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 TSA is at it again, this time tracking domestic travel of U.S. citizens.
The official documentary that Lauren Southern has been working on has been released. Farmlands (2018)  documents the plight of South African white farmers as they receive pressure from both the government and the black population. The documentary covers the false promises of equality and the corruption and lies of the government as well as the actions of local communities. The documentary is a little over an hour long and is well worth watching. Despite being held up by the left as a paragon of justice, the South African movement is a debacle on the order of Zimbabwe. Thanks to D.B. for the link.
The Cost of Illegals
Reader H.L. sent in this article that details the financial burden of illegal immigration  on United States taxpayers. Of particular interest is the data that shows that when you include both the federal and the state costs, you end up with a total cost of almost $135 billion to service an estimated 12.5 million illegal aliens. But those same immigrants, if they all paid taxes, would only bring in around $19 billion in combined taxes. That leaves a shortfall of $116 billion that you, the American taxpayer has to pick up. The article breaks the tax expenditures down so it’s easy to see where the money goes.
According to this article sent in by reader W.W., the socialist utopia of Venezuela is having a severe problem with their donkey herds . A few years ago, there were so many donkeys that they were causing highway crashes and blocking the runways of airports. But over the past three years, the herds have shrunk dramatically as they have been slaughtered for their meat by Venezuelans suffering through a near famine. Today, the burros have virtually disappeared. This is a significant change as unlike other South American countries, burro has never been a regular in the diet of Venezuelans.
Tracking Domestic Travel
Despite promises to the contrary, the TSA and federal air marshals have begun tracking ordinary U.S. citizens  not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list, collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program. The program, called “Quiet Skies”, specifically targets passengers who are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base. The program gives the agency broad discretion over which air travelers it wants to focus on and how closely they are tracked. However, interviews and internal communications show that it is tracking passengers who appear to pose no real threat. This is a program that isn’t about safety so much as it is about control. Welcome to the police state yet again. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
The Apocalypse Bicycle
Reader S.B. sent in this paper describing an “Apocalypse Bicycle ”. The author basically takes all the advanced materials and special tooling out of the bicycle. He creates a basic two wheeled method of transportation that can be easily worked on by near primitive tools. The author places zerks in areas that need lubrication so you don’t have to dissasemble the bike and uses low tech materials like mild steel in the construction. While this isn’t a sleek racing machine that you might find in the peleton, it is a bicycle that will blend in and be relatively easy to maintain. Something to think about.
AI in Healthcare
We’ve seen a significant push for healthcare directed by an AI in recent years. I’m sure that this is driven, in part, by the shortage of doctors and nurses in the system as well as the rising costs of healthcare. Perhaps even a bit of greed as the Insurers desire to limit payouts on procedures. But all is not rosy on that front. IBM’s Watson AI has been used in healthcare, directing the care of more than 84,000 patients around the world. IBM calls it a success. But when you look at the internal memos and data you find a disturbing story . Watson has multiple records where it directed unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations. At issue is that the programmers apparently didn’t use real data, but rather hypothetical data when training it. That sort of training may work in humans, but not very well in computers.
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