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 dramatic drop in winter wheat acres planted.
Connecticut State Police Now Has Firearms Sniffing Dogs
Connecticut State Police roll out firearms sniffing dogs. (Thanks to reader G.P. for the link.)
U.S. Winter Wheat Acres Drop Dramatically
Another from G.P.: U.S. Winter-Wheat Acres Set to Drop to Lowest in 110 Years. The article opens with these lines:
“America’s bread basket looks like it’s going gluten free: Dogged by lower prices and tepid demand, U.S. wheat farmers are poised to plant the fewest acres of winter varieties in 110 years.
That’s according to a Bloomberg survey. Analysts are predicting another year of declines for acreage as U.S. producers face stiff competition from global rivals gathering bumper crops. World supplies are so plentiful that futures for hard red winter wheat are down about 15% in 2019, one of the worst performances for commodities this year. In some parts of the southern U.S. Plains, wheat is now cheaper than corn, making the yellow grain a better bet.”
California Undercover Agents Staking Out Nevada Gun Shows
And another from DSV: California Undercover Agents Staking Out Nevada Gun Shows. The aricle begins:
“Undercover California law enforcement agents are prowling gun shows in Nevada, watching for attendees with California license plates on their cars. This article from the LA Times emphasizes that they’re looking for buyers bringing “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines back home.
However, now that ammunition is subject to a background check in the Golden State, you can bet that they’re stopping those buyers, too. And while not mentioned in the article, does anyone think they’re not also staking out gun stores near the border as well?”
Cities Using Citations to Balance Budgets
Reader DSV flagged this article: Greedy cities unleash flood of citations to balance budgets. A quote:
“Code enforcement is supposed to be about protecting the public by discouraging – via monetary sanctions – dangerous driving and other hazardous personal conduct or property conditions,” according to the Institute for Justice review of Morrow, Riverdale and Clarkston.
‘But in practice, local governments may also – or instead – use their code enforcement powers to raise revenue. This is taxation by citation. It is not a new phenomenon, but only in the past few years has it become an object of national concern. Despite the fresh spotlight, little is known about cities that engage in taxation by citation, beyond a few particularly egregious examples.’
The organization said that over a five-year period, the towns generated on average 14% to 25% of their revenues from fines and fees, while similarly sized Georgia cities took in just 3%.”
Weekend Power Shutoffs Lead To Water Shortage In Vallejo
Weekend Power Shutoffs Lead To Water Shortage In Vallejo. JWR’s Comments: Most urban and suburban Americans don’t realize that their municipal tap water depends on grid power. Just a few days after the grid fails, then so does tap water. Ironically, the city of San Francisco has one of the very few municipal water supplies in the nation that is gravity-fed from end-to-end. That water is sourced high in the Sierra Nevada mountains at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Oh, and the ultra greenies want to have that dam demolished.
Removing 50 U.S. Tactical Nukes From Turkey
SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large Mike Williamson suggested this Quora query: Why are US State and Energy Department officials now planning to evacuate 50 tactical nuclear weapons that the United States had long stored, under American control, at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey?
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