Author Archives: Thoreau

A New Survival Air Rifle: folding, lightweight, quiet

Famed Russian airgun company, EDgun, has a new air rifle, designed for backpacking and survival. A PCP-type (Pre-Charged Pneumatic) air rifle, it is lightweight, trim, compact, and even foldable. What’s it called? Leshiy, which means “wood goblin”. Leshiy or Leshy … Continue reading

Annual Report: Global Catastrophic Risks 2016

Yes, this is a real thing. The Global Challenges Foundation’s “annual report Global Catastrophic Risks 2016 is the result of a continued partnership between the Foundation and researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute and the Global Priorities Project at … Continue reading

Table Salt: a cheap and useful Prepping supply

Ordinary table salt is inexpensive, even if you buy brand-name at retail. It is cheap cheap stuff. But it’s also a sometimes overlooked prepping supply. This post is a quick overview of the usefulness of salt. First, table salt (NaCl) … Continue reading

Is Prepping a Hobby or a Way of Life?

The show “Doomsday Preppers” did much to damage the reputation of prepping, making it seem as if we preppers are so immersed in preparing for the worst, that these preparations consume our whole lives. And the version of prepping presented … Continue reading

Mosquito Control is More Important than Ever

Danger Mosquitos spread disease. The Zika virus is spread by two different species of mosquitos found in the U.S. See the CDC map here. And although we have not yet seen any cases of Zika in the 50 States from … Continue reading

The Best Inexpensive Pistol-Caliber Carbine for Home Defense

As regular readers may know, I advocate the use of pistol-caliber carbines for home defense. Any long gun is more accurate than a pistol. The ability to shoulder the firearm, the length of the barrel, the ability to add a … Continue reading

Wasted Agricultural Land and Future Food Shortages

A food disaster in the U.S. is inevitable. The drought in California continues unabated. We are relying, more and more, on imported food, and at the same time, food exports are increasing. The amount of agricultural land in the U.S. … Continue reading

Metal Foam for Body Armor

It seems to me that advances in cell phone technology proceed at a very rapid pace, while advances in firearms, ammo, and body armor move at a snail’s pace. I suppose there are cultural and economic reasons why the one … Continue reading

The Inherent Dangers of a Democratic Free Society

Security and Freedom are not entirely incompatible. A democratic free society can offer security for its citizens. But to some extent, there are trade-offs. All government has a natural tendency to seek more power over its citizens, and more knowledge … Continue reading

Prepping and Nuclear Proliferation

At the recent Nuclear Security Summit, world leaders gathered to discuss “one of the greatest threats to global security — terrorists getting their hands on a weapon of mass destruction.” [VOA News] The use of a nuclear bomb or dirty … Continue reading

Recent Progress in Second Amendment Rights

The Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, is under attack from the culture and from liberal politicians. But it’s not all bad news. Some progress has been made in securing our 2A rights and whittling away at … Continue reading

Top Survival Crops: Fonio

Fonio is a little-known grain in the Western world. The book “Lost Crops of Africa” has an entire chapter devoted to Fonio, also called “Acha”. It is a survival grain for many people in Africa because it reaches maturity sooner … Continue reading