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 the National Anti-EMP Plan.

DJT Orders a National Anti-EMP Plan

Reader Alan B. was the first of several readers to mention this news: Trump orders historic plan to thwart EMP, warns attack would be ‘debilitating’. A brief quote:

“‘It is the policy of the United States to prepare for the effects of EMPs through targeted approaches that coordinate whole-of-government activities and encourage private-sector engagement,’ said the executive order released by the White House.

‘The federal government must provide warning of an impending EMP; protect against, respond to, and recover from the effects of an EMP through public and private engagement, planning, and investment; and prevent adversarial events through deterrence, defense, and nuclear nonproliferation efforts. To achieve these goals, the federal government shall engage in risk-informed planning, prioritize research and development (R&D) to address the needs of critical infrastructure stakeholders, and, for adversarial threats, consult Intelligence Community assessments,’ it added.”

The Special Counsel Nothingburger

Release of the full report will have to be delayed a few weeks for redaction, but the four page summary of the Mueller Special Counsel report showed just most Americans expected: Nothing. A big fat nothingburger. This investigative effort cost the taxpayers $25 million. It lasted two years. They issued 2,800 subpoenas and more than 500 search warrants. There were hundreds of sworn witnesses. A few of them tripped themselves up and now face prison for making false statements to the FBI. (Which is a felony–so never talk to the FBI!) It wasted the time of 40 FBI agents and 19 attorneys. I should mention that the Democrat reaction to the Mueller Report is so  ludicrous that folks are already making parody videos.

I hope that this whole charade can be put to rest. If the Special Counsel investigation had instead focused on the many blatant crimes of Hillary Clinton, then it would have been a much better use of time and treasure.

Intense Looting in Venezuela

G.P. sent this: ‘Horror, fear, despair’: Venezuela’s oil capital shattered by ‘tsunami’ of violent looting.  An extract from the Guardian article:

“Maracaibo’s “madness” began on the night of 10 March – three days after a catastrophic blackout plunged almost the entire nation into darkness. But it had been long in the making thanks to years of economic and political neglect.

The 1.6 million residents of Maracaibo – an oil capital once celebrated as Latin America’s answer to Houston – complained of shortages of water, electricity and fuel and a worsening public transport system even before Venezuela’s crisis began to accelerate in 2016, with the onset of hyperinflation.

“There are communities here that go days, weeks or even months without water,” said Juan Pablo Guanipa, a local opposition politician. “It is a shattered city.””

The Christchurch Massacre: Acceleration & Collapse

From Idaho vlogger Blonde in the Belly of the Beast: Brenton Tarrant, Acceleration & Collapse.

How Assisted Suicide Creates a Cascade of Death

Courtesy of reader DSV: How Assisted Suicide Creates A Cascade Of Death After It Becomes Legal. Here is a chilling passage:

“Promotion of assisted suicide revolves around autonomy and self-determination. Euthanasia is, as one advocate put it, “the ultimate help” toward that end. Yet in 2016, a Dutch patient, who had previously said she wanted to be euthanized in case of dementia, physically fought back as a doctor attempted to euthanize her. The doctor asked her family to hold her down as he killed her. A legal review found he was acting “in good faith.”

In the Flanders region of Belgium in 2013, more than 1,000 non-consenting patients were killed by doctors. Why keep them alive when killing them is so much cheaper and easier?

Abortion and euthanasia are one and the same in some cases. In the Netherlands, euthanasia is legally performed on infants in cases of “unbearable” suffering “with no prospect of improvement,” despite the fact that pain can be treated. If that’s an option, why even bother with an age of consent?

Children as young as 12, deeply impressionable and under the influence of their guardians, can “consent” to be euthanized, given certain conditions. Belgium recently lifted all age restrictions on euthanasia. Its euthanasia committee already approved the euthanization of three minors in the past two years. One was only 9 years old, and another was 11.”

An Earth-Sheltered Home in Oregon

This new listing on 383 acres over at caught my attention: Hillside Earth Sheltered Home

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  1. re:
    EMP, CME, flood, drought, empty grocery stores, no propane delivery

    ‘It’ is my policy to prepare.

    The Continuity Of Government Agents would be way down the list.

    * * * * *

    Here is the warning… without any ‘targeted approaches’ by the government agents:
    * EMP will happen.
    * CME will happen.
    * Floods and droughts will happen.
    * Grocery stores will be empty.
    Before, during, or after, the government agents are not a factor. Indeed, the government agents preventing ‘adversarial events’ sounds like a bad movie from the 1950s.

