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My Doomer Fiction book review for this week focuses on "Ebola K: A Terrorism Thriller (Book 1)" by Bobby Adair (Kindle version), the first installment in a new and fairly promising series. Interestingly, the author – being an independent – is in control of his own marketing and has come up with the idea of giving this first book in the series away for free if you're able to read the Kindle version (at least as of this writing). Unfortunately, it will still cost you if you want to read the printed version of the book, but that is more than understandable. He's able to give away copies of the...

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Posted: March 3, 2015, 8:14 pm
Here is the thing you have to understand: If you are interested in seeing the film "Left Behind" (2014) Blu-ray (DVD version) predominately because you were/are a fan of the series of Christian Fiction novels upon which it is based, then you are probably going to find some fault with the big-screen reboot starring Nicolas Cage. To put it bluntly, it is quite simply not the same story, but rather a story based on the original and featuring many of the same (or similar) characters. By the way, following the link I have embedded above will allow you to purchase the entire 12 book series in Kindle...

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Posted: March 2, 2015, 8:17 pm
A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character's actions might be applicable in a real-life...

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Posted: March 2, 2015, 5:12 am
My regular analysis of the most recent episode of "The Walking Dead" will be posted after the show airs late tonight as usual, but I just wanted to take a moment here on Sunday afternoon to shine a light on another Doomer Fiction television offering that might interest readers of sites like mine. It is an offering by the SyFy Channel called "Helix." Currently airing its second season (Season One is available on Blu-ray and DVD), the show is basically about investigators from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia going into the field in an attempt to investigate an unknown...

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Posted: March 1, 2015, 8:55 pm
Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 Completely putting aside modern day conventions, cleanliness really is a very good idea. What's the old saying about it being next to godliness? There's a reason ancient cultures embedded the idea into their very religious teachings: being clean (or, more accurately, the opposite) can have a real impact on health concerns. One of the major reasons, in fact, given for Europe finally pulling itself out of the depths of the Black Plague era is often attributed to the teachings of the man most of us know as Nostradamus and think of only as...

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Posted: February 28, 2015, 7:43 pm
Actually, eight different preparedness experts weighed-in with their thoughts on the question, but: 1) I was flattered to be asked my opinion as one of the experts mentioned in the title; and 2) My answer is going to make you think about going to the bathroom. Lol. All joking aside, please take a moment and check out the article at the link below. I was very proud and humbled to have my opinion given weight on this issue alongside some other recognized experts in our little subculture, whose water I'm not sure I'm fit to carry. Please follow the link and give them your readership, and the...

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Posted: February 28, 2015, 7:11 pm
Bill Gates is a smart guy. He built a company and a computer operating system that literally brought us out of the age where technology typically looked like a big box with glowing, blinking buttons on it. And never doubt that the Microsoft model rules the world. There has been and always will be debate between people who use PCs versus those who favor Apple products, but – as heated as it can get at times – there's really no question. Apple makes wonderful products and they, more or less, single-handedly revolutionized the smartphone industry to the point that all of us (well, almost all of...

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Posted: February 27, 2015, 8:21 pm
As a Prepper, it is my opinion that few pieces of so-called survival gear are more important to own than a good, sturdy cast iron skillet. With that in mind, I recently purchased this Coleman 10" diameter Cast Iron Skillet from Amazon and thought I should take a moment to talk about the benefits of owning one. First and foremost, I can honestly say that there pretty much isn't anything I wouldn't rather eat prepared in cast iron versus any other cooking implement. Cast iron utensils, quite honestly, make some of the best tasting food you will ever enjoy. Hands down. Secondly, you're not going...

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Posted: February 27, 2015, 7:56 pm
Photo courtesy of The Daily Beast article linked to below.You might recall that recently I shared some of my thoughts on the issue of the United States stepping up militarily in order to quell the threat represented by the Islamic militant terrorist organization known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). As you might also recall, I'm rather torn on the subject from a philosophical standpoint. I typically share the Libertarian viewpoint that we have no business "policing the world" and imposing our control over the affairs of other sovereign nations, but you have to be a fool not to...

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Posted: February 26, 2015, 8:16 pm
I'll tell you straight-up that I had seriously high hopes for this one the moment I looked at the label and decided to buy it. Mountain House brand freeze-dried foods are typically my favorite with few exceptions. It's the premier brand in the field, and there's definitely a reason for that. In addition, I've always really enjoyed beef stew. Ever since I was a kid, it's been one of my favorites, and I even have the typical store-bought Dinty Moore brand cans of it in my emergency food storage that I rotate every 3-5 years. And I'm pretty happy to report that I wasn't at all disappointed by...

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Posted: February 26, 2015, 7:56 pm
If you are a regular reader here at Backwoods Survival Blog, you will no doubt recall that I similarly spotlighted the 4" 6-hour variety of these chemical light sticks a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, my experience with those was a bit lackluster, no doubt because of the fact that they were technically expired. Not that I didn't know that before purchasing them. In fact, I'm aware that many military units still use these long past their listed expiration dates, but the ones I had put off very little light. Not a big deal, honestly. They were priced down, due to being expired, and I got them for...

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Posted: February 25, 2015, 7:58 pm
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Posted: February 25, 2015, 7:41 pm
I must admit to being torn with respect to the ISIS situation that currently dominates a good deal of the mainstream media airwaves. I don't intend to spend a lot of time on the debate as to whether or not Islam is to blame from a religious standpoint; I think that fundamentalist extremism is more accurately the issue we are facing (reading through sections of the Old Testament quickly shows that other faiths include some fairly extreme views as well). That question aside, however, I think we can all agree that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria organization is one bent on violence to the...

