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  • newNotes for Wednesday – May 25, 2016
    On May 25th, 1787, The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding. The task of the peaceful overthrow of the new American government as it had been defined by the Article of Confederation eventually led to the…
    - 6 hours ago 25 May 16, 6:15am -
  • newThe Prepper’s American Dream: A Practical Guide To Strategic Relocation- Part 2, by Charles T.
    Planning a relocation When my wife and I realized that our current location was not where we wanted to stay long term, we had to take the hard step of figuring out where else to go. To do this, we leaned heavily on the core values we had identified f…
    - 6 hours ago 25 May 16, 6:14am -
  • newLetter Re: Hoof Trimming Piece
    Hugh, Please pass my thanks to Charles T. for that. Interestingly, I had just come from the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School, having gotten one of my horses shod, when I opened the website and saw that piece. While waiting for the horse, I visited with a…
    - 6 hours ago 25 May 16, 6:13am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    France Hit By Gas Shortages, Rationing After Refinery Workers Go On Strike “In the aftermath of the French labor law reform, local refinery workers have launched a strike to hit the government where it hurts the most. Protesters have blocked delive…
    - 6 hours ago 25 May 16, 6:13am -
  • newReaders’ Recommendations of the Week:
    Reader DMS suggested the book Dark Waters. It’s about the only U.S. submarine to serve 40 decades, and very few even knew it existed. o o o Reader G.L. recommended the movie Alone, but not Alone. Based on a true story, the movie follows two immigra…
    - 6 hours ago 25 May 16, 6:12am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    After imprisoning Oregon ranchers, Obama to sign an executive order legalizing BLM tyranny to take over any land it wants – B.B. o o o Baby boomers to blame for lost generation of gardeners – DSV o o o A bit like closing the barn door after the h…
    - 6 hours ago 25 May 16, 6:11am -
  • newJim’s Quote of the Day:
    “It’s said that ‘power corrupts’, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. When they do act, they think of it as service, which has limits. The tyrant, thoug…
    - 6 hours ago 25 May 16, 6:09am -
  • Notes for Tuesday – May 24, 2016
    On May 24th, 1775, John Hancock was elected president of the Second Continental Congress. He is best known for his large signature on the Declaration of Independence, which he jested the British could read without spectacles. o o o Today, we present…
    - 1 day ago 24 May 16, 5:59am -
  • The Prepper’s American Dream: A Practical Guide To Strategic Relocation- Part 1, by Charles T.
    If you closed your eyes and pictured your ideal bug out location, what would your mind’s eye see? You’d probably see green grass, blue skies, rolling hills, fertile farmland, your family, friendly neighbors, and a basement stocked with a thousand…
    - 1 day ago 24 May 16, 5:58am -
  • Letter Re: Hobbit Houses
    Hugh, I looked at these houses you can bury. We found a few areas of concern. They are joined together in such a way that we were concerned about leakage. Also, you can only bury in about 6″ to 8″ of dirt, which doesn’t give much protection. We…
    - 1 day ago 24 May 16, 5:58am -
  • News From The American Redoubt:
    John Jacob, of Radio Free Redoubt, has sent in the link to a document from IdahoFreedom.org on the “Freedom Index” of the various Idaho candidates up for election. If a candidate rated a “D” or an “F”, vote them out. There are far too man…
    - 1 day ago 24 May 16, 5:57am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Reader S.M. wrote in to say: “At times I need to ship gold coins so I joined the North American Collectibles Association. That gave me access to their private insurance program, which covers up to $75,000 per shipment. The rates for insurance are w…
    - 1 day ago 24 May 16, 5:56am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    Need more evidence that public schools are nothing more than Marxist propaganda tools? Portland Public Schools ban textbooks that cast doubt on climate change. Get you kids out while you can! – C.T. o o o Four Refugees With Infectious Tuberculosis…
    - 1 day ago 24 May 16, 5:55am -
  • Jim’s Quote of the Day:
    “In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur, in a lecture at the University of Lille (7 December 1854)
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  • Notes for Monday – May 23, 2016
    May 23 is the birthday of George Lars Kellgren (born 1943 in Borås, Sweden), the founder and chief engineer of Kel-Tec. According to LeftistAgendaPedia, he designed many firearms for Husqvarna and Swedish Interdynamics AB in Sweden. He moved to the…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 16, 5:19am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • newFor 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…
    - 21 hours 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 11 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…
    - 21 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…
    - 25 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 40 days ago 15 Apr 16, 2:10pm -
  • April 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. Cold Steel Hold Out II EDC Folding Pocket Knife 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 the start of t…
