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 ”.
Would the Founding Fathers Recognize America?
This is a question that I often wonder about. According to this article sent in by reader H.L., The founding fathers knew that that this was the direction  that the nation would take over time which accounts for many of the limits placed on our government. They may not have been able to anticipate the rapid advances in technology or weaponry, but they knew human behavior. They studied the metamorphosis of the Roman Empire from a nation to an empire along with others and they knew how the concentration of power in the hands of a few would corrupt the whole system.
Even Benjamin Franklin wrote “We give you a republic…if you can keep it.” America managed to keep it for the most part for almost 100 years, but then the inevitable occurred. No, I don’t think the founding fathers would recognize our country, but I don’t think they would be surprised.
Reader G.P. sent in this article showing how barter is the natural currency  that begins to crop up when things go south. Venezuelans may not have much of worth when it comes to cash, but nearly everyone has something that someone else wants. This woman’s husband spends his day as a fisherman, catching fish while his wife takes a cooler of them to market where she trades them for other food like flour or uses them to buy medicine for her son’s epilepsy. Once hyperinflation has kicked in, there is no point in sticking to a worthless fiat currency and you would soon starve if you tried to stay within the boundaries of it. Of course, the government does not want to you to barter because that deflated currency is what keeps them in power.
Why have a Water Filter?
In case you are wondering why you need a water filter in your home  now, reader W.W. sent in this article that profiles the current battle in the government over fluoridating water. While municipalities have done this for years, there is mounting evidence that the negatives of fluoridating a water source outweigh the potential benefits. In the Northern District of California, a judge has denied a motion by the APA that sought to limit the information available to the court while making a decision on whether or not to ban water fluoridation.
The EPA only wanted the judge to review information that they themselves provided the court and the motion guaranteed that other experts and information sources can be heard in this court case. While the battle rages on in the courts, if you are on a municipal water source, you may be drinking fluoridated water. Thanks goodness for counter-top or under-counter water filters.
DNC: Future is Socialism
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, Tom Perez, has stated that he believes socialist candidates are the future of the party . This announcement follows closely on the heels of Ocasio-Cortez’ victory over a top House Democrat in a recent primary election. Ocasio-Cortez is a self-described “democratic socialist” (meaning she is really good at spending other peoples money). This along with Ben Jealous in Maryland, have been termed “spectacular” candidates and considered the future of the party. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Ban on Shotguns
Speaking of Ben Jealous, reader DSV sent in this article from “The Truth about Guns”. Jealous is the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland and the former NAACP president. He has implied that the states extreme gun control laws don’t go far enough  despite the fact that they are some of the most oppressive in the nation. While most of the media is still pushing the “assault weapon” angle, Jealous is now targeting shotguns since the recent Capital Gazzette shooter used one. Of course, the author doesn’t believe Jealous is particularly well versed in firearms nomenclature and technology so who knows what he means by “shotgun”.
You’ll need a bit of cash for this property, but it’s pretty neat. Survival Realty recently listed 150 acres of remote private property  near the Idaho/Montana border for only $275,000. The property has been damaged by a recent wildfire but is already showing signs of recovering. Deer and elk herd have returned in good numbers and the views are beautiful. There is no power available so this would be an off-grid location.
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