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  • newNotes for Sunday – April 30, 2017
    Today is the birthday of sci-fi novelist Larry Niven (born April 30, 1938). Along with Jerry Pournelle, he co-authored the survivalist classic Lucifer’s Hammer. April 30th is also the birthday of Ed Yourdon, who was born in 1944. Thanks for reading…
    - 15 hours ago 30 Apr 17, 6:21am -
  • newLessons From the First TEOTWAWKI- Part 2, by Sarah Latimer
    Reviewing Where We Left Off In this series of articles, we’re looking at the lessons to be learned from the Genesis creation story, particularly from the actions of Eve, as the choices she made are similar to the ones that are drastically affecting…
    - 16 hours ago 30 Apr 17, 6:20am -
  • newLetter Re: Should I Convert My Nickels to Silver?
    Hello Hugh and Jim, Per Jim’s good advice, my wife and I have been taking nickels out of our pocket change each day and setting them aside. It has been an easy and painless way to simultaneously set aside some cash, hedge against inflation, and inv…
    - 16 hours ago 30 Apr 17, 6:19am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    10 Retirement Stats That Will Blow You Away. Think you’re ready to retire? These statistics might change your mind. – H.L. o o o NY Times (‘Laughable Stunt By Plutocrats To Enrich Themselves’), WSJ (‘Ambitious Course Correction To Restore B…
    - 16 hours ago 30 Apr 17, 6:18am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    All Eyes on N. Korea “Major Major Conflict Possible” – D.B. o o o How very sad: President of Austria: ‘The day will come that we must ask all women to wear a headscarf’ – Turning the concept of “assimilation” on its head – H.L. o o…
    - 16 hours ago 30 Apr 17, 6:17am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23 and besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her…
    - 16 hours ago 30 Apr 17, 6:15am -
  • Notes for Saturday – April 29, 2017
    This is the birthday of actor Daniel Day-Lewis (born 1957), often remembered for his starring roles in Last of the Mohicians and in Lincoln. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 70 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearl…
    - 2 days ago 29 Apr 17, 8:18am -
  • A Primer on Violence, by P.N.
    “All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.” -Leo Tolstoy Violence is a word that conjures up a number of emotions. Some people think of violence and immediately vis…
    - 2 days ago 29 Apr 17, 8:18am -
  • Letter Re: Strangling Wranglerstar
    Dear Mr. Rawles and Mr. Latimer, You’ve mentioned that Wranglerstar is your favorite YouTube channel. As you may know, YouTube has changed the rules, designating Wranglerstar—which has never featured a tiny shred of the porn, gratuitous violence,…
    - 2 days ago 29 Apr 17, 8:14am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Podcast: Despite the new ‘plan’, this is -still- a no-brainer tax strategy “The reason I’m skeptical, though, is that each and every line item in the tax code has a certain group of beneficiaries that’s willing to fight tooth and nail to ke…
    - 2 days ago 29 Apr 17, 8:11am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    A fool and his money are soon parted [or Lord of the Flies Redoux]: ‘Rich kids of Instagram meets Hunger Games’: Guests at luxury Fyre Festival where tickets cost $12,000 ‘mugged, stranded and hungry’ – C.S. o o o Brushbeater has posted a P…
    - 2 days ago 29 Apr 17, 8:10am -
  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.” – 2 Kings 5:14 (KJV) Thanks for reading, check out Survi…
    - 2 days ago 29 Apr 17, 8:10am -
  • Notes for Friday – April 28, 2017
    April 28th is the birthday of Aimo Johannes Lahti. (Born in 1896.) This clever Finn designed (or co-designed) an amazing array of weapons including the L-35 Lahti pistol, Suomi M-31 SMG, the Lahti-Saloranta M/26 LMG, the the famous Lahti L-39 20mm an…
    - 3 days ago 28 Apr 17, 7:45am -
  • Start With A .22 Rifle- Part 4, by behind-the-counter
    Steps 3 and 4 This is the final article in a four-part series and finishes the do-it-yourself guide with installation of three additional upgrades for your Ruger 10/22, including an enhanced extractor, a much improved firing pin, and a larger bolt ha…
    - 3 days ago 28 Apr 17, 7:44am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Cashless society getting closer, survey finds. “More than a third of Europeans and Americans would be happy to go without cash and rely on electronic forms of payment if they could, and at least 20 percent already pretty much do so, a study showed…
    - 3 days ago 28 Apr 17, 7:43am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • newApril 2017 EDC Purse Dump
    Basically arranged my EDC in a way that would make it as easy as possible for me to switch purses on the fly. Not that I really care to switch purses often, just that I hate doing it when my EDC is messy. Select cards, coupons, and a bit of cha…
