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Few Hollywood films could possibly speak to the old-school Survivalist subculture like "The Terminator" (1984) Blu-ray (DVD version). Critically lauded in years to come as a piece of science fiction that was far ahead of its time, this film and its sequels contain many undertones that designate it every bit as much an example of the survival film genre as well. And, like "Red Dawn" (which, oddly, was released the same year), it quickly became a classic for those of us who identified with a Survivalist turn of mind. It would be dishonest not to admit that part of the reason for folks in our...

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Posted: January 31, 2015, 8:25 pm
I've never been a huge advocate of amassing a monstrous arsenal of firearms, but I want the ones I do have to be sufficiently versatile to keep me alive if the need arises. You can't always rely on being able to hide. I see so much of this philosophy in Prepper and Survivalism circles – the idea that you can slink-off into the woods and never be found ever, but that's a myth. Unless you are willing to live truly like a nomad, essentially out of a backpack for the rest of your existence, someone is eventually going to stumble across even the most remote wilderness cabin. If anyone is planning...

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Posted: January 30, 2015, 7:39 pm
I have long been an advocate of what I refer to as Medieval Survivalism. By that, I mean that if possible survival should be carried out as a member of a community defending a stronghold, rather than simply as a single family or small group trying to achieve the impossible task of remaining hidden somewhere off in the woods. Lying low is the option most talked about in Prepper circles, but from a logical standpoint I can't see that being anything other than a short-term solution in a true grid-down societal collapse scenario. No matter how remote your little cabin in the woods happens to be,...

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Posted: January 29, 2015, 7:54 pm
Almost since the very beginnings of my foray into emergency preparedness, I have had an interest in amateur radio. Obviously, very few options exist for reaching out to communicate across long distances outside of the ultramodern telephone networks we all know notoriously fail in serious emergency situations. Amateur radio, though, does represent this kind of invaluable resource. As long as you've got power to your setup and a good antenna, you're good to go. Unfortunately, I had always thought of getting into the Ham radio game as an undertaking that could potentially break the bank and eat...

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Posted: January 28, 2015, 7:32 pm
Photo SourceI wish that the title of this article was some sort of a joke, but I find myself seriously having to ask that question. If you live anywhere within spitting distance of the upper East Coast of the United States and especially the extreme northeast New England territories, then you obviously know that we just had what many were calling the Blizzard of 2015 blow through. Where I'm located in Appalachia, we were told to prepare for anywhere between 1-5 inches of snow. Locations north, up there around New York, Connecticut, etc., people were advised to expect FEET of snow. As in...

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Posted: January 28, 2015, 7:17 pm
Few weapons are geared better for the defense of one's home than the classic 12-gauge shotgun. Plenty of stopping power, while simultaneously allowing you to choose the load you prefer with respect to ammunition, and with a ballistics spread (typically about 1 inch per yard to the target) that is more forgiving in case one of your family members isn't quite a crack shot (don't believe the myths about aim no longer being important with a shotgun, however – as I stated, the spread only expands at a rate of around 1 inch per yard traveled from the barrel, so it is still important to practice...

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Posted: January 27, 2015, 8:11 pm
Read Part 1 & Part 2 After having gotten a fairly decent start on my little DIY first-aid kits, I still felt as though I was missing quite a bit, and then it dawned on me that – although I have included things like alcohol and peroxide to keep wounds from getting infected and protective gloves for use in treating an injured person – I still lack vital resources for taking care of a downed individual. And, I've also been looking for a way to repurpose these little plastic snack containers that I didn't really want to throw away, because they are good quality plastic and have nice-fitting...

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Posted: January 26, 2015, 7:54 pm
Read Part 1 & Part 2 No respectable Everyday Carry (EDC) kit could possibly be considered complete without the addition of two vital elements: lighting and a cutting tool. The entire purpose of carrying such a kit on your person at all times is to ensure in yourself a greater level of readiness so that, whatever situation might arise, you can be confident that you have tools at hand which will both assist in your survival as well as getting you home to where the rest of your emergency preparedness supplies are stored. To that end, I have included an LED pen light as well as an interesting...

