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  • newNotes for Sunday – June 26, 2016
    June 26th is the birthday of Marine Corps Lt. General Chesty Puller (born 1898, died October 11, 1971). Perhaps America’s finest-ever maverick officer, Puller was part of what I call the Even Greater Generation. – JWR
    - 7 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 1:02am -
  • newUsing Canning Jars For All Food Stores and More – Part 2, by Sarah Latimer
    What We Store In Jars Dry, bulk goods. This category of items includes grains, dried pasta, dried potato flakes, dry beans, and rice for long-term storage. We buy these in 40- and 50-pound bags from the Mormon storehouse, Costco, and online vendors,…
    - 7 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 1:01am -
  • newLetter Re: Radical Islam
    Dear James and Hugh, I was just reading the article mentioned on June 18th in SurvivalBlog regarding BHO’s refusal to mention ‘radical Islam’.  There are very few things that I agree with regarding the BHO’s thought process, but I tend to ag…
    - 7 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 12:48am -
  • newLetter: My Take on the U.S. Economy and Politics, and Their Implications for Prepping
    HJL: I’m a both CPCU and CIC chartered senior insurance agent. I have observed that in a normal [business] year there is all sorts of business formation in the first three months.  I know because they ask for insurance quotes for the pro-forma or…
    - 7 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 12:40am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    “Sound as a Pound?” There is now plenty of conjecture about the prospects for UK’s Pound Sterling.  Will the Pound’s post-Brexit plunge in the exchange markets continue?  (As of Friday evening, it had crashed to 1985 levels.) Or will there…
    - 7 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 12:37am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Reader T.Z. flagged this: The price of LEDs is falling so fast it’s profitable to farm in a New Jersey nightclub. JWR Adds: We have a couple of 600-watt fan-cooled special plant growth spectrum Growpanel LED units here at the Rawles Ranch that we p…
    - 7 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 12:31am -
  • newJim’s Quote of the Day:
    “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7 (KJV)
    - 7 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 12:27am -
  • Notes for Saturday – June 25, 2016
    On June 25th, 1876, Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeated the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River. The Battle of Little…
    - 1 day ago 25 Jun 16, 12:06am -
  • The Costs and Benefits of Hunting, by J.B.
    I’m a lifelong hunter that has gone from being a kid taken to a hunting club by his father, as an introduction to hunting back in the mid-70’s, to being a self-sufficient property owner, who can hunt year round for the non-game species (hogs) if…
    - 1 day ago 25 Jun 16, 12:05am -
  • Letter Re: Sanitation Issues: Understanding Home Septic Systems
    Dear SurvivalBlog Readers, Recently SurvivalBlog has presented several articles on sanitation issues. I’d like to add to those. Many homes are equipped with septic tanks to perform as a holding tank for waste allowing waste decomposition to occur.…
    - 1 day ago 25 Jun 16, 12:04am -
  • Letter Re: Tracking Dogs
    Dear Editor:I would like to relate my experiences with tracking dogs that are not even trained. We had a beagle who was born mostly blind. She was a pet. She had an incredible sense of smell that I have seen in other trained hounds, but not in a pet.…
    - 1 day ago 25 Jun 16, 12:02am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Brexit triggers huge swings in exchange rates of the GB Pound.  (We witnessed a nearly 9% move in one day!) o o o Brexit causes decline in global stock markets o o o Gold Bullion Surges 6% In USD As Brexit Creates Global Contagion Risk o o o Items f…
    - 1 day ago 25 Jun 16, 12:01am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    Inside New Hampshire’s annual libertarian Porcfest. o o o Several readers sent this news item: Armed Federal Officers Now Outnumber… The US Marines? o o o WorldNetDaily‘s Joseph Farah: It’s Independence Day for Great Britain. o o o Reader Pet…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jun 16, 11:59pm -
  • Jim’s Quote of the Day:
    “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” – Habakkuk 2:3-4 (KJV)
    - 1 day ago 24 Jun 16, 11:57pm -
  • Notes for Friday – June 24, 2016
