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”. Facebook employees are panicking? What’s so bad about that?
Rural Hospitals Gone
Small rural hospitals across the nation are filing for bankruptcy because they can’t stay afloat in today’s healthcare environment. This means that many small towns don’t have access to local hospitals and emergency crews must transport to the nearest hospital which can be up to an hour away in some cases. The rates of local hospital closures is the highest seen in the last few decades.
I know my town is a victim of this. It had it’s own hospital for nearly 100 years, but starting about 25 years ago, began to struggle. The city run hospital closed and two private entities have tried to run a hospital in that time and both have failed. The county is now trying to raise taxes to run one, but the tax base is so fractious, they’ve been fighting for nearly 10 years just to break ground. The closest ER is over 45 minutes away. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
It’s a sad day when you can’t teach your children to be independent because of state social services or nosy neighbors, but that is where our litigious society has brought us. Reader H.L. sent in this article on how the State of Utah has actually passed a law to allow parents to do what they should be doing – Let your kids grow up. While the law is a step in the right direction, it does spell specific situations out and since no specific age is given, it may have room for parents to still be prosecuted if things go wrong. By the way, if you live in an area where it is actually dangerous to let your kids be self-reliant, perhaps you should consider moving to a more family friendly area.
Sleeping Bag in a Can
Sometimes the U.S Military can have novel ideas that are really neat. Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, sent in this article on what looks like a giant sardine can, but is, in reality, a full military sleeping bag. The can was vacuum packed in 1952 and is part of an Air Force aircrew bailout kit. Even after 65 years, it functional and compact. Just remember that if you’re really tall, it may not work so well for you.
Fighting Tanks with Rifles
Mike Williamson also takes on the myth that a man with a rifle can’t take on tanks or planes with just a rifle. Obviously, that statement is made by a person who has no real world experience and hasn’t studied history very well. Sure, you can’t stand toe-to-tow with a tank and win that battle, but even other tanks don’t like to fight pitched battles that way. Those methods of fighting dies out with the American Revolution over 200 years ago. Mike walks through the whole process to show just how effective light infantry can be. Remember, the tank probably isn’t your target. There are bureaucrats, leaders and soft targets that are necessary to any occupying force and these present much better targets, even to the lone infantry man.
Lightning is More Dangerous
Reader T.J. sent in this video where Reid Henrichs talks about some of the more ridiculous positions that the progressive left has taken regarding firearms and gun control. He has also sent in these Reference sources so you can see the data for yourself:
- National Weather Service Study
- National Center for Education Statistics Study
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) study on drowning
- 2013 CDC Report on Gun Violence
“The left wants to ban the AR-15 due to an ‘epidemic’ of school violence and children being ‘slaughtered.’
Government studies however, reveal the extent of their deceit.
The reality is that one is more likely to be struck by lightning.
The reality is that swimming pools kill more people than firearms.
The left willingly distorts reality. The left is absurd, sensational, and logically inconsistent.
They lie, then lie some more in order to enact their utopian, socialist agenda.”
DOJ Wants Your Phone
Reader G.P. sent in this article on how the DOJ has revived its push to mandate a way to unlock all cell phones. They want your phone manufacturer to build in a back door so that they can access your data whenever they wish. Sure they claim that they will only do so when they have obtained a proper warrant, but if you believe that, then you haven’t been paying attention lately. The information collection services of the U.S. government have cast a wide net (much, much wider than what is legal) and they use this data as they want to. Very little has been done to stop them either.
Facebook Employees Panicking
Reader D.B. sent in this article on how Facebook is scrambling to calm employees after a disastrous week of damage control. Remember, Facebook was OK with harvesting your data and using it when they thought it was going to get a Democrat elected. Once the Republicans figured out how to use the same data, it became evil. It turns out that Facebook employees themselves actually wrote much of the programming that was used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest that data. Just like the “Russian collusion” scandal, it appears that progressive/liberals are much to blame for the problem.
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