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  • newNotes for Thursday – August 25, 2016
    August 25th is a birthday shared by novelist Frederick Forsyth (born 1938) and American humorist Patrick F. McManus (born 1933). Forsyth was the author of The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil’s Alt…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Aug 16, 6:10am -
  • newI’m Not In The Position To Right Now- Part 2, by D.D.
    Food “My brother has a farm! We’ll have plenty of food.” When I hear this I ask, “What kind of farm?”. You can get any kind of answer here. Most people don’t realize that most professional farmers are specialized; they only grow one or a…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Aug 16, 6:09am -
  • newTwo Letters Re: Dehydrators
    Hugh, The article about dehydrating foods was very well written, thanks. Subsequent comments about preventing small foods from falling through the trays prompts me to offer my solution. I use an ordinary American Harvest dehydrator with stacking tray…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Aug 16, 6:08am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Can The Various Pension And Benefit Ponzis Survive The Coming Wave Of Baby Boomer Retirements? – H.L. o o o Four more mega-banks join the anti-dollar alliance – G.S. o o o The US National Debt Load is Second-Worst in the World – M.N. o o o Vikt…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Aug 16, 6:07am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Where are the BOB bags? Italy earthquake: 159 dead, many missing as magnitude-6.2 tremor wipes out towns – A.S. o o o Venezuela Will “Purge” All State Workers Who Sign Maduro Recall Petition – H.L. o o o Here’s a video that shows you just n…
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  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “There’s no greater service to this country than the defense of its freedom.” – Barry Goldwater
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  • Notes for Wednesday – August 24, 2016
    On August 24th, 410, Rome was overrun by the Visigoths in an event that symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire. This is a moment in history that we would do well to remember. An empire that ruled the world was corrupted from the inside to th…
    - 1 day ago 24 Aug 16, 7:11am -
  • I’m Not In The Position To Right Now- Part 1, by D.D.
    Bring up disaster preparedness and you’ll get a variety of reactions, everything from concern to amusement. Awhile after you start this discussion you’ll usually receive a comment like “I’m coming to your house.” This last declaration being…
    - 1 day ago 24 Aug 16, 7:10am -
  • Letter Re: Dehydrating Food – A Low Tech Method
    Hugh, Just wanted to mention that in the absence of electric power to run dehydrators, you can also dehydrate leafy greens and salted tomatoes in the back seat of a closed car on a hot day. I have had good success using a muslin dishtowel placed on a…
    - 1 day ago 24 Aug 16, 7:07am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Barack Obama may have finally destroyed America’s #1 advantage o o o China Plans To Slash Crude Demand By 250,000 Bpd o o o Scottish economy to see 2-11 billion pounds Brexit hit, government says o o o Sweden Warns U.K. Against Aggressive Tax Cuts…
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  • JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:
    Books Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival by Jack A. Spigarelli Preparedness Now!: An Emergency Survival Guide (Expanded and Revised Edition) by Aton Edwards Fiction Vandenberg by Oliver Lange (In…
    - 1 day ago 24 Aug 16, 7:04am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    The Pentagon Takes Aim at Bomb-Carrying Consumer Drones o o o ‘They’ll kill for it’: Ramen has become the black-market currency in American prisons. Alternative currencies are fascinating. Chocolate, cigarettes, silk stockings and now Ramen noo…
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  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “I have thought that a man of tolerable abilities may work great changes if he first forms a good plan and makes the execution of that same plan his whole study and business.” – Benjamin Franklin
    - 1 day ago 24 Aug 16, 7:02am -
  • Notes for Tuesday – August 23, 2016
    August 23rd is the anniversary of the declaration of the independent state of “Franklin” in Eastern Tennessee by the settlers there in 1784. Unfortunately, the Continental Congress rejected it, so the state of Franklin never became a reality. In…
    - 2 days ago 23 Aug 16, 7:48am -
  • Guest Article: SHTF Intelligence – Getting Started- Part Three, by Samuel Culper
    This is the third article in a series about using intelligence for preparedness. I’m starting from square zero in order to introduce a new crop of Americans to the concept of using intelligence, to prove that there’s a need for intelligence and t…
    - 2 days ago 23 Aug 16, 7:45am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Hapstone Pro Manual Knife Sharpener Review
    In the knife aficionado and fanatic circles, we talk a lot about knives, but seldom do we delve deeply into discussion of knife sharpeners. This has always struck me as quite odd. We’ll spend thousands of dollars on cutlery (sometimes only o…
    - 7 days ago 18 Aug 16, 7:00pm -
  • Lists, Lists, Lists: What Kinds Should Preppers Be Writing?
