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There are many pages of posts on many subjects, and only a few show on this main page. Search for the subjects that you are interested in.

Topics covered in here tend toward Gadgetry, Weapons, Books, Tools, and a lot of other things that have captured my interest.

Please note the "Linked From Here" tab on the results, which lists search results from sites I have linked to in my posts.

Survival Blog

Survival Blog is a great resource for self-sufficiency. Since I am lazy, here is a cut/paste of the author's credentials and introduction:

The purpose of this Blog is to inform and motivate readers to take steps that will help prepare themselves and their families. Survival is not just about guns, groceries and gadgets. More importantly, it is about having friends that you can trust when times get hard, such as for:
A Dollar Crisis/Monetary Collapse (witness the current hyperinflation in Zimbabwe)
Naturally occurring plague or pandemic
Nuclear Blackmail (North Korea and China have already made public threats)
Terrorist LNG fuel sector or power grid attack
Terrorist nuclear, biological, or chemical attack
Fuel and/or food shortage crisis
Major volcanic and/or earthquake events
Nation-state nuclear, biological, or chemical attack
As well for these far less likely but potentially even more cataclysmic possibilities:
Asteroid or comet strike
Tidal Waves/Surges
Global War
Martial Law
Science Accidents (Genetically modified crop failure, nanotechnology "gray goo", et cetera.)
Climate change

I'm Jim Rawles, a survivalist author. I'm a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and technical writer. I now work as a full-time blogger, retreat consultant, and freelance writer. SurvivalBlog is my creation, but because of SurvivalBlog, I'm part of something bigger: a virtual community of some of the most brilliant people that you could ever meet. Despite our differences, we all have an interest in preparedness.

For details on my survivalist philosophy see my Precepts page.

I am a Christian, and hold to Reformed doctrine. My view of history is of the geographical determinist school. My view of economics is of the Austrian school. Politically, I am a conservative/Constitutionalist libertarian. All of these have shaped my views on preparedness.
You can also read my full biography. There is also a Wikipedia page about me and my writings.
Since its launch in 2005, SurvivalBlog has become established as the Internet's most popular daily blog on survival and preparedness topics
Subject areas include (in no particular order):
Disaster Preparedness (Both natural and man-made TEOTWAWKI)
Christianity (I hold to Reformed doctrine and am a Five Point Calvinist)
Contrarian Investing (with a strong "hard money" precious metals emphasis)
Survival Logistics ("Beans, Bullets and Band-Aids")
Survival Tools--with a strong emphasis on firearms
Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping
Survival Retreat Locales
Evaluating Potential Retreat Homes and Parcels
Retreat Home Construction/Modification
Photovoltaic and Other Off-Grid Power
Christian Charity--both now and post-collapse
Small Unit Tactics
Retreat Security
Networking with Like-Minded Survivalists
The Second Amendment and firearms legislation
Wilderness Survival
Supporting our Troops--Tangibly
Rural Relocation and Self-Employment
Bartering and The Alpha Strategy
Survival Vehicles--Restoration and Modification
Fuel Storage and Alternative Fuels
Emerging Threats
Privacy and Encryption
Offshore Options
Quotes of the Day (please e-mail me your favorites and I will likely post them!)
Odds 'n Sods

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The National Agricultural Library

The National Agricultural Library
is one of four national libraries of the United States. It houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections. In fiscal year 2005 (Oct 2004 through Sept 2005) NAL delivered more than 80 million direct customer service transactions.

It provides reference and information services, document delivery, interlibrary loan and interlibrary borrowing services to a variety of audiences. Available services are based on eligibility.

This is an extensive library, with more than 3.5 million items that cover all aspects of agriculture and related sciences. The depth and richness of the collection make it a unique resource, with many materials not available anywhere else in the world. NAL's collection fills over 48 miles of shelves, making it one of the largest agricultural collections in the world.

"Special Collections" houses rare books, manuscript collections, nursery and seed trade catalogs, photographs, and posters from the 1500s to the present. Materials cover a variety of agricultural subjects including horticulture, entomology, poultry sciences, natural history, and are not limited to domestic publications. As part of the united states department of agriculture (usda) and the agricultural research service (ars), special collections at the national agricultural library is charged with arranging, describing, preserving and making available rare materials significant to the history of agriculture and the usda.

