The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

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 Michael Bloomberg’s planed war on private gun sales.

Arched Roof Cabin Kits

Fellow blogger Claire Wolfe mentioned some quite affordable arched roof cabin kits that are apropos for building tiny houses.

New Zealand Volcano Eruption

Linked over at the great news aggregation site: New Zealand volcano eruption ‘too dangerous’ for rescue crews on White Island…  The text that accompanies the video reads:

“In New Zealand, at least five people have been killed in a volcanic eruption on White Island, a popular tourist destination. Around 50 people are believed to have been on the island at the time of the eruption. Emergency services say the number of people missing is in double digits. Most of the survivors who have been taken off the island are injured, and some have suffered severe burns. Hours after the eruption, police say they fear there will be more casualties. The difficult conditions are complicating search and rescue efforts. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there will be a time for questions about why the island remained open to visitors despite warnings the volcano could erupt.”

Bloomberg’s War on Private Gun Sales

Reader DSV sent this: Bloomberg Fumbles Facts, Laws in Gun-Control Policy Rollout. JWR’s Comment:  Although Mikey Bloomberg is being touted as a “moderate” Democrat by the mainstream media, he is actually one of the most rabidly anti-gun Democrat candidates. Note that he advocates both “universal background checks” (a private party transfer ban ) and a 48-hour hold on taking possession. Together, those new laws would absolutely destroy gun shows, as we now know them. Bloomberg has repeatedly demonstrated a loathing of the Second Amendment. Oh, and his view of the First Amendment is also quite frightening.

Did The Saudi Terrorist Get His Gun “Legally”?

Reader H.L. sent us this about the NAS Pensacola terrorist: Reports: Saudi Shooter Got Gun Legally. The article begins;

“Multiple reports are indicating that the Saudi student who shot up the Naval Air Station in Pensacola Friday morning, killing three and wounding more acquired the weapon he used legally from a local dealer.

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force who was in the US as an aviation student, was able to buy a gun despite the fact that “nonimmigrant aliens” are not permitted to do so, according to NBC News.

The BATF notes that anyone admitted to the US under a nonimmigrant visa is typically “prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing a firearm or ammunition,” however, those with a valid hunting license or permit, and those who were admitted for “lawful hunting or sporting purposes” are able to purchase firearms.

Alshamrani was able to get such a license, according to sources cited by NBC, allowing him to undergo a background check, which in Florida involves a three-day waiting period, per state law.

The Washington Post further notes that another ATF regulation allows non-citizens to possess firearms if they’re from ‘a friendly foreign government entering the United States on official law enforcement business.'”

Police Destroy Shelters for Homeless Vets

And another from H.L.: Police Destroy Shelters for Homeless Vets in Freezing Winnipeg Without Warning. A snippet:

“Homeless residents in Winnipeg are facing potentially months in the freezing cold after police in the capital of Canada’s Manitoba province tore down a number of donated warming huts.

The warming huts, which were built by students at Stonewall Collegiate and installed by community patrol group the Urban Knights and Ladies Peace Patrol, were meant to offer much-needed shelter to unhoused veterans and other people experiencing homelessness in the area.”

Some News from WESTPAC

Ben mentioned this CSBA report: Tightening the Chain: Implementing a Strategy of Maritime Pressure in the Western Pacific. JWR’s Comment: China’s construction of artificial islands in the shallows of international waters showed that they have a strategic long-term view. They now have their toe-hold…

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  1. Bloomberg is just another liberal elitist hypocrite who espouses gun control for us while employing a 24/7 detail of over two dozen heavily armed security personnel for his own protection.

    1. ‘Controlism’.

      Trump destroyed the ‘Left/Right’, Dem/Repub paradigm in the ’16 election.

      The new paradigm is ‘Controlism’ on one side…and ‘Just wanna be left alone-ism’ on the other.

      Bloomie’s firmly on the compulsive control freak side.

  2. Once again I have to say any political candidate that doesn’t fully support the Constitution completely should be automatically disqualified from holding public office. All major offices require an oath so stating. We need to some how put this into law, Federal, State, and Local and enforce it nation wide. Until this happens we will continually be under the jack boots of political hacks, who think they can rule us as they please.

      1. Sedition, Treason (certainly disarming the American people gives aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States), perjury, there has to be more.

        How about a constitutional amendment that changes their oath of office to include these words: “I swear to OBEY the Constitution of the United States of America as written and understood in 1787. I swear to OBEY the Bill of Rights as written and understood in 1789. I swear to OBEY all other amendments as written and understood when each was ratified.” Add a penalty that matches those penalties as if a treason was committed, with the same witness requirements. This should apply to the members of the House, the Senate, the President, the Supreme Court, all lower federal courts, and each employee or appointee of the federal government (the bureaucracy).

        This should also apply to the State, county, and local governments and bureaucracies. There should be an addendum that requires these folks to OBEY the applicable State constitution.

        A nice fantasy. Oh well.

    1. My bonafides: Conservative, combat veteran Libertarian and a vehement defender of the 2nd Amendment. I usually just roll my eyes and move-on when reading these comments, but today I’m gonna go ahead and say it. You do understand that the constitution provides a means for it to be legally changed, don’t you? And thus opposing what exists currently as the constitution is therefore NOT treason, right? By your logic, anyone who opposed and lobbied for an end to prohibition was committing treason, and should have been barred from public office, public employment, and charged with a felony that could have them imprisoned for life.

      I do not personally believe the constitution needs or should be changed. Disagreeing with me and taking legal actions as prescribed under the constitution is NOT treason, or grounds for removal of any rights.

