SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods – a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”.
Digital Face Reconstruction
Remember the days when it was important to get the victim or witness of a crime to a sketch artist as quickly as possible so they could remember the facial features? The sketch artist of the future is here now and it’s a bit different. Researchers are now able to use brain scans and direct neuron recording to identify and recreate “faces” with uncanny accuracy. I guess I’m okay with the brain scans, but the “direct neuron recording” is a bit disturbing to me. Nobody is sticking needle probes into my brain. The technology is in its infancy so maybe they’ll fix that. Thanks to B.B. for the link.
Miami-Dade is considering a flying platform at 25,000 feet to use war-time technology to constantly monitor and photograph large areas of the city and then use that footage to track down suspects after a crime occurs. This means blanket surveillance for everyone outside and within the airborne camera’s 25-square-mile field of vision. But don’t worry, it’s just to catch the bad guys. This technology would never be used against you. Ahem.
The NRA has missed the mark a bit in their latest offering. The NRA Carry Guard Training Classes will not allow revolvers or 1911s as your primary firearm in the class. What!?! The most commonly carried guns will not be allowed in the class? Reader J.N. sent this in along with the question: “If you use a 1911 or revolver in self defense, will Carry Guard still cover you since you haven’t been “trained” on it?”
Reader H.L. sent in this link to an article showing how High Schools are dropping the “Valedictorian” distinction because they fear lower ranked kids may feel triggered. Here are more participation awards to recognize mediocrity. The indoctrination and re-education of our children is nearly complete.
Middle East Crisis
The U.S. Navy has downed a Syrian SU-22 that allegedly dropped bombs near U.S. supported forces. Russia responded by stating that they would intercept any aircraft, including U.S. aircraft, in Syrian airspace. Now the Pentagon declares that U.S. pilots will defend themselves if Attacked by Russians. Is this posturing or escalation? Is Syria worth going to war over? Do we even have a viable stake in this fight? Or is this just more of the perpetual war foisted upon the taxpayer as part of the military-industrial complex? Given the financial condition of the world and the knowledge that war is often the path taken in history over such crises, I’m wondering if open war is the desired outcome of TPTB.
Germany is admitting that the Middle Eastern crime gangs have little to no respect for police. Judges are starting to give very lenient sentences to convicted criminals, and statements by some judges are leading others to suggest that the judges fear retribution from the gangs. The clans, some of which have operated since the 1970s, reject the authority of the German state and run their own parallel justice system involving other crime families. They also have a history of using large cash payments or violence to influence witnesses whenever German police or prosecutors get involved. Thanks to K.B. for the link.
Reader T.J. sent in this article on six men who are being charged for the theft of eight cattle. They apparently tried to auction one off for $4000 and a tip led authorities to one of the suspects. Cattle rustling is apparently alive and well, and if you run livestock it’s something to take seriously. I’m wondering if the old rules of hanging rustlers are still on the books?