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Over the last 4 years, interest in prepping and survival have risen immensely.  Likewise, the number of websites and blogs related to family preparations and survival increased.  Some have great resources and information.  Others?  Not so much.  The following list includes survival blogs and websites that I think every prepper should visit daily:

ModernSurvivalOnline.com

This is the first blog I visit each day.  Rourke is a serious prepper and posts on his preps and thoughts on prepping daily.  He also has one of the most extensive libraries of survival related files available for download.  I have met Rourke and also heard him speak at the Sensible Prepper Conference last April.  He is honest, knowledgeable, and very serious about prepping to insure his family’s survival.

SurvivalBlog.com

Author Jim Rawles is the author of the survivalist novel Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse and the national bestseller How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It. He also runs the most popular blog on survival and preparedness topics.  Survivalblog.com has an immense amount of information, written by Rawles and guest authors, and should be visited regularly, if not daily.

SHTFplan.com

Another of my favorites, this blog’s author takes a no holds barred approach to delivering his message of preparedness.  He is also not afraid to express his strong opinions regarding any issue.  Interesting and entertaining … I never miss SHTFplan.

BugOutSurvival.com

BugOutSurvival.com is the blog run by Scott B Williams, author of the bestseller Bugout:  The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late. While I honestly don’t visit this website EVERYDAY … I do visit it regularly.  Scott doesn’t post daily, which is the reason I don’t visit daily.  He is a very knowledgeable survivalist and writes well … (duh … he wrote a bestseller!)  I am also very interested in Scott’s upcoming book, Bugout Vehicles and Shelters:  Build and Outfit Your Lifesaving Escape (scheduled for a September release.)

Big Bear Daily

This is the daily journal of a man who grew tired of the daily grind as an Information Technology Director and decided to pack it in and live off the grid.  The blog is packed full of critical information about off-gird living and survival preparation.  It is also entertaining to read about his life with dogs, cats, chickens and some serious wildlife that sometimes visit his remote cabin.  I recommend reading from the beginning of the blog to follow his life and learn as he does, through trial and error.

So, what are some of YOUR favorite prepper blogs and websites?  Please share them with us by submitting a comment below!

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LAS VEGAS—The era of US economic dominance is rapidly coming to an end as an “American Gothic” age sets in and China becomes the new global leader, economic historian Niall Ferguson said.

Four primary factors—some caused by the financial crisis and others stemming from separate geopolitical issues—spell the final stages of the American age, Ferguson told attendees at the Skybridge Alternative Investment (SALT) conference here.

“The big story of your lifetime is that this period of Western predominance came to an end on your watch,” he said. “That happened because the developing part of the world is achieving the Industrial Revolution that the Americans experienced. This period is going to continue until China becomes the biggest economy in the world.”

For Ferguson, a professor of economics and history at Harvard, projections of economic gloom for America are hardly new.

He’s been critical of US debt and the profligate spending that has brought the nation to a budget deficit approaching $1.5 trillion.

He’s not the only one to predict that China is about to overtake the US on the global stage. But in a room full of hedge fund pros, the warnings weigh heavy for an industry just recovering from the financial crisis and the public black eye it sustained during the economic meltdown.

In his SALT presentation, Ferguson used slides to demonstrate a number of economic trends, not least among them the superiority of Chinese students particularly in math, and the nation’s tireless work ethic.

But it is a mix of what he called “Four Reasons to Feel American Gothic,” a message he punctuated with a slide of the famous Grant Wood painting, that pose the gravest threat to US hegemony.

The factors he cited:

The “mother of all Keynsian fiscal binges” in which the government spent nearly $1 trillion on stimulus from which there will be a “hangover” with only the timing at question. “Fiscal gaps this large are really hard to close by means of austerity,” he said. “If you don’t believe me, ask the Greeks, the Irish and the Portugese.”

A “massive monetary binge” in which the Federal Reserve ultimately will print money to the tune of nearly $3 trillion.

An ensuing spike in commodity prices, a process that has gone on virtually unabated since the beginning of Fed intervention and for which there has been a recent pullback. “It’s not just that people in the West get cheesed off and stop believing when the Fed says inflation is low,” he said. “It’s because high prices create geopolitical instability.”

