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”. The New Mexico fiasco over the terrorist compound just keeps getting worse.
New Mexico Fiasco
Despite the twisted plans to teach children how to carry out school shootings along with the multiple counts of child abuse resulting in the death of a child, the New Mexico courts dismissed the charges against the defendants. The fault lies with the prosecutor for being completely irresponsible and missing the deadlines to file with the court. Thankfully, the FBI stepped in and had all five of the extremist Muslims arrested again, but on federal weapons charges. Shame on New Mexico for dropping the ball on that one. It’s also worth noting that no charges related to terrorism have been filed yet. Thanks to W.W. for the links.
Cody Wilson, of Defense Distributed, has flipped his middle finger at the progressive left yet again. Despite having a license from the State Department to distribute his CAD files, A federal judge in Seattle issued a controversial ruling that trampled all over the First and Second Amendment rights of Wilson, banning the free distribution of these files. Progressive leftists all over the U.S. celebrated this shady victory. Cody has been raising money for his legal defense through a fundraiser and has already made his initial goal of $200,000. He is within 15% of making the total goal of $400,000 on the final day of the fundraiser. (If you haven’t donated but want to – do it today!)
Now, the celebration of the SJWs is short lived. The federal injunction just keeps him from giving his files away. You can now visit his site and purchase the files (and the money will go towards his legal defense). There is no hard cost. The suggested donation is $10 per file, but you can set your own price. Stick that in your eye, you leftists!
Google Location Tracking
Kim Komando recent published an article on how to really turn of Google location tracking on your phone. It’s well known by now that Google stores your tracking location even when you tell it not to. Even with Location History turned off on your account, some apps still record the data without your permission. However, Google has now announced how you can turn it off for real this time. It’s just not as straight forward as it should be. Thanks to DSV for the link.
129 Million Dead Trees
After recently passing legislation that allows utility companies to pass on the costs of lawsuits related to their maintenance incompetence resulting in large scale forest fires, you might think that California would get proactive. Of course not! While they spend billions on a bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco that nobody really wants, a recent report has revealed the next fire season in the making. California has 129 million dead trees still standing.
Pennsylvanians got the short end of the stick from their state legislators regarding smart meters recently. Despite years of fighting for an “opt-out” language in the bill, the final law placed on the books doesn’t even resemble the law passed by the legislature that specifical mandates an “opt-in” procedure. Pennsylvanians are mandated to upgrade to a smart meter or face termination of their account. The mandate was specifically “…through committee procedural actions of soon-be-retired PA House Consumers Affairs Committee Chairman, Robert Godshall, whose son, Grey, works as a Project Manager [per LinkedIn] for Exelon/PECO, the utility company whose utility district is much of SE Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.” Nope, nothing to see here – move along. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
I know my local power utility is fighting for these meters as well, but the hold-up here is that they want the customers to pay for the meters as well as making it mandatory. So far, the PUC has held strong in refusing the request.
Reader A.D. sent in this Time Machine article from spaceweather.com that gives a synopsis of the geomagnetic mega-storm the earth experienced 159 years ago. When the sun had a billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) that slammed into the earth, campers in the Rocky Mountains thought they were experiencing sunrise and people in Cuba were able to read the newspaper from the lights of the aurora borealis. Telegraph operators were shocked to find their telegraph papers set on fire from the electrified telegraph lines and the world recorded strong disturbances in the planetary magnetic field for more than a week. Think it won’t ever happen again? In July of 2012, a similar CME just missed the earth.
Walmart Survival Challenge
Reader T.J. sent in this video for the beginning bushcrafter or someone on a budget. Corporals Corner video talks about the many Walmart survival challenges that you can view on YouTube. In the challenge, you have to use a very limited budget to purchase your complete survival kit at Walmart. For the $250 shopping budget, most challengers actually perform pretty miserable, probably because they don’t really have any experience. This author walks through his version of the challenge that is entirely usable. Note that for this budget, you’ll end up mostly with Chinesium in your pack, but as you grow, you can replace individual items (including the pack) with higher quality and better made equipment. But in the meantime, you have a very usable survival pack.
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