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 Internet of Things continues encroaching on your privacy.
Jury nullification is a constitutional right that the citizens have against bad laws. It is basically the last line of defense when a police state has passed bad laws and is charging citizens under them. However, in Michigan, Keith Wood was passing out pamphlets on a public sidewalk explaining this little known and little used concept to potential jurors when he was arrested and charged with “attempting to influence a jury”. Disturbingly, not only prosecutors and judges perceived guilt on his part, but the very people he was trying to educate as a jury found him guilty.
The Internet of Things
The scourge of “intelligent” home appliances spying on you continues. Roomba, the autonomous, robotic vacuum cleaner maps your house as it goes about its daily chores. Now IRobot wants to sell that data to third parties. Roomba knows your room layout, dimensions, furnishings and already transmits it back to the mother ship. Interestingly enough, the fine print in the usage agreement basically says that you have no right to privacy and that the company can do what it wants with that data. Thanks to G.G. for the link.
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Remember that movie Conspiracy Theory (with Mel Gibson)? Everyone thought he was a lunatic, yet as the movie progressed, it was revealed that he wasn’t crazy and being paranoid didn’t mean that no one was out to get you. Fast forward to today… nearly every smart device spies on you or enables someone to spy on you. They do this under the guise of making your life easier, yet you have no control over that data. SurvivalBlog reader Gary sent in this article showing seven major ways you are spied on and how that data is used against you.
Definition of “Antique” Firearms
Reader J.T. informed us of a Senate measure that would change the Federal definition of an antique firearm from one made before 1899 to one that is 100 years old. If passed, this would mean that WWI weapons (not covered under the NFA) would be able to be shipped and transferred across state lines without an FFL. This bill has no co-sponsors at this point and has not made it out of committee yet. You should be calling your senators on this one.
Reader M.R. sent in this website that is a database of depression-era cookbooks and recipes. It is divided up by region as well as format and year. It can be informative and at times, entertaining to find out what people ate years ago.
North Korea has launched another missile in which the numbers can be extrapolated to give it a 6,500 mile range (not including the earths rotation). This puts Chicago, Boston, New York and even Washington DC within ICBM range of North Korea. It is unlikely that North Korea has a warhead that can be launched these distances right now. But it is only a matter of time before they solve that piece of the puzzle. Thanks to reader C.F. for the link.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn (D) has proposed changes to the police department that disarms them and encourages them to use non-lethal force. He’s okay with the police keeping their weapons in their cars. (We all know that police cars are never broken into or stolen.) He also doesn’t have a problem with police carrying a weapon when faced with another deadly weapon. (Excuse me Mr. Bad Guy. Can you hold that thought while I go retrieve my weapon from my car?). No word yet on whether he also expects the criminals to abide by the same rules either. Thanks to J.C. for the link.