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 Office of Sheriff
Many people today in America do not recognize that American law is deeply rooted in English law as opposed to Napoleonic codes. The independently elected sheriff is one such position that can be dated clear back to 871AD. The ability of the sheriff to be elected by the people rather than appointed by a ruling official gives this position the ability to act independently and locally in the enforcement of law and justice. The position has been thoroughly Americanized, yet the independent nature still exists and the sheriff answers directly to the people. Understanding this concept can help you select a sheriff in your county that will best serve the interests of the local people rather than that of some politician who doesn’t even know the name of your county. Your freedom may very well depend on it.
Fighting with a Purpose
Why do you fight? Reid Henrichs of Valor Ridge answers this question and gives you some food for thought in this video. On the surface, this question seems pretty simple, but the answer can make all the difference in the world. Most will answer “to protect my family”, but Henrichs asks you to look deeper than that. What does “protecting your family” mean? It means that you will be ready and willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that you are the one that goes home to your family rather than your opponent. You have to understand what it means if you fail and you have to make the determination beforehand that you will see the conflict through, no matter what it takes. The battle is won before it even starts.
One of my favorite authors “Louis L’Amour” often stated that “there is no stopping a man who is in the right and knows he is in the right.”. Others have expressed the conflict not so much as meeting the opponent, but rather going through the opponent to get to your goal. However you look at it, it is important to remember that the outcome of the battle is generally decided before the engagement ever begins. Your mental state is one of the most important aspects. This is why you train. Thanks to T.J. for the link.
Pacific Ring of Fire Earthquakes
Reader G.P. sent in this article on the cluster of earthquakes that rocked the Pacific Ring of Fire this last week sparking concerns that “The Big One” may be on the way. I don’t think anyone can predict accurately whether that is the case or not, but if you live in an earthquake prone zone, preparing for a earthquake is only prudent. If you have put off some of the things you need to do, now is the time to stop procrastinating and get it done. If you are unsure of where to start because you’ve just recently moved in or haven’t really thought about it, use the search function on SurvivalBlog to find past articles on Earthquakes. There are a number of really good ones.
The American Air Force Future
The American military is still the 800lb gorilla when it comes to worldwide dominance. America has the ability to project power around the world when and where it desires, on multiple fronts. Leaving aside the political ramifications of projecting that power where it really has to right or benefit to the American population, it is important to retain that edge. Strength through peace, so to speak. Regional powers such as China and Russia may not be able to project power across the globe, but they can effectively control the area surrounding them and it is readily apparent that America’s edge in technology is rapidly eroding. Reader J.H. sent in this article showing how the Air Force wants to deal with this problem by investing heavily in next-generation technologies.
18 School Shootings in 2018
Reader G.G. sent in this article from the Washington Post that shows how the main stream media (MSM) is twisting facts to further their agenda. That number is flat out wrong. Everytown inflates its bogus number by including incidents of gunfire that are not really school shootings. Examples about like the Michigan man who called police to say he was armed and suicidal while sitting outside an elementary school. Everytown counts that as one of the case, but fails to tell you that the school had been closed for seven months. And they wonder why no one believes them anymore.
Further proof of just how bad can be seen in this article from the Daily Mail on the Florida shooting. One of the photos used in the article purportedly shows a shattered laptop screen with three bullet holes in it. However, if you actually look at the screen, you can see the bullet holes are fake. (You would actually see a hole, rather than the white backlight of the screen if it were really a hole.) They either a pushing fake and/or doctored photos in an effort to sway public opinion or they have ignoramuses that don’t understand how to spot fakes. Either case is unacceptable for media. Thanks to T.P. for that catch.
Listening to Radio Frequencies
Reader J.C. sent in this video that reviews a $20 software defined radio that is simply a USB dongle that attaches to your computer and allows you to receive nearly any radio frequency. This is a worthwhile expenditure if you have a laptop. Check it out.
The Case of the Disappearing Easter
In the continuing assault on Christianity from liberal/left-leaning corporations, Apple’s newest IOS update (11.2.5) seems to drop Easter from the calendar. Thanks to DSV for the link.
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