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”. Hawaii emulates the U.K. with their descriptions of a “large” cache of weapons
Hospital of Horrors
I tend to think of South Africa as a relatively advanced country, but this article sent in by reader S.M. makes a person realize just how bad things are there. Apparently, in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, the conditions are so bad that the local hospital has a serious problem with feral cats. Up to 150 cats have made the general ward their home, often climbing into bed with the patients and stealing their food. The hospital does not have the funds to forcibly remove the cats, nor is anyone willing to donate the costs associated with capturing and putting the feral cats down (feral cats evidently can’t be re-homed)
“Large” Cache of Weapons Found in Waikiki
If it weren’t so annoying, I might actually class this one as mildly humorous. As it is, I have come to expect this sort of reporting from the UK, but I am still surprised to see it in the U.S. The “large” cache of weapons turns out to be an AR-15 with 15 standard-capacity magazines, a shotgun, two handguns and less than 1000 rounds of ammunition. All in all, a good start on a single person’s load-out for a defensive mission. A bit on the anemic side if anything. All the weapons were legal to own. One more reason to use good OPSEC no matter what you have. If the report is to be believed, he brought the scrutiny on himself by bragging about things he shouldn’t have. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Limit Your Kids Screen Time
I don’t necessarily buy into the hype surrounding the potential dangers of RF energy outlined in this article on modern electronics sent in by reader DSV, but the concepts of how software designers have deliberately created software and products that lead to “digital addiction” is a real problem. When I was a child, we spent our summers outside with our imagination. Now, you can’t hardly pry kids away from the TV set or their games. On a recent visit we had from a friend, the teenage daughter literally spent hours in our bathroom, obviously on on her phone. I think its just makes good sense to limit your child’s access to electronic gadgets to a moderate level. At least make sure they are obtaining a functioning level of social manners.
Banning all Gun and Archery Clubs in New York Schools
New York Democrat Linda Rosenthal has introduced legislation that would ban all shooting sports from New York schools, claiming that the the sports spread “the gun culture”. Under the proposed legislation, even air rifle competitions and archery would be banned. Hopefully, those with more sense will kill that legislation quickly, but since the passage of the SAFE act, it would seem all bets are off. I sometimes wonder if it is a requirement of the liberal/progressive left to check their brains at the door when they enter public service. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Reader H.L. sent in this link to a website that monitors outages in the nation’s SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer – it replaces the old food stamps). This may be a worthwhile resource to keep on hand before you make your drive into the city. It’s well known that any longer term outage, even at a regional level, brings out the worst behavior in people. Several instances of outages in the past have resulted in near riots and the pillaging of stores, even when the outage was only a few days long. If you’re making the trip into town, check this website before you go – Especially if you are traveling long distances. As a side note, the comments are amusing at times.
Severing Ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods
What goes around eventually comes around, as the saying goes. Dicks Sporting Goods was happy to make a buck off of those who were willing to spend their money there, but they have also led in the anti-gun charge with their public announcements and policies on AR-style firearms. Now several gun manufacturers are severing ties with them. Mossberg has said they will no longer accept future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field & Stream and they are currently reviewing current contractual obligations. KS Supply (Hi-Point) is also parting ways with them. Springfield Armory has also made a similar move. The national Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has also expelled Dick’s from their organization. Thanks to G.G. for the link.
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