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”. Heirloom seeds are getting more difficult to obtain due to government regulations in the E.U.
Interesting Data on Which States People are Leaving
Reader H.L. sent in this interesting article on a novel way to tell where people don’t want to live. U-Haul is a truck rental company that rents trucks to people moving and you can rent it one-way. If the same number of people are moving into an area as out of an area, it works really well. However, when more people are moving out of an area than into it, U-Haul has to hire drivers to drive the empty trucks back to the origin (or where they are needed). They also have to pay to return the drivers home. This extra cost is added to the price of the truck. That makes it easy to figure out where people are moving just by the rental prices. Hint: New York and San Francisco are unpopular. Democratic/liberal havens are very unpopular destinations.
Scott Adams on Gun Control
With the renewed national focus on “Gun Control” a SurvivalBlog reader sent in Scott Adam’s take on the issue. The article is over a year old, but still relevant and deals with it in typical Dilbert fashion. Note that Scott Adams was for Hillary rather than Trump in the last election, but sums it up rather well with the statement “I write about Trump’s powers of persuasion and it is not safe to live in California if people think you support Trump in any way.”
ABC Has Lost Its Mind on Abortion
Reader J.W. sent in this article on the sad state of American “entertainment”. Apparently ABC’s show “Scandal” has an abortion performed while a choir sings “Silent Night”. At the end of the abortion, the choir breaks out into the chorus “Hallelujah!” from Handel’s Messiah. During the abortion, the father says in a voiceover “Family is a burden… Family doesn’t complete you. It destroys you.” I can’t imagine the judgment that the Lord will enact on a people so calloused to life. It’s past time to pull the plug on the T.V. Throw it out!
Buying Heirloom Seeds in the U.K.
J.W. also sent in this article on how you can only buy heirloom seeds in the U.K. if you are part of a Private Members Club. This is part of the EU’s drive to register every single variety of vegetable seed. To be registered, the seeds must pass what is called DUS “Distinctiveness, Uniformity, and Stability”. Note that it costs nearly ₤3000 to test & register just one single variety of seed. J.W. notes that there is already a similar law to this in Pennsylvania. Without seeds, there is no long term future.
Remington Files for Bankruptcy
We knew it was coming. Remington notified the public that was filing for bankruptcy. The lull in the firearms market forced the company to offload $700 million worth of debt (out of the $950 million it had accrued). This is sad news and shows a considerable lack of management skills at the company. In the years leading up to the Trump election, record after record was broke on firearms sales and Remington, along with many other companies, made money hand over fist. Where did it go? Another American giant in the industry bites the dust.
Sad Gun Discussion on Fox
Reader D.S. watched a gun discussion on Fox news. The discussion had three women speaking about gun control to limit violence and was filled with misinformation, presenting only an emotionally driven and biased view. What hope is there for honest and accurate reporting? Apparently none. He notes:
The woman spoke of AR15 rifles, repeatedly and erroneously calling them ‘assault rifles’. Everyone should know that an actual assault rifle has a selector switch to allow single, burst, or fully automatic fire. The difference is clear and clearly separated by ATF. A federal license is required for any fully automatic firearm. That license is costly and obtaining one requires heavy investigation.
Complicating her error was the clear misunderstanding of the Second Amendment. She explained it as if it was for hunting. The ‘militia clause’ reference clearly suggests that the protection of the amendment should allow weapons equivalent to those of an invading army – muskets then, actual assault rifles now.
Secondly she showed her ignorance of even hunting. She snootily said, ‘You don’t need an AR for deer hunting’. The common AR15, in 5.56 mm ( .223 caliber) is not legal for any big game hunting in my state because it is too weak. The small bullet carries too little energy for sure and safe kills. Couple that with the fact that most available ammunition is FMJ, not designed to mushroom, to expand when it hits the target, and you could fairly call it less lethal ammo.
Marine Infantry PSYOPs
Reader T.P. sent in this interesting article on the future of Marine Infantry units. More snipers, reflecting the shift in modern warfare to guerrilla style tactics and PSYOP capabilities will give the marines better awareness and effectiveness. With the instant communication abilities due to cell phones and other devices, having the information environment operations officer and an information management officer will definitely improve their performance. Preppers and survivalists should take note of this change because these are the same capabilities that you need in your prepping and community groups.
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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!