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 relate some retirement news from Dr. Gary North.

Dr. Gary North Signs Off, With His Final Book

Reader D.Z.  alerted me to this sad news from prolific economics writer and prepper Dr. Gary North:

“I am sending you my latest book, “The Biblical Structure of History.”

This is my final book. I wrote it in six weeks: October 3 to mid-November.

In early December, my health began to fail. I can no longer write my daily

I look back in gratitude: I completed my final project. My timing was right.

Thanks for reading my tips for the last sixteen years (or whatever).”

JWR’s Comment: Gary North has authored more than 50 books. I had the privilege of volunteering to moderate two of Gary North’s Y2K Forums, from 1998 to 2001. It was great fun to work with Gary, albeit remotely. (We’ve never met face to face.) He was always very cordial, and he lived up to his reputation as a Christian.  His Institute for Christian Economic (ICE) books have all been made available free of charge, and are highly recommended. For anyone new to his books, I suggest that you start by reading his text: Christian Economics.

A Prominent Law Professor Starts Prepping

G.G. flagged this, at Legal InsurrectionPrepping for the Worst. I no longer view “preppers” as crazy. Maybe they were right, just early. Better early than late.

Drone Assists Rescuing Two Lost Hikers

Reader F.R.. sent us this Fox News link: Virginia fire department rescues two lost hikers on Christmas with assistance from drone.

Drone Wants To Make Pre-Crime Arrests

‘Minority Report’ Becomes Reality – DHS Will Arrest You Before You Commit A Crime.  A couple of pericopes:

“The idea is that AI has the capacity to analyze data and predict events, specifically in this case regarding insurrection. In this case, though, we are not talking about coups or revolutions abroad. We are talking about insurrection right here at home, specifically a repeat of the attempted “revolution” of January 6, 2021.”


“According to the DHS press release announcing the formation of the new group, “DHS’s efforts are grounded in an approach to violence prevention that leverages behavioral threat assessment and management tools and addresses early-risk factors that can lead to radicalization to violence.” According to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, future criminals “typically exhibit behaviors that are recognizable to many but are best understood by those closest to them, such as friends, family, and classmates.”

“As a way to gauge potential threats, potential narratives that animate people to action, the online space is where that’s at,” says Oren Segal vice-president of the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League. “This is why the insurrection was predictable from our point of view, because the planning and the organizing was happening in plain sight. … This is not an easy issue, but one thing we can all agree on is that in order to get ahead of the next threat, you need to go into the spaces in which the extremists are present.”

Amy Coney Barrett: ‘When Does The Emergency End?’

Over at General Dispatch: A sane voice on the Supreme Court: ‘When Does The Emergency End?’: Amy Coney Barrett.

Man Lives in Jungle 40 Years With ‘Superhuman’ Survival Skills

SurvivalBlog’s Editor-At-Large Micael Z. Williamson offered link to The Epoch Times: Man Who Lived in Jungle 40 Years With ‘Superhuman’ Survival Skills Sees Big City, Ocean for First Time.  The article begins:

“Movies have been made, books written, and urban legends told of humans living deep in the jungle—like Tarzan—having little or no contact with other humans, nor modern society, for decades.

Few will ever have a chance to meet a real-life Tarzan, though one emerged from the jungles of Vietnam relatively recently. And he shared his survival adventures with the world—before venturing grandly to see new sights and experience the outside world.

In 2013, Ho Van Lang, then in his 40s, and his father were found by the Vietnamese Army deep in their jungle home, where they had been living for four decades, and brought back to civilization. Raised in the jungle since he was a baby, Lang acquired what some might call “superhuman” survival skills, which garnered him his nickname the “real-life Tarzan.””

Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready for Civil War

A thought-provoking book excerpt, over at left-of-center and globalist Foreign Policy: Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready for Civil War.

AR-00: 0% Receiver

The world’s first zero percent receiver capability, on the Ghost Gunner 3.

‘Bare Shelves Biden’ Trends Near Top Of Twitter

Linked over at the news aggregation site: ‘Bare Shelves Biden’ Trends Near Top Of Twitter As Users Highlight Supply Chain Crisis: ‘Apocalypse Now’.  Here is an excerpt:

“Social media users made #BareShelvesBiden trend near the top of Twitter on Sunday as they vented frustration over supply chain issues that continue to impact many U.S. consumers.

“The Biden administration has caught flak in recent months for the supply chain crisis and rising inflation that have interrupted Americans’ everyday lives,” Fox News reported. “Yet White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and liberal media pundits have suggested the concurrent economic issues have been overblown.”

The hashtag, which went as high as the #6 trend on Twitter, featured users tweeting out photographs of empty shelves at stores across the U.S.”

J.C. Dodge on Army Common Tasks

Reader Tim J.  spotted this by J.C. Dodge, over at American Partisan: Common Tasks Testing (CTT), The Army’s “Everybody” Requirement.

Here is the PDF download link for that CTT courseware.

Virginia Man Doesn’t Finish His Walk Home During Storm

And, finally, some news that serves as a reminder to always carry survival gear in your vehicle:  Virginia father’s remains found in wooded area three days after he tried to walk home during winter storm. (Thanks to T.L., for the link.) See, for example: How to Build a Winter Vehicle Survival Kit.

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