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”. Hurricane Harvey continues to remind us of why we prep. We need to evaluate our preps in light of stories we hear.
The Colonial pipeline was shutdown due to issues caused by hurricane Harvey. The pipeline supplies nearly 40% of gasoline in the south with a capacity of 57.5 million gallons of gasoline per day. The company has stated that they expect the pipeline to be back up and running on Sunday. This is an example of how fragile our transportation system actually is. We all know how dependent we are on the trucking industry. If the trucks quit rolling, people starve. What happens when the pipeline is damaged and it takes months to repair? What if the backup/competing pipelines are damaged? Thanks to reader W.W. for the link.
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, sent in this article on the backstory of the failed “Eden” reality survivor show. The shows intention was to create a Utopian paradise isolated from the world. As it turns out, they failed on both accounts. Eden wasn’t so isolated with cast members sneaking out at night, quitting the show then returning and eventually even making demands for modern amenities. It wasn’t a paradise either as there was much strife between participants. (It is “reality” TV, you know. Where would that be if there wasn’t drama.) Half of the cast quit and some even came near starving to death. It certainly stands as an example of the clash between the romantic side of survival and the harsh reality of actually surviving.
Yet another reason on why you really don’t want a social media presence (or at least want to be careful what you say.) The IRS is getting in on the data mining by trolling social media for reasons to audit you. That vacation you took to the Bahamas…You know, the one that you save up for 5 years to be able to take? The IRS doesn’t think you make enough money to go there so those pictures you just posted got you flagged for an audit. Some of the information is actually useful to the IRS, like the woman who bragged on Facebook that she was the queen of IRS tax fraud. However, the whole practice is questionable.
Reader DSV sent in this article on six critical items that you couldn’t find in the immediate aftermath of hurricane Harvey. Most of the items are things that you could easily think of, but one item struck me. Bleach. We normally think of this as critical to dealing with water purification, but disinfecting and mold/mildew reduction are critical roles. I would point out that we have reviewed MSR’s SE200 chlorine generator before and that Mrs Latimer regularly uses it to create chlorine on-demand while camping. If you have salt, you can have chlorine in a solution strong enough to disinfect.
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Looters are obviously an issue in the damaged and/or vacated areas around Houston. John Cylc had a nice write-up on why we have firearms. We don’t keep them so we can overthrow the government, form militias, or go on shooting sprees. We keep them because they are a tool that helps us keep our families safe and defend what we have worked for.
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The Washington Post has a write-up on the “Cajun Navy” that has been instrumental in the rescue efforts in Houston. For those unfamiliar with the term, it references the outdoorsmen who own boats. These men know their boats and their limitations and outnumber official rescuers by the hundreds. Officials estimate they were responsible for the rescue of over 10,000 people in Katrina and a similar response is expected in Harvey. Thanks to J.C. for the video.
Still think that the police are only here to protect you? Salt Lake Police have released body cam footage of the nurse getting “arrested” for refusing to illegally draw blood from an unconscious victim who was not under suspicion of a crime. Many things can be learned from the audio on this clip as well. The nurse had the documentation showing the law the police agreed to abide by and was on the speakerphone with multiple supervisors. The offending officer escalated the situation in an effort to intimidate the nurse. As I’ve said before, all the government has to do to violate your rights is to convince others that you are the problem. Since the incident, there has been no action taken against the officer other than to remove him from “blood draw duty”. No word yet on the other officers who also encouraged the incident.
Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!