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 is also an emphasis on links to sources for storage food and a variety of storage and caching 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 the wonderfully anachronistic music of Pokey La Farge. (See the Music section.)


Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. This new book is by Rod Dreher, the author of the bestselling 2018 book The Benedict Option.

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Jordan Peterson’s upcoming book release is already raising a ruckus: Beyond Order: 12 More Rules For Life. That will be released March 1st, but they’re already taking pre-orders. The book’s release is still more than three months out, and it is already ranked #179 in books, overall!  I should mention that I first heard of this book from this article: Penguin Random House Staff Melts Down After Learning They’re Publishing Jordan Peterson’s New Book. The book is of course a sequel to Peterson’s best-seller: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.

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And, speaking of pre-orders: This biography of famed explorer Joseph Banks won’t be released until September of 2021: Banks.

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The Complete Guide to Your New Root Cellar How to Build an Underground Root Cellar and Use It for Natural Storage of Fruits and Vegetables


Reader Ray E. suggested this movie on DVD: 1920 Bitwa Warszawska (Battle of Warsaw 1920).

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Before The Road Warrior, there was this low-budget but still high octane: Mad Max.

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Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

Reader O.M. sent this;  Full Time RV boondocker carries 6 months of food for 2 people

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Make a Shaving Horse from 2x4s

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Today, a special spotlight of singer/songwriter Pokey LaFarge and his band The South City Three. They are all very talented musicians!

Pokey LaFarge: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Pokey LaFarge live in Zürich 2015 – El Local

Pokey Lafarge – Baby’s Coming To Town

Pokey and his band on CD:  Middle of Everywhere

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And if Pokey’s music doesn’t appeal to you, then perhaps some of these links that were sent to me by my brother will:

Leo Kottke


Malte Marten & Sergio Huerta Pérez – GIO’S Handpan

The Most Insane Piano Pieces (Vol. 2)

Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime

Gear & Grub:

MYSTERY RANCH Rip Ruck 24 Backpack – Military Inspired Tactical Pack, 24L, Foliage

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Hoppe’s No. 9 Deluxe Gun Cleaning Kit

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Steiner Navigator Pro 7×50 Binoculars with Compass

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Sunspot numbers are climbing, so be ready for when the HF band gets active again: Kenwood TS-890S 100W HF/50MHz Transceiver with Advanced DSP

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Trijicon Credo 3-9×40 Second Focal Plane (SFP) Riflescope with Green MOA Precision Hunter Reticle, 1 inch Tube, Matte Black

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Still the best: Pelican 1750 Rifle Case With Foam (OD Green)

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Need a truly rugged laptop that will last you through COVID-28, World War 3, or Civil War 2? Panasonic Toughbook CF-54, Intel Core i5-5300U @2.30GHz, 14.0” HD, 16 GB, 1 TB SSD, WiFi, Bluetooth, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)

Make a Suggestion

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