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”. Amazon polices are being looked at in detail in today’s features. This is not a nice company when you are a seller, but one that you have to do business with.
M4/M249 SAW Replacement
Military.com has an article explaining the Army’s move to a 6.8mm based weapon system to replace the M4 and the M249 SAW. The system is intended to capitalize on the recognized weaknesses of the M16/M4 and M249 platform that the operators of the weapon have had in the course of operations. Primarily among them is the decreased lethality of the current 5.56mm cartridge at long ranges in wide open territory and in the reduced barrel length of the M4. The new round is not yet a sure thing and the program is merely a step in the right direction to remedy problems experienced in the field. The plan is to have gun makers submit proposals for their designs in April with the prototypes delivered by June.
Amazon now has nearly half of all retail sales in the U.S. But it’s not actually Amazon that is the power behind the sales. It’s their “marketplace” program that allows other retailers to sell under the umbrella of Amazon. With the huge market commanded by Amazon retailers vie for the top search return spots and things are not always rosy. Common among retailers to target your competitor by buying reviews for them and then turning them in for fake reviews. There are also instances where companies have bought their competitors products, set them on fire and then written safety hazard reviews. At issue is Amazon’s policy of suspending retailers for infractions of their Terms of Service, but not telling you what you did. They also don’t just accept apologies.
To get back on, you have to provide an action plan of what you are going to do to fix the problem and keep it from happening again. It doesn’t even matter if you are innocent – and millions are at stake so you can’t just walk away. It’s like that stereotypical movie wife who is mad at you and is giving you the silent treatment. You have to figure out what you did wrong on your own, admit to it and fix it even if you didn’t do it. This article is long, but a definite must-read. Thanks to T.Z. for the link.
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Not only does Amazon want access to your home for package deliver and Alexa, they now have a doorbell that will spy on the neighborhood with facial recognition from your front porch and report directly to police. While marketed at protection for you, it’s not really there to protect your house or your neighborhood. With this system, the system can use the matches from the camera to compare to databases of “suspicious” people. The owner can also add photos of people they want. If a match is found, the camera forwards the picture to police automatically. By the way, the product is marketed by Ring which Amazon acquired this year. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Wranglerstar and Patreon
Patreon recently banned political commentator “Sargon of Akkad” from their service platform. He didn’t violate Patreon’s terms of service, but they didn’t like what he said on some other platform. When they kicked him off, they also pressured other services to do the same in an attempt to defund him. Wranglerstar has quit supporting creators using that platform and is requesting that others do the same. The hope is that a mass move will open the door for an alternative to step in and provide a viable means of funding without the political left leaning bias.
License to Kill in Rio
Things have gotten so bad in certain area of Rio de Janeiro that the police will now be authorizing sniper overwatch teams to deploy in the slums with a license to kill. Up to 120 sharpshooters will accompany police into the city’s slums in a “weapons free” manner. The teams are authorized to immediately neutralize anyone carrying a rifle. While I understand that the crime problem is considerable, this represents a policy of execution without trial. There doesn’t even have to be an immediate threat to police officers. Just the act of being seen carrying a weapon is enough to bring the death sentence down on a person. Thanks to T.Z for the link.
Prepping Strategies for Seniors
Are you over 60 and wondering what you can do to prep? James Wesley, Rawles was recently interviewed on this very subject. You can listen to the interview and use the information to create a strategy for you and/or your family. After listening, be sure to read the archived articles on SurvivalBlog. There is a plethora of authors who are old enough to qualify for Social Security benefits, yet still have an active role to play. An intergenerational family will be best equipped to survive the hardships of any collapse and being “elderly” does not mean that you are now useless. By the way, I’ve noticed that my definition of “old” changes as I get older. Old is always at least 20 years older than me.
I noticed that a recent real estate listing on SurvivalBlog’s classifieds recently sold. Don’t miss out on opportunities– both buying and selling. Listings change daily, so you should take a look at least a couple times every week.
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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!