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”. The Puerto Rico update gives us an idea of what most urban areas will be like during the beginning phases of a societal collapse.
A project Veritas video shows former Twitter employees discussing “Shadow Banning” users. This is the policy where the platform allows those who are in control to arbitrarily apply censorship to the platform. Those users who have ideals contrary to the censors get their accounts locked and/or banned or have tweets removed. Conservative concepts regularly get flagged yet left-leaning content sails through unchecked. Thanks to D.B. for the link.
New Spy Portal
While we are on the subject of social media, it’s worth noting that Facebook is getting in on the act. The Portal is a 15 inch screen with a wide angle camera that has facial recognition and microphones to allow voice control. It’s being pitched as a way for family and friends to stay in contact with each other through video chatting and other social features. The units are planned to ship later this year and I’m wondering how many who purchase one will have read George Orwell’s 1984 (where telescreens were used to closely monitor and repress citizens.) Thanks to DSV for the link.
Puerto Rico Update
Reader H.L. sent us this article that gives us a glimpse of life after a societal breakdown. In the first 11 days of the year, 32 have been slain – double the number slain during the whole of 2017. While the murder rate did not spike immediately after the hurricanes, police attribute the rise in violent crime directly to the aftereffects. The increased economic hardship, a sickout by the policed and other factors are contributing to the rise in crime. In addition a turf war has apparently broken out among drug gangs trying to increase their territory.
This years flu season is turning out to be a big one Some hospitals are now banning younger visitors until the flu season subsides. Most hospitals are experiencing high volumes of patients with respiratory viral illnesses, primarily influenza and the young are apparently primary vectors of the diseases, even if they are not showing symptoms. You can also thank those who head back to work or school while being sick for spreading the love. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Firearm Traveler’s Guide
Gunlaws.com has released it’s latest version of the “Travelers Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States”. If you currently travel through the U.S. or are planning to travel, this would be a handy reference to have. You might want to get more than one too. Put one in your car and keep one at home. Considering the worth of your firearms and the value of your freedom, you really need to know what you can and can’t do as you travel through some of the more restrictive states. The book also covers restaurant carry and police roadside stops along with advice on dealing with illegal requests for searches.
Max Velocity Tactical has a new blog post on the warrior mindset and the firearms culture.
“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”― Heraclitus
Are you that one? This article is a definite read.
Reader R.T. sent in this article on government interference. A Pennsylvania court has mandated that an Amish family must connect their house up to the sewer system despite the need for an electric pump and a permanent connection to the public electric utility. They are not allowed to use their traditional outhouse. This is just further evidence of the countries propensity to ignore the religious freedom of its citizens.
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