Preparedness Notes for Monday — March 25, 2019

This is the birthday of English film director David Lean. He was born in Croydon, England in 1908, and died in 1991. He is best known for his films The Bridge on the River Kwai and Doctor Zhivago. National Medal of Honor day is officially observed on March 25th of each year. On March 25 1944 RAF Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade survived a jump from a burning Lancaster bomber from 18,000 feet over Germany without a parachute. His fall was broken by pine trees and soft snow, and he suffered only a sprained leg. He died on June 22nd, 1987.

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CRKT/Ruger AR Cleaning Tool, by Pat Cascio

I do a lot of AR-15 shooting these days, either testing guns for articles, or just for my own shooting pleasure. One thing that I don’t especially enjoy, and never have, is AR cleaning. Because they use a gas tube rather than a gas piston, they require frequent cleaning. And they aren’t one of the easiest rifles to clean. Today, we’re looking at the AR cleaning tool, from CRKT and Ruger. Several years ago, Ruger commissioned CRKT to produce some cutlery for them – under the Ruger name, and it has been a great relationship. The first time I handled …

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Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Scratch Chocolate Cake

Avalanche Lily’s Scratch Chocolate Cake This is an old family recipe, from my side of the family. Ingredients 2 Cups white flour (sifting the flour is optional) 1 Cup Cocoa Powder 2 tsp Baking Soda 2 Cups Hot Water 2 Cups Granulated Sugar 2 Eggs 2 Rounded TBSPs of Butter   Directions Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly mix all ingredients into a batter Oil (or lard) coat the interior of a 8″x16″ glass baking dish. Pour batter evenly into the baking dish Bake uncovered for 35 minutes. Decorating and serving Suggestions Allow cake to cool 20 minutes before frosting. …

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Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news 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 SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we focus on the predictions of economist Marc Faber. Precious Metals: Gary Christenson: Self-Destruction: Cheerleading The Process o  o  o Worldwide Major Central Banks are Accumulating Their Gold Holdings   Economy & Finance: Jon C. was the first of several readers to send us this news: Shopko …

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.” – Thomas Sowell

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Preparedness Notes for Sunday — March 24, 2019

Today, March 24th is the birthday of Dr. Arthur Robinson, who was born in 1942.  He is a co-founder of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine (OISM). He is an outspoken critic of the Global Warming Theory. — Pastor Chick Baldwin has published an Open Letter alerting American gun owners about Senate Bill 7, the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act of 2019—otherwise known as a national “red flag” gun confiscation bill. This is very dangerous legislation. It denies citizens of Due Process and the age-old right to face their accusers in court. Most of the Red …

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The Global Economic Reset Begins With An Engineered Crash, by Brandon Smith

Editor’s Introductory Note:  This selected article was first posted at the excellent Alt-Market.com site. It is re-posted with permission. — For a few years now, since at least 2014, the phrase “global economic reset” has been circulating in the financial world. This phrase is used primarily by globalist institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to describe an event in which the current system as we know it will either die out or evolve into a new system where “multilateralism” will become the norm. The reset is often described in an ambiguous way. IMF banking elites will usually mention the …

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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 “JWR”.  Today, we focus on concealed carry of firearms by private citizens. Constitutional Carry Versus Control Some cogent commentary from Reid Henrichs: Constitutional Carry vs Control – The Winds of Freedom Sprawling Ugandan Refugee Camps Mike Williamson (our Editor At Large) recommended this detailed piece that documents the grinding poverty of Africa’s huge refugee populations: In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is under way. Their dependence has become multi-generational, and their “camps” are …

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by …

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Preparedness Notes for Saturday — March 23, 2019

This is the birthday of acclaimed 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. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 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 …

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Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready! …

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Scavenging and the Law, by JRRT

There’s a lot to criticize about survival-themed movies, to the point where the only value most of them have is just to get all of us thinking about “what if,” and to entertain us in the process. But the trope that bothers me more than any other is the portrayal of scavenging. In survival movies, the heroes find caches of cool stuff, help themselves to fully stocked but deserted grocery stores, and appropriate vehicles. Survival almost looks fun! Who hasn’t fantasized about being able to have free reign to grab whatever they want from store shelves? As enjoyable as it …

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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 “JWR”.  Today, we focus on California’s 1862 Megastorm. Beating Facial Recognition Worth reading, at American Partisan: A Few Ideas on Beating Facial Recognition. Also see: Facial recognition’s ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent A Sequel to California’s 1862 Megastorm? Here’s what a ‘very likely’ sequel to California’s 1862 megastorm would look like. Here are two quote:s “That singular storm, called the Great Flood, unleashed 10 feet of rain and …

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out …

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Preparedness Notes for Friday — March 22, 2019

This is the birthday of Louis L’Amour. (Born 1908, died 1988.) Some of his novels have survival themes. One of the most notable ones of interest to survivalists is Last of the Breed. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 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. This can be used …

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