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 Instagram banning photos of people at gun ranges.
Some Libertarians Moving to Fort Galt, Chile
H.L. mentioned this at Zero Hedge: Neighbors Suck? Try These Ones Instead!
Pandemic Risk Rising
The Irish Times reports: World faces increasing risk of pandemics that could kill millions, panel says. Here is a pericope:
“The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), co-convened by the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), warned that epidemic-prone viral diseases like Ebola, flu and severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) are increasingly tough to manage in a world dominated by lengthy conflicts, fragile states and forced migration.
“The threat of a pandemic spreading around the globe is a real one,” the group said in a report released on Wednesday. “A quick-moving pathogen has the potential to kill tens of millions of people, disrupt economies and destabilise national security.””
Instagram Banning Photos of People at Gun Ranges
A hat tip to reader G.P. for sending this: Instagram Now Banning Photos Of People At Gun Ranges, Claiming They Promote “Violence”
When Big Business Won’t Let the Troops Repair Their Equipment
Reader T.Z. spotted this news: When Big Business Won’t Let the Troops Repair Their Equipment. Here is a a quote:
“A remarkable letter to FTC Chair Joseph Simons from two active-duty Marines explains how service members must also contend with warranty restrictions, contractual requirements, and prohibitions on repairing military equipment. It’s an absurd example of the shift in power to defense contractors, who enjoy the ability not only to overcharge the government when selling it equipment but also to impose fees for maintaining it, while holding onto the core technology.
“The federal government and military find themselves in the same weak negotiating position as individual Americans regarding warranties and the right to repair,” wrote Lucas Kunce and Elle Ekman in the letter. “Enabling vendors to restrict who can repair their equipment creates economic inefficiencies and over-reliance that affects the military in terms of time, cost, and ability to accomplish its mission.”
Kunce and Ekman detail several incidents that they’ve either personally witnessed or heard about. A mechanic in Korea, they write, “was prohibited from conducting maintenance on a generator because the warranty would be voided.” Marines in a deployment who did try to fix equipment were “reprimanded because they voided the contract when they fixed the equipment.” Engines and transmissions have been shipped from bases in Okinawa, Japan, back to contractors in the U.S. ‘because repair efforts by Marines would violate repair support contracts.'”
JWR’s Comment: I find it incredible that the Army PEOs would allow the service to get contractually boxed in like this. It does not bode well for deployability, in wartime. Unlees mechanics get their requisite “wrench time”, they won’t have the experience they’ll need to make these repairs, in extremis.
Chick-fil-A’s Sales Have Doubled Since LGBT Boycott Began
New Plastic That Could Revolutionize Body Armor
Researchers said while developing the UHMWPE-based material; they examined “mother of pearl, which mollusks create by arranging a form of calcium carbonate into a structure that resembles interlocking bricks. Like, mother of pearl, the material has an extremely tough outer shell with a more flexible inner backing that’s capable of deforming and absorbing projectiles.”