The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

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.

Banning Knives

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!




10 Comments

  1. We’ve seen Great Britain asking and accepting sporting rifles from the US during WW II to arm their Home Guard with, to banning guns for the most part, to now placing heavy restrictions on knives; Are cricket bats next?

    Owning your health; I have declined treatment and medication after researching them on the web. Pharmaceutical/Doctor relationships. As a spouse of a medical professional I have been to a few catered dinner/presentations by drug reps advertising the latest greatest wonder drug. These are not cheap to put on when inviting all of the clinic staff plus spouses. It is definitely a scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours relationship. To be fair, these dinner presentations happen in many professional fields.

  2. Another problem they have in the UK, imported with their “refugees” are acid attacks. They will have acid in water bottles and when in an argument or an attack will spray the acid in to the infidels face. Their answer to this problem? Yep, banning acid.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/07/retailers-ban-acid-sales-under-18s/

    Wonder how many cars they have in the UK, with an acid filled battery just sitting there on the street waiting to jump out and attack an infidel.

    While stationed in Subic Bay they had all these tourist shops with crazy knives and swords that they made out of car leaf springs. Cut and polished, chromed and proof you can make things any way you can imagine and the government can’t keep up wit that.

  3. Check out the numbers:

    “In the UK, men are more likely to be victims than women, which is believed to be due to gang violence. Reportedly, gang members carry acid concealed in a drinks bottle, where police are more alert to conventional weapons such as knives or guns

    London is the UK’s centre of acid attacks – Metropolitan Police figure show over 1,800 assaults with a corrosive substance since 2010, with figures still rising year on year and 454 assaults reported in 2016”

    This is why London has now out paced NY with violent attacks.

  4. Mankind Will Be Extinct in 10 Years Claims Biologist
    [YouTube Video]
    Canadian Prepper
    Published on Apr 7, 2018
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh30Kx1o5lI
    Duration 23:56

    “In this video I interview Guy McPherson a biologist and professor emeritus of the University of Arizona. He currently resides on a homestead in Belize. Dr. Mcpherson believes that the biggest threat facing mankind is global warming, that the threat is being downplayed and that its long past the point of being resolved as a phenomenon called ‘runaway climate change’ has already been put in motion.”

    Biologist Predicts how Civilization Collapses Soon
    [YouTube Video]
    Canadian Prepper
    Published on Apr 8, 2018
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw0AAsGaDg0
    Duration 18:04

    “In this video I interview Guy McPherson a biologist and professor emeritus of the University of Arizona. He currently resides on a homestead in Belize. Dr. Mcpherson believes that the biggest threat facing mankind is global warming, that the threat is being downplayed and that its long past the point of being resolved as a phenomenon called ‘runaway climate change’ has already been put in motion.”

  5. Can you reference the comment “there is a questionable relationship between drug manufacturers (of whom doctors are typically major stockholders) and doctors themselves”?
    I’m a physician, so I obviously know a lot of physicians, but I can only think of one (dermatologist) in my area who has been significantly invested with “Big Pharma.”
    I don’t question the premise…patients absolutely need to educate themselves. Back when people had support of extended families, they didn’t need to rely on their doctor to walk them through every low grade fever, gastroenteritis or sniffle.

  6. Re: knife bans, the UK government has absolutely no idea how ingenious people wishing to do harm to others can be. A shiv or shank can be made of almost anything: I once confiscated a wooden dagger from a young “underprivileged” kid at a summer camp! He had pulled it on me!

    To prevent knife attacks, they need to ban all wood, plastics, bone and metal, as well as cloth and epoxies (homemade micarta!). Then we have to go after stones and cord, which can be used to make an impact weapon like a slung shot, which is both lethal and easy to conceal. Anything heavy and anything which can be sharpened can be turned into a weapon, with very little effort. All vehicles, from the smallest scooter to the largest lorry, must be banned “for the public good.”

    The UK ban is doomed to failure from the outset. Public safety will not improve. I feel truly saddened to see what is being done to the people of the UK.

    1. Bob G,
      TO add to your premise, I was taught, “The mind is the only weapon. Everything else is just a tool.”

      And to add on top of THAT, The Four Esses:
      Suppress
      Shoot
      Shovel
      Silence

      If the serfs would learn those lessons, they wouldn’t be serfs.

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