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  • newNotes for Thursday – May 05, 2016
    May 5th is the birthday of Pat Frank (1908-1964). This was the pen name of newspaper journalist Harry Hart Frank. His novel Alas, Babylon is a survivalist classic. His personal life was marred by alcoholism, but his writing is admired and still surpr…
    - 11 hours ago 5 May 16, 6:41am -
  • newMaintaining Your Household in the Post-SHTF World- Part 1, by S.T.
    Today I washed clothes the easy way: I placed the clothes in the washing machine, added homemade laundry soap, and turned it on. When the washer was done, I transferred the clothes to the dryer and turned it on. When the dryer was done, I removed the…
    - 11 hours ago 5 May 16, 6:40am -
  • newTwo Letters Re: Velcro on Tactical Gear
    Hugh, My experience with the hook-and-loop closure system is, that it works fine while it is new and clean, but deteriorates quickly. Lint is one of the biggest enemies, along with cheat grass and other vegetable contamination. We have velcro on a ca…
    - 11 hours ago 5 May 16, 6:39am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    It’s High Time To Worry About The U.S. Economy o o o China’s banking regulator moves to contain off-balance sheet risk. Excerpt: “Authorities are tightening scrutiny of the lenders as the growing use of complex financial structures has raised c…
    - 11 hours ago 5 May 16, 6:38am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Sent in by Reader T.Z. – Apologies for the fbomb title, but I wanted to get the info out. Here in the Redoubt we often forget there are those north of the parallel. ‘It’s a F[*] Ghost Town’: Inside Canada’s Fort McMurray As It Burns. Please…
    - 11 hours ago 5 May 16, 6:38am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “That measures of this nature [the draft] should be debated at all in the councils of a free government is cause of dismay. The question is nothing less than whether the most essential rights of personal liberty shall be surrendered and despotism e…
    - 11 hours ago 5 May 16, 6:37am -
  • Notes for Wednesday – May 04, 2016
    On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others. Also on this day in 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed an…
    - 1 day ago 4 May 16, 6:43am -
  • Surviving the 2015 Fire of Lake County California- Part 2, by B.G.
    Looters- Lessons Learned You don’t need to be an expert killer to deter an attacker. The people who loot an evacuated area are generally cowardly. You need only appear more of a threat than the average person. Buy a gun, learn to use it, but don’…
    - 1 day ago 4 May 16, 6:41am -
  • Letter Re: Velcro on Tactical Gear
    Dear Hugh, Regarding the use of Velcro on tactical gear, I have something which might be of importance that I would like to share. Due to an old athletic injury, I wear an ankle brace for both stability and compression on a daily basis. I have been w…
    - 1 day ago 4 May 16, 6:40am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Video: Gold COT’s and Sentiment Levels – “Traders you don’t have to chase, you will get a better opportunity. Traders already long should trail a stop. Old Turkey’s just ignore the market for the next 4-5 years” o o o Puerto Rico Default…
    - 1 day ago 4 May 16, 6:39am -
  • Readers’ Recommendations of the Week:
    Movie recommendations from DMS: If you don’t have time for a movie, Best speech ever to a father/ future husband. Finding Normal (it’s not what you have, it’s how you live). The Book of Esther. Do You Believe? Escape. Just Let Go (a true story…
    - 1 day ago 4 May 16, 6:39am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    Colorado Sends Non-Vaccinating Parents ILLEGAL Order to “Register Their Child With the State” – Sent in by DSV. o o o What do you do when you have barbarians and no gate? You build a wall… in Kenya – Kenya can build a wall and we can’t??…
    - 1 day ago 4 May 16, 6:38am -
  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” – George Washington.
    - 1 day ago 4 May 16, 6:37am -
  • Notes for Tuesday – May 03, 2016
    May 3, 1952 is the birthday of Pastor Chuck Baldwin. He has done yeoman service in promoting the American Redoubt movement. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 64 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth o…
    - 2 days ago 3 May 16, 7:17am -
  • Surviving the 2015 Fire of Lake County California- Part 1, by B.G.
