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”. America attacks Syria and Russia preps for war in today’s Odds ‘n Sods

Fantasy History and Private Arms

Bill Buppert wrote a follow on to his article on how the government hates your guns titled “Fantasy History and the American Left.” In it, he shows how despite the historical record of all gun confiscations leading eventually leading to government genocide, the left wants to pretend that it is for your protection. He notes that academia and book publishers have rewritten American history with fiction leading one to believe that the firearm was not as important as it truly was. Even the Supreme Court has taken a revisionist view. I love how he states it: “Please remember all the government supremacists who want your guns will see you dead to achieve their goal. Guaranteed.”

Facial Recognition in China

Reader A.E. sent in this article on how China used facial recognition at a pop concert to recognize and capture a man wanted for “economic crimes” from among the 60,000 concert goers. Gone are the days when you could fade into a crowd and become virtually invisible. The technology has become so advanced that individual faces can be picked out of large crowds and facial recognition run on large numbers of these faces in a very short time. While the crowd once offered the ability to hide, those that would use this technology want you to attempt to hide in that very same crowd. It makes their job much easier. While some wonder how much longer before the technology is here, my guess is that it already is here and is actively being used.

Morse Code

Reader T.Z. sent in this article on one more reason to learn Morse code. You never know when it will be useful. The article relates how Morse code was recently used to get messages to hostages held by FARC in Columbia. The targeted receivers were military so they would know Morse code, but their captors were not. The government hid the code in the chorus of a popular song on the radio, knowing that the captors were allowed to listen. Ironically, the song was about someone being held hostage and right before the code starts had the words “Listen to this message, brother” (in Spanish, of course). It’s a very interesting read.

America Attacks Syria

The Trump administration has taken decisive action against Syria in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons used on their own people. Interesting how the Obama administration assured the American populous that Syria had no more chemical weapons, yet here they are actively be used. France and the U.K. also took part in the attacks and targeted the precision strikes on the infrastructure used to make those chemical weapons.

Russia Preps for Nuclear War

Russia’s state-owned television is urging the country’s residents to stock their bunkers with water and basic foodstuffs in preparation for going to war with America. Russia has floated the ludicrous idea that Great Britain was responsible for the chemical attack reporting, even accusing them of creating false reports of bodies. Of note is Russian Ambassador (to Lebanon) that any missiles fired will be downed and the sources of those missiles destroyed. I wonder how that’s working out since the coalition has now taken action. Thanks to G.G. for the report.

Are Hand Dryers Hygienic?

I hate public restrooms. A recent study has found that the hand dryers in many restrooms, which are supposed to be more hygienic, are actually sucking up feces particles and blowing them all over your hands. Apparently, the more the dryer is used, the higher the bacterial counts on the hands that it dries. The bacteria originates from the flushing of toilets (especially the lidless variety), but the air dryers exacerbate the issue rather than fix it. About the only thing they really do is keep the trash to manageable levels. Did I mention how much I hate using public restrooms? Thanks to DSV for the report.

Survival Realty

There is a new fascinating property listed on SurvivalRealty in North Caroline. it’s located in the Tipton Creek Community inside the Nantahala National Forest near Murphy NC. The location provides ultimate security and both the Tipton Creek valley and the cabin driveway are gated.

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  1. “If you are for gun control then you are not against guns, because guns will be needed to disarm people. So it’s not that you are anti-gun – you’ll need the police’s guns to take away other people’s guns. So you are very pro-gun. You just believe that only the government (which of course is so reliable, honest, moral, and virtuous) should be allowed to have guns. There is no such thing as gun control. There is only centralizing gun ownership in the hands of a small, political elite and their minions.”
    – Stefan Molyneux, January 7, 2016

    1. “Fantasy History and Private Arms”…About 4 years ago, while working in my shop, a local political candidate picked the open door as an invitation. Guns were in the news again and I asked bluntly about her stand, which was non-commital. So I informed her that just since the turn of the 20th century, that every government that had forced its citizens to register its guns had then confiscated those guns and then eventually proceded to murder a segment of its unarmed population. I gave her the lowball conservative number of 100,000,000. I’ve heard higher, but 100 mil is still a serious number of death-by-government. The United States is no longer immune by the very fact that last years highly praised Antifa Movement was advocating the very topic while truncheoning those they opposed and committing arson without serious fear of reprisal. I care not whether they are sincere or ill-informed pawns. They still represent a dangerous adversary within our borders, screaming “fascist” at their foes while acting like fascists themselves because they don’t…know….history. So to that unknown candidate, I hope she took it as a warning or will accept it as a threat should she someday ignore the warning. All the Common Sense gun laws have been enacted and tens of thousands of the rest are just weasel moves written by lawyers to entangle the unsuspecting and trusting.

