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 Earth’s weakening magnetic field.
Suicide Deaths Exceed Coronavirus Fatalities?
Over at Lew Rockwell’s site: California Doctors Say Suicide Deaths Exceed Coronavirus Fatalities
Aussie Collegian Expelled for Criticizing China
“Drew Pavlou is an Australian student at the University of Queensland. But he might not be for long. After staging several high profile demonstrations in support of Hong Kong protesters and criticizing China’s human rights abuses, his university wanted to expel him from school. Turns out the university has very close ties to the Chinese Communist Party. And it’s sparked media outrage in Australia.
The Upcoming Big Pig Cull
Earth’s Weakening Magnetic Field
Reader D.S.V. sent us this from the ESA: Earth’s Strangely Weakening Magnetic Field Disrupts Satellites. Here is an excerpt:
“In an area stretching from Africa to South America, Earth’s magnetic field is gradually weakening. This strange behaviour has geophysicists puzzled and is causing technical disturbances in satellites orbiting Earth.
Scientists are using data from ESA’s Swarm constellation to improve our understanding of this area known as the ‘South Atlantic Anomaly.’
Earth’s magnetic field is vital to life on our planet. It is a complex and dynamic force that protects us from cosmic radiation and charged particles from the Sun. The magnetic field is largely generated by an ocean of superheated, swirling liquid iron that makes up the outer core around 3000 km beneath our feet. Acting as a spinning conductor in a bicycle dynamo, it creates electrical currents, which in turn, generate our continuously changing electromagnetic field.
Over the last 200 years, the magnetic field has lost around 9% of its strength on a global average. A large region of reduced magnetic intensity has developed between Africa and South America and is known as the South Atlantic Anomaly.”
JWR’s Comment: On a macro scale, the Earth’s geophysics, climate, weather, radio propagation, wandering poles, and intermittent phenomena like auroras are primarily an extension of the Sun’s influence. If you want to understand Earth, then study the Sun’s seasons. To use the parts of a generator as an analogy, the Earth’s metallic core is more of a rotor, than a stator. The Big Machine is the entire Solar System.
And, in related news, the South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly appears to be splitting.
‘Gun Jugging’ on the Rise in Houston
Tim J. sent us this one: ‘Gun Jugging’ on the Rise in Houston. Here is a snippet from the article:
“Ranges are a popular hangout for gun juggers because shooters are coming and going all the time, and sometimes they don’t take all their firearms out of their vehicles at once. Any firearms left behind are easy pickings.”
Dershowitz Says State Can Force Vaccination
Reader DSV sent this troubling news: Dershowitz doubles down: State can force vaccination if it’s ‘safe’
Rats are Out Searching for Food During the Pandemic
Another piece linked over at the Whatfinger.com site: Desperate rats are brazenly searching for food during the coronavirus pandemic, CDC warns.