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 ”. Science Fiction has once again predicted where we would be today.
Firefox vs Chrome
Reader P.L. sent in this link comparing the business models of Google (Chrome) and Mozilla (Firefox) . While Chrome owns about 60% of the browser market, Firefox has slipped to about 10%. But you should really consider changing your browser from Chrome to Firefox. With Chrome (and Google), you are the product. The company collects and resales your personal data to third parties on a regular bases. You agree to allow them to do this simply by using their software. Firefox, on the other hand, uses a subscription method where Google (and other companies) pay them to be the default search engine. Since you can simply change the search engine preference to whatever you want, you can bypass Big Brother. Firefox is inherently better for you privacy.
55 Gallons of Water
The legislature has passed a new law that limits indoor household water use to 55 gallons per person per day . Nope, we’re not talking about South Africa and it’s devastating drought again. We talking about California now. By 2022, the state will mandate that each household is limited to no more than 55 gallons of water for all activities. Water districts that don’t comply will face fines up to $10,000 per day. While usage rates that low are really easy to achieve if you’re concerned, the concept of the government mandating it and installing/checking water meters is just more big brother nonsense. Thanks to F.M. for the link.
Science Fiction Regularly Predicts the Future
We’ve seen it with the Star Trek Communicator (flip-phones), lasers, sending men to the moon and much, much more. For years science fiction dystopian novels have predicted the rise of mega corporations that control everything, including the government. With the corporate mergers we’ve seen of late, we are well on the way to this dystopian destination. The latest is the merger of Monsanto and Bayer AG  which sets up a corporation controlling more than 25 percent of the global seed and pesticide supply. In all, thee companies – Monsanto-Bayer, Dow-DuPont, and ChemChina-Syngenta dominate the seed market. As an example, the price of a bag of seed corn has risen from $80 to over $300 in just the last decade. I can’t think of anything good that will come out of that except for the windfall to company shareholders. Get your heirloom seeds while you still can! Thanks to DSV for the link.
Staying Alive in Post Collapse
Reader H.L. sent in this article from Jerimiah Johnson on seven ways to stay alive in a post-collapse society . They are condensed to seven simple rules that you should be practicing now. There is no reason to have to change your lifestyle to follow these rules when something happens. Do it now so it just seems natural. He also throws in some additional warnings on what to watch for based on his experience as a Green Beret. It’s an interesting short read.
The Visa network experienced a serious service disruption this week  where Visa branded cards were unusable across Europe. Those hardest hit were travelers who were vacationing or on business trips. People were unable to pay for hotels, transportation and food. This does demonstrate the fragility of the banking system and our reliance on a cashless society. At least there were not violent riots in stores like there were when the SNAP welfare system in the U.S. broke down a couple years ago. Make sure your contingency plans cover your basic financial needs when access to your money in a bank is not allowed. While I am an advocate of getting out of banks as much as possible, I also realize that there is some things that you just can’t do without a credit/debit card.
Don’t believe the hype you hear about our economy and it’s amazingly low unemployment rate . The “official” numbers were released this week and the unemployment hit it’s supposedly lowest level in over 50 years. However, while those numbers sound exciting, they don’t actually line up with those who are tracking the labor force. There is a record 95.9 million Americans who are no longer in the labor force. While some of this is of their own choice because mothers quit to raise children or others quit to start their own businesses, many have just given up looking for work. Once the unemployment supplement runs out, there is little incentive to keep reporting to the government. Once they quit reporting, they are no longer counted among the unemployed even though they still don’t have a job. The numbers also don’t really take into account those who are only working part-time or at a much lower wage than they used to. The economy is still in trouble. Thanks to G.L. for the link.
Social Media Tax
Uganda has implemented a social media tax that is basically unenforceable, but that doesn’t make it harmless. It allows them to be selective in their enforcement and invites censorship. Take for example the new requirements to obtain a GSM SIM card for a mobile phone. under a new rule, all SIMS must be registered with a persons national biometric ID card . No more burner phones there! Thanks to S.T. for the link.
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