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”. Paraguay has missing rifles.
Remember those 240 school shootings in 2015-2016 that the Department of Education claimed? Neither do we. Reader BDG sent in this article from NPR that fact-checked the Department of Education. They contacted every single school that the Department had listed in their report. it turns out that they were only able to confirm 11 incidents (either directly with the schools or by media reports). In 161 cases, the schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn’t confirm one. The Department claimed that they would update the data later this year, but have no intention of correcting or republishing the report. So much for accurate data.
Britons Under Fire
Britain’s counter-terrorism police have released a new video advising people on vacation what to do if they experience a terrorist attack. The advice is summed up as “run, hide, and tell,” in that order. Yep, run and hide, hoping that the bad guy doesn’t notice you. You know, it kind of sounds like they’ve been taking advice from the Florida, Broward County Sheriff’s Department.
Nothing to Hide
Reader DSV sent in this video that responds to the “nothing to hide” argument in support of mass surveillance. The author points out that he has a standing offer to any viewer to send him their complete browsing history so he can publish it unedited on his web site. he points out that no one has ever taken him up on the offer. He notes that privacy is a fundamental part of self ownership. We draw boundaries around ourselves that nobody is allowed to cross without our permission. He notes that we have curtains on our windows and locks on our doors. It is interesting to note that even those who staunchly maintain that if you “have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” inherently understand this concept and would be aghast if you looked into their private lives unannounced and uninvited. It’s one of those double standards again.
South African Gun Confiscation
History confirms that every government perpetuated genocide in history has taken place after the arms of those same people have been taken away. Yet, here we are again. Following on the heels of the South African governments public statements and decisions to confiscate land from white owned farms, 300,000 South Africans have been ordered to turn over their guns. The war is winding up and the government hates competition. The confiscation order comes from Section 24 and 28 of the Firearm’s Control Act. Citizens who sought a firearms license were required to renew that license 90 days before it expired. This is also evidence that licensing almost always leads to confiscation. Thanks to T.Z. for the article.
Missing FAL Rifles
Police in Paraguay have discovered that many of their rifles are toys. Shortly after some “irregularities” were noticed, an inspection was carried out. The police found that 44 rifles and 90 small arms had been replaced with realistic looking air-soft toys. The FN-FAL’s sell for $10,000 each and authorities believe the rifles were smuggled into Argentina and Brazil. Thanks to T.P. for the link.
Nazis Aren’t Marxists
Reader H.L. pointed out this article that correctly identifies socialists. You often hear the media today call Nazis members of the “far right”, especially when there is conflict between Antifa and “right wingers”. As it turns out, the Nazis were socialists too. This is not a “left vs. right” conflict, but instead a “left vs. left”. Nazis were just nationalist as well as socialists. The article points out the difference between the Marxists and the Nazis in Europe, showing the difference in their social and economic policies.
Pat Cascio pointed out this article on a recent bill in California dealing with suspects awaiting trial. Traditionally, non-violent suspects have had to post bail as a bond that they will show up for their court hearings. If they fail to show, the bond is confiscated providing motivation for the suspect to adhere to the rules. California has decided to do away with bail for all non-violent criminals. He wonders how many will now simply not show up for trial. Additionally, will they be set free again if they are caught and arrested for the warrant resulting from skipping out on the trial?
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