JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books, and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, and links to “how-to” self-sufficiency videos. There are also links to sources for both storage food and storage containers. You will also note an emphasis on history books and historical movies. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This week the focus is on Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. (See the Gear & Grub section.)


The latest book by Dinesh D’Souza: United States of Socialism: Who’s Behind It. Why It’s Evil. How to Stop It.

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I’ve recommended this book by Mark Levin before, but I didn’t know that it is also available as an audiobook: Unfreedom of the Press.

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Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals: Safe, Humane Livestock Handling Practices for the Small Farm

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The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger’s Diabolical, Duplicitous, Dangerous, Disastrous and Deadly Plan for Black America

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Unbelievabowl Paleo: 60 Wholesome One-Dish Recipes You Won’t Believe Are Dairy- and Gluten-Free

Movies & Television:

Often imitated, this is the original and the best:  Die Hard.

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Jesse Stone Collection: Stone Cold / Death In Paradise / Night Passage

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

Jeff suggested this: Yugoslavian Issues Warning To All Americans

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Bill Whittle: Planned Parenthood Cancel Culture Horror: Abortion Icon Margaret Sanger Falls

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U.S. Forest Service: Constructing Trail Switchbacks


Landslide – The Petersens

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Jörg Schubert on steel guitar: Sleepwalk

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Don’t Think Twice – Billy Strings

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Eric Clapton – Layla (Live)

Gear & Grub:

ZenToes Broken Toe Wraps 4 Pack Cushioned Bandages Hammer Toe Separator Splints

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Coleman Gas Camping Stove | Classic Propane Stove, 2 Burner

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Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother, 16 ounce, 2 Pack

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Kirkland Signature Turkey Strips 13.5 Oz

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The ultimate comfort food, for TEOTWAWKI: Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread — 26.5 Ounce

Featured Antique Gun of the Week

Our featured antique gun of the week is a Spanish-American War vintage Ludwig Loewe Model 1893 rifle, chambered in 7×57 Mauser.  Like most other pre-1899 guns, it can be mailed or shipped directly to your doorstep without any paperwork or FFL dealer involvement. (Be sure to check your state and local laws before ordering.) Take a look at the many recently-added guns at the Elk Creek Company store.

Make a Suggestion

Want to suggest Recommendations of your own? Then please send them to JWR. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) Thanks!


  1. I guess I am from another planet, but Nutella is a new thing for me. How long can it reasonably go past the “Best By” date? Thinking not of a long term thing. Am I correct?

    1. Your best bet would be the smell and visual test. You should be fine for several days after the “best buy” date since that is different than the “expiration date”. It won’t stay long term due to it having oil in it and that will go rancid.

    2. Nutiva makes a hazelnut spread that’s organic and also comes in dark 🙂
      Nutiva Organic, non-GMO, Vegan Hazelnut Spread , Dark Chocolate, 13-ounces

      Much healthier, IMHO, than gmo nutella…

    3. @ Dan/ Just Some Guy…funny Nutella was a featured product AND that you should ask about it’s longevity. I happened to find a large jar of it that had been pushed back on the shelves…it’s coming up on two years past “expiration” but I am still enjoying it! Had some last week and was thinking how well it has held up! (Probably opened it last fall…I don’t eat a lot of sugar/sweets and dear husband isn’t a fan of hazelnuts.) As I am getting past halfway, i see I should have stirred it up as gravity is doing it’s thing and it is much thicker at the bottom, (like peanut butter gets if it is not used in a couple months.) So…it’s got a longer, “still tastes” shelf life than _i_ expected. YMMV

    1. Agree wholeheartedly! Anytime you can support Americans and home grown manufacturing of any scale here at home, even if it costs a few bucks more, we are much better off. Supporting your neighbors means they will be in a position to support you. Plus you get to stick your finger in the eye of the Chinese as well as the corporations that ship jobs overseas, for savings of labor primarily but also due to increasing regulations (thank the gov for that). Their only concern is the bottom line. A sound economy relies not only on fiscal responsibility but sound principles, among which are moral principles.

  2. The Yugoslavian video is a timely warning of where our country is in its struggle. To not learn from history is to repeat it. Every election going forward could be our last.
    Stay involved and stay safe.

