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”. The Nanny State is up to their collective eyeballs in ludicrous legislation again.
Rawles XL Voyager
I noticed that the supply of the limited-production Rawles XL Voyager folding tanto knives has dried up. The manufacturer (Cold Steel) sold out more than a year ago. In a recent bit of web-wandering, I only found one dealer that still has a few on hand at around $80 each. If you’ve been hesitating, this may be your last chance to get yours at under $100. – JWR
Fellow blogger Claire Wolfe mentioned that Paladin Press is closing its doors. Claire mentioned that Paladin Press is closing its doors at the end of December. Sad to see one of the few publishers of controversial titles quitting business. This comes on the heels of both Loompanics and Lindsay Technical Publications shutting down. The only good news is that they have a huge sale right now.
The Canadian Prepper has posted a video on building a large survival shelter. The Silky Saws are featured tools and he uses several sizes to accomplish the task. the video shows the entire process of building the shelter. After watching these saws in action, I’m definitely adding a couple to my preps. I’ve been searching for a replacement saw for the standard bow saw and these look good.
The Nanny State
First it was the elimination of personal ownership of firearms that was attacked. Then, when knives were used in assaults, they tried to limit the sale of those sharp pointy things. Now that acid attacks have becoming popular, Britain is now trying to control and limit the sales of it. So where will a bad guy get his acid if he can’t purchase it? How about stealing it from any of the millions of vehicles on the road with a flooded type battery? Obviously, legislators are not thinking these things through very well.
NATO has realized first-hand the dangers of smartphones. Apparently the “Russian Hackers” are targeting the smartphones of troops stationed near the boarder in their hacking attempts to gather information on troop strengths and movements. While it’s not surprising that this method is used, it does show the link between hacking attempts originating out of Russia and the Russian government. From strictly a tactical standpoint, they’d be crazy not to use this method.
In a move completely devoid of surprise, the left is now calling for the abolition of the Second Amendment. the New York times columnist Bret Stephens wrote an editorial that maligned those who support the Second Amendment (calling it a fetish). Factually, the piece is full of errors and twisted statistics, but it again shows the willingness of the left to exploit tragedies for their own agendas while simultaneously claiming conservatives are the one doing it. There would actually be very little chance of such a modification passing the necessary benchmarks.
A SurvivalBlog reader noted that there is currently a plague outbreak in Madagascar with 200 known cases. It’s mostly pneumonic, which is bad – very contagious. But the percentage of deaths to illnesses is low, so it’s probably not weaponized. Interesting that they are shipping in 1.5 million doses of antibiotics to treat 5,000 patients and 100,000 who are exposed. That’s about 10 doses per person to treat.
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