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  • newNotes for Sunday – September 25, 2016
    On September 25th, 1789, the first Congress of the United States approved 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. This is also the birthday of Will Smith (born 1968), best known for his roles in I Am Legen…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Sep 16, 5:28am -
  • newSeed Collecting- Part 1, by Sarah Latimer
    The fall season has arrived and so have the cool, or downright cold, night temperatures that go with it. The garden has not only past its peaked but mostly “petered out” with relatively little left in the garden. Though you may feel inclined to c…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Sep 16, 5:28am -
  • newLetter Re: Questions on Gas
    Hugh, I would like to ask a question to your other readers. What is the difference between butane, propane, CNG, and piped in home natural gas? Can they be used interchangeably? For instance, can I burn butane in my propane camp stove? Can I use prop…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Sep 16, 5:27am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Merkel Says No Aid for Deutsche Bank; Depositor Bail-In Coming Up? – P.S. o o o Laws Against “Price Gouging” Aren’t Helpful o o o The Stunning Roadmap To $26,000 Gold o o o Gold After the FOMC o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid i…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Sep 16, 5:24am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    The lamestream media recently noted that Hitlery Clinton has demanded a stepstool at the upcoming presidential debate, because she feels height challenged. I think that she must be channeling North Korea’s Comrade Nam II’s penchant for trickery a…
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  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.” – Romans 11:1-2 (KJV)
    - 20 hours ago 25 Sep 16, 5:21am -
  • Notes for Saturday – September 24, 2016
    In 1492AD, Columbus set sail with 17 ships on his 2nd voyage to the Americas. Also on this date in 1775, Ethan Allen was captured by the British. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 66 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The…
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  • Why a Higher Alert Level Is Appropriate This Fall, by Kass Andrada
    Since time immemorial, the spring and fall have been war-fighting seasons. Aggressors chose Spring if they wanted a lengthy campaign to cover a lot of ground or reduce fortifications before winter. Fall was chosen if they wanted a shorter campaign fo…
    - 2 days ago 24 Sep 16, 5:17am -
  • Even More Letters Re: Paper Road Maps
    HJL, Before we beat this map availability issue to a pulp, I would like to mention two more very important sources for maps… Don’t forget forest maps for your specific areas available at any USFS Forest HQ’s or Ranger station (around $9 each),…
    - 2 days ago 24 Sep 16, 5:15am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    How Much Longer Will Investors Trust the Central Banks? o o o Joe Salerno: Economics is Broken o o o Savings Guarantee? U.N. Warns Next Financial Crisis Seems Imminent o o o The Unthinkable Has Now Become Reality o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors ar…
    - 2 days ago 24 Sep 16, 5:14am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    Another reason to homeschool: California elementary School student diagnosed with Leprosy. – F.M. o o o Guns Sell Out In Charlotte As Local Police Refuses To Release Shooting Video – B.B. o o o How the FDA Manipulates the Media – M.E. o o o The…
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  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2 “For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you.” – Isaiah 60…
    - 2 days ago 24 Sep 16, 5:13am -
  • Notes for Friday – September 23, 2016
    Today, we present another entry for Round 66 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowere…
    - 3 days ago 23 Sep 16, 6:46am -
  • The Time Is Short, Stock Up!- Part 2, by J.H.
