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 a new rabbit virus.
Are Protests Unsafe? It Depends on Who’s Protesting
Over at Yahoo News, a surprising admission of hypocrisy: Are Protests Unsafe? What Experts Say May Depend on Who’s Protesting What. (A hat tip to Cheri S. for the link.)
Beware: Blumenthal’s Background Check Bill
Just introduced in congress by Senator Richard Blumenthal: S. 4068: A bill to prohibit firearms dealers from selling a firearm prior to the completion of a background check. The full text of the bill has not yet been released. Beware. This is surely a very bad piece of legislation that will expand the terms of the Gun Control Act of 1968. Under this law, once enacted, if the highly automated NICS check cannot be completed for any reason, then it will leave you in legal limbo — unable to take delivery of a gun purchase–possibly even indefinitely. The NICS system is horribly flawed and very poorly executed. This legislation makes the assumption that NICS is some sort of well-oiled machine. It is far from it! A right delayed is a right denied.
LoRa Mesh Communication Gets Practical: Meshtastic
Video from a Swiss communications expert: LoRa Mesh Communication without Infrastructure: The Meshtastic Project (ESP32, BLE, GPS)
The Privacy Risks of Home Security Cameras
Reader C.B. sent this: New research reveals privacy risks of home security cameras. The article begins:
“An international study has used data from a major home Internet Protocol (IP) security camera provider to evaluate potential privacy risks for users.
IP home security cameras are Internet-connected security cameras that can be installed in people’s homes and remotely monitored via the web. These cameras are growing in popularity and the global market is expected to reach $1.3 billion by 2023.
For the study, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science and Queen Mary University of London tested if an attacker could infer privacy-compromising information about a camera’s owner from simply tracking the uploaded data passively without inspecting any of the video content itself.”
S. 443 Would Re-Define Antique Firearms
Reader G.G. sent us this good legislative news: Below The Radar: S 443 Re-Define “Antique Firearms”. JWR’s Comment: This legislation is long overdue. To continue to leave the “antique” threshold frozen at December 31, 1898 would be ludicrous. Back in 1968 (when I was just 8 years old) the legal definition of “antique” meant a 70-year-old gun. But now it means a 122-year-old gun. Please contact your Senators and ask them to support this legislation! It is currently stalled in committee, but it could have a chance at passage if enough citizens speak up.
Tourist Stranded in P.I. Airport for 100 Days
This news article caught my eye: GROUNDED: Tourist stranded in airport for 100 days due to coronavirus in real-life echo of Tom Hanks film The Terminal.
The New Rabbit Virus Nicknamed ‘Bunny Ebola’
Reader D.S. spotted this: A deadly rabbit virus nicknamed ‘bunny Ebola’ is spreading in the Southwestern US, killing thousands of rabbits. A snipp[et:
“Across seven states in the Southwest, thousands of wild and domestic rabbits are dying from a rare outbreak of a highly contagious disease known as rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV2).
‘We refer to it as ‘bunny Ebola,’ ‘ Amanda Jones, a veterinarian from Killeen, Texas, told The Cut. While the rabbit virus is “not related in any way, shape, or form” to ebola — a virus that causes severe bleeding, organ failure, and death in humans and primates — Jones said RHDV2 ravages rabbit bodies in a similar manner.”
Airborne Coronavirus Can be Spread Farther than 6 feet
A CBS News video, courtesy of Reader A.K.: Scientists say coronavirus can be spread farther than 6 feet in tiny airborne particles.