Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 14, 2018

July 14th is the birthday of Colonel Einar A. Malmstrom. He was born in 1907 and died August 21, 1954 near Great Falls, Montana, in the crash of a T-33 jet. He was a decorated Air Force pilot, a Luft Stalag POW survivor, and test pilot. Malmstrom AFB was one of the settings for JWR’s novel Founders. (The base was named in his honor.) The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 14, 2018 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – June 16, 2018

On June 16, 1896, the people of Japan awoke to find that many of their friends, neighbors, and family had perished in the night due to a tsunami. A disturbance in the Japan Trench resulted in an earthquake that reached 7.6 on the Richter scale. This caused a large displacement of water, which caused the tsunami to hit Japan about 20 minutes later. In some places, the wave may have reached up to 115 feet high. Entire villages along the coast were washed away. However, fishermen at sea and those living several miles inland had no idea that anything had … The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – June 16, 2018 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – June 02, 2018

On June 2, 1774, Parliament renewed the quartering Act allowing British military to stay in private homes if necessary, completing the Coercive Acts. The Quartering Act, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Government Act, the Administration of Justice Act, and the Boston Port Act, were known as the Coercive Acts. These Acts were Parliament’s way of asserting their control over the colonists after the Boston Tea Party and were one of the main motivations for the 3rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest This has been another entry for Round 77 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing … The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – June 02, 2018 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – May 19, 2018

We are coming up on the end of Round 76 of the SurvivalBlog Non-Fiction Writing Contest. There is still time to get your article finished and submitted for these fantastic prizes! With over $11,000 worth of prizes, it could be well worth your time. If you’ve been putting it off, get it finished and sent it! o o o Richard Pipes, a historian of Russia and a Reagan aide, has died at age 94. He spent his entire academic career at harvard and is known for his work “Russia Under the Old Regime” published in 1974. His work with a … The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – May 19, 2018 appeared

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – May 05, 2018

May 5th is the birthday of Pat Frank (1908-1964). This was the pen name of newspaper journalist Harry Hart Frank. His novel Alas, Babylon is a survivalist classic. His personal life was marred by alcoholism, but his writing is admired and still surprisingly popular today. (Alas, Babylon is still in print, after more than 50 years!) As an homage to Pat Frank, one of the settings in JWR’s novel Expatriates is Mt. Dora, Florida, which was fictionalized by Pat Frank as Fort Repose in Alas, Babylon. o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest This has been another entry for Round 76 … The post Preparedness

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – April 21, 2018

April 21st is Aggie Muster Day, for all Texas A&M Corps of Cadets graduates. Aggie Muster celebrations/meetings are held as far away as Japan, Germany, and Afghanistan. I should mention that Jim’s grandfather (a U.S. Army Cavalry LTC) was an Aggie– something mentioned so often that everyone in his family felt like de facto Aggies, too. Other than the officers that matriculate though West Point, the four institutions that seem to have the greatest ongoing esprit de corps for graduates are Texas A&M, The Citadel, Norwich University, NMMI, and VMI. Jim felt almost obliged to include an

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – April 07, 2018

April 7th is the birthday of Colonel Bob Denard (born 1929, died October 13, 2007). He had an amazing life as a mercenary, including four attempted coups in the Comoros. o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today features another entry for Round 76 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 for any … The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – April 07, 2018 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – March 10, 2018

On March 10, 1910, China officially ended slavery. But unofficially, China now has one of the world’s largest slave populations. These are mostly political prisoners, working in prison factories. Sadly, there is no way of reliably knowing whether or not most of the “Made In China” merchandise that you buy might originate from these prisons. o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today features another entry for Round 75 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 … The post Preparedness Notes

