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Friday, April 18, 2014


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Some Bad News: 7N6 (5.45x39mm Russian) Ammo is Now Officially Import Banned.

JWR's Advice: Stock up on a few cases before prices jump above 25 cents per round.

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You have to wonder who taught them these ideas? Watch as Anti-NRA Protester Explains Why You Shouldn't Be Able to Protect Yourself With a Gun If Your Life Is in Danger. - JBG

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Despite worldwide claims of “Never Again!”, here we go again. Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine. So far, the authority under whose name they were distributed, claims that he had nothing to do with it. - P.M.

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The USPS wants to mine and sell data gathered from your mail. - H.L.


Thursday, April 17, 2014


While eyes are focused on the Bundy Ranch, another rancher has been winning the battle in courts over much of the same issues: Federal Judge Rules for Property Rights, Smacks Down Abusive Feds - P.M.

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Spying The Open Skies Of America - B.B.

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"Frankly, I don't know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we're number one. There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth'. The three of them are like j*******s who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words." - columnist Burt Prelutsky, LA Times

Sent in by E.M.

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For those who are tired of the PVC-coated copper wire we buy at the Orange Box Store when making antennas (low strength, looks like garbage after a few weeks in the sun), RBS reminded us of The Original Wireman.

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Donald Rumsfeld's letter to the IRS: His taxes are a known unknown. We were all thinking the same thing anyway. - CPL

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It may be satire, but it sure hits home: FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States. - C.R.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Ol' Remus, of The Woodpile Report, has some reservations about all the Federal Reservations in The Redoubt. - J.M.

JWR's Comment: Federal control of lands within most of the western States is absurdly high, especially in Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, and California. Fully 93% of Federal lands are in the 13 western states, most of which did not achieve statehood until after 1865. This Federal overreach is in part a by-product of the 1860s War Between the States. (After the war, the Federal government grossly expanded its powers, in violation of Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution.) It is high time that the States fully assert their 10th Amendment Rights and take control of the BLM land and perhaps some of the National Forest lands within their borders.

Further Reading:

http://www.dced.state.ak.us/wstpc/Publications/FedLandWest.htm

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-276.html

http://cascadepolicy.org/blog/2011/03/31/federal-lands-should-we-sell-federal-lands-to-pay-off-the-national-debt/

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FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year - S.O. Google is forced to remove facial recognition software from its Google-glass project, but the Fed steams full ahead.

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Woman arrested for walking on the wrong side of the street - B.B.

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J.C. wrote in to say: This note is in regards to the excellent article "My 2 cents" by G.H. Genuine brand new metal NATO jerry cans can still be had for a fair price from the following link. Mine were brand new, of excellent quality, and made in Poland. Plus they have free shipping on orders over $100. Mine arrived in about 4 days.

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Railgun tests from ship set for '16


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


An informative assessment that looks like it is spot-on. Bundy Boots the BLM - Is This a Significant Moment?

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A short article on what if a suitcase nuke went off in DC, but it has a link to the Government report that is a good source of information about planning. 120 pages! - B.L.

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Turning off AC to modern high rise building that houses major financial organizations could really disrupt things.

Hackers Are Sneaking Via Unlikeliest of Places, Try Vending Machines And Air Conditioning Units. - H.L.

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The last section of this video details a woefully under-reported threat facing many residents of the the Pacific Northwest. - E.G.


Monday, April 14, 2014


This is so preposterous, yet it fits right in with Obama's history of governance. Mark Levin warns: Obama preparing country for coup against Constitution. - P.M.

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EBOLA Detection Kits Deployed To National Guard Units In All 50 States. - T.Y.

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Shakedown: Treasury now seizing tax refunds from adult children to pay parents' decades-old Social Security debts. - SDS

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Denver Schools to hire previously illegal immigrants. - B.R.

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Make Matches Waterproof With Nail Polish. - R.F.

Note that the picture only shows the heads of the matches covered. Wood is porus, and if you don't seal the whole match, it may not matter as the water can be drawn up into the head through the wood via capillary action.


Sunday, April 13, 2014


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It would appear that the Federal government is having trouble figuring out who they are supposed to protect and who should be prosecuted… Mexican soldiers draw guns on U.S. agents .

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PG&E offers $250K reward in California grid attack - SFGate - B.B.

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Regarding the immigration issue: Sen. Sessions: 'Deliberate Plan by President' to Collapse U.S. Law Enforcement System

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Honey, the delectable condiment for breads and fruits, could be one sweet solution to the serious, ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, according to researchers who presented their findings at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Honey is a new approach to fighting antibiotic resistance. - H.L.

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Sad that our own soldiers would treat Americans this way. Sadly, it's what this government wants. That's why they have their employees do firearm training with pictures of pregnant women, grandmothers, and children as targets. This is what if you see something say something leads to: Vacationing Family Pulled Over, Handcuffed At Gunpoint By Air Force Base Security - P.M.


Saturday, April 12, 2014


Cliven Bundy speaking at the Moapa Valley Town Board meeting

Militias Are On Route to Help Cliven Bundy - Face Off With Feds: Will this be the Start of the 2nd American Revolution?

Is this the real reason the conflict is occuring? BLM sells 29 oil, gas leases in northeast Nevada

Ryan Bundy Calls From Cliven Ranch with Urgent Message: No Backing Down

Gerald Celente: Bundy Range War a Fascist Dream - The Colonel

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Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border - NYTimes.com - P.M.

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7th Fleet Admits LCS Not Suited for Pacific

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I stumbled upon this website from North Dakota State University while looking for plans for an outhouse. It has detailed, free construction plans for everything from outhouses and smokehouses to solar honey extractors. Useful info that could otherwise be lost to posterity.

Building Plans - K.A.

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Obama and Biden Release Their 2013 Tax Returns - PLC


Friday, April 11, 2014


A Snip-Snip here, A Snip-Snip there… LAPD officers tampered with in-car recording equipment, records show - T.P.

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Video: Violence Breaking Out Between Protesters and BLM Officers over Cattle Dispute. - H.L.

Wagging fingers and camera/phones vs. dogs and tazers. Definite “man points” for the guy who got tazed three times and was still standing.

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Why a drone called Cupid is fitted with a stun gun - S.Y.

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Armed Protesters Gather at Texas Open-Carry Rally After Tasing, Arrest of Man Walking with Loaded Rifle - T.Y.

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23+ Items You Need to Retool for Self-Reliance


Thursday, April 10, 2014


Not sure I'd call these MREs, but they are good ideas for field rations. Homemade MREs. - Mike Williamson (SurvivalBlog Editor At Large)

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This is an older video but one worth reviewing: Chinese Crossing Mexican Border Into USA . - RBS

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Make a 55-Gallon Compost Tumbler Fast, Cheap and Easy. - F.J.

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Not many of us are actually affected by poison Ivy, but when you need it, you really need it: How to Treat Poison Ivy Naturally. - R.J.

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Oregon criminalizes permaculture; claims state ownership over all rainwater - ponds and swales restricted - jail time for violators . - P.M.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014



Tuesday, April 8, 2014


It may not be the Redoubt, but it's on the right track. Now if we could just get Constitutional Carry Enacted… Kansas lawmakers OK bill to void local gun rules

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In Kentucky, Any 'War on Women' Will Face Armed Resistance. - F.F.

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Code Enforcement Cites Kids' Garden for Overgrown Head of Lettuce - C.V.

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As it was in Connecticut, so shall it be in New York!EMPIRE STATE REBELLION: Hundred of Thousands of New Yorkers Refuse To Register So-Called "Assault Weapons" Ahead Of April 15 Deadline.

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Taxi unions say government regulation is essential to "safeguard" the public from itself. Cities to Carpoolers: Sharing Your Car is Illegal, We Will Seize Your Cars - H.L.


Monday, April 7, 2014



Sunday, April 6, 2014


Missouri Cop Under Fire in Second Amendment-Related Free Speech Case : Freedom Outpost. - B.B.

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100 FBI Agents Raid A 91-year-old Man's House To Make Him Prove His Large Artifact Collection Was 'Acquired Properly' - L.C.

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Millions face hunger as deadly fungus decimates global banana crop. I have been aware of this growing problem for some time. It might be a good idea to stock up on LONG dated dried banana slices– the ones with NO added sugar. Refer to long-dated food purveyors, such as Emergency Essentials or Ready Resources. Bananas are high in potassium, but remember potatoes also are high in potassium and have more Vitamin C than one orange! The No. 10 cans should be good for 20 plus years! Do NOT store on concrete. Do store in cool, DRY place, such as the back of a closet for instance. - H.L.

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Garden Like Your Life Depends on It!. It's no longer about personal taste. You may need it. In the last three years, there have been over 32 multi-billion dollar national disasters affecting America's food supply. - G.S.

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Lassa Fever Reported in U.S. Traveler Returning from West Africa. - T.P.

"The CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have confirmed a diagnosis of Lassa fever in a person returning to the United States from West Africa. The patient was admitted to a hospital in Minnesota on March 31 with symptoms of fever and confusion."


Saturday, April 5, 2014


Odds 'n Sods:

Lloyds of London Report: Solar Storm Risk to the North American Electric Grid (in PDF format) - Nic

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This isn't the first time China has forcibly moved people on such a grand scale. the Three Gorges Dam comes to mind first. China's Ambitious Plan to Move 100 Million People From Farms to Cities - H.A.

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Fort Hood Shooting Shows Lingering Security Gaps, You think? Isn't this a military base? Why is it so easy to kill “unarmed” people on a military base? Seems to me, if you train them, you should trust them and arm them. It's obviously not just the general public that the politians fear.

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The Surveillance State The CEO who said "No" to the NSA *vid* - B.L.

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Weaponizing the IRS - G.Z.


Friday, April 4, 2014


Could Connecticut Gun Laws Spark Another Waco? - B.B.

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That wonderful commie-state of Maryland has just gone off the deep end!

The 2% of the population has just forced their self-important rights to trump the rights and safety of the entire majority. Time for all Maryland women to be aware of this law and the necessity of heightened situational awareness. This also means that any woman entering a rest room or locker room should now carry at least one form of personal protection. - L.S.

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Fascinating technology for low cost/sustainable buildings..and it looks "futuristic" too.

For those who have land and looking to add structures, fast and cheap, maybe worth considering as an alternative to traditional buildings. - B.H.

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Check out the The NW Preparedness Expo in Prosser, WA - May 2-3 at the Walter Clore Center. NWPreparednessexpo.com

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North Carolina drivers could be charged by the mile


Thursday, April 3, 2014


Big [Hypocritical] Trouble in Little China: For those who are interested, here is a link to the 137-page indictment of umpteen co-conspirators on the drugs and a gun trafficking ring that involved California Sate Senator Leland Yee. Not surprisingly, Yee didn't spend one night in jail before being allowed to post a hefty bail. Yet another "Gun Control" advocate who has gun problems of his own.

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Don't forget the Self Reliance Expo featuring Les Stroud on April 4-5 at the Mesquite Convention Center. More information can be obtained at http://www.SelfRelianceExpo.com

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Venezuela issues ID cards to curtail food hoarding - B.B.

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The BATF director has confirmed that No One Fired for Fast and Furious. - JBG

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Tactics of the Ukrainian protesters. - Mike Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor At Large). Warning: Language content.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014


US Farmers Face Planting Issues as Cold, Drought Linger

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Is Alaska's Jury Nullification Bill in Line With Founders' View?

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Whether you vaccinate or not, we have a problem. We have people suggesting that it's the government's place to tell us what's best for our children. A Parent's Response to The New York Time's 'Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions' Goes Viral - H.L.

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Video: Man found guilty after carrying replica bullets - T.J.

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More information on the Montana ammo casing processor: Montana ammo casing processor raid recalls warnings of anti-gun agenda at OSHA - B.B.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014


The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is pleased to announce that the Revised New York State Police NY SAFE Act Guide instructs its members not to enforce the 7-round magazine limit originally imposed by the hastily enacted measure.

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How they're hypersexualizing your kids. And people wonder why I homeschool my own kids. - H.L.

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I actually had to verify this because it is so absurd. White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda.

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We've seen similar concepts before, but this is one of my favorite sites. 3 Ways to Escape Zip Ties: An Illustrated Guide. Mike Williamson (SurvivalBlog Editor At Large)

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Turkish Political and Military Leaders ADMIT to Planning False Flag Terror to Justify a War with Syria - L.H.


Monday, March 31, 2014


Diet drinks linked with heart disease, death. This is another case where correlation does not necessarily mean causation. The link has found a higher percentage of disease and death in those who drink diet drinks, but the beverage probably has little to do with it. Those who drink diet beverages generally have an unhealthier lifestyle. I have long wondered if a diet soda and slice of pie was a little bit like matter/antimatter.

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We've been here before: The Ebola Outbreak Is Spreading: Pray to God It Doesn't Hitch A Ride To The West. After three decades in the health care environment, I am not easily scared by bacteria and viruses. Out of all the diseases that are capable of doing us harm, Ebola scares me the most. In fact it terrifies me. - H.L.

HJL Adds: While Ebola is a scary infectious disease, it often is containable because the time from infection to onset of symptoms is relatively short. What is really scary is if something like this mutates into a disease where it is still highly infectious but has a longer incubation time.

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Knife Control Based on Same 'Irrational Premise' as Gun Control - G.P.

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Paul Craig Roberts: Pushing Toward The Final War. Interesting article that postulates we are in a similar pattern as the historical beginnings of the first world war. I also found this video: Storm Clouds Gathering. - D.C.

HJL Replies: It also appears to me that the world is primed just as it was in 1929. All that is needed is the initial spark to set the powder keg off. It seems that no one wants to get the blame for setting the “event” off, but everyone keeps kicking it trying to get a reaction.

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Ukrainian Lesson: Fools and Their Guns Are Soon Parted - B.B.


Sunday, March 30, 2014


Sounding incredibly familiar to the 1994 fiasco with Olympic Arms (and the OA-93), some manufacture has apparently created a commercially available pistol that fires the 7N6 5.45x39 cartridge, and true to form the ATF has reclassified the steel core ammo as armor piercing. There is no word yet as to who has produced the pistol (or, like in 1994, if any of them have even really been sold yet).

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SurvivalBlog has previously reported on the Jemez Springs Sheriff's trouble with the TSA (and by association, the DHS) for attending a Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association conference. Now the Sheriff, who received a commendation and a raise, has been fired by the officials in Jemez Springs.

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The absurdity of our justice system knows no bounds. A cancer patient was jailed for late payment on a 5$ dog license renewal in Massachusetts. - H.L.

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For those that can grow it… Bamboo: The Ultimate Homestead Survival Tree - R.F.

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The Government has 30,774,038 employees. What do they do? - B.B.


Saturday, March 29, 2014


7% of the California State Senate members have faced felony charges so far this year. This august body is starting to sound a lot like Mike Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) cabal.

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An interesting tale of horse apples, chocolate, and politicians.

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You might want to stock up now… quickly. 25 drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics. - R.L. Thats over 99% of the supply.

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On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden said he believes all of the country's illegal immigrants are "already American citizens." - P.M.

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The EPA, FBI Raid USA Brass. Employees tested positive for higher-than-normal levels of lead. USA Brass only deals in brass and the accusation is that they didn't provide employees with adequate protective gear. - B.B.


Friday, March 28, 2014


JWR Notes: The recent arrest of Democrat California State Senator Leland Yee on corruption and gun-running charges is beyond ironic. He's just the latest in a long string of leftist gun-grabbing politicians, who have double standards on guns. They want to disarm the masses, while at the same time they are protected by pistol-toting bodyguards, and carve out special privileges for their cronies. Perhaps the worst of this can be seen in New York City, where for decades a key political favor has been bestowing a pistol permit to "special people." This, one can safely assume, must require some surreptitious palm greasing. (Note: New York has two levels of pistol permits. Most only allow keeping a pistol in a house or apartment, but if you buy in at a higher level of "contributions", you can get a permit to carry out on the street. They don't hand these out to people who work for a living.)

It turns out that State Senator Yee was involved in a plot to traffic guns to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Must be some of the bad guys from the novel Expatriates.)

Of course, the whiny liberal apologists will claim that it wasn't a REAL conspiracy, just one created by the FBI sting, so State Senator Yee and Shrimp Boy (the "former" Chinese gangster) must be innocent.

See Also: Another Anti-Gunner gets caught

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Supreme Court: No Guns For Any Domestic Violence Offenders - B.B.

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The second largest small arms propellant manufacturer in the world remains evacuated as a French hazardous materials company slowly continues to wet down and clear the site, hoping to avoid triggering a secondary blast or fire. An exclusion area extending 350 meters from the perimeter of the factory, affecting 31 homes, has been mandated until Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 PM, and may be extended. A local news site says it is impossible to know when the clean-up will be finished, as each step of the clean-up has to be verified before they can advance. One hopeful estimate suggests that the company's rifle propellant line will be out of commission for just 90 days, though few industry sources seem to believe that this is a realistic figure. - KTO

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If you thought the next generation of youth would come to their senses… College Students Fail to Name a Single U.S. Senator. What makes it even more humiliating is that it is from American University, inside the beltway. - H.L.


Thursday, March 27, 2014


Although JWR generally dislikes eBay because of their anti-gun policies, he does sell a few items there, on occasion. (The last time was several years ago.) Presently, he has a few scarce gun books and a Steve McQueen TV prop for sale there.

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Continuing the story on the Albuquerque shooting of a homeless man: New Albuquerque Police Shooting Probe Sought - ABC News. It appears that the civilian police oversight panel had demanded an independent investigation as condemnation mounts from across the state. Five outside agencies are currently investigating the incident. It should be noted that there have been more than 36 such incidents (22 fatal) from this police force since 2010. - RBS

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Local Police Being Federalized: Seattle Police Secretly Keep Drones Despite Promise. - B.R.

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Report: Americans commit an average of 3 felonies a day

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S.G. noted a nugget of good news: The FBI has dumped the SPLC as a crime watchdog partner.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Researchers' Google Glass Spyware Sees What You See. - T.Y.

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Video: Bad education: School workbook redefines Second Amendment. - T.J.

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Continuing the conversation of the militarization of the police, SurvivalBlog received two links:

From B.B. - An article on the militarization of the police in America by John Silveira, and from S.M. the uncensored video of the the APD shooting of an Albuquerque homeless man. WARNING: This video is graphic. After viewing the video, I must describe what I felt as outrage. I can only conclude that if you are mentally ill and you have a run-in with some members of this police department, you are as good as dead. This police chief needs to be investigated as well as the cops who participated.

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Colorado joins 18 other states in introducing legislation that forces vaccination of children. My issue with it isn't so much that I distrust the vaccines (although I do distrust some) but that I don't want the government removing my choice as a parent. - H.L.

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States move to Ban Drone Assisted Hunting

“The issue unites two groups, which are typically at odds. Animal rights activists believe drone-assisted hunting is cruel, while many hunters' groups believe it is cheating.”

A SurvivalBlog reader adds: “Actually, it unites THREE groups. The third group being Americans who don't want to be hunted by drones.”


Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Wow! This may be the ticket for advanced medical care in TEOTWAWKI: Super-Cheap Paper Microscope Could Save Millions of Lives - O.C.

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DGJ came across this article on why you might want at least one article of Hi-Vis clothing or equipment in your emergency car kit or BOB. If the 'event' you are getting away from is a natural disaster, or something similar, being noticed might be a good thing! Having options other than all-camo could be a wise decision.

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This new item from KRQE in albuquerque follows on the heels of a long running discussion in SurvivalBlog on the balance between LE abuses and oversight. In this case, the video from the officers helmet cam has been released, but it is still tough to call. Mental illness obviously factors in here as well. Homeless man camping on open space land killed by Albuquerque police. - S.M.

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Man Found Guilty Of Electronic Cigarette Law That Does Not Exist. - L.C.

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Why many preppers will die- D.B. Note: This is a link to Selco's Blog. Strong, offensive language may be present.


Monday, March 24, 2014


There is an epidemic of death and contagion sweeping across the farms of this country that is barely getting a mention in the mainstream media. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus - K.F.

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A Dozen Uses For Empty Soda Bottles - R.J.

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Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract - TPY

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The Law Society has issued guidance on how to use Sharia Law in Wills, Trusts and Estates disputes in England and Wales. The guidance effectively enshrines Sharia into common legal practice for the first time and will make it easier to discriminate against women and non-believers. - H.L.

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Guide to American made products including tools. - M.A.


Sunday, March 23, 2014


From the Police State: Man receives felony after speaking too long at town hall meeting - H.L.

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If you are planning on travelling to Russia, you may want to bring cash: Credit Cards Frozen at Sanctioned Russian Banks - B.R.

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A disease flare up in Africa has an almost 50% fatality rate: 29 dead from viral hemorrhagic fever. - G.P.

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It seems to me we have been here before… Could the U.S. Face a Cruise Missile Threat from the Gulf of Mexico?

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More proof that reading government websites violates your privacy, if you can tolerate reading that far into the article. (You may feel sick to your stomach before you get to the place in the article, which outlines violations of your privacy by visiting government websites, because of the other intrusions into your private life that are outlined.) Big Brother Is Watching You Eat - G.P.


Saturday, March 22, 2014


Students at the shooting range for gun safety - W.W.

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Reports of the Death of a National License-Plate Tracking Database Have Been Greatly Exaggerated - P.S.

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A SurvivalBlog reader sent in this link on testing the purity of the honey you buy. The best way, of course, is to have your own beehive, but for those that cannot have that… How to Verify the Purity of Honey


Friday, March 21, 2014


Keeping Your NYC License - P.M.

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While certainly exciting to watch, this video of an example of russian hand gun training is insane. I can't tell if some of those shots by the shooter are accidental discharges brought on by the stress or intentional warning shots. - R.G.

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This animated gif shows the new headboard I want for my bed. - B.R.

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Mike Williamson (SurvivalBlog Editor At Large) sent in this link showing a list of bulk food co-ops by state.

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Mike also sent in information about a Kansas bill seeking to legalize police retaliation. The chances of this making it through the legislation should be small, but the fact that it was introduced is quite disturbing. If this passes, you could file a complaint, the police could investigate, find no wrong, no outside agency could check them, and you could be charged with felony perjury. This violates at least the First Amendment and, possibly, the Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth, as well as Bills of Attainder.


Thursday, March 20, 2014


EMP Effects and Cyber Warfare - Part 1- B.H.

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The massive solar blast that almost wreaked havoc on Earth - S.C.

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Tactical Machining (TM) may have helped us understand what happened to EP Armory and Ares Armor. In the Facebook post, TM had a few factual errors, but did indicate some of the issues in dealing with 80% lowers. They are claiming the raids were a result of the manufactures not having a proper determination letter from the ATF stating that the lowers were not firearms. - R.C.

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An excellent article by Mother Earth News on long term storage of cackleberries. Also, some good USDA information for hen owners. - B.

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Nineteen uses for the ultimate survival tool: Duct Tape. - F.J.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I keep thinking, at some point, surely someone will stand up and refuse: Massive Car To Car Warrantless Search In DC Region - J.M.

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Worthy of a face-palm: Republicans to Officially Present Alternative to Obamacare - B.R.

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The Police Can Take Your Cash Without Charging You with a Crime. - D.S. Warning: This website has offensive material in the sidebar.

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How Sanctions Against Russia Could Signal the Beginning of 'World War III' - JBG

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29-Year-Old Welfare Parasite Would Not Accept An $80,000 A Year Job Driving A Truck. - H.L. If that doesn't start your blood boiling, I'm not sure what would. I watched this interview on the Hannity Show. Parasite might be too nice a word.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014


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The rhetoric is ratcheting up as the U.S. considers sanctions against Russia: Russia can turn U.S. to radioactive ash: Kremlin-backed journalist. - T.J.

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Oak Harbor, Washington Council member left a meeting after council refuses to kick out legally armed armed veteran. - N.G.

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Upstate New Yorkers Burn 1,000 Gun Registration Forms- G.P.

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A parent is appalled over essay, asking 8th Graders If They'd Rather Be Slaves Or Factory Workers. - Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog's Editor At Large. While the parent spent time educating their child what slavery was and that was the cause of the young child's distress, what was disturbing to me was how many of the students chose slavery as the best option.

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Video: ATF cracking Ares Armor safe. - B.B. The Jack-booted thugs hard at work. I hope they had to break a sweat opening it up.


Monday, March 17, 2014


Speaking of the “Rule of Law”: Protecting The Constitution From Executive Order

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For those who like to kill time via video games: This War of Mine plays the battlezone as civilians. - G.P. I normally don't post links to video games, but this one is a little different. Rather than focusing on killing the opponent, the players are focused on survival and protection of “the group”

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Revealed: Justice Dept. Prosecutors Average 33 Reckless or Intentional Legal and Ethical Violations a Year - B.R.

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Here is a warning for you: Hold onto your house keys. This app is part of a service that will make copies of your keys by simply taking pictures of them. It's time to take OPSEC up another level. - A.J.

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Martial Law Cannot Be Far Away Now! Massive Car To Car Warrantless Search In DC Region - M.J.


Sunday, March 16, 2014


Want to instill concepts of freedom in your own children and have fun while doing it? The Constitution Quest board game - WND

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Exit Tax. - J.

“You have to fill out a form if you want to renounce your citizenship--which, by the way, you can only get from a foreign embassy or consulate. Those forms used to be free. Now they're $500 apiece. So think about that. If they can charge you $500 for that form, they could charge $5,000, they could charge $5,000,000. They could basically make it impossible for you to leave.”

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Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property

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Dubious Mayors Against Legal Guns: The not so pretty story behind Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns

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End of the American Dream? The Current State of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness - B.B.

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Preping going mainstream: Marie Osmond is now a spokesperson for Wise Company. - A.W.


Saturday, March 15, 2014


From S.M. - Good prepper-warning video, from the mouths of people struggling in Venezuela.

HJL Adds: The first video in the article is the one referred to. A word of caution is in order on the second video. The video operator is attacked, and it is disturbing to watch.

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At least 250 CT cops refuse to enforce law. - G.P.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal in Second Amendment case, Refuses to Prohibit Police from Using Lawful Gun Ownership as a Trigger for 'No-Knock' Police Raids. - RBS

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M.D. shared a link to a graphical presentation of the serving size of popular foods to reach half of the recommended daily allowance of sodium.

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D.S. sent in a link about how high school kids are know being traumitized by Homeland Security: Homeland Security Conducts Unannounced Lock-down Drill at Glen Ridge High. DHS continues this practice despite the exercises resulting in nothing other than the traumitization of kids, along with the training of police in military-style tactics. From any realistic point of view, these practices are wrong.

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The drones that flock like BIRDS: Robots fly in formation and navigate without being remotely controlled


Friday, March 14, 2014


So what happens when you chamber and shoot a .300 BLK in a .223? Just because it fits, doesn't mean if fits. - Mike Williamson (Survivablog's Editor-At-Large)

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Also from Mike Williamson- How to survive a nuclear bomb: An update on "Duck and Cover"

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Time ran an article showing that the entire U.S. powergrid could be taken down with as few as nine substation attacks. - D.T.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding this exposure. There are many claiming that Time was irresponsible in reporting this weakness, but I tend to fall in the other camp. Having dealt with software most of my career, I am keenly aware how little organizations will do to fix known vulnerabilities when they remain hidden. As the saying goes, security by obfuscation is not real security.

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The CIA Reminds Us Who's Boss- G.P.

It seems Feinstein really likes the CIA, except when they are spying on her.

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This idea seems to have possibilities: DIY carbon tape Taser-proof jacket - MKP


Thursday, March 13, 2014


An excellent read on birthing and caring for goats: Copper's Babies & Other Goat Lore

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Making Cop-Worship Mandatory - RBS. While I don't necessarily agree with the premise that being prostrated by a cop is tantamount to worshiping them, law enforcement is way out-of-control when it comes to overbearing force and intimidation, especially when the person to whom the force is applied has committed neither a crime, nor is the subject of the cop's warrant/search.

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Doctors asked to help spot terrorists in new 'inappropriate' NHS policy - G.G.

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This video clip from “Downfall” (2004) has been dubbed and used for many rants on the Internet, but this must be one of the best I have seen: Hitler's Rant on Connecticut Gun Registration. - B.R.

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So, when TEOTWAWKI happens, who will they sue? - Passengers on crippled Carnival ship seeking $5,000 a month for life


Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Big guns: Army soldiers to get powerful new Swedish-made tank-stopper

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G.P. - Shatter a Car Window with a Sparkplug in an Emergency

HJL Adds: Although this works, who wants to carry around small pieces of sharp ceramic in your pocket? As an EMT, this was one of the first extraction tricks we were taught. You really don't want broken glass flying everywhere when you break the window, especially if your patient has open wounds that you need to deal with or has their face close to the window. You can simply take a folded pocket knife (or Gerber, Leatherman, etc cetera) and holding it your fist, lay it on the window so only a corner of it touches the window in a corner of the window itself. Then lean into it with your body weight, using your other hand to help apply pressure to the point contacting the window. You will slightly flex the safety glass at the corner and the window will magically disappear from in front of you with all the shards falling directly down. Note: This only works on safety glass (side windows) not on laminated glass like front windshields.

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Strategic Tactical Group LLC has a couple of upcoming courses. “Combative Pistol” and “Building Clearing” both on April 12th.

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AR-15 Muzzle Device Comparison - Mike Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor At Large)

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A 3-D printer in every home? - L.F.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Not bad for a prototype: Watch a Fully Automatic Electromagnetic Pulse Rifle Demolish a Laptop - RBS

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S.C. sent these two articles in with the statement: “I realize that there are many factors that affect both situations. However, I think that these two articles give a good idea as to the twisted views of our country. I feel ashamed to live in a country who will not allow a seven year old boy, who is fighting for his life, the medication that he needs. While, on the same day, the attorney general pushes for a drug to be widely distributed to assist people who have overdosed on illegal drugs. This is a sad state of affairs.”

Drug company refuses to give lifesaving medication to 7-year-old boy

Heroin overdoses pose 'urgent public health crisis,' US attorney general says

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Two Americans Convicted of Economic Espionage for China - B.R.

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I'm not sure about the validity of this, and it might just be a self-fulfilling prophecy, but… Think the ammo market is about to get better? Think again.

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An interesting video on a very small number: 0.00672%: Why Concealed Carry Permit Holders Will Want to Hear About Such a Small Number From a Former Navy SEAL


Monday, March 10, 2014


Video: For those that love the Mosin rifle: The winter war 1939 - F.S.

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Every where you turn, somebody wants to know what you're doing. The NSA, Corporations and now:Warrantless Spying Is Becoming The Status Quo At Local Police Department

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In a sad statement on the current morals of people: Redwood park closes road to deter burl poachers

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Prepping is big business and CWalton on survivor.com has posted an article that shows an excellent example of how you should do your homework before participating or purchasing from any company dealing with survival products.

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Exposing the "Living Document" Lie


Sunday, March 9, 2014


In an update on the article related to asthma medication, A New Twist on a Live-Saving Medicine ,from SurvivalBlog's Medical Editor, posted January, 2013, Dr. Koelker submitted the following:

“As of February 26, 2014 the FDA advisory panel has recommended against the release of a replacement for Primatene Mist. Though the majority of panel members considered the medication effective, they expressed concern about safety issues, including inaccuracy of dosing, clogging of the device, side-effects, and the risks of self-diagnosis and self-medication. The FDA is not bound by the panel's recommendations, but generally does follow the advice of the advisory committee.

“The question of whether any asthma medications should be over-the-counter was also raised by the panel. However, for now Asthmanefrin (racepinephrine solution with battery-powered nebulizer) remains available without a prescription. Reviews of the product raise concerns about effectiveness of the nebulizer device after repeated use. Therefore, it would be advisable to have a standard nebulizer chamber and tubing available as an alternative delivery device. If no electricity-powered nebulizer machine is available, compressed air may be supplied to the nebulizer chamber via a bicycle tire pump, a (new) garden sprayer, or even a hand-powered balloon pump.

“As for other OTC asthma medications, caffeine is also effective for asthma, though probably not strong enough to abort a serious asthma attack. Side-effects of caffeine (jitteriness, insomnia, elevated heart rate) are likely at doses necessary to relieve bronchospasm and wheezing.

“Anyone with inhaler-dependent asthma would still do well to request an extra emergency supply of albuterol (or other beta-agonist inhaler) from their personal physician, in addition to stockpiling the above over-the-counter medications.” -Cynthia J. Koelker, MD - Medical editor for SurvivalBlog (and host of www.armageddonmedicine.net).

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Watch The Spread of Walmart Across The Country In One Horrifying GIF. I remember when walmart advertised that they promoted locally manufactured goods. How times have changed. The last time I was in Walmart, I was hard pressed to find anything that wasn't made in China.

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Showing the continued futility of Gun Grabbing legislation: The Most Effective Magazine System Ever Devised For Turning Gun Grabbing Politician's Faces Purple With Rage!

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I'm not sure about the “Genius” label, but some of these are pretty effective. YMMV. 41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius


Saturday, March 8, 2014


Fortress Defense (a SurvivalBlog advertiser) has added several new classes to their calendar. These include: Tactical Medical, Church Safety, Defensive Handgun, and Urban Rifle (with John Farnam.) Most of these are in Chicagoland, but one upcoming class is in Indiana.

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Military's top general offers grim outlook on nation's defense

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Connecticut Carry defies lawmakers, to 'either enforce or repeal' gun ban

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Ukraine: Three Views- John Mauldin

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Couple Who Found $10 Million Treasure on Their Property Could Face Arrest for... - RBS

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Why You Truly Never Leave High School - M.W.


Friday, March 7, 2014


S.G. - Academic study: SPLC Hatewatch list biased, but you already knew that.

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G.P. - Infections Linked to Chinese Seafood Markets in New York

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Here is an infographic from Lifehacker that shows you how to delete yourself from the Internet.

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Video: This looks like it exceeds the legal limit for fun… Shooting radio controlled planes with shotguns.

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M.W. found this neat little rocket stove. We would be interested in the opinion of anyone that has used it. It's not exactly a backpacking stove, but it looks heavy enough to last.


Thursday, March 6, 2014


Whole House Heating From A Single Wood Burner Or Open Fire The old Connecticut farm house I grew up in, had coal furnace in basement, and grills in first floor ceilings under the bedrooms. Dad put in oil furnace, BUT he kept the coal furnace and bin full of coal. Just in case!!!! Kept the DUG well, though he had drilled well put in. He was a prepper before the word was invented. - H.L.

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Canadian Gun Confiscation Begins. Again - J.W.

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L.G. sent this link in: Understanding The Stress response: It Can Buy You Valuable Seconds

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Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost. What could possibly go wrong here? Don't we have several popular horror movies based on just such a principle?

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From H.L. - One of the longtime, faithful readers of Backdoor Survival was without power for five days during the recent ice storm in Aiken County, South Carolina. Read the whole story; There are some good ideas in there.

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C.S. sent in this link to photo of Syrians in line for food at a refugee camp. That is a powerful motivator for prepping.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014


An anonymous reader sent in a list of ammunition makers that are based out of Ukraine and will probably see shortages or shipping delays due to the current crisis:

Wolf/WPA/UCW ,Tulammo,Red Army/RASU,Brown Bear, Herters, MFS Ammunition, Russian 223

Note: SurvivalBlog has not confirmed that there are any interruptions in the supply of any of these brands. We are not even sure that all of these brands have origination points within Ukraine.

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Krayton Kerns on Ukraine/USA: Sit

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A roughly 25-minute audio interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts worth listening to on Ukraine: Ukraine rightest are nazi's

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Court Orders Allows School to Ban Clothing With American Flag.

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K.W. sent in this link on Starting A Farm: Looking for Land, courtesy of “Farm & Dairy”


Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Those sneaky thieves! Apparently the coat hanger trick has moved from the car to the garage door. But you can stop it cold with a simple zip tie: $1 fix could secure your garage from thieves - G.S.

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Once a country no longer values human life, how long till they descend into this? -Red Reign: China's horrific nonconsensual organ harvesting and religious oppression unveiled

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For Valley citrus growers, this season has 2 natural disasters. News of the severe drought continues to rock the system.

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And the executive orders issued by Obama in January 2013 start taking effect: Bypassing Congress, DOJ to Announce Expansion to Gun Background Checks

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D.C. sent in the link to an animated video on taxation. It is certainly enlightening, especially when you consider that the Boston tea party occurred with taxation in the range of 3% and without representation. Today the highest rates hover around the 50% mark and are still absent representation. You Can Always Leave


Monday, March 3, 2014


K.G. sent this link in on wood choping: Less effort, more wood and safer too. Something that could be built by just about any reader here.

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H.L. sent in this link on 11 sure signs you've been hacked. In today's threatscape, antivirus software provides little piece of mind. In fact, anti-malware scanners on the whole are horrifically inaccurate, especially with exploits less than 24 hours old. After all, malicious hackers and malware can change their tactics at will. Swap a few bytes around, and a previously recognized malware program becomes unrecognizable.

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In light of the current events in Ukraine, JFJ sent this article in: Forward with the statement “Don't doubt for one iota that this or a variance wouldn't be used here if feasible.”

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R.K.F. sent in a link with some neat information on Homes Made from Old Cargo Containers.

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War's New Frontier: DOD presses for EMF spectrum used by cell phones for next generation weapons


Sunday, March 2, 2014


Connecticut officer says woman sounds 'anti-American' for questioning gun control law - RBS

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WBB sent in this video concerning the CIA and their goals: GigaOM Structure:Data 2013. Of particular interest is their prioritizing social media (even though the vast majority of social media users are U.S. citizens.) Also of interest is the CIA's determination that your smartphone's ID is better than a fingerprint and they can get it even if your phone is “off”.

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Noah's ark project in Ky. to move forward - P.M.

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Need to reload your 12 gauge and don't have access to a reloader? In a survival situation this may help: Learn How to Reload a 12 Gauge Shotgun Shell - M.W.

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From G.G. - Not safe to display American flag in American high school.


Saturday, March 1, 2014


Living with progressive values. New York City is at it again, proposing a bill that would allow city workers to enter any buildings that receive tax credits without permission or warrants. - M.W.

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An interesting read sent in by B.B. - Warriors vs. Mercenaries. There is a huge difference between the two types in military and law enforcement.

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Wondering why our university students are so confused about liberty? D.S. sent this in: 20 of the most obnoxious quotes from college professors

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Progressivism as a Weapon of Mass Destruction - JFJ

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D.T. sent in the link to this interesting folding boat - Porta Bote | The Unique Folding Boat.


Friday, February 28, 2014


10 Stories From The Cold, Hard Streets Of America That Will Break Your Heart - Cheryl N

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Several readers have sent in this video: Hazmat Highway to Hell with High Pressure Gas Cylinders. It's a great introduction to Hazmat and a reason to pay attention when you drive.

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S.W. sent in this link on How to Open a Can Without Any Tools. While a useful skill to know, there are still areas where it wouldn't work. I would class this under an urban survival skill. And remember, a P38 easily fits on a keychain.

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SC officer shoots man reaching for cane and notice the quote: “It does appear, at this time, that Deputy Knox's actions were an appropriate response to what he reasonably believed to be an imminent threat to his life.”

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More information on the Florida woman living “off the Grid”: City caps sewer of woman. It will be important to follow this. Most municipalities do not have a separate billing process for “sewer” services. It is a combined sewer and water bill, under the idea that what you draw out, you will dump back into the system. Of course, the system is slanted towards the municipalities because if you water your lawn, you are still charged for the disposing of that amount of water, even though you didn't put it back into the system. In this particular case, she has admitted to utilizing the sewer and not paying for it, with an intention of continuing the practice. Any way you look at it, theft of services is just wrong.


Thursday, February 27, 2014


Resistance 101: Why You Should Consider Ham Radio For Communications - Cheryl N

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JWR Notes: LA Police Gear, a company that is best known for selling uniforms, boots, and field gear made in Mainland China has partly redeemed itself in my estimation, by expanding their offerings of U.S.-Made gear, in a separate set of web pages. This is essentially a catalog within a catalog. More companies should do likewise.

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Sent in by P.H.: An Anti-Gun Surgeon General is A Bad Prescription

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J.H. sent this in: California Couple Finds Gold Coins Worth $10 Million in Their Backyard. While this is a fantastic windfall for the couple, sadly, it means that someone else cached these coins and then probably died without anyone knowing where the cache was or even if there was a cache. I'm all for caching, but there should be some record for your family.

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In USA Today: Americans rising up against government: Column - G.G.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014


RBK sent in a link to this set of maps. Agenda 21 and NWO plans for USA by 2050.

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Along with the draught in the Southwest and the draining of the Ogallala Aquifer, it seems Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida are fighting over water.

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RBS sent in this link to Why I want a microchip implant. Having a family member with Alzheimers, I understand why you might want one of these, but this guy is just nuts. Next thing you know, there will be a bill to make you implant one for your shiny new Aramtix.

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Vvego International has announced their new T-1 Boot Blade that looks pretty interesting. It doesn't look a a standard blade and you can wear more places than just your boot.

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M.A. sent in this link: Florida City Threatens Woman For Living Off the Grid. Apparently, you are only considered livable if you have running water and electricity and it doesn't count unless you purchase them from the City.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Now the call of the media begins: State Can't Let Gun Scofflaws Off Hook - B.B.

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If I Had a Hammer. . . ( Homemade Submachinegun Photos)

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RBS sent in this link to “The Blaze” on What You Need to Know About Filming, Photographing Police in Public. If you ever plan on using your cellphone to do this, you may want to read this article.

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K.B. sent in this 86-second video of Penn and Teller on the Second Amendment. It's an older video, but it is spot on and easy to understand. They got this one right. Warning: To the surprise of no one who is familiar with these two, Penn drops a totally unnecessary f-bomb at the end. Stop the video before the 1:23 mark, if you can.

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This sentence leaves an editor cringing, but it's hard to ignore the message: Dr Barbara Bellar sums up Obamacare in one sentence - M.B.

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As an engineer, I've always enjoyed mathematics. As a Christian, I love a good object lesson. This video sent in by D.A. doesn't really “prove” anything mathematically, but it makes a really neat object lesson: Beauty of Mathematics


Monday, February 24, 2014


A number of people have sent in this link to Selco's Blog, True Nature of Survival. It is particularly relevant because of the conflicts that we are seeing in Ukraine and Valenzuela. If your main concern is your survival or that of your family, then it makes perfect sense. My problem with it is that it is from a pretty self-centered perspective. If our founding fathers had held to the same ideals, the revolution would have died a quick, crushing death. The supposition is that you cannot affect the outcome, so don't even try. Yes, there is seemingly senseless death that occurs in times of war, revolution, and civil unrest, but from the blood of those patriots willing to stand up to the atrocities committed upon them can rise up an uncommon movement of common people so profound that they affect the entire world for generations to come. We have seen it here in our own land and have ridden on the coat tails of these giants among men. Every founding father of the U.S. could have been tried and hanged for treason. That's what makes a patriot stand out. On the flip side, not every conflict is worth fighting. If there is no moral high ground to take, then ducking the head may be the best option.