    A ‘stakeholder’

  2. It is unlikely that the utilities will spend the huge amounts of money to harden their systems. If it doesn’t come from the tax payers, don’t expect it to happen.
    I also expect that it is seen as a means to an end to give certain parties the absolute control over a decreased and desperate population that will give in to anything to recover from such a devastating event. Previous administrations did nothing and future ones will not either.
    Only the current one will dare to do what the country needs to survive.

    1. Buck, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Hardening of the National Grid will likely require a modest rise in electricity rates.

      If the worst case scenarios of 50-90% fatalities post-EMP are accurate, its a no-brainer. Pay a little more for electricity and keep the power on.

      But government moves slowly. We are a long way from implementing hardening.

  3. The Special Counsel Nothingburger:

    This was a very successful Rearguard action that cost freedom loving citizens national reciprocity, suppressor deregulation, the repeal of ObamaCare, and has given us more gun control.

  4. Intense Looting in Venezuela:

    Socialists cull their populations of the sick, old, weak, and those that do not conform to their ideals. This is a murderous man made disaster brought about by starvation, lack of medical care, gulags, and death squads. What we are seeing in Venezuela is by design of their leaders. They are invoking Darwin, in that only the fit will survive.

    And, it is coming soon to CONUS.

  5. The Muellor investigation enriched 19 lawyers by providing them with 2 years of billable hours that were incredibly expensive to the tax payers with absolutely zero results on their stated mandate purpose. They used 1000’s of hours of other federal man power to pursue things that were so far afield from their purpose to perpetuate this rape of the taxpayers when it was very clear that they had no basis for a long investigation. Some will say it was worth it because they caught a few crooks along the way, I cry BS, these crooks were the reason we have the FBI and the IRS investigation departments and I guarantee they work a lot cheaper that a bunch of patrician lawyers.
    This miscarriage illustrates that Congress needs to revisit the funding, length of time, oversight and limiting of the scope of these “Investigations” to the stated mission. I also find it repulsive that this was all based on looking for Russian Collusion when there is no federal crime of Collusion on the books. This expensive political garbage needs to be stopped, both sides are to blame for this behavior. If there is evidence the proper agency should be assigned to look for crimes, not create Congressional Dog and Pony Shows.

  6. If the report had incriminated Trump, there is no way so-called conservatives would have accepted. There is now way Commies will accept it.

    To believe that the Trump “witch hunt” is over is to discount the 50-year history of Communism that resulted in the deaths of 70 million people. Our irreconcilable differences are well… irreconcilable. We need a divorce.

    Sadly this old coot believes so-called Christians and conservatives are blinded by bias. Today they bow at the altar of a new tri-God; Trump, Republicans and Israel. If I am wrong, let’s hear your argument.

    Brandon Smith was right, “Never underestimate the cognitive dissonance of people blinded by bias.”

      1. OldParatrooper, on what basis would you believe any report by your government? They report on everything. Examples: JFK and the Warren Commission Report, Waco, Ruby Ridge, the 2 planes taking down 3 skyscrapers and the 9/11 Commission Report, WMDs. Give us some Big Brother reports that you believe were true.

  7. Special Counsel Report

    I’ve always said that I would respect the conclusions of the Mueller Report because I believed Mueller would be absolutely fair and his credentials were
    impeccable. That from both sides of the isle.

    I’ll reserve judgment till I myself read the Report un-redacted. It happened with the Nixon tapes and papers and that’s the only way I can determine for myself. I do not want a politically appointed individual (the AG) determining for me even though I think he is a fair person. My money for the Report – my Report for reading.

    In a courtroom once you start saying..”well, she told me he said”…it’s generally not allowed as evidence because its “hearsay.” I want to see the raw data myself to
    make my determination. I wonder how an author would feel about his 400 page novel being reduced to 4 pages.

    Well. I’ve ordered the Mueller Report on Amazon and it will be released April 30th or sooner if the AG finishes his work before that date. Go figure. Don’t know how that is possible but stranger things have happened. They do say D.C. is leaky!

    I never believed Trump engaged in conspiracy. But I certainly believed he attempted to obstruct justice. Mueller did not make a determination on that and I am interested in finding out if that was his decision or another’s and the reason why.

    Judge Napolitano from Fox said you’ll find evidence of both conspiracy and obstruction of justice all over the report when it comes out. That is presumptuous.
    I’m not interested in his opinion either. Just want to make my own.

  8. Can I please fuss about a word I don’t like? The word is “redacted”. The reality is “censorship”. It’s so nice when one can hide reality under a snug word blanket. Take “final solution”. It really sounds nice, as if someone is going to solve all the world’s problems. In reality it meant genocide. When talking about censorship, please call it what it is.

  9. Thank you, Anonymous, for putting the Venezuelan situation into succinct perspective. Brevity is the essence of wit. I hadn’t quite come around to that conclusion myself, but now that you’ve said it, it fits!

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