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – February 24, 2018

On February 24, 1840, former President John Quincy Adams began to argue the Amistad case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. A practicing lawyer, member of the House of Representatives, and son of America’s second president who was an avowed abolitionist. Though John Quincy Adams downplayed his abolitionist stance, he also viewed the practice as contrary to the nation’s core principles of freedom and equality. In the arguments, Adams attacked Van Buren’s abuse of executive power. In a dramatic moment, Adams faced the judges, pointed to a copy of the Declaration of Independence hanging on the courtroom wall, and … The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – February 24, 2018 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – February 17, 2018

February 16th is the anniversary of U.S. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur’s “Most daring act of the age” as British Admiral Horatio Nelson called it. The Muslim pirates from the Barbary states – Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripolitania, had been leading raids against U.S. flagged ships, stealing the cargo and ransoming the crew back to the U.S. at exorbitant price. After two years of minor raids, President Thomas Jefferson ordered U.S. navy vessels to the Mediterranean Sea to engage them. Sadly, the U.S. frigate Philadelphia ran aground near Tripoli and was captured. On February 16th, 1804, Lt. Decatur led an expeditionary force into Tripoli harbor to destroy the captured American Vessel before it could be used to the Tripolitan advantage. …

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – February 10, 2018

February 10th is the birthday of Zvi Zvika Greengold (born 1952), a Centurion tank commander who was one of Israel’s most notable heroes of the Yom Kippur War. He was awarded the Medal of Valor. o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today features another entry for Round 75 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 for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value), …

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – January 20, 2018

Today is the birthday of Congressman Richard Henry Lee (1732–1794) o o o 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: 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 for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value), A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice…

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – August 26, 2017

August 26, 526, is the official anniversary of the invention of toilet paper by the Chinese. We celebrate this, though not because of its convenience. In fact, it has many shortcomings, some which are described within the articles and letters of SurvivalBlog. Our celebration of it is primarily because we now have an official metric of just how hard core of a prepper you are as well as a metric for just how economically unstable your country is. August 26, 1946 is also the official release date of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – August 19, 2017

August 19th is the birthday of Philo Taylor Farnsworth (1906-1971). Farnsworth was an American inventor who is best known for his image pickup device that formed the basis for the fully functional and complete all-electronic television system. Among his many other inventions was the Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor, a small nuclear fusion device that remains a viable source of neutrons. At his death, he held over 300 patents, mostly in radio and television. August 20th Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – August 19, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – August 12, 2017

This the birthday of country singer/songwriter Buck Owens (1929–2006). His songs typified what has been called “The Bakersfield Sound.” o o o It was sad to hear that Ty Hardin has passed away, at age 87. He is remembered for his television western roles. His film credits included Battle of the Bulge and PT-109. He was also the founder of an anti-tax movement that later morphed into The Arizona Patriots. Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – August 12, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – August 05, 2017

August 5th is the sad anniversary of the Mann Gulch Fire in Montana that took the lives of 13 firefighters (including 12 smokejumpers and one former smokejumper), in 1949. The intense, fast-moving forest fire took place in what later became the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness. The events of that fire were chronicled in the book Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean and immortalized in the haunting lyrics of the ballad Cold Missouri Watersby James Keelaghan. Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – August 05, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 29, 2017

July 29th, 1805, is the birthday of Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville. He died april 16th, 1859. Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 29, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 22, 2017

Jully 22nd is the birthday of actor Willem Dafoe (born 1955). Perhaps his best role was in the movie The Hunter, set in Tasmania. Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 22, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 15, 2017

On July 15th, 1888, the Bandai Volcano erupted on the Japanese island of Honshu killing hundreds and burying many nearby villages in ash. While Honshu is in an area of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, this eruption was surprising. The volcano had erupted only four times in the 1,000 years prior and none had been particularly deadly. However, this eruption was different. The rumblings started just after 7 a.m. Within 30 minutes there was an explosion on the north side of the mountain and over the next two hours there were dozens of explosions giving villagers very little time to escape. Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 08, 2017

Today marks the birth of actor Kevin Bacon (born 1958.) Preppers usually associate him with the campy movie Tremors. Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 08, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 01, 2017