    - 13 hours ago 30 Apr 17, 9:19am -
  • SouthOrd PXS-14 USA-Made 14 Piece Lock Pick Set Review
    When I think of lock picking, SouthOrd is the brand that immediately springs to mind. A few days ago I scribbled about a lock pick adventure on Survival Threads and decided to test out the waters and do a review of my favourite (thus so far) lo…
    - 3 days ago 27 Apr 17, 7:31pm -
  • 14 Ways Prepping Can Actually Help You Save Money
    Prepping can be incredibly expensive depending on how you go about it. Buying a plot of land to build a bug out location on, building an underground bunker, even having a quality prepper stockpile – none of these things are free to do, let al…
    - 5 days ago 25 Apr 17, 2:08pm -
  • April 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Back to multi-tool + small knife combo. Technically I also have a Swiss Army Knife, but that’s more of a back up, don’t actually use it. Same with the True Utility Key Tool. Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Multi-Tool True Utility MultiPlier M…
    - 8 days ago 22 Apr 17, 4:01pm -
  • Leatherman Signal Wilderness Survival EDC Multi-Tool Review
    When the Leatherman Signal was announced, it was billed the ideal preparedness tool to have if you ever find yourself stranded. The literature even uses the example of being stuck at base camp and thus having to rely on this badboy alone – a…
    - 9 days ago 21 Apr 17, 1:15pm -
  • Home Security 101: Last Ditch Plans Are Not Enough – What to Do Instead
    Last month I wrote about my own experiences with home invasion and how the whole deal played out (spoiler alert: Good Guy 1 – Bad Guy 0), but I wanted to write some more on the topic with a focus on home security and the reality of intrude…
    - 13 days ago 17 Apr 17, 2:00pm -
  • 17 Common Sense Ways to Prevent Hypothermia While Outdoors
    If you were hoping to learn about some groundbreaking new techniques or read some phenomenally ingenious ways of preventing yourself from getting hypothermia while outdoors, sorry to say, that’s not what this article is for. When I say the fo…
    - 16 days ago 14 Apr 17, 10:55am -
  • Spyderco Pingo Slip Joint Everyday Carry Knife Review
    When I heard that Jens Anso and Jesper Voxnaes were the designers behind the Spyderco Pingo, I was ecstatic. I always loved the unique minimalism that Anso and Vox brought to the table and this guaranteed that I would end up snapping this fell…
    - 20 days ago 10 Apr 17, 2:00pm -
  • 14 Financial Emergencies That Would Be Devastating With Low Savings
    There’s no short of reasons why you should have emergency savings. I’ve got a number of pretty common personal crises listed here, but there are plenty more; and likely I’ve left out some that are even more devastating than the ones I’…
    - 24 days ago 6 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • Don’t Tread on Me: The Meaning & History Behind the Gadsden Flag
    We’ve all seen it before – the sharp yellow flag featuring a rattlesnake and the words “Don’t Tread On Me.” Chances are if you’re here, it’s because you got curious enough to Google the meaning of the flag, and want to know at lea…
    - 27 days ago 3 Apr 17, 2:00pm -
  • Top American Knives: Best Folders & Fixed Blades Made in the USA
    The USA will always have a legendary status in the knife world. As a relatively new country (speaking as a European), the bulk of modern designs stem from the States due to a positive legislative and cultural environment. Other countries manufa…
    - 31 days ago 30 Mar 17, 2:00pm -
  • March 2017 EDC Purse Dump
    Moved everything I don’t use regularly into the Maxpedition pouch in my purse. Only things I carry outside the pouch now are a coin purse, folding shopping bags, chap stick, and odd receipts and shopping lists. Also yes, in case you were loo…
    - 34 days ago 27 Mar 17, 2:00pm -
  • Times Got Tough? Get Tougher: Using Bad Situations to Fuel Change
    There are always going to be difficult points in your life. No matter how well prepared you are, how hard you try to make sure you’ve covered every base, learned as much as you could, saved every dollar that you could to hedge against hard ti…
    - 37 days ago 24 Mar 17, 2:00pm -
  • Schrade SCH304 Heavy Duty Folding Knife Review
    Schrade has had a rocky history with a lot of us, from its traditional American beginnings to the rebadged “New Schrade” owned by Taylor Brands LLC (of reformed mall ninja fame). I have always had a slightly kneejerk negative reaction to th…
    - 41 days ago 20 Mar 17, 9:58am -
  • March 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Bit of a mess this week. My keychain is getting really out of hand. Any thoughts on how to trim down? Downside of living in an apartment building with multiple entry points – way too many keys. Added the keychain light back into rotation, and…
