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 renaissance of  box beds

A Medieval Box Bed Renaissance?

I recently did some research on home heating alternatives for grid down situations, for a non-fiction preparedness book that I’m now writing under contract for Cartlon Publishing, in England.

One usually overlooked aspect of insulating yourself is the nightly use of a medieval-style box bed or cabinet bed. (In French: “lit-clos”.) Now largely forgotten, these beds create a tiny “house within a house”, that is heated with just your own body heat.

Box beds–typically with sliding doors–are still custom-built by carpenters, but can be expensive. If you are handy with carpentry tools, you can construct your own.  Just keep in mind that they need some ventilation, to avoid asphyxiation.

I found this recent article about a renaissance in box beds: People are Starting to Sleep in Medieval “Box Beds” Again.

Amish-Built House for Rent in S.E. Ohio

I received the following note that I’d like to pass on to the full blog readership. “Jane” wrote:

“I have a beautiful 87-acre farm in Monroe County, in southeast Ohio. I have an extra home, next to my home which was Amish built, so it has no electricity or indoor toilet. It does have indoor sinks, heater, gas and wood stove. I am looking for someone who is interested in living here. We have no cell signal, no chance of 5G, Spring water, beautiful surroundings, gardens, woods, etc. I want to rent it out, or work out the rent in exchange for labor on the house and/or help on the farm. I am not looking to get rich on rent, but I want to find someone truly interested and committed to this [farming] life. I’d prefer to find a hard working, drug free, individual or married couple with Christian morals.”

If interested, contact:

1,000 Guns Seized in Ritzy L.A. Neighborhood

More than 1,000 weapons seized in ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood. JWR’s Comment: “Weapons”? Those mostly look like hunting rifles, to me. If this had happened in The American Redoubt, the headline would be “large gun collection seized”. As usual, the Feds treated the seized guns like garbage. No respect for property nor presumption of innocence…

Honey Bee Vaccines?

Discovery of RNA transfer through royal jelly could aid development of honey bee vaccines. (Thanks to reader C.B. for the link.)

California Magazine Freedom Week: DOJ Letter

Here is the definitive word on current 11+ round magazine legality, following the one week window of opportunity in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia: California Freedom Week DOJ Notice to Law Enforcement.

Measles: Facts and Misconceptions

A recent post by Sharyl Altikisson: Measles: Facts and Misconceptions in a Near-Hysterical Media Environment. A key pericope about the outbreaks:

“Each year, including in 2019, transmission of measles has been sourced exclusively to travelers or visitors who bring in the disease from outside of the U.S., according to CDC.

In 2018, 82 people brought measles to the U.S. from other countries. CDC states, that’s “the greated number of imported cases since measles was eliminated from the U.S. in 2000.”

Also, according to CDC: many U.S. measles cases in 2014 were sourced to the Philippines. In 2011, most of the measles cases brought into the U.S. came from France.”

S.F. Bans Anti-Car-Burglar Warning Signs

Over at Zero Hedge: San Francisco Bans Anti-Car-Burglar Warning Signs Because… Racist. A snippet:

“Just when you thought things on the West Coast could not get any more insane, we are reminded there is no limit to what a triggered imagination can come up with to support the disassociated state so many Bay Area liberals seem capable of. By way of background, cars parked at the Golden Gate Bridge have been frequent targets of burglary, prompting local authorities to post signs thoughtfully warning visitors to not leave cash or valuables in their vehicles.”

JWR’s Comment: They “solved”  the alleged “problem” by substituting an orange stick man figure. Subtext: Orange man bad!

Diabetic Amputations a ‘Shameful Metric’ of Inadequate Care

Lastly, the is this article suggested by H.L.: Diabetic Amputations a ‘Shameful Metric’ of Inadequate Care.

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  1. Yes “weapons”. The 12yr old gang member who shoots you with a bolt action rifle sold to him illegally is dangerous.
    Look up “baseball player killed in oklahoma”. 2 thugs with a bolt gun. It happens more than tv shows would have you think.
    In fact for all our preparedness and tacticoolness it will probably be some mean little guy with a sears bolt 22 that takes one out from a drygulch

    Hatred, prejudice and nitpicking of LEOs can blind one to the real and present danger facing The People at the present. Zero mention of them selling illegally to gangs or buying stolen property and being the real bad guys.

  2. “It’s just beyond comprehension that somebody can have so many weapons in a residence like this in a neighborhood like this,” Ramirez said.

    Ah, I don’t believe owning guns is illegal in that particular neighborhood…..yet. These all appear to be CA compliant with a quick scan. If this man is cleared of charges who will compensate him for the damages of his guns since they are stacked will-nilly in piles? Who is going to oil them after this handling? Do they have a climate controlled area to store these while he goes through the court system? Do they have proper racks for storage or are they going to heap them all in a pile again?

    1. The really nice guns will go home with various police officers. That’s common practice. I’ve seen it before. The owner will only get to keep the less desirable guns.

    2. If ever there was a reason for the NRA to get off its backside and pursue a case, the illegal seizure of this man’s private collection of firearms would be it.