July 1st, 1863 is the anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. o o o California’s draconian gun ban was just blocked by a federal judge, days before it was to take effect! Judge Roger Benitez ruled that the law was likely unconstitutional. This is a temporary injunction to give the courts time to consider the pending lawsuits. o o o Happy 150th Canada Day to all those north of the 49th parallel! Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 01, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – June 24, 2017

June 24th the birthday of rifle-toting abolitionist pastor Henry Ward Beecher. (Born 1813, died March 8, 1887.) He and his adherents from his church smuggled so many Sharps rifles to Bleeding Kansas that the Sharps rifles picked up the nickname Beecher’s Bibles. Wikipedia states: Several of his brothers and sisters became well-known educators and activists, most notably Harriet Beecher Stowe, who achieved worldwide fame with her abolitionist novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. o o o I heard that fellow blogger Commander Zero just had an emergency appendectomy. (His appendix burst.) Please pray for a full, rapid recovery. Some details can be found at …

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – June 17, 2017

June 17th is the birthday of musician Red Foley (born, 1910, died September 19, 1968). His patriotic song Smoke on the Water topped the music charts for 13 weeks in late 1944 and early 1945, and charted for 24 weeks. This song, which describes the doom of tyrants, would be considered quite politically incorrect these days. June 17th is also the birthday of novelist John Ross, who was born in 1957. Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – June 17, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – June 10, 2017

On June 10, 1967, the Six Day War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a United Nations-mediated cease-fire. Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – June 10, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Preparedness Notes for Sunday – June 04, 2017

On this day in 1944 United States Navy Task Group 22.3 captured U-505. It was a German submarine with an intact Enigma cypher machine. This was the first time since the USS Peacock seized HMS Nautilus in 1815 that the USN had captured an enemy vessel at sea. The sub, reunited with its periscope a decade ago, is displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Note that we’ve improved the blog’s Search Box. We have also expanded our discussion guidelines. Please take a look before you post a comment. Thanks, – JWR Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Sunday – June 04, 2017 appeared

Preparedness Notes for Saturday – May 27, 2017

Traditionally, many of SurvivalBlog’s advertisers have Memorial Day sales and this year is no exception. KeepShooting has some great deals on surplus military equipment like the Military Style Wool Blankets in OD, black and gray. This are excellent emergency blankets to have in your vehicle. Take a look at their other specials too! Ready Made Resources is giving away a Baofeng ham radio with the purchase of any night vision device or thermal device (excluding the pocket scope). This is a $63 value. Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – May 27, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.

Notes for Saturday – May 20, 2017

May 20th, 1942 was the birthday of Carlos Hathcock (died February 23, 1999.) He was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant sniper with a service record of 93 confirmed kills. Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news! The post Notes for Saturday – May 20, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

Notes for Saturday – May 13, 2017

May 13th is the birthday of firearms engineer Theodor Koch (born 1905, died 1976). Koch, along with Edmund Heckler and Alex Seidel, salvaged tooling from the bombed-out Mauser factory at Oberndorf, and with it founded Heckler und Koch. o o o Ready Made Resources is offering a Baofeng BF-F8HP tri-power ham radio at no extra charge with the purchase of any PVS-14 3rd Gen+ autogated night vision. View animals at night, Search and rescue at night, Hike at night, allowing you to bug out or head home at night. Night vision makes the difference between living and dying…

Notes for Saturday – April 29, 2017

This is the birthday of actor Daniel Day-Lewis (born 1957), often remembered for his starring roles in Last of the Mohicians and in Lincoln. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 70 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 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 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 …

Notes for Saturday – April 22, 2017

Today is the birthday of the late Charles Rankin Bond, Jr, who was born in Dallas on April 22, 1915. He was one of the last of the AVG Flying Tiger pilots. o o o Please remember that Saturday, April 22, 2017 has been named an international day of prayer for peace and harmony in South Africa. Please pray fervently that the current wave of criminal and genocidal violence will end! Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news!