    What Do You Need? (continued) Black Rifle Accessories/Parts As mentioned, I am not a gunsmith by any means. Fortunately for most enthusiasts, however, most issues that develop can be resolved without a professional, and broken/worn parts can be easil…
    - 3 days ago 23 Sep 16, 6:44am -
  • More Letters Re: Paper Maps
    Hugh, Hunting and sport shops also sell detailed map books for many states. These maps are designed for hunters and show roads, in great detail, that are often not shown on typical road maps. – M.J. o o o Hugh, A recent reader post mentioned cleanr…
    - 3 days ago 23 Sep 16, 6:43am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • September 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    At home EDC. Morning routine, sitting down to good book and drinking coffee while attempting to knit. Knife’s for pruning the herbs. 1. Danby Coffee Cup + Nescafe Azera Intenso 2. Misc Knitting Needles 3. Baladeo Papagayo Lime Green Handle Fo…
    - 1 day ago 24 Sep 16, 4:30pm -
  • We’re Mortgage Free – The Ultimate Prepper Investment
    When Thomas and I moved to the U.K. roughly 6 months back, our utmost priority was buying our own place. There are many things about renting that bother me – from not being able to make permanent alterations to the space you’re living, to…
    - 3 days ago 22 Sep 16, 6:00pm -
  • SOG Flash II Lightweight EDC Folding Pocket Knife Review
    Throughout the past three years blogging here, I have had countless requests to review the SOG Flash II. It’s definitely one of the most popular mainstream EDC knives, and while I normally try to cater to my readers in terms of gear to buy,…
    - 6 days ago 19 Sep 16, 3:30pm -
  • Free Survival eBooks: Downloadable Straight from Amazon
    I had this article published on Survival Pulse for quite a long time, but since pulling down the website and taking the news updates completely underground, this article has vanished from the net. I took down a significant number of pages from…
    - 10 days ago 15 Sep 16, 7:15pm -
  • September 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    Round the house EDC (as should be obvious by the non-UK friendly knife). 1. Motorola Moto X Play Cell Phone + Misc Cell Case from eBay 2. Schrade SCH304 Titanium Coated Drop-Point Folding Knife 3. Lamy Safari Fine Nib Black Fountain Pen 4. H…
    - 14 days ago 11 Sep 16, 2:00pm -
  • I Have No Money to Spare: How Can I Start Prepping? [RQ#9]
    Exactly 1 month ago, I received a question from a reader of Survival Pulse’s daily news asking for urgent advice. Unfortunately, when I sent an email back to the address written into the contact form, the email bounced, and so there’s almos…
    - 17 days ago 8 Sep 16, 5:30pm -
  • Censorship on the Net & The One Way to Get Around It
    In case you haven’t noticed, censorship has been rising to whole new levels on the internet recently. Entire social media sites are taking positions against those who may be more critical and less positive in their messages – instead taking…
    - 23 days ago 2 Sep 16, 3:30pm -
  • August 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Keys, keys, keys 2. Hair elastics 3. Opinel No. 5 Non-Locking U.K. Legal Folding Knife 4. L’Occitane Shea Butter Delightful Rose Lip Balm 5. Bournemouth Library CardThis is just the start of the post August 2016 EDC Purse Dump. Continue…
    - 28 days ago 28 Aug 16, 3:45pm -
  • Are Preppers Hoarders? Differences Between Stockpiling & Hoarding
    Time and time again, I’ve seen accusations from people who just don’t understand prepping that preppers are basically hoarders. Shows like Doomsday Preppers paint a picture of preppers that, quite frankly, makes it look like we’re all g…
    - 31 days ago 25 Aug 16, 3:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 38 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…
    - 45 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…
    - 54 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…
    - 59 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 69 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…
    - 76 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…
    - 83 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…
    - 85 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…
    - 91 days ago 26 Jun 16, 3:00pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • Gun Cleaning, Part 3: How to Clean a Rifle
    This procedure is basically the same as cleaning a pistol, just using a longer rod. There are X-hundred pages out there on "How to clean an AR -15", so for this I'm using one of the more common military surplus rifles out there: a Lee Enfield #4 MkI…
    - 3 days ago 23 Sep 16, 3:42am -
  • Prudent Prepping: More First Aid
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.First aid is a part of my plan that has been lagging behind food and shelter, mainly due to financial reasons. That particular limi…
    - 4 days ago 21 Sep 16, 8:14pm -
  • Cuts and Closures
    Cuts and scrapes are a part of life, as any mother of boys can tell you (just ask my mom; she treated plenty of  them, between my brother and me). However, there are multiple types of cuts, and they all need to be treated a bit differently.This isn'…
    - 5 days ago 21 Sep 16, 3:36am -
  • Fuel Storage
