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”.
Heat and Drought
Noting that today is the anniversary of one of the worst grasshopper invasions in the U.S. ever, reader H.L. sent in this article showing that the heat and drought conditions in the U.S. are similar to those that occurred in the 1930s. Weather patterns like this haven’t been this widespread since the dust bowl of the 1930s. Almost the entire Southwest is in drought conditions with many farmers reporting that irrigation water has already been shut off. Agriculture production has been devastated and major lakes, rivers and streams are rapidly becoming dry. Even the wild horse populations are suffering because of the drought.
Right to Carry
A Federal Court of Appeals has ruled that Americans have a constitutional right to openly carry for self defense. Courts have previously ruled that you have the right in your own home, but this ruling by the three-judge panel rules that you are allowed to carry in public as well. The case is based on several cases in Hawaii where there are laws restricting guns outside of homes or businesses. This sets the stage for the liberal 9th Circuit to hear the case where it could be overturned. If that happens, it’s expected that the case would be appealed to the Supreme Court making Trump’s picks critical to the 2nd Amendment. The court has said that some restrictions on gun ownership are allowed, but has yet to set those limits. Thanks to DSV for the link.
While the Hawaii decision appears to be a victory, at least temporarily, don’t think that the tide is turning against gun control. According to this article, 55 new gun control measures have been passed in 26 states and the majority of governors who signed in new gun control measures were Republicans. Some of those laws are “Red Flag” laws which are used to disarm individuals who are reported as a threat by a family member or friend. Before you think that is a good idea, it’s important to remember that there is no way to stop an estranged spouse from calling police repeatedly and telling them their ex is threatening to cause harm to themselves or others. These are “act first, ask questions later” laws and are readily abused.
AI Diagnosing Humans
Patients in Eastern Iowa are now beginning to be diagnosed with an AI device designed to detect diabetic retinopathy. The eye disease is a diabetes complication that can cause blindness and the device used to detect the disease received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April for use on humans. The device looks for different lesions like hemorrhages, microaneurysms, and many other abnormalities you get from diabetes in the retina which is the same thing that doctors look for. If the device determines that the patient has the disease, it makes a referral to an actual doctor for treatment.
The Organic Prepper has a list of the top 50 non-food stockpile necessities. These include things like soap, shampoo, disposable razors, first-aid supplies, feminine hygiene items and pet food. I disagree with some items on the list and think that some are missing, but it’s a good starting point if you are wondering what you should store. If you want to create your own list, all you really have to do is track what non-food supplies you purchase in the course of a year and create your list from that. We store food items using the mantra “store what you eat, eat what you store” and the non-food items can be identified the same way. The advantage though, is that many non-food items don’t have a practical expiration date like food does.
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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!