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 ”. Economic crises is the focus of today’s edition.
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Florida Legislature Stands Up
Less than a week after 17 people were fatally shot in a Florida high school, the state House  had to vote down a bill that would ban assault rifles. The proponents of the bill had politicized the event and publicly paraded survivors of that shooting before the House in an emotional appeal that suggested if the legislature did not vote their way, they stood against these children. I believe I heard one student in a public state claim that if you didn’t stand with them, you stood against them. Really? I don’t know of anyone that wants any children shot dead, yet they are claiming that if I don’t agree with them, I do?
This dishonesty from the liberal-left is why no one trusts them. Kudos to the legislature for seeing through this voting the measure down. Shame on the 1/3 of the legislature that bought into the narrative and voted for it. Thanks to T.P. for the link.
Now is the time to get your children out of the
indoctrination centers public schools. Reader T.J. sent in this article showing how Leon County, Florida, public schools granted excused absences and offered school bus transportation  so that students could attend a rally for gun control at the state capitol. I don’t disagree that school shooting violence must end, but lets be real here. Actual numbers are had to come by due to the misuse of statistics by the left, but I’m pretty sure that there were fewer than 3700 fatalities due to school shootings in all of 2017. We are told that if we don’t agree with the left’s anti-gun stance that we support all of those shootings.
Did you know that there are 3700 fatalities of innocent children every day in the U.S.? Where is the outcry for that in the media? There are 3700 abortions performed every day in the U.S., each one killing an innocent child. I fully expect public schools to offer excused absences and bus transportation to students who wish to participate in anti-abortion rallies now.
The Next Economic Crisis
A few months ago, reader C.H. sent us a letter about her experience in her local credit union. The service was terrible and the offices for “loan officers” were empty. Most of the employees were very young. She believes that this is a harbinger of how the smaller banks and credit unions will be the first to feel the economic squeeze. I would have to concur. I’ve watched our local credit union slowly cut back on services and while the customer interface is still friendly in the branch, the corporate polices are changing. I’ve recently found myself wondering if I needed to move back to a large back for my banking needs. If I can’t access my money when I need to, what’s the point of having it in that bank? C.H. wonders if the larger banks will weather the crises longer than the smaller banks .
Zimbabwe’e Economy Was Once the Most Free
Did you know that Zimbabwe was once a net exporter and was considered the “bread basket of southern Africa”? Now Zimbabwe is known as the country that had the worst inflation on record (231 million percent a year). I still have a 50 trillion (with a “T”) note that I keep in my desk as a reminder of this insanity. Zimbabwe arrested the out-of-control economy by adopting the U.S. dollar and the South African rand as the official means of exchange. The opposition MDC party won control of the government in 2008 and announced the end of government interference in the economy.
No more exchange controls, price controls or import permits needed. Almost overnight, the grocery stores went from bare to fully stocked and fuel shortages ended. The economy grew at nearly 8%  over the next four years. But then Mugabe won outright control (in a stolen election) and he re-introduced the government controls crashing the economy once again. One might think there is something to be learned in this. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Mainstream Media Stupidity.
SurvivalBlog reader J.T. sent in this article: Man destroys AR-15 on camera to support gun control in wake of Florida shooting 
JWR’s Comment: Gee, one down and 20 million to go. Knock yourself out, doing that, you Mr. Liberal. There are now an estimated 2.1 million AR-15/AR-10 family receivers made every year. That equates to 5,753 per day. So, statistically, I’d say we are winning the war against Mr. Liberal and those of his ilk. Oh, and BTW, how much do you want for that parts set that you just created? I could use that for one of my planned Retro AR builds.
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