    - 43 days ago 18 Mar 17, 11:35am -
  • Couch Potato Bushcrafting: Wilderness Survival Skills From Your Sofa
    I’ve already done an article on couch potato prepping, so you should already know how much a fan I am of doing and learning what you can from the comfort of your own home. While it may sound completely preposterous, you actually can get quite…
    - 45 days ago 16 Mar 17, 2:30pm -
  • Let’s Talk Kershaw: Top EDCs, Flippers, & Fixed Blades by Kershaw Knives
    I was asked if we’ve got a top Kershaw knives round up by a reader the other day, and since we haven’t yet gotten one up, here we are. Kershaw is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of knives, and frankly, if you are reading this, I…
    - 48 days ago 13 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Wilderness Survival: Starting Fire After Rain, Drinking Seawater, & More
    We’re a blog about more than just wilderness survival – but that doesn’t mean we don’t cover wilderness survival and bushcraft techniques at all. There are a good number of articles we’ve published on this blog that have to do specifi…
    - 52 days ago 9 Mar 17, 1:57pm -
  • Benchmade Osborne 940 EDC Pocket Knife Review
    The Benchmade 940  (also referred to as the Benchmade Osborne) is one of the few knives that has truly achieved iconic status. I don’t often review Benchmade products due to the relatively high entry costs, but this has been on my list for…
    - 54 days ago 7 Mar 17, 11:07am -
  • My Home Invasion Story: Break In & Robbery Attempt – While I Was Home
    When I was 16 or 17,  I was home whilst someone attempted to break in. The experience ended well for me (not so much for the perp), but I figured it would be interesting to discuss, since enough years have passed and I can look back on the…
    - 59 days ago 2 Mar 17, 3:30pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • The Everyday Prepper Basic Vehicle Kit
    Welcome back to Forgetful Frugal Fridays here at Blue Collar Prepping!This week I quickly touch upon the emergency equipment I carry in my Reasonably Priced Automobile 2.0Next week I'll be showcasing the cheap and easy way to do yard work!
    - 2 days ago 28 Apr 17, 11:42pm -
  • Play as Prepping
    I know we cover a lot of serious issues on this blog, staying alive tends to be a serious thing to most people. Having done my share of doom and gloom posts, it's time to change things up a bit. I do like to have fun once in a while. Here are my thou…
    - 3 days ago 28 Apr 17, 4:09am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Budget Your Budget
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I've mentioned that I have a new-to-me car and with that comes the increased expenses of a newer vehicle. Since I can't easily incr…
    - 4 days ago 26 Apr 17, 7:27pm -
  • AR-15 Basics: Lightweight AR
    This week,we look  at the lightweight AR in detail and discuss and how to put your rifle on a diet.Lokidude
    - 5 days ago 26 Apr 17, 5:28am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #140 - Going to NRAAM 2017
    There's no yellow brick road, but be sure to follow the GBVC cast at NRAAM!Beth is still going to NRAAM... but the USCCA is not. Beth tells us how the NRA dis-invited them.Some relationships are fiery; this one ends in arson. Who lit the fire? Sean t…
    - 7 days ago 24 Apr 17, 12:26am -
  • The Reasonably Priced Everyday Prepper Vehicle
    Everyone say hello to the newest Blue Collar Prepping contributor, The Discerning Shootist! TDS has done several videos for us, including a guest video during during our "Perfect Prepper Vehicle" theme week. I figured I ought to give him a byline, s…
    - 9 days ago 21 Apr 17, 11:20pm -
  • Division
    Scrolling through my facebook feed the other day, I saw a post/picture that stated something along the lines of “Not once in the last eight years (meaning the time before our current President) did I have to wake up fearing that WW3 was going to st…
    - 10 days ago 21 Apr 17, 2:12am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Seasonal Gear Check
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.It has been raining and snowing at record levels in California, with parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains having a snow pack near 2…
    - 11 days ago 19 Apr 17, 6:05pm -
  • The AR-15: an Introduction
    The AR-15 is an excellent rifle. If you can only have one gun, it is a great candidate due to its modular nature.I go over some of the basics of the AR-15 in this video. Setting the rifle up for specific needs will be the basis of future articles.Lok…
    - 12 days ago 19 Apr 17, 3:14am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #139 - Beth, What Is Best In Life?