    If you’re the kind of prepper who likes to write everything down and even goes so far as to write lists for your lists, this is the article for you! There are an enormous number of lists that would really be beneficial for you to write up an…
    - 14 days ago 11 Aug 16, 4:30pm -
  • August 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

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  • Cold Steel Finn Wolf Scandi Outdoor Folding Knife Review
    The Cold Steel Finn Wolf has, by a considerable margin, been my most requested knife to review. If you’ve ever checked out this bad boy – this makes perfect sense. I have owned this folder for nearly a year now, and have been mulling what…
    - 23 days ago 2 Aug 16, 3:00pm -
  • Preppers: Do You Fear Not Having Enough?
    Restarting my preps leaves me with a distinctive worry – namely, the fear that’s mentioned in the title: of not having enough. No matter how much we stock up, no matter how much we have on hand, how much we learn, or how much we are able to…
    - 28 days ago 28 Jul 16, 4:15pm -
  • July 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    Around-the-house EDC since we moved into our new flat a couple days ago. Been doing a lot of measuring for potential furniture, a lot of herb gardening (finally have herbs growing in my kitchen!), and constantly have open Pokémon Go on my pho…
    - 33 days ago 23 Jul 16, 7:45pm -
  • Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack EDC Shoulder Bag Review
    Maxpedition has been a mainstay of the EDC community for a long, long time. I own a lot of their pouches and a few of their bags, but found myself hesitant to do full fledged review on them due to my mixed feelings on the “tactical” pouch…
    - 38 days ago 18 Jul 16, 3:00pm -
  • Amazon Prime Day 2016 Knife & Outdoor Gear Discounts
    I wasn’t going to do a post about Prime Day because I wasn’t so sure the deals would be any good. In my opinion, Amazon seems to essentially have made up a shopping holiday out of a random day in July, and I wasn’t sure how well it would…
    - 44 days ago 12 Jul 16, 10:00am -
  • Spyderco Squarehead EDC Folding Dog Tag Knife Review
    It’s no secret to those who have stumbled even for a moment on this blog before that I have long been a Spyderco fanboy. Regardless of the sometimes undeserved high price or sporadic quality issues that Spydercos at times have, I maintain th…
    - 52 days ago 4 Jul 16, 3:00pm -
  • July 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1.  Joyetech Cubis Atomizer + Wismec Reuleaux RX200 Mod Vaporizer 2. LiQuid Ry4 (18 mg) E-Juice 3. A1 Inch Measuring Tape 4. Shadow Daburu Japanese Style Folding Knife in Ancient Bone – Surprisingly decent. Great steel (from initial i…
    - 54 days ago 2 Jul 16, 5:45pm -
  • So Brexit’s Really Happening – What Should UK Preppers Do?
    Thomas asked me if he should be writing up a post about Brexit on this blog the morning after we found out the votes for the referendum had come out in favour of a UK Brexit. He stayed up late that night and woke me up to tell me when the point…
    - 60 days ago 26 Jun 16, 3:00pm -
  • June 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.…
    - 61 days 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…
    - 66 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…
    - 68 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…
    - 75 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…
    - 77 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…
    - 84 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…
    - 86 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…
    - 89 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…
    - 93 days ago 24 May 16, 3:30pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newPrudent Prepping: Info Dump
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Here is a heads-up on a sale from one of my favorite camping/outdoors stores! Yes, it is a sale at REI, a company with which I have…
    - 16 hours ago 24 Aug 16, 4:11pm -
  • Mini Survival Kits: The Covert Kit
    Last week, we I put together the Spare Parts survival kit, which is suited to a purse, backpack, or other bag. I promised something more pocketable and this week, with the caveat that it wouldn't be an Altoids can. With that said, let's look at the C…
    - 2 days ago 23 Aug 16, 4:03pm -
  • Making a Screw-Modifying Tool
    Once you start modifying or maintaining your own gear, sooner or later you'll need to make a bolt or screw shorter because you can't buy one that's just the right length. Or you've got one that's just right, but the end is a bit buggered, and needs…
    - 2 days ago 23 Aug 16, 2:24am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #105 - Purple Ponies at the Gun Rights Policy Conference
    Erin "Voodoo Princess Daintyhooves" continues her nefarious plot to turn everyone in the gunblog world into ponies. This time, it's Sean "Unicorn Rampant Sable" Sorrentino who has fallen into her hoofy clutches!The GunBlog VarietyCast is now a proud…
