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’ll focus on a gator break-in. But first:
South African Army is Tapped Out
Our Editor-At-Large Michael Z. Williamson forwarded this: South Africa’s army has run out of money – here’s how bad things have got. Mike’s Comment: “Revolution is near in South Africa, and there’s no longer enough military force to stop it.” The article begins:
“The Department of Defence and Military Veterans has warned that a severe lack of funding could impact its ability to protect South Africa.
In a media briefing on Wednesday (17 July), Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said that her department has been forced to continuously adjust its plans downwards in response to the declining budget in recent years.
“The Defence Force is becoming progressively more unsustainable in terms of declining defence allocations,” she said.
“We have now reached the point where the Republic must decide on the kind of Defence Force it wants and what it can afford. We need a frank discussion very soon as we risk the irreversible damage to the defence force as a whole.”
In a portfolio committee meeting held earlier this month, the department said that the continued lack of funding may impact negatively on the ability of the SANDF to fulfill its constitutional mandate.
It added that over the past three financial years insufficient funds were available to cover expenditure related to compensation of employees.
This had led to the Department of Defence exploring additional sources of revenue, such as the sale of assets (including land), to cover the shortfall.”
Insurance Claim Denied After Destructive Gator Break-In
Reader DSV spotted this: Insurance claim denied after destructive Clearwater 11-foot gator break-in. A quote:
“A Clearwater [Florida] woman became something of a celebrity when a giant alligator broke into her home back in May.
But now, she says she’s getting anything but the A-list treatment from her insurance company as she tries to claim the damages the gator left behind.
At the end of May, Mary Wischhusen woke up in the middle of the night to find an aggressive, 11-foot-long gator had broken into her Eagles Landing home. The creature smashed windows, wine bottles, and glass furniture, and left holes in her walls.
The giant window toward the front of her home is still boarded up with plywood.”
Man Scales 19-Floor Apartment Building to Escape Fire
H.L. sent this article: Man scales outside of 19-floor apartment building to escape fire in Philadelphia.
The Truly Killer App
Over at Wired: These Hackers Made an App That Kills to Prove a Point. Here is a snippet:
“Two years ago, researchers Billy Rios and Jonathan Butts discovered disturbing vulnerabilities in Medtronic’s popular MiniMed and MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump lines. An attacker could remotely target these pumps to withhold insulin from patients, or to trigger a potentially lethal overdose. And yet months of negotiations with Medtronic and regulators to implement a fix proved fruitless. So the researchers resorted to drastic measures. They built an Android app that could use the flaws to kill people.”
We Are on Our Own
Reid Heinrichs of Valor Ridge: We Are on Our Own: Why Voting is Not Going to Work.
Journalist Killed by Somali Terrorists in Ultimate Irony
File under “Burning Irony”: Journalist Travels to Ilhan Omar’s Homeland to Prove Somalia is Beautiful, Gets Killed by Terrorists.