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”. Jeff Bezos has reached truly scary proportions in his wealth and influence.
This auction caught my eye: 1986 Chevrolet D30 4×4 Pickup. I’ve never seen a CUCV configured as a Dually before… – JWR
Reader G.P. sent in this article on how Emergency Rooms are struggling to keep up with the load caused by the current flu onslaught. There are so many checking into the emergency department over flu symptoms that the hospitals are having to confiscate space to house the patients in waiting rooms and are restricting visitors to make room. Elective surgeries are also being routinely postponed as there are no beds available.
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Flu shots are big business. The evidence on the effectiveness of flu shots is questionable, yet the industry keeps pumping them out. The CDC is playing into this with their new campaign. Not satisfied with the number of shots being given, the CDC is embarking on a campaign of “creating concern, anxiety and worry” among the American Public to convince them to get the shot. We used to call this tactic FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt). This is always a shady practice, preying on uneducated people. A much better solution is to educate people and honesty is always the best policy. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
There is apparently another virus, similar to influenza, that causes many of the same symptoms, but doctors do not test for it. Reader R.K. sent in this article on how the adenovirus can act like the flu, but it’s not. The virus is so risky that the U.S. military vaccinates recruits against two major strains of it, but the vaccine is not available to the general public. There are 52 different known strains of adenovirus and an outbreak of it in 2007 killed 10 people. Most do not get severe symptoms, but it can be serious.
Capitalism is good, but I’m starting to wonder about the influence some have on our society. Jeff Bezos personal net worth has now surpassed the 12-figure mark and he has passed Bill Gates as the world’s richest man. This infographic put together by Visual Capitalist outlines Bezos’ personal empire showing the extent of his acquisitions, holdings and investments along with the names of the companies that he controls. It’s a bit scary when one person has that much influence in your life. Thanks to G.M. for the link.
The inverse of the golden horde is in progress. Los Angeles is now home to more than 55,000 people who don’t have a home. The homeless population has exploded with a 75% increase in six years. Three out of four homeless people live in cars, campers, tents and lean-tos. Not all of these are the result of drug addiction or other self-inflicted problems either. Many are victims of the economic depression and recovery. There are 222 encampments that have been identified with many of them having more than 30 people living in them. Sanitary conditions are nonexistent and disease is easily spread here. This is where liberal, progressive policies take cities. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Baltimore cops have admitted to planting guns and using GPS locators to rob drug dealers. Members of the Baltimore Police Departments Gun Trace Task Force have been charged with racketeering and other corruption, robbing citizens, making illegal arrests and filing for thousands of dollars in overtime they never worked. In other words, some members of the Baltimore Police Department were actually one of the most dangerous gangs in the city. It’s good that the corruption has been exposed so they can clean it out, but this sort of behavior from those who are supposed to have impeccable integrity is a sure symptom of the decay of our society. Thanks to B.T. for the link.
In a spat of irony, Hamas’ co-founder has died of a self-inflicted gun wound to the face. Apparently Imad al-Alami was “examining his personal weapon in his home” on January 9th when the gun discharged and the bullet struck him in the face. Of course, Hamas initially announced that he had died of natural causes to dispel rumors that he had committed suicide or was murdered. They later admitted it was an accident. Perhaps the initial “natural causes” isn’t so far from the truth when you are a terrorist?
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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!