Notes for Sunday – January 29, 2017

Today is the birthday of journalist and inventor Thomas Paine (1737–1809). This is also the birthday of actor Tom Selleck (born 1945), best known for playing the title role of Magnum, P.I. He once dropped by my tables at the Reno gun show, and we had a great conversation. He is an avid shooter and quite pro-gun. – JWR

Odds ‘n Sods:

I spotted this over at the ZeroGov Forums: Passphrases That You Can Memorize – But That Even The NSA Can’t Guess – JWR o o o Jeremiah Johnson: This is How You Can Dodge Facial Recognition Software o o o Brody File Exclusive: President Trump Says Persecuted Christians Will Be Given Priority As Refugees o o o Well, as a Limited Edition, it was inevitable that the Rawles XL Voyager knives would sell out. Now they have. If you want one, jump on it before the price on the secondary market escalates. You can still find them for under $75 on But at this time next year, I predict that they will be hard to find for $90.

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Glock Reference Guide Terra Nullius: A Journey Through No One’s Land Movies: Wild Horse, Wild Ride (Documentary.) Now available free for Amazon Prime members. The Accountant 2016 Ben Affleck portrays a very unusual accountant in this action/thriller. (Rated R and definitely not for kids!) Television: Barn Find Hunter (Available free for Amazon Prime members) Charlie Jade (A mind-bending series produced in South Africa about a man who transits three parallel universes. Available free for Amazon Prime members.) Music: Dances With Wolves Soundtrack (John Barry) Gordon Lightfoot – Complete Greatest Hits Instructional Videos: Chainsaw Hack: Sharpen Your Chain Out in the Woods with a Stump Vise (Swedish Homestead) How To Grow Vegetables In Winter With A Preppers Winter Vegetable Garden Podcasts: Modern Homesteading Podcast Firearms Radio Network (several podcasts) Online Sermon Videos: Lordship Church, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (Pastor Warren Campbell) Liberty Fellowship, Kalispell, Montana (Pastor Chuck Baldwin) Gear: Leupold VX-R 3-9x40mm FireDot Riflescope with Illuminated Reticle Sony ICF-SW7600GR AM/FM Shortwave Receiver with Single Side Band Reception

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Survival” means living through an involuntary situation of extended duration where death is a likely outcome. If it’s a voluntary situation it’s a misadventure. If it’s of short duration it’s a narrow escape. A lost hunter who overnights in the woods had a bad day. If he’s mauled by a bear but lives, he had a close call. It’s not survival. Stranded on an Arctic island is survival. It’s survival when you’re forced to make daily life-or-death choices, often between bad and worse, forced to discriminate ruthlessly between wants and needs, and to not obsess over the situation or its cause, nor dwell on regret. It’s survival when your best days are your future nightmares. Actual survivors don’t want to repeat the experience, but if they must, they’re more prepared empty handed than are most preppers with all their gear. A survivalist prepares to outlast unrelenting mortal danger where others will die in big numbers. Likely and otherwise imminent death is what he intends to survive. Anything less is a lifestyle, however admirable or entertaining.” – O’l Remus, writing in his Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report blog

News From The American Redoubt:

Pulling Back the Curtain on Scotchman Peaks Wilderness o o o Video: All-American EFX Sports: Billings’ Best Kept Secret. Here is a link to their website. While their sales headquarters is in California, their factory (and most of their employees) are in Billings, Montana. o o o The Columbia River Treaty could be the death of Idaho – J.H. o o o Texas billionaire brothers Wilks reach out to Idaho state officials about land – DSV o o o Wyoming: City to hold informational meeting on tree-killing beetle

Announcing The SurvivalBlog 11-Year Archive — Now on a USB Stick!

We are pleased to announce the availability of a limited edition SurvivalBlog 2005-2016 Archive, loaded on a 8 gigabyte waterproof USB flash drive. It now spans 11 years of the blog and with 20 additional bonus books, including a fantastic formulary by William B. Dick, first published in 1872. This archive gives you the same searchable functionality of our previous archive DVDs but with more storage, greater compactness, and a waterproof housing. These top-quality and durable alloy memory sticks have O-ring seals that are waterproof down to 100 meter depth! One of the great advantages of buying the SurvivalBlog archive on an 8 GB memory stick is that there is an extra 4 gigabytes of space left available for you to add scans of your important family papers and photos. So this is the perfect stick for your Bug Out Bag or your vehicular Get Out Of Dodge (G.O.O.D.) kit. For full details on what is included in the archive, see our SurvivalBlog Archive Sales Page. Sorry, but the archive memory stick is not available overseas. However, offshore SurvivalBlog readers can get the digital download version and then put a copy of it on your own (locally procured) USB memory … Continue reading

