The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

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”. Venezuela continues to make news as the country continues its slide into oblivion

Stingray Usage

Reader H.L. sent in this article showing that 3G and 4G LTE networks are just as prone to stingray phone tracking due to some recently discovered vulnerabilities. Hackers revealed the findings at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. They describe a cryptographic flaw in the protocol which allows the devices to connect with the cell operator. It’s a sad day when you realize that your government is in the same class as those hackers.

Food Supply

Americans and Europeans are not the only ones that are unrealistic about the food supply. It also appears that it is a world-wide problem. Reader T.J. sent in this video of a prank in a Brazilian supermarket where there is a “box” and the chef puts a live pig in, turns a crank and sausage comes out the other side. As amusing as all the reactions are, just where do these people who like sausage think it comes from? People are really disconnected from the actual food supply. I completely understand the predictions of mass starvation should the trucks quit rolling.

Older Homesteaders

Over the years, we have received many letters from aging people who want to homestead. They have the heart needed to make the move, but their body is a limitation. As one put it: “I can do everything I could when I was 20. I just pay a much higher price for it.” Patrice Lewis, over at her blog Rural Revolution, has posted an article with many tips on working smarter, not harder as you get older.


Venezuela continues its move into chaos as anti-government protesters and security forces continue to clash. Maduro has banned protests and is warning that any one who marches will risk up to 10 years in prison. The opposition coalition has called for mass protests this entire weekend. This has prompted the U.S. government to order the families of diplomats to evacuate the embassy. So far, the conflict has claimed more than 112 lives as a direct result of the conflict and the country continues its slide into oblivion.

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The U.S. government has also authorized the voluntary departure of any U.S. government employee at its hilltop embassy in Caracas. President Trump is warning that the U.S. may impose economic sanctions on Venezuela if Maduro goes ahead with his vote to create a legislative superbody.

Second Amendment

A judge ruled in favor of and the Second Amendment Foundation over Seattles gun and ammunition tax. The City had enacted a tax on all purchases in 2015. They claimed it would generate nearly half a million dollars in revenue. The gun magazine made a public records request for the actual data and the city refused. The Second Amendment Foundation believes the refusal is because the tax generated so little income compared to what was predicted.

Power Outage

Residents of Ocracoke Island, North Caroline, are getting a taste of TEOTWAWKI. PCL Construction, the company building the new Bonner Bridge, drove a steel casing through an underground transmission cable cutting the main power feed to the island. The Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative is providing temporary power through a diesel generator, but they can’t supply the entire Island at once. Residents have been asked to turn non-essential electric loads off. There are also rolling blackouts throughout the island. You just never know when your preps are going to be needed by you!


  1. I guess the bridge construction company forgot to call “1-800-dig rite” to find the cable. Around here, it’s usually phone lines that get dug up, and the usual culprit is the county road crews.

  2. I followed the link for the “Older Homesteaders”, “work smarter not harder”, very good idea for the auger! But I started checking out what else was of interest on that site. I found the title, “Charlton Heston” under “key words” and read about a speech he gave and felt it needed to be posted. If this is the wrong place, sorry.
    ” Magnificent words by Charlton Heston
    Winning the Culture War
    By Charlton Heston

    Note: This is the text of Charlton Heston’s speech on “Winning the cultural war” Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2002, at Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall at Harvard Law School. This was sponsored by the Harvard Law School Forum, a student organization at Harvard Law School.

    I remember my son when he was five, explaining to his kindergarten class what his father did for a living. “My Daddy,” he said, “pretends to be people.”

    There have been quite a few of them. Prophets from the Old and New Testaments, a couple of Christian saints, generals of various nationalities and different centuries, several kings, three American presidents, a French cardinal and two geniuses, including Michelangelo. If you want the ceiling re-painted, I’ll do my best.

    It’s just that there always seems to be a lot of different fellows up here. I’m never sure which one of them gets to talk. Right now, I guess I’m the guy.

    As I pondered our visit tonight, it struck me: If my Creator gave me the gift to connect you with the hearts and minds of those great men, then I want to use that same gift now to re-connect you with your own sense of liberty … your own freedom of thought … your own compass for what is right.

    Dedicating the memorial at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln said of America, “We are now engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether this nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.” Those words are true again … I believe that we are again engaged in a great civil war, a cultural war that’s about to hijack your birthright to think and say what lives in your heart.

    I fear you no longer trust the pulsing lifeblood of liberty inside you … the stuff that made this country rise from wilderness into the miracle that it is.

    Let me back up a little. About a year ago, I became president of the National Rifle Association, which protects the right to keep and bear arms. I ran for office, I was elected and now I serve … I serve as a moving target for the media who’ve called me everything from “ridiculous” and “duped” to a “brain-injured, senile, crazy old man.” I know, I’m pretty old … but I sure Lord ain’t senile.

