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  • newNotes for Thursday – February 11, 2016
    February 11th is the birthday of the late Burt Blumert (born February 11, 1929 in New York City, died March 30, 2009). He once owned Camino Coin Company (as did Dr. Ron Paul). JWR was a Camino Coin Company customer, starting back in the late 1980s, a…
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  • newMaking Sense of What You Hear- Part 2, by Hal2000
    It would take thousands of words and dozens of illustrations to explain trunked radio systems. So, we will look at the thirty thousand foot level. What the communications industry did was to take lots of frequencies, lots of transmitters and receiver…
    - 5 hours ago 11 Feb 16, 7:45am -
  • newLetter Re: Constitutional Carry
    Hugh, I noted the entry in SurvivalBlog.com today about Idaho seeking passage of a “Constitutional Carry” bill. Here in West Virginia, with great grassroots mail, email, and phone support, as well as attendance at the capitol in Charleston, a sim…
    - 5 hours ago 11 Feb 16, 7:44am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    What does Wal-Mart owe the towns it leaves? 9 experts weigh in – There are a variety of opinions, but the bottom line really is that Walmart does not owe the community anything. Smaller businesses were driven under because the community chose to sa…
    - 5 hours ago 11 Feb 16, 7:43am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    FBI surrounds last occupiers at Malheur Wildlife Refuge – RBS o o o SurvivalBlog reader JFJ sent in this article for deposit into your own SHTF reservoir of knowledge: Finding a winch anchor where there is none. o o o 3-in-1 ‘wearable shelter’…
    - 5 hours ago 11 Feb 16, 7:42am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “What’s more important: your goal, or others’ opinions of your goal? “ – Peter McWilliams
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  • Notes for Wednesday – February 10, 2016
    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 Today, we present another entry for Round 63 of…
    - 1 day ago 10 Feb 16, 7:29am -
  • Making Sense of What You Hear- Part 1, by Hal2000
    Knowledge is power. At least that is how the saying goes. For the sake of this discussion let us consider knowledge to be synonymous with information. When it hits the fan, where do you plan to get your information? I want to make you aware of all th…
    - 1 day ago 10 Feb 16, 7:28am -
  • Two Letters Re: Bug Out Boats
    Hugh, I don’t know if this is the kind of information you like to pass along. A coworker was planning to live on a sailboat. My brother had lived on a sailboat for a year, so I asked him for suggestions. His advice to help prepare you for the exper…
    - 1 day ago 10 Feb 16, 7:26am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Fed May Lack Legal Authority for Negative Rates: 2010 Memo – G.P. o o o Collapsing America: America’s Infrastructure Decaying Into 3rd World Status. o o o Items from Professor Preponomics: US News 2016’s Economy Begins with a Whimper (Mises) Ex…
    - 1 day ago 10 Feb 16, 7:25am -
  • Reader’s Recommendations of the Week:
    Three books recommended by SurvivalBlog reader T.A. The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston Demon in the Freezer: A True Story by Richard Preston Triple Cross: How bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrat…
    - 1 day ago 10 Feb 16, 7:24am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    Rebellion in California Excerpt: “The dissidents from the northern counties who want to secede from the Golden State are “a bunch of Bible-thumpin’, gun-totin’, wild-eyed pistol-wavers.” And that’s how one of their supporters describes th…
    - 1 day ago 10 Feb 16, 7:22am -
  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “This motto may adorn their tombs, (Let tyrants come and view) ‘We rather seek these silent rooms Than live as slaves to you.'” – Lemuel Haynes, 1775
    - 1 day ago 10 Feb 16, 7:21am -
  • Notes for Tuesday – February 09, 2016
    February 9th is the birthday of Major George Charles Nonte Jr. (born 1926, died June 30, 1978). JWR had the privilege of attending ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox in the same company with his daughter, Yvette, in 1981. Some of the stories that she told…