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Posted: February 24, 2015, 8:01 pm
As zombie fiction is kind of the proverbial "Belle of the Ball" these days, I'm reviewing the novel "Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End" by Manel Loureiro (Kindle edition). hhh The narrative of the story is told from the point of view of a corporate attorney, living in what seems to be a fairly affluent housing development (his neighbors are a doctor and his wife and the owner of a small pharmaceutical company) in a small urban area in northern Spain – Galicia, I believe. He lives alone besides for a cat that was given to him by his sister to keep him company and help him cope after the...

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Posted: February 24, 2015, 7:43 pm
And here I had it in my head that you and I were simply Americans who believe in freedom and that it's the government who is supposed to be run by The People, and not by fascist, globalist corporations and unelected bankers with sniveling lapdog politicians as their Middle Managers and a highly-militarized and thuggish police forces as the front line. Apparently, I was wrong, however, as the Federal government is yet again pursuing a tract that makes it exceedingly simple for Preppers and so-called Survivalists to end up lumped in with the violence-prone extreme wing of the Sovereign...

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Posted: February 24, 2015, 3:48 am
"Terminator: Salvation" (2009) Blu-ray (DVD version) stands out from the other films in this series with respect to its setting. Rather than a story set in current times, involving time travel that brings futuristic assassins and protectors back in time to our era, this film features an adult John Connor fighting the war against the machines. Unfortunately, the film didn't do overly well either with critics or at the box office, but that's a shame, in my opinion. Not that it is the best film of the franchise or anything (far from it), but it does take the story in a very interesting new...

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Posted: February 23, 2015, 8:06 pm
A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character's actions might be applicable in a real-life...

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Posted: February 23, 2015, 6:01 am
Approaching it purely with a surface-level understanding, it might surprise you to see me endorsing such a program as bonafide Doomer Fiction, but trust me when I say that it is exactly that. The premise is simple enough (and, yet, dripping with fantasy). A small town in Maine is suddenly enclosed within an invisible and impenetrable dome of an unknown material and origin, trapping the inhabitants inside and cutting them off completely from the outside world. Families are separated with no idea as to when (or if) they might be reunited, the majority of the town's police force and the entire...

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Posted: February 22, 2015, 7:56 pm
You can't tell here, but it's still spitting snow and alternating freezing rain. Roads are pretty much impassable, even for 4WD vehicles, and a major road an hour or so north has been closed due to an avalanche! If you enjoyed this article, feel free to check out the rest of the site, and please consider subscribing to the blog via email by placing your email address in the sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar of the screen. You can also "Like" our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

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Posted: February 21, 2015, 10:37 pm
First off, you can automatically discount much of the partisan political hackery that is endemic to the type of broadcast portrayed in the video below. The plans being discussed have far less to do with the current Administration in the White House and far more to do with the broad overreaching future plans (future threat, in my opinion), which the Obama Administration supports. It isn't their baby, however, and such ideas will far outlive any of them or their proverbial moment in the sun where they wield any type of real power. These are ideas supported by those who espouse support for Agenda...

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Posted: February 21, 2015, 8:16 pm
10 acres in Latimer County in Eastern Oklahoma: Apparently, this property is fairly secluded, being that we did mountain land that is described as being covered in timber and approximately 30 miles from conveniences such as Walmart and McDonald's. Located in a county of less than 11,000 people, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, about 15 people per square mile, so not terrible in that respect. Electric utilities are nearby, but alternative energy we actually probably end up being cheaper rather than pay to have the power company hook the site up to the grid. Unfortunately, the property is also...

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Posted: February 21, 2015, 7:47 pm
Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 One thing that will remain true pretty much universally, no matter what survival expert is giving you advice, is the understanding that very few things are more useful in an emergency than cordage (i.e. rope, bungee cable, utility cord, paracord, etc.). As a result, no self-respecting Everyday Carry (EDC) kit should be without this versatile resource. This is what a 50' roll of utility cord looks like. No way in Hell I'm getting all of this into my already-stuffed EDC, so I'll have no choice but to get crafty. Unfortunately (and as I've stated...

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Posted: February 20, 2015, 11:53 pm
This is what we still have unmelted, at least at our place in Appalachia, with more coming this weekend. My phone app is saying 3-5 more inches Saturday before turning to freezing rain, but The Weather Channel on TV is saying we could see 8"-12" more, certainly 4"+ even by conservative estimates. Also, it's supposed to be heavy wet snow. Yikes. This crap is why emergency preparedness is important, even if you aren't a believer in TEOTWAWKI, SHTF societal collapse scenarios. Readiness should be a lifestyle. Period. If you enjoyed this article, feel free to check out the rest of the...

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Posted: February 20, 2015, 1:33 am
As regular readers of Backwoods Survival Blog can attest, I'm always on the lookout for the opportunity to try out new products meant for Preppers and give my honest opinion about them here on the site. And that often includes freeze-dried long-term storage foods, helped along by the fact that you can buy them in these convenient little 1-2 serving mylar pouches marketed toward hikers and campers. It gives me a chance to try out new varieties to see what I like as well as to share my views with my readers, and constantly enriches my experience by allowing me to stock up on larger purchases in...

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Posted: February 19, 2015, 7:47 pm
Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, & Part 5 Integral to the idea of first-aid and emergency medical care in any kind of disaster scenario is the need for wound care – not simply with respect to warding off infection and speeding the healing process, but also an aspect that could literally be the difference between life and death… the ability to (at least, temporarily) close a wound and staunch bleeding. In the event of a situation that would result in it being difficult to seek mainstream medical care (especially due to a long-term failure of emergency medical infrastructure), loss of...

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Posted: February 18, 2015, 8:17 pm




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