JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Homeowner’s Advocate: Tips From A Contractor for Dealing With Contractors (The Advocate Series Book 1) How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease Movies: Army of Crime (a slightly fictionalized account of Armenians and other minorities in the French Resistance during World War II.) Dazzle: The Hidden Story of Camouflage (Documentary) (available through Amazon Prime) Television: Shogun The War – A Documentary Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Music: Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever Mark Isham: Vapor Drawings Instructional Videos: A great video: 900 Watt Van Conversion full walkthrough (full time stealth travel home) JWR’s Comment: Their dog, I noticed, is of course a Rhodesian Ridgeback. DIY Perimeter Trip Wire Alarm (These smoke grenade fuze heads are available in sets of four (without spoons) through eBay and Amazon.com. OBTW, someone should write a brief article or make a video on how to use mechanically-fired Magicube photographic flashes for perimeter security. Magicubes (as opposed to electric Flashcubes) use a thin tube filled with contact-sensitive explosive (a fulminate of some sort) that leads into each of the four flashbulbs in each cube. They are set off with just a slight pressure on the … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Winter in the Wilderness: A Field Guide to Primitive Survival Skills The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom Movies: Anthropoid (2016) the true story of a Czech resistance cell during World War II, and their assassination of General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the “Final Solution”. Now available on Amazon Prime. The Cowboys (John Wayne) Music: The Essential Paul Simon Complete Pop Instrumental Hits Of The Sixties Instructional Videos: All of the following have some applicability to equipping G.O.O.D. vehicles… DIY Stealth Campervan: Full Tour Stealth Camper Van 2.0 Tour – Carries Motorcycle Inside! Tiny House Van Life – Complete Van Tour of a Stealth Mini Campervan Build, Under $500 Astro Camper Van Build 5 – Sofa Bed Build Van Life – DIY Painting A Camper Van w/ Raptor Bed Liner & Fixing Peeling Paint on a Chevy Van Online Sermon Videos: The Big List of Christian Podcasts The Wild Boar Podcast Podcasts: LCI Podcast Episode 2: Anarchism and Minarchism in Christian Political Thought Podcast: The Home-Based Business Blogs: The Tiny House Blog New Jovian Thunderbolt Gear: ER Emergency Ready Portable Snap-on Toilet Seat with Lid for 5-Gallon Bucket Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 14″ Notebook … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Defined King James Version Bible, Large Print The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data Movies: Gone with the Wind USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage Television: Lonesome Dove Band of Brothers Music: Wanted! The Outlaws (1976-1996 20th Anniversary) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Movie Soundtrack) Instructional Videos: Bushcraft Fun in the Bush, Camp Projects The Backyard Machine Shop – Machine Rescue Series Online Sermon Videos: Grace Baptist Church, Fremont, California (Pastor Michael Phillips) Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Silicon Valley (Dr. Paul Nelson, et al.) Podcasts: The Bump That Bumps the Bump in the Night (Podcast – Season 4, Ballistic Radio Episode 197) The Self Sufficient Gardener (No longer being produced, but the archived shows are worth a listen!) Blogs: The Freeholder Barnhardt Salvation And Survival: A Woman’s Perspective On The Times We Live In Gear: Pelican 1740 Travel Vault Watertight Hard Case with Foam – Olive Drab Lorex HD 16 Channel Security DVR System with Eight 1080p HD Cameras – 2TB HDD Nikon PROSTAFF 5 BDC Riflescope, Black, 3.5-14×40 Chapman (Made in USA) Master Tool Kit with Screwdriver Kit Allen Hex, … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Photovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies How to Be Invisible: Protect Your Home, Your Children, Your Assets, and Your Life, by J.J. Luna Movies: The Reckoning: Remembering the Dutch Resistance The Marx Brothers Collection (Includes: A Night at The Opera/A Day at The Races/A Night in Casablanca/Room Service/At the Circus/Go West/The Big Store) Television: Hunted (CBS Network.) The network’s publicists proclaim it: “The World’s most elaborate game of Hide and Seek.” This justifiably popular series includes some useful tradecraft and was recommended by J.J.S. of Radio Free Redoubt. It airs on Wednesday evenings. Best of American Pickers: Mike And Frank’s Picks Music: The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty Kate Wolf: Give Yourself To Love (Volumes 1&2 – Live In Concert) Instructional Videos: Bushcraft Fun in the Bush, Camp Projects The Backyard Machine Shop – Machine Rescue Series Lucas Botkin: Practical Glock 19 Upgrades for Efficiency and Effectiveness Podcasts: Canadian Outdoor Survival Podcast Tom and Kris Camping Podcast, RVing and Tent Camping Blogs: Tactical Intelligence Wheeling It (A full-time RVing blog.) Gear: Big Kahuna Portable Shower. (Great for car camping!) Dometic 12VDC Vehicle Refrigerator (Great for car camping and road trips!) Schumacher Electric Digital Portable Power Station 1200-Amp Jump Starter … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: What to Expect When You’re Expecting The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals Movies: God’s Not Dead Galaxy Quest Music: Lau: Lightweights & Gentlemen Leo Kottke: Six And Twelve String Guitar Instructional Videos: DIY How to add Paracord to your MFT Battlelink Stock Podcasts: Radio Free Redoubt: Episode 17-06: Do Not Oppress the Sojourner – and – HUNTED: Analysis and Review. (Also available via iTunes.) The Survival Podcast: Episode-799- Greenhouse Thoughts, Construction, Usage and Considerations Blogs: Total Survivalist Blog Brushbeater Gear: Rothco Flyers Helmet Shoulder Bag, Olive Drab (These are great for organizing and transporting sets of web gear for your defensive guns.) Flambeau Outdoors 7-Tray Hip Roof Tackle Box. (Not just for fishing, these are perfect for storing spare gun parts.) AlienTACS CQC Transformer Wide Padded Quick Adjust 2-Point 1-1/4″ Sling

