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”.
Russian Chemical Attack
Michael Z. Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large sent in this information from a DoD contact:
Don’t believe anything you read, and only half of what you see.
The article says that Russia claims that the OPCW’s Swiss lab determined the sample to be the US agent BZ. BZ is not a nerve agent. It is the closest agent to LSD that the US weaponized in quantity, as an incapacitant. Whatever else is true, no way a good analysis could confuse it with any nerve agent. I’d believe the conspiracy theory that it was a false flag operation with western-produced Novichok before I would believe that one. BZ is not even toxic enough to be on Schedule 1 of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and it’s only on Schedule 2 because it was weaponized.
Which Penetrating Oil is Best?
Reader J.C. sent in this article that examines penetrating oils and makes a determination of which one is best. While I do not like using such light oils for lubrication of moving parts, there are times when getting just a tiny bit of lubrication into a stuck bolt can mean the difference between successful disassembly and a busted bolt. Occasionally, it can save your child’s ears from hearing those filthy words that seem to slide out of your mouth when you have busted your knuckles up. Something to keep in mind though – As good as penetrating oils are at helping to loosen stuck parts, they do not have long term protection capabilities. Do not depend on them to keep that part from getting stuck.
Dick’s Will Destroy Black Rifle Inventory
Oh, the humanity of it! Dick’s sporting goods is making waves again, claiming that they are going to destroy their current inventory of “assault rifles” and magazines. I wasn’t even aware that they carried fully automatic, select fire weapons in their inventory! Wait, I’m confused – are they AR-style rifles or assault rifles? Who even shops at this store anymore? Thanks to reader T.P. for the link.
Reader G.P. sent in this article from the BBC. In a ground breaking investigation, a drug dealer was apprehended by authorities scanning a WhatsApp photo he had posted of his own hand holding his product for sale. Authorities were able to get enough of a fingerprint off of the photograph image to help identify him. While the fingerprint itself was only partial and not enough to fully identify the drug dealer, it set the investigation in motion and eventually led to the arrest and conviction of 11 suspects. The drug dealer had his product vacuum sealed in plastic, but perhaps he should have used gloves as well. Frankly, I’m surprised we haven’t heard of this type of identification before as we have had the technology for quite some time.
NSA Skeleton Key for Encryption
The government is once again lobbying for a back door into any encryption used to store your personal data. It’s apparently not enough that they can go through your garbage once you have tossed it. The executive agencies are lobbying for a bill that will mandate that any company that keeps a central data repository of an encrypted nature that contains your search history must give the NSA the keys to open that encryption at will. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
The Internet of Things
Also sent in by reader H.L. was this article profiling how a hacker stole a casino’s high-roller database by hacking into an Internet connected thermometer in an aquarium located in the lobby. The hacker used his access to the thermometer to scan the casino’s internal network, located the desired data and then pull that data back out into the Internet at large through the thermometer. This problem is only going to get worse as companies flood the market with inexpensive interconnected hardware that hasn’t been thoroughly tested. Most of these devices are never upgraded or secured and the owners are blissfully unaware of the risk they place on their own networks.
Drug Resistant Typhoid
Reader F.M. sent in this article profiling an epidemic of drug-resistant typhoid that is spreading through Pakistan. This particular strain of typhoid has become resistant to five types of antibiotics and is expected to replace the weaker strains in areas where they are more common. As of right now, there is only one antibiotic that can combat the disease. One more genetic mutation could void the use of that drug as well.
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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!