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  • newNotes for Sunday – February 26, 2017
    This day, February 26, is the birthday of Major-General Orde Charles Wingate (born, 1903, died 24 March 1944), an eccentric British Army officer who organized special military units in Palestine in the 1930s, and in Abyssinia, Sudan, and Burma during…
    - 11 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:57am -
  • newHousehold Basics in TEOTWAWKI- Part 4, by Sarah Latimer
    The Physical Properties and Application I’m concerned about having yeast readily available in TEOTWAWKI. I like having dry yeast readily available by the measurable spoonful, and so I buy it in one pound bricks and then store it in a sealed quart M…
    - 11 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:56am -
  • newLetter Re: Metal Value of US Coins
    Mr. Latimer: There’s a curious development in metal prices. Because of the recent strength in the zinc price and relative weakness in copper and nickel prices, it is the case that $1000 face value of “new” pennies (post-1982) is worth more than…
    - 11 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:54am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    POWERFUL GOLD & SILVER COILED SPRINGS: Important Charts You Have To See o o o 28 Conservative/Libertarian Law Profs Demand That AALS Address Political Imbalance Of Law School Faculties o o o CASHLESS SOCIETY Expands to Taiwan! Ban on Cash for Large P…
    - 11 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:54am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog readers wrote in with some answers on where to find the adjustable glasses mentioned yesterday. Home Depot First Street Online Buy Dial Vision Dr. Leonard’s catalog Note that not all of these adjustable glasses are like those described…
    - 11 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:53am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there a…
    - 11 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:53am -
  • Notes for Saturday – February 25, 2017
    February 25th is the birthday of the late bluegrass music legend Ralph Stanley (1927 – 2016). His harmonizing and high tenor solos had an almost haunting sound to them.
    - 1 day ago 25 Feb 17, 6:54am -
  • Review Of The Jøtul F 50 TL Rangeley Wood Stove, by S.T.

    - 1 day ago 25 Feb 17, 6:53am -
  • Letter Re: Donkeys as Pack Animals
    HJL, Good info from B.W. We also have donkeys, miniature donkeys. They make excellent pets and fine companions on the trail. We hike and even camp with ours, as well as string them along with their packs behind our mules on trail rides. When introduc…
    - 1 day ago 25 Feb 17, 6:52am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Next Leg Up is Beginning (Precious Metals) o o o Diverging Tops Forming In Precious Metals And Miners o o o Housing affordability shows that most Americans are too broke to buy a home: The American Dream moves further out of reach. o o o Why the Feds…
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  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    When you think your city has high crime… A TALE OF TWO CITIES Rio Carnival 2017 sees millions of revellers take to the streets – as cops clash with drug users in notorious ‘crackland’ district of Sao Paulo (Warning: Brazil, Rio de Janeiro in…
    - 1 day ago 25 Feb 17, 6:51am -
  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue … Continue rea…
    - 1 day ago 25 Feb 17, 6:50am -
  • Notes for Friday – February 24, 2017
    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 abolit…
    - 2 days ago 24 Feb 17, 9:14am -
  • Total City WTSHTF Survival- Part 2, by NDT
    Public Transportation Learn how public transportation works in your area and utilize it, as it could be an asset one day. Also, learn about anything that is public, from restrooms and shelters to tornado shelters. Timing could be an issue, and it cou…
    - 2 days ago 24 Feb 17, 9:14am -
  • Guest Article: The Tyranny Of A Cashless Society Coming?
