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 the Appalachians.
Consider the Appalachians
The latest from our friends Patrice and Don Lewis, over at the great Rural Revolution blog: Consider the Appalachians. Here is a quote from their essay:
“Yesterday Don stumbled upon what looked to be an academic paper published in a periodical called “Education and Culture,” Spring 2002. The paper is titled “Culture, Poverty and Education in Appalachian Kentucky.” Seldom have we read anything so breathtakingly condescending.
The Appalachian culture stretches back centuries. Ever since reading the Foxfire books (documenting Appalachian culture in the 1970s), I’ve admired the people for their self-sufficiency and rural skills.
But the author of this piece (Constance Elam) seems to think it an almost willful act of defiance that the Appalachian people like their culture and don’t want to alter, change, or leave it behind.
Dr. Elam writes: Appalachian Kentucky has a long history of poverty and subsistence living that has permeated the social structure and culture, including public education. Consequently, poverty has actually postponed or delayed the development of public education, as well as contributed to nonparticipation in the education system by much of the population well into the 20th century. … “Livin’s more important than schoolin'” is a powerful statement by one mountain woman that condenses a complex socio-economic situation into the priorities of mountain life.”
Chase Bank Slams Laura Loomer
Expanding the NFA to Include ARs & AKs?
The latest legislative affront to our liberty, from the District of Criminals: ARs AKs & Precision Rifles To Be NFA Items Under HR1263.
An Eastern Oregon Ranch on SurvivalRealty
Here is a new listing over at SurvivalRealty (a blog spin-off, operated by my #1 Son): Remote, Yet Easily Accessible, Off-Grid. (A house on 149 acres, near Enterprise, Oregon.)
Are We on the Road to Collapse?
A BBC documentary asks: Are we on the road to Civilisation Collapse? Here is the opening of the fascinating article:
“Great civilisations are not murdered. Instead, they take their own lives.
This article is part of a new BBC Future series about the long view of humanity, which aims to stand back from the daily news cycle and widen the lens of our current place in time. Modern society is suffering from “temporal exhaustion”, the sociologist Elise Boulding once said. “If one is mentally out of breath all the time from dealing with the present, there is no energy left for imagining the future,” she wrote.
That’s why the Deep Civilisation season will explore what really matters in the broader arc of human history and what it means for us and our descendants.
So concluded the historian Arnold Toynbee in his 12-volume magnum opus A Study of History. It was an exploration of the rise and fall of 28 different civilisations.
He was right in some respects: civilisations are often responsible for their own decline. However, their self-destruction is usually assisted.
The Roman Empire, for example, was the victim of many ills including overexpansion, climatic change, environmental degradation and poor leadership. But it was also brought to its knees when Rome was sacked by the Visigoths in 410 and the Vandals in 455.
Collapse is often quick and greatness provides no immunity. The Roman Empire covered 4.4 million sq km (1.9 million sq miles) in 390. Five years later, it had plummeted to 2 million sq km (770,000 sq miles). By 476, the empire’s reach was zero.
Our deep past is marked by recurring failure. As part of my research at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge, I am attempting to find out why collapse occurs through a historical autopsy. What can the rise and fall of historic civilisations tell us about our own? What are the forces that precipitate or delay a collapse? And do we see similar patterns today?”
BLK LBL Bipods
Ian McCollum mentioned this nifty product that he spotted at the recent SHOT Show: BLK LBL Bipods for AR-15s, AR-10s, and Ruger Precision bolt action rifles.