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Book Review: Krav Maga Tactical Survival, by D.R.

Published by Tuttle Publishing ISBN: 978-0-8048-4765-0 5 parts, 224 pages with index Between active shooters, the rise in violent crime, and the outbreak of “undocumented shoppers”, many Americans are taking an interest in learning how to protect themselves and their loved ones. This takes many forms, as some people devote their time and money to storing up resources and equipment, others to training with armed and unarmed combatives, and some to both. Any serious practitioner in unarmed combatives will likely have heard of the discipline of Krav Maga. Since Imi Lichtenfeld started training the Israeli military in “contact combat” in 1944, Krav Maga has become increasingly popular among the international community. With instructors all over the world spreading the word of reality-based self-defense, it’s not hard to imagine why that is the case. One such instructor is Gershon ben Keren, a 5th degree black belt in Krav Maga and the head instructor at Krav Maga Yashir in Boston, MA. In addition to providing training to civilians, law enforcement officers, and military personnel, he has also written a few books on the subject of unarmed combat. In his latest book, Krav Maga – Tactical Survival, ben Keren goes in-depth on the … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Survival Hacks: Over 200 Ways to Use Everyday Items for Wilderness Survival, by Creek Stewart Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War The Seventh Plague: A Sigma Force Novel, by James Rollins Movies: Last of the Dogmen The African Queen Television: Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles Band Of Brothers Music: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Movie Soundtrack Marty Robbins: All-Time Greatest Hits Instructional Videos: Bushcraft Dump Pouch (Make Your Own) Canadian Prepper: After the Collapse: Surviving in Canada- (SHTF Canada- West Coast/BC)–Part of a video series Online Sermon Videos: Calvary Chapel Kaneohe in Hawaii (Pastor JD Farag. His ongoing Prophecy Update series that focuses on Israel and the End Times is excellent.) John Piper Podcasts: Non-Perishable Food Storage and Copy-Canning (Ken Jensen) MTNmeister Podcast #124 Thru Hiking Thru Winter with Shawn Forry Gear: Eureka Down Range Solo – 1 Person Tactical (TCOP) Tent Military Modular Sleep System 4 Piece with Goretex Bivy Cover and Carry Sack Rawles XL Voyager Knife. Note: This Limited Edition knife has sold out (wholesale) at Cold Steel. As the designer I may be biased, but I recommend that you get one … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: All Wrapped Up In Paracord: Knife and Tool Wraps, Survival Bracelets, And More Projects With Parachute Cord The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II Movies: Braveheart Akira Kurosawa: Four Samurai Classics (Seven Samurai / The Hidden Fortress / Yojimbo / Sanjuro) (The Criterion Collection) Television: The Pacific The Civil War (Ken Burns Documentary) Music: The Very Best of Ralph Stanley Jonas Kaufmann: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven & Wagner Instructional Videos: Build Your Own Copper Coil Alcohol Burner Stove Wall Tent Platform Build JWR’s Comment: Be sure to use plenty of foundation bricks (more than shown) and use your level frequently during the platform construction. Podcasts: Limetown (an engrossing science fiction series) The TED Talks Podcasts Blogs: Sparks31’s Signal Corps Say Uncle Gear: 60″ Ultimate Paracord Braiding Jig Benchmade ComboEdge Tanto Auto-Stryker Knife Icom 7200 HF Transceiver