    June 24th is 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 Bee…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 4:13am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • newJune 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Club Monaco Red Tavel/Passport Purse 2. Douk-Douk UK Legal Pocket Knife 3. L’Occitane Shea Butter Delightful Rose Lip Balm 4. Miscellaneous Keys 5. Wilko Ultra Soft Pocket Tissues 6. Paper Mate Flexgrip Ultra Ballpoint Pen – Blue.…
    - 17 hours ago 25 Jun 16, 2:30pm -
  • Restarting a Stockpile: Why I’m Starting with Household Supplies
    For those of you new to the scene, a little catch-up: Thomas and I moved to the U.K. from Canada a little under a month ago. This cross-continental move put us in a bit of an odd position from a prepping point of view. Quite obviously – it le…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jun 16, 5:30pm -
  • Knife Drop: Restarting a Knife Collection
    As you already know, Thomas and I moved to the UK just last month. Thomas lived in the UK before he moved up to the Great North (Canada!) for me a number of years back (for those wondering, yes he does have a British accent), and so with a lit…
    - 8 days ago 18 Jun 16, 2:30pm -
  • June 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    Grey day here in the UK. Spending time cleaning my tech with the Hurricane (amazing tool & a great money saver in the long run). 1. Focal Spirit One S Closed Headphones 2. O2 Hurricane Can-less Compressed Air 3. Kanger Subox Mini + Kanger Ge…
    - 15 days ago 11 Jun 16, 1:00pm -
  • Couch Potato Prepping: Prep Without Leaving Your Sofa
    While we all know just how important it is to be active and actually get around to doing all the physically laborious preps we have in our head to do, not every moment of the time you spend in front of the computer or sitting on a couch has to…
    - 17 days ago 9 Jun 16, 5:45pm -
  • 44 Home Remedies for Toothache Relief – Which Work for You?
    Toothaches are a harsh reality to have to deal with. Whether you’re stuck out camping or waiting at home or work for your dentist appointment to finally come ’round, it can really be a true benefit to be able to do away with the pain of a t…
    - 24 days ago 2 Jun 16, 5:30pm -
  • Cold Steel Hold Out II Tri-Ad Lock EDC Pocket Knife Review
    The Cold Steel Hold Out II is what happens when the sick minds over at Cold Steel HQ look at a classic Scottish Sgian Dubh dirk knife and think to themselves, “What happens if we drenched it in tactical sauce and made it folding?” – we…
    - 26 days ago 31 May 16, 3:30pm -
  • May 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen Smart Phone + Ringke Slim Phone Case 2. Douk-Douk UK Legal Pocket Knife 3. Sony Alpha a5000 Camera with 16-50mm Lens 4. Sony Blue MDRE9L EarphonesThis is just the start of the post May 2016 EDC Purse Dump. Conti…
    - 29 days ago 28 May 16, 3:30pm -
  • For Outdoorsmen Dads: Outdoor Father’s Day Gift Ideas
    You may think that buying the perfect present for an outdoorsman is a hard cookie to crack, but whether or not you’re wired in the same way, it’s actually a lot easier to buy great gifts for the more outdoorsy types than it is to buy a pres…
    - 33 days ago 24 May 16, 3:30pm -
  • TEOTWAWKI? 10 Things You’ll Really Miss
    It can get tricky trying to figure out what you’ll be missing most when the shit really hits the fan. Quite a while back, I brought up 10 Things You’ll Regret Not Having Enough of When the SHTF, and when I asked what kinds of things you gu…
    - 37 days ago 19 May 16, 8:30pm -
  • May 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    Sorry about being MIA on this blog. We’ve officially moved to the U.K., and so have been more than little busy with that. Back to regular updates soon, though! 1. U.K. Passport 2. Kanger Evod Vape E-Cig 3. Orient Defender Multi-Eye Function W…
    - 43 days ago 14 May 16, 5:30pm -
  • Gerber Gator Machete Saw Back Outdoor Knife Review
    The Gerber Gator Machete has been on my radar for quite a few years now. Not in a “I want to test it” kind of way, but rather, the reviews I’ve read of this tool have been so piss poor that with any sort of common sense, I should really a…
    - 53 days ago 4 May 16, 6:35pm -
  • April 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Club Monaco Red Tavel/Passport Purse 2. Inova XP LED Flashlight 3. Spyderco Des Horn Slim Folding EDC Knife – Review. 4. Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen Smart Phone + Ringke Slim Phone Case 5. Pilot Vanishing Point Retractable Fountain PenT…
    - 57 days ago 30 Apr 16, 4:45pm -
  • Should You Rotate Through Your Food Stockpile?
