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 report the death of Cecile Rol-Tanguy.
RIP to French Resistance Heroine Cecile Rol-Tanguy
Simon sent us this: French Resistance hero Cecile Rol-Tanguy dies at age 101.
How Did Ancient People Preserve Foods?
Reader G.G. suggested this, over at the Discover magazine web site: How Did Ancient People Keep Their Food From Rotting? Here is a pericope:
“To get a sense of what preservation techniques ancient folks might have used, archaeologists surveyed the practices of living and recent people in non-industrialized societies (here, here, here and here) They found many low-tech methods, which certainly could have been accomplished by people thousands of years ago. The most common and familiar include drying, salting, smoking, pickling, fermenting and chilling in natural refrigerators, like streams and underground pits. For example, the Sami, indigenous people of Scandinavia, have traditionally killed reindeer in the fall and winter; the meat is dried or smoked, and the milk fermented into cheese — “a hard, compact cake which may last for years,” according to a mid-20th-century ethnographic source.
The various methods all work because they slow microbial growth. And drying does this best: Microorganisms need a certain amount of moisture to transport nutrients and wastes into and out of their cells. Without water, microbes shrivel and die (or at least go dormant). Drying also inhibits oxidation and enzyme activity — natural reactions of air and food molecules, which cause flavor and color changes.”
Tesla Defiantly Reopens Fremont Plant
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Elon Musk takes a stand against local government by reopening Tesla
Tongan Schoolboys Stranded on Island for 15 Months
Reader Mark H. sent us this: The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months.
More Facemask Fisticuffs
Reader G.B. spotted this: Caught on camera: Fight breaks out at Target after customers refuse to wear facial covering. JWR’s Comment: Don’tcha love that reporter’s color-coordinated facemask? To appreciate how topsy-turvy our times have become, consider that just six months ago, we might have seen the headline: “Fight erupts over man who was wearing a facemask.”
Napolitano: Do We Still Have a Constitution?
Reader K.D. suggested this essay by Andrew Napolitano: Do We Still Have a Constitution?
Ron Paul: Authoritarians Using Coronavirus Fear to Destroy America
And o a similar note, here is an essay by former congressman Dr. Ron Paul: Authoritarians Using Coronavirus Fear to Destroy America
Ron Paul: Authoritarians Using Virus Fear to Destroy America
And on a similar note, here is an essay by former congressman Dr. Ron Paul: Authoritarians Using Coronavirus Fear to Destroy America
Washington Restaurants Must Log Guests’ Particulars
Charlene and Peter both sent us this: To reopen, Washington state restaurants will have to keep log of customers to aid in contact tracing for coronavirus. The article begins:
“With eight Washington counties now approved to move to Phase 2 under Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase plan to reopen the state, the governor’s office Monday released a set of requirements restaurants will have to comply with if they want to reopen for dine-in service.
Stevens, Wahkiakum, Skamania, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Columbia, Garfield and Lincoln counties have all been cleared for Phase 2, which allows restaurants to reopen at 50% capacity, and caps table sizes at five.
Notably, the 13 criteria that restaurants will have to adhere to in order to reopen for dine-in service during the novel coronavirus pandemic include a stipulation they ‘create a daily log of customers and maintain that daily log for 30 days, including telephone/email contact information, and time in.’
This is to aid in any contact tracing, should that become necessary.”