Preparedness Notes for Friday — November 6, 2020

On this day in 1977, the Toccoa Falls Dam in Georgia gave way and 39 people died in the resulting flood. The dam was an earthen dam constructed across a canyon in 1887 and had a 55 acre lake that was 180 feet deep. The dam had recently been inspected and approved, but in the early morning hours it gave way. Water flooded down the canyon at speeds approaching 120 mph. Below, residents of the Christian and Missionary Alliance College had no time to evacuate as the small community was wiped out.

A new listing, over at 61 Acres in the American Redoubt, behind a locked gate. This is an inholding of Stimson Timber Company land, near Troy, Montana. It has a mile of Kootenai River frontage!

I’d like to recommend an essay with some serious “food for thought”: Today, We’re All Losers.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 91 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  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. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  4. 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.
  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. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. 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 91 ends on November 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. In regard to the We’re all losers article, I am responding to the gut, first impression not a thoughtful, mulled, tempered response.
    I am sick of people saying we have to put our “partisan politics” away. What does that mean? Does it mean I can’t demand and desire a more Godly country? One where human life, especially the unborn, informed and elderly are protected and celebrated? A life free from the overbearing police state. A life where my bathroom and laundry fixtures actually produce and release adequate hot water and flush just one time. A life where I am free to go where I please and say what I think.
    Every time I read or hear one of these let’s be reasonable, put aside “your” politics, can’t we all just get along arguments I am angered. What it really means is – why don’t I compromise?
    That is why we are in the mess we are in. Good people compromised. What is going on right now with voter fraud, rioting, etc. is on behalf of an EVIL entity. Compromise is equal to “lukewarm” and we all know what God thinks of that. Christians were part of a rebellion that gave us our freedoms in this country. What if they had compromised their beliefs and moral responsibility. Many good people were killed.
    Today we want peace and to get along with those that wish to enslave us. We want security. We don’t want to rock the boat and make things/life difficult. But the evil does not and will not compromise on what it wants. Our complete subrogation. Our denial of Christ. Our very souls. Our worship of the beast and his minions.
    It is not partisan to want a Godly government, it is not partisan to desire a return to morality. It is not partisan to want good to triumph over evil.

    1. You have to understand this country is a Christian principled nation. It is not for the antichrist principled. There’s no putting our Christian principles aside. By inserting our Christian principles it automatically puts the antichrist principles aside.

      In summary. At one time America was 100% Christian. 1600s. It was founded on Christian principles. The antichrist principled do not belong in our nation. Cuz antichrist principles will tear down a Christ principled nation. It has too. And will. It is treason to be antichrist principled in a Christ principled nation. So don’t ever shut up but toss these treasons to Canada or use your gun and shoot them dead.

    2. That mean´s you´ve to respect that others want different and interpret those things differently and not treating them with contempt and hate.

      That means different opinion means not enemy, and you´re wrong if you behave not polite and disrespectful to them

      That means before you accus somebody to be wrong, check that you´re right

      1. @ThoDan… This means at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation) all antichrist principled souls, along with Satan, the False Prophet, and the BEAST are tossed into the Lake of Fire F O R E V E R !

        There’s no respect from God for those ” others want different and interpret those things differently” as it is God’s way (Christ principles) or the devil’s way (antichrist principles). The former go to Heaven for eternity and the latter go to hell for eternity….

        There’s many Jews and Slaves in Hell today…. Many in heaven today too!

        1. you could and “would” find that christianity shares many principles with many faiths and beliefs around the world, the wording may be different than in christian rhetoric but the meaning is the same.

          Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?

          1. @ thodan and once a marine

            There’s no rhetoric in the Christ principles. Jesus didn’t come here to conform to this world and accept the gay community as being peaceful gays or the pharasies as being greedy money changers or the adulterous as status quo. He didn’t come her to give those folks a cold cup of water nodding and winking at the acceptance of sin. No Jesus’s brothers where those who did his work. He said to his apostles to kick the dust off your feet and cut that soul loose that won’t hear the good news message.

            God bless.

      2. Tho Dan, this speaks to me: “That means different opinion means not enemy,” and I struggle to hold that in myself.

        I have to keep remembering the words of Jesus, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
        Matthew 25:40 King James Version (KJV)

        Carry on

  2. Not sure where this quote originated but found on Sniperhide & Zero Hedge comment section. “The most terrifying force of death, comes from the hands of “Men who wanted to be left Alone”.

    They try, so very hard, to mind their own business and provide for themselves and those they love.

    They resist every impulse to fight back, knowing the forced and permanent change of life that will come from it.

    They know, that the moment they fight back, the lives as they have lived them, are over.

    The moment the “Men who wanted to be left Alone” are forced to fight back, it is a small form of suicide. They are literally killing off who they used to be. . . .

