Preparedness Notes for Thursday — December 17, 2020

December 17th, 1905, was the birthday of Simo Häyhä, who was the world’s most successful sniper. Using an iron-sighted Mosin–Nagant in Finland’s Winter War, he had an astounding 505 confirmed sniper kills. He died April 1, 2002.

I encourage any SurvivalBlog readers with friends or relatives who live in Georgia to phone them and exhort them to VOTE in the January 5th U.S. Senate runoff election. Maintaining Republican control of the Senate will be crucial in the next eight years!

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 92 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 Made 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 ends on January 31, 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. Yes, by all means, “Vote Harder!”…

    Meanwhile, nothing to see here in Georgia “folks”…

    “James O’Sullivan, the GBI agent who was investigating the car crash of Harrison Deal (Kelly Loeffler’s staffer, and Brian Kemp’s daughter’s boyfriend), was found dead of an apparent suicide.”

    1. I think somebody — or something — is progressively increasing the obviousness of the ‘evidence’.

      I think that somebody or something thrives on the energy of conflict.
      On the energy of chaos.
      On the opposite of progress.
      The opposite of peace and community.

      I see a single recurring theme:
      * Attempt to shift my focus from community to division.
      * From art and music and science to tools of war.
      * From embracing my friends and family to distancing everybody as suspicious.
      * To shift from exploration to hiding.

      * Reversing the definition of ‘anti-social’ so folks believe it means ‘social’… as in the constantly-repeated phrase ‘social distance’.
      * Constantly repeating the phrase ‘The Black Community’ so folks believe that term includes everybody beyond a vague level of pigmentation.
      * Reversing the definition of ‘just another chinese sickness’ so folks believe it is a lab-manufactured ‘bio-weapon’.
      * Reversing the definition of ‘social’ so folks believe looking at a tiny screen and thumb-wrestling upon it is somehow equivalent to growing and maintaining rich vibrant supportive relationships… aka ‘social media’.

      Fiddling with the definition of ‘quarantine’ so folks believe it means releasing convicts from prisons!
      Fussing with the definition of the noun ‘progressive’ so folks believe destruction is progress… as in ‘anybody but Orange Man Bad’.

      I applaud the attempt.
      But it is bound to fail.
      Love and peace and my drive to explore and embrace and cherish inevitably overwhelms those feeble attempts to get me to devolve into the fires of hatred… and chaos.

      I am stronger than evil.
      The illusion of separation is merely another fraud.

      I think this is another test of my faith.

      1. Agreed Large Marge. This is not simply a “Trump vs. Biden” moment. This is Good vs. Evil on a global scale. Indeed, we will be tested like never before. Stay strong my friend, and may God be with us all.

        34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

        35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

        36 And a man’s foes [shall be] they of his own household.

        37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

        38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

        Matthew 10:34-38

      2. Large Marge, I resonate with your words of wisdom. I just finished a ZOOM meeting with local people. We emphasize our common ground.

        People in community survive as those in conflict perish.

        Carry on

    2. I no longer vote and no longer donate to republican candidates. Until voter fraud and those computer programs whom are going to ensure a Democrat presidency and yes a Georgia senator win x 2 then the half a billion dollars raised for Republicans will always give way to a Democrat whom didn’t earn it.

      We at survival blog will do nothing. We will all do absolutely nothing. Please everyone turn in your guns and ammo now cuz you will do just that when they show up at your doorstep. Please do nothing folks. Don’t even pray. Do nothing.

      1. Until you can use your Blackpill All-Knowing crystal ball to pick a few future winning lottery numbers, keep your predictions to yourself. Don’t project your weakness upon me on anyone else here at SurvivalBlog.

        “I will do nothing. I will do absolutely nothing. I will turn in my guns and ammo cuz I will do just that when they show up at my doorstep” There, FIFY.

      2. Right little ray of sunshine aren’t you?

        Why would you even bother to exhort others to ‘do nothing?’ What’s it to you whether or how other people pray?

        You can do nothing if you want. Others will make different choices. That’s personal freedom!

  2. The Devil went down to Georgia.
    I have heard how the polls say that Perdue and Loeffler are behind – I don’t believe it. We are fired up here in Georgia and sick of the stolen votes. Though Doug Collins was my choice in the election I will support Loeffler against Warnock. I am not convinced the run off election will be without fraud but many support Trump here. We are praying for a overwhelming victory for these Senators.

  3. I think the cat may be out of the bag- they have figured out that they can steal an election and most people will either support it or ignore it (or at the very least do nothing about it. The ballot box may be on the way out.

