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. The emphasis of today’s column is on a few crucial U.S. Supreme Court cases.

Why 80% of Americans Live East of This Line

Matt C. wrote to recommend a thought-provoking video: Why 80% of Americans Live East of This Line. The key part of this 20-minute video begins at the three-minute mark. This data adds credence to my postulates on The American Redoubt. Note that the video wanders off into some climate change politics after the 12:50 mark.

Supreme Court Declines Hearing Bump Stock Ban Case

Over at the leftist CNBC news outlet: Supreme Court rejects gun rights challenge to bump stocks ban.

Matt Bracken: What if a Full-Size LNG Tanker Exploded?

Reader Tim J. suggested this post by Matt Bracken, over at the WRSA site: How bad would the explosion of an LNG tanker be?

JWR’s Comment: Now largely forgotten  — and not well-publicized at the time because of WWII secrecy — the 1944 Cleveland East Ohio Gas explosions were on a smaller scale, but they illustrate the magnitude of the risk. Those explosions killed 130 people and destroyed a one-square mile area in Cleveland, Ohio.

Vaccine-Resistant Ebola Strain Spreading in Uganda

Reader C.B. sent a news link that led me to this IDSA journal article: Ebola outbreak in Uganda rises to 36 cases and 23 deaths plus spread beyond Mubende.

US Supreme Court to Hear Tech Firm Immunity Cases

Another from C.B.: US Supreme Court to hear cases challenging tech firm immunityJWR’s Comments: Finally, challenges to Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act will get the review of the highest court. The outcome of these cases could very well spell the difference between liberty and tyranny in America, as the tech moguls seek to consolidate their power.

School Board Reports COVID-Critic Mother to Employer and DOJ

Linked over at the news aggregation site: School board members reported mom to employer, DOJ for criticizing COVID school closures.

May Christians Ignore Unjust Laws?

Over at the Libertarian Christian Institute (LCI) web site: May Christians Ignore Unjust Laws? JWR’s Comment: For a more detailed analysis, get a copy of Tim Baldwin and Chuck Baldwin’s book: Romans 13: the True Meaning of Submission.

Plan Pushes “Rewilding the American West”

H.L. sent this, from CFACT: Plan pushes “Rewilding the American West” — Why stop at the West?  The article begins:

“A group of academics and environmentalists is proposing reintroducing wolves, beavers, and a host of other animal and plant species on broad swaths of federal land in the West, touting it as a way to mitigate drought, wildfires, and, of course, climate change.

“Beyond concerns for human survival and flourishing, a principled commitment to the natural world and a sense of moral urgency underpins the motivation for our proposal,” the authors write. Their study, “Rewilding the American West,’ was inspired by the Biden White House’s “30×30 Plan,” a scheme to “protect” “at least” 30 percent of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030.”

Concealed Carry Insurance Business is Booming

Fox News: Concealed carry insurance business booming as more Americans pack heat.

34 US Political Prisoners in DC Jail Demand Transfer to Gitmo

Reader B.C. sent this: 34 US Political Prisoners in DC Gulag Demand Transfer to Guantanamo Bay to Escape Intolerable Conditions in Heartbreaking Letter.

He Caught the 62nd Homerun: Ball is Worth a Small Fortune

And lastly, on a lighter note: He caught the 62nd homerun…. ball is worth a small fortune.

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