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”. Food takes center stage with a couple of entries including a quote from The Woodpile Report today on hunger
Opinion Reporter Tucker Carlson had a self-described Antifa group congregated outside of what they claimed was his home chanting “We know where you sleep at night!” The group claims Carlson is a racist and that his policies are responsible for the death of thousands of people. This same group has harassed Ted Cruz and Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, forcing her to leave a restaurant in June. It’s past time that these groups are considered threats to society as this behavior goes well beyond any right to free speech. Thanks to DSV for the link.
South Africa Apartheid
Reader H.L. sent in this article showing that South Africa isn’t done with its Apartheid policies yet. The government has now barred white South Africans from registering on a government job website. In question is the Youth Employment Service (YES) website which is aimed at helping South Africans who have been jobless for longer than six months. The program is endorsed by the National Development Plan 2030 which intends to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality within the next 12 years. However, the registration criteria on the site requires the applicants to be black, in accordance with the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) definition.
The Supreme Court
The Republican Party retained control of the senate during this past election which is a good thing. Once SurvivalBlog reader sent in this article from back in September of this year reminding us that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 years old and has had a re-occurrence of malignant melanoma. She has already been treated for colon cancer in 1999 and for pancreatic cancer in 2009. The suspicion is that she will retire next year. Justice Kennedy is also 80 years old. President Trump may get to appoint at least one more and possible two more Supreme Court Justices. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is also pledging to push through as many of Trumps originalist justices as he can. While Obama’s legacy of ruling by Executive Order was mostly wiped out by Trump within the first year, Trump’s legacy may be in place for years to come.
A Bad Sign
Reader D.S. sent in this report that the military refused an order from Trump. Trump requested that the military build migrant detention camps at the southern border crossing as the caravan continues it’s march through Mexico. While the article emphasizes the rejection of the order and the supposed “military resistance” to Trump, it does not clarify why the order was refused. I suspect that the refusal came because detention centers would be part of law enforcement which the military cannot do on U.S. soil, per the Posse Comitatus Act.
Chinese authorities are deploying a new surveillance tool: Gait Recognition. This software uses your body type and how you walk to identify you even when your face is hidden from the camera. The system is apparently able to identify people from up to 50 meters away even if your back is to the camera. Authorities also claim that it can’t be fooled by simply limping, hunching over or splaying your feet. In probably the most worrisome quote, the article states that “Using bio-metric recognition to maintain social stability and manage society is an unstoppable trend. It’s great business.”
Reader Paul wrote in to ask if dehydrated food options are a good idea due to their long shelf life.
SurvivalBlog has long promoted the concept of “storing what you eat and eating what you store”. The long shelf life of dehydrated (or freeze dried for that matter) is a bonus. The real benefit is the same as canned food. You don’t need electricity to store it. A power outage of just a couple of days can be enough to kill your stores of food in the refrigerator. A couple of week can finish off anything you had in the freezer. With storage options that don’t use electricity to keep them palatable, you have one less thing to worry about.
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Speaking of food, Reader P. sent in this quote from November 6th on the Woodpile Report along with this commentary:
“I went through a four-month period of hunger in 1988. Minimal money, one small meal a day. I’ve never forgotten it, and to this day I still have a propensity to not leave food on the plate.”
Sometimes I despair of the nonsense otherwise sane people can believe until I remember, they’ll be my competitors when the SHTF. And no, survivalists are not a brotherly band, nor can they be. Relying on survivors I have known, of slave labor camps for one, survivalists are not selfless patrons looking to pitch in for the common good. The root word “survive” is the tip off. Preppers believe themselves to be goal oriented cooperatives, and they will be until the way ahead narrows and darkens and hard choices become no choices at all. Then they become survivalists.
Mere hard times come to an end, and survivalism begins, when the word “hungry” reclaims its original meaning. Hunger is an experience that never leaves you, and in that sense it’s a gift. It’s the survivalist’s all-purpose knife for any Gordian Knot. It’s the supreme teacher, and it appears when the student is least ready. Hunger doesn’t value your preferences, nor does it arrive dressed in gingham with recipes to make shrimp creole more tasty. But be assured, you’ll recognize it when you see it.
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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!