This weekly column is a collection of short snippets: responses to posted articles, practical self-sufficiency items, how-tos, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and news items — both from readers and from SurvivalBlog’s editors. We may select some long e-mails for posting as separate letters.
Like most Americans, last week I was relieved to hear that Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty, on all charges. His troubles may not yet be behind him. I am quite troubled to see the incredibly biased mass media still referring to the men he shot as “victims.” After much deliberation, the jury conclusively found that they were the aggressors. Kyle Rittenhouse was the victim. I’m confident that if he were of a different skin tone, or had a different political persuasion, then the mass media would characterize the incident differently. It is also troubling to see the mass media continues to call Rittenhouse a “white supremacist”, with no solid evidence to make that claim. Did they notice that all three of the men that he shot were fellow palefaces? Or that Rittenhouse and his friends were there to protect the property of a minority-owned business? (Note the Indian surname Khindri.) I’ve now lost any remaining shreds of faith in the mass media. Clearly, they have been almost completely co-opted by leftist influence. I could see this coming, when I attended journalism school, back in the early 1980s. (I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.) Most of my professors and most of my classmates were flaming liberals. Today’s mass media can no longer be called journalists. They are propagandists. So from now on, that is what I’ll be calling them: Mass Media Propagandists. – JWR
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Cause for concern: Tesla server outage allegedly leaves owners unable to drive their cars.
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H.L. sent us this article;e link that serves as a reminder to be prepared: Disastrous Flooding Cuts Vancouver Off From Rail, Road Service.
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Cathy N. recommend this dated but still fascinating documentary: James Burke Connections, Ep. 1 “The Trigger Effect”
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Pete L. wrote the following in response to the article on ballistic upgrades for stick-built houses:
“Another inexpensive approach would be to fill the cavities with half-inch to three-quarter inch gravel and ply three-quarter inch plywood screwed to the studs over the drywall. If it is new construction, I would recommend steel studs instead of wood. I would also use three-quarter inch plywood on both sides. This will stop virtually all rifle rounds. The bullets are shredded. This is easy to try. Build a 2‘ x 2‘ box made of two by fours with plywood on each side and fill it with gravel. Stand back 20 feet and shoot into it. The results are amazing. Eventually, the gravel will be broken up and begin to settle. But if you were taking this many incoming rounds, then your situation is beyond dire.”
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And on the same topic, David wrote:
“In regard to your article on hardening your stick-built home: One quick and easy method is to access each void. Pour in DRY screened gravel to the top. Close the gap. Advantages: 1″+ DRY(!!!!! — gravel direct from a stream will hold an amazing amount of water) screened gravel should stop most handgun and many rifle rounds. Obviously, each bullet will powder the gravel somewhat, but gravel from above will migrate down to replace the sacrificed gravel. More obviously, gaps will develop at the top of the void. Downfall: Unless you have X-ray vision, voids are hard to visualize. This method only works as long as a: the inside and outside walls (wood, plaster, etc.) do not develop holes large enough for the gravel to escape and b: you have not left any unseen voids unfilled.
A MORE COMPREHENSIVE variation of this method would be to remove the inside wall covering (plaster, paneling, etc.) and line the voids on both sides, outside and inside, with fine chicken netting, then fill each void with 1″+ DRY screened gravel before closing the void. Advantages: all voids can be visualized and the chicken netting will help retain the gravel as holes develop in the wall. Also, as the gravel powders as it sacrifices itself to turn and/or stop the bullet(s), gravel from above will migrate down to fill the new spaces. Disadvantages: more expensive and time consuming AND as the gravel migrates down, new gaps will appear at the top of the void. You will also reduce the R value of the wall.
RECAP: Obviously, this method would be more easily implemented during new construction, where 2×8 and 2×10 studs could be used instead of 2×4 and 2×6 studs, so both the gravel barrier AND insulation could be installed.
FINAL NOTE: For what I consider the ultimate affordable solution in new construction, a home built with insulated concrete forms such as FoxBlocks allow 4″ to 12″ concrete walls to be incorporated in the construction. The blocks are made with Polypropylene (PP) regrind resin cross-ties that secure two pieces of modified Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam together, which contains the concrete and reinforcing rebar as the walls are poured. Any further explanation is beyond the scope of this note: Interested readers can google FoxBlocks or ‘Insulated Concrete Forms’. A home near me is constructed in this manner, and the only give-away to its construction (nothing shows outside) are the abnormally thick window- and door-sills that are seen from the inside. In addition, the house would be more resistant to wildfires and fires in adjacent homes. Another plus would be that any or all of the interior walls can be poured the same way at the same time–which also allows for poured in-place safes, fortified closets, safe rooms and/or dedicated gun-vault rooms. These homes do require access to the site by concrete mixer trucks as well as a concrete pump truck, since the forms are filled from the top of the wall (I understand that a few pump trucks can reach a block or more away from the pour site if the mixer trucks can’t get close to the house). Hurricane resistant-rated doors and windows are available, and window ballistic coatings are easily applied. The cost of the new home can be roughly comparable to or slightly higher than stick-built construction, but the security added will more than compensate for any price differences.”
