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  • newPreparedness Notes for Wednesday — May 27, 2020
    On May 27, 1861, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney of Maryland issued Ex parte Merryman, challenging the authority of President Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. military to suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Maryland. On May 27, 1813, former President Thoma…
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  • newThe Semi-Prepper – Part 2, by Francis
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) In addition I stress myself at the range by exercising when I get there (running, pushups, jumping jacks.)  The idea is to degrade my performance by tiring and winding myself, which will show me h…
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  • newJWR’s Recommendations of the Week:
    Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, an…
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  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill…
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  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — May 26, 2020
    May 26, 2020 is the 30th wedding anniversary of Don and Patrice Lewis. Patrice is Editrix of the excellent Rural Revolution blog. Pictured is their house in North Idaho, which is presently for sale. (They are now “empty nesters”, so they plan to…
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  • The Semi-Prepper – Part 1, by Francis

    - 2 days ago 26 May 20, 7:03am -
  • SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We al…
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  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.” – Thomas SowellThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on
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  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — May 25, 2020
    Today marks Memorial Day, 2020. Never forget the lives that have been lost, in the defense of our nation. — On May 25th, 1787, The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding. The task of the peaceful overthr…
    - 3 days ago 25 May 20, 7:05am -
  • CRKT Helical, by Pat Cascio
    If you’ve been around knives for any length of time, you know the name Ken Onion. He is one of the best custom knife makers of all time, and he was the youngest knife maker to be inducted in the Hall of Fame for knife makers. I’ve never met Ken,…
    - 3 days ago 25 May 20, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Potatoes Persillade (Parsley)
    The following recipe is from The New Butterick Cook Book, by Flora Rose, co-head of the School of Home Economics at Cornell University. It was published in 1924. A professional scan of that 724-page out-of-copyright book will be one of the bonus item…
    - 3 days ago 25 May 20, 7:03am -
  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles he…
    - 3 days ago 25 May 20, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Like all predatory or parasitic institutions, the state’s first instinct is that of self-preservation. All its enterprises are directed first towards preserving its own life, and, second, towards increasing its own power and enlarging the scope…
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  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — May 24, 2020
    On May 24th, 1775, John Hancock was elected president of the Second Continental Congress. He is best known for his large signature on the Declaration of Independence, which he jested the British king could read “without his spectacles.” — Survi…
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  • Advance Your Shooting Ability, by Steve Mc
    It has been well documented that concerns related to the COVID19 pandemic have been the impetus for many people to become first-time gun owners. For those new to firearms, as well as those that have owned and used firearms for many years, I want to c…
    - 4 days ago 24 May 20, 7:03am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • Coronavirus: A (Realist) Prepper’s Perspective on the World Opening Up
    As the world unwinds our collective enforced isolation protocols, it’s good to take stock of the situation at hand and see where this will lead us. The reality is that the economy shutting down until a vaccine is discovered & mass inoculation…
    - 3 days ago 25 May 20, 2:51pm -
  • The Coronavirus Crisis Is Going to Upend Our World in a Way We Can’t Really Fathom
    Figured I was long overdue for an update. With lockdown still in effect, I have no longer have much of an excuse. Isolation is an odd word in our new reality. As a society we have never been so connected. The world is just a click away and it s…
    - 42 days ago 15 Apr 20, 7:15pm -
  • Will the Coronavirus Make Regular People More Prepper Minded?
