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”. Rio de Janeiro provides an excellent example today of why vigilantes are frowned on.

War on Cash

Reader DB shared an email that that he received from Wells Fargo Bank with us that is truly disturbing. The bank has decided that they will no longer allow anyone who is not a signer on a bank account to deposit cash in that account. The person wishing to deposit money can transfer money or deposit a check, but not cash. In addition, anyone depositing cash must present a valid ID (which may include a Wells Fargo ATM or debit card). At least here, you can still purchase a Postal Money order using cash with no ID and they will accept that as a deposit.

Monitoring Gun Purchases

Reader P. shared this article that show how credit card companies are exploring ways to track and monitor gun purchases by applying a new classification code to the merchant that sells firearms. There is still ongoing discussion on how the new code would apply and to whom. For example, does Walmart have to have the new code or does it just apply to your local gun store. The WSJ reminds us that banks have at times, already blocked purchases that they deem risky and have stopped doing business altogether with politically unpalatable groups. Note that Citigroup is already restricting gun purchases to users who are over 21 years-old.

Communications Brevity

Reader T.J. sent in this article discusses using a brevity matrix when using public forms of communication. These sorts of codes were popular back with sending cables/telegrams where charged by the word. While they do not offer true security, the obfuscation does offer some privacy from the casual listener. But you can easily take the generated code and apply a one-time-pad (OTP) encoding to it much easier than a normal email – Especially if you are doing the coding by hand.

Corrupt Hospitals

It would appear that the hospital that recently fought to end your Alfie Evans’ life support was once caught selling children’s organs for profit. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in London was the subject of a report by the Guardian newspaper in 2001 because they were selling body parts to pharmaceutical companies in return for financial compensation. The body parts were extracted from live children and included things like thymus glands removed from youngsters who were undergoing complex heart operations. Note that while the hospital bears some serious responsibility for the murdering young Alfie, the brunt of the responsibility lies in the socialized medicine system that the British have. Thanks to DSV for the link.

Corrupt Schools

A 19 year old Broward County student, Kenneth Preston, has written an investigative article focusing on the corrupt nature of the Broward County’s school board and superintendent. The article is well researched and documented and shows a pattern of corruption that led to the serious lapses in security that allowed the Parkland shooting to continue on for much longer than it should have. The article details how the board has been self serving and has used the incident to publicly ask for more money when the money that they have been given has been squandered. I highly recommend reading this article. Thanks to reader C.H. for the link.

Vigilantes to Gangsters

One of the reasons vigilante justice is frowned upon is the propensity for the vigilantes to abuse any form of authority they create for themselves. The American West is filled with stories of such vigilantism gone wrong. Now we can see a modern day version of this same thing. According to this article sent in by reader G.P., the vigilantes in Rio de Janeiro have transformed themselves into feared gangsters. Though seldom mentioned by the government officials, they are becoming more brazen, even to the point of slaying prominent politicians. The vigilantes have taken on a paramilitary function and operate outside the rule of law. This is why solutions that are inside of existing law are always preferred.

Folding Bicycle

Reader G.P. sent in a video review of the Vilano Urbana compact folding bike. It’s a 20 inch wheel bike that is sized for adults. This might be something that you want to look at to keep in the trunk of your car if you have to commute and you are concerned about getting back home in the case of public road disruptions.

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  1. I can easily fit a 26″ 7 speed folding bike in a the back seat of a Spark, the smallest Chevy made. The cheap ones cost about $100 six months ago, now they are $113. They work well enough.

  2. Re: Broward County School Board Corruption

    Amazing young man. He is a true INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER, pulling quotes, citing sources, even noting a statistical mistake he has asked be corrected on a Website.

    He is certainly the anti-Hogg.

    I won’t be surprised if his car is found by the Broward County Sheriff’s department upside down in six feet of water in a bayoo, drugs and alcohol found in his blood and packages of meth in his trunk.

    Oh, yea…and a tail light busted out.

    “We don’t know how yall do it up nawth, boy, but down heah in Broward County we obey the law.”

  3. I haven’t used a credit card to buy a gun in a long time, & did it only once. Cash leaves no trail. My most recent purchases were good used guns from a private individual, w/ cash. Did require the seller to sign a bill of sale, in case the gun was used in a crime & cops track it to me. No background check or govt ever knowing of that kind of purchase. & pay cash only for ammo; no trail.

  4. RE: war on cash
    Yes, as Les stated Chase has been doing this. A friend of mine who resides far from me and owes me $ was given my Chase Routing and Checking account numbers. She went to a chase branch and filled out the deposit slip, presented cash, and the teller told her because she is not on the account, she can not make deposit. She was told she could transfer into my account via her credit card. Frustrated, she left and sent me $ w/o issue via Western Union.

  5. Why would an individual put cash into a bank? I know why a business would need to deposit cash but it would be their bank or credit union, no problems really if one is aware of basic rules.

    It seems some people look for problems that are not hard to navigate around.

    And having sufficient cash on hand is not one of them.

  6. A quick comment about USPS money orders. If you purchase $3000 at one time you will have to show I D. and they will make a report (so you don’t buy more than 10k in one day.)
    Also most other places have a limit of $2000 w/o I. D. Some less.
    This is what I found from an article from 2015. It may have changed.
    I wonder if “structuring” laws apply here.

  7. Used to work at Wally World and if you wanted to purchase money orders over a certain amount per Month, you had to show ID and paperwork was filled out showing how much you had put onto money orders for the month. Sorry can’t remember the amount they set it at.

  8. Corrupt Hospitals.
    I don’t understand your assertion “the brunt of the responsibility lies in the socialized medicine system that the British have.” Perhaps this is a uniquely U.S. Perspective? Please explain the connection.

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