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”. Sweden is getting in on the preparedness movement again.
Sweden and Preparedness
As Sweden gets more nervous at the thought of Russian aggression in the region, they government has begun sending out an emergency preparedness guide to all of its 4.8 million people. The document called “Om krisen eller kriget kommer” (If crisis or war comes) explains how people can secure basic needs such as food, water and heat, what warning signals mean, where to find bomb shelters and how to contribute to Sweden’s “total defense”. These are very similar to the pamphlets that Sweden distributed in 1943. They continued to update it until the early 1960s. Thanks to reader KAA for the link.
Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs
Reader DSV sent in these articles on eggs being a part of a healthy diet. The first is a Reuters article profiling a study that showed an egg a day is tied to lower risk of heart disease. My how times have changed. It wasn’t too long ago the food industry was decrying eggs as bad for your diet and especially bad for your cholesterol. Now there is evidence that, in moderation, they are actually good for your cholesterol. I see this as a good thing. Several of our egg customers have moved and we’ve been unable to replace them. As a result, eggs are very abundant here. We no longer freeze dry them because we already have nearly 100 quarts of eggs prepared this way. We often have breakfast for dinner and keep a supply of hard boiled eggs in the fridge as snacks. I’m literally running out of ideas on how to use them.
Intercrop, Companion, and Row Planting
Reader T.J. sent in this video from ThePatriotNurse on how to plant a great garden. She covers a number of options including row planting, square foot gardening, intercropping, companion planting as well as planting by the signs. She does a good job of explaining the basics as well as giving the links for books that she likes to use for the various methods of planting. Even if you have already planted your garden, it’s not to late to start some of these techniques.
DoD and Banks
Reader G.P. shared this link with us on “Project Indigo”, the quiet information sharing program between banks and the U.S. Cyber Command. The intent to have an open line of communication between the target of potential financial hacks and those responsible for tracking and potentially responding to foreign attackers. Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, State Street, and Wells Fargo are all involved in the program. While the participation is somewhat informal at this time, the DoD and Bankers are looking to make the arrangement more formal. I can certainly see some benefits to this program, but I can also see how the blurring of the lines can be used against the common man as well, depending on what information is getting shared.
More Edible Knives
Last time we linked to his pasta knife. This time, the video is about making a knife from Jello. Interestingly enough, he rates it as third in sharpness of non-metallic knives he has made (behind the pasta knife and the carbon fiber knife). It would probably be easier to start with gelatin and sugar, but he starts with some store bought, ready-to-eat jello packs. So much for banning kitchen knives in the U.K.
Explosives and Computers
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large sent in this interesting story. So what do you do when you’re an airconditioner service guy and you find what looks to be a live military anti-tank missile tucked away behind your clients server? These guys acted appropriately. The comments are also pretty interesting.
For the record, it is not unheard of in dealing with Unix servers to have hardware that runs unattended for months or years without anyone touching it. I have one remote server that is going on 5 years with no physical access to it. It is a 2 hour drive to the location, through locked gates that I have to call for access (from people who can’t access my server). It’s such a pain to access that we just don’t do it unless we have to.
SurvivalRealty has a new listing for 42 acres in Sandpoint, Idaho. It has some great view views along with an attached two car garage and a great root cellar. it also features a seasonal creek that fills up the year round pond. It is reasonably priced for the acreage of land.
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