    This is a true story of a thirty-something survivalist/engineer and his family as well as some lessons learned in the second most destructive fire in California history. I had seen other large fires in Lake County over the years, and they would arriv…
    - 2 days ago 3 May 16, 7:16am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • newGerber 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…
    - 23 hours 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 25 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…
    - 31 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 34 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.…
    - 37 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…
    - 46 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…
    - 49 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…
    - 54 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…
    - 59 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…
    - 63 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…
    - 68 days ago 27 Feb 16, 8:45pm -
  • Thinking of Prepping? Why You Just Need to Start Now

    - 70 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…
    - 73 days ago 22 Feb 16, 8:00pm -
  • Knife Drop: Knife Reviews to Come
    Another set of behind the scenes shots. Thomas has been getting so many requests for the Cold Steel Finn Wolf that we need to push that review up even though we have a number of other knives queued up to be reviewed. And I absolutely love tha…
    - 75 days ago 20 Feb 16, 9:00pm -
  • The Rundown on Internal Bleeding
    In my opinion, internal bleeding is one of the most frightening injuries you can be inflicted with. Much like cancer, internal bleeding often displays its nastier symptoms a good length of time after it has set in, creating an unfortunate tic…
    - 80 days ago 15 Feb 16, 8:15pm -
  • February 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. Moleskine Classic Soft Cover Pocket Sized Notebook 2. Cold Steel Finn Wolf EDC Folding Pocket Knife 3. Noodler’s Neponset Fountain Pen in Baikal Blue Acrylic 4. Paul Smith Bifold Wallet 5. TIHK Handcuff KeyThis is just the start o…
    - 82 days ago 13 Feb 16, 6:15pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newPrudent 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…
    - 19 hours 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,…
    - 2 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 11 days ago 25 Apr 16, 2:59am -
  • Radiation Doses for Dummies
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Welcome to the final installment of "Radioactivity for Dummies" series. Over the past two months I've talked about why ionizing radiation is dangerous, how it works, how to shield y…
    - 13 days ago 22 Apr 16, 10:23pm -
  • Chemistry for Preppers: Distillation
    One of the most common and useful chemical processes for preppers is distillation. Everyone has seen the water purification systems that boil the source water, cool the steam, and produce pure (distilled) water. The simple “solar still” method of…
    - 14 days ago 21 Apr 16, 6:43pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Seasonal Inventory Checkup
    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.The weather here in the West has been trending towards spring with warmer weather, occasional rain,…
    - 15 days ago 20 Apr 16, 6:39pm -
  • Apocabox Unboxing #11 (April 2016)
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I didn't even try to put this out on Friday. I embraced the inevitable delay and figured I could post it over the weekend, or on Monday at the latest.This post is back-dated to Mond…
    - 16 days ago 20 Apr 16, 4:02am -
  • Fishing Part 3: Line
    Fishing line is what connects the fish to you. It is also the most common failure point in a fishing rig by many orders of magnitude. This should lead to the conclusion that your line must be checked regularly and replaced whenever needed. You should…
    - 16 days ago 19 Apr 16, 10:32pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #87 - Special Stunt Co-Host ERIN!
    This week on The GunBlog VarietyCast, Adam is "On Assignment" doing post-surgery bed rest, so holding down the co-host chair is Erin Palette!Just because Erin is co-host doesn't mean she can't do her final segment in her "Thinking about how we think"…
    - 18 days ago 18 Apr 16, 2:25am -
  • Radiation Terminology for Dummies
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.We're almost done with the "Radioactivity for Dummies" series. I've talked about why ionizing radiation is bad and how to prevent it, but sometimes you can't keep it off you.Before…
    - 20 days ago 15 Apr 16, 8:57pm -
  • Swamp Coolers
    A few years ago, a young friend of mine moved to Southern California with her husband and new baby. The housing they were living in was fair, but when the air conditioner died in July, the landlord struggled to find someone to fix or replace it. Havi…
    - 21 days ago 14 Apr 16, 10:43pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Gear Test
    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.Following up on the original post that mentioned my new sleeping pad, I had a chance to try it out…
    - 22 days ago 13 Apr 16, 3:41pm -
  • Fishing: Rods and Reels, Ways and Means
    There is an unimaginably wide variety of rods and reels on the market, each one fitting a particular niche or designed for a specific job. The rod used in the surf is different from the rod used to fish weed beds on a bass pond. Both of those rods ar…
    - 23 days ago 13 Apr 16, 1:11am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #86 - Will Hillary Use NATO to Attack the NRA with Cosmo Couples?
