Author Archives: Thoreau

The Peaks and Valleys of Dating after the SHTF

A tongue in cheek assessment of your options. We all know what the present-day dating situation is like. It’s not all sunshine and roses. Online dating is a risky proposition. And then, if you live in a small town (as … Continue reading

Cryptocurrency and Prepping: A good fit?

Over at Backdoor Survival, Gaye wrote a nice introductory post on cryptocurrency and prepping: Cryptocurrencies and Preppers – a Match Made in Heaven? She seems pretty positive on crypto. But I’d like to add my two cents. (I mean, my … Continue reading

What to do with the Kids when the SHTF

1. The most important rule for dealing with children (and teens) when the SHTF is EXPLAIN EVERYTHING several times over. Don’t assume that the kids will know not to go outside in a natural disaster. Don’t assume that the kids … Continue reading

11 Bartering Tips for Preppers

1. The most important tip when bartering is have something valuable to barter. And that means storing up bartering items before the SHTF. The best bartering items don’t cost much before the SHTF, are easy to store, and will be … Continue reading

Next Monday’s Eclipse Could Cause a Few Problems

On Monday, 21 August 2017, there will be a massive total eclipse of the sun, which will sweep across the U.S. beginning in Oregon about 10:18 a.m. Pacific Time and ending about 2:48 p.m. Eastern Time in South Carolina. Check … Continue reading

Surviving on Amity Island: Chapter 3

Word has gotten around Amity. Casey Stoner is a prepper. Pretty much the whole island now knows that Casey has gathered up a mess of resources to use in just such a SHTF situation as they now face. All his … Continue reading

U.S. Infrastructure is Fragile almost by design

Infrastructure systems include: medical care, transportation, power, housing, food and agriculture, finances, schools, and more. All of these systems are commercial in nature. They continue as long as there is sufficient money to fund their activities. But because they are … Continue reading

The Next Major War will include Cyber Attacks

I don’t think the world has seen this phenomenon yet: a major war, during which both sides use severe repeated hacking attacks on the general computing infrastructure in each nation. But it is inevitable. Every developed nation is highly computerized, … Continue reading

Is a Resurgence of Prepping on the Horizon?

I remember when this humble blog first hit the net, in 2012. There was, at the time, an increase in interest in prepping. The show “Doomsday Preppers” capitalized on that interest, and also helped to spur it on. Over the … Continue reading

Armed 11 Year-Old versus Charging Bear

This news story is found in more than a few online sources. The best account seems to be this one, from Juneau Empire: Armed 11-year-old boy saves fishing party from charging bear. The boy was armed with a 20-gauge shot … Continue reading

Why You Should Store Sunflower Seeds

Most preppers store a lot of grains, such as rice, pasta, flour, and maybe some whole wheat berries. And a grain-based diet makes good sense. Grains store well and contain plenty of carbs and some protein. But grains don’t have … Continue reading

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