    In July last year, I asked everyone on Survival Threads whether they preferred to rotate their food stockpile or not: When it comes to food storage, I’ve noticed that people typically fall into one of two types of camps: either they are all f…
    - 65 days ago 22 Apr 16, 6:30pm -
  • 93 Paracord Uses: How Many More Can You Think Of?
    Paracord projects are more than just a fun way to pass the time. Paracord is one of the most versatile pieces of survival gear kit you can possibly own – so having it on you is a huge boon in case you ever get stuck in any sort of survival s…
    - 72 days ago 15 Apr 16, 2:10pm -
  • April 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. Cold Steel Hold Out II EDC Folding Pocket Knife – Review. 2. Peterson Irish Flake Pipe Tobacco 3. Generic Czech Pipe Tool 4. IM Corona Old Boy Black/Chrome Pipe Lighter 5. SederCraft Kraig Seder Short Poker Custom PipeThis is just t…
    - 77 days ago 10 Apr 16, 5:50pm -
  • Cold Steel Bushman Hollow Handle Survival Knife Review
    The Cold Steel Bushman has been in my possession for quite some time now. Publishing the review has been delayed over and over again, in most part due to my own mixed feelings over this iconic knife. Traditionally, I tend to pick up a knife…
    - 83 days ago 4 Apr 16, 5:00pm -
  • Why We’re Not Actually Giving Up Prepping (Ever!)
    Um yeah. Not sure about the number count on how many of you I duped with yesterday’s April Fools Day joke, but it was, of course, 110% untrue. Thomas and I, we’re not ever going to stop prepping. And here’s why. As convincing as I may hav…
    - 85 days ago 2 Apr 16, 3:00pm -
  • Why We’re Giving Up Prepping
    Hello readers and friends, Before we begin this no doubt decisive article/letter, I want to start off by thanking all of you for your support. Thomas and I have been truly lucky to have had your presence and encouragement over the years. I can…
    - 86 days ago 1 Apr 16, 2:15pm -
  • March 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Folding EDC Pocket Knife – Review. 2. Eye Drops (Life/Shoppers Drug Mart Brand) 3. L’Occitane Shea Butter Delightful Rose Lip Balm 4. Lime Green Paracord – Removed the inside and use this to play with the cat. 5.…
    - 89 days ago 29 Mar 16, 6:00pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newSaturday Shout: Caliente!
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.This is PROBABLY a typo.But I'm too scared to go outside and find out.
    - 13 hours ago 25 Jun 16, 7:16pm -
  • Sleep Systems
    Earlier this month, one of our Facebook readers asked "Sleeping bag and accompanying stuff/compression sack, or simple bedroll?" and it kicked off a series of thoughts that I wanted to get down in writing.BedrollsA bedroll is a pair of blankets, or c…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 2:43am -
  • Prudent Prepping Product Testing: the LaserMax Spartan SPS-G
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.This is my very first Product T&E for Blue Collar Prepping! As it says in my postscript, "Any item…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jun 16, 4:23am -
  • Gun Safety: The 4 Rules Plus a Little More
    With the explosively growing interest in learning to handle firearms, the topic of safety naturally comes up. In addition, it is handy to have a resource to point at so people have a head start when they do start learning. This is my attempt at that…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jun 16, 2:50am -
  • Handloading: Priming Tools
    If you handload your own ammo*, one of the things you have to do is seat a new primer in the case.** There are a number of tools for the purpose, and I'd like to provide a short primer (sorry) on them.TermsWe will start with the nomenclature of a car…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jun 16, 4:28am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #96 - It's On Like Voltron
    Form feet and legs! Form arms and body! And Adam and Sean will form the head of the GunBlog VarietyCast!Erin Palette gives us the lowdown on her new and exciting life as National Coordinator of the LGBT Friendly Firearms Trainer map. And she wondered…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jun 16, 2:47am -
