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’m finally understanding why our young people are so enthralled by socialism today.
If you’re wondering why socialism seems to be OK with the new generation, it’s because of articles like this one. Remember, these are generally people who have never experienced the horrors of socialism and places like Venezuela and Argentina are far away. They’ve never seen people starving in mass and they have a view that even in poverty you can have a 100 inch flat screen TV and two cars. According to the article you can relax, the money won’t run out and the health care will remain the best in the world. Socialism is the new buzzword that conservatives use to scare you away from the Democratic party. Thanks to R.E. for the link.
Stand Your Ground
Reader T.P. sent in this article that shows how CNN is mangling the so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws yet again. While CNN claims that “Stand Your Ground” cases of self-defense are more complicated, they miss the boat completely. Actually self-defense cases are much simpler to evaluate. In a normal cases, you have to be evaluated on five criteria: innocence, imminence, proportionality, reasonableness, and avoidance. SYG laws simply remove the last criteria of “avoidance” making the evaluation easier for all involved. They also don’t seem to know that while SYG laws are only in 26 states, all states have some form of self-defense laws in place. Furthermore, they link SYG laws with racism. Once again CNN shows why all reasonable people don’t watch their news.
Largest Arms Dealer
Did you know that the United States is the largest arms dealer in the world? Did you know that the arms that the U.S. sells abroad are often used against the U.S.? Reader H.L. sent in this article showing how one journalist is digging into the forensics of arms captured all over the world and tracing the arms back to their source which is often in the U.S. The private corporations and the U.S. government often work to hide the paperwork trail that would show a direct link and the system is designed to shield them from violating anti-terror laws.
Due to the way the system works, there is no way to know for sure who the intended final user of the arms are and it is not uncommon for foreign governments or entities to act as buyers for others while claiming to be the end user. Once thing is for sure – selling arms is big business.
Hundreds of gun owners have been forced to give up their guns under a new law that took effect in Florida recently. The Risk Protection Order aims to temporarily remove weapons from gun owners who have been deemed by a judge to possible be a threat to themselves or others. Approximately 200 firearms have been confiscated since the law was enacted. The problem with the law is that the judge makes the decision without the person being able to defend against it. You have the right to appeal the decision, but this is an “assume guilt” type of law. It should be noted that so far, the judge has granted every petition sent to it in Pinellas County – none have been rejected. The law also raised the age to purchase a rifle to 21.
This articles is one of the best explanations of why the supreme court decision regard consumers paying taxes on out of state purchases is wrong. Primarily, the ability of a consumer to cross state lines and purchases goods without paying local taxes is one of the primary methods that keeps local and state taxes low. Without that incentive, there is no reason to keep your own state and local officials from digging deeply into your pockets for more of your hard earned cash. The removal of that barrier pretty much guarantees that your taxes will go up practically out of control.
Flip Side of Oil Boom
The fastest growing oil region in the U.S. has found the dark side of this economic boom in the American shale oil industry. The boom is fueling a subculture of drug and alcohol abuse among field workers. Because of the proximity to highways and to Mexico, the Permian shale play in West Texas the drugs are easily available and with the workers making six figure salaries, They can easily afford them. They are often abusing the drugs to get through the 24 hour shifts with 100 hours per week. Crystal meth is apparently the drug of choice according to the treatment centers.
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