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”. Turkey disturbingly calls for an “Army of Islam” to attack Israel this week.
The Six “No’s” You Need to Know
Dale Carson Law, in Florida, has posted a YouTube video outlining six common things that you can say “no” to when dealing with police. What is good about this is that the lawyer outlines that while you can say “no”, you may not want to. For instance, if you are a passenger in a vehicle, you do not have to show ID to a police officer. However, if the officer declares the scene unsafe because he doesn’t know that you may belong there, he might arrest you. While the arrest would probably be removed, your fingerprints will now be in the law enforcement database forever. The record of that arrest will never be totally removed and it may affect your ability to gain or retain employment. If you have an attitude with the cop over a refusal to show ID, the likelihood of the conflict moving in that direction is much greater.
Army of Islam
Reader G.P. sent in this link responding to Turkey’s call (through their semi-official newspaper) for a 57 nation “Army of Islam” where all of the nations ruled by Islam would form a coalition to besiege and attack Israel. This move of combining military might would create the largest military force on the planet. Given Islam’s hatred of Israel and America, that is certainly a terrifying thought. Probably the only saving grace is that Islam seems just as adept at killing each other as they do at killing non-Islamist. The article does show that Turkey, while still a member of NATO, really doesn’t share any attributes with their western neighbors.
Yet More Online Safety
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, sent in this article on using Facebook to sign into other websites with the comment:
Facebook Login lets websites and apps offer the option to sign in using your Facebook account, and it lets them request and obtain data from those who do. Kogan had created a personality-test app that was download by around 270,000 people, according to Facebook. This, Facebook says, gave Kogan access to such user info as “the city they set on their profile, or content they had liked, as well as more limited information about friends who had their privacy settings set to allow it.”
This is why I never use my real personal data online if I can avoid it. I make up the info as I go, so there isn’t even consistency.
According to this link sent in by reader DSV, Broward county issued the state’s first order temporarily removing guns from a person under Florida’s new gun control laws. A 56 year old man had four firearms and 267 rounds of ammunition confiscated when he was identified as a possible risk to himself or others. I haven’t hear whether the man was able to have representation in the court that decided to disarm him, but I doubt that he did. That would mean that this law violates due process and falls in line with the “take first, process later” philosophy that gun control leftists have grabbed onto lately. Also of note is that 267 rounds of ammunition is pretty much nothing. You can get a box of 550 rounds of .22LR at Walmart for about $20.
Police Mining Google for Proximity Information
Raleigh police have presented warrants to Google asking them to provide user data for everyone near crime scenes. These are broad based warrants that are not asking for data on specific suspects, but on anyone in the area. This means if you are in proximity to a crime, don’t see it, are potentially oblivious to it, and completely innocent, you are now a “person of interest”. Note that the size of the areas in the requested warrants are not small. One in particular was asking for data on people within a 17 acre area (about the size of a large city block). It may be time to dump that smartphone completely. For its part, Google has not revealed whether it has complied with the police requests. Given their history, I suspect they have or will. Thanks to Jeff from Colorado for that link.
Spreading Infectious Diseases Through Air Travel
Reader G.P. Sent in this link on the report of a study that looked at how infectious diseases can spread world wide. To no ones surprise, the one most likely to get whatever contagion is being spread are those sitting in the next row to the sick person in an airliner. The study determined that SARS and influenza gave the person sitting within one row and within two seats laterally of the infected passenger had an 80 percent or greater probability of becoming infected. For all other passengers, the probability was less than three percent. While we know that air travel is one method of disease dispersal, the study revealed that it may not be as efficient as previously thought. The study also took swabs of seat belts, trays and other surfaces and did not find active viruses. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Reader J.T. wrote in that he was looking for a small portable generator. While the 2kW Honda is the gold standard (with the Yamaha coming in a close second) he wanted to know if any SurvivalBlog readers had experience with the lesser priced models like this Pulsar unit. If you own one of these small units (or a similar model) let him know in the comments what you think of them.
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