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 much-debated results of the 2020 Presidential Election.
Solar Activity Rising
First up: Reader C.B. spotted this over at Phys.Org: Solar cycle 25: The sun wakes up
It All Comes Down to the Battleground States
This Washington Examiner article was linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Recounts loom as battleground state margins evaporate. The vote tallies in those states will determine some crucial electoral college votes.
JWR’s Comment: The results of the 2020 election illustrate how deep the rift is between densely-populated urbanized counties and traditional rural counties. We now have very little in common socially, politically, economically, and religiously. The rural folks who are trapped living in “blue” states can now see that partitions of states to form additional states of the Union are now almost inevitable. The Great Divide is conspicuously apparent in places like:
- Eastern and far western Colorado: More closely aligned with Wyoming than with Denver.
- Upstate and western New York: More closely aligned with rural Pennsylvania counties than with New York City.
- Far Northern, Central Valley, and Sierra counties of California: They belong in the State of Jefferson or perhaps Greater Idaho — not a state ruled by just a few socialist counties.
- Eastern and southern Oregon: More closely aligned with Idaho than with Portland.
- Eastern Washington: More closely aligned with Idaho than with Seattle. They deserve to become Liberty State.
Michigan Meteorite Has Extraterrestrial Organic Compounds
D.S.V. sent this: ‘Fireball’ meteorite that crashed in Michigan holds extraterrestrial organic compounds. A pericope:
“A meteorite that landed on a frozen lake in 2018 contains thousands of organic compounds that formed billions of years ago and could hold clues about the origins of life on Earth.
The meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere on Jan. 16, 2018, after a very long journey through the freezing vacuum of space, lighting up skies over Ontario, Canada, and the midwestern United States. Weather radar tracked the flaming space rock’s descent and breakup, helping meteorite hunters to quickly locate fallen fragments on Strawberry Lake in Hamburg, Michigan.
An international team of researchers then examined a walnut-size piece of the meteorite “while it was still fresh,” scientists reported in a new study. Their analysis revealed more than 2,000 organic molecules dating to when our solar system was young; similar compounds may have seeded the emergence of microbial life on our planet, the study authors reported.”
High-Speed Internet in the Hinterboonies?
A hat tip to Peter for sending us this article about a Beta Tester in North Idaho: SpaceX Starlink users provide first impressions and unboxing pictures. Here is how the article opens:
“With the Starlink user terminal/satellite dish placed on the ground in a relatively open part of the forest, Wandering-coder did a speed test that measured downloads of 120Mbps, uploads of 12Mbps, and latency of 37ms. He got worse results in a different, more heavily forested location where he placed the dish closer to the trees because Starlink needs a clear line of sight to SpaceX satellites. “It didn’t work well with a heavy tree canopy/trees directly in the line of sight, as expected,” Wandering-coder wrote. “I would be connected only for about 5 seconds at a time. Make sure you have as clear a view of the sky as possible!”
More Power to the BATF?
Reader H.L. sent us this legislative news, over at the FPC site: ATF Improvement and Modernization Act of 2020. (Please contact your congresscritters, and ask them to oppose this bill!)
The Earth’s 26-Second Pulse: The Mystery of Microseism
And in closing, there is this, over at Popular Mechanics: Earth Keeps Pulsating Every 26 Seconds. No One Knows Why.