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”.
Gun Owners and the Deep State
Gun owners are increasingly violating firearms laws and their numbers are expanding, but not for the reason that the media wants you to think. They are both willfully and/or unwillfully violating these laws because the number of laws outlawing certain firearms or accessories are increasing. This isn’t the result of a violent crime wave, but because they continue to possess things that the government has deemed “bad” and doesn’t want them to possess anymore. The true numbers are unknown, but examples are the Connecticut legislature that passed the ridiculous “assault weapon”
ban registration that really targets semi-auto sporting rifles that just look like an assault rifle. Estimates put the number of compliant owners at only 15%. All others are now felons. Thanks to DSV for the link.
As America slowly slips towards a single payer health system, we should look towards the UK as an example of what to expect. The official reports are out and it’s clear that socialized medicine cannot handle the patient load. Last year, UK hospitals were plauged with long wait times, delayed procedures and an overstressed medical workforce. A particularly virulent strain of influenza hit Britain and overwhelmed their hospitals. One doctor described the situation as “patients literally everywhere” and noted that they would not have been able to get a cardiac arrest patient through the hallways. Patients routinely wait 18 weeks or more for critical procedures. Thanks to T.Z. for the link.
Reader H.L. writes in:
For decades educational professionals have wondered why America’s academic standing in the world has been declining, even against poor nations. It has not occurred to the Dept. of Education in D.C., or most School Boards, School Administrators or many teachers that it is the curriculum! The textbooks which are dumbed down, filled with drivel, Common Core Math, whole reading instead of phonics, phonics, phonics. My collection of old textbooks confirms this! Our local school system in a small Connecticut shoreline town publishes the names of the High Honors and Honors students in high school. For the last fifteen years since moving back to Connecticut from West Virginia I have noticed that the number of names has increased in both categories. However, the population has barely budged! Of course, there is “grade inflation”. This is also true in many major American universities, even Ivy League schools!
As one who loves history and antique auctions, I have read letters written from Civil War soldiers to their loved ones. The cursive writing is usually lovely, the grammar almost perfect, and the sentiments heart felt. Most of the soldiers were working class and only completed some elementary school classes! It does NOT take a rocket scientist to realize that the curriculum in the “olden days” was more advanced. McGuffy readers (I have the complete set and it is available on line) taught values via their many stories with always a moral as the theme. Modern textbooks are preaching diversity, “social justice”, Socialism, and NOT critical thinking.
Get your kids out of this corrupt system!
No, not a knife for cutting potatoes, though it can be used for that. This is a knife literally made from potatoes. Our favorite crazy Japanese knife maker is at it again, this time distilling the starch out of a potato and making a knife out of it. This doesn’t have the usual chart at the end that rates its ability to be sharpened like his other knife projects do though. I suspect the knife is somewhat fragile then, but it is sharp enough to be a chef knife, at least for a while. Once again, kiwami japan shows the futility of trying to regulate weapons and kitchen tools.
It is a long standing tradition in a propaganda war to set up a radio station in a country neighboring your target country and beam political and social propaganda into the area. The United States was a major player in this sort of thing during the cold war and even Germany used it extensively in World War II to attempt to dishearten the allied troops. Now, authorities are probing the links of a recent radio station buyer in Tijuana to China’s Phoenix TV. Phoenix TV has been identified by U.S. intelligence as a major overseas outlet used to spread propaganda and promote the polices of the communist government in Bejing. The Hong Kong television station also has close ties to China’s intelligence service and military. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Free speech is obviously under fire and the globalists are betting on the Chinese dominating the Internet’s future. Recently, Apple’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai made their first appearance at China’s World Internet Converence . When Bloomber reporter Peter Elstrom, who also attended the conference, was asked about Chinese government stance of censorship, her replied:
“The implication comes at a time when the U.S. is wrestling with fake news on Facebook and Twitter, allegations about Russians hacking an election, and they feel like this Chinese approach has some merit, so they are making that case.”
The coference is supposed to promote China’s authoritarian vision for the Internet. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
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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!