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”. More information on NJ’s plan for Gun Mags this week as they refuse to rule out house-to-house searches in their enforcement.
NJ’s Plan for Gun Mags
New Jersey has now declared war on hundreds of thousands of previous law-abiding citizens. With the stroke of a pen, the state has transitioned them from citizens to felons. The New Jersey State Police have told Breitbart News that they will not rule out house-to-house checks in the enforcement of this unconstitutional law, instead referring to the generalized statement that “We do not discuss enforcement strategies.” This whole episode proves yet once again that registration always leads to confiscation. Ammoland.com has a simple reminder list of what you can do if they show up at your door. They have advice for four scenarious: Police raid, police investigation, police wanting to talk to you, and intimidation letters. If you live in New Jersey and can’t vote with your feet, this is a must-read. Thanks to DSV for the links.
Licensing Private Security
Aparently, a private security contractor falsified firearms qualifications of his armed guards who provided security to an IRS office in central California. For three years, the Fresno IRS building was guarded by people who were unqualified according to federal standards but who potentially had the authority to shoot you. Apparently, since they part being falsified was their shooting scores, that technically meant that they were authorizing people who were likely to shoot innocent bystanders. Multiple people were involved in the fraud and several will now be facing jail time. Thanks to S.B. for the link.
Reader T.J. sent in this video on heating your van with an alcohol heater. The heater in question is the Dometic ORIGO 5100 Heat pal. Points addressed in the video include why you would want to choose the more expensive option of an alcohol heater over LP gas. The author feels that the alcohol is a safer option than LP gas. It’s a neat little heater and while I don’t agree with many of the his reasons, growing your own crops gives you the ability to have a renewable source of fuel under your control. He does mention the difficulty of seeing the flame in daylight though.
Encryption in Australia
We’ve previously reported on Australia’s encryption ban affecting phone apps like Signal, but we are particularly impressed with Signal’s response to the encryption ban. Not only have they stated that they will not change the coding in their app to accommodate the Australian government, they have public stated that any regional ban is relatively simple to bypass. In a few words, they’ve basically said “Good luck with that.” By design, Signal apparently does not have a record of the information that Australia is demanding including your contacts, social graph, conversation list, location, user avatar, user profile name, group memberships, group titles or group avatars. Even applying pressure to Apple or Google to remove the apps is unlikely to succeed. Thanks to P. for the link.
Losing Your Head over Security.
With the advent of facial recognition available on your smart phone for unlocking it, a new security hole has been created. Among the many things that you can use a 3D printer for, printing a likeness of your head and face is actually one of them. In a recent study, four Android phones and an iPhone X were tested on how well they defended against using a 3D printed likeness of your face to unlock the data. Bad news for Android users. Of the phones tested in this study only the iPhone X kept the intruders out of the phones. But even that is no guarantee. Improvements in the likeness would likely also fool that phone. Remember that no warrant is required for authorities to obtain your biometric data (though technically, one is required to use that to unlock your data). Bad guys don’t really care about the warrant though.
Reader J.T. sent in this article about an American who spent a week in Venezuela visiting his brother. He reports being shocked at what he saw and has given preppers some simple guidance on surviving when the collapse is all around. Don’t be fooled when things seem normal because much of what happens is beneath the veneer of society. One of his primary rules is something that you should already be practicing, especially if you have a CC permit. Be aware of your surroundings. Recognize that others are always watching you and you should be watching them as well. Another practical lesson is learning to blend in. Be the gray man. It’s an interesting read.
Reader H.L. sent in this article on how much money a person needs in each state to feel financially secure. One out of every three adults in the U.S. feels economically insecure and this article breaks it down by each state. The figures for a single adult with no children range from a low of $24,648/year in South Dakota to $44,088 in New York. Two working parents with one infant and one preschooler move the dollar figures north of $100,000 in New York. There are some surprises as well with Colorado coming in at a whopping $88,512. If you are planning to move, this is worthwhile data to have, even if it doesn’t specifically apply to your situation.
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