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”. You’ll want to learn about this bumpstock lawsuit.
From the man who has turned the making of shivs into an art form comes this project where he literally makes a knife out of milk. The knife produced is obviously somewhat brittle as he uses much more care in the handling of the knife than he normally does, but it is sharp enough to cut thin slices of what looks like a cucumber. What I found most interesting in this video was the process that he used to create a handle for the knife. He uses a molding process and an epoxy resin to recreate the head of one of his cow water holders on the handle of the knife. The entire process of molding the handle is shown and it is as interesting as the usually knife making process.
With the absurd bumpstock ban looming, a number of legal challenges are already spinning up. One such challenge is the Guedes v. BATFE a lawsuit which you can participate in, by helping to fund it. The ATF’s ban is unconstitutional and a prime example of bureaucratic overreach. The ATF needs to be smacked hard over this issue as it will lead to the declaration of many more non-firearms related products falling under their jurisdiction. If you can, help support this legal action.
The Surveillance State
Yet another city is asking residents to register their private security cameras with the police. According to this article sent in by reader DSV, Bridgewater, New Jersey residents are being asked to register their cameras with the unimaginatively named S.M.I.L.E. program (Surveillance Monitoring Initiative for Law Enforcement). Of course, the claim is that you can help law enforcement by adding a powerful investigative resource making the community safer, but the real goal is to shift the financial burden of surveillance onto you.
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On the flip side of that coin, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has passed an ordinance restricting the ability of government agencies to obtain surveillance gear. There is a bewildering array of surveillance technologies, from biometric scanners, license plate readers, social media monitoring platforms, body cameras and even predictive policing software. Each department seeking to use such technology must now produce and make public a detailed plan outlining the capabilities they want and precisely how they will be used. They must also state how the data will be preserved and protected and include a study on how it will impact civil rights and civil liberties. The ordinance is also retroactive. Any technology already acquired must be justified and permitted or it will be removed.
Showing yet again that banks are not your friend, an Ohio man recently tried to cash his paycheck at a bank that he did not have an account at. He provided all of the necessary identification that the bank insisted on, including giving his fingerprint. The bank then began questioning the transaction and attempted to call the man’s employer. When the employer did not answer the phone, the tellers refused to cash the check, even though all of the branches check requirements were met. As the man left he was stopped by police who the bank had called claiming the check was fraudulent.
Hiding From Google
Reader DSV sent in this article on how to hide your house on Google Maps. Google provides this ability for those who do not want their homes, faces or other identifying products on public display. However, you should know that there are both pros and cons to this. While this sort of information is great for finding a location that you are attempting to reach, it also provides the same information to those who would use it for nefarious results. It can also be considered a probe into your privacy simply because it removes the personal effort required by someone who wants to view your location. On the other hand, being the only house on a block that is blurred can be a red flag because you are no longer “gray”. There is also no reversing the process. Once it’s gone, it’s permanent. Use your best judgment.
Don’t forget about the SurvivalBlog Classifieds! There are some really amazing things being advertised on there. A recent perusal showed a variety of stuff including Rhodesian Ridgeback pups (which make excellent homesteading dogs). I also saw a 3,000 gallon per day reverse osmosis water purification plant that is capable of turning sea water into pure, safe drinking water.
You can also advertise if there is something that you want to buy. If you are looking for something that only a prepper would have, you know where to put the word out.
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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!