Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – October 31, 2017

October 31st is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

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We are pleased to welcome back one of our original advertisers: Wiggy’s. They are a the makers of some incredibly well-made outdoor gear. Unlike nearly all of their competitors, Wiggy’s products are hand made in the United States. They are one of the few manufacturers of sleeping bags in the USA. Nearly all the rest are just importers that put their labels on foreign-made products. 98% of the sleeping bags sold in the USA are imported.

Too Many Answers Or Not Enough Questions?, by Old Bobbert

This is Bobbert’’s piece on “how to do success” in the creation of our new society. Remembering that not everything we need to do as preppers is a physical or procedural item, I am endeavoring to speak to the post-SHTF issues of the new society’s lifestyles and some related covenants, specifically those enduring agreements between peoples and the special agreements between persons and God.

Preppers Owing Much to Nation’s Founders

We are the preppers! We are the folks who are working now so as to have an acceptable future for ourselves and possibly some others. We call ourselves the preppers, and most of us may well be lacking a sound basic understanding of the trials, the errors, the blood, the anger, and the sorrows that were combined to create the free nation envisioned by the founding fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles, and especially the teenaged soldiers of what would become … Continue reading

SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on wandering grizzly bears. (See the Montana and Wyoming sections.)


First up: Pocatello man pleads not guilty to lighting fireworks that burned home

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Jack Bannon, CDA resident and actor, dies at 77. JWR’s Comment: As a scenic resort area, Coeur D’Alene has a large number of celebrity retirees and celebrity vacation homes.

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Cops: Idaho woman intentionally drove off cliff with 3 kids

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Giant sequoia doing well four months after Idaho uprooting


Montana (Grizzly Bears)

Central and Eastern Montana: … Continue reading

The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. The Knockout Game rears its ugly head again this week.

Knockout Game

It appears that the knockout game is making a comeback. If you are not familiar with this “game” You need to be. It’s where players walk up to a stranger and sucker punch them in an attempt to get a one-punch knockout. With at least two high-profile incidents in the last week, residents in New York and Pennsylvania fear that this cruel prank is here again. Thanks to T.J. for the link.

Concealed Carry

What a difference one generation can make. In 1987 crime was out of control and on the rise. While most people (and state governments) … Continue reading

Preparedness Notes for Monday – October 30, 2017

Tomorrow, October 31st, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In the last 1700 years, the reformation had initially attempted to reform the wayward Roman Catholic Church but was unsuccessful at moving the leviathan from its perch, and the movement eventually moved to founding alternatives. While Martin Luther is considered the father of the movement, it is important to remember that there are others who preceded him and many others who followed him that had even greater impact on the formation of western thinking. John Calvin, the Puritans, the Huguenots, and the Presbyterians all played prominently in the settlement of America and in the molding of colonial beliefs and values.

Still, like all great revivals, the reformation had its share of problems as well. Considering the magnitude of effect that the reformation had on the future of the entire world, it is an event well worth remembering. The Price … Continue reading

Kahr S9, by Pat Cascio

Always looking to improve and upgrade their handguns, Kahr Arms  just released their latest compact 9mm, the S9, and that is under review today.

Kahr’s Rep of “Rolls Royce” of Trigger Pulls

Many years ago, I remember reading about Kahr 9mm handguns, and how all the gun writers raved about their DAO (Double Action Only) trigger pull. The writers claimed it was the Rolls Royce of DAO trigger pulls. Having been a writer for more than 25 years in the gun, knife, and survival fields, I took it with a grain of salt, knowing how some gun writers hype things in their articles. I don’t! I don’t need to. It was quite some time, after reading those many articles about the Kahr 9mm handguns that I actually ran across a used one and was sold on the spot. The DAO trigger pull is that good; it’s super … Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Vegetable Soup, by OkieRanchWife

Recipe of the Week


Recently I was fortunate to find a great deal on potatoes. 50 pounds for $5.55. I bought 100 pounds. I have been blanching the slices that I cut on my mandolin so I could dehydrate them. After blanching enough to fill nine trays in the dehydrator, a very nice potato stock was left. I set aside 3½ cups to make pumpernickel rye bread. I still had about two quarts left. Ah ha! Vegetable soup. Here is the recipe.


  • 2 quarts potato stock
  • 2 ½ quarts chicken stock (I used my homemade stock made from leftover frozen chicken bones from previous meals.)
  • 1 bag (32 ozs) cauliflower, broccoli, and carrot mix. (I found this on quick sale for half price.)
  • ¼ head white cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 8 ozs mushroom, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • Garlic and onion powder, to taste
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Economics & Investing For Preppers

Economics and Investing

Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on a recent Radical Personal Finance podcast interview on tangible assets allocation, with JWR. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

To begin, we read: Gold rises on safe-haven appeal after Catalonia declares independence

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Asian Metals Market Update: October-27-2017


Nikkei hits 21-year high as banks, tech stocks firm

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Tech Stocks Roar Again in Faint Echo of 2000



Michael Seery: The Corn Chart Looks Interesting

Preparedness Notes for Sunday – October 29, 2017

SurvivalBlog Notes

October 29th is the birthday of Vermont Garrison, fighter pilot 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).

Guns for Bugging Out, by N.B.

My Situation Is Likely Not Yours

First off, my situation is not yours. What works for me may not necessarily work for you. Seeing as that I am yet another guy on the Internet with an opinion, I strongly recommend you read what I have written and then make an informed decision about whether this information applies to your circumstances. If it does not, please disregard it. If it does, I am glad I could be of service.

Intro To Bug Out Firearms and Ammunition

This essay refers to the firearms and ammunition load I would take along with me if my wife and I were to bug out. I am personally not a fan of the bug out philosophy. If you leave with nowhere to go, you are a refugee and will have a slim chance of survival. If you already have a retreat, you are either close enough … Continue reading

Letter: Question on Race

Dear SurvivalBlog Readers:

A lot of emphasis lately has been put on race. Who cares really? As long as you survive. That’s the bottom line really. It’s only up to your sons and daughters, whose race they will wed with.

The truth is, you have been given the concept of Free Will; Which you can act upon. This means questioning authority to which you know, whether it is left, or right. As long as you do the good thing.

Would you choose a side that believes in War, or who chooses Peace, What if Peace meant your Sons Daughters would be subject to the Ruling Class? If I was a Person living around Others, firstly, I would trust those that believed in what I believe in,: Truth, Liberty, And Justice, For All; Even if my neighbor was white, yellow, red, brown or black.

That’s my opinion, what do you think? … Continue reading

The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. We get to feature an article from one of our favorite blogs today on the lost art of How to Write a Letter.

You Must Love Me!

Reader D.S. sent in this link on how UK police are defining “Hate Crimes”. The law has guidelines that dictate that hate crimes must be driven by “hostility” without defining what that word means. UK police declined to define it upon being contacted and instead referred to the “dictionary definition” which includes words like “unfriendliness” and “dislike”. When queried about that definition, they confirmed that those words could be used in determining hate crimes. So if you say something (or write it on social media) and it … Continue reading