Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — January 27, 2021

Today is the birthday of singer-songwriter Kate Wolf. (Born 1942, died December 10, 1986.)  Her untimely death at age 44 cut short an amazing career and robbed America of a great songwriting talent.

This is also the birthday of the late Helen Chenoweth (born, 1938, died October 2, 2006). She was a controversial Republican congresswoman from Orofino, Idaho.

Note that since we’ve very recently quit the Amazon Associates program, the Recommendations of the Week column may only be appearing on occasional Wednesdays, henceforth. That will all depend on how many books, tools, and other products are suggested to us by readers, via e-mail. Thanks, – JWR.

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. Interesting thoughts. Whichever way this all goes, I can’t see how we can escape some serious ugliness.

      I asked my husband if he wanted to place bets on how long it would be until Biden got 25th Amendment-ed. He said, “Easy. Two years.” I would be shocked if Biden can make it that long. The man is PLAINLY unwell, and not all there. But he thinks “they” want Harris to take over at the two-year mark, then be installed again in 2024 and 2028, thus giving her her Constitutional maximum of ten years.

      After the events of these past months, I cannot figure out why anyone would think that “they” have one shred of respect remaining for the Constitution…

    2. Anon, youcan be sure that traditional Americans will have litle chance with option A.

      The Left being stopped kinetically, as in Chile in 1973.

      You all know how I am about Americal imperialist adventures. Chew on this: “President Nixon authorized $10 million for the covert operation against Allende and instructed that it be carried out without the knowledge of the U.S. embassy in Chile.

      With its mandate from Washington, the CIA attempted to bribe, coerce, and blackmail Chile’s Congress and military into denying Allende the presidency, launched an international campaign of disinformation against Allende, and paid a right-wing general to assassinate General Rene Schneider, the chief of Chile’s armed forces. Although a conservative, Schneider was staunchly opposed to a coup or any other military interference in Chile’s democratic processes. He was murdered by a gang led by right-wing General Roberto Viaux. One month later, the group received a check for $35,000 from the CIA. Years later, the CIA would claim it only wanted Schneider kidnapped.

      With only one week remaining before the Chilean Congress was to vote on Allende’s election, CIA headquarters sent a cable to its Chilean office that read: “It is firm and continuing policy that Allende be overthrown by a coup. It would be much preferable to have this transpire prior to 24 October but efforts in this regard will continue vigorously beyond this date.”

      The Pinochet coup targeted anyone outside the inner circle. The level of pure murder was horrific. Anyone who wishes for A would do well to do so from behind solid barricades.

      Carry on

  1. I must disagree with the Camel concept, at least for now. I’m convinced the puppeteers will keep the Dotard on life support and signing documents as long as possible, while Camel is kept dangling in front of us to distract us while controlling Senate, but without Presidential authority. She’s stupid but the Dotard is already set up and under control.

  2. My DH is also betting on a change in leadership date of somewhere around 1 February 2023. If Biden lasts that long, hopefully Hassis will show gerself to be so stupid/evil that even the Democrats will prefer a Republican replacement by November 2024. Of course, that is assuming we still have a semblance of an election by then. I am hopeful that enough states will get their acts together to fix the voting systems to prevent the multiple methods of voter and election fraud that were so obviously prevalent this last time. But then, I can be very optimistic sometimes…

  3. a)
    Everything I see 2021 confirms my eval of the president candidate from last summer — the fictional character of “ol’ china joe” is portrayed by series of impersonators:
    * Their ears raise/lower.
    * The space between lip and nose expands/shrinks.
    * The forehead divot fills/returns.
    And most indicative:
    * They have occasional bouts of lucidity.

    The cartoon character of ‘kamala harris’ is too bizarre for me to examine.
    I suspect it could be a product of the same laboratory advertised as the source of the latest chinese influenza (and how much did that advertising campaign cost!).

    From now on, I shall refer to it as “covid-kamala” or maybe “kamala-19”.
    Irregardless, I think we can all agree the writers of politicalprogramming are getting quite creative!
    These aren’t the Frank The Gimp and Harry S and Lyndon Baines writers from The Golden Age of newsprogramming, that’s fer sure!


    What is the national sport of fUSA?
    Nay nay!
    Some say the national sport is Guessing Which Political Character Will Do What©.
    But, sadly, the only players lately are those folks believing in their normalcy bias.

    Here is my Second Fundamental for not getting played:
    * everything on televisionprogramming is entertainment, nothing more than entertainment paid for by ‘a word from our sponsors’.
    Examples include Pettycoat Junction, Get Smart, and any televisionprogramming with a bumbling incompetent male continually saved by a patient intelligent female with only his best interests at heart.

    My First Fundamental:
    * Everything I haven’t experienced first-hand is second-hand information, and is inherently suspect.


    I see no benefit to me of playing their game by their rules on their field.
    Their ‘ball’ is sometimes a golf-ball, but other times, a rugby-ball irregularly switched for a volley-ball.

    Did you notice somebody keeps moving the goalposts?


    In other news… “the Constitution!”. And “the Amendments!”.
    See my above point about ‘their game, their rules’.

    1. This author Lenora Thompson agrees with you regarding false pageantry.

      https://www (dot) lenorathompsonwriter (dot )com/beyondnarcissism/military-silently-screams-not-our-commander-in-chief-through-symbolism-at-joe-bidens-phony-inauguration

      This article (and two prior ones she linked to, saying they’d make more sense to read first) are highly interesting. I don’t have any idea how much of it is significant and how much is just Hopium, but it was interesting reading. I don’t know if I agree with all of her observations (for example, in the second gun salute video, the person second from the left appears to have very white hair, and so it may be that the ‘bowed head’ she refers to may be the best standing at attention physically possible for him),…..but, Things That Make Ya Go ‘Hmmmm.’

  4. And to correct my guess already, my husband says that veterans do not return to join in with these ceremonies, so the white hair I thought I saw (on my tiny phone screen) was probably just a trick of the light on his very closely shaved head, and he’s looking down at the stopwatch.

    Also there are four pieces in the first video and three in the second, which has an effect on the timing of the shots.

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