Can California Agriculture Survive the Drought?

Few people realize how severe the current drought in California is. Droughts are gauged by the U.S. Drought Monitor on a scale of D0 to D4: D0 – abnormally dry D1 – moderate drought D2 – severe drought D3 – … Continue reading

The Dangers of the Zika virus in America

As of 9 March 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been 193 travel-associated cases of Zika in the United States, but no locally-acquired cases. For now, what that means is that you probably can’t … Continue reading

The Docs versus Glocks controversy

According to a Forbes magazine article, Gun Owner Rights and Obamacare – Yes It Is In The Law, by physician Carolyn McClanahan (July, 2012), the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has several restrictions which restrict what health care providers can say … Continue reading

Secure Passphrases from Dice

Is the password that protects your data, online and on your computer, secure from hackers? Insecure passwords include a word plus a number, two words, any number, any kind of popular phrase, lyrics, or quote. No matter how clever you … Continue reading

Inexpensive Radiation Detection: RADTriage Card

How can we prep for the possibility of radioactive fallout from a nuclear power plant disaster, dirty bomb, or, worst of all, a nuclear explosion? First, you need a way to detect the radiation level. Active radiation detectors, such as … 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

Does the Second Amendment include the right to own Military-type Firearms?

This question arises from time to time in debates on gun control. Recently, the topic was raised in conjunction with a court case “casting doubt” on Maryland’s new assault weapons ban. The Washington Post has the story. An appeals court … Continue reading

Is the Desert Tech MDR the ultimate survival rifle?

The guys at Desert Tech make serious rifles for serious operators. Their initial claim to fame was based on their bullpup version of high-end bolt-action sniper rifles, like the SRS-A1. It’s about a foot shorter than a conventional rifle of … 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

The Best Gardening Seeds for Prepping

There are really only 4 strategies for dealing with a disaster that disrupts the food supply: (1) store a wide range of different foods (2) buy whatever foods are still available (3) hunting, fishing, gathering food from nature (4) produce … Continue reading

Shot Show 2016: Guns for Preppers

This year’s Shot Show has lots of new guns and related products. I’m interested in guns that are most suitable for prepping and survival purposes: particularly home defense and small game hunting. Here’s a brief partial list (to be updated … Continue reading