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 weaponized drones.

FAA Reminder: Don’t Weaponize Your Drone

Reader G.P. sent this: The FAA Apparently Needs To Remind Users Not To Weaponize Their Drones. Here is how the article begins:

“The drones that are designed for consumer use typically come with a camera attached to it. However, in theory, if you could attach a camera, you could attach all manner of objects, including weapons like guns, a flamethrower, and so on. Obviously this is illegal but apparently it’s not a fact that is obvious to some.

So much so that the FAA had to issue a notice on its website where they are reminding drone owners that they should not be weaponizing their drones. According to the FAA, “Operating a drone that has a dangerous weapon attached to it is a violation of Section 363 of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act enacted Oct. 5, 2018.”

Florida Red Flag Laws and a Case of Mistaken Identity

H.L. sent us this: Florida Red Flag Laws and a case of mistaken identity.

Constitutional Militia & Grand Juries

Linked over at (my favorite news aggregation site): Constitutional Militia & Grand Juries – The People’s Teeth In The Constitution.

More About Tire Gardening

Over at the Rural Revolution blog, Patrice Lewis has posted a follow-up article: More Info on Tire Gardening.

Court Nixes WOTUS Rule by Previous POTUS

Court declares Obama’s EPA “Waters of the United States Rule” unlawful.

Appalachiastan: Culture of Resistance

A hat tip to Tim J. fro spotting this, over at Bill Buppert’s ZeroGov site: Appalachiastan: Culture of Resistance by John Meyers. An excerpt:

“In the Mountain South in particular, many disputes are settled even to this day in a private manner, if at all possible. The clannish nature of the residents, mostly descended from the Borderers of the English/Scottish border or of Germanic extraction, is still alive today in many ways.

Max Weber defines the state as has having a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence over a geographical area. To people historically and many still today in Occupied Appalachiastan, the state-only authority to dispense justice is a travesty of the highest proportions. Some do not want to outsource the dispensation of justice. Many do not want anyone mingling in the business of their community. Traditionally, the derbfine, the clan or even the community at large handled matters of justice. This goes back to lex talionis, which is the idea that if you are a righteous man and you are wronged, it is your duty to punish the offender, yourself.

A product of the clannish nature of the Southern Highlander is an unofficial intelligence network of sorts. News travels fast. Rural Appalachia has one of the most effective Underground’s in existence and it doesn’t even know it.  If you want to see how it operates, let an incident like above happen, or hang around the bear hunters in the southern mountains around mid October. They will tell you every single detail about the game warden, his habits down to what he eats for breakfast and what flavor toothpaste he uses.”

Washington State Law Ends Campus Firearm Storage Program

And finally, from DSV: Washington State Law Ends Campus Firearm Storage Program.

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  1. certainly has a huge amount of news and info but I object to their use of BCE and CE as timelines instead of B.C. and A.D. It all smacks of a little too much political correctness and makes me suspicious of their coverage of conservative news.

    1. BCE and CE is the religion of the crowd that believes in > ‘Our Leaders’ make all the Rules; there is no God in Heaven. … They believe in marching in lockstep with their Leaders.
      The religion of ‘Political Correctness’ is followed by all the authoritarian Cult Members!
      AD is an abbreviation of anno Domini Nostri Jesu Christi, Latin for “in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ”. The era we now call BC used to be known as “a.C.n.”, an abbreviation of “Ante Christum Natum”, which is Latin for “before the birth of Christ”.

      Why the terminology changed from Latin to English is a matter of speculation. In non-English speaking countries, they tended to use the local language: in French, “avant J.C.” (before Jesus Christ); in German, “v. Chr. Geb.”, an abbreviation of “vor Christi Geburt” (before Christ’s birth).
      [From The Sydney Morning Herald (smh) site, May 7, 2005]
      Some other Religions and Cultures have a differing method to identifying their starting pointing for identifying the number of years. They sometimes also have differing monthly calendars.
      [Wikipedia has an article about the ~Islamic Calendar~ for an illustration of a differing numbered system for a calendar]

      AD and BC is part of the Heritage of Western Civilization and Christianity.

    2. v.u.Z, vor unserer Zeitrechnung is that in German and is much older as your false prejudices of political correctness

      AD is most likely wrong, the year 0 is considered a few years of and therefore wrong

  2. Re: Appalachiastan: Culture of Resistance

    Out of respect to my possible kin, certainly in spirit, I will acknowledge their commendable capability, yet not reveal any of it, but transplant it. Believe me, do not mess with these boys. No one will get in, and if you do get ‘lucky’, you ain’t gett’n out, neither you or your army.

    1. ThoDan, for your edification:
      From Wikipedia >Year Zero. = “Year zero does >not exist in the Anno Domini (AD) system usually used to number years in the Gregorian calendar and in its predecessor, the Julian calendar. … In this system, the year 1 BC is followed by AD 1.
      However, there is a year zero in ~~>astronomical year numbering (where it coincides with the Julian year 1 BC) and in ISO 8601:2004 (where it coincides with the Gregorian year 1 BC) as well as in all Buddhist and Hindu calendars.

