SurvivalBlog Resources: Liquid Fuels Storage and Transfer

Introductory Note: The following is the first of a series of articles by JWR that will profile some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles, grouped topically. Storing and transferring liquid fuels is topic that often comes up in conversations with my consulting clients and in letters from SurvivalBlog readers. There seems to be a lack of knowledge or misinformed voodoo out there in the general public about liquid fuel shelf life, flammability, containers, and how to transfer fuel when the power grids are down. But those questions have all been “asked and answered” in SurvivalBlog, over the course of the past 11 years. To begin, it is important to understand that the general rule about distilled oil products is: With the exception of LPG, the more highly refined the fraction, the shorter its shelf life. Let me back up for a moment, and describe how refining works: In its rudiments, at a refinery crude oil gets heated to around 700 degrees Fahrenheit and it transitions to a gas. These heated gasses are ported into the bottom of a distillation column (commonly called a crude tower) and as they move up the height of the column, they cool and at … Continue reading

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A Redoubtable Internet Business is For Sale

I’m announcing the availability of what is currently a home-based Internet sales business in the American Redoubt. But the business could be operated from anywhere in the United States. I have known the family who owns this online company since before they even started the business more than six years ago, back when they had a house full of toddlers. After six years of building their online presence and excellent reputation, they believe that God has something else for their family and that they need to pursue that. The family has exhibited the same high level of integrity in their personal lives as they have in their business, and I would not recommend it otherwise; they want to see this business thrive and are willing to help the new owners through the transition to see that happen. This online business revolves around sales of products for self-sufficiency and preparedness. They take a a skills approach to survivalism and to healthy living. Along with an online retail store, the business comes with over 450 pieces of relevant content which, alone, is valued at over $20,000 (if priced at the owner’s current freelance writing fee.) Several approaches could be taken in moving … Continue reading

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Enjoying (and Surviving) Solar Eclipse 2017

On August 21, 2017, residents of a narrow swath through the United States will have a rare treat: The chance to observe a total eclipse of the sun. The path of totality will transit several major cities, including Greenville, South Carolina and parts of St. Louis, Kansas City, and Nashville. In the west, most of the viewing will be in smaller towns, since major cities, like Denver and Portland, are well outside of the path of totality. Because this eclipse is occurring in mid-summer (with a lower chance of cloud cover), there should be good opportunities for viewing, if you are positioned inland of coastal fog. I have heard that many hotels and motels that are in or near the path of totality have been fully booked for the eclipse travel period since late 2016. And I heard that the hotels and motels in or near Jackson Hole, Wyoming were booked two years in advance. A State Parks official in Oregon told me that their reservation system was overwhelmed in the first 10 minutes after midnight on January 1st, 2017, with folks seeking campground site anywhere near the path of totality. At this late stage, your best bet would probably … Continue reading

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Round 68 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

This was a tough contest to judge as there were so many good articles published in Round 68, but decisions have to be made. Any article submitted but not published will automatically be rolled over to Round 69. Without further ado, here are the winners: First prize goes to J.U. for “Prep Your Ride – Part 1”, “Part 2”, and “Part 3” published on January 3rd, 5th, and 6th, 2017. He will receive the following prizes: 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 … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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Annual Reminder: The Ten Cent Challenge

I only post one reminder about voluntary Ten Cent Challenge subscriptions each year, and this is it. Please keep in mind that to operate SurvivalBlog we have considerable expenses for bandwidth, web hosting, our backup site, software, and legal fees. The most recent new expense has been liability insurance. (We live in a very litigious society, and we were targeted in a frivolous defamation lawsuit, which is still pending. I am confident that we will prevail, but the attorney fees have already been substantial.) If you find that you get more than 10 cents worth of value per day in reading SurvivalBlog, then please donate 10 cents ($36 per year) to help support the blog’s costs. There are several payment options including PayPal, cash, checks, U.S. postage stamps, and even mailing a few silver dimes. (Most folks send five or six pre-1965 silver dimes taped to a scrap of cardboard.) Only about 1% of readers are Ten Challenge subscribers. Please join in, and do your bit. Your contributions are needed and greatly appreciated! – JWR

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SurvivalBlog Welcomes New Sponsors and Advertisers

Tobers Traditions is now a sponsor of the SurvivalBlog Writing Contest and is offering a $250 gift certificate to their store. Tober’s Traditions formulates, produces, and sells, safe, healthy, effective all natural personal care products that actually work! Our product line includes lotions, soaps, deodorant, sunscreen, tooth cleaner, lip balm, massage oil, and insect repellent. Unlike many of the big name brand products, which contain harmful synthetic chemicals and preservatives, our products don’t put your health at risk by using them. And unlike many other all natural products, our products actually work well. Our product line was originally formulated for people with sensitive skin and skin allergies. But as our research and business developed we realized that not only do a large percentage of people have such sensitivities, but that most of the personal care products on the market put people’s health at risk. o o o Portable Solar LLC is a new sponsor of the SurvivalBlog Writing Contest and is offering a $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator. These are EMP hardened Solar Systems. Portable Solar LLC is a Veteran-owned engineering company with the mission of helping families be less dependent on our vulnerable Grid in an … Continue reading

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Round 67 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

First prize goes to L.M. for “Purchasing Power: Past, Present, Future- Part 1”, “Part2”, “Part 3”, “Part 4”, and “Part 5” which was posted on November 8th through November 12th, 2016. The following prizes were awarded: A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case (a $1,700 value), 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 hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value), Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul PMAG 30-rd Magazines (a value of … Continue reading

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Update on the Bobby Akard/Akart Defamation Lawsuit Against SurvivalBlog

I still have not yet been served the court papers for Bobby Akart’s defamation lawsuit. There was apparently an attempt to serve the papers at the offices of my literary agent in New York City, but I have yet to receive them. I sincerely thank all of those SurvivalBlog readers who have contributed to our defense in the Robert Akart lawsuit in Ohio. With your help, I have secured an experienced and committed attorney who will soon file an Answer and Counter-Claim. As I’m sure you know, legal proceedings are expensive. So I ask for your continued support. We anticipate that the legal expenses will go far in excess of $5,000, even if Akart eventually drops his frivolous lawsuit. The defense against this suit has already cost $2,000–and about half of that has been covered by SurvivalBlog reader donations. If you would like to contribute, then please send a check to: James Wesley, Rawles P.O. Box 303 Moyie Springs, Idaho 83845 Alternatively, PayPal donations can be sent to: james@rawles.to. (Yes, it is indeed a “.to” domain, not a “.com” address.) Most of all, I ask for your prayers that justice will prevail in this case. As a citizen journalist, I … Continue reading

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