Preparedness Notes for Thursday — August 11, 2022

On August 11, 1857, N. H. Wolfe and Company, the oldest flour and grain company in New York City, failed. This failure shook investor confidence and began a slow selloff in the market which continued into late August. Several other failures followed, and this cascaded into what was later called the Panic of 1857. — I was asked by a consulting client about the 30+ agent FBI “fishing expedition” raid on DJT’s home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. What does it mean?  To me, it means that the rule of law is now essentially meaningless to the leftist plutocrats. The FBI needs …




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 Weather Forecasts for the Winter of 2022 /23. Farmers’ Almanac: Extreme Winter Forecast for 2022-23 Steven Cochran — the kind contributor of our regular Month in Precious Metals column — …










SurvivalBlog Readers’ & Editors’ Snippets

This weekly column is a collection of short snippets: responses to posted articles, practical self-sufficiency items, how-tos, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and news items — both from readers and from SurvivalBlog’s editors. Note that we may select some long e-mails for posting as separate letters. — A useful 22-minute instructional video: Basic Radio Comms Setup for SHTF — Featuring UV5R. o  o  o Reader Tim J. recommended this video from Grunt Proof: Why do all YouTube Preppers get Political? “Bury your head in the sand all you want, but politics do have an affect on your life. Just ask …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne




Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — August 9, 2022

August 9th, 1831 was the birthday of James Paris Lee (August 9, 1831 – February 24, 1904). He was a Scottish-Canadian and later American inventor and arms designer, best known for inventing the bolt action that led to the Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield series of rifles. — Some sad news:  ‘Magnum P.I.’ Actor Roger E. Mosley Dies At 83. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 102 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending …




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’s focus is on wildfires, throughout the American Redoubt region. Idaho Coming up on August 27th, in Stanley, Idaho (pictured above, in a photo recently snapped by Avalanche Lily): Sawtooth Salmon Festival. o  o  o Wildlife officials euthanize grizzly responsible for livestock attacks around Boundary County. …







Preparedness Notes for Monday — August 8, 2022

August 8th is the birthday of Terry Nation (August 8th, 1930 – March 9th, 1997), who was a Welsh television writer and novelist. Nation wrote two series, Survivors and Blake’s 7, in the 1970s. Survivors was re-made a few years ago. — The new SurvivalRealty listing in North Carolina caught my eye: Heritage farm with operating winery. “This heritage farm rests gently in the valley on the footsteps of the Blue Ridge just 30 minutes east of the iconic town of Black Mountain (setting of the “One Second After” series by Bill Forstchen and a few minutes to the sprawling …




Recipe of the Week: Arden’s Dutch Oven Spaghetti With Beef 

The following recipe for Dutch oven spaghetti with beef is from reader Arden K. It uses dried spaghetti, and there is no need to boil it, in advance. Ingredients 1 pound of lean or extra-lean ground beef 1 small onion, chopped 1 medium green pepper, chopped 2 cloves of garlic (or less, to taste), minced 1-1/2 cups water 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 tablespoon chili powder (or less, to taste) 1 tablespoon grape jelly (optional) 1/2 teaspoon salt (or less, to taste, and to suit your diet) 6 ounces uncooked thin …




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 declining oil prices. (See the Commodities section.) Precious Metals: Gold-To-Silver Ratio Rises To Highest Level Since 1990. o  o  o Gold Bull Peter Schiff Warns That This Recession Is Just Getting Started. Economy & Finance: Some creative tap dancing, by the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank: U.S. Likely Didn’t Slip …







Preparedness Notes for Sunday — August 7, 2022

August 7th, 1933 was the birthday of Jerry Pournelle. He, along with Larry Niven authored the survivalist classic Lucifer’s Hammer. Jerry passed away on September 8, 2017, at 84 years of age. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 102 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their …




JWR’s Meme Of The Week:

The latest meme created by JWR: To share this, you can find it here: https://www.kapwing.com/videos/62eadab5ba842000814b0fdf Meme Text: At First, It Was Pride Day, Then Pride Week, and Then Pride Month If You Do Not Display Sufficient Enthusiasm, Then There Will Be Consequences! News and Commentary: Video from Matt Christiansen: UK Man Arrested for the Crime of Sharing a Pride Flag Sw4st1k4 Meme | ‘Causing Anxiety’. A feminist’s complaint: Pride month is no longer a joyful celebration, but a symbol of something dark.