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”. If you haven’t built a tape measure antenna before, you need to read this article today. It’s a great way to retire those old tape measures.
Jobs and Drugs
Reader H.L. sent in this article on how thousands of jobs in Ohio are going unfilled because potential employees can’t pass a drug test. While the manufacturing industry is expanding right now, the growth is stunted due to lack of a qualified work force (or perhaps lack of a sober workforce). H.L. adds:
“It is not just Ohio. Here in Connecticut, our long time electrician cannot find an apprentice. Either they do not want to learn/work and/or they cannot pass a drug test! Across much of America parents think their children need to go to four year college to learn a “white collar” skill. They often come out with a useless degree and lots of debt. The electricians, plumbers, and various “trades” pay really well and there is always work. Parents would be wise to expose both boys and girls at a young age to mechanical toys, etc. and see if they have interest in working with their minds and their hands. Add exposure to robotics and IT and their young adult might just be able to make a good living.”
Tape Measure Antenna
Reader P.S. reported that at his Ham Radio meeting over the weekend, his club made these $20 antennas out of PVC and sections of a metal tape measure. He was testing it from home and was impressed at how well it worked, even with his cheapest hand-held radio. He plans to make a few more just in case of an emergency. There is also a video.
Baseball Bats and Nail Guns
With the recent article and discussion on gun control on SurvivalBlog in mind, reader DSV sent in this article on how Australian citizens are arming themselves to protect those they love. They are forming citizen militias, but since they can’t arm themselves with firearms, they are using baseball bats, nail guns, paint-ball guns, brass knuckles and steel pipes. It seems a bit like Mad Max, but when you have nothing else, you use what you have. Anything is better than nothing and attitude is one of the most important aspects of self defense.
Valley Food Storage (one of SurvivalBlog’s advertisers) has a blog article on how to wax food for long term storage. The article covers the selection of foods including jellies, jams and cheeses that work well with the process. Note that not all cheeses work so they will talk about which ones to use and what type of wax. If you’ve thought about using this process but don’t know anything about it, this is a good place to start.
My Worst Fear
In Missouri, a man ran into a Dollar General store to protect his family and about 30 other patrons of the store from an armed robber. He placed himself between the armed robber and the innocent bystanders in the store keeping the robber from targeting the people. When the police arrived just a few minutes later, they couldn’t see the robber, but they could see Mr Becker. Even though he followed all the orders from the police, including putting his firearm down and raising his hands in surrender, a police rifle shooter then shot him in the hip. Thankfully, he survived, though bystanders initially told his daughter that the police had shot and killed him. Thanks to reader D.S. for the tip.
Brandon Smith (of Alt-Market.com) has an interesting video on posted on the Guerrilla Think Tank YouTube channel on weatherproofing some of the less expensive electronics that you might buy for only $18. It’s a simple process, but you will have to disassemble your radio and your warranty will be violated. However, if you compare the cost of this process to a fully weather hardened radio, this makes alot of sense.
Caracas has entered the next phase of it’s economic collapse. A power outage hit parts of the Venezuelan capital forcing 10 subway stations to close. traffic signals and phone lines were also affected. It should be noted that infrastructure issues in the state are not uncommon now and are happening more frequently. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
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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!