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”. There is a new threat from a parasitic disease that is spreading across America.
Matt Bracken has posted a video that details the government civil war that is going on right now in the United States. It’s pretty certain that if Trump had not won the election, there would be no Mueller investigation, Manafort conviction or any of this other political nonsense. These men may have committed crimes, but without the impetus of the deep state and the governmental gangsters doubling down, their efforts to take president Trump down would not exist. Matt also gives some ideas on how to fight social media censorship. Matt clearly outlines the need for the GOP to retain control of congress this fall to keep the deep state in check. This is a must watch for all patriots.
Clever AR Product
I recently received a sample of a new product from Ellis Guard LLC, in Colorado. They make a clever but simple molded rubber cover for detached AR-15/M4 uppers. These are ideal for anyone who owns more than one upper for their AR. They are also great if you own just one, but plan to carry an AR disassembled. With these covers, the bolt carrier is retained, everything is held together, dust and grime is kept out, and lubricants are held in. Thus, you can easily and cleanly carry a disassembled AR or an extra upper in your backpack, in a bugout bag, or a vehicle kit. – JWR
The Venezuelan state’s hatred for the United States is so great that they have rejected aid from the U.S. but will still accept questionable medical supplies from China. The rejection of humanitarian aid has been a long standing policy of Maduro’s government because if they accept aid, they have to admit that their economy is in trouble. According to Maduro, Venezuela is a socialist paradise and no such crises exists. However, the reality is that things are so bad that desperate citizens are buying spoiled meat since that is all that is available. Despite the fact that the Chinese medical industry is under scrutiny for manufacturing substandard products, Venezuela is accepting aid from China. Thanks to H.L. for the links.
From the desk of Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large:
DragonCon, the big media and sci fi convention in Atlanta is over Labor Day Weekend. There are several different relevant tracks for SurvivalBlog readers, and numerous panels with experienced speakers, including SurvivalBlog’s Michael Z. Williamson. A sample of the panels is below:
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Chastain F-G – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: An introductory panel discussion on the basics of firearms, ammunition, safety, & legal considerations. If you are thinking about your first firearm for personal defense or deciding what to add as your next, our experts will be able to answer your questions.
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Chastain F-G – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: In an apocalypse, you will need to make or forage for weapons & protection. Our experts will lead the discussion on what to look for, replacements for defensive items we have today, & how to create your own tools.
Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: Chastain F-H – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: If you didn’t find the exact survival panel you wanted or didn’t get all your questions answered, a mix of our experts from the weekend return to answer your questions one last time. Open Jam is the 100% audience-generated Q&A session on everything survival that you always dreamed of.
A dangerous parasitic disease spread by the “kissing bug” has sickened over 300,000 Americans and the warnings are that it is spreading across the U.S. The disease can cause strokes and heart failure. Called “Chagas”, the disease is spread by the feces of a bug that tends to bite the faces of victims near their mouth (hence the name “kissing bug”) and has been confined mostly to Central and South America in the past. Now, however, 27 states, mostly in the south have reported cases of the disease. The disease is not caused by the bite, but instead by the feces. The bug tends to defecate after it bites people and the parasite Tryanosoma cruzi lives in the gut of these bugs. If the person wipes their face and rubs the feces into the wound (or their eyes) the will generally get the infection.
Most people don’t show much of any symptoms in the early stages of the disease, though fever, headache, fatigue, rash and swelling near the bite are common. The later stages of the disease can cause an enlarged heart, arhythmias or an enlarged esophagus and colon. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Pat Cascio noted that Walmart is making signs that they want out of the gun selling business since they can’t impose their own restrictions on the selling of firearms. As they move to clear inventory, there are some real deals to be had. You should check your local Walmart.
Wondering why you need to move to a rural area rather than a city? ShepherdFarmerGeek sent in this article reminding us exactly why cities should be avoided. Any time you have a large concentration of people, it makes a tempting target for those who seek to do you harm. North Korea may be behaving at this point in time, but if you study history at all, you know that it won’t last.
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