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”. Once again, the American people are betrayed by their congressmen and more gun control is implemented.
Republicans Pass Gun Control
The ridiculously expensive omnibus bill just passed by both the House and the Senate and signed by President Trump includes the controversial “Fix NICS” background check enhancements. It also contains provisions to strip the Second Amendment rights from Social Security recipients if they have financial problems. This despite no “old timers with dementia” having committed any mass murders or drug-related killings. Both political parties stink. The Republicans are well on their way to alienating the very wave of voters that put them in power last election. The Democrats want to turn the U.S. into a socialist/communist regime. Both parties can’t balance a checkbook. Thanks to Reader B.L. for the link.
Citigroup Enforces Gun Control
Dick’s Sporting goods has doubled down on their refusal to sell firearms to anyone under 21 years old despite admitting that they are seeing a deeper dip in sales across the board since their decision. Reader H.L. sent in this article on how Citigroup has now decided to enforce these kinds of restrictions on customers. If a business uses Citigroup to process credit cards, then they are not allowed to sale to individuals under 21 either. If the business balks at these restrictions, Citigroup says they can go somewhere else. We hope that every American who believes in the Second Amendment, whether or not they own a firearm, cancels their Citibank credit card and/or account and finds another bank and/or credit card.
RealID and Guns
Reader J.C. sent in this article reminding us about the impact of the Federal RealID requirements for drivers licenses. In states that have implemented this ID, you may not be able to purchase a firearm if you only have their regular ID rather than the RealID. Full compliance doesn’t kick in until 2020, but when you renew your license, you will need to take note of this. The article is about California, but I checked in my state and the same restrictions apply. Note that you will also need the RealID to check in at the airport or federal facilities.
Orwell’s 1984 via Samsung
Samsung has released a website in Sweden that will allow you to remove your memories of a TV show so that you can watch it again. The site uses hypnosis over a period of about 23 minutes to remove the memories using both visual and aural stimulation. While the website is only available on the Swedish website, Google’s translate will allow anyone to experience it. I did visit the website to investigate, but I did not attempt the self hypnosis. Frankly, I don’t trust anyone getting inside my head and tinkering around. We are already too close to Orwell’s 1984 as it is.
Reader P.S. sent in this link to an article about a writer who worked to stay anonymous in Australia in the face of data retention laws that required internet service providers and telecommunications carriers to retain customer’s phone and internet metadata for two years. When the smart card service “Opal” was introduced, he learned how to purchase the card with cash, top it off with cash, but never in the same place and never with a credit or debit card. it sometimes required herculean effort as most places were kiosks that required credit cards. It’s an interesting read about how two years of hard work to stay anonymous came crashing down because he forgot to top off the card beforehand and the only machine available took credit cards. And “poof”, just like that, his anonymity was destroyed.
Youth Profess “No Religion”
Youth in the United Kingdom are some of the least religious in post-Christian Europe. Almost 70 percent self-identify as having no religion. No wonder these youth are having trouble identifying the evils of Islam as it invades their country. Sadly, this means that these youth are often lost in a sea of wavering morals. Situational ethics, the scourge of the 1970s is back and moral relativity is the rage. Right and wrong are simply defined by how you feel at the time. According to the article, there are parallels in the U.S. as well as a growing number of young people abandon the faith of their parents in favor of their own selfish desires.
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