    By Crom, what a podcast!The USCCA Concealed Carry Expo is worth several shows. This week, Beth tells us what some of the women in the firearms industry have to say.It's a complicated storyline in this week's Felons Behaving Badly, but the characters…
    - 14 days ago 17 Apr 17, 12:11am -
  • Pump It Up
    Last week, I mentioned pumps that could be used to empty an underground storage tank (UST) and how I was having a hard time finding a suitable pump for emergency use. There are several issues that I ran into, but in order to explain them I need to ma…
    - 17 days ago 14 Apr 17, 2:42am -
  • Prudent Prepping: The "Key" to Security
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Or to be accurate, several keys to my new-to-me car.How can a key make me secure?In my pickup truck, it didn't matter what I had in…
    - 18 days ago 12 Apr 17, 10:50pm -
  • Buying Used
    It is a well-established fact that I love gear. In fact, most humans have a love for objects, because at heart we're tool-using animals. However, living on a budget makes buying the new shiny things difficult. Buying used gear can be a great way to s…
    - 19 days ago 11 Apr 17, 10:44pm -
  • Why is this night different from all other nights?
    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Chag Pesach Sameach to all our Jewish friends!For those of you who aren't Jewish, the festival of Passover begins today and ends next Tuesday (April 18). I have been informed that on the penultimate…
    - 20 days ago 11 Apr 17, 1:52am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #138 - Everything Sounds More Profound in Latin
    Semper ubi sub ubi.Beth is at the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo, and she takes some time out of her incredibly busy schedule to tell us about it.In one of the worst crimes we have ever talked about on the podcast, Sean looks a little deeper to find out…
    - 21 days ago 10 Apr 17, 12:46am -
  • Guest Post: If You Find Yourself In A Hole, Stop Digging
    by Tim KiesI remember when I first became interested in the prepping lifestyle, back around 2005. It wasn’t called that back then; it was called the self-sufficiency movement, or the modern simplicity lifestyle, or many other names. Regardless of…
    - 23 days ago 8 Apr 17, 12:21am -
  • Got Gas?
    About a year and a half ago, I wrote a short post about lockpicking. In the first paragraph I stated “I don't condone and can't recommend breaking laws for petty reasons, but at the same time I believe that tools and skills are neither good nor evi…
    - 24 days ago 7 Apr 17, 12:51am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Budget Time
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping."Budget Time" is a bit of a joke for my best friend and me, as neither of us are sitting on piles of cash and there don't seem to b…
    - 25 days ago 5 Apr 17, 6:07pm -
  • Cleaning Common Automotive Spills
    When you first start doing your own automotive maintenance and repair work, you'll find yourself making some pretty impressive messes. Even as an auto repair veteran, I still find myself making a few good ones. Since spills are a pretty common occurr…
    - 26 days ago 4 Apr 17, 9:01pm -
  • Product Review: the Glock "Gadget"
    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.It's neither Blue Collar nor Prepping, which is why I didn't post it here, but I know enough preppers who have Glocks that a review of the Striker Control Device, aka the Glock Gadget, might be welco…
    - 27 days ago 3 Apr 17, 10:57pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #137 - You Keep Using That Word
    The media being inaccurate? Or having an agenda? Inconceivable!You think shooting a gun is a hair-raising experience? Beth suggests you try trimming a baby's nails. If you can do that, maybe shooting isn't so scary after all!What kind of person shoot…
    - 28 days ago 3 Apr 17, 12:00am -
  • Guest Post: Dream Prepper Vehicle
    by The Discerning ShootistJust in time to finish our theme week, we have a guest video from one of our Facebook friends!If you have a video you'd like to make for Blue Collar Prepping, upload it to YouTube and send the link to Bluecollarprepping@gmai…
    - 30 days ago 1 Apr 17, 2:19am -
  • Prepper Vehicle Choice?
