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 the inflation the prices of Rawles XL Voyager knives.
Big Brother’s Tech Advances
Supreme Court Denies Hearing 10 Gun Case Appeals
Reader D.S.V. sent this: SCOTUS Rejection of 2A Cases Moves Up Likelihood of a Forced Choice for Gun Owners
Vincent James: No One is Coming to Save Us
Reader R.J. sent us this video link to conservative commentator Vincent James, describing the out of control leftist iconoclasts: No One is Coming to Save Us. One instance that he mentioned particularly struck me: Rioters defaced a statue of a 19th Century abolitionist. I’ve often written that we are living in the age of deception and betrayal. But now I’m beginning to believe that we are living in the age of absurd logical inversion!
Washington Now Requires Face Masks
Planned Parenthood Endorses Biden
This one came as no surprise: Planned Parenthood Endorses Biden, Says It’s ‘a Life and Death Election’. JWR’s Comment: Well, now we know who has the “death” part covered!
Oregon Xfer Background Check System is Overwhelmed
Editor Pat Cascio wrote to describe just how quickly guns are flying off the shelves in Oregon: “Yesterday, at my local FFL I learned that the system was backed-up well over 4,000 people waiting to get their background checks completed – at least 5+ days to get approval if you had applied to buy a gun the preceding day…”
A new meme by JWR: How is it that anyone can be castigated for “cultural appropriation” by the same liberals who have for so long asked me to glorify America as “a cultural melting pot”?
Google’s Latest Spyware
Reader T.K.B. wrote to mention: “I received a Facebook posting showing that Google has updated smartphones to include an app that will notify you if you have been near a person with coronavirus. Android phone users can confirm this by going to SETTINGS = GOOGLE. There is now a new setting: ‘COVID-19 Exposure Notifications’. It is active once you turn on Bluetooth. I am now done with using cellphones.”
The History of Gun Lubricants
Mike Williamson (our Editor At Large) mentioned this: Educate yourself – A History of Firearms Lubricants.
Scottish Man Convicted of “Leprechaun” Slur
Next, over at Zero Hedge: Scottish Man Convicted Of Calling Ex-Girlfriend’s Boyfriend A “Leprechaun”. Here is an excerpt from the article:
“…a Scottish man has been convicted of a message that was grossly offensive, indecent or menacing. According to the Evening Express, the prosecutor (appropriately named Susan Love) cited the fact that Terry Myers, 41, called the Irish boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend a “leprechaun.”
Love declared that the mail was threatening but added that it was a racially aggravated offense due to the use of the word “leprechaun.”
His defense attorney said that the two men had a “petty and pathetic” history and that his client regretted the use of the term.
He was nevertheless found guilty and fined £280 ($350) for the offense.
We have been following (here and here and here and and and here and and here and here) the worsening situation in England concerning free speech. The problem is trying to draw such lines rather than embracing free speech as protecting not just popular but unpopular and even hateful speech. Once you start as a government to criminalize speech, you end up on a slippery slope of censorship.”
Tucker Carlson on the Democratic Power Grab
Over at Fox News, some commentary from Tucker Carlson: No one attempted to stop Democratic power grab
Rawles XL Voyager Price Inflation
I just noticed that genuine Rawles Extra Large Voyager knives are now selling for $225 each. Beware of the many Mainland China counterfeits now on the market. Congrats to the folks who bought the genuine article at under $70 each, when they were first released. By the way, there will probably be another Rawles limited edition from Cold Steel released in 2021. That one will be a variant of the medium-size Voyager. The profits from that knife will also be entirely going to charity.