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Posted: April 17, 2015, 8:17 pm
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Posted: April 16, 2015, 7:10 pm
Time for another long-term storage food review here on Backwoods Survival Blog, and I'll readily admit once again that the Mountain House Freeze-Dried Spaghetti with Meat Sauce entree is yet another of their line of excellent products with which I was already familiar. I actually tried this one for the first time several years ago, but I wanted to be able to review it here on the site with pictures in the same way my readers have become accustomed to seeing. And, seeing as how it's also a particularly great meal, giving it another go didn't hurt my feelings in the slightest. All that being...

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Posted: April 15, 2015, 6:41 pm
As somewhat of a continuation from previous weeks, today's book review will focus upon "Anarchy Rising (The Survivalist Book 2)" by Arthur Bradley (Kindle edition). I reviewed the first book in this series, entitled "Frontier Justice," last week, and I was pleased enough with the story to want more. If nothing else, that alone should let you know that these novels are definitely worth a read with the caveat that they are fairly short. On one hand, that's not really a problem since they are part of an ongoing series and they are entertaining; but, on the other hand, it's something I feel a...

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Posted: April 15, 2015, 1:43 am
My film review today "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014) Blu-ray (DVD version) is, of course, the sequel to the first film in The Purge movie franchise, which I reviewed here last week. This one is set exactly one year later, beginning approximately 2-and-a-half hours before the commencement of the Annual National Purge in March 2023. Only one character returns to reprise his role from the first film, but I won't reveal anything more about that at this juncture as his appearance occurs well into the film and I don't want to spoil any of the plot for anyone who has yet to see it. As I stated in my...

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Posted: April 13, 2015, 7:19 pm
OTC cough syrup is more than useless. It is, quite literally, the exact modern analog to the snake oil that got people tarred and feathered for trying to weasel people into buying it a hundred years ago. Going all the way back to the Dark Ages, charlatans would roll into town and sell fake concoctions as miracle cures to sick people and then do their best to run out of town with everybody's money before the local Lord got wind they were there and had them stripped and publicly whipped. The pharmaceutical industry is no different in modern times, except for the fact that they figured out having...

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Posted: April 12, 2015, 9:13 pm
Often, the most important survival gear you can possibly own is your own mind and instincts. This is why I don't really endorse modes of survival based around "bugging out" or staying at home and sheltering in place, but rather prefer a middle road where all the options are kept open and such decisions are made based on the nature of the situation at hand. That being said, I fully recognize that there are times when "bugging out" may be, by far, the best option for ensuring survival for ourselves and our families. Depending on the nature of the disaster or other emergency occurring, the area...

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Posted: April 11, 2015, 7:08 pm
Photo SourceAmong the questions I am asked often, one of the most enduring themes involves whether or not I am a skeptic or a believer in climate change. In fact, I get this question often enough that I have deemed it easier to simply express my opinion in an article, rather than answer each query individually. Interestingly enough, though, my views on this subject are a bit complicated. In order to try to simplify things, let me say simply this: I am a believer in the changing climate, but essentially an agnostic with respect to whether or not human activity is the cause. Truthfully, I don't...

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Posted: April 10, 2015, 7:05 pm
Maybe it's not the most enjoyable thing to eat or even an example of complete nutrition, but anyone who has ever been either poor or in college (or, typically, both of those at the same time) will be able to preach to you from the altar of Ramen noodles being both cheap and filling. Remember, we're talking about food security as an emergency preparedness measure here, so don't overlook the wisdom of adding a supply of these quick and easy meals to your food storage efforts. Even in the event that you go mostly in another direction for the bulk of your diet (which is what I would suggest),...

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Posted: April 9, 2015, 6:56 pm
I'll have to admit to cheating just a bit with respect to this review. The Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce entree is something I have tried previously, years before I was ever writing Backwoods Survival Blog, so I already knew fully what to expect. I wanted to be able to have pictures to coincide with my writing here, however, so I ordered myself another pouch and decided to dive in once again. And my willingness to eat it yet again should tell you that I enjoyed it quite a bit. It seems that disappointing me when it comes to taste and texture is pretty much the only thing Mountain...

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Posted: April 8, 2015, 6:44 pm
This week's book review centers on "Frontier Justice (The Survivalist Book 1)" by Arthur Bradley (Kindle edition), the first of what appears to be a series of Doomer Fiction novels. I always like series, because they typically allow for the opportunity of a more complete story being told, and I will typically follow each novel in a series with respect to these weekly reviews as long as it's any good. Life is simply too short for continuing to read something that has proven itself to be crap, but so far I've had pretty good luck with choosing stories to highlight here on Backwoods Survival...

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Posted: April 7, 2015, 6:51 pm
On the surface, "The Purge" (2013) Blu-ray (DVD version) would appear to be just another Hollywood offering that glorifies violence, while perhaps boasting a bit more uniqueness with respect to the actual setting of the story. In my opinion, however, this film is actually a lot more complex than it appears by just a cursory glance. Even the most basic ways of looking at this film, though, can be seen as a depiction of a family defending their home during a home invasion. Set in the year 2022 in an America that is now ruled by a totalitarian government that is referred to colloquially as "The...

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Posted: April 6, 2015, 7:05 pm
Photo SourceIt might surprise you, but maintaining a website like this one can get somewhat old at times. I greatly enjoy sharing my thoughts and ideas as well as the things I've learned over the course of my own personal journey with respect to emergency preparedness. I've even done some private consulting here and there that brought with it a great deal of satisfaction, knowing I have helped people to be better ready to deal with whatever emergencies might arise. Although of those things are wonderful. What does get old, however (and there's no way you could possibly know this is a reader),...

