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, we are focusing on the North Korea bizarre diplomacy measures this week while their nuclear test site is in danger of collapse.
North Korea has obviously bought into the media propaganda about President Trump. They believe him to be a crazy, wild man with an itchy finger on the nuclear trigger. The Pyongyang regime has sent bizarre letters to the Australian government to appeal for help in pressuring Trump. The letter to Australia’s Parliament also included an open letter to parliaments around the world. Trump Derangement Syndrome strikes again.
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One of the reasons China has closed off much of it’s border with North Korea is because of the underground nuclear test site. Similarly to nuclear test sites in the United States and Russia, North Korea’s test site, Mt Mantap is suffering from Tired Mountain Syndrome. As footage of the September test has been reviewed, the mountain can be seen visibly moving and multiple earthquakes have been experienced in this previously stable location. The fear is that as the mountain collapses, it will release significant radioactive components into the air.
The IRS has announced that it will begin rejecting tax returns that lack the Health Insurance Disclosure. This, in spite of the Trump administration’s proclamations that Obama Care is dead. The tax aspect of the Affordable Care Act is perhaps the most controversial aspect of the law and yet the IRS has now publicly stated that they will be taking steps to enforce this provision. This would appear to conflict with the administrations hint that they will stop enforcing the mandate.
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In another controversial subject, Retired 1st Lt. Mizarski, A wounded veteran on full disability, has had his student debt canceled by the government. The debt was sizable at nearly a quarter of a million dollars, but the debt forgiveness seems sensible given that his disabilities are directly due to brain damage that he received by taking a ricochet to the face while leading a combat mission. He led 244 combat missions with 43 engagements. However, the IRS now considers that debt forgiveness as income and has hit him with a $70,000 tax bill (including Michigan state taxes). Thanks to reader H.L for both of these stories.
The Real ID Act, enacted in 2005, is about to cause some serious issues. Enforcement for the act was pushed starting in 2013 and many of the waivers given to states are expiring. As a result, individuals wishing to access transportation that the DHS (through the TSA) will have to present a Real ID compliant identification. As of right now, 26 states have changed their process to grant the Real ID compliant IDs, but the remainder have not and other ID (such as a US Passport) will be required. Note that these are not just requirements for international travel, but also for domestic.
Reader P.S. reminds us that the November 4th date is fast approaching. For those who are unfamiliar with this date, November 4th, 2017 has been designated by various Antifa groups as the date to initiate riots and other domestic disturbances across the nation to protest the Trump/Pence administration. We are not sure how they plan for organized riots to remove a duly elected president from office, but nevertheless, the DHS has been warning for months of the impending attacks.
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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!