    If there’s one thing that’s bothering me the absolute most about this pandemic, it’s the uncertainty. The fact that we don’t and can’t know when this will all blow over leaves me a little on edge. And yes, I know that Thomas & I will…
    - 50 days ago 8 Apr 20, 9:29am -
  • Come on Governments, of Course FOMO = Panic Buying; Can’t Stop Human Nature
    As this crisis continues unabated throughout our little blue planet, I find myself growing more and more irritated with the powers that be. Since I have been on lock down for what feels forever (you will understand soon enough America!), I want…
    - 66 days ago 23 Mar 20, 11:43am -
  • Coronavirus Stockpile Tips for Beginners & Why It’s Sensible to Worry
    As this shit show shows no respite, I figured this was a good time to discuss what the girl and I are doing in terms of preparing and what my thoughts are on this developing situation. Stockpiling 101 for Beginners Seems to me that as of a few…
    - 75 days ago 13 Mar 20, 8:24pm -
  • Debunking Coronavirus Myths – Yes, Some Are Completely Idiotic
    On the heels of my no-bullshit Coronavirus explanation article which I recommend you take a quick look at, I feel the need to clarify and debunk some of the nonsense I have seen over the past few weeks. Drinking X Will Kill the Coronavirus Drin…
    - 81 days ago 8 Mar 20, 12:52pm -
  • Coronavirus: A No-Bullshit Explanation of Where We Are Now
    This could get dicey folks. As of 26 minutes ago, we hit over 80,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus including a disturbing rise in a country adjacent to my own. The spread of this virus has shone a light on the darker impulses of our species fr…
    - 92 days ago 26 Feb 20, 11:19am -
  • Conversation time
    After so many years of blogging (admittedly, not so much recently), its interesting to sit back and muse about what MTJS represents and how the girl and I have evolved along the way, both as people and as content creators. MTJS was created as a…
    - 2 Feb 20, 1:22am -
  • Security Information Overload: From Panic to Apathy & the Remedy
    Security overload leads to apathy. How often do you hear a car alarm go off and roll your eyes hoping the owner would disable the blasted thing before the incoming headache comes a knocking? The primary objection I have to such systems is they…
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  • On Biased Blogger Reviews & Scribbling Opinions as If They’re Gospel
    Re-reading my past scribbles is always interesting to me, not because I am obsessed with my own written word, but rather because bloggers, by virtue of being given a platform to be highly opinionated, tend to ignore uncomfortable realities when…
    - 15 Apr 19, 5:35pm -
  • Real Talk, What Happened to MTJS
    Blogger burnout is a real thing. I have been scribbling reviews and sharing my thoughts with you all for quite a few years now. It seems it all started off as a way for me to talk about my love for Spydercos and evolved into a great community o…
    - 29 Dec 18, 2:58pm -
  • How Much Is Your Life Worth? SafeGuard Armor Ghost Bullet Proof Vest Review
    Before I get into the meat of this review, I want to structure this away from regurgitating specifications like every other review of this sort and instead spend it musing about what this product represents to so many people the world over. Bul…
    - 11 Oct 18, 11:08am -
  • It’s Strangely Satisfying That What I’ve Stockpiled Has Never Gone to Waste
    This is not exactly relevant to the epitome of prepping at all – I think it’s important to prep even if you end up with waste (though I think it’s good to minimize waste) because I think it’s important to be prepared in case worst-case…
    - 23 Sep 18, 2:34pm -
  • Hazard 4 Grayman Series Patrol Tactical Backpack Review
    Tactical backpacks are always a tricky proposition. Either they make you look like you just got off the set of Rambo or they are jam packed with performance compromises in an effort to pass as a normal pack. The Hazard 4 Grayman Patrol is one…
    - 19 Sep 18, 7:43pm -
  • Yes, We’ve Been AWOL; Here’s Why
    Long time no scribbles my friends. I have been AWOL as of late, but rest assured – we had a good reason! As some of you may have guessed, the girl and I have once again uprooted and made our home in a new country. Some of you may remember tha…
    - 17 Sep 18, 3:02pm -
  • Buy It Once: Everyday Carry Tools I’ve Bought to Last Me a Lifetime
    Like many of you, I got into this EDC obsessed lifestyle as a kid. I have always had an affinity for tools that serve a singular purpose, but have almost perverse levels of technology thrown into them. A knife is just a sharpened piece of steel…
    - 26 Jun 18, 3:08pm -
  • Now the UK is Banning Online Knife Sales – Here We Go Again
    It’s not enough for Canada to go off the deep end, the UK has to follow in suit. After all, it has to keep its edge in the battle for the most ridiculous ban legislation. In its latest bout of scheduled lunacy, our elected overlords passed a…
    - 14 May 18, 1:12pm -
  • Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review
    Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is always a tricky proposition. They are essentially pliers with extra tools tacked on as an afterthought and in the case of the Gerber MP600, I found myself struggling with the performance of the pliers (…
    - 11 Apr 18, 11:42am -
  • “Hysteria & Hysterical Fits:” First Aid Knowledge & How It Evolves
    I used to publish articles and guides concerning first aid on a semi-regular basis on this blog, but over time, have found it’s become harder and harder for me to do so. There’s been a pretty massive shift in attitude on MTJS with regards…
    - 29 Mar 18, 5:20pm -
  • “Extreme” Weather Conditions: Snowflakes, Hysteria, & the UK
    If you are a Brit, you will undoubtedly be aware that we faced a seemingly apocalyptic event over the past week or so. In case you’re unaware and need to be brought up to speed with regards to the cataclysmic event that struck old Blighty, be…
    - 11 Mar 18, 11:20am -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • Prudent Prepping: Going Home
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.A guy I see once or twice a week struck up a conversation with me about how the area seems to catch fire regularly and how his area…
    - 1 day ago 27 May 20, 5:18am -
  • Guest Post: the Potable Aqua Pure Portable Electrolytic Water Purifier Device
    by Gwen PattonThere are hundreds of gadgets, devices, and chemical additives on the market today intended to disinfect or clean drinking water. Most gadgets are complicated and difficult to use; filters require special hoses, pumps, replacement filte…
    - 1 day ago 27 May 20, 2:18am -
  • DIY Bacon Grease Suet Treat
    You know how I like to take care of my ladies and not to waste anything. Here’s a little treat I whipped up for them.Godspeed to you all.
