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”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at the demise of the Federal Solar Tax Credit.
Hydro-Powered Idaho Retreat – Reduced
I just heard that there was a recent $60,000 price reduction on the home on 13 acres with hydro power near Clark Fork, Idaho that I first mentioned this property last week.) It is an amazing, affordable property.
How Bureaucrats Ruin Everything
I noticed this linked over at Claire Wolfe’s great Living Freedom blog: How Bureaucrats Ruin Everything From Dishwashers To Gas Cans To Cars.
All Hangs on the 2nd Amendment
A “must watch” video from John Lovell of Warrior Poet Society: All Hangs on the 2nd Amendment.
Staying Safe When a Flash Mob Descends
Frequent content contributor DSV sent this: How To Handle Yourself In A Flash Mob Looting
UK Stabbings Still Increasing
Tim J. sent this from Fox News: UK knife crime rises by 8 percent to record high as London mayor blames ‘austerity’ for sharp increase. JWR’s Comment: I can only ask: How many of those “austerity”-stricken “young people” who are stabbing and slashing people are recent immigrants?
Berkeley Bans New Natural Gas Hookups
Reader Lynn G. spotted this: Berkeley becomes first US city to ban natural gas in new buildings. JWR’s Comments: The “Carbon Neutral” Nanny State mentality in California is breeding dependence on the power grid. Californians now have some of the most expensive electricity rates in the country. How would you like to heat your home with electricity, there? And this is the same state where people often call the police to report neighbors who heat their homes with firewood. Notably, since 2015 it has been illegal to install a wood burning stove or fireplace in any new home in the San Francisco Bay Area. A similar has been on the books in the San Joaquin Valley since 2003. Just give them time, and doubtless they’ll get around to banning the use of existing wood stoves and fireplace inserts.
Did DoD Release Weaponized Ticks?
Reader T.P. sent us this from Newsweek: Pentagon May Have Released Weaponized Ticks That Helped Spread of Lyme Disease: Investigation Ordered. Here is a pericope:
“Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives quietly passed a bill requiring the Inspector General of the Department of Defense (DoD) to conduct a review into whether the Pentagon experimented with ticks and other blood-sucking insects for use as biological weapons between 1950 and 1975.
If the Inspector General finds that such experiments occurred, then, according to the bill, they must provide the House and Senate Armed Services committees with a report on the scope of the research and “whether any ticks or insects used in such experiments were released outside of any laboratory by accident or experiment design,” potentially leading to the spread of diseases such as Lyme.
The amendment was put forward by Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey, who was “inspired” by several books and articles claiming that the U.S. government had conducted research at facilities such as Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Plum Island, New York, for this purpose.
However, some Lyme disease experts are warning that Smith’s claims should be viewed with plenty of caution. They include Phillip Baker, Executive Director of the American Lyme Disease Foundation (ALDF), who says Smith has been “terribly misinformed” with “false and misleading information.”
One of the books that Smith refers to—called Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons—was published earlier this year, authored by Stanford University science writer and former Lyme suffer Kris Newby. It features interviews with late Swiss-born scientist Willy Burgdorfer—the man credited with discovering the bacterial pathogen that causes Lyme disease—who once worked for the DoD as a bioweapons specialist.
“Those interviews combined with access to Dr. Burgdorfer’s lab files suggest that he and other bioweapons specialists stuffed ticks with pathogens to cause severe disability, disease—even death—to potential enemies,” Smith said during the debate on the House floor.
“With Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases exploding in the United States—with an estimated 300,000 to 437,000 new cases diagnosed each year and 10-20 percent of all patients suffering from chronic Lyme disease—Americans have a right to know whether any of this is true,” he said. “And have these experiments caused Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases to mutate and to spread?” Smith asked.”
Federal Solar Tax Credit Will Taper in 2020
The folks at Iron Edison just e-mailed a reminder to their customers:
“To be eligible for the 30% federal tax credit, your solar project should be fully installed and paid for in 2019.
The tax credit is currently 30%, however, starting January 1, 2020, the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is set to decrease.
Outlined below is the ITC step-down structure for the years to come:
- 2016-2019: Owners can deduct 30% of the cost of the system from federal taxes
- 2020: Owners can deduct 26% of the cost of the system from federal taxes
- 2021: Owners can deduct 22% of the cost of the system from federal taxes
- 2022 and Beyond: Only owners of commercial solar systems can receive a 10% tax credit. Residential owners will no longer be eligible to receive any tax credit for solar.”