    - 2 days ago 9 Feb 16, 7:01am -
  • Letter Re: Digital Currency
    Dear Readers, This Digital Currency Nanny State issue has already affected me twice in the last several years. As a business owner in my state, I’m required to pay sales tax and quarterly business taxes via the state website. A few years ago I mist…
    - 2 days ago 9 Feb 16, 6:59am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Cold Steel Voyager XL Vaquero Folding Knife Review
    Hot on the heels of my Cold Steel Voyager Tanto XL review I now bring you the review for the Vaquero version of the same knife. Superficially, these two knives may seem quite similar due to the identical handles, however, as you will soon find…
    - 3 days ago 8 Feb 16, 6:45pm -
  • Why You Shouldn’t Prep Out of Fear (& Why You Should Prep Instead)
    There’s a lot of fear mongering in this industry. Like a lot. And even if you typically err on the side of caution, look into the details of these scares, and regularly end up falling for the hype – if you’re completely honest with yourse…
    - 10 days ago 1 Feb 16, 8:00pm -
  • January 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Nintendo New 3DS XL in Red + Pokemon Alpha Sapphire 2. Key + Paracord on Carabiner 3. Xyla Ricochet Mints With Xylitol 4. Eye Drops (Life/Shoppers Drug Mart Brand) 5. Nivea Hydro Car Lip Balm Chap Stick 6. Hair Elastics 7. Moto G 2nd Ge…
    - 12 days ago 30 Jan 16, 9:15pm -
  • SOG Vulcan Tanto Arc-Lock Folding EDC Knife Review
    The SOG Vulcan is my first SOG knife to review, I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to it seeing as I have owned this particular knife for nearly 2 years, but better late than never, eh? The Vulcan is one of the better made/high…
    - 17 days ago 25 Jan 16, 8:30pm -
  • Knife Drop: Best Spyderco Knives Image Outtakes
    A couple of months ago, Thomas published a post on the best Spyderco knives; these are some of the images that didn’t make it to the post. Gotta admit, though I loved taking pictures for our best EDC knife (outtakes here) and best bang-for-b…
    - 19 days ago 23 Jan 16, 8:15pm -
  • Imodium’s Survival Applications: What It Is & Why Carry It Everywhere
    When discussing survival, we often gravitate towards the bad-ass, like which knife to carry or the fashionably practical question of which tactical backpack is best. It’s fun, it’s interesting, no issues with that – so long as we aren’…
    - 21 days ago 21 Jan 16, 9:15pm -
  • Spyderco Des Horn Lightweight EDC Pocket Knife Review
    The Spyderco Des Horn was one of the most interesting designs Spyderco produced in a long time when it came out. Unfortunately, as I scribble down this review, it did get discontinued. I mention this because it is still available in a few place…
    - 24 days ago 18 Jan 16, 6:00pm -
  • Why Prepping is Hard (and How to Make it Easier)
    No one who decides to start prepping thinks it will be an easy feat. Prepping isn’t something you do because it’s a quick and easy win. If it was, I’d argue that a lot more people would be doing it. Prepping is hard. I’ve said it time a…
    - 28 days ago 14 Jan 16, 6:00pm -
  • January 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. Paul Smith Bifold Wallet 2. True Utility Fixr Pocket EDC Multi-Tool 3. Cold Steel Hold Out II EDC Folding Pocket Knife 4. Moleskine Classic Soft Cover Pocket Sized Notebook 5. Uni-ball Signo 0.28mm Black Ballpoint PensThis is just th…
    - 33 days ago 9 Jan 16, 6:00pm -
  • Cold Steel Voyager XL Tanto Combo Edge Knife Review
    Very few knives have been requested to be reviewed on this blog quite as much as the Cold Steel XL series of Voyager knives. I was always apprehensive with regards to reviewing them as they can be perceived (whether justly or unjustly, I will…
    - 37 days ago 5 Jan 16, 7:00pm -
  • 5 Survivalist Resolutions for the New Year
    Welcome to 2016! Have any survival & preparedness related plans for the new year? Both last year and the year before that, we set ourselves some goals that weren’t too difficult to accomplish, but like the vast majority of people who set goal…
    - 41 days ago 1 Jan 16, 11:45pm -
  • Looking Back: Our 2015 Year End Survival Post Review

    - 43 days ago 30 Dec 15, 11:15pm -
  • Knife Drop: Hope You’re Having a Merry Christmas!