    Adam, Sean and the gang bring you another great episode of The GunBlog VarietyCast!Erin Palette finally explains what she means by "Groupness." Just when she thought she was out, Trump drags her back in. Nicki Kenyon just wants to talk about NATO, b…
    - 25 days ago 11 Apr 16, 2:51am -
  • I Really Want This to Fund
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I'm a big fan nifty gadgets. As a prepper I'm also a fan of items with multiple uses as those save space as we…
    - 26 days ago 9 Apr 16, 7:11pm -
  • Preventing Radiation Sickness for Dummies
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I'm not going to sugar coat this: if you absorb a high enough dose of ionizing radiation, you're going to die. The only thing doctors can do is pump you full of painkillers so that…
    - 27 days ago 9 Apr 16, 12:02am -
  • Death and Burial: An Update
    I've had a rough month. With the deaths of my father-in-law, mother, and aunt all occurring within three weeks, I have had to deal with the subjects of death, dying, and burial on a personal level that I haven't experienced before. I went back and re…
    - 28 days ago 8 Apr 16, 12:06am -
  • Prudent Prepping: What's In Your Mouth...
    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 some dental problems: fillings needing replacement, a crown that now may be cracked; and teet…
    - 29 days ago 6 Apr 16, 6:22pm -
  • Fishing: An Introduction
    A great question came up on the BCP Facebook page this week. "Need some help. Let's say someone either never learned to fish, or hasn't been since early elementary school some 30 years ago. What licenses (Florida), supplies, resources and guides do t…
    - 30 days ago 5 Apr 16, 5:29pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #85 - The Parkers do the Hot Brass Dance on Public Service Radio
    Adam and Sean host another great episode of The GunBlog VarietyCast.Well, it's great even though the bratty kid sister of the gunblogosphere, Erin Palette was off enjoying herself shooting a Squad Automatic Weapon and a silenced lever action .45/70 r…
    - 32 days ago 4 Apr 16, 12:36am -

Survival Medicine

  • newFood 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…
    - 16 hours 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 3 days ago 2 May 16, 5:27pm -
  • More Notice For Tornado Events?
    Disasters happen, and a tornado is one of the classic ones that can cause damage and death. Will a new computer-driven warning system give citizens more time to get out of the way of the path of destruction?   A tornado’s a violently rotating colu…
    - 7 days ago 29 Apr 16, 1:31am -
  • American Survival Radio #4
    In American Survival Radio #4, Joe and Amy Alton recount the efforts of an anti-religious group to remove the bible from the “Missing Man Table”, a military tradition that honors those fallen and missing in action. It seems that it won’t be lon…
    - 10 days ago 25 Apr 16, 3:15pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: New Normal, Zika Handbook, More
    Joe and Amy Alton announce their latest book, “The Zika Virus Handbook“! It’s the first book on everything you need to know about the infection written by an MD. It’s concise at 138 pages, but still way more information than the other books o…
    - 11 days ago 24 Apr 16, 4:22pm -
  • The Zika Virus Handbook
    Warm weather is on the way, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that we can expect more cases of Zika virus in the United States this summer. Indeed, the Aedes mosquito which transmits the virus seems to have expanded its range t…
    - 12 days ago 23 Apr 16, 12:18pm -
  • VIDEO: Active Shooter Bleeding Control Kit in Action
    Would you be able to stop severe hemorrhage in the aftermath of a terror attack? In Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy’s latest video, she puts on a realistic demonstration of her First Aid Bleeding Control Kit in action after a simulated active shoote…
    - 15 days ago 21 Apr 16, 12:58am -
  • American Survival Radio #3
    American Survival Radio is a brand new podcast hosted by Joe and Amy Alton in collaboration with Genesis Communications Network, the home of Alex Jones’ Infowars. America Tonight, Joyce Riley’s Power Hour, and other fine shows. In American Surviv…
    - 17 days ago 18 Apr 16, 3:57pm -
  • Earthquake Survival
    Some significant seismic activity has been reported this week, especially in the zone bordering the rim of the Pacific Ocean (sometimes called the “Ring of Fire”). It’s important to have a plan for earthquake survival so that your family will r…
    - 18 days ago 17 Apr 16, 5:31pm -