  4. Very well put Large Marge, those who are trying their best to divide and destroy this country and turn their backs on God will lose in the end! And we pray that the election in Georgia will be an honest one!

  5. Electronics – RV – Ham Radio, Solar and Batteries. Thoughts and Observations

    This video will help you get started. It is by no means the best way, or the only way, but it is one way, and a good way. But wait, there is more. I’ve been living off grid for years in Montana where the sun don’t shine ….so much, or at all during the winter. The experience of powering radios shared in this video applies to sunny regions of the U.S.

    If you live in the north, you will need a small generator, or at least 400 watts of PV panels. 2 watts of solar power per 1 amph (Amp Hour). The AGM battery is wonderful, yet expensive, and has half the capacity of 2 Trojan T105 deep cycle batteries. I would save money, and purchase standard golf cart type deep cycle batteries, and buy more than 400 watts if I could afford it, and avoid dependence on a generator that can break, or run out of fuel. The money used to purchase a Honda 1000 generator would buy 800 watts.

    This is a good solar panel:

  6. Apologize if this a partial duplicate. The first two attempts did appear to be accepted as the usual ‘waiting for moderation’ notice did not appear. Links to Amazon were removed in this third and final attempt.

    This is for squad level comms, or intra-team and inter-team for guerrillas. Apply the tactical SOI. My primary frequency would be UHF, because it is naturally attenuated by trees. It is indeed best to use stubby antennas that limit the range. One quarter watt radios would be ideal, yet the Boafeng is likely the radio you have. Using a watt meter, I have found that many Boafeng transmit 2 watts on the lowest setting. This is not good, but this is the radio that is out there, so use a stubby antenna if possible. You may also carry a longer antenna, or much better yet an external antenna, and use the alternative frequency that is VHF if you need an extended range of 1 to 4 miles. A roll up slim jim antenna from N9TAX is good, but bulky. I use home made dipoles that roll up tight and are light in weight. It is best to be able to make your antennas, even yagis, because equipment breaks and you will be on your own. However, buy your first yagi. I would choose one in UHF, and custom order it from Arrow Antennas. It should be a 5 element yagi. Ready Made Resources has a wonderful break down yagi for the 2 meter band, but I would avoid 2 meter as it will be heavily monitored, and Hams may try to jam you. Use a Pl, or tone on the Ham bands, or other frequencies to avoid being jammed with an open mic.

    Watt- ever you can take away, and use will improve your COMSEC.

    Here is very inexpensive and easy antenna to make, to be used only as a contingency, such as calling for help…extraction.
    Ham Radio – The simple coax cable emergency prepper antenna.

  7. Where is the outrage?!

    Listen to Mike Adams report. This is why our battle cry should be ‘Invoke the Insurrection Act’. Trump has the tools, and is more likely to fight if he believes he has sufficient moral support from the American people. If Trump get this support, both he and sympathetic parts of the military will get the message and resolve to act. He is surrounded by wimps and lawyers.


    Epic counterattack readied against “Cyber Pearl Harbor”
    Mike Adams
    America was hit by a “Cyber Pearl Harbor” on Nov. 3rd, via the rigged Dominion voting machines that altered votes and tried to steal the election.

    An epic counterattack is about to be launched to defend America, expose the fraud and save the republic.

    Today’s Situation Update provides extensive details on what’s going down right now and what’s next.

    Read the full details and listen to the podcast here.

    P.S. We are hearing rumblings of a major announcement by the White House coming as early as tonight. Watch NaturalNews and Brighteon for possible emergency updates depending on what happens. DNI Ratcliff’s report on foreign interference is due this Friday, with huge implications.

    1. There’s a petition at the Whitehouse(dot)gov site, asking Trump to declare an insurrection exists, and to use military tribunals.
      The petition has only 10,000 signatures out of the 90,000 needed to become an official petition. (The 90,000 signatures does NOT mean a declaration will be made.)
      The petition says, =

      “Petition to declare that an insurrection exists to overthrow the will of we the people and to utilize military tribunals
      Created by J.W. on December 01, 2020

      Regrettably, the Courts and the Legislatures of the Several States have reached a level of corruption that is only remediable by the measures prescribed by our Founders in the implementation of the Insurrection Act of 1807 and in all other legal devices available to suppress insurrection.

      It is evident to all objective observers that our election system has been irredeemably corrupted and also that the cost in human life will be less if the President and the Congress will take active measures to suppress the coup and insurrection that is presently underway and to apprehend and prosecute all those who have been a party to fraud and censorship that is illegal based upon aiding and abetting the enemies of the United States.”
      I’ve (GGHD) mentioned it before, how Dr. Pieczenek on the InforWars programing has said Trump will use an Executive Order to arrest the traitors in the USA. … Dr. Pieczenek made 3 or 4 appearances on the InfoWars shows since our fraudulent election; each appearance is about 30 minutes long.

