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”. Migrant riots in Spain start up as they rush the Spain/Morocco border.
Missing Safe Deposit Boxes
Think your valuables are “safe” in a bank’s safety deposit box? Bank of America is in trouble because they have been drilling the locks on boxes and disposing of the contents. The law states that the bank has to make an effort to contact the owner before such action is taken, but in many cases there is question as to how much effort the bank put into the action. Some people are reporting that they showed up at the bank to access their box and the contents were just gone. Others claim the bank canceled the rental, drilled the box, dumped the contents in a bag and mailed it to them. Many items were missing or damaged in the process. One of the people actually worked for the bank when her box was drilled. You might want to reconsider a safe at home. Thanks to KAA for the link.
Cash is King
Reader DSV sent in this article (part four in the series) on the things you can do with cash that you can’t with a debit/credit card. Interestingly, he compares it to Bernie Sanders complaint that there are over 23 different kinds of deodorant at a grocery store. We are a rich nation, not because of the 23 kinds of deodorant, but because we have the choice of 23 different kinds of deodorant. With cash, you have far more choices than you do with a debit/credit card. There are discounts available to you and much less tracking of what you purchase or where you go. I’ve experienced this myself when looking to buy a used car.
I was able to take the right deal at the right time because I had the option of cash. If I didn’t have the cash on hand, the deal would have been gone by the time I arranged financing. Cash is king!
Advantage to Republicans
While I don’t think we are close to an open civil war, nor do I think the lines would be drawn clearly should one break out, this article, sent in by H.L. has an interesting perspective on resources. Ultimately, the resources that can be brought to bear in a conflict has a direct impact on the success. If you were to draw the lines between liberal and conservative states (Democrat controlled vs Republican controlled) and compare the natural resources available, you might draw some interesting conclusions like this article does. Of course some things are missing in the overview such as the availability of ports, international support, et cetera. It’s an interesting exercise nonetheless.
Migrant Riots in Spain
Reader B.B. sent in this article showing sub-Saharan migrants, armed with flamethowers, molotov cocktails, mallets, shears, and feces storming a border fence between Spain and Morroco, violently clashing with police. More that 600 migrants successfully crossed the border and 15 guard officers suffered injury. It wasn’t enough to just cross the border either. The migrants then engaged the police, throwing stones at them and damaging the cars. From what I can see in the video, the border fence topped with razor wire was breached by climbing, but there were lots of medics attending the wounded and their clothes were in tatters when they made it across. None of those coming over the razor wire were running. Fences obviously work.
Finicum Details Emerge
Due to an ongoing prosecution, new details of the Finicum shooting are starting to emerge. Most disturbing is the fact that the FBI agents at the shooting didn’t write any reports about their roles at the roadblock that day and the fact that they considerably disturbed the scene “looking for something” contrary to FBI protocol. There was so much that was wrong with this interdiction that it’s hard to describe. The indictment is over FBI agent W. Joseph Astarita, who is accused of lying about shooting at Finicum’s truck.. Thanks to D.R. for the link.
The Next Shoe Drops
Reader D.S. sent in this article on the next battle on morality. Pedophiles are now on record seeking acceptance of their despicable actions and not to be outdone, ethicists are now advocating for the acceptance of incest. As the writers states, there was a time with “ethics” was a meaningful term and “ethicists” were people who sought to discover and define right and wrong. In today’s society that is all backwards and everything is moral except for telling someone that their actions are immoral. I still prefer the definition of the late R.C. Sproul when defining ethics and morality though: “Ethics are what you ought to do, morals are what you do.”
Health Insurers Vacuuming Data
Reader C.H. sent in this article on how health insurers are vacuuming up details about you from any source they can get along with this note:
In the Army we talk about how aggregating data can raise the classification of a document. This is much the same thing. Aggregation of data to paint a clear picture of who you are. Someone buys plus size clothing (on credit or debit cards), this could be an indicator of depression–mental health issues are expensive. Someone uses their grocery discount card and buys a repeated stream of junk foods, soft drinks, etc. This person could be at risk for diabetes–diabetes is expensive. Information gets packaged and sold to a number of entities, including health insurers. The article even noted public records as a source: a young woman gets married, a pregnancy may be coming, rates could go up. Where does it stop?
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