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 changing weather patterns.
New Jet Stream Pattern Could Imperil Crops
Reader C.B. flagged this important article about changing weather patterns: Newly identified jet-stream pattern could imperil global food supplies, says study. Here is how the article begins:
“Scientists have identified systematic meanders in the globe-circling northern jet stream that have caused simultaneous crop-damaging heat waves in widely separated breadbasket regions-a previously unquantified threat to global food production that, they say, could worsen with global warming. The research shows that certain kinds of waves in the atmospheric circulation can become amplified and then lock in place for extended periods, triggering the concurrent heat waves. Affected parts of North America, Europe and Asia together produce a quarter of the world food supply. The study appears this week in the journal Nature Climate Change.
“We found a 20-fold increase in the risk of simultaneous heat waves in major crop-producing regions when these global-scale wind patterns are in place,” said lead author Kai Kornhuber, a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. “Until now, this was an underexplored vulnerability in the food system. During these events there actually is a global structure in the otherwise quite chaotic circulation. The bell can ring in multiple regions at once.”
Kornhuber warned that the heat waves will almost certainly become worse in coming decades, as the world continues to warm. The meanders that cause them could also potentially become more pronounced, though this is less certain. Because food commodities are increasingly traded on a global scale, either effect could lead to food shortages even in regions far from those directly affected by heat waves.”
JWR Adds: My favorite web site for jet stream weather maps is provided by the folks at Weatherstreet.com. Check out all of the options. It is an amazing resource that I recommend bookmarking.
Portland Mandates ‘Rest Spaces’ for the Homeless
Reader H.L. sent us this: Portland to force new construction to include mandatory ‘rest spaces’ for the homeless.
Four-Year-Old Twins Escape Wreck, Hike for Help
This one was also suggested by H.L.: 4-year-old twins escape deadly wreckage, hike for help.
FLDigi Over Handheld Radios
The latest from NC Scout, over at American Partisan: Practical Notes on FLDigi over Handheld Radios. A little snippet:
“As my SIGINT students have learned, after mapping an enemy’s communications plan, the next step is to record their voices while mapping the electronic order of battle. Sending bursts of data, absent any voice (in the event DMR or other voice digital protocols are demodulated) makes exploitation much, much harder while also mitigating the DF threat. In addition, following the other operating techniques we cover, clandestine communications over a local area are absolutely possible with very little money invested using equipment you probably already have.”
‘End of the World’ Predictions from Israeli Futurist
By way of McAlvany Intelligence Advisor‘s highly-recommended Daily G2 e-letter, there is this: ‘End of the world’: This futurist has some grim news for the middle class.
County Forms Militia in Response to New Virginia Gun Laws
Reader Mark J. sent this: Tazewell County Forms Militia in Response to New Virginia Gun Laws. JWR Adds: It bears mentioning that 100 cities, towns and counties have now passed gun law sanctuary resolutions.
And on the same topic, see this video from Reid Henrichs: Will Virginia Bow to Tyrants, or Embrace Its State Motto?
Oh, and don’t miss this GunGuyTV webcast: Second Amendment Sanctuaries – Podcast Episode 63.