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”. What do think the most important guns in history are?
Reader P. sent in this news report from San Francisco showing just how brazen thieves have gotten in the area. In the town of Antioch thieves are approaching cars that are stopped at intersections or are parked on the street with the occupant in them. In one case that is profiled, the thief ran up to a car stopped at a red light, smashed the window of the car, took the purse, and escaped in another vehicle that had no license plate on it. This is just one more indication that you can’t be in public and be oblivious to everything around you. Even in a moving vehicle, you have to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Important Guns in History
Every generation has a firearm that is either unique in its approach to function or is ubiquits enough to have widespread use and makes a significant difference in society. Reader DSV sent in this article that profiles what the author believes are the five most significant weapons in America’s history. I’m not a history buff, but from what I know, I would tend to agree with this list. There are obviously omissions from the list since it is limited to just five, but these five have had a huge impact on our history. The last two on the list are still having a significant impact even though one of them is over 100 years old.
Not surprisingly, despite the progressive/liberal cry for more gun control, a recent poll shows that public support is actually down by 17 percent over the last 28 years. This report send in by reader H.L. shows that Democrats are the driving force behind the current 61 percent of Americans that support some form of gun control. It is also important to remember that how questions are staged can have severe impacts on how people answer the questions on these polls. Also, simple education has the ability to devastate the poll numbers. Most people are completely ignorant on actual gun usage statistics.
New Jersey Bans
If there ever was a reason to vote with your feet and your wallet, this has got to be it. Reader DSV sent in this link to a list of everything that New Jersey wants to ban and make illegal. There were a few surprises on the list too. Thinks like limiting antibiotics to sick animals only and banning TV’s that spy on you seem like logical additions to the list. Protecting the unborn children is also a good idea and I hope that legislation makes it through. But there are also some rather annoying things on the list, like banning plastic bags and straws, free food for public school kids, drone restrictions, balloon restrictions and others. It seems like typical government interference. There are enough good things interspersed throughout the list to keep a person from just waling away from it, but there are things on it that the government clearly has no business getting involved in.
A SurvivalBlog reader sent in this Facebook video on NVIS antennas. If you are curious in how these antennas work to enhance short wave communications you should watch this video. In short, VHF and UHF communications are good for short range communications, but start breaking down when the distance increases or if you are in mountainous or hilly terrain. With the NVIS antenna, HF communication is really good for long distance communication because of atmospheric skip, but it struggles in the intermediate range of a couple hundred miles. The NVIS antenna is designed to make the skip go straight up and then straight back down so the intermediate range is covered well. This is, of course, a highly simplified description. Watch this video to understand more. Note: This is on Facebook.
Reader T.J. sent in this video from the Back to Reality blog on growing potatoes. They didn’t even dig in the ground to grow these potatoes. They only used mulch and the harvest of potatoes was pretty incredible. The garden produced 337 pounds of potatoes with very little effort. The video makes several references to earlier videos on how they grew the potatoes but they also cover it pretty well here. I think I’m definitely going to try this version. With the ground already prepared, they planted 34 pounds of potatoes in about 30 minutes. Harvesting the potatoes was a simple matter of pulling aside the hay to harvest the potatoes and not disturbing the ground. Pictures of the ground show an incredibly rich ground teaming with life.
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