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”. Current fear is that the deadly pig disease, African swine fever, will make it to U.S. shores.
Deadly Pig Disease
Reader H.L. sent in this article on the current outbreak of African swine fever. While there isn’t a current case in the United States, experts are warning that its not a case of “if” but “when”. Similarly to the outbreak of avian flu that created fowl and egg shortages, the only real way to deal with outbreaks is the destruction of the whole sounder of swine. In many countries, even the appearance of the disease in a single pig dooms the entire farm. In Spain, they are finding that ticks that feed on the pigs are also carriers and are destroying entire [old] farm buildings, replacing them with modern facilities in an effort to contain the disease. So far, cases have been reported in Africa, Europe, and Asia. The concern for the U.S. is the same one Germany is facing. With a large population of wild boar, there is virtually no way to contain the disease.
Socialism at Work
The proponents of Socialism in America often point to certain European countries as examples of socialism that they want to emulate. Leave aside the fact that all of those countries exist because of America (and the fact that many of them are only recently socialist – they created their wealth under capitalism). If Americans had to pay the 50% or higher tax rates that these countries pay, they would revolt. In Sweden, they have single payer (universal) health care. But examples abound of why this isn’t good. Asia Nader was diagnosed with a hole in her heart at age 21. She was nearly 23 before she could have the surgery to fix it. Sure the law states that patients wait no more than 90 days for care, but one in three end up waiting much, much longer. Most complain about waits longer than six months and the inability to see the same practitioner for continuity of care.
Encrypt Your Life
Reader P. sent in this article on how to encrypt your life in less than an hour. Andy Grove (the CEO of Intel while it led the personal computer revolution) famously said “Only the paranoid survive.” When one of the most powerful people in the world encourages us to be paranoid, we should listen. Even the FBI, who routinely violates the privacy of people, is encouraging every one to cover their webcams. This article gives some solutions that you can implement in under an hour that will give you a much higher level of security.
Reader S.W. sent in this article on a new device that is being sold that will allow anyone to invade your privacy. The device attaches to a smartphone and lets users scan a person for concealed firearms from up to 40 feet away. Royal Holdings has named the device SWORD. The device is intended to be used at airports and other areas of high congestion, but what is to stop your local grocery store from using them? Perhaps the next time you enter your neighborhood Walmart, the greeter will walk up to you and politely ask you to leave because you are carrying concealed? The device also uses facial recognition.
Why Pay Cash?
Because of a deal between Google and Master Card, Google is able to track up to 70% of retail purchases. A significant portion of Master Card’s two billion users weren’t even aware that the data sharing agreement had been reached between the two giants. The deal is lucrative because it gave Google an unprecedented asset for measuring retail spending, something which retailers are generally on board with. With this technology agreement, a user can search Google for a product, but not buy it. Later, when that person enters a store and buys that product with their Master Card, Google is fed that information which is then given as a report to advertisers. Remember that when you aren’t paying for the service, you are the product. Words to live by. Thanks to G.G. for the link.
Facebook may have finally shot itself in the foot. After allegations of allowing fake news made public waves, Facebook implemented policies that changed their public news feed to feature more content from friends and family and less public content. This also includes content from those who purchase advertising. This means that many, including those who work sales jobs from home, have seen their revenues drop by up to 60%. I know many who make a little side cash by selling essential oils, hair products, vitamins and other stuff by reposting articles on those products. Now, those same people have to generate their own content rather than reposting content. As a result, many are simply leaving Facebook and moving to another platform like Twitter. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Wow! Survival Realty just listed a 1,086 sqft cabin in Montana with a well capable of producing 100 gallons per minute. The property is currently set up as an off-grid retreat, but power is available at the nearby road so you can go with a grid-tie system if you want to. It would also be possible to develop the nearby spring into a large stocked pond. This place could easily be set up for self-sufficiency.
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