    - 45 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…
    - 51 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…
    - 53 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…
    - 54 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.…
    - 57 days ago 29 Mar 16, 6:00pm -
  • Knife Drop: Folding Tanto Knives
    Title says it all – just a round up of Thomas’ current folding tanto knives. Knives Featured 1. SOG Vulcan Tanto Folding EDC Knife – Review. 2. Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto Blade Knife – Review. 3. Cold Steel Voyager XL Tanto Combo Edge K…
    - 66 days ago 20 Mar 16, 3:30pm -
  • A Slew of Skills Preppers & Survivalists Would Be Better Off Learning
    While each and every survivalist and prepper prioritizes different tasks and gear, even more so, they prioritize learning different skills that they think will be helpful in the case of an emergency or survival situation. Being a survivalist a…
    - 69 days ago 17 Mar 16, 9:15pm -
  • March 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. IM Corona Old Boy Black/Chrome Pipe Lighter 2. SederCraft Kraig Seder Short Poker Custom Pipe 3. Peterson Irish Flake Pipe Tobacco 4. Kershaw Blur Assisted Open Knife – Review.This is just the start of the post March 2016 EDC Pocket…
    - 74 days ago 12 Mar 16, 5:00pm -
  • Buck 119 Special Clip Point Hunter Knife Review
    Buck has always been a fascinating company to me. They very rarely jump aboard new trends, and rather tend to trudge along doing their own thing. I don’t say this as a criticism at all, because clearly it works. A Buck knife is unapologetic…
    - 79 days ago 7 Mar 16, 10:00pm -
  • Survival Shelf – Survivalist & Prepper Link Resource Site – Relaunch
    Back in 2014, we launched a survival & preparedness link resource site, Survival Shelf, in the hopes of being able to show off a lot of the links we found in the industry that we thought deserved as much attention as they could get. Unfortunate…
    - 83 days ago 3 Mar 16, 9:00pm -
  • February 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen Smart Phone + Ringke Slim Phone Case 2. SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive 3. Sony Alpha a5000 Camera with 16-50mm Lens 4. Spyderco Sage 1 Carbon Fiber EDC Pocket Knife – Review.This is just the star…
    - 88 days ago 27 Feb 16, 8:45pm -
  • Thinking of Prepping? Why You Just Need to Start Now

    - 90 days ago 25 Feb 16, 9:30pm -
  • Bahco Laplander Folding Bushcraft Hand Saw Review
    The Bahco Laplander is one of the most ubiquitous tools in any bushcrafter’s arsenal. It’s basically legendary at this point, but if you’re thinking that this might be one piece of kit that doesn’t live up to its hype, you’d be dead…
    - 93 days ago 22 Feb 16, 8:00pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newSnakes and Shudders
    Nothing beats real-world skills practice. As part of that mentality, my Boy Scouts and I went camping last weekend. There were many lessons learned about the value of practical skills, and a few new skills were learned.One of those teaching moments c…
    - 9 hours ago 25 May 16, 4:03am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #92 – Sean Survives Gun Skool
    Adam and Sean bring you Episode 92 of The GunBlog VarietyCast! Erin Palette answers Sean's questions about water storage containers;Beth Reoch Alcazar tries to explain pink guns;Silicon Graybeard tells you how to get started in electronics as a hobb…
    - 1 day ago 24 May 16, 4:55am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #91 – At the Safety Solutions Academy Critical Defensive Handgun class
    The day after I post "There's no podcast this week", Sean goes and posts a podcast he made at shooting class.Sigh.He writes:"I spent the weekend at Southington Hunt Club training facility taking Safety Solutions Academy's Critical Defensive Handgun c…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 16, 10:24pm -
  • Chemistry Lab Safety
    Working with refined chemicals, or the act of refining them, can expose you to some pretty nasty substances. Staying alive and uninjured is a priority in a crisis, so you should have a basic understanding of lab safety procedures.There are two main t…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 16, 12:44am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Voodoo Tactical Trauma Kit
    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.Last week, my Voodoo Tactical Trauma Kit arrived late... too late for me to unpack and look it over…
    - 7 days ago 18 May 16, 6:17pm -
  • Vehicle Inventory Management
    In response to last week's post, a question was asked regarding how to manage supplies kept in a vehicle:Could someone possibly give their opinion on a good method to rotate their automobile supplies, that they carry as a bug out kit, sort of the 72…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 16, 5:54pm -
  • Parts Cleaning (preferably without poisoning yourself)
    When I say parts cleaning, I don't just mean gun parts. I mean any parts that have old dirt, grease or oil (or that disgusting combination thereof) on them.Some stuff isn't bad, like oil or grease that will mostly wipe off, or dust that can be blown…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 16, 2:08am -
  • There's no Gun Blog Variety Podcast this week
    If you'd like to know why, check out my personal blog for details.The GBVC will return next week.
