Author Archives: Thoreau

Stay Healthy When the SHTF: Electrolytes

Your blood is water-based. However, it has a degree of salinity; blood needs different types of salts to function properly. Human blood contains many components: red blood cells, white blood cells, proteins, fats, glucose, as well as electrolytes. The salt … Continue reading

Preppers, What’s In Your Freezer?

If you have a large stand-alone chest freezer in your basement or garage, dedicated for prepping food storage, kudos. In my situation, I have only the freezer in our kitchen refrigerator, and some of that space is for ordinary daily … Continue reading

The Fragility of Our Food Distribution System

Our current system for production and distribution of food is fragile. But it doesn’t seem that way. You can go into almost any supermarket almost anytime — some markets are open 24/7 — and take your pick from over forty-three … Continue reading

Why Even Liberal Preppers are Pro-Gun

In the world of politics, conservatives favor fewer restrictions on gun ownership and carry, whereas liberals favor more restrictions. Some liberals and some conservatives don’t fit that mold. Closet gun-loving liberals exist. In the wild. But in general conservatives are … Continue reading

How Realistic Is The Disaster Movie San Andreas?

San Andreas starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a hit. The official movie trailer is on YouTube, and the movie opens nationwide this weekend. The plot revolves around a mega-earthquake in California, affecting the whole state, along the San Andreas … Continue reading

Credit Card Ax Survival Multi-Tool

Here’s one prepping and survival Kickstarter campaign that seems likely to succeed: Credit Card Ax: A Multi Tool by Survco For Everyday Carry. It’s a credit card sized multi-tool, whose primary functions include an axe head and an arrowhead. You … Continue reading

Going Off-grid: Wind or Solar?

The two most common options for off-grid electrical power are wind and solar. This post discusses the pros and cons of each option. First off, I’d like to point out that the amount of power you get from either wind … Continue reading

Time-Saving Options for Growing Your Own Food

One of the main obstacles to growing your own food is the time needed. A large backyard garden requires more manual labor per area of land than a large farm. The farmer can afford equipment to automate, in large part, … Continue reading

Carry Permits may soon be “Shall Issue” in D.C. and all 50 States

U.S. firearms laws vary wildly on who may carry a concealed firearm. Vermont, Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming have constitutional carry, which means that most citizens may carry a handgun openly or concealed. However, the details of the law vary from … Continue reading

Will the Dying of the Honey Bees bring Agricultural Disaster?

In recent years, honey bee colonies have been dying off at an unprecedented rate. The problem is termed “colony collapse disorder”. Several different possible causes have been proposed, but researchers do not agree on the cause or solution [Wikipedia article]. … Continue reading

Top Survival Crops: Pumpkin with Hulless Seeds

Certain few varieties of pumpkin have seeds that lack a hull. These seeds do not need to be hulled in order to be eaten, saving time and effort. Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious; they are 49% dietary fat and 30% … Continue reading

Stored Food: How Many Calories?

The average woman in the U.S. consumes about 1800 calories (kcal) per day; the average U.S. man consumes just about 2600 kcal/day; the average adult consumes about 2200 kcal/day. [1] One months’ worth of calories (31 days) would then be … Continue reading