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K.F. sent in this video about bushcraft gear: My Backpacking and Bushcraft Gear

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P.R. sent in the links to this video seris on homesteading in 1883: Frontier House - FULL SERIES . It's quite interesting to see some of the challenges they overcome.

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For those who like to use recycled pallets as firewood, this homemade prybar could be useful - R.J.


Sunday, February 23, 2014


DGC sent in Who Will Protect You From The Police? The Rise Of Government-Sanctioned Home Invasions along with this note:

“Some of you I am writing to are fathers, as am I. This situation is so very terrible I don't know where to begin. This is not what American is supposed to be. We all need to do something about this; each of us has a responsibility as citizens in a Republic to speak up when these things are happening. I am sending this link with an email and some quotes from the bill of rights and our founding fathers on the topic to the following: my two federal senators, my federal congressman, my state senator, my governor, and my county sheriff. If you are urban, I encourage you to also send it to your municipal police and mayor.”

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The Next Last of the Mohicans?, sent in by MCB

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SQF sent this in - The Conspiracy Behind Government Ammunition Purchases

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DB sent in a comment worth passing on. He noticed in pictures of pantries and storage areas that he has seen, most have no restraint to keep shelf items from falling off during severe ground movement (earthquake, bomb, et cetera). It is especially important if you use glass jars to store preps.

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JLM sent in this link to the Underground Medic suggesting it's time to stock up for the coming food shortages and price hikes.


Saturday, February 22, 2014


Sent in by MGB: http://remineralize.org/

Read the rock dust primer. Also read the article on biochar and rockdust. In the article they talk about mixing compost, biochar and rock dust.

FYI I was able to find a source for rock dust, not from dolomite, but just rocks from the ground. Elam Sand and Gravel in West Bloomfield. All others I called had rock dust from dolomite (limestone).

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The FCC is sounding a lot like Joseph Goebbels to me - JBG

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Venezuela is also suffering much the same as Ukraine. Andreina Nash has produced a politically charged video titled What's going on in Venezuela in a nutshell and posted it on YouTube detailing her feelings. Warning: This video is age-restricted due to violent content. - J.W.

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Gibbs Humdinga amphibious truck sailing toward production

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L.P. sent in this link to animated gifs showing the inner workings of a 1911 through animated graphics. It's a great primer for those who are curious.


Friday, February 21, 2014


The protests in Kiev Ukraine escalated from throwing bricks to firearms. This is turning into a civil war. We now have an idea of what it may look like if it starts here (links to videos sent in by L.C.):

Ukraine: Flaming Molotovs flung at police with slingshot

Ukraine: Clashes continue despite truce

Ukraine: Police firing live ammo in Kiev clashes

Kiev drone footage: Aerial view of burning Maidan amid Ukranian riots

From bricks to bullets: Police footage shows Kiev rioters going ballistic

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Drone war's troubling contours: American lives are not more sacred than foreigners'. White House is considering drone strike to kill U.S. citizen. Should this elicit more concern than other targets? - G.P.

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Myths and Lessons of the Argentine \ - Sent in by B.B.

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Memo explains why the U.S. can kill its own citizens without trial.

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Surveillance on demand: White Plains ordinance requires shops to install cameras and give cops access to the videos upon demand


Thursday, February 20, 2014


L.G. sent in a link to The Blaze where the CIA has declassified the original OSS Simple Sabotage manual. You can follow that link through to see the complete (cleaned) manual. Bear in mind it will take you to the CIA servers.

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Those who live where it actually snows in the winter (which lately includes the deep south) may enjoy this video sent in by SDS about Wheel Powered Tracks that will fit on nearly any 4WD.

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Eminent domain threatens yet another family, this time in Colorado. Interestingly enough, it is not being used to create a public works site, but instead is being used to keep the family from using a motor vehicle to reach their property. - Mark

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I generally can't stand the Huffington Post, but here is an interesting read, sent in by BKE on the flip side of GMOs.

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P.S. sent in the link to this Interactive Census Dotmap. It's an excellent resource to use when planning your retreat locale. Note: If you just see smudges, rather than dots, try zooming in.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014


As expected, weapons manufacturers have created a new AR-15 design that is compliant with New York's “Safe Act”. - RBS

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P.S. sent n an article showing that Ohio National Guard Training Envisions Right-Wing Terrorism. Apparently documents show that a training drill last January envisioned a mock disaster where Second Amendment supporters with anti-government opinions were the domestic terrorists. I understand the desire to vary training requirements, but either these people have no common sense or they are deliberately demonizing the most loyal patriots.

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JBG sent in this link detailing the slow trickle turned surge of Weapons related companies leaving the states that enact unfriendly laws.

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Another reader sent in this link on how to care/feed your sourdough starter. I haven't seen that blog before and I kind of enjoyed poking around the site on their other topics as well.

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Taking down a running elk with an AR-7 survival rifle is a dream that often occurs when envisioning survival as a beginner. J.W. sent in this article on the .22LR: Truth & Myth and may just put some of that to rest. Seriously, it's a great article that accurately portrays the capabilities of that round.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014


The Washington Times reports that the NRA's 'American Rifleman' surges to top 25 magazines in America knocking 'Maxim' from the list. - G.G.

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Hands off our children, Big Brother, Patrice Lewis' latest on 'Common Core'.

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California's Gun Confiscation Program Hits Firearm Owners Hard. As part of its ongoing efforts to defend gun owners from malicious and improper prosecutions, the foundations recomends:

  • Never consent to a search
  • Exercise your right to remain silent
  • Contact CGF's Help Hotline through the online form at www.calgunsfoundation.org/hotline or call (800) 556-2109, open 24/7/365
  • If you need immediate legal assistance, please contact an attorney (some firearms attorneys are listed on the CGF Help Hotline web page)

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B.R. sent in this article from the “Charleston Voice” suggesting that the Militarized Police are the standing army the founders warned about.

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A heavily pregnant mother has spoken of her fear after workmen found live ammunition in the garden of her Worksop home. More nonsense from ignorance. This is similar to a post than ran on Sipsey Street Irregulars last year on July 12. The quote used was from “The Abolition of Man” by C.S. Lewis. It's a good quote.

“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”


Monday, February 17, 2014


Delta2187 sent in a link to Statement for the Record - Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community and notes that the information is wide ranging (technology, terrorism, health, food, water) and could provide a good (basic) understanding of the threats we all face. The information certainly reinforces the need for prepping!

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B.B. sends in this link showing that almost the first act of the Supreme Court was treason. It's an interesting read.

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B.R. notes that Violent Protests in Ukraine Supported by US Congress NED, Soros and Other Tax-Exempts

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J.L. sent in this link from Lifehacker. As least I know I'm not the only one with a messy work space.

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For those who are wondering about communications between their base and the LP/OP, perhaps this link from F.J. can help - Simple Intercom From a Pair of Old Corded Phones


Sunday, February 16, 2014


Secret Contacts between Taliban and Karzai Helped Erode U.S.-Afghan Relations - B.R.

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This is a pretty simple article with quite a bit of background on grid blackouts that concludes by saying that the stimulus-funded efficiency improvements in the US grid make it more vulnerable to attacks by hackers. - Elaine

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G.P. sent in this article (video included) show how drought is a growing problem in California.

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Zerogov recently ran an article on how to decrease your electronic footprint in regards to cellular phones, but my thinking lies with Militialaw. Why do we subject ourselves to this nonsense... Oh yeah, March madness...

“Meanwhile, the Ukrainians are walking in George Washington's footsteps and don't even know it.”

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PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West - P.M.


Saturday, February 15, 2014


For those who, like Tim Taylor (Home Improvement), like to “up-size” whatever they do... Farm invention of the year - J.W.

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As Israel grows increasingly nervous about Iran, Israeli army report reveals intelligence and security relations with several Arab and Muslim countries - B.R.

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RBS sent in this article about an Ontario judge ordering 13 children from a Jewish community into foster care.

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Canned Garands - What more needs to be said?

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An anonymous reader sent in this neat video: Don't get stranded wearing a plastic coat. It seems to fall right in line with the discussion on keeping warm in an LP/OP.

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Don't forget Seed for Security is currently including a Spring collection (A $14.99 value) in every order with a $75.00 minimum order. The Spring Security Collection includes 5 packets of Heirloom Vegetable seeds for early Spring planting and the offer is for a limited time.


Friday, February 14, 2014


Ninth Circuit Holds California's Carry License Laws Unconstitutional

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Don't forget Ready Made Resources with their first 25-42% off Mountain House Food Sale going on right now. They are also offering free shipping and will be giving away a case of Mountain House Pouched Yogurts on orders where more than 10 cases are sold. (A $300 value.)

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J.W. sends us this video showing how to check the state of the battery without a VOM. I've tried it with Ray-o-Vac, Energizer and Duracell's in AA, AAA and C sizes. It does seem to work. It did not work on NiMH though. (Though the video does specifically say Alkaline.)

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RBS sent this article: Cops Break Special Needs Teen's Arm On School Bus.

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Rick sent in these links to two videos on making homemade bulletproof armor: Part 1, Part 2. Need I remind anyone that there is no such thing as “bullet proof” (only bullet resistant) and that this is serious business?

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This article, found in the Liberty Crier, has Wisconsin school kids snitching on their parents. I have seen this game played in many venues (from school to church) and on many subjects. It is reprehensible in all situations. Authorities taking advantage of a child's trust has to be one of the worst betrayals they can experience.


Thursday, February 13, 2014


SurvivalBlog's Editor-at-Large, Michael Z. Williamson, forwarded this link about a computer threat.

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Michael also sent in this article about how two administrations lied about an error on the Do Not Fly list, refused to admit and correct the mistake and defended secrecy as “national security.”

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A federal judge in Missouri ruled that drivers have a First Amendment right to warn other motorists of nearby police and speed traps. - Mike.

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FreeSpeechMe, an Anti-Censorship, Anti-Hijacking Free Software Dot-Bit Plug-in for Windows and GNU/Linux was released this month. If anyone has been using it, we would sure like to hear how it's working for you.

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The Daily Telegraph has revealed a that the EU has secret plan for police to 'remote stop' cars. - G.P.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Cold Steel has a couple of teaser videos out regarding their PROOF series of blades. You might find them entertaining. I know that I did: Apocalypse Proof and Sword Proof.

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F.J. sent this article in:GPS Navigation Systems May Get You Killed. When I first got my GPS, it sure took me to some interesting places till I learned how to use it. Sometimes the shortest route is not really the shortest route. Check out the sign in the picture “stop! no road! Your GPS is wrong”

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Florida Ordinance Makes It Illegal For Homeless To Use Blankets- H.L.

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G.G. sent in this: New York's NRA membership nearly doubles in wake of SAFE Act

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Do you think a Gun Rights Advocate would receive the same leniency? Associates defend man who had gun in school


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Serving Down Under: Australia offers military jobs to US troops facing separation

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Cleta Mitchell to Congress: DOJ IRS Investigation Is a Sham, Non-Existent - YouTube - B.R.

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In a fit of irony: Gun control activist swears he forgot he was carrying gun while visiting school - JBG

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This really peaked my interest when I saw it: This Diesel-Powered Scooter Packs More Utility Than a Swiss Army Knife - FJR

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P.M. found this post in a forum. Once again the TSA humiliates someone: DH was humiliated by TSA

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The initial recording of the EMPact is up. Be sure to watch through the Q&A with Cruz. - R.H.


Monday, February 10, 2014


Ready Made Resources is starting their first 25-42% off Mountain House Food Sale today. They are also offering prepaid shipping and will be giving away a case of Mountain House Pouched Yogurts on orders where more than 10 cases are sold. (A $300 value.)

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For a limited time, Seed for Security has promised that they will automatically include a Spring Security Collection ($14.99 value) with every $75 purchase.

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We have been following this next piece for several months now. Ex-federal official raises concerns over terror attack on power grid. Apparently, they still can't make their mind up on whether this was a “terrorist” attack or not. In any event, it wasn't simply a couple of kids vandalizing the place. It looks like it was a deliberate and well planned attack. What isn't known, since no one is claiming responsibility for it, is if it is an isolated incident or a dry run on something bigger.

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This is a neat video on how to make a pocket wood stove. Easy to make, effective and a great “coolness” value. - RBS

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G.P. sent in this link regarding Iran's Exerting Troubling Influence in Latin America. Aside from just the annoyance of the regime exerting influence in our hemisphere, I am troubled by the proximity of these groups to our border.


Sunday, February 9, 2014


More reports from the storm last week in the South East: Police: Man stole cars left during Atlanta storm - K.

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M.W. sent this in: backup handcuff key The site also includes this statement “I would advise taking great caution in how you intellectually approach an item like the TIHK. The argument that an inanimate object is bad because bad people can use it to do bad things sounds very familiar. That is not the logic of liberty.”-- Good Advice.

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A Self Reliance Expo will be held in Mesquite, Texas, at the Mesquite Convention Center April 4-5, 2014

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EPA ban on wood stoves is freezing out rural America- H.L.

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Last, there is a new product out - XStat™ Dressing. This product is still under investigation and may have a place in your med kit, but it's important to remember that the standard application rules for blood clotting still apply. They should only be used in situations where a tourniquet cannot be used and direct pressure is ineffective or cannot be consistently applied (or transport time to medical help exceeds 30 minutes.) Anything you put in the wound has to be cleaned out before the wound can be repaired, and you shouldn't use them until and unless the Emergency Medical Service is unavailable. We should be prepared to administer Austere Medicine if necessary, but it should not be our first choice.


Saturday, February 8, 2014


State Dept. Webcast Features Guest Who Called Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice 'Uncle Toms' - P.M.

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The latest episode in a disturbing trend we are hearing more about: Corrupt state crime lab chemist ruins countless lives by falsifiying evidence - B.R.

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B.B. sent this in: New Google patent suggests automatically sending your videos and photos to law enforcement. Notice that there is no requirement that the event being logged is an illegal activity, only that multiple videos be posted with similar timestamps and geolocation.

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Another Off-Grider Shutdown: History Channel's Mountain Man Targeted by Government Zoning Officials - B.

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K. sent in this excellent article about 18th Century Woodsmanship and Its Modern Applications.


Friday, February 7, 2014


U.S. Scalia Says Internment Ruling Could Happen Again- K.R.

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More from the Ukraine: Ukrainian protestor kidnapped, CRUCIFIED and has part of his ear cut off before being dumped in a forest after a week of torture - T.

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AF Cheating Scandal Grows to 92 Missile Officers

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S.F. sent in the link to this excellent explanation: No Country for Old Fishermen

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R.I.P. - the results are starting to come in. Here is a pretty good independent test that attempts to replicate FBI tests.

Part 1

Part 2

Videos of the actual test are posted on the web pages along with the write up. It's just about what I would have expected, and I don't believe I will be buying any.


Thursday, February 6, 2014


There is an EMP awareness, and specifically the HEMP threat from a nuclear Iran, event that is being hosted today, Feb 6th in DC featuring Sen. Ted Cruz, Amb. James Woolsey, Frank Gaffney and others (to which you are invited):

"American Security and the Iranian Bomb: Analyzing Threats at Home and Abroad."

Event Details:

  • DATE: Thursday, February 6, 2014
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m. ET - 12:15 p.m. ET
  • LOCATION: Reserve Officers Association, Minuteman Ballroom, One Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington D.C. 20002

You can also see a live webcast of the event at Homeland Threats.

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You can store almost anything in a mason jar, but getting a small amount out of it isn't so easy when you have to unscrew the whole lid. The Kitchn has a neat hack to attach a flip-out pour spout to your mason jar with little effort. - RLH

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You will have to look at this entire page to get the full grasp, but the concept of the TED presentation is outstanding....and outlines the project. - RBS

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Wake Up And Realize That YOU Are America - SDS

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There is a heavy market campaign in progress over the R.I.P. bullet. I haven't worked with any myself, though I understand the physics behind it. I can't see where it is any different than products that have been on the market for years. It's essentially a Glaser Safety Slug. The concept is to have a projectile that performs like a shotgun, yet actually holds together until impact. You end up with a light projectile that is frangible. I'm sure it performs well when it comes to ballistics gel, but that's not real world performance. What happens when it hits bone? What about performance after penetration through windshields, glass, plywood, sheet metal, and heavy clothing? I'm not seeing anything new and innovative from it, except a slick marketing campaign that may be positioning the company for bad PR. Anybody remember Winchester Black Talon ammunition?

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In case you didn't know it, you've been splitting wood all wrong. Actually, this gadget looks pretty intriguing. I may just have to try one myself. Be sure to watch the video. Sent in by T.P.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014


This article touches on a sensitive topic with the government. China has been testing their new high speed missile and it has the Pentagon concerned. We have repeatedly announced that we will shoot down any missile that is to close to us, our allies or our forces, Yet every test that violates that has flown successfully. Can we shoot them down? Are we just chosing not to?

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B.R. sent this link in: Important Safety Tip: Tape Your Batteries With Electrical Tape!. I have, on more than one occasion, nearly set my pocket on fire as batteries were shorted out by keys or pocket change. Lessons learned the hard way.

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RLE sent this article in: Private Citizens stop 16% of mass shootings. You may not have known the numbers, but you already knew that it happened.

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JBG sent this in: Do we face a disastrous century due to global cooling?. I know global warming is all the rage right now, but if you were around in the '70s, you'll remember it was global cooling. Full circle?

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You can't celebrate America, school says - sent in by B.E. - Just a couple of reasons why I believe in homeschooling.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014


B. sent in this link for Sniper Basics For The SHTF Survivalist. Not a bad primer for someone who is just starting out learning this valuable skill.

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China is confirming limited interhuman infection of H7N9 bird flu. This may be a very important development. - B.B.

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Ready Made Resources as a limited supply of har-to-find Radar Scattering Camo Netting.

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B.B. sent another post in on the Connecticut fiasco: How Did 'Millions' of High Capacity Magazines Disappear in Connecticut?

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R. sent in this link on How To Make Disaster Survival Gear With Common Household Items

HJL Adds: They are pretty basic and some of them may or may not work. The picture of a hand holding onto the Toilet Paper/Alcohol heater is silly and dangerous, but they might make some fun projects to do together with your kids.

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For those that care, Evolution vs. Creationism will be debated. Ken Ham has the creation museum in Kentucky. He is a former Science teacher with a BA in Applied Science with an emphasis in Environmental Biology. Everyone should also be familiar with Bill Nye (you know, Bill Nye, the Science Guy) CEO of the Planetary Society and an Emmy Award winner. Sign up for a live stream feed via Internet or pre-purchase a DVD at that site. We are planning a homeschool activity around the debate with other homeschool families joining us. It's happening today, Feb 4th, 2014 at 7pm EST. As one AJK put it... “Thought it might be interesting to watch this debate. Definitely more entertaining than the State of the Union.”


Monday, February 3, 2014


Winchester has issued a recall notice on a few lots of it's .22 LR rimfire ammunition.

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More evidence that the mainstream is catching on. This looks like an interesting movie trailer: Goodbye World. - G.

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Linking to the letters we received from the South East is this blog: Rescuers along U.S. Highway 280 face a scene that 'looks like Armageddon' - JBG

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J.C. sent in this video about magnesium bars saying: “Perhaps it's not legally a fraud, but it is deceptive to gain sales. Many Mag sticks will not light a fire or even light themselves. Hard to believe someone in the manufacture would not know that. Magnesium bars are wonderful for starting fires, just make sure you buy one that works, check out the video.”


Sunday, February 2, 2014


We've linked to Rural Revolution before, and now Patrice Lewis has another entry at WND worth reading: The burgeoning underground economy

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This Isn't Your Average Smash-And-Grab - This One Took Under a Minute, Netted $70K in Stolen Guns and Has the Feds Involved. - K.

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Startup Thinks Its Battery Will Solve Renewable Energy's Big Flaw - RBS

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While not in the US yet, this may be the future of Big Cities: A ban on autos? Major cities consider going carless

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BR sent in the link to this disturbing article: FBI Appears To Have Collected Tormail's Entire Email Database... And It's Using It. . Particularly disturbing is this quote:

“Even if it's getting a warrant to search, it's now searching its own database, rather than having to go out to get the information from others who might challenge the requests.”

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BR also sent this video in: Rear Admiral Lee Addresses Restrictive Regulations on Religion I have seen this video before, but it is powerful and moving.

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GP sent in this blog post that contains link to pictures of the Ukraine revolution as it is unfolding.


Saturday, February 1, 2014


Here is a video on the Do's and Don'ts When Stopped By Police and Carrying a Firearm featuring Massad Ayoob - M.A.

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G.P. sent in this link on making a paracord pouch for your survival tin.

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For those interested in ballistics, K. sent in this link to JBM Ballistics.

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Is Being Self-Sufficient A Threat To Society?J.W. sent in this link on one man's fight with the Planning & Inspections Department.

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RC sends in this link from the American Bible Society. The Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities in America. Something to think about as you plan where your retreat location needs to be.


Friday, January 31, 2014


V.F. sent in this link to an article about an emerging story:TSA Harasses Police Chief - Entire Police Department Fired.

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More disturbing news about the Constitution Free zones within America's borders. - A.W.

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We'll see how states' rights work out on this one: South Carolina House Unanimously Passes Legislation to Ban Drones Sent in by B.B.

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Another reason to consider homeschooling your children: Plan would track students from preschool to workforce - G. P.

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P.S. sent in this link: Venezuela is headed down fast, 10-year imprisonment for hoarding, of course, who gets to say what the definition of hoarding is there?

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J.M. sent in this article: Chuck Schumer to unveil Avonte's Law, to put tracking devices on autistic kids

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One of our readers sent this in: Good hiding place!

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Michigan farmer faces $700,000 in fines for raising "wrong" breed of pigs - H.L.


Thursday, January 30, 2014


Rifles powered by Linux purchased by US Army - R.L.H. I thought it was cool when I learned that many phones were powered by Linux.

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D.B. sent in this article on Foraging and Looting. It seems clear to me. Foraging is finding what you need from things that really don't belong to anyone else. Looting is taking something that clearly belongs to someone else. Foraging is OK (except when it's hoarding) and looting is bad. See? It's simple. For more on that principle, one only needs to spend some time in the book of Proverbs.

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“Before It's News” received a threatening letter about the superbowl that is somewhat concerning. - anonymous reader

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C.T. sent his link to a video on Gun Control. The video uses a simulated president as a rhetorical device, and it's quite interesting. If only the 2nd Amendment advocate truly had such an unopposed platform to speak.

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K.B. sent in this link showing that the "only ones" now believe that not only are "assault rifle" owners evil, they are potential bomb makers too. I thought this sort of thing only happened in Europe!

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A reader sent this informative video in about a bug in Chrome that allows your computer to basically spy on you. If you've got a good Internet connection, you need to watch this.

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C.R. sent this in: China trains army of messenger pigeons Is this an example of prepardness or government absurdity?


Wednesday, January 29, 2014


A commentator who is better known for his science videos observes: The Problem With Facebook.

His cogent arguments are just a few more reasons to avoid Facebook and other social media. - JWR

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Connecticut doesn't know how to deal with non-compliance to their anti-2nd amendment laws. So here's their latest scheme. - MDL

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Several readers reported this: Newspaper conglomerate considers building massive database of gun owners

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This is certainly a novel way to deal with landmines - Mike

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M.K.P sent in a link to this multitool. A bit awkward perhaps, but you can cut your firewood, prepare your meal, and cook it, all with this tool.

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A short video asking some hard questions about Bengazi was sent in by P. and is certainly worth watching.

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J.T. sent in this story about an Unarmed Florida Gun Owner Harassed by Maryland Police. Not said, according to J.T. is that the original cause for the stop culminated with a warning.

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W & D sent in a link to this video titled DIG. I almost passed on it, til I watched it. You'll understand when you see it.

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State of the Union 'Designated Survivor' Demystified

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Seen on a billboard: It was a picture of Chelsea Clinton, Billy & Hilly's offspring. The caption read;

"Make Chelsea Clinton the next Ambassador to Libya,

because 'What Difference Does It Make??'" - SurvivaBlog Reader

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I heard about an interesting "turn-key" off-grid retreat property that is for sale. It is just over 60 acres in northeastern Washington State. This property is remote, yet quite accessible. It has plentiful well water, PV power (1600 watts, with very good solar exposure for future expansion), an existing small house, multiple building sites, and the owners have already established three types of small livestock and a garden. The property has a hidden underground 40-foot CONEX that is fully stocked with a three year supply of long-term storage food. (Included.) There is also a military surplus vehicle that will come with the property. The property is priced under $260,000. There are tenant caretakers available to carry on, if desired. This property is not MLS listed, nor is it listed at our SurvivalRealty.com site, hence the special mention here. Contact Todd Savage at SurvivalRetreatConsulting.com, for details.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Reader B.H. sent this news headline, which reads like something out of a novel: Indonesia Moves Warships to Border

For some background in the recent growth of Indonesian military power, see this article from The Jakarta Post: TNI gears up, sets sights on foreign threats

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For those intereted in light weight rifles this one sounds like it has quite a bit of promise.

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G.G. sent this news report in onNew Hampshire Thieves Raiding Woodpiles For Firewood.

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Disturbing news that the US Government may have been colaborating with the Sinaloa drug cartel

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U.S. Army expects to replace a quarter of soldiers with robots by 2040

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B. sent in this link that discusses a geological study about the New Madrid fault that might be of interest to our readers. While many readers don't live in this area, the area is a rsik to the total US infrastructure.


Monday, January 27, 2014


JWR was doing some research on concealment from FLIRs and active IR emitters on starlight scopes for his upcoming novel Liberators, and found an interesting post at the Urban Evasion web site.

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Mountainview Off Grid Livingsells 5 gallon buckets of Hard White Wheat and Hard White Wheat. HJL Adds: For those not familiar with the Hard White Wheat, it is a product that has the same moisture and protein as the standard Hard Red Wheat but has a milder flavor. We use it almost exclusively, and you can make a loaf of 100% whole wheat bread that tastes really good. You can also use the Hard White for pastries and lighter breads if you grind it finely. My wife's favorite biscuit recipe, which she makes weekly, uses 2/3 Hard White and 1/3 bread flour.

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B.B. sent this link reminding us that the unprepared are the ones who are hurt the most in crisis.

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A.W. reported this link showing a comparison to the world in 1914 and 2014: Is the world on the brink of war?

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If you're a criminal, you probably should be careful who you try to steal from. Here are a couple of links sent in by readers about criminals who weren't: Businessman Andrew Woodhouse cleared of using unreasonable force against fuel burglars, and MMA fighter Jardine stops mail theft.

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B.P. sent this interesting link about a Supreme Court case that could have far reaching implications on the ability of governement to regulate personal gun transfers.


Sunday, January 26, 2014


For those wondering how we will keep our baby chicks warm, Cheryl sends in this link showing the incandescent light bulb may live a bit longer.

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T.P. sent in a link about Oven Canning for those who might like to try it.

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For those who love to cook with cast iron cookware, like me, J.K. sent in this line on the Chemistry of Cast Iron Seasoning and also Perfect Popovers.

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Several readers have sent in links showing that Smith & Wesson and Ruger will cease selling in California. HJL Adds: At least in S&W's case, they will only stop selling those products required to be micro-stamped. Products not requiring the microstamp will still be marketed.

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If you're going to keep chickens in a restricted area, perhaps a rooster isn't a good idea. White Settlement woman fights to keep backyard chickens sent in by R.


Saturday, January 25, 2014


Several readers have informed us of this: Stealing heating wood in NE

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SA sent this video suggesting that Folks should get rid of their smartphones NOW!!

HJL Adds: Take the references to Minority Report with a hefty grain of salt. This really isn't late breaking news. I'm posting it so that those who are not aware of the implications can decide for themselves if it's worth it or not. Hand held GPS have used this exact technology for years for geocaching. It is the Holy Grail of retailers, to be able to individually target users with ads and products so they can maximize the return on advertising dollars. Retailers already have the ability to data mine existing information they have collected on you and target you with specific information. They already tie different methods of data collection together, i.e. credit cards, debit cards, store savings cards, coupons, product purchase history, et cetera. Retailers lead the way, but the information is just too useful for governments not to be involved.

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J.W. sends this to us: Turk - the silver spike is going to shock the world in 2014

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B.B. adds this: Wall Street adviser: Actual unemployment is 37.2%, 'misery index' worst in 40 years

Of course, if you've been paying attention, you already know the basics of that one. Life can get pretty miserable for those who do not prepare for it.

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And on a brighter note, an anonymous reader sent this in: This Town in Australia Looks Totally Deserted. But Turns Out Their Residents Are Just Brilliant.


Friday, January 24, 2014


F.J. sent this link, 'LighterBro' Turns Common Bic Into Knife-Equipped Multi-Tool, a simple Ten buck tool that looks pretty neat, and reminds us that "one is none."

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From G.G.: Reviving a Life Saver, the Tourniquet

Article quote:

"Only 2 percent of soldiers with severe bleeding in those countries (Iraq and Afganistan) died compared with 7 percent in Vietnam in part because tourniquets were in widespread use and the injured were quickly transported to doctors. "

HJL Adds: Our own Medical Director in the local EMS has notified us that in the next round of protocol updates, we can expect tourniquets to be back. Our 30 minute transport time is pretty close to what the military has experienced in the last 10 years.

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Brandon sent this in: Mexican Citizens Topple Cartels And Are Rewarded With Government Retaliation

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An anonymous reader sent this in: Real Cellphone Tracking \

Article quote:

The Ukrainian government already tried banning protests, which didn't work out too well for them. Then the New York Times posted this news article today. Something really stood out to me:
...on Tuesday, sending cellphone messages to people standing in the vicinity of the fighting saying, "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance."

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Daniel Valles let us know that his Disaster Crash Course Digest Vol. I available now. This contains his top ten tutorials and is available in a downloadable PDF or printed version.


Thursday, January 23, 2014


Roger E. sent: Sea, Shipping Container Cabin, Shelter, Home. (This was mentioned before in SurvivalBlog, but it bears repeating since the page has been updated.)

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We recently heard about some free homeschool curriculum resources, at HomeschoolCollection.com

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A reader forwarded this little jewel: Apparently, there is Massive Non-Compliance on Rifle and Hi-Cap Mag Registration in CT. The Truth About Guns reports.

"How is that there were 50,000 rifles registered versus less than 40,000 LCM's [large capacity magazines] declared?Second, how do we reconcile 50,000 rifles against an official state analyst group suggesting over 370,000 rifles back in April 2011? And the same report estimated well over 1 million LCMs in CT back in early 2011."

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ZDnet: CESG, the UK government's arm that assesses operating systems and software security, has published its findings for End User Device operating systems. It seems that ubuntu is the most secure out-of-the-box. --From RLH

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J.B. sent us this additional video about a couple who built a house out of shipping containers in New York.

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A Reader sent this link in: Scientist exposes flu shot lies and media propaganda. HJL adds: I do not know what the author's qualifications are to make claims like what are made in this video. However, I wanted to give this to our readers because the video has an excellent explanation of risk assessment. Our society is so "sales and marketing" oriented that we fail to teach proper risk assessment in many, if not most, situations. You can apply this single principle to every aspect of your life. Caveat emptor! (Let the buyer beware!)


Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Big name search engines face rebellion. JWR Adds: I use and recommend both IXQuick and Privacy Abroad's VPN tunnel. (But even with those, you should assume that you search history will be logged somewhere, somehow. For any searches on controversial or legal gray area topics, be sure to use a public library computer terminal!)

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Cheryl N. sent: When Revolution Comes, What Is Your Logistics Plan?

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Also from Cheryl: How This Family Of Four Lives 'Off The Grid' In The Middle Of The Desert

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Reader Scott L. mentioned a free Medicinal Plants and Drugs iPhone/iPad App

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Gregg P. spotted this news item: Israel ends gas mask distribution to public


Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s I worked for a couple of Silicon Valley companies. On my lunch hours I often wandered around Usenet, back when it had miniscule traffic volume. (This was before graphical web browsers even existed. The Internet was public, but just barely. (Outside of a few AOL users who began arriving in 1991, most of the early 1990s Internet users spoke UNIX and wore pocket protectors. And nearly all of us were either in government scientific agencies or worked for big corporations.) On Usenet, I often read and occasionally posted to a Usenet newsgroup called "talk.politics.guns." One of the most frequent posters there was a gent named Clayton Cramer. He was an eloquent man with asbestos long johns, who bravely withstood repeated flaming insults hurled at him (and hurled at logic itself), by legions of anti-gun statist buffoons. Some of his great Usenet posts are still being cited. He also notoriously made many posts that cited crime statistics and studies on child molestation by homosexuals (such as those published in scholarly journals like Arch Sex Behav) that didn't earn him many friends on the left. Recently, I was pleased to see that Clayton Cramer is alive and well and living in Idaho. - JWR

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Chris R. mentioned a video about a quite innovative new pistol ammunition, developed by a company in Georgia, USA: R.I.P.

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File Under: Time Wounds All Heels: Washington 'Prepper' pleads not guilty in gun case. (JWR's Comment: You may recall that this was the man who was bragging about his plans to go pillaging, WTSHTF.)

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OSOM wrote to note yet another reason to avoid social media: Invasion of Privacy? App Matches Strangers’ Photos to Their Online Profiles

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Reader D.R.B. suggested this fascinating 35-minute documentary video: Agafia's Taiga Life. "In 1936, a family of Russian Old Believers journeyed deep into Siberia’s vast taiga to escape persecution and protect their way of life. The Lykovs eventually settled in the Sayan Mountains, 160 miles from any other sign of civilization."


Monday, January 20, 2014


Here is yet another great post from preparedness bloggers Frank and Fern: Baby Chicken Wrap Up.

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Reader D.C. suggested a fine essay over at Sipsey Street Irregulars: The Firearms and Ammunition of "Alas, Babylon"

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I've heard from several readers about the relatively new Remington Model 770 rifles, as a low-cost alternative to the better-known Model 700. These use 6-groove button-rifled barrels. Model 770 rifles can be found new and factory equipped with a 3-9x40 variable scope for less than $375, or less than $500 in the more weather-resistant stainless steel variant with a camouflage stock.  The scopes are already bore-sighted at the factory.  One of these rifles, along with a few spare 4-round detachable magazines is effectively an “off the shelf” counter-sniper rifle capable of 500+ yard shots on man-sized targets. For caliber commonality and a manageable recoil, most folks will want to buy one chambered in .308 Winchester with a 22-inch barrel. But if you live in elk, moose, or caribou country, or if you desire a very long range countersniper rifle, then experienced shooters might consider buying a second Model 770 chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum, with a 24-inch barrel. That would be a 700+ yard capable rifle, in well-trained hands. (For long range shooting training, I highly recommend Holland's of Oregon.) - JWR

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Mark J. suggested this video by MainePrepper: Aladdin lamps--an introduction

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For a limited time, Camping Survival is offering a free LifeStraw as a bonus with the purchase of every Katadyn Pocket Water Filter. Just add a lifestraw to your cart before checkout, the discount will be applied automatically.

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Hooray! The filming of Part 3 of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy is scheduled to begin today. It is scheduled for release in mid-September, 2014.


Sunday, January 19, 2014


There are a couple of very interesting new posts over at the Paratus Familia blog: Bee Venom Therapy - Pain Relief from Your Own Back Yard, and Apple Cider Vinegar - Good for What Ails You

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SIG Sauer is Asking Us to Rethink the Polymer Striker Fired Pistol with the P320—SHOT Show 2014. My question: Will the new Model 320 accept SIG P250 magazines? I hope so, but I suspect not.

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Several readers mentioned some great commentary from Mac Slavo that ties into a recent news headline: Why I Cannot Support Concealed Carry Weapons Permits (And Why You Shouldn’t Either!) JWR's Comments: I agree wholeheartedly. I've said it here a couple of times, but it bears repeating: Whenever someone must buy a license or pay a fee to exercise a right, then it is something less than a right. It is in fact a mere privilege, subject to the whim of petty bureaucrats. Fundamental rights are not abstract tokens that are given or sold by other men. They are in fact primary liberties bestowed upon us by God, our maker. Rights are not substantially secured by asking, "Mother may I?" of any government agency. Rights are more properly demanded or boldly seized and then conspicuously exercised regularly. This secures the liberties that have legitimately belonged to us since birth. If need be, lost rights can and must be restored through proscriptive use. If you live in a land where your rights have been marginalized into privileges, then it is either time to change your government, or to change your address. Much like a muscle that atrophies with disuse, any right that goes unexercised for many years devolves into a privilege, and eventually can even be redefined as a crime.

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I just heard that the folks at Survival Still are now accepting Bitcoin as an option for payments.

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If you enjoyed Firefly, then here is a sci-fi novel for you, in movie script format: The Stars Came Back, by Rolf Nelson. It is presently available for Kindle only, but the price is right!


Saturday, January 18, 2014


The New York Times reports: N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers. Of course they claim that this isn't being done domestically, but based on other recent revelations, I have some strong doubts. In fact I'm now persuaded that the dialogue of Edward Lyle (Gene Hackman's character in Enemy Of The State) was more prescient than paranoid.

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I heard about Flags and Poles by Lee. This a family owned and operated business in Texas. They are worthy of your business.

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My friend Fred The Valmetmeister recommended this eight minute video: M39 Mosin Nagant & 7.62x54R Reloading Update. (BTW, I mention Finn M39s in my novel "Survivors". These obsolete rifles can be surprisingly accurate with the right bullets. And a few of these rifles are pre-1899 Federally exempt antiques!)

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Rob L. mentioned a video that highlights fire safety with handling 9 VDC batteries. (Even "dead" ones.)


Friday, January 17, 2014


Mike P. suggested this well-reasoned 12 minute video by Josie The Outlaw on America's Groupthink indoctrination institutions: A Prison By Any Other Name. Other than her advocacy of "Unschooling", it is a great video. (Homeschooling has a superlative track record, by comparison.)

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S&K sent this from Hackaday: Build a Tape Measure VHF Yagi Antenna

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I heard about a quite clever new product that is made in Sonora, California (up in the Sierra Nevada mountains): Siege Stoves. The video on their home page explains it best. These stoves are 100% made in USA.

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Sheri W. spotted this: Humidity levels affect flu transmission

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FLIR turns the heat up on smartphone thermal imaging


Thursday, January 16, 2014


Reader R.B.S. suggested this handy tool for finding cellular phone coverage--or avoiding it: Antenna Search.

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F.J. spotted yet another useful piece at Instructables: Mukluks for Christmas

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Former Mayor Noramine Jasmin will soon go on trial, on corruption charges. Once again, another one of Mayor Bloomberg's "crime fighting" anti-gun mayors may be headed to The Big House. Meanwhile, we read of another gun-grabbing mayor with an apparent oral fixation: Ex-Marcus Hook mayor sentenced to 10-20 months. Note that with this felony conviction he can no longer own a firearm for the rest of his life. Now those are truly "Illegal Guns" for you to focus on, Mayor Bloomberg!

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Have you ever wondered which size bulldozers of various brands are equivalent in power and size? Here is a chart.

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U.S. Army orders 45,000 MXT135 Equalizer guns from Alliant Tech systems. These new 35mm "smart" grenade launchers are obviously great for force multiplication in foreign wars. But if they were ever turned on the American people, they would be terrifying. Note that the photo shows the earlier 25mm launcher (the XM25.)


Wednesday, January 15, 2014


H.L. suggested: Drinking Water and Garden Irrigation During Drought or Crisis

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An interesting discussion: Security Risks of Embedded Systems

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I recently mentioned off-center feed (OCF) ham transceiver dipole antennas. A reader then suggested this one as a more durable and lower-cost alternative.

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"Cool, by accident." Three-wheel $6,800 car gears for 2015 US launch. (Thanks to George S. for the link.)

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Seed For Security has announced a new bonus that will be mailed with each Super Survival Pack that you order: A Practice Kit of eight kinds of Heirloom Vegetable seeds, packed for long term storage. Their Seed Saving Guide and 6 vapor-proof pouches are included for storing the seeds you save. This offer is for a limited time and will be automatically included with each Super Survival Pack that you buy.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014



Monday, January 13, 2014


Reader James K. kindly sent: Intense Photos Of Mexican Vigilantes Battling A Drug Cartel For City Control. (Warning to dial-up readers: beaucoup bandwidth required.) Note the that in the first few photos, you mainly see vigilantes armed with .22 rifles and shotguns. But then after the cartel stronghold is defeated and the police are disarmed, some of the vigilantes are armed with AKs, ARs, and even an M-203. This adds credence to what I described in my novels. (Namely, the Butter knife Gun concept.) OBTW, you've gotta love the very well-worn M1911 pistol seen in last picture. This being Mexico, it is probably a .38 Super. Since it is being carried hammer down, the owner is apparently not expecting immediate trouble. FWIW, I recommend carrying M1911s in Condition One ("cocked and locked") at all times.

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SurvivalBlog Editor At Large Mike Williamson recommend a piece on the upcoming Olympic games at the Stratfor site: Sochi 2014: A Security Challenge

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Marcus Hook Pennsylvania Mayor James Schiliro (a MAIG member) is scheduled to be sentenced today, following his conviction on a long list of charges including furnishing alcohol to a minor, official oppression, recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, and false imprisonment. In a bizarre drunken incident, the mayor ordered an on-duty city police officer to bring a young man to his house. While his daughter slept upstairs, Schiliro gave the young man several glasses of wine and tried to coerce him into having homosexual relations with him. According to testimony, Schiliro waved several guns around, and shot one of them into a stack of papers. A local newspaper reported: "In all but the official oppression charge, they found a firearm had been used in the commission of the crime and that it was used in a way that threatened the victim." The mayor later resigned from office. (As is the norm for criminal MAIG members, he resigned only after being convicted.) Like many others before him, Schiliro was quickly and quietly dropped from the roster of Bloomberg's anti-gun organization. The group now touts itself as "1,000 Strong." But their tally doesn't count the 28+ member mayors who have been charged or convicted of various crimes ranging from theft, corruption, and extortion to pedophilic soliciting. Perhaps their new slogan should be: "Mayors with convictions."

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C.D.V. suggested: Growing fodder for the homestead. "By the end of Day 7, we had a big green mat of fodder, that had more than quadrupled in weight! It weighed in at 4.3 lbs!"