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Posted: January 25, 2015, 8:16 pm
Photo SourceNo one who lived during the Hurricane Katrina event will ever forget the devastation and destruction, and the long-term effects that still exist today. More recently (2012), Hurricane Sandy destroyed the New Jersey shore. There is now no question that hurricanes are becoming stronger, more frequent, and more devastating the world over, primarily as a result, scientists say, of the warming of the oceans. In the last decade alone, moreover, over $200 billion in damages from hurricanes has been the conservative estimate. It comes as no surprise, then, that architects, engineers, and...

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Posted: January 25, 2015, 7:57 pm
by Matt M. I am always on the look out for inexpensive food items with a long shelf-life, especially if they are lightweight, portable, and easily prepared. Something I can take for lunch at work, saving me some cash, and that can be stashed in my truck, bug-out bag, and be stocked up on for here at the house as well. Additionally to being cheap and tasty, these kinds of meals can be prepared cold. I have many times just soaked the noodles and flavor packets in cold water for about an hour (or less) and have eaten them that way. This comes in handy if you are in a situation where you...

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Posted: January 24, 2015, 8:11 pm
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Posted: January 24, 2015, 7:56 pm
My newest Doomer Fiction book review will center today on the novel "The Perseid Collapse" by Steven Konkoly (Kindle edition). I must say that reading this novel felt a bit like a homecoming to me. As some of you might remember, I previously reviewed this author's work in "The Jakarta Pandemic," which turned out to be one of the best novels I've read since I decided to dive headfirst into the genre and do these reviews for Backwoods Survival Blog. I must say that I truly enjoy reading Steven Konkoly. His characters are relatable and he writes his fiction in short, fast-paced chapters that seem...

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Posted: January 23, 2015, 7:59 pm
It seems that the price of a dozen eggs is increasing rapidly for consumers in California as a result of new regulations that dictate each laying hen must be provided a certain amount of space within a facility, and only those producers who are following those regulations are now allowed to sell eggs within the state of California. This is, of course, both lessening the number of competitors for each company in the market as well as causing many producers to downsize the number of laying hens they keep. It isn't hard to figure out what the result of such a situation will inevitably be. Lack of...

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Posted: January 23, 2015, 7:41 pm
The Doomer Fiction film I will be reviewing today is "Catching Fire" (2013) Blu-ray (DVD version). This film is the sequel to "The Hunger Games," which I reviewed previously. Likewise, you might also recall that I previously wrote a review for the novel upon which it was based.  On the subject of my opinion, rest assured that I very much enjoyed both of the films I have reviewed thus far as well as the trilogy of novels where the subject matter originated. As a Prepper, the subject matter appealed to me on many levels, just as I'm sure it will also to you. Broken down to its most base...

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Posted: January 22, 2015, 8:28 pm
Few issues mean more to me, on a deeply personal level, then does the Second Amendment right of every American to bear arms. I can understand the views of pacifists, but when it comes down to defending one's own life and/or the lives of those around them from someone who intends to do them harm, then I simply cannot understand any impulse by which a person would allow themselves to not be in the position to eliminate that threat as quickly as possible. I consider self-defense (extended to also include defending the lives of other innocents) as more than simply a right – it is a divine...

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Posted: January 22, 2015, 7:59 pm
As I'm sure you are probably already aware as a result of my in-depth analysis of each episode of The Walking Dead as it airs, I am a true believer in the idea that Doomer Fiction can sometimes have great value. Not only is it a means of entertainment for those of us in the Prepper / Survivalist subculture that actually speaks to our interests without constantly poking fun at us for being crazy, but you can also sometimes glean ideas you may not have thought of on your own but that can serve to help you if ever in a similar survival situation. One such show Survivors originally aired on the...

