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”. 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 tractor tire gardening.

Practical Wisdom: Building a Tractor Tire Garden

Over at the great Rural Revolution blog, Patrice Lewis relates some hard-earned wisdom: How our tire garden evolved.

Inside a Clever Fugitive’s Bunker

Reader Jeff W., spotted this fascinating television news segment: Jeremiah Button vanished two weeks before trial. Here’s the bunker where he survived. JWR’s Comments: The man allegedly has despicable morals.  But that didn’t keep him from being clever, resourceful, and industrious in keeping himself alive and hidden.  This story also illustrates how genuinely wealthy America is. In Third World countries, that sort of stuff would have never made it to the dump while still in working order.

Rights Are Not Things to “Make Deals” With

From Patriot Nurse: Rights Are NOT Things to “Make Deals” With.

Final Season of The Man In The High Castle

Reader V.F. wrote to mention that the final season of The Man In The High Castle (Season 4) will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime on November 15, 2019.

Mike Williamson’s Panels at DragonCon (Atlanta)

I know a number of Survivalblog readers attend DragonCon, the huge Science Fiction convention in Atlanta, this coming Labor Day weekend, 2019. These are four of my panels that may be relevant to the interests of SurvivalBlog readers. The other presenters have extensive resumes and backgrounds in related fields as well, and will have a lot of good information.

Title: “No Kidding, There I Was…”
Description: Stories of soldiers & law enforcement that might not be quite safe for work.
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Mike Massa, Griffin Barber, J.F. Holmes, Michael Z. Williamson)

Title: The Daily Prepper
Description: You don’t need a bunker and seven years of rations to start prepping for common disasters. Our experts will help you disguise prepping as part of your everyday activities and talk about how to safely build a support community. We all prep a little. Join us to learn how to do it even better.
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Chastain F-G – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Michael Z. Williamson, Griffin Barber, Charlie Kaufman)

Title: Masterful Men of Military SF
Description: Some of the leading lights of military science fiction discuss their work and answer questions.
Time: Sun 4:00 pm Location: Regency VI-VII – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: David Weber, Chris Kennedy, Michael Z. Williamson, Timothy Zahn, Marc Alan Edelheit)

Title: APOC 24: Surviving the First 24 Hours
Description: What do the first 24 hours of an apocalypse/crisis look like? Learn how to recognize a crisis (or apocalypse), as well as how a successful response varies by location and event type. We’ll also look at the worst or most obvious mistakes made to avoid.
Time: Mon 1:00 pm Location: Chastain F-G – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Mike Massa, Michael Z. Williamson)

California Cops Confiscate Legal Magazines

Apparently, some cops didn’t get the memo on Magazine Freedom Week, back in late March/early April, 2019. Video: California Cops Confiscate Legal Magazines. JWR’s Comment:  I strongly recommend that all California gun owners print out and carry a copy of the DOJ memo whenever they transport 11+ round magazines that were bought during Magazine Freedom Week. The key exception sentence can be found on Page 3: (“…except as to those persons and business entities who manufactured, imported, sold or bought large-capacity magazines between March 29, 2019…”)

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  1. Interesting. In California, (so far anyway) possession is not (and has not been) restricted. However, you are not able to purchase, trade, give, loan, receive or import standard capacity magazines (over 10 round capacity). If you break one or loose one, it cannot be replaced legally. The only caveat is you may not use standard capacity magazines (over 10 rounds) in a “fixed magazine” optioned AR as it becomes an unregistered assault rifle at that point. You may generally use them in a featureless configuration or in a registered assault rifle configuration. This is nothing new. When the legislature redefined “fixed magazine”, bullet button optioned ARs no longer met the fixed magazine definition and California could require registration as Assault Weapons. Currently the definition of a fixed magazine optioned AR requires the rifle action to break open (however slight, stupid, I know) for magazine removal. These officers were either clearly ignorant or wilfully disobedient of the law. Kudos for the administration to have recognized and corrected this.
    In my experience older officers are generally more constitutionally biased while officers who may have had a drink (or two) of the kool aid (with exceptions of course) tend to be much younger.

  2. Using plastic or synthetic rubber inside of a food Garden is a dangerous idea. Hundreds of different chemicals Leach out into the soil and then into your food. It really is no wonder that there is so much cancer in the world today due to our constant saturation in carcinogenic chemicals. Go natural and save yourself, literally.

    1. There is content in the Rural Revolution article that helps to debunk the poison tire myth. As long as you do not burn or grind them they are safe. Based on a USDA report, I believe. We used them for potatoes for years. OK as long as you do not mind some black on your arms and clothes.

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