Preparedness Notes for Sunday — February 12, 2023

February 12th is the birthday of theologian and journalist Cotton Mather (1663–1728). — Today’s feature article was written by our Field Gear Editor Emeritus, Pat Cascio. — We are still in need of entries for Round 105 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. Round 105 ends on March 31st, 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.

Magazine Pouches Are a Must, by Pat Cascio

I won’t mention any names, to protect the innocent. However, I have a long-time friend – he used to be one of my martial arts students more than 30+ years ago. He was a great guy. We consider ourselves brothers – and couldn’t be any closer if we were actual blood brothers. Every now and then, we butt heads on something, but always remain brothers. I no longer teach any martial arts classes or firearms classes – my beat up ol’ body just doesn’t allow it these days. Every now and then, I’ll take a friend out for some shooting …

JWR’s Meme Of The Week:

The latest meme created by JWR: Meme Text: Why Is It That The Bidenistas Belatedly Shot Down A Chinese Spy Balloon, But They’ve Left The Chinese TikTok Spy App Snooping On Americans, For Years News Links TikTok admits to spying on U.S. users as effort to ban the app heats up. TikTok Caught Planning to Spy on the Locations of Specific American Citizens. TikTok admits using its app to spy on reporters in effort to track leaks.

The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of …