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”. Smart radar tech is making the scene again. We’ve covered this before in the early stages of it’s development, but it is now nearly ready for production.

Busting the Bugout Myth

If you don’t have a destination or a plan, bugging out merely makes you a refugee. This article, sent in by reader T.J., walks through the many dangers that we face in our complacency. We all too often fall into the trap of thinking that the equipment that we buy will keep us alive. The equipment is nice, but it’s the knowledge of how to use the equipment that is most important. SurvivalBlog has long been a proponent of moving to and living on your bugout location. Your equipment is only an aid. I was reminded of that this last week when the storm that passed through nearly removed my entire garden. Survival is more than just planning to move to some vague location. You are far better off planning to survive where you live. If you can’t do that, you really need to reconsider your location.

Learning from the Gulag

I’ve seen this before, but it bears repeating. Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulags for 15 years. He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and hostile places on earth. In one of his fragmentary writings, he lists 45 things he learned in the Gulag. Most of his learnings show how he learned to live on hate and indifference, yet he admits that those that survived with the most humanity were not the military or party workers, but those who clung to their religious beliefs. The hard, cold existence of the Gulag distills a person down to the very core of who they were. It is hard and painful to read, but it is worth knowing how people will react in these difficult situations and what to expect.

SmartTech Sees Through Walls

This article, sent in by reader H.L., profiles an RF tech that is being developed at MIT which is basically a smart radar. The system uses RF energy to track the movements and positions of a person that cannot be seen by other means through walls. The researchers are wanting law enforcement, search and rescue and other operators to pick up on the technology in the course of their actions. While I can see some beneficial use to the technology, I can also see how readily this can be abused to violate your privacy. It should be noted that since the technology is based on RF energy, it is relatively simple to defeat it. Building an RF cage will shield you from this tech (and as an added bonus, protect your sensitive electronics from things like EMPs, et cetera.)

War on Cash

With the advent of online shopping, the war on cash is easier to advance. The government’s desire is to track every transaction so that they can ensure their piece of the action. Using cashless methods of purchase certainly makes their job easier. Despite the fact that face-to-face transactions are in decline, you should always make sure that you have the ability to at least barter for what you need locally and carry a reserve of something everyone values. In the heat of survival, tangible goods are your best bet, but when things settle down, precious metals have always stood the test of time. Just like anything else, don’t put all your efforts into precious metals as it will do you no good most of the time, but you should have some.

Good Dog!

A working dog saved the lives of six soldiers in Syria by ripping out jihadi’s throat. The British SAS soldiers found themselves in a 360-degree ambush and despite returning fire, the jihadis continued to close in. The dog leaped into action and ripped the throat of one of the attackers, then attacked two others, severely wounding them. The remaining attackers then fled. The attack happened several months ago, but we are just now learning the details. This is one of the reasons I like big dogs. While small dogs can often be useful as alerts, there is nothing quite like the fearlessness of a big dog doing what it knows to do best. locally, I’ve noticed that small dogs tend to stimulate a kicking action from unwanted strangers on people’s property, but a big dog generates two responses. They either freeze or they run. Yes, I know that a bad guy can just shoot the dog, but better the dog than me. Thanks to T.P. for the link.

Prosecutorial Misconduct

Prosecutorial misconduct is a feature of the political swamp and it’s rampant within our justice system. One case that underscores just how bad is profiled in this article sent in by reader T.Z. Paul Wilson lost his wife to an angry shooter who was targeting his wife’s manicurist. The shooter also shot five other people and a stranger in a car outside. The shooter wore a bullet resistant vest. It was premeditated and should have been a slam dunk as the shooter even confessed. Instead, the prosecutor, the sheriffs department and others colluded to illegally obtain evidence, refused to turn over evidence to the defense, and other violations of their constitutional rights that hamstrung justice. The case fell apart. This sounds very similar to the governments actions in Oregon and Nevada just a few years ago. It’s an interesting article on a little talked about subject that needs to change.

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  1. It must have been an “Irish Terrier”, you know, the fearless trench dogs that carried very important messages in the first world war! As we all know that a jihadist is a coward, and will go straight to the Lake of Fire!

    1. The article doesn’t say but the most common attack dog in the military is the Belgian Malinois. I’ve had one of those and while she made an excellent family dog, she was absolutely fearless in attacking whatever was perceived as a threat.

      1. A pit bull will take any war dog down, beware the pit-bull=
        As for me, I will use Hyenas on jihadists from now on!!!

        1. And your kid, and your neighbors kid, possibly your wife. Sometimes even you. How I wish I had a nickle for every pit bull owner who’s claimed “my dog wouldn’t hurt anyone!”. I guess in all out war, you want that sort of thing, but some loyalty and trust go a long way with me 🙂

          1. My neighbor has a part pit bull. it has taken to standing outside my front door at night and barking ferociously. Not just loudly, ferociously. Different sound.

  2. Yep, I agree….pit bulls are like a child carrying a .44 magnum…something bad is going to happen sometime. Every person I know who has had pit bulls has eventually had a very negative, liability ridden problem with them.

  3. Re precious metals: after the fall of the Roman Empire of the west, no silver or gold points were minted for six hundred years. Precious metals were used for religious purposes and jewelry, not money.

    In Japan, during a dark period, no coins were minted for about six hundred years.

    See Martin Armstrong on this. He advises food as the ultimate currency, when things get bad enough.

    1. @Janet,
      Gold & silver coins were minted by kings and emperors. While coins were largely not minted for 600 years after the fall of the Roman Empire (Though those coins that had been were still used) gold itself was still used as a source of value. Roman coins had been so debased that their value was questionable.
      I certainly don’t recommend that all of your preps value be stored within precious metals because you certainly can’t eat it. But some is wise.

      1. True. Having some is good insurance.

        No precious metals assumes a full descent into a dark ages period that lasts for a significant amount of time.

        In which case, eagles and maple leaves would still make great jewelry.

  4. Dog du jour! When I was growing up in the 50’s it was GSDs, and Chows! (either one could outrun a bicycle) homes with bulldogs were what we led them past, in hopes the dog was outside!
    (The big dogs soon learned not to pursue kids past THAT street!)

  5. Just an odd comment about the bugout article.
    T o paraphrase it”SB has been a proponet of moving/living at your BO location”

    Maybe its semantics,but that makes it your home,not a bugout location…just like most of us?

    1. It’s a matter of perspective. If you are living in an area that you know you can’t survive in if things go wrong and you have to consider bugging out just for a chance at survival (inner city anyone?) You really should have a bug out location picked out. If you have a bugout location picked out, why are you not living there now?
      If your current location is such that “surviving in place” is the best option, then it doesn’t apply to you.

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