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 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus.
Zimbabwe’s Capitol City Cuts Off Water Supply
Reader Tim J. spotted this: Zimbabwe’s capital city cuts off water supply, 2M residents affected.
New Oxygen-Tight Food Packaging Developed by WSU
C.B. suggested this article: Getting mac and cheese to Mars. A snippet:
“Currently, plastic packaging can keep food safe at room temperature for up to twelve months. The WSU researchers demonstrated in a recent paper in the journal Food and Bioprocess Technology they could keep ready-to-eat macaroni and cheese safe and edible with selected nutrients for up to three years.
“We need a better barrier to keep oxygen away from the food and provide longer shelf-life similar to aluminum foil and plastic laminate pouches,” said Shyam Sablani, who is leading the team working to create a better protective film.”
Earth-Bermed Retreat in Idaho
Uptick in Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus
A hat tip to W.W. for sending this: Uptick seen in rare mosquito-borne virus in some US states. A quote from the article:
“The number of U.S. deaths and illnesses from a rare mosquito-borne virus are higher than usual this year, health officials report.
Eastern equine encephalitis has been diagnosed in 21 people in six states, and five people have died. The infection is only being seen in certain counties within a small number of states.
The U.S. each year has seen seven illnesses and three deaths, on average.
It’s not clear why numbers are up this year, but for some reason cases seem to spike once every several years, Dr. Mark Fischer, an expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday.
Most infections occur in the summer, so health officials do not think it will get much worse.
Massachusetts has eight cases, followed by Michigan, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and North Carolina.
In Rhode Island, there are three cases, including one death. “This is an extremely unusual year,” said Al Gettman, head of the state’s mosquito control program.
The other deaths were in Massachusetts and Michigan.”
South Africa’s Xenophobic Crisis
Reader Mike C. sent this: South Africa’s Xenophobic Crisis
New Orleans Considering Cancelling 56,000 Arrest Warrants
Reader G.P. sent this article from Law Enforcement Today: City considering wiping out all 56,000 arrest warrants – causing “psychological trauma” to criminals. JWR’s Comments: There are clearly too many statutory jurisdiction “crimes”. But for a city to simply wish away all pending charges for both victimless crimes and crimes against persons and property is absurd. This would simply reinforce the attitude that petty crime is acceptable behavior.
A Vlogger Punished for Wrong Think
A recent video from Vincent James: I Was Punished for Wrong Think and Put in Time Out
There is No Climate Emergency
Reader A.D. in Belgium sent this: Letter from 500 European Scientists to UN Secretary-General Guterres. Here is a quote from the letter:
“There is no climate emergency.
A global network of more than 500 knowledgeable and experienced scientists and professionals in climate and related fields have the honor to address to Your Excellencies the attached European Climate Declaration, for which the signatories to this letter are the national ambassadors.
The general-circulation models of climate on which international policy is at present founded are unfit for their purpose. Therefore, it is cruel as well as imprudent to advocate the squandering of trillions on the basis of results from such immature models. Current climate policies pointlessly, grievously undermine the economic system, putting lives at risk in countries denied access to affordable, continuous electrical power.
We urge you to follow a climate policy based on sound science, realistic economics and genuine concern for those harmed by costly but unnecessary attempts at mitigation. We ask you to place the Declaration on the agenda of your imminent New York session.”