The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

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”. The main stream media continues their propaganda with the Las Vegas Die In this week.

Las Vegas Die In

Reader J.H. sent in the photo today that he took while passing by the protest along with this comment:

Wanted to be the first to get the word out the Las Vegas Die In today was attended by 12 people. The media crowded them all together with their signs touching. The local station promoted as if 1000s attended the Die in. The Muslim girl speaking was talking just fine to everyone standing around. She was the spokeswoman and once she took to the mike “all tears broke loose” and she laid on the cry baby voice with it cracking at the proper words. Just for added effect.

There were more media personnel attending (in the background not in picture) than the actual protesters. Talk about pushing a narrative. When the March for Life pushed out 200,000 who traveled to DC there was no coverage on that number by MSM. We need to be careful about keeping these media orchestrated leftist agendas exposed.

Role of Militias

Reader T.J. sent in this article from Forward Observer on the role that Militias might be playing in the “coming unpleasantness”. Samuel Culper has continued to talk about creating an intelligence network in your local community along with creating a community security plan. He states “…if we can’t secure our communities, then we don’t stand a chance at securing our counties, states, and regions, either.” Of note is the concept that a militia is not really concerned about removing a host nation’s government, but about seeking to protect and secure it’s own interests or autonomy. It will be the role of the militias to uphold the law, not devolve into organized crime. There are other worthwhile conclusions in this article as well.


Yikes! I’d never heard of voluntary cannibalism before. According to this article sent in by reader W.W. one guy had a bad motorcycle accident and ended up having his foot amputated. He asked the hospital to return the foot to him, which they did. His first desire was to have the foot freeze dried or stuffed to keep as a memento, but failing to find someone to do the job presented a problem. However, he was able to find a chef that was willing to prepare the foot as taco meat which he then served at a dinner party to commemorate his surviving the accident.

While all participants were willing, I’m disturbed that people willingly participated in the the meal and equally disturbed that a chef was willing to prepare it, but no taxidermist could be found to stuff it. You can’t make this stuff up.

Illinois Gun Ban Blocked

An Illinois judge blocked the impending “assault weapons” ban that was set to take effect within hours. The ruling was made on the request of a couple who had the backing of several gun rights organizations that had sued. The ban was promoted by the mayor and approved unanimously by the Deerfield Village Board. Residents would face a fine of $1000 per day if they didn’t comply with the ordinance. The village said they will be reviewing their options but the gun rights advocates are prepared to go to the Supreme Court if necessary. Thanks to DSV for the link.

Clearing Your Home

The Art of Manliness has a good article on how to safely clear your home from a possible intruder. While this is a useful skill to know, because you never know when your home may be invaded, it should only be used as a last resort. Let the police or swat clear your home if you have the luxury of just waiting. Having multiple people clear a home is much safer. But there may be times when you just don’t have the luxury of waiting even a few minutes. This article walks through the process of preparing the home beforehand and also deals with details like how quickly to move and how to hold your weapon.

You may never need this skill, but as my old friend (who was an Army Ranger) used to tell me about his backup parachute…”It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.” Thanks to H.L. for the link.

How Facebook Spies

We’re not quite sure why it’s called spying at this point since everyone knows they do it and the information is freely given by people, but there is a report that details some of their methods. Reader H.L. sent in this article that lists 18 methods Facebook uses. The information was developed as a result of the recent grilling of Zuckerberg by Congress. Methods include tracking your mouse movements, tracking nearby devices, plugins, connection speeds, and available storage space. All methods capture data that the users have agreed to let Facebook capture. However, much of this data is obviously above and beyond what is needed for communication. It’s about making a profile and selling that profile to advertisers (and probably a few alphabet agencies as well).

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  1. My wife was part of the right to life march in DC and commented about the very poor media coverage. One station actually reported it as a pro abortion rally. Years ago I spent some time as a police officer and saw first hand the ridiculously poor media coverage. A good example was the Chicago riots in the late sixties. The media reported the riot as spontaneous even though the teletype had reported that all the oven cleaner within a 20 mile radius of Chicago had been sold out two weeks prior to the riot. The media also monitored teletype messages and was well aware of the situation. Oven cleaner has a high lye content and was projected at the security forces. Poor media coverage is nothing new.

  2. Regarding the Role of Militias, It should be noted that the Second Amendment of the Constitution references a militia, not a standing army, which the founding fathers did not want. We have gone so far astray now that the third amendment has become moot. (Soldiers quartered in a house.)

  3. We lived in the Chicago burbs in the sixties. My brother, then a teen was in the city (don’t remember why) with a group one evening, when the police told these nice white obviously middle-class kids to leave the downtown area several hours before the riot. There was no indication that there would be trouble, but they knew that something orchestrated was going to happen. They knew.

  4. Not all Militia are good or well led, from some of the training that I have access to of the one near me I would deal with any I saw near me harshly as they would not be there to protect everyone but to take.

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