The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

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 “JWR”.

Bailing Out of New Jersey

This was an interesting read: People Are Leaving New Jersey In Insanely High Numbers. (Thanks to DSV for the link.)

A Ghostgunner Can Now Also Mill Polymer 80 Frames

Defense Distributed just announced that they’ve released the jigs and software for completing Polymer 80 Glock 19 clone pistol frames on a Ghostgunner compact CNC milling machine. This makes a Ghostgunner even more versatile. I expect that still more software and jigs will be added for completing other Polymer 80 variants in the months to come. And then later, who knows?  Perhaps a jig and software for SIG P320 80% trigger groups. That would be a dream come true.

Learn Hog Butchering in Georgia

On the first Saturday in February each year, the Old South Farm Museum in Woodland, Georgia puts on a live, old fashioned  “Hog Killin” and butchering demonstration that also includes classes on curing and smoking meat.  Vendors also cook traditional southern recipes that use pork and pork products, using only wood fires and cast iron cauldrons.

People from all over Georgia and surrounding states come to see this demonstration each year.  It’s an invaluable source of information that can be used to become more self-sufficient on a small farm or homestead. Here is a map, showing the event location. And here is a link to a video. (Editor’s Note on the video: “Viewer Discretion Advised.”)  Thanks to reader Tim J. for the information.

Private 58 Acre Deer Farm with Bunker in Kentucky

I just heard about this captivating new list at our spin-off web site: Private Deer Farm in Kentucky. Log home on 58 acres with barn and bunker.  Here is a quote:  “Location for Privacy! Handcrafted super insulated log home with 2 finished bedrooms, loft and roughed in 3rd bedroom with utilities for an additional bathroom. This farm boasts 58 + surveyed acres with nice concrete floored barn with roughed in apt. or office. High speed internet in house & barn. Bunker also has phone jack, electric & septic…”

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China’s Travel Ban for Christians

Reader D.S. spotted this: Attended Church 10 Years Ago? No Travel for You. Here is a quote;

“In 2014, the State Council promulgated a Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System (2014 to 2020), with pilot trials set up in various regions. The goal is that the system will be fully implemented in 2020. Reportedly, all daily activities will be factors in determining one’s credit score. Points will be deducted for “pestering” the government or enterprises; for defaming others online; or for making or selling counterfeit goods. This score will determine whether one can travel out of town; whether one can be promoted at work; whether one can buy a car or property; and even what kind of school one’s children can attend.”

Big Tech Merging With Big Brother

And, speaking of Social Credit ratings, read this at Wired: Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

YouTube Plans to Expand Censorship

But wait, here is even more social engineering:  YouTube Will Crack Down on Toxic Videos, But It Won’t Be EasyJWR’s Comments: Any guesses how they will apply their new amorphously-subjective “borderline” standard? No doubt the left wing videos will get a pass, while right wing ones will be de-ranked. Please do everything you can to help  alternative video site like and It is high time to shun the social(ist) engineers at YouTube! (Thanks to reader Gregg P. for the link.)

Guns in Brazil

From the Associated Press: Fear and zeal over more guns in violence-plagued Brazil. JWR’s Comment: This piece was written with an anti-gun slant, but it does shed some light on the situation in Estados Unidos do Brazil.

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  1. Re: China’s Travel Ban for Christians

    Pastor Chuck Baldwin addressed this. Summarizing as I best remember:
    God works in strange ways. One of the countries where Christianity is growing the fastest is China where Christians are suffering severe persecution. Throughout history persecution of Christians has actually had the opposite effect of what was intended. It actually increased Christianity. Christians are forced to go ‘underground’ and thrives underground.

  2. Leaving New Jersey and other states. My experience with people leaving a blue state has been the people that have money or are in a business that doesn’t need more regulation/taxation are the ones to leave and are replaced by parasites. I believe the numbers stated are far from accurate, but time will tell. If wealth and jobs leave for greener pastures it will eventually have a negative effect on a states financial condition . As Margaret Thatcher has been accredited with “Socialism is great until you run out of other peoples money.” The exodus of money from a state will hasten the demise of their corrupt government, as more and more will become fed up with over regulation and taxation. If this continues I feel sorry for my grandkids as they will have been born as slaves.

  3. re: Pr. Baldwin’s comment:
    The growth in numbers is just one aspect of the effect of persecution on faith. It is also a fact that the faith so tested and refined is deeper and more enduring. When one gets to the end of his rope, most everyone will look up; when darkness strands the climber on the rock face, the wisest will seek a cleft in the rock. We learn from extreme situations.
    cf. Romans 5:3-5

  4. The “Learn Hog Butchering in Georgia” classes is for last year (2018) and not this year. This years classes have been “cancelled” but they mentioned it would be on again next year.

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