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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:


The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the … Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture [1]

The Complete Guide to Sharpening [2]

@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex [3], by Shane Harris


The Road [4] (starring Viggo Mortensen. It is a favorite with both preppers and survivalists.)

Captain Fantastic [5] (also starring Viggo Mortensen). This movie is marred by copious foul language, brief nudity, and absurd politics. But it makes a compelling case for home schooling and self-sufficiency. It is rated R, and is definitely NOT for kids! (It is now available through Amazon Prime)

BTW, here is a sad addendum: Viggo’s father, V. Peter Mortensen, passed way in early March [6]. Our condolences to the family.

Instructional Videos:

From “Russian Daycare”: AMAZING CAMPING HACKS #2 [7]

Max Velocity Tactical: Anatomy of a Peel [8] (JWR’s Comment: Max’s training is very highly regarded and recommended. It appears that for quite rational live fire safety reasons they set this up as a 90-degree offset engagement and withdrawal. Normally, in a meeting engagement with a superior force, a “withdraw by fire” takes a 180-degree exit route.

Box Van Stealth Tiny House Tour & Interview [9]

Element Van Life: One Year Living in a Van What I’ve Learned [10]

Also see this from the same young man: Tour of Honda Element Camper [11]

JWR adds these safety notes: DO NOT depend on spring–loaded battery terminal clamps! Any arcing can spark fires. Use proper bolt-on terminals. It is also important to vent the battery compartment of any un-sealed batteries!

Online Sermon Videos:

ReformedSermons.org [12]

Pastor Bob Boone [13] (Mt. Hall Community Church, Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho)

Pastor Don Bergstrom [14] (Grace Baptist Church, Columbia Falls, Montana)


The Shrugging Out Podcast [15]

Stuff You Should Know Podcast [16]


Zero Hedge [17]

The Appalachian Messenger [18]


A must for every well-prepared home: Knife Block Set [19]

Philips 60 Watt Equivalent Soft White A19 LED Light Bulb, 16-Pack [20]

AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (48-Pack) [21]