My 10 Favorite “Motivational” Movies For Preppers

This list is not comprehensive, and reflects my quirky taste in movies. Please note that because they depict times of deep drama that none of these are suitable for viewing by children. While the tactics and techniques portrayed are not always realistic, these films at least provide some good motivation for preppers. They each have their merits. If nothing else, they all definitely have the requisite “Oo-rah” quotient. They are listed in alphabetical order: Braveheart Defiance Farewell To The King The Great Escape Jeremiah Johnson The Magnificent Seven (The original, not the recent re-make!) The Pianist The Postman Red Dawn …




12 Important Books Every Well-Prepared Family Should Own

One question that I frequently hear from my consulting clients is: “What reference books am I missing from my bookshelf?” The following are the “must have” books that I highly recommend: The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery (See review, below) Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage Stevens Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times by Steve Solomon Ball Blue Book of Preserving Cookin’ with Home Storage by Vicki Tate Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook by David Werner Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson …




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Small-Scale Grain Raising by Gene Lodgson How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyleby Charles Long Movies: Bridge of Spies The Way Back Music: Tempest: Prime Cuts The Waifs: Sun Dirt Water Podcasts: Gritty Bowmen (Start with Episode 173: Bear Attack.) The Wired To Hunt Podcast: Episode #49: Making A Living in the Outdoor Industry Instructional Videos: The Art of the Dynamic Handgun Practical Concealed Carry–Lenny Magill Gear: Bushnell Night Watch with Built in Infrared Monocular. (Your basic “entry level” night vission scope.) Trijicon ACOG TA31-D-100367 4x 32 Dual Illuminated Green Horseshoe Dot .223 …




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Come and Take It: The Gun Printer’s Guide to Thinking Free, by Cody Wilson Delorme Company State Atlases Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions Movies: Ronin The Last of the Mohicans Music: Getz/Gilberto: 50th Anniversary(Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, with Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano) – For lovers of cool jazz and the Bossa Bova sound Piping Hot: Celtic Bagpipe Collection Podcasts: The First 40 Miles:Episode 47 “The Bear Episode” The Art of Manliness Podcast #157: Primitive Pursuits & Winter Survival Instructional Videos: Wranglerstar: A Very Bad Day Backpacking Basics: …




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Nuclear War Survival Skills (Updated Edition) By Cresson Kearney, et al. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart Movies: Blood Diamond Paths Of Glory Music: The Stanley Brothers – All Time Greatest Hits Andrea Bocelli: Romanza Podcasts: Oregon Public Broadcasting journalists analyze the Malheur Seven trial. Some of them feel that this might have been an act of jury nullification. They also discussed the upcoming Bundy Ranch trial and describe the bizarre tasering of defense attorney Marcus Mumford, just after the “not guilty” verdicts were read. Showing some bias of their own, they downplayed the overt bias of Judge Anna …




Pat Cascio’s Product Review: Survival Videos

I’m often asked by folks to teach them “survival skills”. This is a hot topic. Just what is meant by “survival” to one person might mean something entirely different to another. As I’ve stated many times, I’m no expert in anything. I’m just a very serious student in a lot of areas. In the past, I have taught some wilderness and street survival skills, but I’m no longer in that market. Survival skills just cover so many different areas that I don’t even know where to begin. If anything, I’m more skilled in street survival skills than I am in …




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The ARRL Antenna Book for Radio Communications Idaho for the Curious: A Guide Movies: Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (recommended for children and teens) Rooster Cogburn Music: The Best of Guy Clark Gloryland: 30 Bluegrass Gospel Classics Podcasts: Podcast-James Wesley Rawles – We’re Still Headed For A Cataclysmic Event – Part 1 Podcast-James Wesley Rawles – We’re Headed For A Cataclysmic Event – Part 2 Instructional Videos: A YouTube video from VikingPreparedness about mental preparedness for Schumer Hits The Fan (SHTF) situations: “It all happened SO FAST!” YouTube Video Collection 152 Do It Yourself Projects Using …




News From The American Redoubt:

Malheur Jury Rejects the Thought Police o o o Spokane County flooded with permit requests after Supreme Court ruling o o o The good folks at Lone Wolf (in Priest River, Idaho), are now offering No-FFL required 80% complete Glock pistol frames for hobby gunsmiths. They also now make nifty AR-15 lowers that are compatible with Glock magazines. o o o If you are looking for a rifle suppressor, check out this company in Cheyenne, Wyoming: Thunderbeast Arms. o o o Soft energy markets mean more financial trouble for Wyoming. o o o Steel belting is not just for tires. …




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Rand McNally 2017 Large Scale Road Atlas Blue Book of Gun Values Movies: Ender’s Game RED 2 Music: Sounds of Summer: Very Best of The Beach Boys The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack Podcasts: The Mountain Medicine Podcast The Survival Podcast: Episode-978-Fall Gardening Primer with Tips and Tricks for 2012 Instructional Videos: Firewood cutting rack DIY Firewood Storage From Pallets Gear: Nitecore i4 Intellicharge Universal Smart Battery Charger with 12 VDC Cable Israeli Battle Dressings




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Simplicity Primer, by Patrice Lewis ZeroGov:Limited Government, Unicorns and Other Mythological Creatures, by Bill Buppert  Movies: My Friend Flicka  (not the more recent remake) Music: The Best of Mary McCaslin John Hartford: Life Love & Music 5 Essential Albums 1966-1969 Podcasts: Self Reliant School EP016 Interview With JoAnn Moser – Mason Jar Nation Pantry Paratus: Chaya’s Guide to Grease: Frying Food the Right (& Nourishing) Way Instructional Videos: Some newbies might benefit from this:  How to clean fish How To Clean Your Woodstove Chimney Gear: USB Reading Lamp with 10 LED Lights and Flexible Gooseneck FLIR Scout TK …




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Ham Radio Study Guide: Manual for Technician Class, General Class, and Amateur Extra Class Get on the Air with HF Digital Movies: Sully The Martian Television: Designated Survivor Jericho Music: Holst: The Planets The Very Best of Enya Podcasts: The Survivalist Podcast: Episode-04- TSP Rewind – You Can’t Lose as a Modern Survivalist The Survival Show: Episode 286 – Debt, Finances and Precious Metals Instructional Videos: Building A Multi-Band HF Dipole Antenna AR-15 – Detailed Step By Step Assembly / Build Instructions (HD Video) Gear: Morovision IR-14 – Phoenix Junior IR Beacon Icom IC-718 Get On The Air HAM …




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance by John & Martha Storey Good-Bye April 15Th! by Boston T. Party Movies Lone Survivor (Warning: Has many violent war scenes.) Unbroken (Warning: Has many violent war and POW camp scenes.) Instructional Video: Combat Shotgun (Lou Awerbuck)







JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: Surviving Today’s Global Depression by Addison Wiggin and Bill Bonner The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James H. Kunstler Movies Zero Dark Thirty Gravity Instructional Video: ?Patriots – Surviving the Coming Collapse – Trike Flying (The pilot of an experimental trike aircraft flies over the locales of my first novel.)




Letter Re: Clayton Moore

Hugh, Regarding your top note on September 14th, this was an interesting story on The Lone Ranger and Houston. I worked for the Houston Post Newspaper at the time when this happened. A Southwest Airlines baggage handler stole his luggage, guns, and all. It was a slow news day I guess, so every newspaper and TV station covered it. The city of Houston had probably half the city detectives out looking for the luggage. The mayor, the governor, everybody was in an uproar. The governor even sent out some Texas Rangers to help on the case. Some years later I …