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 ”.
A Radical Declaration
Two hundred and forty two years ago our founding fathers signed a radical declaration that was basically a death sentence for them and their families. The founders created and signed the Declaration of Independence. This document didn’t really start the war of independence as it had already been going on for almost a year, nor did it declare anything new. Instead, it merely formalized what these men along with many others believed in their hearts.
They knew that if they lost the war and/or were captured by the British, it was almost certain death for them. But they were proud of their country. In this video sent in by reader T.J., Reid Henrichs shows that this document is just as valid today as it was then . The ideas that our fathers stood up for are just as meaningful today despite many who claim that they are not proud to be an American.
8 OTC Items
Reader DSV sent in this article of eight fairly inexpensive items  that you can get over-the-counter that could potentially save your life during an SHTF situation. While the author is not a doctor, she is a mom that has used many of these items to deal with small emergencies in her family. Items covered include activated charcoal, Epsom salts, alcohol and others. I don’t necessarily agree with everything on her list, but most items can have a far reaching effect when needed. How about you? What items do you recommend that can be purchased at your local grocery store or pharmacy?
The mainstream media is usually late to the game when giving advice over emergency situations, but this article sent in by one of SurvivalBlog’s readers covers the possible actions of the U.S. government  if a nuclear blast were to occur. A nuclear terrorist attack, though considered a low-probability event, is one of the major scenarios that FEMA and other U.S. agencies have planed for. A dirty bomb, while similar in response would also be covered under this plan, but would not cover as large an area. covered in this article is a series of questions the government expects to be asked by the public during this time and their pre-planned answers are given. It’s a pretty good synopsis of the scenario and worth a read.
Strip Search of 6th Grade Girls Class
Reader W.W. gives us one more reason to get your kids out of public school . According to this article, $50 dollars went missing from the 6th grade choir class as Houston’s public Lanier Middle School. The assistant principle was brought in to investigate and was unable to determine what happened to it. The school’s resource officer then made the suggestion that “the girls like to hide things in their bras and panties.” The assistant then brought all 22 girls to the school nurse who proceded to strip search them. No parents were notified despite many of the girls requesting it.
Of course, nothing was found. Angry parents filed a lawsuit against the school which was then dismissed by the court. The parents appealed and the order was reversed. The school has admitted to violating the rights of the girls and now your tax dollars are hard at work as they cut settlement checks.
New Jersey’s Death Warrant
New Jersey took an incredible hit to their budget recently. Reader H.L. sent in this article that details how New Jersey’s richest resident recently relocated to Miami Beach. Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper earned more than $6 billion from 2012 to 2015 and was tired of paying the 8.97% income tax rate  imposed on it’s citizens by new Jersey so he moved to a location that had no income tax. This resulted in a huge loss of income to the state.
Getting past the concept that one person can have such an incredible impact on a single state is not easy, but Tepper was not the only individual to make such a move. You might think that New Jersey would get the hint and change policies to actually attract businesses to the state. However, in true socialist fashion, they have done exactly the opposite. They have instead raised the income tax rate on those remaining in the state to 10.97%.
Kitchen Knife Sales Banned
In a not-so-surprising move, Britain’s Poundland discount chain has announced it will stop selling kitchen knives  in all of its stores to help tackle soaring youth violence. Reader H.L. notes:
They fail to realize that almost anyone can make a sharp knife. This just punishes the cooks and chefs who require sharp knives of various sizes! The key to the problem is primarily the “tribal” migrants let into the UK. They have a completely different idea of “freedom”, and it is not the Western idea.
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Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact  form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!