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”. A real life Mad Max scenario is occurring right on the United States’ Southern border.


The FISA memo has been leaked, though it is heavily redacted. Still it’s quite interesting and a good peek at how the process works. It is also worth mentioning that Senators Feinstein and Schumer are working to get Twitter and Facebook to censor the memo. Though I feel that this is a dog and pony show. President Trump has the ability to declassify the entire FISA application, if he so chooses. Thanks to H.L. for the link.

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It is difficult to enjoy a good cigar or pipe now with all the restrictions on tobacco, especially in states like California where nearly everything that is sold carries a label that it can cause cancer. Now coffee is next in line. There is a court case pending that may result in every cup of coffee sold carrying the “may cause cancer” warning. If only the Senators and Representatives of this state were required to wear that label on their foreheads. Perhaps a “Here’s your sign” label instead?

7.62 mm NATO Breaching Round

Reader G.P. sent in this article on Ascendance International’s new 7.62 breaching round. The round carries enough energy to smash door locks without sending too much spalling into the room and allows the breacher to use the same weapon to breach the door as he needs to clear the room. The round is also pretty effective on Level III body armor. While not penetrating the armor, it delivers considerable blunt force to the armor. The ability to not have to change weapons between breaching and clearing is an advantage that can mean the difference between life and death.

Fanning Mill

Reader R.K. wrote in to ask if any reader knew of a good, inexpensive fanning mill. He is currently looking at this one, but $2500 is a bit steep for his budget. If you know of any good options, let him know in the comments section below. He might even be interested in building one if the instructions are decent.


Weatherby has announced that they are moving their manufacturing operations from the restrictive climate of California to the more gun-friendly state of Wyoming. Wyoming is happy to catch this as their state currently relies heavily on the mineral and petroleum industries and picking up more manufacturing jobs will help diversify the state which will insulate it from market fluctuations better. The only real loser in this deal is California. Thanks to B.D. for the link.

Survival Realty Listing has a 39 acre retreat property for sale  just outside of Bluebell, Utah for $23,999. The road butts up against utilities and is accessed by county road. If you built on this property, you would only have to extend power several hundred yards. There is excellent potential for deer and elk hunting and there are several flat areas where you could build a cabin. This would make a good retreat property.

Mad Max

A Mad Max scenario has erupted in Mexico where gangs have become addicted to fuel and regularly steal from refineries. This article profiles one pump technician that was harassed by phone call and when he ignored those, it escalated to the point where he was kidnapped, pistol whipped and stabbed. he eventually lost his gall bladder due to injuries. Currently, he has fled Mexico to Canada where he is requesting asylum to escape the cartel. Fuel theft is fast becoming Mexico’s most pressing economic and security dilemma, sapping more than $1 billion in annual revenues from state coffers and terrorizing workers.

Blue Wolf

After being profiled by JWR yesterday, Blue Wolf has contacted me wanting to know what kind of NVG lighting products SurvivalBlog readers are interested in. The company has asked that readers let us know what sort of lighting products you are interested in, and how you use them.

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Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!


  1. Concerning the Blue Wolf NV capable lighting; I’d be interested in a solar powered perimeter lights. I have a few acres and would love to have perimeter lights on a stake I can push into the ground, mount on trees and T-Posts rather than using white lights, as I do now. They would also be great for those who hunt wild hogs at night as well.

  2. Concerning the Blue Wolf NV capable lighting; I would be interested in a couple of things. 1) I noticed most of the product specs indicate they require 24V. As we have standardized on 12 volt DC it would be nice if there were a 12 volt option, or they offered a 12V to 24V converter/booster module. 2) I would be interested in a NV style lamp in what is commonly referred to as a corn cob form factor, with a standard lamp base, I believe it is referred to as an Edison base. In our case I would be looking to upgrade lighting in the ham shack, install some nv lights in our Ham go boxes, and have NV equivalents for our bug out location and bug out trailer. Both of which currently use the 12 volt corncob style Edison bulbs in standard fixtures.

  3. This link may help for seed cleaning, not so much the video but some of the links on the side look easy to build and relatively easy to make. Most are for grains, light weight flower seeds would be a challenge. The mini Clipper cleaner would not work on light weight seeds. Years ago I rebuilt several of the commercial clipper cleaners for a corn plant and they work well.

    1. It would appear that it was removed this morning, probably because it already sold. Use their search feature to look at properties in your price range. They often have reasonably priced properties.