This is searchable, and many publications are available for download through the Digital Library., including all of the agricultural handbooks from 1894 to 1992,

Question MarksAsk a Question
Professional reference staff at the National Agricultural Library can help you find the information you need. Staff members answer questions using authoritative, pertinent resources and produce guides to resources on important topics. Let them help you.
Reference DeskRequest Library Materials
NAL is the primary provider of work-related agricultural information to USDA employees. We also loan books and other media and provide photocopies of material in our collection, that may not be readily available from other sources, to libraries and other select groups.
SunsetNAL Agricultural Thesaurus
(Tesauro en español)
The NAL Thesaurus is an online tool for browsing agricultural and biological concepts and terminology. The thesaurus arranges terms in a structured format to help find terms of possible interest.
Words in a GlossaryGlossary
(Glosario en español)
The Glossary is a collection of over 2,400 definitions of terms related to agriculture, biology and its ancillary subjects.

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UTV Forums Net

A UTV, AKA Utility Terrain Vehicle, Utility Task Vehicle, Recreational Off highway Vehicle (ROV), Recreational Utility Vehicle (RUV) or Side by Side, is a small 2-person or 4 person four-wheel drive off-road vehicle. is the world’s largest network of UTV websites and offer a comprehensive collection of UTV information.
They have dedicated websites by model for the true UTV enthusiast to learn, share information, discuss problems, pricing, performance tips, safety, riding events and much more.

The UTV Forums network was founded by Brian Bush and Brian Kozan with the creation of With the success and demand growing in the UTV market, they recognized the need for a specific forum dedicated to each model of UTV. was the second addition to the network launched in early 2007 with the release of the Polaris RZR, the first all sport UTV. was then brought to life for Kawasaki Teryx owners and Brian’s Project Teryx began! The forth site is a site for Redline UTVs. With the powerful new Prowler XTZ 1000 on the market was born, and the latest addition is, a site dedicated to the all new Honda Big Red.

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Waymarking Montana Historical Markers

Montana Historical Markers give you a new and interesting way to tour the state -- on a scavenger hunt with a GPS and/or a map. (This is a subcategory on " will provide you with the tools to share and discover unique and interesting locations on the planet.")

Presently there are 258737 waymarks worldwide, listed in 986 user-created categories.

From the Montana section:

Indian Country
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Topper-Tsennya
N 47° 18.750 W 106° 54.367
13T E 355936 N 5241653
Quick Description: This historical sign notes the unsettled country near Jordan, Montana during the 1880's mentioning the tribes that were in the area, the coming of white man, cattle, and fenses.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 6/22/2010 11:37:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM93FB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member zenpanda
Views: 0

Download this waymark:

.GPX File
.LOC File
.KML File (Google Earth)

Long Description:
The text of the sign is as follows:

Until the early 80's this portion of Montana was wild and unsettled country where roving parties of Sioux Crow and Assiniboine Indians hunted buffalo and clashed in tribal warfare. Sitting Bulls band of hunkpapa Sioux frequently ranged through here and except for a few nomadic trappers there were no white men.

With the coming of the Texas trail herds the buffalo were slaughtered to clear the range for beef critters and the cattle kings held sway for many years.

In 1910 the first wave of homesteaders surged in and the open range dwindled before their fences and plowed fields. The glamour of the frontier days is gone.

Describe the area and history:
Located at the junction of MT 200 and US 59 just outside the town of Jordan, Montana, you can still see a lot of open area.

Visit Instructions:
Please describe your visit- The good, the bad & the ugly. :)

Waymarking has both free and premium memberships and puts up a FAQ for further information
So -- don't sit there -- go out and look at these signs or locate some that aren't posted yet and put them up! GPS some history.

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Who Called Us?

Ask !

The phone is ringing, and I don't recognize the number,

All Caller ID says is, "NAME UNAVAILABLE".

Figure out who is calling and what they want. Telemarketer? Collection agency? Polling service? can probably tell you.
  • Look up ‘name unavailable’ phone numbers.
  • See how many other people received calls from the same caller.
  • Comment and view comments from others who received calls from particular phone number.
  • Browse numbers by: ‘Who called the most’, ‘Most commented’ and ‘Most called state’ (by all time, last 7 days).
  • Add new numbers to directory.

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For Every Poet, Mostly

EveryPoet : You've likely stumbled into this particular poetry site because you are consumed by a passionate, burning, undeniable, or simply casual interest in or general curiosity about poetry.

In that case, I am pleased to inform you that you have just discovered what may well be the best of all possible worlds.

