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 look at software-defined radios (SDRs).

A Primer on Software Defined Radios (SDRs)

This video is a primer on inexpensive software-defined radios (SDRs): The Coolest Radio You’ve Probably Never Heard OfJWR’s Comment: The software to operate these radios is available for free download. At just $35, this is a great radio to give as a birthday gift to a tech-savvy kid who already owns a laptop computer.  It is mind-boggling to think that a radio with both a spectrum analyzer and a waterfall display is now available at that price point.

Global Warming Debunked?

Reader H.L. recommended this, over at American Thinker: Is Earth Actually Getting Hotter?

NYC to Require Proof of Vax at Restaurants, Gyms and Shows

Linked over at the news aggregation site: NYC to be first in nation to require proof of vaccination for indoor restaurants, gyms, shows.

FCC Approves FM for CB

CB Radio is Going FM! Why is the FCC Doing It?

Czech Parliament Recognizes the RKBA

Over at the JPFO site: Czech Republic: A Right to Armed Self Defense. A quote:

“The amendment states that “the right to defend one’s life or the life of others, even with the use of weapons, is guaranteed.”

The lower house of the Czech Parliament passed the amendment on 28 June with a 139 to 9 majority.

On 21 July, 2021, the Senate passed the amendment, with 54 of 74 senators voting for it.”

Poison Hemlock: The Plant We Love To Hate

Reader C.B. sent us this video link: Poison Hemlock — The Plant We Love To Hate.

An Update on Spotted Laternfly

What you need to know about the invasive spotted lanternfly spreading across the eastern U.S. The article begins:

“The spotted lanternfly was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since spread to 26 counties in that state and at least six other eastern states. It’s moving into southern New England, Ohio and Indiana. This approximately 1-inch-long species from Asia has attractive polka-dotted front wings but can infest and kill trees and plants.”

Portland Begs Police to Come Back, But Nobody Even Applies

The latest from Matt in Bozeman: Portland Begs Police to Come Back, But Nobody Even Applies | No Refunds After Defunds.

Spyware: The Booming Trade in Surveillance Tech

Another from C.B.: Spyware for sale: the booming trade in surveillance tech.

An 11-Year-Old Grizzly Slayer

The 11-Year-Old Grizzly Slayer: Elliot Clark and his Remington 870.  Here is an excerpt:

“An enormous brown bear appeared without warning and charged the small party. The gigantic animal tossed the two adults clear with ease before focusing on Elliot and his young cousin. Any normal kid might have run or simply frozen in place. Elliot, by contrast, stood his ground between the charging grizzly and his unarmed relative, raised his shotgun, drew a bead, and fired.”

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