February 26, 2021

Recommendations of the Week:

Here are our Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers.  Many of these come from our readers. We try to emphasize small companies that make hand-crafted goods, in the United States and Canada.

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As another source for books, reader C.H. suggested Half Price Books.

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Several readers wrote to recommend Abe Books, but then others chimed in to mention that Abe Books is now owned by the Amazon beast. Arrrgh!

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Reader A.G. wrote:

“A while back you recommended Strauss and Howe’s book, The Fourth Turning. At that time I acquired the book through your link to Amazon and recently re-read it. It is eerily clear that Strauss and Howe were correct and we are solidly in the Fourth Turning right now. They predicted a climax around 2020 and we’re right on target. They predict the crisis to be resolved by 2026-2028 and it can’t come quick enough. It is a great resource for anyone interested in ‘how the world turns’ and how we manage to repeat our successes and failures over time.
A quick synopsis on the past and current Turnings can be found here.”

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Reader T.C. wrote:

“Two more books to add to my recommendations:

Family Favorites From Our Kitchen cookbook. It’s an Amish cookbook that one of my Amish neighbors loaned me. I loved it so much that I asked them how to get a copy for myself. To get a copy I mailed $10 plus estimated shipping to:

Lizzie Keim
N. 8240 Cty. Rd. O
Greenwood, WI 54437
They were more than happy to send me a copy. All proceeds go towards the income of one of their Amish Aunts who is blind.”

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

Tim. J  liked this: Learn About Shortwave Listening (SWL) for Beginners (#352)

Tim also suggested this web page:  Shortwave Schedule. Type “BBC” under station, to test it out.

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C.B. and Tim J. both suggested this video by Dave Canterbury: Compass Underrated.

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Another suggested by  Tim J.: Harvesting Swamp Cabbage (Survival Dispatch)

Web Sites/Articles:

Mike Williamson (our Editor At Large) wrote to suggest: “In lieu of Wikipedia with its blatant liberal bias, consider Infogalactic.com  It periodically mirrors wiki for new articles, has a cleaner editorial system (for now). Noted figures including authors can monitor their own pages, which can obviously lead to personal bias, but avoids hate mobs.  The founder is a conservative Christian, but doesn’t allow that to color the site generally, keeping it neutral as far as possible, in the best spirit of faith.”

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Reader H.L. suggested: Three Knives Every Man Should Own.

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Herschel Smith (The Captain’s Journal) has some troubling legislative news: H.R. 127.


A reader mentioned a company in Whitefish, Montana, and I soon signed up as an affiliate: For Love of Hunting (FORLOH). It is a new 100% made in the USA premium hunting apparel brand. They are the only technical apparel company that is 100% designed, sourced, and manufactured in the USA.

Gear & Grub:

Avalanche Lily suggested this 850-page catalog with a huge variety of gear: JIM-GEM Forestry Suppliers.    They specialize in Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Arborist Gear, Surveying, and Civil Engineering. But the have it all: Field gear, technical climbing gear, trail hand tools, lab instruments, dissecting supplies (great for homeschool biology classes), surveying supplies, NBC PPE, boots, traps, trail cameras, sprayers, pruning tools, weather stations, et cetera. Phone: 1(800) 647-5368 for a free catalog.

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Reader C.H. suggested Starwest Botanicals, for herbs, teas, and spices

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And C.H. also suggested:

Azure Standard (mostly organic foods in many, many categories, fresh and frozen, including personal care, bulk products).

Frontier Coop (Spices, Seasonings, Herbs, Teas, baking and cooking, health and personal care, bulk products)

Nuts.com (nuts and seeds, dried fruit, superfood powders, chocolates and sweets, snacks, coffee & tea, cooking, baking)

Camellia Brand (dried beans, peas, lentils, dinner and soup mixes, pasta, bulk products)

Featured Antique Gun of the Week

Our featured antique gun of the week is a Black Cerakoted Winchester Model 1887 12 Gauge Lever Action Riotgun.  Like most other pre-1899 guns, it can be mailed or shipped directly to your doorstep without any paperwork or FFL dealer involvement. (Be sure to check your state and local laws before ordering.) Take a look at the many recently-added guns at the Elk Creek Company store.

Make a Suggestion

Want to suggest Recommendations of your own? Then please send them to JWR. (Either via e-mail or via our Contact form.) Thanks!

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