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I'm Jim Rawles, a survivalist author. I'm a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and technical writer. I now work as a full-time blogger, retreat consultant, and freelance writer. SurvivalBlog is my creation, but because of SurvivalBlog, I'm part of something bigger: a virtual community of some of the most brilliant people that you could ever meet. Despite our differences, we all have an interest in preparedness.
For details on my survivalist philosophy see my Precepts
I am a Christian, and hold to Reformed doctrine. My view of history is of the geographical determinist school. My view of economics is of the Austrian school. Politically, I am a conservative/Constitutionalist libertarian. All of these have shaped my views on preparedness.
You can also read my full biography. There is also a Wikipedia page about me and my writings.
Since its launch in 2005, SurvivalBlog has become established as the Internet's most popular daily blog on survival and preparedness topics
Subject areas include (in no particular order):
Disaster Preparedness (Both natural and man-made TEOTWAWKI)
Christianity (I hold to Reformed doctrine and am a Five Point Calvinist)
Contrarian Investing (with a strong "hard money" precious metals emphasis)
Survival Logistics ("Beans, Bullets and Band-Aids")
Survival Tools--with a strong emphasis on firearms
Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping
Survival Retreat Locales
Evaluating Potential Retreat Homes and Parcels
Retreat Home Construction/Modification
Photovoltaic and Other Off-Grid Power
Christian Charity--both now and post-collapse
Small Unit Tactics
Networking with Like-Minded Survivalists
The Second Amendment and firearms legislation
Supporting our Troops--Tangibly
Rural Relocation and Self-Employment
Bartering and The Alpha Strategy
Survival Vehicles--Restoration and Modification
Fuel Storage and Alternative Fuels
Privacy and Encryption
Quotes of the Day (please e-mail me your favorites and I will likely post them!)
Odds 'n Sods
You will also occasionally hear from my children, who for their privacy will only be referred to by their birth order. (#1 Son, #2 Son, ...)
I tend to use a lot of acronyms. If any of them are unfamiliar to you, please consult the SurvivalBlog Glossary.
There are thousands of archived SurvivalBlog posts. here it is too much to read through sequentially. To research particular topics, I recommend that you take full advantage of the article categories and blog database search window available at the SurvivalBlog site. Say, for example, you want to learn more about how to secure your home. In the right hand bar, down below the scrolling advertisements there is a list of topic categories. By clicking on the "Retreat Security" category, only the articles and letters tagged with that topic will be displayed. Or, you can do a more detailed search, using the Search box at the top of the right hand bar. For example, if you enter "Security AND Infrared AND Starlight" only those posts that include all three of those words will be displayed.
SurvivalBlog is presented mostly in text, for the convenience of readesr with mobile readers. An RSS feed is available. A "SurvivalBlog Reader" App is also available for those that use Android phones.
I will post letters from readers that are topical. I particularly encourage letters from overseas. For example, I'd appreciate reading the insights of folks who are are currently surviving hyperinflation in Zimbabwe, secessionist turmoil in Kashmir, convoy IED attacks in Iraq, or kidnappings in Columbia. Please e-mail us your letters. OBTW, I will only post a letter writer's initials and location unless they specifically tell me otherwise. Parenthetically, I should also mention that I promise not to post your e-mail address or sell it to the V*agra people. Anyone sending a letter or article grants the right for posting, reproduction, or any other use. All writings must be original works and the copyright will become the property of SurvivalBlog.
I reserve the right to reject or edit letters for foul language, blasphemy, racism, anti-Christianity (or bad doctrine), anti-Semitism, and assorted off-topic tin foil hat rants about Gray Aliens. If you see "[Rant Snipped]" in a letter, then you'll know that someone crossed the line.
I also edit letters to conceal the identities of their writers, which might otherwise be compromised by the letter contents or contextual references. Please let me know how you'd like your letters or articles signed.
Why is there no “autoposting” of replies? Because A.) I don’t want to have to have the time to moderate the posts and B.) I know from past experience that if I were to allow autoposts, it would quickly degenerate into a venue for flame wars and foul language. So I will pick and choose the letters that will be posted. (It’s my ship, and I’m the Captain. Sorry:)
I am the sole "filter" for what is posted on SurvivalBlog. Just e-mail me what you'd like me to post. (There is no "Post" button, so don't look for it!)
The content of this blog site is free to access, but copyrighted. Permission to use up to 800-word excerpts is summarily granted (no need to e-mail me for permission), but only if you include full attribution--most notably the www.SurvivalBlog.com URL. Don't miss reading through the SurvivalBlog archives, both my posts and letters from readers. There are some real gems there!
The purpose of this Blog is to inform and motivate readers to take steps that will help prepare themselves and their families. Survival is not just about guns, groceries and gadgets. More importantly, it is about having friends that you can trust when times get hard, such as for:
A Dollar Crisis/Monetary Collapse (witness the current hyperinflation in Zimbabwe)
Naturally occurring plague or pandemic
Nuclear Blackmail (North Korea and China have already made public threats)
Terrorist LNG fuel sector or power grid attack
Terrorist nuclear, biological, or chemical attack
Fuel and/or food shortage crisis
Major volcanic and/or earthquake events
Nation-state nuclear, biological, or chemical attack
As well for these far less likely but potentially even more cataclysmic possibilities:
Asteroid or comet strike
Science Accidents (Genetically modified crop failure, nanotechnology "gray goo", et cetera.)
Please refrain from trying to get me to join Twitter, or any of the other social networks. I get more than 200 e-mails a day. That is bad enough, but getting an extra 30 proclaiming that "John Smith is following you on Twitter" drives me crazy. I don't respond to any of these. Thanks!
Yes, I have advertisers, but only sellers of products and services that I know and trust. I depend on my banner advertisers to pay for this site. However, you have my promise that any advertiser that engages in shady business practices or that sells shoddy merchandise will be booted off the site, pronto! If you want to be an advertiser, then e-mail me.
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Disclaimer (per FTC File No. P034520): I accept cash-paid advertising. To the best of my knowledge, as of the date of this updated posting (August 24, 2011), none of my advertisers that sell the products mentioned in this article have solicited me or paid me to write any reviews or endorsements, nor have they provided me any free or reduced-price gear in exchange for any reviews or endorsements. I am not a stock holder in any company. I do, however, benefit from sales through the SurvivalBlog Amazon Store. If you click on one of our Amazon links and then "click through" to order ANY product from Amazon.com (not just the ones listed in our catalog), then we will earn a modest sales commission.
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