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 Antifa Threat Spirals.
The Antifa Threat Spiral Takes a Turn
Matt Bracken, over at American Partisan: ABR SIT-REP 2: ANTIFA/BLM/REVCOM TACTICS ARE EVOLVING AND ESCALATING. JWR’s Comment: I warned SurvivalBlog readers about Antifa threat spirals, back in 2017. It looks like this prediction was correct. Oh, by the way, I also recommend the commentary video that Matt Bracken recently made with Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre.
Does China Control the South China Sea?
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site comes this piece posted by The National Interest: Does China Already Control the South China Sea Militarily? Here is an excerpt:
“Does this mean that U.S influence and activity in the area is constrained? At risk? Or merely challenged when it comes to operating in the area to assert freedom of navigation and counter China’s controversial and provocative territorial claims?
Taken individually and collectively, each of the factors may not seem to fully restrict U.S. missions, patrols, training exercises or interoperability maneuvers with allied platforms. U.S. stealth fighters and bombers are built to operate in high-risk or contested areas by relying upon speed, altitude and stealth to elude detection from enemy air defenses.
Navy surface ships travel with integrated layered defenses engineered to find and knock out incoming ballistic missiles or anti-ship cruise missiles and the presence of Chinese fighter jets in contested areas by no means ensures Chinese air supremacy in the region.”
A Yahoo Anti-Prepper Rant
This article posted by Yahoo qualifies as some of the worst advice that I’ve ever read! It is essentially an anti-preparedness rant: Guns and 32 Other Things You Definitely Do NOT Need To Buy During the Coronavirus Pandemic. ( A hat tip to D.S. for the link.)
Government Can Place Game Cameras On Your Land!
Reader H.L. sent us this at Bearing Arms: Can Government Place Game Cameras On YOUR Land? Yep
The Thin Veneer of American Civilization
Tim J. sent us the link to this essay by Victor Davis Hanson: The Thin Veneer of American Civilization.
The essay begins:
“Nine months ago, New York was a thriving, though poorly governed, metropolis. It was coasting on the more or less good governance of its prior two mayors and on its ancestral role as the global nexus of finance and capital.
The city is now something out of a postmodern apocalyptic movie, reeling from the effects of a neutron bomb. Ditto in varying degrees Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco — the anti-broken-windows metropolises of America. Walking in San Francisco today reminds me of visiting Old Cairo in 1973, although the latter lacked the needles and feces of the former.
At the present increasing rate of police defunding, homeless encampments, the emptying of jails and prisons, the green-lighting of rioting and vandalism, the flight of the wealthy, the revolutionary change to Skype/Zoom tele-working, and the exodus of upper-middle-class liberal families to safe houses in the New York and New England countryside, once beautiful New York City is in danger of becoming the nation’s aneurysm. That is, after the “recovery,” it and other blue cities may be seen as permanent weak veins and arteries prone to sudden fatal hemorrhaging that could implode at any moment, and thus may become metaphorically tied off, as the country reroutes around them.”
JWR’s Comment: Hmmmm… The Thin Veneer. Where have I heard that before?
Hollywood’s Rich and Famous are Fleeing in Droves
The Daily Mail’s latest headline: Hollywood’s Apocalypse NOW: Rich and famous are fleeing in droves as liberal politics and coronavirus turn City of Dreams into cesspit plagued by junkies and violent criminals. (Thanks to Michael for the link.)
Big Tech Silences 260 Biden Critics Before Nomination
Another article linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Censored! Big Tech Silences Over 260 Biden Critics Before Nomination. A snippet:
“Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is a popular target on social media. But Big Tech companies have responded by deleting mocking posts and suspending critics.
In the months leading up to the Democratic National Convention, more than 260 conservative users on Facebook and Twitter had their posts about Biden scrubbed from the social media platforms. Posting an innocent meme showing light coming from Biden’s eyes meant an immediate suspension on Twitter for anywhere between 12 hours and two months. Facebook users who argued that Biden was “creepy” or posted actual pictures of the former vice president hugging, sniffing, or kissing children have had their posts removed as well.
The Media Research Center’s TechWatch division has been collecting and independently verifying incidents of online censorship since March 2020. Between April 1, 2020 and August 10, 2020, 260 users had posts or accounts censored due to their criticisms of Biden.”
Hand Sanitizer Fires– Intentional and Unintentional
Reader D.S.V. sent us this: Don’t Catch Fire When Using Hand Sanitizer, a Defense Safety Office Warns – Nextgov. JWR’s Comment: The unspoken here is that hand sanitizers are great to keep in your outdoor survival kit, for help in kindling campfires.
Sales of Body Armor Surging in NYC
Another item courtesy of H.L.: Sales of Body Armor Surging in NYC.