    After governments abolish cash in useful denominations, then governments will likely focus upon eliminating personal and commercial commerce through the use of compact high-value commodities, such as gold and silver. This is a natural progression if…
    - 2 days ago 24 Feb 17, 9:12am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • How to Properly Clean a Cut, Scrape, or Wound to Prevent Infection
    I have discussed how to seal a wound in the past, and whether to use stitches, bandages, or super glue. I’ve even done a comprehensive guide about sealing cuts with super glue, but as of yet, haven’t fully covered the process of preparing y…
    - 2 days ago 24 Feb 17, 6:05pm -
  • Started a Meal Plan to Eat Healthier; Ended Up Helping Us Prep Too
    Like pretty much everyone I know, I always figured I could loose a little bit of weight and be all the healthier and all the happier for it. Unlike pretty much everyone I know, I never bothered to convince myself that starting a new diet and ha…
    - 5 days ago 21 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • February 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Couldn’t resist and snapped up a Benchmade 940 Osborne. Can’t wait to review it. After only two Benchmade reviews, I reckon it’s about time I did another one. Also I have been indulging my nicotine habit using snuff as of late. Cigar taxe…
    - 7 days ago 19 Feb 17, 3:23pm -
  • Affordable, Accessible, & Discreet: Best Neck Knives You Can EDC
    Carrying your knife around your neck is not a new phenomenon, nor is it a fad. It’s a concept that’s been around forever. Whilst the practice of wearing a neck knife has garnered traction for situations, sad to say, neck knives have never e…
    - 10 days ago 16 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • Slacking on Prepping Lately? Here’s How to Use That To Your Advantage
    You aren’t going to be a diligent prepper 100% of the time. Perseverance ebbs and flows, and even if you don’t ever stop prepping completely, chances are there will be moments in your life where you dwindle down the attention you give to p…
    - 13 days ago 13 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • Hypothermia: Life Threatening, Yet Simple to Treat – Do You Know How?
    Hypothermia is one of those conditions that is often discussed and yet rarely described as anything more than simply being out in the cold for too long. The reality is quite a bit more complex and the consequences of ignoring the symptoms often…
    - 16 days ago 10 Feb 17, 4:30pm -
  • Who Still Buys Dumb Phones Anymore? Preppers Should & Here’s Why
    If you haven’t thought about dumb phones in a long while, I can’t blame you, but chances are you’re missing out on a really great emergency tool that’s been right at the back of your memory this entire time. Smart phones are amazing. Th…
    - 20 days ago 6 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • UK Knife Laws: Restrictions, Prohibitions, & What’s Legal to Carry
    UK knife laws are a minefield of conjecture and hearsay. It seems everyone has an idea of what they can and can’t carry, but in reality, the situation here is both very simple and extremely nuanced depending on the application of the law as p…
    - 24 days ago 2 Feb 17, 7:45pm -
  • That Exists? Coolest Survival, Outdoor, & Camp Gear We’ve Seen
    There’s not always a heck of a lot new going on in the survival, outdoor, & camping world when it comes to interesting gadgets, new products, and overall innovation. This makes sense, since when it comes to camping, survival, & the general o…
    - 26 days ago 31 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Drooling Over 2017’s New Knife Releases at SHOT Show (No Photos, Sorry!)
    SHOT Show just came around so figured I would chime in and reassure you all that I haven’t forgotten about the knife reviews. As a matter of fact, I have 20-ish odd knives lying around that I still have to review. As an early disclaimer (tho…
    - 28 days ago 29 Jan 17, 11:30am -
  • January 2017 EDC Purse Dump
    Thomas hates the Pingo, but I love it, and so have officially stolen it from him ;). Bought a backup phone this past month – a dumbphone with insane standby time that should be great if I leave it charged and off in case of an emergency. 1. …
    - 29 days ago 28 Jan 17, 4:45pm -
  • UK Legal Knives: Best UK Friendly Folders to EDC in Old Blighty
    When I returned to the UK in May of last year, I found the transition to be quite jarring in terms of legally permissible EDC knives. In Canada I quite happily carried anything I damn well pleased, as the legislation is so vague (knives are leg…
    - 31 days ago 26 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Hate Budgeting? How to Build Killer Savings Anyway
    There are people who can sit down at a desk once a week or once a month and tally up household expenses by type. Set themselves budgeting goals, then meticulously track where money is leaking so they can stick to their budget. They can keep up…
    - 34 days ago 23 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • January 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. Moleskine 2017 Weekly Pocket-Sized Planner in Red 2. Lamy Safari Black Fountain Pen 3. Boker Tech Tool 1 Folding Slip Joing Knife  – Heinnie Haynes Limited Edition Red 4. Kanger Subox Mini + Joytech Cubis Pro – Reviewed here.This is…
    - 37 days ago 20 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • My Spouse Doesn’t Like Me Prepping: What Can I Do?