    Since our editrix Erin decided to make this a theme week, and the theme is “What is your choice in vehicles for preppers?”, I get a break from having to come up with a topic. I tend to agree with David and Lokidude on their selection of a picku…
    - 31 days ago 30 Mar 17, 4:36pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: The Ultimate Prepping Vehicle
    Follow along as I give my reasons for choosing The Ultimate Prepping Vehicle!As you have read so far on Blue Collar Prepping, Erin has given us a topic and a few guidelines for selecting our personal choice of Prepping Vehicles.This is an interesting…
    - 32 days ago 29 Mar 17, 6:48pm -
  • The Ultimate Prepper Vehicle, Redneck Style
    Erin asked us to find the ultimate prepper vehicle if money was no object and to justify our decision. As a gearhead, this is all in a day's very fun work. However, as a shadetree mechanic, I also came at this from a bit of a different standpoint: my…
    - 33 days ago 28 Mar 17, 11:54pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Video: Rodent-Proofing A Shelter
    Sanitation is an important factor in staying healthy in rural homesteads and survival scenarios, and one formidable obstacle for the survival medic is the presence of rodents like rats and mice. When these animals are introduced into new areas, they…
    - 2 days ago 28 Apr 17, 12:03pm -
  • How To Pack A Bleeding Wound
    The failure to control hemorrhage is a common cause of death in trauma situations. With the increased number of active shooter events in the United States, the average citizen should have knowledge of basic methods to stop heavy bleeding. The governm…
    - 6 days ago 24 Apr 17, 7:49pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Black Scout, Pt. 2, Azithromycin, Sick Room Set-Ups
    In this episode of The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP (aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy), we welcome back Jack of Black Scout Survival’s popular YouTube channel, who discusses a wide range of topics in part 2 of his interv…
    - 7 days ago 23 Apr 17, 12:51pm -
  • Video: Sulfa Drugs in Survival
    Without antibiotics in your medical kit, there will be deaths in survival scenarios that could have been prevented. Using certain veterinary equivalents may be an answer as to how to obtain them. This video discusses the family of antibiotics known a…
    - 9 days ago 21 Apr 17, 1:21pm -
  • Setting Up A Survival Sick Room
    In normal times, we have the luxury of modern medical facilities that can isolate a sick patient from healthy people. In a survival scenario, however, most organized medical care will no longer exist, placing the average citizen into the position of…
    - 11 days ago 19 Apr 17, 8:44pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Jack of Black Scout Surv., Gallstones, Fish Hooks, More
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour podcast, Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, welcome back Jack of Black Scout Survival‘s popular YouTube channel to talk about his work and other important issues. Plus, Dr.…
    - 14 days ago 16 Apr 17, 1:13pm -
  • Foot Fungus Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
    The medic in austere settings may have to deal with major medical issues; there are minor issues, however, that don’t threaten your patients’ lives, but can seriously affect their quality of life or work efficiency.  In times of trouble, you’l…
    - 17 days ago 13 Apr 17, 5:55pm -
  • Gallstones: Diagnosis and Treatment
    The gall bladder is a hollow sac-like organ that is attached to the liver; it stores a thick liquid substance called “bile” that the liver secretes to help you digest fats. After a meal, the gall bladder contracts and bile passes through to the s…
    - 20 days ago 10 Apr 17, 9:55pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Sulfa Drugs, Uva Ursi, Quicklime, More
      In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, MD (Dr. Bones) and Amy Alton, ARNP (Nurse Amy) examine Sulfa drug antibiotics as an option in survival settings. One of the first antibiotics, sulfa has been credited with saving the lives…
    - 22 days ago 8 Apr 17, 12:34pm -
  • Sulfa as a Survival Antibiotic
      In survival settings, it’s reasonable to assume that you’ll be performing activities that aren’t part of your routine in normal times, like, say, chopping wood for fuel. When you’re doing chores to which you’re not accustomed, injuries c…
    - 25 days ago 5 Apr 17, 12:15pm -