      I (GGHD) also think people should store up some short term preps, which are the preps to use immediately. I.E. water, food, candles, toilet paper (and something for fireplace heat). The USA might be in for a bit of chaos in the near future.

      1. I imagine and speculate that Trump is doing all he can to take advantage of all the options he has presently, and the future. And he is mostly likely has to ask what should he do next, each and every day. He may be waiting to see how the evidence of election fraud is received, how effective of a case he can make publicly, and how sentiment evolves within the military, how Constitutional remedies play out, etc, before, or if, he can Invoke the last resort that would be the Insurrection Act.

        He must have the proper support to make it a viable option. He might be arrested if an attempt fails. He has to exhaust all the options to be able, perhaps at the last minute, to best justify the Insurrection Act. If he is unable, or unwilling to do so, more lives will be lost, and likely the Republic will be lost forever. We must in some demonstrative way, send our support to Trump. I believe one of the best ways to indicate our resolve to Trump, the country and our military leaders, is to demand the Insurrection Act be invoked.

        I am concerned that the moral rot in this country is so pervasive and deep, that there may not be enough courage in our military to stand up, and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. I took that oath 3 times. Trump could call out the militia if he thought that this would be the only way to make the Insurrection Act have force. We are in dangerous times. I pray that the people will take action while Trump is still President, and the cost in blood would be much lower.

        I am very concerned that I am not seeing the support here, or anywhere else that rises to this occasion. I am personally doing all I can, slaving away on the computer 24/7 exhausting myself, here and elsewhere. You can see some of my efforts here. Are we so weak and demoralized? We are already at war. This is what modern warfare looks like before it goes kinetic. 4th generation warfare seeks to control the hearts and minds of the participants. Are you unarmed? As a sort of ‘keyboard’ warrior, I know that the pen is mightier than the sword. I hope you will use your pen, because it does indeed count, and it is your only and best weapon at this time. If you will not fight now, I wonder if you will fight later, even in a last desperate attempt to save the lives of your families when victory is unlikely. I see the enemy’s evil and physiological warfare has been largely successful.

        It appears to me that most are grieving, dumbfounded, or simply bereft of all courage to act. The lack of support for Trump is obvious in comparison to what I witnessed in 2016. If we do not act very soon, I believe the necessary confidence we need in our cause to fight successfully, would be lost. Being patient is a good thing if we are calculating, but time is our enemy if we are simply wondering what to do. Trump cannot save us. We have to save ourselves. Pray for guidance and courage. We need it now, and especially if we do not act now, we are gonna need a whole lot more of it latter.

        1. TR, I agree with you. We are in dire times! I have been reading a lot of articles, comments, etc. and most of the comments are “3D chess…”, “we’ll get satisfaction from the courts, legally…”, blah, blah, blah. Folks really need to wake up!

          I agree that the “pen” is mightier than the “sword”. I too have been writing, emailing Senators, sharing articles about the blatant theft of our Country, of our Republic. But I fear that the comments today about “folks too comfortable” to do anything, about a major economic disaster the only thing getting them off of their lazy-boys and off their social media, are all TOO TRUE! We have become a country of “arm-chair patriots” both in the US and my beloved state of Texas.

          We cannot count on the courts for anything anymore!

          Those who believe that “it won’t stand, it will go before SCOTUS”, is living in a dream world. 2019 I would have agreed with them and actually have said those same words myself. However, it is 2020 and everything has become topsy turvy.

          The only recourse I see for myself and my family is to pray unceasingly for our Nation, for guidance and wisdom, for peace (emotionally and spiritually) , for protection and above all, courage to face the things that I believe are coming to our Nation.

          1. Yes, we should be praying like crazy. People need to realize that most people are what you say, arm chair patriots. I was heavily involved in Trump’s campaign with thousands of others. I am not seeing Trump recieve the same support on the internet. People are not taking action by speaking out like they did during the 2016 campaign.
            Their normalcy bias is too strong. They believe in the courts, they believe that the country will survive this. They do not understand that once Trump steps down, that there will never be another fair and free election again, and it will be over, and the country will quickly turned into Venezuela. We will be impoverished and starved out, and disrupted in many ways to reduce our ability to use our 2A equipment. Many have guns and ammo, but they do not have enough food for a long term resistance effort.

