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  • newNotes for Tuesday – February 21, 2017
    February 21st is the birthday of Zimbabwe’s President For Life, Comrade Robert Mugabe (born 1924). Despite the 2011 revelations of the apparent murder of at least 640 political opponents, Mugabe was elected again in 2013 to a five year term in offi…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Feb 17, 7:16am -
  • newDonkeys As Pack Animals For Survival And Recreation- Part 1, by B.W.
    Moving unobtrusively over land with pack animals whether for recreation or in an emergency situation is both enjoyable and possibly a lifesaving endeavor. This article concerns my experience with donkeys as a veterinarian and as someone who has prepa…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Feb 17, 7:15am -
  • newLetter Re: Solar eclipse 2017
    Captain Rawles, You are correct in publishing that Greenville, SC will be in the sweet spot for viewing the total eclipse. In fact, schools in the state are already making adjustments to their schedules, either delaying the start of school or dismiss…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Feb 17, 7:15am -
  • newNews From The American Redoubt:
    Idaho: Dozens of dead owls showing up along I-84: ‘It’s like they fell from the sky’ o o o A 51st state, called Liberty, would have political clout and an ag-based economy o o o A friend living near Sandpoint, Idaho is selling an amazingly vers…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Feb 17, 7:14am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Why Your Gold IRA Might Depend On The IMF! (Part 1) o o o Biggest Gasoline Glut In 27 Years Could Crash Oil Markets. Falling demand and consistent refinery runs have caused gasoline inventories to reach unexpected levels, significantly increasing dow…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Feb 17, 7:13am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    From the isle of chestless men: English cops refuse to carry guns. “…one in eight officers would not be prepared to carry a gun under any circumstances, despite the threat of a Paris-style attack in Britain.” Britain’s leaders have, over thre…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Feb 17, 7:13am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “The times call for courage. The times call for hard work. But if the demands are high, it is because the stakes are even higher. They are nothing less than the future of human liberty, which means the future of civilization.” – Henry Hazlitt
    - 3 hours ago 21 Feb 17, 7:12am -
  • Notes for Monday – February 20, 2017
    This is the birthday of novelist and screenwriter Richard Matheson (1926–2013). He wrote many sci-fi television scripts. His novella I Am Legend later was adapted into three different movies over the course of five decades, and his story Bid Time R…
    - 1 day ago 20 Feb 17, 6:41am -
  • Kahr CT40, by Pat Cascio
    I’ve been a huge fan of Kahr , since I laid my hands on the first one I ever spotted in a gun shop. The double-action only trigger pull on their handguns is second to none; it is butter smooth. Some have described the trigger pull as the Rolls Royc…
    - 1 day ago 20 Feb 17, 6:40am -
  • Book Review: Krav Maga Tactical Survival, by D.R.
    Published by Tuttle Publishing ISBN: 978-0-8048-4765-0 5 parts, 224 pages with index Between active shooters, the rise in violent crime, and the outbreak of “undocumented shoppers”, many Americans are taking an interest in learning how to protect…
    - 1 day ago 20 Feb 17, 6:38am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Old Bay Crab Cakes, by MCA
    Ingredients: 2 slices white bread, crusts removed and crumbled 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 teaspoons OldBay seasoning 2 teaspoons parsley flakes 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard 1 egg, beaten 1 pound lump crab meat Directions: Mix bread, mayonnais…
    - 1 day ago 20 Feb 17, 6:37am -
  • Letter Re: License Plate Reader & OPSEC
    Hugh, That was a good article and timely. Recently I took pictures of a couple cars to sell on the Internet. I covered the license plates with duct tape for the photos for OPSEC. I pulled the tape off after I was done, and two days later I noticed a…
    - 1 day ago 20 Feb 17, 6:37am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Here’s a brand new report from Chris Martenson explaining why we are now living under the biggest financial asset bubble in history. Yet, those in power responsible for creating it are doing their utmost to downplay the risks and soothe the masses…
    - 1 day ago 20 Feb 17, 6:36am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    What’s inside: A Beretta 92 clone cut in half with a waterjet. Interesting to say the least. – T.P. o o o Why Was the FBI Investigating General Flynn? – D.S. o o o California exit? What these people haven’t realized is 45.8% of California is…
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  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” – Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Norvell, 14 June 1807
    - 1 day ago 20 Feb 17, 6:36am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 11 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 19 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…
    - 21 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…
    - 23 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. …
    - 24 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…
    - 26 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 32 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…
    - 36 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…
    - 39 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…
    - 43 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…
    - 47 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…
    - 49 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…
    - 51 days ago 1 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • December 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pyjamas: Popular Expressions – What They Mean and How We Got Them – Thoughtful Christmas present that should be useful in helping me descipher all these odd Britishisms. 2. Vintage Ronson Viking Lighte…
    - 54 days ago 29 Dec 16, 8:00pm -
  • Why Would a Rational Person Prep for Doomsday?
    I’m a prepper and, at one point, I never understood the answer to this question myself. My line of thinking: if there are preppers out there like me who are preparing for doomsday, they must be extremely misguided. It’s unlikely that the en…
    - 63 days ago 20 Dec 16, 3:30pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newEditor 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…
    - 9 hours 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…
    - 1 day 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…
    - 4 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." …
    - 4 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 11 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 14 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 18 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…
    - 18 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 24 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…
    - 25 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…
    - 26 days ago 25 Jan 17, 10:03pm -
  • On Budget
    I've never really been one for New Years' Resolutions -- if a change is needed, it should be made immediately and not because of something as arbitrary as the date. If the calendar is the only reason for a change, the odds are stacked against it beco…
    - 28 days ago 24 Jan 17, 8:56pm -
  • Palette's Product Review: Bondic Liquid Plastic Welder
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.(This is an expansion of the Plug of the Week from yesterday's podcast) I'm fond of pointing out that preparedness isn't always about being ready for disaster; it's also about being…
    - 29 days ago 23 Jan 17, 9:44pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #127 - Nice SHOT, Man
    That's why I say man, nice SHOTWhat a good SHOT, manThe SHOT Show is over and Beth has some thoughts about the Good, the Bad, and possibly the Ugly aspects of it.Who steals a golf cart and punches a cop? Sean takes a closer look.Barron is on assignme…
    - 30 days ago 22 Jan 17, 6:16pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newWho 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…
    - 20 hours 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 17 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…
    - 19 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…
    - 21 days ago 31 Jan 17, 3:05am -
  • Video: Surviving a Building Fire
    Joe Alton, MD’s latest video discusses some tragic building fires, especially in public venues. He examines what happens in a fire, how fire behaves, and what you can do to increase your chances of surviving the conflagration.   To watch, click be…
    - 25 days ago 27 Jan 17, 3:12pm -