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Busted! A series of video clips aired by Conan O'Brien makes it clear that public relations agencies are sending out more than just press releases these days--they are sending out "news" scripts. Do not trust what you hear in mainstream media newscasts!

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A recent video from Wranglerstar: Crosscut Saw 3.0


Sunday, January 12, 2014


Michael Z. Williamson, (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) suggested this piece: Risk of supervolcano eruption big enough to 'affect the world' far greater than thought, scientists say

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Cause for concern: Future Health Care In America: The Abyss Of Gun Rights. (Thanks to B.B. for the link.)

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Reader M.V.R. suggested a good essay by Libertarian author L. Neil Smith, over at the JPFO site: ‘‘Pot And Kettle Projection’

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Fatal case of H5N1 bird flu in Canada. (Thankfully it has not mutated into an easily-transmissible form.)

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I heard from Nurse Amy that she has just released her Survival Medicine Handbook in a new Kindle edition.  If you already have the print version, you can get the digital version for only $2.99.  If not, the digital version is available at a good discount from the print version. (At $24.99 versus $35.99)

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Readers in Israel may find this new blog of interest: Israel * U R Prepped


Saturday, January 11, 2014


Terry H. was the first to send: How to open a can with your bare hands. Oh, and if the can is short, then see this video.

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Our friend Tam at the great View From The Porch blog mentioned that Colt has added a handy serial number lookup service to their web site.

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R.B.S. sent: Like to Travel???? The Places You're Most Likely to Get Kidnapped

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Long-time content contributor KAF suggested this article in JAMA: Comparing Diabetes Medications: Where Do We Set the Bar?

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Carmakers keep data on drivers' locations. (Thanks to P.J. for the link.)


Friday, January 10, 2014


I just heard about the Buckmaster, a 7 Band, 300 Watt ham radio off-center feed (OCF) antenna that currently sells at a special price of $207. (The regular list price is $273.) It is manufactured by the same folks who operate the widely-visited Ham Call web site that lists more than 9.8 million amateur radio call signs from over 200 countries, also available on DVD.

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Reader K.A.F. mentioned an upcoming free online Survival Summit from January 20th to 26th, 2014.

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B.B. sent this interesting news: 3D Printed metal gun hitting the market

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Reader Dave W. mentioned that he found an item called FiberFix at his local Home Depot. It looks quite useful.

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Bob G. liked this page: The Forgotten Technology


Thursday, January 9, 2014


Outbreak of 'nightmare bacteria' in Illinois stirs worry. (Thanks to C.D.V. for the link.)

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Mexican Vigilante Gunmen Disarm Local Police So They Can Rid Town of Feared Drug Cartel. (A hat tip to H.L. for the link.)

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California Gun Law Paves the Way for Confiscation: Starting in 2014, the state will keep a list of every gun owner and the specific guns each person buys. (This explains the rush to buy long guns before December 31st.)

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Huge Solar Flare Delays Private Rocket Launch to Space Station until Thursday. (The flare is rated at an X1.2, so it is fairly large. If it were an X6, you probably wouldn't be reading this right now.)

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Hidden Hybrid Holsters has announced another 10% off coupon for the month of January 2014. Use coupon code IG141 when ordering.

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Yer Ol' Woodpile Report just celebrated its 10th Anniversary. It bears mentioning that 10 years is in fact a quite venerable age, since few blogs existed before 2004.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Reader Pierre M. sent: Break Up: Will California splinter into six states? Voters, Congress could soon decide. [JWR's Comments: Looking at the way their proposed state lines are drawn, it would appear that three of the new states would be libertarian/conservative while the other three would be statist/liberal. California's present two senate seats are currently held by ultra-liberals. They would be succeeded by 12 senators -- and presumably that would mean six libertarians/conservatives and six statists/liberals.] While the plan might seem like giving inordinate political power to the populace of what is now the single state of California, this fragmentation would very likely pave the way for the eventual partition of many other states. These might include: Western New York, Northern Arizona, Northern Wisconsin, Northern Minnesota, Northern Michigan, Southern Ohio, Northern Pennsylvania, Northern Colorado, Northern Nevada, Eastern Oregon, and Eastern Washington--most of which are more conservative and freedom-loving than their parent states. All in all, I'd call this a Redoubtable proposal.

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How Many Constitutional Rights Have Americans Lost? (Thanks to Brian H. for the link.)

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T.P. suggested this amazing story: From USA to South America on a 250cc Motorcycle

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R.B.S. spotted this: European Commission To Ban Heirloom Seeds and Criminalize Plants and Seeds Not Registered With Government

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Camping Survival has launched a new Canned Foods section, with very competitive prices.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014


To follow up on a post I made on Monday, I mentioned this article: Justice Department Pays Linkedin $500,000 For Unlimited Access To Your Personal Information, wherein I noted that the company name: "Carahsoft" sounded suspicious, since "Carah" is an anagram for "Hacar" which of could be spoken "Hacker." On Tuesday a reader wrote to mention that the company's founder first named his daughter Carah. (Like the company, Carah Abod is now in her early 20s,) It is noteworthy that Carah (with a trailing "h") is an extremely rare name--both as a given name and as a surname. So this begs the question: Did Craig Abod bestow that name as a sort of hacker's inside joke? Or was it actually an old family name that was passed down? (If so, then I'll issue a full retraction.) But given the nature of his business, I suspect the former rather than the latter. It might be interesting to dig a bit deeper into Abod's past and the meteoric rise of his DC Beltway company. One interesting tidbit: Carahsoft is more than just a software VAR company. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is probably a NSA Proprietary a duck. The company's spotless Wikipedia page looks Teflon coated.

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Reader Emily L. suggested another All-American tool manufacturer: Suncast makes a variety of home, lawn, and garden tool, all made in America. She says: "They offer a line of snow tools as well which are available at many local home improvement stores such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Costco, Ace Hardware, and others."

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Dan T. liked this: Canadian man uses hybrid vehicle to power home during outage

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H.L. sent: Colorado Democrats blamed for $80 Million hit to economy by pushing out gun firm Magpul

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Eric in Illinois sent this video: Man's snow storm bread and milk freak-out goes viral


Monday, January 6, 2014


Mountain House just introduced a new Breakfast Bucket which is now being offered by Directive 21. The introductory sale price of $79.99 with free shipping ends on January 10th, so order soon.

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Luke D. was the first of more than two dozen readers who sent this: The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid: Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill. Now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday.

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Detroit police chief: Legal gun owners can deter crime. (Thanks to Peter S. for the link.)

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Reader R.B.S. sent us one for our "I Told You So" File: Justice Department Pays Linkedin $500,000 For Unlimited Access To Your Personal Information. Take note of the company name: "Carahsoft." Do they think the American people are idiots? (You've probably already noticed that an anagram for "Carah" is "Hacar" which of course could be spoken "Hacker.")


Sunday, January 5, 2014



Saturday, January 4, 2014



Friday, January 3, 2014



‘Looks Like Weimar Germany’: The Viral Photo Out of Connecticut That’s Giving Some Gun Owners Chills
. (Thanks to J.B.G. for the link.)

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Shipping companies largely silent on NSA intercepting packages

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Another one of Former Mayor Bloomberg's MAIG members is sentenced: "Filthy Filner" Sentenced For Sexual Harassment.

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A fascinating video: AK-47 Underwater at 27,450 frames per second

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F.J. suggested this at Instructables: How To Make A Knife


Thursday, January 2, 2014



Wednesday, January 1, 2014


G.G. suggested: Forget panic room - here's a panic HOUSE! Inside the $11.5 million nuclear-proof doomsday bunker that was built to look like an ordinary family home

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The annual SHOT Show will begin January 14th, in Las Vegas.

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Roger E. recommended a new essay from Claire Wolfe: Just Who’s The Boss, Here? - Enemy At The Gates

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A horrible precedent: North Carolina Appeals Court Allows HOAs To Arrest For DUI. (Thanks to Dan T. for the link.)


Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Reader Debra P. suggested a good article on medieval agricultural planting cycles

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Reader J.B.G. sent this sad news from one of the eastern Nanny States: Connecticut Gun Owners Wait in Line to Do Something Many Gun Owners Hope They Never Have To. My congratulations to the men who didn't line up to register their birthright for future confiscation. Non-compliance with the unconstitutional new law will undoubtedly be rampant. Le mala, lex nulla!

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Super hoarders of Utah: Inside the huge warehouses used to store food as Mormon faith fuels state's insatiable desire for disaster preparation

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B.B. suggested: 'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.

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Citizens take law into own hands after cash-strapped Oregon county guts sheriff's office

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National ID Law Takes Effect In 2014


Monday, December 30, 2013


Reader F.J. sent: 33 Awesome DiY Projects for Preppers

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The folks at PrepperPress.com have added yet another book to their SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest book package. It is is the 7th book in the 299 Days series. So their package now includes all 26 of the books published by PrepperPress.com. This is a $270 value.

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G.G. flagged this sad news that should serve as a lesson: Eight die from carbon monoxide poisoning as ice storms leave tens of thousands without power for nearly a week

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Empire State Gun Owners Bracing- for Cuomo's Confiscation Scheme. (Thanks to James W. for the link.)

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Over at Survival Cache: Survival Gear Review: Monovault


Sunday, December 29, 2013


Forbes reports: Utah Made It Easier For Cops To Seize Innocent People's Property. And Not A Single Lawmaker Voted Against It. (Thanks to Jeff B. for the link.)

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Of interest, over at the Acorns and Chestnuts web site: Famine Foods

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James W suggested: Versa Carry Holster Review

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Tim in Connecticut liked this reference: State Knife Carry Laws: Know Your Rights


Saturday, December 28, 2013


Bypassing the phase-out of many incandescent light bulbs in the U.S. is a growing company called Newcandescent. They make "Rough Service" bulbs that are exempt from the light bulb ban and which have surprisingly long service lives. (The full impact of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, has not yet been felt. Stock up, and be ready to do businesses with these alternative sources.)

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Reader Eric B. suggested: Arizona debate continues over drinking raw milk. Eric also recommended this site: RealMilk.com/

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Some of Maine Prepper's tips are included in this video.

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T.P.Y. suggested this: Combating AM (And SW) Interference

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An 85% false positve rate? Legal challenge questions reliability of police dogs.


Friday, December 27, 2013


Reader K.A.F. sent: Correlations of gluten and dementia

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T.P.Y. sent: Hawaii solar boom so successful, it's been halted

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4th Amendment is dead: Police can search motorists cellphones if they've been stopped for a traffic violation. (Thanks to R.B.S. for the link.)

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G.G. flagged another privacy issue: You Should Never, Ever Leave Your Webcam Uncovered When You Aren't Using It.


Thursday, December 26, 2013


In rural America, secessionist sentiment stirs

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A reminder that CampingSurvival.com has a 5% off coupon code "sb1" available for all of their merchandise, aside from special sale items.

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Over at Mac Slavo's blog: Experts Fear Nuclear Famine: “A Disaster So Massive in Scale that No Preparation is Possible”

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Rutherford Institute Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Ensure that Lawful Gun Ownership Is Not a Trigger for ‘No-Knock’ Police Raids

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Reader R.G. forwarded some news from the chairman of Minnesota Gun Owners about more outside influence buying from Mayor Bloomberg: The Threat We Face


Monday, December 23, 2013


Obadiah's Woodstoves is offering a 5% discount for SurvivalBlog readers, until December 31st, 2013. (Just ask for it, when you order.) They will also include some additional freebies, depending on the size of your order. I should also mention that Obadiah's is now sponsoring the Wood Cookstove Cook-Off Kick-Off.

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News from The "Gunshine" State: Guns may be in high demand for Floridians' holiday gifts: FDLE estimates it will conduct 1 million background checks on gun purchases

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I recommend video blogger Wranglerstar's great series of YouTube videos on using traditional wood felling and bucking tools: Getting Back To Basics

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Several readers mentioned a YouTube clip in which Iraq combat veteran and law enforcement officer Aaron Weiss speaks out on New York's civilian disarmament "SAFE" Act.

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I keep warning you about social media, folks! Now we learn: Facebook can see what users type even if status is not posted. (Thanks to loyal link contributor J.B.G.)


Sunday, December 22, 2013


Matt A. suggested this video: Raising Chickens Without Grain

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Reader J. McC. suggested this essay by Ann Barnhardt: On Timelines and Prepping: Don’t Be a Foolish Virgin

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B.B. sent: Missouri bill would nullify all federal gun laws, 'past, present or future'

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Janet W. spotted this item: From Saigon with Love: How Noelle Nguyen Hopes to Rebuild the American Dream (A Vietnamese refugee makes it big in America, and starts a mini-Amazon web site carrying only American-made products as a "thank you.")

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R.B. sent: Men Thought to Be Impersonating Cops Robbing People, Turned Out to Just Be Cops Robbing People


Saturday, December 21, 2013


Former Top NSA Official: “We Are Now In A Police State”

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Worthy of support: Benjamin Wassell Legal Defense Fund

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Here comes the RIF! Reader John E. wrote to mention: Army to cut 4000 captains and majors. The Air Force, too

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Alan W. recommended this sound advice: Is It a Cold or the Flu? How to Tell the Difference

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Several readers mentioned this: In Texas, Search Warrants Can Now Be Based on a "Prediction of a Future Crime." Here is a key quote: "The majority's decision, he writes, means that 'search warrants may now be based on predictions of the commission of future crimes,' which is an uncomfortable concept to say the least."


Friday, December 20, 2013


K.T. recommended this 44-minute documentary video: Advanced Sniper Technology and Tactics. OBTW, the USMC's four-to-six-man Scout Sniper squad structure roughly parallels what I describe for the organization of the Canadian resistance army cells in my upcoming novel Liberators. (Lord willing, that should be published by E.P. Dutton in October, 2014.)

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A reminder that CampingSurvival.com has a 5% off coupon code "sb1" available for all of their merchandise, aside from special sale items.

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Wintersown Seeds: Now is the time to start

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And speaking of seeds, SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson spotted this oddity: Boring gardens don’t stand a chance against flower seeds you plant with a shotgun

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Sharp ears! R.B.S. sent this fascinating video link: Fox hunting under snow in an incredible way


Thursday, December 19, 2013


Eric Peters on Bug Out Vehicles. (Thanks to OSOM for the link.)

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Video: Former mayors discover membership in Bloomberg’s anti-gun group was kiss of death.

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R.B.S. sent: The Most Corrupt County In America (Dave Hodges)

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Chris M. sent: Google Acquires Boston Dynamics. (After all, what is Skynet without the hardware "to go with.")

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B.B. suggested: Gun control: 'What if we say no?' - National Conservative


Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Ken W. suggested: Proper Field Dressing in Today's CWD World

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Frequent content contributor F.J. sent this from MIT Technology Review: How Remote Places Can Get Cellular Coverage by Doing It Themselves
With Swedish telephone numbers and a tree-bound base station, a remote Indonesian village runs its own telecommunications company.

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H.L. sent: Rhode Island town voting on recall after gun-permit row

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Construction of secret hiding places. (Thanks to Pete S. for the link.)

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Video: J. McC. mentioned a 1950s Special Forces training film (now on YouTube) which hypothesizes insurgency actions in the U.S. by Green Berets after Communists concentrated in the Yeasty East have caused the country's balkanization.  Although there are a lot of little details that bother---big hand movements, sub-optimal choker-hold, muzzle-sweeping, the film still offers much of interest, and its host site offers many more similar works.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Here is a clever new product, from Israel: The Recover Grip and Rail "skin." Note: These won't be available until after SHOT Show but you can pre-order.

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Gregg P. mentioned this great example of trans-national dependencies and the JIT food supply chain: Map shows what it takes to make one single jar of Nutella

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K.T. recommended this great reference site: Exterior Ballistics

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I've warned you about Common Core. Beware the "New New Math" in CC math textbooks. (I suppose these should be called "Al Gore Rhythms," since Gore is a big backer of the CC nonsense.)

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James C. potted this over at Survivopedia: Social Crisis Approaching: 3 Signs of Tyranny


Monday, December 16, 2013


J.B.B. sent a link to some fascinating maps and data: Rural Character in america's Metropolitan Areas. (79% of US population is classified as Urban.)

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Reader D.K.C. mentioned some apparently bad news for both ranchers and preppers: F.D.A. Restricts Antibiotics Use for Livestock

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Colorado police arrested a man for open carry and now they’re going to pay

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Reason to leave #1,383,622: New York City Board of Health approves mandatory flu shots for kids

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The Tally: State Gun Laws Enacted in the Year Since Newtown. (Thanks to Stephen F. for the link.)


Sunday, December 15, 2013


Obama to Give Wind Farms 30-Year Pass on Eagle Deaths. (The number of bird kills associated with wind turbine farms, exceeds 570,000 annually.)

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A conspiracy so vast -- the FBI, your local police are also spying on US citizens By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano. (Thanks to Tim J. for the link.)

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And on a similar note: The NSA Mindmeister Web of (your) Data

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And one more: How the NSA infers relationships based on mobile location data (Thanks to T.A. for the link.)

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Pierre M. sent us one to file under "Global Warming": Snow in Cairo First Time in 100 years. Oh and: Study: Earth was Warmer in Roman and Medieval Times


Saturday, December 14, 2013


Many blog readers will recognize this locale from my novel Survivors: Farmington Police Department buys armored military fighting vehicle . (Thanks to B.B. for the link.)

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J.B.G. sent: Imagine America Without Los Angeles': Expert Warns Southern California Isn't Ready For Major Quake

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Bob G. suggested a video by Josie The Outlaw: Why Good People Should Be Armed

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The first edition of the  Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG) has been released.  It is available as a PDF on the OEC web site. No printed copies are planned.

The AUXFOG is a reference for auxiliary communicators who directly support backup emergency communications for State/local public safety entities or for an amateur radio organization supporting public safety.  It contains information about AuxComm best practices, frequently used radio frequencies, mutual aid channels as well as tips and suggestions about auxiliary emergency communicators integrating into a NIMS ICS environment to support communications for planned events or incidents. It can serve as a reference both for auxiliary emergency communicators and public safety communications professionals.


Friday, December 13, 2013


PrepperPress.com has just published R.P. Ruggiero's sequel to his novel Brushfire Plague. This is the second book in a planned three part series, and it brings the total prize package they're giving the Second Prize winner of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest to 25 books. The latest novel is Brushfire Plague: Reckoning.

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The FBI can secretly activate a computer’s webcam to spy on an individual without turning on the indicator light, a former official revealed to the Washington Post.

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Todd Savage with Survival Retreat Consulting has recently completed an evaluation on a great cabin retreat in the American Redoubt that will support up to eight separate hydroelectric sites from a extremely large volume year round spring (over 1,000 gpm). This fantastic bug-out or full-time retreat meets every aspect of the survival criteria: Water, Food, Energy and Defense. The property has the potential to support a year round aquaponics/greenhouse food production system, all powered from a sustainable power source. Please contact Todd via e-mail for more information www.survivalretreatconsulting.com 

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An observation on Mikey Bloomberg's Special Mayors Club: After they are caught red-handed (taking bribes, conspiracy to extortion, and extortion), and then indicted and tried by a jury of their peers (at taxpayer expense), and found guilty, and sentenced, they still have the best attorneys that all that copious cached graft money can buy, so they can finance unlimited appeals, until they get a new trial. (Again, at taxpayer expense.) This is the new norm for corrupt politicians. For instance, I have no doubt that Kwame Kilpatrick will spend much of his 28-year sentence filing appeals. (He is another one of Bloomberg's MAIG members that was quietly removed from their roster.)

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File Under "Burning Irony": A SurvivalBlog reader who open carries wrote to mention that he was turned away from the Jordan Page liberty concert in Cocolalla, Idaho on Wednesday by a man at the door who told him that "no guns are allowed." Some patriot event!

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Tattler Reusable Canning Lids has made a 50% off sale announcement. For just Friday the 13th, they are having a Christmas sale! Everything they sell (except All American Pressure Canners) will be 50% off for 24 hours! Use coupon code "madness" during checkout.


Thursday, December 12, 2013


A reminder that Ready Made Resources is running a pre-Christmas sale on Mountain House foods until tomorrow (December 13, 2013) with 25% to 42% off free shipping, and on request they are willing to mix and match varieties in six-can cases with the varieties that they have on hand.

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Do you have an opinion on the introduction of Canadian timber wolves into the Lower 48 and removing wolves from the Endangered Species Act? Then please give Uncle Sam an earful! (The public comment deadline is December 17th.)

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Bill Buppert: Obama and the Iron Dream: Death Rides a Police Horse

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R.P. sent this YouTube segment: Common Core ELA Social Justice Activism Indoctrination. Avoid Common Core ("CC")-marked curriculum! It is clearly orchestrated statist, socialist, collectivist brainwashing! This "social justice" mentality pervades even the CC math textbooks.

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Five Body Language Signs That Reveal If A Person Is Dangerous. (Thanks to H.L. for the link.)


Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Gee, what a concept: Take an under-powered varmint cartridge, and then down-load it to wimpy subsonic velocity. That sounds almost "less than lethal", to me. In fact, the operative phrase might be: "Hits like a girl." These wimpy loads will give your 5.56 NATO perhaps just a little more power than the FN 5.7x28 cartridge. My advice: If you truly need a suppressed AR, then get a dedicated .300 Blackout upper receiver group. (See the SurvivalBlog Archives for details.)

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The thin veneer: When policemen go on strike, the looters come out: Looting rife in Argentine city of Cordoba as police take strike action. (Thanks to J.S. for the link.) The more recent footage at a Sancor distribution center shows that grand scale looting is continuing. (Thanks to Jerry E. for the latter link.)

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M.M. and Michael W. were the first of at least a dozen readers who suggested an infographic that was linked over at Zero Hedge: How the NSA is Tracking People Right Now. (OBTW, that makes me feel good about living so deep in the hinterboonies that we are miles from the nearest cellular coverage.)

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Turley: Obama's "Become The Very Danger The Constitution Was Designed To Avoid"

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H.L. sent: The Three Most Important Ongoing Second Amendment Cases


Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Reader F.J. sent this evidence of preparedness penetrating the techno community: Survive An Apocalypse: Setting Up A Complete Emergency Survival Kit

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SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson and his wife Gail wrote a family-friendly short story included in this anthology: Elementary (All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters)

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Also from Mike: RF Safe-Stop shuts down car engines with radio pulse. See also: Radio-beam device can disable car and boat engines from 50 meters. Of course it would also zap the heart pacemakers of anyone in the vehicle, but what's a little collateral damage, when there is "important police work" to be done!

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Nelson Mandela the Myth and the Reality


Monday, December 9, 2013


F.J. suggested: Foraging For Edible Weeds

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A reminder that Ready Made Resources is running a pre-Christmas sale on Mountain House foods until the 13th of December with 25% to 42% off free shipping, and on request they are willing to mix and match varieties in six-can cases with the varieties that they have on hand.

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Directive 21 (a long-time SurvivalBlog advertiser) has begun offering Survival Cave brand canned meats. (Chicken, turkey, pork, and ground beef.) If you use the discount code "survivalblog" at checkout, you will get a 5 percent discount.

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File under TIA: Thousands [of Christians] seek refuge [from machete-wielding Muslims] at Central African airport


Sunday, December 8, 2013


S.M. suggested Fullbooks.com. It has thousands of pre-1923 (out-of-copyright) books in plain text. (These can be saved/downloaded as text files)

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Also recommended by S.M.: Off-Grid.net's Land Buddy site, where folks team up to purchase land, for relocation. (Note that all of the usual OPSEC and PERSEC warnings apply! See, for example, this word of warning.)

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Pierre sent: Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S. - Washington Times

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By way of the Radio Free Redoubt web site comes this link: Josie's Message to Police.

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File under New York City Logic: Unarmed Man Charged With Assault Because NYC Police Shot At Him And Hit Random Pedestrians So sticking your hand in your pocket can be construed as a felony, in New York, if the "author-i-tahs" over-react. (Thanks to N.R.S. for the link.)


Saturday, December 7, 2013


"The Brit" sent the latest from Nanny State Britannia: Cycling Furiously: Concessions over civil liberties may be needed to create happy relations between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. Here is a quote …”While I have always opposed mandatory cycle registration and licensing, I think the time is right to require a radio frequency ID chip to be fitted in all bikes used on on city streets so that Highway Code offenders could be identified automatically or by suitably equipped police officers. The scheme could be tied in with mandatory insurance and training. And, yes, an element of road taxation. In time, motorists would come to see cyclists as legitimate road users and behaviour would improve all round. …..” The Brit's comments: That’s it:  improve politeness of bicycle riders by implanting a monitoring chip, requiring insurance, training and taxing them…why that’s just genius! And look at the commentary: most of the quarrels with the authors proposal are a matter of degree,  just nibble at the edges. Saddening."

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Tim J. suggested this article: Air hogs: Drones secret weapon in hunt for feral pigs

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Several readers sent an article that might give pause to those considering expatriation: The Global Corruption Index, 2013

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I was doing some web wandering, and I stumbled into a gent selling some quite eye-pleasing CAT-scanned prints of guns: Xrayguns.com

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Chaos After Death of Mandela? (This was penned back in July, but with the recent headlines it may be more relevant than ever. Mandela was no angel (and one of Joe Slovo's fellow travelers), but his ex-wife "With our necklaces.." Winnie Mandela is like some female demon hound, incarnate. If she should ever gain power or greater influence, then watch out!)


Friday, December 6, 2013


Don't try this at home: How to jumpstart a car's battery with AK47s. (Thanks to Mike Williamson for the link.)

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Reader S.O.L. spotted this warning of a potential power grid collapse in The Los Angeles Times: Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not ready

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Gwok's Gulch? Mysterious China-themed 'city' proposed in New York’s Catskills. (Thanks to Pierre for the link.)

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The Tehama County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to place the Declaration and Petition to withdraw from the State of California on the June ballot

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Kevin A. liked this one: Beyond “Sissy” Resilience: On Becoming Antifragile


Thursday, December 5, 2013


PrepperPress has kindly expanded their book giveaway for the SurvivalBlog Writing Contest to 24 books with the addition of the latest novel in Joe Nobody's Holding Their Own series. (Volume VI: Bishop's Song.)

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Brad S. suggested this: Allen West: EPA Engaging in Backdoor Gun Control

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Camping Survival is continuing their Mountain House storage food sale which ends December 8th. They are offering 25% off cases of #10 cans, 25% off cases of retort pouches and 15% off buckets. The sale is for full cases only.  They are only selling stock on hand, but they bought a substantial quantity in advance.

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A reminder that Ready Made Resources is also running a pre-Christmas sale on Mountain House foods until the 13th of December with 25% to 42% off free shipping, and on request they are willing to mix and match varieties in six-can cases with the varieties that they have on hand.

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H.L. spotted this: 94-Year-Old Minnesota Man Has No Plans to Stop Hunting


Wednesday, December 4, 2013



Tuesday, December 3, 2013


I had a reader write to ask if he should have hard copy topo maps as a backup to his GPS. My reply: "Rather, you should have a GPS as a backup to your hard copy topo maps." Establish your proven, reliable, and resilient basics first, and only then consider adding gadgets.

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Obama Issues an Executive Order Mandating DOD Officials Legitimize Leftist “Climate Change” Theories as Scientific Fact

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R.B.S. sent: This House Has A Massive Door Going To The Basement. When You See What’s Down There, You’ll Get It.

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F.J. liked this DIY design: Lithium Heavy Duty Solar USB Charger 2.0

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UVPAQLITE has announced a special Christmas offer just for SurvivalBlog readers:  Use the coupon code SURVIVE and get 15% off all non-promotional product offerings and you will also receive a bonus custom SurvivalBlog Logo Glow-in-the-Dark Gear Tag (a $4.95 value.)


Monday, December 2, 2013


New Tactic - Gun Haters Post No-Guns-Allowed Stickers on Storefronts without Consent

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Billionaire Bunkers: Beyond the Panic Room, Home Security Goes Sci-Fi (Kudos to J.B.G. for the link.)

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"When a right devolves into a privilege...", this happens: Australian police find 328 guns, 4.2 tons of ammo at farm. The Aussie police say: “These firearms are very disturbing.” But I say: “This distrust of the citizenry is very disturbing.” (Thanks to Mark X. for the link.)

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The folks at Homestead Drying Racks have announced a big sale on drying racks and their DVDs. They are offering 10% off the drying racks and 50% off on the DVDs. The sale on the racks ends on Dec 8, and the sale on the DVDs ends on Dec 15th.

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Molon Labe: The Battle Cry Of Free Men


Sunday, December 1, 2013



Saturday, November 30, 2013


Anyone looking for tree felling rigging and climbing gear for arborists should check out Sherrill Tree.

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Reader B.M. mentioned a web page of interest to anyone living in cold country and of great interest to anyone who lives on Alaska's Tanana River: Dangerous Ice. JWR Adds: BTW, I learned riverine operations in power boats on the Tanana, when I attended Northern Warfare School, back in 1980. That was great fun.

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Outrage of the Week: Do as I Say, Not as I Do--New York Elitists Ray Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg Think Their Safety is More Important than Yours. OBTW, some pundits have suggested that one reason that Bloomberg wants to keep his entire armed guard entourage intact and well-paid is to keep them quiet. (That is, quiet about what they might have seen or overheard while guarding His Honor.)

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More Nanny State tentacles: US seeks to fine websites if disabled are unable to use


Friday, November 29, 2013


Reader Gregg P. suggested this piece: Blackwater founder Erik Prince on why private militaries are the future. Gregg asks: "How will mercenary armies behave, after the Schumer Hits the Fan?"

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JRH Enterprises is continuing their Black Friday sale on New Gen 3+ Pinnacle Autogated PVS-14s, all ITT made tubes, with 5 year warranty. Comes with all the accessories plus a free weapons mount and shuttered eye guard. JRH is also throwing in an Infrared Beacon as well, all for $2,595. They also have other Black Friday sales in progress on FLIR Scout Thermal Imagers and
Dakota Alert (MURS band) perimeter security alarms.

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T.C. in Minnesota mentioned a video from American Family Now about adding a wood stove to an RV camper for $200.  T.C. notes: "Their blog is also full of good information.  They are a family of six living in an RV."

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Montie Gear (one of our newest advertisers) has announced some Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials.

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Camping Survival has announced three upcoming specials: Mountain House Sale - Black Friday - Cyber Monday

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Ready Made Resources is running a pre-Christmas sale on Mountain House foods until the 13th of December with 25% to 42% off , free shipping and upon request they are willing to mix and match varieties in six-can cases with the varieties that they have on hand.

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U.S. Tactical Supply is having their first ever Thanksgiving / Black Friday sale. Though they are not a SurvivalBlog advertiser, you will recognize some of the items as products that Pat Cascio has reviewed for SurvivalBlog in their sale and clearance. These include the X-Products 50-round drums, M14/M1A Juggernaut stocks, and the Sage EBR M14/M1A stocks. The sale ends December 6th, 2013.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Alan H. sent the link to this fascinating piece on the human eye's natural night vision: The Red Myth.

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Cyber attack in the American Redoubt: Credit Card Machines Shut Down At Some Local Stores Following Cyber Attack Aimed At Stealing Vital Information

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Another one Mikey Bloomberg's group of "crime fighting" mayors gets busted: Anti-Gun Group Mayor Arrested for DUI, Attacking Clock. These arrests happen with such great regularity that we can only wonder about the sincerity of these statist do-gooders.

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P.M. mentioned that the thought-provoking (albeit slow-paced and at times verging on soap opera melodramatic) 1987 television miniseries Amerika has been posted to YouTube.

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G.G. suggested: 13 Skills Your Grandparents Had That You Don’t

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New Scope Will Add Night Vision to Android or iPhone. (Thanks to B.B. for the link.)


Tuesday, November 26, 2013


 
JRH Enterprises is having an early Black Friday sale on New Gen 3+ Pinnacle Autogated PVS-14s, all ITT made tubes, with 5 year warranty. Comes with all the accessories plus a FREE weapons mount and shuttered eye guard. JRH is also throwing in an Infrared Beacon as well, all for $2,595. They also have other Black Friday sales in progress on FLIR Scout Thermal Imagers and
Dakota Alert (MURS band) perimeter security alarms.

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"When a right devolves into a privilege..." : Washington D.C. gun owners will be forced to submit fingerprints and pay a fee.

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Tim J. sent a fascinating interview video: Meet Fred Bieser, World War II Airplane Turret Restorer

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T.C. in Minnesota saw a great charity promotion when preparing to pre-order some chicks from Meyer Hatchery. When you place an order you can add a "Meyer Meal Maker" chick to your order and receive one free chick to raise to laying/butchering age and then they ask that you donate the eggs or meat to a local needy family or to a charity.


Monday, November 25, 2013


G.G. flagged this: Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future

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Further down the slippery slope to tyranny: Police Find Hidden Compartment in Man's Car, but No Drugs or Illegal Items - So Why Was He Arrested? (Thanks to J.B.G. and H.L who were the first of many readers to send this link.)

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Another one of Mikey Bloomberg's "crime fighting" anti-gun mayors is headed for the Big House, this time ironically on a gun charge: Marcus Hook mayor convicted in guns episode

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Meanwhile at the U.S. Patent Office: United States Patent - Number 8,436,730   May 7, 2013. "A system for disabling a fleeing vehicle via disrupting the vehicle's onboard computer or electrical system."

"The system optionally includes a tracking system for tracking the vehicle's location and/or a remote sensing system for identifying a payload contained in the vehicle or asset. A launcher of the disabling/tracking device may be handheld or vehicle mounted, and may use high pressure gas or another propellant to launch the projectile at a fleeing vehicle. The system may include a tether for connecting the disabling device to a power supply disposed on a pursuit vehicle or a handheld launcher."

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Reader Jason K. wrote to warn of a new Federal appointments steam roller: Senate Ends Nomination Procedural Fillibuters. Jason's comment: "After this unprecedented and tyrannical move today, we must have to ask ourselves: "When is enough, enough?" When do we realize that the time is coming, very quickly, where a man must decide which side of the line he stands on, whether on the side of tyranny, debasement, slavery and evil, or whether he stands on the side of Freedom? I fear we may have just had our Enabling Act of 1933 moment (read: Reichstag Fire.) This does not bode well for the Republic. The storm clouds grow darker with every passing day."


Sunday, November 24, 2013


Reader M.K.P. spotted this: HydroBee wants to be your personal hydroelectric generator

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One down 1,000 to go: Pennsylvania town kicks out anti-gun mayor.

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Reader Frank X. wrote to make special mention of Mayville Engineering Company (MEC), the world's largest consumer shotshell reloading machine making company. It is located in Mayville, Wisconsin.

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Norwegian army goes vegetarian… to fight global warming

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Reader James C. recommended this piece over at Apartment Prepper: Hiding your Emergency Supplies from Strangers


Saturday, November 23, 2013


Max Velocity's post-collapse novel Patriot Dawn will be made available as a free Kindle download on just Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th, 2013. Grab a copy!

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) liked this piece: MV Seaman Guard Ohio: Tamil Nadu Police tight-lipped on probe. Mike's comment: This anti-piracy ship either didn't fill out the papers or pay the right bribe. But that's a pretty sad arsenal--31 rifles with only 5,000 rounds.

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Mark J. wrote to mention that a traditional manual reloading powder scale can be used to measure medications, such as antibiotics bought in veterinary bulk containers. For example: 250mg = 3.86 grains, and 500mg = 7.72 grains

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Like something out of a novel: Massive Australian Oil Discovery is Deathblow for Saudis. (Thanks to James W. for the link.)

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G.G. suggested: Exclusive: Inside America's Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere. (How rich the irony: registration is required to access the Foreign Policy news page!) And in related news: US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to 'unmask' Britons' personal data.


Friday, November 22, 2013


Radio Free Redoubt mentioned a useful report format: The Spot Report

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Here is another "made in USA" gear maker that bears mentioning: Vvego.

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H.L. sent this Nanny State news: The New Ban in Vancouver That Some People Just Won't Be Able to 'Handle'

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Looting and other crime prevalent in typhoon battered Philippines. (Thanks to Andre D. for the link.)

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A quite affordable option for bug out bags or get home bags: The Sawyer Mini Filter


Thursday, November 21, 2013


Reader Mark A. recommended a canning, freezing, drying and preserving site: PickYourOwn.org

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Florida city uproots couple’s 17-year-old garden, over new ordinance

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H.L. sent news of the latest link in the chains of tyranny: New Exit Portals at the Syracuse Airport. [JWR's Comment: I've noticed that our local butcher has a similar arrangement for his cattle abattoir, back behind his shop. (Just not so sleek.) Form follows function.]

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The latest news from northern California: Separation movement makes case to North State

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Speaking of navigation, there is this charming news: NHTSA May Mandate That New Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed. (Thanks to John E. for the link.)


Wednesday, November 20, 2013


My thanks to everyone who has helped Orange Jeep Dad in the aftermath of the fire that destroyed his home. Please continue to pray for him and his family, and do what you can to help.

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Prepper Recon Podcast: TEOTWAWKI Communications with John Jacob Schmidt of Radio Free Redoubt

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Several readers have mentioned this exemplar of pudge and braggadaccio: So-called “prepper” fail: “We’re going to take what you’ve got and there’s nothing you can do”. His attitude closely resembles the despicable looter mentality that was cleverly illustrated in an October, 2009 SurvivalBlog gedanken post: Retreat Security: I Am Your Worst Nightmare, by Jeff T. By the way, the text of that copyrighted post was pirated by New America Now into the now notorious Monsters of Anarchy video, in 2011. That small minority gives all preparedness-minded individuals a bad name.

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W.D.F. suggested this from Chuck Baldwin: Our Friends Are Killing Us


Tuesday, November 19, 2013


The e-book version of Lisa' Bedford's Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios is on sale for just $3.99 until November 25th. Her popular blog is also quite informative.

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Noah (the ultimate prepper in history) comes to the big screen. Here is a quote from the movie trailer: "When They Come, They'll Be Desperate; And They'll Be Many."

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Reader Peter S. sent: New Mesh Network Documents Confirm Police Vehicle’s Real-Time Access To DHS Spy Cameras

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Appellate court affirms unconstitutionality of California ammunition controls

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An interesting variation on Kickstarter campaigns: Ice Hammer.


Monday, November 18, 2013


Readers in the Washington, DC region take note: a Survival Medicine 101 Workshop taught by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD (SurvivalBlog's Medical Editor) has been scheduled for December 6-8, 2013, in Leesburg, Virginia. This three-day class includes suturing, minor surgery, splinting, casting, bioterrorism defense, clinical labs, emergency preparedness, and much more. Don't miss this rare opportunity, as Dr. Koelker only rarely teaches classes on the East Coast.

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Seattle police deactivate surveillance system after public outrage. (Thanks to G.G. for the link.)

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Just two days left! Safecastle is wrapping up their last Mountain House cans sale of the year, with maximum allowable discounts, free shipping, and some special loyalty reward bonuses for buyers club members. The sale ends on November 20, 2013.

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Chad Z. suggested: Charcoal Remedies.

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File under: Non Sequiturus Maximus: Supporter of Anti-Gun Colorado State Senator Threatens to Kill Recall Supporters… With a Gun


Sunday, November 17, 2013


Typhoon Haiyan: Doctors running out of supplies to turn patients away

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Fortune magazine: What I saw at the doomsday prepper convention

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I heard that Augason Farms is running a 40% off sale on 100 varieties of their #10 cans, if you order $50 or more. The sale is limited to stock on hand. Reader John N. explains: "Go to your Shopping Cart (with items in it), scroll to bottom of the page, look for the "What would you like to do next?" question, then select the checkbox that says "Use Coupon Code", then enter the code 40percent and the discount will appear." The sale ends today (November 17, 2013.)

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H.L. sent this encouraging news: Colorado a Microcosm for American Politics

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Reader Stephen F. mentioned a fairly inexpensive bicycle cargo trailer that can be quickly converted to a hand-pulled trailer. This could prove quite useful, for bugout purposes, or for hauling home water from creeks or ponds.

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The latest from Dimitry Orlov: Collapsing Consciously


Saturday, November 16, 2013


Thomas M. mentioned this source for some good data that dispels some myths: EMP Effects on Vehicles

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Reader K.A.F. suggested this: Providing Basic Sanitation

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Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem

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DHS has a month to release ‘Internet kill switch’ plans

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Armed citizens in small Georgia town help catch robbery suspect


Friday, November 15, 2013


I prefer using 20-round magazines in ARs, so that I can get in a comfortable low prone shooting position. (Prone shooting is the most accurate and also the least likely to get yourself killed, because you present a small silhouette to your opponents. But when prone, I've never liked the sensation of going "high center" on a long magazine. Not only is it distracting, but it also detracts from accurate shooting.) In my opinion, 30 and 40 rounders are only apropos for sustained firing when shooting from behind cover, such as from a sandbagged position or from inside a masonry building. For those who want long magazines, MagPul recently introduced a 40 round magazine. They retail for less than $20 each. They reportedly function just as well as MagPul's 20 and 30 round PMAGs, which needless to say are almost universally lauded. I checked with MagPul and they told me that they only plan to make the 40 rounders in black, but these can of course be spray-painted with some flat green or brown paint, to match your rifle's camouflage. One strong caveat: If you buy any 40 rounders, then buy only PMAGs or some of the very scarce Sterling of England 40 rounders. (Most of the other 40 rounders on the market are unreliable aftermarket junk!)

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DIY Hacks & How To’s: Laser Tripwire Alarm. (Thanks to R.L.H. for the link.)

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) liked this piece: A Former Cop Explains How To Avoid Getting Arrested

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Also by way of Mad Mike (and also mentioned by Tam at View From The Porch): 21 AR Grips compared

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Currently available free at Amazon, the Kindle book: Fish & Game Cookbook, by Bonnie Scott. It has more than 150 recipes.


Thursday, November 14, 2013


Since Toronto's Mayor Ford is such an out of control individual that I recommend he be nominated for honorary membership in Mayor Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns Gang. He would fit right in.

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Safecastle is continuing their last Mountain House cans sale of the year, with maximum allowable discounts, free shipping, and some special loyalty reward bonuses for buyers club members. The sale ends on November 20, 2013.

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) spotted this: Dressed to not kill: Garrison Bespoke's bullet-proof business suit

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Saudi nuclear weapons 'on order' from Pakistan

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Another corroborating voice from the mainstream media: Apocalypse: Threat of massive grid shutdown increasing in face of terrorism, natural disasters


Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Bruce Z. suggested a free and fairly comprehensive wiki-like source for PDFs of U.S. Army electronics manuals: Radio Nerds. Seeing the RC-292 and "Turkey Thirty" antenna manuals brought back some fond memories. (By the time I left the ASA, we were using the fairly advanced Watkins-Johnson AN/PRD-11 with an H-Adcock antenna.) I was also thrilled to a see page dedicated to my all-time favorite HF receiver, the R-390A. To start, SurvivalBlog readers should all save copies of the TA-1 and TA-312 field telephone manuals.

