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”. The MSR SE200 is finally becoming public knowledge (and easier to get).
Yet another video that talks about how your smart phone is being used to track you. This video talks about how Google is actually tracking you even when you turn the feature off and when you place your phone in “Airplane Mode” in which all communication is supposedly stopped.
JWR’s Comment: I hope that now you can see how important it is to have a cellphone with both a removable SIM, and most importantly, a removable battery! Buy “burner” Tracfone flip phones with cash, activate them under the name “John Smith” or something similar. Keep your phone “stripped” (no SIM and no battery) until use, and then then strip it again, immediately after you make calls.
And there’s this: Your smartphone can be tracked even if GPS, location services are turned off.
And, even worse: NSA Can Reportedly Track Phones Even When They’re Turned Off
Thoughts on EMP Report
From Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large:
So, let me note that being “Head of Air Education and Training Command” doesn’t confer or imply any kind of technical education, and the “Union of Concerned Scientists” have been scaremongers since the 1960s. And 90% of what they’re terrified of is proven false.
Nuclear reactors are designed specifically to handle a power loss, and their backup generators aren’t much EMP-affected anyway. Since the last major Coronal Mass Ejection caused 12 hours of fluctuations in Quebec in 1989, most substations have built-in faraday cages.
USG tests of vehicles show modern electronic ignitions can usually withstand 100K eV of induced voltage with no major effects. Only about 5% of cars failed to operate after being shut down and restarted. Large diesel trucks were more affected, which would be a significant effect (about 15% of trucks failed to restart), but rail is unaffected due to the grounding effect of the rails.
There’s a study by Oak Ridge that’s fascinating reading. Written with a non-technical audience in mind, and it lays out the details and exaggerations of an EMP pretty well. The appendix section on Myths is particularly good.
Reader T.J. sent in this video from Canadian Prepper who reviews the MSR SE200 chlorine system. For those who remember, this is the system that we reviewed back in 2015. Rather than storing Calcium Hypochlorite and all the storage problems that go along with that, you only have to store standard table salt. A little goes a long way too. With this system, you basically have unlimited purified water in large quantities. You can get the system from Ready Made Resources (one of our advertisers) or from Amazon. The carry case it comes in is pretty cheap, so you may want to get a Pelican 1200 case as well. Having used the system for over three years now, we may need to do an update article on it as well so you can see the changes we made.
Sickness in Migrants
Reader D.S. sent in this article that states that 2,500 migrants stuck in Tijuana are sick with communicable diseases. It is worth noting that despite the bleeding hearts rhetoric of the left, without special permission for treatment, normal immigration policy restricts entry of immigrants who have communicable diseases. Most countries have such rules on the books because they have worked hard at reducing the risk of these diseases and they don’t want new epidemics to deal with, nor do they want the costs associated with the care necessary.
Who Are You?
Going along with the theme of today’s main article, one SurvivalBlog reader sent in this article and asks the question “How do Christians function in that environment?” He notes that there are many fictional accounts on what to do, but he hasn’t seen much actual information from real accounts. My personal opinion is that today’s churches have become very complacent. When there is no danger to an admission of being a Christian, there is very little motivation to be true to the faith. As a result, most churches are filled with people who pretend or just warm a pew on Sunday due to social obligation. I think you would need to look towards areas that have seen heavy persecution to see how churches function. I’m not talking about the American version of persecution where someone cusses at you and calls you names, but persecution where lives are at stake. Voice of the Martyrs is one source of information that everyone should be familiar with – both for the information they can provide on this subject and for our ability to support fellow brethren who are being persecuted. Other resources would be historical books like Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.
Paris has been engulfed in the worst riot in over a decade. I’m still struggling with the whole basis of this riot thing though. The cost of living has gone up, so the rioters have decided to destroy things, which will have to be replaced. Shop owners cannot absorb the costs and the government has nothing of its own. The result is shop owners raising prices to cover their damages and the government raising taxes. Attacking police also seems counter-intuitive to resolving the issue. What I haven’t seen is a report that indicates how much popular support the protestors have from the general public. Thanks to DPS for the link.
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