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”. Today features and interesting article with a monetary breakdown of the west. It is definitely worth a read.
Fix NICS – Gun Control in Disguise
Please contact your congressional representatives today and insist that they oppose H.R. 4909, which includes the horribly flawed “Fix NICS” bill that targets veterans. For some details, see this brief announcement from Congressman Massie.
Firearms – Time and Energy vs Money
Reader T.J. sent this video link in to Reid Henrichs of Valor Ridge talking about just purchasing guns vs actually training with them. We’ve all been with friends (or in a gun store) where people talk about the various firearms that they own. How many conversations have you had with these same people about what kind or how much training you’ve done with those firearms? Just from the standpoint of practicality, if you don’t train with a firearm, what good does it do you? A defensive weapon is more likely to be taken from you and used against you if you don’t know how to use it. A long distance platform is worthless if you can’t hit anything with it. Take the time to train. Spend money on it if you need to!
Doomsday Meal Kit
Yep, despite the media bias painting preppers as freaks, it would appear that prepping is now mainstream. Vendors won’t cater to it if it doesn’t make money for them. Interestingly enough Fox News has an article on how Costco will sell you a year’s supply of survival food for a family of four for a mere $6000. That sort of pokes a stick in the eye of the economic recovery lie. I suppose if you want a fairly deep pantry fast and you have the money to burn, it will get you a start on food, but I’d rather buy a freeze dryer and raw ingredients for that kind of money. Note that food is just one part of the mantra “beans, Band-aids, and bullets” too. Thanks to T.J. for the link.
Monetary Breakdown of the West
Reader H.L. sent in this article on a monetary breakdown of western civilization. Have you wondered how nearly the entire world got itself into this practically unrecoverable debt? The article covers the time period from the Classical Gold Standard (1815-1914), Both World Wars, The Gold-Exchange Standard, the advent of fluctuating fiat currencies, Breton Woods, current fiat currencies and much more. It’s a well researched, but palatable history of western finance. Do yourself a favor and get educated on this mess. It is a lengthy article, but can be read in about 30 minutes of uninterrupted time and it is understandable.
Scientists are now warning of a new and deadly disease the could kill millions around the world. There is just one problem with the diagnosis – the disease doesn’t exist yet. It would appear that the prepping mantra “expect the unexpected” has now seeped into the scientific world. The World Health Organization has decided to list the unknown pathogen in their reports and analysis to recognize that the disease has not caused any problems before. It is listed right alongside the standard threats of Ebola, SARS, and Zika. While it seems odd that they would put such emphasis on an unknown and undocumented (and unproven) disease, the WHO claims that they just want to remain flexible in their planning. Thanks to reader B.F. for the link.
Fired Because of CCW Permit
This may be a story to keep an eye on. A Virginian woman claims she was fired as a social worker because she obtained a CCW permit. According to her claims, Roanoke City Social Services claimed she was a “safety risk to the building” because the permit proves she owned a firearm. The details are sketchy and there are lawyers involved already, but if taken at face value, she was unconstitutionally fired. In stories like these, there is usually more involved, but we will be keeping an eye on this as it develops. Thanks to reader S.P. for the link.
Surviving on Water Vapor
Wired magazine has an article on hydropanels. This is technology that literally sucks usable water from the water vapor in the air. Survivalists have long known about this capability and even the military teaches a rudimentary form of deriving water from water vapor in their survival courses using equipment that you have on hand (plastic sheeting or poncho). Now commercial companies are getting into the act with viable products that can produce enough water to keep you alive at reasonable prices. Note that this only keeps you alive. It’s not near enough water to farm or bathe in. Thanks to G.P.
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