Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – December 05, 2017

On December 5th, 1964, the first Medal of Honor awarded to a serviceman for action in Vietnam was presented to Capt. Roger Donlon of Saugerties, New York. Captain Donlon and his Special Forces team were manning Camp Nam Dong, a mountain outpost near the borders of Laos and North Vietnam. Just before two o’clock in the morning on July 6, 1964, hordes of Viet Cong attacked the camp. He was shot in the stomach, but Donlon stuffed a handkerchief into the wound, cinched up his belt, and kept fighting. He was wounded three more times, but he continued fighting–manning a mortar, throwing grenades at the enemy, and refusing medical attention.

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Mid-Scale Grain Gardening in Alaska- Part 1, By Alaskan Gardeners

Food sufficiency is a large part of self sufficiency, so my wife and I pursued mid-scale grain gardening, though our home was in Alaska. Here is our story and how we have done this.

Breakdown of My Article

My article will cover the following:

  • Preamble: Why We All Should Become Increasingly Self-sufficient– The First Steps
  • Definition of Mid-Scale Grain Gardening
  • Crop Operations
  • Reaping and Drying
  • Threshing and Winnowing
  • Scaling Up Harvesting Operations
  • So, What To Do With All This Grain?
  • Disclaimer

Preamble: Why We Should All Become Increasingly Self-sufficient

People’s outlook and actions are largely a product of their experiences, both real and vicarious. My wife and I have spent most of the 23 years prior to 2007 visiting much of the world via sailboat, and our observations have made a big impact on our view of the world.

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SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on Quest Aircraft. (See the Idaho section.)


The fourth installment of the ongoing Amrican Redoubt article series at The Sandpoint Reader has been posted. ‘Keeping the faith’ — The role of religion in the American Redoubt.

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Accompanying this article in The Sandpoint Reader is another biographical sketch/interview: The American Redoubt, as told by Alex Barron, ‘The Bard of the American Redoubt

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SurvivalBlog reader T.Z. sent us a link to this at Zero HedgeMapping The United States Of Welfare. JWR’s Comment:  Just as we have seen with many other maps and charts of national demographics, the American Redoubt region predictably bucks most of the trends.

Idaho (Quest Aircraft)

Here is some news on an outspokenly pro-Christian Idaho airplane manufacturer: Quest expands its facilities.  The company was started as a way to make rough-field capable and amphibious STOL aircraft available to Christian missionaries. Quest Aircraft now employs more than 200 people and is headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho. Yes, they are hiring!

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Innovation Ammunition Technologies (IAT), in Worley, Idaho is an ammunition maker and also build custom AR-15s, to customer specifications.
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The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Featured in politics today is a win handed to President Trump on his travel ban. This has been a good week for Trump.


The supreme court ruled today that President Trump’s travel ban was allowed to go into full effect. Only two justices dissented (Ginsburg and Sotomayor). We’ve pretty much known all along that if the supreme court heard the case they would allow it. It is reassuring to know that there is some rule-of-law still allowed in this country despite the beating it took from the liberal media and lower-level courts. Interestingly enough, the Associated Press and other outlets original misrepresented it as a “Muslim” ban even though Venezuela and North Korea were on the list. Thank you fake news.

Survival Realty

There is a unique east coast listing on Survival Realty that might interest some. One of the 6 homes on Basset Island in Massachusett’s Buzzard Bay is up for sale. It has over 300 feet of shoreline and is on 3.1 acres. Being on an island, it affords rare privacy on the east coast but has full amenities. The listing does include a 21 foot SteigerCraft which you will need to get to the home.

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Kimber Ultra Carry II SP – By Pat Cascio

In this article, we’ll take a close look at the Kimber Ultra Carry II SP 1911. This is one of the smallest 1911 based handguns chambered in .45 ACP on the market.

Limited, Discontinued Splash 1911

I’m sad to say, it appears that Kimber has discontinued this particular base model 1911 and gone to some upper crust, more costly, smaller 1911s. It’s too bad! The gun under review here is the Ultra Carry II SP, and the SP stands for “Splash”. It was a limited product run available for sale at a SHOT Show a few years ago. I believe these guns were done up in five different “Splash” colored frames. They were, if the information I received was correct, limited to only 300 guns in each color. The sample I have has a “Splash” of red on the anodized aluminum frame.

An 1911 in .45 ACP- Good For Me and Military Service Since WW1

Long-time SurvivalBlog readers will readily know that if I were limited to just one handgun for the rest of my life, heaven forbid, then it would be a 1911 in .45 ACP in one guise or another. There simply aren’t many handguns on the market with the long history of the 1911. It has served in every major conflict our military has been in since WW1, and it continues to serve today with SpecOps warriors.

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Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on the coming Dollar Decline.

Precious Metals (Dollar Decline):

First up–and most importantly–there is this at Zero Hedge: Russia, China, India Unveil New Gold Trading Network. JWR’s Comment: This news is another nail in the coffin for the Petrodollar. In the long term, the U.S. Dollar is losing preeminence as a global commodities exchange currency and reserve currency. Once the Dollar reaches a psychological breaking point, it will be substantially revalued downward. I’ve warned you before, folks: It it time to hedge out of U.S. Dollars and your U.S. Dollar-denominated investments. Tangibles–including silver–will be your safe harbor!

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Stock Market:

Next, this at Seeking Alpha: December 2017 Stock Considerations
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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

Adam Smith

“Every individual necessarily labors to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention.” – Adam Smith

Preparedness Notes for Sunday – December 03, 2017

Today is the birthday of actor Brendan Fraser (born, 1968.) He often plays “fish out of water” roles. Preppers of course remember him from Blast From The Past.

