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”.

A Radical Declaration

Two hundred and forty two years ago our founding fathers signed a radical declaration that was basically a death sentence for them and their families. The founders created and signed the Declaration of Independence. This document didn’t really start the war of independence as it had already been going on for almost a year, nor did it declare anything new. Instead, it merely formalized what these men along with many others believed in their hearts.

They knew that if they lost the war and/or were captured by the British, it was almost certain death for them. But they were proud of their country. In this video sent in by reader T.J., Reid Henrichs shows that this document is just as valid today as it was then. The ideas that our fathers stood up for are just as meaningful today despite many who claim that they are not proud to be an American.

8 OTC Items

Reader DSV sent in this article of eight fairly inexpensive items that you can get over-the-counter that could potentially save your life during an SHTF situation. While the author is not a doctor, she is a mom that has used many of these items to deal with small emergencies in her family. Items covered include activated charcoal, Epsom salts, alcohol and others. I don’t necessarily agree with everything on her list, but most items can have a far reaching effect when needed. How about you? What items do you recommend that can be purchased at your local grocery store or pharmacy?

Nuke Incident

The mainstream media is usually late to the game when giving advice over emergency situations, but this article sent in by one of SurvivalBlog’s readers covers the possible actions of the U.S. government if a nuclear blast were to occur. A nuclear terrorist attack, though considered a low-probability event, is one of the major scenarios that FEMA and other U.S. agencies have planed for. A dirty bomb, while similar in response would also be covered under this plan, but would not cover as large an area. covered in this article is a series of questions the government expects to be asked by the public during this time and their pre-planned answers are given. It’s a pretty good synopsis of the scenario and worth a read.

Strip Search of 6th Grade Girls Class

Reader W.W. gives us one more reason to get your kids out of public school. According to this article, $50 dollars went missing from the 6th grade choir class as Houston’s public Lanier Middle School. The assistant principle was brought in to investigate and was unable to determine what happened to it. The school’s resource officer then made the suggestion that “the girls like to hide things in their bras and panties.” The assistant then brought all 22 girls to the school nurse who proceded to strip search them. No parents were notified despite many of the girls requesting it.

Of course, nothing was found. Angry parents filed a lawsuit against the school which was then dismissed by the court. The parents appealed and the order was reversed. The school has admitted to violating the rights of the girls and now your tax dollars are hard at work as they cut settlement checks.

New Jersey’s Death Warrant

New Jersey took an incredible hit to their budget recently. Reader H.L. sent in this article that details how New Jersey’s richest resident recently relocated to Miami Beach. Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper earned more than $6 billion from 2012 to 2015 and was tired of paying the 8.97% income tax rate imposed on it’s citizens by new Jersey so he moved to a location that had no income tax. This resulted in a huge loss of income to the state.

Getting past the concept that one person can have such an incredible impact on a single state is not easy, but Tepper was not the only individual to make such a move. You might think that New Jersey would get the hint and change policies to actually attract businesses to the state. However, in true socialist fashion, they have done exactly the opposite. They have instead raised the income tax rate on those remaining in the state to 10.97%.

Kitchen Knife Sales Banned

In a not-so-surprising move, Britain’s Poundland discount chain has announced it will stop selling kitchen knives in all of its stores to help tackle soaring youth violence. Reader H.L. notes:

They fail to realize that almost anyone can make a sharp knife. This just punishes the cooks and chefs who require sharp knives of various sizes! The key to the problem is primarily the “tribal” migrants let into the UK. They have a completely different idea of “freedom”, and it is not the Western idea.

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Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!


  1. This old coot is proud to have grown up in America back in the 40s and 50s (except losing 36,516 Americans in the unjust, unconstitutional Korean War).

    But that country no longer exists. I think most people who say they are not proud to be an American never lived in anything resembling our Founder’s vision of America. Most were schooled in post-50’s government indoctrinated centers. Most are fake Americans. The same can be said for those who support perpetual unjust, unconstitutional wars.