      Those who believe otherwise are advocating tyranny. Just because that tyranny comes from the right side of the aisle, doesn’t make it any less so.

  3. Bloombergs mantra should be, All animals are equal,but some animals are more equal than others. His obviously elitist attitude and his outright buying of legislation and elections reeks of his agenda and disregard for the American people.

  4. Joe Tentpeg, I really like that, it’s what I’ve been thinking but you articulated it so well. It’s so pervasive that it’s why Bloomie won’t let you have a 44 oz. soft drink.

  5. “Fellow blogger Claire Wolfe mentioned some quite affordable arched roof cabin kits that are apropos for building tiny houses.” … Worth a look for anyone considering a cabin in the woods, or maybe a separate Mother-in-Law ~ small-home, near a main house.
    They’re nice homes, when finished. The FYI page is very informative.

  6. Perhaps if the U.S. were to exploit a few of the reefs in the South China sea and built naval and air bases on them China might then see the error of their ways. Somehow I don’t expect anything else to deter China from doing this.

  7. One of the biggest issue’s, if not the biggest issue, with Mikey B and all his cronies and like minded airheads can be traced clear back to Andrew Jackson’s time as president, starting in earnest with Van Buren. All, to one degree or another, found ways around the wording of the Constitution, using it to reach their goals, however well or ill intentioned. A lot of them could sniff out the power potential and drove them to enrich themselves at the expense of the public. None of them have really been held accountable with any amount of prosecutions or jail time, and it has carried over to the high social standing and some would call powerful buffoons such as blommey and his crew of misfits. Remember kids someone only has power and control over you if you give it to them or otherwise allow them to hold the reins. We have a unique form of gov here that has never been tried anywhere into world, and possibly will never be tried again should we loose this one. It is not only A Constitution acknowledging an individuals rights under Gods Laws, it is a written Constitution. Something other countries do not have. Most that come close to ours is sort of a “work in progress” you might say, and amendable and changeable according to the party in power at the time…..

  8. Although I honor the founding fathers in their attempt to give us a lasting Constitutional Republic, such has not been the case. We have lost our birth right and traded it for a false sense of security and our little piece of the socialist pie.

    We are so far from what the founding fathers envisioned, that if they returned, they would be spellbound by our technological advancements BUT not to the point that they could not see the COSTS. There is no LIBERTY, the Constitution is chained by the course of statute, law and legal precedence. We have been duped as a body politic. We have title to property but never own it, we have free speech but can not speak out minds, we are chained by debt both as a nation and as most of us individually. I see no course but pain in our future, oh but it were not so!

  9. Unfortunately, the looney-left thinks that they can ignore the law, the Constitution, and even elections whenever it suits them and their purposes. For the past 3 years they have been trying to overturn the results of an election and are now impeaching the President simply because they don’t like him and the fact that he defeated The Witch.
    Now it’s on like donkey kong. Scorched Earth. Deny the Beast aid, comfort, food, water, air, and shelter at every opportunity. DENY THE BEAST.

      1. True enough, Oldhomesteader. I read Atlas Shrugged for the first time several decades ago. My comment was a suggestion for those who seek to avoid a Civil War. My theory is IF EVERYONE did as I suggested, a shooting Civil War COULD be avoided. Otherwise, mucho Civil War will result.

  10. Why are we friendly with the Saudis? Saudis were responsible for 911 hijackings….and now this. Even with a hunting license, what did they think he would hunt with the Glock pistol?

    1. I suppose you’d be shocked to hear the other nationalities that train with or under us to include my favorite from the 90s the Russians.
      Meteorologists, cooks, pilots and even CQC are taught to others in the US.
      This is what happens when Americans worry more bout kneeling football teams than what’s going on in the real world.

    2. It´s normal for a german hunter to own 2 handguns, when a rifle or shotgun isn´t practicable to use.
      One to kill small game and one to kill large game including defending themselves against wild boars.
      Also there is the Risk of poachers, a few years ago a poacher in Austria murdered 5 People IIRC, including at least one member of COBRA and IIRC one forester

  11. I posted this link regarding the Saudi terrorist last week. I think it bears repeating:

    Regarding Bloomberg’s threats that you all complain about, I shrug. One of the links tells us about thuggery in real time, right now, in Winnipeg. The cops destroying a camp for homeless veterans built by generous college students. In the middle of the Canadian Winter. Perhaps Bloomberg will come for your guns. There is no “perhaps” for these people thrown into the frigid winter. It is real. I can only hope our compassionate Canadian friends step up to help these veterans maltreated by the police.

    Carry on

  12. Bloomberg is VERY wealthy and thinks he can buy and control anyone and every thing. He bought the nyc mayor office and even changed their constitution to have 3 terms. Not many are talking about him but he’s all over the ads. He is a creepy controlling man. He will try to crush all the democrats with buying off who ever he can. And of course next our President.

  13. Why is Bloomberg not in jail on millions of counts of Criminal Conspiracy to violate Constitutional Rights? Stop and Search.Study what he did in NYC,if you were not a millionaire he drove you out of the city to let his friends gentrify(at huge profit) where you had lived.
    It would be a real shame if those cops went home and found their homes gone,and immediately fired for not living in the city.

  14. Republicans? Failure to understand that Republicans are an enemy of liberty is to have missed the whole lesson of America’s slide into tyranny.

    We believe in Republicans whose post 9/11 ‘Global War on Terror’ brought the wrath of the Warfare State, Torture State, Police State, Prison State, Security State, and Surveillance State upon us.

    Yet we still believe in the Constitution and limited government and maximum individual Liberty.

    George Orwell must be laughing. He spoke to the fate of truth in the hands of men driven by agenda. He penned, “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

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