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 Nuclear Football in Beijing
I’m not completely familiar on how the infamous “nuclear football” works. For those more unfamiliar than I am, it is supposed to be a briefcase that has the nuclear launch codes. It goes where the president goes. President Trump’s recent visit to Beijing caused quite a dust-up when the president was allowed in the Great Hall of the People, but the person carrying the briefcase was not. After a short confrontation, the U.S. delegation proceeded to follow the president anyway on the instruction of Chief of Staff, John Kelly. One U.S. secret service agent apparently tackled a Chinese security officer when he placed a hand Kelly.
John Cylc wrote a good article on The State of Guns in America using just facts – Not opinion. In the words of Rahm Emanuel, never let a good emergency go to waste. The progressive/liberals don’t even let the ink dry on the newspapers, let alone the mourning bury their loved ones before they politicize the mass shootings anymore. Their rhetoric is filled with emotional please for “common sense gun control”, whatever that means. They don’t hesitate to twist statistics or even make up their own if it furthers their goals. What else can we expect when we have created such victim rich (gun free) zones around America. Cylc puts the numbers in perspective and shows the true agenda.
Home in a Ghost Town
The end of copper mining left a log of ghost towns in Michigan, but not all of them are deserted. Michigan’s upper peninsula actually has some ghost towns that are not completely deserted. This article is an interesting history lesson on how boom towns spring up and collapse and the lives that are affected. It’s an interesting read. Thanks to Scott R. for the link.
More on Social Media
From the desk of Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large:
Inside The Two Years That Shook Facebook—And The World. If you must use social media, use adblockers, and never put personal info into your profile.
I make up a different birthday for every platform, cycling through the months of the year. Not even SurvivalBlog has my real birthdate. If someone has your name, birthdate, address and mother’s maiden name, they can easily manipulate access to all your accounts, including bank and credit card. Don’t list your address, your phone, or an outside email. Never take a “survey” or answer questions about your likes. At best, you will be deluged with ads. At worst, you may have your identity stolen. In between Zuckerberg and his enemies will use you as a pawn in their fight over media control.
Impact of Progressive Policies
Reader H.L. sent in this article on what happens when progressive/liberals run your city. A recent survey of the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit showed of the 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco, all were filled with trash, 41 blocks were dotted with needles and 96 blocks were sullied with piles of feces. The mix of used drug paraphernalia, trash and feces throughout the downtown area make it less than desirable to work in, let alone visit. This used to be a rich tourist attraction, now it’s just a homeless and drug abuser attraction. Note that this diseased condition exists right alongside schools and playgrounds.
Do Decent Physical Newspapers Still Exist?
Reader B.L. wrote in to ask the readership if they were aware of any physical newspapers that their family could subscribe to. Their household is trying to limit screen time and all of their local newspapers are questionable even for fish wrap or bird cage lining due to the left-leaning biases. Let them know in the comments if you have a good newspaper they can follow.
National Anthem Embarrassment
By now, I’m sure everyone has heard the National Anthem sung by Fergie at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. We are quite confident that Rosanne Barr has now been unseated as the singer of the worst possible rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. Fergie’s rendition was reminiscent of something that belonged in bedroom, much like Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Happy Birthday” and stands as an embarrassment to us all. While she claims it just didn’t have the effect she wanted it too, we are not sure what effect she was trying for. About the only thing worth watching during that rendition was the expressions on the players and the audience as they struggled to maintain their composure. I’d hate to leave you with that bad taste in your mouth. If you listened to that, you probably threw up a little. Here is how is should be sung – with honor.
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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!