at Amazon:

      Just curious if this was the book you read? I’ve read the book twice, the first as a grade schooler in a one-room school and the second during college. A fascinating book! I would actually like to read it again.

      1. @ David

        No, that title doesn’t sound familiar(not that I’d necessarily remember the title of a book I read when I was in single digits!). I just recall it being a simple paperback biography of him and his discoveries. But it was a fascinating read for a little geek like me!

  2. He would have been cool to sit down and talk with. If there is any one today with whom you could say the same thing; do it. Time is short and eternity long.

  3. I hope, one day, we recognize accomplishments without noting the gender or the sexual orientation or the religion… or the artificial sub-grouping(s) of species of a ‘person of note’.

    I hope, one day, accomplishments can be recognized without saying those accomplishments benefited only a specific conquered nation, implying nobody else in that conquered nation is capable of similar achievements.

    I dream of a day we are all ‘just folks’.

  4. Dr. Atlas: Coronavirus surges linked mostly to protests — and proximity to US-Mexico border
    By Victor Garcia
    (2020, July 12)
    Fox News

    ‘A setup to spread cases’

    “They correlate mainly to two things —

    1) the big thousands and thousands of people with protesting, sharing megaphones, screaming. That’s a setup to spread cases,” Atlas said.

    2)”And also when you look at the analysis of the border counties, there’s a tremendous amount of cases coming over the border and exchanging with families in the northern Mexico states.”

    Atlas also explained the hospital capacity situation in Texas and Arizona.

    What if the protests were simply a method of spreading COVID-19? To defeat the shut down of society, which was working. Folks bused in from many miles away, gathering in close proximity, sharing bottles, joints, needles, and other bodily fluids, and then returning to far away destinations… Those protesters were useful idiots…

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