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 “HJL”. National Reciprocity is making news again as a bill is approved by the House panel.
A Better Mousetrap
Reader P.S. sent in this video on a mousetrap design that is over 427 years old and is still effective today. The video blogger has a number of mousetraps that he reviews. He will profile the mouse trap that is featured, often building them from scratch. He then places them in his barn with a video camera aimed at it to evaluate its performance. The best mouse trap I’ve every owned was profiled by him as well.
Acid Attacks in London
“honor” acid attacks are on the rise in London. In 2017 there have already been 454 acid attacks compared to 261 in 2015 and 166 the year before. This is such a cowardly type of attack which I would put on par with the “knockout game” attacks that plagued the large cities here in the states a few years ago. However, It should be noted that even the victims want the state to control the sale of acid rather than cracking down on the persons who commit the crime. I guess Britons feel that acid jumps from the cup into their face much the same way that American liberal leftists believe that guns fire by themselves in the commission of crimes.
From reader T.Z. comes the story of Phil Parhamovich who lost almost $92,000 in a
state licensed shakedown civil asset forefeiture proceeding in Wyoming. Phil was traveling with his band and had hidden the money in a speaker to keep it safe. Wyoming DCI did not find drugs when they searched his vehicle but did find the money and intimidated him into signing a waiver stating that the money was not his (he was afraid traveling with cash was illegal.) When he came to his senses, he tried to re-claim the money with proof of ownership. Wyoming instead filed a petition claiming the money was abandoned (and didn’t notify Phil that they did so.)
In an update, after the involvement of media, publicly exposing the shakedown, several politicians got involved and it looks like he will be getting his money back after nearly nine months. The state sanctioned shakedown and the constant dribble of lies from the “public servants” have not yet been addressed though.
A mattress startup is being sued for “wiretapping” its website visitors. The company uses technology similar to Facebook that allows it to capture keystrokes and mouse movements while the visitor is using their website. The difference is that on Facebook, you are using their site and you have already agreed to their terms of service by having an account. The mattress startup is using this software on a publicly available site and is not informing the users that their every keystroke is being recorded. Of course, the company denies it and is claiming that the users are trying to impede their success. Navistone, the company that developed the software claims they were unaware that the software was being used in this manner.
A House panel has approved a law that will force other states to honor concealed carry permits issued by any other state as permit holders cross any state line with a hidden weapon. It will certainly make it easier for you to travel from state to state. I still have grave concerns about it. By making it a federal statute, states rights are once again bypassed, consolidating the power in the hands of the federal government.
I can think of no better argument against this than that of marriage licenses. The authority for managing the definition of “marriage” was handed over the to federal government by “conservatives”. When the political winds changed, that same authority was then used to mandate gay/lesbian marriage definitions on all 50 states. I believe this will end up the same. The federal political winds will shift. There will now be precedence that the states can no longer manage their own permitting and reciprocity. We are trading a short term gain for an inevitable long term loss. Thanks to G.G. for the link.
Continuation of Hepatitis Outbreak.
Reader F.M. sent in this article showing the next step in the continuation of the hepatitis battle. San Diego has opened the first of three planned industrial-sized tents. The plan is to house the homeless as part of the city’s efforts to contain the hepatitis outbreak. The tents will be housing a total of 700 people. This is part of the cities long-term goal of moving the homeless people into permanent housing. They have more than $80 million earmarked for the project. Nearby residents are not happy though as they see a rise in drug related problems such as break-ins and violence. Perhaps it’s time to leave the city if yours is participating in a similar plan.
A Texas college newspaper has allowed an editorial commentary spewing a nearly unbelievable amount of hate towards “whites”. This video shows Gutfield and his team commenting on this article. The fact that a school would allow a hate piece like this calling for genocide against anyone based upon their DNA is an indicator of just how far gone our educational institutions have gone. Thanks to T.J. for the link.
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