Recipe of the Week: Liz’s Cuban Black and Whites

This delicious beans and rice recipe provides a complete protein. It is great survival recipe– ideal for times when meat is scarce, or for use by vegans or vegetarians.


  • 1 Cup Rice – rinsed
  • 3-14 oz. cans black beans – slightly rinsed
  • 1 Large green pepper – chopped
  • 2 Medium onions – chopped
  • 4 Cloves garlic – crushed
  • 1-2 tsp. cumin
  • 1-2 tsp. chili powder Beef or chicken stock – 1 can
  • Cilantro washed and chopped (optional)
  • Oil for saute
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Saute onions and peppers with crushed garlic in oil
  • Add ½ of cumin & chili powder (a little garlic powder if no fresh garlic)
  • Cook for a few minutes, add rice
  • Add remainder of cumin and chili powder
  • Add stock plus 1 cup water, S & P to taste.
  • Cook to bring to a boil and let simmer for 2 mins
  • Pour … Continue reading

  • Update on the Bobby Akard/Akart Defamation Lawsuit Against SurvivalBlog

    I still have not yet been served the court papers for Bobby Akart’s defamation lawsuit. There was apparently an attempt to serve the papers at the offices of my literary agent in New York City, but I have yet to receive them.

    I sincerely thank all of those SurvivalBlog readers who have contributed to our defense in the Robert Akart lawsuit in Ohio. With your help, I have secured an experienced and committed attorney who will soon file an Answer and Counter-Claim. As I’m sure you know, legal proceedings are expensive. So I ask for your continued support. We anticipate that the legal expenses will go far in excess of $5,000, even if Akart eventually drops his frivolous lawsuit. The defense against this suit has already cost $2,000–and about half of that has been covered by SurvivalBlog reader donations.

    If you would like to contribute, then please … Continue reading

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Do magazine springs lose power when loaded for years?

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    Among the more than 31,000 Wikileaked John Podesta e-mails, there is this gem, that shows the purely putrid perfidy of the Clinton camp. I think that is now time Mr. Podesta’s surname to become a noun. In honor of Washington DC’s new daily ritual, I’d like to coin a new word: Podestian. I define it as: “Clever political scheming, marked by back-biting, with nefarious ends.” – JWR

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    The AMMRON group is promoting an upcoming MARS interoperability “Very Bad Day” test.

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    Over at The Gabe Suarez Blog: Linking the “D” and “A” in the OODA Loop

    Notes for Sunday – October 30, 2016

    My special thanks to SurvivalBlog reader A.P., who kindly sent me the gift of an autographed hardback copy of Robert A. Heinlein’s 1982 novel titled Friday.
    He sent me that book in lieu of a Ten Cent Challenge (10 cents per day) subscription donation.  I am humbled by the tremendous generosity of SurvivalBlog readers. Thank you!

    October 30th, 1735 was the birthday of President John Adams. (Other sources cite his birthdate as October 19, 1735.) He died on July 4th, 1826–just a few hours after the death of Thomas Jefferson.

    Safecastle’s October Mountain House Sale ends Monday. They are offering discounts up to 50% off the 30-year shelf life cans. Safecastle, as always, pays for the shipping.

    Email server update: SurvivalBlog’s email server is now (mostly) back on-line and we are working through the backlog of emails. If you received … Continue reading

    The Fallacy of the Bugout Bag, by J.C.

    I began my quest to become self-sufficient in a bug out situation sometime around the end of 2004 or the beginning of 2005.  My first purchase, if I recall was a gravity fed water filter and a small solar battery charger.  The old saying that one can live three weeks without food but only three days without water, in hindsight is what drove me to that purchase.  I don’t regret buying it to this day, but the chances that it will be with me in a true bug out situation, are slim to none.

    Before I go any further I would like to state that there are numerous different scenarios in a survival situation and that each requires its own skill set and supplies in order to get through them.  In two of those three scenarios, that big gravity filter will be worth its weight in gold.

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    Letter: Stock Up on Magazines!

    Dear Editor:
    The upcoming Presidential election is cause for concern. As an avid daily reader of your awesome blog, I would highly encourage those out there to buy those full capacity, or really any magazines that they need today. Not tomorrow, right now. Now! Stop reading the blog for a few minutes and find what you need. Some sellers are already selling out of AR-style magazines. Ruger factor-made 10/22 BX-25 (25-round) magazines are presently available at one of the major outdoor retailers online for less than $20 each.

    As an example: HK G3 alloy 20  round magazines (for HK91 rifles and clones) were selling for just under one dollar each, a few years ago. I recently sold my extras at $10 each. Stock up on ammo too, y’all! – Jeff in Wisconsin

    JWR Replies: I concur!  See my recent commentary on this subject.  If you decide … Continue reading

    Jim’s Quote of the Day:

    “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:8-12 (KJV)

    Notes for Saturday – October 29, 2016

    Good News:  All Seven Defendants Found Not Guilty In Refuge Occupation Trial.  In retrospect, this headline makes today’s Quote of the Day (see below) particularly apropos.

    October 29th is the birthday of fighter pilot Vermont Garrison, an American who fought in three wars– WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He was born in 1915 and died February 14, 1994, in Mountain Home, Idaho.

    This is also the birthday of World War II cartoonist Bill Mauldin (born 1921, died January 22, 2003).

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    Today, we present another entry for Round 67 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

    First Prize:

  • A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case (a $1,700 value),
  • A … Continue reading

  • Prepare to Be Prepped – Sometimes You Have to Survive Daily Life, by Just-Do-It Jane

    Most of us in the U.S. have been touched by winter storms. If you live in the South like I do, then you’ve probably tossed your hands in the air and said to yourself, “Wait a minute! What happened to mild winters?!”

    Fortunately for me, my friend “Survival Messenger” has had the foresight to help me (and many others) understand why we should prepare for come-what-may scenarios. She has shared everything from her favorite high-tech gadgets to trusted and ingenious homemade solutions for everyday problems. I’ve been the thrilled recipient of handy buckets and bags filled with so many helpful goodies that it’s like Christmas each time she walks in the door. But her generosity doesn’t end with physical products. Almost every conversation we have contains a gold mine of valuable information I store for future use.  In January and February of one recent year, I came to … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    Audio: Eric Sprott and RCM Precious Metals Forum October 5, 2016

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    I was web wandering and stumbled into an informative blog that would be of particular interest to those considering expatriation: International Tax Blog. – JWR

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    Speaking of expatriation:  HSBC’s top expatriate destinations for 2016 – in pictures

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    Gold Republic: 10 Terrifying Charts

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