    As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I’ve realized that firearms are not the only issue.

    No, it’s much, much bigger than that.

    I’ve come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated.

    For example, I marched for civil rights with Dr. King in 1963 – long before Hollywood found it fashionable. But when I told an audience last year that white pride is just as valid as black pride or red pride or anyone else’s pride, they called me a racist.

    I’ve worked with brilliantly talented homosexuals all my life. But, when I told an audience that gay rights should extend no further than your rights or my rights, I was called a homophobe.

    I served in World War II against the Axis powers. But during a speech, when I drew an analogy between singling out innocent Jews and singling out innocent gun owners, I was called an anti-Semite.

    Everyone I know knows I would never raise a closed fist against my country. But, when I asked an audience to oppose this cultural persecution, I was compared to Timothy McVeigh.

    From Time magazine to friends and colleagues, they’re essentially saying, “Chuck, how dare you speak your mind like that? You are using language not authorized for public consumption!”

    But, I am not afraid. If Americans believed in political correctness, we’d still be King George’s boys – subjects bound to the British crown.

    In his book, “The End of Sanity,” Martin Gross writes that “blatantly irrational behavior is rapidly being established as the norm in almost every area of human endeavor. There seem to be new customs, new rules, new anti-intellectual theories regularly foisted on us from every direction. Underneath, the nation is roiling. Americans know something without a name is undermining the country, turning the mind mushy when it comes to separating truth from falsehood and right from wrong. And, they don’t like it.”

    Let me read a few examples.

    At Antioch college in Ohio, young men seeking intimacy with a coed must get verbal permission at each step of the process from kissing to petting to final copulation … all clearly spelled out in a printed college directive.

    In New Jersey, despite the death of several patients nationwide who had been infected by dentists who had concealed their AIDs, the state commissioner announced that health providers who are HIV positive need not … need not … tell their patients that they are infected.

    At William and Mary, students tried to change the name of the school team “The Tribe” because it was supposedly insulting to local Indians, only to learn that authentic Virginia chiefs truly like the name.

    In San Francisco, city fathers passed an ordinance protecting the rights of transvestites to cross-dress on the job, and for transsexuals to have separate toilet facilities while undergoing sex-change surgery.

    In New York City, kids who don’t speak a word of Spanish have been placed in bilingual classes to learn their three R’s in Spanish solely because their last names sound Hispanic.

    At the University of Pennsylvania, in a state where thousands died at Gettysburg opposing slavery, the president of that college officially set up segregated dormitory space for black students.

    Yeah, I know. That’s out of bounds now. Dr. King said “negroes.” Jimmy Baldwin and most of us on the march said “black.” But it’s a no-no now.

    For me, hyphenated identities are awkward … particularly “Native-American.” I’m a Native American, for God’s sake. I also happen to be a blood-initiated brother of the Miniconjou Sioux. On my wife’s side, my grandson is a 13th generation native American … with the capital letter on “American.”

    Finally, just last month … David Howard, head of the Washington, D.C., Office of Public Advocate, used the word “niggardly” while talking to colleagues about budgetary matters. Of course, “niggardly” means stingy or scanty. But, within days, Howard was forced to publicly apologize and resign.

    As columnist Tony Snow wrote: “David Howard got fired because some people in public employ were morons who (a) didn’t know the meaning of ‘niggardly,’ (b) didn’t know how to use a dictionary to discover the meaning and (c) actually demanded that he apologize for their ignorance.”

    What does all this mean? It means that telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can’t be far behind.

    Before you claim to be a champion of free thought, tell me: Why did political correctness originate on America’s campuses? And why do you continue to tolerate it?

    Why do you, who’re supposed to debate ideas, surrender to their suppression?

    Let’s be honest. Who here thinks your professors can say what they really believe?

    That scares me to death. It should scare you too, that the superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason.

    You are the best and the brightest. You, here in the fertile cradle of American academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River, you are the cream. But I submit that you, and your counterparts across the land, are the most socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord Bridge. And as long as you validate that … and abide it … you are – by your grandfathers’ standards – cowards.

    Here’s another example. Right now, at more than one major university, Second Amendment scholars and researchers are being told to shut up about their findings or they’ll lose their jobs. Why? Because their research findings would undermine big-city mayor’s pending lawsuits that seek to extort hundreds of millions of dollars from firearm manufacturers.

    I don’t care what you think about guns. But if you are not shocked at that, I am shocked at you. Who will guard the raw material of unfettered ideas, if not you? Democracy is dialogue!

    Who will defend the core value of academia, if you supposed soldiers of free thought and expression lay down your arms and plead, “Don’t shoot me.”

    If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist.

    If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you sexist.

    If you think critically about a denomination, it does not make you anti-religion.

    If you accept but don’t celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe.

