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6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial: Something unsaid about Timothy McVeigh’s excecution

27  Ask Jackie: Finding wilderness property, pickles, growing potatoes in boxes, ginger beer, homemade tortillas, kale soup, hanging meat, and more

55  Energy Works

48  Think of it this way: The Coming American Dictatorship, Part V

13  Ayoob on Firearms: The rationale of the automatic rifle

34  Irreverent joke page

74  Book Reviews: Think Free to Live Free, 101 Things to do ‘Til the Revolution, Don’t Shoot the Bastards (Yet)

75  Small Business Profile

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81  Letters

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Cover 70
The cover for this issue is a rendering, by the artist Don Childers, of a flag retirement ceremony conducted by a troop of Cub Scouts. The ceremony took place in a public park on a summer’s evening not long ago. As the author, Don Fallick, explains in his story (which begins on page 36), it rained that day and the rain stopped just before the ceremony began. Childers captures the moment described by Fallick when a mood of sorrow and patriotism stirred the hearts of those present and set lasting memories on a gathering of Cub Scouts, their families and friends, and curious onlookers who just happened to be fortunate enough to stop by.



18  Living the outlaw life: Freeing your inner outlaw   By Claire Wolfe

Are you a law abiding citizen? Think again. Claire Wolfe points out that there are now so many laws that you can barely turn around without breaking laws that carry hefty fines or jail time, every day. In this article, she tells us how to live the outlaw life while holding on to our morality.

8  The raging torrent — respect it, even when you play   By Scott Stoddard

Whether it’s flash flood or a local stream, moving water can kill, and does, hundreds of times a year. Scott Stoddard tells you how to make yourself safe as well as what to do and what not to do should you ever have to try to rescue someone from raging water.

Energy Works

62  Finalizing a hydro-electric installation   By Michael Hackleman

In this, the fourth and final installment of a do-it-yourself hydro installation, Michael Hackleman describes the completion of the actual installation of the unit at Motherland outside Willits, California.

55  Powering medical equipment during a utility blackout   By Michael Hackleman

A power blackout can be deadly to someone whose life depends on electrically powered medical equipment. In this article Michael Hackleman describes a simple and low-cost source of electric power that employs a battery pack and inverter that will take over the instant the lights go out.


36  Retiring a flag   By Don Fallick

Building and tools

40  Build your own log home in the woods   By Jackie Clay

This is the first of a two-part series on how to build your own log home. Jackie Clay explains how to draw up your own floor plans, the tools you will need, where you may find logs cheap—or even free, how to “peel” them, and which “notches” will serve you the best during construction.

22  Build a stone wall   By Charles A. Sanders

Charles Sanders instructs us on how to split stones with simple tools, and how to use the fruits of your labor to build your own stone wall.

80  Build a small A-frame using pallets   By Clay Sawyer

Country Living

25  Oh, no! Not lentils again!   By Habeeb Salloum

Habeeb Salloum reminisces on how, during the Great Depression, his family of recently-arrived Syrian immigrants hid the fact that they ate the lowly lentil. Today, lentils are a mainstay of Canadian agriculture and Salloum trumpets the health benefits of the food that sustained his family during those hard years.

97  Last word: How to blow up an anthill   By H. Elton Harris


77  Some unusual jellies for your sweet tooth   By Charles Sanders