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  • newNotes for Wednesday – September 28, 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…
    - 11 hours ago 28 Sep 16, 7:34am -
  • newPrepping Mindset: The New Normal, by D.V.
    I am a one year oral cancer survivor. I survived a 13 hour operation that included removing my lower right jaw and replacing it with the tip of my shoulder blade. My operation is called a lateral neck dissection, and it sounds nicer than it felt! The…
    - 11 hours ago 28 Sep 16, 7:34am -
  • newTwo Letters Re: Differences Between Combustible Gases
    HJL, I read the article on combustible gases. You have to be very careful with the cheap conversion kits to propane for generators; almost every one of the cheap ones do not have a device to cut off the propane if the engine stops. Like loss of spark…
    - 11 hours ago 28 Sep 16, 7:33am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Economic Growth Requires More Than Low Interest Rates o o o Bill Fleckenstein On The Recent Weakness In The Gold, Silver & Mining Share Markets o o o WTO Slashes Global Trade Forecast by 39% Since April: “Wake-Up Call” Says WTO Director o o o Bil…
    - 11 hours ago 28 Sep 16, 7:32am -
  • newJWR’s Recommendations of the Week:
    Books Cookin’ with Home Storage by Vicki Tate Raising a Calf for Beef by Phyllis Hobson Wolf And Iron by Gordon Dickson Movies Shane (IMHO, the best western film ever made) The Patriot
    - 11 hours ago 28 Sep 16, 7:31am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Man awarded payout for leaving school illiterate becomes self-confessed crook – A.S. o o o Is it possible to make private all of your computers, smartphones, data and communications and still remain digitally connected? Down the rabbit hole, part 1…
    - 11 hours ago 28 Sep 16, 7:30am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “So many men and women have fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans… those freedoms don’t come free.” Thomas J. Kinsman, United States Army, Medal of Honor.
    - 11 hours ago 28 Sep 16, 7:30am -
  • Notes for Tuesday – September 27, 2016
    This is the birthday of Samuel Adams (not counting the change in dates due to the change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar). He was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. o…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 16, 6:48am -
  • Alaska As A Survival Location, by S.J.
    I would like to add some more thoughts to the discussion of Alaska as a potential area for survival relocation. There are many drawbacks to Alaska that should be addressed, but ultimately I do believe Alaska can be an excellent and advantageous survi…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 16, 6:47am -
  • Letter Re: Differences Between Combustible Gases
    Dear Hugh, In response to D.H.’s questions on gas, I offer my thoughts. Generally, I would tell anyone to use the gas specifically recommended for the equipment they intend to use. Trying to keep it simple about the different gases, an explanation…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 16, 6:46am -
  • News From The American Redoubt:
    These statistics show how the Redoubt shapes up in terms of where creative people live in the USA: Redoubt Home to More Creatives Than Rest of USA – K.G. o o o Max Velocity Tactical has opened a new training facility in Spokane, Washington. If you…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 16, 6:45am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Global debt climbs towards fresh high as companies and countries keep on borrowing – G.G. o o o Bank of Japan Tries Another Way to Spur Inflation – G.G. o o o Inside OPEC: What Does Each Member Want?. As OPEC members gather in Algiers, it is wort…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 16, 6:45am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    From The Burning Platform: What Do We Do Now? – G.S. o o o Mexico hit by surge of 5K Haitian, African and Asian migrants on their way to the U.S. – B.B. o o o Leaked FBI data reveal 7,700 terrorist encounters in USA in one year – B.B. … Cont…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 16, 6:44am -
  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.” – Frederick Douglass
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 16, 6:43am -
  • Notes for Monday – September 26, 2016
    September 26th, is the birthday of the late Jack LaLanne. Born 1914, died January 23, 2011.
    - 3 days ago 26 Sep 16, 6:09am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • What Are the Best Knives for Hikers? Top Lightweight EDC Folders
    I’ve touched on what are, in my opinion, the top (folding) lightweight knives on the market before when I published my list of the best EDC pocket knives. There are quite frankly some great featherweight folders out there that would be truly…
    - 2 days ago 26 Sep 16, 3:30pm -
  • 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…
    - 4 days 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…
    - 6 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,…
    - 9 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 17 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 26 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…
    - 31 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…
    - 34 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 48 days ago 11 Aug 16, 4:30pm -
  • August 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

    - 53 days ago 6 Aug 16, 3:30pm -
  • 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…
    - 57 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…
    - 62 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…
    - 67 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…
    - 72 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…
    - 78 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…
    - 86 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…
    - 88 days ago 2 Jul 16, 5:45pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newWinter Is Coming
    While the calendar tells us that fall just started, cold weather is already arriving, especially here in the high country. It's not bad enough to keep folks out of the hills, but it is definitely bad enough to punish improper choices. With the cold w…
    - 20 hours ago 27 Sep 16, 11:06pm -
  • Firearms Cleaning, Part the Fourth: Revolvers
    Revolvers  aren't as common for carry pistols as they used to be, but there are still a lot around.  And that's not counting those used for hunting and targets.  They're reliable, versatile,  and generally handy.  Cleaning them is different from…
    - 2 days ago 26 Sep 16, 10:22pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #110 - Radioactive Riots Forever
    It's like Strawberry Fields, only with more rioting and radiation.Beth is "On Assignment" and will return next week. We explain why in the podcast.Who pulls a knife on someone for "stealing" his begging spot? Who is that beggar you're giving money to…
    - 3 days ago 25 Sep 16, 7:06pm -
  • 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 7 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'…
    - 8 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 14 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 16 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…
    - 17 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…
    - 19 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 21 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 23 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…
    - 24 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…
    - 26 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…
    - 27 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…
    - 28 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 30 days ago 29 Aug 16, 8:22pm -

Survival Medicine

  • new50 Congressmen Ask DEA To Hold Off On Kratom Ban
    In a rare bipartisan effort, 50 members of Congress have asked the DEA to hold off on the upcoming ban on the active ingredients in the plant Kratom (Mitragyna speciose). Kratom, a member of the coffee family, is used by many Americans as a substitut…
    - 4 hours ago 28 Sep 16, 3:12pm -
  • 7 Sensible Ways To Get Your Kids Dirty (and Healthy)
    I have, on many occasions, written about the importance of good hygiene and sanitation on the chances of a family or survival group succeeding, even when everything else fails. That’s all well and good, but what can be done before a disaster to imp…
    - 2 days ago 26 Sep 16, 3:31pm -
  • Survival 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…
    - 3 days 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…
    - 7 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,…
    - 8 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 23 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…
    - 24 days ago 4 Sep 16, 4:29pm -