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”. I nearly had to clean up a coffee mess on the dining room table as I read about Hillary Clinton today.
Radio Direction Finding
The entry on Radio Direction Finding on July 19th’s Odds ‘n Sods generated some email traffic to SurvivalBlog. Reader T.J. was kind enough to send this article in that gives a short tutorial on how it works and how to perform it with simple equipment. While you may not have a need for it or perhaps you’ve made the determination that your not interested in it, you should at least understand how it works. Currently, it’s uses run the gamut from fun and games to search and rescue, but in a time of war or survival, it can give you the edge. Understanding how it works can help you avoid it being used on you and being able to perform it means you can find others.
Leftist Seattle has now passed a city ordinance that requires that you place your firearm in a locked container in your own home. I have nothing against a gun safe and in fact I own one that I keep some of my firearms in. However, the ordinance requires that all firearms be kept within that safe. “Excuse me Mr. Robber, can you wait just a moment while I open my safe to retrieve my gun and shoot you?”
The penalties for violating this ordinance vary depending on whether the gun was used in a crime or not. $500 for not locking it up, $1000 when a prohibited person gets their hands on it, and $10,000 if it is used in a crime. The council was unwilling to say whether or not enforcement would include surprise visits from police. There is nothing quite like holding victims of crime responsible for the actions of the criminal.
Expats Kicked Out
Reader H.L. forwarded this article on expatriats living in Nicaragua. Many were surprised when they were suddenly ordered to leave. It’s worth noting that Nicaraqua has rarely been considered a safe place to live in the last 100 years. Violence has routinely ripped through this country with revolts against the government and foreign nations meddling in it’s affairs as they try to use the country to gain a political foothold. H.L. reports that a family friend was killed trying to help back in the 1980’s. While it’s not always easy to avoid this kind of turmoil, expats should study a nation’s long history as well as current history before deciding to relocate. (Note: this article may require a login to read the whole story.)
Donald Trump threw an Obama era diplomat under the bus this week as his administration announced that they were considering allowing Russian agents to interrogate the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, as well as other Americans. While I would agree overall with the criticism directed at the administration for allowing foreign governments that sort of access to U.S. citizens, I nearly spewed my coffee all over the kitchen table when I read Hillary Clinton’s response. Apparently, she can’t remember a time when the U.S. failed to defend a diplomat. I’m sure the families of Ambassador Stevens and the families of the other Americans who died in the Libyan crises appreciate those words coming from the queen. I mean really, “What difference at this point does it make?”
Do you know the difference between civil war and social anarchy? Reader B.B. sent in this article that attempts to define the difference. If you’re not careful, one can look like the other and both require different responses. Social anarchy is often the precursor to civil war and the ruling oligarchy is busy trying to retire with as much money as they possible can before the distinction between the two is completely blurred. It is worth noting that these same politicians think nothing of using the social anarchy to further their desires, but at some point it always backfires. This article is a good read if you are wondering where we are on the spectrum.
Communism in the US
Reader DSV sent in this article by Michael Savage on the resurgence of communism in America. Under the guise of socialism, communism is making a comeback, despite the fact that it has failed world-wide. This ties in to the article on recognizing the difference between social anarchy and civil war because those who desire a socialist communist form of government are willing to use social anarchy as the means to attain their goal. Savage is correct in his assessment that “You’re asleep if you think communism can’t happen in the U.S.”
Kudos to the Riverside, California gun shop that recognized Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) as he showed up in disguise and under false pretenses to attempt to embarrass the store. The entire exchange was caught on surveillance video. The video crew was explaining that Borat was a Hungarian immigrant that wanted to buy a gun and they were doing a documentary on him. The store owner was smart enough to recognize that the story and the person just didn’t fit together. The owner almost immediately recognized Borat who then just turned away and walked out of the store, leaving his camera crew to fend for themselves. Thanks to W.W. for the link.
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