Preparedness Notes for Monday — May 29, 2023

Today, Memorial Day, is a day of solemn remembrance in the U.S. of the many who have given their all for our freedoms. We always thank those who are serving in our military and their families who have also made sacrifices, but today most of all we want to honor those who gave their lives.

Today’s feature article is a review authored by SurvivalBlog Field Gear Editor Thomas Christianson.

Buck 110 Slim Hunter, by Tom Christianson

Back in the days of my youth, when a hunter headed out to the field, he usually carried a fixed-blade sheath knife on his belt. The one serious exception was the Buck 110 folder. Someone carrying a Buck 110 in a leather belt pouch was considered just as well equipped as someone who was carrying a fixed-blade knife.

The classic Buck 110 is still available today. May it always be so. But there is also a variant of that classic design that has been updated for easier pocket carry. It has a thinner, synthetic handle and a pocket clip. It is the Buck 110 Slim Hunter.

I recently tested the Buck 110 Slim Hunter. I found it to be an outstanding knife for everyday carry (EDC) as well as for field use. It is sharp, durable, easy to carry, made in these United States, and reasonably priced. I purchased mine for $37.99 and found it comparable in quality to many knives that cost more than $100. If you need a good knife for EDC and/or field use, then the Buck 110 Slim Hunter would be an excellent choice.Continue reading“Buck 110 Slim Hunter, by Tom Christianson”

Recipe of the Week: Jen’s DIY Trail Snack Bars

The following cold-mix recipe for Do-It-Yourself Trail Snack Bars is from SurvivalBlog reader Jen B.

She says:  “This recipe requires no heat. It sure beats paying for expensive Lara Bars or Clif Bars, and I have the comfort of knowing exactly what is in them. This recipe can be doubled.”

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • cups crisp rice cereal
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt (Use less or none if you are on a low-salt diet.)
  • ½ cup creamy-style peanut butter
  • cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (Or more, if you are a chocaholic.)
  1. Spray an 8×8-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray, and set that aside.
  2. Place the dates in a food processor and pulse it until finely chopped. (Or you can chop them the old-fashioned way, on a cutting board.)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped dates with the cereal, oats, peanuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, and salt
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup over medium heat, stirring until melted and completely blended. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir it all until well-combined.
  6. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the mixture into the 8x8pan and press firmly to pack the mixture into the pan.
  8. Let the mixture sit until completely cool and set, for at least 1 hour.
  9. Cut into equal-size bars, then wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store them in your refrigerator.

Do you have a well-tested recipe that would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers? In this weekly recipe column, we place emphasis on recipes that use long-term storage foods, recipes for wild game, dutch oven recipes, slow cooker recipes, and any recipes that use home garden produce. If you have any favorite recipes, then please send them via e-mail. Thanks!

Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. In this column, JWR also covers hedges, derivatives, and various obscura. Most of these items are from JWR’s “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective. Today, some coverage of the turn in the real estate market. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

Egon von Greyerz, over at Gold’s Key Indicator.

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Gold Stocks Still Undervalued.

Economy & Finance:

From CNBC: Mortgage demand drops again as rates cross back over 7%.

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In the Market: Why US Regional Banks Are Doomed to a Doom Loop. JWR’s Comments: This article fails to point to the real culprits at the Federal Reserve and their co-conspirators at the U.S. Treasury Department. Together, their disastrous interest rate policy is destroying regional banks, one after another.

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Sheila sent us this: Withdrawing Your Own Cash? NatWest Bank Wants To Know Why… And See Proof.

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Linked over at the news aggregation site: Brat: Democrats Current Debt Projectory Would Make Interest Payments “3x Current Defense Budget”.

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At Wolf Street: Delinquencies in Subprime Auto-Loan-Backed Securities Have Second-Worst April Ever, Behind only Lockdown April: The Cost of Free Money.

Continue reading“Economics & Investing For Preppers”

The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” –  Theodore Dalrymple

Gold, The Great Depression and the Ongoing Monetary System Bank Run, by Hubert Moolman

We are in the midst of a system bank run, which is in the greater sense really a bank run on the United States of America, the issuer of the reserve currency of the world.