      1. The concept of zero originated in India (which is why it exists in Hindu and Buddhist calendars). From India it passed through the Islamic countries, and reached Europe in the Middle Ages.

        This is why King Herod ordered all boys up to the age of two who lived in Bethlehem to be killed. It seems very excessive, since the Christ child had only been born shortly before, but a “two year old child” was actually only 12 months old. Which is what happens when you start counting with one instead of with zero.

        As with horses even today, a newborn was considered to be a one year old, just as newborn colts are called yearlings.

    1. 1) An insurrection spawned by the massive corruption of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and his faction.

      At the time of the first Congress, the Continental debt incurred during the Revolution was trading as low as 7 cents on the dollar. Hamilton’s cronies, Rich father-in-law and selected Congressional allies bought up most of the bonds and then –Shazzam! — Hamilton introduced a law to have Congress redeem the bonds at FULL Face amount. Paid for by heavy taxes on the common farmers.

      2) The only record we have of the first Senate was a diary kept by Senator William Maclay — who documented the sordid business:

      See the entries for January 14th (last 2 paragraphs), January 15th (1st paragraph) and February 19th (last paragraph)

      Note that the people being screwed were the Continental soldiers and their widows and orphans.

      3) The moral demigods from Virginia opposed Hamilton –until a deal was cut to move the Capitol from New York City to a swamp near George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The profits to real estate speculators is left as an exercise for the reader.

        1. 1) When it came to the Whiskey tax, the ones in western Pennsylvania moved down to more favorable (i.e, rugged ) terrain and joined their southern brothers in moonshining — a resistance that endures to this day. Culture-wise, western PA isn’t quite “Appalachia”.

          2) As far as appalachians fighting, ask the Army. It’s reference “American Military History” notes that the United States was about to LOSE the Revolution until Cornwallis’s subordinate Ferguson made the mistake of threatening the men in Appalachia:

          “Under such difficulties, Washington had to struggle to hold even a small Army together. Recruiting of Continentals, difficult to begin with, became almost impossible when the troops could neither be paid nor supplied adequately and had to suffer such winters as those at Morristown.

          Enlistments and drafts from the militia in 1780 produced not quite half as many men for one year’s service as had enlisted in 1775 for three years or the duration. While recruiting lagged, morale among those men who had enlisted for the longer terms naturally fell. Mutinies in 1780 and 1781 were suppressed only by measures of great severity. [MYNote: Washington had to turn his cannon onto his own men]

          Germain could write confidently to Clinton: “so very contemptible is the rebel force now . . . that no resistance . . . is to be apprehended that can materially obstruct . . . the speedy suppression of the rebellion . . . the American levies in the King’s service are more in number than the whole of the enlisted troops in the service of the Congress.”

          The French were unhappy. In the summer of 1780 they occupied the vacated British base at Newport, moving in a naval squadron and 4,000 troops under the command of Lieutenant General the Comte de Rochambeau. Rochambeau immediately warned his government: “Send us troops, ships and money, but do not count on these people nor on their resources, they have neither money nor credit, their forces exist only momentarily, and when they are about to be attacked in their own homes they assemble . . . to defend themselves.” Another French commander thought only one highly placed American traitor was needed to decide the campaign.

          Clinton had, in fact, already found his “highly placed traitor” in Benedict Arnold, the hero of the march to Quebec, the naval battle on the lakes, Stanwix, and Saratoga. “Money is this man’s God,” one of his enemies had said of Arnold earlier, and evidently he was correct. Lucrative rewards promised by the British led to Arnold’s treason, though he evidently resented the slights Congress had dealt him, and he justified his act by claiming that the Americans were now fighting for the interests of Catholic France and not their own.

          Arnold wangled an appointment as commander at West Point and then entered into a plot to deliver this key post to the British. Washington discovered the plot on September 21, 1780, just in time to foil it, though Arnold himself escaped to become a British brigadier.
          [MYNote: If the Brits got fortress West Point, they would have been able to sail their huge fleet up the Hudson River , cut New England off from the rest of the US and conquer it. Beginning of Divide and Conquer.]

          Arnold’s treason in September 1780 marked the nadir of the patriot cause….

          ..It was the frontier militia assembling “when they were about to be attacked in their own homes” who struck the blow that actually marked the turning point in the south. Late in 1780, with Clinton’s reluctant consent, Cornwallis set out on the invasion of North Carolina.

          He sent Maj. Patrick Ferguson, who had successfully organized the Tories in the upcountry of South Carolina, to move north simultaneously with his “American Volunteers,” spread the Tory gospel in the North Carolina back country, and join the main army at Charlotte with a maximum number of recruits.

          Ferguson’s advance northward alarmed the “ova-mountain men” in western North Carolina, southwest Virginia, and what is now east Tennessee. A picked force of mounted militia riflemen gathered on the Catawba River in western North Carolina, set out to find Ferguson, and brought him to bay at King’s Mountain near the border of the two Carolinas on October 7. In a battle of patriot against Tory (Ferguson was the only British soldier present), the patriots’ triumph was complete. Ferguson himself was killed and few of his command escaped death or capture. Some got the same “quarter” Tarleton had given Buford’s men at the Waxhaws.

