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 gun ownership in California.

The Murderous Malware of the Middle East

Reader “F.” forwarded us this from MIT Technology Review: Triton is the world’s most murderous malware, and it’s spreading. Here is the article’s teaser:  “The rogue code can disable safety systems designed to prevent catastrophic industrial accidents. It was discovered in the Middle East, but the hackers behind it are now targeting companies in North America and other parts of the world, too.”

Hard Lessons: Hurricane Florence

Reader C.F. recommended this article: Hard Lessons: Hurricane Florence. Here is a key quote:

“In the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, a few things do become clear. First and foremost: if you decide to evacuate, make every effort to leave early. We’re a coastal community in a state defined by a large number of sizable rivers. Every path to safety led over a bridge or six and the roadways got crowded quickly. Gas was available, but lines were occasionally lengthy as folks rushed to get on the road. This got worse during that brief period when we were anticipating a Category 4 landfall…”

Banning Conservatives: Democrats Go For The Win

The latest from Lisa Haven: BANNED! The Plan To Assure a Democratic Win in 2020!

Florida: Rabid Cat Attacks

Tim J. sent this one: Rabid cat attacks three people, including officer

Despite Tougher Laws, Twice as Many Gun Owners in California

DSV sent us this: Report: California Saw Huge Increase in Gun Ownership Over Last Decade Despite Strict Gun Laws. Here is a snippet:  “What those data show is that, as of 2019, there are more than 2.5 million gun owners in California, compared to fewer than a million in 2008. That figure translates to about 8 percent of Californian adults owning guns, compared to 3.4 percent in 2008—a more than two-fold increase, even when adjusting for population.”

Admiral Warns About South China Sea Buildup

At Zero Hedge: US Admiral Warns About ‘Hazardous’ Military Buildup In South China Sea . Here is a pericope:

“‘It’s a hazard to trade flows, the commercial activity, the financial information that flows on cables under the South China Sea, writ large,’ Davidson added.

As Bloomberg pointed out, Davidson’s comments appeared to assuage US allies’ concerns about a possible US pullout from the region, which have intensified thanks to President Trump’s isolationist rhetoric.

Davidson’s comments are the latest from a senior U.S. official seeking to reassure allies in Southeast Asia of the American commitment to what Washington refers to as the Indo-Pacific region. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo last week in Manila assured the Philippines that a defense treaty would apply if its vessels or planes are attacked in the South China Sea.”

Gavin Seim Documents a Felony Setup Conspiracy

The latest video from erstwhile congressional candidate and now expat Gavin Seim: They Filed Fake Meth Charges Against Me.  JWR’s Comments:  Since I’m also a high profile patriot activist and I’ve been repeatedly libeled and targeted by the Southern Poverty Law Center, I would greatly appreciate it if any SurvivalBlog reader who has a subscription to a background check services would do some checks on my full name: James Wesley, Rawles (more likely: “James Wesley Rawles” or “James W. Rawles” in their records.)  Many Thanks!

SurvivalBlog Archive USB Sticks: Running Low

The first batch of 1,000 of the SurvivalBlog 2005-2018 Archive Waterproof 16 GB USB sticks sold out in just five weeks. The second batch of just 550 is selling rapidly, and is running low. When I last checked, there were 320 of the second batch remaining. This may be our final batch of this year’s edition, so order yours, soon. It is noteworthy that many folks place order for two or three of them at a time.

Lowering the Voting Age to 16?

Several readers sent us this, at The Hill: Dem lawmaker introduces amendment to lower voting age to 16 in federal elections.  JWRs’ Comments: The Democrats have clearly gone schizophrenic. The same folks who claim that a 18, 19, or 20 year-old lacks the maturity to buy a beer, buy a pack of smokes, own a handgun, or own a Ruger Mini-14 also claim that people even younger people somehow have the maturity, wisdom, and discernment to guide our nation’s government? They can’t have it both ways. Either congress should raise the voting and draft age to 21, or lower the age of legal possession of all alcohol, tobacco, or firearms to 18–to match the current voting and military draft eligibility age.  Oh, and they should make the age of consent match that, as well.  ‘Nuff said.

Shipping Delays: Shelves Bare at Hawaii Stores

Shipping delays leave some shelves bare at Hawaii stores. Aquote:

“Shipping delays between Hawaii and the mainland have left some grocery store shelves empty on Oahu, officials said.

Officials with Honolulu-based Matson Inc. confirmed Tuesday that deliveries have fallen behind schedule because of a combination of bad weather and mechanical problems on ships, Hawaii News Now reported.

Some residents on Oahu have taken photos in recent days, showing grocery stores with bare dairy sections.”

Jay Inslee: World-Class Hypocrite

H.L. sent this: Washington governor, attorney general ask dealers to obey gun control law.


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  1. re: voting age. The voting age was dropped to 18 while conflict in the RVN was going on and an active draft was the norm. Now that there is no active draft, I would like to see the voting age returned to 21, Unless you are serving active duty military, or the draft is reactivated, the 18 YO voting age should be the law. Personally, I side with the “Starship Trooper” method, of many privileges being suspended until completion of service.