Odds ‘n Sods:

An observation: As of January 3rd of last year, The Oregonian newspaper estimated that there were “20 to 25” Bundy-led occupiers spending nights at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Also in early January, 2016, I heard the figure of 22 individuals, provided by a vlogger who had visited the encampment to conduct interviews. In recent months Gary Hunt’s website has publicized the fact that at least SEVEN of those individuals were contemporaneously active Federal informants. He has named all seven of them, quoting court discovery documents. The ratio of 7 to 22 does not bode well for the Patriot movement. Clearly, the only safety is in forming very small cellular Leaderless Resistance groups that are comprised ONLY of close, long-time friends and relatives. – JWR o o o Incredible plans unveiled for world’s first ‘floating city’ in the middle of the Pacific Ocean o o o Over at Mises Wire, a fascinating piece: No Country Should Be Bigger Than This o o o Breaking the Censorship: How to Obtain an IP Address (for Windows users) o o o Here is a useful piece over at Commander Zero’s blog: Vacuum packaging clothes

News From The American Redoubt:

Gary Hunt’s Outpost of Freedom site has been served a “Cease and Desist” letter and the government has filed an affidavit and request for a court order to shut down his blog. Read this site while you can, before the American Stasi ignores the First Amendment in an effort to hide its illegal moves. – D.S. o o o ‘Go get the gun’ stops would-be thief in his tracks o o o Record snowfall in Boise keeps Treasure Valley schools closed, side roads daunting o o o The American Redoubt movement simply echoes what people have been asking for, for a long time. Here is a newspaper article from 110 years ago that provides some historical context: The Washington Times, April 22, 1907: Spokane People Demand New Western State. o o o I missed this CBC (Canada) news segment when it first aired, back in October: The ‘American Redoubt’ Movement. And here is the more detailed report that appeared at their web site: Hoping for best and preparing for worst: Inside the American Redoubt movement. And here is a follow-on video report: Take a tour of an off-grid cabin in the American Redoubt. o o o Splitting up Washington state: … Continue reading

Please Pray For Israel — The Imminent 72-Nation Forced Palestinian State Final Solution

A meeting of 72 nations is being held in Paris on Sunday, January 15th, 2017. This meeting was rushed to be completed before the upcoming swearing-in of President-elect Donald Trump—no doubt because of his planned shift in U.S. Policy toward Israel. It is noteworthy that President Obama has repeatedly stabbed Israel in the back diplomatically, most recently in abstaining rather than vetoing a crucial UN vote on Israel’s future. But in contrast Donald Trump has a genuine heart for Israel and has repeatedly promised to have the U.S. Embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Paris conference is being characterized as a “peace conference” by the world press, but in actuality, it was brokered behind the scenes as a mechanism to force a two-state solution on Israel (creating a Palestinian State), and to rob Israel of control of East Jerusalem, The West Bank region (the heart of Israel) and all access to the Temple Mount, including the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall). John Kerry will be there at the conference, but representatives from Israel were not be allowed to attend. This a forced external resolution—not a bilateral agreement. We are about to enter truly momentous days … Continue reading

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, by Dave Ramsey The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life, by Travis Stork Movies: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Now also available with Amazon Prime.) 97% Owned (Documentary on the global debt-based monetary system. Note that although the producers of this film obviously have a leftist bias, the information included about how modern “money” is created is correct. Amazon Prime members can watch it free.) Television: Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl (Now available with Amazon Prime.) 1916: The Irish Rebellion. (Now available with Amazon Prime.) Music: The Essential Guy Clark Firefly Soundtrack (Greg Edmondson) Instructional Videos: Active Self Defense YouTube Channel. (Thanks to reader Peter S. for the link suggestion.) Dave Delany: Winter Survival Shelter under a large conifer Podcasts: Folk Alley’s AlleyCast SGT Report Gear: (Both of the following Glock pistol home armorer tools were recommended to me by Tamara at the great View From the Porch blog. They work great!) Truglo Glock Front Sight Installation Tool Ameriglo Sight Pusher Tool for Most Glock Models, Angled Sided

Announcing the Updated SurvivalBlog Archive

Now available for digital download, for just $14.95 Has full SurvivalBlog site content from 2005 to 2016 Expanded bonus material (5 additional books and 15 additional military radio manuals) Extra year of content (2016 ) Faster download time! Note: This release will be followed by the same content on a custom SurvivalBlog logo alloy 8 GB waterproof USB memory stick with an O-ring seal, suitable for your bugout bag. That should be available for ordering in early February. It will be priced under $25. But the digital download (that you can copy onto your own stick or your laptop’s hard drive) is available now. – JWR