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”. Today, we focus on winter warfare training. The photo for this column is a historical shot of Italian army alpine troops on skis. Some tactics and techniques are time-proven.
SurvivalBlog Archive USB Sticks Back in Stock
They’re back in stock! The first batch of 1,000 of the SurvivalBlog 2005-2018 Archive Waterproof 16 GB USB sticks sold out in just five weeks. After a brief delay, the second batch of just 550 is now in hand, tested, and available for shipment. This may be our final batch of this year’s edition, so order yours, soon. Many folks place order for two or three of them at a time. When I last checked, there were 485 of the batch of 550 remaining.
79-Year-Old Georgia Woman Versus Home Invader
Reader DSV spotted this: 79-Year-Old Georgia Woman Fends Off 20-Year-Old Home Invader With a Gun
And, in related news: Gregg sent us this news from Arizona: You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege
And meanwhile in the People’s Republic of China: China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise
Supreme Court Rules Against Property Seizures
And DSV was the first of several readers to send us this: Supreme Court rules against ‘excessive’ seizure of property by states. The article begins:
“A constitutional provision prohibiting the imposition of excessive fines extends beyond the federal government to states and cities, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
The high court’s unanimous decision expanding the Eighth Amendment’s excessive fines clause delivered a victory to an Indiana man who challenged the state’s seizure of his $42,000 Land Rover. The ruling means in states and cities — like the feds — the amount of the forfeiture must bear some relationship to the gravity of the offense that it is designed to punish.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who returned to the bench for the first time since undergoing lung cancer surgery in December, wrote the opinion. ‘For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history: Exorbitant tolls undermine other constitutional liberties,’ Ginsburg wrote.”
Next, there was this from the NRA-ILA: Turning a Right into a Privilege: HR 1112 Gives Feds Unfettered Power to Block Gun Sales. (Thanks to Gregg for the link.)
U.S. Emphasizing Winter Warfare Training
From the AP news wire: US steps up winter-warfare training as global threat shifts. JWR’s Comments: That could also come in handy, in the event of a Grand Solar Minimum. As an aside: I had the privilege of attending the U.S. Army Northern Warfare School at Fort Greeley and at Black Rapids Training Center, Alaska, back in 1980. Here is a useful passage about the current USMC training:
“After 17 years of war against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked insurgents, the military is shifting its focus to better prepare for great-power competition with Russia and China, and against unpredictable foes such as North Korea and Iran. U.S. forces must be able to survive and fight while countering drones, sophisticated jamming equipment and other electronic and cyber warfare that can track them, disrupt communications and kill them — technology they didn’t routinely face over the last decade.
“If you were to draw a line from here to the DMZ between North and South Korea, both of these sites are on the 38th parallel. And so the weather here accurately replicates the weather that we would encounter in North and South Korea,” said Col. Kevin Hutchison, the training center commander. “What you’re seeing here is Marines fighting Marines, so we are replicating a near-peer threat.”
As a snowstorm swirls around them, Mullen and Hutchison move through the woods, checking in with the young Marines designated as the adversary force of about 250 troops who must prevent more than 800 attackers from gaining control of nearby Wolf Creek Bridge. An Associated Press team was allowed to accompany them to the Marine Corps’ Mountain Warfare Training Center south of Lake Tahoe and watch the training.”
Your Phone and TV are Tracking You
A hat tip to reader O.S. who sent this from the Los Angeles Times: Your phone and TV are tracking you, and political campaigns are listening in.
Costner Stars in New Frank Hamer Biopic
I ran across this movie trailer: The Highwaymen. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson–both showing their age–star in this big-budget film. Costner plays Texas Ranger Frank Hamer. It is interesting to make note of the guns seen in the trailer. Seeing a Winchester Model 1907 in .351 Winchester Self-loading was quite correct for the era. And both lawmen and bad guys used the Browning BAR and its commercial equivalent, the Colt Monitor. Up until 1934 folks could buy full autos by mail order. Not shown (at least in the trailer) was Frank Hamer’s preference for the .35 Remington Model 8 Police Model, with an extended magazine. That was what Hamer used when he ambushed Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. I surmise that they couldn’t use a Model 8 because they are delayed recoil-operated rather than gas-operated. Hence, they won’t run when shooting theatrical blanks.