    - 3 days ago 25 May 20, 2:19pm -
  • My Aching Back
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.As many of you may have noticed, I didn't post last week. The reason for that is the title of this post: I was in such pain that I couldn't think straight, and that pain lasted basi…
    - 5 days ago 22 May 20, 8:31pm -
  • Perfect Enough
    The title of this article is one of the sayings soldiers once used to determine that a job was done: "It may not be perfect, but it is close enough that it will work." This is an acceptable goal for preppers since most of us aren't experts in everyth…
    - 6 days ago 21 May 20, 9:48pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Summer Shift
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I've started changing out my GHB gear from what I carry for winter in California to what is needed for summer. Certain folks have m…
    - 7 days ago 20 May 20, 10:26pm -
  • Geocaching as a Preparedness Skill
    I recently  read an article which pointed out that 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the GPS game known as geocaching. This made me realize that my first geocaching find was almost 17 years ago, and that blew me away! Thinking about all of this made…
    - 9 days ago 19 May 20, 4:58pm -
  • New Normal, Does it Equal New Opportunies?
    This “new normal”, while clearly a misnomer, certainly can provide some new opportunities for our safety.Godspeed to you all.
    - 9 days ago 18 May 20, 9:10pm -
  • Redundancy
    One of the most basic things about being a prepper is learning how to provide for yourself and your tribe when normal systems break down or are unavailable. Systems are funny things, and there are college-level courses on “proper” systems design…
    - 13 days ago 14 May 20, 9:38pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Repurposing Bags
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Erin's post about redoing her GHB reminded me that I have been putting off redoing mine, both for the Summer Gear Swap and to b…
    - 14 days ago 13 May 20, 10:02pm -
  • Greenhouse Basics
    I love fresh herbs. I also live where it gets really cold, and our growing season is 4-5 months for most things. This means I either spend a bunch of money at the store half the year getting the herbs I want, or I have to cook with dry herbs. My desi…
    - 15 days ago 12 May 20, 8:23pm -
  • The Bug-Out Chest Rig
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Earlier this year I mentioned that one of my resolutions was to reduce the weight of my Get Home Bag. While I am still in the process of doing that, one of the things which I have d…
    - 19 days ago 9 May 20, 3:30am -
  • BOV Shopping
    As many of us know, everything has a useful lifespan and everything will eventually need to be replaced. My faithful pickup truck finally hit the point of being more of a problem than an asset, so I needed to find some new (to me) transportation. Sin…
    - 20 days ago 7 May 20, 11:18pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: When You Need Something To Suck
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I was working on something else and ran into a problem (to be discussed later), which naturally led me to think about things suckin…
    - 22 days ago 6 May 20, 3:51pm -
  • Basic Plumbing: Toilet Repair
    I am not a plumber. I've never claimed to be a plumber, I don't want to be a plumber,  I've never played one on TV, and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.None of that is any slight against plumbers. Quite the contrary, I have great r…
    - 22 days ago 6 May 20, 1:37am -
  • DIY Potato Yeast Pt 1
    I followed the posted recipe but it takes a couple of days. So hopefully next weeks video will be early....?Godspeed to you all.
    - 23 days ago 5 May 20, 1:32am -
  • COVID-19: Lessons (Hopefully) Learned
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Now that people are returning to work in some states, I think it's safe to say that the COVID-19 crisis has passed. We may never return to how the world was before, and I think that…
    - 26 days ago 1 May 20, 10:14pm -
  • A Buffet of Product Review Follow-Ups
    Today's post is a buffet of updates. I've been doing ongoing research on a few things, and have more information on a few topics that I've covered in the past. Those, and the lack of a good, original topics for this week, mean it's time to clean up s…
    - 27 days ago 30 Apr 20, 8:59pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Parapocalypse Cord Review, pt 1
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.The weather hasn't been cooperating with me in my attempts to record videos of the paracord I mentioned buying several weeks ago.…
    - 28 days ago 29 Apr 20, 10:29pm -
  • DIY Alcoholic Beverages!!
