Author Archives: Thoreau

Overly-Restrictive Gun Law Ruled Unconstitutional

We all agree that some persons should be legally prohibited from gun ownership due to severe mental illness. But a federal appeals court ruled that a federal gun law is unconstitutional because its particular version of this prohibition is too … Continue reading

Should You Keep Those Extra Holiday Pounds?

Almost everyone gains a few extra pounds during the Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Day run. Then their New Year’s resolution is to lose the weight. But might you be healthier with a few extra pounds? One very comprehensive … Continue reading

Survival News Stories Roundup (Dec. 2014)

APP SNAP: Winter Survival Kit could save lives if used while stranded – useful but limited app for persons stranded in winter in their car. It’s free (as of this writing) and helpful. Son vindicated as father rescued after 12 … Continue reading

TTAG Review of Muzzle Brakes (worth a read)

The Truth About Guns has a long article reviewing dozens of different muzzle brakes, compensators, and flash hiders: Gear Review: 5.56 Muzzle Device Shootout. It’s worth a read. Note that the main focus of the article is recoil reduction; functionality … Continue reading

Is a Collapse of the Food Economy Near?

Prepping and survival websites often exclaim that a collapse of the food economy is near. But perhaps it is not. I can see both sides to this question. There are indications that a collapse is near, but the food economy … Continue reading

Why The Flu Vaccine Isn’t As Effective This Year

The CDC has admitted that “some of the viruses spreading this season are different from what is in the vaccine” [CDC.gov]. But they still recommend the annual flu vaccine “for everyone 6 months and older.” A virus is essentially a … Continue reading

Will EPA rules Lead to Power Outages?

The GAO, an independent gov’t watchdog agency, is forecasting serious problems as a result of the latest round of EPA regulations, requiring lower pollution and greater efficiency from power plants around the nations. Coal-fired plants cannot keep pace with the … Continue reading

Gasoline Prices set to Plunge, but won’t last

A number of news outlets are reporting that gasoline prices are dropping. OPEC declined to cut production volume in the wake of lower crude oil prices. The conventional wisdom is that gas prices should fall as a result of over-supply … Continue reading

Fake Army Ranger could face criminal charges

Make that “should false criminal charges”. Here’s the story from the Washington Times. A man is accused of wearing a fake uniform and falsely claiming to have served in the Army Rangers in Iraq and Afghanistan. And here’s the cell … Continue reading

Bugging Out across a Body of Water

I live near the water, a short walk from the Atlantic coast. So I thought it would be interesting to consider whether it would ever be advantageous to bug out across a body of water, such as a large lake, … Continue reading

ARs in .308 — getting lighter and more practical

AR15 type rifles are available in a vast array of configurations. In addition to 5.56/.223, caliber conversions can be had in 6.5, 6.8, .300 BLK, 7.62×39 and others. But you are always limited by the case size and COAL that … Continue reading

Nationwide Violent Protests: Is this a new Trend?

I’m not surprised that protests have turned violent in Ferguson, MO., where the violent confrontation between officer Wilson and Michael Brown occurred. But why have protests and violence spread to many other cities? Here’s the news report. I find it … Continue reading