Category Archives: perspective

Local Government Mandates Smart Thermostats

Here’s the news story: Austin requires smart thermostats in all new homes. On the surface, it’s not such an alarming requirement. Smart thermostats help save money by making adjustments to the home temperature to reduce power consumption. The problem is … Continue reading

Survival Scenarios: Hunkering Down with Coworkers

This is a plot for a horror movie, if ever there was one. Some SHTF disaster traps you at work, for an extended period of time. You are stuck in the same room or building with your co-workers and bosses … Continue reading

The Real Trade-off in the Privacy vs. Security debate

Since 9-11, political commentators have been discussing the relationship between privacy and security. Should the government be given greater ability to intrude into our private lives, in order to keep us safer? And, alarmingly in my view, more than a … Continue reading

Prepping while Traveling

Any experienced pepper has, over time, accumulated a lot of prepping resources at home: food, water, books, equipment and tools (for gardening, water purification, power and lighting), as well as home security options. Prepping at home is one thing. But … Continue reading

Convincing Friends and Family to Prep

If you are a long-time prepper, you know that reactions to prepping vary. I suppose some people think that preppers are just a little eccentric, while others see us as full blown doomsday survivalists. It’s tough to change perceptions in … Continue reading

Is Prepping a Hobby or a Way of Life?

The show “Doomsday Preppers” did much to damage the reputation of prepping, making it seem as if we preppers are so immersed in preparing for the worst, that these preparations consume our whole lives. And the version of prepping presented … Continue reading

The Inherent Dangers of a Democratic Free Society

Security and Freedom are not entirely incompatible. A democratic free society can offer security for its citizens. But to some extent, there are trade-offs. All government has a natural tendency to seek more power over its citizens, and more knowledge … Continue reading

Suggestions for OPSEC when the SHTF

If you are much more thoroughly prepared for all kinds of disasters than other persons, you have a problem: unprepared persons will want your preps. At first, they might ask nicely. But if the SHTF and people find themselves in … Continue reading

On Becoming a Well-Rounded Prepper

The problem is common among preppers and survivalists: over-emphasis on one or a few categories of prepping. At the same time, other types of necessities are omitted or given a short shrift. I’m guilty of this prepping error too. If … Continue reading

Prepping will be very controversial when the SHTF

Right now, prepping is seen by society at large as strange and a little silly. Shows like “Doomsday Preppers” has given prepping a bad name, making us seem like paranoid but harmless eccentrics. The average citizen sees no need to … Continue reading

Low-tech Living After the SHTF

Any number of disaster scenarios could result in a lengthy loss of electrical power as well as a severe disruption in the supply chain for various high-tech goods and services. The internet could be down, disrupted, or unreachable from your … Continue reading

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Prepping

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — the Declaration of Independence. … Continue reading