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 a new weapon in the war on Yellow Star Thistle. The photo above shows a field of mustard, and a patch of yellow star thistle.
Update: The War on Yellow Star Thistle
Reader S.B. spotted this: Federal Government Approves Release Of Non-Native Weevil In California To Combat Invasive Thistle. (Also to be used in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and possibly Nevada.)
Special Sale on Basics of Resistance Book
Claire Wolfe posted: “Sunday, September 22 at 8:00 a.m. (presumably PDT), the Kindle edition of Basics of Resistance will be on sale for $0.99. Every 50 hours the price will increase until it’s back up to its normal $3.99 after a week.” This great book was co-authored by Kit Perez. Get a copy!
Booker’s Bill Would Require Gun Owners to Get Federal License
Reader DSV sent this: New Bill Would Require Gun Owners to get 5 Year Federal License. The article begins:
“‘If you need a license to drive a car, you should need a license to buy and possess a gun,’ said U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a Presidential candidate, and the bill’s author.
The measure, dubbed the Federal Firearm Licensing Act, would require individuals who want to buy or receive a firearm to first get vetted by and be issued a license from the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to an extensive background check, applicants would have to complete firearms training “which must include a written test and hands-on training to ensure safe use and accuracy,” and submit fingerprints. Further, the licensee would have to report to DOJ the make, model, and the serial number of the gun being transferred.
The license would have to be renewed every five years, to include refresher training and a subsequent background check. No license, no guns.”
Climate Change: Doomsdays That Didn’t Happen
Linked over at Whatfinger.com: Doomsdays that didn’t happen: Think tank compiles decades’ worth of dire climate predictions. (Thanks to C.B. for the link.)
Why Loitering Munitions Are the Newest and Deadliest Threat
Reader G.P. sent this: Why Loitering Munitions Are the Newest and Deadliest Threat. Here is how the article begins:
“In August 2018, suicide attack drones grabbed headlines when used in an assassination attempt against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. Similar drones were used by ISIS in Iraq and Syria to attack coalition and regime forces. While some media outlets have suggested that ISIS has pioneered the use of the “suicide drone,” regular militaries have been using suicide drones for nearly three decades under a different name: Loitering Munitions.
While the loitering munitions fielded by regular militaries are significantly more advanced than the modified drones used by ISIS, the basic concept is the same. An explosive warhead on a flying unmanned air vehicle (UAV) is flown into a target to deliver precision strike effects.
By most accounts, Israel pioneered the development of loitering munitions in the late 1980s or early 1990s as an anti-radar solution. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) was always a pioneer in UAV usage—they reduced casualties and political risk, key considerations with a conscripted force.
The IDF realized the potential of UAVs in the anti-radar role following its experience during the 1982 Lebanon War. Israeli UAVs were used for reconnaissance and as decoys to destroy multiple Syrian Surface to Air Missile (SAM) sites in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, in what was called Operation Drugstore.”
New Searchable Website for Constitution Annotated
Another from G.P.: New searchable website for Constitution Annotated.
Can You Get Cancer From Tap Water?
Reader DSV flagged this piece in USAToday: Can you get cancer from tap water? New study says even ‘safe’ drinking water poses risk.