Preparedness Notes for Friday — August 21, 2020

In 1986, Lake Nyos in Cameroon erupted with an estimated billion cubic yards of carbon dioxide gas. The gas had apparently been accumulating in the crater lake, held down by the weight of the water. When it finally erupted, the gas cloud smothered and killed every living animal, including insects, in its path until it dissipated. Outsiders learned of the disaster when they approached the villages and found animal and human bodies on the ground. The best estimate is that 1,700 people and thousands of cattle died.

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.


  1. Found on Matt Bracken’s Gab page this morning was this article that explores the question of which side the military will support. The comments are extensive, and enlightening. Don’t just read the article and skip the comments. The article asks the question and delivers a single opinion, but the comment section provides a consensus, and insights that go far beyond the article. This is seriously good stuff.

    Posted by NC Scout | Aug 20, 2020

    [Even our military has turned Left.]

      1. They don’t think. That is why they are leftists. When in Europe decades ago, I ran into communists whom were fanatical. It is a religion that has no truth in it, but promises believers worldly goods, a utopia for useful idiots, the intellectually dishonest and lazy. It is a tool for the elite who have their own satanic religion, and wish to destroy this country, and eventually the planet. Most of these commies here in the U.S. do not even understand what socialism/communism is, and certainly not it’s history. Regardless of military rank, education, or socio-economic status in general, indoctrinated by the educational system, Americans have become incredibly ignorant, and so decadent that they will destroy the country that created such wealth that they enjoy today. Could we define ‘stupid’ any better?

        1. No unfortunately not. He needs help and gets $400 but the guys willing to cry and bawl in front of the counselor gets 80%+ even though they never left base.
          It’s rampant. There’s no jest to it and the joke was on me because they lied.

      2. Matt, it’s not welfare, it’s called a contract. The benefits are a part of an actual contract between the individual and the US military. The contractual benefits make up for the really low pay.

        As to who will turn on the people, the leadership of our military is a bunch of neocon warmongers. Neocon = progressive. Progressive = repressive, regressive, suppressive, depressive, oppressive. It’ s who they are.

        Some in the treasonous Democrat party are calling for a military coup d’etat against Trump before the election in November, Nazi Pelosi is the leader of the pack. The traitor, General Mark A. Milley, USA, and a slew of generals and admirals, liberals all, seem to be considering it. They are upset that Trump is trying to bring our forever wars to a peaceful end. That doesn’t mean they will attempt a coup, history would not be kind to them. The, what I call, street soldiers, being more conservative, are likely to disobey such orders en mas should that happen.

        We’ll see, our future is very murky, at best. Clarity will come after the shooting starts.

    1. I got out of the Navy four years ago. Both myself and a good friend from my first command who also got out are so thankful we escaped before the leadership could turn on us and make our lives miserable. Both of us saw leadership go after people who don’t conform to their views or ‘types’. My friend and I are both conservative and don’t do social ‘clique’ which makes you stand out at some commands. These cliques are liberal and those in them have very poor morals (drunkenness, bullying, theft, spousal cheating, sleep around, etc.).

      The Navy is corrupt. There is harassing and bullying which increases suicides. Chiefs and LPOs who go after certain people for one reason or another and don’t hide their intentions to destroy that person. One girl at my first command on a ship not only dated a guy in her division which is supposed to be against command rules, but she was married to a Marine and committed adultery. She got pregnant, was taken off the ship while we were deployed when the pregnancy was discovered, and because she missed the promotion ceremony while we were deployed, they held a special one for her when we got back. Her promotion should have been taken away for the adultery with another member in her division. As far as I know she was never punished. There is so much sex and sex talk on a ship command. Lots of sailors hooking up. A lot of STDs are spread around.

      My final example of the deplorable state of the Navy is from my last command. A first class in my division made Chief and took over for our old Chief who retired. Less than a month after making Chief he got arrested for a DUI. He should have been knocked down in rank but wasn’t. How can you respect a leader who gets a DUI shortly after such a big promotion?

      Whenever I hear about a Captain being removed from command or some accident involving a ship, I am never surprised. Naval leadership is horrible, training is very deficient, and too many sailors lack morals. So yeah, the Navy cannot be depended on.

    2. We were taught to follow orders. You know that’s how people rise to general…by following orders.

      You can usually count on the military to be on the side of whoever is giving orders.

      As usual, brothers and sisters, pray big and seek each other before SHTF. That’s when you can learn who is trustworthy.

      Carry on in grace

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