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”. StingRays make the news yet again. One might expect that law enforcement would be more cautious about their use. But apparently, the data gathered is worth the risk to them.
The Tradesman Channel
If you are looking for a lightweight stove to put in your get-home bag that can work with just about any size of food can, you should check the Siege Stoves out. These stoves fold flat, are low cost and can use anything from a common food can to a gallon paint can as the burn chamber. The stove basically consists of four universal cross members that store flat. You can take two cross members and put them together to form the base of the stove with the remaining cross members forming the top of the stove (where you would put your cooking pot.
All you need is some method of poking air holes in the can serving as the burn chamber. Since you know large fires are to be avoided, this allows you to have one just big enough to efficiently cook your meal and not give your position away.
Reader DSV sent in this article on the state of StingRays in active use in Washington D.C. Apparently, there are dozens of these devices in use within the beltway and no one really knows who is running them. While you may not be a target, someone near you may and your data will be caught up in the data collection. A News4 team loaded special software on three cell phones and drove around the capital region and found many suspicious incidents during their drive. The Department of Homeland Security has called the StingRays a real and growing risk.
Location Information Breach
Reader T.Z. sent in this article on a website flaw at a California company that gathers real-time data on cellular wireless devices and it allowed anyone to pinpoint the location of any AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile cellphone. Securus Technologies is capable of tracking just about any modern cell phone to within a few hundred yards and they had been selling or giving away the location data to a sheriff’s office in Mississippi County, MO. Then Motherboard broke a story on how a hacker had broken in and stolen the data on 2,800 usernames, email addresses, phone numbers and hashed passwords of authorized users. Most of the credentials reportedly belonged to law enforcement officers across the country.
Hate Crime Bill
Despite a clear 10th Amendment Violation, the U.S. House of Representatives have voted in favor of new hate crime legislation that sets up cops as a protected class. The bill comes dangerously close to making it a federal crime to resist arrest. Anyone who injures or attempts to injure a police officer will be guilty of a federal offense, no matter how small the injury and no matter if the injury was intentional or not. The 10th amendment grants authority to prosecute offenses against state and local cops only to the states, so this law is clearly unconstitutional. Only 35 House members voted against the bill, meaning that an overwhelming majority of law makers voted for violating the U.S. Constitution. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Humiliating Defeat for Iran
Reader D.S. sent in this article outlining the triumph of Israel’s “Operation House of Cards” and the humiliating defeat that Iran suffered. In the largest military operation undertaken by the Israel Defense Forces since the 1973 Yom Kuppur war, Israel clearly dominated the skies over Syria, despite the Syrian air defenses. The article outlines five take-aways:
- Israeli intelligence, tactics and technology are clearly superior in the region.
- This was a political victory for Israel and a reversal for Iran
- There were significant fractures in the Syria-Iran alliance
- Iran is in distress
- Israels economy is very resilient
We can probably expect round two of the conflict, but it’s unknown how that will materialize. Iran was clearly unprepared for the conflict that they tried to initiate.
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