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”. Today’s focus is on the recent Las Vegas Massacre.

Climate and Weather

Reader H.L. sent us this: US winter forecast: La Niña to fuel abundant snow in Rockies; Bitterly cold air to blast Midwest

Las Vegas Massacre

Next, at Zero Hedge: 16 Unanswered Questions About The Las Vegas Shooting That Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want To Talk About

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ISIS: Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Became Muslim Six Months Before Massacre. Adopting the Muslim name Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki, Stephen Paddock had allegedly “converted to Islam six months ago.”

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On The Hagmann Report podcast: Lawyers, Guns and Money: Alicia Powe, James W. Rawles & Matt Bracken


Existential Threats:

Scientists Are Proposing to Protect Earth From Solar Flares With a Gigantic Shield. Here is a key quote:  “The cumulative worldwide economic losses, according to a 2009 report by the Space Studies Board (“Severe Space Weather Events–Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts”), would be US$10 trillion, and recovery would take several years.”


T.P. forwarded this headline: Britain to limit acid sales after steep rise in assaults. JWR’s Comment:  Gosh!  And those ISIS-sympathizing terrorists would never think to get acid from batteries in cars parked on nearly every street.  What brilliant legislation!


Reader Gregg P. sent us this: How to Make a DIY Mini Cell Phone Tower Using Parts You Can Order Online


Moral Decline:

Canadian doctors help 2,000 commit suicide in a year. (Our thanks to Reader D.S.V. for the link.)

News Tips:

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!


  1. I am very supportive of survivalblog, but I disagree with the comment that there is a “moral decline” for physician-assisted suicide.

    People sometimes become terminally ill and suffer for an extended period. Do you propose that they suffer for months or years? Would you keep the same stance for yourself or a loved one?

    I’ve been there. I watched my Father “linger” for two years after a subdural hematoma. He was in his 80’s.

    1. I agree that for a terminally ill person to have the choice to use a painless and quick suicide drug vs suffering is a reasonable option. However in those countries where this “option” first became available the medical community now makes that decision for the patient AND it is also used as an excuse for disallowing the option of medical treatment (in countries with socialized health care). That is the risk and the inevitability of assisted suicide.

  2. I believe it was King Saul, who asked some one on the battlefield to help him commit suicide in the Old Testament. We don’t let ANIMALS continue to suffer with wasting diseases or injuries we know causes them to suffer for extended periods of time. I think that many people have suffered severe pain in their lives, but for short periods. Chronic pain, especially severe chronic pain, can destroy a life, and others around it. Ask anyone who has suffered like that, and they will tell you it is the worst thing in their whole lives, and not worth being narcotized over. Severe chronic pain can turn a life into something that makes a life unrecognizable. If you’ve ever broken a femur, like I did, you know what true severe pain really is, not discounting in any way the sufferings of people with cancer and other maladies. As the saying goes, Walk a mile in my shoes, before you criticize how I walk.

  3. Zero hedge has some fact and logic errors in its article. The most glaring;

    1-The timeline has been explained by the Sheriff. SWAT was on the 32nd floor within a quarter of an hour. Because the shooting had stopped they chose to clear the other possible affected rooms to protect residents. Solid decision to protect others.

    2-The second shooter on the 4th floor. Someone want to show me how a shooter shoots through a sealed window without breaking it?

    As to release of possible relevant evidence, like the note, ongoing investigations always work better if one doesn’t release information that can be useful to confirm the knowledge of and/or help locate possible accomplices. Because the investigation is young holding back as much information as possible is wise until they know the who what when where and how’s of the case. Patience is wise…

    1. one way a person can shoot through those windows it’s the first drill holes in them with a diamond hole saw. and also an employee of the building has stated that up to the 5th floor those windows do open.

  4. Certainly in a socialist single payer health system physician directed suicide will be the number one tool to drive Heath care cost down. Not had to imagine the day when everyone is handed a suicide pill on their 65 birthday and told to go die.

    FYI I actually work in health care, so mock me at your on risk.

    1. I figure after about 5 years on Medicare it will become very risky to go to the hospital. After all, there is a reason for the “death panels” in the Obamacare law, and the Republicans have done nothing to repeal the bill. Like in the X-Files, trust no one, especially scumbag politicians.

    2. My late mother in law, in her 80’s was being allowed to die during a hospital admission. Very little was being done to help her and the family members with her were in distress. I instructed them on how to be a squeeky wheel and who to talk to to get results. She was treated for her sepsis and survived for another year.

  5. Stephen Paddock left handed? Search for “Stephen Paddock Pictures” and you will find several pictures of him using his left hand indicating that he may be left hand dominant. You will also find one of his personal checks for $14K written to a car dealer. The handwriting shows that it may have a backward slant on some of the hand written letters, indicating that it may have been written by a left hand dominate writer. See pics showing Paddock holding drink, sign, reaching for food with left hand. Pen on table in his hotel room placed to left of note. All weapons in right hand configuration as shown in the online pictures, no shell deflector for left hand shooter to prevent spent casings from hitting left hand shooter in face, bump stock is for right hand shooter and difficult to use for left hand shooter as it requires excellent dexterity to be as effective as audio recordings of shooting. Counterargument: It is possible that Paddock is not left handed, and that pictures are reversed, however the pen on table pic is not reversed. However, other pics of Paddock using his left hand (e.g. also show a female with a wrist watch often worn on left hand, supporting that the picture is of Paddock using his left hand). Other pictures show Paddock holding a sign with right hand dominant stance, show him holding his tennis racket with right hand in team group photo like other teammates (but his grip appears weak, possible for picture symmetry and not his actual grip portraying right hand dominance?), he may have been left handed but cross eye dominant allowing/requiring shooting from right hand stance. Also, if he did write the aiming trajectories on the note using his left hand this may explain placing the pen to the left of the note, and give evidence that he was the shooter and/or involved in this part of the plot. Alternatively, maybe something else was written on the note, someone else wrote the note or the note was staged and the placement of pen is irrelevant. There may be other explanations. Trying to be objective, but if Paddock was left handed that would pose significant question to his effectiveness of using all right handed configured weapons.

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