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 how your Apple iPhone is tracking you.
Reduced Soil Tilling Helps Both Soils and Yields
Reader C.B. suggested this, over at Phys.org: Reduced soil tilling helps both soils and yields. Here is how the article begins:
“Agriculture degrades over 24 million acres of fertile soil every year, raising concerns about meeting the rising global demand for food. But a simple farming practice born from the 1930’s Dust Bowl could provide a solution, according to new Stanford research. The study, published Dec. 6 in Environmental Research Letters, shows that Midwest farmers who reduced how much they overturned the soil—known as tilling—increased corn and soybean yields while also nurturing healthier soils and lowering production costs.”
Has Vermont Been Bloomberginated?
Reader A.K. sent this from The Vermont Digger: Senate to consider banning assault-style weapons in some public spaces. JWR’s Comments: It is bitterly ironic that in Vermont — the original home of “Vermont Carry” — that they are considering disarming the citizenry. Wake up, Vermonters! They are after your guns.
Virginia Sheriff Says He will ‘Deputize Thousands’
Reader G.G. suggested this: VA sheriff says he’d ‘deputize thousands’ of citizens to exclude them from state gun bans
“Sheriff Scott Jenkins of Culpeper County, Va. proposed a way to exempt citizens from newly proposed Virginia gun laws that might otherwise bar them from owning certain firearms.
In a Wednesday Facebook post, Jenkins warned that some of the gun laws proposed in the Virginia General Assembly would “disarm or handicap our law-abiding in their defense,” and in turn suggested he would confer the label of deputy on thousands of law-abiding citizens to include them in law enforcement carve-outs included in new gun legislation.
‘I remain very optimistic that our General Assembly will not pass the proposed bills. Obviously, if passed, there are many of us willing to challenge these laws through the courts,” Jenkins said. “In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.’”
Railroad Handcars Still in Production
Reader Steve J. wrote to mention: I found the Kalamazoo Hand Cars web site, that might be of interest to people considering using abandoned railroad tracks, in a grid-down situation. I hadn’t known that anyone still made them.
Argentina and the Perils of Socialism
A video produced in 2015 about the history of Argentina provides a lesson in the perils of the socialist path.
Your Apple iPhone is Tracking You
Reader DSV sent us this, from Kim Komando: Your phone collects your location data, even when you tell it not to. A brief quote:
“According to a new report from Brian Krebs at Krebs on Security, Apple’s latest iPhones (the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max) will continue to track your location, even if you’ve disabled location services for specific apps and features.
This flies directly in the face of the company’s alleged “pro-privacy” stance and opens doors to skepticism about how Apple is handling the data it collects.”
Pensacola: The Saudi Connection
Linked over at the great Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Six Saudis Taken Into Custody After Saudi Military Member Shoots Up U.S. Military Base, Reports Say.