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.
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.
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.
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.
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!