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”. There are a couple of interesting articles on the Texas shooting on important aspects of the case that the media doesn’t seem to be reporting on.
Well, not really. It’s a simple galvanic battery that uses water as the electrolyte. You store it dry, then add water when needed. The real jewel is the Joule Thief circuit. A couple of inexpensive parts and you can run the LED on very low voltage (like batteries that you would normally consider dead). I’m not sure of the practicality of this DIY flashlight, but it might be a fun project with your kids. You can also buy a commercially made version of the flashlight. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Reader DSV sent in this article showing that the shooter was on prescription drugs for ADHD. His best friend from high school goes on record describing a troubled youth who struggled with verbal aggression and had a hair trigger on his temper. He had authority issues and plenty of red flags concerning his behavior. (Note: If you follow the “Read the Whole Article” link, you will be forwarded to the Daily Mail which has much crass and vulgar content. You’ve been warned!)
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The Activist Post has an interesting article showing that there are records reporting that the shooter pleaded guilty to two charges of assault and batter on his wife and aggravated assault on his infant stepson while stationed at Holloman Air Force base. Five other charges were withdrawn as part of the plea deal. These charges included multiple incidents in which he allegedly aimed either a loaded or unloaded firearm at his wife. He apparently kicked and choked his wife a number of times and fractured his infant stepson’s skull.
In the plea deal he admitted that he intentionally struck his stepson and the Air Force reported that he used enough force to potentially kill him and cause grievous bodily harm. For these egregious crimes, he received a year’s confinement, a demotion and a dishonorable discharge. If the Air Force had done it’s job properly, the shooter would have been locked up for a very long time and 26 people would still be alive. Where is the media coverage of that?!
Reason #5050 to Leave Public School
A Chillicothe, Ohio high school principle who was once named Ohio Principle of the Year has been indicted on sex charges involving students. The charges relate to two students where 16 and 17 years old. While the details of the case are being withheld, he is being charged with seven counts of sexual battery. The charge of sexual battery implies allegations of sexual intercourse. Thanks to reader F.M. for the link.
Multi-Drug Resistant Turberculosis
Reader F.M also sent in this reason to flee the crowded urban areas and move to a rural community: Minnesota’s multi-drug resistant tuberculosis outbreak is spreading. Seventeen known infections have occurred and six of them are now dead. The outbreak originated overseas. Some of the infected people hailed from a Thai refugee camp where tuberculosis infections were common. When they were resettled in Minnesota, they carried a latent form of the disease that was not infectious. But as they got older and their immune systems weakened, the disease became active, and they passed it along to others.
With the season of wood splitting exercise upon us, reader M.R. wrote in to say he has started using the Logosol Smart-Splitter. The unique design allows you to throw the weight of a maul and never miss the log. He says that two to four throws is usually enough to split a straight, dry piece of wood. Simply place a log under the wedge, then throw the guided weight down until the piece splits.
Removing Arsenic from Rice
I wasn’t even aware that arsenic was a problem in rice, but reader H.L. sent in this informative article on which kinds of rice contain the most arsenic and how to prepare it to remove the arsenic. I’m happy to say that my favorite aromatic rice, Basmati Rice, already contains the least amount of arsenic. Brown rice grown in the U.S. contains some of the highest amounts of arsenic though this is not due to contamination issues. Arsenic occures naturally and rice has a propensity to take it up from the ground as the rice grows. Apparently both the FDA and Consumer Reports have done extensive studies on the issue.
I normally don’t pay much attention to conspiracy theories but this one caught my eye. Could the Las Vegas mass shooting and the mass arrests in Saudi Arabia be related? Perhaps. This Reddit user makes a compelling argument for just that and fits together many pieces including an evacuated VIP and random firefights from various casinos on the same night. It certainly makes one think. Thanks to D.D. for the link.
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Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via ourContact 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!