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 Flu’s Hight fatality Rate
Reader G.P. sent in this news article showing that in the last couple of weeks, influenza deaths have accounted for 10% of the total number of reported deaths from all causes in the United States. While the particular strain of influenza attacking the population has not mutated enough to be considered a new strain, its fatality levels are approaching those of which a new virulent strain typically causes. The numbers are approaching those of the swine flu which swept the globe in 2009 and 2010. The CDC expects the numbers to keep rising as the flu season continues.
Iran’s Growing Influence
The Middle East is beginning to heat up again. Israel downed an Iranian drone that violated it’s airspace and in return Israel attacked Iranian military targets located within Syria, possibly losing one of it’s own jets in the raid. The Syrian fighting seems to be winding down, but Iran has an emboldened military presence in the region now (thanks to Obama). Iran wants to be a regional power and all of their efforts seem aimed at destroying Israel. Israel’s fear is that Iran will use Syrian territory to create a channel for funneling equipment to Hezbollah to attack Israel. Thanks to B.L. for the link.
Venezuelan Life Hack: Bread Without Flour
Life has become so intolerable in Venezuelan that state media has begun offering the popular “Life Hacks”. If you haven’t heard of these before, it is generally where someone tries to show a different way of using a common item to obtain results. YouTube is full of them. Some are pretty neat, some border on ridiculous and useless, and some are downright dangerous. The media has picked up on this craze offering things like how to prepare a chocolate cake without flour, sugar, or butter. The recipe uses cornstarch and creamed rice. In one case, a life hack suggests using toothpaste as a pregnancy test, something that science denies the efficacy of. Another hack suggests people visit Peru for health care because the country has supposedly run out of ink and paper for passports for those wishing to leave the country. Thanks to G.M. for the link.
Can you shoot with either hand? What if your strong hand is somehow injured, either in a firefight for the safety of your family or by an accident? Reader F.T. sent in this article offering some tips on training with your weak hand. This is a skill well worth learning. A couple of years ago, I smashed the thumb and forefinger of my hand, shattering the bones at the tip of each. For literally three months, that hand was virtually useless while healing. Even after it healed, there were many months where it was sensitive to pain. Total recovery was nearly six months long. Thankfully, I didn’t need to shoot, but I practiced anyway. It was a very enlightening experience.
There is a wonderful hideaway property listed on Survival Realty. For only $60,000, you can have an off-grid property that includes a well and a storage shed with 12 solar panels already built in. It is currently set up for an RV (not included) and is only six miles from town, but very secluded in its location. A total of 40 acres in Arizona.
When Prepping Becomes Survival
Reader H.L. sent in this article on overlooked skills for extreme emergencies. Using some natural and man-made disasters, the author shows that localized emergencies can present TEOTWAWKI to individuals that may as well be global in nature. Overcoming the popular culture’s vision that you are hoarding when prepping is a mental skill that can mean the difference between life and death. It can also be the difference between losing everything and riding out the emergency in relative comfort. It’s an interesting read.
South Africa: Land or Death
Lauren Southern continues her series on South Africa and this time interviews a government official. Nelson Mandela’s communist dream government had pat answers on how the government was working for the betterment of all people, but when Lauren asked the question about land, the tune changed. The official admitted that they were in the business of taking land from white owners and giving it to black people. Land redistribution based upon skin color. When asked about “compensation”, the official admitted that they leaned towards no compensation and though the laws kept them from endorsing violence at this time, they were actively working to change the laws to allow that. Keep in mind that some of these “white” farmers have owned and worked the land for as many as eight or nine generations. A further interview with some partisan groups demonstrate that the political winds are blowing in the direction of using violence to obtain their goals. Thanks to reader T.J. for the link.
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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!