            Today the risk to the country is greater than when Hillary was making a run for the Presidency. Arm chair patriots either do not understand the threat, and are over confident, or if aware, are dumbfounded by the election fraud, and the lack of integrity in our courts, and do not know what to do. I say attack as forcefully as possible by speaking out immediately. We have little more than 30 days to raise awareness in whatever way we can. We must speak out in very way, and all day if we can to show support for Trump and educate our friends. If we are not successful, many of our friends, and fellow patriots and family will suffer greatly and many will die. Do it now. I will attack by demanding that Trump invoke the Insurrection Act. Choose your own approach, but I believe this the best way. Sydney Powell, Lin Wood, Stewart Rhodes and others are all demanding that Trump invoke the Insurrection Act. Support these leaders, and support Trump, other wise you deserve to loose this Republic. I doubt we have the guts to take it back the hard way, because we are too weak too fight when it is easy.

        2. I have faith in the American people, that they will NOT want a fraudulent election controlling the outcome of 2020. … Trump is very popular President. The Biden groups were paid-off by the Communist Chinese; many of our politicians were paid off too.

          If Biden-Harris does take the oath of office, their nonsense will not last. The Communist Governments in Europe were removed by the people by just refusing to be governed by the Communists any longer. … The same would occur here if needed.

          We just need some patience. Trump is still the President. The vast majority of people that get out of bed and actually work at productive jobs, voted for Trump. … All that can be said about Biden supporters: there is NO government, when everyone sits home waiting for more free stuff!
          [Of course many Biden supporters work at being Beaurucrats collecting taxes from people out working at nongovernment jobs.]

          “… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the ~>consent of the governed …” [Declaration of Independence]

          1. I do not trust the American people. I’ve been burned way too many times because I believed in family and friends. I lost huge financially, as well, because I trusted family, and attempted to protect them. We live in an age of betrayal, gross decadence and perversion. I am preparing for the Tribulation. I know from first hand experience that this country deserve severe judgement. Yet I plead for mercy, and take action. It is the righteous thing to do. It will probably be all for not, Please see my response to Lisa in Tx.

        1. This is the petition site, I don’t want to drop a direct link into someone else’s site.
          Copy ~ then paste. Replace (dot) with a .
          It should work.


  8. We Stand Alone Together – Band of Brothers Documentary
    3,583,685 views•Jun 19, 2013

    Dick Winters was an exceptional leader. His biography is also interesting. He passes along his insights and mistakes.

    A comment on this video:

    1 year ago (edited)
    I met Sgt.Don Malarkey in 2008 in McMinnville Oregon, after attending his discussion about his time
    during WW2 with the 101st. During the Q and A session afterwards, a guy asked him how accurate the series Band of Brothers was, and Malarkey said that he wanted to clarify a few things about that. He said that the grenade explosions were to big and the shelling that they endured in the Bois Jaques outside of Bastogne wasn’t intense enough. Malarkey was bothered by the inaccurate portrayal of Albert Blithe in the series, saying that Blithe didn’t lay around hiding for a day after jumping into Normandy, and he didn’t loose his sight. He said Blithe was a good soldier and fought in Korea and Vietnam, and that Easy Company wasn’t the only company from the 506th in the woods outside of Bastogne. He expressed that he was just one man amongst many that deserved to be mentioned in the series. He said that Joe Toye was the toughest SOB in Easy Company and Shifty Powers was the best shot in the company, and had incredible eyesight. While in the Bois Jacque during the battle of the bulge, Shifty shot a German sniper out of a tree down in Foy. Malarkey said it was at least a thousand yard shot. Malarkey said that only Shifty had seen him and could have made that shot. Another time Shifty had counted 7 trees down the hill in Foy and Dick Winters came to Shifty’s fox hole to have a look for himself. It turned out that the German’s had brought in an 88 mm artillery piece and had put branches on it to hide it amongst the other trees. Winters called in an artillery strike and that took care of the new tree in Foy. He said that Sobel made E Company what it was, due to all of the training and discipline under him, but was in agreement that he did not want Sobel leading him into combat. During maneuvers in England, Sobel had gotten the company lost, and George Luz did in fact imitate the voice of Col.Sink while hiding behind some bushes, telling Sobel to cut the fence and get the company moving. E company later had to help round up the cows that had gotten out. Malarkey said that loosing his best friend Muck, and Penkala in the Bois Jacque by a direct hit from an 88 mm round still bothered him, as well as seeing Toye and Guarnere wounded put him into a deep depression that he struggled with every winter after WW2. RIP Sgt. Don Malarkey 7/31/21-9/30/2017 and to all that have served and to those that paid the ultimate price. Thank You.


    1. No Doubt. Delayed by the Deep State. DNI John Ratcliffe would present evidence of foreign interference in U.S. election, and perhaps then, Trump could begin arresting these traitors.

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