Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — December 23, 2020

December 23rd is the anniversary of the establishment of the exclusive private banking cartel known as The Federal Reserve, in 1913. I recommend the book The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve.

And December 23rd is the birthday of Founding Father and Supreme Court Justice John Jay. (Born 1745, died May 17, 1829.)

Harvest Guard Reusable Canning Lids is offering a year-end 20% discount on all of the items at, exclusively for SurvivalBlog readers.  This discount is effective immediately and will remain in effect through January 3, 2021 simply by entering the coupon code SURVIVALBLOG during checkout.

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. Some recent items from Matthew Bracken:

    Just a reminder: you can get my novels from me, signed, using , [or, you can get them from Amazon, unsigned, and give Jeff Bezos more than half of your money.]If you get them on Kindle or Audible, you have to use Amazon, but please realize they can be mass-deleted at any point in the future. Real printed books can never be erased.
    Matthew Bracken”Christmas at Sea”by Robert Louis Stevenson / poem read by Way of the World /Vertigo Politix and I wish you all a very happy and restful Christmas. We hope you enjoy this poem about the importance of family and home – especially at this time of year. Let’s resolve to work together towards better times ahead.
    Matthew BrackenVIDEO: Gunfight with MANY Important LESSONS > The Modern Survivalist
    Matthew BrackenTarget: AmericaBy VICTOR DAVIS HANSONChina is anxious for Trump to leave — so it can return to a global status quo tolerating its myriad abuses that harm the U.S. > December 22
    Matthew BrackenOverstock’s colorful founder [Patrick Byrne] has tales to tell about the Russia hoax[Fascinating read, don’t miss this one.]
    Matthew BrackenThe New Phony War [The calm before the CW2 storm] > Dec 23As of the November elections, the nation is at war. It’s a 21st-century war, so it’s very different. Because it’s new, the scope and magnitude aren’t easily understood. It hasn’t been declared. It may never be. Hence, for many millions of Americans, perceptions are clouded or lagging. In human affairs, with change, this often occurs. It’s the second American civil war, and its origins predate the November elections fraud, which seems on track to steal the presidency from the rightful winner, Donald J. Trump. The genesis of this civil war is the ideo-cultural war that has waxed and waned across the nation since the late 1960s. So, November’s election thievery might better be regarded as an outgrowth and escalation — a potentially nation-shattering escalation – of that decades-old cultural conflict. We are in the initial phase of the new civil war. Call it the phony war, which was also the “strangely quiet start to World War II.” The Second World War went eight months without significant hostilities on the Western Front, months marked by puzzlement and hesitancy (see the “Confetti War,” which stemmed from the Phony War.) America’s first civil war had its phony phase of sorts, too. Lincoln was elected on November 6, 1860. Fort Sumter was attacked on April 12, 1861. Over five months, tensions built, and then hostilities commenced. The parallels aren’t exact, of course. But the phony phase of this new civil war is reminiscent. @WRSARead more:
    Matthew Bracken
    Matthew Bracken

    China Recolonizes Africa

    China Recolonizes Africa
    Joe Biden has pledged that one of his first acts as President will be rejoining the Paris climate treaty – which gives China a complete pass on reducing emissions until…

    Civil War: Critical Mass | Live From The Lair
    [Retired Army SF Terrance Popp is on top of what’s going down.]

    “The hack at Solarwinds is the equivalent of a digital Pearl Harbor. So of course the media is barely talking about it.”
    [16 minute no-bullshit video. Be ahead of the curve, pay attention to Popp]

    1. Love my pristine 870 Wingmaster, but I’d prefer a modern short barrel with a tight choke and magnum chamber. Chokes that produce tighter patterns do better up close and far away. With a full choke, I can usually get one 00 Buck pellet on a man sized target at 100 yards. Try it, you’ll like it. If no choke, Federal Flight Control works great.

  2. If you haven’t read today’s book recommendation, The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve, do yourself a favor and check it out. This book takes a look at the behind-the-scenes history of the world, which can only be seen from the view of money (which is power). We all know that this and that happened in history but we rarely know the real “why,” which is often way more fascinating. This book is a real eye opener.

  3. The Donald Trump YouTube channel starts a new campaign to expose, and explain the election fraud, and China’s role. This excellent video signals a turning point in Trump’s effort to fight back. How long will YouTube let this video remain up?

    329,357 views•Dec 23, 2020

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