The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

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”. Today’s edition contains an interesting article on post 9/11 America.

Hurricane Preparedness

For those who are in the path of Hurricane Florence, Valley Food Storage has created an Emergency Kit Checklist that you might want to take a look at. These are things that you will find a need for whether you shelter in place or evacuate. The list is broken down into several sections that cover Food and medicine, Safety items, personal care items and an emergency car kit. These are also just good all around fast preps that will help you get through any temporary crises.

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Rob Moffet also posted a video on line that details 12 hurricane prep items that work for him. Of course,number one on his list is water. A plastic water jug is only about $10 and by just having a few on hand, you are ahead of about 90% of other hurricane survivors in the aftermath. The rest of the list is made up of things that Rob has found necessary as he has weathered hurricanes in his home state.


Motorola has patented a robocop autonomous car that will brethalyze you, mirandize you, call your lawyer and collect your bail. The car is a self driving vehicle arrives on the scene after you have been detained by the cops. The cop deposits you in the vehicle which then transports you to a specified location while performing the above listed actions which includes a conference call with your attorney and a short bail hearing after which you can swipe your credit card to pay your bail. All that’s missing the automated armed response.

Swine Flu

China’s pig market is on a virtual lockdown as the African swine fever continues to progress. A series of outbreaks have confirmed that the highly contagious pig flu is there to stay and the UN food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assembled an emergency meeting in Bankok in an attempt to develop a coordinated response to the outbreak in East Asia. China produces about half of the worlds supply of pork and has already slaughtered over 40,000 pigs in an attempt to control the disease. Thanks to H.L. for the link.


Reader G.P. sent in this article on a wealthy homeowner’s hidden bunker. The man apparently hired a man to dig the tunnels, but would blindfold him and drive him around town before arriving back at his house and taking him to the underground bunker to dig. The conditions inside the tunnel were deplorable, but the man apparently agreed to the arrangement in exchange for the owner investing in an internet company he was launching. The tunnels were discovered after a fire broke out, killing the worker. The neighbors saw the smoke coming out and heard the screams for help.

Free Cheese

About 600 people have enrolled in the private basic income experiment in Switzerland in the first week it was announced. The trial is attempting to determine what people will do if they are granted $2,500 monthly income. Of course, participants will have to repay any money they receive if they make over the monthly income. I’m predicting that no one who is part of the trial makes more than the minimum income. Thanks to DSV for the link.

The Reset

Will Lehr has a two part interview (total run time of a little over two hours) where his guest, Jim Willie, believes that we are in a the global reset. He outlines the case where bankers are trying to hold of the collapse of the European central banks as Turkey has defaulted on significant debts. He starts out listing the countries that are officially having a currency crises and the list is growing. Venezuela, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mexico along with the entire list of emerging market nations including India and Brazil. South Africa will probably listed soon as well. He believes that some form of gold standard will be called for to stabilize the economies.

The Worst College Majors

Wondering what the best and worst college majors are? Reader H.L. sent in this article that shows the statistics on the five best best paying and the five worst paying college majors. The average income on the worst majors is lowest, but interestingly enough, majors like Clinical Psychology also required advanced degrees (with 74% of those majors holding them). That’s an indication of higher student loans. Also on the bottom are various Fine Arts degrees which also suffer from the highest unemployment rates. On the Flip side, STEM jobs are doing well with the lowest unemployment rates and highest average incomes.

Post 9/11 America

In his latest commentary, John Whitehead, of The Rutherford Institute, talks about life in a post 9/11 America. “Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels like an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about the values and principles that once made this country great has been turned on its head.” We are no longer a nation that takes pride in their role as the primary representative democracy. We are instead, a model on how to persuade the citizenry to march in lockstep with a police state.

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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!


  1. Free Cheese
    Here’s the problem with a ‘universal minimum wage’ or whatever you want to call it. All it does is turn that wage into the new zero through inflation. If everybody has $10.00 then it’s not 10 anymore, it’s now the base floor, or zero. Everyone will raise prices to reflect that you have a known quantity, 10.

    The Reset
    I mentioned here some time back to watch Deutsche Bank. The tentacles run far and wide even past Europe. They have the world’s largest derivatives book and the stock shares have been behaving as if traders and investors know something is wrong.

