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”. Sending authorities into a tizzy, our favorite knife maker is at it again with a cardboard knife.
Our favorite crazy knife maker is back at it again. This time, the knife is made from Amazon cardboard boxes. As usual, the maker takes you through the process from creating the knife from the raw materials, through sharpening and then using it. Since it is cardboard and the very act of using it will create the conditions to destroy it (moisture) the maker does have to us a wax protectant on it. As usual, the whole process is fascinating. This knife is rated relatively low on his scale of ability to be sharpened, but is still quite usable. This guy must be Britain’s nightmare.
Renegade cops in Ashland City, Tennessee, have been arrested for the tasing torture of an 18 year old man. The man had been arrested on drug related charges and had somewhat of a mental breakdown in jail. The officers decided to use tasing torture, tasing him multiple times while he was strapped to a chair and gagged. At one point, he is tased for over 30 seconds. This is a prime example of jack-booted tactics in a police state. While the officers are being charged, probably because there is hard video evidence of the session, they have both plead not guilty and have been released with no bail. Again, an example of a police state. No regular citizen would have been released without bail in this situation. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Creatures of Habit
Reader G.P. sent in this interesting article that claims humans only visit 25 places regularly. The researches claim that, at any given time, you only visit 25 places. If you discover a new place you like to visit, you tend to drop an old place off of your list and the number stays relatively constant. The study was based off of 1000 university students, but was then scaled up to included 40,000 people from all over the world. I guess we really are creatures of habit.
The socialist utopia of Venezuela is now experiencing near Wiemar Republic (or Zimbabwe) levels of hyper-inflation. This week, the cup of one cup of coffee hit the price level of 1 million bolivars. That means the average working man can only afford about five cups of coffee for his entire month’s salary. The most common Venezuelan note is the 100-bolivar bill, so it would take a 10,000-bill stack of these notes to buy that coffee. To put it in perspective, Five million bolivar is roughly equivalent to $1.45 right now. If this rate continues, it will mean the inflation rate will reach nearly 500,000% over the course of a year. Any moment now, we should start hearing the mantra “That wasn’t really socialism” from the left. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Massive Data Breach
There has been a massive data leak (not breach) that could affect nearly the entire population of the United States. Exactis, a Florida-based marketing and data-aggregation firm had a publicly accessible database that contained sensitive details of about 340 million records. There is no evidence that anyone maliciously posted this information. Rather, the company simply didn’t have any security protocols protecting it while it resided on a publicly accessible server. Details contained in the data included phone numbers, home addresses, email addresses, personal characteristics (like interests, habits, and number of children), religion, whether or not you’re a smoker and the type of pet you have. The company’s website claims they have data on 218 million individuals, including 110 million U.S. households.
The Art of Misdirection
Reader DSV sent in this article from Glenn Beck on how the left is using the art of misdirection to control the narrative on gun-control. it would seem that they have torn their playbook directly from the pages of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” where he uses misdirection as a tactical strength in warfare.
“Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.”
Of course, the attentive viewer or the careful listener can discern this misdirection, most people who watch the media reports are asleep at the wheel.
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