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”. Did you know that pistols can kill you? And I’m not talking about the bullets either.
Never Trust a Politician
The Democrat candidate who won New York’s 23rd Congressional District primary election supported a national gun registry during the campaign. Of course, you would expect that. The left is fully on board with the Marxist, socialist policies that include major gun control. There is no surprise there. However, now that the primaries are over and the campaign is shifting towards the main election, this candidate has suddenly dropped support for the national gun registry, claiming that it was not her “official” position. Uh, yeah. Right. I’d like to talk to you about a bridge in Manhattan that you might be interested in buying too. I have to wonder sometimes just how stupid these politicians think we are?
Stolen NBC Equipment
According to this article sent in by G.P., the Army Criminal Investigation Command is reporting that it is investigating a serious equipment and ammunition theft from the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood base. Apparently, a significant quantity of ammunition along with Chemical, Biological, Radological and Nuclear equipment has been taken. Note that NBC equipment is personal protection and detection gear, not weapons. The overall cost is relatively small with 61 M50 masks ($150 each) and three AN-UDR-13 radiation detectors ($700 ea), but it’s obvious the military is struggling with the same loss of moral compass that the general population is.
Pistols Can Kill You
Everyone knows that a pistol can kill you, but apparently, California hasn’t figured out what the business end of a pistol is. The latest proposition 65 revision is attempting to make certain firearms manufactures engrave a warning on their pistols that the pistols contain chemicals known to cause cancer. Bond Arms Inc., a Texas based firearms distributor, has announced that they will no longer serve California if the legislature insists on the company engraving the warning on the pistols. I think proposition 65 has become a national joke. They may have intended it to make sure people were aware of certain toxic chemicals, but this is just going to far. California thinks everything causes cancer. Sure, a pistol can kill you, just not that way. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Too Big to Pay
Speaking of California, reader H.L. sent in this article showing that the state and the power companies are sticking it to the citizens yet again. The state has long had fire suppression policies that allow dense undergrowth to become a sever fire hazard which then threatens homeowners. The power companies have had policies in place that keep them from properly maintaining the right-of-way for the major power lines by cutting back and clearing fire hazards around their lines. Now, after a brutal fire season in which many of the most significant fires were caused by these two factors, the California legislature has voted to allow power companies to raise their electric rates to cover the cost of last year’s deadly wildfires. Yep, just claim you are too big to fail and the government will step in to save you. Too bad about your electric bill.
America is no Longer a Sanctuary
Air Force General Terrence O’Shaughnessy addressed the 140th National Guard Association conference in New Orleans this year and ended his speech with a rather ominous point. He believes that the time of America’s uncontested world dominance is coming to an end. In his words, the U.S. “homeland is no longer a sanctuary”. Peer level adversaries are constantly probing U.S. defenses in multiple domains and the oceans that have protected the mainland for long are not real boundaries in these new domains. Yeah, America can still hold it’s own in an armed conflict, but much of the conflict is occuring in venues where that military strength doesn’t come into play. Thanks to W.W. for the link.
The Big Freeze
The sun is apparently headed into it’s solar minimum early. The cycle was expected in 2020, but the sun has had 133 days of no sunspots.. With just over 241 days having already passed in this year, that means the sun has been sunspot free for the majority of the year. Records indicate that you have to go back to 2009, when the sun had the deepest solar minimum in a century to find a year with fewer sunspots. Traditionally, the earths weather goes through cooling cycle corresponding to the solar minimum and this one is expected to follow the same path. Thanks to D.S. for the link.
Words mean things. We all know that the old adage of “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is not true. Words can be devastating. The progressive left recognizes this and that is the reason they have targeted the public schools. Over the years, many words such as “gay” have changed meanings due to this push by the left and it continues today. Recently, Virgina’s Fairfax County public school system stripped the phrase “biological gender” from its family life curriculum and replaced it with “sex assigned at birth”. Get your kids out while you still can! Thanks to D.S. for the link.
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