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”.
Helmet Mounted FLIR
I just noticed that both SurvivalBlog advertisers Ready Made Resources and JRH Enterprises recently started carrying the FLIR Breach PTQ136. This is an ultra compact thermal monocular that is capable of being helmet mounted just like a PVS 14. This device uses FLIR’s new Boson core and is actually designed and built for Law Enforcement. It only weighs 7.4 oz and can easily be carried in a pocket. It is also capable of on-board recording. it can be powered with an on-board CR123 battery or through a USB-C connector making it possible to use “N power” devices that you can get at Walmart for about $7.
Death by Bulldozer
Pennsylvania State Troopers literally bulldozed a man to death in this story sent in by reader H.L. Apparently two men were suspects in a recently discovered Marijuana growing operation. The Game Commission found the site and notified local police who then contacted the PA State Police. Investigators were sent to the site, which was on state owned land. When troopers found a vehicle nearby with two people in, the attempted questioning. One person turned himself in, but the other ran into the thick underbrush which was literally too thick to walk in.
Troopers then got the idea to use commandeer a nearby bulldozer to clear the brush. Of course, since the brush couldn’t be walked in, they literally ran over the suspect, killing him. I guess we can now add bulldozing to the ways that police can serve as prosecutor, judge and jury delivery verdicts and death sentences to people.
Sporting Goods Manager Fired, then Re-Hired
I actually understand why stores have policies that prevent employees from confronting would-be thieves. If the employee gets hurt during the confrontation, the store shares some liability and in today’s litigation oriented society, that can be costly. That being said, it seems a shame when a company rewards an employee with the honor of being fired when they heroically intervene in some crime.
The manager of Tallahassee Academy Sports recently experienced this when he stopped a thief at the door carrying a stolen firearm. The thief was arrested by police and then Academy Sports suspended the manager, firing him a week later. In this particular case, it turned out OK as on review (read that as “under public pressure”) Academy Sports has rehired the manager less than a week later. Thanks to T.P. for the links.
Larry Murphree was fined for flying a 17 inch American flag in a flower pot on his front porch. He received a warning letter that notified him that he would be fined $100 every day if he didn’t remove it. JAlthough he fought it, he ended up having to sell his house to deal with the fees and liens placed on his home by the HOA. He has recently been granted a court date, but based on past history, he stands little chance of recovering. The problem with HOAs is that they can often start benign. They start out with “reasonable” agreements on exterior rules that just seem like it makes sense. But once they are accepted, often those on the HOA board start acting like bureaucrats and little dictators. Before you know it, you have a whole new set of rules in place that you didn’t agree to. H.L. notes:
Thankfully, there are still places left in America where one can have gardens, flags, treehouses (no permits needed), et cetera. For those residing in a subdivision, there are often town rules on how high a fence can be. However, planting a hedge about 10 feet inside the property line, and letting it grow to 8 ft. or so, can give a lot of privacy. Having it inside the property line allows one to trim the back side so it does not invade the neighbor’s yard. Personally, I would use a multi-floral rose, or some non-invasive (not Japanese Barberry as they are invasive and ticks love them).
Make sure that the fence & roses are inside property line so that view of street and traffic is not obstructed when exiting in your vehicle. Personally, I would try and find a property in a no zoning area, away from any close neighbors. A country road with a few good folks on it suffices for me.
Israel Relaxes Firearms Licensing
Israel has announced that it will significantly relax its regulations governing gun licenses. This will allow hundreds of thousands of Israelis to acquire a firearm. An Israeli who underwent level 07 rifle training in the IDF will be able to apply for a license in addition to all combat squad commanders and the majority of IDF officers. The police have announced that they do not appose the rule change, but are requesting the training be increased to four and a half hours rather than the current two. This move has been intended to allow the Israeli citizens to protect themselves from the increasingly common terrorist attacks. Thanks to G.G. for the link.
Court Gives Clearance for TSA Abuses
According to this article sent in by reader DSV, a Philadelphia Appeals Court has ruled that TSA agents can not be sued for molesting or falsely arresting air travelers. The government has basically granted immunity to DHS employees for any wrongdoing and has basically placed them above the law. The court claimed to be sympathetic to American’s civil rights, yet ruled against them anyways. When you add this disturbing news to the fact that the TSA is creating its own secret watch lists that consists of anyone who complains about being groped, it becomes exceedingly disturbing.
I would remind readers that if people just quit using public transportation that uses the TSA, things would change within just a few months, possibly even weeks. The pressure the airlines would bring to bear to reign in the TSA would be incredible. Stop being sheep!
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