    Got this very cool Christmas decoration from those kind neighbours who helped us out when the power went out a few years back. Changes colours from one to the next, sort of like a Christmas tree would. Looks very cool, so I wanted to share it…
    - 48 days ago 25 Dec 15, 7:00pm -
  • December 2015 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Moto G 2nd Gen Smart Phone + Ringke Slim Phone Case 2. Pilot Vanishing Point Retractable Fountain Pen 3. Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Folding EDC Pocket Knife – Review. 4. Fenix E05 Flashlight in Stainless SteelThis is just the start of the pos…
    - 51 days ago 22 Dec 15, 5:15pm -
  • Cheap Survival Gear: Best You Can Buy for Under $25
    Whether you’re working on buffing up your survival gear stockpile for cheap, or you’re just looking for some affordable survival stocking stuffers to help celebrate the Christmas season, knowing which cheap survival gear is available and…
    - 55 days ago 18 Dec 15, 7:15pm -
  • goTenna Portable Off-Grid Communication Device Review
    The goTenna is thin, sleek, and lightweight device designed to circumvent our dependence on the grid for communication in times when there is no signal. Spawning out of Brooklyn, New York, this is the an extremely cool sliver of tech that bene…
    - 59 days ago 14 Dec 15, 7:45pm -
  • December 2015 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. SederCraft Kraig Seder Short Poker Custom Pipe 2. C&D Burley Flake #1 Pipe Tobacco 3. Generic Czech Pipe Tool 4. Cold Steel Finn Wolf Folding Knife 5. Zippo Matte Black Pipe LighterThis is just the start of the post December 2015 EDC Poc…
    - 61 days ago 12 Dec 15, 7:30pm -
  • Advice to Beginner Preppers
    Prepping is just one of those exceptionally large topics that encompasses so many micro-interests that it can be overwhelming to finally begin, even if you are convinced that you want to be a prepper. Taking those micro-interests, prepping bene…
    - 62 days ago 11 Dec 15, 10:00pm -
  • Solo Stove Titan Wood Burning Camp Stove Review
    The Solo Stove Titan is my first introduction to modern, portable wood-burning stoves. I pre-emptively apologize with regards to any lack of technical detail, I did my best, but seeing as how I have no point of reference and that, realistically…
    - 64 days ago 9 Dec 15, 10:00pm -
  • Amazon Cyber Monday 2015 Knife & Gear Deals
    So while we were thoroughly disappointed with Amazon’s Black Friday deals this year, we’re actually finding ourselves reasonably impressed with today’s Cyber Monday discounts. I daresay they beat last year’s, even though I guess it real…
    - 73 days ago 30 Nov 15, 7:20am -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newPrudent Prepping: Hardware For Doors
    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.In a recent post to the Blue Collar Prepping Facebook page (join us, we have FUN!), the importance o…
    - 17 hours ago 10 Feb 16, 7:24pm -
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    I've had a couple of incidents in the past week that have driven home the importance of safety gear, often referred to as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Between a shot to the safety glasses and some hearing damage, I got a much-needed refresher…
    - 2 days ago 9 Feb 16, 8:09pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #77
    Adam and Sean bring you another episode of The GunBlog VarietyCast. Sean has heard some really scary things about this Zika virus, and Erin Palette tries to talk him down off the ledge.Nicki Kenyon discusses the African Islamist terror group al Shaba…
    - 3 days ago 8 Feb 16, 6:34pm -
  • Zika Watch: Week 2
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Last week I talked about the heretofore-unknown virus that was showing up on social media and scaring the crap out of people with phrases like "spreading explosively", "causes birth…
    - 6 days ago 5 Feb 16, 5:29pm -
  • The Blizzard
    Weather is part of life and around here it changes rapidly. About ten days ago, the witch-doctors ( AKA weather-people) started predicting a storm. We've seen this game before, and nobody pays them much attention until about 72 hours before their pre…
    - 7 days ago 4 Feb 16, 11:39pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: People Keep On Giving
    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.A Short NoteIn the blog post Gimme Shelter two weeks ago, I mentioned my complete lack of a tent and…
    - 8 days ago 3 Feb 16, 7:18pm -
  • Floods
