The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

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 examine Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs).

License Plate Readers are Becoming Ubiquitous

Over at EndGadgetAnyone with a camera and $5 can now have a license plate reader. The article begins:

“Automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), software that allows computers to separate and analyze license plates from camera footage, could soon become ubiquitous in American neighborhoods thanks to a company called Rekor Systems. On Thursday, the firm started selling a product called Watchman. The $5 per month subscription allows homeowners to add the company’s OpenALPR software to almost any home security camera.

The centerpiece of the software is a feature that allows you to white and blacklist specific license plates. Each time your cameras capture a vehicle on either list, the software sends you a notification.”

2021: Post-Apocalyptic Philadelphia

Linked over at the news aggregation site: This May Looks Like A Zombie Apocalypse, But This Is Actually Philadelphia

The Evil Side of Amazon

Reader C.B. sent this, which should come as no surprise to SurvivalBlog readers: The Evil Side Of Amazon.

DuckDuckGo Could Expose Your Search History

D.S.V. sent us a link to this piece over at Kim Komando’s site: Vulnerability in DuckDuckGo could expose your history to snoops. A quote:

“Discovered lurking in DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials, cybercriminals can use a universal cross-site scripting (uXSS) flaw to access a victim’s device. The uXSS technology is used in popular browsers like Chrome, Edge, and Mozilla’s Firefox.

Researcher Wladimir Palant revealed that hackers use the flaw to spy on users and collect data on the websites they visit. The vulnerability can also give them access to sensitive data like banking info and other personal information.”

Thoughts on Boulder Supermarket Mass Murder

This piece includes a timeline that describes the timid response by the Boulder gendarmes: Thoughts on Boulder Supermarket Mass MurderJWR’s Comments: If there had been just  one concealed pistol carrier in there that had some training, then the outcome may have been much different. Note that Colorado is NOT one of the many western states that now have permitless concealed carry, aka Vermont carry or Constitutional carry. (The nearby states of Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arizona all recognize Constitutional carry). Looking at a Constitutional carry map,  Colorado is now a disarmed island, compassed on three sides by a sea of Constitutional carry common sense.

Senator Manchin the Likely Deciding Vote on Filibuster

Reader D.S.V. sent us this: The Fate of Federal Gun Control Bills Depends on West Virginia Sen. Joe ManchinUrges Warrant

Biden Urges Supremes to Allow Warrantless Gun Seizures

Peter suggested us this, over at Forbes: Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court To Let Cops Enter Homes And Seize Guns Without A Warrant.

American Education: Indoctrination and Debt Slavery

This piece over at caught my eye: American Education: Child Indoctrination, Struggle Sessions and Debt Slavery

And in related news: Joe Biden Opposed Ending the Filibuster 10 Days Ago, Now He’s Open to Killing It. JWR’s Comment:  Apparently, Susan Rice must have had a little chat with Joe.

Ammo Shortage is Now Impacting Police Departments

Over at The National Interest: The Great Ammo Shortage of 2021 Is Now Impacting Police Depts. This article’s opening lines:

“Across the country there are shortages. Frozen pizza and toilet paper are again in limited supply, but it is ammunition for firearms that remains truly hard to come by.

One example: According to a report from The Longview NewsJournal in East Texas, the shelves at local gun shops are nearly empty, and the only remaining boxes are for far less common calibers.

Sportsman’s Outfitters was among the retailers where customers shouldn’t even ask if 9mm ammo is available because for months the answer has been the same, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. When the limited shipments of ammunition arrive it sells out immediately. The prices for ammunition have skyrocketed – making it truly a seller’s market.

A 50 round box of 9mm was about $14 a year ago before the pandemic broke out, and now it is up to $50 a box – priced at $1 a round!”

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