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”. President Trump’s immigration policies get yet another boost due to yet another NYC bomber yesterday.
Another NYC Bomber
Chain migration led to yet another person entering the U.S. who has acted upon wishes of harm. The suicide bomber accidentally set off his device at the wrong moment at the nation’s busiest bus terminal. He had strapped the device inside his pants with Velcro and zip ties, but it went off in a subway corridor and didn’t kill anyone, including the bomber. In typical lame stream media fashion, most reported that despite the bomber claiming ISIS as inspiration (some mention that ISIS claims him), “Details on possible motive were unclear”.
The bombing happened just before 7:30AM and was covered as breaking news by Fox, but CNN and MSNBC, who often claim Fox ignores breaking news that might harm the president, chose instead to cover President Trumps Diet Coke habit instead of the bombing until nearly 9am. Even though the bomber failed to complete his intended mission, he won’t be having children anytime soon due to the location on his body that he carried the bomb.
Reader G.P. shared this news story that the BATF will be taking another look at “bump stocks”. Congress lost the impetus it started with in it’s quest to ban them and despite having ruled that they only assist in shooting technique rather than modify the firearm, they now want to classify them as a full-auto modification. I’m wondering if you will now have to pay a $200 tax and file paperwork with the BATF if you have opposable thumbs and wear pants with belt loops. The article also continues the short sighted view of the shooting. It was not the “worst mass shooting spree in US history”. I believe the “Wounded Knee Massacre” holds that distinction. It’s worth noting that that one was perpetrated by the U.S. government over Second Amendment issues.
A SurvivalBlog reader wrote in to remind everyone that it is the season to finish spending your FSA/HSA money before it is stolen by the government. Does anyone have a good list of preps that are eligible expenses?
Simon Black, over at The Sovereign Man, has a podcast that explores some of the possibilities on obtaining a second passport. There are apparently man countries that will offer you citizenship in exchange for an investment in their country. The podcast looks at reasons you may want to obtain a second passport as well as how to go about it. If this is part of your prepping plans, you should listen to this podcast.
Draining the Swamp
As the government approaches the end of Congress’ approval to lift the nation spending limit, Mnuchin makes a second emergency move to stave off a government shutdown. It would seem that lowing spending just isn’t something that the government is capable of doing. If I ran my finances like the government runs its finances, I’m pretty sure I would be in jail right now. Meanwhile, reader MtH sent in this video (Fox News) about the corrupt ethanol industry. Big government and big corporations doing big business together at your expense. MtH points out that the the video doesn’t even mention how detrimental ethanol enriched gas is for you small engines nor that it takes more energy to produce ethanol than it produces.
You will now be scanned by microwave for covert weapons when you enter the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. They have announced that they will be implementing the Canadian company’s new technology to detect prohibited firearms and other weapons from being brought onto the premises. The company claims that unlike existing airport scanners, their equipment is small enough to hide in an existing structure so you won’t even know you are being scanned. Westgate claims the scanners have a range of about two meters and can identify what type of device a person may be carrying. Thanks to reader G.P. for the link.
Military Exercises Today
The Washington Post is reporting that several military aircraft took part in exercises early today over the D.C. region. The exercise, called Falcon Virgo 18-03, included an F-16, a C-21 transport plan and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flying over the region from midnight until 2:30am. So, no, our capital has not been invaded. (Unless you count the slimy politicians or the nearly innumerable welfare recipients, or the hordes of leftist progressives. You know what? perhaps we have been invaded.)
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