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 EU’s Controversial Copyright Reform.

Your Car and Phone are Selling Your Data

James C. sent us a link to this 9-minute video: Your Car is Selling Your Data.

And speaking for data, check out this piece at CNBC: Stores are starting to track your every move.

Bottom line: Either drive an older car or disable your car’s satellite and cellular connectivity. And if you must have a cell phone, then make it an older-generation flip phone with a removable battery–not a smartphone.

Thomas Sowell on a Socialist America

A good read, over at The American Thinker: Thomas Sowell Is Right to Predict a Socialist America. The article also has some great quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville.


Illinois Judge Rules FOID Unconstitutional

From G.P.: White County, IL judge rules FOID *unconstitutional*; IL AG appeals to Illinois Supreme Court.

Counter-Caliphate Chronicles Series is Still on Hold

I’ve had several recent queries about the status of my Counter-Caliphate Chronicles novel series. The manuscript writing has been postponed, since I’m now under contract to write an illustrated book for Carlton Publishing of London, England. That as-yet untitled book–in a large “coffee table book” format–should be released in 2020. After that manuscript is complete, then I plan to get back to completing books 2 and 3 of the Counter-Caliphate Chronicles novel series. Book 1 (Land of Promise) is still in print. Thanks for your patience.

CDC Skewing Gun Death Data

A hat tip to DSV for sending this: Why is the CDC Lying To Us About Gunshot Data?

New Zealand Criminalizing Thought Crimes

The latest from Montana vlogger Matt Christenson: ‘Chief Censor’ Explains New Zealand Criminalizing Possession of the Manifesto — It’s Not For You. It is richly ironic that in reaction, the government of New Zealand is doing exactly what the terrorist intended them to do.

Fasting: A History

Reader DSV sent this scholarly piece:  Fasting: A history.  I’ve selected a pericope:

“Fasting is one of the most ancient and widespread healing traditions in the world. Hippocrates of Cos (c 460 – c370 BC) is widely considered the father of modern medicine. Among the treatments that he prescribed and championed was the practice of fasting, and the consumption of apple cider vinegar. Hippocrates wrote, “To eat when you are sick, is to feed your illness”. The ancient Greek writer and historian Plutarch (cAD46 – c AD 120) also echoed these sentiments. He wrote, “Instead of using medicine, better fast today”. Ancient Greek thinkers Plato and his student Aristotle were also staunch supporters of fasting.

EU’s Controversial Copyright Reform

‘Dark Day for Internet Freedom’: EU Lawmakers Approve Controversial Copyright Reform (Article 13). A brief passage:

“The European Parliament passed Article 13, a law called ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ that requires anyone sharing copyrighted content to obtain permission from rights owners, even if it is just a picture or news article. To protect their platforms from legal trouble, sites such as Facebook and Wikipedia will now be forced to implement “upload filters” to ensure that user-generated content doesn’t violate copyright. The law was passed despite tens of thousands of people who marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as online censorship. EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect. -GEG
Update: Multiple MEPs claim they were “tricked” into voting the wrong way on the Article 13 legislation as an extra vote was reported to have been inserted into the voting list at the last minute which threw most MEPs’ voting lists out of sync, but the vote for censorship will stand.

The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern audiovisual content, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

However the parliament said in a statement that sharing memes and gifs has been protected “even more than it was before” and they will continue to be available and shareable on online platforms.”


Sheriff and Deputies Quit to Protest Jail Conditions

Reader L.U. suggested this article: What Good Cops Look Like: Sheriff and All Deputies Quit to Protest “Unconstitutional” Jail Conditions

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One Comment

  1. Re: Fasting, I personally have found one can do a fasting mimicking diet for five days which tricks the body into full fasting mode. You eat about 1/3 the calories as normal mainly via healthy fats (e.g. tree nuts, olive oil) and complex carbs (veggies) with low protein.

    Results are reduced body fat, lower cholesterol profile and blood sugar plus immune system rejuvenation. Kind of is a metabolism reset. I have done it a few times now over the last year and have lost 25 lbs and feel much better. For details about it, look up the work of Valter Longo of USC.

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