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 nature’s greatest predator: the humble mosquito. (See the Books section.)
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Peter X. wrote to mention one of his favorite books: The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics
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Edward’s Snowden latest book is already a best seller, several weeks before its release: Permanent Record.
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Instructional Videos & Vlogs:
Over at Full30.com: Mud Test: H&K 416/MR556
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Tim J. suggested three instructional videos this week:
“A lot of people get into small livestock in the Spring when the babies are fluffy and don’t eat very much. By late summer those same babies are big, loud, and eating you out of house and home….and you raised them so you can’t bring yourself to butcher them. In comes the smart Craigslist farmer to the rescue! Get healthy juvenile animals that only need a few weeks of better food and water and fill the freezer just before Fall. We don’t eat family pets so we don’t take any animals that the owner states they don’t want to be eaten. It works really well with rabbits, ducks, and chickens because they develop quickly and take very little extra space for the few weeks you have them.”
“I collected all of these materials last summer but didn’t like how it was turning out using only pallets. This go round we used pallets for the ends and old lumber and tin for the sides. All materials were reclaimed, even the cow panels. The idea for this project came because my renter was using our commercial greenhouse and I wanted a greenhouse for spring greens but I really needed it to be built for free. The greenhouse also needed to be wind proof since two years ago our geodesic greenhouse blew away in the early spring winds. How to anchor the greenhouse when our ground doesn’t let us get spikes in the ground? Build our raised beds and fill with compost and wood to hold the whole thing sturdy! So excited to see how it works! For now with it still being summer the cow panels could work as a trellis for green beans or anything else that needs support and could shade the greens in the bed a bit. Right now I don’t have the plastic on since we have heat for another two months. Will keep you up to date as I make improvements!”
“In this video we test out an incredibly effective rat trap called the Uhlik Repeater. If you have a rat problem this is the trap for you.”
Gear & Grub:
Reader D.C.H. wrote to mention: “I have an Old Smokey BBQ grill that I really like. It is inexpensive and very “bare bones”. Made in America since 1923!”
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Reader L.E. wrote to suggest Snappy Bucket Handles. These are also available at eBay. There, search on: “12 Pack Orange Bucket Handle Grips Reduce Hand Fatigue for Wire Bail Handle.” L.E. also mentioned that if you want the type that goes over an existing handle, at a higher cost per handle you can buy green ergonomic bucket handles.
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I’ve mentioned this “tropical” (high melting point) chocolate packed in a sturdy can, once before. It is ideal for your winter bug out bag. Reader Tim J. alerted me that the price seems to be going up: Sarotti Scho Ka Kola Milk Chocolate 100g (10-pack).