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”. California’s PG&E plays the blame game of the recent fires.
License Plate Tracking
California has such a problem with welfare fraud that they are now using license place scanners to track drivers and solve crimes. Since 2016, Sacramento County welfare fraud investigators have been using the data. The investigators and the Department of Human Assistance says that they use the automated license plate recognition (ALPR) cameras that are located on street poles and police cars only on a case-by-case basis to identify is recepients are at their stated addresses. There may be some problems though. It would appear that they are accessing the database without any warrant and millions of people who are not suspects in crimes are also being tracked just by the nature of the program.
Get Home Bag Philosophy
Reader T.J. sent in this video from SensiblePrepper on his get home bag philosophy. Yes, this subject has been beat to death, but it’s always good to see how other preppers plan for and deal with the subject. You often learn something that is applicable to your situation. This video is a bit different in that it doesn’t deal with specific items in the bag, but the philosophy behind choosing those items. Each bag needs to be tailored to your need.
Restoring Cast Iron
Wranglerstar has a new video on restoring cast iron skillets, dutch ovens and waffle makers. Cody shows how you can use a combination of brass brushes and chemicals to restore these fantastic finds all the way back to usable condition. I’ve actually used similar methods to restore cast iron cookware that is nearly 200 years old. I’ve noted that this old cookware is often superior to modern cast iron. While the iron in newer models may be better, the companies have started taking shortcuts on the finish machining and the cooking surfaces are often much smoother on the older items. If you have a blast cabinet, that also works well.
Alaskan Pilot Survival Gear
Reader T.J. sent in this interesting article on survival gear that Alaskan pilots are required to carry. While this article and video show what is required by state statute, many actually opt to carry more gear. If your plane goes down, you survival is highly dependent on what you have with you. There is no guarantee that anyone will find you until it is too late with out these basics to keep you alive and communicate. As the title of the video indicates: “If it’s not on you, it’s just camping gear.”
Turkey Needs a Regime Change
Turkey is becoming a thorn in the side of the free world. I’m pretty sure that they were included in NATO only because they were adversarial to the Soviet Union. However, the increasing brutality of the Turkish government and the heavy handed tactics show that they really don’t belong among the ranks of democratic nations. Erdogan has lost confidence in his own people (and they have lost confidence in him). This article sent in by a SurvivalBlog reader shows some of the atrocities that he is guilty of and you can only come to the conclusion that he has to go before things will change.
Death of a Nation
The CDC is estimating that drug overdose deaths based on current data has just reached a record of 71,568 Americans in 2017. That’s 6.6% higher than 2016. The CDC has focused its efforts on trying to make opioids and other restricted drugs harder to obtain (thus hurting the people who need it the most). The real problem lies in the destruction of the family from all sides and the realization that more money and more debt can’t make you happy. People expect to pop a pill to make everything all better and many in the health industry are only too happy to oblige. Add that to the flood of drugs being smuggled in and the ease with which they can be procured and you have the current disaster. What happens when SHTF happens and they supply suddenly dries up?
The Blame Game
So what does a multi-billion dollar company do when it’s faced with paying $17 billion in fire damages for not properly maintaining it’s equipment which caused several fires burning over 9000 structures and killing 44 people? Blame climate change, of course. What else would they do? Reader H.L. writes in:
Blame the fact that for decades the “environmental wackos” have convinced the BLM and Forestry Service to eliminate most logging. When you have massive forests in a drought ridden part of the nation, with dead trees from bark beetle, etc., you will have fires. When power companies run power lines into those areas, they need to cut large rights of way and keep them cut. Even in poor West Virginia I have seen helicopters with special huge hanging rotary saws fly up one side and down the other of the high power towers to cut back the trees.
West Virginia is not called “The Mountain State” to be a joke. It has thousands of hills and hollows, and nary a straight stretch of road with the exception of some of the more recently built interstate. They also have laid underground pipe lines for their oil and gas, and they keep those mowed. I suspect that California has used much of their wealth for more useless endeavors, and let their infrastructure suffer. People will insist on living in those canyons away from the cities and high crime, and not clean away all the trees and scrub from around their homes.
In whatever climate one lives, one must design and build housing that takes into consideration whether it is prone to flood, fire, wind, tons of snow, desert, whatever. Better a small dwelling and a larger lot than the other way around. Of course, zoning for subdivisions is usually very restrictive! Government always knows best!
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