    Post 9/11 America
    What Mr. Rutherford, who I otherwise respect, doesn’t grasp or want to admit is that the United States is not a nation. It’s a country with several, by my count at least six, nations residing within it. It’s held together at gunpoint but this won’t last much longer. Many people on the right and the left don’t get this, We the People are several nations now. Almost everyone gets this at a gut level but it can be hard to say out loud.

    1. “here’s the problem with a ‘universal minimum wage'”

      entirely misses the point. the only place anyone puts free cheese is in a trap. the point is not to hand out free money, but to erode any possibility of getting money for work, so that the welfare office becomes your boss and there’s nowhere else to go.

      1. Gman, Cheese in a trap, made me laugh. Both my point and yours can be, and are, true. I was commenting on the economics of it, not the social implications. I didn’t ‘entirely misses the point’ I made a separate valid point. I’m well aware of the effect of free stuff on the human soul and so is satan. My point was to show how free stuff for a few effects us all economically.

    2. Post 9/11 America
      ….. the United States is not a nation. It’s a country with several, by my count at least six, nations residing within it. It’s held together at gunpoint but this won’t last much longer. Many people on the right and the left don’t get this, We the People are several nations now. Almost everyone gets this at a gut level but it can be hard to say out loud.

      I agree. Then again the uSA was never a single nation. It was not designed that way. There is no State of America. There is the united States of America. This is how it was originally written, with the lower case “u” on united. We were originally 13 nations, now 50. The States are called States for a reason, they are the sovereigns, not Washington D.C.

      The constitution that our “representatives” swear their allegiance to appears to be the Constitution for the New States of America. Written around 1960 by the Ford Foundation, it divides the uSA into 5 regions, the States become super counties, and we become virtual property of the elites. Our rights are only those granted by the elites, our betters, and are severely limited. It reads like it could have been written by a bunch of Nazis. Wait, maybe it was written by a bunch of Nazis.

      You should read it sometime, you will see what I mean about that being the constitution that is actually in play right now. After reading it you will understand why we must defeat the elites and all their evil minions in the Deep State, the Swamp.

      Be afraid, be very afraid, then be very very angry.

  2. Hurricane preps for Florence from Raleigh: Already prepped well, so no big work other than bringing in the patio furniture and testing out the generator. Was out observing behavior of the “panic preppers” at Costco and Walmart. By Monday PM (4 days before expected landfall), all bottled water was sold out and people were still buying frozen foods (great idea when you are expected to lose power for several days). Costco was saying at the door they would have more water in the morning. Meanwhile, at the Lowe’s and Home depot, they still had bottle water. So if necessary for those last minute items, it would pay to think outside the box.

    This behavior shows that most Americans are clueless about even a potential natural disaster and would no idea what could happen in a TEOTWAWKI scenario….. In a true crisis, really thinking outside the box might pay off. Example: i.e. if you need fertilizer for your TEOTWAWKI survival garden, go to the local golf course landscaper’s shed.

  3. Now would be a good time to purchase physical silver. I looked at, and spot silver was (at that moment) $13.9x/oz, and continues falling.

  4. Post 9-11 America “We are no longer a nation that takes pride in their role as the primary representative democracy.” This premise is a common problem among patriots today. We were founded by the intentional design of the founders a constitutional republic with democratic representation, but never a democracy, as all democracies end in tyranny as we are witnessing here in America. Our founders abhorred democracies.

  5. John Whitehead nailed it.

    And go buy a hog from a local farmer, get it butchered and put it in the freezer. While you are at it, contract for next year, with a deposit, because the swine fever freak-out will come next summer and local pigs will be in short supply and factory-raised pork may have supply issues and prices will go up.

  6. Re. Post 9/11 America

    Just do the math. Two airplanes taking down three skyscrapers? Never before in history had a single steel-framed skyscraper collapsed due to fire. But three collapse on 9/11? Think.

    While two of the towers may have been hit by planes hijacked by Muslims, the THREE towers were taken down NOT by planes and fire, but by pre-engineered and installed controlled demolition.

    Over 3,000 professional architects and engineers (including myself) have risked their careers to expose the truth about 9/11.

    Ask yourself two questions. WHO had the capability and access to pull off that highly technical/complex feat? Secondly, who would benefit for 17 years of war against Muslims in the Middle East? THINK, unless of course your agenda is more important than the truth.

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