Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — August 19, 2020

August 19th is the birthday of Philo Taylor Farnsworth (1906-1971). Farnsworth was an American inventor who is best known for his image pickup device that formed the basis for the fully functional and complete all-electronic television system. Among his many other inventions was the Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor, a small nuclear fusion device that remains a viable source of neutrons. At his death, he held over 300 patents, mostly in radio and television.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 90 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 (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready 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, that 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 90 ends on September 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.



    Tunnel Rabbit’s comment over at Matt Bracken’s Gab page:

    Beans, bullets, band-aids and antibiotics. Get Dr. Alton’s book, the only one of it’s kind, Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Diseases. Whether you catch a bug, or a bullet, you are gonna need antibiotics. The book is written for the survivalist- layman and explains what and where to buy the antibiotics and how to use them. It and his other publications go well beyond Where There Is No Doctor. I was able to keep myself out of the hospital three times by treating myself. A seemly insignificant infection can become life threatening all because one lacked a $20 bottle of veterinarian grade antibiotics. Just like ammunition, antibiotics will also be highly sought after, as it can save lives.

        1. Hi Ma G. I tried it again per your instructions. This is so weird but its the only website that will not come up on my laptop. I can get it on my phone but not easy to navigate or read. I really enjoy Matt Bracken weekly video with Fernando but TR had also recommended Matt’s daily update on gab. Ive not been able to find any daily update on my phone either. Im so old fashioned I really stink on navigating this stuff. Thanks for trying to help.

  2. In a sarcastic and insulting way, I think that Professor Farnsworth of Futurama fame may have been somewhat modeled on the inventor, Farnsworth. I never heard of this man until I came to this site.

    1. In his book, Summer 1927, Bill Bryson tells us the “rest of the story” of Philo Taylor Farnsworth. He was so focused on his work that he was easy prey for greedy businessmen. Sigh.

      Carry on in grace

  3. Anyone looking for scarce .38 S&W Short ammo for these beautiful Elk Creek revolvers? Found it after checking 20 other on line stores. 50 boxes left.

    Based in Wisconsin.

    God Bless.

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