    With the recent Colonial Pipeline spill causing problems with fuel supply in several states, a member of our Facebook page asked about storing fuel. To our surprise, this is a topic that we hadn't covered yet.Most of the “experts” recommend stori…
    - 6 days ago 19 Sep 16, 8:18pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #109 - One Aux Port Closes, Another Port Opens
    Shh. It's okay. Just try to relax and enjoy this episode of the GunBlog VarietyCast. You'll only feel a little pinch...Beth went to frickin' Crimson Trace where they put frickin' lasers on frickin' guns. She's back to tell all us about it.What kind o…
    - 7 days ago 19 Sep 16, 12:55am -
  • Gun Cleaning, Part 2: How to Clean a Pistol
    You have a dirty firearm that needs attention. You've got your cleaning materials assembled, and you've got a clear space on a table to do it, with something to catch drips, splashes, and dirty patches. Now it's time to actually clean your gun.I shal…
    - 9 days ago 17 Sep 16, 12:59am -
  • Sporks, Not Foons
    When loading a pack for an adventure or assembling a BOB to keep handy, weight becomes a major issue. There are two main methods of reducing the weight of your bag: reduce the number of things in it, or reduce the weight of the individual items.A few…
    - 10 days ago 16 Sep 16, 2:14am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Making My Own Knife
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I have met quite a few interesting characters in my 20+ years as a sales rep calling on the country's largest home improvement chai…
    - 11 days ago 14 Sep 16, 7:50pm -
  • Protecting Your Eats From Bear Feets
    When you're inside a nice, secure building, you don't worry much about animals getting hold of your food, but when you're out in the sticks or storing things outside, this becomes a concern. Thankfully, there are ways to keep your food safe so you on…
    - 12 days ago 14 Sep 16, 12:23am -
  • Palette's Product Reviews: LaserMax Manta Ray Rail-Mounted Light
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.This post is unusual for me, because I'm going to review a $200 flashlight and call it "blue collar".I was originally hesitant to review high-dollar items like this, because I am ex…
    - 13 days ago 12 Sep 16, 11:09pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #108 - This Is the Intro That Never Ends
    Yes, it goes on and on my friend. Your co-hosts started bantering, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue talking forever just because...Do shooting ranges for women exist? Of course! But they aren't "Barbie's Dream Range". Beth speaks with Ki…
    - 14 days ago 11 Sep 16, 5:31pm -
  • Guest Post: Virtualization for Legacy Systems
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.So much critical infrastructure is running off of outdated computer software and hardware that it isn’t funny. In fact, it's a serious problem. But the first rule…
    - 16 days ago 10 Sep 16, 5:01am -
  • FUD: another Three-Letter Acronym
    As preppers, we all have different reasons for taking the steps that we do. Marketing gurus know that most purchases are based on emotions and will do what they can to push those buttons to get us to buy their products. Since we're trying to prepare…
    - 17 days ago 9 Sep 16, 2:34am -
  • For Science! Rhio Reviews the Food4Patriots 72-Hour Food Supply
    Recently, our ever-lovely Editrix Erin was asked whether we here at Blue Collar Prepping would be interested in doing a product review. Most of us have done a review of something prep related at some point or other, and we like doing them. It gives…
    - 18 days ago 7 Sep 16, 6:04pm -
  • Oilcloth
    Modern technology has given us many easy ways to keep dry. Unfortunately, most of those modern materials are either delicate or difficult to repair, and are very difficult to manufacture without a major facility. Despite this, people have been keepin…
    - 19 days ago 7 Sep 16, 4:25am -
  • Gun Cleaning, Part 1: Requirements
    Tools that don't work properly (or at all) do not help you. In an emergency situation, that can be seriously embarrassing and possibly bad for your health.A while back I talked about lubrication, but you must clean before you lube. If you don't, soon…
    - 20 days ago 6 Sep 16, 1:49am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #107 - Budget Little Black Dress Rifles on Campus
    Top coat, top hat, and does this rifle make our butt look fat? Just come a-running just as fast as you can to this episode of the GunBlog VarietyCast, because everyone's crazy 'bout our podcast, man. Ladies, you have that little black dress. Beth ask…
    - 21 days ago 4 Sep 16, 5:38pm -
  • Hurricane Hermine
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.A big "Thank You!" to everyone asking me if I am safe, warm, and/or dry as a result of  Hurricane Hermine.I am fine. Hermine hit the Gulf Coast; I'm Atlantic Coast. It was angled n…
    - 23 days ago 3 Sep 16, 5:24am -
  • Unexploded Ordnance
    I have a moderate curiosity about explosives. I understand the chemistry behind most of them, have worked with a few different types, and I give them the respect they deserve. Like fire and electricity, explosives have a purpose and are safe when use…
    - 24 days ago 2 Sep 16, 5:03am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Quakehold! Wax Review
