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 ”. Old, expired MREs are tested in this edition of Odds ‘n Sods.
Walmart Audio Surveillance
It would appear that Walmart is now following Amazon’s lead  in Orwellian surveillance of it’s employees. Amazon is know to heavily monitor its workers in a bid to squeak out even the smallest improvements in worker efficiency, up to and including making them wear wrist bracelets to track their arm movements. With Walmart under immense pressure from Amazon, even they are getting in on the act. They have filed an audio surveillance patent for a system that will track conversations at the check out line. With the system able to understand conversations, they would now have the ability to ensure that employee’s are telling customers what they want them too as well as knowing if a cashier is spending too much time talking rather than checking. Thanks to G.G. for the link.
According to this article sent in by DSV, YouTube will now decide  for you what is and isn’t authoritative news. As the author so aptly puts it: “The days of YouTube are over and the time of ThemTube is upon us.” This is clearly an assault on alternative media as the mainstream media outlets are no longer getting the views they used too. Let’s face it, no one trusts them anymore. Even if alternative media has a habit of publishing the most outlandish conspiracy theories ever invented, people would rather sort through that data themselves and make the call on what is and isn’t news. They are tired of having the narrative handed to them.
Eating Old MREs
Reader G.S. sent this video in to us on a YouTuber eating old, expired MREs . You have got to see this one. MREs have a pretty short lifespan and it is severely impacted by storage conditions. This guy is opening MREs up to 30 years old to check on their viability. If anything, this should cure you of the long-term food mentality. While it can’t hurt to have a few MREs around, you really should rotate them on a regular basis. I’m a big proponent of the “Store what you eat, eat what you store” mantra and this is the reason why. Imaging spending thousands of dollars on storage food when along comes an emergency and you need to use them, instead finding this…
War on Curiosity
The progressive left continues their war on curiosity . They have their agenda and propaganda and are willing to take extreme measures against anyone who disagrees with them or even wants to seek alternative information. This article, sent in by reader H.L. outlines some of the actions the left has taken in their information war such as sending professor Allison Stanger to the hospital with a neck injury. Her crime? She had asked the protesters to allow allow the conservative/libertarian author Dr. Charles Murray to speak and then to engage in debate after his speech. Stanger is actually a liberal professor who wanted a discourse with a conservative rather than resorting to violence. I guess the left is now known to eat is own when they dare to differ from the narrative.
Death of Free Speech
Britain doesn’t have the same 2nd Amendment freedoms that those of us in the United States have, but the news coming across the pond just keeps getting worse. Coming on the heels of the absurd silencing of Tommy Robinson, the police in London have now used the Public Order Act to prevent a rally  in support America’s President Donald Trump despite permitting a large anti-Trump rally on Friday. It should be noted that the police force is answers to the mayor of London Muslim Sadiq Khan. The Pulic Order Act was also used to clamp down on the simultaneous “Free Tommy Robinson” protest. According to the ruling, if any three or more people are found together in front of the American Embassy, they are likely to be arrested.
What’s Next for 3D Gun Printing
With the DOJ finally caving on the 3D gun front what’s next in this world ? This article sent in by reader T.P. suggests that despite Defense Distributed claims, gun control won’t die anytime soon. He compares the gun industry to the drug industry suggesting that the advent of the dark web and it’s drug availability didn’t hurt big pharma, but instead simply gave access to many of the smaller labs to the market. That seems like a strange analogy, but I suppose it could be true. Government as well as many personal buyers don’t want a printable gun, they like traditional metal and they will still buy through established channels. But many smaller companies will probably spring up delivering more innovations to the market.
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