    While we're still in the depths of winter, we're not far out on the time when the snows melt and the water flows. And as this gif recently shared with the BCP Facebook group shows, some floods can come fast and furious, and with zero warning.View p…
    - 9 days ago 2 Feb 16, 6:27pm -
  • Guest Post: BioLite Camp Stove and Kettle Pot review
    by Gun MonkeyMy initial impression of the BioLite wood burning camp stove was “This is some overpriced, gimmicky piece of junk.” The stove sells for around $130 and the kettle for $50. That seemed a little much for some plastic and metal that is…
    - 10 days ago 1 Feb 16, 9:37pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #76
    Adam and Sean return for another episode of The GunBlog VarietyCast, this time with voices that actually work!Erin Palette tells us about taking Andrew Branca's Law of Self Defense class. Did you hear that John Kerry thinks we might lift sanctions o…
    - 10 days ago 1 Feb 16, 1:59am -
  • The Zika Virus
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.If you're like me, you noticed that social media was talking about a new virus that was "spreading explosively" in the Americas, and you were more than a little alarmed because unti…
    - 13 days ago 29 Jan 16, 11:58pm -
  • Area Air Purification, Part 3: Monitoring
    I've covered the basics of sealing off a “clean” room and filtering the air for it, and now comes the hard part: measuring air quality. It is a science, and the methods used vary by the pollutant that you're trying to measure. I'll try to break i…
    - 13 days ago 29 Jan 16, 3:29am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Coffee Post
    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.From two comments on a recent blog post I was:Directed to try another form of the instant coffee I…
    - 15 days ago 27 Jan 16, 6:39pm -
  • Microlon Gun Juice

    - 17 days ago 25 Jan 16, 7:00pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #75
    Despite having almost no voice left after a week of coughing, Sean has dragged himself to the computer and done the podcast with Adam. Just because he can't talk doesn't mean he won't talk.Erin Palette, having talked last week about barter, this we…
    - 17 days ago 25 Jan 16, 1:49am -
  • Law of Self-Defense Seminar
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.At this time last week (hence the guest article), I was driving to Orlando to attend a Law of Self-Defense seminar hosted by Andrew Branca.If either of those names sound familiar, t…
    - 20 days ago 22 Jan 16, 9:32pm -
  • Area Air Purification, Part 2: Filtration
    In Part 1, I explained the basics of how to seal off a room or other small area to keep contaminated air out. Before I start on Part 2, "How to Clean the Air," I need to answer a few questions that arose from Part 1. What kind of plastic should I us…
    - 21 days ago 21 Jan 16, 6:02pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Gimme Shelter
    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.For the last year or so, I have tried to find a good quality, used 2-3 person tent. I've come ver…
    - 22 days ago 20 Jan 16, 7:30pm -
  • Electrical Home Inspection
    I spent a good chunk of this weekend teaching merit badge classes to young Boy Scouts, because I'm an Eagle Scout and it's what I do. My usual merit badge is Electricity, because it's what I know. One of the requirements for the badge is to conduct a…
    - 23 days ago 19 Jan 16, 8:37pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #74
    Adam is getting better from his extended illness while Sean is getting sicker.Erin Palette tells us about bartering.Nicki Kenyon explains how the Cologne, Germany open air rape attacks will affect the future of European refugees.Barron B gives us som…
    - 24 days ago 18 Jan 16, 6:57pm -
  • Guest Post: Air Rifles
    by George GrootFirearms are awesome. But unless you have a silencer, or are using a very low power rimfire cartridge, firearms are loud. Firearms are also expensive to feed, even rimfires.For sake of argument, let's say that after the (insert apocaly…
    - 27 days ago 15 Jan 16, 10:00pm -
  • Ice
    Winter is here, at least in the frozen parts of the fly-over country that some of us call home. Coming out of a wet Autumn there is no shortage of ice around here, so what good uses can we find for it?Building MaterialIce and snow are actually quite…
    - 28 days ago 14 Jan 16, 5:51pm -
  • 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.Since I have not yet made the change to lighter and more easily stored freeze-dried food, I have to…
