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 Native Bee pandemic.
Boom in Camping After Months at Home
A Fast-Spreading Mutation of H3N2 Common Flu
Reader B.C. sent us this: Fast-spreading mutation helps common flu subtype escape immune response.
“Crunch Time” Arrives for Coronavirus
Here is confirmation about my prediction on declining Wu Flu case fatality rates: “Crunch Time” Arrives And… Was Everyone Wrong About The Coronavirus?
AR Seized from Missouri Home Defenders
Readers C.B. and A.K. both suggested this news item: Missouri couple who defended home have rifle seized during police search: report. JWR’s Comment: So much for “Castle Doctrine” legal protections… A.K.’s Comment: Not sure why it was okay for the police to seize their gun? If they can legally possess them, why should they be taken away? The wife shouldn’t have had her finger on the trigger but other than that, they were right to feel threatened. It seems to be okay for black-clad gun-armed BLM sorts to march through communities threatening them like in Stone Mountain Park and no one says anything but they take the guns from a white couple?
Carpenter Bees and Bumble Bees Face Pandemic
C.B. also sent us this: Native bees also facing novel pandemic. Here is a snippet from the Phys.org article:
“CU Boulder researchers have found there is growing evidence that another “pandemic,” as they call it, has been infecting bees around the world for the past two decades and is spreading: a fungal pathogen known as Nosema.
Yet while it’s been documented across Europe, Canada and even in Kenya, this infection has almost exclusively been recorded in the European honeybee, the recognizable commercial pollinator. Their findings, published in PLOS Pathogens, reveal that almost nothing is known about the impact of this pathogen on native, solitary bees, which make up the majority of the approximately 20,000 bee species on the planet.”
St. Pete Cops to Ignore Non-Violent Calls
Detecting Viruses Jumping from Animals to People
“In an essay published Thursday in the journal Science, an international team led by San Diego Zoo Global researchers calls for scientists and wildlife experts to routinely test animals for viruses in open-air markets that sell fresh meat, fish and produce (wet markets), wildlife farms and other potential disease hotspots.
The genetic sequences of these viruses would be added to a common database for scientists to monitor and learn from. The idea is to go from simply reacting to outbreaks to anticipating them, and to shift from centralized monitoring efforts to local surveillance on a global scale.”
No School For You: L.A. Teachers Union Makes Demands
I found this linked over at Whatfinger.com: L.A. teachers union says schools can’t reopen unless charter schools get shut down, police defunded
Plausible Denial: Three Explosions in Iran in Three Weeks
An interview at Fox News: Third major explosion in Iran in 3 weeks; Gen. Jack Keane reacts.
Robbers Learn Not to Take on Florida Gun Collectors
Another article by way of Whatfinger.com: Florida homeowner shoots 3 intruders, 2 fatally: sheriff