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Filipino policemen feel powerless against the of waves of Tacloban looters.

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Ilana Mercer: BHOCare: Wealth Distribution From Red States To Blue

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Rick D. suggested: Survival Kit for Kids

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A reminder: On November 16, 2013, I will be a featured guest speaker (via teleseminar) at the Charlotte, North Carolina Back To The Basics convention. (Formerly known as Charlotte PrepCon.)


Tuesday, November 12, 2013


More bad news from the P.I.: Typhoon that smashed houses to smithereens: Full horror of destruction in Philippines revealed as rescue workers says two thirds of dead are children. We also read: The Chaos After the Super Typhoon. And the president has declared a national calamity amid widespread looting. If you want to help with the relief effort, please don't send contributions to the bloated, top-heavy charities like the Red Cross. Instead, please send your donations to any of the dozens of small charities that have had a long-established presence in the country.

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Reader M.P. in Seattle found a link to the UK version of the fictional "Blackout" that was created by the same production company.

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I recently heard about a new Christian retreat community that is being planned for 150+ acres in North Florida.

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Woolsey warns of EMP threat: Inside the Ring: North Korean missiles deemed a serious threat to U.S.

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I heard that Hidden Hybrid Holsters is offering a 10% off coupon for the month of November, 2013. Customers can enter coupon code jdubs1113 at checkout to receive the discount. Oh, and speaking of hybrid holster makers, I noticed that Crossbreed Holsters has further expanded their product line.

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World’s First 3D Printed Metal Gun Manufactured by Solid Concepts

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New homeowner opens shelter sealed since 1961. (Note the still very practical Zenith Transoceanic multi-band receiver. If the new owner is wise, then he will re-stock the shelter with lots fresh food supplies and plenty of ammunition.)


Monday, November 11, 2013


Bad news from the Philippines: "Super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday..."

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James C. mentioned that an important piece to print out for your reference binder was recently re-posted over at Preparedness Advice Blog: Chemical Names, A List Showing the Older Names vs the Modern Names. [JWR's Comment: Credit for compiling most of this list (nearly verbatim) should be given to Kurt Saxon. He was the first one I know of to have published an earlier edition of this list, back in the late 1970s.]

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Safecastle is continuing their last Mountain House cans sale of the year, with maximum allowable discounts, free shipping, and some special loyalty reward bonuses for buyer's club members. The sale ends on November 20, 2013.

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Some good news for Ayn Rand fans: Atlas Shrugged Part III is now in pre-production and is scheduled for release on July 4, 2014.

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H.L. sent this headline from Colorado: "We have established a beachhead for secession" [JWR's Comment: A point of clarification: I often see journalists and a few patriots tossing around the word secession when they are really talking about partition of counties into a new state under the existing Union. There is an important distinction!]


Sunday, November 10, 2013


Reader Troy H. mentioned a map, updated hourly, of infectious disease outbreaks and diagnoses from around the world.

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Billy Graham's final evangelism campaign has been via a great Internet video. Please watch and share it.

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Ray Jason: The Sea Gypsy Tribe

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Andre D. suggested: How to Erase Yourself From the Internet

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I was recently interviewed by Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast.


Saturday, November 9, 2013


An Incredible 26 Piece Altoids Survival Kit

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This may be a landmark Supreme Court decision: Bond v. United States. [JWR Adds: Don't miss reading the amicus brief from the American Center for Law and Justice. An aside: Just when, exactly, did the Supreme Court become the Supreme Courtesans, and when was there first any doubt of a slam dunk decision, in a case like this? Before or after Mrs. Sonia Sotomayor came on board?)

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Jay B. sent: Exploding windmill — What happens when there’s too much wind even for a windmill

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Inverse relationship: U.N. Maps Show U.S. High in Gun Ownership, Low in Homicides

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M.O.B. mentioned another case of sheeple following their GPS: Wisconsin couple 'happy to be alive' after Yellowstone rescue

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New York City crooks now export their scummy criminal behavior to rural Pennsylvania: Three N.Y. men arrested in alleged abduction in Pottsville. The men are examples of who we can expect to come along with the Golden Horde!


Friday, November 8, 2013


Reader H.L. mentioned some great video instruction for newbies from Dave Canterbury: Shelter Basic Tarp Setups and an E Fire 2

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Google’s Secret Revealed: Barge To Offer High-End Showrooms, Party Deck. Note that with CONEX construction, it is feasible to make the enclosed portions of these structures EMP-proof.

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Abundance from a prepper's garden: Green eggs & Ham sandwich - eat more sweet potato and malabar leaves

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Hiker stranded in Canadian wilderness reportedly ate dog to survive.

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I had received several enquiries from readers about the health and well-being of Ol' Remus, the editor of The Woodpile Report. He hadn't posted anything in a month, which was most unusual. I'm glad to see that he's back at it.

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Reader R.L.H. liked this bit of low tech: Build Your Own Bicycle-Powered Battery for Emergency Power


Thursday, November 7, 2013


Bill in Colorado sent this: 51st State Question Answered "Yes" in 6 of 11 Counties Contemplating Secession

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Pat S. suggested a useful primer: How to Save Seeds

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L.D. mentioned a great article at Reason.com about the Free State Project: The Free State Project Grows Up: Libertarians are changing the face of New Hampshire. L.D.'s comments: "[This project] seems to be gaining traction. It's actually yielding results when you start small and build within the framework we have in place right now. It is possible to bring about positive change. I also believe this is possible in not only small states like New Hampshire, but large states like Texas. If people were to organize on a smaller community based level, it can grow and become a widespread movement. People need to believe they can achieve this and have the willpower to follow through." JWR Adds: I have similarly high hopes for The American Redoubt strategic transmigration movement. If enough of us vote with our feet, then we can make a difference! See: Albert O. Hirschman's book Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, circa 1970. Human nature hasn't changed since then, nor has the interplay of politics, economics, and social dynamics.

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Autrey's Armory has announced an over-stock sale for SurvivalBlog readers only: You can buy a new Rock River Arms stripped AR-15 lower receiver for $125, shipping paid anywhere in CONUS. (These normally retail for $140 plus shipping. And it is noteworthy that Rock River lowers were selling for as much as $400 each, just a few months ago at most gun stores.) Note that these serialized lowers must be shipped to your local FFL. (In most jurisdictions, all of the rest of the parts for your AR build can be bought without any FFL paperwork.) Use coupon code "survivalblog". The limit is one lower per customer. They only have 50 lower receivers available, so order soon.

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The doomsday vault that keeps seeds for every type of agriculture mankind relies upon should a disaster ever wipe them out.

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Bears destroy car, apparently looking for a breath mint. (Thanks to George S. for the link.)

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Traffic Stop Nightmare in New Mexico [JWR Adds: This is one of the most horrendous police abuses imaginable. Thankfully, this behavior is far from the norm. In fact is so out of line that I can foresee a successful multi-million dollar lawsuit with a preemptive 7-figure out-of-court settlement. Oh, and by the way, don't ever invite those cops to a military parade, or they'd surely tackle the Adjutant and drag him to the hospital for a thorough series of exams.]


Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Next on my reading pile is Richard J. Johnson's book Redoubts: Paleopopulism at Twilight. Though ranty in spots, this looks like a cogent collection of essays.

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Several readers mentioned a propaganda piece in the Washington Times that quotes Chinese military planners boasting about their nuclear strike capability on the United States. In my estimation this blustering is more about China's economic goals than it is about actual military plans. China aims to crush the United States economically in the long term, but in the near term they need the American consumer market, to keep their many factories busy. Their immediate goal appears to be undermining the reserve currency status of the US. Dollar. (And as long as the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve are using Ma and Pa Kettle math through Quantitative Easing, they are contributing to the demise of the Dollar.) The latest nuclear braggadocio of the Chinese plays into this, subtly boosting the gravitas of their Yuan/Remnibi. A recent $57 Billion Chinese currency swap agreement with the ECB is further evidence of a coming sea change, as is China's very aggressive buying of gold.

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I heard about a company called Hidden Hybrid Holsters. By neatly blending Kydex with a comfortable leather backing, their concealment holsters are some of the best on the market. My query to the company confirmed that their holsters are made in Ohio, with local materials and craftsmanship: Their leather pieces are made in Ohio by the Amish, and they make their own Kydex shells and assemble everything in house, in Ohio.

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The Second Amendment Trumps (at least in Florida): Sheriff Reinstated After Jury Acquits. (This appears to be a good example of Jury Nullification.)

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Study: Bat-to-Human Leap Likely for SARS-Like Virus

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File Under: Ironic Surnames: Woman on Phone Drives Jeep into Herd of Cows


Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Sometimes, the "crude, but effective" approach will work: How to open a can without a can opener

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Diana V. pointed out this important article: In United States v. Bond, The Supreme Court Could Be Ruling On The Safety Of All American Rights

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Does this look familiar? "Strawberry" sent us a video link, showing a couple of carags casting off. (You can skip the first minute or so.) A carag is of course featured in my most recent novel, and shown on the cover. Note that gas engine carags tend to be much more noisy than the diesels.

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Steve C. flagged this news item: Mosquitoes known to carry dengue, yellow fever seen in California. Steve notes: "If the Aedes aegypti mosquito becomes established it is expected to become a major nuisance, but in a collapse scenario without [mosquito abatement and] proper medical care it could be deadly serious business."

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I noticed that we are approaching the milestone of 60 million unique visits. Please keep spreading the word about SurvivalBlog. Thanks!

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R.B.S. sent us a Nanny State Britannia update: Jam will be reduced to 'coloured mud' under plans to cut sugar levels which spell the 'end of the British breakfast as we know it.'


Monday, November 4, 2013


An innovative new company that makes portable DC power systems has been launched by three Florida college students: SharkBox.

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) spotted this: How to Make a Soup Can Forge. (Of course a section of scrap Schedule 80 steel pipe would prove far more durable for the outer sleeve. )

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The Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho is sponsoring the Treasure Valley Liberty Expo on Saturday, November 9th at the Red Lion Downtowner Hotel in Boise, Idaho.

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Beyond the Bunker: Preppers Go Mainstream.

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Reader I.R. mentioned a page with some useful info on provisioning compiled by some live-aboard blue water yachties. (Also see the linked pages for info on provisioning for their other voyages.)

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Silicon Valley Roused by Secession Call


Sunday, November 3, 2013


H.L. sent this news from Nanny State New York: Three Too Many Cartridges Means Loss of Firearms Rights

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Reader B.B. recommended the latest essay by Matt Bracken, over at the WRSA site.

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How to disable MRAP Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Light Armored Vehicles

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JMC sent: Holocaust And Resistance: "Without A Weapon, You Were Worthless."

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Amnesty Is Republican Party Suicide (Phyllis Schlafly )


Saturday, November 2, 2013


Loyal content contributor J.B.G. sent this link: 28 solar flares in the last seven days, and more may be coming.

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Joe E. spotted this interesting product: FiberFix aims to make duct tape look pathetic.

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To counter the claims of some Chicken Little fanatics on the Internet who apparently have no clue about the Inverse Square Law, here is some hard data: Health risk assessment from the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, based on a preliminary dose estimation. The health risk in the U.S. because of continuing releases ar Fukushima is infinitesimal. However, radioactive isotope levels in migratory fish in the Pacific (such as tuna) should continue to be closely monitored, because of concentration via ingestion. At this point, that is my only personal concern about Fukushima.

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Reader J.D.F. wrote to note that several types of Czech military surplus 26.5mm flares are available inexpensively at Ammunition To Go.

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Are ‘kid cages’ protecting New Mexico children, or a case of ranchers crying wolf? (Thanks to Tim J. for the link.)


Friday, November 1, 2013


An interesting piece over at the Pantry Paratus blog: Wintertime Harvest: Food Preservation in the “Off" Season

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Over at Dollar Vigilante, a Canadian's essay on the implications of voting with one's feet: The Unbearable Lightness of Leaving. (She is moving to Galt's Gulch Chile.)

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Reader "1F" mentioned a new needful countermeasure: New Product Lets Sportsmen Know When Drones Are Near

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J.B.G. suggested this piece over at Glenn Beck's site: Are Americans waking up to the encroaching tyranny of the surveillance state?

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Owners of FN-FAL rifles (and FAL clones, Kel-Tec RFBs, Rock River LAR-8s, etc.) will find this of interest: FAL Magazine Loaders for $1 Each.

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The Next Shot Heard ‘Round the World’ Will Be in Northern California. (Thanks to James C. for the link.)


Thursday, October 31, 2013


Ray Jason (The Sea Gypsy) writes: The Road to the Future Leads to the Past

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A couple of reminders: I will be a featured guest speaker (via teleseminar) Life Changes. Be Ready! Preparedness and Gun Expo that will be held in in Lakeland, Florida on November 2 & 3, 2013. (My slot should be mid-day, on Saturday.) I will also be a featured guest speaker (again, via teleseminar) at the Charlotte, North Carolina Back To The Basics convention on November 16, 2013. (This event was formerly known as Charlotte PrepCon.)

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Don H. kindly sent a link to a list of salvaged canned goods stores.

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Being an Existential Prepper

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Finally, after 34 years... The motion picture rights to Jerry Pournelle's epic sci-fi adventure novel Janissaries have been bought by Goddard Film Group. I hope that they do a good job of it.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013


The folks at Prepper Press wrote to mention that they've released a new book by author Tony Grice. It is titled Indivisible: With Justice for Some (Volume 1.) Coincidentally, that increases their generous writing contest prize package from 22 books to 23 books.

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G.G. suggested this article: 'We've reached the end of antibiotics': Top CDC expert declares that 'miracle drugs' that have saved millions are no match against 'superbugs' because people have overmedicated themselves

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Ender's Game is scheduled for release on November 1st. I hope that Hollywood didn't mess up a great story.

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F.G. mentioned: How to Hide Street Views of your Home on Google Maps

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Seattle, Washington businesses that wish to be boycotted by freedom-lovers have helpfully organized themselves into a list to facilitate that action. (Thanks to J. McC. for the link.)

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Doing the right thing: ShelfReliance (Thrive Foods) has issued a recall announcement on the six-grain pancake mix that they sold from 2009 to 2012.

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There is a combination gun show and prepper event to be held 2-3 November, 2013 in Berryville, Virginia.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013


While supplies last, APEX Gun Parts in Colorado is a having a $44 special on Polish surplus 26.5mm flare pistols. Note that these are inexpensive enough to consider using 2 or 3 of them around your retreat (post-TEOTWAWKI), as trip-wire actuated intrusion detection signal devices. Take note of the notch in the trigger, which makes them well-suited for rigging a trip wire. A mousetrap should provide sufficient force for the trigger pull. This doesn't have to be anything fancy. Just use power screws to attach the flare gun and mouse trap to a scrap of 2x4, lag screw the contraption to a fence post, and then spray paint the whole works in a flat earth-tone color, to blend in.) Need some flares? I usually source the very reliable Czech surplus meteor and parachute flares from KeepShooting.com. Warning: DO NOT set up a booby trap with lethal ammo! That is illegal in most jurisdictions, and could open you up to both criminal prosecution and a multimillion dollar civil lawsuit. OBTW, APEX concurrently has an $83 special on Merprolight brand tritium night sights for most HKs (Model 91/93/94 and clones thereof.)

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Pentagon's top three threats in the 'deep future'

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Pirates Singled Out Americans in Ship Attack Off Nigeria, Official Says

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Texas State Troopers Illegally Came And Took It

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A reminder: The next Life Changes. Be Ready! Preparedness and Gun Expo will be held in in Lakeland, Florida on November 2 & 3, 2013


Monday, October 28, 2013


Pentagon's top three threats in the 'deep future'

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Don H. kindly sent a link to a list of salvaged canned goods stores.

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Pirates Singled Out Americans in Ship Attack Off Nigeria, Official Says

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Finally, after 34 years! The motion picture rights to Jerry Pournelle's epic sci-fi adventure novel Janissaries have been bought by Goddard Film Group. I hope that they do a good job of it.

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A reminder: The next Life Changes. Be Ready! Preparedness and Gun Expo will be held in in Lakeland, Florida on November 2 & 3, 2013


Sunday, October 27, 2013


Cheryl spotted this, over at Mac Slavo's great site: They Will Smell Your Food From Miles Away…

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Tim R. sent: Taking a stand against real-life 'Terminators'

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H.L. sent: Free and feral humans

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M.B. sent a link to something that sounds like it came from a novel I once read wrote: Sultan Of Brunei Introduces Sharia Law

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An interesting legal development: The Truth About SIG SAUER’s AR-15 Pistol Arm Brace


Saturday, October 26, 2013


Megan W. suggested: Africa Teaches the West How to Build a Car

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Seed for Security has announcing a special bonus with every purchase of $75 dollars or more. They will add two packets of old-fashioned flower seeds (Love-in-a-Mist, and Yellow Hollyhock). Also added will be six tea bags filled with mixed mints from Nan's herb garden. This bonus offer for a limited time and will be automatically included with your order.

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Reader C.D.M. suggested this piece: New York's Looming Food Disaster

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Barney Fife is alive and well: Tennessee Police Officer Fired After Using Gun And Pepper Spray Against Squirrel In Store

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CheckmateMagazines.com (CMI) offers a discount for U.S. veterans for true mil-spec M14/M1A magazines. (The are a U.S. military prime contractor.) . They require a copy of your DD214 with the SSN blacked out for the veterans discount.That to Doug W. for the tip.


Friday, October 25, 2013


David T. mentioned: Ford Fires Up Natural Gas Powered Pickups. Here in the States, these will undoubtedly be sold as fleet vehicles for utilities, at least at first. But eventually they will hit the secondary market. Fuel flexibility may prove to be crucial for preparedness. There is value in diversity. If you can have at least one gasoline/E85 vehicle, one diesel vehicle, one propane vehicle, and one natural gas vehicle at the retreat for your extended family, then your chances are much greater to keep rolling. In Argentina 15% of all vehicles now run on GNC. It is also popular in Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru. The ultimate would be to own a property with your own natural gas well, and to have your own compact condensing compressor. Perhaps that is just Mitty-esque dreaming... (I can hear the compressor: "Pocketa-pocketa-pocketa...")

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Reader F.G. sent this charming news: TSA is now checking your employer, tax data, car registration, property records....

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Courtesy of Pat W.: Yelm couple in critical condition after homemade alt-fuel van explodes. They apparently missed a key safety tip: The gasifier needs to be mounted outside of the vehicle!

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Sea Change?: Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with US over response to conflict in Syria . (Thanks to "Longshot" for the link.)

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Pierre M. and Diana V. both sent this: Ahoy, mateys! US to stop printing nautical charts. Diana's comments: "I think this is just the start. I have been saying total dependence is dumbing down our population. I recently told friends that maps will soon be a thing of the past. Road signs too eventually I think at least. People have to become enlightened and keep maps books and math skills to be able to truly have knowledge."


Thursday, October 24, 2013



Wednesday, October 23, 2013


I find it interesting that Tom Hardy, the British actor who plays Max Rockatansky in the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road movie (aka Mad Max 4) was born in 1977. That coincidentally was just one year before Mel Gibson was hired to play the original Mad Max. And Hardy was just four years old when the second movie in the series (The Road Warrior) was released. Mel Gibson reportedly has a cameo role in the new film as "The Old Drifter."

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Pierre M. sent: Obama's war: Afghan special forces commander defects with guns to insurgents

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New Hampshire Clerk Fired After Pulling Gun On Armed Robber. Note that this comes from the state with the proud motto: "Live Free Or Die."

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Mark J. sent: Off the insurance grid medicine: the future for the free


Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Reader F.B. suggested a useful aggregation site: The Liberty Mill.

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F.J. mentioned this useful info: Solar Camping on Steroids

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Antigua starts program to sell citizenship

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From G.G.: Researchers uncover holes that open power stations to hacking


Monday, October 21, 2013


Reader AmEx (American Expatriate) sent: What the Government Does with Americans' Data

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Over at my friend Commander Zero's blog: Feds Say Possession of “Large Amounts” of Weapons May Indicate Terrorist Activity. JWR's Comment: The linked article has a photo of what could best be described as a "starter" gun collection (a couple of ARs, a FAL, an AK, and a few handguns.) If that constitutes a "weapons cache", then the agents must be from some gun-deprived eastern Nanny State. They would surely have a fit of apoplexy if they walked into JASBORR. This somehow reminds me of a piece that I wrote back in March of 2007. (That, BTW, is still wandering around the Internet in one of those endlessly-forwarded e-mails--with attribution to my authorship removed, and no mention of copyright.)

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Cheryl liked this one: Washington's Blog: Americans Have Lost VIRTUALLY ALL of Our Constitutional Rights


Sunday, October 20, 2013


Reader E.B. suggested this movie review: Dragon Day: Red Dawn for Intellectuals

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H.L. sent: Bitdrop app beats NSA surveillance with anonymous encrypted file transfers

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Fascinating photos: 10 Unique Ocean Landscapes

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File Under F Troop Follies: Sacrebleu! ATF threatens French-style firing squad for agents who leak secrets

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Andrew Dickehage hospitalized after being attacked by three coyotes in Boulder County. Just imagine if this had been three wolves, instead.


Saturday, October 19, 2013



Friday, October 18, 2013



Thursday, October 17, 2013


A man who is a living legend wrote this review: Reading List: Expatriates. I feel honored that this brilliant man enjoyed my book and took the time to write a review. (John Walker is the founder of Autodesk, Inc. and co-author of the widely-used AutoCAD software.)

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A reminder: On November 16, 2013, I will be a featured guest speaker (via teleseminar) at the Charlotte, North Carolina Back To The Basics convention. (Formerly known as Charlotte PrepCon.)

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Reader Rich R. mentioned this in The Washington Post: NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally.

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H.L. sent: Obama shutdown of Catholic mass sparks reaction. [JWR's Comment: While I believe that Catholics are doctrinally astray, I would fight to the death to defend their right to practice their religion. Obama and his henchmen must go!]

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Yet another preparedness expo: Great Lakes Preppers Expo. This one will be held in Birch Run, Michigan, on October 19th, 2013.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Reader Arthur S. sent the link to an interesting "clock" showing worldwide births and deaths, in real time.

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Randy F. wrote to note: "As if made by the TEOTWAWKI crowd,  National Geographic is going to premiere the [docudrama] movie Blackout on October 27, 2013. It is about the effects of a total grid failure blackout in America after a cyber attack.  They follow the travails on a young family expecting a second child any minute, a yuppie couple in NYC, a group of college students stuck in their dorm, a prepper family of four, a teenage Vlogger. It should be illustrative."

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Blogger Eric Falkenstein (of Finding Alpha and The Missing Risk fame) has posted his swan song: My Last Regular Blog Post

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Chris Carrington misses the point, in his essay: Why I Won’t Be Charitable When The SHTF. The point is: We can be charitable and maintain good OPSEC if we dispense charity through intermediaries, such as through our local church elders. That way, your name and your locale will never get mentioned. OBTW, the next day, Chris also posted this: Will I Be Called A Looter, A Forager, A Scavenger Or Just A Common Thief? Here, he talks about taking "abandoned" houses. As I've written before, doing that would only be morally conscionable in the event of massive depopulation. In all other instances, someone (or their heirs) would still have title to that property. And taking it would be theft. I think that Carrington and I are close to diametric opposition. I stand by my positions.

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It certainly didn't take long for someone to pirate my recent Social Media Glossary post, strip it of all attribution, and re-post it.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013


SurvivalBlog's Poet Laureate G.G. suggested this at CBS News: This ain't your average survival shelter.

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Randy F. wrote to mention that a large prepper conference is scheduled in Mesa Arizona on Oct 18th and 19th, 2013. It has been extended to the 20th due to the high expected turnout.

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There is also a preparedness show in Atlanta the same weekend.

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The next Life Changes. Be Ready! Preparedness and Gun Expo will be held in in Lakeland, Florida on November 2 & 3, 2013. Advance tickets are sold at a discount.


Monday, October 14, 2013


There are some tasks here at the Rawles Ranch that are mundane but remarkably satisfying. For me, one of these is burning tree limb slash piles, which I do nearly every fall and spring. I usually try to position the piles over buried stumps, in the hope of burning up a stump in the process. But accomplishing that usually requires adding more wood and days of subsequent fire tending. (Depending on the size of the stump.) I've found that this process is a great excuse to burn up a few pieces of bucked firewood that have such thoroughly twisted grain and that are so full of knots that I would dread splitting them. (We do all of our splitting by hand.) And after two to four days of continual burning, it is gratifying to see the stump burned down to below ground level. Our work around the ranch is never done, but is is good to see a stump consumed to ashes. Finem respice.

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Jerry Miculek: S&W Model 29/629 .44 Magnum review & speed shooting

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File Under Global Warming: South Dakota ranchers reel after 'catastrophic' storm leaves up to 100,000 cattle dead. (Thanks to Tim J. for the link.)

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I heard that the Second Edition of Suburban Survival is is now available. Good reading.

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Darwin Awards Candidates? Two Suspected Burglars Killed When Blow Torch Ignites Fireworks In Safe. (Thanks to F.J. for the link.)


Sunday, October 13, 2013


California Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes Seven Gun Control Bills, Signs Seven Others. (Californians have until July of 2014 to get every 11+ round magazine "rebuild kit" that they own out of California, or face charges. There is no grandfather clause. This confusing legislation--part of which was dependent on enactment of another law that was not signed by Brown--is discussed at length at a CalGuns forum.)

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Just two days remaining! Until October 15th, the SurvivalBlog 2005-2012 Archive DVD is sale priced at just $11.99.

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Emily Miller: Smoking gun exposed- D.C. police chief covers up giving Feinstein illegal ‘assault weapons’

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Reader J.B.G. sent: Colorado voters go after third pro-gun-control Democrat via recall

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Pat Buchanan: Is Red State America Seceding?


Saturday, October 12, 2013


Reader Jan S. forwarded novelist Matt Bracken's mention of a upcoming fit of generosity: "'I'm going to put each of my Enemies trilogy novels into the Amazon Kindle free download deal, starting with Enemies Foreign And Domestic next Monday, October 14. Then Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista on Monday the 21st, and Foreign Enemies And Traitors on October 28th." For anyone who has not yet read Matt's novels, I highly recommend them! Jan S. notes: "You can download the Kindle for PC or Kindle for Mac free to your computer, even if you don't have a Kindle reader." Mark your calendars, folks! And be sure to order Matt's other books. As I've mentioned before, his latest novel Castigo Cay is excellent!

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Reader H.L. sent a a link to a news article with some important lessons: The Guys Who Grabbed Six Semiautomatic Rifles From a Competitive Shooter's Home May Not Have Expected a Security Camera That Does This. [JWR's Comments: Security cameras are great. Webcams that stream to your own remote server are even better. (If you don't have your own server, then I recommend the bundled day/night camera systems packaged by Lorex Technology.) Storing guns in racks or glass cabinets at an unattended home is foolish. Gun vaults are a must and concealed gun vaults provide better protection. I recommend the combination of concealed vaults and web cams.]

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Pitiful situational awareness: San Francisco rail commuters on phones didn't notice gun before killing, police say.

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The Big Man returns to The Big House: Kwame Kilpatrick (one of Mayor Mike Bloomberg's gun-grabbing mayors) has been given a 28 year sentence for extortion and other corruption charges. If he were to serve his full term (which is unlikely, with "good behavior" guidelines,) he would be 71 years old when his "term in office" ends in 2041. Although he is not eligible for parole, he will probably be out of prison in just 23 years, in 2036. At age 66, he could still pull a Buddy Cianci or Sheila Dixon maneuver, and start a new career in politics.

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Speaking of Mikey Bloomberg: New lawsuit seeks communications between Bloomberg, MAIG, and Joe Biden. “We have good reason to suspect that New York taxpayers have been forced to foot the bill for Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-gun group.”

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Pierre M. sent: Soon, Drones May Be Able to Make Lethal Decisions on Their Own.


Friday, October 11, 2013


Billy R. sent: Portable 12V power supply in an ammo can

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James W. liked this: Why use suppressors in combat, illustrated by a “ruined” video

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Reader P.W. wrote to ask if any blog readers know who makes the [woodstove chimney-mounted] Baker's Salute Oven that is sold on the Lehman's web site. ("They say made in the USA but Lehman's will not tell me who the manufacturer is.") A lot of the products sold by Lehman's come from Amish cottage industries.  Many of these families don't have telephones, so it might be hard to track down. Does anyone know?

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J.S. recommended this fascinating piece: What Happens When Cities Fall Apart?

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Weekend Attacks on Arkansas' Electric Grid Leave 10,000 Without Power; 'YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S.'


Thursday, October 10, 2013


Peter S. mentioned: Review – Conflicted : The Survival Card Game

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Just a few days left! Until October 15th the SurvivalBlog 2005-2012 Archive DVD is sale priced at just $11.99.

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Reader S.L.D. sent me a link to an amazing true account of modern-day slavery in North Africa: "Still, God Helps You."

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Many moons after he was found guilty, Kwame Kilpatrick (one of Mayor Mike Bloomberg's gun-grabbing mayors) is scheduled to be sentenced today, for a second time, after being found guilty of numerous corruption charges. This time his potential sentence will be measured in decades. I pray that he repents of his sins and crimes. Lord willing, someday he'll walk out of prison a truly changed man.

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F.J. suggested an interesting piece over at The Art of Manliness: What They Left and What They Kept: What an Antarctic Expedition Can Teach You About What’s Truly Valuable

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Please take a few minutes to post a polite comment on a new proposed sign-off procedure: Machine Guns, Destructive Devices and Certain Other Firearms: Background Checks for Responsible Persons of a Corporation, Trust or Other Legal Entity with Respect to Making or Transferring a Firearm. (In my opinion, the current rules work just fine, and the proposed rule would open the door to arbitrary denials, nepotism and corruption.)


Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Ol' Remus reports: On the first of October the Oath Keepers leadership instructed its 30,000 members to, in their words, go "operational" by forming Civilization Preservation teams.

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They apparently have backbones of iron, in Iron County: Counties declare emergency over closed parks. (Thanks to Nate H. for the link.)

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NSA tracks Google ads to find Tor users

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Frank B. sent: Obama to Allow Amnesty Rally on National Mall After Kicking Veterans Out

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Elise Cooper mourns the passing of novelists Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy: Farewell to the Masters


Tuesday, October 8, 2013


How To Make A Super Secret Safe - For Less Than $3

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Yet another Kickstarter project... This one is for the Third Atlas Shrugged movie.

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Exactly as planned: Connecticut ammo law creates frustration and confusion

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I noticed that our SurvivalRealty spin-off site (operated by my #1 Son) has blossomed to more than 145 listings! (Do some zooming in on the map of current listings. It is amazing.)

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F.G. sent: New NFL rule forbids Off-Duty Cops from carrying sidearms into stadiums. [JWR's Comment: A terrorist's dream come true: all disarmed victims.]


Monday, October 7, 2013


Fires prompt recall of 15 million surge protectors. (Thanks to H.L. for the link.)

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The NPR affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina reports on The Rise Of 'Prepper' Culture, in a 51-minute roundtable discussion. They spend some time semantically hairsplitting between the terms "prepper" and "survivalist." But based on their definition, many of the "Doomsday Preppers" featured on the National Geographic show of the same name would actually be survivalists.

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Seeing "art" like this tripe makes me feel ill. What would be more appropriate would be a sculpture made out of the tens of thousands of those idiotic cable locks that are now sold packaged with most new guns in the United States.

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Cheryl N. sent: Training Al-Qaeda To Be More Efficient Killers Is Now An Essential Function Of The US Government

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As part of the publicity blitz for Expatriates, I was recently interviewed by the folks at The Prepper Recon Podcast. (Wherein we discuss much more than just the novel.)

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Reminder: Until October 15th, the SurvivalBlog 2005-2012 Archive DVD is sale priced at just $11.99.


Sunday, October 6, 2013


Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) suggested this: The Truth About Barrel Length, Muzzle Velocity and Accuracy

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Reader B.B. sent this headline from one of those Miscellaneous Eastern Nanny States: Massachusetts Police Chief Confiscates Man’s Guns and FOID Due to “Immaturity”

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I was recently interviewed by Alan Colmes. He is obviously dubious about individual preparedness, but it was a pleasure to be on his show. Alan mentioned that even after Superstorm Sandy he would feel safer living in mid-town Manhattan that he would be in a place like The Rawles Ranch. To each his own, I suppose...

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Police powers to be enacted October 15 in Australia. [JWR's Comment: If this law is misused, it his has some Camera Stellata potential. Here in the States, the right to remain silent is sacrosanct. Not so in some other countries.)

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Florida city orders residents to remove 'God Bless America' signs


Saturday, October 5, 2013


I heard about a great maker of Kydex holsters and other gear in Dallas, Oregon: Survival Sheath Systems.

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For AR owners who have a yen for gadgets: Deployable Compact Armorers Tool

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Pierre M. sent: Desperate MSM Moves to Kill Off Article Comments

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Buried deep in a Stars and Stripes article about new grooming and tattoo standards for soldiers, was mention that the U.S. Army intends to adopt a Multicam variant for their standard issue utility uniform.

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James C. suggested: 17 Great Ways to Utilize 2-Liter Soda Bottles for Survival


Friday, October 4, 2013


An early winter? Winter Storm Atlas Forecast: Snow to Impact Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Western Nebraska ?

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Reader "MM1" suggested this well-reasoned piece by Ross Gilmore: Living Off The Land: Delusions and Misconceptions About Hunting and Gathering

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H.L. was the first of several readers to send this: Fencing coach uses sword to foil robbery

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Dr. Koelker, SurvivalBlog's Medical Editor is offering some more Survival Medicine classes with suturing, casting, minor surgery, office labs, radiation threats, and much more. The dates are: October 18-20 and November 15-17, 2013. The classes will be held just outside Akron, Ohio. You can register at ArmageddonMedicine.net

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Brad Thor recently posted an interview with me at his blog site.


Thursday, October 3, 2013


Reader RBS mentioned a site with some great data on vacuum tubes: TubeBooks.org

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) spotted this: Mind Blown: Remote Control Sturmgewehr 44 In Syria

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What’s so special about John Moses Browning?

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Lee M. spotted this: Fifty Free Farmstead eBooks

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My novel Expatriates is now available for Nook e-reader owners.

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H.L. sent: Meanwhile in Sudan: Fuel riots, a hiring spree of ex-Soviet air mercenaries and preparations for war


Wednesday, October 2, 2013


One of the Ryans over at TSLRF gave Expatriates a solid positive review. I've also recently had a lot of podcast and talk radio interviews, and I have dozens more scheduled, because of the Expatriates book release. One that was particularly interesting was archived by Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity. Another was with Rick Austin (Secrets of a Survivalist.) For the latter, click on the "September 29, 2013" show.

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There is a Self Reliance Expo scheduled in Denver, Colorado on October 4th and 5th. I won't be there, but our Central Rockies Regional Editor ("L.K.O.") plans to be, to tour the exhibit floor.

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J.H.B. suggested reading this article: Common Core: A Scheme to Rewrite Education

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Brent Bellamy, a doctoral candidate in Edmonton, Canada wrote an interesting combined book review: Survival to Reproduction: Rawles and Deniro

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Map: Here Are The States With The Highest Percentage Of Native-Born Residents. Not surprisingly, the western states and Florida show more neolocals.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Frequent link contributor RBS sent this: 3D-Printed Semiautomatic Pistol Unveiled

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Hornet attacks kill dozens in China: Hundreds of people stung in Shaanxi province by swarms of giant insects believed to have multiplied over warm summer. (Thanks to F.J.R. for the link.)

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Christian Tragedy in the Muslim World. Let's call it what it is: Genocide!

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Greg W. sent: A Gun Map That’s a Little Different

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A retired British Commando describes the use of the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife, in graphic detail. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)


Monday, September 30, 2013


Dallas County Now Has Its Very Own Bulletproof, "Mine-Protected" Military SUV. JWR Adds: An anonymous reader in Oregon wrote: "Yesterday I was driving by the Clackamas (Oregon) County Shops and Motor-pool and saw one of these MRAPs, identical to the one pictured in the article. Same paint too. It was sitting in the "repair or modify" area next to the road department trucks and sheriff's department boat, across the street from the sheriff car storage area. I doubt it'll stay tan for long."

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Jeff Ayers of Booklist posted this announcement and mini revew of Expatriates: "Rawles’ latest novel, set during a future global collapse, features characters in different parts of the world coping with life stripped of modern conveniences and technology. It’s a bit like the NBC television show Revolution but on a more global scale. People must rely on each other, and trust is as big a commodity as gold or silver. The novel follows Survivors (2011) and Founders (2012), both of which follow concurrently what Rawles calls “the coming collapse,” making it possible for readers to jump into the beginning of the end at any point. For dystopia and action fans."

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Georgia residents should find this of interest: The National Preppers and Survivalist Expo. It will be held October 19th and 20th in Atlanta. Admission is free.

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Tattler Reusable Canning Lids is conducting a three day sale beginning October 1, 2013.  They will be offering selected items up to 30% off, so stock up. Concurrently, there is a special promotion to support cancer research with the sale of a limited run of pink canning lids. (Note: The usual 5% discount code "survivalblog" cannot be used in conjunction with this sale.)

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Until October 15th, the SurvivalBlog 2005-2012 Archive DVD is sale priced at just $11.99.

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Project Appleseed tries to find middle ground in murky gun debate . (It was surprising to see this in The Metro -- a free urban tabloid with with a strong liberal bias.)


Sunday, September 29, 2013


RBS recommended this fascinating article: Six Months in the Middle Ages: Surviving the Moscow Winter

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F.J. suggested this: Vintage Machinery Website

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H.L. liked this one: What to do when your Dominant Eye Differs from your Dominant Hand

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The 1911 Pistol Is Its Own Toolbox! (Thanks to K.T. for the link.)


Saturday, September 28, 2013


A traitorous act! Kerry Signs UN Arms Trade Treaty — Civilian Disarmament Advancing

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Loyal content contributor RBS spotted this on Craigslist: Brand New Atlas Survival Shelter - $105000 (Council, Idaho)

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Leslie in New Mexico mentioned: Reese Case: Date Set for the Appeal

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Why Revolution is axing the storyline that drove the entire 1st season. In an Orwellian lexicon shift, the "Patriots" are now the designated evil villains! (Last season it was a "Militia.") The first season had rather lame acting and implausible situations. To suffer through the 2nd season (both lame and with even more overt brainwashing) is OTT. Do not subject yourself or your family to this nonsense!


Friday, September 27, 2013


G.G. sent this: Modoc County joins Siskiyou in state of Jefferson bid for secession

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Jeff Soyer of the Alphecca blog has posted a positive review of my soon to be released novel, Expatriates. And BTW, I just noticed that GoodReads and ChristianBook.com have both opened up their Expatriates pages for reviews. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone who has already read an advance copy would post their review at those sites. (Meanwhile, reviews are still temporarily blocked on the Amazon.com and BN.com sites until the October 1st release date.)

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Hollywood's New Favorite Cars Are Armored and Electrified. And perhaps even more practical (in these perilous days,) don't skip watching this: How to Turn Your Vehicle Into a Statement of Tech Activism Against the Police State

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CONEXes are not secure! You need trustworthy neighbors to watch your property when you are absent. 19 guns stolen from AZ military weapons shop. This link was courtesy of Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large.)


Thursday, September 26, 2013


German chancellor’s drone “attack” shows the threat of weaponized UAVs. JWR's Comment: FWIW, I've had UAVIED in the SurvivalBlog Glossary since 2006.

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The Rawles Gets You Ready Preparedness Course (now priced at just $19.97), has been selling briskly. It is now available only via digital download, but once you have that, you are welcome to print out a hard copy for your reference binder.

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The Realities of Applied Combat Marksmanship (Or, Why Basic Marksmanship Training is Just Not Enough)

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G.G. suggested: California’s great gun grab: State’s sweeping gun control bills target firearms, ammo — and hunting

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I was recently interviewed by Joyce Riley on The Power Hour. You can skip forward to the 8 minute mark for the beginning of my interview.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Oregonians warned to prepare for the ‘big one.’ (Thanks to R.B.S. for the link.)

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I noticed that DemCAD has posted a video review of my upcoming novel Expatriates.

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Reader B.C. mentioned seeing some stirring words, over at From The Trenches: To Those Who Would But Ask

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Some useful reading, over ar Guerillamerica: Information Operations, Part Three: Operational Security

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Signs of the times: Soldier hit and dragged 3/4 mile by car. (Please make a donation, if you can afford to.)


Tuesday, September 24, 2013


AmEx (American Expatriate) sent: U.S. Military begins rolling on airless tires

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Pierre M. spotted this: Venezuela orders temporary takeover of toilet paper factory

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The Rawles Gets You Ready Preparedness Course is now priced at just $19.97.

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F.J. suggested this instructive article: Choosing and Using the Right Shovel.


Monday, September 23, 2013


Until October 15th, the SurvivalBlog 2005-2012 Archive DVD is sale priced at just $11.99.

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Winston Churchill once famously said: "History is written by the victors." But I've noticed an exception to that rule: The history of Rhodesia's Bush War. In this case, the victors were a gang of largely illiterate, communist (and quasi-communist) nincompoops who very quickly wrecked and looted the nation. Since the end of the war and the establishment of Comrade Mugabe's Proletarian People's Paradise there have been at least a dozen books published about the Bush War by former Rhodesians, but just handful that were written by the ZANLA , ZIPRA, and FROLIZI "War Veterans." (The ex-terrorists who took power.) And not surprisingly, it was the "winners" who turned out to be the real losers, and it is the books by the exiled Rhodies that have had the lion's share of book sales. (The books written by the former terrorists--often with the help of ghost writers--have had laughably weak sales and are mainly read by leftist academics. The only one that merits a mention is Dzino. Memories of a Freedom Fighter by Wilfred Mhanda, and even it is replete with sour grapes for Mugabe and his ZANU henchmen.) Some quite factual books about the war that I can recommend are: Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, The Saints: The Rhodesian Light Infantry, A Martyr Speaks, The Bush War In Rhodesia: The Extraordinary Combat Memoir of a Rhodesian Reconnaissance Specialist, Shadows of a Forgotten Past: To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts, Pamwe Chete, and The Rhodesian War: A Military History. 21st Century survivalists can learn some valuable lessons by studying the history of this conflict, in which isolated farms often had to provide their own defense against the "terrs."

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I was recently interviewed by Rory and his friends in a SGT Report podcast.


