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”. While Florida is getting socked today, Irma has finished with many islands and, as expected, the looting has begun.
SurvivalBlog Reader R.V. suggested that the mass of humanity coming out of Florida on I-75 and I-95 illustrated what JWR had talked about when he referenced the “Golden Horde” in his novels. The only difference is that these people are not starving and looting on their path. Some reports suggest that as much as 25% of Florida’s residents have been told to evacuate.
Robb, of Robb’s Homemade Life YouTube channel, was reminiscing about Hurricane Andrew in Miami while waiting for Hurricane Irma and remembered that he lost power for days afterwards. While the lack of power was easier to deal with, the loss of water was difficult. He created a gadget (and subsequently a video) that will allow the user to be very frugal with water used for hygiene, yet can be made with only a milk jug and a Popsicle stick.
The Looting Has Begun
Hurricane Irma has passed St. Martin, devastating the country in the process. Now the aftermath. Witnesses are claiming that looters are running freely through the city with machetes and guns. Stranded tourists are being targeted. Up to 95% of the island was destroyed in 185mph winds and the Dutch military has been called in to help restore civility while the island tries to recover. [Warning: This article in on the dailymail.co.uk. Some inappropriate links and pictures may be in the sidebars.] Thanks for the link sent in by B.B.
Once again, the futility of gun-control is exposed. Reader J.R. sent in the link to this video showing an AR-15 lower being manufactured from soda cans. The video shows accelerated footage from the foundry stage to the machining stage, to the assembly and firing of the completed weapon. Every part of the build uses machines that are home-built or commonly available. It is not a cost-effective way and the result is not the most beautiful product I’ve seen, but it was fully functional.
Bullet Resistant Clothing
We’ve known it could be done for a long time, but there apparently wasn’t the market for it. But now a company called Bullet Blocker is manufacturing bullet resistant clothing that actually looks like real clothing rather than tactical clothing. From the compression T-shirts to Sports coats and suits, every piece of clothing has a IIIA rating (.357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 9mm, .45, hollow point ammunition and more). They even have a bullet resistant lab coat. The panels are removable and the clothing can be laundered as normal. If you need. protection, but don’t want to look like it, you might want to take a look at this. Thanks to K.B. for the link.
Twenty states have filed a brief that urges the U.S. Supreme Court to lift an injunction that bars the release of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s alleged practice of profiteering from the sale of aborted baby body parts. The injunction stems from the case where Daleiden and Merrit went undercover to film the barbaric practice and were subsequently indited by the Harris County, Texas District Attorney. It is worth noting that the charges were dropped when the attorney representing Planned Parenthood admitted that he pressured the DA to drop the indictment against them and instead indict Daleiden and Merritt. California still has charges pending regarding similar stings in that state which have resulted in the injunction. Thanks to D.B. for the link.
Reader H.L. sent in this article about a Minnesota high school that banned flags on vehicles. Students responded in a spectacular fashion and by the end of the day, the school administrators had removed the ban from the student handbook. Sadly, they still frown on flying the Confederate flag.
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!