    - 3 days ago 22 Aug 16, 2:12am -
  • Apocabox Unboxing #13 (August 2016)
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Once again, the curse of the Apocabox strikes. (This post is backdated to Friday the 19th, but I'm actually publishing it on Sunday the 21st.)That's the bad news. The good news is…
    - 5 days ago 20 Aug 16, 2:44am -
  • Guests when TSHTF
    Whether it's due to hurricane, fire, flood, or economic disaster, it's worth planning for the problem of how to deal with house guests. When TSHTF, not everyone is going to be prepared or able to bug-in, and some will be caught flat-footed with no pl…
    - 7 days ago 18 Aug 16, 5:20pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Bugging Out
    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.My weekend camping trip has been pushed back yet again, due to another wildfire* near the lake and c…
    - 8 days ago 17 Aug 16, 5:52pm -
  • Mini Survival Kits - Part 1
    The Altoids survival kit is a bit of a legend among prepper circles, and it's actually easy to see why: a small, pocket-sized kit with a fairly wide variety of gear carries a pretty healthy appeal. The appeal is strong enough, in fact, that folks are…
    - 8 days ago 17 Aug 16, 12:00am -
  • An Old Barrel-Cleaning Tool
    This handly little device has been around in various forms for as long as there've been firearms that have a barrel where you could access both ends. It's often found at gun shows and surplus stores.You'll generally find a pull-through looking like t…
    - 9 days ago 15 Aug 16, 10:25pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #104 - Fun With Warning Shots
    This week, the cast of the GunBlog VarietyCast lobs a shot across your bow! Heave to and prepare to be boarded by a great episode!The Beths are squared as Beth Alcazar invites Beth Vaughn to discuss why women need to be involved in the firearms indus…
    - 10 days ago 15 Aug 16, 12:30am -
  • Guest Post: The Care and Feeding of Chainsaws
    by Scott BascomScott Bascom is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.Author's Disclaimer: this article has nothing to do with summer camps, teenagers, or campfire stories. Well, not unless you decide to make it so, but that wou…
    - 12 days ago 12 Aug 16, 8:25pm -
  • Unconventional Chainsaw Oils
    Fall is coming, with winter close behind. That means cutting firewood is on the schedule again -- whenever the weather gives me a break from the temperatures in the high 90s and humidity of 60% or more, that is.I got to spend last Sunday cutting fire…
    - 13 days ago 12 Aug 16, 2:48am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Staying Hydrated in August
    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 setting up all my gear for a camping trip (pushed back at least one week due to wildfire and heav…
    - 14 days ago 10 Aug 16, 11:30pm -
  • Working With Weakness
    Everyone understands the maxim that we should "play to our strengths." That's the easy part of prepping; it's far more difficult to deal with and compensate for our weaknesses. However, addressing our weaknesses yields more improvement than sticking…
    - 15 days ago 9 Aug 16, 10:02pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #103 - [BLEEP]ing [BLEEP]ers and their [BLEEP]y Bad-Faith Backdoor Tactics
    Sean's censor button gets a workout this week as the GunBlog VarietyCast delves deeply into the festering [BLEEP] pile that is this current crop of anti-rights arguments and tactics.A homeowner's girlfriend is killed while he shoots a robber to death…
    - 17 days ago 8 Aug 16, 3:45pm -
  • Guest Post: Making a Walking Stick from a Pummel Pipe
    by Jonathan S. While visiting with a friend last year, I had the opportunity to try out an all-polymer walking stick produced by a company whose name rhymes with “Old Schlemiel”. At the time, it rapidly fell under the heading of “I need one of…
    - 19 days ago 5 Aug 16, 9:23pm -
  • Alcohol Poisoning
    Most of us reading and writing here are old enough to enjoy an adult beverage on occasion. I grew up in the era before mad mommies started their push for stricter drunk driving laws, the legal drinking age was 18 or 19 in most states, and alcohol did…
    - 20 days ago 5 Aug 16, 2:06am -
  • Prudent Prepping: More of Something Entirely Different

    - 22 days ago 3 Aug 16, 6:13pm -
  • Making a New Luggage or Toolbox Handle with 550 Cord
    A lot of times you can find an old toolbox or suitcase that, with a little work, is quite usable... except the handle has fallen off or is coming apart.If you have the time and inclination to fix it, or just need to make a carry handle for something,…
    - 23 days ago 2 Aug 16, 7:45pm -
  • Reasons For Our Absence Yesterday
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.There was no Blue Collar Prepping yesterday for a very good reason: I traveled out of town to be by the side of a dear friend dying of cancer. This was the last time I'd ever get to…
    - 23 days ago 2 Aug 16, 6:51pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #102 - HEAT DOME!