This site is deep, so start digging and you will discover a wealth of poems and poetry resources, from vibrant, populous forums for posting and commenting on surprisingly good and terrifyingly bad poetry, a Poetry Showcase where you may submit your own poems and enjoy the poems and reading recommendations of your fellow poets and poseurs, a full-text archive of classic poems, and a remarkably extensive, useful, poetry links collection and bookstore. Haiku generators. A poetic table of the elements. And more. And still more. As soon as we think of it.

(Me) (Home), Official information and services from the U.S. government, newly revised. This site allows you to access federal government services from your computer, everything from airline records to passports to Zip Codes.

Not only that, but "It's from the government, and it is here to help you, and now it has an Apps Store!!"

The apps in the app store are designed to work on your mobile phone. Some need to be downloaded to your phone while others can be accessed using your phone's web browser. Most are free.

Alternative Fuel Locator

Find alternative fueling stations nearby. Mobile

Information about the U.S. for international audiences.

BMI Calculator

Check your percentage of body fat with the mobile BMI calculator.

EPA Mobile

Information and services from the Enivronmental Protection Agency.

FBI’s Most Wanted

View the Ten Most Wanted, Most Wanted Terrorists, Missing Children, and more.

FEMA Mobile

Respond to and recover from emergency situations.

Find Your Embassy

Find and contact the nearest U.S. Embassy anywhere in the world.


Make sure your car is environmentally friendly.

MedlinePlus Mobile

Health information from the government.

My Food-a-Pedia

Count calories and compare foods for healthier choices.


Travel wisely with this mobile app from the TSA.


Current mission information, images, videos, satellite tracking, and more.

Product Recalls

Stay informed, stay safe, check for product recalls.

The White House

Up-to-date news and information from the White House.

U.S. Postal Service Tools

Everything you need to stay connected when you’re on the go. Mobile

Federal, state, and local government in the palm of your hand.

UV Index

Practice sun safety – check the UV Index and air quality ratings wherever you are.

Veterans Affairs Mobile

Services for veterans from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Free Ebay Classifieds

eBay Classifieds: the safer, easier and friendlier classifieds site
-- think Craigslist competitor!

Free, Friendly and Local is their motto.

In their words: We understand what our users need and demand in an online classifieds site, and we have some exciting changes to announce. We’re a great free classifieds site for reaching your local market; even better, now we’ve got a new look, a new name, and a very familiar and trusted brand.

We’re owned by eBay – the most trusted company for privacy – and now we’re tapping into that power.

We’re employing stronger filters to help eliminate spam and fraud, making eBay Classifieds a much safer experience. The result is a family-friendly site everyone will enjoy. We also now offer seller history, allowing buyers like you to feel more secure about your transactions.

You’ll notice that eBay Classifieds is cleaner and far easier to navigate so you can find what you’re looking for quicker. All those links you see on some sites? You won’t encounter that clutter here. Posting ads is far easier – in fact, with half as many clicks and pages, your ad will be posted twice as fast. We’ve also reintroduced easy methods to manage your ads and check how many visits you’ve received for each ad.

If you ever need a helping hand, we’re here for you. eBay Classifieds offers a vastly improved customer response experience with easier to find Contact Us links, and rapid response times. Our Help Center and FAQs have been enhanced and expanded, making them much easier to use and making eBay Classifieds a friendlier option for your online buying and selling needs.

If you have any questions or concerns you can always contact our customer support team.

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Montana's Official Facebook Page

This is the OFFICIAL Facebook page for our state. Oddly enough, it was born in Wisconsin because of an event in Minnesota when a student from Great Falls started the page as his own idea.

" The thing is, Montana is just cooler than Minnesota."

That's the way Charlie Doughty, 27, saw it and who can blame him? So when he noticed that his Minnesota-born girlfriend had become a fan of Minnesota's official Facebook page, the Great Falls native made this gentleman's wager:

"I bet Montana can get more friends than Minnesota."

The page grew from there, and it is worth looking at, recommending to others, and visiting.

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Google Reader

Google Reader simplified my fetish for online news. I used to open a minimum of 30 tabs at least once a day in Firefox, and left half of them open all the time. I kept up with news and information I wanted but it was a slow and touchy process.

Now, one tab takes the place of dozens for me and saves a lot of browsing time. All I had to do was subscribe to each of the sites I'd previously tabbed, and now whenever one of them adds an item it shows up in my reader. The latest news from CNN, NRA-ILA, Instapundit, Jalopnik, Fark, BoingBoing, Wired, Survival Blog, and all the rest are all in one handy tab. As soon as I read the item link or mark it read it disappears, so all that shows are the newest items.

