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”. Two more planes are quarantined this week as we continue flying the sick skies.
As the world gets ready to head into the solar minimum, we would do well to pay attention to historical evidence. Reader H.L. sent in this article on how the weather created by the a Volcanic winter in 1815 which lined up with another solar minimum. It is important to remember that correlation does not mean causation, but Napoleon was stymied by the weather events that were occurring during that solar minimum. many born after 1980 here in America don’t remember the predictions of the mini-ice age that were the rage in the late 70’s. So much for man-caused climate change. Of course it’s cyclic, but we should prepare for the things that have traditionally occurred during these cycles.
Flying the Sick Skies
According to this article sent in by W.W., the CDC is investigating after passengers fell ill on more than one flight coming into Philadelphia International Airport. The origination of the flights were from areas as varied as Paris and Munich. All 250 passengers and crew on the flights were held for medical review. In all 12 passengers who felt sick were tested for the flu and were then released. It is unknown at this time why they felt sick.
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Reader DSV sent in this article on getting through airport security. You know those little bins that you have to put your stuff in so they can send it through the scanners? Apparently, those bins test positive for more viruses than the toilets do at the airport. Of course, if you have any inkling on how these things are treated, you won’t be surprised. The next time you go through a security checkpoint at an airport, watch the bins. People put their stuff in them, they are scanned and then people pull their stuff out of them. Some person then simply picks them up and walks them back to the other side of the line. Very seldom are they cleaned. The bathrooms, on the other hand, are regularly sanitized. It’s a gross thought.
Who’s Coming to America
An Arizona rancher has documented the steam of illegal aliens streaming across his property on the U.S./Mexican border. The surveillance videos are part of the ranchers attempt to convince the government that leaving large stretches of the boarder guarded by nothing more than a barbed wire fence is a mistake. The hours of video shared with The Daily Caller show an unrelenting stream of alleged cartel scouts, drug mules and human smugglers using secret trails to work their way into America.
Half of the U.S. is in a Drought
The worst drought in years has impacted the western half of the United States and has resulted in hundreds of wildfires. Farms are crippled and we may be entering the worst water crises in modern American history. Most on the east coast don’t understand the severity of the problem and probably don’t even realize there is a problem. To make matters worse, the large cities in the southwest are demanding more and more water placing a stranglehold on farmers and ranchers. Of course, most Americans don’t care as long as they can turn on their tap and water flows out.
We tend to forget the hard lessons of history when times are good. Reader P. sent in this article from the Wall Street Journal that reminds the readers that it was the U.S. involvement in the world that changed things after World War II. Prior to this, the world suffered great wars, but when the dust settled from the combat, things had a tendency to fall back to the way they were before. Dictatorships, Oligarchies and Monarchies were the status quo and the common man had little hope. It wasn’t until the U.S. decided to get involved in the world scene and export its particular brand of freedom that the middle class truly began. Many complain about the U.S.’s involvement, but really, what better system was there?
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The flip side of America’s world involvement is also often forgotten. Reader H.L. submitted this article that reminds us of the horrors of communism that still exist everywhere you look in Eastern Europe and Russia. The American media is so in love with the tin-pot dictators around the world that they gloss over the things that matter. The Bolsheviks, loved by the New York Times, were responsible for the killing of tens of thousands of innocent people. Stalin ordered the execution of over a million people and starved multiple millions out by refusing aid during a famine. Mao envisioned killing nearly 50,000,000 peasants to facilitate his reforms, though the actual number killed was lower than that. We would do well to remember these deaths before we support political groups that enshrine them.
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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!