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”. Today features a couple of disturbing articles that make one realize just how vulnerable everyone is. Cyber hacking/security is on one end of the spectrum and Skynet on the other end.
Terminators and Skynet
Reader G.P. sent in this article profiling the U.S. army’s desire to have A.I. robots on the battle field. Over the next few years, the Pentagon is poised to spend almost $1 billion for a range of robots designed to compliment combat troops. Currently the tasks relegated to these robots would be routine task such as carrying equipment or sniffing out chemicals and bombs or possibly even complex reconnaissance. However, the problem lies in the superior speed at which machines can make decisions compared to humans. While militaries are currently avoiding having the A.I. make kill decisions, somebody somewhere is eventually going to do it forcing all other militaries to follow suit. There is no possible way to program ethics into A.I. and we will eventually end up with some form of Terminator.
Parents who are concerned over the state’s inability to keep their kids safe at a public school setting are pulling their children out and starting to homeschool them. According to this article sent in by H.L. public school settings are consuming much more of a child’s time than it did for generations. To those of us who understand the power of controlling a population by controlling their children, it comes as no surprise. What may surprise some people who think that their children need the “socialization” of a public school setting is just how much impact this has on them. Children’s suicidal tendencies appear to be the strongest during the school year and some believe the setting is causing serious psychological damage. Mass schooling even impacts how much time a child has for a job. It’s an interesting article.
As the nearly yearly outbreak of ebola continues in the Congo, authorities are discovering just how hard it is to quarantine people in a city of 350,000 people. Three patients escaped in the city of Mbandaka in north western Democratic Republic of Congo. All three have been recovered, but two of them were found dead. With behaviors like this, the WHO is concerned that it will lead to another outbreak like 2014 in which over 11,000 were killed. Culture is the most difficult foe in the spread of the disease though. Aid agencies are reporting that many refuse medical care and in what may be anti-Christian propaganda are claiming that pastors at churches have been encouraging people to “pray away” Ebola rather than seek vaccines.
Gun Owners and Non-Owners
Reader A.D. sent in this article claiming that gun owners and non-owners actually agree more that most people think. While the article points out several polls that show both owners and non-owners supporting certain gun-control legislation, what it misses is the difference in how these people think. A non-owner thinks it’s no big deal to outlaw firearms. An owner might actually agree that legislation is a good thing – right up until they come to the realization that it will make them a non-owner. Then, suddenly, the brakes are on. All one has to do to point out the fallacy of polls is point to Trump’s election. The average person may think something is a good idea when it applies to someone else, but when it comes home, you find out how they really feel.
America’s Middle Class
Reader DSV sent in this article on the death of the middle class in America. The article is a bit of a sales pitch, but contains some good historic information. For the first time, less than 50% of American’s fall in the middle class. It clearly shows that the rising personal debt in the housing and automotive markets is a turning point in the American economy. Housing and Auto prices far outstripped the average middle class American’s rise in income. We haven’t stopped owning these things, we’ve just gone further in debt to do so. I also think that that this is a major contributor to the failing American family. One income used to be able to support a family. Now, both parents often choose to work to service the debt levels that a typical family will go into.
Reader S.M. sent in this Vice video on cyber attacks. The video starts out with the reporter finding out just how much control and hacker can obtain over your car through your car’s WiFi signal. Most newer cars are vulnerable to these attacking attempts. The article profiles why Israel has determined that they want their country to be one of the top experts on Cyber Security and how they have successfully achieved this goal. We’ve seen the power of this approach clear back in 2010 when the Cyber collaboration between Israel and the U.S. developed the Stuxnet attack which severely damaged the Iranian nuclear program. (Note that neither country has openly admitted responsibility.)
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