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 invasion of an Arctic airmass.
‘Unprecedented’ Arctic Weather Shocks Texas
We also read: Walmart has temporarily closed 500 stores.
JWR’s Comment: Al Gore should chalk this up as another example of Global Warming.
Parler is Back, After Amazon’s Censorship
Biden to Push for Sweeping Gun Restrictions
Mike sent us this: White House Press Secretary says Gun Control is Coming. JWR’s Comment: The first statement (dated February 14th) at the White House website was fairly vague:
“Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.”
Take note that he put “background checks on all gun sales” first on his wish list.
Details are expected to follow, in the weeks to come. Biden will not only ask Congress to enact restrictions, but will almost surely pen some Executive Orders on his own, starting with importation restrictions on guns, gun parts, magazines, and ammunition. And by way of his newly-appointed Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, order the Treasury’s BATF to expand or re-write some rulings on things like .50 caliber rifles, detachable magazine-fed shotguns, 80%-complete receivers, belt-fed semi-autos, arm braces, AP rifle ammo, and more. Plan accordingly, and pray for the inclusion of grandfather clauses. And, needless to say, contact your congresscritters often!
Stuck Seven Days on a Snowy Mountain Road
Headline: California man survives 7 days stuck on snowy mountain road. A snippet:
“Earls had visited friends in Grass Valley the weekend before the worst of a winter storm hit California. Interstate 80, the main route over the Donner mountain pass, was closed on Jan. 24 due to heavy snowfall. Earls told a friend he would take State Route 49 to pay her a visit in Truckee on the way to his home, but his GPS rerouted him to travel on Henness Pass Road.
His pickup truck got stuck on a dirt portion of the remote road as the storm dumped 6 to 8 feet (2.44 meters) of snow.
He first tried to turn the vehicle around using a chainsaw and rope, but didn’t get very far, his mother said. When his clothes and cellphone got wet, and night fell, he decided to hunker down, rationing on two cans of beans, bread and some sausages. He used a propane heater kept in the truck to melt small amounts of snow to drinking water. To stay warm, he duct taped his pant legs to his boot and huddled in the back of his truck, which was topped with a camper shell.”
JWR’s Comment: This shows the importance of always carrying your survival gear when driving in winter. And this is just another example of why you should not trust GPS.
Can the FBI Access Private Signal Messages?
Reader C.B. spotted this troubling news: Court documents show FBI may have tool to access private Signal messages on locked iPhones. The article’s opening paragraphs:
“Court documents from a recent gun-trafficking case in New York suggest the FBI may have developed a way to access texts on Signal, the encrypted messaging app that has risen in popularity in recent months for its secure communication.
The court documents, filed by the Justice Department and obtained by Forbes, showed screenshots of Signal messages between men allegedly discussing an illegal weapons trade and attempted murder.
The screenshots reportedly showed metadata indicating that Signal had been decrypted on their phone when the device was in a certain state called “partial AFU,” which stands for “after first unlock.” In this state, iPhones are more vulnerable to having their data extracted. “
Bank of America Sells Out Gun Owners…Again
D.S.V. sent us this: Bank of America Sells Out Gun Owners…Again…Still