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”. Frustrations abound in the land of the fleeced.

Hunting ISIS

It took the Philippines’ military over five months to drive ISIS out of Marawi and the devastation left nearly 300,000 as refugees with a destroyed city. Now the military is working with surrounding countries and changing how they deal with ISIS. They are on the offensive and they are recruiting civilians to their cause as militia: We Follow A New Force Hunting For Terrorists In The Philippines. (video ~8min)

Land of the Fleeced

Home of the Slave – Idiots in City Hall. Reader H.L. sent in this article about a couple in Florida that built themselves a multilevel tree-house getaway for only $30,000. They have now spent several times that in legal fees after local authorities informed them they had received a complaint and ordered them to remove it. A Florida court rubber stamped a ruling imposed by the City of Holmes Beach without any evidence of independent consideration and won’t even allow them to take it to the community for a vote of acceptance. They have appealed to the Supreme Court, but it is unlikely that they will get heard.

Islam Meets Snowflake

Reader D.S. sent in this article from the Times of Israel where an Egyptian columnist for the Egyptian daily Al-Yawm Al-Sabi is advocating that Egypt sue Israel for damages caused by the 10 Biblical plagues. Getting past the obvious ridiculousness of the statement, In my thinking it does reveal a couple of things:

  1. Shouldn’t they be suing God instead? Can you sue for an act of God?
  2. Recognition of the plagues and the exodus certainly gives authority to Israel’s claim to Jerusalem
  3. Surely the statue of limitations has run out.


Reader H.L. sent in this article on how a researcher discovered the worst flaw in Intel history. Every chip manufactured since 1995 is vulnerable to the flaw and there is no record if hackers have been able to utilize the flaw in their attacks because there are no traces in log files. The exploit is in the processor itself. Intel is already rolling out a microcode fix so you can expect updates from software companies. On the horizon though is another exploit called “Spectre” which may be just as bad and affects AMD and ARM (think all iPhones, Macs, iPads and more – thanks to L.G. for the link.) as well.

Darn Tough Socks

On the heels of JWR’s recommendation for Darn Tough Socks, reader J.J. sent in this link for a great deal on buying these in bulk. Six packs for $60.

Concealed Carry in California

The wait time for a concealed carry license (when you qualify and they actually decide to sell it to you) now stands at two years in Riverside County, California. So if you fear for your life and decide that you have a need for a CCW, you have to figure out how to stay alive for 24 months before you can get your permit. Note that in California, to obtain a permit, you have to show “good cause” which is highly susceptible to the subjective whims of the sheriffs office. Thanks to H.L. for the link.

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  1. Just a question about Concealed Carry in California: What is CA going to do about the pending National CCW reciprocity? My bet is open the can of worms and ignore it.

    1. @Grizz,
      Should National Reciprocity pass, my bet would be on New York and California simply doing away with CCW entirely except for a select group of elites (law enforcement, judges, etc..) As it is currently written, I’m pretty sure if they don’t have CCW permits, they don’t have to honor any other state’s.

      1. Remember folks Kommunist Kalifornia does not have 2nd Amendment in its state constitution. Isn’t that nice of the forefathers of that state to have the foresight to become a Kommunist state.

  2. Hugh is correct that the first reaction of the gun grabbers after National Reciprocity is passed will be to eliminate CCW in their State, thereby kicking the issue further down the road. Since most of those jurisdictions also prohibit Open Carry, the laws will be challenged on the grounds that prohibiting both Open and Concealed Carry violate the RKBA. But it will take five years for the challenges to work their way up the Courts to the Supremes, and there is no guarantee that they’ll hear the cases.

  3. Here in NV a friend renewed his CCW, it took over 4 months, for a renewal. Talk about the slow walk thru government blessings to exercise your right that they already made you dance and beg for already.

  4. in·fringe
    actively break the terms of (a law, agreement, etc.).
    “making an unauthorized copy would infringe copyright”
    synonyms: contravene, violate, transgress, break, breach;
    act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on.

  5. You don’t have to worry about AMD CPUs. It takes effort to make them vulnerable to Spectre and they aren’t susceptible to Meltdown. There’s been a lot of spin spewed that amounts to “We don’t want Intel to hurt us”. Yet another reason to buy AMD Ryzen CPUs in your next PC and AMD Epyc in servers, though honestly it’s the big public cloud providers who have the most to worry about. Run-of-the-mill malware and social engineering are still the biggest threats to home users.

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