    This can be EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Do your research!!!Other than that it is simple and have fun!!UPDATE: definitely use half the amount of yeast. 1 glass and I’m stuffed up!!Godspeed to you all.
    - 30 days ago 27 Apr 20, 6:31pm -
  • Purifying Water with Bleach, part 2
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Last month I was asked about how to purify stored water. This woman's concern was that the water was good enough coming out of the tap, but she was worried that long-term storage wo…
    - 33 days ago 24 Apr 20, 11:07pm -
  • Vermiculture and Fishing
    Vermiculture is the growing of worms for a specific purpose. Growing worms may sound like an odd endeavor, but there are several reasons why a prepper might want to do a little research on it.I mentioned vermiculture in my post about composting toil…
    - 34 days ago 24 Apr 20, 12:42am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Detour Post
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I was originally going to post about my tests of the Parapocalypse cord I mentioned in last week's post, but things have come up…
    - 35 days ago 22 Apr 20, 10:22pm -
  • Drinking Distilled Water
    If you watch survival shows on TV. you'll often see folks distilling water, and for good reason: it's a guaranteed way to get all the contaminants out of your drinking water. In fact, back in 2014 I wrote an article about how to set up a very basic s…
    - 36 days ago 21 Apr 20, 11:26pm -
  • DIY Bacon Grease Candles
    A little project I’ve wanted to do for awhile now. With a little help from my community!!!Godspeed to you all.
    - 38 days ago 20 Apr 20, 5:11pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Zinc, Societal Changes, More
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Zinc, Societal Changes, MoreAs we reopen, some words will have permanently entered our vocabulary: Social distancing. Telemedicine. Self-quarantine. These are all words you didn’t hear just a few months ago, but now we a…
    - 2 days ago 26 May 20, 3:29pm -
  • Video: The Missing Zinc
    Video: The Missing ZincIn this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton MD examines a possible reason that chloroquine studies aren’t showing the potential for the drug as a COVID-19 treatment: The omission of the important anti-viral mineral…
    - 3 days ago 24 May 20, 7:13pm -
  • The Missing Zinc
    The Missing ZincTHE MISSING ZINC Recently I wrote an article about the drug remdesivir and the fact that it is the current frontrunner in the race to find a treatment for COVID-19. Remdesivir replaced Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as the favored…
    - 7 days ago 20 May 20, 7:50pm -
  • Video: Remdesivir in COVID-19
    Video: Remdesivir in COVID-19The race to find an effective treatment against COVID-19 is in full swing, and the latest drug approved by the FDA for emergency use is remdesivir. Originally developed to combat Hepatitis C, it showed less than stellar r…
    - 7 days ago 20 May 20, 7:09pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Fractures, COVID Myths
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Fractures, COVID MythsRecently, we came across an article about coronavirus myths on, guess where, the AARP website, where old folks like Dr. Joe Alton get their news (just kidding). There are quite a number of misconceptio…
    - 11 days ago 17 May 20, 6:20pm -
  • Reopening After A Pandemic
    Reopening After A PandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic has rampaged throughout the planet, but a few encouraging signs are giving some citizens the impetus to emerge from their homes. Although the number of cases and deaths continue to rise, several countri…
    - 13 days ago 15 May 20, 12:32am -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Vit D, Remdesivir, and Antibody Tests
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Vit D, Remdesivir, and Antibody TestsThe COVID-19 pandemic continues to steamroll populations of many countries, and drive efforts to find a treatment, cure, or vaccine. The drug most recently approved by the FDA for emerge…
    - 15 days ago 12 May 20, 8:25pm -
  • Video: When Hand Washing Was Controversial
    Video: When Hand Washing Was ControversialIn this companion video to a previous article, Dr. Joe Alton discusses a time when simple hand washing was a major medical controversy. Just performing hand hygiene made a big difference in the outcomes of ho…
    - 19 days ago 9 May 20, 3:27pm -
  • Remdesivir in COVID-19
    Remdesivir in COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic continues to steamroll populations of many countries, and drive efforts to find a treatment, cure, or vaccine. The drug most recently approved by the FDA for emergency use is Gilead Sciences’ antiviral dr…
    - 19 days ago 8 May 20, 10:38pm -
  • Video: Post-Pandemic Predictions
    Video: Post-Pandemic PredictionsIn this companion video to a previous article, Joe Alton MD gives some thoughts on what permanent changes we’ll experience in the New Normal. To watch, click below: I’ll bet that you have your own ideas about how t…
    - 24 days ago 4 May 20, 4:18pm -