Odds ‘n Sods:

If any SurvivalBlog reader has an e-mail address for the videoblogger “DEMCAD” (Reggie), please let me know. (I lost his address, in a hard drive crash.) Thanks, – JWR

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SurvivalBlog reader G.P. sent in this link to the Florida Sheriffs Sovereign Citizen Training for Law Enforcement video that contains all-encompassing, inflammatory statements like these:

“They will ask ‘What is the reason you are stopping me?’ “

“Their objective is to confuse you, You don’t know their level of commitment, but they are providing you with disinformation in order to distract you to the point where they can take advantage of you and assault you or kill you.”

Is it any wonder that many contacts between law enforcement and citizens are confrontational? Law enforcement is in the position of authority, and they bear the brunt of responsibility for the direction these contacts with citizens take. This type of training is just plain wrong.

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G.P. also sent in this link about Russian ships hanging out to close to undersea data cables prompting fears that Russia is prepared to sabotage them if hostilities become open and overt between the two countries.

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The normally spineless Commander-in-Chief is sending a destroyer to the man-made islands in disputed waters. China has vowed to respond militarily. It’s apparently on. For those who haven’t caught on yet, the U.S. is in an economic war with China and Russia. At some point, one of those powers will realize that they cannot win with the status quo and the conflict will move out in the open. All three powers have demonstrated the ability to hurt the other two. This is not going to end well.

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SurvivalBlog reader GJM writes in with his usual humor:

“Iffin you din’ ketch et, an’ you din’ skin et, ain’t noways yer gonna knows wuts innet!” Your Vegetarian Hot Dog May Contain Meat … and Human DNA I grew up on ground meat and am probably doomed, but I’ve recently stopped consuming it, since discovering that here in hyper-regulated America at least, ground beef is somehow allowed to contain prion-hosting brain and spinal tissue. “Holy Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, Batman!” As to my adherent/observant Jewish and Muslim friends who have believed that buying “pork free” means actually not getting porked, I can say only, “Take up thy long rifle, and likewise thy musket, and follow me.” (At least that’s an option in those states where, for a brief period to come, free men and free women can still do such things…)