  • Adventures in Oklahoma
    If you will recall, OkieRhio has been talking about our adventure together in Oklahoma. Well, there is at least one story that she can't tell you because she wasn't there for it. Rhi had gone back to OKC and I was chilling at our campsite by myself…
    - 8 days ago 17 Jun 16, 8:35pm -
  • Rehydration
    The human body runs on a mix of chemistry and electricity, and electrolytes are a major component of both systems. They are kept in balance by our kidneys, and too little water in the body (hypernatremia) or too much (hyponatemria) will skew the b…
    - 9 days ago 17 Jun 16, 1:55am -
  • Prudent Prepping: And Now For Something Completely Different
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.I have deliberately not written about any self defense topic or weapons, since I live in a state w…
    - 10 days ago 16 Jun 16, 2:56am -
  • Black Powder Rifles: A Demonstration
    Last week, I promised video of how to load and fire a black powder rifle. Today you get that video. In addition, I'll be linking the tools needed to safely load your rifle.A flask and powder measure are needed to safely feed powder down the barrel. T…
    - 11 days ago 14 Jun 16, 9:43pm -
  • A Google Map of LGBT-Friendly Firearms Instructors
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.So, I had a good idea this afternoon and it just kinda... BLEW UP on Facebook.Long story short: There have been lots of cool people on social media saying things like what my aweso…
    - 12 days ago 14 Jun 16, 3:29am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #95 – The Cheesecake Episode
    It's the GunBlog VarietyCast cheesecake episode!No, not that kind of cheesecake. Adam is eating his birthday cake, and Sean has a bad knee. Ever get so sick of something you'd rather go hungry than eat it? Erin Palette explains a phenomenon called "…
    - 13 days ago 13 Jun 16, 4:47am -
  • Erin is All Right
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Hi, everyone. I'm fine. I know a lot of you were worried that I might have been harmed in the Orlando nightclub shooting last night (I've gotten more than a few emails, PMs and at l…
    - 14 days ago 12 Jun 16, 5:42pm -
  • The Many Uses of a Washcloth
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I don't mean this in a breathless "lifehack" sort of way; I mean it more in terms of "a washcloth has a place in your bugout bag, and here's why."Washing Your BodyLet's start with t…
    - 15 days ago 10 Jun 16, 8:51pm -
  • Heat Injuries
    With a little over a week until the official beginning of summer, the temperatures are rising for most of us. Here in the upper Midwest we're looking at highs near 100° F for the next week; the poor souls in AZ are at 105° F and above. Humans are a…
    - 16 days ago 9 Jun 16, 11:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Pantry Check
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.It has been a while since the last check of the items kept in my emergency supplies. Since the tra…
    - 18 days ago 8 Jun 16, 4:55pm -
  • Black Powder Riflery
    Yesterday, Firehand wrote about forming your own cartridge cases. As a guy who shoots some obscure stuff, that was pretty cool. However, I'm going to go a step further down the DIY shooting hole, and discuss black powder riflery.Why Black Powder?Blac…
    - 18 days ago 7 Jun 16, 8:25pm -
  • Forming Your Own Cartridge Cases
    In this case, forming.300 Blackout cases from .223 Remington/5.56x45mm.Why form your own cases? Cost, availability, and custom-fitting are all right up there, but the main reason is that it's how a lot of cartridges came to be:After WW2, when lots o…
    - 20 days ago 6 Jun 16, 6:32pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #93 – Goodbye to Ray Carter
    Adam and Sean suck at writing intro sentences.Erin Palette discusses preparing for grief.In her first regular segment, Tiffany Johnson shows us how a win isn't always a win, and sometimes being a jerk isn't the way to make your point.Beth Alcazar rem…
    - 20 days ago 6 Jun 16, 12:00am -
  • What do YOU want from Blue Collar Prepping?
