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 ”. Wait till you hear about the accidental discharge by a teacher!
Reader H.L. sent in this article on how one writer feels total gun control is on the horizon . In essence this is about using domestic violence (or the threat of it) to create a protective order that allows authorities to confiscate your firearms without any real due process. Or as Trump recently put it “Take the gun first, go through due process second.” Obviously, these people understand what due process is so this is flat out about gun confiscation. How hard do you think it is for anyone to make a claim that you are a danger to yourself or others?
In a complete act of stupidity,
deputy Barney Feif a teacher had an accidental discharge  of their firearm inside a classroom. The firearms discharged into the ceiling and one student was taken to the hospital due to injuries received from shrapnel as the bullet fractured upon impact. According to some reports, the teacher was showing the students how to disarm an attacker. While this incident will certainly be used by the left to dissuade lawmakers from allowing teachers to be armed, what you won’t hear from them is how this teacher was also a reserve police officer  and a city council member.
A rather large solar storm is being tracked by NASA and could hit the earth today causing damage to satellites, power systems and creating some spectacular northern lights. The storm coincides with a yearly weakening of earths natural protection against charged particles that occurs around the spring and fall equinoxes which could make the damage worse. Prepare accordingly. Thanks to P.M. for the link.
Stop the Bleed
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large wrote in to remind everyone that March 31st is “Stop the Bleed Day”. Bleedingcontrol.org  is a site that everyone should visit regularly for the latest info on professional and improvised bleeding control. It’s easy to do and may very well save your life or that of another. You have no reason not to use this free resource in your medical preps.
Social Media Safety
Mike Williamson also sent in this article about a Belgian court threatening Facebook  over privacy concerns. Mike says:
Facebook’s creepy algorithms stalk members and non-members across the web, spying on you and storing everything you do in the unique permanent data file they have just on you.
Can you imagine this bizarre yet true reality – Facebook, just like Google, SNAP, Instagram, and yes, even WhatsApp, create a permanent record of you and what you do – and it’s just not your posts they are recording for a lifetime – rather they are logging everything about you – topics you discuss, people you talk to, news that you read, everywhere you are, everything you search about, things you buy, the list is endless. They sell it too.
Facebook is like a communist country with a crazy leader and absolutely no integrity.”
From Cold to Quadruple Amputation
Reader DSV sent in this article on a freak medical nightmare. About a month ago, Tiffany King got a cold. Sadly, she was on the drug Humira because of a rare form of arthritis that affects the spine and large joints of the body. Humira, however, weakens the body’s immune system. As a result, her cold turned into bacterial and viral pneumonia and she ended up in the hospital for a month where she got sepsis. In the hospital, doctors put her on a low blood pressure medicine when caused her body to shunt blood away from her extremities and resulted in a quadruple amputation. The takeaway from this? Take ownership of your own health. Know what the side effects of any medicine are that you take and make informed choices on what your health care options are.
Reader W.W. sent in this article on the results of testing some of the leading brands of bottled water . Unsurprisingly, they were contaminated with a number of things, including plastic particles. By and large, tap water is actually safer than bottled water (except in rare cases like Flint, Michigan) and you can mitigate the quality of your own water. At the Latimer we use both reverse osmosis water as well as filtered water for cooking, drinking and other health related activities. The regular tap water is used for all other things like washing dishes, bathing, et cetera. Good water testing is available for about $50 and everyone should have their water tested. If you are not in control of your own water supply, you may want to have it test often.
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Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact  form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!