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”.
Impressive Homemade Machine Tool
Reader W.T. sent in this impressive article and video on a home built machine tool that is accurate and capable of most small to medium machining tasks with this comment:
“As you know, I love machining, so I’m always interested simple ways to do precision work. Here’s a simple machining center that can be made in the home shop. The basic “frame” for this machine is a 4 cylinder engine block. The inventor certainly has a creative eye to see the resources that surround him. Even in a post-SHTF world, we will have the building blocks for some impressive machinery.”
Weaponizing Hardware Store Goods
One of our favorite YouTube channels is JoergSprave’s Slingshot channel. Back in 2015, Paramount Pictures released the zombie apocalypse movie “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” and Joerg was asked to do some promotion for it. The premise is that several young scouts get trapped in a hardware store and use everyday items to create weapons. Kind of like McGuyver used too. In any case, Joerg again shows that some pretty devastating weaponry can be made from things people don’t usually see as weapons. Thanks to M.S. for the link.
Illiteracy Leads to Censorship
Reader H.L. sent in this article on how illiteracy in a population leads to censorship and eventually some form of dictatorial government. She also notes:
“When I read speeches of our Founding Fathers, early Presidents, the classics from the 1700’s/1800’s and then modern novels and even non-fiction, I see the lack of words of more than two syllables. What used to be called “flowery speech” often conveys a richness of understanding a subject, and is a pleasure to read. I realize the “Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham” are enjoyed by many young people, but to me it always seemed like “senseless drivel”.
The Nursery Rhymes of the 1800’s are more illustrative and clever. Beautiful, and meaningful words are now called “archaic”. As Ayn Rand stated, “words have meanings”, and the fewer words we read and understand, the more narrow our ideas and knowledge becomes. It is possible to own a dictionary from the 1800’s by going to eBay and purchasing one to help should you decide to read an “old” book. Sadly, studies show that the average American’s vocabulary is under 2000 words!”
This discourse reminds me of one of my children’s favorite stories – The Three Little Pigs; A Triune Tale of Diminutive Swine which is a retelling of the traditional story in Shakespearean language by John Branyan. You can also hear this retelling on YouTube. While humorous, it underscores the problem of limited language very well.
Cold Steel Rawles Limited Edition Voyager XL
We are now witnessing the inevitable price jump in Rawles XL Voyager knives. That was a limited edition, with all proceeds sent to charity. Opening bids on auctions of these knives now seem to be around $140, if they are still new-in-box. And I’ve seen them sell for as much as $190. Just beware that there are some “Rawles” Chinese counterfeits on the market. Those come in a variety of blade styles and colors. The originals came only with a black blade with a tanto point, and half-serrated. If you see anything else for sale, then it is a fake!
Keanu Shredding with Taran Butler
In training for the action flick “John Wick 2”, Keanu Reeves spent many hours on the range with Taran Butler training. Occasionally some of that footage was released and it makes for some exciting times. This is the “directors cut” of his training. Some of this video we’ve seen before, but this is cool.
JWR’s Comment: Unlike most other Hollywood actors who only train with blanks, Keanu Reeves walks the walk. Or should I say “runs and guns.”
SurvivalRealty.com has a reasonable property listed in Jasper, Arkansas. At 42.5 surveyed acres of forested mountain land the property is a secure retreat. There are multiple streams and waterfalls on the property and some natural springs. The property is powered by a large 2.2kw off-grid solar array with an automatic propane generator on stand-by.
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