    - 9 days ago 16 May 16, 7:36pm -
  • Our New, More Professional Look
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.On behalf of all of us here at Blue Collar Prepping, I'd like to personally think Timothy Callahan for all his hard work in giving our little blog an impressive header and logo. He…
    - 12 days ago 13 May 16, 11:08pm -
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
    Skills take time to learn, and if you don't keep using them they can deteriorate over time. Building a fire, pitching a tent, cooking over an open fire, accurately using any weapon, and first aid all come to mind when thinking about prepping, and the…
    - 13 days ago 12 May 16, 4:40pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: First First Aid
    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.After mentioning my need for a real First Aid kit in a post on the BCP Facebook page, with a follow-…
    - 13 days ago 12 May 16, 3:09am -
  • Inventory Management
    A question was posed in the BCP Facebook group regarding how folks manage their supplies and keep track of stock levels. (By the way, keep the questions coming. It's nice to know what people want to learn about.) Oddly enough, this particular questio…
    - 15 days ago 10 May 16, 2:10pm -
  • Knightly Bees and Peckish Perch
    This will be my final entry about the camping trip from back in October 2015 that Evelyn and I took out to Knight's Rest here in Oklahoma.FishingThe Masseys, who own Knight's Rest, maintain a really nice fishing pond on the property, and it's stocked…
    - 15 days ago 10 May 16, 3:56am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #90 – Erin’s sick, Sean’s angry, and Adam’s Jeep is in pieces
    It's Episode 90 of The GunBlog VarietyCast - Erin's sick, Sean's angry, and Adam's Jeep is in pieces.Erin Palette is still sick from her trip out to Tennessee, but she dragged herself to her microphone and points us to a really fantastic series of ar…
    - 16 days ago 9 May 16, 2:24am -
  • Crocheting a Basic Brim-Up Hat
    "Uh, Evie... you live in Arizona now... a hat pattern? Really?"Yes, really. Let me tell you something: when you go from May to October, with days averaging 102 degrees in those six months, and then it drops (quite suddenly sometimes) to fifty someth…
    - 17 days ago 8 May 16, 2:53am -
  • Propane
    Propane (C3H8) is a common fuel for heating and cooking in rural areas. Most urban folks know it as the fuel for their outdoor grill and an alternative fuel for vehicles, and might use it in a hand-held torch for soldering copper pipe or other small…
    - 20 days ago 5 May 16, 11:15pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Buffet 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.I have several topics to touch on this week, none that I can make into a complete post, so here is t…
    - 21 days ago 4 May 16, 11:07pm -
  • Survival Fishing
    We've covered the base components of a universal fishing rig. While the parts we've covered in no way even approach all the possibilities in gear, what we covered works well in almost all fresh water to catch almost all species of fish. Beyond that,…
    - 22 days ago 3 May 16, 6:10pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #89 - Obama’s Purple Disaster Conversation
    Adam and Sean bring you Episode 89 of The GunBlog VarietyCast!Erin Palette asks, "What's your disaster personality?"President Obama goes to Britain and tells them how to run their country. Nicki Kenyon tells us how that works out for him.In the Pacif…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 16, 5:18pm -
  • Stuff I Have Made
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Hi everyone! I'm heading off to blogshoot in Tennessee right now, but I had enough time to prepare a visual blog post for all my loyal readers.The iSHWASH Personal Eyewash System is…
    - 26 days ago 29 Apr 16, 2:36pm -
  • Measuring Radiation
    Since Erin has explained what ionizing radiation is and the hazards it poses, I thought I'd add an article covering ways to measure it. Since you can't see, taste, or feel ionizing radiation, you need a tool to find out if it is present (qualitative…