Sunday, September 22, 2013


Frequent contributors B.B. and H.L. both sent this: US Gun Owners: Felon or Free

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Missing the point about Alexis: How Can Red Flags Be Missed Like Navy Shooter's? This article claims that the security clearance system has failed. But what was not mentioned is that the gunman only held a Secret clearance. That clearance level only requires a National Agency Check (NAC) and a local records check. So anyone that has never been arrested usually qualifies for a Secret clearance. You don't get the right answers if you ask the wrong questions.

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Reader F.J. sent this: Flooding Brings Tales of Rescues, Improvisation. F.J.'s Comment: "I guess they've never heard of a bug out bag --or any preparedness at all?"

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What’s Next After the Firearms Freedom Act Ruling?


Saturday, September 21, 2013


Reader R.B.S. sent: Poison-resistant sewer rats discovered in four Swedish cities

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Lou F. suggested this piece: Is Buckshot Lethal at 50 Yards?

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Rebel-on-Rebel Violence Seizes Syria. (Thanks to Pierre M. for the link.)

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Hunger grips Acapulco: Mexico storms strand thousands of tourists, with no reprieve in sight. (A tip of the hat to Luke D.)


Friday, September 20, 2013


Rick B. recommended: Crop Rotation in the Home Garden

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I knew that Bobcats were versatile little tractors, but I had no idea that they were this agile. (Thanks to Chester for the link.)

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Three Important Lessons from a Canadian Border Crossing

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Update on the big September Mountain House sales: The folks at Safecastle report: " 27% of the Mountain House canned varieties are now backordered.
 
Mountain House foods now on backorder till October: Pilot Crackers, New Orleans Rice with Shrimp, Mexican Style Rice & Chicken, Uncooked Eggs, Vegetable Stew, Ground Beef, Green Beans, Peas, Corn, Cottage Cheese, Chicken Stew.
 
The good news: Sweet & Sour Pork and Breakfast Skillet are back in stock and shipping out again."

Here is a summary of the five September sales on Mountain House foods in #10 cans. They are all offering deep discounts and most of them are offering free shipping:


Thursday, September 19, 2013


Ay, ay, ay Acapulco: Desperate thousands try to escape cut-off Acapulco

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Reader James W. suggested this: How to Meet Mutual Assistance Group Members

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Reader Pierre M. sent: The NSA's secret org chart. Marc presents a fine conceptual chart, but of course what it lacks is the corresponding physical structure, showing the Field Stations around the globe and the relationship between the NSA and its tasked military counterparts such as the Air Force Security Command (AFSC), the Naval Security Group (NSG), and the U.S. Army's Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM.)

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Food for thought: Biblical Prophecies of the Middle East Poster.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013


K.T. sent: Media mongers new fear campaign over 'bump fire' stocks. (FWIW, I bought a short stack of SlideFire AR and AK stocks, just in case further production is banned, but their possession is grandfathered. )

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Reader Joe G. recommended this holster maker in New Hampshire: Mitch Rosen

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The Red State Ranger recommended: The Don't Own Stuff You Can't Fix Plan for Life


Tuesday, September 17, 2013


G.G. flagged this: Imagining a Cyberattack on the Power Grid

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Reader F.G. sent me a link to some eye candy: Herra Kuulapaa: High speed ballistics photography. (The Guy Fawkes mask was a nice touch.)

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Bob K. and his wife recommended the classic short story: The Machine Stops, by E.M. Forster, written in 1909.

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Activity On The Sun Flatlines: Bitterly Cold Winters Ahead?

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14 Civilian Disarmament Bills on California Governor's Desk


Monday, September 16, 2013


Pre-1899 and replica gun law tested in Texas.

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On November 16, 2013, I will be a featured guest speaker (via teleseminar) at the Charlotte, North Carolina Back To The Basics convention. (Formerly known as Charlotte PrepCon.)

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Some redoubtable folks: Maryland counties join movement to secede from largely Democrat-run state. (Thanks to S.R. for the link.)

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Killer robots and crippling cyber attacks: How the world is going to end - according to super brains such as Stephen Hawking

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Robert L. wrote: "I recommend Royal Bag as a source for zip-loc type storage bags in 2-mil, 4-mil and 6-mil bags up to 24” x 24”. These, in my opinion, are much better construction than the [conusumer grade] Ziploc brand."


Sunday, September 15, 2013


Here at the Rawles Ranch, I use ratchet wire tensioners for building building fence corners and H-braces, as well as for tensioning our solar-charged electric fences. I was recently bemoaning the fact that the only tensioners that I could find at my local feed store and hardware store were made in China, and priced at nearly $4 each. So I did some searching and found a mail order company called Zeitlow Distributing Company in McPherson, Kansas that specializes in electric fence products. They sell the Tru-Test Strainrite tensioners that are made in New Zealand. They had these sale priced at just $2.66 each. They also shipped my order very quickly--apparently shipped the same day. Note that the Strainrite ratchet tensioners (called "cliplock strainers", in Kiwi parlance) are slightly wider that the typical American ones (such as the old Hayes brand), so you will need a tensioning tool (aka "ratchet handle") made by Strainrite, or one that is of compatible width.

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Your drone detector? A clever new sonic radar, using a re-purposed woofer speaker and signal processing.

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Pierre M. suggested this: Miller: National gun registry gets head start as Maryland compromises gun owners’ privacy

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Also on the privacy front, Bob J. sent: Your E-ZPass Might Be Tracking You Everywhere, Not Just Tollbooths. And R.B.S. sent: NSA disguised itself as Google to spy, say reports. Ad n G.B. in Texas sent: FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack


Saturday, September 14, 2013


Pierre M. sent: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to Coptic Christians: Convert to Islam, or pay ‘jizya’ tax

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Joanna H. recommended this web page: How to Make a Rabbit Skin Blanket

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The first Seattle Sustainable Preparedness Expo is scheduled for September 29th, 2013.

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Boy Scout alternative, Trail Life USA, launches ‘premier’ Christian group for boys. (Thanks to RBS for the link.)

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SurvivalPrepStore, a new Kansas City area survival store (with a nationwide mailorder customer base) is by offering an All American Deal in remembrance of 9/11.  They are offering sales prices on two America-made products with a special Silver Dollar bonus:
 
1.       The All American Sun Oven (The 2013 version) at their previous 2010 price of $279.99.  This includes free shipping.
2.       Or purchase the Talia Filter System 4.5 gallons at $237+ Shipping. 
 
Bonus offer: Any orders of these two items placed through September 18th will receive a One Dollar Silver Coin.
 
Note: The Talia Filter system is made by an Ohio-based company.  The owner uses these systems for overseas missions in places like Africa.  It is a Christian organization.  Their systems are comparable to Berkey water systems.  They have 440 Stainless steel containers, carbon-ceramic filters impregnated in silver solution and the filters are stainless-steel threaded instead of plastic, making them more reliable and durable. Be sure to use this promotional discount code, at checkout: rawles.


Friday, September 13, 2013


Update: The big sales on Mountain House long term storage foods packed in #10 cans are continuing. Some varieties are now sold out, for example: New Orleans Rice & Shrimp, Sweet & Sour Pork, and Pilot Crackers. On any of those, you can now expect up to a two month delay before shipment!

There are now five SurvivalBlog advertisers that are running September Mountain House sales, and I strongly recommend that you stock up to take advantage of these sales prices in September.

Here is a summary of the five September sales on Mountain House foods in #10 cans. They are all offering deep discounts and most of them are offering free shipping:

Because of the huge volume of orders expected, you can expect up to a 15-day delay before your order ships from stock on hand with all five of these Mountain House dealers. (Although Safecastle reports that drop-shipped orders coming directly from Mountain House's facility on Oregon are shipping within five days.)

Note that the deepest discounts are limited to selected varieties and to stock on hand, so place your order soon. Check with the vendors' web sites often, as they will be adjusting some pricing during the month, and listing the food varieties that have run out.

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Peter S. sent a link to this brilliant parody: Help Kickstart World War III!

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Oh and speaking of Pinterest, Mike Williamson recommended this Pinterest page: Salt and Prepper.

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J.E.L. suggested this post over at Gold is Money by someone who has lived truly off grid and grubby: 102 Prepping choices I would change

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Joe K. suggested: Living Without Running Water: A Practical Guide. JWR's Comment: This drives home my oft-repeated point that it is essential to have a retreat property with spring water (preferably gravity fed) or a shallow well (32 feet, or less.)


Thursday, September 12, 2013


G.G. sent: In Mexico, self-defense groups battle a cartel. [JWR's Comment: I wonder if the photographer realized that the "meanacing"-looking scoped AR in the foreground was a .22 rimfire? Take a close look at the magazine.]

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Number of People Who Showed Up For “Million Muslim March” . . . 21. (Perhaps they heard that there would be 2 million bikers coming into town.)

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Carol J. mentioned: Fabric coating thwarts detection by night-vision devices. "The coating combines a squid protein, reflectin, plus graphene."

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Over at Frank and Fern's blog: TEOTWAWKI, Two Years Later

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Californians can kiss goodblye their M1 Carbines, Remington 740 series rifles, Valmet Hunters, Mini-14s, and many others: California Passes Gun Control Bill Banning 'Assault' Weapons


Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Reader J. McC. sent: Small California City Welcome Doomsday Bunkers

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For those who are concerned about the privacy of your search engine history, I heard about a company that prides itself on keeping no stinking histories: ixquick.com. So, hoping that their promise is legitimate, I have that set as my browser's home page, so that I don't forget to use it. OBTW, friend Dave reminds me: "There is an IXQuick add-on for the Firefox search bar." It is time to divorce ourselves from Google, folks!

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The feds pay for 60 percent of Tor’s development. Can users trust it?

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An interesting bit of history and etymology: Dread Nought.

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Wikistorming: Colleges offer credit to inject feminism into Wikipedia. [JWR Adds: A few years ago, I started referring to Wikipedia as LeftistAgendaPedia, for good reason: The statist/leftist/homosexual/environmentalist/civilian disarmament cabals rule Wikipedia with ferocity. They use Wikipedia's rules to their advantage, via WikiLawyering, sock-puppetry, POV-pushing, and cleverly orchestrated "consensus." For example, one of the cabals deleted the wiki article about one of my novels, even after it was a New York Times best-seller, claiming that it was "non-notable." Beware of the bias of anything that you read on Wikipedia!]


Tuesday, September 10, 2013


H.L. sent: Venomous Spiders, State-By-State

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Commentary from Mac Slavo: Map: Where You Don’t Want to Be When It Hits the Fan

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Fascinating: In search of Food Deserts. Be sure to scroll down and see the maps of Wyoming and Montana. FWIW, it is a 25+ mile drive to the nearest grocery store for my family. But it is just a few steps to our well-stocked pantry room and to JASBORR.

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Reader C.K. (who lives "on a mountaintop in North Idaho") wrote to suggest this site: Ethanol Alcohol Fuel Test Kits. Ne noted: "I read that PRI-G has organic dispersants -- good on one hand, but could certain cases cause problems, warrants readers to check out the good information compiled at this link for themselves.

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) recommended this WikiHow article: How to Obtain an EU Passport as a US Citizen. OBTW, Mike was born in England and is qualified for several passports. From what I've read, Ireland is one of the most accommodating nations. With just one Irish-born grandparent, you can qualify for dual citizenship. Consider multiple passports part of your "Plan B, Plan C, Plan D" contingencies.


Monday, September 9, 2013


There is a new but familiar listing on SurvivalRealty that I once owned: Secluded But Not Remote Retreat for Sale in Idaho County, Idaho. I can personally vouch that it is a fantastic piece of retreat land, with multiple springs, a good mix of timber and quite a variety of wild herbs. It is advantageously situated down at low elevation on a very private side canyon of the South Fork of the Clearwater River. The winters there are very mild--with just a month of snow that "sticks"--and a long growing season. The surrounding properties are large cattle ranches, so it feels very private. The property has abundant water, fantastic harvestable timber, and a naturally-exposed quarry of road rock (that can be crushed as needed) right next to the road through the property. With only one vehicular approach, the property is quite defendable. I highly recommend this retreat property!

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Here is an interesting "water risk" map that is useful for retreat locale selection. (Thanks to CDV for the link.)

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As I 've mentioned before, for National Preparedness Month, Mountain House has removed their Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) restrictions on their authorized dealers for long term storage foods packed in #10 cans. This is an unprecedented opportunity, with low sale prices that haven't been seen in decades. There are now five SurvivalBlog advertisers are Mountain House dealers, and I strongly recommend that you stock up to take advantage of these sales prices in September.

Here is a summary of the five September sales on Mountain House foods in #10 cans. They are all offering deep discounts and most of them are offering free shipping:

Because of the huge volume of orders expected, you can expect up to a 15-day delay before your order ships, with all five of these Mountain House dealers. Note that the deepest discounts are limited to selected varieties and to stock on hand, so place your order soon. Check with the vendors' web sites often, as they will be adjusting some pricing during the month, and listing the food varieties that have run out.

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G.G. flagged this: Survive the apocalypse in style: Home that boasts a luxury bunker 26 feet underground with fake grass and simulated night and day.

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Rick G. was the first of several readers to send this: Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security


Sunday, September 8, 2013


A reminder from Al in Maryland: Readers in Maryland are doubtless already aware that after October 1, 2013 it will be illegal to buy a firearm defined as an 'assault long gun' including any long guns deemed to be 'copies' [of banned models.]  Current owners are grandfathered-in, for now.   Handguns will be harder to acquire and there will be more hoops to jump through." There will also be restrictions on full-capacity magazines. So Marylanders should stock up, muy pronto!
 
In related news: Maryland gun applications overwhelm police, dealers as tough limits draw near.

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B.B. sent: Homeland Security Allocates Nearly One Billion Dollars For Explosives Storage Magazines

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California’s slippery gun-control slide

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Scary Implications: San Antonio Passes Ordinance Banning Anyone Who Opposes Homosexuality From Running For Office, Receiving A City Contract…


Saturday, September 7, 2013


A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I wished someone commercially made a soft start power box for radios that use vacuum tubes. Now I've been told there already is such a product, made by the folks at Electric Radio Magazine. Such a device will likely pay for itself in just a few years, given the inflated price of tubes. (Have you priced a replacement 1L6 Pentagrid tube, or a Magic Eye tuning tube recently?)

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Here is a good message: Why I'm a Republican. Sadly, however, the Republican Party's leadership has now embraced statist socialism. (They are just in less of a hurry than the Democrats.)

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This is too cool: Zip line link a big boost for tiny Italian towns. E'assolutamente grandi!

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H.L. sent: Rooftop Solar Panels Become Growing Threat to Firefighters


Friday, September 6, 2013


Reader Nick R. mentioned that the price of .308 ball ammo is now back below $700 per thousand. (It was at least $1 per round, in January.) Is the ammo drought finally ending? Even .22 LR is coming back down in price. (For a while there, I thought that Walton Creel would have to give up his life as an artist.)

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My friend Terry H. mentioned another pistol recall. This time it is the S&W M&P Shield.

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The American Redoubt may be growing: State of Jefferson: Board votes for separation

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G.G. flagged this: Tables turned on armed robber who tried to hold up an Iraq war veteran: Thief stares down the barrel of quick thinking victim's gun after trying to steal from a store

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Warning: D.C. cops under orders to arrest tourists with empty bullet casings. (Thanks to B.B. for the link.)


Thursday, September 5, 2013


Reader Jim T. mentioned that there is a very lively discussion going on over at Surivivalistboards about how to make friends or enemies with your neighbors at your newly-acquired retreat.  Is is very easy to tell who is from the city and who is from the country, from the responses. I think some city folks need to be educated on how things work in the country.

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Readers H.L. and B.B. both sent: Illinois State Police Begin Registering Concealed Carry Instructors. [JWR's Comment: "I hate Illinois Nazis."]

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As I mentioned before, for National Preparedness Month, Mountain House has removed their Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) restrictions on their authorized dealers for long term storage foods packed in #10 cans. This is the first time the company has ever done so, and it has created the opportunity for low prices that haven't been seen in decades. There are now four SurvivalBlog advertisers are Mountain House dealers, and I strongly recommend that you stock up to take advantage of these sales prices in September.

Here is a summary of the four September sales on Mountain House foods in #10 cans. They are all offering deep discounts and most of them are offering free shipping:

Because of the huge volume of orders expected, you can expect up to a 15-day delay before your order ships, with all four of these Mountain House dealers. Note that the deepest discounts are limited to selected varieties and to stock on hand, so place your order soon. Check with the vendors' web sites often, as they will be adjusting some pricing during the month, and listing the food varieties that have run out.

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More Global Warming Climate Change news from this alleged "Summer" in Alaska: Deep Cold: Interior and Northern Alaska Weather & Climate

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Adam sent a link to a news story about a wolf attack. (As the Canadian timber wolf packs proliferate and spread out, attacks on livestock, pets, and humans are certain to get more commonplace.)


Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Troll culture has reached the border of free Michigan: Labor Day ‘Mackinac Bridge Walk’ will feature warrantless bag searches. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)

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The Buzz on a Bumper Crop of Yellow Jackets. [JWR Adds: My readers throughout the Inland Northwest have confirmed my own local observations that this summer has been light on mosquitoes, but heavy on yellow jacket wasps and bald faced hornets. ]

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News from Nanny State Britannia: A knitting group said it was no longer allowed to meet at a library because its needles are "dangerous" and its members are too noisy. (Thanks to Andre D. for the link.)

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I see that Walther is still concentrating on what they've always done best: pocket pistols.

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Speaking of pocket rockets, most folks have already heard about the factory recall of Springfield 3.3 XD-S pistols in certain serial number ranges. (Thanks to Nick G. for the link.)


Tuesday, September 3, 2013


F.J. suggested: Make a Reaping Hook

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Reader Joe S. found a great resource for anyone with an interested in First Generation Cummins 5.9 Liter Six-Cylinder Diesels: 1989 - 1991 Ram Diesel Engine Specs

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Attention southpaws: I heard that Autrey's Armory has announced a special for SurvivalBlog readers on Rock River Operator carbines in left hand configuration. They have
8 of these available. Full retail on these is $1,360, but Autrey's sells these for $1,175.99. But if you send an e-mail and mention that you saw them mentioned in SurvivalBlog, they will knock off a further $100.) They have four flat tops and four Dominator mounts, for EoTech additions.

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M.E.R. sent us this: Texas Official Preparing for Independence

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OFA anti-gun protest in Springfield flops. Ten show up.


Monday, September 2, 2013


Reader F.G. suggested this good article: Garage OPSEC

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How Cops Can Block Remote Wiping of Seized Cellphones with Aluminum Foil. (Thanks to J.B.G. for the link.)

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B.B. recommended listening to this podcast interview: Larry Pratt: 2nd Amendment Legislative Update

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250,000 Alpaca-sicles? Chalk it up to Global Warming: Peru Declares State of Emergency in Puno as Temperatures Drop


Sunday, September 1, 2013


R.H. kindly sent us the full scoop on Maryland's new ban on semi-auto rifles and standard capacity magazines that goes into effect in one month (October 1, 2013.) Vote with your feet, if you can. But if you can't, then stock up, soon!

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Common Household Items that Add Hundreds of Dollars to Energy Bills. [JWR's Comment: Don't overlook the umpteen power cubes (AC to DC transformers) throughout your house. By simply plugging them in to a $5 power strip you can turn off those "wall warts" with the flick of a switch when they aren't in use. I also highly recommend buying a Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor, so you can budget and reduce your power consumption. This will be crucial as you transition to alternative power systems in the coming years.]

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R.B.S. suggested watching a documentary on the demographics of Islam.

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Rick H. in Ohio recommended this book review: "Evil Invades Sanctuary: The Case for Security in Faith-Based Organizations"

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The "misguided" circuit court judge's injunction against open carry in Mississippi has been vacated by the state's Supreme Court. (Thanks to Papa in Mississippi for the link.)


Saturday, August 31, 2013


Elbert suggested: Improvised Weapons of Syria

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No room in their hearts for charity? It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States.

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I'm discouraged that even though several of my novels have been best-sellers, no Hollywood production company has picked up the movie rights. If you know anyone at a decision making level with a Hollywood studio, or an independent ("indie") producer, please let them know about the availability of the rights to my novels. (I can ask my agent to send review copies of my books to any producers who show an interest.)

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News from Texas: Under a New Law, the Police Can Act as Gun Dealer.

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Mike Williamson sent: The Hiring Follies of Troy Industries


Friday, August 30, 2013


B.B. sent this encouraging news: Missouri Set to Nullify All Federal Gun Laws. I hope that they are successful and that this becomes model legislation.

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M.B. suggested a new piece of short fiction by Matt Bracken over at the WRSA site: Alas, Brave New Babylon

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Massive Drill Planned to Test Resiliency of U.S. Electric Grid.

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F.G. recommended both this article and this same training discipline for civilian shooters: 'This is not your rifle:' Marines take foreign weapons instructor course

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A spectacular OPSEC Fail: Look inside: Local survivalist's self-made 'foxhole'. (Reader B.E. mentioned that finding his address took about 50 seconds, and bringing up driving directions to his house with Mapquest took just an additional 20 seconds.)


Thursday, August 29, 2013


You've got to love Louisiana: Gov. Jindal Promotes Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday: No State Tax on Guns. (Thanks to Kevin A. for the link.)

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I heard about another great company that sells only gear made only the in U.S. and allied countries: Low Visual Impact Bushcraft and Survival Inc.

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Blacksmithing alive and well in parts of Alabama. (Thanks to Pam C. for the link.)

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An Ayn Rand School libertarian who groks Firefly.

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Glock owners should find this knife/gun maintenance tool of interest.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Split more wood, folks! "Farmers' Almanac" predicts a "bitterly cold" winter. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)

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Troy H. mentioned a trend that is worth emulating: Greek community creates an off-the-grid Internet.

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I've heard that the "Rawles Gets You Ready Preparedness Course" has overall had surprisingly strong sales since the price dropped to less than $20. You'll get immediate delivery, via digital download.

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Andre D. sent: Pentagon Labels Founding Fathers, Conservatives as Extremists

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I see that Powell's Books (my favorite bookstore on Planet Earth) has corrected the formerly broken link to their ordering page for my upcoming novel "Expatriates." Ausgezeichnet!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013


First look inside famous Cold War nuke vault. Under a McDonalds hamburger place in downtown Los Alamos, New Mexico!

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Leaked: German Government Warns Key Entities Not To Use Windows 8 – Links The NSA

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I recently asked if someone made a set of stencils for camouflage spray-painting rifles and other field gear to replicate popular camouflage patterns, such as Woodland pattern. Yes, there is a company that makes them. And as previously mentioned, similar stencils are also available from the makers of Duracoat, Lauer Custom Weaponry. Just be sure to use flat (no gloss) paint with them.

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Representative Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) are sponsoring legislation which amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include a 20 percent tax on handguns and a 50 percent tax on ammo.

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Curtis R. sent this news from Arkansas: Pistol-Packing Private School Takes Aim at Bad Guys

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B.B. spotted this troubling news: ATF advances executive gun controls with proposed trust rule change. [JWR's Comment: You can probably expect to read about a "run on suppressors", as trustees rush to stock up on "cans" before this proposed change takes effect.)


Monday, August 26, 2013


What if they had a protest, and nobody came? Richmond rally supports more checks for gun purchases. You'll find buried in the third paragraph: "Speaking to a sparse crowd — perhaps 15 local supporters..." Fifteen? Gosh, even the gay boy-baiting NAMBLA group gathers more people than that. So my questions are: Who wrote that headline, and who was the editor that approved it? And since when does 15 souls constitute a "rally"? Their draw was closer to the scale of a Kaffeeklatsch. The turnout was pretty pathetic, when you consider the $12 million+ that Mayor Bloomberg has spent on just his group's latest background check ad campaign (including $100,000 for one Superbowl ad) and the $200,000 per year he spends for his stable of public relations spinmeisters. Talk about a poor return on investment (ROI)... It is had to believe that Bloomberg is famous for brilliant financial analysis and reporting. His ROI stinks.

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Colorado secession drive mirrors national politics. And meanwhile: Colorado Citizens Seek to Nullify Unconstitutional Gun Control Laws

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I heard about the The Southern Preppers and Green Living Expo, September 7&8, in Oxford, Alabama. Admission is free.

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I noticed that Camping Survival has added a full line of very reasonably priced fish antibiotics to their online catalog. (They sell the whole works: Penicillin, Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Ciprofloxacin, and Cephalexin!) No prescription is required, so stock up.

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There are several simple and very inexpensive expedients for Faraday shielding your cellular phone (such as simply alternating wrappings of plastic bags and heavy duty aluminum foil. But these new purpose-built bags are more convenient: Signal Armor.


Sunday, August 25, 2013


When the ‘cure’ doesn’t end the pain: Some Lyme disease patients have symptoms that can linger for years despite standard treatment. Scientists are puzzling over how that can be. (Thanks to H.L. for the link.)

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One month to Revolution: The premiere of Season 2 of the post grid-collapse television series Revolution is scheduled for September 25th. It will air on Wednesdays at 8:00pm ET/PT. The series was renewed for another 22 episodes. It is fairly mediocre as sci-fi/survivalist television drama goes, but it is the only game in town. Seeing Revolution only makes me miss Firefly even more.

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An interesting piece, written back when 7.62mm NATO ball ammo was more affordable: 10,000 Round FAL Torture Test.

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D.L. mentioned that there are alternatives to PRISM-compromised software available here: Prism-break.org. And speaking of which: NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies.

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Remington Arms scouts Middle Tennessee after New York bans its rifle.

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The slippery slope to Depravity and the Tyranny of Enforced Political Correctness: Christian Photographer Forced to do Work for Lesbian Couple. Note: After reading of this decision, I updated my Provisos Page with the following new paragraph: "SurvivalBlog.com is an entirely private information service that is my sole property made available to others as a form of free personal expression under my de jure Preamble Citizen's right as later guaranteed in the First Article in Amendment to the Constitution. SurvivalBlog.com is not a "public accommodation" and it is preemptively exempt from any forced or coerced accommodation, via legislation (or bureaucratic interpretation thereof) or any dictate, directive, or decree by any agency of government or by any NGO or by any individual under any future "Fairness Doctrine" or similar charade. I reserve the right to refuse service (to wit: to refuse posting, linking, or mention of anyone or anything, at my sole discretion) to any person, agency, corporation, or other entity. I do so for the sake of maintaining sound business practices and to maintain my moral and religious principles."

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Another one of Mayor Bloomberg's gun-grabbing mayors goes down in flames: Filthy Filner Resigns. (OBTW, someone ought to do statistical study and determine the criminality rate of these "crime fighting" mayors, versus the citizenry as a whole.)


Saturday, August 24, 2013


Citing grave security concerns... Say Goodbye to Skype. "Not only is Skype plugged directly in to the surveillance grid, but the company is actively contributing to the most complete surveillance system in the history of mankind." (Thanks to H.M. for the link.)

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G.G. suggested: Amaranth: Another Ancient Wonder Food, But Who Will Eat It? [JWR Adds: See the previously posted warnings in SurvivalBlog's archives about containing your Amaranth crop plantings! (The tiny seeds are carried on the winds so the plant can easily become a weed that can grow out of control.]

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Do Not Walk, California—Run from EDLs

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I've been lurking in an interesting thread in progress over at the Survivalist Boards Forums: Bump in the Night...

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For those in "Flyover Country", Farmer Mike recommended an amazing upcoming auction where a lot of restorable EMP-proof vehicles will be sold: Lambrecht Chevrolet Car Auction in Pierce, Nebraska. Seeing 50 year-old cars with just a few miles on the odometer is a real rarity. But having the chance to choose from 20 or more of them all in one auction is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (The auction will be September 28th and 29th, 2013.)


Friday, August 23, 2013


Merry suggested: 40 maps that explain the world

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F.R. spotted this over at Instructables: KP Pyramid Wood Stove

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Some satire is too accurate to be comfortable: Stop, Drop, and Cower. (Thanks to Wayne B. for the link.)

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Should You Be Able to Buy Food Directly From Farmers? The Government Doesn’t Think So.

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Yet another reason to vamoose the Land of Lincoln Obama: Illinois expands background checks to all gun purchases


Thursday, August 22, 2013


Another big solar coronal mass ejection (CME) occurred on August 20th. Luckily, this one was not pointed directly toward Earth. Next time, we may not be so lucky. (It could be like the 1859 solar storm.) Are you ready to hunker down for months or years without grid power? Get ready, folks!

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Raising Mealworms for Chicken Food

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Glock 17 and Glock 19 owners, take note: If you are looking for pouches that will fit 33 round Glock magazines, SurvivalBlog reader Jeff S. recommends using the 1980s/1990s vintage (ALICE era) flashlight holder pouches that were commercially made to fit the traditional military angle head flashlights. Jeff says that these pouches will hold a pair of 33 round Glock magazines quite nicely. These flashlight pouches can be found in both Olive Drab and Woodland camouflage pattern at many military surplus stores. They come with ALICE clips, but can be easily adapted to newer MOLLE gear, either by home-improvised modifications, or the factory-made "ALICE to MOLLE" adapters.

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) recommended this: Do Not Link allows you to ethically criticize bad content

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Mike M. sent some us news from Nanny State North: Apparently folks in Nova Scotia must now word their e-mails and text message very carefully, under an Orwellian new law. (Thanks to M.S. for the news tip.)

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After a brief outage caused by a technical glitch, Ready Made Resources reports that their web site is now back on line.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Colorado Counties Vote on Forming a New State. (If they are successful, I will certainly expand the American Redoubt!)

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Anyone who owns a 26.5mm flare gun (either a flare pistol or one of the big RV-85 shoulder-fired flare launchers) should consider getting one of these new ATF-approved goodies: Sub-Caliber Device for .45 Colt or .410 shotshells. Kennesaw Cannon also makes one that shoots .22LR. (Of course consult your state and local laws before ordering either model.) These inserts are sold by a number of Internet/mailorder firms, including Cheaper Than Dirt.

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Maine Bill Would Require “Voluntary” Checks for Private Gun Sales.

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Andre D. sent: The BBC says anyone who accuses it of bias – is biased

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The surprising ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776


Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Yesterday I mentioned needing Anderson Power Pole adapters for cigarette lighter plugs and jacks. Several readers promptly wrote to tell me about two companies that already make them: Quicksilver Radio and Powerwerx. (The latter has a huge variety of DC power products.)

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Here is a small company in Huntersville, North Carolina that was started by a retired Navy man who is now a Christian missionary, to help with his retirement: ThriftyPrepperMall.com

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While doing some research for my now nearly complete "Rawles on Tools" book (for Penguin Books, scheduled for release in May in 2013), I ran across a hardened steel wire draw plate that is much more versatile than my old 32-hole plate. This one has 80 holes. If you aren't familiar with these, they are used for resizing wire. Jewelers use these a lot, but they are also surprisingly useful in a home workshop. These are also made with square, triangular, and half-round holes--which is mainly of interest to jewelers, but useful also for some hobbyists, like model train builders.

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Mike H. sent news of seven recent bear attacks in Michigan, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. (Be careful out there! And carry pepper spray, lead spray, or both)

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This company's custom hidden doors are "spendy", but their web site provides some great ideas for skilled home carpenters.


Monday, August 19, 2013


For folks with a large stream on their property, a Pelton Wheel system like this is fantastic: Algonquin Eco-Lodge - 12 kW Micro-Hydro Turbines

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Why we face grave danger from space: The discovery that a colossal solar flare hit Earth in the Dark Ages reminds us that catastrophe could strike at any time, says Michael Hanlon.

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.50 BMG shooters might find this reference page on specialty military rounds of interest.

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Mike Brown is planning to build a new generation of reliable 8 horsepower steam engines that will be able to run a 5 kilowatt generator.


Sunday, August 18, 2013



Saturday, August 17, 2013


I was pleased to see that Mark Levin's new book The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic hit #1 overall on Amazon.com.

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Ohio Shawn spotted a piece about a single-wheel human cargo trailer, over at Instructables.

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Bob G. sent this study in contrasts: AK-74: Fast Assembly & Disassembly In Russian School. (Most American school teachers would throw a fit before they would allow this in their classrooms.)

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Just for fun: Swiss "Jetman" flies along B-17 aircraft

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New Company Allows Organizations to Hire Fake Protesters


Friday, August 16, 2013


The Nation’s 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods.

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Reader T.K. wrote to mention some good news: "The price of the PTR-91 [a HK91 clone rifle] has returned to normal. I bought mine a couple of months after the Newtown Shootings and paid well over $1,400. One Source Tactical is now selling the rifle with five new mags for $975. It was a good rifle at $1,400 but a great one at $975."  [JWR Adds: It is noteworthy that all of their recent production rifles have barrels with the "GI" spec chambers, which makes them tolerant to most types of ammo. That, and plentiful mil-surp magazines still under $3 each makes the PTR-91 my top choice for .308 battle rifles .]

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Camping Survival is running a Wise Foods and Berkey water filter bundle sale. The sale ends on Tuesday, so order soon.

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A new book from Boston T. Party will soon be released: Modules For Manhood -- What Every Male Under 40 Must Know. This promises to be a great book.

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California Set to Become Strictest Gun Control State with Ammunition Registry


Thursday, August 15, 2013


Brazil uprising points to rise of leaderless networks. (The 21st Century Paradigm: Unemployment + social media networking = riots.)

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A reader in Switzerland wrote to mention that an anti-gun "Ministry of Truth" cabal at Wikipedia is attemping to systematically expunge any references to mayors who have resigned and the mayors who have criminal convictions from the Mayors Against Illegal Guns wiki page. These guys make Stalin and his successors look like amateurs. If you are an experienced Wikipedian, feel free to chime in.

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Ingrown Toenails in Tough Times

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Part of the amazing aircraft collection of Merle Maine will be auctioned this weekend, in Ontario, Oregon. (In eastern Oregon, near the Idaho state line.) How many private pilots can say that they own an operational Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat, a T-28, a DeHavilland MK-35 Vampire, a Grumman S2F-2 Tracker, a MiG-17, or a MiG-23? Quite the collection of old Caddies, too. Merle had class.

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What Global Warming? 2012 Data Confirms Earth In Cooling Trend


Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Reader J.H. sent an fascinating video that illustrates why so-called dry washes can be so dangerous: Amazing Flash Flood / Debris Flow Southern Utah. J.H.'s comments: "The amazing thing is that the heaviest rain fell 40 miles away from the film site and the peak rain came six hours before the wave passed through. Local weather conditions give no clue as to what is about to happen. Swimming in the trash laden water is an absolute non-starter. Pity the camper who has one of these walls of wet wood squash him while he is wrapped in a sleeping bag, zipped up in a tent. Take home message: Never completely trust a 'dry wash' in desert country."

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A misinformed reader in New Jersey wrote to chide me about recently posting a quote from Adam Baldwin, complaining: "The Baldwin brothers are all leftist weenies." To clarify: Adam Baldwin, (who played Animal Mother in Full Metal Jacket and the role of Jayne Cobb in Firefly) is a libertarian conservative. He is not related to Alec Baldwin (a stridently statist left-wing PETA member. The mass media-magnetic Baldwin Brothers were born in New York. But Adam Baldwin was born in Winnetka, Illinois. The latter and Alec's brother Stephen Baldwin (an outspoken Christian conservative) would be well-received in The American Redoubt. But Alec Baldwin would probably get the bum rush. Oh, and speaking of Adam, he apparently visits SurvivalBlog. Shiny!

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Bad news for Mayor Bloomberg's police state ambitions: NYPD's 'stop-and-frisk' practice is unconstitutional, judge rules

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M.O.B. sent this news from Wisconsin: Libraries 'overwhelmed' by interest in patron seed share programs

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F.J. liked this piece over at Instructables: How To Make A PVC Water / Air / Vacuum Pump


Tuesday, August 13, 2013


F.G. sent: Marines and Army deploy new helmet designed to stop Rifle Rounds

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H.L. recommended this article and video: Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening

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Bob P. wrote to reiterate one of SurvivalBlog's long-standing recommendations: "Zippo Lighters are American-made. They are manufactured by the Zippo Manufacturing Co. in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Even though I don't smoke I always kept a Zippo lighter handy since I was in the Army in the 1960s.  I keep one in my BOB and one in my ready pack in my pickup.  Zippos will burn just about any fuel and some of my Army buddies used to refill their Zippos and similar wind proof lighters by dunking them in the gas tanks of gasoline-powered equipment. (Don't use diesel!)  They always worked and the lower the octane of the fuel the better. They seem to be more reliable, wind proof and work better than butane lighters in cold weather. We always keep extra flints in the bottom, under the cotton packing."

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Mugabe signs secret deal to sell uranium to Tehran.


Monday, August 12, 2013


The political realm is not that different from my horse corral or my hen house. Periodically, the Schumer gets so deep that you can't just continue shoveling a bit off off the top or around the edges. Merely covering it up with straw is no longer sufficient. The smell becomes too much to bear. What you really need to do is to roll up your sleeves and start shoveling, and do not stop until you've scraped right down to bare soil or bare wood. Une zone totalement dépeuplée. To do it right, you leave no media for the germs to multiply in and no shelter where the maggots to grow to adulthood. Can things be much different in our nation's capitol city? Just say no to all incumbent candidates. Vote them all out! Pardon me for mixing metaphors, but the fictional space pilot Ellen Ripley had the right idea, when she said: "I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure." The next election must be a clean sweep. (Or in case of Congress, the next three elections, since their six-year terms are staggered at two-year intervals.)

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Male sheep (ram) attacks farmer for selling off female sheep (ewe)

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Some interesting reading, over at Max Velocity's blog site: The Home Invasion Dilemma - Discussion & Scenarios. Also see: Solutions: Follow Up to the Home Invasion Dilemma. Max has a good grip on small unit tactics, as is evidenced by his classes.

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‘Gun insurance’ requirement would be punitive tax. And speaking of guns, B.B. was the first of several readers to send this: Picturing The Plunge In Gun Crimes (As Gun Sales Surge)

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H.M. recommended this over at the Paratus Familia blog: Pimp Daddy Sam


Sunday, August 11, 2013


Another Secure Email Service, Silent Circle, Is Shutting Down

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Reader J. McC. sent: Scientists Disclose Plans To Make Superflu In Labs

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I missed this article when it ran back in June: 1 in 12 on Bloomberg’s gun victims list are crime suspects killed by police or armed citizens acting in self-defense. Oh, and and speaking of Mayor Mikey, another one of Bloomberg's gun-grabbing mayors is under suspicion: Stockton Mayor is under Peeping Tom investigation as city goes through bankruptcy. And, meanwhile, we read more about the sexcapades of San Diego's mayor, "Filthy Filner." Oh, and there has not yet been a trial date yet set for the mayor who tried to coerce drunken gay sex on a young man, at gunpoint. (Another one of Bloomberg's heroic "crime fighters.") America doesn't need mandatory background checks on guns. It needs mandatory background checks on mayors!

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Glenn Beck Explodes! Total Chaos Coming!

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I was glad to see that with their new Competition series ARs, Colt has finally, after 50 years, caved in on their two-screws-instead-of-a-front-pivot-pin monstrosity. (For many years, the only semi-auto ARs from Colt that came with two normal pivot pins were their "Law Enforcement Only"-marked models, that have sold at a premium/)


Saturday, August 10, 2013


Some pointed commentary from Claire Wolfe: America’s UberGovernment. And the rest of us.

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Here is something new: The Ron Paul Channel

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The Pseudo-Republican: Chris Christie Signs 10 Gun Bills Into Law. The article states: "One of the new laws will disqualify any person on the federal terrorist watch list from obtaining firearms identification cards or permits to purchase handguns." Later, the article notes: "Civil liberties advocates have criticized the watch list for its secrecy. The list is not public, nor can one petition to have his name removed from it. There were about 420,000 names on the watch list as of 2011. It has swollen to nearly 900,000 as of this year." This secret list--which treats people as guilty without any trial--is also notoriously inaccurate. And Christie still has five more gun bills awaiting signature on his desk. Like California, New Jersey is now a lost cause for gun owners' rights.

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Paul B. sent this: SOL: The $350 Ubuntu laptop that runs on solar power

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Voting with their feet: Firearms maker blames New York gun law for move to Pennsylvania


Friday, August 9, 2013


"How could anyone possibly need more than a 10 round magazine?" Well, for instance: Alaska man kills charging bear with assault rifle

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Scarcity inspires creative "reinvention" and "technological disobedience": Cuba's DIY Inventions from 30 Years of Isolation. (Thanks to M.R. in Kansas for the link.)

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Sun Will Flip Its Magnetic Field Soon. (We are at solar maximum, but it is a relatively weak maximum, for this 11-year cycle But the big Carrington-size flares can happen, regardless.)

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H7N9 bird flu in likely China spread between people, researchers find. (Of course a receptor mutation would be needed before the bug would become easily transmissible.)

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Dim Tim sent: Rust-Oleum NeverWet, Superhydrophobic Coating That Makes Everyday Materials Repel Liquid


Thursday, August 8, 2013


Yet another data point, for selecting a retreat locale: How Many Illegal Immigrants Live in Your State?

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Reader Craig J. sent this: Popular gun range target blamed for forest fires, called potential bomb source. The "forest fires" claim is a red herring. Chainsaws and off-road motorcycles start dozens of fires on USFS and BLM land each year, yet nobody has suggested banning them. Our congresscritters tend toward free floating anxiety followed by spastic fits of legislation. So all that I can say is: stock up on Tannerite! (If there is an explosive target ban, then there will likely be a grandfather clause.)

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Circuit Court: 'Unsettled' if 2nd Amendment Applies Outside of Home. Note that this precedential decision comes from the "Third Circus" court. Here is the decision. A Constitutional Right is is not subject to he vagaries of "Only on Tuesdays", or "Only Inside Your Home." Hopefully the supremes will eventually overturn this travesty.

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Joey D. sent us this tale of California's Political Correctness, run amok: Assembly approves bill on gender identity in schools.

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F.J. mentioned: FlameStower: Compact ThermoElectric Charging for Happy Campers


Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Todd M. suggested reading this troubling MIT Technology Review article on SCADA systems vulnerability: Hacking Industrial Systems Turns Out to Be Easy: New research from Black Hat shows it’s possible to trick water and energy infrastructure to cause physical damage—and securing these systems remains painfully slow. Meanwhile, G.G. suggested that we read: Chinese Hacking Team Caught Taking Over Decoy Water Plant. Oh, and coincidentally, my friend Bob G. just called and recommended this novel, based on a credible terrorist scenario: Gridlock.

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Some folks have put together a combined Calendar of Prepper, Survivalist and Self-Reliance Shows. I hope that they will keep this updated on a regular basis.

