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”. Ebola is back in the news this week.
The California power grid is urging consumers to conserve energy in this heat wave that is hitting the western United States. With temperatures in the 100+ range, people are demanding more from their air-conditioning and the grid is stressed. Southern California Gas Company has already issued alerts letting people know that there may be gas shortages as the send more gas to electrical generators. The warning is that if the grid is stressed to much, it will result in brownouts or blackouts for much of California. Gas producers may also have to tap reserves which could mean trouble this winter. As an aside, Valley Food Storage has an article on “10 Ways to Stay Cool Without Power” that you may want to read if you are in an affected area. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Ol’ Remus on Democratic Socialism
Ol’ Remus pontificates on the rise of Democratic Socialism in the United States in his latest blog entry. In his traditional “calling it like it is” style, he suggests that the reader ad Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals to their reading list as the socialists are following it nearly verbatim. He notes specifically these two rules:
- Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have
- The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself
He also notes that the U.S. has basically been under Communist rule for decades with the socialists having achieved practically all of their goals. There is also a good update to the chipped tire article in this issue. Thanks to JMC for the link.
How to Survive Anything
The Kate Dalley podcast recently had Kevin and Susan Reed from OnPoint Tactical, LLC as guest. Discussion on the forum basically ranged over the gamut in preparing to survive anything. Preppers have a tendency to “think big” in their survival thinking, but Kevin had many good suggestions to help you think smaller as well. Things like getting trapped in your car during a flood and other smaller emergency situations are covered. The concept of the black swan is fleshed out and helps you understand how it can be good or bad. It’s a good listen while your driving. Check it out.
In a totally predictable patter, the mayor of of Toronto has suggested that total disarmament is the only viable option in dealing with the rising gun related violence within the city. It should be noted that this latest mass shooting in Toronto is only part of the rising violence. Of course, no one thinks that the violence could have anything to do with the government creating victim rich zones through their current oppressive gun control laws. This is the the “common sense” gun control that is so revered by filmmaker Michael Moore and others. Remember, gun control is not just about “guns”. It’s really about “control”. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Reader G.S. sent in this disturbing report that artificial embryos have been built from scratch using stem cells. Researchers bypassed the act of fertilization by growing the self-assembling structures in the lab. Normally, a process known as “gastrulation” – a process whereby the embryo creates three distinct layers that determine the future of its cells, is absent in the lab. However, it appears that researchers overcame this bringing all three types of stem cells into a fully formed embryo. Currently, the research is only being performed on mice, but there is a huge ethical discussion occurring about humans. Under British law, only donated human embryos less than 14 days old can be studied in the lab, after which they have to be destroyed.
For the first time, it appears that a female Ebola survivor from last year has infected others with the virus. Fears that this could happen have been around since researchers suspected that those who suffered and infection and recovered could be carriers of the disease. Researchers do not yet know how the virus hid inside the woman for 13 months before re-emerging in a lethal form. The woman fell ill shortly after giving birth so there is some speculation that the normal immune suppression that occurs in pregnancy may have triggered the relapse. In the past, though parts of the virus have been found in breast milk and spinal fluid of women who recover, only male survivors have been known to infect anyone. Research shows that the virus persists in semen for up to two years.
If you are thinking of becoming an expat, Survival Realty has listed an nice property in the Ecuadorian Andes. It’s almost 15 acres and is located about 1 1/2 hours from the expat retirement haven of Cuenca Ecuador. It’s got a well maintained gravel access road and is beautiful. While in the mountainous terrain, a good portion of it is usable land. It’s priced at $9.25 per square meter.
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