Author Archives: Thoreau

CDC declares Outbreak of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in U.S. Children

Acute flaccid myelitis is a sudden onset of weakness in one or more arms or legs. Acute means sudden; flaccid indicates a weakness; and myelitis refers to an inflammation of nerve cells, in this case in the spinal cord. “From … Continue reading

No More SIG Brace ATF Loophole

The SIG brace is designed to allow a handicapped person, such as a soldier injured in war, to be able to fire an AR pistol with one hand/arm. The brace wraps around your forearm, secured with Velcro straps. This configuration … Continue reading

What would happen if the Yellowstone Supervolcano erupted?

There is a new study on the topic: “In August 2014, USGS scientists Larry Mastin and Jacob Lowenstern, and National Science Foundation researcher Alexa Van Eaton published research on where volcanic ash would fall if a Yellowstone supereruption were to … Continue reading

How Likely is a Yellowstone Supervolcano Eruption?

There’s a snarky little article over at The New Yorker called The Yellowstone Supervolcano Goes Viral. The author, George Black, makes fun of several different survivalist websites for their recent postings on the Yellowstone volcano and the possibility of an … Continue reading

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