Notes for Thursday – March 23, 2017

This is the birthday of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. He directed 30 films. His samurai films, (many starring Toshiro Mifune) such as Yojimbo, Sanjuro, The Hidden Fortress, Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, and Ran, are considered legendary in the cinema world. In honor of his birthday, I’m pulling out one of his movies on DVD tonight. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 69 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value), 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, DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick … Continue reading

Economics and Investing:

Tech Miracle In U.S. Shale Is A Media Myth. Contrary to popular belief, the technological advances in drilling technology have only brought break-even costs down by 10%; the industry bust has done the rest. o o o Bitcoin in your IRA?. Excerpt: “The IRA LLC allows complete self management of IRA funds, including buying, holding, or even trading bitcoin. With IRA LLC you can keep the bitcoin in cold storage, secure from access or control of anyone except yourself.” o o o The Best And Worst States For Business: 90% Of The Top 10 Voted For Trump; 80% Of The Bottom 10 Voted For Clinton o o o Nine years later, Greece is still in a debt crisis… Excerpt: “Greece has had nine different governments since 2009. At least thirteen austerity measures. Multiple bailouts. Severe capital controls. And a full-out debt restructuring in which creditors accepted a 50% loss. Yet despite all these measures Greece is still in a debt crisis.” o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog reader J.D. wanted to let us know that the newest Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Operations Handbook was just published and is a rewrite from the iconic 1985 publication: Air Force Regulation 64-4. This is often referred to as the “Survival Bible”. It can be found on http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/ by searching for AFH10-644 o o o Wait, where did this happen? Over 100 Ruger Pistols Stolen From Chicago Train Yard – W.W. o o o Robb Moffett posted a new video on 9 low tech ways to figure out if someone has been in your house, room or office. Some cost almost nothing and are quick to set up. o o o British Parliament attacker was radical Muslim cleric. HJL’s Comment: Our prayers are with the families of the victims. At least we are not hearing the tired old cliche that “Authorities are still trying to figure out why?” Notice that the assailant used a vehicle and a knife, one of the ISIS recommended methods in Europe. There was no gun, yet there were over 40 casualties. o o o ‘This Is Only a Nightmare’: Venezuelans Have Sobering Advice for Americans Who Support Democratic Socialism – B.B. HJL’s Comment: … Continue reading

Notes for Wednesday – March 22, 2017

This is the birthday of Louis L’Amour (One of Hugh Latimer’s favorite childhood authors). Some of his novels have survival themes. One of the most notable ones was Last of the Breed. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 69 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value), 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, DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel 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, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools and a compact carry capability in a … Continue reading

Economics and Investing:

One-third of Americans say they’d have trouble coming up with an emergency $2,000 – G.G. HJL’s Comment: That’s incredible when you consider how easy it is to have an emergency that requires $2000– a transmission on a car, a broken leg, even the temporary loss of a job. That means that 1/3 of Americans are one paycheck away from total disaster. o o o Payless Is Said to Be Filing for Bankruptcy as Soon as Next Week – DSV o o o Iconic CA Company Carl’s Jr. Flees ‘Golden State’ for TN. The Republic of Kalifornia is getting closer to the day when it begs the Federal Government for a massive bailout – H.L. o o o Video: Oil Cycle. The yearly cycle low in oil is due this spring, probably in April or early May. Odds are high that oil will drop to below $42 a barrel. o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Fellow blogger Ol’ Remus mentioned this thought-provoking essay over at The Price of Liberty (edited by MamaLiberty): When will the Fifty States break up? o o o Edward Snowden on Vault 7 NSA Spying tools, IOS, and Samsung at the CeBit in Hanover Germany tech conference. JWR’s Comment: This one hour and 22 minute interview is worth watching. Don’ t miss Snowden’s comments on metadata, HTTPS, intentional vulnerability of the Internet Of Things, the vulnerability of cloud data, Quantum Sweep, and the loss of faith in government institutions. o o o How To Get Kicked Off Fox News in 5 Minutes – DSV o o o When seconds count, the police are only 38 minutes away: Dallas to increase staffing at PSAP after 911-related deaths, agrees alleged ‘ghost’ calls not the problem. Excerpt: “Multiple news outlets reported that the Dallas PSAP’s answering queue indicated that there have been periods when hundreds of calls in the queue appeared to be waiting to be answered, with hold times exceeding 30 minutes. One of those occasions was Saturday night, when 442 emergency calls were put on hold for an average of 38 minutes, according to a report by a Dallas TV station.” – … Continue reading

Notes for Tuesday – March 21, 2017

On this day, in 1778: Just three days after Hessian mercenary forces assaulted the local New Jersey militia at Quinton’s Bridge, the same contingent surprised the colonial militia at Hancock’s Bridge five miles from Salem. In what became known as the Massacre at Hancock’s Bridge, at least 20 members of the militia lost their lives, some after attempting to surrender. The Loyalists reputedly exclaimed, “Spare no one! Give no quarter!” as they stormed the occupied house. Judge Hancock and his brother (both Loyalists) were bayoneted in the melee by the attackers even though they were both staunch supporters of the crown and were themselves non-violent Quakers. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 69 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value), A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted … Continue reading

Economics and Investing:

Trump Market Euphoria Impacts Precious Metals Demand: Plummets In West, Surges In East Excerpt: “There seems to be a percentage of the alternative community that are convinced that Trump will actually put the U.S. back to the way it was in the 1960’s. And that is, back to a manufacturing powerhouse with high-paying jobs. While this would be a wonderful thing to do, the continued disintegration of the global oil industry, just won’t allow it to happen.” o o o More impact from the Fed targeting higher interest rates: Gold Price Strengthens As USD Comes Under Fire o o o The Single Biggest Threat To An OPEC Deal Extension. If OPEC does not agree on an extension to its current production cut deal, Iraq is quite likely to be the central reason behind the failure. o o o U.K. to Trigger Brexit March 29, Starting Two Years of Talks (Warning: Autostart video) More than 40 years after the U.K. joined the EU and nine months since it voted to leave, Britain’s envoy to the bloc, Tim Barrow, informed EU President Donald Tusk on Monday of May’s plan to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the mechanism for quitting that … Continue reading

Odds ‘n Sods:

NCRenegade posted this great meme about the release of the first increment of Wikileaks Vault 7: Nothing More To Say… JWR’s Comment: I was amazed to see how quickly the mass media dropped coverage of Wikileaks Vault 7. The implications of the revelations were huge. This was a story much bigger than Watergate, yet it was as if they collectively said: “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” o o o Worldwide Day of Prayer for the nation of South Africa is scheduled for April 22nd. Please pray for peace, brotherhood, an end to violent crime, and good government for that troubled nation. A prayer gathering of one million people is scheduled on that day in the Bloemfontein region, organized by Christian leader Angus Buchan. (Buchan’s life story was told in the film Faith Like Potatoes.) o o o I noticed that the Trovit real estate search web page has a category page for houses (nationwide) that feature bomb shelters. – JWR o o o One manufacturer digs through the documents of Vault 7 and discovers an unfixable security hole that the CIA knew about in their routers: One simple command allows the Gov’t to commandeer 318 models … Continue reading

Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated.” – Thomas Paine