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”. Yes, you should use a rifle for your home defense. Check out Reid Henrichs latest video on the subject in today’s edition.
Federal Reserve Nominee
When you get right down to it, the most powerful political positions don’t actually exist in the government. They exist in the Federal Reserve, a private banking cartel that controls the money. Elected officials like the president ultimately answer to the people, but appointed officials do not. That’s all the more reason to be concerned about the latest Federal Reserve Nominee, Marvin Goodman. You might also think that as much good as President Trump has done for the economy, and as a businessman, that he wouldn’t push Keynesian economics. Yet in 2016, Goodman argued for the Federal Reserve to have the ability to push interest rates negative at the annual Federal Reserve conference in Wyoming. He has also argued for a cash-free society to keep the inevitable flood of people from pulling their cash from the banks to stuff it under their mattresses at home. Thanks to DSV for the link.
From the state that wants to make selling the Bible illegal comes a new threat: California’s Senator Richard Pan, (the same Senator that pushed legislation mandating vaccinations in 2015) introduced a new bill. SB1424 (Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan) would make it a crime to raise any public questions about any “official story” put forth by the government. In other words, the government can lie to you at will and it is illegal for you to challenge that. The bill has far-reaching impacts. The bill would require California to come up with a range of punishments for people using their 1st Amendment right of free speech if the liberal government disagrees with what is said.
We’ve reported this pending legislation before, but now people are getting it. For instance, I’m not against vaccinations, I’m just against mandatory vaccinations as it takes authority away from the parent. This article shows how that pending legislation would impact that. Thanks to G.L. for the link.
Reader D.M. sent in this article on a New Jersey farm that grows food indoors (in greenhouses) and uses 95% less water that traditional farming. They claim that they can grow pesticide-free and agrochemical-free food year round. This really isn’t anything new, they have just apparently been able to make a commercial success with good planning. I would be interested to see a break down of the cost factors though. I would imagine that while the water usage is down and they have much more control over the environment, growing in the winter would have a significant energy cost. We do use greenhouses to extend the growing season here, but they get shut down in the dead of winter.
Eliminate Gun-Free Zones
Reader D.S. sent in this article on Senator Paul Rand’s public comments after the May 18th Santa Fe, Texas school shooting. Senator Rand is pushing for the elimination of the
victim rich gun free zones that surround public schools. Instead, it would allow the administration and teachers to be armed and capable of stopping such a massacre. This only makes sense. Of course, you know what would be a better response? How about getting your kids out of these liberal indoctrination centers and either homeschooling them or get them in a private school!
Is Facebook Listening to You
Yet again, Facebook faces allegations that it is using your phone’s microphone to listen in to your conversations. Personally, I’m of the opinion that they don’t really need to do this in order to be as predictive about your habits as they are. I’ve seen the power of mining the meta-data that people casually leave behind and the uncanny accuracy that computer algorithms have when looking at subtle patterns in your behaviors. However, the former employee of Cambridge Analytica claims that they can and do listen in on your conversations. Thanks to DSV for the link.
You Should use a Rifle for Home Defense
Reader T.J. sent in this YouTube video from Reid Henrichs (of Valor Ridge) on why you should use your AR-15 for your home defense. He covers the myth of over penetration as well as the better handling characteristics that result in better accuracy and more controlability. He also shows his favorite home defense rifle and explains why he has the features on it that he does.
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