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 ”. Today features and interesting article on the ultimate survivor – a Japanese man that willing walked away from civilization.
Florida Gun Control
Reader Tim J. sent us this: Alachua County Commissioners vote on gun ordinance .
JWR’s Comment: It is safe to predict that this will be stricken by the Florida courts, since Florida has reserved State Preemption over all firearms laws  for many years.
According to this article sent in by reader G.P., U.S. Special Operations troops will soon be fielding sniper systems  in the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber. The round is slated to replace the venerable 7.62×51 and has superior long-range ballistic performance. This caliber has long been a favorite of civilian long-range precision shooters. This move by the pentagon will give it more main-stream acceptance. The article also states that Homeland Security will follow suit in the caliber change for their snipers. I’m curious about this move though. It was my understanding that while the military sniper specialized in long-range targets, Homeland Security tended towards shorter range.
Reader C.D. notes that while the progressive/left here in the U.S. keeps trying to get open borders “like in the EU”, members of the EU are discussing closing their borders . Hungary is busy building border walls and the Austrian Interior Minister is quoted as saying “A state which, if things come to a head, can’t protect its borders effectively, loses its credibility.” In this article, Austrian police and army are shown performing a migrant exercise at the border. While it’s only an exercise with 200 police cadets playing the part of immigrants, it shows that the countries are moving away from the open border polices that have nearly buried their countries. Even the German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under heavy pressure from conservative allies in Bavaria to turn migrants who come through other European countries back at the border.
Asleep at the “Wheel”
It just keeps getting worse. Employees with the Hawaii state agency that created a nationwide panic when they released an emergency alert reporting that there was an incoming missile are in trouble. Emails released by the state show that employees were seen multiple times watching movies or TV shows and were usually sitting around looking unoccupied. One report has all three State Warning Point (SWP) staff asleep while on shift . The employee who issued the false alert was fired and another employee quit rather than face disciplinary action. This should be a wake-up call to all agencies tasked with early warning to get their act together.
More Walking on Water
Reader N.C. wrote in about the earlier “Walking on Water” entry that featured a roll up mat supporting up to 1200 pounds:
Very interesting. It appears to be a slightly different version of the dense foam mats used in wrestling; if so, since those are available in much larger sizes, there might be size options available. Is there any information regarding the possibility of larger, or thicker, mats which could support more weight? I can envision one of the existing mats, perhaps somewhat longer, as a “security tool” to control foot access; roll it out across a body of water, gain access, roll it up and take it ashore to prevent interlopers. A version – or perhaps a joined, or adjacent, pair of double-thickness mats to allow access by light vehicles; A permanent bridge must be secured, probably even guarded, but a relatively inexpensive temporary access tool could be quite useful.
The Ultimate Survivor
Reader W.A. sent in this article on a naked hermit who spent 29 years in solitary living on a deserted island . The man “escaped” civilization in 1989, choosing to live on an island that was rarely visited, even by fishermen. Japanese authorities found him in what they called weak condition and moved him back to the mainland after permanently banning him from the island. His wish was to die as a castaway on the island, but was denied by the authorities. Note that he wasn’t completely self-sufficient though. The article says that he used money sent by his relatives to travel to a nearby island to get water and his staple food of rice cakes. Water for bathing and shaving came from rain caught in a system of battered cooking pots.
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