Preparedness Notes for Sunday — November 29, 2020

Today is the birthday of writer Clive Staples (“C.S.”) Lewis, who was born in 1898 and died 22 November 1963.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present the final 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 92 begins on Tuesday, 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. “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. … Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.”

    ― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce [GoodReads site for quote]
    “All that are in Hell, choose it” with their choices in life.

  2. On a related note:
    * my four grandparents were from Belfast in The Republic Of Northern Ireland… as was Mister Lewis.
    The Staples side of the family mentioned our relationship to Mister Lewis.
    From their stories, I got the impression Belfast in the 1880s was an extended village.


    On an unrelated note:
    * manipulating elections through vote fraud?
    After that system is up-n-working, TheMalignantOverlords have no further use for the ‘useful idiots’.
    The rioters, the vocal agitators, the sign-wavers… all expendable (and quickly!).

    On a related note, I am pretty sure electronic voting eliminates the need for TheMalignantOverlords to buy ‘elected OfficialsAndAuthorities’… aka ‘those other useful idiots’.

    [The term ‘ Malignant Overlords’ comes from SeaGypsyPhilosopher Ray Jason.]

  3. LargeMarge, it seems like all those agitators and yapping media-faces are positioning themselves and currying the favor of a NWO in which their current mouth-breathing will be an asset. They are all convinced that THEY will be the exception and preserve their positions in the hierarchy, when the truth is that none of them will last either. No one really trusts suck-ups, elites least of all.

  4. Recent Interview of Bob Griswald. Scriptural and instructive, it is perhaps, IHMO, his most important interview. I do differ, however, on some aspects about radio as I would not restrict myself to constraining government laws during a time of war, and thus risk a serious handicap, but this interview has little to do with technical stuff. This is about Christian’s facing the prospects of war.

    1. More thoughts on Radio.

      Historically, during times of war, Amateur Radio licenses are often revoked. However, an Amateur license, if used regularly, will improve one’s skills. However, like drying firing a weapon, skills and knowledge can be advanced without actually keying up. Currently, however, I am conducting an radio exercise that involves someone who shows an interest and has an aptitude for radio. This involves an 8 watt Baofeng radio through a 10dbi directional antenna pointed at the crest of a hill top. The ERP is about 40 watts. It is expected that the signal will be strong enough and deflect an adequate amount of signal about 5 to 10% downward, and hit his antenna on the other side. The target station is located about 22 miles away in an adjoining valley.

      Having the finest radio equipment can be compared to having the finest rifles. Training with less capable gear in challenging circumstance is like training in the rain at night with only the crudest of equipment. Without sufficient practice under adverse, or difficult conditions, the finest equipment, be it a rifle or radio, is not of much use if the operator is not well practiced. Stuff ain’t enough….ya gotta get out there…. I am so relieved to find anyone who is willing to actually get out there and stretch their legs that I will provide them with equipment if necessary. Few licensed Amateur radio operators actual use their stuff and know any more than they have to. Talking around the world can actually be easier that bouncing signals around obstacles, deflecting it over hills, or over a valley to point on the other side.

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