    Which is why, when forced to take up violence, these “Men who wanted to be left Alone”, fight with unholy vengeance against those who murdered their former lives. They fight with raw hate, and a drive that cannot be fathomed by those who are merely play-acting at politics and terror. TRUE TERROR will arrive at the Left’s door, and they will cry, scream, and beg for mercy . . . . but it will fall upon deaf ears.”

  3. I will not “stick a fork in it.” Christians have compromised for too long. As a result we now have unbridled murder of unborn babies even up to nine months. We have the homosexual agenda shoved down our throats even though they only account for less than 4% of population. Anybody that voices a conservative opinion or fact is shouted down by the “tolerant” left. We have violence and looting in the streets called ” peaceful protests” with few arrests. We have government dictators trampling our God given constitutional rights with complete disregard. The time for compromise is over.

    Now is the time we stand for God and do what He has called us to do.

  4. Understand that I’m not calling for action by my words that follow. I’m only relating an observation I’ve had from my limited study of history.

    Historically, when a new government came into power, or when a neighboring area was conquered, it was customary to execute the members of the preceding government, including every last member of their families. This was done to prevent the remnant from garnering support and rising up against the government in the future. Cruel to be sure, but effective.

    In our own country, there was an uprising in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Members and organizers of this uprising were apprehended and imprisoned for a number of years. After that, they were released back into society. Had they changed their political views? No. Had their zeal for their cause abated? No. What did they do? They again organized their followers, and then worked their way into positions of authority in government and education, and look what they’ve accomplished!

    Just another one of those “things that may you say Hmmmm.”

  5. The Spygate Coup Attempt Destroyed Media And Democrats’ Credibility On Voter Fraud

    NOVEMBER 6, 2020 By Margot Cleveland
    ”After enduring four years of corporate media and congressional Democrats peddling lies, half-truths, and false narratives, Donald Trump voters will never believe a Joe Biden victory was lawfully achieved. ”

  6. The election coup plot, explained
    By Thomas Lifson / Nov 6
    Excerpt: “The plot, in short, is to have the TV networks, AP, and NYT/WaPo declare the race is decided. At that point the social media censors step in and suppress all efforts – even those of a sitting president — to uncover the fraud as conspiracy theories and an attack on democracy itself.”
    [Read it all at the link and please share it widely.]

      1. Tucker’s 11/5/20 Vid.

        If we can find this video on TubeYou, then we can confirm that the American Thinker site may have removed the video. So far I am unable to find it on YT.

          1. It would appear that the Dems have learned that their virtual takeover of MSM has worked and been quite effective. The masses have gotten their “news” from their sanitized and curated Facebook feed, their twitter account that sanctioned anyone, including the President, who dared to not toe the party line, the Dem mouthpiece NYT and WAPO etc. So now that they are poised to totally take over the government, how are alternative viewpoints going to be aired? It will all be shut down, no better than in China.

          2. IHMO, Fox has tolerated conservative, and pro=Trump views to project their advertised self asserted image that Fox News is ”fair and balanced”. Their charade lulls and creates credibility with Trump supporters, so that when the vote it in, and Trump looses, Fox News can declare Biden’s victory with authority. Have no illusions, all of the MSM is owned and controlled by the Globalists as a propaganda tool to control the brain dead public, and to cause doubt in critical thinkers. Why? Because it works.

    1. RE: Revealing comment from Lauren Wilkerson, Col. (ret. Army), one time Chief of Staff for Colon Powell.

      I quote without the nuance, and facial expressions that are telling. Wilkerson said: “that if Trump called his based to the streets with their guns…his base owns something like 60 to 70 percent of the 300 to 400 million in America… if they answer that call and come to the streets with guns, then we are probably going to have a need for the military. And then all bets off as to how much blood might flow.”

      I gleaned that Wilkerson was not happy with this prospect. Trucker stated that Wilkerson was “fantasizing” given Wilkerson’s involvement in the Sand Box. Either, or both estimates could have merit.

      1. Our liberty was purchased at the price of much blood.
        Those who value such liberty should be willing to honor the old ones the same way, or be ready to embrace the Chains one of those Old ones talked about. Where I’m at, if the sheriff openly stated that he would derelict his duty, he would not finish the day.
        Depending on how this pans out, the fuse will be lit….and yes- I will ‘suggest something’.

  7. Confidence will forever be shaken in not only our Justice Department, but now our voting system. Think of the precedent that has been established. It is now accepted (bearing the outcome of the court cases) that it is ok to vote by mail in violation of establish election law. No chain of custody, no identification required, no signature guarantee, and something that no-one has mentioned, no duplication prevention. It is entirely likely that some people voted at the polling places, after having sent in their mail ballots, knowing the mail ballots wouldn’t be counted until after the polls closed. There would be no verification the voters had already voted due to the time crunch, the sheer volume of ballots, and the rigging of the counting rooms. Combine that with no postmarks (naked envelopes, envelopes ignored, or outright discarded) and wah-lah, stolen election(s) now, and in perpetuity.