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SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today features another entry for Round 74 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. 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.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. 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,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels 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. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. Two cases of meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of (a $180 value), and
  8. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A gift certificate for any two or three-day class from Max Velocity Tactical (a $600 value),
  4. A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training (a $400 value),
  5. A Trekker IV™ Four-Person Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $250 value),
  6. A $200 gift certificate good towards any books published by,
  7. RepackBox is providing a $300 gift certificate to their site.

Third Prize:

  1. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances, and
  6. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).

Round 74 ends on January 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.

Preparing for Infectious Diseases, by Maple

While there are many good articles out there on preparing for pandemics, there is little information that really breaks down infectious diseases and how to alter your actions depending on the disease. There are also conflicting reports on exactly what actions to take and if/when to take antibiotics and in what dosages. I hope this article will provide you with the tools you will need to decide what actions to take. This article will cover some basic infectious disease terms and patterns and then two resources you can use to decide what actions to take and when.

Infectious Diseases

When talking pandemics, you’re really talking about the spread of infectious diseases, as opposed to the other types of diseases, such as deficiency, genetic, and physiological. Infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. While many of these organisms live in and on our bodies at all times, rarely causing problems, some can cause a range of minor irritations all the way up to death. Bacteria are single-celled organisms responsible for illnesses such as strep throat, urinary tract infections, and tuberculosis. Viruses are smaller than bacteria, causing a range of diseases from the common cold up to AIDS. Fungi induce many skin diseases such as ringworms, athletes’ foot, and can infect your lungs or nervous system. Parasites can be transmitted through bites or feces, such as Malaria obtained from a mosquito bite. Knowing which of the four ways a disease spreads can be important when stopping an infection.

The Spread of Infectious Disease

Infectious disease can be spread through direct or indirect contact. Direct contact is what you would expect: person to person, animal to person, or mother to unborn child. Indirect contact can include germs lingering on a surface, insect bites, or food/water contamination.

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Book Release Announcement: My Thailand Calling

My Thailand Calling - Cover

I’m pleased to announce the release of the latest book from Liberty Paradigm Publishing.  It is the autobiography of Rynier Kruger, a Christian man who has devoted his life to missionary service in Thailand.  He has spent more than 20 years there, and now speaks Thai fluently.  The book, titled My Thailand Calling, was just released as a Kindle e-book, and as a Print On Demand trade paperback.  Here is a description:

My Thailand Calling is the autobiography of Christian missionary Rynier Kruger. Born in Southern Rhodesia in 1952, Rynier Kruger had an idyllic boyhood growing up on his family’s isolated farm near Chipinge, near the border of Mozambique. As he reached his teens a revolt led by communist guerillas was in its early stages. In 1970, along with his older brother, Rynier enlisted in the Rhodesian Army. Following his military service, Rynier attended an agricultural college in South Africa. At the conclusion of the Rhodesian Bush War, Robert Mugabe was elected and promised sweeping reforms. Gradually, life was made difficult for Rhodesia’s farmers. Rynier’s entire extended family was forced to abandon their farms and leave the country, settling in South Africa. After graduating from college in 1981, he went to work for the Agricultural Marketing Board of South Africa. It was while working there that he came to saving Faith in Christ and he committed his life to Christian service.

This book would make an ideal gift for anyone who works in the missions field, or for anyone who is considering Christian missionary work. It is also great for anyone with an interest in the history of Rhodesia, or for anyone looking for insights into Thai culture and customs. Kruger is also a Gideon Society member, so the book would be of interest to all Gideons, and their supporters. Kruger’s valuable knowledge on how to reach foreign cultures with the Gospel of Christ and how to overcome language barriers is wonderful. In his book, Kruger warns of the many potential pitfalls of missionary service and he points out the deficiency of “short term” overseas missions.

The Kindle edition of My Thailand Calling is just $4.99 and the paperback edition is $12.95.   The book is 286 pages and includes a section of photographs and a glossary.  Even if you don’t buy a copy, please help spread the word, and pray for Rynier’s ministry.

Full Disclosure: I was so inspired by Rynier Kruger’s life story that I decided to publish his book free of charge. All of Liberty Paradigm Publishing’s profits from this book are being assigned directly to supporting Rynier Kruger’s ministry. I am also providing more than a year of free advertising for the book, at SurvivalBlog. My only profit will come in the form of Amazon Associates payments–the same that I make from any other book sold by Amazon that is mentioned in SurvivalBlog. – JWR

The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. National Reciprocity is making news again as a bill is approved by the House panel.

A Better Mousetrap

Reader P.S. sent in this video on a mousetrap design that is over 427 years old and is still effective today. The video blogger has a number of mousetraps that he reviews. He will profile the mouse trap that is featured, often building them from scratch. He then places them in his barn with a video camera aimed at it to evaluate its performance. The best mouse trap I’ve every owned was profiled by him as well.

Acid Attacks in London

“honor” acid attacks are on the rise in London. In 2017 there have already been 454 acid attacks compared to 261 in 2015 and 166 the year before. This is such a cowardly type of attack which I would put on par with the “knockout game” attacks that plagued the large cities here in the states a few years ago. However, It should be noted that even the victims want the state to control the sale of acid rather than cracking down on the persons who commit the crime. I guess Britons feel that acid jumps from the cup into their face much the same way that American liberal leftists believe that guns fire by themselves in the commission of crimes.

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