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 threat of a global pandemic similar to the Spanish Flu, of 1918. That pandemic killed more people than the combat casualties of the four years of World War I. …







Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — October 9, 2019

On October 9, 1781, the Americans commanded by George Washington and the French under Comte de Rochambeau began the bombardment of Yorktown, in the last battle of the War of Independence. — Today (Wednesday) our family is praying and fasting, honoring Yom Kippur. — 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. …




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 MagPul PMAG AR magazines. (See the Gear & Grub section.) Books: Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America’s Elite Special Forces o  …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“The founding fathers mistrusted a government where the government holds all the guns and the citizens have no guns. Personally, I’d rather live in a nation where the citizens have guns and the government is underarmed. I would not want to live in a country where the government has the guns and the citizens do not. One of the first things the Nazis did in Germany was take away all the guns of the citizens. This meant that the government could do anything it wanted while the citizens were unable to object. As a Jew, I am fearful of a …




Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — October 8, 2019

October 8th is the birthday of the late economist and libertarian commentator J. Orlin Grabbe. (Born, 1947, died March 15, 2008.) — 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), …




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 feature the knives produced by Cole’s Custom Cutlery. (See the Idaho section.) Idaho Idaho State Representative John Green (R-District 2B), has announced that he is now a candidate in the May 2020 Republican Primary Election for the Office of Kootenai County Sheriff. o o …




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 risk of solar superstorms. New Studies Warn of Cataclysmic Solar Superstorms Scientific American reports: New Studies Warn of Cataclysmic Solar Superstorms — New data suggest the New York Railroad Storm …







Preparedness Notes for Monday — October 7, 2019

October 7th is the day that we remember the 96 American POWs from Wake Island that were executed in 1943 on the orders of the commander of the Japanese garrison on the island, Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara. The execution of those American POWs who were blindfolded and shot in cold blood, remains one of the more brutal episodes of the war in the Pacific.




Recipe of the Week: Cord’s Baked Spaghetti Squash

Reader “Cord” kindly sent us this recipe for baked Spaghetti Squash: Directions Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Wash one or more spaghetti squash. Trim the ends. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Clean out and discard the seeds Place upside down in pan with 1/2in water Bake on center rack at 375 dregreees F for 40 minute or until tender. (Usually the outside of shell will indent easily.) While the squash bakes: Cook up ground sausage in a frying pan – enough to top the amount of squash We like to spice it up with salt, pepper, onion, green pepper, garlic …




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 the risks of another economic depression. (See the Derivatives section.) Precious Metals: Video Interview: Why gold will hit $2,000 within two years according to Nolan Watson o  o  o Gold, silver prices rally as storm clouds on horizon Economy & Finance: Buckle Up, Folks! Global …







Preparedness Notes for Sunday — October 6, 2019

Today is the birthday of science fiction author David Brin. (He was born in 1950.) He wrote The Postman, which was very loosely the foundation of a movie by Kevin Costner. — 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 …




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 relative effectiveness of perpper spray versus firearms, for defense against bears.. Does Pepper Spray Work Better Than Lead Spray? Reader Davy F. sent us this: Does Bear Spray Work? The …