China “is not the Soviet Union,” meaning the nation doesn’t have the same destabilizing economic conditions that brought down the former Communist republic.

In all, the obstacles posed against the US maintaining its global dominance will be too much to overcome, he said.

“The fiscal crisis of the United States is not going away. It is coming here soon,” Ferguson concluded. “The key decisions not just for the next four years but for the next 20 years will take place in Asia, not in the US. Welcome to the future.”

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Release date September 30, 2009.

If you have not already downloaded the LDS Preparedness Manual, I highly suggest that every prepper download and use this manual.  Mormons have been practicing preparedness for years.  The manual is well-written and solidly researched.

(If you are concerned about the manual having Mormon teachings that conflict with your own religious beliefs, it is easy enough to delete them from the file … especially if you print the manual, as I did.)

The Survival Bookshelf has provided a good review of the LDS Preparedness Manual.

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All preppers should visit an outstanding blog by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD.  The blog is called Armageddon Medicine and is an outstanding resource, detailing how we can prepare to handle medical emergencies if TEOTWAWKI or WROL ever occurs.  Some recent articles include:

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Release date September 1, 2010.

Self Reliance Illustrated

It has been a long time coming.  For those of us old enough to remember The American Survival Guide, most of us have longed to have another magazine geared toward preppers.  With the recent surge in interest in survival and prepping, it seemed that it would only be a matter of time before someone finally came out with a quality magazine teaching survival skills and reviewing survival oriented gear.  Well that time has finally arrived…

Dave Canterbury, known for his hit TV show Dual Survival and The Pathfinder School. has just started a new magazine called Self Reliance Illustrated.  The magazine will have 6 issues a year and is available in either a print edition (via snail mail) or an electronic edition available online.

CLICK HERE for information on the magazine and how to subscribe!  I just ordered my subscription today!

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How to Enter the Contest:

If you have a Website make an announcement about the contest. If you have a Blog – write a post about it. Are you the member of a Forum? – start a thread about it. Just write a summary of the contest – stating the name of the contest (TEOTWAWKI BOOK GIVEAWAY – Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late), and placing a link to this site – http://TEOTWAWKI.ws.

Anyone can enter the contest – the only requirement is that you post as stated above and then email the details of your posting to prepper@teotwawki.ws. Be sure to include the URL in your email so the posting can be verified.

One lucky winner will be drawn on Wednesday, September 1, 2010. A brand new copy will be mailed to the winner.

Best of Luck!

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Everything from military manuals to construction manuals.  Check them out:

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How to Enter the Contest:

If you have a Website make an announcement about the contest. If you have a Blog – write a post about it.  Are you the member of a Forum? – start a thread about it.  Just write a summary of the contest – stating the name of the contest (TEOTWAWKI BOOK GIVEAWAY – Bug Out:  The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late), and placing a link to this site – http://TEOTWAWKI.ws.

Anyone can enter the contest – the only requirement is that you post as stated above and then email the details of your posting to prepper@teotwawki.ws.  Be sure to include the URL in your email so the posting can be verified.

One lucky winner will be drawn on Wednesday, September 1, 2010.  A brand new copy will be mailed to the winner.

Best of Luck!

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ps … to learn more about this outstanding book, CLICK HERE

Bugoutsurvival.com has a great article showing how to modify a Ruger 10/22 to fit in your bug-out bag.  The 10/22 is widely recognized as an affordable and versatile weapon which should be on almost every prepper’s shopping list.  The author, Scott B. Williams, is also the author of the bestselling book  Bug-Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late.

Click here to check it out!

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The Encyclopedia of Country LivingIn a word – Wow! I just received The Encyclopedia of Country Living from Amazon today and can’t believe the amount of information covered by author, Carla Emery. Want hints on how to buy rural land? It is in there. How to can or dry food? She’s got it covered. She also covers raising poultry, safely handling cows, raising bees and other farm animals, while also touching on a huge number of gardening topics. She also has information on cooking on wood stoves and campfires, making candles, and even giving birth at home! This 922 page treasure is filled with so much information I first worried I would never be able to find what I was looking for, but … then I realized each section comes with its own table of comments. A master table of comments leads you to the correct section.

I am very pleased with the book and recommend it to anyone looking for a valuable resource to help them hone up on long forgotten country skills and basic good advice on a laundry list of topics.

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