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”. Venezuela is back in the news this week again.
JWR’s Comment: I first mentioned the emerging threat of UAVIEDs in SurvivalBlog back in 2006. Frankly, I’m surprised that it took this long for someone to use one against a head of state.
Reader JMD wrote in to let us know of this upcoming change by the FCC that will make it illegal to sell radios (like the popular Baofengs) that can operate in the FRS radio band (462.5625 – 462.7250 MHz) and any other licensed band in a singe device. Manufacturers will have to either quit selling them or block the FRS bands like they do for the current cellular bands. This is the relevant verbiage:
§ 95.591 Sales of FRS combination radios prohibited.
Effective September 30, 2019, no person shall sell or offer for sale hand-held portable radio equipment capable of operating under this subpart (FRS) and under any other licensed or licensed-by-rule radio services in this chapter (devices may be authorized under this subpart with part 15 unlicensed equipment authorizations).
Editor’s Comment: I strongly recommend stocking up on dual band Baofeng handi-talkies before this regulatory change takes place. If bought in a set of five, the cost per transceiver is only around $23 each, postage paid! By law, these presently may be bought by any adult. But a license is needed to operate them outside of the no-license FRS, GMRS, and MURS bands. (That is, in the amateur operators’ bands.)
Crackdown Looms As Maduro Survives Assassination Attempt Maduro has survived an assassination attempt in which his attackers flew a series of drones carrying explosives towards him, an attack that is likely to cause yet another security crackdown in the country
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Wait Until You See The Price Of Gold In Venezuela Right Now Venezuela is on track to become the next model for hyperinflation. Last month a cup of coffee cost 2 million bolivars. That’s up from 2,300 bolivars 12 months ago – A whopping 87,000 percent. With prices doubling about every 18 days, the IMF projects Venezuela’s inflation will reach 1 million percent by the end of this year. Just like Zimbabwe, the country’s answer to inflation is to announce the removal of several zero’s from the currency. Despite the fact that you can’t eat gold, this article shows that the demand for gold is outpacing inflation. An ounce of gold has increased in price over 3.1 million percent from just the beginning of the year.
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Reader G.P. reports that Brazil closed its border with Venezuela. Brazil initially closed its border to help deal with the flood of mass migration, but that order was overturned by a Supreme Court Justice. An estimated 500 Venezuelans cross the border every day and the nearby cities are struggling to deal with an increasing number of refugees. The order was overturned based on the idea that most of those who were crossing were refugees, but it turns out that most actually are not refugees. They are just wanting to escape the continuing political and economic crises back home.
Calculating the Date
Reader C.D. has a question for SurvivalBlog readers:
I have always wondered about this, and have given it thought. Assuming that we got to a point that electronics became inoperative I was wondering how one could tell the date. While if you had a group of people, would could be assigned the task of keeping track, but in a prolonged situation you may find that the day you think it is may start to digress from the actual day, which knowing when to plant crops, and other task are dependent on having a good idea for the date. I was wondering if you had anyway to “check” the date and correct any errors in time keeping.
There is an earthship style earth sheltered home for sale on Survival Realty with 20 acres in Idaho this week. The property actually contains two homes so you can have a guest house as well. The guest house is “straw bale construction” and has an attached garage and carport. There is also a third building that is currently being used as an office. There is also an easement to power, but the property is currently served by solar.
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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!