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Letter Re: Intellectual Survival

HJL, This is a great article and a tremendous gap in most survival discussions! We prepare not to just survive but to thrive in the aftermath of a disaster, and I assume we all have or are trying to have children. Imagine how dark the world will become if we let the light of western civilization sputter and die on our watch. If we are to make a difference, if we are to keep our values and our philosophy alive, we need books. My parents invested in a complete collection of the Harvard Classics. One summer, recovering from a football related injury, I read the complete collection. This was 35 years ago. While I knew what values my parents lived day to day, I didn’t KNOW these values. To put it in other words, I had an intellectual conversion on par with what a man experiences when he comes to Christ and knows Him for the first time after merely reading the Bible for years. Now there are times when I wish I were still ignorant. But knowing the philosophies of Hobbes, Hume, Locke, et. al. I understood what the founding fathers were trying to accomplish and how far from … Continue reading

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Intellectual Survival, by D.W.

“Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it.”[1] -Blaise Pascal “It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs, but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.”[2] -Aristotle Imagine for a moment, you have just finished eating dinner with your family. You have been living without power for months. You planned for this, of course. You have plenty of food, you are safe, and there is heat if it is winter in your part of the country. As is your family’s custom (let us assume), you take turns discussing what you are thankful for, despite the circumstances. Afterward, the table and dishes are cleaned and everyone gathers into a family room. But what are you going to do? The chores are all completed. All of the puzzles you have have been completed many, many times. The board games you have have been played many times over. Maybe some members of the family play instruments, and … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Resistance by Vin Suprynowicz All New Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew Movies: Duck Soup The Maltese Falcon Television: Jericho Firefly Music: The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music Rags to Riches the Essential Hits [of Scott Joplin] Instructional Videos: AR-15 Upgrades Overview (from IV8888) Art Of The Tactical Carbine by Chris Costa Podcasts: The Adventure Sports Podcast Wranglerstar: AMAZING Room Transformation Gear: SOG Traction EDC Pocketknife (Under $15!) Harris Bipod Model 1A2 (Adjustable 6” to 9”) Midland Model 75-822 40 Channel CB Handheld Radio

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Glock Reference Guide Terra Nullius: A Journey Through No One’s Land Movies: Wild Horse, Wild Ride (Documentary.) Now available free for Amazon Prime members. The Accountant 2016 Ben Affleck portrays a very unusual accountant in this action/thriller. (Rated R and definitely not for kids!) Television: Barn Find Hunter (Available free for Amazon Prime members) Charlie Jade (A mind-bending series produced in South Africa about a man who transits three parallel universes. Available free for Amazon Prime members.) Music: Dances With Wolves Soundtrack (John Barry) Gordon Lightfoot – Complete Greatest Hits Instructional Videos: Chainsaw Hack: Sharpen Your Chain Out in the Woods with a Stump Vise (Swedish Homestead) How To Grow Vegetables In Winter With A Preppers Winter Vegetable Garden Podcasts: Modern Homesteading Podcast Firearms Radio Network (several podcasts) Online Sermon Videos: Lordship Church, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (Pastor Warren Campbell) Liberty Fellowship, Kalispell, Montana (Pastor Chuck Baldwin) Gear: Leupold VX-R 3-9x40mm FireDot Riflescope with Illuminated Reticle Sony ICF-SW7600GR AM/FM Shortwave Receiver with Single Side Band Reception

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