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”. Since today’s focus is on the USS Fitzgerald collision, we’ll start with that.
USS Fitzgerald Collision
Reader T.P. sent in this article that explores the concept of the collision being a deliberate act of sabotage or terrorism. The container ship was apparently running without lights and transponder (against maritime rules). The article, however, is based upon an alleged email from a Navy mother whose son was aboard ship. For now, this has to be classified as a rumor, but it’s an interesting angle in today’s world.
Reader T.P. also sent in this article from a retired navy destroyer captain with some plausible explanations of just how such a collision could occur with no evil intent. This article has some very good information on right-of-ways, radar, lights, and maritime traffic. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems.
History of Collisions
Reader T.J. sent in this compiled list of collisions along with some of his thoughts:
- 1980, Tampa Bay
- 1980, Tampa Bay
- 2001, Hawaii
- 2012, Persian Gulf
- Collision at almost the same place as USS Fitzgerald. No injuries; the Captain got relieved…
- 2017, Japan
- Clear night, bridge crew, lookouts, radar, thermal, NV… All kinds of weapons optics… Maybe they were blacked out, illumination and electronic.
- State of the art ship with a bridge crew on duty, loss of situational awareness, yet they didn’t seem to know about it until metal was grinding on metal. Deaths due to negligence; somebody is probably going to jail.
- We live in an age of high distraction. I see it every day, folks looking at their hand-held devices, instead of driving or walking.
- Now that the Navy has mixed crews, crew can get distraction through sexual attention…
- Several cases of checkpoints in Iraq being overwhelmed while the soldiers on duty were distracted with one another.
- They don’t get enough sleep… sleep deprivation erodes concentration.
- I don’t smoke and don’t encourage it, but nicotine helped win WWII.
- Maybe they were working a problem like the Blackthorn’s crew.
- Night shift, watch, or guard duty, 99.99% pure routine boredom, .01% pure terror.
- Maybe there was a Russian Trawler that was distracting them…
USGS seismology reports that a swarm of earthquakes swept through the Yellowstone region with more than 60 registering last Friday. Some of the earthquakes measured as much as 5.0 on the Richter scale. While the swarm is not worrying officials who are stating that there isn’t significant danger yet, its report does bring up the claimed oddity that the U.S. has apparently made contracts with at least four countries to house displaced U.S. citizens in the even of a volcano eruption. I haven’t seen the basis for the agreements claimed by the article yet, but it’s odd that the U.S. would consider outsourcing this aspect of a potential emergency. Thanks to Reader B.K. for the link.
The BBC is reporting that nearly 200 million US citizens have had personal data exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The data also consisted of 1.1 terabytes of birth dates, home addresses, telephone numbers, and political views of almost 62% of the entire U.S. population. The data was apparently accessible on a public Amazon cloud server. This is especially relevant as an excellent reminder that there is no such thing as an anonymous cloud. Consequently, every bit of data is stored on someone’s computer – somewhere. Hence, do you know where your data is? Finally, do you know who has access to that data? Thanks to D & D for the link.
Major outages were reported all across the U.S. on Monday of this week. Reader DSV sent in this link detailing that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon were all having service outages, and the reason is still unknown. There is a link in this article to “downdetector”, which can show you where the reported outages are.