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”. The water shortage in Capte Town continues to be a source of potential conflict.
Cape Town is bracing for clashes as the city clamps down on water usage by its occupants. The kind of drought that they are experiencing only happens about once in every 300 years and the water levels are dropping by as much as one percent every day. That means that there is not enough water to bathe and the government is asking residents to use washcloths to clean themselves. They are also asked to flush the toilet only once a day. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
JWR added to Sunday’s update on Cape Town: “Is this a preview of urban life in America in another 10 to 15 years? By the way, the household electric fences seen in this video have a lethal voltage. That would be an invitation to a huge lawsuit in the US or Canada. But it is standard practice in South Africa.”
A recent study shows that kids are basically born geniuses, but that the educational system destroys imagination. Who would have ever thought that an indoctrination system designed to make children conform to accepted social norms would destroy imagination? The study was commissioned by NASA to help the agency identify and develop creative talent. The researchers were tasked to research school children and attempt to identify creative individuals that the agency could tap to help with their many products. 98 percent of 5-year-olds tested at the “genius” level. By age 10, that number had fallen to only 30 percent. By age 15, only 12 percent tested at that level. Yep, these are the people that will vote in three years. Thanks to G.M. for the link.
Showing that anything the government can do (except for destroying things), private industry can do better, Britain has a “private police force” that has caught over 400 criminals with a 100 percent conviction rate after taking on cases regular officers are too busy to look at. The firm is led by former Scotland Yard senior officers and is investigating murder inquiries. Some of the activities include guards patrolling streets of wealthy neighborhoods (£200 a month each), high-profile murder investigations dogged by allegations of corruption and cover-up, and help in cases of rape, missing persons, burglary, theft, stalking and blackmail.
Reader H.L. sent in this article from Bloomberg talking about life in Caracas. Notably, nearly all the ads on the radio there are encouraging and marketing fleeing the country. Visas for the whole family, house purchases in Florida and even lawyers promising to help you land a job abroad are all standard fare. Then there are the radio ads telling you to turn your commuting car into an armored vehicle. When there aren’t ads encouraging people to flee the country, there is the endless droning of state propaganda or the Castro-esque, rambling speed from Maduro that can drag on for hours. Basically, live life in fear or live elsewhere.
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Then there is the fact that prices of common goods are doubling every few weeks which makes life exceedingly difficult for those trying to find a way to pay for their basic transactions. Alfredo Infante has found an interesting way to track the inflation. Six months ago, donations from one Sunday mass could buy 30 eggs for church events. Now he needs almost 50 Sundays to buy the same number of eggs.
A recent statement released by the appropriately named German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that he could envision blessing homosexual couples in the Catholic Church. He did add that it would be up to the “pastor on the ground” rather than a universal rule. If you wonder why churches are seen as irrelevant in today’s society, look no further than this sort of nonsense. The Bible is clear in how it regards this behavior and any church that bends the rules to fit the popular culture is no more than a humanistic social club. Thanks to D.B. for the link.
BPA, a chemical found in many plastic containers mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen and is linked to low sperm counts and infertility in men, as well as breast and prostate cancer. A recent study by the University of Exeter found that 86 percent of teenagers had traces of BPA in their urine. given the widespread use of this chemical in plastic packaging of food, experts are concerned that it is nearly impossible to avoid exposure to it. It should be noted that the sample size of this study was rather small, but the results indicate that this is a problem that needs to be looked at on a larger scale. One more reason to raise your own food. Thanks to W.W. for the link.
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