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Odds ‘n Sods:

By special request from a SurvivalBlog reader, the folks at Shelf Reliance [1] have kindly extended the 10% discount on their Food Rotation Systems. Use coupon code: SBM10. (The special discount price is not shown at their web site.) This offer now ends June 4, 2010, so order soon.

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Yet another local disaster shows the fragility of civility: Crews race to fix break in Boston’s water supply after major main breaks [2]. Here is a quote: “There also were economic and social concerns: Restaurants in suburban Lexington shut down Saturday night, unable to wash dishes or serve customers clean water, while police in Revere had to be called into a BJ’s Wholesale Club after a run on bottled water turned unruly.” (Thanks to H.W. for the link.) Here’s a quote from another article [3]: “People were fighting over the water. People were walking out with tons and tons of water. They weren’t trying to share. But they got to fist fighting in there, so I just gave up. I’ll go home and boil my own,” said one woman.” All that antipathy when the alternative is simply bringing tap water to near the boiling point. I can’t help but ask: How would people act if the grid power were also disrupted?

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Seed For Security [4] has announced a special offer that runs through the end of May 2010: They will be enclosing a free pint of winter rye grain with every order over $25. Here is a description, from their web site: “Rye is one of the most reliable and easy-to-grow grains. It is most often ground into flour and used to make hearty pumpernickel and rye breads. This seed can also be broadcast under knee high corn in early summer, or simply used as a cover crop in your garden. It tolerates cold winter weather very well. Don’t confuse our Winter Rye with the common Rye Grass, which does not produce any kernels of grain at all. — Approximately. 13,280 seeds in each pint [of Winter Rye]. “

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Some basic prepping advice, published by the Great State of Texas [5]. (A tip of the cowboy hat, to Chad S.) OBTW, you gotta love Texas, where the Governor is serious shooter (as evidenced by his gun handling in a recent range day with LaRue Tactical [6]), and he also reportedly blasted a menacing coyote [7].