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”. Are you planning on upgrading to a new iPhone X? You may want to think twice about that.
We are all familiar with the abuses of customs agents and the so called “Constitution Free Zone” near the Canadian or Mexican border. We’ve all heard stories of people who attract the attention (willingly or unwillingly) of the agents at these entry points and get beat up, tasered, abused and even have their property confiscated. But this is a new one for me. Reader G.G. sent in this article on a U.S. Citizen who was exiting the U.S. into Mexico and ran afoul of agents. He subsequently had his truck confiscated under the civil asset forfeiture laws. Apparently, he had a magazine containing 5 .380 rounds that he forgot about and was accused of weapons running. So far, it’s a two year running legal battle because he has refused to give in.
Is This Racist?
SurvivalBlog reader D.B. sent in this Paul Joseph Watson video asking the question “Is this racist?” The media gives a pass to rappers hanging white children, yet censures an accidental bad word uttered by a vlogger. Interestingly enough, the full video can be shown on YouTube, but a conservative vloggers comment can’t have an excerpt without the commenter’s video being censured. It’s a crazy mixed up world.
Reasons to not own iPhone X
Reader DSV sent in this article on three reasons gun owners shouldn’t own one of the new iPhonesthree reasons gun owners shouldn’t own one of the new iPhones. Obviously tounge-in-cheek, but well worth the read and I agree with all three reasons. I especially like the fact that for the price of the iPhone X, I could own another gun. Right now, you can even pick up a classic like a 1911 or an AR-15 for less than this phone.
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Doubling down on reason two is this article on how the police could just point the phone at your face to have the facial recognition software unlock your phone. No longer would they need you to give them the passcode. Somewhere in the back of my mind a question is forming. What happens when you’ve just been roughed up by one of the out-of-control, militarized, police forces? Can the phone still recognize your face when you are swollen, battered, and bruised? Does that boot-print on your face interfere? I know those are not common occurrences, but they do happen with more frequency lately. What about calling 911 after you’ve just been beat up on the street?
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There is more than one way to arm yourself. Reader R.V. sent in this link to a couple of videos that give an excellent source on understanding how the Constitution was formed and why it is so important. Did you know that in terms of countries that are governed by a continuous Constitution, the United States is actually the oldest country? One of the reasons this is so is because of the work that the founding fathers put into creating that Constitution. This is actually a free online education course and no registration is required to view it.
Consider a Cooler
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large wrote in with this useful advice:
One of the issues people with minivans, hatchbacks and other trunkless vehicles face is where to hide the bail out bag or kit. Either it has to fit under the seat, travel with the operator, or be left in view where it might be stolen.
I recommend a cooler. Not a new, wheel-rolly, pricey snack SUV, but a basic old Coleman or similar drum or box. You can find one dirt cheap at most surplus, closeout or thrift stores. A few scratches make it even less interesting to observers.
Stash your bailout bag in the cooler. It’s far less likely someone will break into a car to steal what should be sandwiches and drinks, and if they do, you likely have worse problems.
Certainly, you can rely on a box of junk for concealment. But the cooler offers other advantages.
- First, it keeps your gear waterproof if you choose to just carry it that way for a bit. Or you can use it to stow dry clothes and bedding.
- Second, it means you also have a cooler to keep food you acquire in. You can even insulate that further with the dry clothes or bedding mentioned above.
- Third, it floats, as long as your gear doesn’t outmass its displacement. Or you can use it empty as a float for yourself, a child, a casualty or other needs.
- Fourth, a square cooler with a folding lid can be the basis of a one person weather shelter, keeping your head and shoulders dry, your tentage or cover off you to allow breathing room.
- Fifth, if you choose orange, it can assist in locating you in a peacetime emergency.
Stick a cheap cooler in the back of your car, and it becomes both a useful peace of kit, and convenient camouflage. – Mike
SurvivalBlog reader T.J. sent in this video from homesteadonomics on how to install a culvert cistern. It’s not a complicated install and is neat and clean. If you can’t afford an underground plastic cistern, this may present a good option for recovery of rain water.
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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!