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Last week marked the 2 year anniversary of the Napa, CA earthquake. There is a very good recap of the damage at the 2014 S. Napa Ea…
    - 25 days ago 1 Sep 16, 12:32am -
  • Making a Clearing Barrel
    The only sound louder than a gun going off in your home is the deafening silence afterward. A million thoughts go through your head, starting with "Did that really happen?" and rapidly traversing to "Oh shit, where did the round end up?"Negligent dis…
    - 26 days ago 30 Aug 16, 11:26pm -
  • The Blue Collar Prepping Teespring Store
    Hey Erin, why didn't BCP have an article up on time on Monday?I was busy all afternoon, evening, and a good chunk of the morning uploading designs to our Teespring storefront and getting merchandise ready for sale.The picture on the right is the colo…
    - 27 days ago 29 Aug 16, 8:22pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #106 - Dr. Jill Stein Doesn't Understand Science
    Tired of the toxic brain fallout that accompanies the gibbering and capering of anti-gun, anti-science, anti-logic morons? Join us in the GunBlog VarietyCast bunker and we'll weather the derpular winter together. Beth interviews Liz Lazarus about her…
    - 28 days ago 29 Aug 16, 2:09am -
  • Prepare Against False Charges
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.If you haven't heard the story of Paul Lathrop and you carry a firearm in your car, you owe it yourself to hear his story. It will make you consider what preparations you have again…
    - 30 days ago 27 Aug 16, 6:28am -
  • Update On the Nebo “Twyst” Flashlight
    A little over a year ago I posted a product review of a new flashlight, the Nebo Twyst. I recently got a chance to give it a bit of a torture test and thought it would be a good idea to post an update with what I learned.Testing ConditionsI work at a…
    - 31 days ago 26 Aug 16, 2:56am -

Survival Medicine

  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Larry Keilberg of SelfDefenseFund, Diabetes, More
    Survival Medicine Hour, September 23, 2016, with Joe and Amy Alton. We discuss the prevalent market on Ebay for fake C.A.T tourniquets, and a couple things to look out for. The increasing epidemic of diabetes, and what the world might look like if we…
    - 12 hours ago 25 Sep 16, 1:04pm -
  • Kratom, Natural Pain Reliever, Lost to FDA Actions
    One of the questions we’re often asked is what to do about chronic pain and drug addiction if some disaster occurs that knocks you off the grid, maybe for good. Certainly, pharmaceuticals would cease to be manufactured and whatever pain med you use…
    - 4 days ago 21 Sep 16, 3:20pm -
  • Lessons That Could Save Your Life in a Terror Event
    I’ve written quite a bit lately about shooting and terror events, but recent events highlight the fact that gun violence isn’t the only way that a terrorist can fulfill their mission of making casualties out of decent citizens. Clearly, bombings,…
    - 5 days ago 20 Sep 16, 8:28pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Kratom Ban, Dental Trauma, Medical Uses for Rosemary
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy (Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP), Dr. Bones discusses the upcoming ban on the useful but, perhaps, addictive herb Kratom, a Southeast Asian herb used for centuries to treat c…
    - 10 days ago 16 Sep 16, 1:14am -
  • Video: The OODA Loop of Situational Awareness
    In this companion video to a previous article, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses a fighter pilot strategy that might save your life in a terror event. Originally meant for aerial dogfights, the OODA loop was developed by Colonel John Boyd and h…
    - 12 days ago 13 Sep 16, 3:53pm -
  • Zika: 10 Things to Worry/Relax About
    Zika virus has been in the news since the beginning of the year, and there’s a lot of information out there; some of it is reassuring and some, well, not so much. Here’s some things you should know that will make you worry/not worry about this in…
    - 17 days ago 8 Sep 16, 5:21pm -
  • The Coming Bee-Pocalypse?
    You may or may not be an environmentalist, but a part of nature that everyone should support is the honeybee. It’s thought that every third bite of food that you take is there because of pollination by bees. Honey, when raw and unprocessed, is a ve…
    - 20 days ago 6 Sep 16, 2:15am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Hurricanes, Zika Update, Bee Deaths
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, a Florida landfall occurs for a hurricane for the first time in more than a decade. Were you ready? What should you do to prepare for the next one? P…
    - 21 days ago 4 Sep 16, 4:29pm -
  • Are You Ready For A Hurricane?
    As Hurricane Hermine makes landfall in the Florida panhandle, I realized that I haven’t written an article on hurricane preparedness since Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey coast in 2012. Florida, usually considered the most hurricane-prone state, has…
    - 23 days ago 3 Sep 16, 12:25am -
  • Video: Wildfire Safety Tips
    The West coast has been in the grip of several wildfires that have caused millions in damage. In a companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton, MD discusses strategies that might save your home (and your life) in a wildfire. To watch, click below:…
    - 24 days ago 1 Sep 16, 9:18pm -