Author Archives: Thoreau

Ebola spread shows no sign of slowing down

The latest WHO situation report on Ebola gives the number of cases (as of 27 Oct 2014) as 13,703. That figure is more than double the number of cases of one month ago. For the past several months, the number … Continue reading

Top 5 Inexpensive Guns for Home Defense

These are my picks, based on effectiveness, cost, and reliability. If you disagree with any of my picks, feel free to opine to the contrary in the comments section. 1. Hi-Point Pistol Caliber Carbine in .40 S&W The Hi-Point 4095TS … Continue reading

The Purge: Anarchy — Prepper’s Movie Review

I’ve seen both the original “The Purge” and its sequel, now out in digital release, “The Purge: Anarchy”. Each movie has the same premise: the U.S. government has authorized a 12-hour night when all crimes, including murder, are legal. Do … Continue reading

DIY Pandemic Preparedness Kit

This kit is not specific to any particular disease or type of infection. It is a suggested do-it-yourself kit for bacterial and viral diseases in general. The scenario this kit envisions is a widespread disease and a temporary inability to … Continue reading

Convincing Friends and Family to Prep

It is a good idea, to try to convince others to become a prepper? Or is the most likely result an “epic fail”? Butch got me interested in prepping. So he succeeded in convincing his friend to prep. But on … Continue reading

Should Sound Suppressors be NFA?

A firearms item is called “NFA” if it is restricted by the National Firearms Act. NFA items can be purchased by civilians, under certain conditions. You need to live in a State that does not prohibit the item. There’s a … Continue reading

How is Ebola Spread? Is it Airborne?

Why is Ebola spreading to doctors and nurses who take proper precautions? These are health care professionals who are well-informed about Ebola. They know it is a contagious and deadly disease. They are taking the usual precautions when dealing with … Continue reading

How to keep Ebola from destroying the U.S. hospital system

Ebola is coming to the United States. And I’m not talking about isolated cases of travelers from West Africa. There will be a major Ebola outbreak in the U.S., maybe not this year, but in the not so distant future. … Continue reading

The California Drought is a very serious problem

All of California is under a drought. And the vast majority of the land area in California is under severe, extreme, or exceptional drought. See the Drought Map here. How long has this been going on? For the last 2 … Continue reading

Fever Screening for Ebola: Zebras or Horses?

In modern medicine, there’s an often use metaphor when diagnosing diseases: Zebras. You hear hoof beats in the distance. It could be zebras or horses. They sound exactly the same from far away. But which is more likely? The lesson … Continue reading

New Bullet Designs from Lehigh Defense

A new type of bullet from Lehigh Defense caught my eye: Xtreme Penetrator. The bullet is solid copper, but with a tip that narrows to a solid flat “X” design. Then certain calibers, used in lever-action rifles, also have an … Continue reading

The Ebola situation just got incalculably worse

The World Health Organization has issued a manual on using blood from someone who survived Ebola to treat a current victim of the disease. The problem, of course, is that the number of victims is always greater than the number … Continue reading