Preparedness Notes for Thursday — April 15, 2021

April 15th, 1912, is the anniversary of the sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic. 1,517 people lost their lives on the maiden voyage. As research into the incident has progressed over the last 100 years, it seems as if, one way or another, the ship was just going to sink. Impact with an iceberg, raging coal fires in the fuel supply, wrong turns, locked-up binoculars, weak rivets, too few lifeboats, and more. Perhaps this whole incident was really the result of man’s hubris. — Inventory is getting low at my Elk Creek Company side business. Federal gun legislation is looming, so …




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 a potential tyrannical expansion of the No Fly List. DHS May Add “Domestic Extremists” to No-Fly List Over at NBC News:  DHS weighing major changes to fight domestic violent extremism, …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Programs like these make it clear that the internet has not loosened the grip of authoritarian regimes. Instead, it has become a new tool for maintaining their power. Sometimes, this occurs through visible controls on physical hardware or the people using it. Other times, it happens through sophisticated social engineering behind the scenes. Both build toward the same result: controlling the information and controlling the people.” – Singer, P. W.; Brooking, Emerson T., LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media




Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — April 14, 2021

Today marks the birthday of actor Adrien Brody (born 1973). He played the lead role in the Holocaust survival movie The Pianist. — We are pleased to announce that a new prize has been added to Second Prize package, of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest, for at least the next year:  An Israeli CBRN Gas Mask with Hydration Straw and two Extra 40mm NATO Filter s – Manufactured in 2020 (a $229.99 value.)  These are being kindly donated by the fine folks at McGuire Army-Navy.  McGuire will also soon be advertising at SurvivalBlog again. Be sure to check out their …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Despite the best guesses of participants, and movement profiles in newspapers of record, no one knows how many individuals should be identified with the migration. But if millions of hits on survivalblog.com are any indication, or if the achievement of New York TImes bestseller status is any kind of clue, the widespread consumption of the very idea of the Redoubt, and its representation in popular culture, may be as significant as its lived experience. The media of the Redoubt creates a virtual ‘imagined community’ that large numbers of its participants find compelling.” – Crawford Gribben, Survival and Resistance in Evangelical …







An Update on the Redoubt Land Rush, by Jonathan Rawles

A Year for Relocation The events of 2020 were enough to motivate many to relocate out of cities and towards a more sustainable rural lifestyle. At SurvivalRealty.com, we’ve seen a marked increase in inquiries from patriots relocating to rural areas across the United States. This is driven by a multitude of reasons, but a few headlines will be illustrative: Realtor.com ranks Coeur d’Alene, Spokane among nation’s 10 hottest housing markets Conservatism’s center of gravity is moving to key states, away from DC Some Principles for the Great Relocation This movement is also matched by high rates of inbound moves to …




Starve-The-Beast Recommendations, by Bear

Here are some recommendations sent to us by SurvivalBlog reader “Bear” on some smaller businesses to patronize, to help Starve The Amazon Beast.  They include: The Darn Tough brand socks are great. Pricey but made in the USA by a family-owned company and come with a literal lifetime guarantee. I have a scientist relative who purchased a couple of pairs a decade-plus ago for field work, and only recently has she had to return them for an exchange. I live in mine (these and my Carhartts), and I recently purchased another 30 pair for my children to wear now and to …




SurvivalBlog Readers’ & Editors’ Snippets

This weekly column is a collection of short snippets: practical self-sufficiency items, how-tos, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and news items — both from readers and from SurvivalBlog’s editors. We may select some long e-mails for posting as separate letters. Don’t miss today’s link to Paul Joseph Watson’s piece on vaccine passports. o  o  o Wagstaff sent this: Biden stimulus checks spark historic surge in gun sales, especially AR-15s. Wagstaff’s Comment: “I find this ironic and amusing… in my case, I used my stimulus check to buy parts, lowers, uppers, mags, bullet molds, etc.” o  o  o S.F. in Oregon …




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 the rapidly-growing Second Amendment (2A) Sanctuary Movement. Note that here is model legislation widely available to recommend to your own county commissioners. Region-Wide Somehow, a link to the racist Northwest Territorial Imperative wiki page keeps getting added to the “Related Pages”  list …







Preparedness Notes for Monday — April 12, 2021

April 12th is the birthday of the late novelist Tom Clancy. (Born 1947, died October 1, 2013). It was Clancy who almost single-handedly created the modern techno-thriller genre, with his first novel, The Hunt For Red October. Coincidentally, Tom Clancy’s first literary agent is now my agent, Robert Gottlieb. — Inventory is getting low at my Elk Creek Company side business. Federal gun legislation is looming, so get your order in soon. The current sale will end on Friday, April 16th, 2021. – JWR — Today we are featuring a review article by our Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio.




Recipe of the Week: Roast Crown of Lamb or Mutton

The following recipe for Roast Crown of Lamb or Mutton is from The New Butterick Cook Book, by Flora Rose, co-head of the School of Home Economics at Cornell University. It was published in 1924. A professional scan of that 724-page out-of-copyright book is one of the many bonus items included in the latest edition of the waterproof SurvivalBlog Archive USB stick. The first batch of the 15th Anniversary Edition (2005-2020) USB stick sold out quickly, but a smaller second batch should be available in a few weeks. Ingredients 1 crown lamb or mutton Green Peas Salt Mashed Potatoes Salt-pork …




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. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at Ballistic Wampum. (See the Tangibles Investing section.) Precious Metals: The battle of wills as inflation rises o  o  o Arkadiusz Sieroń: Will Upcoming Inflation Take Gold With It? Economy & Finance: At Zero Hedge: How Long Can This Printing-Press-Money-Induced, Lopsided Trade Insanity Last? o  o  o Undeletable Coercive Loan …