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”. With all the complaining in the media today about the American gun culture, it’s interesting to note the the American Indian had a very strong influence in it. The gun culture is rooted in minorities.
American Gun Culture
This report on the American gun culture actually outlines one of the reasons Britain and the U.S. differ so much over the issue of firearms. The influence of American Indians. America’s gun culture is a descendant of American Indian arms culture. The English provided the firearms. The Indians provided the fiercely independent accepted ability to fight for your own safety and survival and the willingness to take up arms. When these two cultures collided and merged, we ended up with the independent American attitude that takes their own safety into their own hands. It is an interesting read to say the least: The American Indian foundation of American gun culture
From Vice News: Zimbabwe’s Resistance Leader Says Mugabe Is “History” (HBO). Like we said when we first heard the news…If it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck…You get the idea. While the news report and interviews initially show that the military coup has the backing of the people, there is an insidious statement from the Resistance leader buried in the report. At the 3:43 mark in the video, the Resistance leader’s joy is now expressed as confusion. The president and generals have released a statement and have addressed nothing that the resistance expected them to.
Google Admission on Tracking
Reader DSV sent in this article showing that Google now admits that it grabs data on individuals locations from Android phones if you have an Internet connection and it doesn’t matter if you have location services turned off. Google started grabbing the location of cell towers from the phones so that it could push information to the phones but said it doesn’t store the information. Since they’ve been caught red-handed, they have pledged to cease the collection of information by the end of November. We will believe it only when it is independently verified.
Reader P.S. sent in this link to an article on how to clear the corners of your home in a home-defense scenario. Normally, if you suspect illicit entry into your home, your best bet is to back off and let the authorities do the clearing. But what if you have a family member bleeding out or any number of other situations that demand immediate action from you? This is a skill worth practicing even if you think you will never need it. As noted in the article, professional training from any of the quality firearms instruction sites is highly recommended.
An incident in Morocco showed us how desperate people can act in an unusual situation. At least 15 are dead with 40 injured when people stampeded while food was being distributed in a rural market. The value of the food being handed out was about $16 per person. Of course, the article also outlines how we get a glimpse of this behavior here in the U.S. every year. The day after Thanksgiving get up before daylight to push and shove their way through a crowd to get the best deals. The irony of this selfish behavior the day after Thanksgiving is not lost on us either.
Radiation Cloud Update
Russia denied the reports at first (Chernobyl anyone?), but are now recognizing that there is no hiding the radiation cloud that is hanging over Europe. The country’s meteorological service admits that they are finding trace amounts of an isotope only produced in a nuclear reactor. The levels are roughly 1000 times higher than they should be in Argayash, a village on the border with Kazakhstan and about 20 miles from Mayak nuclear facility. French scientists are saying it can’t be a reactor accident because there would be other isotopes detected as well, so suspicion is falling on a discharge linked to the nuclear fuel cycle. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
We have the near daily revelation of another female teacher seducing and raping another underage teenage boy. This time, it is a teacher at a charter school in Chicago’s southwest side. But today there is a special addition. Reader H.L. sent in this article showing that UK schools are banning “best friends” at school to protect other students feelings. You can’t invite anyone at school to your birthday party unless you invite all the children. Apparently, each student can only bond with their
electronic tether cell phone. The trend is already making it’s way across the pond where Canadian schools shuffle student groups around to keep friendships from happening.
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