Preparedness Notes for Sunday — April 11, 2021

April 11th is the birthday of John Milius, who was born in 1944. He both wrote the screenplays and directed the films Dillinger, The Wind and the Lion, Big Wednesday, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn, Farewell to the King, and Flight of the Intruder. He also wrote the screenplays of the first two Dirty Harry movies as well as the first draft of the screenplay for Patton (before Francis Ford Coppola turned it into a vaguely anti-war commentary laced with references to reincarnation). Milius is my favorite Hollywood writer and director, in part because he stands for everything that Hollywood …







The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward …




Preparedness Notes for Saturday — April 10, 2021

April 10, 1827 was the birthday of General Lew Wallace. “He wrote books (author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ), sculpted, practiced law, painted, played the violin and made them as well. He also saved our Capitol from capture during the “Battle of Monocacy” where he fought with 8,000 Union troops against 15,000 Confederates, and helped to preserve our Union. He was second in command of the Lincoln conspiracy trial as well as principal in the trial of the Commander of Andersonville prison where Union prisoners were starved to death. Ambassador to Turkey, [Territorial] Governor of New Mexico when …




Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year.  We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in your e-mailed letters. We post many of those — or excerpts thereof — in this column, …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that …




Preparedness Notes for Friday — April 9, 2021

On April 9, 1768, John Hancock refused to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship. This was considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the American colonies. On April 9, 1869, the Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to the Commonwealth of Canada. — 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 SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for …




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 farmland buying. (See the Tangibles Investing section.) Precious Metals: Possible Bottom In Gold And Silver?  JWR’s Comment:  With mass inflation now looking likely, this is a good juncture to buy silver and perhaps some platinum. o  o  o Lynette Zang: Why You Must Get Out of the System; The Fed’s …







Preparedness Notes for Thursday — April 8, 2021

April 8th is the birthday of the late Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia. (Born, 1919, died November 20, 2007.) April 8th is also the anniversary of the death of English experimental gunsmith and author Phillip Luty, in 2011. He was hounded by British authorities for many years. He died of cancer before a scheduled criminal trial. — We are running low on articles for Round 94 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. If you have a partially written article, please finish it and e-mail it to us, for posting.  It will be judged on its merits, and may earn …




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 possible restrictions on 80% receiver gun builds.  (So-called Ghost gun” builds.) West Virginia May Ban Enforcement of Federal Gun Laws The Tenth Amendment Center has described a growing trend: West …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.” – John Adams




Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — April 7, 2021

April 7th is the birthday of Colonel Bob Denard (born 1929, died October 13, 2007). He had an amazing life as a mercenary, including four attempted coups in the Comoros. — I noticed that there have been just a handful of reviews of my book The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide posted at the Barnes & Noble website.  If you’ve read that book, then I would greatly appreciate it if you’d post a brief review there.  Many Thanks!  – JWR — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 94 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for …







Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — April 6, 2021

This is the birthday of famous American newsreel and radio journalist/narrator Lowell Thomas. — Gardening season is here!  One of our most loyal advertisers, Seed for Security, LLC is having an exceptional sale. Theirr Colossal Security Pack is now 15% off. This Pack is a total of 4 pounds 11 ounces of vegetable, herb, and grain seeds. All are open-pollinated and non GMO. Included are their three most popular collections: The Super Survival Pack, The 4 Grain Collection, and The Heirloom Herb Collection. Each Colossal Pack comes with a 4-page Seed Saving Guide. This offer is for a limited time. …