    - 27 days ago 28 Apr 16, 10:16pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: 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. Back in March I mentioned my purchase of a tent, and how there was no room inside my house to set…
    - 28 days ago 27 Apr 16, 5:16pm -
  • Fishing: Get Hooked on Terminal Tackle
    Now that we've gone over rods and line, it's time to look at what actually goes on that line. The collection of bits and bobs that affix to your line are called terminal tackle and consist of weights, hooks, floats, and a variety of other things that…
    - 29 days ago 26 Apr 16, 10:03pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #88 – The Group Podcast with Special Guest Luke Apps of Triangle Tactical Podcast
    It was a long week moving Casa Sorrentino and URS Studios, so instead of a regular show, Adam and Sean bring you a special group show!Sean tells you about another Sean Sorrentino. One who is a very naughty Sean Sorrentino. This Sean Sorrentino will n…
    - 30 days ago 25 Apr 16, 2:59am -
  • Radiation Doses for Dummies
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.PREVIOUSLY: Radiation Terminology for DummiesWelcome to the final installment of "Radioactivity for Dummies" series. Over the past two months I've talked about why ionizing radiati…
    - 33 days ago 22 Apr 16, 10:23pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newAmerican Survival Radio, May 21st
    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…
    - 17 hours ago 24 May 16, 7:45pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Jack Spirko 2, Zika Triples, Dental Issues
    Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast returns to complete his interview with Dr. Bones on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton. Also, an introduction to dental preparedness, plus what items you might consider for your survival denta…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 16, 1:58am -
  • Survival Medical Hour: TSP’s Jack Spirko
      The Survival Medicine Hour’s Dr. Bones (Joe Alton, MD) welcomes old friend Jack Spirko of the wildly popular Survival Podcast in a crossover interview of each which will appear on the other’s podcast. That is, dr. Alton will appear on The Surv…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 16, 11:01pm -
  • American Survival Radio no.7
    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…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 16, 4:46pm -
  • Survival Medicine Videocast
      Our live videocast is done in collaboration with the nice folks at Around The Cabin, an entire network of shows where you can join in the chat room and ask questions, or just listen in. For live shows, tune in the first and third Wednesdays of eac…
    - 13 days ago 12 May 16, 3:49pm -
  • American Survival Radio #6
      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. If you’re interested in Survival, you’ll like both! On Am…
    - 15 days ago 10 May 16, 12:18pm -
  • Preparing For Wildfires
    After experiencing a hellish wildfire season last summer and fall in the U.S., a huge conflagration in the Canadian province of Alberta has us thinking again of wildfire preparedness. The wildfire in our northern neighbor’s territory has burned 400…
    - 16 days ago 10 May 16, 12:25am -
  • Food Contamination
    We’ve talked a lot about sterilizing water to make it safe for drinking, but a few things in the news lately got me thinking about food safety, another responsibility for the survival medic. Let’s start with some news of the weird: Two supermarke…
    - 20 days ago 5 May 16, 2:20am -
  • American Survival Radio #5
    Got change for a twenty? I’ll give you change, how about changing the face on the bill? Andrew Jackson (the first Democrat to be elected president gets tossed into the dustbin of history in favor of former slave, abolitionist, and Republican Harrie…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 16, 9:46pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Zika Death, Reporters and Prepper Events, More
    The U.S, records its first Zika death in an elderly man from Puerto Rico, where 700 cases have been confirmed and thousands more suspected. The mainland U.S. hasn’t been immune either: 93 cases so far in Florida and 77 in New York (no subtropical c…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 16, 5:27pm -