Author Archives: Thoreau

Surviving on Amity Island: Chapter 2

Rated NSFW. Contains profanity, violence, prepping situations, and pro-gun politics. Chapter 1 is here. You are reading chapter 2. After staring for a moment at the mushroom cloud on the horizon, Casey and Aura rush inside his house. He realizes … Continue reading

The Four Cornerstones of Food Storage

The four cornerstones of my stored food strategy are: (1) vegetable oil, (2) wheat, (3) rice, (4) seeds/nuts. This “cornerstone” strategy uses four items as daily (or almost daily) sources of the three macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Various types … Continue reading

Surviving on Amity Island: Chapter 1

Chapter 1 of ‘Surviving on Amity Island’, a prepping novel. Rated NSFW. Contains profanity, violence, sexual situations, and conservative politics. Casey Stoner was tossing and turning in his bed. Some kind of bizarre dream was running through his head, in … Continue reading

6 Ways Famine might grip the U.S.

1. EMP – one nuclear bomb, detonated high in the ionosphere, can ruin your whole decade. Most of the U.S. could be without power for a very long time. Computers and anything using computer components would be burned out. It’s … Continue reading

A Pandemic is a Real Possibility for the Near Future

I’ve noticed that some of the extreme disaster scenarios, aka TEOTWAWKI, often discussed by preppers and survivalists, have started to be accepted as real possibilities by the mainstream media. For example,

Fishing as a Supplemental Source of Food

I happen to live near the ocean, in Massachusetts. I can walk to at least a couple of different locations, a bridge and a jetty, where the fishing is good. There are plenty of amateur fishermen in the area. Some … Continue reading

How Dangerous is WannaCry Ransomware?

Not very dangerous, at this point in time. Kreps on Security says that only about 100 affected computer users have paid the ransom. Even so, Microsoft has issued this Windows operating system patch. So you might want to update your … Continue reading

Three Guns Every Prepper Should Own

If you could only own three guns, which would you choose for prepping purposes? (1) A Rifle in .22LR (2) A Concealable 9mm Handgun (3) An AR-15 in .223/5.56 – A Rifle in .22LR – Nothing beats an accurate .22 … Continue reading

Harvesting Wild Birds for Food after the SHTF

In the not-so-rural area where I live (in Massachusetts), we have ducks, geese, and wild turkeys wandering about town. Sometimes I have to stop my car, to let a few wild turkeys cross the road. And the local park is … Continue reading

Stuff to Store for Bartering

The economy is far more fragile than people realize. But it wouldn’t even take a total economic collapse to give bartering renewed popularity and prominence. A partial economic collapse will make ordinary necessities available only sporadically, at much higher prices, … Continue reading

Just How Dangerous Is North Korea?

A recent New York Times article says: “a growing body of expert studies and classified intelligence reports that conclude the country is capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks.” [NY Times, 24 April 2017] And we … Continue reading

Top 5 AR-15 Variants for Home Defense

The AR-15, also called the Modern Sporting Rifle or the Black Rifle, is generally chambered for the .223 Remington or the closely-related 5.56 NATO cartridges. An AR-15 variant is a similar rifle in a different caliber. Since ARs have two … Continue reading