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. Today the focus is on GPS receivers.
Another Senseless GPS Mishap
Our friend Commander Zero over at the great Notes From The Bunker blog had a link to a familiar story: Yet another motorist stranded because of their foolish faith in GPS technology: The Latest: Couple who survived six days in Utah. JWR’s Comment: [[[Sarcasm on]]] How many times does this have to happen before Congress finally takes action and bans the evil assault GPS technology? GPS receivers can be bought on the street without any background checks and can be easily concealed. They often get into the hands of children. Only the police and military should be trusted to have GPS technology. [[[Sarcasm off]]]
Piercing The IDF OPSEC Veil
JWR’s wife Avalanche Lily spotted this piece over at YNET: Inside ‘the pit’: Commander offers rare peek into IDF nerve center. JWR’s Comment: The IDF is famous for their OPSEC–even down to individual troops, who in my experience often won’t even mention which branch of the IDF they are with, to strangers. To have a Brigadier General be this open is actually sending a message to at least one of their opponents. If they aren’t quaking in their boots, then they should be!
A Genuine Source for Binary Triggers
Many SurvivalBlog readers have taken my advice and gone shopping for a few binary triggers for their ARs. But many have been shocked to see their prices have nearly doubled. The classic Law of Supply and Demand hasn’t been repealed. The “new normal” seems to be around $650. Ouch. Meanwhile, eBay is knocking down auctions and Buy-It-Now binary trigger listings almost as fast as they are posted. And many of the companies taking orders don’t actually have them in inventory. Since both Franklin Armory and FosTech now have 8+ week (and growing) order backlogs, I now DO NOT recommend buying from any dealer that doesn’t actually have their advertised triggers in captivity. There is now the risk that fast-tracked ban legislation could be signed into law before you can take delivery.
Thankfully, I did find a company in Utah that has a decent supply of Franklin BFS-II Binary triggers in stock. They are: Valley Food Storage. I ordered several from them for around $500 apiece. And again, I’ve been assured that they actually have these on hand. Tell them that Jim at SurvivalBlog sent you. Note: These triggers are not legal to purchase if you live in: CA, DC, IA, ND, NJ, NY, or WA. The clock is ticking on this one, folks! – JWR
Please Pray for the Citizens of Santa Rosa
This 10-minute video sums up the devastation in Northern California: Firefighter’s perspective – Tubbs Fire Santa Rosa
Your WiFi May Get KRACKed
Reader.B.K suggested this article at Ars Technica: Serious flaw in WPA2 protocol lets attackers intercept passwords and much more. This vulnerability is dubbed “KRACK, short for Key Reinstallation Attacks.”
Communications History Comes Full Circle
Pigeon caught smuggling cellphone into jail. (Thanks to T.P. for the link.)
Pistol Packin’ Grandma
An Illinois grandmother kept her cool and waited for the right moment to pull her pistol on a would-be kidnapper. As the grandmother pulled up to a mall parking lot, a man who appeared to be waiting for a bus assaulted her with a butcher knife. She fought back and kicked him in the chest and he ended up cutting her arm (which needed 24 stiches.) He forced her to drive. 20 minutes later he had her pull onto a gravel lot and told her that if the police showed up, they would both die. She then chose her moment and pulled her .380 on him, chasing him away and then drove herself to a hospital. Thanks to C.F. for the link.
o o o
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!