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What will really happen when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts? (And BTW, most of the American Redoubt is upwind of Yellowstone. In contrast, the downwind Upper Midwest and Plains States will get most of the ash fall.)

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Feds Are Suspects in New Malware That Attacks Tor Anonymity.

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The power behind the throne: Benghazi Bombshell: Valerie Jarrett, Commander in Chief. (Reader F.G. mentioned that Rush Limbaugh read this compete article on the air on August 6th.) Since when does a White House staffer who wasn't confirmed by the Senate get to issue a "Deny Tactical Support" order? BHO and his cronies must go. Time for impeachment.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013


F.J.R. sent this from MacLife: Eight Apps for Wilderness Survival. The piece begins: "It might seem counterintuitive to rely on a device so associated with the comforts of civilization for survival in the wilds, but a well-prepared iPhone could mean the difference between life and death when stranded in the great outdoors..."

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Let's hear it for home schools: They are educating kids better than public schools. (Thanks to Bob G. for the link.)

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Mike Williamson's latest book Tour of Duty: Stories and Provocations will be released tomorrow.

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A privacy-minded reader in Bend, Oregon wrote to mention that he was having trouble finding a .50 BMG bolt action rifle from a private party seller. In the same e-mail he mentioned that he was in the process of parting up several AR-15s. Well, here are a couple of solutions for him: The Ferret .50 or the Safety Harbor .50. Any adult can buy these .50 BMG upper halves by mail order with no FFL paper trail (Form 4473) and then complete it with a generic AR-15 lower.


Monday, August 5, 2013


Mike Williamson's latest book Tour of Duty: Stories and Provocations will be released tomorrow, August 6th.

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Reader J.B.G. recommended this video: Demystifying Alabama’s new ‘shall issue’ gun law.

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H.G. sent this: Feds go after Proxy Servers - Half of Tor Sites Compromised! Here are a few article quotes:

"In a crackdown that FBI claims to be about hunting down pedophiles, half of the onion sites in the TOR network has been compromised, including the e-mail counterpart of TOR deep web, TORmail."

<snip>

"This is undoubtedly a big blow to the TOR community, Crypto Anarchists, and more generally, to Internet anonymity. All of this happening during DEFCON."

"If you happen to use and account name and or password combinations that you have re used in the TOR deep web, change them NOW."

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File Under Global Warming Climate "Change": North Pole Sees Unprecedented July Cold – Arctic Sees Shortest Summer On Record — ‘Normally the high Arctic has about 90 days above freezing. This year there was less than half that’

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Mugabe wins 'deeply flawed' Zimbabwe election. In related news: Tsvangirai brands Zimbabwe elections 'a huge farce'. JWR's Comment: With vote fraud and voter intimidation so deeply ingrained, the election was probably stolen. Mugabe and his vile ZANU-PF henchmen have systematically looted the former Rhodesia for the past 33 years. They must go!


Sunday, August 4, 2013


Reader K.A.F. sent: Comparison of operative and non operative management of acute appendicitis. (Consider antibiotic therapy BEFORE proceeding with emergency surgical
appendectomy !)

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Several SurvivalBlog readers have inquired about the Clearly Filtered Radiological Straw water filter. Yes, they do indeed remove radioactive particulates from drinking water, very effectively . They can be purchased through several Internet vendors including US Tactical Supply.

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A glimpse of the future, for other big cities? Oakland surveillance center progresses amid debate on privacy, data collection. (Thanks to Stephen S. for the link.)

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10 Fascinating Train Routes Across The World


Saturday, August 3, 2013


R.B.S. sent: Apocalyptic images reveal the shocking scale of devastation in Syria

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The recent Idaho Patriot Rally, as seen by a leftist rag: Preparing for the 'inevitable collapse': Patriot rally attracts hundreds to Farragut

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Sara J. mentioned a free classic (out of copyright) Kindle book: Home Vegetable Gardening -a Complete and Practical Guide to the Planting and Care of All Vegetables, Fruits and Berries Worth Growing for Home Use.

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Herr Sprave is still experimenting: Did This Monster Slingshot Just Set A World Record? (Thanks to SurvivalBlog's Poet Laureate G.G. for the link.)


Friday, August 2, 2013


As a bonus for SurvivalBlog readers, Ready Made Resources is offering a free box of infrared chemical light sticks (10 pieces), and a free mechanical surface trip flare for chemical light sticks (a $53 value) with the purchase of a AN/PVS-14 3rd gen+  autogated ITT pinnacle night vision scope/monocular. As usual, the original data sheet, carry case, head mount, and sacrificial lens are included. Ready Made Resources also includes a free weapons mount (a $99 value) and free shuttered eyepiece (a $40 value), which most dealers only sell as accessories. These scopes are priced at $2,695, with free insured shipping.  This is their best PVS-14 offer ever. These scopes are in stock, so shipping is within 24 hours and they carry a five year warranty.

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Another Carrington-scale solar flare warning, from an unexpected quarter: Lloyd's of London.

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Reader Bob G. sent: So He told us what was coming and THIS is our strategy…really?

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Kevin A. suggested a web page on How To Grow Stevia (a sugar substitute)

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B.B. mentioned a short film that is loosely based on David Crawford's novel "Lights Out", titled Devil at the Door. In my opinion, the L1A1 deserves a "Best Supporting Rifle" award. And somebody needs to give the townsmen the oft-repeated "Concealment is not cover" lecture.


Thursday, August 1, 2013


9 Point Comb to Toe Chicken Check Up & DIY Antiseptic Ointment. (Thanks to James W. for the link.)

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Andre D. forwarded this link: Warning to tourists in France after attack by feral cats

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Fellow blogger Ol' Remus recommended a piece over at Club Orlov: The Sea Gypsy Tribe Start-up Manual

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Pastor Chuck Baldwin: Ear Tickling, Entertainment, And Irrelevant Exposition


Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Reader Karl G. suggested this by William A. Levinson: How the Cooper Color Code Explains 'Stand Your Ground,' and Prevents Crime

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Todd Savage of Survival Retreat Consulting wrote to mention that he has been successful is finding retreats for a large number of clients this year. He also mentioned that he is offering a 50% discount for clients who retain his services during the month of August, 2013.

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"Lithium is no longer available on credit." Back to Land Lines? Cell Phones May Be Dead by 2015

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Reader B.G. sent a link to a fascinating bit of the history of modern Israel: A Secret Underground Cartridge Factory. Oh, and BTW, some modern-day kibbutzim are still cranking out war materiél.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Our friend Commander Zero sent this: First Responders Broke Into Shore Army-Navy Store in Seaside Heights During Sandy. The article begins:

SEASIDE HEIGHTS - First responders in Seaside Heights were forced to break into an Army-Navy store during Superstorm Sandy.
The Shore Army-Navy store, located on Hamilton Avenue, was broken into by first responders during Sandy. The first responders took an estimated $185,000 worth of goods, including clothing, sleeping bags, camping equipment and backpacks.
Mayor Bill Akers says first responders had little choice when they were soaked and needed dry clothes.
The tab has now been settled with store owner Ted Domaracki, but he wishes the situation could have been handled better.
"If there was someway they could have picked me up in a National Guard truck and had me take inventory of what they needed, it certainly would have been desirable," Domaracki says.
Mayor Akers says the situation was a learning lesson and the borough is now putting together proper protocol for situations like this.

Commander Zero's Comments: "If you have to loot citizens to equip your first-responder units then you are really not much of a first-responder, are you? 'Course, when .gov, even local.gov, does it they get a free pass and it isn't called 'looting'. Instead of apologizing for the 'first responders' behavior, perhaps they should be examining why their responders were so poorly equipped to begin with that they needed to steal from the populace."

JWR's Comments: So this is all deemed acceptable, since they were "...forced to break into an Army-Navy store..." I suppose that Mr. Wilson could have told us who forced them. This incident reminds us that we need to be very quiet about our preps. Not all of the looters will overtly be from the rough neighborhoods. Some of them may be carrying badges.

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As usual, the lamestream media headline writers get it wrong: Don’t Be Alarmed by the Drone Blimps Hovering Over D.C. They’re Here to Stop Cruise Missiles. They are not blimps! Rather, they are tethered aerostats. FWIW, I predicted their widespread use, 25 years ago. (See my article titled: "A Watchful Eye On The Border," in Defense Electronics magazine, in which I profiled Raytheon's prototype radar aerostat at Fort Huachuca, in 1988.)

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Cook County sheriff’s team taking guns if FOID card is revoked. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: "Much like a muscle that atrophies with disuse, any right that goes unexercised for many years devolves into a privilege, and eventually can even be redefined as a crime."

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Services promise combat roles for females by 2016. JWR's Comment: All politics and feel-goodism aside, post-pubescent human physiology is an inescapable controlling factor. The sad truth is that on average, women have 20% less muscle mass than men. And for young women, the ratio of body fat versus muscle runs about 15% higher than men. So unless the Army launches a special recruitment campaign looking for lean, muscular women who are 6'2" or taller, then distaff soldiers will never be a physical match for their male counterparts. (Again, on average.) When you consider the 90 to 100 pound loads carried daily by foot soldiers in this modern era of body armor with SAPI plates, batteries, beau coup ammo, hydration packs, et cetera) it is not realistic to think that females can hack it, at least in the infantry. And how many women will be able to lift 155mm projectiles to the breach, hour after hour? Let's not sacrifice our ability to wage war at 100% for the sake of Political Correctness.

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States seek to nullify Obama efforts. And meanwhile, we read: Proposed new state in northern Colorado gains traction


Monday, July 29, 2013


One of my long-time friends mentioned that he has recently been experimentally hiking with a LED Mini Maglite carried in a Nite Ize headband, and equipped with a relatively waterproof TacStar brand pressure tape switch that he can clench between his teeth.  For regular trail hiking, the light's head can be cranked down for “continuous on” operation when the standard tail cap is installed. But when operating tactically with the tape switch tail cap installed, the light can be activated just “on demand” by clamping his teeth down on the tape switch.  He has even experimented with a wire stiffeners, positioning the tape switch and the mouthpiece of his Camelbak hydration pack on either side of his chin. That way he can selectively bite down on one or the other, by just slightly tilting his head. Clever. He jokingly calls this “the combat pacifier effect.”  This is a clever way around the dilemma of how to activate a flashlight on demand and hands-free, regardless of what weapon is in his hands. Obviously this technique will require some practice. And of course the periods of time that the light is on should be minimal, to avoid making yourself a target.

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G.G. flagged this: Even Powering Down A Cell Phone Can't Keep The NSA From Tracking Its Location.

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Seed for Security has announced another bonus offer: With the purchase of their Super Survival Pack you will receive a free packet of Soldier Beans (approximately 150 seeds), and a free 1 pint pouch of Winter Rye Grain approximately 13,280 seeds). Their Super Survival Pack includes 5,500 open-pollinated, Non GMO vegetable seeds, plus a pint each of Hulless Oats and Winter Rye. There is a total of 18 varieties of vegetable seeds. The shipping weight for this Pack is 4 pounds. This is their most popular product and comes with a four-page Seed Saving Guide. This offer is for a limited time and will be automatically included with your order.

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Another link from G.G.: Maine man recovering in Canadian hospital after being mauled by polar bear as electric fence fails to ward off violent attacker. In this particular case, Joe Biden was right: "Get a shotgun." They were very lucky to have frightened off the bear with just a flare gun.

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If I lived in Iowa, I'd jump on this pedal grinder. (Available for local pickup only.)


Sunday, July 28, 2013


Yes, America, sometime we do need more than just reduced-capacity (10-round) magazines: Houston woman in critical condition after pack of 15 dogs attack

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Of interest to archers: How to Tune Your Bow: 15 Steps to Perfect Arrow Flight. (Thanks to James W. for the link.)

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Yet another one of Bloomberg's gun-grabbing mayors is thoroughly disgraced: Mayor Bob Filner taking time off for 'intensive therapy'. (Apparently this one grabbed more than guns.) And, quite predictably, he refuses to resign from office. Bloomberg's gang of petty tyrants is absolutely shameless, even when under felony indictment.

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B.B. spotted this: Hornady Suspends Production of 150 Ammo Types and 150 Bullet Types for Balance of 2013

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South Africa, Riots and the Price of Food


Saturday, July 27, 2013


Several readers sent this: Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

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Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Group Imploding as 50 Mayors Leave

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They say that "Men are from Mars, Women are From Venus," but it seems that California's Democrat Senators are from Zeta Reticuli: Pelosi: Congress Must Uphold Oath to ‘Protect and Defend’ Constitution... by Passing Gun Control. (Thanks to Jeff H. for the link.)

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Reader "Hushboy" sent a link to a key portion of the text of Canada's Emergencies Act. (Enacted in 1985.)

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A new interactive map from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should be of great interest to preparedness-minded families: Real time evacuation Planning Model (RtePM, or “Route –P-M”) estimates the time required for evacuating vehicles to clear a user defined area for a variety of evacuation types.  Using the GIS mapping data to highlight geographical areas, users can view:

Population both day and night;

Major and minor arteries, highways, and smaller roads;

The speed limits of those roads versus the actual average speed;

The likely evacuation times based on changes to the above criteria.


Friday, July 26, 2013


For anyone who might feel in a Guy Fawkes sort of mood on any day other than November 5th, here is some useful data: State Codes Related To Wearing Masks

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News from Nanny State Norge: Man’s Home Raided by Police for Paying Cash

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Joe K. sent this: Is Your PIC MetaData Giving You Away?

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Pierre M. suggested five web pages on the topic of camouflage:

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Congress and the Justice Dept’s Dangerous Attempts to Define “Journalist” Threaten to Exclude Bloggers. JWR's Comment: Considering that many blogs have readerships of 100,000 or more, while many magazines and newspapers only have 50,000 subscribers, it is ludicrous to deem the former "legitimate", whilst excluding the latter. In a free and modern society, the very concept of "press credentials" is anachronistic and smacks of elitism, favoritism, and cronyism. For our public servants to only grant a few the "privilege" to access to attend public meetings, to observe public court trials, and to sit in the gallery of legislative chambers is haughty and supercilious. And we've already seen the peril of declaring it a privilege to take photos on public streets. To allow some to do so, but not others implies that the public at large is somehow de classe and that we are mere contemptuous rabble. (OBTW, as I've mentioned before, the level of contempt by police officers has risen to the point that there have been some cases when credentials don't help, even if you are from a television news station.)

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It's all about revenue: Cop Fired for Speaking Out Against Ticket and Arrest Quotas


Thursday, July 25, 2013


Reader Chris M. recommended this fascinating essay by Victor Davis Hanson: Same old warfare?

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"If in doubt, throw it out!" Home Canning Hobby Leads to Near-Fatal Medical Emergency. (Thanks to B.L.W. for the link.)

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Decisions, decisions for New York City Democrats. Gosh, who do you vote for in the upcoming primary election? The "Serial Texter" Pervert for Mayor? Or the "formerly" radical Lesbian? (In 1990, in what is now dubbed "youthful exuberance", Quinn represented the Housing Justice Campaign at one of the annual Socialist Scholars conferences hosted by the Democratic Socialists of America.) Or the Comedian who was endorsed by foul-mouthed Roseanne Barr and also by a former prostitute? Or that Taiwanese guy with the history of campaign finance irregularities? Or the guy who disowned his family name? Or the nice guy from Italy with apparently no skeletons in his closet but also with probably no chance of winning? Meanwhile, should they vote for the "former" prostitution customer for the office of Comptroller? Or that guy with the Corrupt Mommy Problems?

This is all enough to make you want to change parties. But, too bad, too late, since: "New York is one of only nine states in the country... ...that has a party affiliation deadline that is earlier than the voter registration deadline, requiring voters who are already registered who want to switch their party enrollment to do so well before most people are thinking of the primary election or the media is covering it. Moreover, New York is one of only five states that require even those voters who are not currently affiliated with a party to meet these early deadlines. Of these five states, New York has the longest advance deadline, which is twenty-five days before the prior general election, in early October, for both the February presidential primary in presidential election years and the regular September primary in other years."[Emphasis added.] In Wyoming and many other western states, you can change party affiliations right at the polls on election day. In Idaho, it took a recent court order to force people to even declare a party affiliation. But in New York, you are expected to be a psychic and predict all of the future scandals, before the campaigns even begin.)

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Reader F.J. sent: Charge Your Phone While Riding Your Bike

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AlpineAire (recently bought out by Katadyn) has their no-MSG, no-GMO foods currently on sale. Their one year supply of all no-cooking required, freeze dried foods are on sale at Ready Made Resources with free shipping for $4,200. That is a $800 discount.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013


An interesting novel has just been released that includes some outdoor survival and tactics tidbits: Marine One Down! (It is available in paperback and quite inexpensively for Kindle and Nook readers.)

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The folks at KnifeUp have created an updated reference web page on state knife possession and carry laws for the US. This data was researched in 2013, so it is current. But of course it is wise to check your state's legal web page. Their web site also has some useful product reviews.

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In the midst of America's acute ammo shortage, the UK's press is moaning that their Ministry of Defence (MOD) has too much Radway Green 5.56mm ammo. The Daily Mail journalist who wrote this piece sounds convinced that this ammo will spoil like last week's bananas. (But in fact, it should still properly ventilate bad guys quite satisfactorily in the year 2050 or even 2100.) My solution: Just declare it surplus and send it on over!

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Never bring a toy gun to a gun fight.

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Jay in Missouri recommended some commentary by Libertarian science fiction novelist (and shooting instructor) Larry Correia: On Profiling and Stand Your Ground


Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Camping Survival 23% off sale on all Backpackers Pantry Freeze Dried Foods ends on July 28th, so order soon.

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Mike Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor At Large) wrote to mention: "Due to publishing deadlines, my novel Freehold originally came out only in paperback.  A decade later, there is finally a signed, limited edition hardcover scheduled. Anyone interested should place a pre-order as soon as they can, since this will be a one-time press run."

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Max is back! It appears that Mad Max: Fury Road is now in post-production and will be released in the summer of 2014. Those of us who enjoyed The Road Warrior are anxiously awaiting the release.

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Cheryl N. Mentioned a new secure Internet communications system: RetroShare.

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The leftist mass media can't Trayvon this one: Cleveland man shoots intruder holding fiancée at gunpoint; Resident applauded by councilman.


Monday, July 22, 2013


Several interesting retreat properties have just been added to our SurvivalRealty.com listings. Three of them are in the Bradshaw Mountains, near the geographically-isolated small town of Crown King, Arizona. This is not far from the towns of Dewey and Humboldt, which were locales in my novel "Survivors".  Another newly-listed SurvivalRealty property is located in Muddy Pond, Tennessee (on the Cumberland Plateau), which coincidentally was a locale in my novel "Founders". When I last checked, there were 112 SurvivalRealty.com listings in the United States, and five that are offshore.

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For anyone who normally carries a Glock 20 or 21 but lives in bear country, the .50 GI conversion kit might be a viable option. These have been in full production from Guncrafter Industries since 2009, and they've perfected the design. The beauty of this design is that you can switch your pistol back to the pistol's original chambering in less than a minute. I checked with the company (in Huntsville, Arkansas) and learned that the ammo runs from $23 for a box of 20 on up to $42.25 for a box of 20. (The latter is for their segmented hollow points, which are individually turned on a lathe.) I also asked about their 8-round and 9-round .50 GI Glock magazines. They said that they are a proprietary design and there are no plans to make any with a larger capacity. (Because of the great weight of the .50 cartridges, it might be more than the Glock magazine catch could support.) Also note that because the .50 GI slide is slightly wider that the standard .45 ACP slide, installing an extended slide release is recommended, and holster options are limited. I have read that they will fit in a Model 070 Safariland Glock Duty Holster. (Such as a the 070 SSIII Mid-Ride, Level III Retention.)

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I've just come up with a solution to Detroit, Michigan's bankruptcy woes: Turn much of the city into a 24-hour-coverage ongoing survival-themed reality television show. Do you remember The Truman Show? In it, they they built the world's largest sound stage, to follow just one child's life, in a make-believe city? Okay, now imagine The Detroit Show: Whole sections of de-populated Detroit are rigged with cameras. Teams of otherwise unemployed volunteer participants are dropped into Detroit with only what they can carry on their backs. They are allowed to "homestead" abandoned houses and contiguous abandoned properties. They either improvise or barter for farming equipment. They are allowed to establish an autonomous government, with their own laws, their own sheriff(s), and their own courts, as they see fit. They are encouraged to barter with the locals. I would imagine that the show would start out a lot like The Colony. But then, after a couple of years, some of competing teams would graduate to running prosperous large scale farms and then end up running city states, in a situation much more like The Borgias. than The Waltons. I find this captivating, but it would probably require a special act of the Michigan legislature. And it would surely be deemed politically incorrect to show so much of the failed aftermath of deeply entrenched socialist politics in the hollow shell of the once the great city of Detroit.

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A Common Core informational meeting will be held Monday July 22nd from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Candlelight Christian Fellowship, 5725 N. Pioneer Drive, Coeur d’Alene Idaho (In front of the roller skating rink on Highway 95.)

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Commentator Jon Hall sums up the milieu of "post-apocalyptic" books and movies: The End of the World and Other Entertainments


Sunday, July 21, 2013



Saturday, July 20, 2013


Driving somewhere? There's a government record of that

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Attention Handloaders: Tom in Pennsylvania recently posted this handy weight data for brass, over at Buddy's Boards. (An amazing free site that I visit almost daily.) This would be good data to print out for your reference binder:

9mm, 59.46 grains each, 117.7 cases per lb., 8.5 lb. per 1,000
.38 Special, 68.06 grains each, 102.8 cases per lb., 9.7 lb. per 1,000
.40, 70.1 grains each, 99.9 cases per lb., 10 lb. per 1,000
.357 Magnum, 78.3 grains each, 89.4 cases per lb., 11.2 lb. per 1,000
.45 ACP, 89.58 grains each, 78.1 cases per lb., 12.8 lb per 1,000
.223 Rem., 95.28 grains each, 73.5 cases per lb., 13.6 lb. per 1,000
.44 Magnum, 114.38 grains each, 61.2 cases per lb. 16.3 lb. per 1,000
.50 BMG, 865.26 grains each, 8.1 cases per lb., 123.5 lb. per 1,000

If nothing else, this is a good way to know that you haven't been shorted, if you buy brass in bulk.

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Wranglerstar's dogs recently had a run-in with a big coyote. This underscores the need to be armed at all times. Methinks he should be watching for circling vultures across the road, tomorrow.

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New Safety Regulations Clear Way to Restart Japan’s Nuclear Power Plants

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Pierre M. sent: The NSA, This New American Digital Life, and Your Privacy: A Handy Guide


Friday, July 19, 2013


For those who enjoy daily grazing at numerous self-reliance/homesteading/simple living/preparedness/survival sites, here is a nifty new aggregator site: The Independent

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The celebrations in Arkansas may have been premature. There has been some legal hair splitting: Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has issued an opinion on Act 746 of 2013 stating that it does not, in fact, authorize constitutional carry in Arkansas. See Opinion No. 2013-047, dated July 8, 2013.

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Mike Williamson's latest book Tour of Duty: Stories and Provocations will be released in August 6th. In the meantime, Baen Books has made one of Mike's short stories available free, online: The Brute Force Approach.

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CDC Study: Use of Firearms For Self-Defense is ‘Important Crime Deterrent’. And speaking of deterrents: Vancouver man’s gun shooting defense: Biden

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J. McC. mentioned a Map of Botched Paramilitary Police Raids. Thankfully there have been few of these fiascos here in the Redoubt, but it is sad to see excessive force, or misdirected force, anywhere.


Thursday, July 18, 2013


Reader S.M. mentioned two more all-American field gear makers:

  • 215 Gear Store - Slings, belts, chest rigs, plate carriers, hydration packs, K9 rigs, gloves, and more.
  • Ice Tactical  - Best known for their chest rigs. They also make belts, a wide variety of mag pouches, and a great poncho liner. 

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By way of Ol' Remus at The Woodpile Report, I learned of this link: The Ten Oldest Military Vehicles Still In Service. Remus says: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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Some French Canadians are fed up with globalism, too: Réveille "Nous sommes la résistance" ("We are the Resistance.")

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The NBC network has announced a new show: "Get Out Alive" with Bear Gryllis.

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Thousands to lose water for days in southern Maryland amid heat wave


Wednesday, July 17, 2013


K.T. liked a piece over at Journey To Forever on Hydraulic Ram Pumps.

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Peter S. suggested this privacy service: SecuredURL.org

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For those interested in registered suppressors, reader C.K. suggested an interesting, lengthy (and photo-intensive) look inside the cans from many popular makers, with lots of discussion about different baffle designs and those dreaded baffle strikes. While these accessories available over the counter sans papiere in many European countries, here in the United States suppressors requires a $200 Federal transfer tax payment before delivery. Constructing your own without first paying the Federal tax is a felony that can land you in prison for several years. (And like any other felony will result is a lifetime loss of gun ownership and voting rights.) Don't risk it!

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A gent over at The FALFiles recommended an article about Jason Everman: Kicked out of Nirvana and kicked out of Soundgarden, only to become a Special Forces hero. His life story is good fodder for a biography, or would make a great movie.

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Ted Nugent: Zimmerman verdict vindicates citizen patrols, self-defense


Tuesday, July 16, 2013


File under: Predictable Posturing: Obama: Honor Trayvon Martin by battling gun violence. JWR's Comment: Statists like BHO of course want "gun control." But I assert that gun control was used. Consider that Zimmerman fired just one shot, center of mass, and pulled the trigger only after the situation was truly and clearly life-threatening. (Zimmerman was pinned to the ground and his head was being repeatedly slammed on the sidewalk, and he feared that he was going to pass out.) Waiting until then showed tremendous control. That was certainly a lot more gun control than some police display. I'm sure that there will also be calls to overturn or weaken Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. But it is clear that the law worked. Too bad that it took a lengthy and very expensive trial to prove the point.

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Over at Seasoned Citizen Prepper: Imagine for a Moment the Reality of an EMP Event

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Here is a web site similar to The American Rifleman magazine's long-running The Armed Citizen column, featuring the news stories that the liberal media does not put on Page One about the proper use of firearms in self-defense, but with greater detail: Rationality Rebooted. Their mapping correlation of these events is a nice touch. Note how relatively few of these news articles are generated in The American Redoubt. More guns equals less crime. (Thanks to A.C. in Pennsylvania for the link.)

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Matt C. mentioned a company that recycles military surplus, benefiting veterans.

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Not to make light of a tragedy, but to emphasize the need for journalistic fact-checking: Epic KTVU Fail: Anchor Reports Pilot Names Including ‘Sum Ting Wong’ and ‘Wi Tu Lo’. (In this instance, they actually checked with the NTSB, but a summer intern with the agency erroneously confirmed the names.) The airline is now considering a lawsuit.


Monday, July 15, 2013


I recently heard about a useful site: PrepperDating.com. I 've just added that link to my Finding Like-Minded People in Your Area static page.

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Sarah Connor saw it coming: Boston Dynamics has been busy working on an entrant for DARPA's Virtual Robotics Challenge, a contest aimed to create robots that can help in disaster situations. Gee, "...someday save you from a crumbling building." That sounds so noble. So what about: "... someday relentlessly track you down and shoot you, or crush your skull."

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The good folks at Cajun Safety and Survival are offering a brand new but out of the box Zoll AED Plus defibrillator complete with alarmed and strobed cabinet, priced at $2,000 ($1,700 for the unit and $300 for the cabinet.) With the cabinet, this would be an ideal AED to donate to your local church or private school. They have promised to donate 15% of the purchase price to the Memsahib Memorial Fund, benefiting the Anchor of Hope mission school in Zambia. There are no requirements to owning this unit other than having the money to buy it.

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Micah Wood of C.R.O.S.S. Ministries wrote to mention the movie "Attack on Darfur." Micah's summary: "You can mostly fast forward till about 40+ minutes in (the first 40 minutes has lots of swearing and violence and too much of setting the stage of journalists being ushered around by African Union (AU) people who have a mandate to not intervene), but then a 'convicted' journalist demands a gun from the AU observer to go back and help defend a village that they just left, knowing that it would be attacked by the Janjaweed. It has an interesting outcome. (I don't want to ruin it for you.)"

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Ready Made Resources is currently offering a Goal Zero Yeti 1250 photovoltaic power system with a bonus third solar panel (a $240 value) for $1,599, with free shipping.


Sunday, July 14, 2013


Why we need full capacity magazines: Multiple attackers.

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Signing UN Arms Trade Treaty While Congress at Summer Recess. (This move arrogantly contradicts the U.S. Senate's vote, in March.)

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Federal judge: Post Office violated man's rights by banning gun from parking lot

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Some sad statistics: 27 Facts That Prove Families In America Are In The Worst Shape Ever

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A reader in Oz metioned that the Wikipedia article on the NLR (Nous sommes la résistance)--"an Australian prepper organisation" has been recommended for deletion. It seems notable enough to me, but of course I'm an inclusionist.) Those who are familiar with the machinations of Wikipedia are encouraged topolitely chime in, one way or the other.


Saturday, July 13, 2013


The judge in the George Zimmerman trial has clearly flipped out and should recuse herself. Watching this, her bias is so blatant that it is palpable. Was the jury present to witness that exchange? Depending on how she phrases her jury instructions, the Manslaughter Railroad may be running at full steam. The fix, it seems, is in. Please pray for justice! Please also pray that the judge comes under the supervisory control of the next higher court before she further taints the judicial process. This can be done with an appeal in the nature of a writ of error. (Traditional writs of error have been abolished.)

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Traitor In Chief: Obama Commits to Signing UN Arms Trade Treaty While Congress at Summer Recess. (This move arrogantly contradicts the U.S. Senate vote, in March.)

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My friend Terry sent this: NYC Court: $340 License for Handgun Posession Doesn’t Violate Second Amendment

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H.L. sent this one: Gun Laws and Gun Crime


Friday, July 12, 2013


SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson sent an amazing piece about a homebrewed Glock with a steel frame. (Crude language warning.)

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A lengthy and poetic article that would strain credulity, if it didn't come from a respected Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist: Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi. This is either an elaborate fantasy or another Pulitzer Prize in the making

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Ham Sandwich Nation: Due Process When Everything is a Crime


Thursday, July 11, 2013


Reader Brian M. sent this: Couple discover 7,500 machine gun, shotgun and pistol bullets in their back garden while weeding their pond. Now, to illustrate a world of difference: Last year one of my consulting clients discovered 5,500 rounds of .22 ammo and six boxes of shotgun shells stored in dusty ammo cans in the crawlspace of the house that he had bought eastern Oregon. He called the previous owners and asked if they wanted the ammo. (They had moved to Arizona.) They told him to just keep it. He expressed his heartfelt thanks. Note that he did not become apoplectic. Nor did he call the police and the newspapers and turn it into an international news story. His kids are now enjoying lots of target practice. It amazes me how these Brits got so spastic over ammunition that has been rendered inert by being submerged in water. They considered the find horrific. I just found it sad to to see ammo go to waste.

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Reader H.L. sent this: U.N. urged to consider drones, gunships for South Sudan mission. [JWR's Comments: Of course any large UN presence would come with strings attached. Please pray for peace and liberty in South Sudan. Organizations like C.R.O.S.S. Ministries are deserving of support. Please donate generously!]

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H.L. sent: Permits Soar to Allow More Concealed Guns. These easterner editors sound surprised that concealed carry is so commonplace, and just plain shocked that no permits whatsoever are required in some states.

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Anyone looking for a top-notch compound bow should look at Concept Archery.com. They have fantastic quality bows with 80% to 99% let-off that feature billet machined risers made of 6061T aircraft grade aluminum and Gordon Composites diamond-sanded fiberglass limbs. Their bows are sought after by both competition archers and big game bow hunters.

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Andre D. sent this: Spy agencies fear terror groups could get chemical weapons in Syria


Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Reader Greg S. sent us some news of Nanny State hand-wringers, run amok: Geolocating "Dangerous" Guns and Gun Owners. Wait! I can make it easier for them: Click here. (Each tiny green pixel dot represents a privately-owned gun. And yes, they are "dangerous"--dangerous to criminals and dangerous to would-be tyrants.) We also have some of the lowest crime rates in the country. I wonder why...

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G.G. sent some news from the Land of Lincoln Obama: Elderly man who picked dandelions for food gets $75 ticket. And speaking of Chicago: More than 1,000 shootings so far in 2013. And lastly, some good news: Illinois enacts nation's final concealed-gun law. (It is noteworthy that the Illinois legislature was forced to enact this law, by the court. (Without a deadline, they would have dragged their feet for years. They could care less about Constitutional rights.)

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G.G. also suggested this in The Wall Street Journal: Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon

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An interesting American expat community in Chile: Freedom Orchard

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Growing Food Hidden in the Forest


Tuesday, July 9, 2013


G.G. flagged this: Extreme Solar Storms Could Destroy Earth's Power Grids

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In Case of Emergency: My Cellphone Knows What to Do

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Indonesia Readies Mass Production of Drones. Coincidentally, I described their Wulung drones in my upcoming novel Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse. (It will be released on October 1, 2013. Please wait until the release date to order your copy. Thanks!)

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Has Motorization in the U.S. Peaked?

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This link bears repeating: Informed Christians New Disaster Crash Course


Monday, July 8, 2013


One often overlooked traditional tool is a bark spud. You probably already own lots of axes and perhaps a shingle froe and a draw knife. But few folks recognize the importance of a bark spud for peeling logs. (In fact, these days most people wouldn't even be able to name this tool, if they were handed one.) These are expensive to buy new, so look for used ones, via Craigslist. Or watch for garage sales or estate sales where "logging tools" are mentioned.

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Frank and Fern (pseudonyms) recently started blogging about their retreat and their preps. It is worth a look.

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F.G. suggested this fascinating piece: Underground Gun-Making Industry in the Philippines

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My #1 Son has added a lot of amazing new property listings at our SurvivalRealty.com spin-off site. Check them out!

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Scared of the Sun – the Global Pandemic of Vitamin D Deficiency

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Heads on posts: The latest news from Brazil adds new meaning to the phrase "Ardent soccer fans."


Sunday, July 7, 2013


My #1 Son suggested this bit of practical knowledge over at The Art of Manliness: How to recognize when someone is drowning.

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S.D. suggested a great article on trash can EMP shielding. JWR's Comment: Note that the typically-available mild steel wool has a tendency to rust, and that might induce rust on the contents of the can. So I'd recommend that you substitute stainless steel wool. This is particularly important if you live in a humid climate.

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Reader Luke D. sent an items that is hardly a news flash to SurvivalBlog readers: Law Enforcement Professionals Say Gun Restrictions are Ineffective

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Loyal contributor F.G. sent: How did America’s police become a military force on the streets?

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U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement

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America's mass media tends to downplay mass murders, when arson is the weapon. This is just the latest murderous arson attack in Africa. School dormitories have been firebombed before. If this had happened in America, and guns had been used, then we'd be hearing a lot more about this. It must be frustrating for leftist journalists when the news doesn't match their agenda.


Saturday, July 6, 2013


The latest on concealed carry in The Land of Lincoln Obama. (Thanks to "S." for the link.) And Mark sent: Illinois Gov. Quinn triggers backlash after changing concealed-carry bill.

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Reader Stephen S. wrote to mention that he got the following confirmation on the use of deep chamber flute barrels from the management at PTR: "All of our rifles have run the same chamber as the G.I. [variant] rifles since the G.I. rifles were brought to market.  This means that regardless of model, all of our current rifles will shoot the same ammo."

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And Now They Trample The Third Amendment

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From videoblogger The Patriot Nurse: Preppers and Survivalists Will DIE. (Thanks to Jeff H. for the link.)

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J.H.B. sent: New 'armor piercing' ammo legislation might outlaw nearly all rifle ammunition


Friday, July 5, 2013


For those following Orange Jeep Dad: He just got his grandfather's 1949 Ford 8N tractor running!

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The Montrose a Prepper recently had some interesting observations of the threat that feral dogs will pose, come TEOTWAWKI, in a piece that was cross-posted at Lew Rockwell's site.

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Please ask your congresscritters to support this bill that would at least partially secure America's power infrastructure: H.R. 2417: Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act

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And speaking of our technological infrastructure, see: EMP Attack and Solar Storms, Part II: Cascading Failures and Nuclear Meltdown

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There is a new, free Internet magazine of interest, but for your privacy I recommend that you access it only through an anonymous proxy or via your local library web terminal: Militia Magazine (http://militiamagazine.com/july13/index.html) You do have untraceable proxy web access, right? If you don't, then you are behind the power curve.


Thursday, July 4, 2013


In their latest podcast, the folks at the Pantry Paratus blog interviewed Pete Kennedy, the president of Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.  They represent small farmers who are being targeted through government policies and regulations.  An interesting podcast!

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Hikers rescued trying to reach famed 'Into the Wild' bus. JWR's Comment: Someday, a spectacularly unprepared hiker visiting this Shrine to Lack of Preparedness is going to die of exposure. OBTW, a similar locale exists in Utah, where people want to visit the spot where Aron Ralston was forced to amputate his own hand.

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Reader B.B. sent this food for thought: Unless You Win

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True Defiance: I Challenge You To Survive The Coming Collapse

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RBS sent: Get Ready for Invading Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

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Joe H. liked this one: A female perspective on carrying and encounters in public and online.

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An interesting homemade air gun.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013



Tuesday, July 2, 2013


I was disappointed to learn that Trijicon is no longer providing any repair or refurbishment services for their older-generation 1" tube scopes. (These scopes had bee sourced in Japan and then they added their tritium elements.) One of my original scopes--a Trijicon "3-9x40 Wide" with three color elements I had bought around 1993--finally had its radioactive elements fade out past the point of usefulness. (The half-life of tritium is 11.2 years.) Sadly, Trijicon no longer replaces the elements for these scopes, even for a fee. To rectify this, they did offer me a 50% discount on a new scope, so I'm ordering a "TR-20 Trijicon AccuPoint 3-9x40 Riflescope, Matte Black, with Amber Triangle Reticle." I'm still a big believer in Trijicon scopes (I now own nine of them, mostly ACOGs), but I recognize that entropy is unavoidable. FWIW, I still consider a Trijicon scope the next best thing to owning a starlight scope.

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Doc Cindy (SurvivalBlog's Medical Editor) wrote to mention that this medical manual is available for free download: Practical Plastic Surgery for Nonsurgeons. It has some great information that is useful to preppers on skin surgery.

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KK Cool Tools reviews: The Book of Non-Electric Lighting

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Another one quits: Mayor Larry Morrissey of Rockford, Illinois has resigned from Mayor Bloomberg's cabal. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)

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Pierre M. was the first of several reader to suggest a column piece by Glenn H. Reynolds: Solar Flare poses huge threat


Monday, July 1, 2013


The latest in the long saga of U.S. military camouflage patterns transition: Guy Cramer Talks Camo Part V – Phase IV C3: Camouflage, Color and Cost. (Thanks to Matt L. for the link.)

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I was recently sent a few test and evaluation samples of some LED lights by the folks at www.CreativeLightings.com. (We've mentioned them before in SurvivalBlog, first commenting on their LED light "ropes.") Seeing their new products, I was amazed at how far LED lighting technology has leapfrogged in the past couple of years! Their 18" long LED units that replace standard 12 VDC fluorescent tubes, for example, have 160 white LEDs that throw 950 lumens, but they draw just 8 watts! Their new flexible LED light strips also seem quite useful. They also sell compact 12 VDC LED clusters that are useful for small reading lights. In addition to standard white LED clusters, they also make them in blue and red, to preserve your night vision. I highly recommend their products to anyone with an RV or with an alternative power system that has a battery bank. Just tap in to 12 volts DC anywhere, and you will have lights that will last for decades.

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Some more commentary on the ammunition shortage, from WeaponsMan: But I heard DHS bought all the Ammo?

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Weld County, Colorado seeks statehood: "[Weld County] is one of the nation’s largest counties, and at nearly 3,000 square miles it is larger than the combined land areas of Rhode Island, Delaware and the District of Columbia." JWR's Comment: If the county secedes, I'd then I'd definitely consider the new state of North Colorado part of The American Redoubt.


Sunday, June 30, 2013


Freeze Dry Guy is running a 25% Off Special All Mountain House #10 Cans. The sale ends on July 1st, so order soon!

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Top 10 Tools for Centerfire Rifle Disassembly. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)

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G.G. flagged this: ‘Hell to pay:’ Residents angry as RCMP seize guns from High River homes

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P.D. liked this piece at Wired about the NSA's capabilities: The Secret War.

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J. McC. sent news of another scandal that echoes the recent IRS revelations: New EPA Leak Farmers' Info Given To Environmental Groups - Malkin, Megyn Kelly. JWR's Comment: So what will we hear next? That the BATF and FBI have leaked personally-identifying information on law-abiding citizens (such as FFL, SOT, and Class 3 registrants) to NGO "intelligence gathering" groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)? I suspect that they may have already have done so.

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Yes, hackers could wireless attack the brake and accelerator controls of many new cars.

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F.G. recommended: Pre-Assault Indicators, what to look for: Body Language.


Saturday, June 29, 2013


Of interest to those who read French, here is an article on the American survivalist movement ran in the Swiss newspaper Le Temps: Aux Etats-Unis, ils sont de plus en plus nombreux à attendre l’apocalypse. Fittingly, the piece ends with an homage to the Swiss tradition of preparedness, and compares it to The American Redoubt concept: "L’inspiration principale des survivalistes se trouve pourtant de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique. Tous décrivent la Suisse comme une sorte de paradis du prepper. «Avec vos abris atomiques, votre armée de milice et votre politique du réduit national, vous êtes les mieux placés pour survivre à une catastrophe», s’enthousiasme James Wesley Rawles, un auteur de romans catastrophistes qui vit dans un ranch en pleine nature avec trois ans de réserves de nourriture. Il a décidé de transposer le concept aux Etats-Unis, inventant The American Redoubt, une zone de repli couvrant trois Etats du centre des Etats-Unis (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming)." It seems less biased than a piece that ran last year in Le Monde Diplomatique: Les casaniers de l’apocalypse.

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Here at the ranch, we recently watched the documentary film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, which had previously been recommended by SurvivalBlog reader Jim E., among others. This amazing film shows that simple hand tools can be quite versatile, in skilled hands.

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James K. suggested: How to Make a Paracord Fishing Lure

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Bacterial ‘bling’: Adding silver to antibiotics boosts their effectiveness.

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Col. Chinn's classic book series The Machinegun is now available online.

