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 ”. California fires are continuing to flare up. The latest is the Skirball Fire, that caused a grid-down event in West LA.
Brad Schaeffer, over at The Daily Wire, has started a series on a front of World War II that shaped Russia  and created a paranoid, meddlesome nation that President Ronald Reagan called evil. Most Americans seem to think World War II started on December 7, 1941 and reached its pinnacle on June 6th, 1944. (Europeans tend to remember rather more.) To put the Battle of Stalingrad in perspective, even at the height of the the West’s war on Germany (including North Africa) we faced 175 Wehrmacht Divisions. The Red Army faced over 600 Wehrmacht Divisions. During the Battle of the Bulge, the Allies lost 100,000 soldiers. But that was almost a daily loss for the Russians. It’s promising to be a good series.
Facism – Right or Left?
I’ve been irritated at the media for some time for buying into the concept that fascists are from the “right”. PragerU has a video  out now that discusses the little known history of the fascist movement – Something the Left would rather keep forgotten. Even Obama has called President Trump a fascist  and has likened him to the early stages of the Nazis in the 1930s despite the fact that Obama’s own presidency had more of a resemblance than any other, in recent history. Nope. Sorry. Fascism is clearly a leftist movement. The next time you hear “far right”, remember the whole point of that is to liken a conservative or a libertarian to the abomination of fascism. It is a lie. Remind them who originated the movement: socialists.
Reader S.M. wrote in to tell SurvivalBlog readers that Matt Bracken is offering a free download of his Counter Caliphate novel, “The Red Cliffs of Zerhoun,” for free on Kindle this coming Friday.
West LA lost power today due to the Skirball Fire . Freeway 405 was temporarily shutdown due to the fire that flared up in the tony Bel Air area. This is the area that is covered in very expensive homes and several have burned. Officials sent out mass text alerts to residents asking them to stay alert and listen to authorities. Continued high winds are expected in the near future so all of the California fires are serious right now. If you live in the area, make sure you have an evacuation plan in place. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Forced Removal of Bullet Resistant Glass
A controversial bill is making headway in Philadelphia this week. The bulk of the bill is intended to regulate “stop and go” liquor stores, but one part of the bill would force owners to take down bullet resistant glass inside the stores . This is the glass box that protects the cashiers from armed thieves and robbers. Why you ask? Because it is apparently racist. Apparently, the thinking is that most of these stores offer very little in the way of services other than liquor and are encouraging crime. If the owners feel threatened, they may close up shop and leave. Hmmm…How is that any different than armed robbery? – Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Asian Advice on Surviving a Nuclear Attack
An official Chinese newspaper near the North Korean border is publishing a page of articles on dealing with a nuclear attack . This comes on the heels of yet another escalation in tension as the U.S. deployed a B-1B Lancer bomber in the area for aerial exercises in a show of force against Kim’s escalations. The page includes written text detailing survival techniques as well as a rudimentary comic with the crude drawing showing how to decontaminate yourself. [Note: you will need Google translate to read this article unless you can read Chinese.]
Following on the heels of the recent dialog on SurvivalBlog regarding the National Reciprocity bill working it’s way through Congress comes this article  sent in by SurvivalBlog reader D.S. Representative Thomas Massie is warning that House leaders intend to merge an Obama-style gun control bill with the national reciprocity bill. The specific gun controls are contained in the “fix-NCIS” legislation. The thinking is that the addition of the language will attract Democrat Senators when the bill makes it to the Senate floor. Once again, the government shows that they cannot be trusted with guarding your rights. Note that the bill amendment (merging the two bills) hasn’t happened yet, but is being discussed.
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