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”. Check out Wranglerstar’s new firefighting tractor setup!
With this years fire season devastating much of the American west coast, this video from Wranglerstar comes in at a critical time. He has basically taken his fire-skid and strapped it down to the forklift attachment of his tractor, giving him the ability to put firefighting gear where it is needed quickly. While he spends time detailing the features of this particular rig, he also talks about fire evacuation orders. Many a home has been lost because of the lack of a man with a shovel. When the order to evacuate comes, you have to remember that even though it is “mandatory”, only you can really make that decision. If you have prepared your property in advance, all that may be necessary to save your home is the fast-attack capability of a shovel. This profiled kit is more advanced, placing a foam system with 150 gallons of water at your disposal. With something like this and proper planning, there is no reason to lose your home to fire. Thanks to T.J. for the link.
NRA in Trouble
According to this article sent in by reader KAA, the NRA is in financial trouble. The root problem is the pressure that is being placed on companies that do business with the NRA. Many insurance companies and financial institutions are refusing to do business with the organization due to the false claims by anti-gun stooges that the NRA is in the business of selling guns. This is governmental and corporate blackmail at it’s worst. The NRA has filed suit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s financial regulators asking for the court to block the state from blacklisting them. Note that this report is from Rolling Stone who gleefully reports that the NRA is going out of business and links them to the ever popular Russian agents.
The Soviet military often had Zampolit in addition to the regular officers. These were political commissars who’s job was to ensure that the crews and companies held to the policies and politics of the party line. One example of this can be seen in Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” where the captain of the sub had to kill the political officer to defect. While that depiction is somewhat romanticized, the function of the Zampolit was pretty boring. Sadly, American corporations have now instigated this same sort of officer under the name of their corporate Diversity directors or other HR relevant staff. This article shows just how powerful these positions have become in modern corporations. Thanks to T.J. for the link.
The Diary of Anne Frank Production
Reader DSV sent this article in of an L.A. production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”. While the original story is not without some controversy, it is a heart rending story that captivates your attention and helps you empathize with the plight of the Jews persecuted under the Nazi regime. There’s just one problem with this production. The Nazis have been replaced by ICE and Anne Frank is now a Latin illegal alien. I really hate it when producers attempt to modernize historical productions and introduce SJW nonsense and political lies into the storyline.
Don’t Give Your Child a Phone
When raising my children, I refused to give them phones when they were young. The pressure that they received from their friends was, at times, overwhelming. It seemed that every child had a phone. Even the dumb phones were at best a distraction and at worst a tool for cheating, spying, and other nefarious things in school. But I held my ground and they could only get a phone when they were willing to pay for it. There is even some evidence that this early addiction to electronic devices is detrimental to the a child’s development. Finally, one British psychiatrist is giving parents some help in combating this peer pressure to supply their child with these devices. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Cast Your Beer Cans
Reader TZ sent in this video of a guy who melted down his used beer cans and cast them into an AR-15 lower receiver. While not of the same quality as one that you might purchase, it is a good homemade version. You can see some physical imperfections in the body of the receiver, but none that hurt the function. This video shows the casting process that he used. It would appear that all of his foundry equipment is homemade. The video walks the viewer through the whole process of casting, showing the problems that he encountered. This is a multi-part video and is fascinating to watch.
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