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I'm taking off my writer hat for this article and replacing it with my editor-in-chief fedora to ask you, the reader, a simple question: What do you want from this blog?I realize ma…
    - 22 days ago 4 Jun 16, 4:46am -
  • In Memoriam: Lessons from Ray
    The reason Chaplain Tim and I swapped days this week is that my good friend Ray Carter passed away over the weekend and I wasn't really in a good mental state to write. Tim also gave me some inspiration for this post, asking if there was anything Ray…
    - 23 days ago 3 Jun 16, 12:39am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Summer is Here
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.It has topped 80 every day since Friday here, and that means it's time for me to swap out a…
    - 25 days ago 1 Jun 16, 6:12pm -
  • Insecticides
    During my “staycation” at the Bugout Location (BOL), I knew I needed to do something to control the infestation of spiders and Japanese beetles that have been a problem for several years. I chose an insecticide that I have used at work (I'm a lic…
    - 26 days ago 31 May 16, 5:47pm -
  • Memorial Day 2016
    The last two years we've posted my thoughts on Memorial Day. This year I thought we should have something new.Memorial Day is set aside as a day to remember those who have died in combat, while Veterans Day is for honoring all who served. For most of…
    - 27 days ago 30 May 16, 5:22pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #93 – The Weer'dy and Pony Show!
    Sean and Adam tried to bring you another episode, but Weer'd and Erin returned from the NRA Annual Meeting to take over The GunBlog VarietyCast. Best Show Ever?Nicki Kenyon does her last regular segment, talking about Ben Rhodes and the Iran "Deal" f…
    - 27 days ago 30 May 16, 3:57am -

Survival Medicine

  • It’s A Cruel, Cruel Summer: Heat Waves
    Well, Summer is here and the West is experiencing record high temperatures in a series of heat waves that may continue until Fall. Even worse, the scorching temperatures are igniting scores of wildfires that are threatening communities throughout the…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jun 16, 5:26pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Expert Charley Hogwood, Cinnamon, Antibiotics, Alligators
    In this topic-packed episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, survival group expert and author Charley Hogwood joins us to talk about survival group dynamics as well a number of other issues that may affect your c…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jun 16, 6:12pm -
  • American Survival Radio, June 18th
    American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as the…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jun 16, 1:32pm -
  • Zika Update: More Cases In U.S., More Woes In Brazil
    The U.S. now has three newborns with Zika-related birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Puerto Rico now has 1,700 confirmed cases of Zika, almost 200 of which are in pregnant women. The warm-weather U.S. territor…
    - 8 days ago 18 Jun 16, 7:06pm -
  • Alligator Attacks
      While reading of the tragic attack by a Florida alligator on a two year old boy recently, it struck me that, although I’ve written about bear encounters, animal bites, and shark attacks, I’ve never written about alligators or crocodiles. Yet,…
    - 10 days ago 16 Jun 16, 1:11pm -
  • Orlando Shootings: More To Come, What To Do
    In the sad aftermath of the Orlando shootings that killed or injured more than 100 people, it has become clear to me that we’re in for a rough ride for the foreseeable future. You might think that the “success” achieved by Omar Mateen in execut…
    - 11 days ago 15 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Video: All About Botulism
      Some members of the preparedness and homesteading community have learned an important skill: That of canning food for future use. In this video by Joe Alton, MD, he looks at a major risk of not paying strict attention to the safety of canned food,…
    - 13 days ago 13 Jun 16, 5:47pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Urban Survival, Slowly Healing Wounds
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP discuss what it takes to be an effective medic in an urban survival setting. From dealing with contaminated water to controlling a bleeding wound, the…
    - 13 days ago 13 Jun 16, 2:20pm -
  • Announcing The NEW Third Edition Survival Medicine Handbook
    Well, we’ve returned from an awesome week in the great state of Oregon and got to look at the final proof of the Third Edition, which arrived while we were away. It looks good on review, so we hit the publish button and it’s now available at Amaz…
    - 19 days ago 7 Jun 16, 6:45pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Leon Pantenburg, Annie Tuttle, Upcoming New Edition
    One of the great things about traveling to speaking engagements all over the country is meeting old and new friends who have made contributions to the welfare of those in the preparedness community. In this special road edition of the Doom and Bloom…
    - 20 days ago 6 Jun 16, 5:58am -