    We as a citizenry need to rise up, speak out, and act if necessary or our Republic will be lost forever.

    As always, hoping we all…
    Seymour Liberty

  8. I have usually supported LE for the important role they play in our Society and abhor the Defund the Police/BLM Marxist movement. However, for any here on SB who have thought that Law Enforcement Officers would refuse unconstitutional or illegal orders, look at what is happening at the convention center in Philadelphia, where LE is refusing to obey a court order, election law or the US Constitution. The Sheriff of Philadelphia said “I am not coming down there to enforce that (court) order and don’t call me back about this again”. This should be a wake up call to everyone. Not all LEO’s will do the right thing, when their paychecks, family livelihood, or jobs are on the line.

    As always, hoping we all…
    Seymour Liberty

    1. You are very, very correct depending on jurisdiction, loyalty and who is providing their paychecks.

      The ultimate question is who/how many LEO’s will enforce gun confiscation. There will be a bunch; but there are many others that will not.

      Most rural LEO’s are Patriots and my close ties to various LE communities indicate that rural area officers will not comply. But I’m fearful we might see the actual percentages in the forseeable future.

    2. I know from personal experience, that most LEO’s, many of whom are former military, will take the paycheck, and do what they are told by whomever is in power. Many of my early supervisors, in a very large Sheriff’s office, where vets. My favorite was a USMC DI (drill instructor). I worked with many Marines, some Army, and a few Air Force. Law Enforcement is a paramilitary organization that invites military organization, discipline, and impartial political attitudes. Once one thinks for themselves, they are usually no longer welcome.

  9. This is reality.

    We all suspected this day would come even though we voted against it.

    The leftists are organized, smug, comfortable and feel they own a secure future.

    Truth, Justice and the American Way has evaporated.

    That almost half the sheep citizens voted for it is the big indicator.

    A dynamic figure like Trump doesn’t come along very often.

    I fear the only recourse is to make the leftists uncomfortable.

    The future will bring an increase in lies and deceit. After all, it pays well.

    If you think 20/20 was difficult; just wait.

  10. No Firearm purchases in Florida…

    Subject: ALERT! FDLE currently has no access to the FBI criminal history database
    Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2020 17:47:56 +0000
    From: USFinfo

    FDLE currently has no access to the FBI criminal history database or the Internet to do background checks on firearms purchases because a trunkline that was accidentally cut in Leon County yesterday afternoon. Crews are working to repair the line and restore service. They hope to have it repaired before the end of the day but there are no guarantees. FDLE regrets this but there is nothing they can do.

  11. The time we all have dreaded is now upon us. Soon, very soon, By the end of Jan. 2021 I’m guessing, it will be time boys & girls to “Lock & Load” ……… These clowns will pull out ALL stops. On our end – Play to the tune of – El toque a degüello – No Quarter Given to the perpetrators of schemes to destroy this country and what it stands for… Period…. End of discussion. Let the chips fall where they may.

    1. Perhaps it’s time for large scale purchases of tar and feathers (and 6×6 posts) for treasonous politicians, and lobbyists. Where do I find that in the ‘phonebook’? 😉

      As always, hoping we all…
      Seymour Liberty

    2. Discussions ensue – while the little ears are asleep – as to the appropriate next courses of action for those who swore that oath to the Constitution. I can’t believe it’s come to this already.

      “Help, I’m steppin into the twilight zone, place is a madhouse….
      …..where am I to go, now that [it’s] gone too far?”

      1. … So you will come to know
        When the bullet hits the bone
        So you will come to know
        When the bullet hits the bone
        When the bullet hits the bone

        – Golden Earring

    1. Thanks for the link… I just started watching it and am five minutes into it. I could actually see the leftists trying to pull some of this BS at the last minute — it’s what they do best. Not real surprised there. Sure hope it comes back to bite them in the butt.

  12. This is important to note: On this day in 1977, the Toccoa Falls Dam in Georgia gave way and 39 people died in the resulting flood. The dam was an earthen dam constructed across a canyon in 1887 and had a 55 acre lake that was 180 feet deep. The dam had recently been inspected and approved, but in the early morning hours it gave way. Water flooded down the canyon at speeds approaching 120 mph. Below, residents of the Christian and Missionary Alliance College had no time to evacuate as the small community was wiped out.

    The American Legion magazine had an article addressing this problem:

    If you live downstream from a dam, be aware of the danger.

    Carry on

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