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”. Whatever happened to good old R-E-S-P-E-C-T?
In the Name of Safety
Reader H.L. sent in this article on the 40 Million vehicle recall currently taking place. At issue are the “defective” airbags made by Takata. As the airbags age, they may malfunction. While Takata deserves the oblivion that they received for manufacturing sub-par equipment, the real issue is your rights as a consumer. As our government moves more into the nanny state mentality, you are now faced with a dilemma. You are forced to spend more money when you buy a car to have these mandated safety features installed. But did you know that you can’t disable the possibly defective airbag. Yep, that’s right. It’s illegal. It will take up to 10 years to replace all of these airbags, but you still have to own it.
The Next Venezuela
The next sovereign state to self destruct is well on its way. As South Africa continues to press its new found power and continue its racist onslaught with the support of most main stream media outlets, there is a new problem developing. The mining charter that companies have to operate under is quickly becoming untenable for a company that wants to stay profitable. The latest rendition mandates that shareholding must be 30% black (apportioned in a very specific manner).
Before any distributions are made to shareholders, the company must pay 1% of its annual turnover to this 30%. In addition, 70% of procurement of mining goods and 80% of services must be made from black empowered entities. (It matters not how incompetent of expensive the protected companies are.) There are also employment qualifications based on race. A once profitable business is quickly sliding into disaster. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Reader F.W. wrote in noting that Visa and MasterCard are now waging war against conservatism. Both companies are now blocking transactions to groups that fall on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of “hate groups”. While many of the entities listed by the SPLC are actually hate groups, many more are not. They just have a different political philosophy. Did you know that JWR is listed as a hatemonger by them? This despite JWR’s repeated open declarations against hate groups and racists. The SPLC is an evil organization that pushes a political ideology rather than truth. Shame on any corporation or individual that uses their information as the basis for decisions. They have nothing to do with truth.
Yet another reason to use cash. Reader DSV sent in this article on 16 stores that have suffered data breaches and exposed consumers credit card information to hackers. Up to 600,000 card numbers could have been affected across 23 states. The affected stores include Arby’s, Gamestop, Adidas, Macy’s Best Buy, Sonic, Panera Bread, and others. The article lists out all the companies that have been affected and then gives a good list of measures that you need to take if you shopped at one of those stores in the last year or so.
Reater P. wrote in to remind us to prepare for natural disasters in addition to the man-made economic disasters. Peru and Brazil suffered a 7.1 earthquake this week on the border region. The numbers of killed and injured have not yet been completely totaled, but it’s a good reminder to prepare.
Remember the days when youth were taught to respect their elders and call them by “sir” or “ma’am” if they didn’t know what their last name was? Or to use those same terms when responding to questions or calling their attention? My how times have changed. Reader DSV sent in this article on a teacher who punished a 10 year old for saying “yes ma’am” when talked to by the teacher. Apparently the teacher doesn’t want to be called by such old fashioned terms of respect. After the parents complained, the student was moved to a different classroom. This is just another reminder why you really don’t want others educating your child. Homeschooling is still the best option. If you can’t afford to homeschool, you need to rethink your standard of living.
Never Trust in the Judicial System
The Washington State Supreme Court just cleared the way for a gun control initiative to appear on the November ballot. The initiative will raise the age for the purchase of a semi-automatic rifle to 21. It will also expand the background checks for these same purchases and require people to complete a firearm safety training course as well as creating standards for the safe storage of firearms. I wonder when they will require the same sort of measures for your other constitutionally guaranteed rights? Will you have to have a permit for your free speech? Oh…that’s right. You already do in many places. This will not end well for your rights. Thanks to D.S. 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!