  2. Shipping delays are also hitting the US mainland. I have seen several signs on stores saying the delivery trucks are delayed and sorry for the out-of-stock items. Usually it is for a day or two but when there are bad storms, the transportation system can’t deliver. Plan ahead!

    1. I would even go a step further and say only 25 to 65 year old property owning males can vote on national elections…Now let the screeching commence…

        1. I hear ya Brother…Everyone is too comfortable or brainwashed to get rid of it though…If I was King for a day it would be one of the first taxes I got rid of…

          1. Property tax, income tax…they all need to go, really. Either a small sales tax, or just one flat tax that everybody pays, regardless of status. If we’re all equal under the law, supposedly, then we should all pay the EXACT same amount in taxes.

  3. “Hard Lessons: Hurricane Florence”

    No link, cursory internet search did not reveal the article in question.

    Any suggestions? Thank you.

    (and, Thank you for the blog!)

  4. Re-evacuation
    Gas cans..almost impossible to find in a store hours ahead of time..get them now 4 five gallon size..even the new crappy gov.ones

    Getting gas is a evacs from SWFL for Irma early..but every exit had lines to get gas off I-75.Problem was,some stations ran out,but had no signage on the exit to say this.Backs up traffic and wastes time.Would like to see a plan with local public officials to co-ordinate this.

    1. Keep in mind that the DOT regulations (49 Code of Federal Regulations) allows a maximum of 8 gallons of gasoline to be transported in a motor vehicle in any containers other than the vehicles fuel tank. Most local cops do not know the regs, but state troopers do. Get caught, and you’re looking at visiting a federal magistrate (in my home state that means a visit to a different state).

      1. Hey Doc,
        You are partially correct regarding DOT regulations on gas cans… there is an 8-gallon size limit, but that is for commercial vehicles only and that is the size of single portable cans. They can have much larger bolt-in tanks.
        The federal regulation actually allows up to 440 gallons of gasoline in a commercial vehicle bed. If using portable containers under the 8-gal limit that is still many containers. For those keeping track at home that is 12+ 5-gallon PFCs at ~35-pounds apiece. (That is an insane quantity for a private person to carry in a pickup).
        Again, the federal regs only apply to commercial vehicles.
        Local fire regulations and laws may be more or less restrictive on Josephine Prepper and her private vehicle, but federal law has no bearing on private transportation of gasoline and vehicle operation.
        Sounds like your home state Troopers are enforcing local/regioanl regs.

        1. Ferry boats. Don’t forget them. We have a many of them here, and they post a 2 container/10 gallon limit. At the toll booth I explained I had 2 full and one empty five gallon containers. Too many. I had to drive out of the holding area. Obscure one container, then go back through the toll booth with ‘just 2’ containers.

          At home I store fuel in tightly sealed 15 gallon recycled carwash containers. Works great. You can fill them at mini marts but not at attended fuel pumps.

  5. I’ve always wondered why people that are in the know about survival have their retreat in areas where they can be destroyed by [natural] events that happen on a regular basis…What’s going to happen when you’re living in a SHTF situation and then a hurricane, flood, tornado, earthquake strikes and destroys all your preps you are relying on…It just doesn’t make any sense to me so maybe someone can explain it…

  6. RE: Malware… The first step in securing infrastructure is to air-gap the controlling network from the internet. If it touches, it can be compromised. Spent time in this field, and you must separate the networks and vigorously monitor it to prevent good-intentioned (or lazy) workers from putting unauthorized taps in to make their lives easier.

  7. Re: Voting Age.

    In the first place, sanctimonious posturing and hypocrisy are the stock in trade of all liberals; they will say or do anything to further their goals, even if one point conflicts with another. Remember: The liberal (socialist, communist, collectivist, democrat ) doesn’t exist who has matured beyond the age of 12.

    That said, why would it come as any surprise that they would try to open voting to emotionally and mentally immature, idealistic air heads who embody their base?

    Makes perfect sense to me….

  8. Gun Owners in California: When the state government is in cahoots with criminals on every level, gun ownership is the law-abiding citizen’s only choice…

    Voting age: Pelosi said she favored the lowering of the voting age: “We need to reach the kids in high school” she said. The operative term there is “kids,” “Speaker.” They are NOT adults and CANNOT vote.

    …Revolution is in the wind…

  9. On the hard lessons of Hurricane Florence, I’ve read that line of leaving early to evacuate early thousands of times on prepper sites, in the small number of years I’ve been prepping. But I’ve only once seen an author such sites, address the necessity of having a list of criteria, or signs, on how to know when one needs to leave early. Isn’t it obvious to everyone & anyone that if one waits until one recognizes a situation as a major disaster, the highways are already full? I hope an author or editor on this site, will address this in an article or offer a list of possible criteria or signs, please, for the countless many who plan to evacuate.

  10. I have been following Integrated Skills Group for awhile. Their philosophy on preparedness is outstanding, they are definitely worth checking up on!

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