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 re-purposed Atlas Missile silo.
Silo, Sweet Silo
First up, Tim J. sent us a link to this at The Natural Building Blog: Underground Home Recycled from a Missile Silo. Here is the article’s opening:
“A Cold War–era missile silo base in Eskridge, KS on 32 acres was converted into an underground home and has come on the market. It was built as an Atlas E missile structure in the early 1950s and was operated by the Air Force in the early 1960s, but was decommissioned in 1965 in favor of newer technology and more robust facilities. Built to withstand bomb blasts, it is made up of epoxy-resin concrete and heavy rebar. The current owners purchased the property in the early 1980s. It had been vacant for some time, with some areas filled with as much as 8 feet of water, but the current owner did his due diligence before purchasing. He explored the underground space with a canoe and flashlight, even diving in, before deciding to take on the project.”
Since I’m sure some readers would ask about it, here is a link to the real estate agent’s listing.
Pole Reversal Caused Sudden Climate Change
Reader C.B. sent us this, at Phys.org: Earth’s magnetic field broke down 42,000 years ago and caused massive sudden climate change
Claire Wolfe’s Updated Blogroll
The sagacious libertarian blogger Claire Wolfe has re-launched her blogroll: A note about the forums + recreating the blogroll. I feel honored to have SurvivalBlog included!
COVID is Turning Americans Back to Basics
Another piece suggested by C.B.: Internet trends suggest COVID-19 spurred a return to earlier values and activities. Here is a snippet:
“The use of words referring to basic needs for food, clothing and shelter increased significantly across Google searches, Twitter, internet forums and blogs. For instance, Google searches increased by 344% for “grow vegetables” and by 207% for “sewing machine,” while Twitter mentions of “Home Depot” increased by 266%.”
Mouseguns, Then and Now
A history lesson on the small frame 19th Century “carry” revolvers from Tam, at View From The Porch: Mouseguns, Then and Now
UK Firms Make Vaccines Mandatory
D.S.V. sent us this: ‘No Jab, No Job’ As UK Firms Make Vaccines Mandatory. This news story begins:
“Companies in Britain have been tasking law firms to craft “no jab, no job” contracts that would bar prospective employees from being hired unless they have been vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus.
While the government has publicly claimed that it has no intentions of requiring domestic vaccine passports, ministers have admitted that private businesses may take up the mantle of imposing it on the British public.
Speaking to the Financial Times, law firms said that they have already been contacted by companies, including care homes and multinational corporations, which are looking to draw up contracts that would require employees to be inoculated against the virus.”
The Baby Gap: Men are Increasingly Infertile
Over at The New York Post: Why more men are suffering from infertility than ever before.
New Zealand Set for Second Gun Confiscation
Never Enough: New Zealand Set for SECOND Gun Confiscation. JWR’s Comments: The list of prices they are paying to buy up these now-prohibited guns is absurdly arbitrary. Seemingly, they used the last-advertised prices to calculate many of these. Consider: $10,000 NZ Dollars for an FN SCAR, but only $3,000 NZD for a FN-FAL? To make it clear what is really going on, the standard price should be: “One Bowl of Pottage.”
Wranglerstar: 10 Options for Power Outages
Nancy Pelosi Proves That Walls Work
Lastly, SurvivalBlog reader Nathan Hail sent us some humorous proof that a Great Wall can be constructed quickly. (Remember my prediction about an expanded security perimeter for the Capitol? These guys build walls quicker than the East German Vopos. Three miles, in just a few days!)