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 Beto Special AR-15.
Trump Red Flag and Background Check Compromise Rumored
This has not yet been confirmed,but the folks at the Firearms Policy Coalition have posted this: FPC Rejects Gun Control Proposals, Expanded Background Checks, Registry in Purported Trump Admin. “Idea” Document; Publishes Policy Memo Detailing Dangers, Flaws . A quote:
“The proposals in the document include creating a new class of “licensed transfer agents” and two new forms (“Bill of Sale/Chain of Title” and “New Form/Certification”), in effect a back-door, nationwide firearm registry, in order to force those engaged in the “commercial sale of firearms” to comply with the record keeping requirements of the existing Gun Control Act. But those who sell guns commercially must already comply with the Gun Control Act, regulations, and state and local laws, including by performing background checks.”
JWR’s Comment: This looks like a huge Back Stabbing is in progress. If DJT thinks that he can magically create Federal jurisdiction over INTRAstate commerce, then he is grossly over-stepping Constitutional bounds!
How Hong Kong Protesters Evade Surveillance With Tech
A Wall Street Journal video: How Hong Kong Protesters Evade Surveillance With Tech 
The ‘Beto Special’ AR Sold Out in Four Hours
Linked over at Whatfinger.com , there was this: Arizona Gun Store Sells Out ‘Beto Special’ AR-15s in 4 Hours . Here is a quote from the article:
“O’Rourke used his time at the September 12, 2019, Democrat debate to make clear his plans to take AR-15s from Americans, saying , “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”
Alpha Dog Firearms responded by running a special in which it sold AR-15s even cheaper than the $395 price Beto found in Arkansas. It priced them for $349.99, calling it a “Beto Special.” The rifles sold out in less than four hours.
Alpha Dog Firearms explained  via a Facebook post, “Our $349.99 AR deal sold out in less than 4 hours. We’re trying to process the orders and work on getting more special deals for our good friend gun grabber Beto.”
The same day, Palmetto State Armory  began pre-selling a “No Beto” special edition stripped AR-15 lower receiver.
70 Off-Grid Acres in Colorado
Here is a new listing over at SurvivalRealty,com: 70 off-grid acres in Colorado that adjoins BLM land .
Edward Snowden Warns of A.I.-Driven Surveillance
The Man Who Declared His Own Country
Reader I.R. sent this: The Indigenous Man Who Declared His Own Country . Here is a snippet:
“Five years ago, after realizing that as an Indigenous man he was not recognized by Australia’s Constitution, Mr. Walubara quit his job as a political reporter and renounced his Australian citizenship and former name, Jeremy Geia. He returned his passport, public health care documents and driver’s license to their respective government departments, he says, and destroyed his Australian bank cards.
“I had assumed that I had true and correct membership inside the Commonwealth of Australia,” Mr. Walubara, who is now 45, recounted writing in the accompanying letters to each government department. “I have made a mistake: I’m no longer eligible for the benefits of your society,” he wrote. “Here are your instruments back.”
While experts say that Mr. Walubara has a long road ahead before Australia would recognize his claims to sovereignty, his argument has caught the attention of the public and the national news media. It also bears political weight in a country that has yet to recognize Indigenous Australians in its Constitution or to make a treaty with the marginalized population, who have long sought a voice in Parliament.”
Blast & Fire Hits Virus Lab in Russia
A hat tip to G.P. for sending this: Blast & fire hits major virus lab in Russia, where HIV, Ebola & anthrax strains are store d