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 ”. Smartphone security is in question again as the iPhone Security has apparently been breached in even the latest models.
Gun Confiscation in America
You have always known that the ultimate goal of gun control extremists is total gun confiscation. Chuck Baldwin writes about how the plan is not to control, but to prohibit private ownership of firearms . With the latest statement of Trump to “Take the guns first, go through due process second” you have to wonder if he even has a clue what the phrase “due process” is. Despite these words becoming a rallying cry for gun control proponents, the current Republican congress is holding Trump’s illogical thinking in check, at least in part. With mid-term elections on the horizon though, there is reason to be concerned.
Traditionally, the party in power loses seats in the mid-term elections. Imagine a Trump making statements like these along with his statements about signing anything Congress sends to him when Congress is held by the most radical, liberal party ever to hold significant power in the U.S.. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Reader D.B. sent in this article that outlines how Cellebrite, a company specializing in security is most likely able to unlock any iPhone . A warrant unearthed by Forbes shows that the U.S. government hired them to break into an iPhone X owned by Abdulmajid Saidi, a suspect in an arms trafficking case. Apparently, the data was successfully extracted. The details are not known, so we don’t know if Saidi didn’t have his phone properly locked or if Cellebrite can actually break the robust security on the iPhone X, but there is significant question as to your privacy on these devices. While we won’t condone the criminal activity that led the government to seek that data, it is concerning to us that anything you might keep on your phone can be accessed.
A judge has ordered the San Diego school district to hand over evidence of their correspondence with a Muslim advocacy group. The school district has been corresponding with CAIR, a group known to have ties with and possibly supporting Muslim terrorist groups as part of an anti-Islomophobia bullying initiative . Concerned parents reported that the program looked more like a religious advocacy program than anything else. This fits right in line with the progressive/left’s encouragement of failed multiculturalism policies as it seeks to “fundamentally change America”. Now would be a good time to get your kids out of this communist/socialist indoctrination and either support a private school or homeschool them. If you think you can’t afford it, find a homeschool advocacy group in your area. You really can, though you may have to adjust your living expectations. Thanks to D.S. for the link.
Schools Encouraging Walk-Outs Over Guns
A SurvivalBlog reader forwarded an email to us that he received from his daughter’s middle school in Charlottesville encouraging parents to allow their children to participate in the non-education related, social justice warrior activity. While the email is too lengthy to reprint in full here, some of the statements include:
Students will be permitted to leave class to participate in the demonstration in an orderly manner and we will encourage them to remain on school property to maximize safe conditions.
Harassment of students whether they participate or choose not to participate in the walkout will not be tolerated.
And you just thought your school was about education.
The Police State
One of the defining principles of a police state is when the authorities attempt to control the news media. Every police state ever known has used this basic principle to squash dissension and encourage (or force) uniformity. You know that despite the freedoms that Americans enjoy in what is probably the freest country ever conceived, it steadily marches towards that position. Now Reader T.P. sends in this article showing how a Kentucky State Police spokesman stirred up a First Amendment controversy by sending an email to the Mountain Advocate newspaper and a Bell County radio station demanding that they wait for KSP press releases  before publishing anything about ongoing investigations.
Reader D.B. sent in this notice that he received about a far left organization that honored women who participated in armed revolutionary conflict in order to advance the violent authoritarian ideology of communism  on International Women’s Day. In their post, they advocate for armed preemptive violence against people they believe to be their enemies (read that as capitalists, the patriarchy, et cetera). They also clarify that they are arming themselves for war and talk about the glory that will be bestowed upon the martyrs who take up their cause. They end the blog with this:
“A proletarian Women’s Guerrilla Defense Unit is not enough in and of itself. This unit must be thought of as the seed planted for the growing all-gender working-class revolutionary army to carry out the highest point we can aspire to: a revolutionary soldier in the coming Protracted People’s War.
The time for activism is over. Now is the time of war.”
This type of rhetoric has mostly been reserved to third world countries and now we are seeing it in the U.S. The veneer between civility and savagery is very, very thin anymore.
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