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”.
I’m finally beginning to get some dexterity back in my fingers after the accident. It’s tough not being able to use your hands when there is so much to be done. Spring is definitely here! On the bright side, I spent some time watching YouTube videos and found a new vlogger that I like. AvE is a Canadian that believes in destructive testing of products. He tears down expensive tools and compares them to the cheap alternatives. He’s very ADD and reminds me of myself when I was younger.
In particular, he has a series where he compares the “Made in the USA” tools to Chinese imports and the results are rather surprising. In some cases, the “Made in the USA” tool performs better, as you would expect, but only marginally. In other cases, the Chinese import outperforms the USA product. I’m reminded of the early days of Japanese car imports. There was a time when Japanese car companies truly did produce junk, but it wasn’t long before they had a quality product on the market and the US auto manufactures were still producing the same old thing. You could routinely get 500,000 miles out of a Japanese engine while American engines were doing good to get 100,000 without having to be rebuilt. Who doesn’t think of Toyota as a quality product nowadays?
Competition is a good thing for the consumer. In any case, destructive testing is always fascinating to watch, especially when the product is expensive. Note: He does use rough language.
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Reader H.L. sent in this article on how the Second Amendment is chipped away one little piece at a time. The effort is relentless and every compromise made is a significant victory to the other side. The article outlines the document “Gun Control: Gateway to Tyranny” which highlights similarities between the Nazi Weapons Law of March 18, 1938 and the U.S. Gun Control Act of 1968.
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Banks continue to attempt to direct how you can spend your own money. Now Amalgamated Bank is pressuring Sturm, Ruger & Company, demanding that they adopt six reforms or it would not support the re-election of one of the gun maker’s board members, Sandra Froman, who is also an NRA board member. The bank claims that Froman’s (and the company’s) close ties to the NRA pose a conflict of interest. Thanks to reader T.P. for the link.
Wilderness is too risky
In a bizarre statement, the near century old outdoor recreation club at Penn State says they will now refrain from going outside because it is too dangerous out in the wilderness according to officials at Penn State University. The decision was made by an administrative office that never consulted with the club and they will no longer allow the club to organize outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester. Two other clubs – the spelunking Nittany Grotto Caving Club and the Nittany Divers SCUBA club have also been directed to end their trips. Thanks to C.H. for the link.
Who has more of your personal data than Facebook? Try Google. This article sent in by reader P. shows that Google gathers more data than even facebook, yet no one is really talking about it. Simply by using Google as your search engine, or visiting a site that uses Google Analytics or AdSense, or send an email through Gmail, you allow them to collect information on your browsing and shopping habits and they are very good at collating and mining that data. Make the switch to ProtonMail from Gmail and to DuckDuckGo from Google today!
Off Grid Living
A SurvivalBlog reader sent in this article on a small community that lives off-grid. It’s an interesting concept, but there are some things notably missing from the article. Homes were built for as little as $20,000 and the village is a planned community of 600 people on 25 acres of land. It is an intriguing concept, but there is no mention of security. The community seems to be made mostly of tree-huggers. It will certainly be interesting to watch the progress of this community. In any case, it does show that this style of living is entirely viable.
SurvivalRealty has a reasonably priced property for sale in North Carolina that would make a really nice retreat. The 41 acres offer great privacy with fantastic views and a spring. The property is located at the end of a state road so there is no through traffic and it has a building site that has already been graded. Three phase power is available 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!