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 how Hong Kong protestors are using a mesh messaging app.

SHTF Intelligence Gathering

Tim J. sent us this Forward Observer video link: SHTF Intelligence Gathering

Arctic ‘Global Warming’ Mission Foiled by Sea Ice

Linked over at, there was this bit of schadenfreude: Delingpole: Ship of Fools VI – Arctic ‘Global Warming’ Mission Scuppered By Mysterious Hard White Substance

New Property Listing: A Wyoming Silo Missile Site on 1.6 Acres

I just heard about this new listing over at Wyoming Silo Missile Site on 1.6 acres.

Newt Gingrich on the EMP Threat

Reader G.P. wrote to tell me about this podcast: Newt’s World Ep 32: Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). A summary: “What is an Electromagnetic Pulse? Could it be a real threat to our civilization? On this episode, we explain EMP with our guests: Dr. Peter Pry and Dr. William Forstchen”

Hong Kong Protestors Using Mesh Messaging App

Reader Doug M. sent this: Hong Kong Protestors Using Mesh Messaging App China Can’t Block: Usage Up 3685%. The article begins:

How do you communicate when the government censors the internet? With a peer-to-peer mesh broadcasting network that doesn’t use the internet.

That’s exactly what Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are doing now, thanks to San Fransisco startup Bridgefy’s Bluetooth-based messaging app. The protesters can communicate with each other — and the public — using no persistent managed network.

Feds Demand Apple and Google Hand Over Names of 10,000+ Users of a Gun Scope App

A hat tip to S.L. for spotting this: Feds Demand Apple And Google Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App. An excerpt from the article:

“Own a rifle? Got a scope to go with it? The U.S. government might soon know who you are, where you live and how to reach you.

That’s because the government wants Apple and Google to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes has discovered. It’s an unprecedented move: Never before has a case been disclosed in which American investigators demanded personal data of users of a single app from Apple and Google. And never has an order been made public where the feds have asked the Silicon Valley giants for info on so many thousands of people in one go.

According to an application for a court order filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 5, investigators want information on users of Obsidian 4, a tool used to control rifle scopes made by night-vision specialist American Technologies Network Corp. The app allows gun owners to get a live stream, take video and calibrate their gun scope from an Android or iPhone device. According to the Google Play page for Obsidian 4, it has more than 10,000 downloads. Apple doesn’t provide download numbers, so it’s unclear how many iPhone owners could be swept up in this latest government data grab.

If the court approves the demand, and Apple and Google decide to hand over the information, it could include data on thousands of people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated, privacy activists warned. Edin Omanovic, lead on Privacy International’s State Surveillance program, said it would set a dangerous precedent and scoop up “huge amounts of innocent people’s personal data.”

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  1. For hurricane tracking and prediction, I have used for several years now and found them to be the best. They tend to be on the low side of wind speed but have been spot on with tracking, plus the ability to know what direction the winds will be coming from is critical in preparation and riding out the storm.

  2. That silo site, the price is great until you do your research and find out that its a Cold site. so you will get a silo and a small server room (not a full LCC) with no Crew quarters. Also notice that is has 4′ concrete cap and has been back filled with gravel which it par for the course however in this case since its a cold site normally its the entry way that is back filled. This site, I suspect its the silo chute that has been back filled. Explains why the price is what it is. (I spent some time researching it, let me know if I got it wrong but Im 95% certain Im correct.)

  3. “Trygve Monsen and expedition leader Tore Toppe were among the 16 who were evacuated when MS Malmö got stuck in the ice on Tuesday. They respond strongly to what they call misinformation on the right-wing website

    Those who were on board MS Malmö have a completely different version of events.

    “First, we are not Swedish. We are a group of middle aged Norwegians following the route of the Ahlmann expedition of 1931“, says Trygve Monsen. He himself has worked for the Norwegian press for a long time, particularly Aftenposten, where he has been both digital manager and correspondent in Berlin.

    Together with Expedition Chief Tore Topp, Monsen arrived at the Svalbard Post on Thursday. He had tried to contact many times before that, to correct the false information. They also say that they are not climate activists.

    “No way. But when you are in the Arctic, and have been here many times over several years, you can’t help but notice what is happening to the environment up here”, says Topp. This is the seventh expedition he has led in the Arctic.

    The evacuation of MS Malmö on Tuesday took place without significant drama. The boat was surprised by harsh ice conditions and eventually got stuck. The captain decided to ask for evacuation, for safety. The Governor came by helicopter and after a few minutes all the passengers were evacuated. The crew on the boat remained on board, and later got help from KV “Andenes” to get out of the sea ice.”

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