SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods. This column is 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. In today’s column, another look at egg smuggling.
Border Patrol Now Catching Egg Smugglers
First up, over at Alpha News:, this sign of the times: Border police dealing with new smuggling problem: eggs. This article begins:
“The United States Customs and Border Protection is asking Americans to stop trying to smuggle in raw eggs from Mexico.
As avian flu is causing the price of eggs and poultry to rise, along with the current inflation rate, people are purchasing the products in Mexico instead of shelling out the extra cash at the grocery store.
“There has been a large increase in the volume of prohibited food items, such as raw eggs and raw poultry meat, brought by travelers from Mexico. We would like to remind the traveling public that federal agricultural regulations remain in effect,” Jennifer De La O, CBP Director of Field Operations in San Diego, said in a news release on Jan. 20.”
Massive 85-Car Pile-Up in Wisconsin Leaves 21 Injured
In The Independent (in England): Massive 85-car pile-up in Wisconsin leaves 21 injured.
FBI Tip of the Iceberg
A piece about the weaponization of the Federal government, over at The Washington Standard: FBI Tip of the Iceberg. A pericope:
“This frame-the-citizenry program is actually the culmination of a very successful scam that the DHS, through the FBI, has been running for more than 20 years – ever since the inception of FBI Fusion Centers after 9/11. They were touted as the remedy to the “intelligence failures” that led to 9/11. They were places where local authorities and federal representatives of various agencies supposedly could go to “fuse” information to detect and prevent future terrorist attacks like 9/11. There are now about 80 across the USA.”
JWR’s Comments: A genuine risk develops whenever a national police force or intelligence agency becomes driven by politics rather than a desire to see true justice done. At some point, a fair number of citizens will recognize that they are being singled out for persecution and prosecution, based solely on the beliefs that they hold. Once this recognition of selective justice is confirmed, then a cohort of men with nothing left to lose will arise. Such a cohort can never be truly defeated and never fully subjugated. These are men who will fight on, to their dying breath. Yes, they will still feel fear, but they will be willing to risk their lives to regain their liberties — or at least the liberties of their children. Thus, whenever a nation-state institutes politicized policing it is sowing the seeds of resistance warfare, revolution, or counter-revolution.
Bear Goes Viral After 400 Selfies on Colorado Trail Cam
Reported by Not The Bee: Bear goes viral after posing for 400 selfies on a Colorado trail cam.
Admiral: NATO Is Ready for a Direct Confrontation with Russia
Video interview: Head of NATO Military Committee Admiral Rob Bauer: NATO Is Ready for a Direct Confrontation with Russia.
Google Maps Lets You Blur Your Home. Here’s Why You Should
Blog reader K.B. mentioned this, at CNET: Google Maps Lets You Blur Your Home. Here’s Why You Should. JWR’s Comment: Keep in mind that this is a wise practice, but only if others in your town are also doing so. If you are the only one to do so locally, then it could be a red flag to criminals, indicating “something worth hiding.”
U.S. Increasing Artillery Ammunition Production 5X For Ukraine
Over at Big League Politics: Pentagon Plans On Increasing Artillery Ammunition Production By 500% For Ukraine.
Some Confiscatory Taxation in Taxachusetts
How a Massachusetts Town Seized a Farmer’s $370k Property to Cover a $60k Tax Debt—and Kept the Change.
The Left Wants To Take Your Truck Because It’s Big And Scary
Some analysis from Chuck Devore, at The Federalist: The Left Wants To Take Your Truck Because It’s Big And Scary.
UK Military Operation Spied on Covid Response Critics
Reader Don S. sent this: Shadowy Military Operation Spied on Covid Response Critics. Her is an excerpt:
“A shadowy military operation was launched in Great Britain to conduct surveillance on Covid response critics and treat them as ‘enemies of the state.’
Military operatives in the U.K.’s ‘information warfare’ brigade were part of a “sinister operation that targeted politicians and high-profile journalists who raised doubts about the official pandemic response,” the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.
The official documents exposing the domestic espionage operation were obtained by the civil liberties group Big Brother Watch. The documents were shared exclusively with the Daily Mail. They expose the inner workings of the Counter Disinformation Unit, which is based in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the Rapid Response Unit in the Cabinet Office.
Influence operations were run out of the MoD’s 77th Brigade seeking to “non-lethal engagement and legitimate non-military levers as a means to adapt behaviours of adversaries,” according to the report.
A whistleblower that contacted the Mail who claimed to work for the brigade said the unit had strayed far beyond its scope of targeting foreign powers. British citizens’ social media accounts were even scrutinised, which the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence, in public, has repeatedly denied doing.
The Mail reports that U.K. government justified its domestic surveillance and censorship activities as countering ‘disinformation’ and ‘harmful narratives… from purported experts.’”
News Leaders Call For End Of Objective Journalism
“Objectivity Has Got To Go”: News Leaders Call For End Of Objective Journalism.
USAF Officer Took Top Secret Info, Stored at Home
High-Ranking Air Force Officer Admits to Taking Highly Sensitive Classified Material, Storing at Home: Report. JWR’s Comment: Compare this to the Biden case. This officer will probably get a 5-year sentence, but Creepy Joe will probably not even get prosecuted. I’ll wager that Biden will not be in office for a full four years, and that his successor will pardon him and his son Hunter, with blanket pardons.
Second Hunter Biden E-Mail from Laptop With Classified Information
An article from The Gateway Pundit linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Second Hunter Biden Email from Laptop With Classified Information Uncovered.
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