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”. Today, a SurvivalBlog reader writes in asking for your opinion on whole house water filtration.
Firearms in Vehicles
A Pennsylvania State Representative has introduced H.B. 2669 which would prohibit a person from carrying a loaded firearm in any vehicle with some exceptions related to game hunting, law enforcement, military personnel and security drivers. Using the standard anti-gun rhetoric of “common sense gun safety”, she has decided that your ability to protect yourself while traveling is unimportant. The statistically insignificant incident of road rage that is being targeted is more important that your ability to defend yourself and/or your family while in your car.
I notice that the significant number of defensive uses of firearms carried while in vehicles is strangely absent from your statistics. Thankfully, I live in a state where your vehicle is just an extension of your home as it should be. Hopefully, voters will remember her actions come re-election time. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Get Government Out of Your Life
Reader H.L. sent in this excellent article on how to minimize the impact of government on your life. Interestingly, the premise is mostly just to ignore them. Of course, the author isn’t talking about those IRS notices demanding their protection money or the police car with flashing lights behind you. Rather, they are talking about government intrusion into your normal life. In the words of the infamous Rahm Emanuel: “You never want a serious crises to go to waste”. Government has a habit of capitalizing on emotion and stepping in “to help”. Don’t let them help. Move on. The statistics given on deaths attributed to terrorism in the U.S. are appalling compared to deaths by cop, or traffic accidents, yet look which one gets more headlines and imposes more invasive restrictions on your travel.
Pantries and Root Cellars
Reader T.J. sent in this article on the lost art of pantries and root cellars. Modern conveniences like refrigeration have made the use of storage pantries and root cellars almost a forgotten art. Our electric grid seems to be reliable for the vast majority of the time and power outages tend to be comparatively few and far in between. This article is a primer for those who are unfamiliar with these two types of storage serving two very different storage needs. Root cellars are cool and humid (like the crisper drawer in your refrigerator) to create the right conditions for your crops and a pantry is cool and dry. While root cellars are typically not practical in our current urban lifestyles, pantries are.
I know I have been appalled when visiting family and friends only to discover that they make daily trips to the grocery store because they have such a limited supply of food at home.
The Patriot Nurse has new vlog entry on this new polio-like disease that is currently appearing. She gives a good description of what the disease actually is and what your chances of being affected by it. She also goes into the media coverage of this disease and how news reporters are using this to attack anti-vaxxers. The concept of unnecessary vaccinations is covered and how many doctors offices (and places like pharmacies) use these vaccines as income. It is refreshing to hear a medical professional take the opinion that you have the right to make your own choices about vaccines. You are responsible for your own decisions and this concept of “civic duty” and “herd immunity” is just garbage.
Fox News had an article about a sad situation recently. A newborn baby, born healthy, died within days after having contracted the HSV-1 (Herpies) virus. The mother believes that one of the well-wishers who had the active virus kissed the baby and imparted the virus. The virus then attached itself to her spine and ate her lungs and brain. The article goes on to relate that up to 70% of the adult population in the United States is infected with this virus and may not even know it. Cold sores or small blisters on the mouth are the typical indication that something is wrong, but not always.
I remember how protective I was of my own children when they were born and I hesitated to let others hold him (especially when they hadn’t washed their hands) let along kiss them. While many a friend was offended by my actions, I now feel totally vindicated. This is a reminder though, about how fragile a new life can be and how we are rather spoiled in today’s medical world on the survival rate of our children.
SurvivalBlog reader P.B. wrote in to ask other readers for their opinions on whole house water treatment. He lives in a very rural location, but still has access to municipal water. They also have a well and are putting in a second one. They would like an on-site, unified water treatment facility that will manage all three of these water sources and make sure that there is plenty of water for their homestead and render it safe for drinking. If you have some ideas, you might post them in comments below.
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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!