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Reader “Manu” in Belgium sent this, on Sunday:
“I’m writing you from the so-called capital of democratic Europe, Brussels.
Today I protested for the first time in my life with more than 50.000 like-minded people opposing ourselves to the growing darkness in European countries.
Maybe news crossed the Atlantic that after the removal of Kurz in Austria the way was freed to go ahead with the forced vaccination of the whole Austrian population.
It is rather ironic that the dictatorship of Hitler found his roots in Austria and you know the tune…history doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.
But with the first fallen domino other countries will follow to use the Wuhan-flu scam to erode our freedoms and impose the new world order.
Italy, France, Belgium, Germany all want to force vaccination on parts or the whole of the population and refusniks will face social isolation, refusal of services and freedom of movement and will be fired from work.
Life will be miserable, even impossible. This is no dystopian movie, this is our reality and the unfolding scenario of the cabal.
I am not a conspiracy theory tin hat kind of guy but I will you give one example which is true and verifiable with the right sources:
During the riots some days ago in Rotterdam, Holland people were shot at by police. It is now clear this wasn’t Dutch police force but the European Gendarmerie. Even I didn’t hear about it before but this corps really exists and confirms your theory that foreign troops will be deployed to crush resistance.
We cannot win this alone and worldwide resistance has to start.
I hope that US can mobilize enough freedom fighters against the forces of evil, we try to create freedom cells but for instance law regarding gun ownership, communication laws, livestock laws, etc definitely put us in a more difficult spot than the US so don’t sacrifice your liberties.
I never thought we would come this far but prepared accordingly but it remains difficult to accept the fact that we don’t live in a free world anymore and the achievements of our elders are on the brink of getting lost.
You and all the readers are in our prayers but we implore all of you to stand your ground and never forget that this battle is a global one.”
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F.J. sent this link that provides some food for thought: Incredible photo of drone finding a missing person curled up by the river.
JWR’s Comment: For those who don’t want to be detected by FLIRs, consult Brandon Smith at Snakebite Tactical.
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Keith C. wrote me the following in respond se to my essay: The Curse of the Cult of Kanban:
“In regards to the article on kanban: perhaps a nitpick, but nothing about kanban practices necessitates JIT inventory practices. Kanban and Lean are process improvement, manufacturing, and management practices designed to empower front line employees with decision making power and shape the evaluation of problems and potential changes and how they are executed.
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And David L. wrote:
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Tim J. suggested this interview: Government’s Lawless Behavior No Longer Shocks, “It’s Terrifying” — Judge Andrew Napolitano. (The interview starts at the 1:35 mark.)
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Kirk wrote us:
“I really enjoyed Pat’s recent review article on the shoes. Most of your loyal readers have been “gunned up” for years. So I usually just skim by the gun reviews. Maybe ask Pat to branch out like his shoe review. Love his in-depth writing style. Also, always enjoy your wisdom when you write a column.”
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The first of what I hope will be a lengthy series of instructional videos from “Plaid Daddy” Garand Thumb: Basics of RECCE and Recon Kit (How to become DEADLY in the mountains, PART 1).
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Virginia Liberationist sent this:
“Nimitz Reactor Down. One more event in the cascade.
Increased redoubt lethality will not win this global war. The weapons of Economy, Politics, and Information are the way ahead. Faith in buying more ammo and weapons when we all have plenty already is a losing strategy. Change your personal strategy. Fight to win.”
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SaraSue sent this update:
“I have been in the Word of God constantly. I found several youtube channels that I think are worth sharing, that teach on the End Times. I’m a “non-denominational” Christian, meaning I don’t hold to any particular denomination, so the following channels I have found to teach the Word of God without perversion, and I honestly don’t know what their denomination is. Y’all might find them helpful to listen to while you work:
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Rick V. had this comment:
“I hate to contradict a fine thoughtful author like Richard T. but it is absolutely essential to only be thinking about trimming your eyebrows when trimming your eyebrows. You can wind up lopsided and correction never makes it better.”
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Mike in Alaska wrote:
“My wife bought me an Aladdin Lamp from a local antique shop for my birthday in October, if was incomplete and only had the base, the burner and a frame for the mantle with no mantle material left in it. I bought a new chimney, four mantles, a beautiful shade, and 12 bottles (64 oz) case of Aladdin Lamp Oil from Lehman’s Non-Electric online. It was finally shipped and I have assembled the lamp following instructions from the website from Lehman’s videos and also from a website https://www.aladdinknights.org/author.php
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