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Jim W. suggested: The “Dead Man’s 10 Seconds”


Friday, June 28, 2013


The Sacramento Democrat majority steamroller rolls on: California Senate approves 8 gun control bills, including ammo registry. JWR's Comments: Less well-publicized is SB 108, which will require all gun owners to keep their firearms locked up whenever they leave their property. This raises several issues, not the least of which is that is that it effectively bans gun ownership for anyone who is poor and cannot afford to buy a gun vault. California's high-minded statist leftists are now enforcers of class distinctions--removing rights from po folks. Shame on them. This same mentality was behind attempts to ban "cheap handguns." They infer that "only trashy low class people" would buy them. We have a Constitution that presumes everyone being equal before the law. The "little people" shouldn't be denied a Constitutiomnal right, just because they make less money. The statists have already enacted laws that ban the right to bear arms on public transportation. So the unspoken implication is that if you are rich enought to afford your own car then you have a greater right to be armed. Again, shame on those who employ double standards.

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When checking our site's statistics, I was not surprised to see that our "unique visits per week" count is plateauing. Considering the fact that there are now more than 300 survival and preparedness-themed blogs and a new one popping up almost every day, that is understandable. The good news is that SurvivalBlog's share of the readership is by far the strongest. I attribute the blog's success to: A.) Being the first widely-read blog on the subject, and B.) Our longevity and consistent publication of new material has built some incredibly deep archives that are fully searchable. If printed in hard copy, the SurvivalBlog archives would now be nearly 10,000 pages long! Although we produce a versatile archive DVD, we are standing firm on our promise to keep the SurvivalBlog archives fully accessible on line, free of charge.

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Supreme Court Decision Shreds 5th Amendment Protection; Your Silence Can Now Be Used As Evidence of Guilt. Now, more than ever before, it is essential that you immediately invoke your 5th Amendment rights upon first contact with police or sheriff's deputies. Under all circumstances, simply state: "On the advice of my attorney I am exercising my 5th Amendment right to remain silent. Am I free to go now?" (Keep repeating this verbatim, as needed.) If they ask for identification, then politely hand them your driver's license, proof of insurance, and (if applicable) your CCW permit. If they ask any other questions, just keep repeating the aforementioned phrase. Saying anything more can only hurt you.

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U.S. Attorney's Office says that Kwame Kilpatrick likely to spend 'couple of decades' in prison. Perhaps Mayors Against Illegal Guns should open local chapters in state and federal prisons. Oh, speaking of Bloomberg's Cabal: Is Mayors Against Illegal Guns using NYC resources for its website?

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No, You Can't Outrun a Tsunami


Thursday, June 27, 2013


Reader Mendy P. sent: Study: 70 Percent of Americans on Prescription Drugs. JWR's Comment: If one considers a pharmaceutical supply chain failure in the event of a power grid collapse, then the implications of this study are staggering. What will life in American be like when 27 million Americans are forced to suddenly come down off of antidepressants? There will be no "gradual tapering"--just "cold turkey" withdrawal. My advice: If the grids go down then be prepared to stay off the streets for a few months. There will be a lot of crazy behavior manifested.

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File Under "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished": Homeowners Digging Fence Make Startling Discovery and Get Stuck with $5,000 Bill

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NASA Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge

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PBS continues to aim low, now embracing Hoodie Culture: Sesame Street introduces first Muppet to have a parent in jail

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Feds: Men made X-ray weapon to sicken enemies. OBTW, this news reminds me of something that I recently wrote.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013



Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Orange Jeep Dad has made his move to Oklahoma! He wrote me to mention: "I have to go chop down some overgrowth and explore the farm." (The family farm had been left vacant for more than 20 years.) He plans to be blogging regularly, as he gets the place back into shape. This should prove to be both instructive and entertaining. Please post a comment, to encourage him and his "Wifey." Tell him that Jim of SurvivalBlog sent you.

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Reader Ellen E. recommended the resources at the Utah State Ag Extension Web Site. The site has may useful free PDFs on food storage, food preparation, water storage, et cetera.

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Mama Liberty reviews Joel Simon's book: A Solar Electric System On the Cheap, On the Fly, and Off the Grid

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Over at Survival Mom: How will you know when the balloon goes up? Advice from survival experts

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The new "George Was Right!" T-Shirt says a lot, with brevity. Oh, and speaking of the Orwellian advent, here is some good news: Texas becomes first state to require warrant for e-mail snooping.

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Cause for concern: State photo-ID databases become troves for police. (Thanks to G.G. for the link.)

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More of the same old Schumer: Immigration-Reform Scare Tactics


Monday, June 24, 2013


SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson sent this from over at KK Cool Tools: Amish Hackers. Mike's comment: "A very interesting article. By the way, my wife has always said if she were colonizing a planet, she'd take a contingent of Amish."

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Senator Rand Paul has introduced S. 744, a bill that would prohibit a National ID card or biometric ID. Please contact your senators, and ask them to co-sponsor it.

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Michael Bane had some great commentary on ammunition "hoarding": Michael's Rant de Jour...

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Reader Stan T. saw the recent piece about automated license plate readers and thought it apropos to pass along a link to J.J. Luna's privacy web site. There, Luna describes how to set up (or purchase an existing shell) New Mexico LLC and register your vehicle(s) to the LLC. If you set it up correctly, any official who pulls up the registration will not be able to determine who owns the LLC.

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The Montrose Prepper sent a link to this television news segment: OPSEC risk of retired photocopier hard drives.

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Some good advice from an attorney Harvey Silvergate on FBI 302 reports: Protect Yourself from FBI Manipulation.


Sunday, June 23, 2013


Reader Vance in Delaware sent us some humorous video links of some stupid crook tricks, like falling through ceilings, having problems with doors that only open one way, losing control of their guns or failing to unplug cash registers before grabbing them, robbing a store in front of a police office, and even shooting themselves.

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Some good news: House Unanimously Adopts Kelly Amendment to Ban Funding For UN Arms Trade Treaty.

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Brandon Smith: Building Your SHTF Combat Overwatch Rifle

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Reader B.B. suggested this collection of self-sufficiency and disaster preparedness knowledge, in Wiki format: The Basic Life. The author's catchphrase: "With the world economy currently going to H*ll in a cheaply made hand basket imported from China, it makes sense to be prepared to take more responsibility over our own lives."

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AMA declares obesity a disease
. The good news is that for 99% of those who are obese, the cure is simply reducing caloric intake and increasing exercise.


Saturday, June 22, 2013


Reader B.K. sent: Lights out: House plan would protect nation's electricity from solar flare, nuclear bomb

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Eli sent us this video link where a "20-Something" with apparently mixed feelings about guns journeys into the wilderness to unleash his Inner Charlton Heston: Shooting the Biggest Guns Money Can Buy - The Big Sandy Shoot. BTW, that shoot looks like a lot more fun (and a lot safer) than attending a Saudi wedding.

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B. in Idaho sent an interesting article about Syrian militias competing.  B. noted:  "It is notable that one militia that was built up over the course of two years was taken over by hardliners in just one day.  Munitions and all!  Reading that immediately reminded me of the averted conflict that you described in your first novel between Todd Gray's militia and the Troy Templars."

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News from Western Oregon: New neighborhood group: ‘This is a Glock block’

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File under "Islam, Charming News": NYPD Sergeant Convicted of Illegally Using Terror Database is Now “Integrity” Officer

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Buz Mills (who heads Gunsite Academy) forwarded this: Joe Manchin will fight back against the NRA with TV ad. Buz had these comments: "Let me make sure I understand this situation:  The kid killed his Mom (illegal), The kid stole his Mom's guns (illegal), The kid stole his Mom's car (illegal), The kid carried the stolen guns onto school grounds (illegal), The kid broke into a school (illegal), The kid killed 26 people (illegal).  Now just how would this new proposed legislation have prevented this act by a crazy SOB?  Suppose he had driven the stolen car into 26 children out on the playground (illegal.)  Would we need legislation like this to inhibit the purchase of a car?  I do not think so.  This is nothing but grandstanding to get reelected, this has nothing to do with making America better or safer!  Senator lets try again, just one time for America."


Friday, June 21, 2013


SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson recommended this brief video: How Turkish Protesters Deal With Teargas

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There is a gun show scheduled in Colorado Springs this weekend. With the July 1st legislation deadline looming in Colorado, I'm sure that sales of battle rifles and full capacity magazines will be brisk. Last call in Colorado!

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K.A.F. sent this: Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14.

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Courtesy of OSOM, come this link: Gary North on hands-free headlamps

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Sarah C. recommended this: Edward Snowden and the selective targeting of leaks.


Thursday, June 20, 2013


Pantry Paratus is offering a free Sport Berkey filtering water bottle with any purchase $150 or more.  This offer is only valid through June 30th.  
 

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Maine has become the first state in the nation to pass legislation ordering its grid to be hardened against an electromagnetic pulse. (Thanks to H.L. for the link.)

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Over at Ryan and Ryan's excellent blog: Birdshot For Self Defense?

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My old friend Terry sent: Russia Nearing Final Stages For New Assault Rifle In Legendary Kalashnikov Series

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What to do with a leftover #10 can (Part 1)

Tamara of the excellent View From The Porch blog recommended this piece by Borepatch: Hiding your data transmissions from the NSA. (OBTW, the "hidden in plain sight" Lego USB drive suggestion reminded me of the tradecraft that I described in my second novel, "Survivors". A tiny USB memory stick stub can be hidden in many commonplace objects, and the even thinner micro SD memory cards can be mailed covertly. (Just tape them inside a folded 4"x6" piece of cardboard and pop them in an envelope.) The requisite card readers have become ubiquitous. It is noteworthy that the MicroSD card has a plethora of potential hiding places that are very difficult to detect.)


Wednesday, June 19, 2013


By way of Mac Slavo's SHTFPlan blog: September 6, 1984: Ron Paul Warns of Surveillance State

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A reader e-mailed me: "I have seen it all, now: Storage Food for Your Cat." It is amazing what you can buy at Costco. The practicality of car storage food is debatable, but nonetheless Costco can be great. Stocking up on storage food and other items for your family's survival stockpile at warehouse stores is described in "Rawles Gets You Ready Preparedness Course." (Now available inexpensively via digital download.)

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The aging robot: Arnold Schwarzenegger Signs Up for 'Terminator 5'

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U.S. Attorney's Office says that Kwame Kilpatrick likely to spend 'couple of decades' in prison. Perhaps Mayors Against Illegal Guns should open local chapters in state and federal prisons.

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Owners of Saiga .308 AKs will be interested in these magazines, made in Utah. I hope that this maker follows up with magazines for other guns. (Thanks to Mr. C. for the link.)


Tuesday, June 18, 2013


I just learned that RepackBox.com has expanded their line to include pistol ammunition boxes. These are made with the same high quality as their rifle ammo boxes, and are ideal for both handloaders and for folks who buy their ammo in bulk, but who want to store it in standard cardboard boxes. (20 rounds for rifle cartridges, and 50 rounds for pistol cartridges.) And BTW, they will also soon be selling brand new, un-issued .50 caliber full mil-spec steel ammo cans. Be sure to check out their web site. As I've mentioned before, they sell more than boxes. Their other products include: muzzle and suppressor caps, 25 rd. SCAR -17 magazines, waterproof storage boxes for #10 cans (with waterproof bags, to match), and "sure feed" Remington 700 Short Action magazine springs.

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Law enforcement demands smartphone 'kill switch'. Did anyone stop to think how powerful a weapon that this would be if Stasi-Lite ever wanted to quickly stifle dissent? The next best thing to "rounding up the usual suspects" is the ability to immediately deactivate the cell phones of anyone on "the list", during a crisis. Next thing, is they'll want to have the power to selectively disable car ignition systems, at will. Oh wait, that's already been invented. Oh, and speaking of cell phones: AT&T to Load iPhones With Emergency Alerts From Obama – That You Can’t Switch Off

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The Real Reason the Illinois Attorney General Asked for 30 More Days on Gun Laws

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Spotted on Craigslist in Tucson, Arizona: An Affordable Diesel CUCV.

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Commentary from Claire Wolfe: The worst thing about the NSA revelations… And on a similar note, this surprisingly comes from a New York Times forum: The Real War on Reality. (Thanks to D.W. for the latter link.) And for the official word: Janet Napolitano Denies Existence of ‘Orwellian State’. JWR's Comment: Thanks, Big Sis, we'll take that under advisement. So I must ask: "Quis custodiet ebrius custodes?" ("Who watches the watchers?")


Monday, June 17, 2013


Recently posted by the great video blogger Wranglerstar: Home-made Hydraulic Ram Pump

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There are just two days left in Camping Survival's sale on Wise brand storage foods, with deep discounts. The sale ends on June 18, 2013.

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Census: Rural US loses population for first time

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The folks at Directive 21 mentioned that they have received more than 1,000 copies of the book Making the Best of Basics, and they have them sale priced at just $24.95 with free shipping. That is about half of what they cost at Amazon.

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Yet another ill-advised foreign intervention: US To Arm Syrian Rebels. Has anyone noticed how many radical Muslim groups our government has backed, ever since the Clinton Administration? These forays rarely end well. Just look at the newly-installed governments and their policies, post facto. OBTW, fellow blogger Tamara of the witty View From The Porch had some pointed observations about the United States arming the Al Qaeda proxy jihadists in Syria. My own observations: Here in Oceania it is easy to get confused about who the enemy du jour is. Are we fighting Eastasia or Eurasia this year? Let me try to get this straight: Is Al Qaeda our ally enemy ally? In the 1980s, while Russia was busily carpet bombing Afghanistan, our CIA cowboys were copiously funding and arming Al Qaeda. But then, after 9/11/2001 Bin Laden's buckaroos were declared the absolute persona non grata bad boys of the planet and thence became multiple JDAM award winners. But, wait! Fast forward 12 years... and now we are about to arm Al Qaeda in Syria. (But not invade Syria, because that might be considered undiplomatically rude and might enrage the Muslims.) Pardon me for being confused. I suppose that I need to re-read Eric Blair's textbook again, catch up on the updates to Newspeak and get back in the BHO-approved Ministry of Peace Groupthink. (I'd hate to unwittingly commit a thoughtcrime.)


Sunday, June 16, 2013


Spotted on Craigslist in Aurora, Colorado: 1984 Chevy Blazer/CUCV/Military/Diesel/M1009 - $7,500 (Aurora, Colorado)

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"For the children." SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson sent this: Lawn darts banned -- now not even replacement parts are allowed. Why? because just three children died over the course of several decades in a nation of 300 million people. Statistically, your chances are much higher of dying from being struck by hailstones, or dying in a human stampede, or being crushed by a toppling vending machine. If the ever-watchful Nanny State really wants to keep us really safe, then they should ban bicycles, which kill thousands each year. Oh, and to use the same perverse logic, and all the spare parts for bicycles should be destroyed, in case someone fiendishly decides to build one.

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Steve C. sent: Hurricane Katrina "Gun Confiscation" - My Experience

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Wrath of God stuff: Wildfires in Black Forest near Colorado Springs, Royal Gorge Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are all burning as temperatures verging on triple digits and high winds hit Colorado. (At least 379 homes have been destroyed.)

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Pat Cascio suggested: Is your laser tornado tuff?

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Army Kills Competition To Replace Service Rifle.


Saturday, June 15, 2013


Reader J.B.G. sent this for our Theater of The Absurd Department: Cost of shotgun and firearm licenses must rise say police chiefs. Oh, so they tell us that there's a funding gap in their scheme to to keep their citizenry disarmed. Their solution: Charge the few who still have some sporting guns even more to license them. This somehow reminds me of when Germany's Nazi regime had the temerity to sell full fare train tickets to some Jews, to cover the costs of their forced relocation to the designated ghettos before their planned extermination. (This is documented in the book Fathoming the Holocaust by Ronald J. Berger.)

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Reddit has a link to an extensive Imgur gallery showing homemade guns. (Thanks to H.L. for the link.)

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Looters take TVs, jewelry from Oklahoma tornado devastation

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Bill Regulating 3D Printed Guns Announced in New York City

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Learn A Post-Collapse Trade Before It’s Too Late


Friday, June 14, 2013


Geoff S. sent this article on large-scale greenhouse farming: Farm flourishes on Alaska tundra. (Of course to be able to afford all of those greenhouses, it helps to live where strawberries sell for $6 to $9 per pound.)

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I noticed that Ready Made Resources has added some very effective smoke grenades to their product line. Don't confuse these with the small, commonly-available pyrotechnic toys. In contrast, these ones really crank out voluminous smoke!

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This was interesting: Know Where to Run to: The Five Best Countries With No Extradition

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JRH Enterprises is having a Father's Day Weekend sale on  ITT PVS-14 Third Generation Pinnacle Autogated Night Vision units, new with 5 year warranty.  They are including  all the accessories AND a shuttered eye guard and weapons mount free, all for $2.695.  (99% of PVS-14 orders from JRH ship within one business day.) JRH also has a very few of the DBAL-I2 infrared lasers available right now also with no lead time.

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Liberal Talk Show Host Freaks Out On Air Screaming 'Barack Obama is a Liar'

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A bomb up his bum? This doesn't bode well for future TSA security screening policies at airports...


Thursday, June 13, 2013



Wednesday, June 12, 2013


G.G. suggested this article: The risk of a catastrophic solar storm that would leave countries including the United Kingdom and United States without electricity for days or even months will peak in 2015, a new report claims.

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SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson spotted this: ‘Pro-Gun’ Ricin mailer turns out to be Hollywood anti-gunner. By her shifting stories, it can fairly safely be deduced that she was setting up her husband for arrest. Her psychological problems provide a new treble entendre to the description "Bad Actor."

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House Votes to Eliminate Service Camo Patterns

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SurvivalBlog's Field Gear Editor Pat Cascio sent a link to a video of an amazing 1,000 yard shot.

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No One Is Talking About The Insane Law That Lets Authorities Read Any Email Over 180 Days Old. So, obviously we need to do a monthly deletion on any e-mail on our PCs that are getting close to that threshold. But this begs the question: Does your ISP have all of your old e-mails cached somewhere? In related news: Paul Krugman: Government Tilting Towards ‘Authoritarian Surveillance’ State. And here is some commentary from Brandon Smith: Why The Surveillance State Must Be Erased. And speaking of privacy, Silent Circle is getting popular, but a completely dispersed peer-to-peer system like BitMessage seems inherently more secure.

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Detroit tax dollars at work: LeDuff: Detroit police's simulated purse snatching goes awry


Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Jim W. sent: The Obama Administration Plans to End All Federal Protection of Gray Wolves

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SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson has released two new humorous T-Shirts that are bound to be the height of fashion at gun shows and at shooting ranges: Soliliqy and AK Impact.

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Two more of Mike Bloomberg's "crime-fighting" mayors are in hot water. The latest headlines: Mayor gives home makeover documents to grand jury and E. Orange council demands mayor Bowser resign after he admits to sexual affair in legal papers. Twice-convicted Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is still awaiting sentencing (on 24 counts including conspiracy, extortion, bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion), but he has just been released for knee surgery. And in other news: Federal corruption trial of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack postponed to January. (Mayor Mack arrogantly and shamelessly refuses to step down from office. His salary is $126,000 per year, yet he claimed poverty and demanded a public defender, at taxpayer expense. Maybe he should have used some of that graft money. Or is it considered bad form to pay your attorney with wads of Ben Franklins?) So these are some of the "we know what's best for you" mayors who are are seeking to disarm us! By the way, the anti-gun hypocrites are also soon starting a multi-state bus tour. Any bets on whether or not they'll stop in Trenton, Philadelphia, or Detroit? I'm betting that they'll mainly be stopping in White Bread Soccer Mom towns, looking for more sympathetic and gullible sheeple. Baaaaaah!

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“We Are This Far From A Turnkey Totalitarian State" - Big Brother Goes Live September 2013. And on the same note: NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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I heard from my publisher that there are now more than 255,700 copies of my book "How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It" in print after 17 printings. The same publisher (Penguin) will be publishing my upcoming book (Rawles on Tools for Survival) in 2014.

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John N. suggested this article: 10 Improvised Weapons Made By Syrian Rebels


Monday, June 10, 2013


G.G. forwarded this: Everything you could want for a nuclear fallout from Kleenex to unappetizing cans of 'multi-purpose food': California couple discover perfectly preserved 1961 fallout shelter 15 feet below their backyard. [JWR Asks: Now will they have the wisdom to fully stock it with fresh supplies?]

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A very useful tutorial: How To Wash Laundry Post-Disaster.

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Reader W.J. suggested the latest in digital privacy: Peer-to-Peer Bitmessage Software. (Given all the recent revelations, this might be the only encrypted e-mail system that is halfway trustworthy!

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Long distance looters: Police say men came from Virginia to loot in tornado-ravaged Moore

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I just read a review copy of the new e-book God, Guns, and Guts of Firearm Defense (36 Ready Preparedness Guides) by firearms instructor Sig Swanstrom. This is one of the few books that I've read on self-defense that is written from a fully-referenced Christian perspective. I highly recommend it.

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Walt mentioned this: Professional Wound Repair Kit. (Note: Because this kit includes lidocaine, a medical information form must be completed and approved by their doctor. Ditto for their antibiotics.)

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Nine Rules for Starting Your Own Farm


Sunday, June 9, 2013


The Reason an Israeli Man Couldn't Bring Himself to Turn in His Weapons Will Sound Familiar To U.S. Gun Proponents. Never register your guns, ever! History doesn't repeat, but it often rhymes.

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog Editor At Large) spotted this: Secret Man Caves Found in EPA Warehouse

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Radio Free Redoubt is seeking donations to defray some of their costs. Among other things they are sponsoring Pastor Chuck Baldwin's trip to speak at the upcoming Patriots and Self-Reliance Rally at Farragut State Park, near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on July 26, 27 & 28, 2013. There is a PayPal Donate button at their web site. Or you can mail a check or an anonymous money order to:

RBN
P.O. Box 757
Rathdrum, ID 83858

Make checks payable to "RBN" which is the abbreviation of their "Doing Business As"(DBA) name. Thanks.

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Some commentary by Brandon Smith: The Terrible Future Of The Syrian War

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Florida Governor Has Sheriff Arrested, Removed From Office for Allowing Concealed Carry


Saturday, June 8, 2013


There is lots of news about these revelations: NSA taps in to user data of Facebook, Google and others, secret files reveal and NSA Is Seizing Millions of Verizon Phone Records and Clapper denied NSA surveillance before Senate panel in March testimony. As I've mentioned before: Never consider anything you say on the phone or anything that you do on the Internet is "private."

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Reader Joe K. suggested this new e-book: Locusts on the Horizon, authored by the Plan B Writers Alliance. It also comes highly recommended by Greg Ellifritz of  Active Response Training. It is affordably priced at just $2.99.

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G.G. flagged this news headline: Secession Plan Floated By Some Northern Colorado Leaders. And Steve D. sent this related story with some more details: Weld County commissioners propose formation of new state, North Colorado.

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"Major Henry West" (one of my associates on The FALFiles forums) wrote me to mention a great deal on Swiss 7.5mm GP-11 Ammo at AIM Surplus. They are offering it for not much more than .50 cents a round. (In today's market, where 7.62mm NATO ball is still nearly $1 per round, that is a relative bargain.) A Swiss K-31 Schmidt-Rubin straight pull rifle can be fired quite quickly and accurately, and now for the first time in my memory, they can be shot less expensively than a .308. That sounds like a great James Dakin-style "Plan B" rifle, to me! (James Dakin wisely recommends budget military surplus rifles for folks who are on a tight budget.)

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15 Wonderful Hilltop Towns and Villages

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After the beheading of a British soldier by a pair of Muslim fanatics--who were caught literally red handed--David Codrea reports that many Britons now want their guns back. They are a little late, since most of their handguns got turned into manhole covers. (Including some that we sent them early in WWII, when England faced invasion.) What a shame. But it isn't too late for them to import some 21st century gun technology. For example, envision a Ruger LC 9mm or a S&W .380 Bodyguard in just 20% of English ladies' purses and gentlemen's jacket pockets. Those would do quite well in deterring terrorist slaughter on their streets. And they are lot easier to carry around than armed Bobbies or manhole covers.

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Reader S.F. mentioned that a pilot program of matching dogs with vets was specifically vetoed by the U.S. Veteran's Administration (VA), which made it categorical that dogs would only be provided for a small and traditional list of needs, such a guide dogs for the blind. So of course others did it. An old story with a great new ending: Hounds and Heroes.


Friday, June 7, 2013


GoldAndSilverOnline.com (one of our generous writing contest sponsors) has announced a special just for SurvivalBlog readers: Use discount code: survivalblog at checkout, and get free shipping on your entire order when purchasing two or more $10 face value rolls in pre-'65 quarters or four or more $5 face value rolls in pre-'65 in dimes.  This special offer is good only until June 30, 2013, and just one free shipment per customer.

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Bugging Out? There's an app for that. The beta version of a free Bug Out Bag Checklist app is now available on the app stores: Apple iOS and Android Google Play. Alternatively the app can also be found by searching the title of the app, "Bug Out Bag Checklist", on your smart phone.

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Ol' Remus has posted some great commentary on resistance warfare.

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Reader F.G. sent: Supreme Court: Police can routinely take DNA from people they arrest

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Mike Williamson mentioned an interesting DHS ammo buy: Small quantities of unusual calibers--.45 Long Colt, .357 Magnum, and 7.62x39. [JWR's Comment: Perhaps they are a stocking some sort of TEOTWAWKI bunker.]

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An Inconvenient Truth Terminology: You might have noticed that "Global Warming" activists are quietly morphing into "Climate Change" activists. This is particularly convenient, since the last few months were the coldest spring on record in many places and in the U.K. they've had the coldest spring since 1891. Some are predicting that this summer could be the coldest since 1816 in Europe. (1816 is remembered as "the year without a summer.") Perhaps in another 10 or 20 years, the Al Goristas will claim that their dire predictions of higher temperatures and rising sea levels were "misunderstood" by the media, and what they really meant to say was that lower temperatures and lower sea levels are expected, because mankind has broken Planet Earth's thermostat--so that "climate change" can now push temperatures one way or the other. I'm no climate expert, so I'll defer to meteorologist Joe Bastardi on this issue. Keep your snow shovels handy, folks.


Thursday, June 6, 2013


The "Rawles Gets You Ready Preparedness Course" is continuing to sell briskly, since it is now priced at less that $20. You'll get immediate delivery, via digital download.

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Welcome to the circular firing squad: Liberals’ urge to self-destruction. And meanwhile: Hundreds of Gunowners Show up in Temple, Texas with Loaded Guns At the “Come and Take it” March. And in Colorado: Big Apple Bucks: Morse Tells Post He Hopes Bloomberg Sends Some More Money. How sweetly ironic, coming from a Governor who tweets: "I intend to fight this – we cannot allow outside interest groups to determine what is best for Colorado."

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Tim J. sent: World's first flat pack truck developed for emerging markets.

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F.G. sent: Maine Passes "Historic" Legislation - Require Warrants for Cellphone Tracking. "On Wednesday, the state House voted 113-28 in favor of legislation that would in all but exceptional cases prohibit law enforcement agencies from tracking cellphones without a warrant. If enacted, LD 415 would make Maine the first state in the country to require authorities to obtain a search warrant before tracking cellphones or other GPS-enabled devices." Coincidentally, here is an interesting new product: The GPS Jammer. This is from the same company that sells a GPS tracker detector and a variety of cell phone jammers.

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B.M. pointed me to this at Makezine: A Foot-Powered Lathe


Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Reader "AmEx" sent: Department of Homeland Security Forced to Release List of Keywords Used to Monitor Social Networking Sites. In other gov-tech news: E-mails of top Obama appointees remain a mystery

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The big semi-annual sales on Mountain House long term storage foods at Ready Made Resources and Safecastle are continuing for just a few more days. It is is important to note that Mountain House plans to significantly raise their wholesale prices on July 1st, 2013, so it would be wise to order during this sale. Get your orders in before June 8th!

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Reader W.J. suggested this very thorough instructional piece: Weapons Caching for Martial Law.

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Steve G. recommended this piece over at Black Five: Warning Shot? Their conclusion: Both warning shots and talking to the police without first consulting your attorney are bad ideas.

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Arrogant defiance and denial of the Separation of Powers, beyond belief: Kerry Says US Will Sign UN Arms Treaty, Ignores Congressional Opposition. What part of "advice and consent" doesn't he and BHO understand? This announced treaty signing has led me to update an old saying: You can tell a despot by his spots.

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Seed for Security has announced another special offer. With the purchase of their Super Survival Pack you will receive a free packet of Flint Indian Corn (approx. 300 seeds), and a free 3/4-pint pouch of White Proso Millet (approx. 32,000 seeds.) The Super Survival Pack includes 5,500 open-pollinated, non-GMO vegetable seeds (18 varieties) plus a pint each of Hulless Oats and Winter Rye. The shipping weight for this pack is four pounds. This is their most popular product and comes with a four-page Seed Saving Guide. This offer is for a limited time.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013


SurvivalBlog's G.G. flagged this sign of the times: Detroit Citizens Protect Themselves After Police Force Decimated.

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Steam Engines As Alternative Energy: Marjory Wildcraft Interviews Mike Brown

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Mark that beast those sheeple! Google: Motorola's tattoos could replace passwords

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George S. sent this news item: The Indian Motorcycle Company is back. (In case you are wondering, the motorcycles are made in Iowa, using engines that are made in Wisconsin.)

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Your "Turn In Gun" can now have a new life in an Iowa Police sting operation. [JWR's Comment: Note that by allowing less than a certified 100% melt of the guns, they leave the door open for widespread theft, which is already rampant in police evidence rooms. Any guesses where some of the really nice high-grade guns will end up? The only thing worse than high-minded Kumbaya statists are their henchmen with a penchant for larceny.] (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)


Monday, June 3, 2013


For just a week, Ready Made Resources and Safecastle are running semi-annual sales on Mountain House long term storage foods, with the maximum allowable discounts of 25% to 40%. And BTW, the folks at Ready Made Resources mentioned that they are willing to "mix and match" items, as long as you order in six-can increments. So, for example, you can order two cans of Lasagna an Meat Sauce, two cans of Pasta Primavera, and two cans of Chicken Alfredo, to complete a six-can case. And the folks at Safecastle mentioned that they have an incentive package for the sale that include Safecastle Royal club-member rebate gift certificates.

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News from Connecticut: Bill makes crime against homeless a hate crime. A felony? So what are we now expected to do when someone squats on our property? If we shout "get off my land!", does that make us felonious hate criminals? The Nanny Statists clearly have both an agenda and a bias, and they don't mind trampling on our rights, in the process of creating special privileges to further entrench their voting bloc.

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Treason doth prosper: On June 3, President Barack Obama will sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

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I recommend the new book: To Keep or Not to Keep: Why Christians Should Not Give Up Their Guns, by Timothy Baldwin and Chuck Baldwin. It is well-researched, well-reasoned, Biblically-sound, and fully documented. (There are 381 footnotes.) It is available in paperback, or as an e-book. I should mention that John Jacob Schmidt of Radio Free Redoubt just interviewed Chuck Baldwin about the new book, in his weekly podcast.

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The popular Urban Escape and Evasion classes from onPoint Tactical are scheduled in Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver, and Phoenix between June and December of 2013.


Sunday, June 2, 2013


Tam, over at View From The Porch recommended this piece: Small Impact Tool Basics

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Doxycycline and Tetracycline Shortage Update

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Cheryl (aka The Economatrix) suggested this by Dave Hodges: Increasing Your Odds Of Survival

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Lisa Bedford (of the excellent The Survival Mom blog) has launched a radio network, with all female hosts.

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Global flight-path maps: Five interpretations. [JWR's Note: Our ranch is blissfully situated in a little valley without any railroad tracks and that is not beneath any major air routes. There is a lot to be said for hearing only the tranquil sounds of nature.]

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R.B.S. sent: The Red Cross still hasn't handed out more than $100 Million in Hurricane Sandy donations almost seven months after the storm

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A teenage homeschooler in Montana wrote to ask me for some advice on getting started as a writer. I'm not an expert, but I advised her that she should first read plenty of good fiction. I noted the novelists who had influenced me the most: David Brin, Algis Budrys, Tom Clancy, Gordon Dickson, Frederick Forsyth, Pat Frank, Ernest Hemingway, Dean Ing, Jerry Pournelle, Ayn Rand, and George R. Stewart. I was also influenced by the writings of number of writers on nonfiction topics (such as preparedness, firearms, Christian apologetics, and economics) like: Bruce D. Clayton, Col. Jeff Cooper, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Elmer Keith, H.W. McBride, Ludwig von Mises, Dr. Gary North, Arthur W. Pink, John Piper, Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard, and Mel Tappan. For the record: I have never claimed to be a great novelist. I'm just someone who has focused on a captivating topic and therefore developed a niche following. At best, I might be mentioned in a minor footnote in some obscure history book on fiction writing. In contrast, the names that I've just cited are in another league, and will be remembered--and perhaps still published--for centuries.


Saturday, June 1, 2013


West Coast Police State Logic: California Senate approves seven gun control bills. They just keep coming: Background checks on ammo buyers, a ban on any semi-auto that can accept a detachable magazine, and an outright ban on 11+ round magazines? These yo-yos are channeling Josef Stalin. Oh, and meanwhile, here is some East Coast Police State Logic: New Jersey: Court Upholds Man Arrested For Visible Gun Case In Car. "Plain view" doctrine is well-established, but what if possession of the item in plain view is considered a right in one state, but a crime in another? So now, in Neu Jersey, simply exercising a long standing federal constitutional right is a crime. (Thanks to Jeff H. for the link.) JWR's Comment: I urge residents of California, New Jersey, and America's other blossoming police states to relocate to free states, now, before you are ensnared by their growing web of totalitarian laws, before you are dragged down by their confiscatory taxes, and before your children are indoctrinated in their statist-collectivist schools. Flee!

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) liked this piece: Put the Thing in the Thing, Pull on the Thing: Simplifying the Unnecessarily Complicated

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If you want to track down the physical location of the originating server for a web site or an e-mail, Buddy Hinton of Sturmgewehr.com (commonly called Buddy's Boards) recommends this tool: Info Sniper.

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Reader F.G. sent us news of a common sense decision, in Alabama: Franklin County To Provide Their Own School Security Force (arming teachers.)

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W.D. sent: Chinese hackers 'compromise' US weapons systems designs


Friday, May 31, 2013


Reader J.W.B. sent this article: Two Letters Addressed To Mayor Bloomberg Found To Contain Ricin. JWR's Comment: When politicians strenuously attempt to ban guns, a few disgruntled folks will try to ban politicians. When they do, they won't necessarily use only guns to do so. Human bodies are fragile and there are many ways of bringing about their demise, such as: bombs, poisons, light aircraft, UAVs, VBIEDs, incendiaries, neurotoxins, hallucinogens and dissociatives, chemical weapons, radioisotopes, small arms, electrocution, drowning, archery, oxygen-displacing inert gasses (and other forms of asphyxia and atelectasis), rockets, blunt instruments, various medical procedure "accidents", cellular-level dehydration agents, ship scuttling, aircraft sabotage, flammables, intentional introduction of diseases and parasites, binaries, architecturally-embedded klystron tubes and other microwave emitters, navigation system overrides and other malicious computer code or virii, transdermal carriers such as DMSO, liquid metal embrittlement chemicals, HVAC system sabotage, poisonous snake/insect/fish/shellfish venom, vertigo-inducing drugs, and good old-fashioned defenestration. And then there are the innumerable and unpredictable combinations thereof, and with the New Century's technology, nearly all of the aforementioned can be electronically time-delayed or remotely-controlled. So be advised that any devious attempts at depriving The People of their God-given rights could bring on the wrath of God. Of course folks like me because of our Christian restraint vent our outrage only via the ballot box and the soap box. (In my case, I'm presently standing on a 21st Century Electronic Soap Box.) But politicians should beware there are other people with far less restraint and with access to other boxes. Many of them got their training at taxpayer expense whilst on multiple deployments to nasty corners of the planet, as instruments of contemporary foreign policy. And some of these people are quite literate. They might have read Erasmus of Rotterdam, who echoed a Greek myth in Hesiod's Theogony, about an intricately carved box...

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Double whammy? D.P. sent: A 'concerning' development: New China bird flu resistant to Tamiflu. And meanwhile we read: New virus called ‘threat to the entire world’. Far greater detail on the Novel Corona Virus (NCoV) can be founds here.

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Sue in Idaho sent: 10 States with the most natural disasters.

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Y2K: Much Ado About Nothing?

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Reader Charley S. sent: Task Forces Offer Hoarders a Way to Dig Out. Charley asks: "How many steps is it from 'Hoarders are crazy and must be helped' to 'Preppers are a public-safety hazard and must be stopped'?"

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Obama’s “Fast and Furious” Gun-running Scandal Grow


Thursday, May 30, 2013


Reader JBR sent: Automated License Plate Recognition technology is advancing at a gallop. JWR's Comment: For potentially dark days ahead, it is prudent to think through countermeasures such as mud splotches that obscure a couple of license plate digits, or of course out-of state registration. (Just one more reason to set up a family trust.)

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Readers may have noticed that my FAQ articles are living documents but they are only sporadically updated. Most recently, I updated the European Ammo Box Translations FAQ with a detail that was kindly sent to me by reader Christoper B., who wrote: "...you have a question mark for the abbreviation 'RDF.'  You may find the explanation of that term here, which reads in part, 'It was supplied as Lot 2 of 1928 by a supposedly unidentified maker with the code 'Rdf.' – the Rheindorf factory of Dynamit Nobel.'"

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One of the members of my local shooting club recently received another large order from the cleverly-named vendor United Nations Ammunition Company, in Arizona. This time he bought their linked USGI .50 BMG ammo, but he has also previously bought some of their .308 ammunition. Both types of ammunition were linked four rounds of ball alternating with one round of tracer. This is brand new, 2012 production, from Lake City Arsenal!

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Off to Leavenworth: Another one of Mike Bloomberg's "Crime Fighting" anti-gun mayors goes to prison today: Former Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo will report to prison camp on May 30th. I find it ironic how many members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns can no longer legally own guns, because they are convicted felons. (So they consider our guns to be legal guns, while in fact it is their guns that are truly illegal guns. Herr Dr. Freud had a word for that.) Oh, and some related news gives new meaning to the word mercenary: Top Republican Strategist Cashing Checks To Help Destroy Gun Rights… Speaking of liberal claptrap, see: This Is How the NRA Ends: A bigger, richer, meaner gun-control movement has arrived. And let me get this straight: If 3 million guys and gals join a club that lobbies congress and contributes to election campaigns, they say that is unfair political pressure and an evil "gun lobby." But if one billionaire pays 90% of the bills for a club joined by 975 mayors that lobbies congress and contributes to election campaigns, then that is just good "activism"?

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Backlash: Lawmakers facing recall bids over strict gun laws in Colorado.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Anyone looking for a genuine Faraday room to protect their electronics from EMP and solar storms should contract with TruProtect.

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Whoa, there Facebook Bots! Some tirelessly industrious web bots have mined data from Wikipedia and created tens of thousands of unauthorized Facebook pages. For example: There is one in my name, one titled Patriots, one titled Survivors, and one titled American Redoubt. To clarify: these were not my creation, and the Facebook company never asked my permission. I'd prefer that they be removed, but that would require a costly lawsuit. (Facebook creates "fan" pages for umpteen topics, and they generally refuse to remove them.) I detest Facebook. Please do not do anything to promote those pages.

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F.G. sent: Mystery of Irish Potato Famine Solved

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F.G. also suggested: Common mistakes in self-defense shootings

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Tips from Kim Komando: Keep the FBI from spying on your e-mail . (Thanks to J.B.G. for the link.)

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G.G. and Pierre M. both flagged this: Privacy advocates wary of push to mandate auto 'black boxes'

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Andre D. sent this headline from Germany: Professor Warns Mini Ice Age has Started


Tuesday, May 28, 2013


You might have noticed that the former "Free Tibet" movement has quietly morphed into to the "Save Tibet" movement. I suppose that the word "Free" sounded too much like an active verb for those in the Kumbaya crowd.... I find that pitiful. Some of us still support the Khampas and their tactics. (Yes, there are still a few of them, stalwartly soldiering on. Sort of like The Forest Brotherhood, but without as much forest.)

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Good news from the Live Free Or Die State: State’s stand-your-ground law intact

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Chuck H. sent this news about declining aquifers in the Midwest: Wells Dry, Fertile Plains Turn to Dust

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The Homestead Store is running a 40% off sale on their excellent Homesteading DVD series.  This sale runs until the end of June, 2013. The discount code is HCP123.

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F.G. sent: Detroit Gun Rights Advocates Stage Successful Protest At ‘Guns For Groceries’ Event

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G.G. sent: The Government Wants A Backdoor Into Your Online Communications


Monday, May 27, 2013


KI4U.com has announced their new NukAlert-ER "Extended Range" radiation detector that uniquely provides continuous coverage from background 1µR/hr through to dangerous 600R/hr!  It's a sensitive Geiger counter, high range survey meter and personal alarming dosimeter, all in one unit. This new detector appears to leapfrog the competition, with dose and rate meters alarms that you can set yourself. It is also Blue Tooth enabled and can be USB cable-networked.

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Attaching yet another Lilliputian line, to bind us: "The immigration bill, sponsored by four Republicans and four Democrats, would immediately require the government to scan visas and passports for those leaving the nation."

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Reader Wade J. sent us a link to one man's approach: The Survivor Truck Bug Out Vehicle. [JWR's Comment: I can see the need to have commonly available parts, but I wish there was an American-made four wheel drive truck with a better suspension and high ground clearance--more like a Unimog--to use as a starting point. The multi-fuel variant of the M35 "Deuce and a Half" with a shop van would be my choice--despite the scarcity of some parts in civilian wrecking yards.]

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H.P. sent: Inside the Military’s Secret Terror-Tagging Tech. H.P. asks: "How hard would it be to tag items likely to be purchased by preppers, patriots, or militia? Books? Backpacks? Gun cases? How would we know?" JWR's Comment: It might be prudent for groups to invest in an infinity RF detector. Also, beware of GPS tracker devices, which are getting smaller every year.

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C.D.V. sent a link to a map of declared disasters from 1964-2007. You will surely notice the inverse correlation with the American Redoubt region. Coastal regions have great scenery and generally mild climates. But they also have an non-proportionate number of disasters. ("A great place to visit, but...")

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I just heard that Infidel Body Armor is now certified at NIJ Level III and it just barely missed being certified at Level IV. (They are slightly modifying the design so that it will pass the Level IV rating).


Sunday, May 26, 2013


K.T. suggested: I Built This AK-47. It’s Legal and Totally Untraceable. And speaking of do-it-yourself guns: F.G. sent these items: NSW Police issues warning on 3D printed guns and CNC killed the gun control star.