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Posted: January 21, 2015, 7:55 pm
I realize that each individual has their own tastes and that some of you are probably making terrible faces simply after seeing the photo to the right of this text, because you can't imagine yourself sitting down to eat and actually enjoy Vienna Sausages. To those folks, I would respectfully say that I feel a bit sorry for you that you're going to be missing-out on what is probably one of the best survival foods available to us, once the price per calorie is factored into the equation. This Walmart store brand, for instance, packs just over 200 calories and 5g of needed protein into a tiny...

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Posted: January 21, 2015, 7:43 pm
Chinese state media is reporting that two people have died of the particularly deadly H7N9 strain of avian influenza in one of their Eastern provinces, and that 15 cases of human infection with the disease have been confirmed already in January 2015 (a double-digit count in less than three weeks). This is significant because this particular strain of the disease was one of the things I mentioned a few days ago in an article asserting that health officials are wary of the new mutation, due to its potential for causing a devastating worldwide pandemic. In addition, one must also realize that the...

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Posted: January 20, 2015, 7:58 pm
In a situation where you might be forced to attempt survival in an outdoors setting, such as after having to bug-out, it will be imperative for you to know what is around you at all times. It simply would not do for you to have no idea in which direction would be the best to flee in the event that danger approaches, and it could be that the safest area in which to camp may not offer direct access to the water source you will need to keep yourself hydrated. In this event, it would be necessary for you to return to the watering hole at least once per day (more often if you are not equipped with...

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Posted: January 20, 2015, 7:51 pm
I had previously heard about freeze-dried ice cream and always wanted to try it. I mean, I'm somewhat of an old hat when it comes to freeze-dried and even dehydrated long-term storage foods, but the idea of putting ice cream through the same process you use to freeze-dry eggs or chili macaroni has always been a bit hard to grasp, at least for me. I truly had no idea what to expect, but I can now officially let you know that it was far from a disappointing experience. That being said, and purely based on what I thought would be my own preference, I placed the entire mylar pouch in the...

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Posted: January 19, 2015, 7:56 pm
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Posted: January 18, 2015, 7:52 pm
Read Part 1 If you have previously read the first article in this series, then you know that I am going about the process of putting together my own first-aid kit. In fact, I'm actually doing two of these identically and simultaneously for the sake of redundancy, and my guiding principle throughout is meant to be to achieve this goal while spending as little as possible with respect to money. The first article simply showed you the backpack(s) I am using to house my kit(s), along with the antiseptics I chose for its foundation. Today, we're going to expand on that a little. As you can see...

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Posted: January 17, 2015, 7:22 pm
Photo CreditAs I pointed-out here on Backwoods Survival Blog recently, the current flu season going on right now is the most severe we have seen in a while, and it just keeps blazing on and on and on. Thus far, it doesn't seem to be slowing down whatsoever, so – in addition to making sure all of your pandemic emergency preparedness is where it should be – there's also a lot of value in having something on hand to help heal you and your family if one of you should become ill. The thing is, if you're anything like me at all, you have serious reservations both about giving your money to Big...

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Posted: January 16, 2015, 7:31 pm
by Matt M. I grew up happily before car phones, which then became cell phones, then the iPhone. I had a great time as a kid being out in the world without an electronic device in my pocket of any kind. It was not until I turned 30, in the year 2000, that I actually purchased a cell phone. Life is possible without cellphones, or other personal electronic devices, although now in 2015 when I tell people that I do not have a cell phone or a home phone they look at me aghast. How can you exist? But, mostly, it is the old timers that understand. Life is possible without a cell phone, and life...

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Posted: January 15, 2015, 8:13 pm
Anyone with any access to the outside world whatsoever already knows that this has already been a particularly bad year for the health concern revolving around the influenza virus, which is not great to consider since the so-called "flu season" is far from over. In fact, in some areas hospitalizations as a result of this sickness are already reaching levels commiserate with what occurred during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic of 2009. By the way, I know people like to sneer whenever the 2009 flu enters the conversation, but it was actually far more serious than the credit people give it. Pretty...

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Posted: January 14, 2015, 7:59 pm




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