The nations that are providing her with credit are increasingly viewing her as a greater credit risk, and this is reflected in the increase in interest rates on her treasury bonds.Continue reading“Gold, The Great Depression and the Ongoing Monetary System Bank Run, by Hubert Moolman”

JWR’s Meme Of The Week:  

The latest meme created by JWR:

Meme Text:

Venn Diagram: Somehow We Ended Up Here In The Middle

Still Expected To Pay Taxes And TEOTWAWKI

Note From JWR: Do you have a meme idea? Just e-mail me the concept, and I’ll try to assemble it. And if it is posted then I’ll give you credit. Thanks!

The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” – 1 John 3:1-11 (KJV)

Preparedness Notes for Saturday — May 27, 2023

On May 27, 1941, the British Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck.

American author and lecturer Julia Ward Howe, who was best known for Battle Hymn of the Republic, was born on May 27, 1819.

And on May 27, 1813, former President Thomas Jefferson wrote former President John Adams about the loss of their mutual friend, Dr. Benjamin Rush. Reflecting upon the loss, Jefferson wrote, “We too must go; and that ere long. I believe we are under half a dozen at present; I mean the signers of the Declaration.”

A video with some great news: Breaking: ATF’s Pistol Brace Ban Injunction Issued!  (Needless to say, if you are not yet an FPC member, then you should join, pronto!)

Today’s feature article was authored by SurvivalBlog’s Senior Editor, James Wesley, Rawles (JWR).


American Genocide: The Eugenics Solution Promoted by Socialists

In this essay, I’d like to expose the eugenics movement for its genocidal evil and racism. The leadership of the 20th-century eugenics organizations was mostly led by wealthy socialists. Rather than re-hashing all of the detailed history of the eugenics movement here in this article, I encourage my readers to watch this documentary film: The Eugenics Crusade. The film was produced by the leftist PBS, so it has a bias that soft-pedals the strong influence of American and European socialists in the movement. But regardless, the documentary shows the insidious evil of eugenics.

Herein, I will provide just a few details on some of the leaders of the movement.

Margaret Higgins Sanger was a member of the Women’s Committee of the New York chapter of the Socialist Party. She helped organize the socialist Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) commonly known as “The Wobblies.” In December of 1913, Sanger began publishing The Woman Rebel — a radical socialist-feminist monthly journal. And in 1921, she founded the American Birth Control League. That later became the Birth Control Federation of America, and that in turn became Planned Parenthood. In her writings, Sanger often used the eugenicist term “racial betterment” and she harped on maintaining the population of “the fit” and simultaneously decreasing the population of “the unfit.”Continue reading“American Genocide: The Eugenics Solution Promoted by Socialists”

Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make both long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug-out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year.  We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in your e-mailed letters. We post many of those –or excerpts thereof — in the Odds ‘n Sods Column or in the Snippets column. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

Jim Reports:

This week, I took advantage of some rainy weather to do some organizing in JASBORR. (Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy.) Among other things, I caught up on labeling ammo crates and cans.

On another drizzly day, Lily and I re-packed some grains and legumes from bags into 5-gallon food-grade buckets.

I felled some more dead-standing, diseased, and “leaner” trees and cut them up for firewood.

We had hoped to take a hike up a mountain, in the adjoining National Forest this week, but both the weather and the pace of activities at the ranch got in the way…

Now, Lily’s report…

Avalanche Lily Reports:

Dear Readers,

This week the weather was wonderful.

I did a lot this week and can barely remember all that it was.

In the chicken department.  I started a few birds in the “forced” brooding boxes.  One of the birds just wasn’t having it.  She is barely a year old. She ate an egg or two.  Every time I passed her brooder she was trying very hard to get out.  I have a board over her pot with a two inch gap for light and air and she was constantly trying to get out. Clearly, she wasn’t happy at all. Therefore, after three days of her not settling into the job, I de-comissioned her.  I brought her back to the hen house, put her eggs into the compost pile and took up another bird who was giving me a lot of grief when I took her eggs from underneath her in the hen house.   I picked her up and escorted her to the house and set her on the day’s eggs. She happily took right to her new job.  The other birds, too, are very happy brooding over their eggs.  I hope, hope, hope that they each successfully hatch a few chicks.