    Don’t let America’s universities continue to serve as incubators for this rampant epidemic of new McCarthyism.

    But what can you do? How can anyone prevail against such pervasive social subjugation? The answer’s been here all along.

    I learned it 36 years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., standing with Dr. Martin Luther King and 200,000 people.

    You simply … disobey.

    Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely.

    But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don’t. We disobey social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom.

    I learned the awesome power of disobedience from Dr. King … who learned it from Gandhi, and Thoreau, and Jesus and every other great man who led those in the right against those with the might.

    Disobedience is in our DNA. We feel innate kinship with that disobedient spirit that tossed tea into Boston Harbor, that sent Thoreau to jail, that refused to sit in the back of the bus, that protested a war in Vietnam.

    In that same spirit, I am asking you to disavow cultural correctness with massive disobedience of rogue authority, social directives and onerous laws that weaken personal freedom.

    But be careful … it hurts. Disobedience demands that you put yourself at risk. Dr. King stood on lots of balconies.

    You must be willing to be humiliated … to endure the modem-day equivalent of the police dogs at Montgomery and the water cannons at Selma.

    You must be willing to experience discomfort. I’m not complaining, but my own decades of social activism have left their mark on me.

    Let me tell you a story. A few years back I heard about a rapper named Ice-T who was selling a CD called “Cop Killer” celebrating ambushing and murdering police officers. It was being marketed by none other than Time/Warner, the biggest entertainment conglomerate in the world. Police across the country were outraged. Rightfully so – at least one had been murdered. But Time/Warner was stonewalling because the CD was a cash cow for them, and the media were tiptoeing around it because the rapper was black.

    I heard Time/Warner had a stockholders meeting scheduled in Beverly Hills. I owned some shares at the time, so I decided to attend. What I did there was against the advice of my family and colleagues. I asked for the floor. To a hushed room of a thousand average American stockholders, I simply read the full lyrics of “Cop Killer” – every vicious, vulgar, instructional word.

    “I got my 12-gauge sawed-off. I got my headlights turned off. I’m about to bust some shots off. I’m about to dust some cops off …” It got worse, a lot worse. I won’t read the rest of it to you. But trust me, the room was a sea of shocked, frozen, blanched faces. The Time/Warner executives squirmed in their chairs and stared at their shoes. They hated me for that.

    Then, I delivered another volley of sick lyrics brimming with racist filth, where Ice-T fantasizes about sodomizing two 12-year-old nieces of Al and Tipper Gore. “She pushed her butt against my …”

    Well, I won’t do to you here what I did to them. Let’s just say I left the room in echoing silence. When I read the lyrics to the waiting press corps, one of them said “We can’t print that.” “I know,” I replied, “but Time/Warner’s selling it.”

    Two months later, Time/Warner terminated Ice-T’s contract. I’ll never be offered another film by Warner, or get a good review from Time magazine. But disobedience means you must be willing to act, not just talk.

    When a mugger sues his elderly victim for defending herself … jam the switchboard of the district attorney’s office.

    When your university is pressured to lower standards until 80 percent of the students graduate with honors … choke the halls of the board of regents.

    When an 8-year-old boy pecks a girl’s cheek on the playground and gets hauled into court for sexual harassment … march on that school and block its doorways. When someone you elected is seduced by political power and betrays you … petition them, oust them, banish them. When Time magazine’s cover portrays millennium nuts as deranged, crazy Christians holding a cross as it did last month … boycott their magazine and the products it advertises.

    So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobediences of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men, by God’s grace, built this country.

    If Dr. King were here, I think he would agree.

    Thank you.

  3. I too am horrified by the people’s lack of food knowledge. There was a man who put a garden in the back of his truck and took it to schools; one of the kids was astounded to find the vegetables grow IN DIRT! Many thing meat, milk and eggs are MADE at the grocery store. It does not bode well for people to be so detached from their food supply.

    1. @KD,
      I love mushrooms. It’s very humerous to experience people’s reaction when they learn what the best fertilizer is for them. 🙂

  4. Many years ago, having some cousins from the city stay with us for the summer, they were surprised to learn that milk came from a cow and eggs from a chicken and meat came from cattle, hogs and chickens and vegetables came from the garden where they grew in the dirt ( soil ).And people are still that way today. On a side note, we have a fairly large garden which we use for our own use, we / you would be surprised at the number of people that accursed us of hoarding.But no one was very eager to come help us weed and take care of the garden.

  5. A good friend’s 19 year old daughter recently told this story on herself: When she was 12 she discovered during a Sunday School lesson that the meat she consumed didn’t come from animals that had died a natural death. Those animals were deliberately killed! At least she knew that the meat came from animals.

  6. Having chickens it was funny to find out how many people thought you had to have a rooster to get the eggs. We would tell them we want eggs not more chickens.

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