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 ”.
Watch Your Six
If you are an open Trump supporter, you need to start watching your six according to this article  sent in by reader D.S. In the U.S., graffiti is popping up that says “Kill your local Trump supporter” and people all over the world are demonstrating violence towards Trump effigies. Even children of Trump supporters have been pepper sprayed at rallies. While not specifically a Trump supporter and I’ve even had hateful vitriol spewed at me in emails from some SurvivalBlog readers. I’m beginning to believe that Trump Derangement Syndrome is a real thing. I’m not suggesting that you hide your support, but you may want to make sure that your head is on a swivel when out and about. Check out this “rap sheet ” of acts of violence and threats against Trump supporters.
A burglary suspect arrested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota last Tuesday had a disturbing amount of bomb making materials  according to this article sent in by reader T.Z. There was also evidence of his “extreme hatred for police, fire, and government” according to a police spokesman. The local sheriffs department had earlier said that the suspect was connected with Antifa and had a sawed-off shotgun and an unlicensed silencer in his home. The explosives were ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder with police saying the amount recovered was significant and concerning. The arrest warrant was issued because he had stolen from an Ace Hardware.
Dads and Daughters
Reader P. sent in this article on the significance of Masculine Dads . According to the article, a Dad who doesn’t hide his masculinity raises a confident daughter. This is the exact opposite that our society would have you believe, calling any outward display of masculinity toxic. But the reality is quite different. Of course, if you’ve been reading your bible or even listening to family friendly organizations like the American Family Association or Focus on the Family, you already knew that. It’s nice to see an opinion column recognizing truth in the mainstream media every once in a while. (Note: you may need a login to read the full article.)
Facebook and Surveillance
Speaking of things that you already knew, reader KAA sent in this article on Forbes about how the government is using Facebook as a surveillance tool . Why people will log into social media and proudly proclaim private information for all the world to see is beyond me. It’s almost like the old Jerry Springer show. I watched that a time or two just for the entertainment and was consistently amazed that anyone would publicly air their dirty laundry like that. Now with social media, everyone is their own producer and airing not just your dirty laundry but intimate details about your life seems to be the norm. I am constantly amazed at the people that will publicly post pictures of places that they travel to while they are traveling, telling all the world that no one is at home and their house is ripe for the picking. I can’t say that I blame the government for mining data from this public resource either.
Community ID Program
Not content with the federal or state government responses to illegal aliens, the Gainesville, Florida commissioners are considering a community ID card program  to provide identification for people “who need it”. While the commissioners use language carefully designed to avoid bringing attention to the “illegal” aspect of the vast majority of the people needing these ID cards to transact business (like check cashing). It’s pretty obvious who they are targeting. When the question was brought up about federal and state authorities simply looking at the database to find these illegals, the mayor stated: “One potential solution is we get every gringo in the world to show up on day one and get our IDs so there’s sort of a delusion of who might or might not be”. The mayor claims he was joking. Thanks to T.J. for the link.
Belgium legalized euthanasia for minors in 2014 (the only country to have done so so for children of all ages so far). According to this article sent in by reader DSV, there were three children killed by euthanasia  in 2016 and 2017. Also according to the article, there has been a sharp increase in euthanasia of all ages, raising by 13 percent. Apparently, doctors believe that a patient suffering from “polypathology” – a combination of different illnesses such as blindness, hearing loss and incontinence make life altogether unbearable. This is the end product of socialized medicine. No longer is life held sacred, but instead you are judged upon your ability to contribute to society.
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