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”. The predominate news stories seemed to be centralized around the decay of society today.
Decay of Society
Reader J.C. sent in this article where the writer reflects on the changes in downtown Minneapolis in the last 15 years. The city was once a relatively friendly and exciting place but is now decrepit and debase. The Writer is a police officer and is well acquainted with the crude culture that permeates the inner city these days. While the article is about Minneapolis, you can see shadows of practically every major city in America here. These are areas that are hostile to your survival.
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We are wondering if Kurt Russell will make a new movie: “Escape from Chicago”. While Illinois is about to end its third straight fiscal year without a budget, it approaches the first junk-rated U.S. State. Without the ability to pay it’s contractors, state services such as road construction/repair and other critical public service areas. Of course, we all know that the government will cut the most visible services making the hurt even more intense. With Chicago already in trouble in many of these services, things are only going to get worse. Thanks to P.S. for the link.
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Portland, Oregon has emerged as a hotbed of political violence since the Trump election. This city is a liberal nirvana, yet it is rife with racial strife. Antifa has take up residence here in large numbers and while Antifa tries to attach itself to the pre-WWII antifascist movement, in reality, it just a conglomeration of anarchist and latent communists. Still not a good place to be for long term survival.
Reader R.T. sent in this link to Backwoodsman, a magazine dedicated to preserving Old Frontier living along with primitive hunting, fishing and tool lore. They do have a digital subscription, but they are also available in print. There are some really good articles in it and you can get backissues of the magazine on Ebay for about $8/each.
The sun is headed in the direction of “solar minimum”, the low activity time of the roughly 11-year solar cycle. The minimum will occur in 2019-2020 and will most likely result in decreased long-range communications ability in the HF region (3000kHz – 30MHz). This should have much of an effect on critical infrastructure communications as most of those are much higher in frequency, but it does have a tendency to create “coronal holes” which are areas in the sun’s atmosphere where the magnetic fields open up and allow large streams of solar particles into space. This can severely disrupt communications including satellites. It’s an interesting read.
Reader H.L. sent in this article on how families tend to spend their money. Expenses were divided into necessities (like food and utilities) and luxuries (like travel, vacations, unnecessary gadgets, et cetera.) As expected, those of relatively high income spent a significant portion of their income on luxuries (roughly 65%). The middle class also spent heavily in this area (approximately 50%). What is surprising is that even the low income families spent a significant portion of their income on things that they don’t really need (roughly 40%). You certainly have to look at federal programs like SNAP with a jaded eye.
The Czech parliament has moved to legalize firearm ownershipThe Czech parliament has moved to legalize firearm ownership. The lower house has already approved the bill and it is expected to pass in the upper house as well. This is in direct contrast to the much of the rest of the EU where gun control rules restrict civilians ownership of many types of arms. This despite the rising immigration and terrorist issues the nations face.