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 ”.
Defense Distributed won a settlement from the US Department of State to publish their gun blueprints online in July. This was a landmark victory for both the First and the Second Amendments. Now 21 states have file suit against them through four venues. After fighting the State Department for five years, their legal funds need help. Cody Wilson is asking for support  to help manage all of these new lawsuits attacking your right to know. If you can, please donate to help  (Note: They also take Bitcoin).
Who Needs Democracy
Who needs Democracy when you have data ? China is one of the world leaders in collecting data on their own citizens. With this data in-hand, Xi’s regime manages to stop most dissidents from reaching government centers by blocking them from purchasing tickets on public transportation. Bloggers, activists and lawyers are routinely targeted by police and silenced or imprisoned. If you think America is living in Orwell’s 1984 , wait till you read this article.
Back to Basics
There is an interesting article on SWAT magazine about a nationally recognized firearms instructor spending a week taking a basic defensive pistol course . If you have had training and/or are an expert in handling firearms, you really should read this article.
As expected, the TSA is expanding their invasive drama show  beyond just the airports now. Just shortly after The Boston Globe exposed the TSA’s “Quiet Skies” program where air marshals shadow travelers who do not pose a threat and have not been accused of any specific crime, they are expanding into the Subway. Los Angeles Subway has become the first US city to have TSA body scanners installed.
South Africa Begins
Reader H.L. sent in this article on South Africa . The South African government wanted two farms to sell to them. The farmers agreed and wanted $18.7 million for the farms. The government responded that they will only pay $1.87 million. The government has issued a notice to the farmers:
“Notice is hereby given that a terrain inspection will be held on the farms on April 5, 2018 at 10am in order to conduct an audit of the assets and a handover of the farm’s keys to the state,”
It should also be noted that the farmers were not given the ability to dispute the governments eviction claim in court as the law requires. If this seizure moves forward, it will mark the first time that the government has refused to pay market value for land that it intends to redistribute.
JWR’s Comment: Please pray for the people of South Africa. The threatened farm seizures now appear to be in progress. We need to find room in our hearts to take in refugees from South Africa. Mark my words: As South Africa descends into chaos and goes Full Mugabe, there will be both white and black refugees. We need to open our up immigration to anti-communist black South Africans, who will also be fleeing.
James Rawles XL Voyager
Reader T.Z. found this James Rawles XL Voyager  on Amazon for only $90. This appears to be the real deal and is an excellent price for the limited edition of the collector’s knife. Note that any you find in the $30 range are most likely Chinese knockoffs.
Pat Cascio sent in this article on obtaining free tuition for medical students . It is not uncommon for grants to be given to encourage students to go into a particular field. In fact, that’s how I ended up as a High School teacher. The state was offering to pick up all tuition costs for teaching students in certain areas if you committed to a minimum time of service in a qualifying underprivileged school. Of course, you need to ask yourself (and others) why there is such a need for those grants. Why is there a shortage of personnel because that is also the reason I quit being a teacher. It’s a two edged sword. But, if your looking for a career change or just wanted into the medical field, but couldn’t afford the tuition and didn’t want to pick up the massive student debt…
Sent in this article on twitter endorsing Sara Jeong’s  “Being Cruel to Old White Men”. This libtard is just one more example of why what used to be the greatest newspaper in the world is circling the drain. Remember, it’s only racist if the comment is targeted at a minority. The white middle-class is fair game according to them.
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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!