JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on some suggested Hanukkah and Christmas gifts for preppers. See the Gear section.


American Entrepreneur: How 400 Years of Risk-Takers, Innovators, and Business Visionaries Built the U.S.A.

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Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History (Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Series)

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A History of America in 100 Maps



I’ve already mentioned this great documentary a couple of times before in SurvivalBlog: Alone in the Wilderness. It is the true story of Dick Proenneke’s pioneering adventures in the Alaskan wilderness. This is  “…a simple account of the day-to-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature’s events that kept him company.”

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The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

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Self Defense at 50 — Krav Maga Self Defense for people 50 and up DVD


Instructional Videos:

At Full30.com: One Shot Zero! A Quick How-To

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Wranglerstar: Common Man’s Workshop – How To Make Dunnage



Gear (Hanukkah and Christmas Gifts):

Here are some suggested Hanukkah and Christmas gifts for my fellow preppers:

Signal Tactics Faraday Bag for Phones – Military-grade anti-hacking security bag. (“Shield your phone and small electronics from hacking, tracking, and EMP destruction with this Faraday bag.”)

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GLORYFIRE Universal Gun Cleaning Kit Hunting Rilfe Handgun Shot Gun Cleaning Kit for All Guns with Case Travel Size Portable Metal Brushes

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This product needs no introduction: Hoppe’s No. 9 Gun Bore Cleaning Solvent, 1-Quart Bottle

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A reader who is a scale psoriasis sufferer wrote to recommend the new Gold Bold Extreme Healing Skin Therapy lotion formula. It doesn’t cure psoriasis, but it does stop the itching, which in turn mean far less habitual scratching and skin damage.


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  1. I had psoriasis for 15 years. I started taking 1000 units of vitamin D3 and have been spot free for almost 3 years. I had taken vitamin-minerals much of my life before this.

  2. RE: Full30, I wish they would add a Close Caption option to their video content, some of us old guys who have worked in the trades don’t have the best hearing. Add in the audio quality of some videos background noise like wind, etc, and an otherwise great message message is lost.

    1. Amen brother, on working in the trades and bad hearing. The tinnitus from the work is a b***h. Retired 2 years now, it’s better but will never be right.

  3. I have a senior care client that had terrible psoriasis when I started working with him. I did some research and found menthol and camphor irritate the issue. I checked his bath products and found Irish Spring bar soap and camphor in his shampoo. I switched him to a moisturizing shampoo and no bar soap, his symptoms have subsided, and his skin is cleared quite a bit. I will get him some lotion to try as winter is coming on.

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