Many blogs and sites publish an RSS feed -- "Really Simple Syndication" is a web feed format used to publish frequently updated works such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video. If a site offers an RSS subscription or feed, you can add it to Google Reader, and whenever the site adds new material Reader notifies you and adds a link to it.

Yeah, you can subscribe to both my blogs, just go to the bottom of the page and hit Subscribe. If Google Reader is your default RSS reader, you are hooked up in just two more simple steps.

Google Reader offers:
  • A front page that lets you see new items at a glance
  • Import and export subscription lists as an OPML file
  • Keyboard shortcuts for main functions
  • Choice between list view or expanded view for item viewing (showing either just the story title or with a description, respectively)
  • Automatic marking of items as read as they are scrolled past (expanded view only)
  • Search in all feeds, across all updates from subscriptions
  • It also has its own Facebook Page for hints, comments and update information.

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Get Lost in Montana, & Tell About It
This is a fun site, and some of the submitted stories are excellent.

Enter To Win 7 Days Getting Lost in MT!

Tell us your story about getting lost in Montana and what you found. Upload your words, photos and video links to share your experiences with other travelers.

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Big Peace!

Big Peace
launched today, offering uncensored news on national security and the issues that are likely to have the greatest effect on the American people.

It is edited by Peter Schweizer, a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and a former consultant to NBC News. He is a New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books. From 2008-2009 he served as a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting at the White House. He received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University.

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Bug Out

Bug-Out Survival is a preparedness blog and online resource for anyone who is interested in knowing how to plan and implement an escape from a natural or man-made disaster - or worse - a large-scale breakdown of law and order or disruption of modern civilization. Topics covered here include an analysis of situations that might require such drastic moves, the survival mindset, equipment and bug-out bag selection, how to locate and scout in advance potential bug-out locations in your area, and methods of getting to the bug-out location when the time to go comes.

This site also includes reviews of specific gear items, reviews of useful books on the skills needed for wilderness survival, and reviews and overviews of specific locations such as national forest wilderness areas, mountain ranges, swamps and islands that could serve as bug-out locations.

Scott B. Williams, who runs the site, is a sea kayaker, sailor, boat builder, and writer with a passion for exploring and outdoor adventures on land and sea. He has written five books and continues to write for magazines in addition to maintaining various blogs on boat building, sailing, and outdoor survival.

This is one of his latest books:

Escaping a doomed city during the first 72 hours of a crisis can make the difference between life and death. The tragic lesson of Hurricane Katrina applies to any large-scale crisis: Don't hope to wait it out or expect the government to bail you out — just get out. Since natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and civil unrest may be unavoidable, Bug Out includes all the information needed to guarantee an orderly and safe escape with nothing forgotten or left behind, providing readers with a comprehensive advance plan for fleeing their home in 15 minutes or less. From preparing supplies for three days of wilderness living to mapping out an escape route to a remote location, this book turns the ordinary urban-dwelling American into a savvy survivalist. Bug Out also includes vital strategies for saving pets and household valuables as well as advice on overcoming pitfalls (like road or gas station closures) that could delay or even prevent one's escape.

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The Flathead Beacon: Best Online Local News!

The Flathead Beacon updates the breaking news online as it happens, at least as fast as KOFI does.

In their words:
To publish a multimedia-driven and truly independent news source; a medium where everyone who wants a voice, has one. To approach journalism armed with curiosity and even hands, reflecting the values ingrained in Western Montana.

The Flathead Beacon is devoted to delivering thought-provoking news and commentary to the greater Flathead Valley. Printed every week in tabloid form and updated daily at, the Beacon encourages its readers to participate in discussions about their valley.

The Beacon is a news source, in the traditional sense. Yet our seasoned journalists are asked to turn the prism when a story breaks, look at another angle and write stories that provide answers instead of pose questions. The print newspaper includes original in-depth coverage, analysis and commentary that matter to Flathead Valley residents.

More innovative is our approach to our Web site. By arming our staff with the latest in audio and video technology, is a unique platform and an equal partner to the print edition, not an afterthought. is home to original stories, citizen-hosted blogs, multimedia presentations and more.

The Flathead Beacon is funded by television personality and 10-year Flathead Valley resident Maury Povich.

All stories and images are protected under copyright by the Flathead Beacon or affiliated persons and organizations.

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