Preparedness Notes for Monday — June 21, 2021

June 21st — the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere–is the birthday of Rex Applegate (June 21, 1914 – July 14, 1998), author of Kill or Be Killed. He was the friend and mentor of SurvivalBlog’s Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio — who authored today’s feature article.

Last week’s scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee preliminary vote on David “Waco” Chipman for ATF Director was postponed to Thursday of this week (June 24, 2021), without any explanation. Apparently, all of our phone calls to our U.S. Senators are having an effect.  Keep up the pressure to have them reject the horribly anti-gun zealot Chipman. And while you are at it, ask your two U.S. Senators to co-sponsor new legislation to remove all barrel length restrictions from the National Firearms Act (NFA).  That would be an “end run” around the ATF’s proposed rulemaking that would redefine arm braces and unwittingly turn several million American gun owners into felons, overnight. Thanks!

I should mention two noteworthy new listings, over at my #1 Son’s


Since I’ve been blogging for 15 years, it was inevitable that other websites would pirate SurvivalBlog’s copyrighted work. I’ve of course written many of the requisite “cease and desist” letters, but I have had no response. There are lots of such sites, and since they even pirate my blog’s Top Note posts, they appear to be fully automated. Here are a few examples of the half-dozen frequently pirating sites here in the States:

The latest pirate site that I’ve heard of is interesting: Rester En Vie. (“Stay Alive.”) It is in France, and all of their content is in French. So, not only do they copy SurvivalBlog’s content — no doubt as filler, so that they can sell merchandise — but they’ve gone to the trouble of running our articles through an automatic translator. This auto-translate conversion produces a horribly stilted French text. Ceux salopards! (I know some other French that is more colorful that is also applicable, but I’ll refrain since this is a family-friendly blog.)

Does anyone out there who is reading this know a good copyright attorney that is willing to work on a contingent fee? – JWR