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”. There are several interesting articles today, but the EMP article is a good refresher (or starter) for those who want to check on their preps in that area.
Reader H.L. sent in this article on the effects of EMP. The author believes this is the most likely and most dangerous proposition the U.S. could ever face as few outside of the prepper community are even pondering such an end. Fewer still are prepared to survive such an SHTF event. For those unfamiliar with the effects of the EMP, the initial problem is just the beginning. A large scale EMP attack would cripple the power grid, which would cascade to multiple failures.
The inability to refine and pump petroleum products would cause the trucking industry to grind to a halt. This would, in turn, create a supply disaster for the large cities that cannot feed themselves. Medical services would be extremely hampered and law & order would easily break down. As the famous government report states, this sort of event could result in over 90% casualties to the U.S. population within just a few short months.
Power in Venezuela
Large swaths of the socialist utopia of Venezuela are without power as the economic chaos leaves the power companies without the funds to repair the grid. A nation with one of the largest oil reserves in the world cannot keep it’s own lights on now. Blackouts are nothing new to the country though. They’ve struggled for over two decades of socialist rule, but they are more frequent and last longer now. One profiled community has been without power for over a month when a power transformer exploded. The officials repeatedly promise that it will be fixed tomorrow. As reader S.R., who sent this link in, reports: It’s reminiscent of the scene in Atlas Shrugged at the end of the book when the power goes out. The collapse is nearly complete.
Reader P.L. sent in this interesting map on primary languages spoken around the world. There are over 7,000 languages spoken around the world, but of the 7.2 billion people making up the planets population, 4.1 billion are covered by only 23 languages. As you would expect, some form of Chinese is the most popular language since that country has more than one billion as a population, but China’s language is pretty localized. English is the most popular language that is widely spoken with over 1.5 billion people speaking or learning it. If you plan on traveling, it’s an interesting chart to study.
Boy Scouts Scouting BSA
Reader D.S. sent in this article on the recent 20 year downfall of the Boy Scouts of America. It’s a good synopsis of the battle the organization fought and won, then gave up. While the organization initially stood strong, the battle took a terrible toll on it and when they were faced with continued onslaughts they eventually caved. D.S. notes that “killing honor” is an enabling step toward, and a bit like “honor killing”. When you eliminate the shame and you encourage shameful behaviors, you self destruct. In just our lifetime, consider the social attitude changes: social promotion in schools, forbidding school spanking, divorce, adultery, welfare, childbearing without marriage, sodomy, abortion, same-sex marriage, gun control, trans-genderism, fluid-genderism, thought control, and more. All of this is social distraction and destruction.
For those that currently defend and participate in the organization, remember that while the organization allows local control and you can run your local troop according to your principles (at least until sued), a significant part of the organization is the inter-troop functions like camporees, summer camp and adventure sports. You can (mostly) control your own troop, but you have no control over other troops. Do you know who that leader is in the tent next to yours at summer camp?
Reader V.T. sent in this article on UK schools replacing analog clocks with digital ones because the students can’t tell time anymore. I don’t believe this problem is localized to the UK either. Years ago, I noticed that my own children could not read an analog clock. When a child is small, it really doesn’t make any difference, but when they get old enough to understand what time is and how important it is in our society, they should learn.
With my own children, the solution was simple. I bought them each a cheap, analog watch and constantly asked them what time it was. They had to work to figure it out. I’m not so sure it’s that easy anymore because the kids of today have no interest in wearing a watch unless it’s the new Apple iWatch or a FitBit. The schools are not going to teach your children to do this – You have to do it.
Maps Where Nobody Lives
Several interesting maps outline where nobody lives in countries like the U.K., United States, Canada, France, and even Finland. These maps are an interesting source of information while deciding where you want to live (or have a retreat) but there are several caveats to their use. Several readers have noted that they are not necessarily accurate as the area lists their home as uninhabited. The maps also make no distinction on whether the location is actually inhabitable. it might be in the middle of a lake or a desert. If you use the map, follow up with independently verified research before you commit. Thanks to D.B. for the link.
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