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Historic vote: Boy Scouts to allow gay youths to join. Sadly, the Boy Scouts are history. I recommend withdrawing your sons from the organization, and instead joining a morally straight group.

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J. McC. sent this: Terceira: China’s interest in strategic Lajes Air Field unfolding – Azores. J. McC.'s comment: "This is not your Grandpa's Geostrategic Template, Boy."

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I noticed that Camping Survival just revamped their web site. BTW they have extended the coupon code "survivalblog" for 5% off with every order.

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Video: Pro-Second Amendment speaker at New Jersey hearing hits home run! And speaking of eastern gun politics, some consider themselves slightly "more equal" than others: Retired N.Y. LEOs seek exemption from SAFE act.

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Several readers sent: Swedes Take to the Streets to Defend Their Neighborhoods. Note that the polisen are busy arresting "vigilantes" instead of the rioters. Typiska nonsens!


Saturday, May 25, 2013


I suspect this will start a trend: Commissioners Declare Carroll a Sanctuary County for Second Amendment. It is great seeing this coming from a state like Maryland. Please contact your county commissioners and state legislators and urge them to do likewise, with this as model legislation.

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Some useful lessons here: Self-defense groups spring up in Mexico to battle Knights Templar drug cartel. (A hat tip to Peter S. for the link.)

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Sue C. sent: Sweden's capital hit by worst riots in years. JWR's Comment: Conspicuously absent in this coverage is the fact that these "youths" are nearly all Muslim immigrants. The mass media in Europe has now so fully embraced Political Correctness that they are complicit with their cultural suicide.

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Attention readers living in Buck Owens country: The Prepare 2 Endure ("P2E") Emergency Preparedness Expo is scheduled for June 8th and 9th at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield, California.

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J.F.J. recommended this piece: Inside Every Liberal Is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out

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Fellow blogger Mac Slavo warns of a trend that could be used as an excuse for disarming millions of Americans: You are Crazy: New Psychiatric Guidelines Target Hoarding, Child Temper Tantrums, and a Host of Other “Illnesses”. (Thanks to B.B. for the link.)


Friday, May 24, 2013


Reader F.G. sent us links to a curious disparity: Scientists say united on global warming, at odds with public view: "(Reuters) - Ninety-seven percent of scientists say global warming is mainly man-made but a wide public belief that experts are divided is making it harder to gain support for policies to curb climate change, an international study showed on Thursday." But then we also read: Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis. "Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies." No comment needed.

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Also from F.G.: How to Fix a "New Style" Gasoline Can (a seven minute video)

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A deer in Johnstown, Pennsylvania gets her two minutes of fame.

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New York Sheriffs: Cuomo asked for silence; Law officials say governor tried to quiet criticism of gun law.

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Speaking of gun control, here is the end result of disarming honest men and women: Blood on his hands, hatred in his eyes: 2.30 pm on a suburban high street, Islamic fanatics wielding meat cleavers butcher a British soldier... As we say here in the States: "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away." In this case, it was 14 minutes after the first 999 call. A lot can happen in 14 minutes. There is no substitute for an armed citizenry.)


Thursday, May 23, 2013


I heard that two Kindle e-books will be available free at Amazon.com from May 23rd to 25th, only: The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook and A Vegetable For Every Season Cookbook. Both of these e-books are normally priced at $2.99.

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H.L. sent: Red Tape Delayed Oklahoma Town's Tornado Shelter Program. H.L.'s comment: 'When will Americans learn they need to make their own preparations for disasters if at all possible, and stop depending on the government for everything? What happened to our pioneer spirit? We've become lazy, which is dangerous."

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A reader sent a link to the "Subversive Stickers" produced by Jester Jones. Most of them are re-mixed WWII propaganda posters.

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J. McC. sent: The camera-eye view that you DO NOT want to have of a grizzly bear.

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A UPS Driver's Suggestions for Shipping Firearms

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An alert for gun owners in Illinois: Anti-gun extremist State Senator Dan Kotowski has introduced a ban on all magazines having a capacity exceeding 10 rounds. The bill is SB1002. Please help stop it by calling your State Senator. (If you do not know who your State Senator is, the Illinois State Board of Elections has a search page.)


Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Fascinating: Aerial Data Visualisation Reveals Life In The United States. (Thanks to G.C. for the link.)

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Reader H.L. sent some news of self-delusion that is not surprising: Most Americans Feel "I'm Immune From Disaster"

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Missouri's Approved Gun Bills: Concealed-Carry Permits Easier to Get, Record-Keeping Banned. (Thanks to Clark H. for the link.)

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Mountainview Off Grid Living (in Nampa, Idaho) is offering SurvivalBlog readers a special until the end of May, 2013: Buy a Kimberly (multifuel) Wood Stove and get a free Propur "Big Size" Water Purification System. (A $259 value.) Call (208) 615-6331, for details.

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Dark, massive asteroid to fly by Earth on May 31

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Those clever World Wide Webbers: I noticed that YouTube automagically created a web page with brief excerpts from my blog in every place where it links to any YouTube video. That is fair use, so I can't fault them. But I suspect that this was done by a "bot" rather than a human. Meanwhile, in a paroxysm of "cp *.*", the marketeers at Amazon.com have created countless thousands of "Shopping Enabled" Wikipedia pages. This piqued my curiosity and I found that they had done so even for Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book. Well, congratulations Amazon. You're really "Sticking it to The Man," now! No greater irony...


Tuesday, May 21, 2013


I recently posted a link to a 1916-vintage book on steel cutting and welding that is available free, via Kindle. Then reader Richard C. followed up to mention that it is also available in a variety of other formats.

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Michael W. sent: Bomb Shelter Boom Sees Underground Pools, Basketball Courts

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Noah, the Super Prepper. (Thanks to David W. for the link.)

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Courtesy of Mark: The Mystery of the Missing Crime Data--Corporate media spins "news" of declining criminal use of firearms to hide the truth.

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F.G. sent: Gun control: Cartridge ID law to take effect.


Monday, May 20, 2013


There are several captivating new property listings at our SurvivalRealty.com spin-off site There is even an off-grid house in Chile's Atacama desert. You will note that many of the former listings have been removed in the past month because of recent sales. SurvivalRealty has now had four years of proven success in bringing many retreat buyers and sellers together. The ads cost just $30 per month, and there are no sales commissions charged!

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Ready Made Resources has announced that anyone who buys an AN/PVS-14 night vision scope from them will not only receive the free weapons mount and shuttered eye relief, ($190 value) but we will also include a free box of infrared chemical light sticks.  (A $30 value.)

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F.G. suggested a piece over at the Weapons Man blog: A Formation of Liberators. OBTW, I began drafting the fourth sequel to my novel Patriots and titled it Liberators, about a year ago. I first announced the book's title in my blog almost a year ago. I'm suspect that the naming of the new 3D printed pistol was purely coincidental. But now that the 21st Century Liberator pistol has been designed and proven, I can't resist depicting the tactical employment of one or more of them in the storyline of the novel (a la 20th Century Liberator pistols, just 'cause... Vive la Maquisards!

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Freeze Dry Guy has announced a special sale on Mountain House Freeze Dried Eggs with a 25 to 30 year shelf life. This is a densely-packed product that normally retails for $359 a case. The Egg Mix with Butter Flavor--228 1⁄2 Cup Servings--is priced at $249, with free shipping to CONUS. This sale ends May 31st, so order soon. Phone: (866) 404-3663.

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Consider the ramifications: 54 Colorado County Sheriffs Sue Over State’s New Gun Control Measures and the New York State Sheriffs Association protests many SAFE Act provisions. And at least one sheriff has pledged to not enforce it. (Then came the predictable whining statist response: "You can't pick and choose what laws you will enforce..." I'm sure that the German Polizeipräsidenten were told the same thing, back around 1938.)


Sunday, May 19, 2013


Reader John C. recommended the wool Boreal Shirts made by Lester River Bushcraft. These are very sturdy, American-made, and in a color that blends in well in many environments.

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Stand by for some revelations about another one of Mikey Bloomberg's "crime-fighting" mayors: Federal investigation of Pittsburgh police reaches Ravenstahl's office. How many dirty mayors will it take before Mayors Against Illegal Guns loses any remaining shred of credibility? Meanwhile we read: Gov. Cuomo proposes anti-corruption bill that would ban convicted bribers from state business. Gee, if they can't stop their many corrupt mayors from taking bribes, then perhaps they can stop companies from offering bribes. Oh, and in other news, thrice-convicted former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is still whining, but that is hardly a news flash.

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Laura D. suggested: Making fuel donuts with shredded paper and water.

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Jeff H. sent: The mass exodus of Christians from the Muslim world

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New Yorker reveals Aaron Swartz-inspired system to protect sources


Saturday, May 18, 2013


Two evidences of the consequences of shifting to round-the-clock AR-15 production: Brand New AR-15 Bolt Disintegrates, Owner Not Happy and, by way of a link from Tam's blog, we read: Supply sorta meeting demand...

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R.B.S. sent a link to a fantastic un-narrated documentary video: The Phillips Brothers Mill: a steam powered wooden box factory. His comments: "One of the better videos I've seen. I think you will enjoy it. Lots of ways to get hurt, burned, or dismembered here! Not OSHA approved." BTW, not shown is their rough-cut sawmill, also on the property.

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Frequent content contributor Jim W. recommended: Fifteen "Must-Have" Downloads

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Also from Jim, this from Project Gutenberg: Deadfalls and Snares, skinning, trapping, etc.

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Just for fun: Space Oddity


Friday, May 17, 2013


More X Class solar flares soon?

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Water War Ahead? Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) sent us this: U.S., Mexico: The Decline of the Colorado River

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Peter H. was the first of several readers to send me a link to the developers of a backcountry tablet called Earl: A waterproof, e-ink, solar powered tablet with built in weather sensors, MURS, GMRS, and FRS radio, plus AM/FM/shortwave. It has GPS and preloaded topo maps for US, Canada, and Mexico. Here is a preliminary review. (Thanks to G.G. for the latter link.)

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Jim W. sent an item of interest to readers in North Carolina: Stumpies Custom Guns

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Tom of Camping Survival made this video: Interview with Chuck Fenwick, supplier of KIO3

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Another from Jim W.: Colorado Gun Rights Groups Aim to Recall State Lawmakers


Thursday, May 16, 2013


John E. sent this disturbing news: Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances'

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Seed for Security is now offering a free Garden Security Collection with every order $75 or more. This collection features six generous packets of high protein, calorie dense, easy to grow, open pollinated vegetable seeds. This offer is for a limited time.

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Buddy mentioned this: Homeowner wounds suspect during shoot-out in SW Houston. (Summary: A home invasion robber forces a homeowner into his closet. But this is the closet where he keeps his guns. Predictable outcome ensues.)

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Pantry Paratus has posted a new infographic: Food Security-- Land, Water, & Energy

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H.L. sent: Now we pull out our own teeth: Boom in DIY dental kits as patients cannot afford NHS fees


Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Reader Jeff H. wrote to suggest this instructional video: Arc Welding with Three Car Batteries

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"Excessive Force" doesn't begin to describe... Dramatic helicopter shootout and car chase in Rio de Janeiro. (A hat tip to Ol' Remus for the link.)

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F.G. suggested: Used AK Buyer's Checklist

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) found this link: Why Vultures Devoured Hiker's Body in Minutes

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As if on cue... Two days ago I asked rhetorically,: "Is a magazine capacity of 16 rounds inherently more evil, criminal or sinister than a capacity of 15 rounds?" And then came yesterday's news headline: New York Man Arrested for Having Two Extra Bullets, Violating State's Seven Bullet Cap. This is just as arbitrary as Mayor Bloomberg's ban on high capacity soda cups, but has much more serious implications. (Thanks to reader J.B.G. for the article link.)

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I wonder what Joe Dassin would say, if he saw his favorite boulevard now? 'The Champs Elysee is a battlefield': Riots on the streets of Paris as thugs hijack David Beckham's team's open-top bus title celebrations.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Bullet blitz: Demand from public, government leaves ammo shelves empty. (Of course those of you who heeded the advice in SurvivalBlog and stocked up before last December are now sitting pretty.)

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Tomorrow is the last day of Camping Survival's Mountain House Sale. They are offering Mountain House nitrogen-packed cans at 25% off and pouches and long term storage HDPE buckets at 15% off. Order soon!

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Reader M.V.R. spotted this: Use These Secret NSA Google Search Tips to Become Your Own Spy Agency

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Jeff H. mentioned: Mothers Milk: Grow Your Own Vinegar

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Los Angeles Wants To Confiscate Legal 10+ Round Magazines. Here are a couple of quotes from the article: "The city of Los Angeles has filed a proposed ordinance that would allow police to confiscate legally owned magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Thanks to a motion by Councilman Paul Krekorian of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee."

and,

"The unconstitutional law would ban possession of magazines under a nuisance law. They’re talking about property that was grandfathered for a reason."

JWR's Comment: That sounds a lot like an uncompensated "taking" (theft) to me! It also flies in the face of California's State Preemption law (53071 GC) that restricts counties and cities from enacting firearm regulations. I must repeat that I encourage gun owners to move out of that Mickey Mouse State, as soon an possible.


Monday, May 13, 2013


Somehow I missed this well-written review article when it was first posted by Commander Zero, three years ago: Review – Allied Armament X-91 drum magazine. By the way, I don't consider HK drum magazines a cost-efficient use of your funds. Why? Because presently, for the price of just one of these 50-round drums, you can buy more than 200 of the ubiquitous 20 round alloy magazines. There is great utility in redundancy.

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F.G. mentioned a great piece in Backwoods Home: Keeping food cold: solutions to refrigeration when electricity is scarce

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Wednesday is the last day of Camping Survival's Mountain House Sale. They are offering Mountain House nitrogen-packed cans at 25% off and pouches and long term storage HDPE buckets at 15% off. Place your order soon!

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FWIW, I'm looking forward to seeing Ender's Game much more than I am seeing the umpteenth Star Trek movie. Even if the movie captures only a fraction of the epic novel, then it will still be great.


Sunday, May 12, 2013



Saturday, May 11, 2013


Mike Williamson (our Editor at Large) sent a link to some analysis of the 3D Printed Gun controversy, by Joe Huffman: Faceless bureaucrats, not blue helmeted elk. And as for the files themselves? They can't stop the signal. For every web site that the DHS takes down, I'm confident that five or more will pop up, to take its place. Clearly, the djinn has left the bottle, and there is no putting him back. For anyone who would like to support their upcoming legal battle, the Bitcoin address for DEFCAD is: 1Gb5GNxrVGMT8e9uoJ8CmamrdVz9o8fAEa

A side note: Do they teach toothpaste tube refilling at DHS School?

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RBS sent a link to an article with a more detailed follow-up to a previous mention: Backyard fallout shelter inspires historical exhibit in Neenah.

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Camping Survival's one week Mountain House Sale is in progress. They are offering Mountain House nitrogen-packed cans at 25% off and pouches and long term storage HDPE buckets at 15% off. The sale ends on May 15th, so order soon!

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Pernicious invader: Long Island Town Bans Bamboo, Threatens $350 Fine, Possible Jail Time

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John Stossel on the Free State Project: Moving to New Hampshire for Liberty

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G.A. from The FALFiles sent me a link to a small company with great prices on military surplus bandoleers, stripper clips, and steel links for belt-feds: New River Salvage. (Their site probably won't win any web design awards, but somehow that assures me that they are a low overhead company.)


Friday, May 10, 2013



Thursday, May 9, 2013


Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) found a link to a great video, profiling an old school, multigenerational machine shop: Central Texas Tool Co.

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A long-standing joke is that a lot of dead people cast votes in the eastern seaboard states. Not to be outdone, deceased anti-gun mayors sign petitions from the grave, again and again. In more recent news: Another one of the Bloomberg Crime Fighters goes to the Big House, for corruption: Hamilton, New Jersey Mayor John Bencivengo. And another, Former Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada, has just been charged with operating an illegal gambling establishment. And here are some MAIG member "Working The System" updates: Mayor Ray Nagin: Indicted, trial date delayed to October; Mayor Noramie Jasmin is seeking funds for her legal defense (Gee, why not use some of that bribe money?); Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick: still begging to be released before sentencing. (He swears he doesn't own a white Ford Bronco); Mayor Tony Mack: Indicted on corruption charges, trial date delayed; Mayor Richard P. Corkery: Still awaiting trial on child pornography charges after two years; Mayor Adam Bradley: Wife-beating conviction overturned and will get a new trial; Mayor Eddie Perez: Still free on bond three years after getting a three year sentence, and now his lawyers are asking for a new trial, since they claim that showing the jury all of the evidence was damaging to his reputation; Mayor Craig Lowe has entered a not guilty plea after his drunken car wreck, despite some damning police dashcam footage and a failed breathalyzer test; Mayor Gary Becker has been released after serving three years on child pornography and child enticement charges but will still have five years of GPS monitoring and "community supervision"; Mayor James "Jay" Schiliro of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia): awaits trial on reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint, official oppression, false imprisonment at gunpoint, providing alcohol to a minor, et cetera. (His homosexual advances were not considered legal in Pennsylvania since the young man was over 18.) Despite the fact that he is being held in jail, he is still seeking re-election (how's that for chutzpah!); Mayor April Capone Almon has been re-elected after making a show of donating a kidney; Mayor Samuel Rivera: Presumably released after serving 16 months in Federal prison and then 21 months in a halfway house; Mayor Sheila Dixon: May be returning to politics. (It seems that the disgrace of stealing charity money from the poor is just trifling and transitory, in some circles.)

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Jeff H. suggested a piece by David Hathaway over at Lew's site: Ham Radio Freedom

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Forbes: This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun (Photos)

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Bill D. sent this from his local newspaper: Preppers: Ready, Come What May, In The Shenandoah Valley. (Yet another example of bad OPSEC. If a journalist wants to interview you, then he should respect your privacy and be willing to identify you by a pseudonym. But this only happens if you insist on it!)

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R.B.S. sent: Internet tax bill targets all digital downloads


Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Some folks on the web had misreported this last week, without checking facts: LDS home storage centers tweaking cannery policy. (Thanks to Brad M. for the newspaper link.)

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M.V.R. recommended: Guide to Veterinary Drugs for Human Consumption, Post-SHTF.

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Cuban Economic Collapse Survivor Gives Advice On How To Keep Up Your Family’s Spirits

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Mark R. sent a link to a U.S. military Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. " The plan defines the department's vision of sustainability and connects the dots between the DOD's sustainability and energy security goals and potential operational vulnerabilities — in other words, its susceptibility to utility disruptions caused by natural disasters, attacks, grid outages, or the likelihood of energy supply reductions due to disruption in the oil supply line from foreign countries."

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Gun salesman of the decade, or of the century?: 46,455 Background Checks For Gun Purchases Each Day Under Obama


Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Carolina Readiness Supply is conducting their second Heritage Life Skills weekend May 17 - 19, 2013, in Waynesville, North Carolina. Classes being offered are: Canning Meat & Butter, Canning Fruits & Vegetables, Soap making, Candle making, Dehydrating, Land Navigation, Reloading, Tactical Radio Communications, Butchering, Quilting, Bread making, Cheese making, plus many morre. The guest speakers will be Dr. Dan Eichenbaum, speaking on the Second Ammendment -- Dr. Arthur Bradley, author of Prepper's Instruction Manual, and Disaster Preparedness for EMP attacks and Solar Flares -- "Angry American", author of Going Home -- Dr. William Forstchen, author of One Second After.

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Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large) sent: 99 Life Hacks to Make Your Life Easier. (Don't miss the comments that follow, with other great ideas.)

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Anoone with an interest in large Faraday enclosures should check out this Texas company: TruProtect

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Just as predicted: S. 792: A bill to strengthen the enforcement of background checks with respect to the use of explosive materials

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"Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind [Poll] found that 44% of Republican respondents agreed that an “armed revolution” might be needed in the next few years to defend liberties."


Monday, May 6, 2013


A very detailed new infographic about the prospects for ethnic divisiveness in America, created by a Christian anti-racist: America's Controlled Demolition.

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A reminder: PRNMED is conducting a three day medical class May 17-19 at the Ohio State University Campus in Caldwell, Ohio. This class will be unique since they will be doing some new scenario-based training. They will also include some new information about “tactical medicine," and will be using some skill stations to allow for more individual instruction in key areas. Please contact Dave Turner at dturner@prnmed.com, or telephone: (610) 633-2276. Visit www.PRNMED.com for details.

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I heard about a new 100% domestic AK maker that will be well-positioned when the inevitable Federal ban on imported parts sets is announced: Resistance Arms. They are starting out via crowd funding. Once the import bans are announced, the few all-domestic AK makers will build huge backlogs, Panic now, and avoid the rush.

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B.B. recommended: What Should States Do When the Federal Government Usurps Power? Advice From James Madison, Father Of The US Constitution

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Todd Savage of Survival Retreat Consulting wrote to mention that he is looking for a circumspect real estate broker to work with who is located in eastern Washington. By the way, anyone considering a move to The American Redoubt should contact Todd. He knows the region very well and can help you find your optimal retreat.

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File Under Global Warming: Arkansas locations experience record snowfall, low temperatures for May.


Sunday, May 5, 2013


Wisconsin family discovers fully-stocked fallout shelter in their back yard 50 years after it was installed at the height of the Cold War. Note how the military surplus ammo cans saved items that would have otherwise been ruined by the flooding of the bunker. (Thanks to reader Rhonda T. for the link.)

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Is the Seasteading concept finally coming to fruition? Reader L.G.C. wrote to mention that some Blueseed ships are scheduled to launch in 2014.

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Another one of Mayor Bloomberg's crime-fighting mayors is in agua caliente: E. Orange council demands mayor Bowser resigns after he admits to sexual affair in legal papers. (Thanks to Michael C. for the link.) Meanwhile, some news about another another Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) winner: Marcus Hook mayor to face gun, hostage charges. Oh, and indicted Trenton, New Jersey Mayor Tony Mack's trial on extortion, bribery, wire fraud and mail fraud charges is expected to begin in June. As is typical of arrogant MAIG mayors, Mayor Mack remains in office and on full salary while he awaits his trial. Meamwhile, Kwame Kilpatrick is awaiting sentencing. And let's not overlook the latest exemplary behavior of Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy--yet another of Bloomberg's crew. I suspect that the MAIG headquarters must now have a full time Damage Control staffer. (I notice that they are now quick to scrub their roster of any member that gets arrested.)

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Despite some recent legislative setbacks in some Blue States, the right to keep and bear arms is still on an upward trend. (Note, for example, the advent of permitless concealed carry in Wyoming and Arkansas.)

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Is Operational Secrecy (‘OPSEC’) Dead?


Saturday, May 4, 2013


The editors of Mother Jones have belatedly discovered prepperdom.

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For the gent in Ohio who wrote to chide me that: ".308 [semi-auto]s are impractical for rapid fire shooting, and close combat." Well, Jerry Miculek shows how it is done. Perfect practice makes perfect!

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Monday (May 6th) will be the last day of the Ready Made Resources 25% off sale on Mountain House canned long term storage foods. Order soon.

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Alan S. sent this headline from Australia: Murder trial after NSW knife man shot dead. The hand-wringing Aussie judicial system pundits seem horrified that someone would defend another life decisively. And they implied that taking a steady aim and taking a second shot showed murderous intent. That fact is, until someone ceases to be a threat to life, you must keep shooting!


Friday, May 3, 2013


Building Your SHTF Gunshot Survival Kit

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Here is a new online publication that might be of interest: The Preparedness Review. Their latest edition includes an excerpt from my novel "Survivors."

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Some good news from an anti-gun state: The Connecticut State Police today released their training memorandum regarding the open carry of firearms in the state. This is a significant concession in a Nanny State where up until now many police have treated Open Carry with contempt and high suspicion, and often with unjustified detainment. (Thanks to H.L. for the link.)

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And some more good news: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed H.B. 2455 into law Sunday, thereby banning the destruction of guns turned in at gun buybacks or otherwise seized by or surrendered to authorities.

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The first Doomsday Expo in Denver is scheduled for June 27-29, 2013.

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Lynn G. mentioned a Boston Globe article that cites's SurvivalBlog's glossary, titled: How to talk like a doomsday prepper.


Thursday, May 2, 2013


Ready Made Resources is in the middle of a 25% off sale on Mountain House canned long term storage foods. The sale ends on May 6th, so order soon.

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S. 336, the Internet Sales Tax bill, can still be stopped. So can the Illegal Immigrant Amnesty Bill. Please contact your U.S. Senators.

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Diana suggested this by former congressman Dr. Ron Paul: Liberty Was Also Attacked in Boston.

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Reader Mark A. mentioned that Widener's has D&H mil-spec AR-15 magazines back in stock for as little as $14 each. Oh, and speaking of AR magazines: Magpul begins making ammunition magazines outside Colorado. (Thanks to F.G. for the latter link.)

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Despite its abundant lame-iosity that makes it just marginally watchable, the television series Revolution has been renewed for a second season. I hope that eventually a much more realistic post-collapse television show will be produced. (Jericho came closer, but it was still short of the mark.)


Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Reader C.W. forwarded some very scary news: Perhaps just one mutation away from fast transmission human to human transmission? H7N9 Carries Genes from Rare H9N2, H7N3, H4N9, H11N9 Bird Flu Viruses. Here is a quote: "This finding implies that H7N9 viruses have partially acquired human receptor-binding specificity. All of the H7N9 human isolates examined contained a lysine residue at position 627 in the PB2 protein. It is well known that this lysine residue contributes to the replication and transmission of avian influenza viruses in mammalian hosts. It is likely that the acquisition of this lysine in H7N9 viruses during their replication in human hosts has significantly contributed to their virulence and lethality in humans."

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Just ten years left, Larry! Former Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Larry Langford will be eligible for parole on May 1, 2023. Perhaps Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) should start a "Graybar Hotel Pen Pal Page" for their many members that are in prison, or that were convicted but somehow weaseled their way out of prison terms. Oh, BTW, there is even closer light at the end of the tunnel for former mayor Eddie Perez. He had faced a maximum sentence of 55 years, but was sentenced to just eight years, suspended after three years, with three years in prison, followed by three years of probation.

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F.G. sent: NeighborhoodScout’s Top 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America. Needless to say, the American Redoubt's few cities are at the opposite end of their lists.

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For just the month of May, Freeze Dry Guy is offering Freeze Dried Pineapple by the case: six # 10 cans yielding 114 servings, with free shipping in CONUS. The special introductory price is good until May 31st . For more information, visit their web site or phone 866 404-3663

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G.G. flagged this one: Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents


Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Stopping the Common Core curriculum freight train

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A clever new product with a seven year shelf life: New Ovaeasy Pop and Cook Eggs at CampingSurvival.com. You can order them here.

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Today Marcus Hook Pennsylvania Mayor James “Jay” Schiliro is scheduled to get his first day in court. He is one of many hypocritical members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns who is in serious trouble with the law. In his case it was providing alcohol to someone under 21, attempted homosexual seduction, and unlawful imprisonment, at gunpoint. Mayor Bloomberg certainly has collected a motley assortment of criminals and pervs for his "crime fighting" anti-gun political pressure group. It is time for a counterbalance: Citizens Against Illegal Mayors.

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Michael M. sent: Marijuana Laws New Tool to Ban Gun Ownership

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Two more bits of evidence that California is truly a lost cause: Boy suspended for having pocket knife on camping trip and California lawmakers weigh first statewide ban on lead ammo


Monday, April 29, 2013


A special note to the readers who have been making their 10 Cent Challenge voluntary subscription payments via BitCoins: Please be sure check the current value of BitCoins rather than just repeatedly sending the same number of BTCs each month, or each year! When I last checked, the value of Bitcoins had jumped, so a full one year SurvivalBlog subscription ($36.50 in FRNs) is just 0.237 BTC! Our Bitcoin address is: 1K7Gk6kqX6psSWDJaRV6pyDH7dwZuvqtUB

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Reader J.B.G. sent: News from England: Big brother to switch off your fridge: Power giants to make millions - but you must pay for 'sinister' technology

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I can remember back in April of 1980 I was quite concerned that Zimbabwe (the former Rhodesia) had been taken over by Comrade Robert Mugabe, a quintessential African Dictator. Sadly, the passing of 33 years has not seen freedom and justice prevail in Zimbabwe, nor here in these United States. Yes, all these years later, Mugabe is still in power, and we now have our own would-be African Dictator, with a similar ideology. To clarify: I am outspokenly anti-racist. But please just dispassionately look at the similar collectivist roots and the totalitarian goals of Robert Mugabe, Jacob Zuma, François Bozizé (the recently-deposed dictator of the Central African Republic,) Omar al-Bashir and many others. Compare their ambitions with those of Barack Obama. There are some frightening similarities.

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I see that Camping Survival now has full size O.D. nylon sandbags starting at 44 cents each and priced as low as 32 cents each, if purchased in large quantity.

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I heard that our friend Enola Gay is selling her Naturally Cozy home business. That is a great opportunity for someone who is handy with a sewing machine. As I see it, the advantages of this business are: Non-controversial merchandise, lightweight and compact products--hence they can be mailed inexpensively, and plenty of repeat customers.


Sunday, April 28, 2013


I heard that KGI in Arkansas is starting to ship Tavor bullpups! I suspect that the parts for these will soon be import banned via Executive Order, so they'd be good to buy even as an investment. The brown "Flat Dark "Earth" color variant would blend in better, in nearly all environments. (Black is a color rarely seen in nature, so it sticks out.)

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A gent in Delta Junction, Alaska wrote to ask if we still provide free shooting targets. Yes, we do!

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The first mass-marketed fire escape respirator to protect against carbon monoxide: SCape CO/CBRN Escape Respirator

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Why Such Secrecy about Private Military Contractor’s Men Working the Event?


Saturday, April 27, 2013


Reader J.B.G. mentioned this from Michael Bane: The Great Ammo Drought of 2013. Michael has some good advice. OBTW, to compensate for the current high cost of ammunition, we are doing more practice with our SIRT laser training pistol.

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K. recommended the tips included in The American Civil War Account of Harriet Cobb Lane. The comments about the coffee substitute that later became known as Postum were interesting, and worthy of some experimentation.

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Seed For Security is now featuring their Four Grain Collection. Included in this collection is: 2 pints of Winter Rye Grain approx. 26,560 seeds), 3/4 pint of White Proso Millet approx. 32,000 seeds), 3/4 pint of Flint Indian Corn (approx. 1,425 seeds), and 1 pint of Hulless Oats approx. 17,440 seeds). These grains are widely adaptive, easy to grow, and harvest at home.

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For those who have enjoyed the films, I just heard that Atlas Shrugged Part 3 is headed into production and will be released on July 4, 2014.

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Ryan C. sent this: Army Removes Bible Reference from Scopes


Friday, April 26, 2013


F.G. suggested: Have hired guns finally scuppered Somali pirates?

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I noticed that LPC Survival has added American-made Emberlit folding stoves to their product line

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J.B.G. sent: Japanese police want to ban Tor, stop anonymous browsing

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Seven Rules for Recording Police. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)


Thursday, April 25, 2013


Reader M.K.P. suggested this over at Instructables: A Homemade Rocket Stove

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Lilia sent this: WHO says new bird strain is "one of most lethal" flu viruses. Ken J. sent this: Mapping the H7N9 avian flu outbreaks.

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Edward Hasbrouck on Travel Surveillance, Traveler Intrusion. (A tip of the hat to Chris M. for the link.)

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Andre D. sent: Start-Up Lets Users Track Who Tracks Them

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Mercedes-Benz Unimog gets new look, engines for 2013. (Thanks to Tim J. for the link.)


Wednesday, April 24, 2013


The ultimate remote retreat? Check out this new listing at our SurvivalRealty.com spin-off site: Salmon River Wilderness Ranch. That is almost as remote as Sylvan Hart's old homestead.

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Reader Michael U. mentioned that Keepshooting.com is selling alloy HK 91 mags for just $1.50 each if you buy 100 or more. That is a real bargain, these days! With an import ban about to be announced (and prices of milsurp parts, ammo, and magazines likely to skyrocket) you will probably thank yourself for stocking up.

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F.G. sent: Why one cop carries 145 rounds of ammo on the job. JWR's Comment: Note that this officer now sees the need to carry numerous full capacity magazines including two loaded 33-round Glock magazines--the same magazines that Senator Schumer claims that the citizenry "couldn't possibly need", for self defense. I beg to differ...

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The Seed Economy: Preppers bank on a post-collapse currency.

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Shocking news from Boston: Report: Suspects not licensed to own guns. Well, gee, since when do criminals and terrorists obey any laws? Gun registration and carry permits are just a burden in the law-abiding. No doubt the statist-collectivists will use this news as an excuse to pass more laws that criminals won't follow. Speaking of gun rights, see; W.Va. Teen Arrested After 'Almost Inciting Riot' Wearing NRA Shirt to School


Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Attention Carolinians: Spring 2013 North Carolina PATCON and 2nd Amendment Rally: Thursday May 2nd to Monday May 6th

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The 40th Annual East Coast Rally will be held May 9, 10, & 11, 2013 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland. This is an annual all-weather militaria flea market, held at the Ripken Stadium Complex parking lot, with 650+ vendor spaces. The event features vehicles, tents, militaria, insignia, collectibles, knives, bayonets, gun parts, electronics, surplus, uniforms, BDUs, models, parts, books, et cetera. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)

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Kevin Reeve of onPoint Tactical describes: How to be Safe in Crowds

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New Jersey gun laws may get even worse: Chris Christie Unveils Sweeping Gun Control Plans

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Gun maker Mossberg mulls exit over Conn. governor’s ‘slanderous’ remarks


Monday, April 22, 2013


I fail to see how the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a great victory for law enforcement. That fact is that he was captured outside of their much-vaunted perimeter, and he wasn't ferreted out by The Donut Eaters. Rather, some blood stains were found on a shrink-wrapped boat by its owner, and he summoned the police. These was a failure of law enforcement of epic proportions. Furthermore, kicking in doors on several streets in Watertown, Massachusetts without benefit of search warrants didn't exactly make make friends and influence people. It was more like a dress rehearsal for martial law. Next came a parade of self-congratulation for the Boys in Black that was vaguely sickening. And to add insult to our collective injury, we are told that a witness who could have been in on the plot is about to be conveniently deported.

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Tim J. sent: Swimming car collectors enjoy unique rides. OBTW, the Mt. Dora/Tavares region in Florida is one of the locales in my upcoming novel titled Expatriates. It should be released by E.P. Dutton in October, 2013. It is now available for pre-order, but please wait until the Book Bomb Day to order your copies. That way you'll get it at the lowest possible price. Thanks!

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I've had several readers forward me this: North Korean EMP Attack 'Unstoppable.' No, not any time in the near future! To produce high field strength EMP that could blanket the US would require a high yield FUSION (hydrogen) bomb--not a fission bomb detonated in space. To date, North Korea has thusfar developed only fission bombs.  They are probably 10+ years away from full hydrogen bomb technology, and perhaps as long as 20 years away from having compact hydrogen bombs. (That is, one that would fit in a long range missile payload.) Their latest-generation bombs are estimated to weigh around 2,000 pounds--and that is after a slight fusion boost, to reduce their weight. So, lacking high yield hydrogen bombs and a way to put them up in space, they would be limited to localized EMP--perhaps an 80 mile radius.

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And How Many Bullets Do You Need?

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A great first-hand account, from Mexico: Real Life Perspective: How To Survive When Danger Is Right Outside Of Your Front Door

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How did your senator vote? Manchin-Toomey Amendment No.715 to S.649 Roll Call Vote


Sunday, April 21, 2013


Glenn Beck goes all in: gives Feds "until Monday to come clean" about the Saudi "person of interest" in Boston Bombing. For some details, see: “Innocent” Saudi in Boston bombing has ties to several al-Qaeda terrorists. Clearly, a Grand Jury needs to act quickly and issue a subpoena before he is deported!

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"Take your Soma, sheeple." Tylenol Eases Existential Anxiety. (A hat tip to K.A.F. for the link.) OBTW, long term use of Tylenol has been shown to cause liver damage and "rebound" headaches.

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I've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: The Timeline of Biblical prophecy shows an interpretation of events in the near future has been expanded. It is available in three printing formats from 8-1/2 x11 to poster size.

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I heard that there is a new free forum for swapping, trading and selling your spare Dillon reloading press or non-essential Dillon parts and accessories.

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House "wouldn’t even allow debate" on CISPA amendment requiring warrant before database search


Saturday, April 20, 2013


Who are the alleged Boston Bombers? It appears that they Chechen Muslims who were legally residents in the States. This might be a case of newly-minted Americans with an agenda, time of their hands and some spending money. Tamarlen Tsarnaev (deceased via the grisly combination of police gunfire, blowing himself up, and being run over by his own brother) was a frustrated boxer who had been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. The editor of View From The Porch mentioned that it is safe to assume that he was named after the Muslim-Mongol conqueror Tamerlane. (It is a fairly common name in Chechenya.) His younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev--captured, at last report--was most likely named after Dzhokhar Dudayev, the first President of Ichkeria--an Islamic separatist Chechen Republic created in 1991. (I assume this because he would have been born around 1994, which was at the height of the First Chechen War, and two years after Dzhokhar Dudayev took power.) Ironically, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly became a naturalized American citizen on September 11, 2012. Some big unanswered questions: Did they have accomplices? If so, then who? Did they have any ties to international terrorists, or were they just domestic wannabes?

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Going Montana: Kansas Governor Brownback signs gun-rights legislation.

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I noticed that Ready Made Resources has added this to their product line: Laser Devices DBAL-I2 Green 5mW/IR 0.6mW weapons sight. These cannot be seen without the aid of a night vision device!

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Brandon Smith of Alt-Market.com: The Goal Is To Destroy All Constitutional Culture

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I just heard about a "best of both worlds" solution: Cannon Safe's EMP Lock. (An electronic gun vault lock with a mechanical backup. Clever.)


Friday, April 19, 2013


Some more twisted "white guilt" musings from the leftist editors at Salon: Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American. I have a better suggestion: Let's hope that whomever is responsible is brought to justice, regardless of his skin pigmentation or national origin.

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USDA Implements New Program to Track Livestock

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A revised edition of an important article: Comparing England (or UK) murder rates with the US: More complex than you thought

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Seven things you need to know about the new immigration bill. (Thanks to R.B.S. for the link.)

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Reader J.R.B. sent: Huge Upset in Gainesville, Florida as Tea Party Candidate Wins Mayoral Race. (The ousted mayor was a member of Bloomberg's anti-gun cabal. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns seems to have an inordinate number of "crime fighting" mayors who have been caught doing all manner of illegalities including drunk driving, child pornography and attempted seduction, influence peddling, fraud, assault, theft of government funds, and attempted homosexual rape.)


Thursday, April 18, 2013


Jim W. recommended: Milk for Cheesemaking

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F.G. sent: Vandals knock out communications in South Bay. [JWR's Comments: I think that "Terrorists" would have been a better word choice than "Vandals." These incidents illustrate the vulnerability of America's power and telecommunications infrastructure. Be prepared to do without, for extended periods.]

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F.G. sent: Arizona on verge of turning gun buybacks into revenue

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I noticed that D. Eric Desmond has expanded his line of semi-custom Kydex neck and belt sheaths. I bought one of his belt sheaths for my for my Cold Steel XL Voyager, and have been quite pleased with it.

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DHS Suggests Christians, Constitutionalists Should Get Extra Surveillance From LEOs


Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Jason H. sent: First Amendment lesson sparks outrage at Florida school. Jason's comment: "Reason number 6,264,468 to homeschool your kids..."

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Nan's newest how-to video is called Starting Heirloom Vegetable and Herb Plants at Home is available from Seed for Security.

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Senator Mike Lee of Utah reads a letter sent in from a family that took shifts standing armed guard with their neighbors - all banding together to protect the homes on their street during the L.A. riots. They watched the city burn, and saw no police officers.....for five days. Jump forward to the 2:03 point of this amazing 5:24 video.

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CNBC previews upcoming special – ‘America’s Gun: The Rise of the AR-15′. With this coming from CNBC we can very likely expect an anti-gun bias. One a related note, Reader F.G. sent a link to a remarkably unbiased segment from CNN: How a fourth-generation gunsmith survives. (I'm not sure how kind they would have been reporting on a Saiga shotgun gunsmith versus a Parker shotgun gunsmith.)

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Civil war battle lines being drawn as Magpul, Colt, Beretta and other gun manufacturers relocate to pro-Constitution states


Tuesday, April 16, 2013


PRNMED is conducting a three day medical class May 17-19 at the Ohio State University Campus in Caldwell, Ohio. This class will be unique since they will be doing some new scenario-based training. They will also include some new information on tactical medicine, and will be using some skill stations to allow for more individual instruction in key areas. Please contact Dave Turner at dturner@prnmed.com, or telephone: (610) 633-2276. Visit www.PRNMED.com for details.

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Reid’s Gun Control Bill Makes a Missing Firearm a Ticket to Five Years in Prison. This is of great concern to anyone who owns a second home (i.e. retreat or vacation) or anyone who caches guns in remote locales. And for that matter, I have several friends who keep loaded guns stashed in several parts of their house, in case of a home invasion. Are they to be expected to do a semi-weekly inventory? This is absurd legislation. Contact your senators!

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Boston Explosions: Cellphones' Service Shut Down In City, Official Says

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Frequent content contributor F.G. sent: Crooks targeting Police Car's Trunk-Stored Guns and Ammo

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Dean at The D.C. Clothesline: Hey DHS Are You Willing to Die for Your King? I Am Willing to Die for Mine .Speaking of D.C., debate on the Senate gun control bill--which includes a ban on intrastate private party sales of used guns--is set to begin on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Please contact your Senators and strongly urge them to both load up this bill with poison pill amendments and filibuster it!


Monday, April 15, 2013


H.L. suggested this at the Popular Science web site: You Built What?!: A Tractor For The Apocalypse

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US rice imports 'contain harmful levels of lead'. Buy American-grown rice!

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I heard that Camping Survival is now selling Life Straw water filters for just $19.95, with free shipping.

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Police, ‘anti-gun’ prosecutor clash with soldiers in area around Fort Hood

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Pierre M. sent: Bird Flu Causing Suffocation Shows Severe Spectrum of New Virus

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Elastic use of the Commerce Clause: Amish Prosecuted Because Scissors Crossed State Lines.


Sunday, April 14, 2013


More troubling privacy news: Secrets of FBI Smartphone Surveillance Tool Revealed in Court Fight and IRS: We can read emails without warrant. (Thanks to G.G. and R.B.S. for the links.)

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Reader B.B. sent this: