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 features a couple of interesting articles on the AK-47 popularity.
Massive Protests in Iran
Citizens in the most destructive country in the Middle East have begun protesting in the thousands. Demonstrators in Iran took to the streets on Friday to protest rising prices and corruption in Iran’s Islamic government. The protests also included calls of “Death to the dictator”. The protesters are mostly comprised of adults under the age of 40. While starting over economic issues, the demonstrators quickly morphed into calls for freedom of political prisoners and an end to the clerical regime.
North Korea’s Unique AK
Reader JMC sent in a couple of videos that analyze North Korea’s weapons displayed by photos released from the regime. Of particular interest is the version of the AK shown in many photos with a tube underneath the rifle. Most media has tried to portray that as a large bore grenade launcher, but Max Headspace9mm shows where it is actually a helical-fed magazine similar to Calico’s. While an interesting choice for a military magazine, he points out how heavy it would be to carry and that unless shooting prone, there is no advantage to it at all.
Reader T.J. notes that while he originally thought the AK-47 pistol (and by extension, the AR type pistol) were a fad, their acceptance seems to be increasing among the criminal component. Recently, Tallahassee Police Department seized an AK-47 style pistol along with a handgun during a traffic stop which ended up being a drug stop. (Note that having a backpack with marijuana leaves is probably not smart if you’re a drug dealer.) While disconcerting that this type of firepower is increasingly found in this element, I’m not sure of the significance of it. The short barrels associated with rifle cartridge pistols often mean extremely reduced ballistic performance making it about equal to a pistol. While a full length barrel AK or AR can easily defeat soft body armor, those with pistol length barrels generally cannot.
Apple has admitted to hindering the performance of their older phones to encourage users to upgrade to the newest release. Now in an interesting twist, Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée (HOP – Stop Planned Obsolescence) is suing the corporation because of a bill passed in 2015. If found guilty, the tech giants executives responsible for the decision could face fines equal to the European sales of the phones and up to two years of jail time. No word yet on how they will try them in absentia or how the U.S. government will deal with U.S. citizens being tried in foreign courts. In any case, if successful, those executives may want to avoid travel outside of the U.S. for a while. Thanks to DSV for the link.
The New York Times has run an article on how Venezuelans are avoiding being robbed in this socialist paradise. With no place considered “safe” in Caracas anymore, people have resorted to carrying dummy phones to hand over if robbed and driving in armored cars for the more affluent. Behavior modification is also popular. People are no longer walking around with a carefree attitude, instead, keeping their head on a swivel and avoiding traveling alone and at night. Thanks to reader P.S. for the link.
Manufactured Lethal Viruses
Reader H.L. sent in this article on how the federal ban on making lethal viruses has been lifted. The N.I.H. will now create expert panels to assess controversial research into creating pathogens that easily infect humans. H.L. notes: “What could possibly go wrong? With the deplorable state of our Government run schools today and the lack of real education even affecting the sciences, this could result in an “accidental” release of a deadly pathogen! Most likely, they will attempt to cover it up and blame something or someone else!”
“Friendly” FBI agents
Reader T.Z. sent in this article on how the interrogation of Reality Winner reveals the deceptive tactics of exceedingly friendly FBI agents. While written from a leftist perspective, it contains valid information and every person should be aware that when questioning you, law enforcement isn’t your friend. I’d also recommend readers view this YouTube video from several years ago from a Regent Law professor on the Fifth Amendment. While 46 minutes long, it is entirely enlightening.
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