  3. I watched the video concerning California “Freedom Week.” Since I live behind enemy lines here, I was interested in obtaining a copy of the DOJ letter. The fellow mentions that he is including a link to the DOJ letter in the comments section, but I could not find it. Can anyone help?

  4. Diabetic amputations
    I’ve been a nurse here in Central Tx for 30 years, most of those years in an ICU unit. 60% of patients we see
    are type 2 diabetics. This article sets faults on mainly the medical communities for poor care, this could not be further from the truth. Most of our patients are on Medicare or Medicaid, they have numerous access to good medical care. Let me make one statement here that I have witnessed first hand, despite the constant years of diabetic education these people are given….. they are what we call NON COMPLIANT. Virtually 90 out of a hundred people I see and counsel never take care of themselves! They will tell you they do, but they think having an average blood sugar of 280 everyday is ok for them! Ask them when was the last time they checked their BS and they may say, oh, last week! Granted, here in Central Tx we have a high Hispanic population, and unfortunately for them they are cursed with bad genes for a prevalence for diabetes. But no matter what color, white, Hispanic or black, my patients may be they simply choose not to control their diabetes and these are people who have had years of training in how to. best care for their diabetes. There is also plenty of resources out there for their supplies! I see it start with amputated toes, then feet, legs and blindness, this does not even include the fast track for heart disease and stroke. They simply ignore these facts until it is too late. There is an old saying that I think fits for this population very well:
    You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.

    1. Here Here! I have been a nurse for only 25 years now. The vast majority of people with diabetic complications are those that don’t control their blood sugar levels, and It is not because they have not received education, assistance and supplies. They simply choose to not care for themselves.

    2. Couldn’t agree more! I am a type 2 insulin dependent whose sugar was out of control. 1st doc said I couldn’t qualify for a pump. 2nd said Phooey, we can get you one in a couple of weeks. P.S. I am old and on medicare. Got the pump and it has been a Godsend. Sugar is now normal and A1C is 6.4, down from over 11. You still have to do the finger sticks, but who cares for those results! Guess it all depends on finding the Doc who will work with you. My new one is fantastic and wherever he goes I will follow.

      1. Type 2 insulin resistance is easily cured,90%+ rate with Dr whittakers protocols(mainly lowers blood sugars and restores nutritional deficiencies). It is also very cheap with little to no future costs so no interest from the Illness/Drug/Surgery cartels. Costly long term “Treatments” not simple inexpensive cures are how they make big bucks

  5. An alternative to medieval box beds:
    Search for privacy pop up bed tents. They come in several sizes ands fit with your mattress on top of the tent’s floor to be stable. For people in cold climates without heat these are a good alternative, they also come with just netting in case maybe you have windows out and it hot, they will keep out mosquitos. Also if you find yourself without heat in winter and you have camping tents set them up in your living room!

  6. There are lots of those enclosed beds in Scandinavia that our ancestors used also. They are decorated and quite lovely, especially in a very small home where it may be in the main room.

  7. JWR, with respect, please help me understand. In California they confiscate “1000 weapons”, but in the Redoubt It would be “a large gun collection was seized”. The end result is the same. If the Redoubt, in particular Idaho, is the place to move to, why do we see so many posts such as 7000 pounds of hemp being impounded by Idaho State Troopers? Rogue law enforcement activities (asset forfeiture) discussed in earlier posts. Child protection transgressions etc. Are we to assume that these violations of our freedoms are just the normal price we must pay to be permitted to live in “the greatest nation on Earth” and the Redoubt is no different then the rest of the United States in its level of abuse against its citizens? I am having a hard time understanding why the Redoubt is better than the S#2&hole that I live in. Where can we go TO BE LEFT ALONE??

  8. I agree with you about the media frenzy over measles. So stupid and typical.

    Here, the facts: Search Results
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    Measles killed 110,000 globally in 2017. Since 1963, when the the vaccine was introduced, cases and deaths from measles in the United States and other developed countries have plummeted. Prior to the vaccine, measles caused approximately 450 to 500 deaths each year in the United States.

    That last sentence says *before* the vaccine. We have many more things to fear, such as rogue law enforcement officers. Where is there a vaccine to protect us from them?

    Carry on

  9. Comingstorm,
    Those are the results I love to see! You are the exception, and I applaud you. It’s definitely a hard road, but totally doable.
    Well done

  10. In Kommiefornia, we are all supposed to bow and scrape to the Stormtrooper Leftists from the coasts. Had this man lived in Northern California,aka State of Jefferson, he would still have his “assault weapons”. While I remember very fondly, the lovely and beautiful parts of Los Angeles from when I was growing up, it remains a now Communist area. The only people with guns are government authorities of various stripes and gang bangers. Movie support folks are “allowed” to have guns with way out of the way property, lots of locks, and complete compliance with the authorities. But, Movie People are Special People because cameras, lights, and action. So yes, those weapons will make it into the hands of government authorities, including anti-gun politicians.
    What a sad commentary on the FUSA.

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