    I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from new subscribers to the Survival Pulse email newsletter (our prepper & survivalist news mail out; you can subscribe here if you’re interested) letting me know that they’re having difficulty at home…
    - 41 days ago 16 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Knife Forging: How Forged Knives Are Made & Are They Stronger?
    Knife forging is a hot topic amongst knife aficionados and collectors. I feel it’s safe to say that there isn’t a single aficionado or collector in the knife industry who hasn’t formed an opinion on “forged knives.” There’s a reason…
    - 44 days ago 13 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • How to Stay Warm Indoors When the Power’s Out (& It’s Freezing Outside)
    Not too long ago, we received a question from @RayBurton on Twitter about whether or not we’d done an article on emergency home heating in cold climates. Well, we haven’t, even though I’m from Canada and Thomas & I lived there together fo…
    - 48 days ago 9 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Breaking Down Martial Law: What It Is & How It’s Abused
    Martial law is a topic that comes up time and time again in even the mainstream media, and yet very few understand what it is from a legal sense and what the implications are for everyday citizens and those of us more serious about preparing fo…
    - 52 days ago 5 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Knife Guides: Best EDC Knives, Myths, Sharpening, & More
    Unless you’re new here (hell, even if you are new here) in most cases you’ll know that Thomas has a little bit of a knife addiction. Calling him obsessed is probably severely under-representing the nature of his relationship with knives; he…
    - 54 days ago 3 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • 7 Self-Sufficiency Resolutions for the New Year
    Over the years, I’ve discovered that concentrating on one big goal at a time is the very best way to make any resolution stick long enough to become a habit. Want to eat healthier, exercise more, and quit smoking? Doing it all at once is prob…
    - 56 days ago 1 Jan 17, 3:00pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • News and information after TSHTF
    After TSHTF, be it local or national, there will be a need for staying up to date on some news stories. Weather reports and forecasts will help you decide what to wear and whether or not travel is a good idea. Reports on road conditions and traffic c…
    - 3 days ago 23 Feb 17, 7:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Monthly Roundup
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.What's OldI had hoped to show the new hold-down brackets for my storage bin, but the project turned into more work than I expected.…
    - 4 days ago 22 Feb 17, 6:00pm -
  • Shedding Light: Lanterns vs Flashlights
    Working in the dark is tough. The desire and even need for light is hard coded into the human psyche. We've talked some about flashlights, and even a little bit about lanterns, but we haven't touched on when each is appropriate. With lighting, as wit…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 17, 1:42am -
  • Editor on Vacation
    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.This is just a quick post to let you know that the Editor (me) will be leaving tomorrow to attend a MAG40 class and that I won't be back until the weekend.This is partly a heads-up regarding "Hey, if…
    - 6 days ago 21 Feb 17, 12:48am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #131 - Loaded Conversations with Sanford Man
    For once, Florida Man had the day off.Beth is on assignment -- at Gunsite Academy! But she stops shooting long enough to send us a report.Happily for Florida, the Sanford Man who shot someone to death is from Sanford, NC and not Sanford, FL. Sean tel…
    - 7 days ago 20 Feb 17, 1:30am -
  • Cheap Char Rope
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I received February's Apocabox yesterday, and while I don't have time for a full review or an unboxing video (that will come later), I wanted to point out something from the box tha…
    - 9 days ago 17 Feb 17, 9:32pm -
  • Egg Storage
    The other day, one of my friends asked me if eggs needed to be refrigerated or not.One of the many odd or weird jobs that I have done over the years was working on a small poultry farm -- and by "small" I mean "We only had 5,000 hens laying eggs." …
    - 10 days ago 17 Feb 17, 2:00am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Blue Skies and Emergencies