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Posted: April 5, 2015, 6:58 pm
Depending on who you're talking to, the threat of an all-out TEOTWAWKI SHTF societal collapse is either something they'll tell you is right around the corner or they'll claim it's impossible and look at you like a crazy person. Other serious crises happen all the time, however; even events of a more temporary nature have been proven time and time again to have the potential for inducing violent criminal acts, mass panic, civil unrest, and even full-fledged rioting. Just take a moment to remember what happened during Hurricane Katrina, the 1989 rioting in Argentina, and the 2007 food riots that...

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Posted: April 4, 2015, 7:11 pm
While not an actual physical necessity for survival, toilet paper is a modern convenience that virtually all of us have come to depend upon, and – interestingly – it's an area that many Preppers overlook. I find that interesting because it's also one of the first things that will disappear from store shelves and be greatly missed in any type of long emergency situation in which our emergency preparedness efforts might come into play in the future. The thing to remember is that, while human beings went without such niceties for virtually our entire history up until recent times, pretty much...

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Posted: April 3, 2015, 6:45 pm
Courtesy of UrbanSurvivalNetwork.com and the folks over at the Prepper Dome website, please take into consideration the following graphic showing tactical hand signals that every Prepper / Survivalist should endeavor to learn. One of the most important things about surviving in a situation where emergency preparedness efforts come into play is the truth that training and tactics will beat out fancy equipment any and every day of the week, but training is something you actually have to work at with a conscious effort. With that in mind, do your best to commit these hand signals to memory. If...

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Posted: April 2, 2015, 6:43 pm
I'm always a big fan of breakfast foods for some reason, so I was excited about the idea of trying the Backpacker's Pantry Buttermilk Pancakes meal. I didn't say freeze-dried meal, because – quite honestly – I'm not sure whether or not it was actually freeze-dried or simply packaged in mylar the same way you are I could do so ourselves. Either way, dry mixes packaged in oxygen resistant mylar enjoy exceedingly long shelf lives, so I suppose it ends up being six of one and half a dozen of the other. Regardless, purchasing this ensures that you are getting something that is both nutritious as...

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Posted: April 1, 2015, 6:57 pm
Today's Doomer Fiction book review "Under The Dome" by Stephen King (Kindle edition) shouldn't come as a great shock, despite the author not being someone widely known to write the kinds of books that truly speak to readers in our particular subculture. I've actually shined a bit of a spotlight previously on the television program based on this novel as being subject matter of interest to those of us in the Prepper / Survivalist community. Also, you might recall my review of his novel "Cell" from a few weeks ago. It's always nice to discover fiction that appeals to our particular sensibilities...

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Posted: March 31, 2015, 7:11 pm
Before I begin my review of the survival film "All Is Lost" (2013) Blu-ray (DVD version), I should say right up front that I have always been very intrigued by the idea of bugging-out and living on a yacht or sailboat. That being said, I don't know anything about boats and I've only been to the ocean once in my life, but it has often crossed my mind just the same. Many Preppers and Survivalists are going the route of setting up small homesteads in tiny cabins or RV travel trailers, so the size restrictions of living on the water truly don't bother me all that much. If you choose to really go...

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Posted: March 30, 2015, 6:53 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 30, 2015, 4:18 am
In this day and age, knowing full well the level of incompetence as well as calculated maneuvering of which the government has proven themselves capable, I can't imagine how anyone could ever put aside the wisdom of being prepared in favor of a "wait and see" attitude. I actually know people who have told me that they aren't bothering with any kind of emergency preparedness efforts, because they think there will be time to buy extra food, medical supplies, etc. when the time comes. They cannot fathom the idea that our government either doesn't necessarily see it as their responsibility to look...

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Posted: March 28, 2015, 7:22 pm
Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 I won't go into deep and extraneous detail as to the entire winemaking process with this batch; you can get all of that by reading the articles linked at the top of this one, if you haven't already been following along throughout the process. What you are seeing pictured to the left, however, is the results of pretty much the final step that has to do with adding ingredients, etc. The wine in the glass carboy has now been completely topped-off with the remaining apple juice as well as a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. The process I followed was simple enough: 4...

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 6:59 pm
I was pretty excited about the prospect of sampling the Mountain House Grilled Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat and Mashed Potatoes freeze-dried meal, both because I am a huge fan of their products as well as the fact that the packaging made it appear as though this particular variety might actually live up to the typical labeling of each pouch containing two servings, which – as you would know if you've been reading my reviews of these meals – would be damn near the first time that actually proved to be accurate. And, I'm happy to report success on both counts! This meal represents both an...

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 6:59 pm
Review of the Ruger Mini-14 after 1000 rounds. Gun has a Nikon M-223 4-12x42mm scope, G2 Grip pod, and CAA Cheek rest. 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: March 25, 2015, 6:48 pm
"Ebola K: A Terrorism Thriller (Book 2)" by Bobby Adair (currently, this title appears to only be available as the Kindle e-book version) will be the focus of our most recent Doomer Fiction book review. Regular readers of Backwoods Survival Blog should be able to recall that I reviewed the previous and first installment in this series, to which this book serves as a sequel, a few weeks ago, and I considered it a worthy enough read to justify purchasing and reviewing the second installment as well. The thing I found most interesting about this part of the continuing story were the descriptions...

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 6:48 pm




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