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 China’s Orwellian facial recognition camera network.
Pandemic Will Cause Businesses to Flee Large Cities
The editors of Wolf Street recently posted this: The “Post-Plague” Office: There Could be Quite a Run on the Suburbs. Related news: How People and Companies Feel About Working Remotely. Here is a snippet:
“Every thinking company in America is drawing up war plans to double the office square footage allocated to its employees. They know they must not only make their employees safe but also feel safe. Plans include more private offices, less density in open areas and making hallways, exits and other pinch points unidirectional. The long dining table approach with headphoned workers cheek by jowl is now a relic.
Bottom line, if half the employees stay home, but the footage is doubled for everyone else, you’ve achieved an equilibrium. Your tenants’ space needs stay roughly constant.”
39 Injured in Chinese Kindergarten Knife Attack
Tim J. sent us this: At least 39 injured in knife attack at China kindergarten
No Guns For You: The West Palm Beach “Emergency”
Several readers mentioned this news: West Palm Beach declares State of Local Emergency. Here is an excerpt:
“The city of West Palm Beach declared a State of Local Emergency on Sunday just as local protests took a destructive turn.
‘There is reason to believe that there exists a clear and present danger of a riot or other general public disorder,’ wrote Mayor Keith James in his proclamation.
During a State of Local Emergency, the sale of firearms and alcohol is prohibited. Stores also cannot intentionally display ammunition or guns. It’s also against the law to possess a firearm in a public place.”
JWR’s Comment: Since when is the right to keep and bear arms conditional? I have an emphatic message for Mayor Keith James: “Lex Mala, Lex Nulla.” I’m also making a promise: I will continue to ship antique cartridge guns from my online store to any SurvivalBlog readers who live in West Palm Beach. I’ll even give you folks a 15% discount. And I’ll do the same for the residents of any other city where similar edicts are made, that abrogate state and Federal constitutional rights. Just contact me via e-mail, and I’ll make arrangements to send you what you need, post haste.
China’s Facial Recognition Network is All About Control
Michelle sent this link to a video produced by The Economist: China: facial recognition and state control — The Economist. From the description:
“China is the world leader in facial recognition technology. Discover how the country is using it to develop a vast hyper-surveillance system able to monitor and target its ethnic minorities, including the Muslim Uighur population.“
‘Strategic’ Well-Orchestrated Heists Seen Amid Protests
‘Strategic’ well-orchestrated heists seen amid protest chaos. (A hat tip to D.S.V., for the link.)
Philippine Dissenters May Be Labelled “Terrorists”
Reader C.H. sent this: Philippine Dissenters May Face Terrorist Designation. This article begins:
“President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines is expected to sign sweeping antiterrorism legislation that critics said on Thursday would allow the authorities to classify government opponents as terrorists and detain people for critical social media posts.
The measure, which has passed both houses of Congress, neared finalization as the United Nations released a scathing report that cites widespread human rights violations under Mr. Duterte, including the extrajudicial killing of more than 8,000 people.”
Airlines to Drop Service to 75 Domestic Airports
Linked over at Whatfinger: Airlines gain final approval to drop services to 75 domestic airports
WHO’s Catastrophic Mortality Rates Were a Scam
Healthcare Workers Now Cheer Protesters