The odds of political violence in Virginia just went up

If you want to see first-hand how America could conceivably slip back into the kind of political violence we saw in the 1970’s, then you should take a look at what’s currently unfolding in Virginia. It’s one of the best case studies in recent years of how social-media-fueled rumors, changing demographics, the growing urban/rural divide,

Fighting climate change by planting trees from airplanes & watering forests from the sea

Of all the carbon sequestration technologies available to us for taking greenhouse gasses back out of the atmosphere, the best by a mile are trees. Forests are nature’s carbon sinks, and instead of trying to improve on them with something man-made, savvy inventors have turned their technological know-how to cooking up new ways to reforest

World’s biggest investment fund, with $7 trillion in assets, preps for climate change

“In the near future — and sooner than most anticipate — there will be a significant reallocation of capital.” Thus writes Larry Fink, the head of New York-based Black Rock — the world’s largest asset manager, with $6.96 trillion in assets under management — in his annual letters to CEOs and shareholders. Fink says the

No matter how big the disaster, smaller preps are usually better

One of the first real-world lessons I learned in preparedness came from volunteering in shelters after Hurricane Katrina: smaller gear is generally better because it’s important to think about concealment. So when I started seriously prepping back in 2008, I started with the small stuff, first — stuff I could conceal on my body in

Review: the Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk

Sometimes you get your hands on a piece of gear so unusual that you’re not quite sure where it belongs in your kit. This is definitely the case with the Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk, a three-way collaboration between Spyderco, German outdoor personality Martin Genzow, and legendary American axe-maker Council Tool. The HatchetHawk is supposed to be

Why you shouldn’t worry about a devastating Iranian cyberattack, yet

Now that the US vs. Iran confrontation has entered a dangerous new phase with last night’s killing of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, I am seeing a lot of worry on Facebook and in private forums about the possibility of imminent Iranian cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, transportation, and the like. This breathless Business Insider

How to dress for a world on fire

Everywhere in my news and social feeds right now, the world is on fire. Last summer, it was California, and now it’s Australia. People are fleeing fires and choking on smoke across the developed world, and no matter where you live you watch and wonder if the fires will at some point come your way.

This armed guy on our porch shows why doorbell cameras are worth it

Skepticism about “smart home” tech is widespread in prepping circles, and often rationally so — we get that the idea of turning your home into a digital Panopticon full of cameras, microphones, and other sensors connected to distant, faceless, and often untrustworthy corporations (and maybe even governments) creeps some people out. But we believe there

Netflix Fire in Paradise review

Netflix’s Fire in Paradise is a touching look at the cost of being unprepared

Netflix’s new 40-minute documentary, Fire in Paradise, gives an inside look at the experiences of residents and first responders who lived through the notorious 2018 Camp Fire. Some of the documentary’s subjects bugged in, while others bugged out, but all of their stories provide valuable lessons for preparedness-minded people. The Camp Fire was the deadliest