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”. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families in the Florida shooting.
National Debt is Unsustainable
A top intelligence official, Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, is warning that the U.S.’s national debt isn’t just unsustainable, but it puts national security at risk. This warning comes after Trump signed a two-year budget deal that basically wasn’t a budget. Instead, it boosted domestic and military spending by $300 million and which is projected to add $1.5 trillion to deficits over the next 10 years. This is the same ol’, same ol’ that we’ve been dealing with for the past 30 years. Congress controls the purse strings and if they don’t get their act together soon, the U.S. will be finished. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Total Household Debt
Of course, it’s not just congress that has a spending problem. Reader G.P. also sent in this link showing how the total household debt has soared to a record $13 trillion dollars. Mortgage balances rose by $139 billion and credit card debt had the second largest increase ($26 billion). This is the fifth consecutive year of annual household debt growth with increases in mortgage, student, auto and credit card categories. We wonder why the congress critters can’t get control of the national budget, but we are the ones who repeatedly vote them in and we can’t get control of our own household budgets. Consumerism will be the death of this nation.
Remington in Trouble
Remington Outdoor Company, Inc, one of the largest U.S. makers of firearms has reached out to bankers and credit investment funds in search of financing that will allow it to file for bankruptcy. How you can drive a company that sells firearms in today’s market is beyond me. That was just poor business planning on their part. Yes, there is a glut of AR type firearms on the market now, but just a couple of years ago, they couldn’t make them fast enough. How do you squander all that capital?
It seems to me that bad financial management is a problem all the way around. Consumers can’t manage their own home finances, The government can’t manage it’s finances and companies that should be rolling in cash can’t seem to manage their finances. The only companies that seem to be able to survive are those leftist tech companies that consumers keep dumping cash in. Thanks to P.S. for the link.
Transgender Elementary Principle
A 52-year-old male elementary school principal in Swampscott, Massachusetts has announced in a letter to the school community that he is transgender, identifies as both male and female and plans to move forward presenting himself as a female. He will choose the name “Shannon” as it is used for both male and females, to help his fluid gender identity. This man does not need to be a school principle, but instead needs mental help. Daniels is married and says he hopes to physically make the transition to become a woman. These are the people who have influence over your kids nearly 40 hours each week. In some cases, that’s more time than what parents get to spend with their kids.
Get your kids out of
these indoctrination centers public school while you still can. Your children are your heritage. How can we expect them to continue the same values that we have if we keep exposing them to this garbage? Thanks to D.B. for the link.
Baseball? What’s that?
The Army has announced that they will drop the hand-grenade competency as a graduation requirement from Army Basic Training. The issue is that today’s young people have not grown up throwing a baseball to each other. Rather, they have grown up with excellent thumb co-ordination as they play video games and text each other on their phones. The Army has found that if a person doesn’t already have the muscle memory and relative competency to throw a baseball sized object, they can’t be taught to throw a hand-grenade in the allotted time. The Army ends up having to teach them how to throw an object and in the few days allotted for this training, the recruits can’t throw an object far enough away to be considered safe.
When I was growing up and we found someone who threw like this, we always accused them of throwing like a girl. I guess that’s sexist today and I’ve seen many girls that can throw objects far better than most young men in high school. There is something to be said for handing your kids a baseball and kicking them outside in the summer rather than letting them spend so many hours on video games.
Most Overlooked Survival Item
Wranglerstar reviews the ACR ResQLink GPS Beacon as a survival tool. This is a tool that is practically mandatory if you need a tool that will get you help if you can’t help yourself when you are alone in the back country. Thanks to T.J. for the link.
Once again, a mass murderer has killed multiple people in a victim-rich location (gun-free zone) and all the warning signs leading up to this tragedy have been ignored. As expected, the left leaning progressives are calling for more gun control despite the statistics that show it doesn’t work. Authorities have the suspected shooter in custody and there is some preliminary evidence that this domestic terrorism was inspired by the middle east terrorist groups with some going so far as claiming that he attempted to contact these groups. The school knew the shooter was a problem and simple expelled him. I wonder if those who simply kicked the problem down the road will ever be held responsible for the carnage?
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families who are suffering the loss of their loved ones.
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