    - 28 days ago 14 Jan 16, 12:36am -
  • Earthquake Preparedness
    There's not much you can do when the earth starts moving. It's uncommon, it's scary, and you're pretty much helpless until it stops. There are things you can do beforehand that will mitigate much of the damage and danger, and will greatly aid in surv…
    - 30 days ago 12 Jan 16, 11:46pm -
  • When You Need a Long Hex Key
    A friend of mind needs a long one to reach down inside an AR handguard to adjust a gas block. Have you ever tried to find a 12" long hex? We couldn't either, so we made one.Materials A spare key of the right size (5/64" in this case) A piece of musi…
    - 31 days ago 11 Jan 16, 11:15pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #73
    Adam and Sean bring you another fine episode of The GunBlog VarietyCast.Erin Palette decided that she didn't want to spend New Year's Day with the amateur drinkers, so she took her Bug-Out Bag camping. Today she tells you what she learned.Nicki Kenyo…
    - 31 days ago 11 Jan 16, 4:09am -

Survival Medicine

  • Video: All About Zika Virus
    Zika Virus (ZIKV) is the latest virus to cross the Atlantic and infect large populations in Central and South America, especially Brazil. Over 4000 cases of Microcephaly, a birth defect, have already been reported. The World Health Organization belie…
    - 3 days ago 8 Feb 16, 2:39pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Bleeding Control Kit, Herbal Teas, Zika update, more
    Would you have the materials and knowledge to stop heavy bleeding if you were confronted with it? In these violent times, you should be prepared to deal with injuries that could be life threatening and have the equipment that might save a life. Hear…
    - 11 days ago 31 Jan 16, 8:27pm -
  • Zika Virus A Mutation?
    The Zika virus, the subject of one of our recent articles, is spreading throughout the hemisphere after crossing the Atlantic from Africa and Asia. At present, cases have been reported in every country except for Canada and Chile. News articles regar…
    - 12 days ago 30 Jan 16, 4:52pm -
  • Guest Post: Top Ten Things To Know About Ballistic Protection
    (DR BONES SAYS: From time to time, we post articles from aspiring writers in the field of medical preparedness. This time, our guest author is Chris Taylor of SAFEGUARD body armor who gives a top ten countdown of important things to know about ballis…
    - 14 days ago 28 Jan 16, 5:08pm -
  • All About Zika Virus
      One of the scenarios we write about is the “Pandemic”. Although we have had success curing many illnesses with antibiotics, we are still struggling with outbreaks of viral diseases. In 2014, thousands died in West Africa during the Ebola epide…
    - 15 days ago 27 Jan 16, 5:07pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Blizzard, Top Natural Remedies, More
    26 inches of snow and high winds cost 19 people their lives this weekend on the East Coast. Would you know how to keep warm in a blizzard? Dr. Joe Alton discusses the news and basic strategies that could save your life. Also, What will you do when th…
    - 17 days ago 25 Jan 16, 3:25am -
  • Video: The Medic Under Fire
      In Joe Alton, MD’s latest video, he examines the issue of providing medical care in hostile encounters, including some thoughts on the role of the medic. What should your strategy be when there’s a threat to be abolished? To all combat medics:…
    - 20 days ago 22 Jan 16, 6:01pm -
  • The SWAT Tourniquet
    In these dangerous times, any trip to the mall (or anywhere there are crowds) could be a ticket to an active shooter event. In our recent article on what to do in these circumstances, we specifically mentioned that you shouldn’t attend the wounded…
    - 24 days ago 18 Jan 16, 4:35pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: James Rawles, Chest Trauma, Zika Virus, More
    Survival scenarios come with an increased risk of major trauma. Gunshot and knife wounds can lead to life-threatening chest wounds. Joe Alton, MD discusses options with faced with rib fractures and collapsed lungs (pneumothorax) in these situations.…
    - 25 days ago 17 Jan 16, 7:05pm -
  • All About Bedbugs
      Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference between a good life and a bad one in a survival setting. The little things I’m talking about are bugs. Of all the creepy-crawlies that raise an alarm in a household, few are worse than…
    - 29 days ago 13 Jan 16, 1:40pm -