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. Today’s focus is on ancient tool technologies and building technologies. But to begin, here is an update on pending gun legislation:
Congress Reeling From Trump’s About-Face on Gun Rights
Last week’s madcap unscripted biparitsan meeting on gun issues bewildered conservatives in the House and Senate. This session made Senator-For-Life Diane Feinstein gleefullly gesticulate like an old crone. Either President Trump had caved in, or perhaps he was cleverly attempting to overload the proposed omnibus legislation package with poison pills. (Some have suggested that he wanted a repeat of the doomed DACA Bill.)
Please contact your congressman, and encourage him (or her) to make “Poison Pill” amendments to any “gun control” law packages, as they make their way through congress. By adding legislation that Democrats can’t stomach, it is almost certain to cause a bill to fail, in its final vote. In particular, please ask your congressman to add four pieces of legislation: A.) A bill that would authorize all school teachers and administrators to be armed on campus, B.) The Hearing Protection Act, that would legalize un-taxed suppressors (“silencers”), C. National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry, and D.) Either a complete overturn of the Hughes Amendment or a six-month amnesty on machinegun registrations.
Please, please please contact your State and Federal legislators, frequently. Don’t give up on this legislative fight, or our rights will get trampled. Tell your representatives that they MUST oppose any new gun laws. And remember: the phrase “universal background checks” is just statist code for a “ban on private party sales.” This sort of unconstitutional law would destroy the privacy of our gun purchases, paving the way for nationwide registration. Don’t fall for it!
Backwoods Home: Build a Stone Wall
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A Bargain Remote Retreat in Montana
Real estate agent Theresa Mondale recently added this new listing at our SurvivalRealty.com spin-off web site: Off-Grid Cabin Near Helmville, Montana. This 20 acre property with a rough cabin is listed at just $90,000, and the owners will carry a note. The current owners have been developing the property as their sustainable homestead over the last 12 years. The property is truly remote, with only snowmobile/snowcat access during winter months.
Trevor Baylis of BayGen Fame Has Passed Away
Sad News: Trevor Baylis, the Inventor of the BayGen wind-up radio has passed away at age 80. (Our thanks to James C. for spotting this news.)
SFPD: The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight
The folks at Zero Hedge posted this: SFPD Probes How Cops Fired 65 Shots At Murder Suspect… And Missed 65 Times. This article underscores just how poor police retraining and re-qualification can be, these days. Our thanks to reader H.L., for sending the link.
Ibuprofen Alters Human Testicular Physiology to Produce a State of Compensated Hypogonadism
Reader S.O.M. forwarded us this PNAS article titled: Ibuprofen Alters Human Testicular Physiology to Produce a State of Compensated Hypogonadism. The first paragraph reads: “Concern has been raised over declining male reproductive health in humans. Our study addresses this issue by extending data showing antiandrogen effects of analgesics and suggests that such compounds may be involved in adult male reproductive problems. Using a unique combination of a randomized, controlled clinical trial and ex vivo and in vitro approaches, we report a univocal depression of important aspects of testicular function, including testosterone production, after use of over-the-counter ibuprofen. The study shows that ibuprofen use results in selective transcriptional repression of endocrine cells in the human testis. This repression results in the elevation of the stimulatory pituitary hormones, resulting in a state of compensated hypogonadism, a disorder associated with adverse reproductive and physical health disorders.”
The Gun Free Utopia
Reid Henrichs of the Valor Ridge firearms training organization recently released this brief and pointed lecture video: The Gun Free Utopia.
Report: Parkland Shooter Did Not Use High-Capacity Magazines
The National Review recently posted: Report: Parkland Shooter Did Not Use High-Capacity Magazines. Their article begins: “The Parkland shooter did not use magazines larger than 10 rounds, but gun-reform lobbyists are calling on lawmakers to ban higher-capacity magazines after the Valentine’s Day tragedy.
The 19-year-old school shooter who killed 17 in Florida on Valentine’s Day had 150 rounds of ammunition in 10-round magazines. Larger ones would not fit in his bag, Florida state senator Lauren Book revealed.”
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