Author Archives: Thoreau

How Much Protein, Fat, and Carbs should you store?

The three macronutrients are protein, fat, and carbohydrates. You can survive for quite a while with too little vitamins and minerals in your diet. Or you can store and use a multivitamin and mineral supplement. But protein, fat, and carbs … Continue reading

What color is your gun?

I have no idea why the “what color is this dress?” story has gone viral. Here’s the story in Wired magazine and in the less discerning but more amusing Gawker blog. My response is, who cares? Now guns are another … Continue reading

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans goes off the rails

Edited to add: Photos of school lunches from around the world The USDA is preparing to release a new version of its “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” this year. The last set of guidelines is the “2010″ edition (released in Jan. … Continue reading

Is It Time to Stock up on M855 ammo?

The NRA’s legal website is warning gun owners that the ATF may ban a common type of 5.56 ammunition. BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo. “The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and … Continue reading

Survival Gardening: the 8 best protein crops

Unless your backyard garden is the size of a small farm, you can’t survive solely from food from the garden. I expect that in many survival situations, people will still buy some of their food from the supermarket. Then if … Continue reading

Pros and Cons of 300BLK for Prepping

AAC (Advanced Armament Corp) developed the 300 AAC Blackout cartridge based on “Pioneering work by JD Jones with the 300 Whisper, and others with 300 Fireball and 300‐221.” See this very informative PDF from Robert S. Silvers, S.M. of Advanced … Continue reading

California’s Two-year Drought

The current drought in California began in the southern half of the State nearly two years ago, in early 2013. By May of that year, the entire State was engulfed in a moderate drought, categorized as level “D1″ by the … Continue reading

Gunfire and Hearing Protection

Two articles with important information on hearing protection for shooters: Sound Advice [PDF file] by Amin Musani, Au.D. “Sounds over 140dB can cause pain and prolonged exposure to noise over 85-90dB can result in permanent hearing loss. Gunfire may be … Continue reading

For Your Consideration:

Why not wander over to, and see if anything interests you. It’s a prepping forum with an emphasis on SHTF Survival. Discussion topics include: Bushcraft, fishing, hunting, first aid, self-defense, urban survival, bug-out bags and vehicles, communication, disaster scenarios, … Continue reading

In an Emergency, where can you find Clean Water?

Suppose that some type of disaster takes out the water supply. I’m not talking about a “boil water alert”, but a lack of water from your usual sources: tap water and bottled water. Maybe you have town water, and their … Continue reading

CDC reports Measles Outbreak in the U.S.

Here’s the news story: CDC urges measles vaccinations amid nationwide outbreak; 100 cases confirmed so far. Measles is highly contagious: it’s basic reproduction number is 12 to 18, meaning that one infected person infects on average 12 to 18 other … Continue reading

The .22LR is a Prepper’s Best Friend

Ammo in .22 long rifle is cheap and plentiful. Recently, prices for ammo have ticked up, and availability has been squeezed. But if you buy in advance of need, like any good prepper, you shouldn’t have too much trouble building … Continue reading