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Everyone has heard about the overfull reservoir here in California by now, right? Did the people interviewed sound like anyone you…
    - 11 days ago 15 Feb 17, 6:15pm -
  • Multimeter 101
    I promised a crash course in multimeters last week. I hope you find this video instructive.Editor's Note: The loop at the top is an amp clamp, and it opens like a claw by pressing the protrusion on the right side of the device. This allows the user…
    - 12 days ago 14 Feb 17, 6:29pm -
  • My Candle Burns At Both Ends, It Will Not Last the Night
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.For those of you who pay attention to such things, Blue Collar Prepping has been around for over three years now, having written about 915 posts and many, many words about being pr…
    - 13 days ago 13 Feb 17, 8:50pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #130 - Tribalism and Happy Endings
    Our #1 advice for a happy ending: Don't get a barbed wire tattoo. Those never end well.Beth shares some advice for avoiding tragedy when you have children and guns in the same houseEveryone likes a happy ending. Sean tells us about our favorite happy…
    - 14 days ago 13 Feb 17, 1:06am -
  • Number One with a Bullet: Keeping It All Straight with Bullet Journals
    There's been a bit of discussion among members of our Facebook group about keeping things organized and in rotation with preps. There are countless apps to help you "organize your life and up your productivity."Well that's great, but when was the la…
    - 16 days ago 11 Feb 17, 1:44am -
  • Crowds
    I don’t like crowds. They make me anxious, cause headaches, and tend to make me more than a bit “on edge”. My wife has to drag me out of the house to go Christmas shopping, because I can’t stand being in crowded stores, but I usually get to q…
    - 17 days ago 10 Feb 17, 1:45am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Final Trunk III
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.The large and expensive part of the Trunk fix is here. What's left to do? You'll be amazed at what how simple it is!At the start of…
    - 18 days ago 8 Feb 17, 3:09pm -
  • Battery Failure Assessment
    Last week, I had a very inconvenient failure of the battery in my truck.  I don't often expect things to fail -- my maintenance routine isn't perfect, but it's fairly solid -- so when they do, it's an unpleasant surprise.At about 5:40 in the morning…
    - 19 days ago 7 Feb 17, 7:14pm -
  • Palette's Product Review: PMC .223 Battle Pack
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.FTC Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review purposes by Widener's Reloading & Shooting Supply. I was not paid for a good review. I'm never entirely certain what to s…
    - 20 days ago 6 Feb 17, 9:11pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #129 - Berzerkeley
    Rioters and California get along like a house on fire.Anyone can carry a gun... but what if you want to protect yourself AND look good in your clothes? Beth tells us about the upcoming Realize Concealed Carry Fashion Show in Cleveland, Ohio. Two sus…
    - 21 days ago 6 Feb 17, 2:44am -
  • Guest Post: Ham Radio
    by Tim KiesI have been a ham (amateur) radio operator since I was just 12 years old. Back then, the only way that I could use my license was by using Morse code, with a very simple transmitter that ensured I didn’t accidentally interfere with any…
    - 23 days ago 3 Feb 17, 9:15pm -
  • Ashes
    One of the side-effects of burning wood for heat is the production of lots of ashes -- about 20 pounds of ash per cord of wood burned. Wood ash is treated as a waste product by a lot of people, but it has a few uses around a homestead. Warning:Pleas…
    - 24 days ago 3 Feb 17, 1:47am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Trunk Junk and the Box of Holding
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Many thanks to loyal reader Matt Rodgers for the suggestion to put Velcro on the bottom of the storage box I have in my trunk! This…
    - 25 days ago 1 Feb 17, 5:43pm -
  • A Handy Chart
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I don't like "phoning in a post" by just posting an infographic, but what else can be said about an extremely handy one-page sheet showing the morse code, semaphore, and maritime fl…
    - 27 days ago 30 Jan 17, 8:40pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #128 - L'audace de Non
    Audacity, audacity, always audacity; we even record our segments with Audacity. Surprise! Men and women ARE different. Beth gives us her thoughts on why that's a good thing.It's another police chase, but this time it's also interstate kidnapping. Sea…
