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”. You might be surprised at who is behind your Real ID.
Kit Perez has started a new series on relocation, over at the American Partisan blog. It is titled: Strategic Relocation: Are You Missing Out?
The latest numbers of Venezuelans fleeing because of lack of food and shortages of medicine are placed around 2.3 million according to the U.N. Of those interviewed, lack of food seems to be the primary reason they are leaving, but the U.N. is emphasizing that the severe shortages of medicine and medical supplies is a factor as well. They note that over 100,000 Venezuelans are living with HIV/AIDS and are at risk. Meanwhile, it appears that a number of Venezuelans have found refuge in Scotland. Apparently Aberdeen along with several other communities have become a tiny oasis for refugees fleeing the social and economic strife. Thanks to G.P. and H.L. for the links.
If you were planning to expatriate to New Zealand (or just wanting a vacation home there), things just got a bit complicated. It appears that you weren’t alone. Foreigners buying homes in New Zealand have caused the same problems as Californians in the rest of the United States. Wealthy foreigners (primarily from Silicon Valley and China apparently) have been buying homes at a such a rate that they have driven up the price beyond what most New Zealanders can afford. As a result, New Zealand just passed a law banning foreigners from purchasing home. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) doesn’t believe that the foreigners are responsible for the rise in costs despite the fact that three to five percent of all homes are selling to them. However, the liberal-led government is fulfilling a campaign promise by implementing the ban. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
We reported earlier that Cody Wilson had been kicked of Shopify in violation of his contract with them and it would appear that Shopify’s anti-gun campaign is just getting started. Franklin Armory has announced that they also have been kicked off of Shopify, again, in violation of the contract. The changes are due to Shopify changing their Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to include firearms related paraphernalia such as pistol grips, barrels, and magazines larger than 10 rounds in their “Restricted items” category. Shopify has joined the financial institutions in making it difficult to do business with companies that make your Second Amendment possible. It’s time to leave Shopify altogether.
Who is processing your state’s Real ID? Chances are good that it is IDemia, a global corporation that runs the biometric programs for billions of citizens worldwide, including the Real ID programs in at least 42 states. Reader GNO sent in this link to this document that explains who they are and what they do. This is starting to get a bit worrisome.
Florida School Shooter
A couple of bombshells were dropped concerning the Parkland shooter this last week. It would appear that the shooter was using five round magazines (or possible 10 round magazines with a limiter). This is half of the capacity that the federal Assault Weapon Ban wants us limited to. Think about that for a moment. The 9th worst modern mass shooting in which 19 victims died was perpetuated with five round magazines. Surely this is proof that magazine limits are not worth the paper they are printed on. Magazine capacity only matters when your target is shooting back at you. Second, because the shooter had to reload so many times, it’s clear that an armed teacher could have intervened in the shooting (while Broward County Deputies coward outside). Thanks to D.S. for the link.
Reader G.P. sent in this article that attempts to justify your robotic overlord. Apparently, humans who are overseen by a humanoid robot manage to complete the work better and faster when the robot is seen as a “bad” robot. The researchers claim that the humans have a raised sense of alertness that improves their focus. This is nothing new though. We all know that an overbearing boss standing behind your desk accomplishes the same thing. It’s just that most bosses don’t have the time to do that.
In an amazing example of judicial stupidity, a New Mexico judge has released the Muslim terrorist who trained children to perform school shootings with only an ankle bracelet and a bond that is identical to that given to a shop lifter. The liberal judge also ordered supervised visits with their children. The primary suspect has not been released though as he is also being held on a separate Georia warrant for the kidnapping and possible murder of his own child. Thanks to W.W. for the link.
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