The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

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”. Firearms on YouTube are in trouble with the recent changes in policy.

NRA Buckles yet Again

The NRA has buckled yet again. Shadows of the 1968 spineless collapse just won’t go away. This time, the NRA has come out in favor of Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs). As promoted by the NRA, the family of the victim will bypass any sort of police involvement, going straight to court with their evidence. A judge will then rule on the restraining order and the police will then be bound to enforce it. Supposedly, the victim has the right to contest the claims against him, but it would appear that this is yet another “guilty until proven innocent” situation. Note that the article is obviously biased for the GVROs. Thanks to H.L. for the link.

One Bill to Rule Them All

Congress has a habit of fiddling around all year long, spending time on trivial things rather than dealing with actual business. Then the deadline for their stated purpose of spending bills looms close and they lump everything together into an omnibus bill. The problem with this method is that your congressman may be for the majority of line items in the bill, but it is guaranteed to contain things that he/she is against. If he votes “no” because of those things, he/she is considered an obstructionist. This time around, there are a number of issues including one that blocks penalties for illegal-immigrant sanctuary cities. This years bill specifically denies the administration the ability to withhold federal grant money to those cities who defy federal law on immigration. Thanks to D.S. for the link.

Win for Police

Reader S.M. sent in this article about the School Resource Officer that showed why he was actually employed. Unlike the Broward County Sheriffs Deputy that was caught sleeping on the job (in the school that just had a mass shooting nonetheless), Tim Cameron engaged an active shooter in his school and stopped the massacre. While it is certainly good to know that he responded as required, there are still at least two students who were shot by the gunman. Get your kids out of these “victim zones” while you can.

Also in the “win” category is the Austin police who finally tracked down the bomber who set off seven bombs across the city. The bomber apparently blew himself up rather than be caught by the police, but they have located a video confession of sorts showing that he was indeed the one responsible.

Firearms on YouTube

In a disturbing announcement, YouTube implements a new anti-gun policy:

Deleting Facebook

SurvivalBlog finally finds that it has common ground with the progressive left. Brian Acton, the WhatsApp co-founder, is urging everyone to delete their Facebook profile. The left is upset because the Republican party used data from Cambridge Analytica (CA). CA was suspended from Facebook last week because it was revealed that they passed on data from 50 million users rather than destroying it as they agreed to do. From a privacy point of view, we agree entirely with this viewpoint. Of course what isn’t mentioned is that the same thing was done in 2012 with Facebook’s tacit approval when the Democrats were able to suck nearly the entire social graph database for Obama. Leftists considered it OK then, but now that Republicans did the same thing (on a smaller scale) they are up in arms.

Baseball Cap Fools Facial Recognition

Reader K.B. sent in this link to an article showing how a baseball cap lit with infrared LEDs was not only able to confuse facial recognition readers, but was also able to get them to think you are a different person 70% of the time. The hat works by lighting up infrared markers on your face that the cameras interpret as facial features. Researchers were able to program the hat to replicate the face of another person making it possible to hide or pretend to be another person entirely. We should note that the information comes out of China and has not been independently verified so the story may not be complete..

Orbitz Travel Site Data Hack

If you used the Orbitz site to book your travel recently, your data has been compromised. 800,000 customers had information taken that includes full names, credit card numbers, home/billing addresses, date of birth, email addresses, phone numbers and your gender. The breach happened sometime between October and December 2017 and contained information of customers that used them in the last two years. (January 2016 through December 2017). If you used them in that affected time frame, take appropriate measures! Thanks to DSV for the link.

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  1. NRA:
    The NRA is the worlds premiere gun control organization. It’s members are like a slow-witted child playing with a broken toy. All the adults see that your toy doesn’t work anywhere but in your imagination. Everybody from Trump and LaPierre down to Darnell in the projects (who knows better than to fill out a 4473) can see it but you. You’ve been had.

    Facebook is shocked that somebody ELSE would use your data to make money and influence the populace…shocked!
    So, the benevolent facebook collects all this data about you? And then some (other) bad guy uses the data but this use, of course, is not for your own good?
    Here’s the thing, the population, including the congress and other nations political’s, are soooooooo very stupid that they will play right into this. “We need to keep all the data facebook collects safe from somebody ELSE!!! We’ll get to the bottom of this, I can assure you.”
    When the service is free the product is YOU!
    The Internet is the worlds largest intelligence collection platform. Your personal information will be used against you. It’s to big a temptation. The money and power is too much. You are the target!
    Look what I found on Survival Blog today!
    “During my career I was “voluntold” to write ground-up Intelligence reporting to higher headquarters. These tasks, though uninspiring at first, would eventually teach me many ways to deliver “secure” messages via plain text or open source communications formats, as well as teach me the way Intelligence personnel conduct predictive analysis in order to synchronize Infantry operations to anticipate enemy actions and get personnel “left of bang”.”

    Do you understand?

  2. Baseball Cap Fools Facial Recognition

    Even if the IR LEDs don’t make the cameras think that you’re a different person, they SHOULD “flare” the camera to make your face unrecognizable to the camera and the associated computer program.

    1. Flaring the camera only works on older and/or cheap units. I have security cameras around my house that can’t be flared. About a year ago, they caught a prowler who saw the cameras and tried to flare them with his super-bright flashlight. With the flashlight only 6 inches from his face, I could clearly see the details of his face. The modern digital cameras have individual pixel control and if there is decent optics, flaring is worthless. I should also note that some cameras catch the early morning or late evening sun directly into the lens and only the pixels directly impacted are temporarily blinded.
      If you are depending on this flaring to keep from being recognized or analyzed, you’re already caught.

  3. Restraining orders are one of the most misused legal ploys ever created. They mostly are used simply for revenge. These new laws allowing a similar attack on gun rights will be misused and I’m guessing on a massive scale. It is perfect for and seems designed for the scorned woman and/or the angry neighbor or co-worker. I hope this gets challenged in court.

  4. I would recommend 2nd Amendment advocates to join Gun Owners of America. I am a member and they are a no compromise outfit. I am also a NRA member but there really is no comparison. Consider joining, it’s only $20 per year.

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