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 focuses mainly on medical drug issues.
Why Democrats Would Lose a Civil War
Another U.S. civil war is unlikely in the near future, but if it were to come to that, this article explains why a red vs. blue war would result in the blue losing. While the blue holds the ports, the red holds the heartland with the vast majority of resources. Even if the military were to fall on the blue side, it would be incapable of imposing it’s will. Sure, it could probably hold any ground it stood on and a short distance around, but in 4th gen warfare, there are no pitched battles.
Long Thin Logistics Chain of Medicine
Did you know that a significant portion (if not the majority) of medicinal drugs in the U.S. are manufactured off-shore? On the Food and Drug Administration’s web site, there is a page that lists drugs that are in short supply. Last week, there were 90 entries on the list covering drugs such as antibiotics, anesthesia, imaging aids, immunosuppressives, tube feeding solutions, and sedatives. Remember this last season when a string of hurricanes cause a severe saline shortage because a major manufacturer had to shut down operations in Puerto Rico? There is a national security issue when this many medical drugs are manufactured and supplied on a very vulnerable supply line. Hopefully, next time your doctor puts you on a drug (especially a long-term drug), this will help you ask questions you didn’t think of before. Thanks to reader V.V. for the link.
Drug Ads on TV
here is an interesting article, sent in by reader DSV, on why your T.V. is inundated with ads for drugs that you can’t really even remember the name of, let alone what they treat. The article definitely has an anti-big-pharma slant to it, but it does bring up some serious points to ponder. This is a push to normalize medicinal drug use for the vast majority of the population. It also encourages you to self-diagnose and “go to your doctor”. This encourages you to allow someone else to manage your health. As an EMT, I can readily see where the vast majority of the population in the area where I live have lost the ability to manage even minor sicknesses and symptoms. They are incredibly dependent upon a complicated, self-replicating health monster.
Mass Shootings and Drugs
Unless you had your head stuck in the sand, you are probably familiar with the fact that every mass shooter in recent history was already on mind and mood altering drugs when they committed their atrocities. There is a question in many minds of whether the caused the issue or whether the drug was just innefective in dealing with the mental issue. An important point to remember is that drug companies are required to list the side-effects of these drugs. When you read them, you find that sometimes the side effect is the exact same thing the drug is designed to negate.
That means at a minimum, anyone being given these drugs should be closely supervised. If the drug isn’t working as intended, it must be changed or removed. Drug companies are well aware of this because as the article points out, they have paid millions in settlements over these exact same issues. Thanks to D.S. for the link.
Cape Town Water Crises Survival
Reader G.P. sent in this National Geographic video on the Cape Town water shortage. While the majority of main stream media has been ignoring the whole issue, SurvivalBlog readers have been aware as we have followed the reporting by Lauren Southern and others. National Geographic’s coverage focuses on the need for better usage patterns of water such as using “grey” water to flush the toilets and how to manage hygiene with less water. It’s a bit on the propeganda side, but valuable information nonetheless.
Ryan Bundy is Running for Governor
Reader H.L. sent in this article on Ryan Bundy’s bid for Governor of Nevada. This may be one more side effect of the blowback on the federal goverments zeal to crush them. Without the national media coverage generated by the both the Nevada conflict and the Oregon conflict and the subsequent railroading of the federal court case, I think it would be doubtful that he would stand a chance. I don’t agree with the tactics used by the Bundy’s, especially in Oregon, but the government’s response was so over the top (and typical) that I really think they created this. I also agree with his statement that he is probably the best candidate in the field that is currently running.
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