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”.
It Started with a Potluck
Community is an inextricable part of prepping. As the famous book title states, “No man is an Island”. To attempt to go it alone is a guarantee of extremely hard times when the going gets tough and you may live right on the edge of survival. Just ask the Lykov family how that goes. Patrice Lewis, of the Rural Revolution blog has an interesting article how her community of preppers got started. When hard times come (and they will, even if only for a short time), these neighbors know who to turn to. And it all started with a potluck meal.
War, Famine & Disease
The Patriot Nurse has a good video on those hard times that will eventually hit. War, famine and disease have been with us for thousands of years and will continue to be part of human history, no matter how much the left claims that it will eventually be eradicated. In this video, Patriot Nurse discusses some of those conditions that result in those things and show how they are typically tied together. History shows that these are things that need to be planned for by the average family. Those that don’t plan will suffer the most. Thanks to reader T.J. for the link.
The United Kingdom has now decided that knife attacks are so prevalent that they are going to ban home delivery of knives that are bought online. This is but one more step that the progressive leftists are taking that is absurd and circumvents the real problem. Citizens were assured that by giving up their guns, homicides would be reduced. They weren’t. The bad guys just switched to other weapons like knives or acid. Now they want to remove the knives from society. I guess they haven’t heard of a shiv. As we showed last week, you can even make high quality knives out of everyday things. Nope, this won’t fix the problem. It will just shift it to somewhere else and the law abiding tax payer will be the one that gets hurt. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Database of Journalists
As we go full Orwellian, it never ceases to amaze me how the media continues to be silent on critical issues. According to this article sent in by reader T.P., the Department of Homeland Security want’s to create a database that tracks journalists, bloggers and other “media influencers”. The idea is to set up the database and allow contracting companies 24/7 access to a “password protected” database in order to identify any and all media coverage related to the DHS or any particular event. The database would allow the chosen contractor to instantly know the journalists individual history and political bent. They plan to track 290,000 news sources in over 100 languages.
Owning Your Own Health
I once heard a joke about doctors that went something like this: “Doctors only practice medicine and we are expected to be patient with them.” As an EMT, I have lost track of how many emergency calls I have been on where some mother was concerned about a mild fever or a runny nose in her children, or some other equally absurd use of tax payer money on minor health issues. But the problem goes deeper than that. Your doctor only sees you for a limited about of time and unless your particular case is really interesting to him, he probably doesn’t think much about you. The array of drugs that can interact with each other is truly dizzying and even good doctors can’t possible know everything.
But beyond that, there is a questionable relationship between drug manufacturers (of whom doctors are typically major stockholders) and doctors themselves. In today’s world of instant information, you have access to the same information that your doctor uses. While his/her education is still an extremely important resource, you need to own your own health. Be an informed patient. Research any drug you are put on and know what other drugs interact and what the side effects are. Take care of the simple health problems on your own too. Own your own health. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Facebook Isn’t Your Friend
By now, you should know that when the service is free to you, you are the product being sold. Every post you make, every picture you upload and in many cases, every key you press is recorded, cataloged and data mined for marketing data on you. We live in a day and age that past retailers only dreamed about. Customers who freely give private and intimate details of their lives to people that want to sell you things and don’t worry about the security of that data. As we watch the unfolding of the public backlash against Facebook and others for simply doing what they intended to do all along, how can we be angry at them?
As Andrew Klaven over at the Daily Wire put it recently, Facebook, a company built on collecting and distributing your private data has apologize for collecting and distributing your private data – sort of. I think they just apologized for getting caught and nothing will change. They will still collect and distribute your data and most will still freely give it to them.
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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!