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 another bear spray fail.
Another Fatal Bear Attack in Alaska: Bear Spray Fail
In The Anchorage Daily News: Wildlife officials kill 4 bears as they investigate fatal mauling near Hope. Here is an excerpt that underscores the need to carry both pepper spray and lead spray: ”
“There were no witnesses to the attack, located in a remote, hard-to-reach area, the agency said.
“An empty bear spray canister with the safety removed was found at the location of the attack, and it appeared that bear spray had been discharged at the site,” the statement said. “No attractants, such as a dead moose or a food cache, were found in a search of the area during the investigation.””
Gun Sales in Key Swing States Up Nearly 80% in 2020
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site, there is this at Fox News: Gun sales in major swing states up nearly 80% this year: Will it have any bearing on election outcome?
Data-Trackers Turn from Cookies to Phone Sensors
Reader C.B. sent us this: Data-trackers turn from cookies to phone sensors. Here is a snippet:
“As Google moved earlier this year to ban third-party cookies on its Chrome browsers and Apple plans to restrict tracking in its next iOS build, Abhishek Sen, cofounder of a British analytics startup NumberEight, says companies are looking beyond cookies as they explore new avenues to tap into consumer behavior.”
Is Denmark Beating COVID with No Masks?
Reader D.S.V. spotted this at Principia Scientific:: Denmark: No Masks, No Distancing & Defeating COVID19. Here is an excerpt:
“Denmark wasn’t hit by COVID as badly as other countries in Europe, like Italy and Spain, but it nonetheless went into lockdown in March. When the government started removing restrictions, it prioritized opening schools over bars and restaurants. The rules were strict at the time amid concerns there would be outbreaks.”
Seattle’s Surge in Homelessness
Peter suggested this one: Homeless camps growing in Seattle as city pledges changes to Navigation Team. Peter’s Comment: “…and the Seattle City Council voted last night to override the Mayor and defund the Police. What could possibly go wrong…?”
Losing a Home Over a Six Cent Tax Error?
Reader D.S.V. spotted this: Elderly New Jersey homeowner nearly loses home — over 6 cents in back taxes. The article begins:
“The city truly nickeled and dimed her.
An 89-year-old New Jersey woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease nearly lost her home because of a measly 6 cents she owed in back taxes.
The tiny debt, which she neglected to pay on her 2019 taxes, then accrued to more than $300 in interest by last week — prompting officials in Ocean Township put Glen Kristi Goldenthal’s home up for sale on Sept. 9, NBC New York reported.”
Mike Bloomberg Pays $16 Million in Fines to Buy Votes
Reader D.S.V. sent us this: Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Pays $16 Million in Fines of Black and Hispanic Felons to Enable Them to Vote.
Gold Mining in Alaska, Circa 1949
Just for historical interest, take a look at this documentary made in 1949: Alaska Gold. I found this film quite fascinating. But I should mention that one scene made me cringe: Seeing them handle chunks of mercury amalgam with their bare hands.