Author Archives: Thoreau

Stealth Survival Gardening after the SHTF

One of the most difficult problems in survival gardening is vulnerability to theft. After the SHTF, the unprepared will be desperate for food and willing to commit crimes to get it. But the problem is not simply theft of edible … Continue reading

Rewriting the Second Amendment

In the mass media recently, there have been repeated calls to rewrite the Second Amendment. I don’t really think that the Second Amendment will be rewritten, not any time soon. But if it were rewritten, I fear that anti-firearms and … Continue reading

More Firepower for Local Police

Most local police officers carry a semi-automatic pistol as their main sidearm. Maybe they have a backup gun in an ankle holster, which could be a small revolver. But gone are the days when the main firearm of a local … Continue reading

Prepping Your Car For Emergencies

Most preppers have a good assortment of resources stockpiled in their homes. But what happens if the SHTF while you are on the road? You might be a short distance from home, or on a long road trip. What kind … Continue reading

Prepping and the Tiny Home Craze

A so-called tiny home is a dwelling, usually free-standing, of less than 500 square feet (46.5 sq m). These homes often have the shape and appearance of a house, but in a very small form factor. Very small apartments are … Continue reading

When Money Can’t Buy Food

Sooner or later, it will happen. Some kind of disaster will unfold, wreaking havoc in the economy, panicking consumers, and thereby triggering a run on the grocery stores. You might remember that, in March of 2011, an undersea earthquake triggered … Continue reading

Survival Scenarios: the small farm

When the SHTF, how will the local small farm survive and thrive? What preparations can be made beforehand? Half of all farms in the U.S. have 45 acres or less of cropland [1]. And there are about 2 million farms … Continue reading

No Reaction to a Toy Gun in a Bank

I just returned from a trip to my local bank, in my small town of about 4 to 5 thousand residents. At the bank, I was surprised to see a pre-adolescent kid, maybe 10 years old or so (I can’t … Continue reading

Controversial Study cautions against Too Little Salt in the Diet

The Lancet published a peer-reviewed medical study based on data from over 130,000 individuals. The study compared salt intake to risk of death and risk of heart attacks (and other cardiovascular events) in people with and without high blood pressure. … Continue reading

Martial Arts as Self-Defense for Preppers

This article is an updated version of an older post. If you study any martial art long enough, it should serve you well in a hand-to-hand type of self-defense situation. But from a prepping point of view, you don’t want … Continue reading

Can Donald Trump be trusted on Gun Rights?

Here’s the news story, discussing Trump’s changing position on gun control. His current stated position, while running as the presumptive Republican nominee is simple: “The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear,” says Trump on his site. “The right of … Continue reading

Belgium distributes Iodine tablets to all residents

Here’s the news story: Belgium Issues Iodine Pills to All Citizens in Nuclear Emergency Plan. “Belgium is to issue iodine tablets to its entire population as part of a revised nuclear emergency plan, a measure unveiled just months after it … Continue reading