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 statists are foiled by the ingenuity of the average man. (pun fully intended – read “knife, foiled” to see how.)
Apparently the “Roseanne” reboot blew up the TV ratings this week. I don’t know, because I didn’t watch it. It would appear that many conservatives are cheering because ABC finally put a pro-Trump character on that wasn’t a total idiot. There is just one problem. If you thought this was a right-leaning TV show, you would be wrong. Producers think that the only difference between the right and the left is economics and all they have to do is have a middle-class working woman be a Trump supporter to “click” with the rest of fly-over America. Of course that ignores the fact that the TV show is pro-gay-marriage, pro-abortion, feminist and pro-transgenderism with the implication that the main character is good because of these views. Nope. They missed it again. Hopefully, conservatives won’t bite on this one.
Firearm Sales Demographics
From Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large:
I have noticed, as have several others, that the last few weeks have had a huge upswing in black attendance at gun shows. I saw a significant increase in black families–middle class, respectable–coming into the local show and leaving with purchases. Most were buying AK and AR platform rifles, pump shotguns and Glock or Smith and Wesson handguns. These are all practical, reliable defensive tools.
Clearly, they’re aware of the threats they will face during civil unrest, and are insuring against it. Anti-gun rhetoric to the contrary, they were of course welcomed by the rest of the firearm community and the vendors.
It will be interesting to see if this presages any shift in the upcoming elections.
Be the Gray Man
Reader J.H. sent in this article of interest that outlines strategies for blending in and becoming invisible in society. Sure, you can openly oppose predators that you dislike, but you certainly stand out in a crowd and draw the interest of those parties. If you have enough force, you can get away with that. A second strategy is to simply wait until you are being looked at and then act. This article outlines ways that you can seem like you are just part of the crowd and avoid attracting the unwanted attention. The article address things like clothing, mannerisms, movement and routes.
From Japan comes this proof that the most ordinary things can be made into extraordinary weapons or tools. Reader T.Z sent this article and video of a person who took an ordinary roll of aluminum foil that you might buy at a grocery store and turned it into a pretty amazing kitchen knife using ordinary hand tools. For the sharpening part, the person had a variety of tools that you might not have around your house, but I think the concept is valid. If you are like most Americans, you might not have the fine sharpening stones that the maker had, but you probably have something that you can use. I’ve even used a concrete sidewalk to put a rudimentary edge on tooling before. U.K. readers may want to take note here.
Reader G.S. sent in this article on a new Firefox add-on that stops Facebook from tracking your online habits. The plugin makes Facebook run in an isolated tab that hides the rest of your browser from it. Facebook thinks that it is the only application running within the browser and that there is nothing to track. While we can’t condone the use of Facebook, we’ll be interested to hear from our readers who do use it if this actually works, and if so, how well.
As today’s interactions with law enforcement become more and more hostile (sometimes for good reasons), this article should probably be required reading. Written from the perspective of someone who was abused by the system, it is a stiff reminder that you need to remain silent and distrustful of authority. Your inherent rights are easily violated and you are innocent until proven guilty. The law enforcement you are dealing with has the priority of solving a crime, not protecting your rights. You must take ownership of that job. Thanks to DSV for the link.
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