    Bust a deal and face the wheel with us as we enter the HEAT DOME! Two podcasts enter, one podcast leaves!Who run Podcast Town? WE RUN PODCAST TOWN!This week Beth tells us about a special someone's first time at the range: her 12 year old daughter. S…
    - 24 days ago 1 Aug 16, 3:51am -
  • Prepping for Going to the ER
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I must apologize for my absence lately. As some of you my know, I live with my two elderly parents (80 and 77) and help take care of them and the house. Unfortunately, both of them…
    - 26 days ago 30 Jul 16, 12:55am -
  • Tools and Rust
    Many preppers have tools and supplies cached or stored for use after TSHTF. Personally, I have a large selection of hand tools at my primary BOL, with a smaller collection at the secondary BOL, and an even smaller collection that ride in the pickup w…
    - 27 days ago 29 Jul 16, 12:53am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Back to the Basics
    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.Our wonderful, talented, and all-around amazing Editrix Erin recently sent me a link to the San Fran…
    - 29 days ago 27 Jul 16, 5:54pm -
  • Cammer Hammer Review
    Through some wonderful Editor-in-Chiefing, Erin was able to obtain a T&E hammer from a company called Cammer Technologies. Designed specifically for the 1911 model pistol, the Cammer Hammer addresses one of the major complaints of the 1911: that it c…
    - 30 days ago 26 Jul 16, 5:26pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Video: Flood Safety Tips
    In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton, MD discusses the different causes of floods and some important tips for before, during, and after the disaster. To watch, click below: Wishing you the best in good times or bad,   Joe and Amy A…
    - 2 days ago 22 Aug 16, 8:39pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Natural Pain Relief, Super Lice, Floods
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, tell you about the recent deadly floods in Louisiana and offer some tips on how to keep your family safe during and in the aftermath of the disaster. Also,…
    - 6 days ago 18 Aug 16, 9:31pm -
  • Could You Protect Your Home/Family in a Wildfire?
      It’s been a very busy year for firefighters, with heat waves, drought, and human carelessness causing large areas to burn from Canada to California.   A particularly intense wildfire is raging 60 miles from Los Angeles, spreading from 6 to 30,0…
    - 7 days ago 18 Aug 16, 2:48pm -
  • 13 Safety Tips For Floods
    The recent Louisiana floods which claimed 11 lives and damaged 40,000 homes show how easily low-lying areas can be devastated by bad weather. Floods can occur even in normally dry areas and are so common that they represent 75% of presidential disast…
    - 8 days ago 17 Aug 16, 6:19pm -
  • New Bad Outcomes For Zika Newborns?
    As we continue to learn more about the effects of Zika on the newborn, a new series of abnormalities are making clear the implications of infection for pregnant women.   Zika is a member of the Flavivirus family that includes Yellow Fever, West Nile…
    - 10 days ago 15 Aug 16, 5:07pm -
  • The Formula For Penicillin
    As you might know, I write mostly about how to deal with medical issues in situations where modern medical facilities and care don’t exist. Accumulating medications for disaster settings may be simple when it comes to finding aspirin and other non-…
    - 16 days ago 9 Aug 16, 12:15pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Pain Relief, Risks in Rio
      In this episode of The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, the discussion turns to pain relief in survival setting and what options you have in terms of prescription and non-prescription drug…
    - 17 days ago 7 Aug 16, 10:37pm -
  • Video: Latest Zika News
    In Joe Alton, MD‘s latest video, he discusses recent updates by the CDC on the Zika virus, now with 15 or 16 locally transmitted cases in Miami, and closing in on 2000 travel-related cases in the U.S. Puerto Rico has it even worse with close to 600…
    - 18 days ago 7 Aug 16, 7:00pm -
  • Super Lice Now in 48 States
    It’s August, time to get the kids ready to go back to school. A bunch of children together in class means a lot of close contact, and one of the issues you might have to deal with is head lice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) b…
    - 18 days ago 7 Aug 16, 1:15am -
  • Save the Whales, I Mean, Bees
    You may or may not be an environmentalist, but a part of nature that everyone should support is the humble bee. It’s thought that every third bite of food that you take is there because of pollination by bees. Honey, when raw and unprocessed, may e…
    - 22 days ago 3 Aug 16, 4:05pm -