I had been giving them food and water in their brooder pots, but they were spilling it and getting their nests all mucked up.  Therefore, I decided to give them a recess several times a day during which they get ten minutes to eat and drink and defecate outside of the nesting container.  It seems to be working. I have them in the garage. So it is a very controlled area and can be cleaned up by me very quickly.

I finished planting all of the available space in the Main garden beds. Along the side of the house we had two decorative bushes of some kind, that I didn’t like.  Finally, after thirteen years, I asked Jim to dig them out so I could plant something else in that space.  With some strenuous shoveling, Jim removed the bushes and their main root balls.  After he left, I cleaned up all of the rest of their smaller roots, all of the grass roots, and rocks.  Then, I collected aged manure from the corral and mixed it in this bed and planted strawberries that I grew from seed this late winter in the Greenhouse bedroom.

I also decided that some portions of the Perennial/Extension garden area that are not fully planted with perennials, I will be putting more veggies in.

Next week, I will be tackling the Annex gardens.  I haven’t done anything down there yet this year.

I cleaned out the greenhouse and am in the midst of scrubbing all of our seedling pots and trays.

The horses had a visit from the farrier this week.

I harvested and dehydrated dandelion flowers, basil, and mint.

I canoed by myself and with a friend in the flooded meadows and a few water channels, this week.  The water is now receding and the snow has melted off the top of the Unnamed Mountain.

May you all have a very blessed and safe week.

– Avalanche Lily, Rawles

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As always,  please share and send e-mails of your own successes and hard-earned wisdom and we will post them in the “Snippets” column this coming week.  We want to hear from you.

The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.

Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.

Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.” – Psalm 99 (KJV)

Preparedness Notes for Friday — May 26, 2023

May 26th is the birthday of Randall Hank Williams (Hank Williams, Jr.) He was born in 1949. When not touring, he lives Somewhere in Montana.

I just heard of the death of singer Tina Turner, at age 83, at her home in Switzerland. You may remember her portrayal of Aunty Entity, in the third Mad Max movie.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 106 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  4. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  5. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  6. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795.
  2. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  3. A $300 gift certificate from, good for any of their products: Home freeze dryers, pressure canners, Country Living grain mills, Emergency Essentials foods, and much more.
  4. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Third Prize:

  1. EBL is providing an EBL Voyager 500-Watt Power Station with deep cycle lithium batteries, providing reliable 120 Volt AC and DC (12 Volt and USB) power for emergencies or outdoor use. (A $399 value.)
  2. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Montana Survival Seed is providing a $225 gift code for any items on its website, including organic non-GMO seeds, fossils, 1812-1964 US silver, jewelry, botany books, and Montana beeswax.
  5. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $800,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. We recently polled blog readers, asking for suggested article topics. Refer to that poll if you haven’t yet chosen an article topic. Round 106 ends on May 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

Invisibility: Increasing OPSEC – Part 4, by St. Funogas

(Continued from Part 3. This concludes the article.)

Computer OPSEC

I’ll let the reader research computer, email privacy, and encryption on their own but I do have two things I’ll pass on.

When I hover the mouse pointer over a file in one of my computer folders, a box opens above it showing the author, title (which is actually my LibreOffice template name), computer owner, and date among other things. There are two ways to prevent this from exposing personal information about me than I’d prefer when I share documents or photographs.

First, when setting up a new computer I don’t supply any real information. Those who’ve already done so can edit the info. For the name of the computer owner, I use a fictional character like George Jetson or name of a like Patrick Henry or Thomas Jefferson.

For the “Author” attribution when I’m setting up a program like LibreOffice, I use a different fictional character.Continue reading“Invisibility: Increasing OPSEC – Part 4, by St. Funogas”