Welcome to your Hump Day Reading List!
This is your refuge from the impersonal Google and FaceBook algorithms that seem to run our lives these days. Instead of a machine deciding what you’ll see, I personally go out and look for great articles that actually have value in the quest for greater personal and family safety.
From all of the articles that I find, I weed out the “fake news” and those that don’t have direct application to some aspect of preparedness. Then, to fight the growing scourge of information overload, I distill everything down to what I believe to be the three most useful articles you can read right now, explain the context of those articles, and identify any bias so you can trust what you read.
It’s a more personal, more targeted, and more efficient way to get the information you need!
Here’s what I’ve found for you this week:
This week in Defensive Training and Gear:
Guns onboard? A look at boating and firearms
As summer arrives more people take to the water. Many people own boats, either for recreation in their own state or to travel to other jurisdictions and countries. As it happens there are a lot of laws and regulations the boater must adhere to that we landlubbers don’t.
Many of those restrictions involve firearms. This article gives a good overview of the local, state, federal, and international regulations that pertain to guns on boats. If you’re a boater, these are things you need to know before you go.
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
Drones for security?
Most people probably don’t need, and certainly can’t afford, a drone-equipped security system. But for those who can, or perhaps for those with the technical know-how to build something similar, the idea has some interesting possibilities.
One company is betting its future on the concept. Sunflower Labs is now selling their drone-equipped systems, and they do some really interesting things. This article on C|Net gives a good overview of the system, and on Sunflower’s website you can find still more articles.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
It’s Lyme season. (No, not the fruit.)
Until surprisingly recently, Lyme Disease was not only confined to the north-eastern part of the U.S., it was in some circles considered a “fake” malady. Over the years we’ve come to learn a lot about Lyme, and almost none of it was good.
Lyme Disease is now prevalent on both coasts, and in a surprisingly large area of the interior. It’s spread by ticks and can carry some severe and long-lasting symptoms.
Here’s a good introductory article on Lyme, including where it came from, how it’s spread, and what the symptoms and dangers are.
With summer outdoor recreation on tap for most of us, avoiding Lyme is more important than ever. With some very basic precautions you and your family can avoid this disease.
– Grant Cunningham