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 features a video of simple rainwater collection in a semi-arid location.
There has been a lot of news coverage of the Defense Distributed legal settlement. (The Federal government finally conceded the case and agreed to pay DefDist’s court costs.) But now the State of Washington has filed an injunction against DefDist releasing the milling code. Not to worry: The controversial code has popped up on numerous mirror sites not named in the injunction, including this one: Codeisfreespeech.com
Meanwhile, Shopify suddenly, and without cause, shutdown Cody Wilson’s online store with no explanation. After successfully running the store in good standing for over two years, Cody received an email on August 10th that notified him that his online presence was shut down effective immediately in violation of the one-year contract that Cody had with them. He immediately responded with a demand for an explanation, but they have not responded. Cody plans to sue them for breach of contract and a return of the fees that they kept from his sales through them. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Amir Tsarfati’s upcoming book The Last Hour: An Israeli Insider Looks at the End Times will not be released until September 4th, but it has already sold more than 10,000 copies in pre-orders! Tsarfati is an Israeli believer in Jesus and a reserve IDF intelligence officer. This promises to be a fascinating read. – JWR
Commercial Turboprop Theft
On Friday, Alaska Airlines lost a plane as an employee who was not a pilot took it for a joyride. The Horizon Air Q400 was taken by a baggage handler who had no real experience flying anything. It is suspected that the would-be pilot learned to fly through computer software simulators and made the plane perform acrobatics. After several loop-the-loops and a barrel roll, the plane, which was being chased by F-15 fighters scrambled from Portland crashed into a wooded area of an island, killing the pilot.
The air traffic controllers were in communication with the pilot who described himself as “a broken man” and was preparing himself for “jail time for life”. The most probably cause of the crash was the lack of flying skills while performing stunts with the passenger plane. This does bring to the forefront airport security and the accessibility of planes to this sort of criminal activity. – Thanks to T.P. for the link.
Destroying a Country
Did you know that in 1929, Argentina was the fourth richest Country in the world (per capita) and was actually challenging the United States for dominance in the western hemisphere? They had abundant natural resources and massive European immigration. Its constitution is actually based on America’s constitution as well. So how does a Christian country, with a largely European population, a negligible racial strife problem and enormous natural and agricultural wealth lose all of that? How do they regularly cycle between first world wealth and third-world economic collapse? One word – government. This article, sent in by H.L., is an interesting read.
Reader T.J. sent in this video from homesteadonomics on YouTube about harvesting rain water. This simple system is used by the author to water the wildlife around his homestead and is made simply from an IBC tote, a used billboard tarp and an automatic watering dish. It’s not fancy, but it does the job and the budget is right. While he uses it for wildlife, you could just as easily adapt it for livestock or even watering your garden.
WWV and WWVH
The longtime friends of shortwave listeners world wide may not be long for this world. The Fiscal Year 2019 NIST budget would eliminate spending for WWV and WWVH. For those not familiar with these radio stations, this may jog your memory:
“…ping, ping, click, click…At the tone, the time will be…beeeep, ping, ping…”.
Ham radio operators and shortwave listeners have used this signal as a time and frequency standard for years. Technology marches on though. While these two stations were the most accurate time standards that the average person had access to in the past, all modern cell phones have GPS receivers in them giving much more convenient access to accurate time. What isn’t mentioned is the variety of equipment that depend on this signal for accurate time. Any time you hear about a watch or clock that uses a nuclear clock to keep time, this is the signal they are listening too. They just have miniature RF receivers that hear this time broadcast.
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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!