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 the documentary film Thud Pilots.   (See the Movies section.)


Phil Robertson’s latest book: The Theft of America’s Soul: Blowing the Lid Off the Lies That Are Destroying Our Country

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Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss, with 100+ Easy Low-Carb Recipes

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Deer Hunting Secrets Exposed – Take The Best Buck Of Your Life



I recently watched a fascinating documentary about F-105 pilots in the Vietnam war, on Amazon Prime:  Thud Pilots. Very few of these guys got through a 100-mission tour unscathed. They really had guts.

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Planet Earth I & II


Instructional Videos:

How To Predict The Weather By Looking At The Clouds

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Shotgun quad-load for Tactical use?

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258% Expansion: Norma Monolithic Hollow Point

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Video: Shortwave Crystal Set



The Survival Podcast Episode #2333 – A New Look at the Old Greenhouse

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The Science of Survival: Frozen Alive



There is a new and affordable HF rig with SDR technology and an amazing feature set: The Icom IC 7300. Note: These are are tremendously popular, so grab one if and when you can.

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BestOffice 6 Tier Wire Shelving Unit Heavy Duty Height Adjustable NSF Certification Utility Rolling Steel Commercial Grade with Wheels for Kitchen Bathroom Office 2100 LBS Capacity-18x48x82, Black

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My #2 Son—who is very tech savvy—tells me this is presently the best laptop for the money is the 2019 Dell Inspiron 3000 Series 15.6 HD Touchscreen. He described it as: “Screamin’ fast, with a terabyte drive, and tons of RAM.”  I have to agree: It is probably the best laptop that you can buy for under $500.

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Komax Biokips 35-Cup Large Food Storage Container (280 oz.). Airtight Container Suitable for Bread, Rice, Flour, Dry, Bulk Food & Baking Supplies | Rectangular, BPA Free Storage Box With Locking Lid

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The  FireKing Fireproof Filing Cabinets are great for safeguarding documents. They are also a fairly covert and secure place to store your collection of handguns. Just be sure to use Bianchi Blue Bags and a couple of silica gel bags (or canisters) in each drawer, since fireproofing gradually emits a bit of moisture.


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  1. Started reading The Creature From Jekyll Island recommended by a friend and Mr. Rawles. Just the first 20 pages are such an eye opener, awaiting the rest of the book.

    1. Yes, it is. You might also like The Forgotten Man by Amity Schlaes. She gives economic and political depth to the Great Depression and the movers and shakers around FDR. It, too, is eye opening and a great alternative to the worshipfulness America has about FDR and his “saving” the country.

  2. That Dell Inspiron has a glaring flaw. A SSD is a must-have instead of a slow and unreliable HD. Hard drives have a nasty failure rate but it’s rare for SSDs to fail. I’ve refurbished many an old laptop with new SSDs and they’re finally inexpensive again. A 1080p screen would be very nice to have unless your eyes have gone bad and you can’t read small fonts anyhow. CPU isn’t much of an issue for most people though I prefer AMD’s Ryzen over Intel given a choice. You can find 1080p Ryzen laptops with SSDs for close to that Inspiron price on sale at the usual big box stores.

  3. Instructional Videos: A couple of interesting ones…

    Amazing Concrete Garden Boxes – DIY Forms to Pour and Cast Cement Planter link together Beds
    (YouTube Video)
    MAN about TOOLS
    Published on May 26, 2018
    Duration 23:49

    Build a Firewood Cutting Jig – DIY Wood Processor
    (YouTube Video)
    MAN about TOOLS
    Published on Mar 24, 2018
    Duration 19:07

    Plans https://manabouttools.com/shop/

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