  4. The Mad Max is what we have to stop before it completely takes over here. The Cartel threat is already ongoing with homicides, mutilations and car fires in CONUS and will only escalate.
    It’s very hard to defend against these as they are organized, well armed (or better with grenades etc.) and have good commo similar to what we do but better as they set up a multitude of illegal repeaters. They also will run multiple radios simultaneously, to keep different groups under control, since they don’t have anything fancy like the military singars channel hoppers.
    The push against law enforcement has made it difficult to impossible to deal with and so now it’s growing more rapidly. The continuation of cartels and the like will grow as more Americans shove things up their nose and continue to smoke and the legality of it is meaningless as places like Kolorado have shown. The Cartel footprint has grown significantly since the legalization.
    Give it serious considerations as to how you will deal with a large group like this. The typical 2.5 family unit with poodle and handgun aren’t going to last very long nor is 6 person survival group with high hopes and minimal training.
    Don’t believe for a second that your overthinking your defenses.

    1. Agreed! Don’t get locked into a normalcy bias based on scenarios that you think you got covered because you can’t wrap your mind around anything worse. Given America’s one hundred year plunge into entitlement minded humanism, welfare and state program addictions, and an impossibly massive and growing national debt…spells severe trials and tribulations. We are headed into a very trying time that will take years to resolve, should the Lord be pleased to grant mercy, repentance, and obedience to his people. Without His intervention America as we knew it under the Constitution will end, as all nations that turn its back on God. The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God. (Ps 9:17, NKJV)

  5. Coffee doesn’t “cause” cancer. Cancer is not naturally occurring. An organism that kills the host without a transmission mechanism lasts exactly 1 generation in the wild. Something is causing all the cancer but ain’t a cup of coffee.

    1. “Something is causing all the cancer but ain’t a cup of coffee.”

      How many nuclear weapons were dropped on the good old USA from 1945 to 1962 and where did all the fallout finally land? How many cancer hot spots are there in the USA? Has anyone done a comparison map of cancer hot spots and radiation fallout zones from those hundreds if not thousands of nuclear detonations?

      Oh, and let’s not forget the ever increasing use of poisonous pesticides and genetically modified pseudo food that we have been bombarded with for the last 70 plus years. Are there any studies of the long term side effects of the poisoning of the American people?

      Inquiring minds want to know!

  6. There is a nonprofit out there suing the State of California for their Proposition 65 law.

    Whereby the People’s Republic of California is plastering there “May be know to cause cancer in the State of Californication” stamp on every battery powered tool sold at Home Depot from any State in the Union or else California will bar it being sold in their State.

    Meaning you can purchase a tool in Texas and immediately are blasted with California’s thumb print in your face. Not good for disgruntled Californians whom were tossed out from their state due to high taxes and high housing coupled with harassment from the laws implemented the now Communist Star as number 31 on the American flag.

    Check it out here:

  7. As to the drug cartels:

    The only way to end the wealth, power, and influence of these evil SOB’s is to end this insane, immoral, unjust and unconstitutional war on drugs. You can’t declare a war on inanimate objects. You can only declare war on people, your fellow Americans, your equals in every way, who smoke something, snort something, or inject something that you don’t like.

    If you want to end the “black market” and all the criminality that surrounds it, you must end the root cause of the “black market”. What causes the “black market”? ONLY THE ACTIONS OF GOVERNMENT. What are those actions? There are basically just three things: excessive taxation, excessive regulation, and the most egregious of all, prohibition. Just remember La Cosa Nostra was just a bunch of local thugs until the nationwide prohibition of alcohol starting in 1920. And they were granted a year to set up their operations before the ban took effect. The amendment was ratified in January 1919 and took effect in January 1920.

    I could make my case by giving example after example how these three actions cause the growth of the “black market”, but the truth of this should be self-evident. I’m not advocating the use of drugs, just the end of the “black market” and all the criminality that surrounds it.

  8. For “night vision”, I’ve been buying red LED arrays or bulbs on Amazon, the cheap Chinese stuff that was bright enough to do normal things at night including reading. I’d rather have done something from the USA.

    On another note, I’ve been trying to create a 905-950 nM array of lights for my truck or my home with a mated camera or set thereof. It’s harder than you think but you can find replacement gopro lenses without the IR cut filter or “night” DVRs or such. It would be nice to have a “solution”.

  9. How about remotely triggered ir lights. I can hit a remote and the solar powered lights turn on or I can have them triggered by motion detector. Don’t want to flag my location unless I’m wanting the IR to identify or shoot a ‘predator.’

  10. I second the request for perimeter security lights, structuring systems to run off rechargeable batteries, and having cheap proximity alarms that run on 120V with battery backup. Currently I have a set of Harbor Freight alarms requiring (disposable) C cells. Thanks for asking, HJL.

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