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”. We have finally learned why Venezuela is starving

DHS Surveillance

DHS, who has consistently denied, or at least refused comment, has finally admitted that contentious surveillance technology is used by the government. The DHS acknowledged in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon that it found unauthorized cell site simulators (stingrays) in Washington DC. Details about who is operating and using them are not included in the report, but it also appears that not much is being done to force their removal. Thanks to G.P. for the link.


We have finally learned why Venezuelan socialism isn’t working and why the people there are starving. In a bizarre rant, the former Vice President, and current Minister of Education, Elias Jaua, claimed that the supermarkets would be full of food if people just didn’t eat so much. I can’t help but note that the average Venezuelan has lost something like 24 pounds and Jaua looks a bit rotund to me. Perhaps he’s thinking of his eating habits, though I doubt one man could make that much difference in consuming an entire nation’s food supply. Of course the official response to the crisis is “What starving people?”. Former foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez states “There is no hunger in Venezuela. There is only will. There is no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela … only love.” Thanks to reader H.L. for the link.

Troops on the Border

Many readers have written in about Trump’s statement about putting “troops” on the border and the problems with posse comitatus. Rest assured that while Trump himself may have no qualms or understanding about such a move, those who are in a position to implement the policy know better. I think it is far more likely that Trump’s comment was referring to asking the states to deploy the national guard which the feds will then pay for. Note that while the administration is credited with “sending troops”, it is actually the state governments that authorize and mobilize the deployments. It would also appear that the move is having the desired effect.

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines has doubled down on their anti-gun hypocrisy. While still authorizing their pilots and other “trained” personnel to carry firearms on board, they have previously suspended the standard group rates (that they offer to all corporate entities) given to the NRA. Now, we find that Delta donated and funded three round trip charter flights to the anti-gun movement. This comes after they were spanked by the Georgia Legislature and they claimed that they were severing ties with politically-divisive groups. I guess they don’t consider the violent, lying progressive/left, anti-gun movement divisive while simultaneously considering the helpful, educational, fact based initiatives of the NRA decisive. Remember to vote with your wallet. The airline industry has enough competition that, in the majority of cases, there is no need to fly an airline like this. Thanks to T.P. for the link.

Firearms Confiscation

Reader G.T. sent in this article on Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and their new firearms policy. A new city ordinance completely outlaws the ownership of “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines and empowers the police chief to confiscate them from those who refuse to give them up. We note a few of things about this ordinance:

  1. There are serious questions about confiscation without compensation.
  2. Illinois does have state preemption on certain firearms related laws. We expect that this law will be challenged on this bases because it attempts to supersede state law.
  3. How would police know who owns these firearms unless they previously registered them through the prior existing law. Take note here – registration of firearms always leads to confiscation.

South Africa

The crises in South Africa is continuing. One example of the situation is the racist policies of the new government. In an effort to help the black population take up farming on the land they are confiscating from the whites, the government has a program in place to give farming equipment like tractors to the new black farmers. In one of these programs in Mpumalanga, 32 tractors were donated and six are still running due to lack of maintenance. I don’t know why they can’t figure this one out though. When you have someone who gets expensive machinery (or land) and they don’t have a personal stake in it, they don’t really care about it. If those same farmers had had to pay for those tractors, you can bet they would be taking care of them. Any parent worth their salt understands that concept.


Reader G.P. sent in this interesting article about a giant crack opening up in Kenya and swallowing a highway. While the article spends some time on plate tectonics and suggests that the African continent is splitting apart, I think that may be stretching things a bit far. The crack is only 50 foot deep and a couple of hundred feet long (though the article claims 65 feet long, the pictures belie that). The highway is already being repaired, but the farmers fields may be a loss. I can’t help but think of the stories in Genesis where the ground opens up and swallows people. Yikes, I’m glad that is not my property.

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  1. Cannot the military deploy to repel a foreign invasion?

    The Posse Comitatus Act was passed to limit federal involvement in domestic policies. This is quite obviously an international event.
    Note also, the Act, despite being amended several times over the years, does not explicitly mention the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps nor the United States Coast Guard. All three services can operate legally along the Rio Grande or any other body of water separating our country from another.
    The Marines can be deployed anywhere there’s a threat.

    Maybe if we forcefully repelled some of these illegals it would send a message.

    1. From Wikipedia I found this:

      “There are a number of situations in which the Act does not apply. These include:

      Army and Air National Guard units and state defense forces while under the authority of the governor of a state;
      Federal military personnel used in accordance to the Insurrection Act, as was the case during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
      Under 18 U.S.C. § 831, the Attorney General may request that the Secretary of Defense provide emergency assistance if domestic law enforcement is inadequate to address certain types of threats involving the release of nuclear materials, such as potential use of a nuclear or radiological weapon. Such assistance may be by any personnel under the authority of the Department of Defense, provided such assistance does not adversely affect U.S. military preparedness. The only exemption is nuclear materials.
      Support roles under the Joint Special Operations Command
      Enforcement of federal law at the discretion of the President of the United States, such as with the 101st Airborne Division by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957.”

      It’s obvious that the President can and probably should deploy troops on the border, and he does not need Congressional approval.
      It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

      1. Around this time 50 years ago the 82nd. Airborne Division was deployed to Washington DC to help put down the riots caused by the death of Martin L. King.

        1. @Oldfart,
          Wouldn’t that be because Washington DC isn’t a state and has no national guard? I would think that and the territories would be the exception.

          1. Hugh, the Posse Comitatus Act cannot prevent the Federal government from deploying troops anywhere in the country for various reasons as I mentioned above. (see: Insurrection Act)
            The situation on our border is entirely different, as an international situation. Posse Comitatus doesn’t apply in the border situation.
            In any event, the Feds do have the power to deploy Military troops regardless of the States position.(see”forced integration of schools in Little Rock 1957).
            I’m not judging whether that’s good or not, just stating the law.

  2. Several presidents have deployed troops to the border. What I remember about those instances was that the troops could not arrest anyone, they were in the middle of nowhere with no ammunition for their weapons and when the drug mules came armed and ready for the fight, the troops had to stand aside.
    Our border wall is now comprised of our flesh and blood.

  3. ‘Zombie’ raccoons are terrifying Ohio residents in broad daylight with odd behavior
    By Zoe Szathmary
    (2018, April 4)
    Fox News

    My Appalachian grandfather always told me to kill any wild animal that doesn’t run from you & bury it deep.

    Vaccines and medicines may be hard or impossible to get at certain times.

    Which may cause the death of humans.

    In this day and age, you want to wait until after dark to bury, tell no one, maintain OpSec, so that nobody calls animal enforcement on you…

    I’ve got a single shot, barrel break charged, air rifle, but might need to upgrade?

    This one has ten shots:

    Gamo 600054 Urban PCP.22

  4. The socialist LBGT Governor of Oregon is using this as a political football for her intended run for President=

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