Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — November 18, 2020

On this day in 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones led hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. This incredibly tragic occurrence introduced the term “…drink the Kool-Aid” into modern parlance, since poison-laced punch was the vehicle behind most of the deaths. This serves as a stark warning and reminder to those in the prepping/survivalist community who would join with like-minded friends under the leadership of a charismatic leader. Always know who you are following!

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. I was out walking in a public park in communist Maryland and was asked to wear a mask by some (Democrats) I retorted “I don’t need to wear a mask because I don’t fix elections “

    Only aiders and abettors of bank robberies and election defrauding wear masks.

    1. We conservatives need to learn some hard lessons from cats. It appears to me, having had a few in the past and able to observe them, that they have control over you by their very contempt for you. You are nothing to them, but a warm place to sleep and a full belly without working or putting out much for it.
      With the coming fiasco about to engulf us I might suggest treating the dim bulbs attempting to become our overlords in the same manner cats treat their owners. With total contempt and ignore them and their so called policies…..Just a thought!
      JWR is correct, “always know who you are following”, never more true that in or present situation. be very wary folks…… And watch out for you neighbors, those you know are on the same pages as yourself.

  2. [From Wikipedia link] = “That evening, in Jonestown, Jones ordered his congregation to drink a concoction of cyanide-laced, grape-flavored Flavor Aid. In all, 918 people died, including 276 children.”bathroom use.~~ The words “fundamentalist Christianity” were used in a New York Times article to describe Jones’s preaching. The Associated Press called the dead “religious zealots.” Specials on CBS and NBC at the time neglected to mention the Marxism that animated Peoples Temple.”
    [From National Review October 15, 2020. Drinking the Kool-Aid: Remember When Jim Jones Was a Hero to Democrats?]

    ……… In the article is listed of some of the Democrats that made a hero of Jim Jones at the time. … The FAKE NEWS is also the Cover-Up news for libtard politicians.
    “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” ………”Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
    [The Good Book tells us; there will be Hell to pay for the unrepentant sinners.]

    1. In posting, my comment about Jim Jones was garbled, and much of it disappeared too! … It’s OK. … We should be wishing for the KRACKEN to arrive today, and punish the wilful sinners trying to steal our democracy; in the here and now.

      1. Americans have one president election:
        * the electoral college.
        I understand the president election happens around December 14th, 2020.

        Until those 538 votes are tallied and one person earns at least 270 supporters, TheMainStreamMedia can blatantly blather all they want about the non-existent TheOfficeOfThePresident-Elect and all their anticipated ‘progressives’ by president pelosi/harris.

        Was any marxist paying any attention at all during third-grade civics class?

  3. A comment to JWR’s impressive editorial today.

    When the jack booted stormtroopers arrive at your property to seize your firearms, I hope you will be gone. They will not make an appointment with you.

    If you don’t instantly open the door & surrender, they will kill everyone in the residence. Waco is the model.

    “From my cold dead hands” was an NRA president’s motto. You may as well go down fighting because your next stop will be behind the wire.

    If the thugs in your yard start taking fire from your neighbors across the street, then the revolt will have started.

    Let’s Roll !

    1. “If the thugs in your yard start taking fire from your neighbors across the street, then the revolt will have started.”


      however, in many places the reason they are at your door is because your neighbor ratted you out in the first place.

        1. After marxists invaded their gated community, husband-n-wife attorneys McCloskey invoked Castle Doctrine and ‘stood their ground’.

          Did their neighbors unite to repel TheUnwashed?

          Expecting folk to act outside their interests can be ‘iffy’.

  4. Article in the Jerusalem Post discussing potential long-term effects and efficacy of the mRNA vaccine against sars-covid-19. One of the scientists interviewed gave assurances that there was nothing to worry about…and then, in the very last paragraph, said she wouldn’t personally be taking it right away, or for at least a year. File under “Things That Make Ya Go ‘Hmmm.'”


    Quote I read today, attributed to H.L. Mencken:

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and thus clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

    The person who posted the quote (in a discussion about the addictive effects of social media, and the manipulative algorithms therein) also placed social media and the mainstream media in the same category. I agree!

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