    - 28 days ago 30 Jan 17, 1:30am -
  • A Small, Simple Forge
    So, you need to make a tool and you want to forge it, or maybe just need a way to heat one up to harden it. Is there a simple forge that doesn’t require coal or charcoal, and could use, say, a torch? Oh yeah. First, you'll need some firebrick.Why…
    - 30 days ago 28 Jan 17, 12:17am -
  • Nouveaux Preppers
    Yesterday's guest post covered some of the material I intended to write about today, but I'm flexible and can take a slightly different view of the subject.Preppers used to be called “survivalists”, but that term got so much derision and bad pres…
    - 31 days ago 27 Jan 17, 3:06am -
  • Guest Post: How Not to Drive Away Entry-Level Preppers
    by QuaLast September, I attended a exposition put on by a largish corporation that was looking to get their employees into the mindset of being prepared for emergencies. I thought it would be interesting, and since it was free (my favorite price) an…
    - 32 days ago 25 Jan 17, 10:03pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Anaphylaxis: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment
    In a disaster or any other situation that takes us off the grid, we will expose ourselves to insect stings and poison ivy, as well as strange food items that we aren’t accustomed to. Allergic reactions may ensue in susceptible individuals. When we…
    - 1 day ago 25 Feb 17, 1:13pm -
  • Who Was Our First President? No, Really.
      It’s Presidents’ Day in the U.S., and we celebrate the 44 men who have held the office, beginning with George Washington.  However, was George Washington really the first President?  Seems like the simplest question that even a child could…
    - 6 days ago 20 Feb 17, 1:50pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Anaphylaxis, Ear Infections, Hemorrhage
    The Survival Medicine Hour, hosted by Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy of https://www.doomandbloom.net/ brings you a few topics, including ear infections, bleeding control and the final part 3 of the allergy series: anap…
    - 8 days ago 18 Feb 17, 2:18pm -
  • Allergies: What You Need To Know, Pt. 1
    Allergies are reactions caused by a hypersensitivity of the immune system to a substance ingested or in the environment (an “allergen”). These substances may cause little or no effect in most people, but a percentage of the population may experie…
    - 12 days ago 14 Feb 17, 3:22pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Allergies, pt.2, Water Issues
    The Survival Medicine Hour this week, with your hosts, Joe Alton MD, aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, discusses water pollutants and part 2 of the series on Allergies. Your hosts request feedback on the show and other topics you may…
    - 15 days ago 11 Feb 17, 2:06pm -
  • Guest Post: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Were in Your Drinking Water
      (Dr. Bones says: From time to time, we accept submissions from promising writers in the field of preparedness. Today’s post comes from TheBerkey.com‘s social media manager Jennifer Moran. In this article, Jennifer discusses some substances th…
    - 18 days ago 8 Feb 17, 1:19pm -
  • 13 Tips on Surviving a Protest
    As a Free Speech advocate, I support the people’s right to protest and make their opinions heard. Unfortunately, demonstrations in the U.S. these days are becoming more frequent and violent. From what I saw happen at UC-Berkeley, I expect them to b…
    - 20 days ago 6 Feb 17, 1:18pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Protest Survival, Capsizing, Allergies, Pt.1
    The Survival Medicine Hour with your hosts Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discuss Protest Safety, How to survive a capsized boat or cold water immersion, and part one of a series on allergies. Our website https://www.d…
    - 22 days ago 4 Feb 17, 3:48pm -
  • Guest Article: Homeopathy and Preparedness
    Nurse Amy and I are conventionally trained medical professionals that incorporate an integrative philosophy into our writings. We don’t know everything, however (far from it), and sometimes find writers on specific topics that are outside of our wh…
    - 24 days ago 2 Feb 17, 2:59pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Expiration Dates, Face Masks, More
    This episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, with your hosts, Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, discusses the significance, or sometimes, the lack of significance of expiration dates when it comes to medicines in pills an…
    - 27 days ago 31 Jan 17, 3:05am -