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 ”. Flu season is upon us and the saline shortage gets worse!
Reader DMC sent in this article on the current saline shortage. This is actually nothing new, but shows the continuation of an existing problem. For the last several years, Saline has been in short supply and rationing has been the norm in the EMS services. With the loss of the Philippine factory that supplied a significant amount of saline, things have only gotten worse. Companies are trying to source from other places around the world, but supply just can’t keep up. With flu season upon us , this may get serious.
Hepatitis A Update
The Hepatitis A outbreak that started in San Diego has now spread to Utah . The outbreak started with the homeless in San Diego, but has reached a state where it is being spread to other people as well. The outbreak followed some infected homeless to Salt Lake City and now Two workers who have tested positive have potentially exposed thousands of people to the disease. So far 152 cases have been reported with no deaths. Thanks to P.S. for the link.
Wranglerstar posted a review of an odd but interesting knife . he created a Swedish butter knife out of wood as gifts and in the video commented on how he wished that he had such a knife in metal. One of his subscribers made it and sent it in to him. Now Mrs Latimer wants one.
The double threat of pesticides and dwindling food sources are wiping bees out at a record pace . Reader H.L. offers this advice:
“Without bees, no stone fruit, and we would be eating just root vegetables, and a few other vegetables. Plant flowers, allow some of a large lawn to go back to being wild and cast some natural flower seeds, do not use any Round Up or pesticide/insecticide on lawn (especially if you have well water, it could get into your well). If you are not allergic, keep a few bee hives, or call your local bee keeper and offer him a place to set some of his hives. Bees behave themselves if one leaves them alone. If one lands on you (same goes for a wasp), just stay still. It will leave. I have done this off and on during my life. Only time I was stung was by a wasp that was angry because he was in a sweater sleeve that I put on, and he was getting squashed!”
In North America’s largest civil war, the failing Mexican government is locked in a battle with mass-murdering gangs and the Mexican people are caught in the middle. Reader H.L. sent in this article about how many cities are seceding  to escape the corruption. This creates some odd dystopian situations where things resemble the wild, wild west. It also may be a pattern to look at if/when societal breakdown begins in the U.S. Personally, I also think it shows one of the greatest dangers/fears in today’s society – A runaway, corrupt federal government on one side and large ruthless gangs on the other.
The Dark Side
Reader T.Z. sent in this article about the dark side of Law Enforcement . Apparently, the DEA receives intelligence from the NSA’s surveillance programs (including data from those programs that Edward Snowden revealed where the NSA actually spies on it’s own citizens). The DEA then analyzes and disseminates this information to federal and local police nationwide. The data comes with a catch though. Since it is obtained illegally, they can’t use it to get warrants or reveal the intelligence community as their source. They have to find corroborating evidence to move on the intel.
Reader D.S. also sent in an article detailing much the same concept . Big brother is watching you today. This article details the “parallel construction” where the law enforcement agencies build a second set of data after the suspect has been brought to their attention by the original data. While evidence is hard to come by, there is some that suggests the practice is occurring regularly throughout the country. There is also concern over the right to a fair trial among other civil concerns using such methods since some of the evidence is never shared.
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Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact  form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!