The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

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”. Interesting that fears of a nuclear war is bringing to light the sad state of current fallout shelters.

Fallout Shelters

New York has begun removing the 1960s era fallout shelter signs strewn around the city. During the 1960s, at the height of the cold war, the signs were erected in places that had locations suitable for sheltering from nuclear fallout and had been stocked, at least somewhat, for a shortish stay as a refuge against nuclear disaster. The idea was if you were caught away from home, you only had to look for one of these signs to know you would be “safer”. Sadly, survivors would most likely find themselves rattling locked doors or breaking into laundry rooms or storage areas with no food or water stocks. Thanks to G.P. for the link.

North Korea

North Korea is working to build its first submarine capable of launching missiles. While one nuclear sub really isn’t worrisome to the U.S. and its allies, it continues the disturbing trend and the rapid pace that North Korea has of building their first-strike capability. The drums of war continue beating. This will obviously be used by the U.S. for another escalation in the verbal conflict.

National Biometric Database

Russia is planning a national biometric database for financial services starting next summer according to their central bank. While the bank says that the data would only be stored with the individuals consent, the country had to make changes to their laws to facilitate the move. Here in the U.S., we give this data away from free (i.e. facial recognition on your iPhone.) Moscow claims it has the largest centralized surveillance network in the world and it also uses facial recognition. Hmmmm, I wonder what could possibly go wrong here.

Redneck Revolt

The Independent spend the day on Long Island with members of this leftist group that claims it is arming working-class people so they can defend minorities. While this short video is just a synopsis of one such group, it does at least represent an improvement of their abilities. past articles and videos that we have seen have shown what basically amounted to a clown show of the ignorant people being led by ignorant people teaching things they didn’t even understand. While still not even close to high speed operators, they seem much more comfortable with their firearms. It’s a disturbing trend, but one that we see play out constantly in third-world countries. Thanks to P.S. for the link.

Inexpensive yet Formidable Field Knife

Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, sent in these web pages on creating an inexpensive field knife and survival kitsurvival kit. In this case, the knife is a kukri, but the technique would work on others as well. The home made survival kit is a basic one, but low cost and will give you the ability to survive in the wilderness if you practice with the included items and know how to use them.

Silicon Valley Doomsday

Silicon Valley continues to work towards an automated future, but many fear that the resulting unemployment will cause deep unrest. This video profiles some area survivalists that are preparing themselves to live out this feared apocalypse in style, complete with bunkers, off-grid homes and guns.

Arrested for Catching Child Molesters.

A journalist that has lured out several high profile child molesters and then turned them over to police for arrest has now been arrested himself. The police are calling Rich Warner a vigilante, despite the fact that he turns his targets over to police and have charged him with agrevated assault and publishing the identity of a person charged with a sex offense. I guess it’s not socially healthy to be better at catching these perverts than the police are. Thanks to H.L. for the link.

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  1. Redneck Revolt

    What is that story?
    You can give a man a fish and feed him for a day or you can teach the man to fish and he can feed himself for life?
    Or something like that –
    This, so called “Redneck Revolt” is giving the minorities one fish.

  2. Automation will be the end of the human race as we know it, making us redundant, fat and lazy. It also relies on this finite supply of oil to keep the sheeples electronics running

  3. FYI: eBay has the fallout shelter signs for sale, new, old stock, US government issue. I bought one for $24 shipped, and stuck it on my front door. Friends are all envious……

  4. It is interesting that these self declared leftist want’a bees are wearing Che Gaverra patches, The left really likes Castro’s butcher. They also identify with their other Idols such as Stalin, Pol Pot, Chairman Mao, Adolf, as well as a host of other despots that rise to power on the peoples backs as they flood their countries with their subjects blood. , Always in the name of improving their lot.

    These people are just juveniles looking for some one else to lead them out of their mothers basements for a cause lost at it’s inception. I consider them less a threat than a garbage truck strike.

    1. A gun in the hands of a child whether that is physically or mentally can still kill you…I wouldn’t underestimate them because history has shown us by the death tolls of ilk like them…

  5. Don’t lament the fall-out shelters signs – lament the disappearance of a national civil defense program in the 60’s. One of the banner ads next to this column reads “The Good News About Nuclear Destruction – and how you can survive. You’d think the government would want citizens to be prepared but they plan for the one off “big” thing where FEMA will rush in and save you. The government has their shelters but where are yours?

    The public is left on its own. And I do believe that the government does worry about just one nuclear sub with MULTIPLE missiles. I know I do. We cannot tolerate a nuclear Korea – they are the folks that will not hesitate to sell nuclear stuff to terrorists who have no compunction in setting it off no matter the
    number killed.

    We either take them out now and as quickly as possible or we make it far worse for ourselves in the future. I don’t say these things lightly.

    If it weren’t for survivalist or preparedness sites like this one the public would not have a chance. I don’t know if its true or not but I’ve read where Moscow is building lots of shelters underneath their largest cities. Scary stuff indeed.

  6. Fallout Shelters:

    The purveyors of political correctness seem to not want preparedness minded folks to have certain things:

    Guns, Ammo and stockpiles thereof, Food, Fuel, and Fallout Shelters…

    If you try to pull a permit for a Fallout Shelter, as opposed to an energy efficient thermal mass utility building, you will probably get two different reactions.

    While at the same time, the Silicon Valley Doomsday video, shows that the upper 1 percent are ignoring all of that PC and making preparations.

    Very few folks will even talk about nuclear fallout, much less any education, plans or preparations.

    It is a PC taboo subject, which means that most folks will never survive it unless they get lucky…

    Which is a recipe for genocide…

    Also, back in the day, was the protection factor for those shelters low, like PF 40, instead of current norm of PF 1,000?

    1. Being an old guy, I remember the shelters from the late 50’s and the 60’s. They were usually covered by 3-5 foot of earth and not luxurious in the least, Small, cramped, but capable of doing the job for the 2 weeks that they used to recommend.

  7. Fallout Shelters:

    I don’t think that Elon Musk’s interest in Tunneling is all about mass transportation or Mars colonization. There is probably a lucrative market here on earth for underground shelters and cities.

    In this quotation, he is referring to Mars, but there are applications here on Earth,
    “So I do think there is some overlap in that technology development arena.”[25] “And then, along the way, building underground habitats where you could get radiation shielding… you could build an entire city underground if you wanted to””


  8. Hugh,

    RE: Silicon Valley preppers,

    Good luck on their current hobby.

    IMO, It would be alot smarter to relocate to a nice low crime farming area, than stick it out solo in a bunker once SHTF.

    God bless,

  9. In the spirit of seeing the water glass as half full , I would note that removal of the fallout shelter signs in New York City means that more New York City liberals would die in a nuclear war. Which means more food for the rest of us.
    So, cry “Yeah!!” or something.

  10. National Biometric Database – I was surprised to see on my new smart phone an option to unlock the phone using my fingerprint. If the phone knows what your fingerprint looks like then I would bet so does the whole world. You know they beam your private information to anyone willing to pay. Need I extrapolate the potential abuses?

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