Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — October 16, 2019

160 years ago today, on October 16th, 1859, abolitionist John Brown’s raid against the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia), in an attempt to start an armed slave revolt and destroy the institution of slavery. Although the raid failed, it inflamed sectional tensions and raised the stakes for the 1860 presidential election. Brown’s raid helped make any further accommodation between North and South nearly impossible and thus became an important impetus of the Civil War. — Seed for Security, LLC is having a sale. Their exclusive Flint Indian Corn is now on sale, at 20% off. This …




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. This week the focus is on the Uniden Bear Tracker 885. (See the Gear & Grub section.) Books: Setting Up Shop: The Practical Guide to Designing and Building Your Dream …







Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — October 15, 2019

October 15th, 1990 is the day South Africa’s Separate Amenities Act, which had barred blacks from public facilities for decades, was scrapped. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 85 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A $3,000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 …




SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We also mention companies of interest to preppers and survivalists that are located in the American Redoubt region. Today, we focus on some more Grizzly Bear problems.  (See the Montana section.) Region-Wide These Are The Top American Cities For Starting A Small Business.  It is no surprise that many of these are in the American Redoubt region. o o o Inland Northwest companies share …




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 “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we highlight a new SurvivalRealty.com listing for a farm house on 120 Acres in Ohio. Cops: Burglar Used Drone for Aerial Recon A hat tip to DSV for spotting this one: Cops: Burglar …







Preparedness Notes for Monday — October 14, 2019

A special note for SurvivalBlog readers who live on or near the east coast: A big pro-Second Amendment rally has been scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 on the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C..  Please do your utmost to BE THERE! This needs to be much bigger than the crowd gathered for the so-called Million Mom March, back in 2000. (Which was actually only about 250,000 people, pictured.) Again, please BE THERE! — And a personal note: I have absolutely reached my tolerance point for spam. Not counting the more than 10,000 spams that automatically get blocked …




Recipe of the Week: K.D.’s Quick Black Bean Hummus

Reader K.D. kindly sent us this recipe for a simple and quick black bean hummus. Ingredients 1 cup well-cooked black beans (can be cooked a day in advance, if kept refrigerated) 1 of clove of minced garlic (use less or omit, to taste.) 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons of lemon juice — fresh-squeezed juice is best Salt, to taste Ground black pepper (preferably freshly-ground), to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (optional, depending on your like or dislike of cumin) Directions Blend all the above-listed ingredients in a food processor or blender, until nearly …




Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news 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 SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at investing in farm land. (See the Tangibles Investing section.) Precious Metals: The spot and futures silver markets are looking strong. Back In May, spot silver was around $14.50 per troy ounce. But presently, it is around $17.50. It has been solidly above $17 per …







Preparedness Notes for Sunday — October 13, 2019

Today is the birthday of songwriter and singer Paul Simon. (Born, 1941.) — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 85 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A $3,000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value), A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize …




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 “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at the suspected nascent Grand Solar Minimum. A Grand Solar Minimum? Three pieces of “food for thought, and grounds for further research” from Principia Scientific: Cloud Formations And Plant Growth Cycles …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the …




Preparedness Notes for Saturday — October 12, 2019

Today, in 1492, after sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sighted a Bahamian island, believing that he had reached East Asia. His expedition went ashore the same day and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who had sponsored his attempt to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 85 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A $3,000 gift certificate towards …