  2. I find myself holding my breath in a restroom when someone uses the hand dryer. It would seem obvious that whatever is on the floor or other surfaces in the restroom are caught up in the air blast and distributed into the air that we must breathe. I consider this problem to be one of the few times I would encourage government to pass a law/regulation against their use.

    1. If I’m unsure if the restroom is going to have towels, I grab a few napkins from the rack before I go in.
      I also use them to open the door when leaving.

  3. I wonder how much of that WMD that syria is using came from Iraq? You know the stuff that the Iraqi Generals said was shipped over the border just days before the invasion. Oh, excuse me that must have been byproduct from those baby milk factories.

  4. As one who learned Morse for my AR license, I can tell you, like any other prepper skill, it’s VERY perishable. You must practice weekly. I didn’t and I can only pick out a few letters now (18 years later).

  5. As far as facial recognition goes. In my state and probably yours too. It is not illegal to take a government photo which false teeth, nor dyed hair, nor face contacts with different eye color, a pillow under your attire at the gut level, and latex components glued to any part of your face (cheeks, chin, forehead, etc. ). Now the key is to do this to look much fatter and still pass a police pull over on the highway being much skinnier than you government ID says. You can even tell the officer you hair is dyed now and no longer grey from your picture. Doubtful he’ll look at your eye color in a traffic stop but wear sunglasses just in case. The next time you’re out in public those facial recognition allogrithims will be puzzled or show you’re someone else.

    My family uses these products and you can make facial distortions for your children too.

    Now as a former gov. Employee I will state this. The government is tracing your steps. Your cell phone, your newer vehicle black box (2014 or newer all have them), and yes facial recognition. I’ll call it Gods Eye but it can pull up anyone just about anywhere in the world. All public and private cameras (such as corporations) have input into God’s Eye.

    Foil them. Protect your personal movement. Soon there will be no greater enemy than the government. Just look no further than the last century or centuries gone past.

    1. Brilliant idea! Hide in plain sight, indeed! Changing hair color is one thing, but altering facial features is another. And yes, I fear all of this “recognition” that is engulfing us.

    2. Curious idea, but thats not how any of this computer facial recognition works.

      If it was, everyone should be muslim for a day, and get their pictures taken with burkas –sp on.

  6. If China has this technology, you can be sure that America has it (who do you think China stole it from!)
    The chance that America is not using it is so small that it can be ignored.
    When you let “Big Brother” in, don’t be surprised if you get Cain…

  7. The Illegal attacks on Syria is to prevent a investigation ,OPCW was in country and to examine the site(alleged). Anyone who viewed the video and didn’t immediately determine it was a hoax(a bad one at that) needs to refresh NBC training as effects and measures were clearly wrong(foaming from Clorine? washing with water for nerve agent(any of my Marines that didn’t point this out would be retrained ASAP)).
    This was immediately investigated by local Dr’s ,Hospitals and Red Cross/Crescent-they were unable to locate any”victims” or bodies or any traces of a gas attack or NBC. Only came from known terrorists known for prevoius false flag operations and massacre of civilians.
    Putin lost face wholesale and is now in a vulnerable position.

    1. One story said the White Hats were behind the “gas attack”.
      It seems strange that Assad would gas his own people when it would cause many more problems than it could ever potentially solve.

      1. The Syrians gave all chemical weapons to OPCW years ago and have none to use. US backed terrorists have been caught repeatedly smuggling them in from Turkey or manufacturing them in country with supplied precursors(from where? Same place they got the stolen Libyan weapons?). Am glad the russians didn’t respond,this is as close to global war since Cuban Crisis or reagans “5 minutes”fiasco”

  8. Always remember that a regestered weapon is a confiscated weapon! If large capacity mags. are to be illigal for the masses. Why do you see law enforcement using them,what are they hunting,why ndo they need 30 rd.mags to enforce laws? What do they know that we do not?

    1. Always buy your weapons from a private party in your own state. (At least this is legal in most states) No paperwork required.
      Of course, when the EMP hits, any records that ATF has will be gone.

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