    1. After watching the video, I have mixed feelings. The woman seems to think that Trump will save us. That is typical statist thinking, that the gov’t, in this case embodied by Donald Trump will come to the rescue. I mistrust that approach.

      I did find two gems, from different parts of the program: “We were brainwashed into the story that we the people are the enemies of each other.”

      “Your true enemies want you to hate each other and kill each other.”

      I note these ideas when I think of someone in the same basic situation that I am as “the other”. That kind of thinking serves those who want us in chains.

      And then we have this bit of sweetness: “Getting what you go after is success; liking it while you are getting it is happiness.”–Bertha Damon

      Carry on in grace

  3. Excellent recommendations, JWR. Dinesh D’Souza and Mark Levin are bringing important messages to the country. They are also skilled writers, and their works are substantive.

    Related to these recommendations, a note about Dinesh D’Souza. His prosecution was one of the early indicators of the persecution coming and the rampant and outrageous abuse we see today. https://www.dineshdsouza.com/

    We would also suggest that the SB consider Ann Coulter’s Treason. Ann is a controversial figure (and I am not always in agreement with her). Having said that… Treason is an exceptional read. I hope JWR will be able to link it and benefit from sales.

    I am personally thankful for JWR’s selection of these readings because these potentially benefit both the SB and our tireless editors, and they help to support the writers whose voices and messages are more important than ever before.

    This leads me to the matter of both censorship and personal support.

    Your reading of articles related to censorship in support of voices the Communist Left is trying to silence shows support, and the content of these may help further develop your own thinking and conclusions. I would focus in today on the medical doctors whose live feed was interrupted related to discussion of successful treatment of COVID-19, and whose website (America’s Frontline Doctors) was taken down (shows expired). These doctors are trying to save literal lives. State boards are threatening action against doctors who use these medications, and some pharmacists appear to be refusing to fill these prescriptions. Again, I would say it… These doctors are trying to save literal lives.

    Here are a couple of links:




    Please reach out in support of those who are struggling with persecution. You might not believe your messages of support matter, but they do. Your outreach not only supports the cause of freedom and liberty, it supports real human beings who are being subjected to unbelievable pressure and adversity. Anyone who has ever suffered under these conditions will understand. For those who have not, I would ask only that you try to imagine the experience.

    This link is a message about the loss of Professor Mike Adams whose earthly voice has fallen silent.


    Stand up, America. Speak up, America. Let your voice be heard.

    1. Well said, Tellesilla.

      Stand up, America. Speak up, America. Let your voice be heard.

      Complacency is so last century.

      Carry on in grace

  4. The importance of the Yugoslavian lady’s video cannot be overstated. I am sharing it with everyone I know, it needs to go viral. She should be a guest on Tucker’s show.

  5. Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother
    (Produced by a Christian family too)

    I love this stuff. I add it religiously 24/7 to my water bottle.

    “Apple Cider Vinegar, it does a body good.”

    1. John Stahl: Thanks for the heads up. Let’s see now. 1 gallon at Sams for $14.98 vs. 1/2 gallon on Amazon for $13.98. Hmmm!
      In these times we must save anywhere we can.

  6. Off topic question: My wife & I are preparing to move into a new home, which has a gravel driveway about 80-90 feet long. I plan to buy a riding lawn mower & get a snow blade to use in the winter. I’ve never used a snow blade or had a gravel driveway. When I envision myself pushing the snow, I wonder if there’s a trick to prevent pushing a bunch of gravel along w/ the snow? I’d prefer to leave most of the gravel in place on the driveway, rather than piling up in places next to the driveway. Any advice?

    1. I plowed snow on a gravel driveway with an ATV for years. It’s unavoidable to plow up some gravel, but you can put spacers on the bottom of the plow frame and keep the blade off the actual surface by whatever distance you like — typically 1-3 inches. Yes, you’ll leave some snow behind , but you’ll also leave the gravel. But good luck using a riding lawnmower for the task; they’re generally not up to it unless you have very little snow to deal with. An ATV would be much better. Even better: Kubota BX 2380!! (Ask me how I know.)

      Good luck.

    2. Part of owning a flag lot with gravel driveway is box scraping. I do it with a 420 cc ATV. A truck works too. DR makes an inexpensive box scraper tractor stores will have heavier duty ones.

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