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”. Tensions with North Korea continue to escalate with the U.S. sending aircraft up the coast and North Korea continuing their threats of nuclear destruction.

Surviving an Apocalypse

Supposedly, in 1929, when Joseph P. Kennedy received stock tips from his shoeshine boy, he knew that it was time to get out of the market. If you understand the mechanics of a bubble, then you can understand the truth of that statement. I wonder if that applies to the main stream media as well? SurvivalBlog reader G.G. sent in this link to the New York Times on How to Survive the Apocalypse. Granted that it is a bit tongue-in-cheek and it’s pretty obvious the author is poking fun at us. However, it seems to me that it comes pretty close to the shoeshine boy metaphor.

North Korea

The U.S. has flown B1 Bombers (from Guam) and several F15 Eagles (from Okinawa) as an escort to them, farther north of the DMZ than they have any other time this century. Even though the B1 is no longer part of the nuclear force and the planes stayed over international waters, it was intended to send a message to Jin San Pang Kim Jong-un. North Korea’s response was to threaten to build a missile to attack any part of the U.S. Thanks to reader P.S. for the link.

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North Korea is now threatening to test it’s new thermonuclear bomb in the Pacific as a result of new sanctions that have been placed on His nation. There are two things of note here:

  1. There is a ban on test detonations in the Pacific, though North Korea is not a signatory to that agreement. Because of the impact to native populations, it would be expected that world leaders would take action to keep this from happening again.
  2. Evidence is mounting that North Korea now possesses miniaturized nuclear weapons and the means to deliver those weapons.

Thanks to D.B. for the link.

Cars and Protesters

You are driving your car and suddenly come across a group blocking the road in protest. What are your options? Can you drive through them slowly? If they are beating on your car, can you knock them down or run them over? What happens if you can’t back up to escape? Setting aside the obvious situation awareness (or lack thereof) that got you into the situation, what can you do? Reader DSV sent in this link to an article that talks about the options you have. It should be noted that your car is considered a deadly weapon and your response cannot be greater than the attack to avoid problems. Keys scratching your paint job is not justification for running someone over.


A Florida gubernatorial candidate attempted a political stunt to show constituents that Senator Rubio was unavailable and out-of-reach from the people. On a live video feed, she called Senator Rubio’s office multiple times only to get a message. She then tweeted “Senator @MarcoRubio, answer your phone.” In a deliciously effective and concise response, Rubio’s communications director responded with “No live answer bc staff was out helping over 10,000 people apply for FEMA assistance, not sitting behind desk waiting for a political stunt”. Ouch!

A Country Without Internet

Reader J.P. sent in this interesting article on the story of the Togo government turning off the Internet to the entire country for about a week in order to keep the young people for mobilizing to topple the government. As J.P. put it: “Essentially Togo teeters between a semi functional 3rd World country and a typical 4th World basket case.” The question arises of how the government could pull that off as well.


Several earthquakes have continued to rock Mexico. While the government is relatively quite on the damage that has been caused, it is well known that much of the infrastructure and many buildings are not built to standards that can survive 6.0 (and greater) earthquakes. Now we also are getting word that North Korea has had an earthquake in an area that is not prone to them. The 3.2 earthquake was close to where the earlier nuclear test had been conducted. Officials do not believe this was another test, but could possible be related to the test. Several explanations were give such as induced stress and collapsing tunnels.

First Amendment Views Among College Students

In a new survey, it has been found that a surprisingly large fraction of students believe that it is acceptable to act with violence to shut down expression that they consider offensive. This is obviously a result of the liberal/progressive/communist mindset that has taken hold in America’s institutions of higher education. It probably also has a good smattering of influence from parents that have neglected their duties to teach ethics and the foundations of America.

Humor (Antifa related)

St. Louis has been rocked by violence after the acquittal of the ex-cop. While the violence is a serious thing, reader T.J. sent in the link to this tweet containing a group of young men who are protesting. I highly recommend reading the comments to the tweet.

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  1. Some of those links in that NY times article- OMG! In 31 years of preparing I thought I had heard every stupid idea imaginable but “sheets sprinkled in baby powder to block radiation” What the??? Seriously?

    It’s sad to think how many new “preppers” will DIE because of some of this ridiculous info on the net.

  2. North Korea – “The Genie is out of the bottle”,

    The Communist Chinese went from an Atomic bomb to a Thermonuclear bomb in thirty months back in the 1960s.

    Today, there are powerful modern computers, hacking, starving scientists & graduate students, and a lack of knowledge management.

    The U.S. has lost it’s military discipline and can no longer keep secrets.

    The U.S. Government executed the Rosenbergs for divulging secrets.

    Recently, Chelsea Manning was pardoned and celebrated by society for the same thing.

    With a viable design, the North Korean’s wouldn’t need the expense of a Manhattan Project.

    Keep in mind that some U.S. folks will make billions off of all of this.

    PDDE, “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex.”

    Matthew 24:6, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come.”

    Preparedness: You should have a fallout shelter, if only to keep your food & supplies stored in a temperate and secure environment, and if the need arises.
    “The first of China’s nuclear weapons tests took place in 1964, and its first hydrogen bomb test occurred in 1967.”
    “We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method …” and warned about what he saw as unjustified government spending proposals and continued with a warning that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex.”

    1. Original text by Eisenhower had it “the military-industrial-congressional complex.

      Nearly 57 years, no change. Think John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Chucky Schumer, Nazi Pelosi.

  3. I live in SW Florida, in the inland area hardest hit by hurricane Irma. Marco Rubio’s office workers “assisting” hurricane victims was nothing but a publicity stunt by this empty-suit politician. Some other politicians also tried to get a photo-op out of it. Disgusting hucksters. I voted for Rubio, but never will again as he personifies RHINOism. He is a big amnesty whore, too. Complete fraud.

    1. Not RINOism, Neo-Conservatism. Leftist/Progressive/establishment Republican.

      Time to give up on the Republican party. I have withdrawn my consent to be governed by Democrats. I can’t vote for Libertarians, the party never nominates an actual libertarian. I’m still trying to figure out how to withdraw my consent to be governed by Republicans.

      The majority of Americans do not vote for any political party in the good ole USA. Roughly 25% vote for Republicans, another 25% vote for Democrats, another 4% vote for other parties (combined), leaving 46% who do not vote. That’s 70% not voting for the winning party no matter which party it is. Sounds like invalid elections to me.

      Where do we go from here?

  4. Russia is a bigger threat than most of us realize. They lavish an astounding $60 billion a year on their military, while we starve our armed forces on a thin-man diet of only $825 billion a year.

  5. Two articles deeply related but separated:free speech on campus and protesters blocking streets are the same groups with the anti-free speech faction in action. Blocking a public right of way is a crime,impeding flow of traffic is a crime,pounding on a car is damage to property and or assault/aggrevated assault,a group doing it is “mob action”,many of these things are felonies and or violent felonies that are commonly prosecuted to the full extent of the law(if it is politically expediant). When commited against you you can protect yourself and your property. If you question this try it on a cop car.
    Pvt. Manning exposed criminal actions by our goverment,this is why we have whistle-blower protections. If you believe he was wrong,do you believe that “concealing a felony”, “obstruction of justice” or”conspiracy” be crimes or are they just to be used against those you don’t agree with,because our government never does anything wrong like bombing citizens(Philadelphia),murdering citizens(Ruby Ridge) or proving yourself innocent(Illinois).

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