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”. Toyota Bots may soon be commonplace.
New Jersey’s draconian gun laws have taken effect, limiting magazines to no more than 10 rounds and instantly making felons of everyone who refuses to turn them in to police or remove them from the state. Just like we saw in Connecticut and New York, people are just ignoring the law. So far, every police station contacted has reported that no magazines have been turned in. That makes upwards of one million (probably more) citizens of New Jersey felons according to this ridiculous standard capacity magazine ban. The police have no plan moving forward and most believe that the ban is simply unenforceable. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Bipartisan Gun Confiscation
Reader H.L. sent in this article from the Mises Institute that suggests there is growing support for gun confiscation in 2019 though. We probably won’t see an outright ban moving forward through congress, but significant inroads will be made through the use of “red flag” laws. These are laws that allow the state to confiscate the firearms of people without due process. Basically, if anyone makes a claim that they are afraid of you with your guns, the state will move to confiscate the firearms until you are proven to not be a danger to yourself or others. Since you are not given the chance for representation before the warrants are issued, your rights are trampled upon. It doesn’t matter if there are valid fears or not, the red flag laws are simply unconstitutional on many levels.
Drones on the Homestead
Reader T.J. wrote in asking if any of SurvivalBlog’s readers had updates to Drones being used on the Homestead? (See DIY Drones on the Homestead, by P.R. and Letter Re: DIY Drones on the Homestead) Specifically, he was interested in drones that are winged, large, autonomous and with long endurance as tools of information gathering. He is looking for real world experience, but not armed, lethal or weapons usage. Any readers familiar with drones and the federal/state laws that apply?
Toyota has sold enough cars to put one outside every Japanese home. Now they want to put a robot inside those homes. Toyota is well known for their automated assembly lines and has some serious expertise in robot manufacturing and usage. They are looking to make home robots ubiquitous with robots helping with the household chores and even offering companionship. While the goal is not yet within reach, they are committing serous cash reserves towards this goal. Of course, with the current crop of devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home showing just how invasive they can be to your privacy in the quest to make your life easier, one has to wonder about a full fledged robot.
Reader G.P. sent in this article on a state-of-the-art bandage that may not be too far from production. So far, bandages have mostly been devices that keep wounds from being contaminated with some acting as carriers of healing agents. This new self-powered bandage will produce an electric field over the wound that dramatically reduces the time required for a wound to heal. The bandages have been used in animal trials successfully and may soon move to human trials. Typical wound healing is reduced from 12 days to only three days with the electronic help.
With the U.S. preparing for a complete pullout from Syria, the question arises of who will fill the power vacuum. The most likely country to assert themselves in the region will be Turkey as they have been making noises about moving against the U.S. supported Kurdish allies for some time. Iran and Russia are also potential winners in this situation. Looking back in recent history, it was this same sort of action in Iraq that created the current ISIS. Who will be the next JV team in the area?
Russia recently held joint defense maneuvers with Venezuela and has been sending financial aid as the country self-implodes under the collectivism banner. If you were wondering what they were going to get in exchange, you now know. It would appear that Russia will get significant control in the Venezuelan oil industry, gaining influence over the nations vast crude oil reserves that are currently lying dormant. It’s a relatively cheap expenditure for a significant return. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
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