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”. Of particular interest today is the article on radio direction finding.
Genetically Modified Babies
In a disturbing announcement, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in the UK has stated that they agree that changing the DNA of a human embryo could be morally permissible if it is in the best interest of the child. This opens up the ability for parents to alter their children’s DNA if they perceive it would give their baby the best chance at life. The announcement also said that the change could not add to the kinds of inequalities that already divide society. While there may be some good that could be accomplished through such a program, like stopping certain inheritable diseases, it is far more likely that parents will engineer physical or mental traits. For now, British law (as well as law in many countries) forbids tinkering in the DNA of humans, but I fear that time is coming. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Heighten Your Senses
The Art of Manliness has an article on 10 tests, exercises and games that can be used to heighten your senses and situational awareness. We all know that walking around in Cooper’s “condition white” is a situation that just begs to problems to occur, yet that is generally what the population around is doing. It’s easy to fall into that habit. Rather than spend your time walking around like a sheep, you should focus on what your physical and mental tasks are at hand. If your driving, you shouldn’t be thinking about that argument you had with your spouse. Keep your mind on your driving. I can’t tell you how many times I have driven somewhere only to arrive and not remember anything about the drive because I was preoccupied. This article gives you some simple things you can do to practice keeping your mind focused. You don’t have to be a man to do them either. Ladies and kids can practice these too.
Speaking of the Art of Manliness, JWR has his latest interview up online with the The Art of Manliness. Topics covered include the vulnerability of the U.S. powergrid, sourcing water for your home, sewage, JIT inventory in grocery stores and more. If your a beginner, this is a “must listen too” to get started and even experienced preppers may learn a thing or two.
Radio Direction Finding
AmRRON operators and Hams will immediately see the significance of this article sent in by reader T.Z. KiwiSDR time difference of Arrival (TDoA) direction finding is now freely available for public use. This is experimental work where there are public KiwiSDRs (software defined radios connected to computers available on the Internet). The radios monitor the entire spectrum from 0 to 30MHz all at once and the software compares the signals from the chosen radios and can pinpoint the location of any signal in that frequency band. The KiwiSDRs only cost $299 USD and are specifically designed to allow web-based sharing. Each radio has a GPS in it that allows for very accurate timing. The article is a bit technical, but the information is worth reading.
Reader H.L. sent in this article on the deployment of the U.S. Special Forces. The program used to be small and consisted of specially trained units inside a larger military, but no more. I remember hearing the military state after 9/11 that the Special Forces was the future of the military. No longer would they see large fixed battles as their primary method of combat. it would appear that that conversion is pretty much complete. While the military still maintains the ability to deal with a large fixed battle, these small, highly trained units are now a mainstay. According to this article, last year alone, U.S. Special Forces deployed to 149 countries (about 75% of existing countries) Already this year, they have carried out missions in 133 countries. I do believe that the military has the mandate to protect the U.S. from foreign threats, but that sure seems like a lot.
Yet another reason to get your kids out of public schools. According to this article, a Bristol County, Massachusetts court has ruled that electric shock can be used on disabled students as a form of punishment. This method of punishment has been controversial for years since a video surfaced of an 18-year-old receiving multiple shocks for refusing to take of his jacket. Right now, the school in question is the only school that uses this method to punish students, but with this court win, it is a distinct possibility that electric shock will gain acceptance. Get out now while you can! Thanks to DSV for the article.
Off-Grid Heat in Minnesota
Reader MAT wrote in asking for help from SurvivalBlog readers:
I am inquiring about ways to heat my home in the winter (Minnesota), should the electrical grid ever go down for an extended period of time. Gas generators and solar generators do not seem to be the answer for heating a house.
If you have some ideas for him, leave a comment below.
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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!