  2. 8 OTC items (or at least purchasable easily)
    1. Fish Mox
    2. Small kit that makes bleach from salt (don’t recall the name atm but featured here)
    3. Salt, lots of it
    4. Anti diarrheal medicines
    5. Gas for backhoe to burry bodies fast and deep
    6. Bag Balm
    7. Big Berkey water filter
    8. M1A battle rifle

  3. Why does Survivial Blog link to The Burning Platform? The ads on that site are atrocious! Breasts hanging out, pictures that appear to be still images of pornography and who knows what else. I read SB out in the open around my children. I don’t worry about what my children will see on here. On the other hand TBP looks like TMZ wannabe with the word liberty thrown in to pull in readers. What a piece of […] site it is, in my opinion. SB is better than this.

    1. @LSM
      You’ve discovered one of the many reasons why we will never use an advertising program that we don’t have complete control over on SurvivalBlog. It’s makes life kind of hard when economic times are hard, but this is the result. Google’s AdSense is one of the primary programs, but we are regularly approached by companies who want to rent space from us and then turn around and lease that space out to whomever they can. Nope. Not gonna do it. As far as what you see on other sites – there is very little we can do about that. I’d recommend installing a good ad blocking program like AdBlock or AdBlock+ in your browser. That will do wonders for you web surfing.

      1. Thanks Mr. Latimer, I will ask my spouse about installing AdBlock. I have hesitated to do this in the past because I want the sites I visit to get paid for their hard work. I was also under the impression that sites can control their ads. I didnt know TBP had no control over their site. As a suggestion to SB, perhaps mention the site that the link goes to so those of us who don’t wish to visit such sites has more control over it. Survival Odds and Sods is my favorite part of SB! Thanks for responding. I appreciate it!

        1. @LSM
          Both of those programs allow you to exempt sites. When you visit a site, there should be a little icon in the tool bar of the browser (Usually in the shape of a stop sign). If you click on that icon, you’ll see the option to trust the site. I use AdBlock Plus and I also use Ghostery which catches things that AdBlock doesn’t. They work well together. Be aware that if you run both of those programs you may be prohibited from commenting on sites like YouTube. Since I routinely run those programs in my browser, I’m not always even aware that sites may have disagreeable ads on them. Sorry.
          Also, if you use FaceBook at all, consider using “FaceBook Purity”. It will perform much the same function and a bit more. For the few times I venture there, I consider that a must.

  4. I did occupation duty in S. Korea in 1954/55. N. Korea invaded the south, in direct contravention to the UN rules about such hostile actions. By and large Communists ignore all rules but their own, as Stalin and Mao often proved.

    The US, Australia, New Zealand, England and Turkey sent troops, and the rest is history.

    The primary reason for the creation of the UN was to have a worldwide resistance to unwarranted invasion by such as Hitler and Tojo–or whichever Kim runs North Korea.

    That it has been ineffective is another issue entirely. You can count me in as one who would send the UN to some other country and get us out of it. Let NYC have the UN building as a homeless shelter.

  5. The mistakes made prior to Pearl Harbor were many, but two stand out. One, consensus thought was that the Japanese were incapable of a strategic victory, and two, that the Japanese would be unable to think up the plans to do that. Our “war on terror” opponents get a wealth of info on the US, just by surfing the net for news about it. When and if they make a nuclear move on the US, they will probably try to take out FEMA, first. I regard FEMA and other agencies like Homeland Security to be the battleships of our day. Taking these outfits out of the picture will demoralize more than it will damage. But that is one of the terrorists goals anyway. New Jersey will have to work harder than that, to beat Illinois in the race to the bottom, and they both may find California waiting there for them. Here in Texas, we never have to file and pay income tax to the state. But we do have a governor in a wheelchair playing footsie with the anti-gun groups. And it’s becoming more common to get what you need “under the table” than over the counter.

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