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 contains a great link on dehydrating chicken.
According to this article sent in by reader R.K., a group of Amazon employees is asking Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition to law enforcement. The group claims that the software will be used to harm the most marginalized ethnic groups. Of course, the letter notes that the police are targeting black activists and those who would be deported. While I certainly agree that the spread of facial recognition is troubling, I find it equally disturbing that those willing to stand against it’s use are the same ones who support illegal activity by those who they claim it is targeting. Oh, the web that we weave! In the end, the letter will probably have very little impact on Amazon. It’s just kind of interesting to see the left eating its own.
Reader H.L. sent in this article on storing chicken for survival. Chicken is a relatively inexpensive source of protein and is easy to raise just about anywhere in the world. Chickens also generally don’t take a great amount of care to raise and can be brought from hatchling to butcher age in as little as six weeks with some breeds. They can also forage for their own foods if you don’t live in an arid location. This article covers three different methods of preserving this protein source. Of the three methods presented, dehydration or chicken jerky is probably the most known. I would add that freeze drying is also a viable alternative and probably my favorite method, though the equipment required to freeze dry foods is a significant investment.
Harvest Right Freeze Dryer
Speaking of freeze drying, reader K.Y. wrote in with this comment:
I have had mine for 4 months and have been thrilled with it. I considered several places in my downsize house (I’m old and retired) and moved much furniture before I settled on a dresser top in the guest room. My kitchen is too small. Since loading and unloading is something done at most every other day, walking to and from the guest room is no hardship, and I don’t use it while I have guests. I worried about noise, but it’s across the short hall from my bedroom, and I sleep right through it with both doors open.
What I would warn buyers about is to not get the crazy idea that four of you are going to go together and buy one and “share” it. You know loads take 2-3 days, by the time you do the oil maintenance and drum defrosting. And they weigh a lot. Nobody would be happy sharing one and getting it for a load every other week. My advice is save and buy one’s own. I do 2-3 loads a week and have been known to use the hairdryer to defrost the drum faster to get the next load in, keeping 2 pots of oil going so one can be cleaned and then filtered and cooled while I am using the other. Message: Buy your own. Put it wherever you can fit it into the house. Doesn’t have to be the kitchen.
A dangerous database created by an antifa activist that contains ICE employees’ publicly available personal information and job history scraped from LinkedIn was published by WikiLeaks. The article fails to mention that the creator of the database was a prominent member of antifa, though the anti-authority attitude is pretty apparent. The fear is that the database will be used by protesters to target the families of the ICE employees as the political battle over immigration heats up. One more reason to keep your personal information off of social media!
13-Year Old Charged
Illinois law has struck again. A 13-year old student decided to use his cellphone to record a meeting with his principal after failing to attend a number of detentions. When he informed the principle that the conversation was being recorded (as the conversation escalated) the principle immediately ended the conversation and told the student he was committing a felony. Several months later, the principal had the student charged with one count of eavesdropping – a class 4 felony. If convicted, his life will be dramatically changed.
It should be noted that this law is rife with the opportunity for abuse. The student was not provided an advocate as he was talking to the principle and since the school doesn’t allow those meetings to be recorded, there is no other way to protect yourself. At a minimum, the law should be changed to permit the recordings of meetings if at least one participant knows it is being recorded. Better yet, get your kids out of public school!
Reader D.S. sent in this article on Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Obrador has called for mass immigration to the United States during his speeches and this week declared it a “human right” for all North Americans. While the election is not until July 1, Obrador is the front runner in the election by a wide margin. He is the former mayor of Mexico City and holds a progressive populist view. He has previously called for amnesty for Mexican drug cartels and has declared that America is now Mexico’s social safety net. Very scary stuff.
For those who think that fourth generation warfare (4GW) is a lost cause, reader H.L. sent in this interesting article that outlines three significant wars in which a severely outmatched opponent managed to pull victory from the overbearing larger power. The author attempts to use examples that are not well known to a large part of the U.S. population as well. I was already familiar with all three examples, but many will not be. In all three cases outlined, the smaller opponent did not necessarily win any major battle, but made the occupation and/or invasion of their land so unpalatable to the invader that the taste for war was quickly lost.
Of course, they do list my favorite example of the Finns in the Winter War. This was when the Soviets invaded Finland in the very beginning of World War Two. During this war, The Finns suffered 70,000 casualties, but inflicted over 350,000 casualties on the Soviets. The whole point of 4GW is to make the invader quickly lose the taste for war.
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