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 media is still hysterical over the Ghost gunner this week.
Domestic Terrorism Bill
Reader H.L. sent in this article on the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018. While the title certainly evokes a response that no reasonable person could object to, the content of the bill contains some disturbing language. The bill makes reference to “patriot” groups as well as “anti-government militias”. That sounds like the FBI wants to criminalize first amendment actions such as those that occurred in Nevada. Speaking out seems to be a precursor to terrorism and exercising rights is suspicious. We are still dealing with the fallout from another government agency (IRS) targeting any group that had an affiliation to the word “patriot”.
Meanwhile, on the Mexico border, the Mexican army has stepped up it’s pressure on the drug cartels and has discovered many weapons caches buried near the Rio Grande. The caches contained AK-47, fully automatic rifles, claymore mines and grenade launchers. The U.S. state department is discouraging all travel to 31 Mexican states and has raised five states to Level 4, the equivalent of a war zone. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Rio Yellow Fever Panic
Fears of yellow fever spreading in Rio de Janeiro have prompted the illegal killing of scores of monkeys, complicating the efforts to fight the virus. The local population mistakenly believes that the monkeys can spread the fever to humans and just this year, 238 have been found so far. Some have been poisoned, but most have been beaten to death. In actuality, the monkeys are used a a signal to track the virus which is actually spread by mosquitoes. With the locals killing the monkeys, the officials are having a much more difficult time tracking the potentially deadly virus. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
LL Bean Now Tracking Their Boots
Reader D.W. sent in this article on how L.L. Bean is planning to install trackers in their boots and some other articles of clothing to track where consumers take them after the purchase. While the program is supposed to be an opt-in, meaning you have to volunteer for it, we all know how that turned out with smart phones and the third party apps that consumers install on the phones. It is unlikely that consumers will have the choice of purchasing the same item with or without the sensors installed. Also noteworthy is L.L. Beans scraping of its “guaranteed for life policy”. You now have a one year guarantee and you have to have a receipt.
Obama Portraits Unveiled
The official Obama portraits have been unveiled and they are kind of weird. Noteworthy though is the “other” portraits that the have been painted by the artist selected to do the president’s portrait. Among them, the author has several that have been inspired by the apocryphal book of Judith. This book inspired a considerable amount of art during the Renaissance and Baroque periods and in particular contain the story of a woman whacking of a guy’s head.
However, in this artists rendition, it is a black woman holding the severed head of a white woman. Obama’s response is: “what I was always struck by when I saw [Wiley’s] portraits was the degree to which they challenged our ideas of power and privilege.” Yep, the man who originally promised to unite the world clearly likes the idea of blacks rising up in violence against whites. My personal favorite rendition of Obama’s portrait was done by a Reddit user. Thanks to T.P. for the link.
Federal Reciprocity Bill
Reader R.T. sent in this comment on 60 Minutes this week:
“’60 Minutes’, the Sunday night TV show, had a segment about the national reciprocity bill and one of their main arguments was put forward by Steve Kroft: “So this law would essentially usurp the gun laws in cities like New York and Chicago and Los Angeles.” Is Steve Kroft advocating states’ rights? I cannot recall his support of states’ rights when it came to marriage laws being overturned by the repeal of the ‘Defense of Marriage’ law. If Mr. Kroft had done his homework he would be in full support of this reciprocity law so that it could also be repealed and replaced with a federal ban on concealed carry laws in all states.”
Marketing Ghost Gun Fear
Reader H.L. sent in this article detailing some of the outrageous claims and false language used by the media when describing the Ghost Gunner. In particular, the news outlet used the word “loophole” to describe the legality of the Ghost Gunner. In reality, the law is very clear on the ability of a person to create and build firearms for their own use. There is no “loophole” in the law. Other language like “most disturbing” to describe the lack of serial numbers on home built weapons belie the near utter uselessness of serial numbers in tracking gun crimes.
The reality is that serial numbers aid in the confiscation of weapons and little else. This article is worth a read to help you recognize the biases inherent in the media. We actually have a Ghost Gunner that we are testing for an article and I can tell you that this is nothing more than a hobby CNC machine. Yes, it is optimized for machining small parts like firearms receivers, but there is nothing in this machine that isn’t in other CNC machines.
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