          King’s Mountain was as fatal to Cornwallis’ plans as Bennington had been to those of Burgoyne. The North Carolina Tories, cowed by the fate of their compatriots, gave him lime support. The British commander on October In 1780, began a wretched retreat in the rain back to Winnsboro, South Carolina, with militia harassing his progress. Clinton was forced to divert an expedition of 2,500 men sent to establish a base in Virginia to reinforce Cornwallis.”

          [MYNote: War runs on money. King George III borrowed enormous sums from Dutch bankers with the promise of major trading concessions in North America.

          When the Dutch saw George was stuck in an Iraq-like quagmire by Appalachian terrorists, they cut off his credit — which ended the war. Royal Navy Admiral Admiral Rodney fell upon the rich Dutch island of St Eustatia in the Caribbean and tried to steal everything not nailed down — which gave the French Navy the opportunity to close the trap on Cornwallis at Yorktown.

          Meanwhile, George Washington and Alexandria Hamilton were begging and giving out the political version of oral sex in their tents to the French to keep the weapons and money coming.]

 , p 89-90.

          1. “Money is this man’s God,” one of his (Benedict Arnold) enemies had said of Arnold earlier, and evidently he was correct.” = Excellent comment.
            Benedict Arnold has a name like Judas now.

            “10 For the >love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10 King James Version (KJV)

          2. On the other hand, consider the Battle of Blair Mountain and President Warren G Harding:

            “The Battle of Blair Mountain was the largest labor uprising in United States history and one of the largest organized armed uprisings since the American Civil War.[3] The conflict occurred in Logan County, West Virginia, as part of the Coal Wars, a series of early-20th-century labor disputes in Appalachia. Up to 100 people were killed, and many more arrested. The United Mine Workers saw major declines in membership, but the long-term publicity led to some improvements in working conditions.

            For five days from late August to early September 1921, some 10,000 armed coal miners confronted 3,000 lawmen and strikebreakers (called the Logan Defenders)[4] who were backed by coal mine operators during the miners’ attempt to unionize the southwestern West Virginia coalfields when tensions rose between workers and mine management. The battle ended after approximately one million rounds were fired[5] and the United States Army intervened by presidential order, which was represented by the West Virginia National Guard.[6]”


  3. Somewhat related to the Washington State law, if memory serves me, I seem to recall that Hitler ordered that at least some classes of privately owned firearms be stored in local armories and withdrawn only when being used for hunting and marksmanship training. After a period of time, he then ordered that the armories be locked.

  4. We have a certain segment of folks out in W WA who came from the Carolinas, rather than Appalachia. Yet certain clan characteristics are the same, and appropriate IMO.

    A long time family friend 88 years old just told me yesterday that when he first moved into his rural neighborhood, the tarheel patriarch next door said to him: “You seem nice. If we like you we’ll do anything for you. But if you cross us, we’ll stand by and watch while your house burns down.” Good enough for me.

  5. Re. Weaponizing Our Drones
    Big Brother is right, weaponized drones are like automatic rifles. Only highly trained professional government authorities should be allowed to posses them. wink-wink nod-nod

  6. Great comments and a lesson in our History. Alas, most will NEVER know, or read the TRUTH about our early years. However, the OLD books, and dusty archives hold the truth. When we are gone, America will be a HOLOGRAM of what it once was generations ago.

  7. True rebels – good old boys and gals – will find a simple, method of foiling most of the cr*p the so called “smart” furriners (govt.) throw at them. After all, we got our behind kicked in Nam by a bunch of illiterate Viet Kong with a hand full of rice. The blood of TRUE patriots runs cold! “Don’t tread on me”. Most idiots do not realize that with just 3 simple ingredients – none of them illegal and are around the house – can make gun powder. Plus, man traps, pits with sharp sticks, etc. can be made. Tree vines, etc. can stop/ strangle an armed government person out to kill people just wanting to be LEFT ALONE. They may not win, but they can dump a “world of hurt” on those sent by the Feds to harm true patriots. Somewhere, they would get their “cumupance”. I think my 1600’s ancestors are channeling through me. OLD style Yankees, but that is another story!

    1. How Long will it stay black powder?

      Don´t ly to yourself for a second, that infantry and Sappers/engineers/pioneers don´t know These tricks and better three times since Roman legions walked in britain

  8. That the FAA is reminding us that private “weaponized” drones are “illegal” reminds me of this quote:

    “We are fast approaching the stage of ultimate inversion: the stage where government is free to do as it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.” – Ayn Rand

    In reality we are already past the stage of ultimate inversion. The government can weaponize anything they like, kill whomever suits their fancy and pass “laws making their actions “legal”.

    Meanwhile the residents of the vast US tax plantation may only beg and grovel for permission to start a business, own a gun, travel in a private motor vehicle from point A to point B, and virtually every other thing one would want to do in life.

    The leviathan government acts with impunity while the individual can only act with the permission of government.


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