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I’ll be chatting with Rocky Rawlins who is the man behind The SurvivorLibrary.com, a phenomenal website that contains scans in pdf-file form of hundreds of books on basic technology and the skills for applying them, mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th century. It’s hard to overstate the scope of this vast trove of practical knowledge — everything from bee-keeping to wagon and coach-building. In other words, what you need to meet The Long Emergency. The scientific elegance of these books and monographs is something to behold, the clarity of the language and precision of the instructions is breathtaking. I think you’ll like Rocky very much.

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10 Responses to “KunstlerCast 290 – Rocky Rawlins and the Survivor Library”

  1. Walter B April 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    A Bridge Too Far, eh James? I love the analogy. I am certain that you realize it, but the computer is the absolute first technology that has been developed that for some bizarre reason is being implemented into absolutely EVERTHING else we use, isn’t it? Steel swords were a great advancement yet they were never implemented into books now were they. Or wheels into bowling balls, or penicillin into a Bloody Mary, you understand, I know. Why is it that computers have to be slid into every stinking other thing in our world that we rely upon for every day use? The answer has two reasons, give and take. They give total control over everything from one central source and they can take it all away just as easily. And what is left once this is done? Why Chaos, and who do you think is the Master of Chaos. Yup, it him. The eternal battle, the ying and the yang, good versus evil. Scary that it all boils down to this don’t you think?

  2. Walter B April 19, 2017 at 9:55 pm #

    After finishing listening to this podcast Jim, I am compelled to say thank you, once again for bringing such good things to our lives in the form of healthy conversation with other intelligent human beings, yourself always at the point. You know, it is not so much an issue of survivalist, or of prepper, but is far more basic and founded in the reality of what is wise and what is right. We humans have a great capability to see where we are, see where it is going and to do what is wise to meet what may be coming. Only the fools of the world fail to understand that a test is coming up and refuse to study. It takes a true idiot to leave the sunroof and the windows open on the car when torrential rains are on the way. Thinking ahead for what may come and taking steps to prepare for less than optimal circumstances to unfold is, or at lease WAS, wisdom. It is sad and disturbing when I see so many lazy, stupid, uncaring or all of the above individuals simple refuse to lift a finger to do what they should because they are certain that someone, somewhere, for some unknown reason, is going to simply shovel food into their yaps while they lounge about on the divans of ineptitude. I have a feeing that Darwin’s Theory will someday soon have a Grand Re-Opening.

  3. thwack April 22, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    Would an EMP wipe data off compact discs?

    • routersurfer April 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

      No. Disks use a light sensitive dye. But….. you would have nothing to play them on unless you pack all your gear into a Faraday Cage. Very hard to build correctly. Have a pro build AND install the cage. Hope that helps. BTW, cd’s DVD’s, etc. are not archival. None will last 100 years. 10% of my early issue disks and backups are dead. Acid free paper in a hermetically sealed container for the good stuff.

      • routersurfer April 24, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

        Wow . A reply to myself a new low in communication! I was speaking of consumer grade disks and mass produced crap. Rocky’s disks are not consumer grade. I can no longer watch my copy of Hamburger Hill…… too old. Mass produced crap has no shelf life. Copy everything every three to five years and copy to the Media Du Jour.

        • thwack May 1, 2017 at 10:19 am #

          Thanks RS, you just saved my porn collection

  4. Apneaman April 23, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

    Interesting and I have to chuckle because yet another hour long SHTF talk without any mention of AGW even though it is hammering the fuck out of people all over the planet on a daily basis and will only increase. The costs of rescuing, fighting repairing and rebuilding after these AGW events will sooner or later break the bank. Well, even if you are a retard denier prepper then you still have the advantage because much of the prep to survive longer is the same in the short term, but if you do not familiarise with the AGW research and especially what has and is coming to your local then you probably will only make it to the second round. Last year N Carolina caught just the tail end of Hurricane and it was a fucking nightmare for the state. That event had climate change finger prints all over it – AGW jacked big time and it’s just the beginning. Of course the biggest omission in his fantasy is all those nuclear power plants that will melt down. There are some in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida and they all need 24/7 operators and regular maintenance with material inputs from a functioning techno industrial society. Same deal for refineries and petro chemical plants. Imagine a Bophal in your area, but there is no one around to fight it – burns unchecked. Imagine that will nuclear reactors. How much money/resources and peoples lives and health did Chernobyl and Fukushima cost? What’s it look like when no nation state is throwing it’s resources to stop and contain it. It just burs and burns. There is a hundred nuke plants in the US and over 450 globally and Christ knows how many spent fuel storage pools. What’s the fantasy survivalist plan for that?

    • routersurfer April 24, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

      250 mile zone from all nukes of all type. No, I will not share my finds 🙂 Wish everyone the best.

  5. AHtheHumanity April 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    It is not hard to find the answer to Kunstler’s question about powering the telegraph:



    “…It must be admitted that the primary batteries in use today [1913] are practically the same in design and construction as those employed in the operation of the early telegraph systems. Little or no advance in this regard has been made…”


    History of our most modern and most prevalent batteries.

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  6. routersurfer April 24, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    Rocky Rawlings, what a great find and treasure. My father was involved in the design of Atlas Missile bunkers and communication bunkers bank in the 1960’s. EMP is real and my main fear of a rogue nuclear State. A small number of nukes could reset the date to the 1700’s. I hope you can pick up more Advertising streams. Ads are a small price to pay for the great content you provide Mr. Kunstler. Monetize On !!! Preppers, survivalists, Hell!!! Give me Doomers with a plan all have more value than the RNC/DNC Circus. Thanks again Mr. Kunstler you hit it out of the park with this podcast.