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”.  Today, we focus on U.S. Population Density.  The featured image is a composite photo of the lights of North America at night.  Some pictures truly are worth a thousand words.

Insured Against Cataclysm?

First up, over at Wired: Post-Apocalyptic Insurers Try Out a New ‘Make it Rain’ Strategy.  Here is a quote:

“Typical insurance, the kind you probably have on your car or home, helps with this, but it is slooooow. It pays out only after you make a claim and get a valuation of the damages—and then you still have to wait for the check. That’s not much help if you’re wading through floodwater.

Insurers have figured out a way to speed that up—by restructuring the system. Forget about claims and adjustment; with these new kinds of policies, all it takes to get the financial ball rolling is the occurrence of a trigger, a previously agreed-upon event: an earthquake of sufficient size, say, or a hurricane with winds of a given speed. It’s called “parametric insurance,” and if one of those hazard parameters gets met, every policy holder downrange of the trigger gets an automatic payment of a set amount. Pow.”

Visualizing 200 Years of U.S. Population Density

Peter sent us a link to this item: Animation: Visualizing 200 Years of U.S. Population DensityJWR’s Comments: It is fascinating watching this well-researched and detailed animation play through. You will notice a great huge gap in their map: The American Redoubt. The population density here–outside of a few cities like Spokane and Boise–is amazingly low, even to this day.

Facebook Eliminated 1.5 Billion Page-Views to Conservative Sites

I spotted this linked over at Free Zoxee Friends: Facebook Eliminated Over One Billion Page-Views to Conservative Websites in 2018 – Now, Thanks to James O’Keefe, We Have Proof This Was The Plan.

Is a Second Civil War Coming?

Over at American Thinker comes a short, pointed piece by Jeff Lukens: Is a Second Civil War Coming?

G.P. wrote to suggest this article: Prepping For The Next Cold War.  A snippet:

“Let’s say another Cold War does happen, the United States military (all branches) may place orders for massive amounts of ammunition. Those orders could cause shortages in the civilian market. Not shortages in just loaded ammunition, but also smokeless gun powder, primers, and new brass for reloading.”

Terror Watchlist Shared with 1,400 Private Groups

Reader T.Z. sent this:  Feds share watchlist with 1,400 private groups.  T.Z.’s comment:  “You know, like if you have a Ron Paul bumper sticker.”

Pakistan Prime Minister Calls for Talks With India

Also from G.P.: Pakistan Prime Minister Calls for Talks With India After Jets Shot Down. 

“‘This is unprecedented territory — we haven’t had tit-for-tat air strikes between India and Pakistan since the 1971 war,’ said Anit Mukherjee, a former Indian Army major and assistant professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, by phone. ‘We don’t know what will come from this. But it seems like Pakistan has given a response. And there have been casualties — captures, deaths.'”

The Constitution Myth

The latest piece from conservative classicist Catholic blogger Antonius Aquinas: The Constitution Myth

Navy SEALs and Backpack Nukes

And one more from G.P., with some fascinating history: Navy SEALs and backpack nukes: US special operators once carried the fury of the atom in a sack. A quote:

“[These devices] …were called Special Atomic Demolition Munitions, or SADMs. The U.S. government designed a variety of these man-portable nuclear weapons with destructive yields that ranged from 100 tons of TNT to 1,000 (.1 to 1 kiloton). They weighed approximately 59 pounds and were always meant to be delivered via a two-man team.

Although the deployment of the weapon could really be handled by just one special operator (these weapons never reached the conventional forces), nuclear doctrine dictated that no single person—other than the president—ever have the means to detonate a nuclear weapon on their own. As a result, each special operator was given one half of the detonation code and both would need to input said codes in order to start the countdown on the weapon.”

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  1. Full comment at

    What bothers me is the Pollyanna and Pangloss applied to the Articles of Confederation so it would have been Utopia if we didn’t get the constitution. More likely it would be worse as it was 13 groups of men instead of one rule of law, and the individual states voted on the Constitution where the worries ended up with the Bill of Rights. That is hardly ramrodding things through. No paper can prevent the corruption of men.

    There was an attempt to leave – would it have been better if the Confederacy lost to the Union? I can do that timeline too and make a far better case.

    That said, most people who revere the Constitution mean the pre-Wilsonian version (up to the 15th amendment) without the judicial activism (the nine black robed horrors with secret decoder rings that see emanations and penumbras, but not the plain text). Then I’d give more power to the people and states, especially today with all the tech, for official methods of secession and nullification.

    The Bible is inspired by God but no two men can agree on what it says and what our duty is under its inspired text. The Constitution was much simpler but we can’t even follow those rules, but cheat, especially with the corrupt judicial referees. But the problem is not that the Constitution is bad, it is that we are too fallen and have fallen so far we can’t make it work. The Soviet Union had a Constitution too.

  2. Antonius Aquinas knows neither his European history nor the Constitution. The only problem with our Constitution is that it has never been enforced. Look for a group and a plan called, “Tactical Civics”. Thanks for this wonderful site.

  3. Is a civil war coming?

    I certainly hope so. We need civil war to purge the socialists/communists from our country once and for all. If we fail to do so, we will all loose our freedoms.

    I don’t understand why we are waiting for the inevitable. It has to come, it must come, or we are lost as a country.

  4. While it sounds sexy for every exotic article of military hardware to be associated with Navy Seals (and their attached public relations teams) SADMs were “normally” planned for employment by regular combat engineers (you know the same ones who had to rescue the SEALS during Operation Just Cause). I know this both from my training as a combat engineer officer and through ten years of experience in war planning for fifth corps across the Fulda gap. I’m sure seals were trained to employ SADMs, but that would have been the exception, not the rule.

  5. The reason there is a civil war coming is us “small government” types just want to be left to our homesteads in peace to raise our families the way we wish to.

    Those in the “Hillary Archipelago” can not make their own places function – Typhus and Hepatitis in LA, Feces on the streets of SanFran… S___hole?. But they wish to inject our newborns with who knows what to vaccinate them against sexually transmitted disease and insure they go to Government School indoctrination centers where they will be left dumb, ignorant, complacent, and malleable. And we can’t be allowed guns. Or speech. Or due process. Or (see vaccinations) juries to decide matters over $20 as the 7th amendment says.

    But if they keep kicking the hornets nests, they will be stung. Hard.

  6. Normally I’d make a long comment about the possibility of civil war, but everything has been said that should be said. It’s coming, and how bad it gets is up to them.

    The problem is the neo-liberal/neo-conservative cabal that runs Washington, DC and virtually all the state capitals. It’s really too bad the Demoreps and Republicrats never learned how to read. It’s really not that hard. Somehow they read things in that aren’t there and ignore the things that are. They say; “If it doesn’t say we can’t, we can.” Yet it clearly does say; If it doesn’t say you can, you can’t! It’s called the 10th amendment. They say, “We tell you what the limits of your rights are.” Yet it clearly says; our rights are vast, far beyond the first eight amendments! It’s called the ninth amendment. They decry the fact that the bill of rights are negative rights. They’re right, they are negative to the governments, “congress shall make no law”, “shall not be infringed”, etc. The rest all set limitations on the various governments and the actions they are allowed to take against us, they do not set limits on us.

    The constitution isn’t bad, it’s not even badly written. The problem is that it requires honorable men and women who respect the oath’s they take and the people they swore to serve. That kind of honor exists in a very few people in government. It’s a sad state of affairs and because of it there will be a new war of independence. It will make the last war of independence look like church social by comparison.

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