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I have a special request: I’m looking for a quantity of used 5.56mm machinegun belt links. These are the USGI “M27” links that work with the M249 and Shrike belt-feds. If you have any M27 links without rust that you don’t expect to ever use, then please throw them in a Flat Rate Box and mail them to: Jim Rawles, P.O. Box 303, Moyie Springs, Idaho 83845. Be sure to include a note indicating whether or not you’d like to be reimbursed for the postage. (I will gladly do so!) Many thanks! – JWR

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Reader J.R. reports that he tried to sign up with Simbi (mentioned yesterday) and was informed that a social media account was required as proof of identity (to avoid “fake” accounts). If you don’t have a social media presence, they require your full legal name, zip code or address, and a “selfie” of you holding a government issued ID. Given this level of privacy intrusion and the questionable value of the data for the stated reasons, SurvivalBlog cannot recommend Simbi to its readers. (See this legal brief filed with the Supreme Court of the United States in regards to the National Commodity And Barter Association relating the dangers of giving this information out.)

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A video, just for fun: Ken Block Drifts London – EXTENDED Director’s Cut – Top Gear – BBC

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Reader DMS sent in this followup video link on the preppers who got robbed in Cleveland.

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SurvivalBlog reader K.S sent in this link of Geography of Commutes in the United States as a possible “Golden Horde” predictor.

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